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THURSDAY: No Football, No Problem
CBS Wins on First Post-TNF Thursday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.945 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday thanks to a relocated "The Big Bang Theory" (14.133 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by the formal premieres of "Young Sheldon" (13.290 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Mom" (9.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Life in Pieces" (7.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "SWAT" (7.473 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7).

Second place then went to ABC (5.297 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.342 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Scandal" (4.928 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.623 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13).

Next up was NBC (4.405 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its fall finales to "Superstore" (3.511 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "The Good Place" (3.039 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Will & Grace" (5.596 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5), "Good News" (2.726 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.778 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.240 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals to "Gotham" (2.716 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and "The Orville" (3.764 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night with "Supernatural" (1.819 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) and "Arrow" (1.352 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.812m
- Chopped (Food): 818k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 814k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (S/MTV): 402k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 387k
- Divided (GSN): 246k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/3/17

GSN in a Sling
Network Now Available for Cord Cutters
From Lexology

Starting today Sling TV is offering the Game Show Network free for all Sling TV subscribers. Typically the Game Show Network is found in the Comedy Extra add-on for $5 a month, but right now it is part of both the Sling TV Blue and Sling TV Orange packages. (At this time Sling TV says there is no announced end date for this free preview.)

This will give Sling TV subscribers access to new and classic game shows including “Cash Cab,” “Catch 21,” “Match Game,” “Wheel of Fortune,” and “The Newlywed Game.”

After the free trial ends, you will have to subscribe to the Comedy Extra package to get the Game Show Network. In the Comedy Extra package, you will find TV Land, MTV, Spike, True TV, and more.

Sling TV has also updated their device deals to include a free 2017 Roku Express, $50 off a 2017 Roku Ultra, and $80 off an Air TV player and antenna adapter bundle if you sign up and prepay for Sling TV.

Cord Cutters News

posted 11/3/17

British High Court Rules on Format
Television Formats Do Not Qualify for Copyright Protection
From Lexology

The High Court decided on 19 October 2017 that a particular television format document did not qualify for copyright protection as a dramatic work as its contents were unclear and lacking in specifics. Copyright protection has been notoriously difficult to obtain in respect of TV formats and the case contains useful guidance on the way television formats should be recorded or expressed in order to stand a chance of being protected by copyright as dramatic works. The High Court also considered that the TV format document was too vague and insufficiently developed to be protected as confidential information (Banner Universal Motion Pictures Limited v Endemol Shine Group Limited & others).

Lexology

posted 11/3/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Bachelor Baby"

  • Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici get set for baby #2 (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: So this happened on "Family Feud" (Yahoo!)
     

  • Behind Nikki Bella's engagement with John Cena (Reality TV World)

posted 11/3/17

WEDNESDAY: Houston, We Have A Champion
Game 7 Lifts Fox to Midweek Win
From the Futon Critifc

Coverage of the concluding "World Series, Game 7" (25.072 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.0, #1) not surprising put FOX (25.072 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.0, #1) on top last night.

ABC (4.455 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.929 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Speechless" (3.873 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "Modern Family" (5.512 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "American Housewife" (4.516 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Designated Survivor" (3.949 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was CBS (5.190 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a new "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (7.528 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) followed by a repeat "SEAL Team" (4.670 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a second "SEAL Team" (3.371 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.358 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "The Blacklist" (5.125 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) alongside repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.948 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (4.001 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.578 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Dynasty" (0.764 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.171 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) finished out the night.

On cable..
- Best Baker in America (SF/Food): 977k
- Are You the One (MTV): 447k
- Face Value (BET): 245k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 195k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/2/17

TUESDAY: One More Game... for All the Marbles
Fox Wins on Thriller of a World Series
From the Futon Critifc

FOX (18.916 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1) claimed the top spot on Halloween with its coverage of the "World Series, Game 6" (18.916 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

NBC (6.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a distant second with its "The Voice" (6.182 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) recap and originals from "This Is Us" (8.318 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (3.598 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

Next up was CBS (10.125 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (11.911 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Bull" (9.620 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.843 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.311 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes from "The Middle" (5.002 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.542 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Black-ish" (3.587 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "The Mayor" (2.373 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.681 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.987 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.427 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable..
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.304m
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 851k
- Chopped: Alton's Challenge (Food): 700k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 636k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 634k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 224k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/2/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "House Way?"

  • Why anyone would want Blac Chyna for "Celebrity Big Brother" is beyond us (IOL)
     

  • Are you a kid in the Philippines who wants to be on a game show or talent competition? Get a permit in 2018 (Inquirer.net)
     

  • John O'Hurley hosts "High School Quiz Show" for Rhode Island PBS (Providence Journal)
     

  • Carol Vorderman apparently not allowed back in the "Countdown" studio (Metro)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Pat Sajak (Fox News) and Peter Marshall (Fox News)

posted 11/2/17

TUESDAY: One More Game... for All the Marbles
Fox Wins on Thriller of a World Series
From the Futon Critifc

FOX (18.916 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1) claimed the top spot on Halloween with its coverage of the "World Series, Game 6" (18.916 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

NBC (6.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a distant second with its "The Voice" (6.182 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) recap and originals from "This Is Us" (8.318 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (3.598 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

Next up was CBS (10.125 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (11.911 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Bull" (9.620 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.843 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.311 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes from "The Middle" (5.002 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.542 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Black-ish" (3.587 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "The Mayor" (2.373 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.681 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.987 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.427 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

The Futon Critic

posted 11/1/17

YouTube vs. The Mountain
Competition Ordered for Subscription YouTube Red Service
From Deadline

YouTube has ordered Ultimate Expedition, a 10-episode adventure competition series from Rabbit Films that challenges eight celebrities with no climbing experience to scale Peru’s nearly 20,000-foot Mount Tocllaraju.

Here’s the logline for the series hosted by Rabbit Films USA President and Dudesons ringleader Jukka Hildén that will premiere on YouTube Red next year: Mount Tocllaraju is not the only mountain the cast is trying to conquer. Each climber has a personal challenge they are hoping to summit. Some are chasing dreams, some are redefining themselves, and some are looking for a spiritual awakening. They will experience elation, anger, and even a bit of comedy, on their way to finding joy as they work to overcome personal obstacles. This expedition is a rare opportunity to isolate themselves from the daily stress of the modern world — and prove that nothing is impossible.

“The stakes are high, and the risk is even higher, but everyone has an inner drive and motivation to summit the mountain both physically and metaphorically speaking,” Hildén said. “There are no second chances. You gotta leave it all on the field. Because here, you’re competing against the greatest adversary of them all: yourself. Here is where true heroes are made.”

Deadline
Broadway World

posted 11/1/17

Virtual Zonk
"Let's Make a Deal" to Break Into VR with Digital Content
From The Hollywood Reporter

Since Let's Make a Deal's inception in 1963 the variety game show has transformed its content considerably over the years. And now the Wayne Brady-hosted series is starting to break into virtual reality.

Pegged to Halloween on Tuesday, the show has revealed a series shot in 360-degree 3D video that introduces a way for fans at home to actually step foot inside the studio from the comfort of their homes.

Producer Jersey Feimster told The Hollywood Reporter of the newest addition to the show: "It is a virtual-reality experience as the host of Let's Make a Deal. Viewers can step into Wayne Brady's shoes and get a 3D perspective of being the host of the show."

He added, "this is an opportunity for Let's Make a Deal to use new technology to engage with our home audience. They'll feel like they're stepping right onto the Let's Make a Deal stage without even leaving their home."

Said Brady, "They'll see the costumes and will experience the craziness that the audience can bring first hand."

The longtime CBS show is slated to unveil a total of 15 VR behind-the-scenes experiences that will be introduced throughout the season with the Halloween episode being the first one.

The newest development comes a month after the death of the show's original host Monty Hall.

As for how Brady plans to evolve the series going forward the host quips, "We'll continue Monty's legacy of making people smile and changing lives—with my comedy spin on it, of course. If it ain't broke ..."

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 11/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 6
Results for the Week Ending October 22
From TV Newscheck

The session ending Oct. 22 marked a milestone for Judge Judy, which was the No. 1 court show for the 1,100th consecutive week, or every week for more than 21 years.

Judy was the sole courtroom to move up, pulling a three-week high 6.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, which was nearly triple the rating of Hot Bench, the next-highest gaveler, which is also a Judge Judy creation. In addition, Judy was the No. 1 show in syndication, a distinction it has held nine times in the past 10 weeks.

Rounding out the new shows, Funny You Should Ask fell 20% to a 0.4 national rating, with a 0.2 in the demo.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4 -4%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 -5%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%

TV Newscheck
Screener

posted 11/1/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Cue the Tweetstorm in 3... 2... 1...."

  • The cover of Snoop Dogg's new record has a familiar theme if you're a fan of Snoop Dogg...(New York Daily News)
     

  • You may have heard Michael Jackson's "Thriller"... but you never heard it done by Postmodern Jukebox... AND WAYNE MOTHERFATHER BRADY! (Entertainment Weekly\)
     

  • Alton Brown brings his science to New Jersey (NJ.com)
     

  • Rose Marie gets her own documentary. And we're supposed to wait for her laugh (The New Yorker)
     

  • Wendy Williams recovering from her Halloween live on-camera fright (The Wrap)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS & NBC are preempting their lineup tonight for the two most glorious words in the English language... GAME SEVEN (Deadline) and ABC slots the Toy Box finale November 19 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • The Voice: Neon Dreams opens this spring at Hard Rock Las Vegas (Broadway World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Best. Jeopardy! story. EVER (The Daily Beast)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joyce Bulifant and her new book (Palm Springs Life)

posted 11/1/17

MONDAY: Dancing Knocks Out The Voice
ABC Wins Outright
From the Futon Critic

ABC (10.336 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled in front among adults 18-49 on Monday thanks to new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (10.064 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and "The Good Doctor" (10.880 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

NBC (7.851 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "The Voice" (9.430 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "The Brave" (4.694 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was FOX (3.413 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments of "Lucifer" (3.333 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "The Gifted" (3.493 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.952 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up its new lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.308 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "9JKL" (5.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Superior Donuts" (4.840 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Me, Myself & I" (3.977 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Scorpion" (4.765 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Supergirl" (1.831 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Valor" (1.007 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.381m
- Scared Famous (VH1): 1.218m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/31/17

WEEKEND: No "Kitchen", No Problem
Fox Wins on Back of Epic World Series
From the Futon Critic

FOX (20.456 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1) rocketed to the top spot on Sunday thanks to its coverage of "NFL Overrun" (23.623 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.0, #1), "The OT" (20.017 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.0, #2) and "World Series, Game 5" (20.002 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.6, #3).

NBC (11.344 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2) then got bumped to second place with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (3.978 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "Football Night in America #2" (6.220 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "Football Night in America #3" (9.856 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.3, #5) and "Sunday Night Football" (12.666 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.3, #4).

Next up was CBS (8.060 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (11.480 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (7.380 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.429 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Madam Secretary" (5.952 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

And finally, a new "The Toy Box" (2.084 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15), a repeat "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (3.478 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), a new "Shark Tank" (3.491 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and a second "Shark Tank" (3.170 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) on ABC (3.055 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Halloween Wars (SF/Food): 1.373m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 982k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/31/17

Netflix Brings Foreign Food (Fights) Stateside
Coming This Week: "Zumbo's Just Desserts", "The Big Family Cooking Showdown"
From Den of Geek!

No sooner than right after you finish Stranger Things 2 (which debuts on October 27), another long-awaited Netflix original will make its debut. Marvel's (but really Jon Bernthal's) The Punisher is coming on November 17.

If insane levels of stylized violence isn't your thing, try insane levels of stylized everything else with season 2 of Maria Bamford's madcap Lady Dynamite on November 10.

But if you're a fan of food competitions, Netflix has you covered there, too.

October 31 - Zumbo's Just Desserts: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL (originally aired on Seven Network Australia)
November 3 - The Big Family Cooking Showdown: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL (originally airing on BBC Two)

Den of Geek!
Digital Trends
The Daily Dot

posted 10/30/17

"Winsanity" Returns November
GSN Slots New Look Season 2 for 11/27 at 5p ET
From the Futon Critic

The all new WINSANITY, hosted by actor Donald Faison ("Scrubs"), will return for a second season airing weeknights at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT) starting Monday, November 27.

WINSANITY, which debuted in June 2016, was watched by nearly 13.5 million viewers during its initial 40-episode run. Changes to the show in season two include a new set, as well as a new format, with two contestants (instead of one) competing against each other for the $10,000 prize. However, the show continues to offer the opportunity for prizes to be won not only by the contestants but also by the studio audience.

In each half hour episode, the two contestants each represents half of the audience, who stand to share in the prize money their contestant wins. The contestants face off against each other, attempting to rank compelling and surprising facts in numerical order (i.e.: Which is greater: the number of marriages each year in the US, or the number of Pope Francis' Twitter followers?). Each correctly stacked fact earns money towards a cash jackpot.

In the final round, the contestant with the largest bank will play a final game of timed touch screen stacking without help from the audience. If they correctly put five facts in order, the contestant goes home with $10,000 and their audience section will share in an additional $10,000. If they fail, the contestant and audience section win the amount previously banked.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/30/17

The Wall Drops in Australia
Premiere Wins Over Family Food Fight
From The West Australian

Imagine having thousands of dollars at your fingertips, only to have it disappear in an instant. Such is the premise of Seven’s high-stakes game show The Wall, where teams of two answer a series of general knowledge questions before the drop of a ball down a four-storey wall determines just how much they win.

The result could be life-changing or teams could walk away empty-handed.

Co-created by LeBron James, the drama-fuelled game show launched in the US last year and has become a huge international hit, spawning successful versions in France, Belgium, Germany and Canada.

The Australian installment hits screens this week, with Axle Whitehead stepping in as host.

Having called Los Angeles home for the past four years, the 36-year-old says the offer to be a part of the Australian version was one he couldn’t refuse.

“I was a fan of the show when it was on in the US,” the singer/actor enthuses by phone from LA.

“I’ve been out of Australia working over in the States, so to be working with Australians is a great reminder to me of just how awesome Australians are and how they’re just everyday people ... with a great sense of humor and they’re just fighters and they keep going through whatever life throws at them, so that for me was a really nice experience.

“Professionally and personally, it has been a really awesome experience and I hope that Australians lap it up and we can make more of it. I didn’t expect to really connect with the people but when you’re there, you can’t help but be moved by it.”

Shot in Poland, where several European versions are filmed, the commanding set is spearheaded by a 12m high by 14m wide wall that comprises 187 pegs which determine where the ball drops and how much money is added — or subtracted — to a team’s tally.

The West Australian
Mumbrella
The New Daily
News.com.au

posted 10/30/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "FINALLY!"

  • Remember Will Kirby & Erin Brodie? Remember how they were a couple? Well... they finally got married. (TMZ)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: America's Got Talent hits the road (Broadway World)
     

  • Lindsey Stirling rushed to the hospital after a bad injury? Is it the end of the line? (TMZ)
     

  • Kelly Clarkson begins her practice for next season (Reality TV World)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: "The Four: Battle for Stardom", coming to Fox 2018 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Snoop Dogg (USA Today) and Vanna White (ABC News)

posted 10/30/17

THURSDAY: Next Time on the Peacock
CBS Ends Its TNF Run on a High
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.858 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was back on top last night thanks to the NBC-bound "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (6.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (8.120 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

ABC (5.378 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.610 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), "Scandal" (4.913 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.612 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Next up was NBC (5.380 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "Superstore" (4.571 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "The Good Place" (3.981 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Will & Grace" (6.641 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), "Good News" (3.999 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Chicago Fire" (6.543 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.490 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.828 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "The Orville" (4.151 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

And finally, The CW (1.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments from "Supernatural" (1.924 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Arrow" (1.372 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.909m
- Chopped (Food): 936k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 868k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (S/MTV): 418k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 418k

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posted 10/27/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "What You Missed Binge-Watching Stranger Things"

  • Snoop Dogg brings the Joker to "The Real" (Broadway World)
     

  • Vanessa Lachey calls her recent unpleasantness with her partner "a pebble in a pond".... whatever that means (Reality TV World)
     

  • Simon Cowell rushed to the hospital after a big fall, treated, then released (Reality TV World)
     

  • Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton want babies (Reality TV World)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: Can you play "The Price Is Right" perfectly? (FiveThirtyEight)
     

  • "Supermarket Sweep": how the rest of the world does it (Delish)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Jamie Foxx relives his adoption story (Lifesite)

posted 10/27/17

"Alexa, Play Buzzr..."
Game Show Channel Goes to Amazon Prime Video
From Broadway World

Ever feel nostalgic for game shows you grew up watching? Well, you're in luck!

Starting today, BUZZR, FremantleMedia's retro game show network, is bringing nearly 20 Vintage Game Show titles to Amazon Prime Video through Amazon Video Direct(AVD). Some of the popular retro titles that BUZZR has brought to Amazon include Press Your Luck, Family Feud, Match Game, Super Password, and What's My Line?, among others. In addition, FremantleMedia will be bringing classic episodes of fan-favorite Supermarket Sweep, which originally launched in 1965, to Prime Video in the near future.

Here is a full list of BUZZR's retro game show titles now available for the first time on Prime Video!

Vintage Game Show Titles Available on Prime Video
- Beat The Clock
- Blockbusters
- Body Language
- Card Sharks (Perry)
- Card Sharks (Eubanks)
- Child's Play
- Double Dare *Note, not the Nickelodeon version
- Family Feud (Dawson)
- Family Feud (Combs)
- Family Feud (Anderson)
- Match Game 75
- Match Game 78
- Password Plus
- Press Your Luck
- Super Password
- Tattletales
- What's My Line?

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posted 10/27/17

WEDNESDAY: We Have A Series!... and also something about baseball...
Fox Wins... and So Do The Stros
From The Futon Critic

FOX (14.626 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was the network to beat thanks to its coverage of the "World Series, Game 2" (14.626 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

CBS (6.970 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.149 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "SEAL Team" (6.884 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Criminal Minds" (5.879 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Next up was ABC (4.702 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.413 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Speechless" (4.145 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Modern Family" (5.907 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "American Housewife" (4.721 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Designated Survivor" (4.014 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.717 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up originals from "The Blacklist" (5.291 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.734 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "Chicago PD" (6.125 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.611 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Dynasty" (0.726 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.168 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Best Baker in America (Food): 889k
- Are You The One (MTV): 574mk
- Face Value (BET): 275m

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posted 10/27/17


Broadway World
TUESDAY: "The Jizzoker's Wizzild"... Sorry, "The Joker's Wild"... and "Drop the Mic"
TBS Drops the Beats
From The Futon Critic

FOX (10.933 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Tuesday with its coverage of the "World Series, Game 1" (10.933 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

NBC (8.267 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then had to settle for second place with its trio of "The Voice" (9.521 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "This Is Us" (10.474 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (4.808 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was CBS (11.074 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "NCIS" (13.094 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Bull" (10.635 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.492 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.777 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Middle" (5.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.195 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Black-ish" (3.981 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Mayor" (2.961 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.869 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Flash" (2.574 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.467 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) rounded out the night for The CW (2.020 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.432m
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (P/TBS): 1.197m
- Drop the Mic (P/TBS): 955k
- Chopped: Alton's Challenge (Food): 845k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 756k
- Ink Master Angels (Spike): 452k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 144k

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posted 10/27/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "STAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHP"

  • Did DeMario Jackson just call the host of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" an... that? (Reality TV World)
     

  • Meanwhile, apparently Corinne Olympios' favorite Miami Freestyle song? Expose's "I'll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me)"  (Reality TV World)
     

  • Katy Perry catches air. Accidentally. (Reality TV World)
     

  • "Shark Tank" to run doubles on Sundays effective immediately? Why? Well, if you had "Ten Days in the Valley" as the season's first cancellation, come up and claim your prize. (TV Line)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Takeshi's Castle brings back the honeycomb maze (Metro)
     

  • Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows are coming to the East Valley (East Valley Tribune)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peter Sagal (Palm Beach Illustrated)

posted 10/27/17

Who's Who Amongst Latvian Game Show Contestants?
LTV Picks Up British Format
From C21 Media

Latvian public broadcaster LTV has picked up the format rights to gameshow format Who’s Who? from distributor Kabo International.

The local version of the show, which was originally created by Rose Bay Media UK and challenges contestants to guess the occupation or talent of six strangers, will air at the end of this month.

