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MONDAY: The Regular People Bachelor Returns
NBC, ABC Split Night
From TV Line

5 In the latest TV show ratings, the return of ABC's The Bachelor led Monday in the demo, while NBC's AGT: Fantasy League was the night's most-watched program.

The Bachelor opened Season 28 with 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, up a bit in audience but down a tick in the demo from its previous averages. Bad Romance (a 20/20 microseries) led out of that with 2 mil and a 0.2.

AGT: Fantasy League (4.2 mil/0.4) rose in Week 4 to hit and match season highs. An episode of Peacock's The Traitors retained 1.3 mil and a 0.2.

Fox's America's Most Wanted (and John Walsh!) returned to 2.1 mil and a 0.3, followed by TMZ Investigates' 1.5 mil/0.2.

CW's broadcast premiere of Hallmark's one-and-done Ride drew 442,000 total viewers — the CW time slot's largest audience since a Dec. 18 airing of a Freddy Mercury documentary — and a 0.1 demo rating.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)...
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 835k/0.11
- Barmaggeddon (SF/USA): 493k/0.15
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN) 479k/0.04
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 473k/0.06
- Blank Slate (GSN): 419k/0.02
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 411k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 389k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 364k/0.04

TV Line
Spoiler TV

posted 1/23/2024


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Jaleel White Catches You on the "Flip Side"
New Series to Launch Fall on CBS Stations
From Deadline

CBS Media Ventures' syndicated game show The Flip Side, hosted by Jaleel White, is set to launch this fall on CBS Stations.

It is the first official syndicated greenlight for next season. Debmar-Mercury had previously announced a Ken Jeong talk show targeting next fall. It has not been decided yet what stations and what time slots The Flip Side will run on as the CBS Stations have duopolies in most major markets. CBS Media Ventures' The Drew Barrymore Show was recently renewed for next season on the CBS Stations.

"Game shows have been a bright spot in syndication — and network prime-time — the last few years," said Wendy McMahon, President and CEO of CBS News and Stations and CBS Media Ventures in making the announcement. "Their loyal viewers tune in more times per week than any other genre. We are excited to bring a fun concept, combined with the exceptional comedic skills of host Jaleel White, to the marketplace with The Flip Side. It's a perfect addition to any station's lineup with the flexibility to play in multiple time periods or a game show block."

The Flip Side is described as a fresh take on a traditional game show. The easy to play-along game show pits two teams of players against each other to test them on how they think two different groups of people feel about the same issue. Teams choose from multiple choice answers, and whoever has the best intutition on human behavior will find themselves richer.

"I have had fun being a celebrity contestant on numerous game shows, but I've always really wanted to be the host, giving people money and making their day!" White said. "When I first heard this concept I immediately wanted to be the ringleader of this entertaining, funny game show where the only requirement is being in tune with human nature."

Deadline
TV Newscheck
Variety
The Hollywood Reporter
TV Insider
UPI
Daytimew Confidential

posted 1/23/2024

More on "Tournament of Champions" Season 5
Catch It on Food Network February
From the Wrap

Guy Fieri will be returning to Food Network on Feb. 18 for another installment of "Tournament of Champions".

The culinary competition show will debut at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will air its final episode on April 7.

"As the wildest, most anticipated culinary competition year-after-year, you know that we had to go big for Season 5," said Fieri in a statement to press. "So here's the deal, in order to win, you've gotta either be a past champ or take down a champ, as all the winners from previous seasons are back to defend their titles. We're crankin' up the already fierce competition with heated culinary rivalries, wild cards, and of course, off-the-charts flavor on 'Tournament of Champions V!'"

"Viewers cannot get enough of this exhilarating, unpredictable competition as 'Tournament of Champions' is consistently Food Network's highest-rated series, with nearly 11 million viewers at the edge-of-their-seats last season," said Betsy Ayala, head of food content for Warner Bros. Discovery, in a statement to the press.

The chefs representing the East Coast are: Eric Adjepong, Karen Akunowicz, Kelsey Barnard Clark, season 2 champion Maneet Chauhan, Tobias Dorzon, season 3 champion Tiffani Faison, Amanda Freitag, Jose Garces, Stephanie Izard, Marc Murphy, Britt Rescigno, Jonathon Sawyer, and Dale Talde. The chefs showing off their chops from the West Coast are: Carlos Anthony, Shirley Chung, season 4 champion Mei Lin, Antonia Lofaso, Crista Luedtke, Brian Malarkey, Shota Nakajima, Joe Sasto, Adam Sobel, Casey Thompson, Jet Tila, Michael Voltaggio, season 1 champion Brooke Williamson, and Lee Anne Wong.

Before the new season begins, fans can get even more competition on Tournament of Champions: The Qualifiers, on Wednesday, February 7th and 14th at 8pm, as 16 chefs go head-to-head to win four coveted 8th seed slots in the tournament bracket. Plus, on Wednesday, February 14th at 10pm catch up on all the action from last year in an hour-long special Road to Tournament of Champions V.

The East Coast is listing only 13 competitors to the West Coast's 14. It is suggested that the 14th from the West Coast is Darnell Ferguson, who appeared on the four previous seasons and is currently on trial for DV and has been otherwise rendered persona non grata by Food Network.

The Wrap
The Futon Critic
Reality Blurred

posted 1/23/2024


Deadline

Valerie Bertinelli Out at "Kids Baking Championship"
Current Season to Be Host's Last
From Deadline

Valerie Bertinelli's departure from "Kids Baking Championship" is not a cut-and-dry case of Food Network firing the "One Day at a Time" alum from her role as co-host and judge of the show. Rather, it's the aftermath of the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned channel deciding not to renew Bertinelli's larger exclusive deal with the network when it ended in 2022, sources tell Variety.

Bertinelli signed a multi-series deal with Food Network in 2018, which expired in 2021. The pact was extended for an additional year and came to an end in 2022, when the currently airing Season 12 of "Kids Baking Championship" was taped back to back with Season 11.

Bertinelli has co-hosted and judged 'Kids," a spinoff of Food Network's larger "Baking Championship" competition franchise that includes holiday and seasonal iterations, alongside Duff Goldman since it first debuted on Food Network in 2015.

"Her deal expired, they opted not to renew it. They could have come to me with an offer just for 'Kids.' They never did. Simple as that," Bertinelli's longtime manager Marc Schwartz told Variety Tuesday.

According to insiders, the choice to not renew Bertinelli's deal in 2022 was made by development execs that no longer work at the network: Former president Courtney White exited Food Network in March 2022 ahead of the close of the Discovery-WarnerMedia merger, followed soon by her replacement Jane Latman in December 2022. Betsy Ayala has been in the chief post since that time.

Bertinelli's deal ended more than a year ago, and she has no projects currently filming or in development at Food Network. A source close to the situation says an offer was not made by the network for Bertinelli to continue as co-host on "Kids" because Food Network was led to believe that if it didn't also renew her exclusive multi-series overall deal, Bertinelli would not accept an offer to continue on "Kids." (Food Network opted not to renew Bertinelli's overall deal amid budget cuts and mass layoffs across Warner Bros. Discovery in its post-merger consolidation.)

"There were never any talks, so no talks could be stalled," she said in response to a headline that indicated she wanted to continue on the cable net but talks stalled. "I got an inkling I might not be asked back when I saw I was not in the holiday specials. I got a text by a third party on Friday that told me I would not be back. LOL I was basically ghosted.".

She went on to write that "I have zero ill will toward anyone at FN, I enjoyed every single moment I worked for them, and they are all lovely, kind, hard-working people. And I understand business is business. But I won't tolerate lies. I am a lot of things, but I am not greedy, nor am I a liar."

On Jan. 20, Bertinelli shared a video on IG saying how it "really hurt my feelings," that she was dropped from the show. "I know it's not supposed to. Logically, I know it's business [and] budget cuts, right? But it really hurt my feelings to know that I'm not going to be asked back to be on Kids Baking Championship really sucks."

Bertinelli acknowledged her co-host and the crew from Kids Baking Championship and gave some words of encouragement to all the bakers taking on the challenge.

"Oh my God, these people work so hard to give you an amazing show," she said. "And all of those kid bakers that I got to watch grow up: I feel so lucky. And to all the bakers [who] are coming in for the new season, even though I won't be there, I'll be with you in spirit. I just want you to remember this: You are there for a reason [and] you're some of the best bakers in America right now and if you don't make it to the next round, please always remember [that] it's not because you're not a good baker, you just had a bad day."


Deadline
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Deadline
TV Line

Variety

posted 1/23/2024

More on "Love Is Blind" Season 6
Catch It on Netflix February 14
From The Futon Critic

Meet the 30 singles ready to find real connection through the pod walls.

Love is Blind Season 6 premieres on Friday, February 14th only on Netflix. The hit reality series is back for a sixth season, following a new set of singles from Charlotte, North Carolina - all ready to cut through the static of modern dating and forge authentic relationships, sight unseen. This season, the singles form deep and immediate connections, setting the stage for an unexpected journey full of twists, turns, and shocking revelations that will test each relationship well after the participants leave the pods for the real world.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

Deadline
The Futon Critic
TV Insider

Deadline

posted 1/23/2024


Rolling Stone

Prime Time for MrBeast?
YouTuber Close to a Deal for Competition Series
From Deadline

Amazon Studios is getting into business with YouTube personality MrBeast.

The 25-year-old comedian, né Jimmy Donaldson, who has over 230M subscribers on the Google-owned platform, is nearing a deal with the streamer for an unscripted competition series.

Details about the series are still under wraps and Amazon declined comment.

MrBeast is the most-subscribed individual and second-most subscribed account overall on YouTube. His social media career began when he first posted on the platform at 13, though he rose to fame in 2017 when a video of MrBeast counting to 100,000 went viral.

He also has a number of other business interests including food company Feastables, which launched his own line of chocolate bars and launched a FAST channel on Roku last year.

He was also a judge on Fox's Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars last May. The news was first reported by Puck.

Deadline
Variety

WNCT Greenville

posted 1/22/2024

More on "Rock the Block" New Season
Catch It on HGTV March 4
From the Futon Critic

Rock the Block, HGTV's home renovation competition juggernaut, will return for a new season on Monday, March 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and, for the first time in series' history, four returning teams will get a shot at redemption as they compete to add the most value to waterfront homes in Treasure Island, Florida. During the seven-episode season, hosted by popular carpenter, craftsman and design expert Ty Pennington (Battle on the Beach), the pressure will be at an all-time high as the HGTV powerhouse duos arrive on 'The Block' for an epic renovation showdown to settle old scores and achieve victory - winning bragging rights and a street named in their honor. The series also will be available to stream every Monday at 9 p.m. on Max(R) beginning March 4.

Competitors will include renovation aces Bryan and Sarah Baeumler (Battle on the Beach); home renovation visionaries and partners Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas (Bargain Block); dynamic twin sisters and real estate and design experts Lyndsay Lamb and Leslie Davis (Unsellable Houses); and billion-dollar real estate broker and house-flipping expert Page Turner and contractor extraordinaire Mitch Glew (Fix My Flip). Each team will have just six weeks and a budget of $250,000 to renovate attached waterfront homes, each featuring a pool, boat dock and dazzling views of Boca Ciega Bay, and transform them into luxurious homes that reflect their signature vision and stunning design style.

"Rock the Block is consistently among HGTV's highest-rated series, so we know fans are eager to watch this rematch and root for their favorite HGTV stars," said Loren Ruch, Head of Content, HGTV. "For the first time in the series' history, the teams will work with waterfront homes, pools and boat docks, which will test the competitors' skills like never before."

The Futon Critic

posted 1/22/2024

Monday Lightning Round
... or "No Longer an FGirl"

  • Katie Thurston finds a new love after failing in two shows (Reality TV World)

  • Ken Jennings makes a case for Emma Stone on "Jeopardy!" (Variety)

  • Bradley Walsh, having conquered all the fields he set upon, wants to develop and star in a West End show (Birmingham Live)

  • John Anderson, former "Gladiators" referee, reportedly looks "great for 92" (MyLondon.news)


posted 1/22/2024

The Boulet Brothers' GLAAD-ula
"Dragula" Hosts Earn GLAAD Media Award Nomination
From Shorefire Media

Horror hosts, writers, directors and drag icons The Boulet Brothers have earned their first GLAAD Media Award nomination this week when their hit drag competition show The Boulet Brothers' Dragula (Shudder/AMC+) scored a nod for Outstanding Reality Competition Program at the forthcoming 35th annual ceremony. The nomination fittingly comes the same week that the groundbreaking Shudder original series wrapped its fifth season with the crowning of contestant Niohuru X.The honor also follows two nominations from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild for its 11th Annual MUAHS Awards for Best Period And/Or Character Makeup (Television Special, One Hour or More Live Program Series) for The Boulet Brothers' Halfway to Halloween TV Special and Best Makeup (Daytime Television Game Show or Talk Show) for TheBoulet Brothers' Dragula.

The fifth season of The Boulet Brothers' Dragula was the most epic season yet featuring a fully redesigned state of the art set, and one of the most diverse casts of drag artists in television history (including drag kings, drag queens, and non binary artists, and competitors from China, the United Kingdom, and Argentina). The season also saw the Boulet Brothers (Dracmorda and Swanthula) serving not only as hosts and producers of the show, but also as the show's directors for the first time to wide praise. A sixth season of the show was recently announced via Shudder and AMC+, following the fifth season becoming a runaway hit with audiences, and ranking among Shudder's most-watched titles and top acquisition drivers of last year.

"We are deeply honored and grateful to be recognized by GLAAD with this nomination. As advocates for LGBTQ+ visibility and inclusion, this acknowledgment reaffirms our commitment to celebrating the diverse voices within our community. We are proud to continue using our platform to uplift and empower the stories that deserve to be heard. This nomination is a testament to the power of representation, and we are thankful for the opportunity to make a meaningful impact through our work." - Dracmorda Boulet

Hosted and created by "horror's new icons" (Fangoria) the Boulet Brothers, The Boulet Brothers' Dragula has become must-see television for horror, drag and reality fans alike. Showcasing some of the finest artists in the world specializing in the franchise's pillars of Drag, Filth, Horror, & Glamour, The Boulet Brothers' Dragula has cultivated a devoted and continually growing fan base.

The announcement of season six continues a hugely successful past two years for the Boulets, who've released the acclaimed The Boulet Brothers' Dragula: Titansspinoff series, embarked on a world tour of live performances, released The Boulet Brothers' Halfway to Halloween TV Special (written and directed by the Boulet Brothers), won "Best Makeup - Daytime TV" at the 2023 Makeup and Hair Stylists Awards, were named to the influential OUT100 list, and more.

Shorefire Media

posted 1/19/2024

THURSDAY: Doink Doink
NBC Grows Lineup After Return
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, the Season 25 premiere of NBC's Law & Order: SVU was Thursday's most-watched program while also topping the night in the coveted 18-49 age demographic.

With their season premieres following an extended eight-month hiatus, Law & Order (with 5.2 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating), SVU (5.6 mil/0.6) and Organized Crime (3.9 mil/0.4) all returned up in audience vs. their previous averages, and steady in the demo.

ABC's Press Your Luck (3 mil/0.4) was steady.

Fox's Hell's Kitchen (2.3 mil/0.4) and Gordon Ramsay's Road Trip (1 mil/0.2) were both steady.

The CW's Son of a Critch (358K) added viewers with its season finale. This week's Conners repeats drew 274K and then 331K. Children Ruin Everything (249K) lost viewers week-to-week.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49) are forthcoming.

TV Line
Spoiler TV

posted 1/18/2024

WEDNESDAY: Chicago Wins
NBC Takes First Wednesday After the Break
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's Chicago Fire was Wednesday's most-watched program, and tied Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. for the night's highest demo rating.

Chicago Med (with 6.8 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating) and Chicago P.D. (5.7 mil/0.6) both returned up in audience and steady in the demo, while Chicago Fire (6.9 mil/0.6) was down a tick in both measures.

The CW's Wild Cards debuted to 480K and a 0.0. Family Law's Season 3 premiere (340K/0.0) was down from its Season 2 U.S. averages.

Coverage of the Mavs/Lakers game on ABC averaged 1.7 mil and a 0.4.

Fox's I Can See Your Voice drew 1.6 mil/0.2, followed by We Are Family's 1.8 mil/0.3.

Leading out of TPIR at Night (4.2 mil/0.4) on CBS, Raid the Cage (2.5 mil/0.3) was steady.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)...
- The Challenge: Battle for a New Champion (MTV): 497k/0.19
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 432k/0.10
- Blank Slate (GSN): 372k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 358k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 298k/0.02
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 296k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 291k/0.03

TV Line
Spoiler TV

posted 1/18/2024

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Wrong Number"

  • Rob Lowe thought he was texting Robert Downey Jr. Nope (Deadline)

  • Darnell Ferguson's case is heading to a grand jury (Deadline)

  • Alec Baldwin indicted by a grand jury for fatal shooting (TV Newscheck)

  • Mayim Bialik trades game shows for renovation (The US Sun)

  • CASTING COUCH: Men wanted for "The Golden Bachelorette" (Michael Fairman)


posted 1/19/2024

More "Villains"
E! Renews Competiiton, Will Shoot Next Month
From Entertainment Weekly

Get ready for more villains.

House of Villains host Joel McHale confirmed that the E! reality series will return for a second season in an interview with EW and PEOPLE on the Emmys red carpet on Sunday.

EW's Patrick Gomez said "I hope we get more of [House of Villains]," McHale responded, "We are! We're shooting it in February."

Season 1 of the E! reality show saw notorious villains from various other reality shows compete for a $200,000 cash prize and the title of America's Ultimate Supervillain. The season, which concluded in December, saw Tanisha Thomas of Bad Girls Club beat the likes of Johnny Bananas (The Real World: Key West), Anfisa Arkhipchenko (90 Day Fiance), Jonny Fairplay (Survivor: Pearl Islands) Omarosa Manigault Newman (The Apprentice), and Tiffany "New York" Pollard (Flavor of Love) for the number one spot.

Entertainment Weekly
Variety
DEadline

posted 1/18/2024

Return of the Rhythm.... +Flow
DJ Khaled, Ludacris, Latto to Judge
From Deadline

More than four years after Rhythm + Flow debuted on Netflix, the hip-hop music competition series is back with a second season featuring new judges, DJ Khaled, Ludacris and Latto. The streamer also announced Eminem as a special guest who will join the battles round "from a surprise location." Additional music industry guests for the show, in which a panel of judges aim at discovering the next generation's rap star, will be revealed at a later date.

The series is currently in production for a premiere later this year. In fact, Rhythm + Flow executive producers Jesse Collins & Dionne Harmon left Los Angeles immediately after the Emmy Awards ceremony, which they executive produced, on Monday night. They flew to Atlanta, the main production hub for Season 2 of Rhythm + Flow, which also is filming in other cities across the country.

"This season features a powerhouse panel of judges, each with a distinct and influential role in hip-hop culture," the duo said. "In this significant moment for the genre, the focus extends beyond the music alone. We're seeking unconventional voices and authentic stories that peel back layers and invite fans to immerse themselves in the contestants' world as we spotlight the continually evolving spirit of hip-hop."

Rhythm + Flow features contestants from all over the country who are hungry and ready to prove themselves to see if they have what it takes to take home the grand prize of $250,000 and the title of hip hop's newest star.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 1/18/2024

Israel Has the "Yum Factor"
Dori Media Shops Cooking Format
From Deadline

A duo of Israeli cooking formats are being taken to market by Losing Alice producer-distributor Dori Media.

Dori is shopping Chef Swap and Yum Factor, both of which are produced by Fremantle-owned Abot Hameiri, at Content Americas.

Yum Factor has so far only aired a pilot and sees three home cook contestants cooking to the best of their abilities to win cash, with the twist being that they need to figure out whose taste buds will crown the ultimate flavor champion out of a jury of six regular people.

DEadline

posted 1/18/2024


NATAS

MONDAY: Primetime Emmys: And The Awards Go to...
"Drag Race" Wins Outstanding Reality Competition
From various sources

The Television Academy tonight celebrated the historic 75th Emmy(R) Awards, recognizing excellence in television programming and individual achievement for the 2022-2023 television season.

RuPaul's Drag Race, which moved from VH1 to MTV with its 15th season, won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program. It beat CBS' The Amazing Race and Survivor as well as NBCUniversal's Top Chef and The Voice. It marks the series' fifth Emmy win, having lost out to Lizzo's Watch Out For The Big Grrrls last year in a surprise win for the Amazon show. RuPaul's Drag Race previously won this category four years in a row between 2018 and 2021.

RuPaul, who was handed the award by Joel McHale and Ken Jeong, had an important message after winning. "We are so honored to have this award. Listen, you guys are just pure lovely for honoring our show and recognizing all these queens. We have released into the wild, hundreds of drag queens and they're beautiful. On behalf of all them, we thank you. If a drag queen wants to read you a story at a library, listen to her because knowledge is power and if someone tries to restrict your access to power, they are trying to scare you, so listen to a drag queen. We love you, thank you," he said.

RuPaul also won Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys, taking his total to 14 wins in 22 nominations across the years.

Elsewhere, "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" host Niecy Nash-Betts won Best Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or TV Movie for her role of Glenda Cleveland in Netflix' Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, who got the brush-off from police when she tried to alert them to the horror down the hall.

"I accept this award on behalf of every black and brown woman who has gone unheard yet overpoliced, like Glenda Cleveland, like Sandra Bland, like Breonna Taylor," she said in a passionate acceptance speech at tonight's Emmy Awards. "My job is to speak truth to power, and baby I am going to do it until the day I die," she said.

Fox's Monday-night broadcast of the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards averaged 4.3 million total viewers, down 27% from the September 2022 ceremony to mark a new all-time audience low for TV's starriest night.

In the demo, the Emmys pulled a 0.85 rating, down 23% from last year's 1.1.

The 75th Emmys ceremony, which was pushed back four months due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes that were still afoot in September, faced significant competition in the form of the Philadelphia Eagles-Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL playoff game (which drew more than 16 million viewers on ABC alone) and news coverage of the Iowa Caucus (which had a total cable news audience of 4.7 million).

That said, the Emmys did give Fox its most-watched unscripted Monday telecast in over eight-and-a-half years (excluding sports) and the network's most-watched Monday with entertainment programming in over a year-and-a-half.

At Monday night's Emmys ceremony, Succession's farewell run scored six big wins, including for Outstanding Drama and two lead acting categories. FX/Hulu's The Bear, which at the Emmys was eligible for its first season, also grabbed gold six times, including for Outstanding Comedy, lead actor, and in both supporting actor categories. And among the limited series/TV-movie contenders, Netflix's BEEF — which has been pretty darn unbeatable this awards season — earned three big wins. All told, The Bear was the winningest program at this year's Emmys, racking up 10 total wins (including those picked up at the Creative Arts ceremonies). BEEF and HBO's The Last of Us followed with eight total wins, while Succession had the aforementioned six.

Ceremony host Anthony Anderson paid tribute to classic TV shows Good Times, Facts of Life, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Miami Vice in the opening musical number on tonight's Emmys, with the Black-ish star belting out some earworm theme songs from behind his piano. "No Good Times, no Black-ish," Anderson said introducing the former's memorable "ain't we lucky we got 'em" theme song, the show's famous "Black Jesus" portrait hanging in the background.

Cable numbers (total viewers/A18-49)...
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 819k/0.11
- Battle on the Mountain (PV/HGTV): 676k/0.07
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 522k/0.05
- Blank Slate (GSN): 433k/0.03
- Split Second (GSN): 371k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 360k/0.02
- Barmageddon (SF/USA): 338k/0.10
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 326k/0.02
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 306k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 291k/0.02

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Deadline

Deadline

Deadline

Deadline

Deadline

Deadline

TV Line
Deadline

Variety
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter
The Wrap

Spoiler TV

posted 1/17/2024

SUNDAY: Wild Card
NBC, Fox Split Night
From the Programming Insider

NBC led all major demographics on Sunday night driven by NFL Super Wild Card Weekend coverage.

The night began for the Peacock with a rerun of the Deal or No Deal Island preview (7.667m/1.50), followed by Football Night in America (15.842m/3.70) and the game itself (24.958m/6.20).

It was all leftovers for the rest of the networks. Fox came in second thanks to NFL overrun (24.958m/6.20), followed by postgame coverage (28.900m/7.10) and a special episode of We Are Family (5.671m/1.40).

CBS led the night off with 60 Minutes (4.833m/0.20) and new-to-network episodes of Yellowstone (2.665m/0.20, 2.426m/0.10, 2.401m/0.10).

ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos (3.132m/0.20) led the night off with a new episode, followed by a rerun and a theatrical, "The Lion King".

The 29th annual Critics' Choice Awards (912k/0.10) rounded out the night on the CW.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49) ...
- Worst Cooks in America: Spoiled Rotten (Food): 727k/0.10 .

The Programming Insider
Spoiler TV

posted 1/18/2024


USA Today/CEC Entertainment

That's Right... A Chuck E. Cheese's Game Show...
"Arcade Heroes" in Development from Magical Elves
From PR Newswire/Yahoo!

Chuck E. Cheese, the number one family entertainment company loved by generations, announced today a development partnership with Magical Elves, leading producer of award-winning, non-fiction content including "Top Chef," "Brain Games" and "Nailed It!" to create a gameshow series based on the brand's arcade experience.

The series will leverage the global awareness of Chuck E. Cheese, tapping into a multi-generational fan base who has grown up with the brand. The format will feature stand-alone comedic physical challenges where duos of "big kids" (aka adults) will compete over supersized arcade games – including pinball, air hockey, alley roller and the human claw. The top ticket earning duo will get the chance to exchange their tickets for prizes off the massive version of the iconic Chuck E. Cheese prize wall.

"With a legacy spanning over four decades, Chuck E. Cheese has been an integral part of the family experience for both kids and adults across the world," said Melissa McLeanas, VP of Global Licensing, Media, and Branded Entertainment Development of Chuck E. Cheese. "We are thrilled to be working with Magical Elves, whose deep expertise in unscripted content make them the perfect partner to capture the wholesome competitive spirit tied to childhood memories and transform the Chuck E. Cheese experience for television."

"Chuck E. Cheese is THE place where a kid can be a kid – but as grown adults, we still have dreams of ruling the arcade, taking on the iconic games we love!" says Magical Elves co-CEOs Jo Sharon and Casey Kriley. "We're excited to celebrate these legendary arcade games plus the best of today, all with a super-sized twist."

The potential series is CEC Entertainment's first entry into unscripted content, and the most recent announcement from the global licensing, media, and entertainment division. The new division has introduced several initiatives as Chuck E. Cheese expands its brand presence outside the four walls, including a licensed merchandise program and original character content.

The project was brokered by Creative Artists Agency.

Yahoo! Finance/PR Newswire
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Fortune
KXAS Dallas-Fort Worth

AV Club

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posted 1/18/2024


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TUESDAY: It's "After Midnight"...
CBS Sees a Bump in Late Night
From CBS News

"After Midnight" debuted to a lukewarm audience with host Taylor Tomlinson at the new late night show's helm.

The reboot of "@midnight," which originally ran on Comedy Central from 2013 to 2017, brought in 686,000 viewers to CBS during its Tuesday night premiere, according to Nielsen fast national figures.

Viewership for the new show was up 31% in terms of total viewers when compared to the time period this season to-date, which has been filled by Byron Allen's syndicated show "Comics Unleashed," since the end of "The Late Late Show With James Corden" last spring.

The 12:30 a.m. premiere also scored CBS' largest regularly scheduled audience in the hour time slot since the finale of "The Late Late Show" on April 27, 2023.

Paul F. Tompkins, Sophie Buddle and Carl Tart will appear on Wednesday, followed by The Neighborhood star Max Greenfield, Ike Barinholtz and Robby Hoffman on Thursday.

Helming the show are seasoned showrunners Jack Martin and Eric Pierce, who bring their extensive experience and unique vision to 'After Midnight.' The executive production team comprises industry heavyweights such as Stephen Colbert, Carrie Byalick, Tom Purcell, Evelyn McGee Colbert, James Dixon, Joe Farrell, Mike Farah, Whitney Hodack, Henry R. Muñoz III, and Jason U. Nadler. With such a powerful team behind the scenes, 'After Midnight' is poised to captivate viewers and set a new benchmark in late-night television.

Earlier in the night, Part 1 of NCIS: Sydney's Season 1 finale on CBS was Tuesday's most-watched program, while Fox's The Floor tied ABC's Celebrity Jeopardy! for the night's highest demo rating.

What was arguably NCIS: Sydney's very best episode to date (that reveal!!) drew a best-since-premiere audience of 5.1 million total viewers, while dipping a tenth in the demo to a 0.3 rating.

Celebrity Jeopardy! (4.4 mil/0.5) was steady. This week's three-pack of Only Murders in the Building reruns (averaging 2.1 mil and a 0.2) was down a bit in viewers.

NBC's Night Court (3.4 mil/0.4), Extended Family (2.6 mil/0.3), La Brea (2.1 mil/0.2) and the already-renewed Found's freshman finale (2.3 mil/0.3) were all steady in the demo, though the latter three each dropped a few eyeballs.

Name That Tune (1.6 mil/0.3) was steady, while The Floor (2.7 mil/0.5) ticked up in both measures (!). The Rob Lowe-hosted series' premiere episode, which aired on January 2, has amassed 4.4M multi-platform viewers after seven days of viewing, according to Nielsen data. That's a 73% boost from the 2.5M who tuned in same-day. About 1.1M of those delayed viewers came from Hulu, according to Fox. That makes it the network's most-streamed game show ever.

The CW's Inside the NFL (310K) and Whose Line is It Anyway? (300) were both down in audience.

Cable numbers are forthcoming.

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posted 1/18/2024

Record Returns for "The Traitors"
Kate Chastain, Will Kirby to Return to the Manor
From Variety

In its first five days on the platform, "The Traitors" Season 2 has become the most-watched reality series debut on Peacock. The streaming reach is up more than 75% from Season 1, which took home the Emmy Award this year for Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program.

The first three episodes of the second season, hosted by Alan Cumming, debuted on Jan. 12. Not only did the number of viewers surpass the premiere of the first season, it also topped the platform's other reality titles, including "The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip," "Love Island USA," "Love Island Games" and "Queens Court."

Peacock has released a new trailer featuring cast adds Kate Chastain (Below Deck) and Dr. Will Kirby, popularly known as Dr. Will (Big Brother).

Kate returns to the game of deceit and deception on Jan 25 and later this season Dr. Will joins as a surprise guest.

The Traitors is a nail-biting psychological adventure in which treachery and deceit are the name of the game. Entertainment's most competitive reality stars and famous faces play the ultimate murder mystery game. Hosted by award-winning actor Alan Cumming at an ancient castle set deep in the Scottish Highlands, contestants work together on a series of exhilarating missions to build a prize fund worth up to $250,000. Hidden amongst the Faithful are the Traitors, whose goal is to eliminate the Faithful and claim the prize for themselves. Under the cover of darkness, the Traitors murder the Faithful one by one in a treacherous spree, while the Faithful try to uncover the Traitors and banish them from the game. If the Faithful contestants banish all the Traitors, they will share the prize fund, but if a Traitor or Traitors makes it to the end, they will steal all the money.

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posted 1/18/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Kelly Apologizes for... Yeah"

  • A 2015 soundbyte from "The View" has turned Kelly Osbourne into a living meme. Today, she calls it the most "cringe moment of (her) entire life" (Variety)

  • Kelly Ripa is afraid to get her hair done, lest she look like Carol Brady (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Nick Wilson having a hard time surviving Kentucky politics (Entertainment Weekly)

  • "LOL: Last One Laughing" is making a splash worldwide... so why isn't there an American version? (The New York Times)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Trust: A Game of Greed (The Tab)

  • #ICYMI: "Quiz Lady" pays tribute to Alex Trebek (Remind)


posted 1/18/2024


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CBS Summits "The Summit"
Manu Bennett to Host Fast Tracked Order
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the new series order for THE SUMMIT, an action-adventure reality competition based on the hit Australian series, hosted by actor and New Zealander Manu Bennett.

"THE SUMMIT encompasses everything our viewers love in a reality show - everyday people overcoming and conquering their fears, a fierce game of strategy and an intense physical and emotional competition," said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment. "Set against a breathtaking mountain backdrop, this is a high-stakes, adrenaline-filled game with thrilling twists and turns that make for riveting and inspiring television."

"We are so excited to embark on this exhilarating adventure with our partners at CBS on a proven format that has captivated audiences internationally," said Sharon Levy, CEO of Endemol Shine North America. "We can't wait for viewers to come along on this epic quest with an incredible group of contestants as they learn how far they're willing to go and what they're willing to do to reach THE SUMMIT."

"I'm an avid mountain climber, but the reason I'm passionate about this series has little to do with climbing," said Kevin Lee, executive producer of THE SUMMIT. "It's the human drama and emotion that arise when ordinary people are pushed to their limits by intense game play that makes this series so compelling."

Sixteen strangers will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the treacherous New Zealand Alps in an attempt to reach the peak of a distant, towering mountain. With their backpacks containing an equal share of $1 million, the group must traverse an exhausting distance in just 14 days in order to win the cash they are carrying. But not everyone will make it, as these strangers must work together to tackle the dangerous terrain, unforgiving Antarctic winds, heart-pounding challenges and gut-wrenching eliminations on their way to the peak. Tracking them along this journey is the "Mountain's Keeper" who will surprise the trekkers with brutal twists and force decisions that complicate an already grueling ascent. Morals and relationships will be tested when they must decide what to do if someone falls behind, because if the group fails to reach THE SUMMIT in time, all the prize money will be lost.

Additional details including cast and the airdate will be announced in the future.

THE SUMMIT is produced by Endemol Shine North America. Kevin Lee, Tina Nicotera and Endemol Shine North America's Sharon Levy and DJ Nurre are executive producers. The series is based on a format by Endemol Shine Australia and Nine.

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posted 1/17/2024

Gordon Ramsay Launches "Idiot Sandwich"
Catch It on YouTube
From The Futon Critic

A slew of internet celebs are starring in a new sandwich competition from Gordon Ramsay. The celebrity chef is launching Idiot Sandwich on his YouTube channel tomorrow (Wednesday January 17).

Comedy duo Rhett & Link (Good Mythical Morning), magician Zach King and social media influencer Lexi Hensler are among those starring in the series, which originated from a clip of Ramsay on The Late Late Show with James Corden where he held two slices of bread against Julie Chen's face as he was yelling at her in a kitchen.

The series is produced by Fox joint venture Studio Ramsay Global, hosted and exec produced by Ramsay, with episodes launching weekly on Ramsay's YouTube channel, which has over 20M followers. There are no current plans for a linear show, but the idea is to expand into the world of book publishing, products, merchandising and experiences.

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posted 1/17/2024

10 Makes a Boatload of Changes
Survivor, Deal or No Deal, Gladiators Affected
From TV Blackbox

10 have today made a raft of changes to their upcoming schedules, with new episodes of Gladiators being burnt off, plus the premiere of Australian Survivor and Deal Or No Deal brought forward by a week.

Originally announced and slated to premiere on Monday 5th February, the network has announced today via social media posts that the popular reality series Survivor will instead premiere a week early on Monday 29th January.

In similar news, the change has also resulted in new 6pm gameshow Deal Or No Deal also being brought forward to now premiere on the same evening. The rebooted series will air weeknights on the network and will be hosted by former Family Feud host Grant Denyer.

It is likely that that the 29th January was the original intended launch date for Survivor, prior to the network pushing back the premiere of Gladiators Australia on two occasions to instead premiere a week later than planned.

The revised date also coincides with the launch of new Married At First Sight on Channel 9 and Australian Idol on Channel 7, and ensures the network is not at a disadvantage by premiering the latest season a week later than it's commercial rivals.

In what can only be described as a reactionary decision following Episode 2 of Gladiators Australia losing half it's audience on it's second outing last night, the network will now rush through additional episodes of the rebooted series this week with Ep4 on Thursday night (The Dog Hospital With Graeme Hall is out of the schedule) and Ep5 on Friday evening with new Graham Norton instead airing at 8:30pm.

The scheduling change may also mean that 10 will need to revise the number of episodes a week they had planned to air of Survivor, which usually airs Sunday-Tuesday each week, to ensure they have enough new content available until I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! with new co-host Robert Irwin starts on March 24.

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posted 1/17/2024

It's Wild Card Time Again!
Here's Who's Playing
From TV Insider

Jeopardy! has revealed the lineup for the Season 39 Champions Wildcard competition, starting today.

The contest comprises 50 players who secured victories in one or two games last season, alongside four Second Chance competition winners. They are all competing for a chance to win one of two $100,000 grand prizes and secure the final two spots in the 2024 Tournament of Champions.

The roster of returning champions and the competition schedule are detailed below, with double asterisks indicating Second Chance winners.

Champions Wildcard Group 1 (Airing Tues., January 16 – Fri., Feb. 2)
- Tuesday, January 16: Quarterfinal 1
Sharon Stone, an early childhood intervention manager from Round Rock, Texas
Katie Palumbo, a museum membership specialist from Amawalk, N.Y.
Andy Tirrell, a political science and international relations professor from San Diego, Calif.
- Wednesday, January 17: Quarterfinal 2
**Juveria Zaheer, a psychiatrist from Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Devin Lohman, an architectural designer and Masters student from Peachtree City, Ga.
Patti Palmer, a retired teacher and bookseller from Tulsa, Okla.
- Thursday, January 18: Quarterfinal 3
Kendra Westerhaus, a licensed psychologist from Pocatello, Id.
Martha Bath, a retired CPA from Seattle, Wash.
Nik Berry, a social studies teacher from Baltimore, Md.
- Friday, January 19: Quarterfinal 4
Bryan White, a senior regulatory compliance analyst originally from Santa Maria, Calif.
Erin Portman, a high school English teacher from Naperville, Ill.
Rachel Clark, a director of client strategy from Washington, D.C.
- Monday, January 22: Quarterfinal 5
Daniel Moore, a contract compliance analyst from Pittsburgh, Pa.
Holly Hassel, an English professor from Calumet, Mich.
Ron Cheung, an economics professor from Lakewood, Ohio
- Tuesday, January 23: Quarterfinal 6
**Xanni Brown, a postdoctoral researcher originally from Cincinnati, Ohio
Lynn Di Vito, a retired museum educator from Colorado Springs, Colorado
Robbi Ramirez, a writer from Orlando, Fla.
- Wednesday, January 24: Quarterfinal 7
Lloyd Sy, a professor of American literature originally from Rockford, Ill.
Kelly Barry, a marketing communications manager from Seattle, Wash.
Dillon Hupp, a development director originally from North Little Rock, Ark.
- Thursday, January 25: Quarterfinal 8
Connor Sears, a copy editor from Queens, N.Y.
Johanna Stoberock, a fiction writer and adjunct professor from Walla Walla, Wash.
Alec Chao, a management and program analyst from Washington, D.C.
- Friday, January 26: Quarterfinal 9
Michael Menkhus, a data analyst from Kansas City, Mo.
Ittai Sopher, a news producer and journalist from New Orleans, La.
Tamara Ghattas, an editor from Chicago, Ill.
- Monday, January 29: Semifinal 1
- Tuesday, January 30: Semifinal 2
- Wednesday, January 31: Semifinal 3
- Thursday., Feb. 1: Finals Game 1
- Friday, Feb. 2: Finals Game 2

Champions Wildcard Group 2 (Airing Monday, February 5 – Thursday, February 22)
- Monday, February 5: Quarterfinal 1
Mira Hayward, a podcast host from Portland, Ore.
Jesse Chin, an accounting director from Bayside, N.Y.
Kate Campolieta, a corporate communications specialist from Simsbury, Conn.
- Tuesday, February 6: Quarterfinal 2
**Matt Harvey, a healthcare administrator from Providence, R.I.
Crystal Zhao, a tech consultant from Bloomington, Minn.
Deb Bilodeau, a restaurant server from San Francisco, Calif.
- Wednesday, February 7: Quarterfinal 3
Lisa Sriken, a lawyer from New York, N.Y.
Justin White, a director of orchestra personnel from Overland Park, Kansas
Taylor Clagett, a marketing director originally from Chesapeake Beach, Md.
- Thursday, February 8: Quarterfinal 4
Suzanne Goldlust, a marketing manager from Reston, Va.
Alex Gordon, a surgical resident from Somers, N.Y.
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- Friday, February 9: Quarterfinal 5
Emma Hill Kepron, a librarian from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Jesse Matheny, a customer success specialist originally from Huntington, Ind.
Patrick Curran, a consultant from Washington, D.C.
- Monday, February 12: Quarterfinal 6
Donna Matturri, a librarian from Columbus, Ohio
Dan Wohl, a high school history teacher from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sriram Krishnan, a consultant from Falls Church, Va.
- Tuesday, February 13: Quarterfinal 7
**Long Nguyen, a retired engineer from Las Vegas, Nev.
Nicole Rudolph, an associate dean from Willison Park, N.Y.
Kat Jepson, an artist from Roanoke, Va.
- Wednesday, February 14: Quarterfinal 8
Ilhana Redzovic, an investment associate from Chicago, Ill.
Vince Bacani, a risk manager from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Elliott Kim, a television editor from Los Angeles, Calif.
- Thursday, February 15: Quarterfinal 9
Diandra D'Alessio, a technical writer from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
James Tyler, a senior editor from Blandon, Pa.
David Bederman, an attorney from Los Angeles, Calif.
- Friday, February 16: Semifinal 1
- Monday, February 19: Semifinal 2
- Tuesday, February 20: Semifinal 3
- Wednesday, February 21: Finals Game 1
- Thursday, February 22: Finals Game 2.

In addition, former champion and Inside Jeopardy! podcast co-host Buzzy Cohen has stepped in, hosting two play-in games for the currently airing Champions Wildcard tournament, which features brief winners from Season 39 plus the recent Second Chance winners.

However, in a Jeopardy! first, Cohen's episodes are audio-only and are available via TuneIn Radio.

If you're wondering why these episodes aren't included in the televised broadcasts, well, there is a logical reason, as a user on the Jeopardy! Reddit forum explained.

"There are more 1- and 2-day champs from Season 39 than there are spaces in the two 27-player [Wildcard] tournament brackets, so they had nine champs play in audio-only play-in games on TuneIn Radio," the user wrote. "Those games are hosted by Buzzy; the actual tournament is hosted by Ken. The first two of three games aired on January 12th (and are available on demand), and those winners will play in this group for CWC; the third game airs February 2nd and that game's winner goes to the next group for CWC."

Cohen shared the news on Instagram alongside a photo of him behind the famous game show podium. "Well, I made it back onto the Alex Trebek Stage to host the play-in games for the #Jeopardy Champions Wildcard Competition," he said. "I was honored to stand behind the lectern and deliver some wonderful clues to these past champions."

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posted 1/17/2024

FRIDAY: Sharks and Cage Matches
ABC, Fox Split Night
From the Programming Insider

ABC's Shark Tank and Fox's WWE Friday Night Smackdown helped their respective networks reap their respective rewards.

Shark Tank (3.445m/0.40) was the most watched show of the night on ABC, helping 20/20 (2.688m/0.30).

Fox's Smackdown (2.267m/0.60) took the gold in the demo.

NBC was in the mix with Transplant (2.259m/0.20) and Dateline (2.861m/0.30).

Penn & Teller Fool Us (689k/0.10), Masters of Illusion (351k/0.10), and World's Funniest Animals (352k/0.10) rounded out the night on the CW.

CBS was in reruns.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49).
- RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV): 592k/0.21
- Blank Slate (GSN): 415k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 407k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 368k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30 (R/GSN): 359k/0.05
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (MTV): 322k/0.12
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 320k/0.04

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posted 1/17/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Dishing It Out"

  • Tilly Ramsay deals with Prime, Tastemade, launches "Dish It Out" (Deadline)

  • Cashay Proudfoot is NOT dating Xander Hastings (Reality Titbit)

  • Sandi Toksvig left "The Great British Baking Show" because she left her brain "atrophying" (Yahoo!)

  • #ICYMI: How one couple won "Limitless Win" (ITV)

posted 1/17/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Yas Qween"

  • WOW Presents Plus launches "Hey Qween!" Drag Race talk show (Variety)

  • Bayleigh Dayton, Chris "Swaggy C" Williams welcome second child (Reality TV World)

  • Clare Crawley welcomes her first child (Reality TV World)

  • Mario Lopez calls Ryan Seacrest "Pajaro". Here's why (iHeart/WHTZ New York)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Superchef Grudge Match" has been pulled from the Food Network schedule and is all but deplatformed. Here's why. (Newsday)


posted 1/16/2024

Gladiators MORE Than Ready...
BBC Reboot Returns Big Numbers
From Deadline

Gladiators came back with a bang to British TV screens on Saturday, making light work of ITV's The Masked Singer.

In the latest line of UK TV reboots, the series in which members of the public take on the gladiators in challenges was watched by more than 6M viewers with a 38% share, comfortably becoming the BBC's most-watched new show of the year and topping the weekend ratings chart.

Helmed by Bradley Walsh and son Barney, the hour-long show that aired from 5.50 p.m. GMT (9.50 a.m. PT) peaked with 6.3M and comfortably beat ITV's The Masked Singer, which is now into its fifth season and was watched by 3.7M from 7 p.m. GMT.

The rating would have been particularly frustrating for ITV as Gladiators aired on that channel for eight years and 13 seasons in the 1990s, making icons of its gladiators. It was briefly restarted by Sky One in the late-noughties but only ran for a further two seasons, but the BBC announced it was bringing it back with fanfare last year. The show sees contestants battle against one of the resident gladiators in physically challenging events, with the objective being for the contestant to secure points for the final event, The Eliminator.

Created originally for American syndication by Dan Carr & Johnny Ferraro, Gladiators is the most successful of the recent UK TV reboots, comfortably besting Survivor and Big Brother from late last year on the BBC and ITV respectively. Gladiators was produced by Hungry Bear and MGM Alternative UK, a division of Amazon MGM Studios.

The rating would have made for happy reading for BBC bosses as ITV has been winning all the plaudits over the past week or so due to the success of Mr Bates vs The Post Office, which ITV said over the weekend is now its biggest new drama launch in over a decade, beating Downton Abbey. The series, which has brought the post office scandal to the forefront of the British news agenda, is the top-rated new drama across all channels since the BBC's Bodyguard in 2018, ITV said.

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posted 1/15/2024


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TISA FARROW: 1951-2024
Mia Farrow's Sister Played "The Generation Gap"
From The Hollywood Reporter

Tisa Farrow, the actress who appeared in such 1970s films as James Toback's Fingers and William Richert's Winter Kills, has died, her sister Mia Farrow announced. She was 72.

She died unexpectedly on Wednesday, "apparently in her sleep," Mia Farrow reported on Instagram.

"If there is a Heaven, undoubtedly my beautiful sister Tisa is being welcomed there," she wrote. "She was the best of us — I have never met a more generous and loving person. She loved life & never complained. Ever."

Her brother, John Farrow, told The Hollywood Reporter that she died in Rutland, Vermont.

Tisa Farrow made her onscreen debut in Homer (1970), portraying the girlfriend of a high school student (Don Scardino) deeply affected by the Vietnam War, and she also starred in the low-budget horror films Zombie (1979), directed by Lucio Fulci, and Anthropophagus (1980).

In her most prominent role, Farrow played a woman who has a kinky romance with a disturbed loner (Harvey Keitel) in writer-director Toback's Fingers (1978). She then showed up as a nurse in the black comedy thriller Winter Kills (1979).

Farrow also had a walk-on part as a party guest in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979).

The youngest of seven kids, Theresa Magdalena Farrow was born in Los Angeles on July 22, 1951. Her mother was Irish actress Maureen O'Sullivan, best known as Jane in the 1930s Tarzan movies, and Australian director John Farrow (The Big Clock, Around the World in 80 Days).

In game shows, Farrow was a contestant on "The Generation Gap" in 1968.

In addition to Mia and John, survivors include her sisters, Prudence (the subject of the Beatles song "Dear Prudence") and Stephanie; daughter Bridget; and grandson Kylor. Her two other brothers, Michael and Patrick, died in a plane crash in 1958 and by suicide in 2009, respectively.

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DirecTV, Tegna Reach Carriage Deal...
... Not Surprisingly Before Browns Game
From DEadline

DirecTV and major station group Tegna have struck a carriage deal, ending a programming blackout that began November 30 and affected roughly 5 million customers across the U.S..

The signals of Tegna's 64 owned stations in 51 Nielsen designated markets will return to DirecTV satellite systems, DirecTV Stream and U-verse cable over the course of Saturday. The start of the NFL playoffs this weekend likely helped motivate the parties to reach an agreement, with broadcast tune-in likely to surge in the wake of a particularly strong ratings season for the league.

In a succinct, joint statement, the companies said they "greatly appreciate the patience of their subscribers and viewers." DirecTV added, "We will continue to work with station owners and networks to align the price customers pay with the value they receive."

DirecTV was spun off by AT&T in 2021 into a privately held entity that is 30%-owned by private equity firm TPG. DirecTV's traditional satellite business, along with the internet-delivered DirecTV Stream and U-Verse cable combined have nearly 12 million subscribers in the U.S., according to recent analysts' estimates.

The Tegna battle affected about 40% of that base, sources previously indicated to Deadline, with 70% of affected stations affiliated with either CBS or NBC. Tegna owns 66 stations in 52 markets, including in top DMAs like Dallas, Phoenix and Denver.

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posted 1/13/2024

Drag Race UK vs. the World Season 2 Lines Up Cast
Catch It February!
From TV Line

Ahead of this year's Summer Olympics, WOW Presents Plus is bringing back a far more important international competition: RuPaul's Drag Race UK Versus the World.

The second season premiere will be available to stream on Friday, Feb. 9, day and date with its linear debut in the UK, and we now know which familiar faces will compete to become Queen of the Mothertucking World.

For starters, Stateside queens Scarlet Envy and Mayhem Miller will be crossing the pond, where they'll be welcomed by UK favorites Choriza May, Gothy Kendoll, Jonbers Blonde and Tia Kofi. Additional returning competitors include Arantxa Castilla-La Mancha from Spain, Hannah Conda from Australia, Keta Minaj from Holland, La Grande Dame from France and Marina Summers from the Philippines.

The show's first season wrapped in March 2022 with the crowning of UK queen Blu Hydrangea, who faced some stiff competition — fellow UK favorite Baga Chipz, plus US icons Jujubee and Mo Heart — in the dramatic finale.

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posted 1/13/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Real Folk Blues"

  • Emma Stone applies to be a contestant on Jeopardy!... and keeps getting turned away. And no, she's not going to be on "Celebrity Jeopardy!" She wants real people Jeopardy! (Marie Claire)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Laura Robinson, a former contestant turned producer (Forbes)


posted 1/11/2024


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BILL HAYES: 1925-2024
"Days of Our Lives" Actor Played Game Shows
From Deadline

Bill Hayes, the actor who played the colorful Doug Williams on Days of Our Lives for more than 50 years, died at 98, according to a statement from the show.

Hayes originated his Days role in 1970 and played the part on and off through 2023. The show's statement also observed that, "He and his wife, Susan Seaforth-Hayes, remained the foundation of the Williams-Horton family spanning more than 50 years." Seaforth-Hayes plays Julie Williams on the show. The duo was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Daytime Emmys in 2018.

Executive Producer Ken Corday said, "I have known Bill for most of my life and he embodied the heart and soul of Days of our Lives. Although we are grieving and will miss him, Bill's indelible legacy will live on in our hearts and the stories we tell, both on and off the screen."

Hayes got his start on TV as a singer on Your Show of Shows in the early '50s. He also made appearances on shows of the era such as Decoy and True Story, as well as a number of TV movies. Even after he got his break on Days, he continued to guest on shows such as Matlock, Hooperman, Cop Rock and Frasier.

A successful singer as well, Hayes' "Ballad of Davy Crockett" was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks in 1955 and sold over 2 million copies. On Broadway he starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Me and Juliet in 1953.

In game shows, Hayes featured on "Password Plus", "The Hollywood Squares", and "Three for the Money".

Hayes had five children from a previous marriage to Mary Hobbs.

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posted 1/12/2024

THURSDAY: Lie with the Devil, Wake Up in Hell
ABC, Fox Split Night
From the Programming Insider

Although their fast affiliate figures were not yet available at post time, TNT (NBA: Celtics-Bucks, Suns-Lakers) is likely among the top TV outlets at at least in key demos on this prime time.

ABC squeaked out a win in total audiences with Fox taking the demo win thanks to Hell's Kitchen.

On ABC, the winter premiere of Press Your Luck took the 8pm hour with 3.185 million viewers and a 0.39 rating in the demo. Two PYL reruns followed.

NBC took a close second thanks to a new episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2.468m; 0.23).

CBS takes the bronze on Thursday with two new episodes of SEAL TEAM (1.933m/0.14, 1.689m/0.12)

Fox was on the demo map with Hell's Kitchen (2.345m/0.41) and Gordon Ramsay's Road Trip (1.079m/0.16).

The CW rounded out the night with a new episode of Son of a Critch (324k/0.04).

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)...
- Blank Slate (GSN): 454k/0.03
- Split Second (GSN): 417k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 344k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 330k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 309k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 305k/0.04

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posted 1/11/2024

WEDNESDAY: Jackpot January
Game Shows Give CBS The Win
From the Programming Insider

Although their fast affiliate figures were not yet available at post time, Fox News (Iowa town hall) and CNN (Iowa GOP debate) are likely the top TV outlets on this prime time.

CBS took the win with new episodes of The Price Is Right at Night (4.543m; 0.40 in the demo) and Raid the Cage (2.831m/0.33). FBI True rounded out the night with 1.719m viewers and a demo rating of 0.20.

NBC took second on #OneChicago reruns.

Fox's one-two of I Can See Your Voice (1.855m/0.22) and We Are Family (1.853m/0.21) was good enough for the bronze... but only just...

... because ABC took fourth with NBA basketball coverage (1.577m/0.33).

The CW was in reruns with Whose Line and Family Law.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 540k/0.11
- The Challenge: Battle for a New Champion (MTV): 528k/0.21
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN) - 510k/0.04
- Split Second (GSN): 474k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 459k/0.03
- Blank Slate (GSN): 432k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 389k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 336k/0.03

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posted 1/12/2024

TUESDAY: Lost... and Found
CBS Wins, Fox & ABC Take the Younguns
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' NCIS: Sydney was Tuesday's most-watched program, while ABC's Celebrity Jeopardy! and Fox's The Floor tied for the nightly demo win.

Back from the holiday break, NCIS: Sydney delivered 4.7 million total viewers (dipping to a possible audience low) and its sixth straight 0.3 demo rating.

NBC'sNight Court (3.3 mil/0.3) dipped in both measures, while Extended Family (2.7 mil/0.3) only lost eyeballs. La Brea opened its six-episode farewell run with 2.4 million viewers and a 0.2 rating, down from its sophomore averages and tying its demo low. No longer enjoying a Voice lead-in, the already-renewed Found returned to an audience low (2.35 mil) and its fifth straight 0.3 rating.

Leading out of Celeb Jeop! (4.4 mil/0.4), Wave 2 of Only Murders in the Building "reruns" averaged 2.3 mil and a 0.2, down from last week's tallies.

Name That Tune (1.7 mil/0.3) and Week 2 of The Floor (2.5 mil/0.4) were both steady.

The CW's Inside the NFL (315K) added some viewers..

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 594k/0.12
- Superchef Grudge Match (Food): 557k/0.11
- Split Second (GSN): 547k/0.07
- Blank Slate (GSN): 528k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN) - 485k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 467k/0.08
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 433k/0.08
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 433k/0.06

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posted 1/11/2024

More on "Deal or No Deal Island"
Boston Rob, Case Model Turned Real Housewife Claudia Jordan to Play
From the Futon Critic

The 13 players competing in "Deal or No Deal Island," the new, fully-immersive twist on the beloved game show, have been revealed.

Hosted by Joe Manganiello and executive produced by Howie Mandel, "Deal or No Deal Island" is set to premiere Feb. 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC before moving to its regular timeslot at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Mar. 4. All episodes will be available next day on Peacock. A special 30-minute preview of "Deal or No Deal Island" is set to air on Saturday, Jan. 13 after the NFL Wildcard game on NBC.

Included in the lineup are reality TV fan favorites "Boston" Rob Mariano and Claudia Jordan who will be vying to get their hands on valuable briefcases hidden on the elusive Banker's private island.

The full list of contestants seeking those riches is:
· Dawson Addis, 25 | Muskego, WI
· Aron Barbell, 26 | Champaign, IL
· Jordan Fowler, 29 | Nashville, TN
· Nick Grasso, 29 | Brooklyn, NY
· Miranda Harrison, 30 | Fort Myers, FL
· Claudia Jordan, 50 | Dallas, TX
· Alyssa Klinzing, 26 | Kansas City, MO
· "Boston" Rob Mariano, 47 | Perdido Keys, FL
· Kim Mattina, 63 | Anthem, AZ
· Amy McCoy, 42 | Oklahoma City, OK
· Dr. Stephanie Mitchell, 41 | Gainesville, AL
· Jamil Sipes, 47 | Grand Prairie, TX
· Brantzen Wong, 31 | Tustin, CA

In addition to the contestants, models Ben Crofchick and Kamari Love join the cast as the Banker's Assistants - hired to keep a watchful eye on the valuable briefcases hidden throughout the island and assisting with the cases in each pivotal game of "Deal or No Deal."