C21 Media

posted 10/25/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Eat Your Science"

  • Alton Brown to bring his science show east (Food & Wine)
     

  • John Besh's future on "Top Chef" being "evaluated" over sexual harassment claims (The Wrap)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: Carson Daly's stepfather Richard Caruso (Reality TV World)

posted 10/25/17

SYNDIES: Week 5
Results for the Week Ending October 15
From the Futon Critic

Dr. Phil was on fire in the session ending Oct. 15, surging 13% to its highest rating in seven months and torching the talkers for the 58th week in a row. Phil was more than a full point ahead of any other talk show with a 3.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and up 6% from last year.

Further back in the rookie race, Funny You Should Ask was up 25% to a 0.5 national rating with a 0.2 in the demo, while Pickler & Ben was unchanged at a 0.3 in households and grew to a 0.2 among women 25-54.

At the top of the chart, Family Feud added to a 6.7; usual leader Judge Judy advanced 2% to a 6.6; and Jeopardy was a close third, jumping 8% to a 6.4. That was Jeopardy’s highest rating since the week of March 6 as New York City bartender Austin Rogers’ 12-show winning streak came to an end.

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

GAME SHOWS
1) Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 +8%
2) Jeopardy! (CTD) 6.4 +8%
3) Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 NC
4) Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5) Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

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posted 10/24/17

MONDAY: Close Call...
NBC, ABC Split Night... by Inches
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.394 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Monday with fresh installments from "The Voice" (9.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "The Brave" (5.293 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Second place then went to ABC (9.774 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) with new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (9.329 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and freshman hit "The Good Doctor" (10.664 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.874 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and the Thursday-bound "The Big Bang Theory" (12.798 million viewers, #1; adults , 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by "9JKL" (7.320 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Kevin Can Wait" (6.278 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Me, Myself & I" (4.670 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "Scorpion" (5.090 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.241 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up originals from "Lucifer" (3.205 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "The Gifted" (3.278 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, "Supergirl" (1.767 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Valor" (0.939 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the night over on The CW (1.353 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.326m
- Scared Famous (P/VH1): 1.321m

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posted 10/24/17

Fran Shea Joins the Fray!
Industry Consultant Appointed GSN's New EVP Programming & Marketing
From Realscreen

Game Show Network has appointed Fran Shea as EVP programming and marketing for GSN TV, effective immediately.

Based out of GSN’s LA office and reporting to CEO Mark Feldman, Shea will oversee programming and marketing at GSN TV, leading in-house production, acquisitions, development and network branding and messaging. Shea is also set to work with the network’s advertising sales and distribution teams to promote GSN to clients.

“Fran has an impressive track record of creating phenomenally successful and culturally relevant content,” said Feldman, in a statement. “Her creative vision and leadership will be critical to GSN as we continue to enhance our programming choices, both original and acquired, to engage our core viewers.”

Before joining GSN, Shea ran her own industry consultancy firm, Fran Shea Consulting, which counted GSN, HBO and Cinemax among its clients.

Her previous ventures include founding HBOlab, a content-driven experiment with HBO that explored different digital content business models with the goal of expanding audiences. She has also served as president of E! Entertainment Television, and as producer and executive at HBO. During her tenure at HBO, Shea received an Emmy Award for her work.

As head of programming, Shea takes over the position recently held by Amy Introcaso-Davis, who left her role as EVP, programming and development at GSN in September to become EVP, development and production at E! Entertainment.

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posted 10/24/17

Money Drop Lives... Online?
Virgin Casino to Develop New Slot Based on Short-Lived Fox Series
From NJ Online Gambling

Virgin Casino, already host to over a dozen exclusive titles, launched the GameSys-developed Million Dollar Money Drop slot this week. The game is based off of the American version of the popular UK game show The Million Pound Drop Live, which never quite caught on in the US, running for just one season.

Contestants on the real-life version of Million Dollar Money Drop were tasked with answering multiple-choice questions by setting cash on “drops,” each corresponding to one answer. Any money sitting on the drop of a wrong answer was then sucked down a chute below the stage and lost.

Bad ratings aside, the game serves as a nice complement to Virgin’s Deal or No Deal jackpot slot, another game show-inspired title.

NJ Online Gambling

posted 10/24/17

SI Gets Into the Game
Magazine to Venture into Facebook Live with "Next Question"
From Sports Illustrated

If you're into sports trivia, game shows and people getting embarrassed live on camera, then Sports Illustrated has a new show for you.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, Sports Illustrated will launch its brand new live trivia show, Next Question! The 15-minute show will air live on Facebook at 12:30 p.m. ET, every Thursday afternoon. Make sure you like SI's Facebook page to see all the action. (And check out a sneak peek in the video above.)

Written by Amy Parlapiano, hosted by Mitch Goldich and produced by David Seperson, Next Question! will be a four-round battle of sports knowledge between two SI staffers. The winner gets bragging rights and the opportunity to return the following week. The loser gets punished live on camera with a (benign!) punishment that's voted on by the Facebook viewers—there will be two options (for example: hit with a shaving cream pie or eat a really hot chili pepper) and viewers will click on either the laughing face or the heart during the video to vote for the one they'd prefer to see.

"This is the realization of a life-long dream," Goldich says of his hosting gig. "I look forward to watching my coworkers struggle, while I stand there holding index cards that have all the answers."

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posted 10/24/17

WEEKEND: Raising Hell
CBS Wins Friday, NBC Takes Sunday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.065 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Friday with its drama trio of "MacGyver" (6.812 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.531 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.853 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Second place then went to NBC (3.583 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with an encore of "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (2.327 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.212 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Next up was FOX (2.049 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (2.817 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "The Exorcist" (1.281 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.397 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up new episodes of "Once Upon a Time" (2.516 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Marvel's Inhumans" (1.983 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "20/20" (2.693 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.622 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments from "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.638 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.607 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Top Chef Junior (Universal Kids): 124k

It was another Sunday victory for NBC (15.148 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (6.148 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.496 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (12.835 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.2, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.741 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (10.513 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and its combination of "NFL Overrun" (17.690 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #2), "60 Minutes" (13.946 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #5), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (8.010 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.907 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and "Madam Secretary" (6.692 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14).

Next up was FOX (2.916 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat "The Mick" (3.610 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) followed by originals from "Bob's Burgers" (2.991 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8), "The Simpsons" (3.622 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "Ghosted" (2.685 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11), "Family Guy" (2.638 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.949 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.8, #17).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Toy Box" (2.325 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18), "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.574 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14), "Shark Tank" (4.206 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14) and "10 Days in the Valley" (2.250 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18) on ABC (3.338 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) rounded out the night. This represents a series low for both "Toy Box" and "Shark Tank".

On cable...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.286m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.074m

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posted 10/24/17


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ROBERT GUILLAUME: 1927-2017
Versatile Actor/Singer Known for "Benson", "Soap", "Sports Night" Played "Feud", "Squares"
From
TV Line

Emmy winner Robert Guillaume, who starred in ABC’s Soap and its spinoff Benson, has died at the age of 89.

Guillaume passed away Tuesday at his Los Angeles home of complications from prostate cancer, according to our sister site Variety. He is survived by his wife, Donna Brown Guillaume, and four children.

His best-known role was as the wise-cracking butler Benson DuBois on the ABC soap-opera parody Soap, which debuted in 1977; Guillaume won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy in 1979. That same year, his Soap character got his own ABC spinoff: Benson, where Benson moved on to handle the personal affairs of Governor Gatling (James Noble), eventually becoming a government official himself. Benson ran for seven seasons, with Guillaume racking up five more Emmy nominations, taking home a second trophy in 1985.

In the late ’90s, Guillaume had a memorable supporting role on Aaron Sorkin’s ABC comedy Sports Night, playing TV executive Isaac Jaffe. He also voiced Rafiki the monkey in the Disney animated hit The Lion King. His most recent TV roles include CSI, 8 Simple Rules and Moesha.

His game show appearances include episodes of "Hollywood Squares", "Celebrity Family Feud", and "Jeopardy!".

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

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posted 10/24/17


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PATRICIA LLEWELLYN: 1962-2017
Versatile Actor/Singer Known for "Benson", "Soap", "Sports Night" Played "Feud", "Squares"
From
TV Line

Patricia Llewellyn, the influential producer who discovered Britain’s Jamie Oliver and transformed him into The Naked Chef, while also kick-starting the TV career of Gordon Ramsay, has died. The former chief of Optomen stepped down in 2016 and had been battling a long illness. She passed away over the weekend at age 55.

Llewellyn joined UK indie Optomen in 1994 and in 1996 introduced the now classic cooking show Two Fat Ladies presented by Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson. In 1999, she made Oliver a star with The Naked Chef, and in 2004 Optomen produced Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares for Channel 4. Llewellyn won BAFTAs for both the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares and for The Naked Chef. She also co-founded Ramsay’s production company One Potato Two Potato in 2008.

Llewellyn took over as Managing Director at Optomen in 2005 and in 2010, both Optomen and One Potato Two Potato were acquired by All3Media in a £40M deal.

Her other credits include Ramsay’s The F Word and Hotel Hell. She was also an exec producer on the U.S. versions of Masterchef and Masterchef Junior.

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posted 10/24/17


Games Gone By: webRiot
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

At the end of the millennium, at the start of the internet exploding and nearing the end of MTV's run as a music video channel, they talked Ahmet Zappa into hosting a show where ANYBODY with a reliable internet connection (which, being 1999, was rare) could play along! Chris Wolvie's "Games Gone By..." takes on the "bar trivia" of yesteryear with "webRIOT".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 10/24/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Funny You Should Be Real"

  • Jon Kelley stops by "The Real" to... well, just watch (Broadway World)
     

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe announces on her podcast that she's heading for Broadway. In other news, Kaitlyn Bristowe has a podcast (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Kelly Clarkson (Reality TV World)

posted 10/24/17

WEDNESDAY: Drop Your Buffs
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.942 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) held onto the top spot on an increasingly competitive Wednesday with new episodes from "Empire" (5.542 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Star" (4.343 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

The silver then went to CBS (6.983 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and its combination of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "SEAL Team" (7.031 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "Criminal Minds" (5.911 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was ABC (4.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.497 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Speechless" (4.331 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Modern Family" (6.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "American Housewife" (5.098 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "Designated Survivor" (4.383 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.528 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up originals from "The Blacklist" (5.307 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.580 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Chicago PD" (5.698 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, week two of "Riverdale" (1.775 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.979 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night over on The CW (1.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Best Baker in America (Food): 908k
- Are You The One (MTV): 399k
- Face Value (BET): 328k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 316k
- Divided (GSN): 197k

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posted 10/23/17

Your Queens... Ruvealed
Catch It on VH1 Tonight
From Broadway World

VH1 on Friday unfurled the list of competitors vying for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame, and it includes some of the most memorable contestants to grace the stage — along with a few others you might have to ask your friends about. (“Who was she again? … Oh, right.”)
Without further adieu, these are your all stars:
* Aja (Season 9): A miscast production of Beverly Hills, 9021-Ho turned out to be the Brooklynite’s undoing. But this time around, she intends to do the schooling.
* BenDeLaCreme (Season 6): This queen alleges that her best asset is her “terminally delightful demeanor.” Kill ’em with kindness, as they say.
* Chi Chi DeVayne (Season 8): She says she’s ready to trade her “cheap queen” persona for a more refined look — one that includes a crown, perhaps?
* Kennedy Davenport (Season 7): This Texas-bred pageant girl is allegedly more polished than ever, and she’s “ready to show it off again one jump split at a time.”
* Milk (Season 6): The self-proclaimed “dairy queen” plans to beat the competition “doing a triple axel jump… wearing a beard. And pregnant.” I don’t whether to be concerned or impressed.
* Morgan McMichaels (Season 2): Like something out of freakin’ Outlander, we’re told that “the Scottish Scandal is out for blood” this season.
* Shangela (Seasons 2 and 3): Say it with me now… Halleloo!
* Thorgy Thor (Season 8): The competition’s other Brooklynite, Thorgy promises “drama,” “conflama” and a whole bunch of other nonsense words, I assume.
* Trixie Mattel (Season 7): The living doll is back — and she’s not toying around.

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posted 10/23/17


Al Howard Productions
The Beep Is Going to Market
"Supermarket Sweep" Reboot in the Works
From TV Line

Attention, shoppers! Your favorite guilty pleasure will soon be back on the market.

FremantleMedia announced on Friday that it’s bringing back the classic game show Supermarket Sweep, which originally aired on ABC in the mid 1960s. The show has been revived twice since its initial run: first by Lifetime from 1990 to 1995, then by PAX (now Ion Television) from 2000 to 2003.

Though the rules differed with each incarnation, the general premise of Supermarket Sweep involved contestants running through a fake grocery store and performing various tasks — from guessing retail prices to loading their carts with as many (expensive) items as possible. Either way, it always ended in madness. Glorious, glorious madness.

The following is an official statement from Henry Howard, son of the original series’ creator Al Howard:

I’m delighted that FremantleMedia has made the exciting decision to bring back this classic game show, and I look forward to working with their talented teams around the world. In honor of Supermarket Sweep’s return… I believe I’ll go shopping!

It’s not yet known when (or on which network) Supermarket Sweep will return

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posted 10/23/17

HQ: Your Phone Is a Game Show
Interactive App-Based Game Show Goes Live
From Tech Crunch

“It’s a way to give people a chance to have fun, maybe win, maybe learn something new.” That’s how former Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov describes his new trivia game show app HQ, which feels like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire meets Facebook Live.

At 3pm and 9pm Eastern, thousands of people open up HQ’s iOS app and play along as excitable host Scott Rogowsky asks around a dozen multiple choice questions one at a time. Guess right within 10 seconds, and you move on to the next question — after Scott finishes joking about the answers. Guess wrong, and you can still comment and watch to see which players nail them all and split prize money they cash out on PayPal.

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posted 10/18/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "It's All Fun and Games Until... "

  • Reg Grundy's widow locked in a bitter feud with long-lost daughter over the late game show master's estate (9News)
     

  • Jane Lynch eyed for a talk show next fall (TV Line)
     

  • Bradley Walsh's Chase is on.... inside the TARDIS (TV Line)
     

  • Whitney Bischoff is a "Bachelorette" NO MORE! (People)
     

  • Kelly Clarkson ascends to coach next year. She will be key advisor NEXT WEEK (Broadway World)

posted 10/23/17

Changing the Game
Buzzr Picks Up Documentary for October 20
From B&C

Buzzr has scored the rights to exclusively premiere Game Changers, a documentary on the world of game shows, narrated by Alex Trebek.

In addition to airing on Buzzr, a digital broadcast network that airs on the secondary channels of TV stations around the country, Game Changers will also appear on the primary channel of the Fox owned stations that carry Buzzr, giving it stronger distribution.

Game Changers will debut on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.

Digital broadcast networks have been getting increasing attention and some are beginning to line up original programming.

“Game Changers will mark the first original content to air on Buzzr and will examine the cultural impact of this extremely influential entertainment genre,” said Ron Garfield, executive vice president and general manager of Buzzr. “From the first airing of Truth or Consequences in 1941 through today, every buzzer will be pressed as Alex Trebek guides us through the most comprehensive look at this beloved national pastime and the lasting impression game shows have had on our culture. We are thrilled to be the exclusive premiere home to this extraordinary look at Americana.”

The two-hour documentary is produced by Ballinran Entertainment in association with Monkey Time Media.

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posted 10/20/17

THURSDAY: That Was a Close Finish!
CBS Wins on TNF
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.511 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) staved off the competition last night with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.560 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.901 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

Second place then went to NBC (5.177 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with originals from "Superstore" (4.214 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "The Good Place" (3.922 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Will & Grace" (6.510 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Good News" (3.775 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Chicago Fire" (6.322 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was ABC (4.540 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its annual telecasts of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (5.987 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and "Toy Story of Terror!" (4.764 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) plus new episodes from "Scandal" (4.670 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.575 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.455 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "Gotham" (2.709 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and a repeat "The Orville" (2.202 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, week two of "Supernatural" (1.898 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Arrow" (1.534 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) on The CW (1.716 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) rounded out the night.

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posted 10/20/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Takedown"

  • FIRST LOOK: "Trivial Takedown" plays Fuse November 7 (Fuse)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Family Feud" heads to Charlotte (WCNC Charlotte)
     

  • John O'Hurley stopped hosting "Family Feud" when they took the family out of it (Closer Weekly)
     

  • "Countdown" has seen its fair share of dirty words, but this one might top them all! (Rare)
     

  • "Shark Tank" contestant found dead (Hollywood Life)

posted 10/20/17

France's "Got Talent" Gets Buzzed
French Version Canceled by M6 Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
From Deadline

French television station M6 is suspending "La France a un incroyable talent" — the country’s version of America’s Got Talent — for the remainder of its season after one of the show’s judges was accused of sexual harassment.

The judge, Gilbert Rozon, is also the president of Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival, and announced his resignation from that and other posts yesterday.

In a statement written in French, Rozon said on Facebook yesterday, “I announce that I am leaving my duties as chairman of Just For Laughs as a commissioner for the 375th Montreal celebrations and as Vice-President of the Montreal Chamber of Commerce. I am stepping down out of respect for the employees and families who work for these organizations and all our partners. I do not want to shame them.”

The post goes on to say that he is “shaken by the allegations” and will devote his time to step back and take stock. “To all those whom I may have offended throughout my life, I am sincerely sorry.”

Today, M6 suspended the remainder of the talent competition’s Season 12.

Rozon’s resignation came after comedian Guillaume Wagner announced he would no longer appear at the Just for Laughs festival due to accusations of sexual harassment being made against Rozon. Canadian media reports suggest as many as nine women have made the allegations.

CBC News also reports that Rozon pleaded guilty to sexual assault 1998.

The news organization quotes Hélène David, Quebec’s minister for the condition of women, as attributing the Rozon situation to “an international movement” started by the #MeToo Twitter reaction to allegations made against Harvey Weinstein.

“Something is happening right now in regards to a change in the culture, and we should salute this culture change,” she said

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posted 10/19/17

Masterchef Descubre Sabor Latino
Telemundo to Air Latino Version of Hit Cooking Show in 2018
From Endemol Shine PR

Telemundo announced that multi-talented Mexican actress and singer, Aracely Arámbula, will host the first season of “MasterChef Latino,” the hit culinary competition show slated to premiere Sundays on Telemundo in 2018.

Kicking off production this week in Miami, Telemundo’s “MasterChef Latino” will be the first time the format comes to U.S. Hispanic television. A group of unknown cooking amateurs will compete in front of three experienced culinary chefs who will serve as judges in the search of the nation’s first “MasterChef Latino.”

Arámbula brings to the show an extraordinary career that includes successful telenovelas, series, music recordings and hosting prominent television specials. The Mexican actress and singer has starred in multiple Telemundo hit productions including "La Patrona,” "Los Miserables" and most recently, "La Doña,” in addition to serving as host of the network’s "Premios Tu Mundo" in 2016. “MasterChef Latino" represents the first time she participates in a reality program outside of Mexico. Arámbula, who is the mother of two children, began her career in beauty pageants in Chihuahua, Mexico. When she moved to Mexico City, she got her first acting role in “Cañaveral de Pasiones,” followed by “El Alma no tiene Color,” “Soñadoras” and “Alma Rebelde.” Her first antagonistic role was on "Rencor Apasionado" and first lead role was on “Abrázame muy Fuerte” and “Las Vías del Amor,” where she also sang the theme song.

Viewers can find more on “MasterChef Latino” through the social media accounts on: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @MCLatinoTV.

"MasterChef Latino" is a production of Endemol Shine Latino for Telemundo.

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posted 10/19/17

FremantleMedia Gets Britboxed
Library of UK Series to Stream Stateside; Includes "Strictly", "QI"
From Variety

BritBox has inked its first third-party programming deal, scooping a package of programming from FremantleMedia.

The streaming service will add drama series including “Merlin” and entertainment shows including “Escape to the Country” from later this month.

BritBox was set up as a best-of-British SVOD service by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and ITV, the U.K. commercial broadcaster, last year.

The service has the largest collection of British programming in the U.S. and streams British staples including soaps “Eastenders,” and “Coronation Street,” and entertainment series “Strictly Come Dancing,” and “I’m a Celebrity…,” 24 hours after they o out in the U.K.

It has a pipeline of content from its parent companies, but with a lot of programming already accounted for by BBC America and other U.S. channels and services, has moved to supplement its programming with the FremantleMedia fare.

The distribution deal was announced in Cannes at Mipcom.

Soumya Sriraman, president, BritBox, said: “Expanding our offering with content created and distributed by leading British television creators and distributors of Fremantle’s scale and magnitude only catapults us closer to our end goal.”

Other titles in the FremantleMedia package on BritBox, which costs $6.99 a month, include comedy gameshow “QI,” and Mark Gatiss (“Sherlock”) TV movie “Against the Law.” The partners have not disclosed subscriber numbers for the service.

“We work with both our in-house FremantleMedia UK and third party producers to collate a bold, diverse, and exciting catalogue of the very best of British programming, and we’re thrilled that U.S. viewers will get to enjoy it via BritBox,” said Lisa Honig, EVP, international distribution for FremantleMedia International in North America.

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posted 10/19/17

Mediaset Delivered Package, Upgrade
Pair of Armoza Formats Sold to Italy
From C21 Media

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has ordered local versions of two shows from Israeli distributor Armoza Formats.

Long-running factual entertainment format The Package (6×30’) will be shown on female-focused La5 and gameshow Upgrade (9×30’) will air on Italia1 from November 2018.

The Package, titled Ti Regalo Una Storia in Italy, follows a package sent across the country, with each recipient sending it on to someone who changed their life. The show originally aired on Alpha TV.

Upgrade, to be hosted by Giulio Golia in Italy, is a reality gameshow that goes into people’s homes and offers them a chance to upgrade their personal items for new ones by testing their trivia skills.

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posted 10/19/17

Quiz Royalty Quizzes Royally
Fern Britton to Host "A Right Royal Quiz"
From the List

Fern Britton is to host a new ITV panel show based on the royal family.

The 60-year-old presenter is set to make her television comeback with the forthcoming series 'A Right Royal Quiz' in which two celebrity teams go head-to-head in several rounds as they test their knowledge on the queen and her relatives.

A TV insider told The Sun newspaper: "As a nation obsessed with every move of the Royal Family, this new ITV show is tipped to be a massive success.

"Big names in the showbiz world will go head-to-head in a series of quiz rounds all based on the monarchy.

"The studio audience will also be given a look back at some nostalgic clips of our beloved royals and will have a good chuckle at things that might not go to plan.

"It promises to be a right royal knees-up with Fern at the helm."

The former 'This Morning' presenter's new gig comes just over a year after she thought she was going to die after she developed sepsis following a hysterectomy.

She said recently: "This time last year, I was fighting for my life. I'd gone into hospital on 13 July for a routine hysterectomy (which I had needed to deal with long-standing fibroids), four days before my birthday... the procedure - which was carried out at a local private hospital - went well and I received fantastic care.

"But when I came home three days later, the problems began. They suggested paracetamol and a wait-and-see approach, but by the next day the pain had intensified so much that I could barely walk. When the ambulance crew arrived, I was being sick and thought, 'Oh, I feel better now!' So when they offered to take me to hospital, I refused. That was quite a bad decision. By the next day, I was shivering and my muscles and joints were hurting. The GP on duty at my surgery was too busy to come out and she and the emergency-call handler felt my symptoms didn't warrant an ambulance. By now, the pain was so acute that I was having muscle contractions in my abdomen. In desperation, Phil rang the doctor's receptionist and she overrode everyone to send an ambulance. It's no exaggeration to say that I owe her my life."

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posted 10/19/17

Russia's Not-So-Dirty Secret
NTV, Banijay Shop Celebrity Game
From C21 Media

Russia’s NTV Broadcasting has signed a pair of distribution deals, including one for its new celebrity gameshow format Secret for a Million.

Banijay Rights has bagged worldwide rights outside CIS to the show, in which celebrities win money by disclosing personal secrets about themselves.

The format debuted on NTV in September last year and drew shares of 20.4%, according to NTV, and reached eight million viewers. The show’s YouTube channel has garnered more than 45 million views.

“Cooperation with Banijay Rights is an important and significant step for us. The structure of this investigative gameshow adds an interesting dynamic and drama,” said NTV general producer Timur Weinstein.

Andrew Sime, VP of formats at Banijay Rights, added: “Secret for a Million is an incredibly exciting primetime format that has made an enormous impact in Russia. We’re looking forward to introducing international audiences to its unique take on celebrity culture and truth.”

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posted 10/19/17

Don't Call It a Comeback
Alicia Keys to Return to "The Voice" Next Season
From TV Newscheck

Fifteen-time Grammy Award winner and musical superstar Alicia Keys will return to the 14th season of NBC's four-time Emmy Award winning musical competition series "The Voice."

Keys will be joined by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson, who will be making her coaching debut on "The Voice." This will mark Keys' third time as a coach and she triumphantly returns as a champion. Her artist Chris Blue was named "The Voice" when she last coached in season 12.

"We are thrilled to welcome back Alicia's positive energy, competitive spirit and sheer talent. She brings unparalleled expertise and has proven she knows how to help artists win," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "The chemistry between Alicia, Kelly, Adam and Blake will make for a wildly unpredictable and compelling season 14!"

Here is a video announcement with the four coaches revealing Keys' return to "The Voice": https://youtu.be/6cnobaJFY-M

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posted 10/18/17

TUESDAY: Bullsplit
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.263 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) continued its demo streak on Tuesday with new episodes from "The Voice" (9.805 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "This Is Us" (10.455 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (4.529 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

CBS (10.667 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then remained the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (12.400 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Bull" (10.261 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.340 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.822 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (5.446 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.915 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Black-ish" (4.165 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "The Mayor" (2.964 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (3.222 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.913 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up originals from "Lethal Weapon" (3.704 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "The Mick" (2.408 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.837 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

And finally, new episodes from "The Flash" (2.515 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.601 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) rounded out the night for The CW (2.058 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.363m
- Chopped: Alton's Challenge (Food): 810k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 765k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 660k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 397k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 187k

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posted 10/18/17

iHeart The Four
Fox Teams with Radio Group for Singing Contest
From Broadway World

Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) will team up with iHeartMedia on the new music competition series THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM. FOX, home to seminal music-infused series such as "Glee," EMPIRE and STAR, will work with iHeartMedia, with its more than a quarter billion monthly listeners in the U.S., to support auditions, assist in the search for talent and boost the careers of artists throughout the run of the competition. As part of the grand prize, the winner of THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM will also be part of iHeartMedia's coveted "On the Verge" artist development program, which will support the winning talent with airplay across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide.

The campaign combines the multiplatform scale and reach of both companies, aligning the power of the FOX broadcast network with iHeartMedia's national footprint, which includes its more than 850 live radio stations across the country; iHeartRadio, its digital music, podcasting and live streaming service; more than 122 million social followers; and its nationally recognized live events, including the IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL and the iHeartRadio Music Awards. THE FOUR initiative follows the recent launch by FOX Networks Group and iHeartMedia of Smart A/V Audiences, the first suite of data-driven advertising products to integrate both audio and video creative units into one platform.

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM begins where most competitions end: with the four finalists. Four super-talented singers, chosen from auditions by the show, will defend their coveted spots on the stage, as they are challenged individually by new singers determined to replace them. If the existing four outperform their challengers, they survive to sing another week, until the end of the season, when the final four face off against each other. Only one will claim the ultimate prize for an aspiring artist: a team of elite star-makers - the series' panel of judges - all committed to launching and guiding the winner's music career.

"With our deep history of shaping pop music culture - from 'Glee,' which defied the odds to make musical series cool; to the multi-hit-producing EMPIRE; to 'Grease: Live,' which reinvented the live musical for today's audiences; and 'American Idol,' the original star-maker - FOX is uniquely credentialed to bring viewers THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, FOX Broadcasting Company. "Teaming up with iHeartMedia supercharges our proven ability to launch musical artists into the mainstream, and we can't wait to get started."

"At iHeartMedia we pride ourselves on discovering and breaking new talent," said John Sykes, iHeartMedia's President of Entertainment Enterprises. "Our 'On the Verge' initiative has helped launch the careers of artists like Sam Smith, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas and many others. We are excited to collaborate with FOX to find the next new artist who will receive this rare opportunity."

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posted 10/18/17


E! Online
MYCHAEL KNIGHT: 1978-2017
Season 3 "Project Runway" All-Star
From
TV Line

Mychael Knight, a fan-favorite Project Runway contestant who went on to launch his own fashion label, has died at the age of 39.

Knight passed away Tuesday after entering an Atlanta hospital for intestinal issues, according to TMZ; he revealed in a recent Facebook post that he had been dealing with irritable-bowel syndrome for a number of years.

Competing in Season 3 of Project Runway back in 2006, Knight finished fourth and won that season’s “Fan Favorite” award. He returned to compete in a one-off All-Star Challenge prior to Season 6, and again in Season 3 of Project Runway All-Stars, finishing eighth.

Following his first Runway season, Knight launched his eponymous fashion label in 2007, and designed a line of T-shirts for Starbucks later that year. He went on to produce a line of lingerie for men and women, Kitty and Dick, along with a unisex fragrance called MajK.

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posted 10/18/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Moving Day"

  • Jennifer Lopez looking for a house with A-Rod (Reality TV World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Family Feud" heads to Connecticut (WTNH New Haven)
     

  • ICYMI last night on Jeopardy!, something that didn't happen in almost 25 years... happened (Thrilist)
     

  • Don't expect Austin Rogers at your local quiz night (AM New York)
     

  • Guy Fieri sets up fund to assist California wildfires (Classy.org)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Marc Summers (Baltimore Sun)

posted 10/18/17

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

Live with Kelly and Ryan significantly widened its lead over rival Megyn Kelly Today in the session ending Oct. 8, topping Megyn’s second week by 38% and drawing 650,000 more households per day on average.

Megyn declined 11% from its first week to a 1.6 live-plus-same day national Nielsen rating with about 1.94 million households. Over the same period, Live grew 5% to a 2.2 rating and 2.59 million daily households.

In addition, Live was the only one of the 15 syndicated talk shows in the plus column, moving up to a 2.2 to tie an unchanged Ellen DeGeneres for second place behind leader Dr. Phil.

Among the other nationally rated rookies in the session ending Oct. 8, Funny You Should Ask was unchanged at a 0.4 rating with a 0.2 in the demo; while Pickler & Ben was unchanged at a 0.3 in households with a 0.1 among women 25-54.

In access, Family Feud rose 3% to a 6.2 and increased its lead among game shows. Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune finished in a dead heat at a 5.9, inching up 2% and 4%, respectively.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 +3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 +4%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 10/17/17

MONDAY: Dueling Franchises
Voice, Dancing Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.453 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was still the demo champ on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (10.100 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "The Brave" (5.161 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

ABC (10.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was a competitive second place with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (9.761 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "The Good Doctor" (10.904 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.563 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.617 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1), "9JKL" (6.824 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Kevin Can Wait" (6.074 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Me, Myself & I" (4.331 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Scorpion" (4.766 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.319 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up week three of "Lucifer" (3.133 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "The Gifted" (3.504 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.752 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Valor" (1.042 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.397 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.219m
- Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror (Food): 862k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/17/17

WEEKEND: Cooking Mama....'s Kid
"Top Chef Jr." Premieres, Friday Belongs to CBS
From TV Line

CBS (7.956 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with originals from "MacGyver" (6.707 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.332 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.829 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

NBC (4.060 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with a rebroadcast of "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (2.547 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) alongside a new "Dateline NBC" (4.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.591 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its lineup of "Once Upon a Time" (2.783 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), "Marvel's Inhumans" (2.297 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "20/20" (2.695 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.171 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.881 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "The Exorcist" (1.461 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, the return of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.659 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.702 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.680 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable:
- Top Chef Jr. (P/Universal Kids): 59k

On Sunday, NBC (13.380 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) held onto the top spot with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (5.951 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.567 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (11.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.423 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2).

Second place then went to CBS (10.592 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (19.451 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1), "60 Minutes" (12.810 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (8.264 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.376 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (6.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

Next up was FOX (2.500 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a repeat "Ghosted" (2.738 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) followed by originals from "Bob's Burgers" (2.451 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "The Simpsons" (2.899 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "Ghosted" (2.420 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13), "Family Guy" (2.545 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.949 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Toy Box" (2.324 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18), "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.360 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14), "Shark Tank" (4.663 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "10 Days in the Valley" (2.620 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18) on ABC (3.492 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (S/Nick): 1.400m
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.318m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.032m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 644k

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posted 10/17/17

MIPCOM: Talpa Gets Lost
Lost in Translation Throws Language Barrier Into Survival Genre
From Realscreen

Talpa Media’s globetrotting format franchise, The Voice , is getting a new addition in September: The Voice Senior.

At a press gathering in Cannes for parent company ITV, Talpa Global’s managing director Maartin Meijs revealed that the series is slated to launch in August of 2018 on RTL 4 in the Netherlands. Contestants for the latest edition of the franchise will be 65 years of age and older.

The initial four episode run will feature two blind auditions, one “knock-out” episode, and the finale.

The Voice Senior joins The Voice, currently airing in 67 local versions around the world, and The Voice Kids, which has approximately 40 versions globally. Talpa will be shopping the Senior series during MIPCOM.

The company is also stirring up attention for another new format. Lost in Translation, billed by Talpa as “the first ever global reality format,” places 12 contestants on a remote island, splits them into two groups of six, and tasks them with building a boat to get off the island, reach the mainland and find a $1,000,000 treasure.

The twist: each contestant in a group of six has a “language partner” in the other group, but all the other contestants speak different languages.

“The show will keep me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, watching eagerly how these 12 people manage to work together despite the extreme communication and cultural barriers, and I’ll want to know the outcome,” said Talpa Media Group head and format creator John de Mol (pictured) in a statement.

While production hasn’t yet started on the format, the aim is to have local versions for each participant’s home territory.

Realscreen
Deadline

posted 10/17/17


Derbyshire Record
SEAN HUGHES: 1956-2017
Comedian Played "Never Mind the Buzzcocks"
From
Stuff

Irish comedian and television star Sean Hughes has died, aged 51.

The London-born, Ireland raised stand-up was best known for his time as a panelist on UK music quiz show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, where, between 1996 and 2002, he starred alongside Phill Jupitus and Mark Lamarr.

Hughes also starred in the UK sitcom Sean's Show, in the early 1990s, and he performed in cult Irish film The Commitments.

In 1990, Hughes became the youngest person to win the coveted Perrier Award - now known as the Edinburgh Comedy Award - at the Edinburgh Festival. He was 24.

In a statement, his former management team said: "Sean Hughes the comedian, actor, writer and novelist, died this morning in hospital.

"He was at the time the youngest winner of the Perrier Award with his ground-breaking show, and went on to a glittering career.

"He was a formidable comedian and will be remembered by fans and the industry for his superb wit and quite brilliant imagination.

"He leaves behind two brothers, Alan and Martin."

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iNews
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Digital Spy
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posted 10/17/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Living On the Air in Tampa"

  • Rich Fields takes the mic... on the radio (Tampa Bay Online)
     

  • Carrie Ann Inaba discloses a side effect of her chronic fatigue syndrome (Reality TV World)
     

  • Celebrity Big Brother short list contains... well, the usual suspects (The Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • Jeff Probst reveals his celebrity dream cast of "Survivor" (Now to Love)

posted 10/16/17


Sandy Frank Productions
CBS Can Name That Tune in...
Eye Network Developing Pilot for Classic Reboot
From TV Line

CBS is developing a new version of the classic game show Name That Tune, according to a report from Deadline. Casting will begin soon on the reboot, which has the show’s original developers Ralph and Noah Rubenstein onboard as executive producers, along with Fear Factor veteran David Hurwitz.

The original Tune — which debuted on the radio in 1952 and had several TV runs, including a syndicated stint in 1974-81 hosted by Tom Kennedy — tested contestants on their knowledge of popular music by asking them to identify songs played by the show’s orchestra. (Fun fact: Kathie Lee Gifford’s first TV gig was providing vocals for the Name That Tune orchestra in the 1970s.) The show last aired in 1985, but an updated Tune has been attempted (and abandoned) several times in recent years, including a previous attempt by CBS in 2006.

Tune‘s reboot may be spurred by the success of Fox’s Beat Shazam, a similar song-naming game show hosted by Jamie Foxx that debuted this past summer and earned a second-season renewal in July.

TV Line
Deadline

posted 10/16/17


Games Gone By: Comedy Central's Vs.
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It ain't exactly Hatfields vs. McCoys, but when morticians face-off against clowns, or soccer moms go head-to-head with lesbian motorcyclists, interesting things SHOULD happen, right? Well, find out as Chris Wolvie presents the next of his "Games Gone By...", "Comedy Central VS."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 10/16/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Lady Luck Sings the Blues"

  • Jeannie Mai talks lack of Asian Americans in Hollywood (Broadway World)
     

  • "American Idol" arrives in New Orleans (Broadway World)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Usher, Anthony Anderson "Drop the Mic" (The Source)

posted 10/16/17

The Clock Stops at Universal Kids
More on FremantleMedia's Upcoming Reboot
From B&C

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is selling a pair of game shows to Universal Kids. The shows are The Noise, a high-tech game that challenges kids to be quiet; and Beat the Clock, a kids’ version of the well-known game show format.

FMNA’s game shows include Family Feud, The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal. The shows for Universal Kids represent FMNA’s first attempt at creating game shows for kids.

“There’s no form of entertainment that has more widespread appeal than game shows,” said Jennifer Mullin, CEO, FremantleMedia North America. “Universal Kids provided us with the perfect platform to produce game shows that will appeal to children of all ages, as well as their parents. The gameplay in both of these shows is fun, interactive and will have families laughing for hours as they play along and attempt similar challenges at home.”

Universal Kids is part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Formerly Sprout, the channel launched in September.

“We’re thrilled to introduce The Noise and Beat the Clock to kids and their families,” said Amy Friedman, senior VP, programming & development at Universal Kids. “Game shows are a great way to bring families together in a fun, playful way, and we couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with the experts at FremantleMedia to bring these shows to life. Families will be on the edge of their seats as they join in on the interactive fun. We also think parents might appreciate The Noise, our attempt to make being quiet really, really fun!”

The Noise, premiering on Universal Kids Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. Central with back-to-back episodes, is based on a format stemming from FremantleMedia Asia’s partnership with Fuji TV in Japan. Hosted by Faruq Tauheed (BattleBots), kids will be challenged to complete various tasks without making a sound, with the “Noise-O-Meter” constantly listening. The less noise they make, the more points they earn.

FMNA’s Mullin and Joni Day are executive producers and Michael Dietz is the showrunner.

A Noise-O-Meter app on iTunes and Google Play allows families to keep the silent challenge going after the show ends.

Beat the Clock premiered in the 1950s and saw contestants aim to complete tasks before their time runs out. FMNA’s version premieres on Universal Kids in the first quarter of 2018 and sees kids team up with their parents, grandparents and other adult relatives in a race against time. Only one team will make it to the end, where they will compete against “The Big Clock” for the grand prize.

Mullin and Day are executive producers, along with showrunner Noah Bonnett. Beat the Clock is hosted by Paul Costabile (NBC’s New York Live, iHeartRadio).

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Worldscreen

posted 10/13/17

Drag Stars RuVealed
Catch It on VH1 October 20
From the Futon Critic

Following his second consecutive Emmy(R) Award win for Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program, RuPaul is jump-starting the third season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" with an hour-long televised eleganza extravaganza on Friday, October 20th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on VH1. The drag-tastic special will reveal the queens who are set to make the ultimate clapback, and comeback, in this fierce season of "All Stars." Additionally, the iconic Chaka Kahn will join RuPaul for an exclusive interview as he reveals the new cast.

"Millions of fans have their favorite queens that they THINK should be on All Stars 3" said executive producer and host RuPaul. "But the final decision is mine to make. Prepare to be gagged."

The elite group of queens given a shot at redemption this season will battle it out to see if they have what it takes to win their spot in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame" and the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." The bar has been raised for the third season of "All Stars," and with so many unexpected twists and turns around every corner, the only option for the competing queens is to rise to the occasion or to sashay away.

For a tease of the episode, visit http://www.vh1.com/video-clips/lnw3zi.

To celebrate the new season of "All Stars," Logo will air a "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" full season two marathon beginning on Sunday, October 22nd at 12:00 PM ET/PT.