In "Deal or No Deal Island," the iconic briefcases are hidden around the island and worth over $200 million in prize money split between them. In each episode, players compete in daring challenges to secure the briefcases that will be used in that night's game of "Deal or No Deal." The player who snags the highest-value case gains immunity and gets to choose a fellow player to enter "The Temple." The chosen competitor must then play a high-stakes game of "Deal or No Deal."

If the player makes a bad deal and accepts an offer that is a lesser value than what is in their chosen case, they are immediately eliminated. If the player makes a good deal and accepts an offer that is a higher value than what is in their case, the power is in their hands and they get to select who to eliminate.

The winnings from each game of "Deal or No Deal" will be added to a group pot that will grow to an exponential value throughout the season. At the end of the season, the last player standing will face the Banker to potentially win the biggest prize in "Deal or No Deal" history.

However, the devious Banker is always watching and raising the stakes with tests of strategy and greed. Manganiello will serve as the gaming liaison - an intermediary between the Banker and contestants - overseeing gameplay and helping to navigate them through tough, life-changing decisions.

Produced by Endemol Shine North America "Deal or No Deal Island" is an exciting new competition format that has been reimagined from the original Banijay format, "Deal or No Deal." Executive producers are Matt Kunitz, Matt Apps, Sarah Happel Jackson, Howie Mandel and Endemol Shine North America's Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Sean Loughlin.

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posted 1/11/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Another House"

  • Janelle Pierzina, Dan Gheesling tease a Big Brother reunion on "The Traitors" (TV Line)

  • Darnell Ferguson arrested for DV warrant (Deadline)

  • Michael Strahan's daughter reveals brain tumor diagnosis (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Nick Clooney turns 90 (WVXU Cincinnati)


posted 1/11/2024

Netflix Gets Greedy
"The Trust" Begins Today!
From Radio Times

While it might look at first glance like a group of 11 strangers spending a few weeks in paradise, Netflix's The Trust: A Game of Greed is anything but.

The competition series will see a group of people given $250,000 to split evenly, but will they take their fair share of money or keep more for themselves?

As per Netflix, the show is "the ultimate test of human nature, as greed and mistrust threaten to destroy even the strongest relationship".

While everyone starts the game as winners, they can all leave just the same. But that's if they choose to share and if they don't, some people will be out of luck.

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posted 1/10/2024

Changing of the Reality Guard at CBS
Mitch Graham to Oversee Alternative in Place of Jack Sussman
From Deadline

CBS has unveiled its new structure for unscripted and specials following the departure of Jack Sussman.

Deadline reported earlier this morning that Sussman, who was EVP, Specials, Music, Live Events and Alternative Programming, CBS Entertainment, is stepping down. In his place, Mitch Graham, as EVP, Alternative, will oversee unscripted and Mackenzie Mitchell will lead its specials team.

Graham, who has overseen the alternative division since 2020, will now report to CBS Entertainment President Amy Reisenbach, and Mitchell, who is VP, Specials, will report to both Reisenbach and Bruce Gillmer, President, Music, Music Talent, Programming and Events, Paramount and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount +.

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posted 1/10/2024

MONDAY: Making Way for the Natty
ESPN Dominates Cable with CFP Championship
From Deadline

The Michigan Wolverines secured their first national title in 26 years on Monday, and 25M people tuned in to see them defeat the Washington Huskies.

The National Championship game was telecast across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN Deportes. The main channel secured a hefty majority of the audience with 24.28M viewers, according to Nielsen data.

This marks the most-watched title game in four years, since LSU clinched the title against Clemson in 2020. It's also up about 45% from the title game last year, when Georgia defeated TCU by more than 50 points. That game only secured 17M viewers.

That's likely because not only was this game against the No. 1 and No. 2 regular season teams in the nation, but it also remained close for much of the matchup. It wasn't until the fourth quarter that Michigan really pulled away and secured the 34-13 win. Not to mention, this was Michigan's redemption year after narrowly losing out on a spot in the title game last year.

The National Championship game is the second largest audience this college football season, as Michigan's Rose Bowl win over Alabama delivered nearly 28M viewers and takes the top spot. It might seem surprising, but it is not entirely uncommon for a semifinal to outperform the national title.

In fact, last year's national title had a smaller audience than both semifinal games. Georgia-Ohio State was the most-watched contest with 22M viewers. Michigan-TCU took second place with 21.7M.

Elsewhere, it was slim pickings with NBC's "America's Got Talent: Fantasy League" the only new series offering on network. The spinoff scored 3.72 million on average over the two hours with a demo rating of 0.14.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 704k/0.06
- Blank Slate (P/GSN): 551k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 432k/0.05
- Barmageddon (USA): 419k/0.13
- Split Second (GSN): 407k/0.03
- Family Feud (R/GSN): 382k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 353k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 333k/0.02

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posted 1/10/2024

SUNDAY: A Golden Weekend
CBS Benefits from Golden Globes Bump
From TV Line

Tepid reviews, be damned: Viewership for CBS' telecast of the 2024 Golden Globes on Sunday surged year-over-year.

Despite host Jo Koy receiving widespread pans for his hosting performance, the three-hour ceremony — benefitting from its NFL doubleheader lead-in — drew 9.4 million viewers. That's a 50 percent increase vs. 2023, marking the Globes' largest audience in four years.

Last year's Jerrod Carmichael-hosted telecast on NBC averaged 6.3 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, down 9 and 27 percent from the 2021 broadcast to mark the event's smallest audience since 1995 (the last time that TBS hosted the show before turning it over to NBC) and a new demo low.

The 2021 Globes, with 6.9 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, was down more than 60 percent from the last pre-pandemic ceremony. That January 2020, pre-pandemic Globes, hosted by Ricky Gervais, drew 18.4 million viewers.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (SP/MTV): 708k/0.26
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 455k/0.08
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 413k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 404k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 392k/0.03

Numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America: Spoiled Rotten (SP/Food): 862k/0.13

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posted 1/10/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Come at the Queen, You Best Not Miss"

  • Anne Hegerty refutes cheating allegations, challenges all armchair social media warriors (NME)

  • Pat McAfee happy that Aaron Rodgers won't be available for the rest of the NFL season (Deadline)

  • Shari Redstone launches auction for Paramount Global (New York Post)

  • Cheryl Burke apparently threw her Mirrorballs out (Heavy)


posted 1/10/2024


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History Made at the Emmys
Keke Palmer Wins for "Password"; Records Extend for "Jeopardy!", RuPaul
From various sources

Keke Palmer is breaking records! The media personality, 30, won an Emmy for outstanding host for a game show for NBC's Password at the 75th Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday — becoming the first woman to do so in 15 years, and the first woman of color to do so in Emmys history.

As she collected the award at the ceremony held at the Peacock Theater in downtown L.A. the star said, as reported by Deadline, "Wow. That is so exciting thank you so much. I'm really just so thankful, I'm almost speechless."

Palmer continued, "I want to thank the people who allowed this to happen, thank you to Jimmy Fallon, thank you to NBC."

Meanwhile, Fallon, 49, also heaped praise on Palmer, per Deadline. "Sharp, charming and quick-witted all while looking like a superstar. There's no one like Keke Palmer," he said.

Palmer received the Emmy award ahead of fellow nominees Steve Harvey (Family Feud), Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik (Jeopardy!), and Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune).

The last woman to win for the same category was Meredith Vieira for Who Wants to be a Millionaire? in 2009. The first woman to ever win for the category was Betty White, who won for Just Men! in 1983.

This year marks the first time Password has been nominated in 50 years, after Allen Ludden first won for the show at the first-ever Daytime Emmy Awards back in 1974.

Meanwhile, historic runs continued as RuPaul won his 13th Primetime Emmy – outstanding host for a reality or competition program for RuPaul's Drag Race. This marks the eighth consecutive win for RuPaul, who also holds the record for most wins by a person of color.

During his speech, the producer and host said, "I'm so proud to be a part of this medium, you invited me to be a part of this. You are my family." He went on to thank his family and World of Wonder producers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey.

He shared a story about being "at the bottom" and sleeping on his friend Larry Tee's couch. "He told me, 'These are terrible times. Remember who you are, don't give up.'" Speaking to the audience, RuPaul said, "I want to tell all these kids out here in the business, remember who you are. Do not give up. Stick with it, kiddo, and remember who you are."

With his win, RuPaul adds to his collection of awards, which includes the Tony Award he landed last year for producing the Broadway show "A Strange Loop.".

Jeopardy!, Emmy's most honored game show, took the prize for Outstanding Game Show, bringing its total trophy count to 44. Departed host Mayim Bialik took to her Instagram to celebrate: "I'm so proud to have been a part of the 2022 season of Jeopardy! that won the primetime Emmy last night for best game show."

An emotional Derek Hough took home the gold Sunday at the Creative Arts Emmys for Outstanding Choreography. Through tears, he dedicated his win to wife Hayley Erbert. "Exactly a month ago I was in the hospital. this is a different moment," he said, choking up after winning the fourth Emmy of his career for choreographing Michael Buble's "Higher." "A life-changing moment reminded me to really savor each every moment."

"What a stark contrast this has been," he continued. "I just flew in from Washington, DC, last night." He then went on to dedicate his Emmy to "my beautiful wife. Your strength and your courage this whole month has been unbelievable," he continued. "You inspire me every day.".

Other winners of note...
- Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series: Dancing with the Stars (BBC Studios Los Angeles for ABC/Disney+)
- Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program: RuPaul's Drag Race (World of Wonder for MTV)
- Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program: The Traitors (Studio Lambert for Peacock
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- Outstanding Technical Direction and Camerawork for a Series: Dancing with the Stars (BBC Studios Los Angeles for ABC/Disney+)


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posted 1/9/2024


Iconic Life

Mario Lopez Has a "Blank Slate"
Newest GSN Original to Bow January 8
From the Futon Critic

BLANK SLATE will premiere Monday, January 8 on Game Show Network and air weekdays.

Based on the board game by USAopoly and in the comedic game show format, BLANK SLATE is a fun and funny game show where thinking alike, in the form of matching answers to clever fill-in-the blank questions, can win you big bucks. Each team of two friends will be paired with a comedian guest, and the teams accumulate points by matching their teammates, with a bonus if any player matches America's top answer. The celebrities switch teams in round two, and in round three the trailing team picks the comedian partner they believe will help them win. The winning team moves on to the bonus round where they can pick a comedian to match on each question. If the team gets three matches, they walk away with $10,000!

BLANK SLATE is a Game Show Enterprises Studios production with Rane Laymance serving as executive producer. Richard Gerrits and Laura Robinson also serve as Executive Producers for Heath Street Media Inc.

A pop culture staple, two-time Emmy(R)-award winner Mario Lopez is the host of NBC's Access Hollywood and Access Daily. He also hosts iHeart radio programs "On with Mario Lopez" and "iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez." Actor, New York Times best selling author, producer and host, Lopez also has an over-all development deal with NBCUniversal. Lopez's acting credits include This Is Us, Jane the Virgin, Saved By The Bell and Nip/Tuck, among many others. In 2008, Mario Lopez made his Broadway debut as Zach in the revival of A Chorus Line where he met his wife, Courtney. Mario and Courtney have three adorable kids, Gia, Dominic and Santino and two dogs, Salvador & Oscar.

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... or "This May Be As Close as We Get to an Apology"


posted 1/9/2024

Nigel Lythgoe Steps Down from "SYTYCD"
Producer/Judge Subject to Multiple Investigations
From Deadline

Nigel Lythgoe is exiting So You Think You Can Dance after a number of sexual assault complaints.

Lythgoe, the co-creator, lead judge and exec producer of So You Think You Can Dance, is the subject of two sexual misconduct lawsuits, including one filed by Paula Abdul who accused him of assaulting her twice over the past 20 years.

"I have informed the producers of So You Think You Can Dance of my decision to step back from participating in this year's series," Lythgoe said. "I did so with a heavy heart but entirely voluntarily because this great program has always been about dance and dancers, and that's where its focus needs to remain. In the meantime, I am dedicating myself to clearing my name and restoring my reputation."

The move also comes a few days after it emerged that Lythgoe is the subject of an investigation by Sony Pictures Television's 19 Entertainment, which co-produces SYTYCD with Dick Clark Productions.

19 Entertainment, Dick Clark Productions, and Fox confirmed the upcoming season of So You Think You Can Dance will proceed, "although without Nigel Lythgoe to ensure the show remains committed to the contestants, who have worked incredibly hard for the opportunity to compete on our stage. No decision has been made as to a replacement judge for this season, which will premiere on Fox on Monday, March 4," per those three companies.

As SYTYCD producer, 19 Entertainment is listed as a defendant in Abdul's suit, which alleges a 2015 incident during Season 12 of the dance competition at Lythgoe's Los Angeles home. He has denied the accusations, calling them "untrue."

On December 29, Abdul filed a sexual assault and gender violence lawsuit against Lythgoe, an exec producer on American Idol, over multiple alleged attacks.

The first alleged assault occurred "during one of American Idol's initial seasons" in a hotel elevator while the show was on the road. "Lythgoe shoved Abdul against the wall, then grabbed her genitals and breasts, and began shoving his tongue down her throat," the complaint stated.

The second assault supposedly happened over a decade later in 2015 during Season 12 of SYTYCD at Lythgoe's L.A. home. "Toward the end of the evening, Lythgoe forced himself on top of Abdul while she was seated on his couch and attempted to kiss her while proclaiming that the two would make an excellent 'power couple,'" the filing said.

The second lawsuit against Lythgoe is related to alleged sexual assault and harassment during the production of the short-lived ABC reality series All American Girl.

The incident in the second complaint comes from two All American Girl contestants. It allegedly took place after the show's finale party, when Lythgoe drove the two to an L.A. home instead of a promised studio to meet up with others.

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posted 1/8/2024

The Floor Lands in Argentina
Hungary Also Signs Deal
From C21 Media

Argentinean broadcaster Canal 13 has ordered the first Latin American version of Dutch quiz show format The Floor following a deal with Talpa, which has also sold it into Hungary.

Set to air later this year, the format is being adapted by Buenos Aires-based prodco Kuarzo Entertainment. The Hungarian adaptation, meanwhile, marks the tenth for the show and will air on RTL Hungary later this year, with Scripted Productions on board to produce.

The format was picked up by Rai in Italy, Fox in the US, Dogan Media-owned Romanian network Kanal D, France Télévisions, Sat.1 in Germany, Spain's Atresmedia and Novyi Kanal in Ukraine in 2023.

The Floor sees 100 contestants face off in quiz duels on a giant LED floor divided into 100 squares, each representing its own field of knowledge. The goal is to conquer the floor and take home a cash prize. RTL4 in the Netherlands began airing the original last year and the Dutch version is heading into its second season.

Pablo Codevilla, programming manager at Canal 13, said: "This captivating and challenging gameshow, known for its fast-paced nature and thrilling high-stakes duels, promises an engaging experience for our audience."

Peter Kolosi, chief content officer at RTL Hungary, said: "Embracing innovation and entertainment, we eagerly anticipate bringing a new dimension of excitement to viewers of RTL Hungary."

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posted 1/8/2024


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More on "Jeopardy! UK"
Catch It on ITV January 1
From Yahoo!

What popular American gameshow is about to be given a British overhaul? Jeopardy!

That's right - it's been a staple of State-side television since its debut in 1964 and now Jeopardy! UK aims to translate the action across the pond. This particular gameshow is a cut above the rest due to its rising stakes format which has the potential for a successful contestant to win a huge amount of cash while defending their title as reigning Jeopardy champion.

Jeopardy! UK will start at 5.45pm on New Year's Day, Monday, 1 January 2024 on ITV and ITVX. From there, fans can expect to twenty instalments to roll out in the coming weeks as players are tasked to rely on nothing but their general knowledge skills to win big cash prizes.

Jeopardy! UK will be hosted by actor and television personality Stephen Fry. It'll be his job to introduce this popular American game to a whole new British audience.

Jeopardy! Is a general knowledge question-answer quiz show with a difference. Instead of inviting its players to simply provide answers to brain teasers, its host gives contestants clues which take the form of answers and they must think of the question that accurately identifies the person, place, thing or object being described. Each episode has an overall winner who continues to the next episode until he or she is ultimately beaten. As each champion progresses, the prize money they're liable to win increases, giving the show an addictive quality, as viewers often tune in to discover the fate of each current champion.

"That's the beauty of the show!" says Fry. "[the jackpot] builds and builds for as long as the champion stays on. There is a winner in each show, and they will be there as champion for the next show. They will win more and more, until deposed. In theory, a really brilliant champion could win hundreds of thousands of pounds - or more.

"In America, the great Ken Jennings (now the presenter of the show) won 74 shows in a row, winning $2.52 million. Over the course of various follow-up shows, he raked in more than $4.5 million. So there's always a wonderful tension."

The format of Jeopardy! UK will stay largely the same as its US counterpart, with one tiny difference.

"The only real difference is that the UK version is a little longer with an extra round," adds Fry. "The signature Jeopardy! oddity of the questions being answers and the responses having to be given in the form of questions remains the same."

Jeopardy! UK premieres Wednesday, January 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on BBC First in Canada. No word on whether it will air in the US.

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posted 1/8/2024

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posted 1/8/2024


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DAVID SOUL: 1943-2024
Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson of "Starsky & Hutch" Played "It Takes Two"
From Deadline

David Soul, who played Detective Kenneth "Hutch" Hutchinson in the hugely popular 1970s Starsky & Hutch TV series, starred in other TV shows and films and had hits as a singer, died Thursday. He was 80.

In a statement to press, Soul's wife Helen Snell said he died "after a valiant battle for life in the loving company of family."

"He shared many extraordinary gifts in the world as actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist and dear friend," said Snell. "His smile, laughter and passion for life will be remembered by the many whose lives he has touched."

Soul played the role of Hutch opposite Paul Michael Glaser in the ABC series throughout its 1975-79 run. The buddy-cop series became a generational touchstone, fondly remembered even today for the star duo's genial camaraderie, the light-action antics that were a hallmark of '70s police dramas and, of course, the car: a red 1976 Ford Gran Torino with a bold white stripe that stretched from one side of the vehicle to another.

The American-Brit Soul also had major roles in Here Come the Brides, a late-1960s comedy-drama series inspired by the classic Hollywood musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and the 1973 Dirty Harry sequel film Magnum Force.

Born on August 28, 1943, in Chicago, Soul started performing as a stage actor in the mid-1960s, first landing a role on The Merv Griffin Show and then Star Trek.

In game show, Soul featured on episodes of "It Takes Two".

Married three times, Soul is survived by six children

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posted 1/5/2024

Graham Norton Spins the Wheel
Catch It Saturday Night on ITV
From Wheel

Feeling lucky? Hopefully, the contestants on ITV's newly rebooted Wheel of Fortune are because they'll be playing for big money prizes alongside host Graham Norton.

Originally running for a whopping 14 series on the channel between 1988 and 2001, Wheel of Fortune invites players to spin a huge carnival-style wheel to be in with a chance of winning life-altering amounts of cash.

The show's return marks ITV's growing fascination with revisiting classic gameshow formats, with the broadcaster recently recruiting Stephen Fry to front the UK's debut take on the much-loved American question-answer show Jeopardy!

"I'm beyond excited to be bringing such an iconic American show to a new British audience," said Norton in a press release issued by ITV. "My first ever TV job was a game show on ITV so this feels like coming full circle. You might even call it a wheel"


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posted 1/5/2024

THURSDAY: A Golden Wedding
ABC Wins Night with "Bachelor" Special
From The Programming Insider

It was a happily ever after for ABC as they win the night on the back of "The Golden Wedding" of Gerry Turner & Theresa Nist.

ABC led the night in all key demos thanks to "The Golden Wedding" (4.966 total viewers; 0.55 in A18-49) and a special, "General Hospital: 60 Years of Stars and Storytelling" (2.446m/0.19)

NBC took the silver led by new episodes of Transplant (2.275m/0.26) and Dateline NBC (2.451m/0.28).

CBS took the bronze with new episodes of Ghosts UK (2.443m/0.22) and SEAL Team (1.568m/0.12).

Fox placed out of the podium with a new Hell's Kitchen (2.344m/0.34).

The CW was in reruns.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 447k/0.02
- Split Second (GSN): 426k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 390k/0.02
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 384k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 350k/0.04

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posted 1/5/2024

WEDNESDAY: Aloha Magnum...
NBC Ends Series on a High
From TV Line

The first half of NBC's double-episode Magnum P.I. sendoff on Wednesday night drew 3.79 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating, surging 31% and 33% from its last fresh episode to mark and match Season 5B highs.

The actual series finale, airing at 10/9c, retained 3.4 million total viewers (the second-largest audience of 5B) while dipping in the demo to match the series-low rating of 0.2.

A Chicago Med rerun (2.73 mil/0.24) led off NBC's night with numbers on par with Quantum Leap's Season 2 averages in the time slot.

Elsewhere on Wednesday:

CBS' The Price Is Right at Night (4.6 mil/0.4) hit a season high in audience and led Wednesday both in total viewers and in the demo. Raid the Cage (2.6 mil/0.3) hit a season high on its new night. FBI TRUE (1.5 mil/0.2) was up 28% in audience.

Fox's I Can See Your Voice (2.04 mil/0.3) opened Season 3 down just a tick from its previous averages (2.1 mil/0.4). Anthony Anderson's We Are Family in turn debuted to 2.4 mil and a 0.3.

NBA game coverage on ABC averaged 1.5 mil and a 0.3.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)
- The Challenge: Battle for a New Champion (MTV): 504k/0.22
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 500k/0.10
- Split Second (GSN): 460k/0.07
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 336k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 308k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 298k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 297k/0.05

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"After Midnight" Gets a Release Date
Catch It on CBS January 16 at 12:37a ET
From CBS News

The new late-night show "After Midnight," hosted by Taylor Tomlinson, will premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS, the network announced on Thursday.

"With celebrated comedian Taylor Tomlinson at the helm and a panel of guests from the worlds of entertainment, comedy, music, and beyond, After Midnight is a late-night comedy series about what set the internet abuzz that day with a game show feel," CBS said in a news release, calling it "the smartest show on television about the dumbest things on the internet."

The late-night series, a new incarnation of Comedy Central's "@midnight," will fill the timeslot that previously featured "The Late Late Show" with James Corden.

Corden taped his last episode in April after eight years and nearly 1,200 episodes as host.

Stephen Colbert, host of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," announced Tomlinson, an up-and-coming comedian, as the host back in November. Colbert also serves as an executive producer for the new show.

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posted 1/4/2024

More on "The Traitors UK" Season 2
Three Million Return to Watch
From Deadline

Back with a bang, The Traitors returned for the BBC last night, watched by 3M viewers.

The opening ep, in which 22 contestants were introduced and three were chosen to be 'traitors', has been anticipated for months, following the runaway, watercooler success of the first.

Helmed ably once again by Claudia Winkleman, the show peaked with around 3.1M, according to Barb ratings data supplied by overnights.tv, as contestants including a clairvoyant, chess coach and a British Army engineer entered the fray in the now-beloved Scottish castle.

Episodes will air three a week at 9 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. GMT) with three dropped on iPlayer at a time, and a second season of Peacock's U.S. version, hosted by Alan Cumming, will kick off shortly.

While 3M is miles behind entertainment juggernauts such as I'm a Celebrity and Strictly Come Dancing, it is a decent showing for a highly-formatted reality show that has only been airing for two seasons, and the numbers will likely shoot up on iPlayer.

On the flipside, BBC bosses may have expected to outdo last year's opening ep, which hit 2.9M, given that the pubcaster has thrown its marketing might behind the series. Last year's first ep was helped by a healthy lead-in from an England World Cup football match.

In a rare feat for a multi-episode entertainment show, the series grew audience through the run, both on iPlayer and on linear. The final was watched by 3.3M in what was an incredibly dramatic conclusion.

The BBC's Survivor reboot opened with 2.5M in October 2023, roughly level with ITV's relaunched Big Brother.

The Traitors couldn't come close to matching the most-watched show on British TV yesterday, which was the 6pm news.

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posted 1/4/2024

MONDAY: Welcome to 2024!
ABC, NBC Split Night
From TV Line

ABC's broadcast of the 38th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony led Monday in the demo, while tying NBC's latest America's Got Talent spinoff premiere in total viewers.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony — which has been streaming on Disney+ since it first streamed live on Nov. 3 — averaged 2.97 million total broadcast viewers over its three-hour run, while scoring a 0.3 demo rating.

AGT: Fantasy League debuted to an identical 2.97 million viewers while mustering only a 0.2 demo rating.

The first of three consecutive NCIS reruns delivered Monday's second-largest audience: 2.3 million for CBS.

Fox's M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television averaged 2.1 million viewers and a 0.2 rating (and today can be watched on Hulu, Tubi and On Demand).

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (SP/Food): 655k/0.11
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 459k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 401k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 378k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 328k/0.06
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 315k/0.05
- Split Second (GSN): 275k/0.03

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posted 1/4/2024


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GLYNIS JOHNS: 1923-2024
"Mary Poppins" Actress Played Game Shows
From the Hollywood REporter

Glynis Johns, the upbeat leading lady with the British charm who starred as the spirited feminist mother Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, has died. She was 100.

Johns lived in West Hollywood and died Thursday of natural causes at an assisted living facility in the area, her manager, Mitch Clem, told The Hollywood Reporter.

A multitalented actress, dancer, pianist and singer, Johns earned a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for playing the widowed saloon and hotel owner Mrs. Firth in Fred Zinnemann's Australia-set The Sundowners (1960).

Plus, she memorably sang "Send in the Clowns," which Stephen Sondheim wrote just for her, in her Tony Award-winning performance as Desiree Armfeldt in the original 1973 production of A Little Night Music.

The husky voiced Johns was nominated for a Golden Globe for portraying a daffy older socialite who is stirred by the young stud she meets on the beach in a then-controversial film about sex, The Chapman Report (1962).

A year later, she starred in her own short-lived CBS sitcom, Glynis, in which she played a mystery writer and amateur sleuth, and later, she was Lady Penelope Peasoup opposite Rudy Vallee as Lord Marmaduke Ffogg on the last season of ABC's Batman.

Walt Disney himself loved Johns' sparkling onscreen persona and recruited her to play Mrs. Banks, who needs a nanny (Julie Andrews) to take care of her two children, in Mary Poppins (1964). In the film, she memorable performs the song "Sister Suffragette."

Of Welsh heritage, Johns — whose father was Mervyn Johns (best known as the fearful Bob Cratchit in 1951's A Christmas Carol) — made her early movie mark in light British fantasies. In Miranda (1948), Helter Skelter (1949) and Mad About Men (1954), she played a flirtatious mermaid who gets involved with real-life romances.

On the strength of her popularity, she ventured to Hollywood, where she portrayed Mary Tudor in The Sword and the Rose and the wife of a Scottish freedom fighter in Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue, two Disney films that also starred Richard Todd and were released in 1953.

In game show, Johns featured on episodes of "To Tell the Truth", "Juke Box Jury", "Call My Bluff", "Talent Scouts", and "Everybody's Talking".

Married four times, Johns had one son, the late actor Gareth Forwood, during her marriage to Anthony Forwood. She has no survivors, Clem said.

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posted 1/3/2024

TUESDAY: Fox Hits "The Floor"
ABC Wins, Fox & NBC Tie for Second
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC's Celebrity Jeopardy! semifinal was Tuesday's most-watched show (by a wide margin) and also came out on top in the coveted-and-delicious 18-49 demo.

Celeb Jeop! returned from the holiday break to 4.4 million viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, hitting and matching Season 2 highs. ABC's broadcast of Only Murders in the Building's first three episodes averaged 3 mil and a 0.24.

NBC's Night Court's Season 2 premiere (3.7 mil/0.4) was down a tick from the revival's freshman averages. Extended Family, whose premiere got a beefy NFL boost, held onto 3.3 mil and a 0.3 with Episode 2.

Fox's Name That Tune (1.7 mil/0.3) returned to Season 3B highs. The Floor then debuted to 2.5 mil and a 0.4 — delivering, TV Line reports, Fox's "most-watched unscripted Tuesday debut in more than 13 years" (since MasterChef circa July 2010).

The CW's Inside the NFL (300K) was pretty steady week-to-week.

Cable numbers are forthcoming.

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posted 1/3/2024

"Love Is Blind" Contestant Countersues
Move Follows Delirium TV's Suit for NDA Violation
From The Wrap

Renee Poche, a contestant from the fifth season of Netflix's "Love Is Blind," has filed a lawsuit against Delirium TV, the show's production company, and Netflix, saying she "didn't feel safe" during her time on the show, which set her up with a "violent" alcoholic and drug addict.

The lawsuit comes after Delirium took legal action against her for purportedly violating her nondisclosure agreement.