For more information on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" and up-to-date news, go to allstars.logotv.com or to the "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Facebook page.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 10/13/17

THURSDAY: #SadPanthersFan
CBS Wins with TNF
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.028 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) continued its NFL-powered reign on Thursday with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.449 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

ABC (5.623 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then took home the silver with its drama trio "Grey's Anatomy" (7.954 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (5.054 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.862 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Next up was NBC (5.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "Superstore" (4.277 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Good Place" (3.978 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Will & Grace" (6.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "Good News" (4.277 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Chicago Fire" (6.013 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Gotham" (2.693 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "The Orville" (3.380 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (2.100 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and "Arrow" (1.566 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) on The CW (1.833 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.971m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 792k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out: 10 GOAT Guests (S/MTV): 443k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 443k
- Divided - 9p (GSN): 406k
- Divided - 9:30p (GSN): 333k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/13/17

No Home Depot... No Lowe's.... No Problem?
Discovery Greenlights "Bushcraft Build-Off"
From Broadway World

Discovery is taking survival to a new level as they search for the most talented bushcrafters from across the country. Hosted by primitive skills master Matt Graham, BUSHCRAFT BUILD-OFF, premiering on Wednesday, November 8th at 10pm ET/PT, is an all-new competition series where elite builders compete in a gruelling, seven-day race against the clock. And this is a bushcraft challenge, so there's no hardware store in sight. The builders can only use the natural materials in their immediate surroundings.

This competition will test the primitive building skills that have allowed survivalists to thrive in the wilderness for generations. But is now amplified on the web and through social media as these young masters attempt to outdo one another with more and more elaborate builds.

Leading the Bushcraft Build-Off charge is legendary bushcrafter Matt Graham (Dual Survival). Each week, Matt challenges two master bushcrafters to compete head-to-head in builds that test their abilities in different environments, topography and primitive living challenges. Each build pushes the competitors' skills, stamina and creativity to the limit as they try to create eye-popping builds - from bridges to weapons to structures to transportation - using nothing but their hard-won skills, a few simple hand tools and whatever resources nature provides.

Bushcrafting's Best is a Discovery GO companion series that gives an in-depth look at the build process of host Matt Graham's favorite builds from Discovery's new Bushcraft Build-Off series.

BUSHCRAFT BUILD-OFF is produced for Discovery Channel by Original Productions. For Original, Executive Producers are Sarah Whalen, Ernie Avila, Steve Robillard and Matthew Braley and Co-Executive producer Adam Flacks. For Discovery Channel, Joseph Boyle is Executive Producer. To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discovery.

Broadway World

posted 10/13/17

Endemol Shine Beats Shazam
"Beat Shazam" to Go to MIPCOM
From C21 Media

Endemol Shine Group has agreed an exclusive distribution deal to take Beat Shazam, the musical gameshow from US network Fox, to the international market.

Endemol Shine will be the exclusive distributor of the format across all platforms outside the US and will produce local versions of the show, while its sales arm Endemol Shine International will also sell the finished Fox show.

The US series, which has been extended into a second season since launching in May, is hosted and executive produced by actor and musician Jamie Foxx. It is executive produced by Survivor’s Mark Burnett and Don’t Forget the Lyrics!’s Jeff Apploff.

The format, which will be among Endemol Shine’s slate highlights at Mipcom next week, sees teams attempting to identify hit songs before music app Shazam. It was created by Apploff and Wes Kauble and is produced by Apploff Entertainment and MGM Television in association with Shazam.

Lisa Perrin, CEO of Creative Networks at Endemol Shine, said the show’s “unique mix of music, quizzing and a big cash prize” gave it broad audience appeal.

C21 Media

posted 10/13/17

Hollywood Comes to Vietnam, Thailand
NBCUniversal to Adapt "Game Night"
From Worldscreen

NBCUniversal International Formats has revealed that Hollywood Game Night is being adapted in Vietnam, with a new broadcaster also on board in Thailand.

Partnering with Mega GS Entertainment & Communication, the Vietnamese version of Hollywood Game Night (HGN) will premiere on terrestrial network VTV3 next year. In Thailand, the show is returning for its third season with a new look on Channel 3.

Hollywood Game Show sees two non-famous individuals compete in various challenges alongside celebrities for the chance to win a cash prize. The series was created by actor/producer Sean Hayes and producer Todd Milliner. The Emmy-winning U.S. version, hosted by Jane Lynch, debuted on NBC in 2013.

Ana Langenberg, the senior VP of format sales and production at NBCUniversal International Formats, said: “It is great to see HGN increase its reach internationally, particularly in Asia, where game-show and shiny floor formats are at the heart of TV consumption. Working closely with our local partners, we are confident both territories will produce high-quality local versions that will be sure to engage and entertain.”

Vu Thi Bich Lien, Mega GS Entertainment & Communication’s CEO and chairwoman, noted: “Mega GS Entertainment & Communication is proud to be in business with NBCU in order to bring HGN to Vietnam in 2018. It is amazing that after only three years since premiering on NBC, HGN has become one of the fastest-growing international formats of its time.”

Willie McIntosh, host of Hollywood Game Night Thailand, added: “I am very happy that the hit show HGN Thailand will be airing on Channel 3 in prime time. With a new home, we will be bringing original and exciting games to entertain our Thai audience and ensure non-stop laughter.”

Worldscreen

posted 10/13/17

WEDNESDAY: Survival of the Fittest
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

OX (5.220 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with week three of "Empire" (5.856 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Star" (4.585 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

CBS (7.244 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) likewise remained the most-watched broadcaster with "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (7.919 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "SEAL Team" (7.884 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Criminal Minds" (5.929 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.062 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.605 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Speechless" (4.337 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Modern Family" (6.206 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "American Housewife" (5.030 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (4.597 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.774 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up new episodes from "The Blacklist" (5.630 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.720 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (5.973 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

And finally, the return of "Riverdale" (2.302 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14) and "Dynasty" (1.335 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.818 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (SF/Food): 1.173m
- Best Baker in America (Food): 710k
- Are You The One (MTV): 501k
- Face Value (BET): 359k

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posted 10/13/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Did She or Didn't She"

  • ICYMI: did Claire cheat on last night's "Project Runway" (TV Line)
     

  • Guy Fieri brings BBQ, help for fire relief (Eater)
     

  • Mark Labbett takes on bodyshaming on "Loose Women" (Metro)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Jimmy Carr makes things even more awkward than they usually are (BT)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (Radio Times)

posted 10/11/17

Top Chef Goes Mile High
New Season Begins December 7
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media's "Top Chef" embarks on an epic culinary adventure through the state of Colorado for season 15, kicking off with three weeks of supersized premieres beginning Thursday, December 7 from 10 - 11:15 pm ET/PT. The Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series will follow 15 diverse chefs from across the country as they battle it out for the coveted title amid the breathtaking landscapes and thriving culinary scenes in Denver, Boulder, Telluride and Aspen. Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio return to the judges table alongside Gail Simmons and Graham Elliot. For a sneak peek, visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-15/videos/your-first-look-at-top-chef-season-15

BravoTV.com's Emmy-Winning Digital Companion Video Series "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" returns for season seven with unprecedented twists and turns, and for the first time ever will launch before the season begins on Thursday, November 30. Sponsored by Hidden Valley(R) and hosted by Tom Colicchio, cheftestants face-off in a pressure-filled head-to-head battle for the ultimate prize - redemption and a spot in back in the competition. The digital series will be available on BravoTV.com, Bravo Now, VOD and YouTube.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/12/17

More on "The Great Christmas Light Fight"
New Season Begins December 4
From the Futon Critic

The holidays are about to get a whole lot brighter with ABC's immensely popular decorating competition series, "The Great Christmas Light Fight," premiering MONDAY, DEC. 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST). Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the hit holiday series is back for a fifth season with returning celebrity judges Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak.

Season Five of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" showcases the wildest and most spectacular Christmas displays in America. In each episode, four families from all around the country with over-the-top displays compete to win the coveted Light Fight trophy and a $50,000 prize, with a total of $300,000 given away for the season. Along with the incredible displays, this season also features the first-ever neighbors vs. neighbors episode, where side-by-side neighbors team up to compete against other side-by-side neighbors in a doubly epic battle of the bulbs! The series will air back-to-back episodes for three consecutive weeks: MONDAY, DEC. 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST); MONDAY, DEC. 11 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST); and MONDAY, DEC. 18 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST).

Leading the fiercely festive competition are judges Carter Oosterhouse, one of America's most recognized lifestyle experts, and interior designer Taniya Nayak.

Carter Oosterhouse's expertise in green-building solutions and eco-friendly designs makes him one of the most relevant and sought-after lifestyle experts today. The instantly recognizable host has helmed several popular television series including TLC's "Trading Spaces," which he will be returning to along with the rest of the cast in 2018.

Boston-based interior designer Taniya Nayak is the creative vision behind some of the most exciting new restaurant interiors and high-end residences across the country. She has appeared on "Good Morning America," HGTV and Food Network and is a regular guest on the "Rachael Ray Show." New projects include New England hot spots Lower Mills Tavern, Yellow Door Taqueria and several locations of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, as well as a home for Boston Bruins star Patrice Bergeron and family.

"The Great Christmas Light Fight" comes from FremantleMedia North America ("American Idol," "America's Got Talent"). Brady Connell and Max Swedlow are executive producers for the series. Jennifer Mullin is the executive producer for FremantleMedia North America.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/12/17

The Generation Game to Pay Tribute to Brucie
Mel & Sue's Reboot to Honor Previous Legendary Host
From Huffington Post

Mel and Sue are set to pay tribute to Bruce Forsyth in the first episode of the ‘Generation Game’ reboot.

The former ‘Great British Bake Off’ hosts will front the all-new version of the classic BBC game show, which Brucie presented from its launch in 1971 to 1977, and again between 1990 and 1994.

Filming on the initial four-part run is already underway, and TV bosses want to make sure the legendary entertainer, who made the show a huge hit, is honored.

A source told The Sun: “The plan is to have Bruce suitably honored in the first episode — almost as if he’s handing over the reins.

“He’s such a huge part of the show that it seems the right thing to do.

“The plan is for him to feature on screen. The final details haven’t been ironed out but it’s going to be a touching moment, a big tribute to the man who started it all.”

Huffington Post
The List

posted 10/12/17

A Second Helping of Champs & Fans
The Miz Plays for a Special "Challenge"
From The Futon Critic

MTV's most iconic franchise "The Challenge" is back again with the debut of an eight-week special event "The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars." Hosted by WWE superstar and former challenge competitor, Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, "Champs vs. Stars" will feature ten of the fiercest champions from past "Challenge" seasons. The alumni go head-to-head against ten celebrity athletes and entertainers in challenge-style competitions to determine who will reign supreme. Winners will compete for a chance to take a share of the $150,000 cash prize to donate to their beloved charities. "The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars" premieres November 21st at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

"Building on the success of 'Champs vs. Pros' we expanded the format for the second season," said Tiffany Williams, SVP, Original Programming for MTV. "As a WWE Superstar and former Challenge competitor, Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin encompasses both athlete and star, making him the obvious choice for host as he has evolved into one of the most notable names and decorated athletes across the globe."

"After 12 years, I can't tell you how excited I am to be back on The Challenge, this time as the host," said Mike "The Miz" Mizanin. "I can honestly say that if it wasn't for this iconic show, I never would've had the confidence to fulfill my dream of becoming a WWE Superstar. 'The Challenge' has evolved since my days of playing and now it's pitting the biggest celebrity athletes against the best 'The Challenge' has to offer. It's must-see television at its finest!"

Each episode of the eight-week special series will pit the two teams against each other in grueling challenges. The winning team from each challenge will nominate their most valuable player (MVP) who will receive money for their charity, be safe from elimination, and choose their team's least valuable player (LVP) to go into elimination. The losing team will nominate their own LV P to go into elimination, and the two will compete to keep their spot in the game and ultimately, their share of $150,000 to donate to their beloved charities.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/11/17

TUESDAY: Splitsky Part 2
This Time, It's NBC, CBS
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.904 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday with its trio of "The Voice" (10.919 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "This Is Us" (10.878 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (4.916 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

CBS (11.294 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "NCIS" (13.304 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Bull" (11.082 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.498 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.171 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (5.841 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.093 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Black-ish" (4.448 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "The Mayor" (3.430 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (3.608 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.932 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) served up new episodes of "Lethal Weapon" (3.803 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "The Mick" (2.283 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.838 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, The CW (2.269 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night with the return of "The Flash" (2.795 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.742 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.533m
- Chopped: Alton's Challenge (Food): 1.061m
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 814k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 766k
- Lip Sync Battle: Hip Hop Awards Special (S/BET): 477k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 388k
- 90s House (MTV): 255k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 251k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/11/17

SYNDIES: Week 3
Results for the Week Ending October 1
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil was the top talker in the session ending Oct. 1. Phil scored a 3.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its highest in 21 weeks, and was the only one of the 15 talk shows moving up, leading the talkers by a wide margin for the 56th consecutive frame.

Ellen DeGeneres, at a 2.2, and Live with Kelly and Ryan, at a 2.1, were next in line. However, Kelly and Ryan topped the highly promoted opening week of Megyn Kelly Today by a daily average of more than 300,000 viewers —2.85 million to 2.51 million.

In terms of ratings, Kelly and Ryan was 17% higher as Megyn posted a 1.8 compared to a 2.1 for its principal rival, according to Nielsen’s national stats. The two compete head to head in the largest markets.

Elsewhere in talk, Steve Harvey’s new Steve maintained its 1.3 national rating.

Back in the national ratings, Funny You Should Ask dropped 20% to a 0.4, while Pickler & Ben was unchanged at a 0.3.

Among the rest of the game shows, Family Feud was best, dipping 2% to a 6.0. Jeopardy was second with a flat 5.8, and Wheel of Fortune fell to third for the first time in 10 weeks after losing 2% to a 5.7.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 NC
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%

TV Newscheck
B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/11/17

Sit Is About to Hit the International Fan
Phil Gurin in Talks to Revive "Oh Sit"
From Variety

Phil Gurin has inked several development deals with U.K. producers as his Unscripted and Alternative division takes shape at IM Global Television, with a batch of programs coming to market, including a version of The CW format “Oh Sit!” IM Global is gearing up for Mipcom on several fronts and will also bring Chinese drama to Cannes, launching a slate of scripted series from Chinese Internet giant Tencent, one of its backers.

Gurin, an executive producer and creative on numerous series including “Shark Tank” and “The Singing Bee,” launched the reality and unscripted unit at IM Global Television last year to develop or co-develop new properties, acquire formats, and distribute. He has now partnered with independent British producers Spark Media, Double Yellow TV, and 3 Magic Monkies, and will work with them on documentaries and entertainment formats to take out internationally.

“They are U.K. production companies, and we thought we can invest in development and put content through our pipeline,” Gurin told Variety, adding that more producer deals are in the works in Europe, U.S. and internationally. “We want to access like-minded creatives all over the world and co-create so that we can exploit content in our territories and in theirs. We want things that are international in scope, for distribution or co-production.”

Gurin and the IM Global Television distribution team’s unscripted offering for Mipcom includes the reworked version of “Oh Sit!”, the musical-chairs-inspired game show that ran on The CW for two seasons. IM Global Television has taken the rights from Warner Bros. and will re-launch the show at the market. Gurin’s revamped version allows couples to compete. The company wants to set up a production-hub model for the format, with a base in Europe and another one elsewhere.

The other unscripted highlight is “Grudge Match,” in which people with problems to settle thrash out their issues in front of a packed arena, with a variety of things with which to hit each other. IM Global Television has also picked up the U.S. and Latin American rights to “Fittest Family,” a primetime family physical game show from Magnify Media.

Variety

posted 10/11/17

Australia Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation Again
Nine to Reboot Franchise
From Junkee

After five years off the air, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation is coming back.

The show’s revival was informally announced last month, but the full details were revealed at Channel Nine’s Upfronts presentation this week. The quiz will be returning in its original format in 2018, but the competing teams have changed up significantly. This time around we’ll have Gen X (led by Aussie screen legend Robyn Butler), Gen Y (led by comedian Andy Lee), and Gen Z! The latter will be captained by 20-year-old actor Laurence Boxhall.

Junkee
Hit 107 Radio

posted 10/11/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "San Fran Idiotest"

  • Ben Gleib plays San Francisco (SFGate)
     

  • Marc Summers releases "On Your Marc" (People)
     

  • The "Gladiators" reunite on "This Morning" (NME)
     

  • Jennifer Lopez to team with Univision, Telemundo for hurricane relief (TV Line)
     

  • Andy Cohen to replace Kathy Griffin on CNN New Year's Eve (TV Line)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (Belfast Telegraph)

posted 10/11/17

MONDAY: Splitsky
ABC, NBC Take Totals, Demos
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.953 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) took home the demo honors on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.760 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "The Brave" (5.341 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

ABC (9.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (9.108 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "The Good Doctor" (10.589 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.216 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.048 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "9JKL" (7.743 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Kevin Can Wait" (6.684 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Me, Myself & I" (4.988 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "Scorpion" (5.417 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.577 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up week two of "Lucifer" (3.300 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "The Gifted" (3.853 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.534 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) kicked off its fall lineup with the return of "Supergirl" (1.860 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and the launch of "Valor" (1.208 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares - 9p (VH1): 1.233m
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.126m
- Hip Hop Squares - 9:30p (SF/VH1): 1.011m
- Halloween Baking Championship: Hayride of Terror (Food): 768k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/10/17

More on "Trivial Takedown"
Catch It on Fuse November 7
From Fuse

Trivial Takedown is a comedy game show where your favorite comedians, musicians and social media celebs face off and have their pop culture and music knowledge tested in a rapid-fire battle. And you can compete and test your own pop culture IQ by playing along.
Watch. Experience. Win.

This season will feature some of today's hottest celebrities, musical artists and a cast of influencers including Kid Ink, Flula Borg, Frankie Grande, GloZelle, Mamrie Hart, Omarion, Brittany Furlan, Gina Brillon, Romeo Miller, Tim Delaghetto, Justine Marino, Kingsley, Ayo & Teo, Sevyn Streeter and Chico Bean.

Catch the 1-hour Trivial Takedown premiere Tuesday, November 7 @ 11PM on Fuse.

Fuse

posted 10/10/17

It's the Most Delicious Time of the Year
Catch Holiday Baking Championship, Christmas Cookie Challenge on Food November!
From the Futon Critic

It's the most wonderful time of the year and Food Network is spreading sweet holiday cheer with Holiday Baking Championship on Monday, November 6th at 9pm ET/PT and Christmas Cookie Challenge at 10pm ET/PT. There is no better way to ring in the holiday season, than with decadent baked goods galore and the most irresistible holiday treats!

"Food Network's holiday programming captures the sugar and spice and everything nice about the season, with fun and exciting challenges that bring to life the spirit of holiday classic treats and traditions," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.

The festivities begin as nine new bakers enter the Holiday Baking Championship kitchen to show off their talents in this seven-week competition stuffed with difficult challenges and delicious desserts to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chanukah. Host Jesse Palmer will put the contestants to the test as they whisk, fold and frost their way through challenges and surprising curveballs. From crazy candy cane desserts to holiday hand pies, the contestants' baking abilities must rise to the top. Only one will "sleigh" the competition to be crowned the winner by judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale to take home the biggest gift of the season - a $50,000 grand prize and the title of Holiday Baking Champion!

For even more heavenly holiday treats on Monday, December 25th at 9pm ET/PT, Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale welcome back past runners-up for a one-shot holiday showdown, and a second chance at victory on a special episode of Holiday Baking Championship: Runners-Up Redemption. The familiar faces must tackle two rounds of tough new challenges including desserts inspired by real letters to Santa Claus, and then they must assemble cupcakes into one big edible Christmas tree. On the line is their reputation and a grand prize of $10,000.

Holiday cookies are a seasonal staple and they are more than mere sweets -- they are gifts, mementos of childhood, and most certainly made with pride. In Christmas Cookie Challenge, premiering Monday, November 6th at 10pm ET/PT, host Eddie Jackson challenges festive and talented cookie makers in this seasonal seven-episode competition. In each episode, five daring cookie makers must prove their holiday skills through two rounds, as lead judge Ree Drummond, joined by a rotating panel of guest judges, including Kimberly Bailey, James Briscione, Damiano Carrara, Dan Langan, Jamika Pessoa, Jordan Pilarski, Aarti Sequeira and Joy Wilson, determine which baker will have the best Christmas ever, walking away with a $10,000 prize.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/10/17

Jeopardy!, Wheel Coming to Next-Gen
PS4, Xbox Versions Coming Next Month
From Playstation Lifestyle

Ubisoft announced today that they are working on video games based on two of America’s most popular and well known game shows, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. The games will be available for download individually – for $19.99 – or bundled together in a retail compilation for $39.99.

According to Ubisoft, the games are set to launch on November 7 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For more information on both games and what they will include, make sure to check out below, courtesy of Ubisoft:

Jeopardy! allows players to solve over 2,000 clues and compete with two other friends online and through local multiplayer, and offers exciting new features.
- Unique Modes: With three distinct modes, there is a Jeopardy! type for everyone. Track your progress and performance in leaderboards by competing in Career Mode. Rapid Mode offers fewer categories and clues for players looking for a quick match, and Family Mode includes separate categories to be more inclusive and fun for kids and parents alike.
- Unlock New Categories: Answer clues correctly and unlock Categories.
- Media Clues: Jeopardy! offers more than 2,000 puzzles with visual and audio clues, including quotes and songs.
- Category Customization: Players can decide which categories they want during online and offline matches.

With more than 4,000 puzzles, Wheel of Fortune offers hours of puzzle-solving fun and provides unique twists on the classic game.
- Classic and Quick Modes: Play the classic mode to enjoy the authentic TV show experience with all of the beats you know and love. Or choose the quick mode to solve a few puzzles.
- Online Multiplayer: Track your progress against friends and global leaderboards, compare your score and achievements through the profile function and chat with friends.
- Special Wedges true to the TV Show: Collect awesome travel trips with the prize wedge and win top value gifts with the gift card, mystery wedge or million dollar wedge.
- Level up and Unlock Customization Items: Gain levels as you play and unlock new customization items to decorate your contestants and studio set with over 250 unique items.
- Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are currently set to launch on November 7.

Playstation Lifestyle
Future Game Releases

posted 10/10/17

WEEKEND: You Can Stand Me Up At the Gates of Hell...
CBS, NBC Beat Back Fox, Hell's Kitchen
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) however moved up to share the demo crown with a repeat of "The Voice" (3.473 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.575 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1).

Next up was ABC (3.041 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with the return of "Once Upon a Time" (3.261 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) followed by week two of "Marvel's Inhumans" (2.773 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "20/20" (3.089 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.111 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (2.725 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "The Exorcist" (1.498 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.997 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Masters of Illusion" (0.932 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.062 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.013 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On Sunday, NBC (13.430 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) was the network to beat with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (4.575 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (7.166 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (12.576 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.2, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.853 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.2, #2).

FOX (8.658 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) then got a boost with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (23.687 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.4, #1), "The OT" (13.938 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.7, #3), "The Simpsons" (5.365 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "Ghosted" (3.605 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8), "Family Guy" (3.090 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "The Last Man on Earth" (2.263 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

Next up was CBS (8.325 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "60 Minutes" (9.846 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (7.947 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.383 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12) plus the return of "Madam Secretary" (7.126 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #16).

And finally, a new "The Toy Box" (1.920 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T17), the season premiere of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.527 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15) and new episodes from "Shark Tank" (4.656 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "10 Days in the Valley" (2.616 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T17) rounded out the night on ABC (3.429 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

On cable...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.446m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.172m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 657k

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/10/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Here's a Guy"

posted 10/9/17


WhoDatesWhom.com
MERRILL HEATTER: 1926-2017
With Bob Quigley, Produced "Hollywood Squares", "High Rollers"
From
various sources

According to a report from our friend Randy West, game show super producer Merrill Heatter has died in his Beverly Hills home after a brave battle with cancer.

Solo or with production partner Bob Quigley, he created and/or produced a myriad of game shows spanning six decades, including "Hollywood Squares", "Shenanigans", "PDQ", "Baffle", "High Rollers", "Gambit", "All-Star Blitz", and what would be his final show, "Catch 21" for GSN.

But they hit the game show map in 1960 with "Video Village", the board game come to life.

Heatter is preceded in death by his wife Elaine Stewart, who died in 2011.

He is survived by two children, Stewart & Gabriel.

This story is ongoing.

posted 10/9/17

More on "Iron Chef: Showdown"
Catch It on Food Network November 8
From the Futon Critic

The elite Iron Chef culinary society is back on Food Network full-force with fresh competitors, secret ingredients and over-the-top action in the new series Iron Chef Showdown, premiering Wednesday, November 8th at 9pm (all times ET/PT). Hosted by the inimitable Alton Brown and set in the newly renovated Kitchen Stadium, each standalone episode pits two up-and-coming chef competitors against each other, but only one earns the right to face a legendary Iron Chef and answer life's most savory question: "whose cuisine reigns supreme?" The Chairman (Mark Dacascos) and floor reporter Jaymee Sire join Alton as the culinary drama unfolds each week, with Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Jose Garces, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and newest member Stephanie Izard each taking on talented, determined challengers over the ten-episode season. Preceding Showdown's premiere is the one-hour special Iron Chef: Where Are They Now at 8pm, which explores the latest and greatest achievements of favorite Iron Chefs, followed by the debut of retrospective series Iron Chef: Behind the Battle at 10pm. Online, digital companion series Alton's Ingredient Alchemy rolls out simultaneously with a closer look at some of the latest Iron Chef secret ingredients.

"Showdown has everything our viewers love about Iron Chef: the masterful chefs, the edge-of-your-seat action and, of course, all the tradition of Kitchen Stadium, and combines it with new elements to make each battle a whirlwind of culinary entertainment," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.

In each episode, Alton welcomes two formidable chef competitors to Kitchen Stadium and they battle each other in the Chairman's Challenge to create their best dish based upon a secret ingredient. Alton is the sole judge to determine which chef advances to the next level: an epic duel against a legendary Iron Chef in the Secret Ingredient Showdown. Then tradition comes to life as Alton, the Chairman, floor reporter Jaymee Sire and a rotating judge panel of two culinary experts oversee the competitor versus Iron Chef action. Ultimately, the two guest judges taste the offerings and determine "whose cuisine reigns supreme?" in these epic Iron Chef battles.

Iron Chef Showdown kicks off with a Thanksgiving-themed episode, as Iron Chef Bobby Flay lies in wait while Chicago chef Matt Kerney battles against Florida chef Lindsay Autry over ingredients from America's favorite holiday in the Chairman's Challenge. Then, John Besh and Antonia Lofaso serve as judges for the Thanksgiving Secret Ingredient Showdown between the first-round winner and Iron Chef Flay.

Preceding Showdown's premiere, Iron Chef: Where Are They Now airs at 8pm. For America's original Iron Chefs like Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck, achieving Iron Chef status was the cementing of a legacy, and becoming an Iron Chef was a life-altering event for the next generation, including Jose Garces, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian, and most recently, Stephanie Izard. This one-hour special explores the current projects, from restaurants to television, of favorite Iron Chefs.

Immediately following Showdown at 10pm, Alton hosts the ten-episode retrospective series Iron Chef: Behind the Battle which revisits fan-favorite battles from the past to fully appreciate the culinary mastery that happens in Kitchen Stadium. At the behest of the Chairman, Alton explores, dissects and offers new insights about the secret ingredients, mind-blowing cooking techniques and each Iron Chef's individual approach to their culinary confrontations. The series premieres with an episode examining the epic Battle Thanksgiving Feast that pitted Iron Chef team Bobby Flay and Michael Symon versus Iron Chef team Marc Forgione and Jose Garces.

For a digital deep dive into Iron Chef Showdown secret ingredients with the one-and-only Alton Brown, online series Alton's Ingredient Alchemy takes a fun, in-depth look at select secret ingredients. Also at FoodNetwork.com/IronChefShowdown, viewers can go behind-the-scenes and learn more about their favorite Iron Chefs. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #IronChefShowdown.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Swimming with the Sharks"

  • Sara Blakely takes her Spanx from "Rebel Billionaire" to "Shark Tank" (Broadway World)
     

  • "Dancing with the Stars" tour begins in Charlotte (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Nick Viall confirms what we all knew was true (Reality TV World)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: watch game shows... win a Nobel Economics Prize (Toronto Star)
     

  • "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" heads to Allentown (Allentown Morning Call)

posted 10/9/17


Boston Globe
MONTY HALL: 1921-2017
TV's Original Big Dealer
From
The Hollywood Reporter

GSN announced today it will celebrate the work of TV icon Monty Hall with a 6-hour marathon of "Let's Make a Deal" on Sunday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

Episodes from the 1960s, '70s and '80s will be part of the marathon, including the first-ever episode, from December 30, 1963. Known for its surprising deals and the outlandish costumes potential contestants would don to attract Hall's attention, "Let's Make a Deal" has continued to run largely uninterrupted to the present day. Hall hosted the show for almost 5,000 episodes through its airing on two different networks and then in Syndication in the 1980's.

CBS is planning a tribute of its own to air on Friday. A preview was released on the show's Twitter feed, where current host Wayne Brady opens the show with a heartfelt tribute to Hall.

"We all know that Monty was a great host, but he was a great man as well, in every single sense of the word," Brady says. "Monty made everyone feel special, and he was an inspiration to people that he'd meet on the street, he was an inspiration to myself, and everyone here on the set of Let's Make a Deal."

He continued: "So, today, we are celebrating his memory with this episode, and we are going to do what we know that Monty would want us to do — we're going to have fun, we're going to make deals, and we're going to change lives. Monty, we're going to celebrate your legacy, and this show is for you."

Due to positive viewer response, BUZZR will continue the network's special tribute to game show icon and avid philanthropist Monty Hall on Saturday, October 7th. Following the network's initial tribute that aired on Monday, October 2nd, BUZZR will air an encore special marathon of retro Let's Make A Deal and The All-New Beat the Clock episodes hosted by Monty, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT. With the network's fans continuing to share their love and adoration for Monty, BUZZR will also include in the tribute two rare episodes of Tattletales in which Monty and the love of his life, wife Marilyn Hall, appeared as contestants.

Hall, the playful host of Let’s Make a Deal who gave game-show contestants the agonizing choice of taking the cash or what was behind Door No. 3, has died. He was 96.

Hall, who by his own estimation presided over more than 4,700 episodes of the show he co-created, died Saturday due to heart failure, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Survivors include his three children: daughters Joanna Gleason, a Tony Award-winning actress and the wife of actor Chris Sarandon; Sharon Hall, president of Endemol Shine Studios and the wife of TV producer Todd Ellis Kessler; and son Richard Hall, an Emmy Award-winning producer (Amazing Race).

His wife of nearly 70 years, Marilyn, who was an Emmy-winning producer, TV writer and author, died in June.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Hall served as a radio color man for New York Rangers’ NHL games and hosted other game shows like the scandal-plagued Twenty One, Video Village and revivals of Beat the Clock and Split Second.

However, it was Let’s Make a Deal, which he created with Stefan Hatos, that made him a television legend.

The show, which premiered in December 1963, featured contestants who would come to the studio with signs and/or dressed in outlandish, colorful costumes in a bid to attract Hall’s attention.

“When we did our first show, people showed up in business suits and dresses, nice-looking people in the studio audience,” Hall recalled in a 2002 interview with the Archive of American Television. “By about the second week or so, a woman showed up with a sign.

“One sign said, ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, I came here to deal with you.’ I stopped, read the poem and picked her. The next week, everybody had a sign. Then somebody else had a funny hat, then came costumes.”

The frantic contestants could gamble and pick what was hidden behind a curtain or one of three doors, or they could opt for the sure thing — cash rolled up in Hall’s jacket pocket. The host, with a twinkle in his eye, engaged in unscripted interactions with these regular folks; it was priceless.

“You’re in the pit with the people,” he said in a 2009 interview with The Toronto Star. “You know what the prizes are, but you have to make up the dialogue. The star is not you, it’s the contestant, and the drama is what they decide. So you have to be able to ad lib based on their choices.”

The prize (wonderfully framed by model Carol Merrill) could be a car … or a cow. Contestants who wound up with such a booby prize were “zonked.”

Born Monty Halperin on Aug. 25, 1921, Hall was president of the student body at the University of Manitoba and distinguished himself by performing in school musicals and plays. Simultaneously, he served as emcee of Canadian Army shows during World War II.

Following graduation, Hall gathered all his belongings in one small suitcase and headed for Toronto, where he broke into show business as an actor, singer, emcee and sportscaster.

Hall’s first TV appearance came in 1953 when he hosted Floor Show, a summer program for the CBC. He came up with an idea for a quiz show, Who Am I?, that ran for a decade in syndication in Canada.

In 1955, Hall made his way to New York and emceed the NBC programs Cowboy Theatre and The Sky’s the Limit. He got a huge break when he was chosen to replace Jack Barry on the hugely popular NBC game show Twenty One.

However, after just four weeks on the job, the program was hit with contest-rigging accusations, and Barry was brought back. “My dreams of making it to the top were sinking faster than the Titanic,” Hall said.

(Hall was never implicated in the controversy, which served as the basis for the 1994 Robert Redford film Quiz Show.)

Hall did some sportscasting and served as a Rangers color man on WINS radio in 1958-59 and 1959-60, making $50 a game. He was working the contest in November 1959 when Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens became the first goaltender to wear a protective mask.

Hall hosted CBS’ Keep Talking, a comedy game show, then succeeded Jack Narz as the “mayor” of Video Village, which featured contestants as “tokens” on a Monopoly-like game board. He followed the show from New York to Los Angeles and sold a new game show to NBC called Your First Impression.

After Video Village was axed in 1962, Hall and Hatos developed Let’s Make a Deal, which debuted on NBC (after ABC passed on it) on Dec. 30, 1963. Its rapid success prompted the network to position it against CBS’ No. 1 daytime show, the venerable soap opera As the World Turns.

NBC even moved Deal to Sunday evenings for a few months in 1967, where it was pitted against The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS and The FBI on ABC. It made it into the Nielsen top 20, peaking at No. 6.

Deal later moved to ABC, running in daytime — and occasionally in primetime — from December 1968 through July 1976, and then in syndication. Other versions of the show have since aired (he returned to emcee a Dick Clark-produced version out of Orlando in the 1990s and did a week of shows in 2010), and Wayne Brady hosts the current edition, on which he served as a consultant.

During the height of his popularity, Hall was roasted by Dean Martin, guest-starred on such shows as The Odd Couple, That Girl and The Flip Wilson Show and hosted a series of primetime “All-Star Parties” for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Ronald Reagan and Clint Eastwood that raised millions of dollars for charities.

Hall, in fact, was active in a number of charitable organizations and philanthropic endeavors. He served as president of the Variety Clubs International, and children’s wings bear his name at UCLA Medical Center, Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Survivors also include grandchildren Aaron (and his wife Stacey), Mikka (Mark), Maggie (Adam), Jack and Levi.

An avid tennis player back in the day, Hall served as the honorary mayor of Hollywood for about a decade, replaced by Johnny Grant.

Plus, he has a head-scratching puzzle that mathematicians named after him.

From the 2009 book The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math’s Most Contentious Brain Teaser: “Imagine that you face three doors, behind one of which is a prize. You choose one but do not open it. The host — call him Monty Hall — opens a different door, always choosing one he knows to be empty. Left with two doors, will you do better by sticking with your first choice, or by switching to the other remaining door?”

Game show historian and author Adam Nedeff explains, "Monty Hall was the host but not the star of Let's Make a Deal. The stars were the nervous woman biting her nails while her eyes darted back and forth between the box and curtain, trying to decide which one she wanted, and the man dressed as Count Dracula handing over a thousand dollars and looking like he already regretted it. Let's Make a Deal presented emotions, and it presented people-all shapes sizes, colors, and ages. Let's Make a Deal was called 'The Marketplace of America,' because that's who was watching and that's who was playing."

Hall's own talents for tempting and haggling with players could often go unnoticed by viewers looking in on the berserk show. He often conducted himself as a straight man for contestants jumping and screaming with fright or elation as the suspenseful game played out.

When asked what exactly his talent was, Hall once said, "My talent [is] I love people, and I communicate with them."

Though Hall was known primarily for Let's Make a Deal, his calendar each year devoted significantly more time to fundraising causes. Hall's college benefactor held him to a promise that he would someday help another person in need, and Hall was so committed to that pledge that on days when Let's Make a Deal wasn't taping, he could be found at fundraiser luncheons, golf tournaments, silent auctions, and telethons raising money for numerous causes, even traveling from state to state to host telethons raising money for the local branches of larger organizations. In 1970, when a pair of plane crashes killed members of the Marshall University and Wichita State University football teams, Hall hosted a telethon to raise money for surviving family members.

In 1979, Hall told reporter Jack Severson, "If you're a member of society, you've gotta PARTICIPATE in that society. You've gotta work, you've gotta give, and if you have talent on top of that, you've gotta perform."

His philanthropic efforts were so intensive that he and his wife Marilyn admitted later that it caused stress for both of them. Marilyn Hall, a television writer/producer, penned an episode of Love American Style, starring her husband as a man who didn't spend enough time with his wife because he was constantly going to charity functions. At one point, she even asked him to consider taking six months off from charity fundraising, even though she acknowledged that he could never bring himself to do that. His charitable nature was a self-induced compulsion.

Son Richard Hall says, "He was an inspiration to us all the time. He was an amazing person who single-mindedly made himself successful and used that to affect the lives of so many others."

Daughter Joanna Gleason adds, "Dad wanted to be a pediatrician, but quotas kept him out of med school in Canada. So he used his talent and used the platform that television gave him to become a fundraiser...He helped children's charities, he helped open hospital wings, among other efforts. So he got to help children, after all."

Bob Boden, a game show producer, executive, and friend of the Hall family, says, "Monty Hall was so much more than a television personality, more than a game show host. He was an American institution for 60 years who positively influenced the lives of thousands of people who appeared on his programs and who benefited from his generosity. He will be missed as an entertainer and humanitarian."

Hall received more than 500 awards for his charitable efforts. He served on the boards of numerous organizations. In 1975 he was elected President of Variety Clubs International and in 1981, was given the lifetime title of International Chairman. He also won the organization's International Humanitarian Award. He has been inducted into the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Canada. The children's wings at Hahnemann Hospital, UCLA Medical Center, Mount Sinai in Toronto, and Johns Hopkins are named for him, as are streets in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Cathedral City, California. In 2005, the Game Show Congress presented him with the Ralph Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award for Career Community Service.

The Hall family asks that in lieu of gifts, donations be made to American Jewish World Service.

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posted 10/6/17


Variety
RALPHIE MAY: 1972-2017
Finalist on Season 1 of "Last Comic Standing"
From
TV Line

Ralphie May, a stand-up comedian who launched his career on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, has died at the age of 45.

May’s manager confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter; TMZ reports that May died of cardiac arrest in Las Vegas on Friday after battling pneumonia for a number of weeks.

A native of the South who often poked fun at his own weight, May first hit the national stage in 2003 as a contestant on the first season of NBC’s reality competition Last Comic Standing, which pitted aspiring stand-up comedians against each other in hopes of winning a cash prize and talent deal. He finished second, behind eventual winner Dat Phan.

He followed that up with an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and later filmed a series of Comedy Central stand-up specials. In 2015, May released a pair of stand-up specials on Netflix: Unruly and Imperfectly Yours. He also provided the voice of Pnut on Adult Swim’s Squidbillies and appeared in an episode of Inside Amy Schumer that aired last year.

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posted 10/6/17

Talpa Re-Ups "5 Gold Rings" in the UK
Ahead of MIPCOM, NBC Passes on Format
From the Hollywood Reporter

Every major player in the nonscripted space has been trying to make reality TV interactive, to stitch together the AARP-heavy live TV audiences with millennial-friendly multiscreen viewers. Everyone, so far, has failed. (Remember ABC's short-lived Rising Star? Didn't think so.)

5 Gold Rings is Talpa's big interactive play. The trivia show, in which contestants place gold rings over their answers on a giant LED screen while viewers play along at home on their phones, has just been renewed for a second season on Britain's ITV and is also on the air in France and the Netherlands.

"We really focused on embedding interactivity in the initial phase of the content process, so it doesn't come as an afterthought but is truly integrated and feels natural," says Maarten Meijs, managing director of Talpa Global. "There needs to be a level of interactivity and connectivity to reach our viewers where they are."

It's still too early to say whether 5 Gold Rings will be the interactive breakout the market has been waiting for. Compared to Talpa juggernauts like The Voice, it is still a minnow, sold to just a handful of territories. NBC commissioned a U.S. pilot of the format but passed on the series, and Talpa is currently rethinking its American strategy.

"It's a very technical show, and we are attempting to have the exact same game on mobile devices as we have on live TV," says de Mol. "The challenge is to get the viewer to download the app and play along, but the penetration [for the U.K. version] was very high and will hopefully grow in season two."