"My experience on 'Love is Blind' was traumatic," Poche said in a statement obtained by TheWrap. "I felt like a prisoner and had no support when I let Delirium know that I didn't feel safe."

Specifically, the lawsuit Poche has filed seeks judicial relief from her "overreaching and unlawful talent agreement" pertaining to the reality dating show.

The lawsuit claims that Carter Wall, the fellow contestant she staring seeing while on the show, was "unemployed with a negative balance in his bank account, homeless, violent, estranged from his family and actively addicted to drugs and alcohol" in spite of Delirium TV's vetting process.

It goes on to say that Poche was "utterly terrified to be around him" but that Delirium "made it clear" she would be subject to legal action if she did not move forward with the show.

In her statement, Poche said that after trying to deal with her emotions, she felt as though she "needed to share what had happened. I felt it was only right to let others know the truth of what all of the cast mates had to endure," Poche said. "In return for this, I am now being sued for $4 million despite earning only $8,000 for my participation on the show. I believe Delirium is trying to silence the abuse that occurs behind the cameras and ruin me for telling the truth."

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posted 1/3/2024


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Saying Goodbye in 2023
A Final Roll Call for Luminaries We Lost Over the Last Year
From various sources

They were part of our TV history, part of our community of professionals and fans, and part of our lives. As we close the book on 2023 and prepare to begin anew in the coming year, let us always remember and never forget... They too walked among us.

- Hilary Alexander, whose eye for fashion helped shape "Britain's Next Top Model".

- Scott Alexander, whose magic captivated America in "America's Got Talent" and on the high seas with his wife Jenny.

- Bob Barker, who caught the eye of Ralph Edwards and slowly but surely earned the title of the World's Greatest Emcee before paying it forward in 2007 and departing the stage as simply the best to do it. His talent will forever be priceless.

- Kristin Bjorklund, a star in front of and behind the camera who helped bring the Goodson-Todman game show empire into the contemporary age.

- Doyle Brunson, "Texas Dolly" was a mainstay in the poker circuits who knew as much about life as about the Cadillac of poker – You don't stop playing because you get old. You get old because you stop playing.

- Chen Kenichi, an invincible man of culinary skills and one of the first in the world to be given the title of Iron Chef.

- Choi Sungbong, whose moment of greatness on Korea's Got Talent led to a moment of infamy and then tragedy.

- Harry de Winter, who brought Lingo to the Netherlands, only to help bring it back to America in the early 20th century, helping to give a still-young Game Show Network an identity.

- Nitin Desai, who used the Millionaire design to bring "Slumdog Millionaire" to life.

- Len Goodman, the "Dancing with the Stars" head judge who, simply put, was in a class by himself.

- Bruce Gowers, who left his native UK to find success on the production stages of America.

- CJ Harris, who may have been sixth in American Idol season 13, but was #1 with his fans.

- Jim Tom Hedrick, the last of a dying breed of "Moonshiners" looking for a "Master Distiller".

- Bernadette Hunt, who, as "Falcon" on "Gladiators", was a flight of ferocity in every challenge she undertook.

- Dean Jones, a director at Fremantle UK who helped bring The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent to life.
- Jody Kelly, who in running "The Amazing Race" made history and proved that age is nothing but a number.

- Tonya Knight, who as "Gold" on "American Gladiators", was nothing short of golden in strength, intelligence, beauty, and grace.

- Milt Larsen, who made magic in the game show writers room before making magic into a Southern California landmark.

- Norman Lear, a titan of television who spent one show educating the Quiz Kids and a career making America laugh… and think.

- Coco Lee, who brought her pop star mentality to the panels of "Dancing with the Stars China", "Chinese Idol", and "World's Got Talent".

- Matt Napolitano... a testament in the power of determination in making your dreams come true.

- Keith Nale, a two-time Survivor veteran who was an underdog who kept in the fight as best as he could.

- Paul O'Grady, who brought himself into every role, and brought his most famous role of Lily Savage into the UK version of "Match Game".

- Michael Parkinson, one of the greatest television personalities to ever come from Britain and an ace as host and panelist.

- Mark Pilgrim, one of South Africa's finest emcees, able to host everything from Big Brother to Power of 10.

- Hector Ramirez, who helped the stars find their dancing shoes on "Dancing with the Stars".

- Paul Reubens, a veritable chameleon who appeared on the Gong Show stage before bringing his most famous character – Pee-Wee Herman – to bigger stages. Not as well known was his Troy Stevens character in "You Don't Know Jack"

- Bobby Rivers, a game show contestant turned broadcaster turned game show host. His stint may have been short, but his talent was everlasting.

- Phillip Roach, who raised one of the world's best quiz minds in Mattea.

- Johnny Ruffo, who won a country over with his voice before winning the world over with his acting talent home and away.

- Scott Satin, a producer who was finding his prime in game shows after spending his career elsewhere.

- Herbert J. Siegel, who was a key figure in the merger of Warner Communications and Time, Inc.

- Arleen Sorkin, who introduced us to some of "America's Funniest People" after playing the Squares and the Feud. For a generation, she IS Harley Quinn.

- Jerry Springer, a broadcaster-turned-politician-turned-ringmaster who had a need for greed in the UK and a lot of Baggage in the US, as well as crossing the country being Bob Barker on the live stage, all while "charting the downfall of humanity in real time" on his talk show stage.

- Michael Tiller, a dominant voice in the game show fan community, uniting both old school and new school fans worldwide.

- Cal Wilson, who was a mainstay in both British and Australian comedy before hosting "The Great Australian Bake Off".

- Cary Young, one of the greatest quizzers of our time, who showed the world how "Sale of the Century" should be played.

- Jock Zonfrillo, who lent his expertise in finding Australia's next "Masterchef".

- Celebrities including Alan Arkin, Burt Bacharach, Robbin Bain, Jeff Beck, Harry Belafonte, Richard Belzer, Tony Bennett, Pamela Blair, Barbara Bosson, Andre Braugher, Jim Brown, Jimmy Buffett, Dick Butkus, Anna Cardwell, Paul Cattermole, Michael Chiarello, Carole Cook, Tyler Christopher, Pat Cooper, David Crosby, Jacqueline Dark, Dickie Davies, Sandra Day O'Connor, Kamar de los Reyes, Andrea Evans, Sharon Farrell, Shirley Anne Field, Annabel Giles, Mark Goddard, Shecky Greene, Johnny Hardwick, Rolf Harris, Ellen Holly, Bobby Hull, Barry Humphries (aka Dame Edna), Gayle Hunnicutt, Lance Kerwin, Janet Landgard, Sara Lane, Piper Laurie, Gordon Lightfoot, Gina Lollobrigida, George Maharis, David McCallum, Richard Moll,  Ginny Newhart, Barry Newman, Jacky Oh, Ryan O'Neal, Matthew Perry, Lisa Marie Presley, Adam Rich, Charlie Robison, Richard Roundtree, Bill Saluga, Anna Shay, Shelley Smith, Tom Smothers, Suzanne Somers, Stella Stevens, Inga Swenson, Tina Turner, Conny Van Dyke, Raquel Welch, Jimmy Weldon, Annie Wersching, Cindy Williams, and Jacklyn Zeman - all of whom took time form their busy schedule to play the games we know and enjoy.

- And finally, Carlos Alexander, an American soldier, a Panamanian son, and the best father anyone could ever ask for. A day doesn't go by when I don't stop and think about you, the kind of life you lead, and the people you left behind. You gave me a full-metal mind and a servant's heart, and for that, I will forever be grateful. I miss you, dad.

May they all rest in peace.

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posted 1/3/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "PS Please Don't Sue Us"

  • Jimmy Kimmel fires back at Aaron Rodgers suggesting that he somehow had something to do with Jeffrey Epstein (Sports Illustrated), forcing Pat McAfee to walk back and apologize (CNN)

  • Aaron Evans to return to reality TV on "First Dates" on Channel 4 (Digital Spy)

  • PlutoTV to add Supermarket Sweep channel this month (Media Play News)

  • Two anti-Semites, a British diversity chief executive, and somehow Stephen Fry is involved (Deadline)

  • Jonathan Bennett to make his premiere on Broadway in "Spamalot" (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Gerry Turner & Theresa Nist (Reality TV World)


posted 1/3/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Mama Dearest"

  • FIRST LOOK: We Are Family (January 3) (Deadline)

  • Rachel Lindsay, Bryan Abasolo end their marriage after 4 years (TV Line)

  • Susan Noles, former "Golden Bachelor" contestant, will officiate "The Golden Wedding" (The Wrap)

  • Simon Gregson to make a "Deal" with Stephen (Yahoo!/Digital Spy)


posted 1/2/2024


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SHECKY GREENE: 1926-2023
Vegas Legend Played Game Shows
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Shecky Greene, the legendary standup comedian known for his long tenure as a Las Vegas headliner and for working with Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, died Dec. 31 at his home in the city. He was 97.

Greene's wife of 41 years, Marie Musso Greene, confirmed his death to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Greene was a regular on the TV talk show and guest star circuit in his 1960s and '70s heyday, when he often sported a comb-over haircut and wide-lapel suits. Earlier in his career, he came to represent the epitome of the Rat Pack-adjacent comedian in a tux, delivering lightly risque or edgy anecdotal stories and zingers on stage.

Greene was known for his many appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and for working as the opening act for Sinatra in Miami and Presley in Las Vegas. During the 1962-63 season, he played a recurring character on the World War II-set ABC drama "Combat." His other TV appearances included "Love, American Style," "The Love Boat," "Fantasy Island," "Laverne & Shirley," "The Fall Guy," "The A-Team," "Trapper John, MD," "Roseanne" and "Mad About You." His prominent film roles include "Splash," Mel Brooks' "History of the World: Part I" and "Tony Rome."

He guested on more than 60 episodes of "The Tonight Show," including several outings as a guest host replacement for Carson. He also made a 1957 appearance on the show during Jack Paar's run behind the desk. Greene also co-hosted and guest hosted "The Mike Douglas Show" and "The Merv Griffin Show." He was a regular on game shows and variety shows ranging from "Tattletales," "Hollywood Squares" and "Match Game" to "The Dean Martin Show" and "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour."

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posted 1/1/2024


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BANDIT: 1985-2023
"Drag Race Thailand" Contestant
From Entertainment Weekly

The RuPaul's Drag Race franchise has lost a member of its global family, as EW reports that Drag Race Thailand season 2 star Bandit has died at age 38.

More details surrounding Bandit's death were not immediately available, though several sources close to the situation tell EW that Bandit died Tuesday in Thailand, nearly five years after first appearing on Drag Race Thailand's second season in January 2019.

Bandit — a skilled fashion designer known for dazzling looks on the runway — ultimately placed fourth on the show, finishing behind eventual season winner Angele Anang.

"We're all completely lost because Bandit has been a light. He has taught me. I would not be the same person I am today without Bandit teaching me about fashion," Drag Race Thailand cohost and UK vs. the World contestant Pangina Heals tells EW via phone, shortly after learning about Bandit's death. "He's been such a visionary, such a giver. He's always telling other people, 'You can do this' or, 'Do that to be better,' in terms of making sure other people have their fashion game on. He was such a funny person, such charisma, such magnetism, and without him, all of us don't know what to do."

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posted 1/1/2024

New Year's Lightning Round
... or "Welcome to 2024!"

  • Ryan Seacrest "postpones retirement", signs a new deal with iHeartRadio (Monsters & Critics)

  • Mayim Bialik looking forward to "new beginnings" in "brighter 2024" (TV Insider)

  • Britt Stewart, Daniel Durant, former DWTS partners, partner up off the dance floor (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Survivor champs Parvati Shallow, Erika Casupanan come out on the same day (The Wrap)

  • AJ McLean announces an end to his marriage (AOL)


posted 12/26/2023


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BOBBY RIVERS: 1953-2023
Radio Anchor Played "Jeopardy!", "Wheel of Fortune"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Bobby Rivers, the sassy celebrity interviewer and film critic who hosted Watch Bobby Rivers for VH1 and Top 5 for the Food Network, has died. He was 70.

Rivers had been living in St. Paul, Minnesota, and died Tuesday night in a Minneapolis hospital, his sister, Betsy, told The Hollywood Reporter. She said he had suffered a series of mini-strokes and had a recurrence of lung cancer.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rivers was the oldest of three kids. He once noted in an interview with Our Lives magazine that "both my parents loved old films, so they really cultivated and encouraged this in me."

Rivers was a winning contestant on the syndicated program The Movie Game while he was attending the all-boys Verbum Dei Jesuit High School in L.A., then came to Milwaukee in 1972 and graduated from Marquette University, where he majored in broadcasting. After writing weekend newscasts for Milwaukee's WRIT-FM, he entertained listeners on a morning show at WQFM and hosted public events around town.

He then made the move to television, reviewing movies for the Milwaukee ABC affiliate, WISN-TV, and the syndicated show PM Magazine. He also hosted a talk show, More. After Milwaukee, Rivers moved to New York for a job at WPIX-TV in 1985 and from 1987-90 hosted Watch Bobby Rivers, where he interviewed the likes of Sally Field, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Mel Gibson.

He later hosted the syndicated game show Bedroom Buddies; served as a lifestyles/entertainment reporter for programs on WNBC-TV and WNYW-TV and Lifetime Live, an ABC/Lifetime newsmagazine; hosted the Food Network's Top 5 program from 2002-04; and reviewed films for Whoopi Goldberg's national radio show from 2006-08.

Survivors also include his brother, Tony.

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posted 12/28/2023


Warner Bros. Discovery/Paramount Global

Party's Over Before It Begins?
Wall Street Has a Hard Time Seeing a Deal
From Deadline

Wall Street's Hollywood observers got a pre-holiday surprise this year when news broke that Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has explored a potential deal for Paramount Global in a meeting with its CEO Bob Bakish and chair Shari Redstone, who controls the firm through family holding company National Amusements.

Shares of Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) dropped as investors tried to unpack the news and analysts expressed their doubts about the potential deal, using such phrases as "we have a hard time seeing" a deal and equating it to catching "a falling knife" or even a "financial death sentence."

Reps for Paramount Global and WBD declined to comment. Axios first reported the talks. Terms of a possible merger of the companies could not be learned.

While not quite describing the revelation of the deal talks as a nightmare before Christmas, Wells Fargo analyst Steven Cahall straight-out told investors in a report: "We prefer WBD stand-alone." After all, "pro-forma WBD/Paramount would be a beast of a mostly linear company," he explained. That merged company would control cable outlets ranging from HBO, TNT and TBS to Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET and MTV.

Cahall explored some deal scenarios in his report entitled "WBD + PARA = ?." Scenario 1 would see WBD buying Paramount, which the analyst called a "bad idea." His estimates include combined revenue of $72 billion and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $13 billion, "of which about 50 percent/90 percent would be linear." The expert doesn't like the idea of WBD taking on incremental debt for a takeover, noting: "WBD's debt has been a problem since the merger, and this would only magnify melting ice cube sensitivities."

Scenario 2, an all-stock merger, would be "more neutral" for the stock, Cahall argued. "This has the benefit of not requiring incremental debt, but Paramount's controlling shareholders don't cash out," he explained. "The drawback is lack of M&A premium to the new stock."

Deal scenario 3 would see WBD acquiring National Amusements (NAI) before a Paramount merger. "WBD could look to control Paramount through the A shares for about $2 billion," Cahall wrote. "This gives management options, such as divestitures, prior to an all-stock merger of WBD/Paramount B (stock)."

His conclusion: "We see this as the lowest risk (i.e., best) option for WBD (smaller outlay). This also gives NAI immediate cash so may be most probable." Cahall wrapped up with broader deal thoughts. "Paramount is in play given the preponderance of press reports," he suggested. "We think WBD is better off as a seller than buyer given the strength and uniqueness of Warner Bros. and HBO, but management may have different ideas (or there may not be suitors). Any deals will likely require significant regulatory approvals of one to two years, and Paramount A versus B [shares] deals could engender shareholder lawsuits. Perhaps the biggest conclusion is that media's challenges inevitably lead to rationalizations."

TD Cowen analyst Doug Creutz sounded another bearish note on a possible WBD megadeal for Paramount. "We Have a Hard Time Seeing a Paramount Merger Happening," he summarized in the title of his report. One of its summary's other key takeaway was: "We don't think M&A is the solution." He noted "two obstacles" to a deal agreement: "regulatory and consideration."

On the regulatory side, "we have a very hard time believing the current FTC/DOJ, which has been very aggressive in combating industry consolidation, would give this deal a pass," Creutz argued, while others have noted that the transaction wouldn't bring together two broadcast networks. "It would involve merging two of the five remaining major movie studios, two major television studios, and would create a very high concentration of linear network ownership (which last we checked is still a very large and EBITDA-positive business even given cord-cutting), including a significant consolidation of major sports rights."

Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount would be looking to pool their assets, which span TV, film, sports and streaming, to gain greater scale and operational efficiencies. Specifically, WBD and Paramount would have an interest in combining their Max and Paramount+ premium streaming services to better compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney's Disney+ and Hulu.

On the film side, Warner Bros. Discovery would acquire top-tier properties from Paramount Pictures, including such film franchises as Terminator, Transformers, Mission: Impossible, Top Gun, A Quiet Place, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Godfather, Paranormal Activity, Scream and Star Trek film franchises. The Warner Bros. Pictures stable includes the DC Extended Universe films, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movie franchises.

Also this week, media mogul Byron Allen reached out to Paramount's top brass to extend a $3.5 billion offer to buy BET Media Group, which includes BET, VH1 and the BET+ streaming service.

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posted 12/28/2023

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Chris, Chris, Chris..."

  • Chris Harrison says he's "grateful that he's gone" from the "very toxic situation" that was his gig as host of "The Bachelor"... Which makes less sense the more you think about it (Deadline)

  • Reality TV workers have their eyes on 2024 (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Claudia Winkleman almost turned down "The Traitors UK" (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Lilly Singh (Washington Post)

posted 12/28/2023


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Mayim Bialik Exits "Jeopardy!"
Ken Jennings to Host Syndicated Quiz Solo
From AP/TV NewsCheck

Ken Jennings is sharing his thoughts on Mayim Bialik's exit as host of Jeopardy!. The two had been sharing hosting duties on the syndicated show and its primetime specials.

Jennings now will take over as sole host of the syndicated game show after Bialik announced on December 15 that she would not be returning.

"It took me off guard, because I loved working with my Mayim and I'm gonna miss her," Jennings told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Tuesday. "I can't speak to her decision-making process or her opinions about it. But on my end, I'm just a fan of Jeopardy! and I'm always delighted to host when they call upon me. I just feel extremely lucky to have even been considered for this job as a non-broadcaster."

"Sony has informed me that I will no longer be hosting the syndicated version of Jeopardy!" Bialik wrote. "I am incredibly honored to have been nominated for a primetime Emmy for hosting this year and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the Jeopardy! family."

Former show champion Ken Jennings has been hosting season 40 of the syndicated show by himself.

Sony Pictures Television in a statement noted Bialik was the one who announced her departure.

"We made the decision to have one host for the syndicated show next season to maintain continuity for our viewers, and Ken Jennings will be the sole host for syndicated Jeopardy!" Sony said. "We are truly grateful for all of Mayim's contributions to Jeopardy!, and we hope to continue to work with her on primetime specials."

Sony insiders told TMZ that contrary to rumors, bosses at the company weren't upset Mayim walked off the job in solidarity with striking writers in the summer. However, during her absence, as Jennings handled all the shows, execs realized that they didn't need two hosts. The sources said that it was also difficult for production to work around Mayim's filming schedule on her series, Call Me Kat.

However, Jeopardy" was still interested in having Bialik host their primetime specials, but Mayim allegedly wanted all or nothing. Sony said no to that and Mayim then put out her statement without consulting anyone at the show. Nonetheless, producers would still be open to Mayim hosting the special shows and the ball is in her court.

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TOM SMOTHERS: 1937-2023
Radio Anchor Played "Jeopardy!", "Wheel of Fortune"
From the Associated Press

Tom Smothers, half of the Smothers Brothers and the co-host of one of the most socially conscious and groundbreaking television shows in the history of the medium, has died at 86.

The National Comedy Center, on behalf of his family, said in a statement Wednesday that Smothers died Tuesday at home in Santa Rosa, California, following a cancer battle.

"Tom was not only the loving older brother that everyone would want in their life, he was a one-of-a-kind creative partner," his brother and the duo's other half, Dick Smothers, said in the statement. "Our relationship was like a good marriage — the longer we were together, the more we loved and respected one another. We were truly blessed."

When "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" debuted on CBS in the fall of 1967 it was an immediate hit, to the surprise of many who had assumed the network's expectations were so low it positioned their show opposite the top-rated "Bonanza."

But the Smothers Brothers would prove a turning point in television history, with its sharp eye for pop culture trends and young rock stars such as the Who and Buffalo Springfield, and its daring sketches — ridiculing the Establishment, railing against the Vietnam War and portraying members of the era's hippie counterculture as gentle, fun-loving spirits — found an immediate audience with young baby boomers. The show reached No. 16 in the ratings in its first season.

Nearly 40 years later, when Smothers was awarded an honorary Emmy for his work on the show, he jokingly thanked the writers he said had gotten him fired. He also showed that the years had not dulled his outspokenness.

"It's hard for me to stay silent when I keep hearing that peace is only attainable through war," Smothers said at the 2008 Emmy Awards as his brother sat in the audience, beaming. He dedicated his award to those "who feel compelled to speak out and are not afraid to speak to power and won't shut up and refuse to be silenced."

It also drew the ire of network censors. After years of battling with the brothers over the show's creative content, the network abruptly canceled the program in 1970, accusing the siblings of failing to submit an episode in time for the censors to review.

"Tom Smothers was not only an extraordinary comedic talent, who, together with his brother Dick, became the most enduring comedy duo in history, entertaining the world for over six decades — but was a true champion for freedom of speech, harnessing the power of comedy to push boundaries and our political consciousness," National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson said in a statement.

In game shows, Smothers would make appearances on I've Got A Secret, Password, What's My Line?, Celebrity Billiards, and Hollywood Squares, as well as bringing his "Yo-Yo Man" character to Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy!.

After a successful 20th anniversary "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in 1988, CBS buried the hatchet and brought them back.

The show was quickly canceled, though it stayed on the air long enough for Smothers to introduce the "Yo-Yo Man," a bit allowing him to demonstrate his considerable skills with a yo-yo while he and his brother kept up a steady patter of comedy. The bit remained in their act for years.

Smothers married three times and had three children. He is survived by his wife Marie, children Bo and Riley Rose, and brother Dick, in addition to other relatives. He was predeceased by his son Tom and sister Sherry.

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Lionsgate Closes on eOne
Film Midmajor, Family Feud Distributor Acquires Prodco from Hasbro
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Lionsgate said today its acquisition of global entertainment platform eOne from Hasbro is done.

The transaction announced last August adds 6,500 film and television titles to Lionsgate's large library; diversifies and strengthens its scripted and unscripted television businesses; extends its portfolio of brands and franchises; and expands its presence in Canada and the UK.

The deal is for $375 million in cash plus the assumption of some production financing loans.

EOne produces ABC hit franchise The Rookie, critically-acclaimed Showtime series Yellowjackets, and the long-running Discovery unscripted series Naked & Afraid. The library has 1917, Atomic Blonde, Green Book, Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Renegade and Designated Survivor. The transaction also includes film development rights to Hasbro's Monopoly brand. Lionsgate knows that property well and had specifically carved out the film development rights as part of the overall deal. Most Hasbro IP led by family brands will remain with the Pawtucket, RI-based toymaker including animated projects Peppa Pig, Transformers: EarthSpark, and My Little Pony: Tell Your Tale. Hasbro's restructured creative development and business affairs team — now called Hasbro Entertainment — will be shepherding its projects and development of franchises that also include GI Joe, Play-Doh, D&D, Magic: The Gathering, Power Rangers and the company's board game portfolio. When the eOne deal was announced in August, Hasbro said it had 30+ projects in development.

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posted 12/27/2023

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Maverick"

  • Mark Cuban closes on the Dallas Mavericks (Forbes)

  • Gary Lineker has his theories about why "Sitting on a Fortune" flopped (Metro)

  • Paul Sinha doing "better than ever" according to his fellow Chasers (Entertainment Daily)

  • Carol Vorderman claims she was not welcome back on "Countdown" after her exit (Birmingham Mail)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Lowe (Extra)

posted 12/27/2023


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MATT NAPOLITANO: 1990-2023
Radio Anchor Played "Jeopardy!", "Wheel of Fortune"
From Variety

Matt Napolitano, an anchor and reporter for Fox News Audio, died Dec. 23 in New York City after a short illness. He was 33.

Napolitano had been with Fox News since 2015, starting out as a writer for its Sirius XM channel, Fox News Headlines 24/7. He quickly advanced to serving as a sports reporter for the channel. He left the company for a short period but returned last year for the launch of Fox Audio.

Napolitano worked as an anchor and reporter, writing and producing segments for all Fox News audio platforms. He contributed sports-related coverage for Fox Business Network's "Cavuto Coast to Coast" weekday series anchored by Neil Cavuto. He also did voice work for the Fox News Edge service that delivers news coverage and content packages to Fox affiliate stations around the country.

Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott praised his Napolitano for being resourceful and enterprising as a journalist.

"Matt did everything from anchoring to writing and producing for our audio platforms and loved being able to work in the journalism field that he trained for his entire life," Scott wrote in a memo sent Dec. 24 to Fox News employees.

Outside of work, Napolitano was an avid fan of "Jeopardy." He was a contestant in 2020 on the syndicated game show, achieving a long-held dream after engaging in a methodical process of applying to be chosen for the show that began when he was a teenager. He also appeared as a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" in 2016, making it to the bonus round on that game show.

Napolitano's survivors include his husband, Ricky, who he married this past May.

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2024... The First Couple of Months...
Things to Look for in the First of the Year
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As Hollywood and the broader industry continue to recover from the debilitating dual actors and writers strikes, the 2024 television landscape is coming into focus. All of the broadcast networks have set return dates for most of their shows, with the postponed Emmy Awards now set for January 15 and no usual Premiere Week to speak of.

But as series return to production with lower episode counts this truncated season, here again is an annual list of premiere dates for new and returning TV series of import in the game show world.

The roster covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming programs debuting through 2024, with many listed as TBA as the year kicks off. It includes series and season debuts, shows returning from hiatus and some one-offs such as live sports and awards specials but not movies. The list includes shows that are in limbo for now but are likely to get premiere dates in the coming months.

JANUARY
- 1/1 - America's Got Talent: Fantasy League (NBC)
- 1/2 - The Floor (Fox)
- 1/2 - Celebrity Name That Tune: Season 3C (Fox)
- 1/3 - I Can See Your Voice: Season 4 (Fox)
- 1/3 - We Are Family (Fox)
- 1/5 - RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 16 (MTV)
- 1/8 - Blank Slate (GSN)
- 1/8 - Cash Cab Music (AXS TV)
- 1/12 - The Traitors: Season 2 (Peacock)
- 1/22 - The Bachelor: Season 28 (ABC)

FEBRUARY
- 2/1 - Farmer Wants a Wife: Season 2 (Fox)
- 2/14 - Love Is Blind: Season 6 (Netflix)
- 2/18 - American Idol: Season 7 (ABC)
- 2/26 - The Voice: Season 25 (NBC)
- 2/26 - Deal or No Deal Island (NBC)
- 2/28 - Survivor: Season 46 (CBS)

MARCH
- 3/4 - MasterChef Junior: Season 9 (Fox)
- 3/6 - The Masked Singer: Seaosn 10 (Fox)
- 3/13 - The Amazing Race: Seaosn 36 (CBS)

TBA
- Lingo: Seaosn 2 (CBS)
- The CHallenge USA: Season 2B (CBS)
- Weakest Link: Season 4 (NBC)
- That's My Jam: Season 3 (NBC)
- The Wall: Season 6 (NBC)
- Password: Seaosn 2 (NBC)
- FGirl Island (CW)

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posted 12/26/2023

"Gladiators UK" Reboot... "Coming Soon"
Show Previewed During Finale of "Strictly"
From Yahoo!

The BBC has released the first trailer for its upcoming Gladiators reboot.

Based on "American Gladiators" by Johnny Ferraro & Dan Carr, the game show, which originally aired on ITV between 1992 and 2000 before a brief revival on Sky in the late 2000s, is set to move to the BBC for a new 11-episode series early next year.

The trailer offers fans a sneak peek at the contestants set to go head-to-head against a group of elite athletes and bodybuilders known as 'The Gladiators'.

The competitors will take part in a series of speed and strength challenges, all under the watchful guidance of hosts Bradley Walsh and his son Barney.

The revival will include brand-new games alongside returning classics such as Duel (Joust) and Hang Tough, which will culminate at the end of each episode with fan favorite challenge The Eliminator.

A new 16 member line-up was confirmed earlier in the year, though two of the gladiators had to step away from filming due to injuries.

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Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Home for Christmas"

  • Derek Hough spends Christmas taking care of his wife (Deadline)

  • Jeff Dye spends Christmas calling his ex a "Terrible person" (PopCulture)

  • Dwayne Johnson spends Christmas in the 90s (Deadline)

  • Noel Fielding spends Christmas honoring the Pogues (Reality Titbit)

  • CASTING COUCH: Marvel fans assemble!... for a special week of "Wheel of Fortune" (AllEars)

  • Kevin Harlan can't pronounce the name of a show on his network (Awful Announcing)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Lowe (Lufkin Daily NEws)

posted 12/26/2023


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KAMAR DE LOS REYES: 1967-2023
"Call of Duty" Actor Played "Wheel of Fortune"
From The Hollywood Reporter

Kamar de los Reyes, the compelling Puerto Rican actor who portrayed the troubled cop Antonio Vega on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live and the villain Raul Menendez in Call of Duty video games, has died. He was 56.

De los Reyes died on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles after a brief battle with cancer, a family spokesperson announced.

De los Reyes also appeared as Watergate burglar Eugenio Martínez in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995) and starred as Tomas in Lisa France's Love & Suicide (2005), a feature shot clandestinely in Cuba while the principals were attending the Havana International Film Festival.

Most recently, he had recurring roles as Jobe on Fox's Sleepy Hollow in 2017, as a detective on ABC's The Rookie in 2021 and as a college football coach on the CW's All American since 2022.

On One Life to Live, de los Reyes first showed up in Llanview as Antonio in 1995. His character was a former gang member who had unjustly served time in prison for a murder done in self-defense, then became a lawyer and a cop. De los Reyes left the daytime drama in 1998 but would return in 2000 and remain until the soap's demise in 2013.

He played the vicious Menendez, a Nicaraguan arms dealer and terrorist who had an extreme hatred for America, in 2012's Call of Duty: Black Ops II, 2018's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, 2019's Call of Duty: Mobile and 2021's Call of Duty: Vanguard. "I walked away from this experience knowing that I had just finished work on one of the most amazing projects I've ever been a part of," he said in a 2012 interview.

One of five kids and the youngest of three sons, de los Reyes was born on Nov. 8, 1967, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and raised in Las Vegas. His father is famed Cuban percussionist Walfredo de los Reyes. He came to Los Angeles and landed work as a dancer in the Boaz Davidson-directed Salsa (1988).

In game shows, de los Reyes played in a special week of "Wheel of Fortune" in 2006.

In addition to his father and mother, Matilde, survivors include his wife, The Fosters actress Sherri Saum, whom he married in 2007 (they worked together on One Life to Live, and their characters were romantically involved); their 9-year-old fraternal twin sons, John and Michael; another son, Caylen; his brothers, percussionists Walfredo Reyes Jr. and Daniel de los Reyes; and his sisters, Lily and Ilde.


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posted 12/25/2023

Stephen Mulhern on Ice
New Host Named for "Dancing on Ice"
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Dancing on Ice has officially signed a new host, according to reports. Stephen Mulhern is reportedly replacing Phillip Schofield on the hit ITV ice skating competition.

Phillip had presented the show since the beginning in 2006, at first with Christine Lampard and then with former This Morning colleague Holly Willoughby. It has still not been revealed whether Holly will return to the show in January.

Holly, who quit This Morning following an alleged kidnapping plot earlier this year, was seen in public for the first time today since quitting the show and taking time out to spend with her family. And it is believed that Stephen's reported official signing to the show could help convince Holly to return.

Stephen stood in for Phillip - alongside Holly - in February 2022 when Phillip had by Covid. Together they also presented Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown on CITV in the early Noughties.

A TV insider told The Sun : "Stephen is hugely loved by viewers, is a consummate professional and as an added bonus has worked with Holly for decades - they both started out in telly together. Knowing Stephen will be there beside her could be the comfort blanket Holly needs to say yes."

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posted 12/22/2023

THURSDAY: Don't Forget to Keep Your Fingers Crossed!
Dick Van Dyke Celebrates 98th Birthday
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Big Brother: Reindeer Games closed out its run with a season-high audience of 2.25 million total viewers, while steady in the demo with a 0.3. demo rating.

Leading out of that, the Dick Van Dyke 98 Years of Magic birthday special was attended by 2.973 million viewers — Thursday night's largest audience — while scoring a 0.2 demo rating.

Over on NBC, a Christmas at Graceland rerun drew just shy of 2.97 million total viewers and delivered a 0.2 demo rating. A Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas repeat retained 2.3 mil and a 0.2.

The iHeart Radio Jingle Ball special on ABC delivered 2.1 mil and a 0.3.

The CW's Son of a Critch (310K) was steady in audience, while Children Ruin Everything (210K) shed some viewers.

The Christmas Break on Fox drew 1.2 mil and a 0.2.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (SF/Food): 504k/0.06
- Split Second (GSN): 442k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 420k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 388k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 361k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 352k/0.03
- House of Villains (SF/E!): 193k/0.04

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posted 12/22/2023

Strong Start for "Squid Game"
Netflix Series Leads Original Streaming Series
From The Hollywood Reporter

Squid Game: The Challenge may not be as big as the show that inspired it, but the competition series still got off to a very strong start.

Netflix's unscripted offshoot of its most popular series of all time scored a strong opening in the Nielsen streaming rankings for Thanksgiving week. Adam Sandler's animated movie Leo claimed the top spot overall, and Young Sheldon also joined the top 10 after making its Netflix debut.

Squid Game: The Challenge drew 1.42 billion minutes of viewing in the United States for the week of Nov. 20-26. It was the top streaming series for the week, beating out Bluey (1.17 billion minutes) on Disney+, and finished second overall behind the 1.53 billion minutes for Leo.

Overall
1. Leo (Netflix), 1.53 billion minutes viewed
2. Squid Game: The Challenge (Netflix), 1.42 billion
3. Bluey (Disney+), 1.17 billion
4. Young Sheldon (Max/Netflix), 963 million
5. Grey's Anatomy (Netflix), 861 million
6. The Crown (Netflix), 835 million
7. NCIS (Netflix/Paramount+), 763 million
8. Suits (Netflix/Peacock), 755 million
8 (tie) First Wives Club (Netflix), 755 million
10. Friends (Max), 716 million

Original Series
1. Squid Game: The Challenge, 1.42 billion minutes
2. The Crown, 835 million
3. The Great British Baking Show (Netflix), 437 million

4. The Santa Clauses (Disney+), 408 million
5. A Nearly Normal Family (Netflix), 373 million
6. Cocomelon Lane (Netflix), 291 million
7. Criminal Code (Netflix), 282 million
8. All the Light We Cannot See (Netflix), 267 million
9. Loki (Disney+), 262 million
10. Invincible (Prime Video), 248 million

Acquired Series
1. Bluey, 1.17 billion minutes
2. Young Sheldon, 963 million
3. Grey's Anatomy, 861 million
4. NCIS, 763 million
5. Suits, 755 million
5 (tie). First Wives Club, 755 million
7. Friends, 716 million
8. Six Feet Under (Max/Netflix), 592 million
9. The Big Bang Theory (Max), 590 million
10. Cocomelon (Netflix), 541 million

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posted 12/22/2023

WEDNESDAY: An Easy Win
CBS Decimates Competition with "Survivor"
From the Futon Critic

CBS' SURVIVOR continues to captivate viewers with +4% audience growth year-over-year in multiplatform viewing (linear + streaming) through its 45th season. The series held its broadcast audience steady and grew its streaming viewership on Paramount+, the CBS app and CBS.com.

According to Nielsen Most Current data, SURVIVOR season 45 broadcast viewership is averaging 6.32 million viewers per episode. Last night's three-hour season finale was the #1 show, watched by 4.53 million viewers across broadcast and streaming, a +6% increase from season 44 finale, according to fast national and internal data.

SURVIVOR was the #1 live-streamed entertainment program on Paramount+. Live streaming on Paramount+ and CBS TVE (CBS.com/CBS app) was up +27% in AMA from last year's finale on 12/14/22.

Additional notable milestones include:
· Since its debut in 2000, viewers have collectively spent 630 billion minutes with SURVIVOR on broadcast.
· This season, SURVIVOR is a top 5 non-sports broadcast program among Total Viewers.
· SURVIVOR is one of the most upscale series on broadcast TV and draws college educated viewers.
· The show also ranks as CBS' most co-viewed series with kids - ushering the next generation of SURVIVOR fans.
· This season marked the first time SURVIVOR aired 90-minute episodes followed by 90-minute episodes of THE AMAZING RACE resulting in +19% year-over-year growth for CBS' Wednesday lineup and the Network winning the night in the fourth quarter.

On Paramount+:
· SURVIVOR is the #1 most-watched reality program and the #3 overall program on the platform.
· Total time spent on Paramount+ by viewers with SURVIVOR increased +72% year-over-year.
· Viewers watching SURVIVOR on Paramount+ are, on average, 20 years younger than those watching on broadcast.
· Paramount+ viewers are catching up on past seasons of SURVIVOR. More than 57% of total time spent with SURVIVOR has been with past seasons.

Elsewhere...

- Fox (3.65m; 0.48/5) came in a competitive second with the season finale of "The Masked Singer".

- NBC, ABC, and CW went all specials, all repeats, all night.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 471k/0.06
- Split Second (GSN): 441k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 407k/0.04
- The Challenge: Battle for a New Champion (MTV): 359k/0.16
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 359k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 299k/0.04
- Let's Make a Deal (R/BET): 119k/0.03

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posted 12/22/2023

Joey Graziadei Set to Make History
32 Women Announced for "The Bachelor"
From the Futon Critic

Love awaits as 32 extraordinary women - the most to ever arrive at the mansion on night one - make "Bachelor" history and prepare to open their hearts to Joey Graziadei. His journey begins during the 28th season of "The Bachelor," MONDAY, JAN. 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.

Joey Graziadei is a 28-year-old teaching tennis pro from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, who stole America's hearts on season 20 of "The Bachelorette" with his loyalty, thoughtfulness and compassion for others. Before his emotional exit, audiences saw Joey open up about his family values and how those closest to him have influenced his desire to find lasting love. As the Bachelor, Joey is looking for a life partner who is outgoing, caring and shares his love for adventure and exploring the outdoors. He loves hiking, surfing, and ending his days watching the sunset, but knows he has much more love to give and the only thing missing is someone with whom to share his life.

Two realtors, three "account executives," a radiochemist, and a pair of sisters (!) — these are just some of the women who will be competing to "win" Joey's hand.

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posted 12/21/2023


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HERMAN RUSH: 1929-2023
Former President of Columbia Pictures Television
From Variety

Herman Rush, a prominent television pioneer and former president of Columbia Pictures Television, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Dec. 12. He was 94.

Rush got his start in the television industry in 1951 as a salesman at Official Films. In 1957, he acquired television syndication firm Flamingo Films, which he turned into a major independent syndication company. Rush also had an extensive career as head of the talent division at the agency Creative Management Associates, where he worked from 1960-1971.

In the late 1960s, Rush acquired the popular British sitcom "Till Death To Us Part" from Lord Lew Grade. He sold the intellectual property to the late television titan Norman Lear, who turned that show into "All in the Family." The hit sitcom starring Caroll O'Connor ran for nine seasons on CBS. Rush also imported, repackaged and produced multiple BBC comedy television series including "For the Love of Ada" and "Love Thy Neighbor." He also produced the Americanized pilots of "Dad's Army" (which became "The Rear Guard" in the U.S.") and "Are You Being Served" ("The Beans of Boston" in the U.S.), among others.

Rush independently packaged and produced made-for-television movies and comedy series for ABC between 1971 and 1975.

In 1979, Rush served as president of Marble Arch Television, before joining Columbia Pictures as president of Columbia Pictures Television Group. At Columbia, Rush oversaw the production of more than one hundred hours of movies and mini-series for television. He put more than a dozen series on air, including "Ripley's Believe It or Not," "Mike Hammer" and "Designing Women." Among other accomplishments at the company, he acquired the library of Spelling-Goldberg, which included "Fantasy Island," "Charlies Angels," "T.J. Hooker" and "Hart to Hart." He also oversaw Columbia's ventures related to first run syndication.

Rush was an executive producer of the talk show "The Montel Williams Show" for 17 years; he also executive produced "The American Red Cross Emergency Test" starring John Ritter and "A User Guide to Planet Earth: The American Environment Test" starring Tom Selleck.

Rush was recognized by industry groups including the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters and The Caucus for Writers, Producers and Directors.

Rush was married to his wife Joan, who died in October, for more than 72 years. They had two children, Mandie and Jim.

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posted 12/21/2023

TUESDAY: One Single Voice
NBC Reigns with Season Finale
From The Programming Insider

In the latest TV show ratings, it was all about "The Voice" as NBC won the night in all key demographics.

The season 24 finale (6.66m; 0.48/5 at 9p, 6.68m; 0.50/5 at 9:30p; 6.18m; 0.47/6 at 10p; 6.60m; 0.50/6) took first place in each of its half-hours.

Before the show, a recap of the previous night's performances scored 4.58m in total, with 0.34/4 in the demo.

CBS (2.38m; 0.25/3) took home the silver with a combination of "The Price Is Right at Night" (3.96m; 0.39/4), "Big Brother REindeer Games" (2.03m; 0.27/3), and "FBI True" (1.19m; 0.13/2).

ABC (1.82m; 0.23/3) came in third with its annual screening of "Disney's Prep & Landing" (2.25m; 0.28/3) & "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice" (1.81m; 0.27/3), followed by the season finale of "The Great Christmas Light Fight (1.72m; 0.20/3).

Fox served up the second part of "LEGO Masters Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular" (820k; 0.18/2).

The CW rounded out the night with new editions of "Inside the NFL" (280k; 0.04/0) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (310k; 0.05/0).

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)
- Beat Bobby Flay: Holiday Throwdown (SF/Food): 734k/0.16
- Chopped (Food): 624k/0.12
- Split Second (GSN): 411k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 398k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 396k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 386k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 357k/0.02
- Let's Make a Deal (R/BET): 126k/0.04

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posted 12/21/2023

The Floor Spreads to Argentina, Hungary
Moves Put the Franchise at 10
From TTV News

Production by Kuarzo Entertainment Argentina has already begun, with the broadcast slated for 2024 on eltrece (Canal13).

Talpa Studios announces the ninth and tenth international sales of its hit quiz show The Floor, to Argentina and Hungary. This development is significant for Talpa Studios, as it introduces the popular format to the Latin American market.

With these rapid extensions, The Floor has become one of the fastest growing formats of 2023. In less than a year since its premiere, it's achieved a remarkable milestone by expanding into 10 markets, a testament to its widespread appeal and fulfilling industry expectations.

Aside from Argentina and Hungary, The Floor has been sold in the Netherlands (heading into its second season), the USA, France, Spain, Germany, Ukraine, Italy, and Romania. Both in The Netherlands and in Spain, the show achieved excellent results.

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posted 12/21/2023

More on "Tipping Point Australia"
Catch A Preview Christmas Eve on Nine
From Nine

Catch an exclusive sneak-peek episode of Australia's newest game show, Tipping Point, this Christmas Eve at 7.00pm on Channel 9 and 9Now, followed by Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight.

Tennis legend Todd Woodbridge takes on a new challenge as host of Australia's rendition of the famous game that pushes contestants' luck to the very edge.

The original UK format has taken the country by storm, and in 2024 Australia finally has its own version of the show that will test the wit and wisdom of contestants as they take on the mesmerising Tipping Point machine – only the second one ever made anywhere in the world.

Just like our UK counterpart, our Aussie game format comprises four rounds, but it has a few surprises along the way. The first two rounds are all about banking as much money as possible, with the goal to win counters to play in the Tipping Point machine. At the end of Round 2, the contestant with the least amount of money will be eliminated and the remaining two contestants will go head-to-head, again trying to bank the most amount of money to avoid elimination. One lucky contestant will then make it to the final Jackpot round to play for $20,000.

But we've added a twist. Todd's secret Jackpot Temptation. Will Todd be able to tempt the contestants or will they play it safe?

Tune in on Christmas Eve at 7.00pm for an exclusive preview episode and see if the contestants can outplay the Tipping Point machine.

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posted 12/21/2023

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "(Annoyed Grunt)-Nut"

  • ARE YOU SMARTER THAN... Donut... (Deadline) ... press (Deadline) ... send! (TV Line)

  • Anne-Marie, Olly Murs out on "The Voice UK" (Telly Mix)

  • How "General Hospital" will say goodbye to Jacklyn Zeman (Deadline)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Raid the Cage" gets an upgrade for the new year - Wednesday at 9 (The Futon Critic)

  • Tiffany Haddish pleads not guilty (Deadline)

  • Dee Valladares answers THAT question (Reality TV World)

  • Jenny Ryan becomes a house hunter (Devon Live)

  • Jeff Dye celebrates 36 days of one-day-at-a-time (People)

posted 12/21/2023

Let's Talk More About Byron Allen, Shall We?
"Funny You Should Ask" Creator/Panelist Makes $3.5 Billion Offer
From Variety

Media mogul Byron Allen has renewed his attempt to acquire BET Media Group from Paramount Global — extending a $3.5 billion offer.

On Tuesday, Allen, who is founder and CEO of Allen Media Group, emailed Paramount Global senior executives and board, offering $3.5 billion for BET Media Group, which includes the BET cable channel, VH1, BET Studios and streaming service BET+, sources familiar with the situation confirmed to Variety. That's up from $2.7 billion that Allen had offered earlier in 2023.

Reps for Paramount Global and Allen Media Group declined to comment.

Bloomberg first reported on Allen's renewed offer for BET.

Other potential buyers of BET Media Group include BET CEO Scott Mills, a 26-year veteran of the company, and Chinh Chu, a former executive at private-equity firm Blackstone executive who runs CC Capital Partners, who have discussed a price tag of under $2 billion, Bloomberg reported.

In the email to Paramount brass, Allen wrote, "You are pursuing an inside sale at a below-market price with management that will not yield the highest price for the stockholders. We believe it would be an egregious breach of fiduciary duty by the Paramount Global management team and board of directors if BET is sold for anything less than the highest price, particularly, in order to provide a sweetheart deal to an insider at the expense of public shareholders."

Earlier this year, Paramount Global had been exploring the sale of a majority stake in BET Media Group, with bidders said to include Allen, Tyler Perry and Sean "Diddy" Combs. In August, Paramount called off the bidding process for BET because "a sale wouldn't result in any meaningful deleveraging of its balance sheet," the Wall Street Journal reported.

The renewed interest in a deal for BET comes amid talks between Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global about a potential merger. Meanwhile, Shari Redstone, whose National Amusements owns a controlling stake in Paramount Global, has been in talks to sell her shares in NAI, according to multiple reports.

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The Wrap

posted 12/20/2023

MONDAY: Battle of the Birds
ABC Wins with MNF
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC's share of the Monday Night Football match-up between the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks averaged 8.3 million total viewers, down 10% week-to-week in audience.

NBC's The Voice delivered a three-week high in audience (6.3 million total viewers) but dipped a tenth in the demo, to a 0.4 rating. Password's holiday special drew 3 mil and a 0.2, down sharply from any of the revival's solid summer 2022 numbers.

Leading out of The Price Is Right at Night (3.4 mil/0.3) on CBS, Big Brother Reindeer Games unwrapped its second-largest audience to date (1.7 mil) while delivering its third 0.3 demo rating in four outings.

FOX's LEGO Masters' double-episode "Holiday Bricktacular" drew 830K/0.2 and then 625K/0.2.

The CW's Freddy Mercury: The Final Act drew 490,000 viewers.

Cable numbers (total; A18-49)
- Holiday Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 1.138m/0.18
- Barmageddon (USA): 458k/0.11
- Split Second (GSN): 437k/0.05
- The Big Bake Holiday (SF/Food): 424k/0.08
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 312k/0.02
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 307k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 300k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 284k/0.02
- Let's Make a Deal (R/BET): 122k/0.03

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posted 12/20/2023


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What Is... A Second Chance?
Jeopardy! Begins New Tournament with New Opening
From The Sun

Jeopardy!'s seemingly endless Champions Wildcard tournament has finally wrapped, ushering in the hotly anticipated Season 39 Second Chance.

Returning contestants Mike Elliott, Eva Thomas, and Jason Carpenter took the stage, hungry for redemption and a coveted Tournament of Champions spot.

Second Chance is the redemption round for players who fell short in the previous season, offering them another shot at glory and the prestigious $250,000 ToC.

The event marks a return to the norm for Jeopardy!, as the tournament was meant to kick off Season 40 before the WGA strikes. It also introduced a glitzy new opening, featuring the venerable announcer Johnny Gilbert, 95, and a sneak peek behind the scenes. Instead of the typical globe and stock images, fresh BTS shots showed the staff, judges' table, and Ken Jennings preparing to get to work.

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posted 12/20/2023

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Unmasked"


posted 12/20/2023

BBC Calls Time on "Question of Sport"
53 Year Run Ends Amid "Inflation & Funding Challenges"
From Deadline

The BBC has confirmed that it has canceled its sports quiz show A Question of Sport after a 53-year run made it one of the world's longest-running TV programs.

Although a BBC spokesperson stressed that production had only been stopped for now – that it "was not the final whistle" and that the show could return in the future – it seems the towel has finally been thrown in, after falling ratings and budget cuts meant the show was no longer the primetime viewing juggernaut it used to be.

The show, a simple format which saw two teams of sporting stars compete to answer a series of sports questions, was first aired in 1970, presented by sports presenter David Vine. Later hosts included presenter David Coleman, former tennis star Sue Barker and comedian Paddy McGuinness.

At its height in the 1980s, the show drew huge audiences. One episode in 1987 when the guests included equestrian Princess Anne had viewing figures of 19million.

When Barker left in 2021, after 24 years as host, many saw this as the beginning of the end. Not only was new host McGuinness not a sports person, but the guests were drawn from a celebrity pool rather than sporting stars.

Of the decision to shelve the show, the BBC said: "Due to inflation and funding challenges, difficult decisions have to be made, therefore Question of Sport is currently not in production at the moment."

The BBC reports that the decision to cease production was connected to falling viewing figures and low audiences on iPlayer, with numbers dipping to below one million last year.

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posted 12/19/2023

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Home for Christmas"

  • VIDEO WALL: "Ink Master" all-stars to judge finale (The Wrap)

  • "Big Brother's" Matt Klotz to Guet on "The Bold & The Beautiful" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • BBC rejects argument that "University Challenge" is elitist (MSN)

  • Corinne Foxx engaged (Helly Beautiful)

  • Val Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson set the record straight (Us Weekly)

  • Wayne Brady opens up about his pansexuality (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Noel Edmonds (Nottinghamshire Live)

posted 12/19/2023

"Master Distiller" Returns to Discovery
Catch It January 16
From The Futon Critic

"Moonshiners: Master Distiller" will debut its new season January 16 at 9p ET on Discovery Channel

Judges Mark, Digger and Tim raise the bar on real-world challenges to test America's top legal and outlaw distillers. With holiday showdowns, shopping sprees, and backwoods still sites, they will determine who has what it takes to be called Master Distiller.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/18/2023

BBC Un-Jams Itself
Mo Gilligan's Version of Jimmy Fallon's Hit After One Season
From Telly Mix

The BBC axed the UK version of That's My Jam after just one series.

Hosted by Mo Gilligan, the show was based on the original US program hosted by Jimmy Fallon, itself inspired by musical segments on NBC's The Tonight Show. The celebrity music game show first aired in 2022 with guests including Alesha Dixon, Michelle Visage, Amber Riley, Bcky Hill, Donny Osmond, Nicole Scherzinger and The Vivienne.

However, it won't be back for a second season.

The BBC said: "Sometimes difficult decisions have to be made, so while there will not be another series of That's My Jam, we would like to extend our thanks to Mo Gilligan and the teams at Universal International Studios' label Monkey and Universal Television Alternative Studio for bringing the series to audiences in the UK."

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posted 12/18/2023

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Cringe"

  • Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino can't watch themselves on "Idol" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Stephen Fry delivers this year's "Alternative Christmas Message" from Channel 4 (AOL)

  • Having conquered basketball and game shows, Dwyane Wade takes up photography (Essentially Sports)

  • VIDEO WALL: How Password does the holidays (Today)

  • Byron Allen "hasn't yet done what he set out to do (Variety)

  • Trixie Mattel returns to host "The Pit Stop" (Variety)

  • Cameron Mathison celebrates 4 years cancer free (AOL)

  • Elizabeth Banks wants to take on "The White Lotus" (Deadline)

  • Derek Hough's wife recovers after emergency craniectomy (Deadline)

posted 12/18/2023

THURSDAY: Country Christmas
ABC, Fox Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC and Fox both had reason to celebrate with "CMA Country Christmas", "Disney 100: A Century of Dreams", and the fall finale of "Hell's Kitchen", pending adjustments for NFL airings in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

ABC (3.36m, 0.26/3 in the demo) led the 8pm hour with "CMA Country Christmas" (4.35m, 0.30/3), followed by the 20/20 special, "Disney 100: A Century of Dreams" (2.86m, 0.26/3).

NBC (2.13m, 0.28/3) took the silver with a rerun of "SNL Christmas" (2.40m, 0.20/2) leading the way. Before that, a new special, "That Clip Show: Holiday Edition" (2.10m, 0.25/3) took second.

CBS's (1.57m, 0.20/2) Big Brother: Reindeer Games (2.04m, 0.29/3) and Ghosts UK (1.86m, 0.28/3) was the only new hour on a schedule full of repeats.

Fox's (1.54m, 0.30/3) schedule was led by Hell's Kitchen's fall finale (2.15m, 0.39/4), the youngest-skewing offering of the night, and the season finale of LEGO Masters (985k, 0.21/2).

The CW's (380k, 0.06/0) Son of a Critch (410k, 0.05/1) and Children Ruin Everything (380k, 0.06/1) held steady.

And now for words we though we'd never be able to say again.... ON CABLE...
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 429k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 415k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 367k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 362k/0.05
- Split Second (GSN): 346k/0.03
- Let's Make a Deal - 2a (R/BET): 103k/0.03

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posted 12/15/2023


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More on "The Traitors" Season 2
Catch It on Peacock January 12
From Remind

Let the scheming recommence.

The Traitors season 2 is to return to Peacock on Friday, January 12, with weekly episodes rolling out on Thursdays at 6pm PT/9pm ET thereafter.

Season 2 is also getting a companion show, The Traitors Postmortem, which will stream following new episodes, and be played on YouTube the day after their Peacock launch.

You can watch a trailer for the season below, featuring the likes of former heavyweight boxing world champ Deontay Wilder, Love Island UK alum Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Bachelor Peter Weber among the 21 contestants...
· Carsten "Bergie" Bergersen (Love Island USA)
· Chris 'C.T.' Tamburello (The Challenge)
· Dan Gheesling (Big Brother)
· Deontay Wilder (FMR Boxing Heavyweight Champion)
· Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu (Love Island UK)
· Janelle Pierzina (Big Brother)
· Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio (The Challenge)
· John Bercow (FMR Speaker of the UK House of Commons)
· Kevin Kreider (Bling Empire)
· Larsa Pippen (The Real Housewives of Miami)
· Marcus Jordan (Fashion Entrepreneur)
· Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Dancing with the Stars)
· Mercedes "MJ" Javid (Shahs of Sunset)
· Parvati Shallow (Survivor)
· Peppermint (RuPaul's Drag Race)
· Peter Weber (The Bachelor)
· Phaedra Parks (Married to Medicine)
· Sandra Diaz-Twine (Survivor)
· Shereé Whitfield (The Real Housewives of Atlanta)
· Tamra Judge (The Real Housewives of Orange County)
· Trishelle Cannatella (The Challenge)

Alan Cumming returns as host, this time with his dog Lala at his side as sidekick.

The Traitors, from Studio Lambert and based on a Dutch format from All3Media's IDTV, is billed as a psychological adventure in which treachery and deceit are the name of the game. In the U.S. version, celebrities work together on a set of missions in and around a Scottish highlands castle to build a prize fund. Among the Faithful players are Traitors, whose goal is to eliminate the others and claim the cash for themselves. If the Faithful successfully banish the Traitors, they share the prize.

Stephen Lambert, Mike Cotton, Toni Ireland, Sam Rees-Jones, Tim Harcourt and Jack Burgess are exec producers. Cumming is host and producer on the season, which runs to 11 episodes and a reunion special.

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posted 12/14/2023


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More on "Jeopardy! UK"
Catch It on ITV January 1
From Yahoo!

What popular American gameshow is about to be given a British overhaul? Jeopardy!