Interactive or not, Talpa is betting big on a game show revival at this year's MIPCOM, with an array of formats, including The Big Picture, Divided and What Do I Know?, tapping into a new vogue for the genre (think ABC's revivals of Match Game and Pyramid).

"You see that this genre, one of the oldest genres on television, is coming back," says Meijs. "The challenge is always to be original, to add interactive technology components when they make sense and, most of all, to take risks."

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posted 10/5/17

THURSDAY: CBS, Patriots Win
TNF Wins for the Eye
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was still the top draw on Thursday with its coverage of the "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.305 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.784 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1).

Second place then went to ABC (5.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (7.896 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), the return of "Scandal" (5.546 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.903 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was NBC (5.257 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "Superstore" (4.454 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Good Place" (4.155 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Will & Grace" (7.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), "Good News" (3.799 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Chicago Fire" (6.046 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.139 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up fresh installments of "Gotham" (2.839 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "The Orville" (3.440 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.761 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "Arrow" (0.620 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.919m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 885k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 507k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (SF/MTV): 503k
- Divided - 9p (GSN): 315k
- Divided - 9:30p (GSN): 239k

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posted 10/5/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Hip Sync Battle"

  • "Lip Sync Battle" to have BET Hip Hop Awards Special October 10 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Richard Osman worries about "Pointless'" shelf life (The Independent)
     

  • Austin Rogers already has plans for his money (CNBC)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Howie Mandel (Phoenix New Times)

posted 10/5/17

WEDNESDAY: The Game Is To Be Told
Fox, CBS Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.234 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was back in front among adults 18-49 on Wednesday with new episodes of "Empire" (5.824 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "Star" (4.644 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

CBS (7.509 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its trio of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.006 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "SEAL Team" (8.358 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and "Criminal Minds" (6.164 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

Sharing the silver was ABC (5.209 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Speechless" (4.591 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Modern Family" (6.346 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1), "American Housewife" (4.937 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (4.829 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.890 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "The Blacklist" (5.774 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.766 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.130 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.013 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.238 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.196 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), "Masters of Illusion" (0.829 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.788 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.059m
- Are You The One (MTV): 467k
- Face Value (BET): 277k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 201k

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posted 10/5/17

A New King of the "Castle"
Jonathan Ross to Narrate New UK Dub of Thai Version of "Takeshi's Castle"
From Digital Spy

Comedy game show Takeshi's Castle is being rebooted, though it looks like we'll no longer have Craig Charles' dulcet tones to guide us through all the mayhem.

Comedy Central will be showing all-new episodes of the series this autumn, this time with Jonathan Ross providing the commentary.

Shot in Thailand, the show will see 100 members of the public try to tackle a number of ridiculous obstacles as they attempt to storm a castle.

"Takeshi's Castle is the gold standard of physical game shows and we can't wait to bring the delightful mayhem of this show back to the UK with this new series," said Louise Holmes, Vice President, General Manager, Comedy Central UK.

"Jonathan's comedic brilliance will add a fresh level of funny to this well-loved format for both original fans and hopefully, a whole new generation of 'Keshi-heads'."

Takeshi's Castle originally aired in Japan in the late 1980s, before transferring worldwide including the United Kingdom.

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posted 10/5/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Slow News Day? Here's a Bachelor Story or Two"

  • Sean Lowe, in a bid to stay relevant, gives Arie Luyendyk advice he didn't ask for (Reality TV World)
     

  • Peter Kraus to join "Bachelor Winter Games" cast. We know what you're thinking... "Who?!" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Sue Perkins worries about filling Brucie's shoes (Huffington Post)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Austin Rogers (ABC News)

posted 10/5/17




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And So It Begins...
American Idol Auditions Begin in New York City
From Broadway World

Grammy- and Emmy-nominated music luminary Katy Perry, country music superstar Luke Bryan and music icon Lionel Richie, along with host and producer extraordinaire Ryan Seacrest, were on hand when ABC's AMERICAN IDOL kicked off judge auditions in New York City this week. The three judges round out the panel for the beloved music competition series' first season on ABC, and Ryan Seacrest returns as host. Check out the photo below!

At its new home on ABC, "American Idol" will continue to be a force in the television landscape, reaching every corner of the country in its search for the next great music sensation.

As previously reported, Ryan Seacrest will return to host Season 16 of Idol, which is slated to premiere in March 2018.

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posted 10/4/17

Wheel Goes Global
CBS Exports Formats
From B&C

CBS International has licensed the formats of several popular shows, which will be remade in a number of other countries.

The shows include Wheel of Fortune, The Good Wife (pictured), Carpool Karaoke, The Insider and The Doctors.

Wheel of Fortune has been licensed to EAP Broadcasting Company in Sri Lanka and Kurdmax TV in Iraqi Kurdistan. It is the first time a game show format has been purchased by an Iraqi Kurdistani broadcaster.

Poland’s largest linear channel and Discovery Network in Finland have also acquired the format rights for Wheel.

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posted 10/4/17

Who You Gon' Call? Nick Cannon!
"Lip Sync Battle Shorties" Plans Halloween Special
From The Futon Critic

Nickelodeon treats fans to all the fright and fun of Halloween in Lip Sync Battle Shorties Halloween Special, airing Sunday, Oct. 15, at 7:00 P.M. (ET/PT). The all-new episode, hosted by multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon, features real-life kid participants syncing and dancing their hearts out to their favorite pop songs, set against Halloween-themed stages. The special also features a surprise appearance by Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), who will present the Lip Sync Battle Shorties winner with their very own Shorties blinged-out mic.

In Lip Sync Battle Shorties Halloween Special, three hyped-up kid-battlers from across the country use their imagination to personalize their Halloween-themed performances from eccentric decorations to monster-themed costumes. Those going head to head include: Serena, from Staten Island, NY, performing one of her favorite songs "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga; Ethan from Salt Lake City, taking on "Immortals" by Fall Out Boy; and Kea from Honolulu, lip syncing "Rolex" by Ayo & Teo.

Viewers are in for a treat as Rodriguez surprises the contestants and joins them, along with host Cannon, show sidekick and commentator JoJo Siwa and the Shorties Dance Crew, for a Halloween celebratory performance of the classic "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr.

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posted 10/4/17

TUESDAY: CBS Has Company
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.733 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Tuesday with new episodes from "The Voice" (10.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "This Is Us" (10.916 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (5.062 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Second place then went to ABC (4.611 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with its debut lineup of "The Middle" (6.055 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.473 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Black-ish" (4.694 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "The Mayor" (4.055 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (4.196 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

Next up was CBS (11.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with its trio of "NCIS" (13.204 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Bull" (10.719 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.108 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.017 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "The Mick" (2.532 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.868 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, The CW (0.596 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with a repeat "The Flash" (0.787 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) plus the special "Machinima's Chasing the Cup: Injustice 2" (0.406 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16).

On cable...
- Forged In Fire (SP/History): 1.506m
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 910k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 785k
- Chopped (Food): 706k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 458k
- Face Off: Game Face (SF/Syfy): 360k
- 90s House (MTV): 261k

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posted 10/4/17

SYNDIES: Week  2
Results for the Week Ending September 24
From TV Newscheck

While several nationally syndicated shows premiered in the session ending Sept. 24, the focus was on the first week of Megyn Kelly Today, the NBC network’s challenge to the syndicated Live with Kelly and Ryan.

The strongest of the newcomers to syndication, which earned their first national ratings in the week ending Sept. 24 were Daily Mail TV and Page Six TV. Daily Mail came flying out of the gate and led the freshman field in the early going with the highest first week of any access magazine since TMZ debuted in 2007. It opened with a 0.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and a 0.5 in the key women 25-54 demo.

Page Six TV, the other powerful magazine, also started fast, finishing a close second with a 0.7 in households and a 0.4 in the demo. In addition, Day 1 of Page Six had the highest metered market numbers of any magazine premiere in 10 years.

Funny You Should Ask, a new game show, posted a 0.5 national rating in its second week, up 25% from its debut.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 +5%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 +5%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

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posted 10/4/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Obligatory Jeopardy! Headline"

  • Who is Austin Rogers? (International Business Times)...
     

  • "Price Is Right Live!" heads to Poughkeepsie (Poughkeepsie Journal)
     

  • Kat Edorsson booked for hitting her boyfriend. The fist has spoken (TMZ)
     

  • Two days after Alan shows him up on the dance floor, Maks Chmerkovskiy does his best Andy Reid, takes full responsibility (Reality TV World), needs to do a better job, time's yours (Reality TV World)
     

  • What the heck kind of boyfriend would text this to his girlfriend ON HER BIRTHDAY? Blake Shelton (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen trying for "Round two" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bob Barker has his say about Television City (KABC Los Angeles)
     

  • Tom Bergeron announces Student Production Award winners (Broadway World)

posted 10/4/17

MONDAY: Game Called...
"Penn & Teller" Season Finale Pulled in Wake of Las Vegas Massacre
From The Futon Critic

The CW is making a few scheduling changes in light of Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas — the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

First, TVLine has learned that the season finale of the Vegas-set Penn & Teller: Fool Us — which was scheduled to air Monday at 9/8c — has been postponed. In its place, a rerun of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will be shown.

The CW is also postponing its annual broadcast of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which was scheduled to air Wednesday and Thursday at 8/7c. The network has issued a statement:

Out of respect to the victims of last Sunday’s terrible tragedy in Las Vegas, and their families, The CW Network and iHeartMedia will be postponing this week’s TV broadcast of the iHeartRadio Music Festival. New broadcast dates will be announced at a later time.

NBC (8.979 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday with week two of "The Voice" (10.791 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "The Brave" (5.355 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

ABC (10.173 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was a close second with new episodes from "Dancing with the Stars" (9.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "The Good Doctor" (11.490 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.404 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with a new "The Big Bang Theory" (13.660 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), the premiere of "9JKL" (8.305 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and fresh installments from "Kevin Can Wait" (6.768 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Me, Myself & I" (5.197 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Scorpion" (5.246 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up the return of "Lucifer" (3.877 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and the debut of "The Gifted" (4.849 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (0.912 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.593 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.284m
- Hip Hop Squares - 9p (VH1): 1.235m
- Hip Hop Squares - 9:30p (VH1): 1.106m
- Hip Hop Squares - 10p (VH1): 933k

TV Line
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/3/17

WEEKEND: Sharks, Meet Pigskins
NBC Wins, Rest of the Field Competes
From The Futon Critic

NBC (13.420 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) kept the top spot on Sunday with its lineup of "Football Night in America #1" (7.452 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (10.697 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.6, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.198 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.5, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.009 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1).

CBS (9.776 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (14.450 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #3), "60 Minutes" (12.008 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6), the premieres of "Wisdom of the Crowd" (8.880 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.483 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #14) and a repeat "SEAL Team" (5.017 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #17).

Next up was FOX (3.406 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a repeat "The Simpsons" (5.403 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) alongside the season openers to "Bob's Burgers" (3.025 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T12), "The Simpsons" (3.254 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8), "Ghosted" (3.562 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8), "Family Guy" (2.849 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T12) and "The Last Man on Earth" (2.341 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #16).

And finally, ABC (3.940 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) rounded out the night with the season debuts of "The Toy Box" (2.217 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.4, #19), "Shark Tank" (4.713 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #15), another "Shark Tank" (5.359 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and the bow of "10 Days in the Valley" (3.473 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #18).

On cable...
- Halloween Wars - 9p (SP/Food): 1.793m
- Halloween Wars - 8p (S/Food): 1.335m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/3/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Taco Tuesday"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Alfonso Ribeiro's Taco Tuesday involves bleach (WISH Indianapolis)...
     

  • Billy Eichner goes from the Street to a cult (The Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • Tyra Banks loses boyfriend, gains son (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: Remember when Maks Chmerkovskiy didn't show up to "Dancing" yesterday because of "a personal issue"? Weeeellll....  (People)
     

  • The family of Christina Grimmie reaches out to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre (Reality TV World)
     

  • Lindsey Stirling is dancing with herself nowadays (Reality TV World)
     

  • On the other hand, Scotty McCreery is ready to make it official (WRAL Raleigh)
     

  • "Fresh off the Boat" salutes "Wheel of Fortune" tonight (Vulture)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: Digby Diehl (1931-2017), who helped write Bob Barker's memoirs (Los Angeles Times)

posted 10/3/17

More "Talk Show"
truTV Orders More Editions of "Talk Show the Game Show"
From The Futon Critic

Two points for this #Humblebrag! truTV announced today that mashup comedy series Talk Show the Game Show - hosted by comedian Guy Branum - will return in 2018 with a brand new batch of 16 outrageous, celeb-filled episodes. Based on Branum's popular live comedy show, the half-hour series is a boisterous combination of two beloved television formats that pits celebrities against each other to vie for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Each week, guests come to play, not plug, as they compete in various talk show-inspired challenges on the only talk show that literally counts. Guests featured in the series' first run of episodes earlier this year include Chelsea Handler, Tiffany Haddish, Wanda Sykes, Moby, Margaret Cho, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Phoebe Robinson, Julie Klausner and Nikki Glaser.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/2/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Pray for Vegas"

  • "Dancing with the Stars" to open with a moment of silence (The Futon Critic)...
     

  • Eva Marcille goes from "America's Next Top Model" to "Real Housewife of Atlanta" (tell Claudia we said what up) (Reality TV World)
     

  • Cat Deeley will host a cappella competition, has nothing good to say about "The X Factor" (Telly Mix)
     

  • Anne Hegerty wants to beam up to "Star Trek" (The List)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Robinson (Daily Mail)

posted 9/29/17


Games Gone By: Beat the Geeks
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Movies, music, TV,...you THINK you know it all about that stuff. But you haven't faced those who REALLY know about it...those who are PROUD to be considered "geeks" in their field. Season 2 of "Games Gone By..." premieres with Chris Wolvie talking about "Beat the Geeks".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 9/30/17

THURSDAY: ... And Then There Was a Rain Delay
CBS Wins with TNF
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.464 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was the top draw on premiere Thursday with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.305 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.696 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1).

ABC (6.640 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver medal with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.142 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3), a second "Grey's Anatomy" (7.751 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.027 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

Next up was NBC (6.452 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its debut lineup of "Superstore" (4.570 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "The Good Place" (4.624 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Will & Grace" (10.044 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2), "Good News" (5.125 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "Chicago Fire" (7.176 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.260 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (2.791 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "The Orville" (3.731 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.715 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13), the season finale of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.048 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.095 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.393 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.668m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 836k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 568k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 464k
- Divided - 9:30p (GSN): 271k
- Divided - 9p (GSN): 246k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/29/17

Disney Wheel
"Wheel of Fortune" Returns to Epcot
From Inside the Magic

“Wheel of Fortune,” will be coming to Walt Disney World as they record three weeks worth of episodes at Epcot.

Both “Wheel of Fortune” and Epcot are celebrating their 35th anniversaries this year. The stage for the show will be set up next to World Showcase Lagoon, between World Showcase and Future World.

The three weeks of episodes will feature three different themes and will air at different points throughout the year.

A week of episodes featuring teams of grandparents and their grandchildren will showcase the holidays at Walt Disney World and will air the week of November 13.

Another week will feature married couples to promote Disney Fairytale Weddings and will air the week of Valentine’s Day, 2018.

The final week will feature Disney fans and will air the week of April 30, next year.

These tapings of “Wheel of Fortune” will take place at Epcot from October 10 through October 12. Unfortunately, tickets for the tapings are no longer available.

Inside the Magic

posted 9/29/17

You're "The Best" Around...
Thai Version of Format Sold
From C21 Media

Thailand’s TV3 has purchased gameshow format The Best of All from transatlantic distributor Dori Media Group and is prepping a local remake.

The acquisition by TV3 marks the third international sale of the format, following license deals inked with in Mexico (TV Azteca) and France.

The format, from FremantleMedia-owned Abot Hameiri Productions (AHP), pits contestants against the studio audience in multiple question and answer rounds.

It was launched a year ago and a second season has already aired on Israeli broadcaster Channel 2, via Reshet. A 39-episode series will air on TV3 in 2018.

The format made headlines last year after it became the centre of a legal dispute between AHP and Banijay Group over accusations that the latter stole the format for its own Nordisk Film TV Denmark-produced gameshow, All Against 1. The case was settled earlier this year.

C21 Media

posted 9/29/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Two Hosts, One Game"

  • Mark Walberg to host "Price Is Right Live" in Jackson (Jackson Sun)... while Jerry! Jerry! Jerry Springer hosts in Worcester (MassLive)
     

  • Steve Harvey to host 66th Miss Universe, still 17 short of the full Barker (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Adam Drake to host a pilot that's like Taskmaster... but not (Chortle)

posted 9/29/17


E!
HUGH HEFNER: 1926-2017
Father of the Playboy Empire Frequented Original Run of "What's My Line?"
From
TV Line

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine and a ubiquitous TV guest star, died on Wednesday. He was 91.

According to a rep for Playboy Enterprises, Hefner “peacefully passed away… from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones.”

In addition to guest-starring as himself on myriad TV series including The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley, The Simpsons, Roseanne, Sex and the City and Entourage, he has also been portrayed by Steven Pasquale (on The Playboy Club) and John Gleeson Connolly (on Masters of Sex), among others. He also starred in the E! reality show The Girls Next Door.

In game shows, he frequented the panel of "What's My Line's" original New York run.

“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom,” Hefner’s son and COO of Playboy Enterprises Cooper told People.com in a statement. “He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.”

TV Line
Broadway World
People
Reality TV World

posted 9/25/17


Sony Pictures TV
Johnny Gilbert: One for the Record Books
The Voice of Jeopardy! Enshrined for Longest-Serving Game Show Announcer of a Single Show
From Sony PR

Johnny Gilbert is officially amazing.

In an episode airing today, Sept. 28, the long-serving “JEOPARDY!” announcer will be recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the “longest career as a game show announcer for a single show.”

Since the syndicated debut of “JEOPARDY!” in 1984, Gilbert’s iconic “This...is...Jeopardy!” show opening has welcomed millions of fans as they tune in each day.

“I am incredibly honored that my work on ‘JEOPARDY!’ has been recognized with a Guinness World Record,” Gilbert said. “For more than 30 years, I’ve looked forward to coming to work every day. ‘JEOPARDY!’ producers, crew, and contestants make every episode new and exciting and I love being a part of it.”

Gilbert claimed the record by serving as ‘JEOPARDY!’ announcer for 32 years, 7 months, and 30 days as of the tape date for today’s episode, and on July 28, 2017, the last episode of ‘JEOPARDY!’ season 33, his record was officially adjudicated. It now extends to 32 years, 321 days and counting.

Gilbert and host Alex Trebek share the distinction of being the show’s two longest-serving employees -- only the two of them have been there since the very beginning.

“It’s remarkable that, after all these years, Johnny makes the show sound fresh,” said ‘JEOPARDY!’ executive producer Harry Friedman. “Even after more than six decades in show business, his natural enthusiasm still creates an exciting atmosphere for contestants and viewers alike, and it’s a pleasure to work with him.”

Gilbert began his professional career as a nightclub singer and was originally trained by an opera teacher. While still in high school, he started his career as a singer with a dance band in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia. By the time he graduated, he had become a comedian, master of ceremonies, and singer in a Jacksonville, Florida nightclub.

Gilbert honed his skills as a full-time nightclub performer touring as a singing emcee, entertaining coast-to-coast from Bimbo’s in San Francisco to the Hotel Bradford in Boston.

He went on to tour with the United States Army, where he received his first television assignment as an emcee. He then went on to New York, where he became host of ABC-TV’s “Music Bingo” and then on to Los Angeles where he was master of ceremonies of KTLA-TV’s “Words and Music.” During this time, he was introduced to movie audiences through a role in “Gidget Goes Hawaiian.”

Before he found his calling on ‘JEOPARDY!,’ Gilbert was the announcer for episodes of several other game shows, including “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “The Joker’s Wild,” “Tic-Tac-Dough,” “Anything for Money,” “Every Second Counts,” “The Price is Right” and more. He also served as Dinah Shore’s announcer on her popular syndicated daily talk show throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The episodes of those shows do not count towards his Guinness world record.

Milford Beacon
FikkleFame
Niagara Frontier Publications

posted 9/28/17

From Television City in Hollywood... A Sale?
Game Show Mecca May Be Shopped
From Curbed

CBS might be shaking up the future of Television City, an institution that dates to the 1950s and that’s still home to prominent productions, including The Price Is Right and The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Sources tell The Real Deal that CBS Corporation is preparing to put the property on Beverly and Fairfax on the market. It has reportedly already interviewed brokerages for the job of marketing the 25-acre plot.