That's right - it's been a staple of State-side television since its debut in 1964 and now Jeopardy! UK aims to translate the action across the pond. This particular gameshow is a cut above the rest due to its rising stakes format which has the potential for a successful contestant to win a huge amount of cash while defending their title as reigning Jeopardy champion.

Jeopardy! UK will start at 5.45pm on New Year's Day, Monday, 1 January 2024 on ITV and ITVX. From there, fans can expect to twenty instalments to roll out in the coming weeks as players are tasked to rely on nothing but their general knowledge skills to win big cash prizes.

Jeopardy! UK will be hosted by actor and television personality Stephen Fry. It'll be his job to introduce this popular American game to a whole new British audience.

Jeopardy! Is a general knowledge question-answer quiz show with a difference. Instead of inviting its players to simply provide answers to brain teasers, its host gives contestants clues which take the form of answers and they must think of the question that accurately identifies the person, place, thing or object being described. Each episode has an overall winner who continues to the next episode until he or she is ultimately beaten. As each champion progresses, the prize money they're liable to win increases, giving the show an addictive quality, as viewers often tune in to discover the fate of each current champion.

"That's the beauty of the show!" says Fry. "[the jackpot] builds and builds for as long as the champion stays on. There is a winner in each show, and they will be there as champion for the next show. They will win more and more, until deposed. In theory, a really brilliant champion could win hundreds of thousands of pounds - or more.

"In America, the great Ken Jennings (now the presenter of the show) won 74 shows in a row, winning $2.52 million. Over the course of various follow-up shows, he raked in more than $4.5 million. So there's always a wonderful tension."

The format of Jeopardy! UK will stay largely the same as its US counterpart, with one tiny difference.

"The only real difference is that the UK version is a little longer with an extra round," adds Fry. "The signature Jeopardy! oddity of the questions being answers and the responses having to be given in the form of questions remains the same."

Yahoo!
TV Zone

posted 12/14/2023

Second Harvest for "Farmer Wants a Wife"
Catch It on Fox February 1
From The Futon Critic

Season Two of Farmer Wants a Wife, the most successful dating show in the world, airing in 32 countries and resulting in 201 marriages and 514 children... and counting, returns Thursday, Feb. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. In a trend that continues to sweep America, there's been a migration from city-centers to suburban and rural locales, and with that, love follows. Hosted by superstar entertainer and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Nettles, the anticipated season follows four farmers in search of real, lasting love.

Season Two's new crop of farmers - Ty Ferrell, Mitchell Kolinsky, Brandon Rogers and Nathan Smothers - host a group of single women who leave behind the comfort and convenience of city life for the charms and challenges of country living, as they embark on an adventure that could change the course of their lives forever.

With diverse backgrounds in cattle ranching, citrus, potato and barley farming, horse training and more, the upcoming season promises an even more in-depth look at the pursuit of genuine love as each farmer and their group of hopeful singles meet and mutually select one another before the women are invited to experience life on their respective farm. From there, the farmers show each group what it is really like on an actual working farm, from tending to the land, harvesting crops and feeding cattle, to the behind-the-scenes business operations.

As the ladies immerse themselves in the realities of farm life, some will blossom while some will head out to pasture, and ALL will quickly learn a manicure only lasts so long in the great outdoors. With this comes even more fish-out-of-water moments, and only time will tell if the ladies have the patience, spirit and adaptability required to be a farmer's wife. Together, with the hope of finding their ever-after, they endeavor to discover the beauty, humor, trials and romance that come with finding the one.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/14/2023

Meet the Season 16 Drag Racers
Catch It on MTV January 5
From Entertainment Weekly

The new season of RuPaul's Drag Race has set up an all-star lineup to guest judge Season 16, including Oscar winner Charlize Theron, music star Becky G and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer alum Sarah Michelle Gellar.

MTV will premiere the new season on Friday, January 5 at 8 p.m. ET. Other guest judges that will appear during the season include Adam Shankman, Icona Pop (Caroline Hjelt + Aino Jawo), Isaac Mizrahi, Jamal Sims, Joel Kim Booster, Kaia Gerber, Kelsea Ballerini, Kyra Sedgwick, Law Roach, Mayan Lopez and Ronan Farrow.

RuPaul's Drag Race features mainstay judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews and Ts Madison for the 16th season. Fourteen queens will compete for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a cash prize of $200k.

Competing for the show's 16th regular-season crown, a $200,000 prize, and the title of America's Next Drag Superstar across the two-part premiere is an eclectic mix of drag styles from around the country, including season 13 star and All Stars 8 finalist Kandy Muse's drag daughter, season 14 Miss Congeniality winner Kornbread's drag sister from the House of Jeté, and a fashion-forward queen responsible for making several jaw-dropping looks worn by UK vs. the World's Mo Heart and season 15's Luxx Noir London.

The show's two-part premiere will also introduce a new twist, as two groups participate in maxi challenges divided into themes: MTV's Spring Break and the Queen Choice Awards. Following the talent show performances, the queens will be tasked to Rate-A-Queen and rank each other's performances. This will determine the tops and bottoms of the challenge. The new episodes will again be followed by regular episodes of Untucked.

The season 16 queens are...
- Amanda Tori Meating; Los Angeles
- Dawn; Brooklyn
- Geneva Karr; Brownsville, TX (by way of Mexico)
- Hershii LiqCour-Jete; Los Angeles
- Megami: Brooklyn
- Mhi'ya Iman Le'Paige: Miami
- Mirage: Las Vegas
- Morphine Love Dion: Miami
- Nymphia Wind: New York City
- Plane Jane: Boston
- Plasma: New York City
- Q: Kansas City, MO
- Sapphira Cristál: Philadelphia
- Xunami Muse: New York City

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posted 12/14/2023

WEDNESDAY: The Finish Line
CBS Wins with Season Highs
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Survivor dominated Wednesday both in total viewers and in the demo.

Survivor rose 10% to a season high in audience (5.2 million viewers) while steady in the demo with a 0.8 rating. The Amazing Race's finale similarly hit a season high in audience (3.2 million) while steady in the demo with a 0.4 rating. (TAR is already renewed and opens Season 36 on March 13.)

NBC's Quantum Leap (2.55 mil/0.2) rose in audience but dipped to a demo low with its fall finale. Magnum P.I. (2.87 mil) slipped to its smallest audience of Season 5B but held steady with a 0.2 demo rating. Magnum returns with the first of its last two episodes ever on Jan. 3, Quantum Leap's return date is TBD.

ABC's Celebrity Family Feud (3.9 mil/0.4) was steady, while Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (3.5 mil/0.4) and $100,000 Pyramid (3 mil/0.3) both ticked up.

Fox's Masked Singer (2.9 mil/0.4) was steady, but Snake Oil (1.3 mil/0.2) dipped.

The CW's Sullivan's Crossing (380K) and The Spencer Sisters (295K) both his Stateside audience lows with their season finales.

TV Line

posted 12/14/2023

"I Can See" Your Guest Detectives
Meet the Panelists for Season 3
From TV Insider

There's quite the list of celebrities appearing on I Can See Your Voice in Season 3, premiering Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 8/7c, as celebrity detectives.

TV Insider has learned exclusively that Fox's musical guessing game will welcome as panelists the following actors, athletes, comedians, musicians, and TV personalities: Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, DeRay Davis, Gavin DeGraw, Kate Flannery, Ron Funches, Jennie Garth, Johnny Gill, Nikki Glaser, Todrick Hall, Tyler Hilton, Dwight Howard, Cheyenne Jackson, Penn Jillette, Montell Jordan, Chris Kirkpatrick, Maggie Lawson, NeNe Leakes, Thomas Lennon, Jon Lovitz, Maddie & Tae, Romeo Miller, Finesse Mitchell, Frankie Muniz, Melissa Peterman, Shawn Stockman, Lisa Ann Walter, Dionne Warwick, Michelle Williams, Porsha Williams Guobadia, and Carnie Wilson.

I Can See Your Voice Season 3 will also include all-new theme nights, such as Queen Night, Motown Night, and Diva's Night.

TV Insider

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posted 12/14/2023

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Two Faces of The Challenge"

  • Melissa Reeves prefers her "Total Madness" cribs to "Battle For a New Champion" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Guy Fieri not about to just GIVE his two sons his fortune after he passes on (Entrepreneur)

  • TCA Winter Tour set for February 5-15 in Pasadena (Deadline)

  • Taskmaster goes live (Film Stories)


posted 12/14/2023


CBS

Bob Barker at 100
Remembering the WGMC on What Would've Been His 100th Birthday
From Remind

You can't put a price on personality. Bob Barker's was beyond compare, a display of unflappable charm, graciousness and good humor no matter the circumstance. With nary a hair out of place, never losing his cool even when frenzied contestants lost their minds, the dapper Barker was the ultimate TV host, receiving 19 Daytime Emmys. Little wonder a "W.G.M.C." (World's Greatest Master of Ceremonies) sign hung on his dressing room door for years. "When people asked me how I made a living, I told them I made a living creating spontaneous entertainment with unrehearsed contestants," he wrote with characteristic modesty in his 2009 memoir, Priceless Memories, published two years after he ended his 35-year run as host of CBS' enduring The Price Is Right.

The opportunities were pretty much endless on Price, with contestants hugging, kissing and even chasing him around the stage in their excitement to meet their idol and play those pricing games. As befits a cultural icon, Barker enjoyed sending up his wholesome image — memorably sparring with Adam Sandler in 1996's Happy Gilmore and also appearing as himself on TV comedies How I Met Your Mother, Futurama (as a preserved head) and Family Guy.

"The South Dakota Hall of Fame is proud and honored to recognize Bob Barker and to have him inducted into the Hall of Fame," South Dakota Hall of Fame CEO Laurie Becvar told Keloland. "His life and his legacy will forever live in our state."

The Price is Right channel (exclusively on Pluto TV, with host Drew Carey) will present The Price Is Right: A Tribute to Bob Barker, starting at 5:00 p.m. ET on December 12th.

Meanwhile, The Strong National Museum of Play has a special "Price is Right" display at the museum in honor of the longtime host. It was made using items from the National Archive of Game Show History collection. It's made up of an original "any number" from the set of the show, historic photos, original tickets and more.

The Strong plans to open a game show history exhibit in 2026.

If he could choose his own legacy, it would doubtless be as an outspoken animal-rights activist. He famously ended each episode of Price with a reminder to "have your pets spayed or neutered" to control the pet population. It's even the last line of his memoir. Remember that the next time you watch someone excitably play Price's popular game Plinko.

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posted 12/13/2023


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ANDRE BRAUGHER: 1942-2023
"Homicide", "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Actor Played "Pyramid"
From Deadline

André Braugher has died. The two-time Emmy-winning star of series including Homicide: Life on the Street, Men of a Certain Age and Brooklyn Nine-Nine was 61. Braugher, whose first film role came alongside Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington in the Ed Zwick-directed Glory, died on Monday after a brief illness.

While Braugher peppered his resume with comedies, many will remember him for his ferocious portrayal as Detective Frank Pembleton in the NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street. Put him in the box, sweating out and outsmarting crime suspects in the interrogation room, and you were looking at a weekly dose of tour de force acting, as good as it got on television during that period of time.

Homicide is also where he met his wife, actress Ami Brabson. Along with her, Braugher leaves behind sons Michael, Isaiah and John Wesley, as well as his brother Charles Jennings and his mother Sally Braugher. He also leaves behind WME agent Brandt Joel, attorney Keith Klevan and his publicist Jennifer Allen of Viewpoint, his rep team for the past 25 years.

He won the Emmy in 1998, as well as two Television Critics Association Awards in 1997 and 1998.

"Everyone at FOX is devastated by the sudden loss of our friend and colleague, the incredibly talented Andre Braugher," a statement from Fox Entertainment said. "He will most certainly be remembered for his iconic comedic and dramatic roles across both film and television, but he will be remembered mostly for his big heart, kindness and the lasting impact he made on his friends, family and fans everywhere. Andre was the heart and soul of the Nine-Nine and will forever be our Captain. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Andre's family and loved ones at this time."

"Andre Braugher was the actor that others in the profession would always aspire to be. He infused Det. Frank Pembleton on 'Homicide: Life on the Street' with both righteous ferocity and quiet dignity. In addition to his prowess as a dramatic actor, his comedy chops were also on full display as the determined and passionate Capt. Holt in 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine.' His performances will continue to inspire future generations and we will miss him tremendously," NBC and Universal Television representatives said in a statement.

In game shows, Braugher appeared on "The $100,000 Pyramid".

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posted 12/13/2023

"Cash Cab" Gets Musical
Adam Growe to Host Musical Version for AXS TV January
From The Futon Critic

AXS TV announced today its winter programming slate, packed with all-new original series, exciting acquisitions, and returning favorites, set to launch in January 2024.

The winter lineup is headlined by the premiere of the all-new original series Cash Cab Music, debuting with back-to-back episodes on Monday, January 8 at 10 p.m. ET. Created exclusively for AXS TV, the upcoming trivia series puts a fresh twist on a popular format, as host Adam Growe gives unsuspecting passengers the chance to win cash prizes by answering challenging questions spanning across the rich history of music. Cash Cab Music was produced for AXS TV by Castlewood Productions Inc.

Regarding the game play, contestants will start off by answering several questions that increase in value from $50 to $100, with the final round offering up questions that are worth $200 each. Those lucky enough to reach their destination with cash in hand will have the option to either take their winnings and leave, or risk it all by answering the "Cash Cab Karaoke" question - if they sing the correct answer they will double their winnings, but singing the wrong song will send them home empty-handed..

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posted 12/13/2023


Endemol Shine North America/Fox

"MasterChef Junior" Returns March 4
Tilly Ramsay to Join Judging Panel
From Variety

Gordon Ramsay's popular, pint-sized cooking competition series MasterChef Junior returns to FOX on Monday, March 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) for its ninth season. This season, the judging panel welcomes Tilly Ramsay, who will join her father, award-winning chef, host and executive producer Gordon Ramsay. Acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and Emmy winning TV host Daphne Oz also return as judges. MasterChef Junior follows young home cooks between the ages of 8 and 13 who compete in a series of challenges to win the title of America's next MasterChef Junior, taking home a trophy and $100,000 in prize money. MasterChef Junior is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam. Elisabeth Murdoch, Danny Schrader, Jennifer Fazey, Gordon Ramsay, Pat Llewellyn, Ben Adler, Sharon Levy and DJ Nurre serve as executive producers.

Based on a format created by Franc Roddam, each season of the unscripted cooking competition follows a crop of young home cooks between the ages of 8 and 13 as they face off in a variety of challenges to win the title of America's next MasterChef Junior, taking home a trophy and $100,000 in prize money. Chef Aarón Sánchez and author and wellness advocate Daphne Oz will also return as judges.

"Blending fun, fast-paced competition with Gordon's undeniable soft spot for kids, 'MasterChef Junior' returns with a terrific new crop of young chefs ready to thrive under his invaluable mentorship," said Allison Wallach, President, Unscripted Programming, of Fox Entertainment. "And new this season, Gordon's talented daughter, Tilly, joins him on the judging panel, alongside the amazing Aarón Sánchez and Daphne Oz. Everyone at Fox and our terrific partners at Endemol Shine North America are delighted to welcome Tilly to the 'MasterChef Junior' family!"

"We are excited to continue our partnership with Fox with Season 9 of 'MasterChef Junior' and thrilled to officially welcome Tilly Ramsay to the MasterChef Junior family," said Sharon Levy, CEO, Endemol Shine North America. "We can't wait to reopen the 'MasterChef' kitchen to the next batch of talented junior home cooks hoping to become the next MasterChef Junior."

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posted 12/13/2023


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JANET LANDGARD: 1948-2023
"The Swimmer" Actress/Model a "Dream Girl" Fashion Reporter
From Variety

Janet Landgard, who starred in 1968's "The Swimmer" alongside Burt Lancaster and played Paul Petersen's love interest for three seasons on "The Donna Reed Show," has died. She was 75.

Petersen shared the news of co-star Landgard's death on Facebook, noting that cancer "took her life earlier this week." He added that Landgard was "the best TV girlfriend my alternate ego, Jeff Stone, ever had on the last three years of 'The Donna Reed Show.' Janet was gorgeous, inside and out… We were always close no matter the time or distance."

Landgard was born on Dec. 2, 1947, in Pasadena, Calif. She made her onscreen debut in 1963 on "The Donna Reed Show," playing a girl named Sabrina in one episode of the sitcom's fifth season. She also guested on ABC's "My Three Sons" that year. Landgard returned to portray Jeff's (Petersen) girlfriend Karen on 11 episodes of "The Donna Reed Show" through 1965. She was presented as one of 10 rising young talents on the TV special "The Hollywood Deb Stars of 1965," hosted by Carolyn Jones and George Gobel, and later served as a hostess on "Dream Girl of '67."

In Columbia Pictures' 1968 drama "The Swimmer," directed by Frank Perry, Landgard starred as Julie Ann Hooper, a former babysitter to Lancaster's character, Ned Merrill. The following year, she appeared in the western drama "Land Raiders," starring Telly Savalas, George Maharis and Arlene Dahl. Landgard's last two credits before she left acting include the 1971 ABC telefilm "The Deadly Dream" and the Victor Buono-led "Moonchild."

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posted 12/13/2023

"Unbeatable" Beaten
BBC Cancels Quiz Show After 2 Seasons
From The Sun

The BBC has given its daytime schedule yet another shake-up.

In the latest move it has axed Unbeatable after two series on air.

The show was presented by comedian Jason Manford and aired on BBC One.

Despite being popular with fans, TVZone report Beeb bosses have decided not to renew the show.

A BBC spokesperson said: "Unbeatable had two great series but we need to make room for new opportunities.

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posted 12/13/2023

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Solo Gig"

  • Anthony Anderson to host the Emmys January (The Futon Critic)

  • LIST ABUSE: "Love Is Blind" one of the top 20 series watched on Netflix over the 1H 2023 (Netflix)

  • Sean "Diddy" Combs reality show scrapped after multiple lawsuits (Variety)

  • Jessica Graf, Cody Nickson welcome their fourth baby (Reality TV World)

  • Stephen Fry "lucky to be walking" after serious fall (Wales Online)


posted 12/13/2023

"Love Is Blind" Renewed to Season 7
Season 6 to Bow Valentine's Day
From The Futon Critic

Netflix has renewed the hit unscripted dating series Love Is Blind for a sixth and seventh season.

Fans won't have to wait long as a new group of Charlotte, North Carolina singles embark on their journey of romance and self-discovery in season six coming this Valentine's Day, February 14, 2024.

All five seasons of Love Is Blind have ranked in Netflix's global Top 10 with the latest season, Season 5, spending five consecutive weeks on Netflix's global Top 10 list for English-language TV series, reaching the Top 10 in 49 countries after its premiere.

Singles who want to be loved for who they are have signed up for a less conventional approach to modern dating, and will choose someone to marry without ever meeting them. Over several weeks, the newly engaged couples will move in together, plan their wedding, and find out if their physical connection matches their strong emotional bond developed in the pods. When their wedding day arrives, will real-world realities and external factors push them apart, or will they marry the person they fell blindly in love with? Hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, this addictive series will uncover whether looks, race, or age do matter - or if love really is blind.

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posted 12/12/2023

Redbird IMI May Buy All3Media... Then Paramount?
Potential $1.26B Deal May Close Before Christmas
From Deadline

Jeff Zucker and Gerry Cardinale's RedBird IMI has emerged as the new frontrunner in the race to buy Squid Game: The Challenge maker All3Media.

According to the FT, the private equity group is in advanced talks with All3-owners Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) and Liberty Global in a deal worth around £1B ($1.26B), which could complete before Christmas. Sources confirmed to Deadline that RedBird is now leading the pack.

The investment firm is 75%-owned by Abu Dhabi and was formed last year. RedBird Capital, which owns the other share, has a roster including Skydance Media, the YES Network, and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Artists Equity. RedBird also teamed with Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia to buy the XFL out of bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, just before the end of 2023, industry deal chatter has moved back into the spotlight with a vengeance, led by reports that Paramount Global parent National Amusements (NAI) could come into play.

The chatter, sparked by a Puck item, centers on whether Top Gun mogul David Ellison's Skydance Media and private equity firm RedBird Capital are eyeing a run at Shari Redstone's NAI and its controlling stake in Paramount Global, led by CEO Bob Bakish. A sale of Paramount, home to Paramount Studios, CBS, Showtime, MTV, Comedy Central, BET and Nickelodeon, could reshape the Hollywood landscape, as any ownership change may mean assets are reevaluated and further deals could be made.

Execs at the media conglomerate have discussed laying off more than 1,000 staffers in early 2024, as Paramount tries to rein in costs, the Wall Street Journal reported. As of the end of 2022, Paramount Global counted 24,500 full-time employees.

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posted 12/12/2023


Radio Times
SHIRLEY ANNE FIELD: 1936-2023
"Alfie" Actress Played British Games
From Deadline

British actor Shirley Anne Field, whose long career included memorable performances in such 1960s classic Angry Young Men genre dramas as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Alfie — as well as a pivotal, several-month stint on the NBC soap Santa Barbara — died Sunday, Dec. 10, of natural causes. She was 87.

Her family announced her passing in a statement to the BBC. "It is with great sadness that we are sharing the news that Shirley Anne Field passed away peacefully on Sunday… surrounded by her family and friends. Shirley Anne will be greatly missed and remembered for her unbreakable spirit and her amazing legacy spanning more than five decades on stage and screen."

Born June 27, 1936, in the Forest Gate district of East London, Field began working as a model in the early 1950, moving into acting by the middle of the decade with roles in such films as Loser Takes All and It's A Wonderful World (both 1956).

In 1960 she had several roles – including in the unnerving horror film Peeping Tom that would later go on to become a cult favorite – before her breakthrough performance as Tina Lapford opposite Laurence Olivier The Entertainer, also released in 1960.

An acting career of more than 50 years followed, with film credits including Saturday Night and Sunday Morning starring Albert Finney (1960) The Damned (1962), Alfie (1966), House of the Living Dead (1974) and, in 1986, the Daniel Day-Lewis arthouse hit My Beautiful Laundrette. TV credits over the decades include a 1987 stint as Pamela Capwell Conrad the on American soap Santa Barbara, and appearances on Murder, She Wrote, Bramwell, and a recurring role on Where the Heart Is in 2001. Her final credit was the short film Beautiful Relics in 2014.

In game shows, Field appeared on episodes of "Celebrity Eggheads", "Countdown", "Blankety Blank", "Punchlines", "Give Us a Clue", "Celebrity Squares", "Star GAmes", "Going for a Song", "The Movie Quiz", "Juke Box Jury", "The Celebrity Game", and "Don't Say a Word".

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posted 12/12/2023

BBC Slots Date for "Traitors UK" Season 2
Catch It January 3
From Variety

The BBC has revealed a first look for season 2 of show "The Traitors." Season 1 was a huge success and won two BAFTAs, including for host Claudia Winkleman. Set in a Scottish castle, the format sees 22 strangers compete in a series of missions for a chance to win £120,000 ($151,000). However, amongst the players lie the 'Traitors,' who meet in secret and decide who to eliminate from their fellow players known as 'Faithfuls.'

"The Traitors" will return on Jan. 3, 2024 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer and episodes two and three will be available on iPlayer immediately after. The show will air on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

The BBC is also launching a podcast "The Traitors: Uncloaked," hosted by stand up comedian and presenter Ed Gamble, that will take fans of the show deeper into the castle with dissection of the episodes and exclusive access to the banished and murdered players.

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posted 12/12/2023

THURSDAY: A Golden Happily Ever After
ABC Wins Night, Slots "Golden Wedding"
From Entertainment Weekly

The season finale of ABC's "The Golden Bachelor" scored new series highs in both Total Viewers (7.13 million) and Adults 18-49 (0.98 rating) in the National Live+7 day numbers. In fact, "The Golden Bachelor" delivered the largest audience (7.13 million) for any series in "The Bachelor" franchise (i.e., "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette," "Bachelor in Paradise") since March 2020 and the franchise's highest-rated telecast since September 2022 in Adults 18-49 (0.98 rating) - since 3/10/20 and 9/20/22, respectively. "The Golden Bachelor" built over the prior week by 11% in Total Viewers (7.13 million vs. 6.44 million), posting six consecutive weeks of growth and delivering its biggest week-to-week increase.

On The Golden Bachelor: After the Final Rose, host Jesse Palmer announced that Gerry Turner and his bride-to-be, Theresa Nist, will get the full TV-wedding treatment with a special broadcast on ABC.

"We are going to get married. We're going to do it as quickly as we can, because at our age, we don't have a lot of time to waste," joked Turner. "So as quickly as we can put together a wedding plan, we're getting married."

Looks like ABC has a little over a month to put together Gerry and Theresa's big day: Palmer announced that The Golden Wedding will air Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024.

The Golden Bachelor lived up to its title with Thursday's season finale, scoring its biggest audience of the season and a nearly three-year high for the ABC unscripted franchise. The two hour-plus finale, which saw 72-year-old widower Gerry Turner propose to Theresa Nist — a wedding special is set for Jan. 4 on ABC — drew 6.07 million viewers, according to fast national ratings from Nielsen (which include out of home viewing). That's a 15 percent improvement on the show's previous same-day season high of 5.27 million viewers for the Nov. 13 episode.

It's also the best performance for any show in the Bachelor universe since the March 15, 2021 finale of Matt James' season of The Bachelor.

The finale also hit a season high among adults 18-49, averaging a 0.8 rating in the key ad-sales demographic. That's the best same-day performance for the franchise since the season 19 finale of The Bachelorette in September 2022.

Leading out of that, Bachelor in Paradise (2.2 mil/0.3) was steady in audience but dipped in the demo.

Elsewhere….

NBC's Transplant (1.4 mil/0.1) hit and tied season lows.

CBS' Ghosts UK (2.2 mil/0.2 and 2 mil/0.2) was steady in the demo but down sharply in viewers from its first Stateside double-pump.

The CW's Son of a Critch (320K) was steady in audience, while Children Ruin Everything (190K) dropped some eyeballs.

Fox's Pending adjustment due to sports preemptions in Dallas and Seattle, Hell's Kitchen (3.1 mil/0.5) and LEGO Masters (1.9 mil/0.4) are both currently up sharply.

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posted 12/12/2023

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Putting a Ring On It"

  • Yvette Nicole Brown displays her engagement ring on "The View" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Earth Wind & Fire, Keith Urban, AJR, Jelly Roll, Tyla, and Dan + Shay take the stage on "The Voice" finale December 19 (The FUton Critic)

  • Jimmy Tarbuck admits to hit-and-run (LBC)

  • Guy Fieri teams with Pepsi for epic Super Bowl Tailgate (Variety)


posted 12/12/2023

HGTV Tells It on The "Mountain"
"Battle on the Mountain" to Launch January 22
From The Futon Critic

Set at 13,000 feet above sea level, HGTV's newest competition series, Battle on the Mountain, will raise the stakes of competitive home renovation to new heights when it debuts with a supersized two-hour premiere on Monday, Jan. 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. During the six-episode series, three skilled teams - coached by home experts Rico León (Rico to the Rescue), Kim Myles (Design Star: Next Gen) and Kim Wolfe (Why The Heck Did I Buy This House?) - will face-off to upgrade similar mountainside homes in Breckenridge, Colorado. With an all-star roster of HGTV stars to judge the weekly challenges, each team will work to add the most property value in hopes of clinching bragging rights and a $50,000 cash prize.

The premiere episode will spotlight kitchen and dining room makeovers that will set the tone for each mountaintop property's metamorphosis, judged by popular HGTV home renovation couple Chelsea and Cole DeBoer (Down Home Fab) who will award the challenge winners with a $3,000 cash prize. As the season continues, the coaches will guide their teams - married couples Amber and Trey Masciarelli of Bellaire, Ohio; David and Stephen St. Russell of Dorchester, Massachusetts; and Lymari and Tony Navarro of Bloomington, Indiana - as they take the living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and outdoor spaces from dilapidated to delightful.

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posted 12/11/2023

Gong This Book! On Shelves
Definitive Story of "The Gong Show"
From EIN News

Comic actor Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens and drag queen RuPaul were among the up-and-coming talents who got an early break on "The Gong Show." Author Adam Nedeff recounts this in publisher BearManor Media's newest title, "Gong This Book," an in-depth behind-the-scenes history of the classic 1970s television series.

For his research, Nedeff conducted interviews with numerous members of "The Gong Show" on-air family, who contributed their memories for the book. Among them: judges Jamie Farr and Jo Anne Worley; The Unknown Comic; Confusion the Philosopher; Count Banjola; Rhetch Butler; Scarlett O'Hara; Larry and His Magic Trumpet; Mike the Vike; musician Danny Lies who played the ham; and Paul Zeglar, whose performance of "Yankee Doodle" on a tea kettle led TV Guide to dub him one of the worst acts ever featured on the show.

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posted 12/11/2023


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ANNA CARDWELL: 1994-2023
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's" "Chickadee" Played "Family Feud"
From Us Weekly

Anna Cardwell, the eldest daughter of Mama June Shannon, has died following a battle with cancer. She was 29.

"With the breaking heart, we are announcing that @annamarie35 is no longer with us," Shannon, 44, wrote via Instagram on Sunday, December 10. "She passed away in my home last night peacefully at 11:12 PM. She gave one hell of a fight for 10 months she passed away with her family around her like she won't and we will will be updating y'all with more information as we get it today. We love y'all and continued prayers and thoughts for our family doing this difficult time."

News broke in March 2023 that Cardwell, known for appearing on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, was diagnosed with stage IV adrenal carcinoma that January after she reportedly complained about severe stomach aches. She underwent her first round of chemotherapy in February.

Cardwell's younger sister Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson reacted to the diagnosis at the time. "This is what I mean when I say you never truly know what somebody is going through at home. No matter how famous they are," Thompson, 18, wrote via her Instagram Stories. "I'm very famous but normal (redacted) happens to me and my family & y'all need to realize that ASAP."

In May, Shannon offered an update on her daughter's health battle. "This round of chemo has been kind of different," she exclusively told Us Weekly. "She's sleeping more. It was kind of rough, this round."

Shannon revealed at the time that there were days when she did not "know how to deal with" Cardwell's diagnosis. "I can just imagine, like, if I'm feeling that way as her mom, how she's feeling that way as a person who is having to live with it day in, day out," she added.

Two months later, Shannon confirmed that her eldest daughter's cancer was terminal. "She's not gonna go into remission," Shannon told Entertainment Tonight. "We've all accepted that, so I just tell people one day at a time 'cause you never know."

Shannon noted that Cardwell had undergone four rounds of chemotherapy and was considering clinical trials and immune therapy, though she was unsure whether she would seek further treatment. "It is crazy to think that she will not be here probably in five years, but I'm hoping that she can pull through and fight 10, 20 years," Shannon said.

In game shows, Cardwell appeared on a season 15 episode of "Family Feud", where her family faced off against the cast of "Cake Boss". .

Cardwell is survived by daughters Kaitlyn, 11, whose biological father was never publicly identified, and Kylee, 8, whom she welcomed with ex-husband Michael Cardwell. She had been dating boyfriend Eldridge Toney since 2019 after separating from Michael in 2017.

Shannon shared Anna — whose nickname was Chickadee — with ex David Dunn. She is also the mother of daughters Jessica, 27, and Lauryn, 23, with ex Michael Anthony Ford and Alana with ex Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson.

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posted 12/11/2023

"Love Island All-Stars" to Bow January 2024
ITV2, ITVX to Air New Series
From Radio Times

It's been a long time now that fans have called for an All Stars season of Love Island, and finally they are getting their wish, with a new outing of the show featuring favorite returning Islanders having been announced earlier this year.

Now, we also know which month the new show will be arriving with ITV having released a trailer announcing a January 2024 air date.

The teaser, which will be broadcast during this Sunday's broadcast of An Audience with Kylie and the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! final, also confirms the return of Maya Jama as host.

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posted 12/11/2023


Netflix

"Squid Game: The Challenge" Renewed
Trio Promoted at Studio Lambert
From Forbes

Squid Game: The Challenge producer Studio Lambert has promoted a trio of senior execs as drama boss Sue Hogg steps back from the day to day.

Longserving Squid Game: The Challenge EP Tim Harcourt is being upped to Chief Creative Officer, Gogglebox exec Mike Cotton takes on Creative Director (Unscripted) and Maddie Sinclair, the exec behind BBC Three's upcoming Boarders comedy-drama, is promoted to Creative Director (Scripted).

Sinclair's promotion comes with Hogg, the founder of Studio Lambert's drama department nearly a decade ago, choosing to step back from her full-time role to focus on individual projects, including Boarders. She will take on the new post of Creative Consultant. Since joining, Hogg has helmed the likes of BBC trio Three Girls, Three Families and The Nest, along with Amazon Prime Video's The Feed. Drama is a focus for Studio Lambert and CEO Stephen Lambert told Deadline recently he hopes Boarders will become the outfit's first returning scripted series.

Following a successful first season on Netflix, Squid Game: The Challenge is coming back for another round. The reality game show is based on the South Korean 2021 series Squid Game — Netflix's most popular show of all time.

"There was no red light in our decision to green-light season two of Squid Game: The Challenge, the most ambitious unscripted show we've premiered at Netflix," said Brandon Riegg, Netflix vice president of nonfiction series, in a statement, according to Variety. "We're so excited to continue the franchise of Squid Game with our team in Korea, and producers at Studio Lambert and The Garden for this epic competition series."

In the first season of Squid Game: The Challenge, 456 participants compete against each other to win Netflix's biggest reality TV cash reward of $4.56 million ($10,000 for every contestant). The show reproduced many elements from the survival drama, from the childlike games like Red Light, Green Light to the recognizable green tracksuits. Now down to three finalists Sam (player 016), Mai (player 287), and Phill (player 451), the winner of the massive cash prize will be revealed during the finale on Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. EST.

Squid Game: The Challenge has ranked as No. 1 on Netflix's Top 10 English-language list for the past two weeks. It earned 20.5 million views in its debut week, followed by 11.4 million in its second. Casting for Season 2 of Squid Game: The Challenge has also started on SquidGameCasting.com.

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posted 12/11/2023

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Going Public"

  • Joe Manganiello goes public with his new lady at the NYC Gala (TMZ)

  • Anne Robinson reportedly dating the Queen Consort's ex (Sky News)

  • John Henry Spurlock, Kat Izzo split after "Paradise" (REality TV World)

  • Duff Goldman drops 40 pounds (Reality Titbit)

  • Derek Hough's wife undergoes emergency craniectomy (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the winner of "Squid Game: The Challenge" (The Times)

posted 12/11/2023


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RYAN O'NEAL: 1941-2023
Actor on Game Show Panels
From TV Line

Ryan O'Neal, who rose to fame as the star of ABC's primetime soap Peyton Place, died on Friday at the age of 82. The news was announced by O'Neal's son Patrick, who shared some emotional thoughts about his father's passing in a series of Instagram posts.

"This is the toughest thing I've ever had to say, but here we go — my dad passed away peacefully today, with his loving team by his side supporting him and loving him as he would us," O'Neal writes. "This is very difficult for my wife Summer and I, but I will share some feelings to give you an idea of how great a man he is. … My father Ryan O'Neal has always been my hero. I looked up to him and he was always bigger than life."

Prior to getting his big break as Peyton Place's Rodney Harrington, a role he played from 1964 to 1969, O'Neal appeared in a number of high-profile TV shows, including The Untouchables, Leave It to Beaver and My Three Sons. His career reached new heights when he starred in the 1970 film Love Story, for which he was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He went on to star in a number of major movies, including 1974's Paper Moon, for which he received his second Globe nomination.

In game shows, O'Neal guested on "Dream Girl of '67", "What's This Song?", and "Everybody's Talking".

O'Neal's more recent credits include appearances on major primetime dramas like Bones, Bull, 90210 and Desperate Housewives.

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posted 12/8/2023

Netflix Has Trust Issues
New Series to Bow January 10
From Deadline

Netflix is taking on The Traitors at its own game. The streamer has ordered The Trust, an eight-part reality series that delves into the theme of greed.

Eleven strangers are given a quarter of a million dollars to split evenly. Will they take their fair share? Or will the allure of more money cause them to vote each other out to keep more for themselves? It's the ultimate test of human nature, as greed and mistrust threaten to destroy even the strongest of relationships. In this game, everyone starts as winners and they can all leave as winners – if they choose to share.

It's described as a cross between Peacock's Alan Cumming-hosted hit and Big Brother. The series is hosted by Brooke Baldwin, who previously hosted CNN Newsroom and left the news broadcaster in 2021.

It will launch on January 10, 2024 and will air in batches with new episodes available weekly for a three week event.

The Trust is produced by Grandma's House Entertainment, the company behind E!'s Catching Kelce and TBS' The Misery Index, and Lighthearted Entertainment, the company behind The Big D and MTV's Are You The One?

Ben Newmark, Dan Newmark, Jeff Spangler, Rob LaPlante, David Friedman serve as exec producers.

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posted 12/8/2023

WEDNESDAY: The CW Debate
CBS Wins with Survivor
From TV Line

That sound you hear is The CW ringing the phones trying to acquire a scripted Canadian version of the GOP debate.

The CW's slice of the latest Republican presidential candidate debate on Wednesday night drew 2.5 million viewers, marking the netlet's most watched primetime program since a January 2018 episode of The Flash.

Over on NBC, Quantum Leap drew a season low audience of 2.4 million, while steady in the demo with a 0.3 rating. Magnum P.I. (2.9 mil/0.3) similarly hit a Season 5B low in audience, but was steady in the demo.

CBS' Survivor (4.7 mil/0.8) dropped a few eyeballs but dominated the night in both measures. The Amazing Race (2.8 mil/0.3) dipped in the demo.

Fox's The Masked Singer (3.1 mil/0.4) was steady, while Snake Oil (1.5 mil/0.3) ticked up in both measures.

At ABC, Celebrity Jeopardy! did 3.7 mil and a 0.3, followed by Celebrity Wheel of Fortune's 3.1 mil/0.3

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posted 12/7/2023

Who's Playing "Reindeer Games"?
Meet the Official Players
From TV Line

Five Big Brother winners, three America's Favorite Players, two runners-up and a partridge in a pear tree will compete on this month's Reindeer Games spinoff.

CBS on Thursday announced the full lineup of nine BB alumni who will return for the upcoming holiday-themed offshoot, premiering Monday, Dec. 11, at 9/8c and spanning six episodes over two weeks. Here's who will battle it out for the $100,000 grand prize:
* Cody Calafiore, Season 22 winner and Season 16 runner-up
* Nicole Franzel, Season 18 winner and Season 16/Season 22 houseguest
* Frankie Grande, Season 16 houseguest
* Taylor Hale, Season 24 winner and America's Favorite Player
* Cameron Hardin, Season 25 America's Favorite Player
* Britney Haynes, Season 12 America's Favorite Player and Season 14 houseguest
* Josh Martinez, Season 19 winner
* Xavier Prather, Season 23 winner
* Danielle Reyes, Season 3 runner-up and Season 7 houseguest

Those nine vets join Season 23's Tiffany Mitchell and Derek Xiao and Season 11 winner Jordan Lloyd, who will play the roles of Magical Elves during the two-week contest. In each episode, players will face off in three competitions, culminating in Santa's Showdown that will determine which player goes home at the end of that episode.

As previously reported, Big Brother Reindeer Games will be very unlike its mothership series: Players won't live in a house together, will not vote each other out, and there won't be any live feeds or live broadcasts. Plus, the three elves will take the place of usual host Julie Chen Moonves.

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posted 12/7/2023


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ELLEN HOLLY: 1931-2023
"General Hospital" Actress Played "Family Feud"
From The Hollywood Reporter

Ellen Holly, whose long-running turn as Carla on ABC's One Life to Live made her the first Black actress to gain stardom on a daytime soap opera, has died. She was 92.

Holly died in her sleep Wednesday at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, publicist Cheryl L. Duncan announced.

A member of The Actors Studio who did Shakespeare for Joseph Papp and was mentored by the same woman who discovered Julie Harris and Kim Stanley, Holly appeared four times on Broadway, beginning with her acclaimed performance in 1956 as the female lead in Too Late the Phalarope.

She appeared in a handful of films as well, from Take a Giant Step (1959), starring Johnny Nash, Estelle Hemsley and Ruby Dee, to School Daze (1988), directed by Spike Lee.

Holly, however, did not work as often as her talents suggested she should have, because as a light-skinned African American, she had difficulty being hired for roles calling for "a Black actress," she said. She and others who looked like her "were having our problems because we're so proud of being Black actresses that we don't want to pass for white: we're insisting, 'We are Black actresses, use us as what we are,'" she said in a 2012 interview for the website We Love Soaps.

"The one thing that we will not do in real life — pass for white — is the only thing they will let us play on camera. That's how your whole life and career become ironic from the very outset."

In September 1968, after Holly had written to The New York Times about her situation, the newspaper ran a portion of her six-page letter on its op-ed pages under the headline, "How Black Do You Have to Be?" One Life to Live creator Agnes Nixon saw the piece, and soon Holly was signed to a one-year contract for $300 a week to portray Carla Benari, an apparent white woman — Holly called her an "exotic somebody" — with a mysterious past. While a white doctor (Robert Milli) falls for her as he's treating her for a nervous breakdown, she's attracted to a Black intern (Peter De Anda).

"A white woman falling in love with a Black man [in the 1960s], people started looking at the soap opera and said, 'This is something new, we better see where this is going!'" Holly said in a 2018 conversation for the TV Academy Foundation website The Interviews. Meanwhile, the relationship generated a great deal of hate mail and angry calls from viewers, and a station in Texas dropped the show.

About five months later (at the end of a Friday episode, of course), Carla in a chance encounter comes face to face with Sadie Gray (Lillian Hayman), a Black woman who heads housekeeping at Llanview Hospital. "Sadie looks at me and says, 'Clara!" Holly recalled. "And I say, 'Mama!' Cut to black."

"People were genuinely surprised," Holly wrote in a 1969 article for the Times. "Most found it absorbing. Others were fascinated by the way all the pieces fit. There were, of course, the inevitable ones who found it hard to take. Now that I was revealed to be Black, in retrospect they found it OK that I had kissed the Black doctor but intolerable that I had kissed and been engaged to the white one."

In Carla's backstory, she had been an actress who couldn't find work and started passing for white, which she regretted. Nixon allowed Holly "to have input into how this character was going to be handled," she said. "I went into everything about 'the box' in which I worked."

Holly generated huge ratings for One Life to Life — especially among Black viewers — but in the ensuing years, she had problems with her salary, storylines and reduced workload and quit the show in 1980. She returned in 1983 to a pay raise, only to be told by then-producer Paul Rauch that when her contract was over in '85, she would not be renewed, she said. "I feel as if I was hired as a temporary gimmick to rocket-boost a payload of white stars into orbit. Basically, that's what I was used as. And that's how it worked out," she said in another 2012 interview.

In game shows, Holly appeared on episodes of "Family Feud".

Survivors include her grand-nieces, Alexa and Ashley, and their father, Xavier; and her first cousins, Wanda, Julie, Carolyn and Clinton. Donations in her memory may be made to The Obama Presidential Center or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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posted 12/8/2023


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NORMAN LEAR: 1922-2023
From Entertainment Weekly

Norman Lear, the legendary television producer and philanthropist who revolutionized the situation comedy in the 1970s with All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and other landmark series, died of natural causes Tuesday at his Los Angeles home at age 101.

The Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated pop culture icon's family announced the news in a lengthy statement on Lear's website, in which they reflected on his "life of curiosity, tenacity, and empathy" as he sought to reflect "justice and equality for all" through his robust contributions to the entertainment industry.

"Norman lived a life in awe of the world around him. He marveled at his cup of coffee every morning, the shape of the tree outside his window, and the sounds of beautiful music. But it was people — those he just met and those he knew for years — who kept his mind and heart forever young," the family's message read. "He adored his creative collaborators, revered the actors with whom he worked, and deeply admired the thoughts of the great philosophers and thinkers of his time. In a storage room in Los Angeles, there are hundreds of boxes of his correspondence with people whose plays he saw, articles he read, and movies he watched; he wrote to everyone, and they wrote back. In that way, Norman's life expanded in concentric circles to include thousands upon thousands of friends. His 'Over, Next' philosophy shaped his life and kept him moving forward, ever open to new ideas, experiences, and connections."

Lear's family also highlighted his military service (he flew 52 missions in World War II, the family noted) as well as how his fear of antisemitic rhetoric as a child led to him carving out a sect of his career devoted to activism and philanthropy, including the founding of his People for the American Way organization in 1981, which works to protect constitutional rights.

"Norman lived a life of gratitude. 'Am I not the luckiest dude?' he often said. He was grateful for everything that brought him to the moment he was in. As a husband, father, and grandfather, he was unwaveringly devoted. He was always transparent and vocal about his love and admiration for each of us," the statement concluded. "We were adored by him, and we adored him right back. Knowing and loving him has been the greatest of gifts."

Few people have had as much influence on television, and therefore on American culture, as did Lear. Shows like NYPD Blue, Will & Grace, and Sex and the City owe something of their existence to Lear's groundbreaking efforts to liberalize ideas of what is fit content for a television program. Born in New Haven, Conn., in 1922, Lear fought in World War II and returned home to work as a press agent. He soon joined his cousin Ed Simmons to write comedy material for Danny Thomas, Martin & Lewis, Martha Raye, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and others to perform in nightclubs and eventually on TV, but it was in his partnership with director Bud Yorkin that Lear started to hit his stride. They moved back and forth between television and movies, working on programs like The Andy Williams Show and features including Divorce: American Style (Lear earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay in 1968), The Night They Raided Minsky's, and Cold Turkey (his directorial debut).

But his life took a turn when he read an item in TV Guide about a British series called Till Death Do Us Part, about a middle-aged man and his son-in-law who fought about all the social and political issues of the day. Lear and Yorkin bought the rights and developed All in the Family. In the process, they created one of the most vivid characters ever seen on the screen. Archie Bunker was loud, unschooled, guiltlessly bigoted, and totally new. Not since The Honeymooners had television had a blue collar hero, never had the prime character in a program been so unpalatable, and never had so many controversial issues been tossed into the maw of a sitcom. Subjects that were tackled included abortion, birth control, mate-swapping, homosexuality, religion, menopause, and most relentlessly, racial and ethnic stereotypes, with words like spic, heeb, and spade appearing with great frequency. When the show hit the airwaves in 1971, CBS took the precaution of hiring extra phone operators to staff switchboards around the country in anticipation of a deluge of complaint. As it turned out, there were a lot of calls, but many were positive. All in the Family would spend the next five years as the top-rated show in the country, win three Emmys for Best Comedy Series, and run in various incarnations for 12 years.

In short order, Lear began to capitalize on his success. He soon brought out Maude, starring the imperious Bea Arthur playing a character that had been introduced as Edith Bunker's feminist cousin (and who was based in no small measure on Lear's wife Frances), and Sanford and Son, starring the great Redd Foxx. The Jeffersons, a comedy about middle-class blacks that dared to show that bigotry wasn't exclusively a white phenomenon, and One Day at a Time, about a single mother, followed. Lear's final success was Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, a parody soap opera that went further over the top than any of its stable mates. (Informed that a madman had just murdered her neighbors as well as their three children, two goats and eight chickens, Mary exclaims "What kind of madman would kill two goats and eight chickens?") The show was rejected by all three networks, but became a hit in syndication.

Although the signature of a Lear show was its willingness to tackle hot button issues, he dismissed the idea that this endowed him with any special influence. "Are people less bigoted than they were before All in the Family or Sanford and Son?" he said in an interview with Playboy."And even if they are, am I responsible for it? Bulls---." Even so,when Lear withdrew from daily involvement in his programs in 1978, they seemed to lose their creative spark, and what Rob Reiner -- All in the Family's Meathead -- called "the Norman Lear oasis in his the history of television" drew to a close.

Lear sporadically involved himself in show business projects in the years since, but he was most active in philanthropy. In 1981 he founded People for the American Way, a politically liberal foundation that supports Constitutional freedoms and Bill of Rights guarantees. In 2001 he bought an original copy of the Declaration of Independence for $8.2million and took it on tour around the United States. "I like living in a country where I can speak out," he told Bill Moyers. "I like the First Amendment. I like pluralism. I like diversity. And I like the flag; it is not the exclusive property of the far right. Call me a liberal, or a moderate, or a progressive – I think I'm a bleeding-heart conservative – but it's my flag, too. It is more than a symbol of America's might. It is a symbol of America's people."

Lear continued working through his later years, including on the One Day at a Time reboot starring Justina Machado, as well as producing the documentary Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.

Lear, who was honored with a place in the Television Academy's Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement award from the Producers Guild of America and multiple awards from the Writers Guild of America, was the recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 1999 and feted at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2017. In the case of the latter honor, Lear threatened to boycott a reception in protest of President Donald Trump's policies. Trump ultimately chose not to attend the event, and Lear told Variety, "I'm happy not to go to the White House."

Lear also hosted a run of "Quiz Kids" on CBS Cable in the early 1980s.

Beyond his activities in the non-profit People for the American Way, which monitored judicial appointments, challenges to the First Amendment and the activities of right-wing groups, Lear in 2004 founded Declare Yourself, a nonpartisan non-profit organization to encourage the youth vote.

He is survived by his third wife Lyn Davis, six children and four grandchildren.

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posted 12/6/2023

SAG-AFTRA Ratifies New Agreement
Strike Officially Over
From Entertainment Weekly

A year of historic Hollywood labor action has reached its conclusion. On Tuesday night, SAG-AFTRA announced that their membership has officially ratified the actors union's new contract with Hollywood studios, with 78.33 percent of voters in favor versus 21.67 percent against, on a 38 percent turnout.

The contract's gains, described as "historic" by SAG-AFTRA leadership, include a 7 percent increase in wage minimums (with further increases set for 2024 and 2025), guardrails for the use of artificial intelligence in productions, streaming bonuses, and new regulations on virtual "self-tape" auditions.

"I'm proud of our SAG-AFTRA membership," SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher said in a statement. "They struck for 118 days to grant the TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee the necessary leverage to secure over $1 billion in gains, along with the union's first-ever protections around AI technology. Now they've locked in the gains by ratifying the contract. SAG-AFTRA members have remained incredibly engaged throughout this process, and I know they'll continue their advocacy throughout our next negotiation cycle. This is a golden age for SAG-AFTRA, and our union has never been more powerful."

But even as Hollywood tries to return to normal, dark clouds are forming on the horizon. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees contract expires on July 31, as does the Basic Crafts contract, which covers the Teamsters.

In a period of rising union militancy across industries, it's not clear whether the Hollywood studios have achieved lasting labor peace or just a temporary truce.

"We're going to be demanding things we believe members deserve for the work they do," says Lindsay Dougherty, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 399. "We have to fix this stuff. Our members make Hollywood move."

Both the studios and the below-the-line workforce — camera operators, lighting technicians, makeup artists and so on — have taken a hit in 2023. That figures to be a factor on both sides heading into the 2024 negotiations.

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posted 12/5/2023

"Jeopardy!" Changing It Up in 2024
The Opening, That Is.
From Yardbarker

Jeopardy! is going to look different from December 19 as the long-running game show is set to unveil a new logo and flashy new opening title sequence.

Plus, show bosses have dropped news on what else is changing in the upcoming weeks.

"Spoiler alert: We've got a new logo and a new open for the show headed your way," producer Sarah Whitcomb Foss said on the most recent episode of the Inside Jeopardy! podcast. "We took it in a different direction."

The current title sequence features a rotating globe and 19 boxes highlighting various images, including past contestants, memorable moments from the show's history, different world landmarks, and flashes of the clue board.

"We've been featuring the 19 boxes," Foss continued. "I call them the 19 boxes because every season, I was one of the ones who had to come up with what 19 things we were going to feature in those boxes that rotate on."

"So our team looked at it from a different perspective, and we decided to give you a little behind-the-scenes… a little of what goes into the making of Jeopardy! in those seconds leading up to the show," she added, noting that the boxes will now include footage of the writing staff and other off-camera moments.

"It's kind of got a Saturday Night Live vibe as they show you the cue card guys as they go to commercial break. We're all getting ready," co-host Buzzy Cohen said. "It's The Muppet Show, basically. It's time to put on make-up; it's time to light the lights."

Foss confirmed that the new titles will debut alongside the Season 39 edition of Second Chance on December 19. This will kick off the Season 39 post-season, which was previously delayed due to this summer's writers strike. Ken Jennings will host the episodes. There is no official news yet as to when Mayim Bialik will return.

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posted 12/5/2023

TUESDAY: The Last Dance
ABC, NBC Split the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC's Dancing With the Stars finale dominated Tuesday in the demo, while NBC's The Voice just barely delivered the night's largest audience.

DWTS drew 5.5 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating (per Nielsen finals), marking its second largest audience of Season 32 and also rising in the demo week-to-week.

The Voice (5.7 mil/0.4) and the newly renewed Found (3 mil/0.3) were steady.

CBS's NCIS: Sydney (4.9 mil/0.3) and FBI TRUE (2.2 mil/0.2) were steady.

Fox's Name That Tune (1.3 mil/0.2) was steady.

The CW's Inside the NFL (288K) and Whose Line (299K) both ticked down in audience.

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posted 12/6/2023


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So You Thought We Were Canceled...
Fox Revamps "So You Think You Can Dance" for New Season
From Variety

Reality dance competition series "So You Think You Can Dance" has been renewed for Season 18 at Fox.

The show will return on March 4, 2024 with an all-new documentary style format along with new judges Alison Holker and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Holker was formerly a contestant on the series, and was married to the late Stephen "tWitch" Boss, who was himself a contestant and judge on the series. The new pair will join judge Nigel Lythgoe, also the show's creator and executive producer. Television presenter and actor Cat Deeley returns as host.

Also joining as judge for the auditions round is "So You Think You Can Dance" All-Star Comfort Fedoke, currently an associate choreographer on the "Wicked" film. Showrunner Daniel Martin serves as executive producer along with Lythgoe, Barry Adelman, Eli Holzman and Aaron Sandman, with Deeley as producer.

"'So You Think You Can Dance' is television's preeminent dance competition, and we are thrilled to bring the beloved show back for an all-new season," said Allison Wallach, Fox Entertainment's president of unscripted programming. "Reuniting Cat, Nigel, Allison and Comfort and, welcoming Maksim into the SYTYCD family, is sure to make Season 18 bigger than ever for their legions of fans around the globe."

Season 18's new format involves documentary-style storytelling, which will bring in the contestants' personal lives into the series. Previously, audiences only knew the contestants from their dance performances. Now, they will get the full picture of the behind-the-scenes dynamics as the camera delves into the cast's "daily struggles, new relationships, personality clashes and more," as per the press release.

From Dick Clark Productions and Sony Pictures Television's 19 Entertainment, the new season will again feature weekly dance challenges that are intended to simulate the realities of a successful dance career. Challenges include performing in a football halftime show, competing against a Broadway performer and starring in a music video.

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posted 12/6/2023

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing on Broadway"

  • Ariana Madix heads to Broadway in "Chicago" (Deadline)

  • Nayte Olukoya reportedly knew that his relationship with Michelle Young wasn't going to last (Reality TV World)

  • Drew Carey's ex-fiancee's murderer sentenced to life (TMZ)

  • Scotty McCreery invited to join the Grand Ole Opry (People)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Amol Rajan (The Telegraph - CONTENT WARNING)

posted 12/6/2023

"Dragula" Lives... for the Sixth Time
AMC Networks Renews Drag Competition
From Variety

Reality competition series "The Boulet Brothers' Dragula" has been renewed for a sixth season. From Shudder, AMC Networks' streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, "The Boulet Brothers' Dragula" stars The Boulet Brothers, Dracmorda and Swanthula Boulet, as hosts and judges in a drag competition. Contestants specialize in the themed four pillars of "Horror," "Drag," "Filth" and Glamor." The competition sees the drag artists tackle a variety of challenges, from creating costumes to performing live, in the hopes of being crowned "Dragula, The World's Next Drag Supermonster" and winning a $100,000 cash prize.

One of Shudder's most-watched shows of 2023, the fifth season of the show is currently ongoing and features guest judges such as "Scream" actor Matthew Lillard, "Doctor Sleep" director Mike Flanagan and "Oppenheimer" actor David Dastmalchian. Over the past year, "The Boulet Brothers' Dragula" became the most-watched series franchise on Shudder after "The Boulet Brothers' Dragula: Titans" all-star season drew audiences to the Shudder platform. Four episodes are left to air in the fifth season, and the finale will drop Jan. 16, 2024.

"We're thrilled to be teaming up with Shudder for a brand new season of 'The Boulet Brothers' Dragula.' With season 5, we took the show in a new direction and the response from the fans was overwhelmingly positive," said The Boulet Brothers. "Now, with the 6th season, we plan on leaning into this bold, new direction even further and truly pushing the creative limits of the show to new heights!"

Episodes of "The Boulet Brothers' Dragula" are available to stream on Shudder and AMC+. Drag artists can apply for the sixth season now at bouletbrothersdragula.com.

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posted 12/5/2023

MONDAY: Overtime, Baby!
ABC Wins with MNF
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, ABC's slice of the Monday Night Football pie served 7.6 million total viewers while scoring a 1.3 demo rating — down just 12% and a tenth from last week's early numbers.