It’s not yet clear what’s to come for the campus, designed by Gin Wong at the firm Pereira and Luckman. As The Real Deal notes, there are a lot of unknowns:

The network hasn’t indicated if it intends to vacate the property entirely, sources said. The nature of what will be marketed — a full sale, a sale-leaseback or a ground lease — remains unclear.

The Real Deal reports that here are at least two “major developers” interested in the site, located near The Grove and the Farmers Market.

CBS’s old headquarters in Hollywood were reborn in 2016 as Columbia Square, a mixed-use development by Kilroy Realty that holds office space, the Hollywood Proper extended-stay residences, and a NeueHouse coworking space.

Along with "The Price Is Right", shows currently taping at Beverly & Fairfax include "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance".

Curbed
The Real Deal
Seeking Alpha

posted 9/28/17

"Millionaire" Brings Back "Whiz Kids"
Catch It October 2-6!
From Broadway World

Five talented youngsters from across the country will play "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" opposite host Chris Harrison during "Whiz Kids" week, airing MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, through FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017.

"Whiz Kids" is one of "Millionaire"'s most popular specialty weeks and last year the bright, young contestants collectively took home a whopping half a million dollars in winnings! During the week of October 2-6, these 10- to 15-year-olds will take on the classic 14-question game for the chance to win $1 million: Kenneth Treece of Pineville, Kentucky; Chase Magnano of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Abhinav Karthikeyan of Clarksburg, Maryland; Kaden Oqueli-White of New Orleans, Louisiana; and Katelyn Murphy of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/28/17

WEDNESDAY: The Empire Strikes Back
Fox, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.212 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to the season premieres of "Empire" (6.940 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Star" (5.484 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3).

CBS (8.273 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with the respective bows of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "SEAL Team" (9.698 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and "Criminal Minds" (7.035 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.756 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) with the season openers to "The Goldbergs" (6.068 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Speechless" (5.013 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8), "Modern Family" (6.897 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "American Housewife" (5.625 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) and "Designated Survivor" (5.467 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up the season premiers of "The Blacklist" (6.202 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.669 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (6.040 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.270 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (1.150 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (1.210 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.152m
- Best Baker in America (P/Food): 794k
- Are You The One (MTV): 539k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 220k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 208k
- Face Value (P/BET): 176k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/28/17

TUESDAY: This Is Us... and Them Splitting
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.825 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the demo champ on the first Tuesday of the new season thanks to "The Voice" (10.616 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "This Is Us" (12.643 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (6.218 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (10.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) however was the most-watched broadcaster with the season premiere of "NCIS" (13.126 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Bull" (9.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.696 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was ABC (6.763 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the season finale of "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.006 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) alongside a two-hour "Dancing with the Stars" (7.142 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) results show.

Meanwhile, FOX (3.365 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up the return of "Lethal Weapon" (4.266 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Mick" (2.805 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.123 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.872 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "The Flash" (0.887 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.859 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

On cable:
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (SF/Spike): 996k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 740k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 739k
- Chopped (Food): 609k
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 472k
- Face Off: Game Face (Syfy): 399k
- 90s House (P/MTV): 318k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (SP/CMT): 278k
- Snap Decision (GSN): 211k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/27/17

Echo Buzzes In
Amazon Echo Adds Game Buttons
From TechRadar

Amazon really loves buttons. First, it released the Amazon Dash button that allowed users to order previously purchased products in a matter of seconds.

Now, Amazon is unveiling Echo Buttons, accessories for the Amazon Echo that can be customized by developers to add additional experiences to their apps.

The example Amazon gave at its Amazon Echo 2017 event was that the small, hockey puck-shaped Buttons could be used as a buzzer in a new Trivial Pursuit app from Hasbro.

While Buttons might at first be used as faux-game controllers for experiences, they’re certainly not relegated to only those apps – they're versatile enough to be used in a number of other applications down the road.

Some games include Sounds Fun with Mike Epps, Buzzer Beater Basketball Trivia with Karl-Anthony Towns, Fourth Down Football Trivia with Philip Rivers, Full Count Baseball Trivia with Buster Posey from Ground Control, as well as Beat the Intro from Musicplode.

The Buttons will be available to purchase in sets of two for $19.99.

TechRadar
Engadget
Washington Post

posted 9/27/17

SYNDIES: Week 1
So How Did "Funny" Do? The Results of the Week Ending September 17
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy took top honors in the session ending Sept. 17, kicking off its 22nd season with 10.2 million daily viewers and an eye-popping 7.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, trouncing all syndicated shows for the fifth week in a row. The nosebleed level 7.1 was up 9% from the prior frame and was the courtroom phenom’s highest rating since February.

Among the newest syndication entries, the first week of Page Six TV averaged a 0.7/2 for its primary runs in the metered markets, and was top rated among all new strips among women 25-54 with a 0.5/2 and demo increases over year-ago time periods of 75% in top market New York, 80% in Baltimore and 100% in Washington. The show also beat all time period competition in the demo, finishing first in Boston, Tampa and St. Louis, among other cities.

Daily Mail TV, the season’s other nationally cleared and anticipated newcomer, clocked a first week primary run 0.7/2 average, tying Page Six TV and earning a 0.3/2 in women 25-54. It took time periods up sharply among households in St. Louis (where it replaced and outperformed TMZ) by 18%, and in markets including Columbus, where it was up 100% and Providence, where it grew 150%.

The show was No. 1 in its time slot in markets including Atlanta and Jacksonville, where it beat The Late Show with Stephen Colbert head to head.

Another recently launched solid performer in the metered markets was Steve, the new version of Steve Harvey’s talk show, which was especially hot in Philadelphia, where it shot up 60% over last year in both ratings and key demos.

Returning again to the national ratings, Entertainment Tonight rose 3% to a 3.0, its strongest number since early May and led the magazines for the 59th consecutive week.

Family Feud toped the game shows with a 6.1.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 +2%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 +8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (final week) (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 0.6 -33%

Unfortunately for us, "Funny You Should Ask" -- or any Entertainment Studios property for that matter -- was not listed in the syndication list.

TV Newscheck
B&C
The Futon Critic
Screener

posted 9/27/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Just One Woman"

  • Betty White to be honored by Paley Center (Broadway World)
     

  • Nikki Bella can't see John Cena... retiring (Reality TV World)
     

  • Cody Nickson & Jessica Graf the latest "Big Brother" showmance to run "The Amazing Race": October 1 is Race Day (Reality TV World)
     

  • Anne Hegerty plays Sunderland (Sunderland Echo)
     

  • Noel Edmonds lawsuit... an oral history (Channel 4 News)
     

  • Wheel of Fortune 35th Anniversary: ... an oral history (Variety)
     

  • Erik Estrada plays the Casino del Sol in Tucson (Casinopedia)

posted 9/27/17

AND THEY'RE OFF!
The First Night of the New Season Belongs to... CBS!
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.413 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) kicked off the 2017-18 season on top with the openers to "The Big Bang Theory" (16.965 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1), "Young Sheldon" (16.572 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.7, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (10.099 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Me, Myself & I" (7.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6) and "Scorpion" (5.726 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

NBC (8.969 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was a close second with the return of "The Voice" (10.368 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) followed by the launch of "The Brave" (6.171 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

Next up was ABC (9.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (9.072 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and the premiere of "The Good Doctor" (11.818 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.937 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the season finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.937 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (0.885 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a special "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.936 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.910 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares - 9p (SP/VH1): 1.179m
- Halloween Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.143m
- Hip Hop Squares - 9:30p (VH1): 1.080m
- Hip Hop Squares - 10p (VH1): 955k
- Snap Decision (GSN): 252k

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posted 9/26/17

Make That 31
CBS Daytime Celebrates ANOTHER Year at #1
From Broadway World

CBS Daytime ended the full 52-week 2016-2017 broadcast year at #1 for the 31st consecutive year, one of the longest winning streaks in television history, which began in 1986. The Network's daypart features a balance of dramas, game shows and talk, including network television's #1 daytime program and longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Daytime Emmy Award-winning THE TALK, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and LET'S MAKE A DEAL.

The Network had the #1 overall show in viewers (THE PRICE IS RIGHT) as well as both the #1 program in women 18-49 and women 25-54 (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS).

CBS Daytime's 52-Week Full Broadcast Year Highlights
- CBS Daytime finished the year first in viewers (3.90m), women 25-54 (1.1/08) and women 18-49 (0.7/06, tie).
- CBS had the top five programs in viewers:

1. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 - 5.40m
2. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS - 4.84m
3. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 - 4.72m
4. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL - 3.85m
5. LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 - 3.36m

CBS had four of the top five programs in women 25-54:

1. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS - 1.5
2. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL - 1.3
2. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 - 1.3
5. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 - 1.1

CBS had four of the top five programs in women 18-49:

1. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS - 1.0
2. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 - 0.9
3. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 - 0.8
3. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL - 0.8

CBS Daytime programs reached 120.0 million viewers (who watched at least six minutes) and 59.3m women 18+, more than any other network.

Broadway World

posted 9/26/17

5 Gold Rings: It's All Greek to Us
Star Channel Picks Up Talpa Format
From Greek Reporter

Greek television network Star Channel has ordered 5 Gold Rings, a successful interactive game show format by Netherlands-based producer Talpa Media and ITV Studios production company Possessed.

Greece is the fifth country to pick up the program, following the Netherlands, France, Israel and the UK, where it was ordered by commercial broadcaster ITV.

The game show sees contestants answering questions by placing rings across an interactive LED floor. Using the program’s app, the program audience can play along.

Since August, the game has been available to the app’s users even when the program is not on the air.

“We’re very excited to start up this new partnership with Star Channel,” says Talpa Global MD Maarten Meijs in a statement. “Having a format appealing to so many broadcasters around the globe is an incredible accomplishment we’re very proud of.”

Broadway World

posted 9/26/17

WEEKEND: The Final Frontier... of the Summer
NFL Wins for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (13.562 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) held off the competition on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.776 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8), "Football Night in America #2" (8.909 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 3.0, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.341 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 4.9, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.537 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 5.3, #2).

Second place then went to CBS (11.787 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and its "NFL Overrun" (21.176 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1) followed by (half-hour results only) "NFL Overrun/60 Minutes" (20.028 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.1, #3), "60 Minutes" (14.651 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #6), "60 Minutes/Star Trek: Discovery" (12.384 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #7), "Star Trek: Discovery" (8.835 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9), "Star Trek: Discovery/NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.548 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.991 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "NCIS: Los Angeles/Madam Secretary" (4.680 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Next up was FOX (2.555 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.143 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and another "The Simpsons" (1.837 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) followed by the special "Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?" (2.838 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

And finally, a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.477 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and a new "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.123 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12) led into the season finales of "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (3.898 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.766 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #19) on ABC (4.316 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.101m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 953k

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posted 9/25/17

Deal or No Deal Hits the Poker Circuit
New Game to Go into Casinos
From Mobile Marketing Watch

Gamblit Gaming, LLC, a leading publisher of real-money and skill-based gaming for land based casinos, has announced a strategic collaboration with Endemol Shine Gaming, part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor behind Deal or No Deal, “to gamblify the legendary TV show and turn it into a high-energy casino experience.”

One of the most successful gameshows of all time, Deal or No Deal originally launched in 2000, and has travelled to 75 territories around the world, reads a shared media release.

So how does it all work?

Deal or No Deal Poker Special will hit casino floors on Gamblit’s Model G™ interactive multiplayer game table and Deal or No Deal Poker will offer an engaging single-player experience on Gamblit’s TriStation™ hardware. Both titles set to launch in 2018, will feature exciting real-money gaming mechanics as players compete to uncover the highest value briefcase in the ultimate challenge of striking a deal to win big or risking it all.

”I’ve loved Deal or No Deal ever since I watched the first episode with my family,” said Darion Lowenstein, Chief Marketing Officer at Gamblit Gaming. “Now being able to re-create the excitement, intensity and pure FUN of the massive global hit show with friends or as a single player in the modern arcade – the casino – is both a personal and career high.”

Mobile Marketing Watch

posted 9/26/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Super Human"

  • Stan Lee to pledge for hurricane relief (Comicbook.com)
     

  • "Match Game" tape dates are out. (On Camera Audience)
     

  • "America's Got Talent" adds a new show in Vegas (Broadway World)
     

  • Raven Walton is America's Greatest Player... just kidding, she's the LEAST FAVORITE HOUSEGUEST EVER (Reality TV World)
     

  • Byron Allen on the appeal of "Funny You Should Ask" (Huffington Post)
     

  • Lord Alan Sugar has an opinion on "The Apprentice"... and yeah, we're going to hear about it on Twitter tomorrow (IOL)
     

  • ICYMI: America's Favorite Dancer is... (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Lance Bass (CBS News) and Wanda Sykes (B&C)
     

  • Fox goes "24 Hours to Hell and Back" with Gordon Ramsay (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Host of "Jeux Sans Frontieres": "We cheated endlessly" (The Times)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heads to Peterborough (Global News)
     

  • Nick Knowles sings (Official Charts)
     

  • Heidi Klum pushes the buzzer on her boyfriend (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bindi Irwin tweets support for gay marriage in Australia (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jennifer Lopez pledging $1 million to relief efforts in Puerto Rico (Reality TV World)

posted 9/26/17


Playbuzz/Channel 4
WILLIAM G. STEWART: 1933-2017
Host of the Original "15 to 1"
From the Huffington Post

Former ‘Fifteen To One’ host William G Stewart has died at the age of 82.

The TV presenter’s agent, Julia Wyatt, confirmed the news of his death on Thursday (September 21), revealing that he died “after a brief illness”.

She said (via BBC News): “Sadly William G Stewart passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family after a brief illness.”

Although best known for his 15-year stint presenting the Channel 4 quiz show, which he did from 1988 until 2003, he also served as a TV producer and director.

Among the shows he worked on behind the scenes include the sitcoms ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ and ‘Bless This House’, as well as gameshows ‘The Price Is Right’ and ‘Family Fortunes’.

In fact, William was initially only supposed to be a producer on ‘Fifteen To One’, only agreeing to present it himself when plans to snare his top choice, Jonathan Ross, fell through.

Prior to breaking into the entertainment industry, William worked in the 1960s as a private secretary to the MP Tom Driberg, making a documentary about him in 2009.

Throughout his career, William never shied away from voicing his support for causes he believed in, such as when he gave a speech during one infamous episode of ‘Fifteen To One’ about how he felt the Elgin Marbles should be returned to Greece.

In 2009, he also appeared on ‘Daily Politics’ to speak in favor of the BBC license fee.

Fifteen To One was rebooted in 2013 for a celebrity special presented by The Last Leg host Adam Hills, and returned the following year with Sandi Toksvig at the helm. Both Hills and Toksvig have paid tribute to Stewart on Twitter, with other notable names from the world of quiz shows also paying their respects on social media.

Toksvig said: ‘Sad news about William Gladstone Stewart. A lovely man, a consummate TV professional and of course, host of 15 ot 1 long before I stepped up.’

The Last Leg host tweeted: ‘Farewell to William G Stewart. Even if I had three feet, I’d never have filled his shoes.’

Paul Sinha, comedian and Chaser on ITV game show The Chase, paid tribute saying: ‘RIP to William G Stewart, the perfect host of one of the greatest quiz shows ever.’

His fellow Chaser Anne Hegerty recalled her appearance on Fifteen To One and described Stewart as ‘brilliant’.

Eggheads star CJ de Mooi credited Stewart with launching his career in quiz shows.

‘So sad to hear about William G Stewart’s death. A lovely man who kindly encouraged and advised me. I wouldn’t have had a career without him,’ CJ said.

Voice-over artist and Quizmania presenter Greg Scott said: ‘Just heard of the passing of William G Stewart. So much more than merely a quiz host. A producer & director of huge standing and talent.’

Meanwhile Channel 4 released a statement saying: ‘We are saddened to hear the news about William G Stewart, whose inimitable style set 15 to 1 apart from all other quiz shows.

‘He was a broadcasting legend and our thoughts are with his friends and family.

William is survived by his five children, and his wife, Laura Calland, who previously worked as the voiceover artist on ‘Fifteen To One’.

He was married twice before, first to Audrey Harrison and later actress Sally Geeson, who he met while working on ‘Bless This House’.

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posted 9/25/17

THURSDAY: Space...
Fox, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.585 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the demo competition on Thursday with the season premiere of "Gotham" (3.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and the time slot debut of "The Orville" (4.041 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

CBS (4.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Mom" (5.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), second doses of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.009 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Mom" (4.996 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and the season finale of "Zoo" (2.907 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was NBC (3.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Chicago Fire" (3.291 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.608 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise opted for repeats of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.334 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Scandal" (2.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.015 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.596 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.206 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) alongside a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.131 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.382 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.935m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 831k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 629k

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posted 9/25/17

CTV Launches Talent Contest
Alessia Cara, Julia Michaels, Nikki Sixx, Boy George, Jennifer Nettles Among Celebrity Mentors
From Broadway World

With a musical pedigree spanning across multiple genres and decades, CTV announced today an additional roster of celebrity mentors for THE LAUNCH: Culture Club alumnus and Grammy® Award-winner Boy George; international pop sensation, Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara; rock icon and founding member of legendary rock band Mötley Crüe Nikki Sixx; sought-after songwriter with her own current hit single "Issues", Julia Michaels; and Grammy Award-winner and co-founder of country-pop duo Sugarland Jennifer Nettles. The artists join previously announced musical superstars Shania Twain, Fergie, and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder as mentors on the inaugural season of the CTV original music series and international TV format THE LAUNCH.

Also joining previously announced song producers on THE LAUNCH, including world-renowned music mogul Scott Borchetta and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, are award-winning producers/songwriters busbee (P!nk, Shakira, Blake Shelton), Dann Huff (producer behind more than 50 #1 hit records ), Ian Kirkpatrick (behind multi-platinum hit songs from Jason Derulo and Selena Gomez), and Canada's own Stephan Moccio, the music mastermind behind massive, inescapable hits like the quintuple-platinum "Wrecking Ball".

"We have assembled some of the most gifted and highly decorated talent in the music industry today to skyrocket THE LAUNCH into a new stratosphere of experience for both the emerging artists appearing on the series and for viewers across the country," said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. "We look forward to watching the emerging artists draw from the cumulative wealth of knowledge and experience that our mentors represent, and the sheer excitement of watching these musical industry powerhouses place their imprint on music's next big songs."

THE LAUNCH is an all-new, six-part music television series and international TV format delivers an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a new original song. The first season of the Canadian version of the program is currently shooting in Toronto, before the format is rolled-out internationally later this year.

Broadway World

posted 9/25/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Orlando Asks Another"

  • "Ask Me Another" to ask another in Orlando (WMFE Orlando)
     

  • Paramount Network: January 18. Here's the logo (The Futon Critic)
     

  • "Cheap Cheap Cheap" goes bye bye bye (ATV Today)
     

  • Raven Walton answers to the charges of excessive media trolling without a license (Reality TV World)
     

  • Elena Davies & Mark Jansen hope to take their showmance to the next level (Reality TV World)... as are Cody & Jessica (Reality TV World)
     

  • Christmas Abbott wants to date Paul Abrahamian, because of course she does (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: Holy $#*! Price Is Right! (TV Line)
     

  • Fox goes "24 Hours to Hell and Back" with Gordon Ramsay (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Host of "Jeux Sans Frontieres": "We cheated endlessly" (The Times)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heads to Peterborough (Global News)
     

  • Nick Knowles sings (Official Charts)
     

  • Heidi Klum pushes the buzzer on her boyfriend (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bindi Irwin tweets support for gay marriage in Australia (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jennifer Lopez pledging $1 million to relief efforts in Puerto Rico (Reality TV World)

posted 9/20/17

Billy Off The Street
truTV Comic Quizzer Not Picked Up... Not Canceled Either?
From TV Line

Billy Eichner will no longer be stalking New York pedestrians — at least not on truTV’s dime.

Billy on the Street, Eichner’s long-running variety show, will not return to the basic cable network for Season 6, Variety reports. It has not, however, been cancelled.