NBC's The Voice (5.9 mil/0.5) dipped week-to-week but still easily led all non-sports fare. Blake Shelton's Holiday Bartacular Featuring Ice-T (3 mil/0.3) did about as well as last week's holiday-themed Weakest Link.

Over on Fox, Kitchen Nightmares' double-episode season finale did 1.5 mil/0.2 and then 1.1 mil/0.1, with the second hour matching and hitting season lows.

CBS' TPIR at Night drew 3.6 mil and a 0.3, followed by Let's Make a Deal Primetime's 2.6 mil/0.2.

The CW's Masters of Illusion (310K) and World's Funniest Animals (320K) both added viewers.

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posted 12/5/2023

Spoiler Alert...
Tiffany Derry Challenges Anne Burrell in "Worst Cooks in America: Spoiled Rotten"
From The Futon Critic

For the first time, Chef Tiffany Derry joins Chef Anne Burrell to lead culinary boot camp and help pampered competitors trade in their silver spoons for spatulas in Worst Cooks in America: Spoiled Rotten. From grown men whose mothers still prepare their meals to indulged nepo babies and food delivery divas, these recruits have never had to fend for themselves - until now. This season, Anne and Tiffany take boot camp literally - with their teams running basic training drills like an army crawl, obstacle course and calisthenics. Other challenges involve a seafood-inspired game, farm-themed competition, and supermarket speedway challenge - and along the way, the most successful recruits earn "chef bucks" to buy game-changing advantages. In the end, only the most improved recruit left standing is awarded a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their mentor. The seven-episode season kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, January 7th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network.

"This season's Worst Cooks have never had to take care of themselves, and they are hilariously inept in the kitchen," said Betsy Ayala, Head of Content, Food, Warner Bros. Discovery. "Anne and Tiffany have their work cut out for them and along the way, the recruits gain independence and confidence along with their cooking skills."

This season's recruits are: Joel Alvarado (Indianapolis, Indiana); Avi Boodram (Christiana, Delaware); Elena Catlin (Wesley Chapel, Florida); Frankie Cena (Burbank, California); Leona Chapman (Cresaptown, Maryland); Erika Coleman (New Orleans, Louisiana); Steve Crawford (Los Angeles, California); Costa Georgopoulos (San Pablo, California); Carrington Gilbert (Houston, Texas); Cathy Jacobson (Vernon Hills, Illinois); Stacey Loper (Hoover, Alabama); Micaela Minner (Akron, Ohio); Jesse Money (Malibu, California); Chelsko Thompson (Seattle, Washington); Serious Williams (Chicago, Illinois) and Ebie Wright (Los Angeles, California).

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posted 12/5/2023


Wikipedia
SOPHIE ANDERSON: 1987-2023
Adult Film Actress Featured on "(Redacted) Smart"
From Out

Pansexual adult film star and LGBTQ+ activist Sophie Anderson died unexpectedly at the age of 36.

In 2018, Anderson became a viral sensation after posting meme-worthy videos as one-half of an online duo alongside friend and fellow entertainer Rebecca More. The duo was quickly embraced by the queer community, even inspiring a girl group name on RuPaul's Drag Race UK before ultimately parting ways in 2021 after a falling out, reported Them.

"I'm devastated hearing the awful news of Sophie's passing," More wrote on Instagram on Monday, confirming Anderson's death. "We shared some amazing times together and that's how I'm going to remember her. The bubbly, funny, kind hearted soul who was outrageous on the outside but also so gentle behind closed doors. We were very close, and we shared a crazy time together that was totally unique to us. That's how I will remember her.This is so tragic but I know you are now at peace. I will always always love you and hold a special place in my heart."

The pair also worked together to create an LGBTQ+ sex education video for Netflix in 2020 that covered everything from PrEP to douching.

Recently, Anderson starred on the queer game show (Redacted) Smart with Drag Race alum Willam and host Sapphire Slay, the second season of which aired this past summer. On every episode of the fun and naughty quiz show, the host would drill contestants on their knowledge of sex, politics, and queer pop culture.

Once news of Anderson's death was announced, fans and friends began posting tributes on social media. Drag Race UK starDivina De Campo wrote on X (formerly Twitter), "So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of darling Sophie Anderson. She was outrageous but she was also incredibly sweet and a continuous advocate for those in the LGBTQ+ community and her industry. A genuinely sweet soul. Rest in peace darling."

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posted 12/5/2023

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "This Is 2024"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Jeopardy! UK slotted for January 1 on ITV (TV Zone)

  • Where have we seen Nick Cascone before? (Yahoo!)

  • Ryan Seacrest donates studio to SLC hospital (KSL-TV Salt Lake City)

  • Nine axes "My Mum, Your Dad" (TV Blackbox)

  • Marc Summers brings his life story to the Off-Broadway stage (People)

  • Billy Bean diagnosed with leukemia (CBS Sports)

  • Rita Ora joins "New Year's Rockin' Eve 2024" (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jamie Foxx (TV Line)

posted 12/5/2023

SUNDAY: Taylor's Version
NBC Wins with SNF
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC Sunday Night Football's broadcast of the Packers' 27-19 win over the Chiefs averaged 19.6 million total viewers, up 50% from last week's Ravens/Chargers game to mark the largest overnight tally for the franchise since Chiefs/Jets on Oct. 1.

In the demo, SNF scored a 4.6 rating, rising 28% to its best tally since Cowboys/49ers on Oct. 8.

Elsewhere….

Leading out of 60 Minutes (6.5 mil/0.5), this week's Yellowstone double-pump (3.8 mil.0.2 and 3.3 mil/0.2) on CBS was steady.

ABC's AFV (3.4 mil/0.3) dipped week-to-week, while The Great Christmas Light Fight (1.8 mil/0.2) held steady.

The CW's The Chosen (470K/0.0) dropped a few eyeballs.

Leading out of NFL football on Fox, Krapopolis (3.1 mil/0.9) easily enjoyed best-since-premiere numbers, followed by The Simpsons' 1.7 mil/0.5, Bob's Burgers' 1.3 mil/0.4 and Family Guy's 1.2 mil/0.4.

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posted 12/4/2023

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... or "Another 456"


posted 12/4/2023

University Challenge Christmas Episode Pulled
Advocates, Contestants Allege Ableism
From Deadline

The BBC has pulled a University Challenge Christmas special episode from its festive schedule following complaints by two disabled contestants.

According to BBC News, one blind and one neurodivergent contestant took part in the episode – which features teams of distinguished alumni who compete on behalf of their former universities – but it won't air following grievances over a lack of audio description and subtitles. The contestants have not been named.

One of the contestants was quoted by BBC News saying the experience was "distressing" and the other "overwhelming and overstimulating." The first said they were told one minute before the show that there would be no audio description and "your captain will instead have to explain everything," according to the BBC News article, while the second claimed a request for subtitles made in advance was turned down.

The decision was made today to pull the episode of the iconic BBC quiz, which is hosted by Amol Rajan. The rest of the spin-off series will go ahead as planned.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We can confirm that an episode in the upcoming series of Alumni University Challenge will not be broadcast because two of the contestants felt their access requirements were not sufficiently met by the production.

"We are working closely with producers to improve cross industry access on our programmes to ensure a consistent approach is implemented. We would like to apologise to the individuals and teams concerned, and they have been written to personally by the producers."

ITV Studios-backed Lifted Entertainment, which produces University Challenge, confirmed that the contestants "requested that certain adjustments be made in order for them to be able to fully participate" during the pre-filming briefing.

"However, following the recording, we were made aware that the adjustments made fell short of their requirements. We have spoken to the individuals involved and offered our sincere apologies," added Lifted. "Having listened very carefully to their descriptions of their experiences, we agreed with the BBC that the fairest course of action was not to screen this particular edition."

Both the BBC and Lifted Entertainment released statements of apology. A BBC spokesman said: "We are working closely with producers to improve cross-industry access on our programmes to ensure a consistent approach is implemented. We would like to apologise to the individuals and teams concerned, and they have been written to personally by the producers."

In a statement, the National Federation of the Blind of the UK called for the whole series to be scrapped and re-recorded:

"Given that the two contestants were expecting to compete as equals thinking that their access requirements were being met, it must have been a traumatic experience to go through during the filming. "It is essential that the whole series is withdrawn and started again. Who wants to win when you know that your opponents have been discriminated and treated unfairly in this way."

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posted 12/2/2023


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"Funny You Should Ask" Hits Primetime
CBS to Air Two Hours on Saturday
From Entertainment Weekly

What's CBS doing in primetime next weekend? Funny You Should Ask.

The network will air four new episodes of the comedy game show Byron Allen Presents Funny You Should Ask from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, December 9. Hosted by The Mole's Jon Kelley, the veteran syndicated series from Allen Media Group features a panel of comedians who interact with contestants for cash and laughs.

The CBS episodes will feature Byron Allen, Adam Carolla, Whitney Cummings, Vivica A. Fox, Billy Gardell, Jamie Kennedy, Natasha Leggero, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Ross and Sheryl Underwood.

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posted 12/1/2023


Smithsonian Magazine
SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR: 1930-2023
Supreme Court Justice Read for "Jeopardy!"
From the New York Times

Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the United States Supreme Court, a rancher's daughter who wielded great power over American law from her seat at the center of the court's ideological spectrum, died on Friday in Phoenix. She was 93.

The Supreme Court announced her death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of dementia.

She grew up in Arizona and lived there most of her life.

In a public letter she released in October 2018, when she was 88, the former justice, who had not been seen in public for some time, announced that she had been diagnosed with the beginning stages of dementia, "probably Alzheimer's disease," and consequently was withdrawing from public life.

Although William H. Rehnquist, her Stanford Law School classmate, served as chief justice during much of her tenure, the Supreme Court during that crucial period was often called the O'Connor court, and Justice O'Connor was referred to, accurately, as the most powerful woman in America.

Very little could happen without Justice O'Connor's support when it came to the polarizing issues on the court's docket, and the law regarding affirmative action, abortion, voting rights, religion, federalism, sex discrimination and other hot-button subjects was basically what Sandra Day O'Connor thought it should be.

That the middle ground she looked for tended to be the public's preferred place as well was no coincidence, given the close attention Justice O'Connor paid to current events and the public mood. "Rare indeed is the legal victory — in court or legislature — that is not a careful byproduct of an emerging social consensus," she wrote in "The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice," a collection of her essays published in 2003.

Justice O'Connor read for a special category on "Jeopardy!" about her legacy.

The New York Times
Politico
NBC News
BBC News

posted 12/1/2023

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Halted"


posted 12/1/2023


ABC

2024: ABC
Jeopardy! Moves as "Only Murders" Makes Linear TV Debut
From the Hollywood Reporter

ABC is taking up temporary residence at The Arconia.

The network will air the first season of Hulu's critically adored comedy Only Murders in the Building in January. The season will run in two-hour blocks on Tuesday nights over three weeks starting Jan. 2, with a one-hour slot for the season finale on Jan. 23.

ABC will also move Celebrity Jeopardy! to Tuesday nights for its final episodes of the season, starting with a semifinal on Jan. 2. The game show will air at 8 p.m., followed by Only Murders at 9 p.m. The two-hour blocks on Jan. 2, 9 and 16 will contain three episodes each.

The moves will help ABC fill its schedule ahead of the return of its homegrown scripted series in February. Will Trent, The Rookie and The Good Doctor are set to occupy Tuesdays starting Feb. 20, but the network hadn't previously announced any programming for the first few weeks of 2024. (What will air in the three weeks after Celebrity Jeopardy! and Only Murders finish is still to be determined.)

ABC has set return dates for its scripted series, joining CBS in laying out a post-strikes lineup that will see the likes of Abbott Elementary, Grey's Anatomy and new addition 911 join the schedule in early 2024.

The broadcast network will also have a handful of unscripted staples — American Idol, The Bachelor and Judge Steve Harvey — and a 20/20-branded true-crime series from ABC News to round out its midseason slate.

With most shows not starting production until after Thanksgiving, the episode counts for scripted series will be smaller than in a typical year — 10 to 13 episodes, as opposed to between 16 and 22.

ABC's Wednesday comedy block of The Conners, Not Dead Yet and Abbott Elementary will be the first scripted shows to return to the network's air; with all three, along with Judge Steve Harvey, are set to premiere Feb. 7, with Abbott getting an hourlong debut.

ABC has only three half-hour comedies on its roster at the moment and will announce later how it plans to fill the 9:30 p.m. Wednesday spot. The network will stack dramas on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Second-year show Will Trent will lead off Tuesdays starting Feb. 20, followed by The Rookie and The Good Doctor. The Thursday lineup will debut March 14, with 911 — which is moving from Fox — leading into Grey's Anatomy and Station 19.

The Bachelor will return to its usual Monday spot Jan. 22, with the true-crime series following at 10 p.m. American Idol opens its season Feb. 18, paired with ABC News' What Would You Do? on Sunday nights. Fridays remain the same with Shark Tank and 20/20.

ABC's post-strike schedule with launch dates...

MONDAY
- 8p: THE BACHELOR (1/22)
- 10p: Untitled 20/20 True Crime Series (1/22)
TUESDAY
- 8p: CELEBRITY JEOPARDY! / Will Trent (2/20)
- 9p: Only Murders in the Building (1/2) / The Rookie (2/20)
- 10p: Only Murders in the Building (1/2) / The Good Doctor (2/20)
WEDNESDAY
- 8p: The Conners (2/7)
- 8:30p: Not Dead Yet (2/7)
- 9p: Abbott Elementary (2/7)
- 9:30p: Abbott Elementary
- 10p: Judge Steve Harvey (2/7)
THURSDAY
- 8p: 9-1-1 (3/14)
- 9p: Grey's Anatomy (3/14)
- 10p: Station 19 (3/14)
FRIDAY
- 8p: Shark Tank
- 9p: 20/20
SATURDAY
- 8p: NBA Countdown (1/27)
- 8:30p: ESPN NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC (1/27)
SUNDAY
- 7p: AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS
- 8p: AMERICAN IDOL (2/18)
- 10p: What Would You Do? (2/18)

The Futon Critic
Deadline
Deadline
TV Line

The Hollywood Reporter

The Wrap

The Hollywood Reporter

The Wrap

Variety

TV Line

Deadline

posted 11/30/2023

Many Happy Returns...
CBS Slots Holiday Episodes of Lotería Loca, Lingo
From the Futon Critic

RUPAUL CHARLES DONS HIS HOLIDAY BEST TO HOST A FESTIVE EDITION OF "LINGO" WHERE CONTESTANTS COMPETE IN A WINTER WONDERLAND FILLED WITH HOLIDAY-INSPIRED SUPERLINGOS, BUT ONLY ONE DUO WILL TAKE HOME THE $50,000 JACKPOT PRIZE, ON "LINGO," SUNDAY, DEC 24

"LINGO for the Holidays" - In a festive twist, RuPaul dons his holiday best to host LINGO for the holidays, where contestants compete in a winter wonderland filled with holiday-inspired superlingos and thrilling gameplay. In this special themed episode, good buddies battle it out against neighbors, and longtime friends face off against a father and son as the competition heats up, spreading the joy and excitement of the holiday season, on LINGO, airing Sunday, Dec. 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*.

FELIZ NAVIDAD FROM "LOTERÍA LOCA!" HOST JAIME CAMIL OFFERS A REGISTERED NURSE AND A RETIRED FIREFIGHTER THE CHANCE TO WIN $1 MILLION ON A SPECIAL HOLIDAY-THEMED EPISODE OF "LOTERÍA LOCA," SUNDAY, DEC. 24

"Happy Holidays" - Host Jaime Camil offers a registered nurse and a retired firefighter the chance to win $1 million on a special holiday-themed episode of LOTERÍA LOCA, a game show inspired by the traditional Latin bingo game of Lotería, airing Sunday, Dec. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*.

Paramount Press Express
The Futon Critic

posted 11/30/2023

Kids Baking Championship Gets Schooled
New Season Bows January
From Variety

"Kids Baking Championship" is cooking up a 12th season at Food Network and this installment of the Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman-hosted competition will come with a whole new culinary curriculum for its young contestants. The fresh batch of episodes will debut Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. and focus on challenges "inspired by the best parts of the school year."

Per Food Network's description for "Kids Baking Championship" Season 12, "Throughout the ten-episode competition, the young bakers must create the latest dessert trends and most popular sweets in difficult challenges with a school twist. From picture day portrait cakes to blondies that celebrate the most popular recess game, hopscotch, and to cafeteria lunch dessert imposters, they must showcase their baking knowledge by making the most delicious and visually-stunning treats imaginable."

On the premiere episode, the 12 kid contestants will make cakes in honor of school picture day, which must have an edible photo on top along with emoji designs that showcase each baker's hobbies.

Following weeks of competition, the two-episode Season 12 finale will air Feb. 26th and include a tie-dye doughnuts and ice cream competition, and end with the ultimate challenge of a volcano cake for the school science fair, with the added stipulation the baked good must actually be able to "erupt." The winning baker will become head of the class and graduate with a $25,000 grand prize, a spot in Food Network Magazine and the title of Kids Baking Champion.

Variety
The Futon Critic

posted 11/30/2023

WEDNESDAY: Crowd Around the Big Tree
NBC Wins with "Christmas in Rockefeller Center"
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's broadcast of Christmas in Rockefeller Center lit up the night with 6.5 million total viewers — up 7% from last year, and easily marking Wednesday's largest audience — while steady in the demo with a 0.8 rating.

Christmas at Graceland retained 4.5 mil and a 0.5.

CBS' Survivor (4.9 mil/0.8) and The Amazing Race (2.9 mil/0.4) both held steady in the demo, with the former also rising in audience.

Fox's The Masked Singer (2.9 mil/0.4) and Snake Oil (1.2 mil/0.2) both shed viewers, with the latter also dipping in the demo.

Over on ABC, Celeb Jeop! did 3.7 mil/0.4, followed by Celebrity Wheel's 3.2 mil/0.3.

The CW's Sullivan's Crossing (540K) added viewers, while The Spencer Sisters (430K) was steady.

TV Line

posted 11/30/2023

Your Time in VR Starts... Now.
"Taskmaster" Game Released on Meta Quest
From Tech Radar

Hit UK comedy game show Taskmaster is getting a VR spin-off game for Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest 3, and it's set to launch in 2024.

Published by Scallywag Arcade, a Draw & Code studio, and made in partnership with Avalon (the production company behind the TV series), Taskmaster VR gives players the chance to test themselves against the show's many challenges through their virtual reality headset.

Stepping into the shoes of a contestant, players will experience the creativity of the show alongside Meta's virtual reality technology and be let loose in the Taskmaster House with the goal to claim the golden head trophy and call themselves Taskmaster Champion. You can take a look at the trailer below.

"The world of Taskmaster is perfect for VR" said Niall Taylor, head of games at Scallywag Arcade, teasing an "immersive" experience which combines "the hilarity of the show with the freedom of virtual reality."

The Taskmaster himself, Greg Davies, said: "The team have done an incredible job and the game is a really exciting addition to the Taskmaster world. On a personal note, the creation of a virtual reality Taskmaster takes me ever closer to my ultimate goal of working without even leaving my sofa."

Scallywag says that Taskmaster VR will offer fans and gamers alike an "immersive opportunity" to engage with the show's features and its stars in a new way, with Davies and Alex Horne, the show's creator and the Taskmaster's assistant, along for the fully voice acted experience.

"Genuinely, this is extraordinary, brilliant and very fun," said Horne. "Also, I've always wanted to be a contestant on Taskmaster so this is great for me as a VR user, except that I will also have my virtual self watching my attempts and undermining my confidence so I may well regret the whole venture after I've had a go."

TechRadar
Forbes

PC Gamer
NME

Digital Spy/Yahoo! News Canada
Cultbox

posted 11/30/2023

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Ultimate Fan Ascension"

  • #TBT: 19 years ago today... Ken Jennings lost to Nancy Zerg. He would be many things since, from trivia author to podcaster to GOAT to Master Mind to Chaser... to Emmy-nominated game show host (The Programming Insider)

  • Cheddar Gorgeous teases "Celebrity Mastermind" game (Yahoo! Sports)

  • Jeremy Clarkson stays on his farm for season 4 (Deadline)

  • Kelly Clarkson to receive $2.6 million from her ex for shady dealings (Rolling Stone)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Mills... and maybe the Golden Bachelorette? (REality TV World)

posted 11/30/2023

Eddie McGuire's Final Answer
"Millionaire Hot Seat" To Depart
From Starts at 60

After more than two decades on the air, Millionaire Hot Seat is set to take its final bow with the final episode of the popular game show reportedly set to air on Wednesday, November 29.

For 25 years, Eddie McGuire has been the face of Millionaire Hot Seat, guiding contestants through nerve-wracking questions and heart-pounding moments. As the show's longest-serving host, McGuire has played an integral role in making Hot Seat a household name and a staple of prime-time entertainment.

Now with the curtains set to close on this chapter of Australian television history, McGuire has reflected on his "amazing ride" as host.

"It is (the last episode) of this run. We are at pains to say it (Hot Seat) is going into hiatus but I think it will come back at some stage, whether it is with me (as host) or not, time will tell," McGuire told the Herald Sun. "For me the whole Who Wants To Be A Millionaire/Hot Seat experience has just been a total joy.

"It has been part of my life for 25 years.".

Starts at 60
TV Blackbox
96fm
B&T

posted 11/29/2023

Sex and the City... The Dating Show?
Bunim/Murray Teaming Up with Candace Bushnell
From Deadline

Sex and the City is getting the reality dating treatment.

Bunim/Murray Productions has teamed up with Candace Bushnell, whose book served as the basis for the long-running HBO hit, to develop Is There Still Sex in the City.

The Banijay Americas-owned producer will take out the project to potential buyers next month.

It will follow four "fabulous" friends in their fifties who are looking for a love do-over as they leave their busy city lives for a dating utopia. They'll live together in a cozy country chateau where they'll have their pick of a different group of men in each episode. They'll try the boy toys, sample a senior age player, be romanced by the rich guys and even get to flirt with their fantasy man. But in the end, who will really steal their hearts, and will our ladies be able to bring the sex back to the city?

Deadline
Entertainment Weekly

posted 11/29/2023

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Soup's On"


posted 11/27/2023

Fremantle Living in a Box
Production Company to Take Korean Format Global
From C21 Media

Fremantle has picked up the rights to adapt South Korean reality gameshow Battle in the Box, produced by Seoul-based Something Special, in multiple European territories.

Fremantle has optioned the format in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal.

The show is a comedy entertainment and reality hybrid, where two celebrity teams enter an empty box divided by a movable wall, armed only with a toothbrush. They only have each other for company as cameras watch their every move and can earn space and luxuries by conquering physical and mental challenges.

The new multi-territory deal for Battle in the Box follows a previously announced co-development deal for music gameshow and play-a-long format The Beatbox, between Something Special, Fremantle-owned Blue Circle and Naked, which aired on RTL4 in the Netherlands this year.

C21 Media
ATV Today

posted 11/28/2023

"The Floor" Takes Germany
Details Announced
From Radiowise

Not only knowledge but also strategy are required in the new quiz show "The Floor". Now Sat.1 has announced further details. The Dutch hit show "The Floor" is coming to Germany next year.

Sat.1 secured the rights to the format and announced them in June. Now further details have become known – including who will host the show.

"The Masked Singer" presenter Matthias Opdenhövel (53) will host the six-part show. The broadcaster announced this on Tuesday (November 28th).

In "The Floor", 100 candidates compete against each other in quiz duels on a huge LED floor. The floor is divided into one hundred equal squares, each representing an area of ​​knowledge. A randomly chosen candidate then challenges a neighboring competitor in a duel. Whoever wins takes over all of their opponent's fields. The loser must leave the game at this point. The aim of the game is to gain more and more ground with the right tactics. Whoever stands on the "floor" as the winner at the end of the six programs can look forward to the main prize of 100,000 euros.

The broadcaster has not yet announced when exactly the show will start in 2024. The show is scheduled to run in prime time.

Radiowise

posted 11/28/2023

Guy Fieri: The $100 Million Dollar Man
"Grocery Games" Reups with Food Network
From Variety

Guy Fieri has signed a new three-year deal with Food Network, which sources tell Variety is valued at more than $100 million.

This fresh pact means that Fieri retains his title as the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned cable channel's highest-paid talent and bests his most recent multiyear deal, which closed in 2021 for $80 million.

Food Network and Warner Bros. Discovery declined to comment on the financial figures.

Under the new agreement, which will take Fieri to the 20-year mark with Food Network, the Mayor of Flavortown will continue to produce more of his Emmy-nominated "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," as well as more episodes of "Guy's Grocery Games" and "Tournament of Champions." Fieri will also keep developing and producing projects with Food Network through his Knuckle Sandwich production banner. "

Recognized everywhere he goes, there is only one Guy Fieri," Warner Bros. Discovery head of food content Betsy Ayala said. "Guy's love of food, restaurants, and the chefs behind the dishes, combined with his extraordinary passion for crafting series with stories that resonate make extending this partnership a clear choice in our mission to deliver to viewers more of what they love."

Variety
DEadline

posted 11/28/2023

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "It's All Love Until Money Gets Involved"


posted 11/28/2023


CBS

Fremantle FAST Channels to Honor Bob Barker
"Price" Channels to Play Specials on What Would've Been His 100th Birthday
From Fremantle PR

Festivities will take place across the company's Fast Channel portfolio starting on November 27 and including what would have been Bob's 100th Birthday!

On August 26th, 2023, the world lost one of the greatest game show hosts and animal activists of all time--the beloved Bob Barker. December 12, 2023, would have been Bob's 100th birthday and Fremantle will be celebrating with festivities across our FAST channels, The Price is Right: The Barker Era channel, The Price is Right channel (exclusively on Pluto TV, with host Drew Carey), and BUZZR, to commemorate the world's greatest emcee who brought so much joy into our living rooms every weekday for 35 years.

The Price is Right: The Bob Barker Era channel will unveil 60 rare episodes from 1972 that have not been seen in 40 years. Each night, fresh episodes will air starting at 8:00 p.m. ET from November 27th to January 7th.

The Price is Right channel (exclusively on Pluto TV, with host Drew Carey) will present The Price Is Right: A Tribute to Bob Barker, starting at 5:00 p.m. ET on December 12th.

BUZZR will air multiple game shows featuring Bob, including titles like Match Game, Family Feud, and Tattletales, along with The Price Is Right: A Tribute to Bob Barker, starting on December 4th, with a marathon on his birthday, December 12th.

Cordcutters News

posted 11/27/2023


Sony Pictures TV/ABC

Mark Cuban Set to Leave "Shark Tank"
Dallas Mavericks Owner Says Season 16 Will Be His Last
From Deadline

Mark Cuban is ready to exit Shark Tank.

In a recent interview with the Showtime podcast All The Smoke, Cuban told hosts Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson that season 16 of the ABC series will be his last. The reality show from Mark Burnett is currently in its 15th season.

"It's time," said Cuban, who first guested on Shark Tank in season 2 before becoming a regular shark the following year. He's been a popular mainstay ever since.

"I love it because it sends the message the American dream is alive and well," Cuban told Barnes and Jackson. "I feel like in doing Shark Tank all these years, we've trained multiple generations of entrepreneurs that if somebody can come from Iowa or Sacramento or wherever, and show up on the carpet of Shark Tank and show their business and get a deal, it's going to inspire generations of kids. That's what happens, right? Now we've got people coming on saying I watched you when I was 10 years old. I'm like, (expletive deleted). But we're helping them right? I've invested in, I don't know how many hundreds of companies. On a cash basis, I'm down a little bit, but on mark to market meeting, the companies are still in operation. I'm way up."

When asked how he knows what makes a good investment on Shark Tank, Cuban said, "I just listen to them. You can just tell. Body language matters, the harder they have to try to sell, the worse the deal … when someone walks in Shark tank, you can tell if they are trying too hard. I have this rule: the longer the back story, the worse the deal. The minute you start telling me how hard it was for you, it's hard for every (expletive deleted) entrepreneur, tell me about your business, tell me why you are going to be successful."

dEadline
Forbes
TV Line
Entertainment Weekly

posted 11/27/2023

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Home for the Holidays"

  • Kim Wolfe returns to "Why the Heck Did I Buy This House?" (The Futon Critic)

  • ABC notches season highs for Jeopardy!, Wheel (The Futon Critic)

  • Jamie Foxx hit with a lawsuit. The "Beat Shazam" host hits back. (Deadline)

  • Tiffany Haddish reuses a joke from her last DUI (The Wrap)

  • Jane Lynch isn't going to be a "Total Grinch" on Weakest Link Holiday (The Wrap)

  • Keith Urban still doesn't get his wife's AMC ad. Don't worry, neither do we. (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Sasha Colby has a drag race of her own, looking for local talent for her tour (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Harry Jowsey spends Thanksgiving at Rylee Arnold's (TMZ)

posted 11/27/2023


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