Eichner on Tuesday first hinted that Billy on the Street would not continue on truTV, tweeting, “We have had a fantastic, life changing, Emmy-nominated time working with my friends at truTV and I can’t thank them enough. They’re the best.” A second statement indicated that the show would return, possibly in a new format or on a new network:

For those asking, yes BILLY ON THE STREET will be back! But we're shifting gears a bit...exciting things ahead...more will be revealed soon!
- @billyeichner


Billy on the Street first debuted on the cable channel Fuse back in Dec. 2011, where it ran for three seasons. Beginning with Season 4, the show made the leap to truTV, where it’s been airing since 2015. All five seasons are available to stream on Hulu.

In addition to Billy on the Street, Eichner is one-half of Hulu’s Difficult People, which releases its Season 3 finale on Tuesday, Sept. 26. It has not yet been renewed for Season 4.

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posted 9/21/17

Britain's Not the Only "Baking Show" with New Hosts
Ayesha Curry, Anthony "Spice" Adams to Host New Season This December
From The Futon Critic

It's back! "The Great American Baking Show," based on the U.K. sensation, "The Great British Bake Off," returns for a third season on ABC this December.

Hosted by New York Times best-selling cookbook author and television personality, Ayesha Curry, and former NFL star and media personality, Anthony "Spice" Adams, this dynamic duo brings "The Great American Baking Show" a delicious new dash of holiday-themed recipes and competition this December.

"The Great American Baking Show" showcases some of the nation's best bakers as they compete in a series of themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be crowned "America's Best Amateur Baker."

"The Great American Baking Show" is from Love Productions and created by Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie. Executive producers are Richard McKerrow, Kevin Bartel, Simon Evans and Faye Stapleton.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/21/17

WEDNESDAY: Finale-palooza
In a Night of Finales, the Win Goes to... NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (12.169 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the top draw on a night of summer finales with "America's Got Talent" (15.357 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) followed by the return of "The Good Place" (7.089 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and a second "The Good Place" (4.499 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

By comparison, "The Good Place" premiered on 9/19/16 after "The Voice" (9.036 million viewers; adults 18-49: 2.6) with a second episode (7.079 million viewers; adults 18-49: 2.0) following.

Second place then went to CBS (5.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) with its finales to "Big Brother 19" (6.660 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "Salvation" (3.199 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.910 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its summer capper to "MasterChef" (3.910 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.496 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.889 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Speechless" (2.404 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.633 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.226 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Designated Survivor" (2.412 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.778 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise rounded out the night with second runs of "Arrow" (0.788 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Supernatural" (0.768 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 845k
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 727k
- Cooks vs. Cons (SF/Food): 636k
- Are You The One? (SP/MTV): 469k
- Comedy Knockout - 11p (truTV): 287k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 261k
- Comedy Knockout - 11:30p (truTV): 221k

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posted 9/21/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Angels & Demons"

posted 9/20/17

SYNDIES: Week Zero
Results for the Week Ending September 10
From B&C

Several high-profile veteran talkers debuted their new seasons in the week ended Sept. 10, including Disney-ABC’s Live With Kelly and Ryan, Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres and NBCUniversal's Steve, which is relaunching from Los Angeles with a new production company.

Game shows were a mixed bag. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud slipped 2% to a 6.0. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune, entering its 35th season in syndication, inched up 2% to a 5.4. CTD’s Jeopardy! was flat at a 5.1. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire appreciated 7% to a 1.6. Debmar-Mercury’s almost-concluded Celebrity Name Game was unchanged at a 0.9. The top 4 games returned to action September 11, and they will be counted in the next report.

B&C

posted 9/20/17

TUESDAY: America's Got One More Joke...
NBC Owns Competition
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.313 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with the penultimate "America's Got Talent" (14.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) followed by "The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace" (5.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

CBS (5.879 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed a distant second with its repeat trio of "NCIS" (6.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Bull" (5.471 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.607 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.301 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (3.254 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.309 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Black-ish" (2.204 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "Black-ish" (2.264 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and the season finale of "Somewhere Between" (1.888 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.973 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "The Orville" (1.670 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (0.767 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.623 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.695 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 904k
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 901k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 833k
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 683k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 735k
- Fear Factor (S/MTV): 611k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 396k

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posted 9/20/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "It Costs Money to Be This Good"

  • EVERYBODY HAS ONE: You want top talent hosting your game show? Prepare to pay up (Variety)
     

  • Jeff Probst promises this season of "Survivor" will have the best. Ending. Ever (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • Len Goodman's "Partners in Rhyme" to be strictly bumped... for Len's OTHER side project (Dancing Spy)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: "Take Me Out" contestant hangs self (The Times)

posted 9/20/17

"Wheel Of Fortune" Slot Creator Heads to the Hall
Game Joins Three Luminaries to Be Inducted October 4
From Las Vegas Review-Journal

A casino manager and philanthropist, the inventor of the automatic card shuffler, the man who brought “Wheel of Fortune” to casinos and a businessman who pioneered gaming along the Rancho Drive corridor and participated in the development of major Strip resorts will be inducted to the American Gaming Association’s Gaming Hall of Fame next month.

Diana Bennett, John Breeding, Joe Kaminkow and Melvin Wolzinger will be presented with the industry’s highest honor in an invitation-only ceremony Oct. 4 at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.

“The class of 2017 is quite special in the unique ways they shaped the casino-gaming industry,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the association, which will bring about 26,000 industry professionals to the Sands Expo and Convention Center for its G2E show Oct. 3-5.

“From revolutionizing the way games are seen and experienced, to reshaping employee operations and business development, these leaders’ achievements extend throughout the nation and even the world,” Freeman said in a statement announcing the honorees.

The Gaming Hall of Fame, formed in 1989, has honored leaders who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions to the industry. This year, more than 100 people were nominated for the recognition with four selected by a committee of seven gaming industry stakeholders.

Joe Kaminkow was one of the pioneers of bringing pop culture into gaming. He led the industry’s development of slot machines tied to licensing brands from movies, television shows, quiz shows and personalities.

His most successful pairing of “Wheel of Fortune” to slot machines is a casino staple. He also brought “Sex and the City,” “Game of Thrones” and Britney Spears to slot designs.

Kaminkow founded his own online social gaming company before being tapped by Aristocrat to bring his games to the casino floors in an immersive experience with new-age cabinets.

Las Vegas Review-Journal

posted 9/19/17

MONDAY: Let's Dance!
"Dancing" Helps "Truth" to Season High
From the Futon Critic

ABC (8.964 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) climbed into the top spot on Monday with the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (10.823 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and the season finale of "To Tell the Truth" (5.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

NBC (4.875 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with the season finales of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Midnight, Texas" (2.781 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.213 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.491 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Mom" (4.130 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Life in Pieces" (3.364 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Scorpion" (3.667 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.218 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the penultimate week of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.218 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, second runs of "Supergirl" (1.262 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.187 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.219 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (1.232 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 9/19/17

WEEKEND: Heidi Bowl II: Orville-ctric Boogaloo
NBC Wins on NFL
From The Futon Critic

NBC (15.533 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (5.279 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8), "Football Night in America #2" (6.658 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5), "Football Night in America #3" (9.770 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.4, #2).

The silver then went to FOX (12.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.3, #2) with a full 90-minutes of "NFL Overrun" (18.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.5, #1) followed by (half-hour results only) "NFL Overrun/The Orville" (10.243 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3), "The Orville" (5.036 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and "The Orville/Family Guy" (3.597 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Next up was CBS (9.407 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its telecasts of "60 Minutes" (8.901 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards" (9.576 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.133 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.621 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) plus originals from "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (2.979 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (2.906 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) rounded out the night on ABC (3.409 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.2156m
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.100m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/19/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "America's Got The Finale"

  • Kelly Clarkson, James Arthur, Derek Hough, Shania Twain ... and a million dollar winner (Reality TV World)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Want to win on "Change Your Tune"? All you need to do is suck at singing (Wakefield Express)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: things you didn't know about "GUTS" on its 25th anniversary (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • Jeopardy! ... apparently a bad Wikipedia (Washington Post)
     

  • Adam Levine about to be a father... again (Reality TV World)
     

  • Arie Luyendyk hits the reset on "The Bachelor"... according to Chris Harrison (Reality TV World)

posted 9/18/17

CBS Daytime Returns to Celebrate
More on New Seasons of TPIR, LMAD
From Broadway World

CBS Daytime Emmy Award-winning game shows THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET'S MAKE A DEAL kick off their new seasons Monday, Sept. 18 (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime program and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates Drew Carey's 10th anniversary as host. LET'S MAKE A DEAL, hosted by Wayne Brady, will feature "Premiere Week Prize-a-Palooza," offering Traders the opportunity to compete for more than $1.1 million in cash and prizes.

This season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT is raising the STAKES and - in honor of Drew Carey's decade on the show - if a contestant spins $1 on the wheel, there will be a $10,000 bonus instead of the usual $1,000 all week long. And on the season premiere, Monday, Sept. 18, players win a $100,000 bonus if they spin another $1 on the wheel. In addition, any contestant who wins their pricing game receives a $10,000 cash bonus. Finally, the show will debut a brand new game, "Gridlock," inspired by the traffic in Los Angeles, in which contestants playing for a car must "navigate" their mini game vehicle out of a lane of traffic and into an empty lane by correctly giving the price of the vehicle.

The celebration of Drew's milestone season continues all week, with celebrity friends of THE PRICE IS RIGHT sharing special congratulatory messages, including Stephen Colbert, James Corden, the hosts of THE TALK, Pauley Perrette, Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Tim Allen and more. On Thursday, Sept. 21, contestants will play games that premiered during Drew Carey's tenure on the show, including THE ONE he created, "Rat Race." Plus, the models will present a special Drew Carey-themed tribute showcase. The festivities conclude on Friday, Sept. 22 with a showcase showdown that will go down in the show's history when THE PRICE IS RIGHT gives away the most money ever spun on the wheel.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL launches its ninth season with a sleek, remodeled set and "Premiere Week Prize-a-Palooza," offering Traders the opportunity to compete for more than $1.1 million in cash and prizes. Adding to the excitement, for the first time at the beginning of each show, host Wayne Brady will reveal a sneak peek at some of the biggest prizes being offered that day, from luxury cars to a trio of trips around the world. LET'S MAKE A DEAL keeps the party going throughout the entire season with special themed episodes, including a "Wayne's Favorite Folks" week, filling the audience with special groups Wayne has chosen to honor, from TEACHERS to grandparents; a Prom episode with a theme selected by fans through social media; and a salute to the game show's landmark 1,500th episode.

Broadway World
WFMY Greensboro
Entertainment Weekly
KCNC Denver
WWAY Wilmington

posted 9/18/17

EMMYS: This Is The Third Emmy in a Row
"Drag Race" Host Collects Emmy #2
From the Futon Critic

"The Voice" is loud and strong at the Emmys this year.

Last night's ceremony honored the best in television, and among the best in television, "The Voice", which won its third consecutive Emmy. The show won the award in 2013, 2015, and 2016 as well.

Night 1 of the creative arts event is geared towards honoring the best in animation, variety, reality and documentary programming. Among the evening’s most notable winners:

Outstanding Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Shark Tank

Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming
RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Choreography
Mandy Moore, Dancing with the Stars and Travis Wall, So You Think You Can Dance (tie)

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 9/18/17

Tell Me Something ELSE I Don't Know!
Steve Dubner's Podcast Game Show Returns for New Season
From Broadway World

Why does monogamy reduce the crime rate? How can we redesign cities to make growing old less unpleasant? And how was the body of a man dead fifty years found perfectly preserved in his houndstooth blazer?

All these questions and more are answered in the season premiere of Tell Me Something I Don't Know, the new podcast hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling Freakonomics books and host of Freakonomics Radio.

In a show Dubner calls "journalism wrapped in a game-show package," audience members present fascinating facts and historical wrinkles to the live crowd, which at the end of the episode votes to determine a winner. On the first of ten weekly episodes, Dubner is accompanied by guest co-host Alexandra Petri (The Washington Post) and fact-checker A.J. Jacobs (Esquire).

Tell Me Something I Don't Know will hold six live tapings over three nights at NYC's Joe's Pub, October 5, 6, and 7. Each taping will feature a different co-host and tickets are available now. Previous episodes have featured HANNIBAL Buress, Joanna Coles, Dr. Oz, Aasif Mandvi, Major Garrett, Amy Chua, Austan Goolsbee, Lizz Winstead, and more.

Follow this link to listen: http://tmsidk.com.

Broadway World

posted 9/18/17

Russian Masterminds
BBC Exports Quiz Classic
From C21 Media

Russian producer Biz Media has acquired the rights to long-running quizshow Mastermind from UK pubcaster BBC Worldwide.

The deal will see the tough TV quiz format air on channel Rossiya-Kulturaas as Гений (Genius) across 16 episodes.

Mastermind is one of TV’s longest-running quizshows and has been on air for more than 40 years in the UK.

The Russian version will be fronted by Rossiya-Kultura personality Alexey Begak.

The Mastermind format has previously been sold to countries including Ireland (TV3), India (Colors) and Israel (IBA). The Junior version of the format has already entered Russia with TV Channel Russia, while the most recent sale was to New Zealand’s TVNZ last year.

C21 Media
The List
Seenit

posted 9/18/17


CBS Sports
BOBBY "THE BRAIN" HEENAN: 1944-2017
WWE, WCW Mainstay Was on "Double Dare"
From MovieWeb

The pro wrestling world is in mourning today after the loss of one of sports entertainment's most colorful and iconic managers and entertainers. Bobby Heenan, a.k.a. "The Brain," passed away at age 73. While no cause of death was announced, the famous loudmouth manager had been in poor health for years, after he was diagnosed with throat cancer back in 2002. He died at his home in Largo, Florida. Here's part of the WWE's statement on Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.

"WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bobby Heenan, regarded by many as the greatest manager in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 73. With a career spanning more than four decades, Heenan was the "The Brain" behind some of the most prolific Superstars in sports-entertainment history. Heenan plied his trade as their mischievous manager by running his mouth on their behalf with a sarcastic wit considered among the best in the business. Heenan named competitors under his guidance as the Heenan Family, a moniker meant to show the strength of their alliance over any opposition. Members of the Heenan Family in the AWA and WWE read like the who's who of sports-entertainment, including Legends and WWE Hall of Famers such as Nick Bockwinkel, the Blackjacks, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, the Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard), Harley Race, and of course, the first WWE Hall of Famer, Andre the Giant, whom Heenan led to the ring at WrestleMania III before 93,173 fans."

The report from WWE.com is also accompanied by a brief video, which you can see below, that includes some highlights from the late WWE legend and his remarkable career. Robert Heenan was born November 1, 1944 in Chicago, and grew up as a huge wrestling fan, even working various wrestling events as a young child, carrying the bags and jackets for wrestlers and selling concessions. He dropped out of school in the eighth grade to support his mother and grandmother, and his first big break in wrestling came in 1965, when he was known as "Pretty Boy" Bobby Heenan. Even in those early days, his gimmick as a fast-talking loudmouth would stay with him for his entire career. After a stint in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the World Wrestling Association, he moved to the American Wrestling Association, where he became known as Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan was a fixture of the WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, when he decided to leave the company at the end of 1993, since he was still in pain from the broken neck he suffered a decade earlier. While he had reportedly originally planned to retire from wrestling altogether, he joined the rival World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1994, until he was released by the company in 2000. He also wrote two books, 2002's Bobby The Brain: Wrestling's Bad Boy Tells All, and 2004's Chair Shots and Other Obstacles: Winning Life's Wrestling Matches, which were both co-written by Steve Anderson.

Heenan made a guest shot on a 1989 episode of "Super Sloppy Double Dare", where he played against his broadcast partner Gorilla Monsoon.

MovieWeb
Chicago Sun-Times
New York Times

posted 9/18/17

Showmances Get Their Own Show
ITV Picks Up Keshet Format
From C21 Media

ITV2 in the UK has commissioned a comedy gameshow format from the British production arm of Keshet International.

Celebrity Showmance challenges three unlikely celebrity couples to complete ridiculous challenges that attract maximum social media attention.

Keshet UK is producing the series in which the public are the unwitting judges, with each ‘like’ or comment counting as points for the competing couples.

The show was ordered by ITV’s head of digital channels and acquisitions Paul Mortimer. It was commissioned by ITV factual entertainment commissioner Satmohan Panesar.

The format was devised by Keshet UK’s David Williams, who serves as its creative director, with Susan Maxwell as executive producer and Sarah Church as series producer.

Keshet International will distribute the series and debut it to international buyers at Mipcom.

C21 Media

posted 9/18/17


Games Gone By: Pitfall
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

What happens when a company goes bankrupt while their game show is still in production? Don't ask FremantleMedia or Celador 'cause that doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon. But ask Catalena Productions out of Canada because that's EXACTLY what happened to them. When it's so bad you can't even pay off Alex Trebek, you KNOW your company's in a "Pitfall"! Chris Wolvie talks about this forgettable and yet rather unique "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 9/18/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Odds Are..."

  • Nick Lachey the bookie's favorite to win "Dancing" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Carrie Ann Inaba, while we're on the subject, has reportedly split from her dancing partner (Reality TV World)
     

  • Madonna headed to "Drag Race" season 10? (TV Line)
     

  • Jeopardy! ... apparently a bad Wikipedia (Washington Post)
     

  • Adam Levine about to be a father... again (Reality TV World)
     

  • Arie Luyendyk hits the reset on "The Bachelor"... according to Chris Harrison (Reality TV World)

posted 9/18/17

Hip Hop Squares Returns from Hiatus
New Episodes Resume September 25
From the Futon Critic

VH1's "Hip Hop Squares" returns from hiatus with THREE new back-to-back episodes on Monday, September 25th at 9PM, 9:30PM & 10PM ET/PT.

VH1, in conjunction with Cube Vision, Jesse Collins Entertainment and The Firm, will be premiering the second half of season one of "Hip Hop Squares" on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 9PM ET/PT. "Hip Hop Squares" features the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment as they come to play and stay to party, celebrity contestants will match wits and test their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/15/17

THURSDAY: Splitsville
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.393 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Mom" (5.046 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Big Brother 19" (6.012 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Zoo" (2.632 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

ABC (4.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.041 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) followed by "Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson " (4.901 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Next up was NBC (3.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.996 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Chicago Fire" (3.924 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.285 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season finales of "Beat Shazam" (2.414 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "Love Connection" (2.157 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.518 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.231 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.022 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.322 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.789m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 717k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 408k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/15/17

WEDNESDAY: America's Got Finalists
NBC, Fox Go 1-2 in Demos
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (11.307 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Marlon" (5.193 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), the season finale of "Marlon" (3.689 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a special "Midnight, Texas" (2.709 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Sharing the demo crown however was FOX (4.028 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with the penultimate week of "MasterChef" (4.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.372 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Big Brother 19" (6.307 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Salvation" (3.558 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) plus a repeat "Criminal Minds" (3.253 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.904 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.993 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Speechless" (2.282 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.020 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "American Housewife" (2.694 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) as well as the special "20/20: The Good Doctors: Brilliance & Bravery" (3.220 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.823 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.760 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.791 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.268m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 951k
- Comedy Knockout - 11p (truTV): 555k
- Are You the One (S/MTV): 268k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 220k
- Comedy Knockout - 11:30p (truTV): 166k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/15/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Q&A"

  • Arthur Chu's adventure becomes a movie (Chicago Tribune)
     

  • "Deal or No Deal" heads to casinos (Casinopedia)
     

  • "American Beauty Star" hasn't premiered yet, and already they're planning for season 2 (Broadway World)
     

  • Alec Baldwin to return to SNL (Broadway World)
     

  • Adam Levine about to be a father... again (Reality TV World)
     

  • Arie Luyendyk hits the reset on "The Bachelor"... according to Chris Harrison (Reality TV World)

posted 9/13/17

Idol Delayed?
Callbacks Forthcoming... Only One Judge... What's a Network to Do?
From Broadway World

The AMERICAN IDOL reboot continues to have problem after problem. After failing to score their own alum, Kelly Clarkson, as a judge after she signed with THE VOICE and after seeing a low turnout at their Oakland auditions, AMERICAN IDOL might have to delay taping, as reported by TMZ.

So far, the show has confirmed that Ryan Seacrest will be back to host and that Katy Perry will serve as a judge. However, they may not be able to secure Perry anymore, even when they've paid her $25 million, as they have failed to acquire 2 or 3 more judges for the panel. With Perry's Witness tour quickly approaching, the show looks like it will have to delay.

Sources say that producers are nowhere close to seating judges at the table. They wish to score country superstar Luke Bryan as the second judge, but the singer is looking for more money. The producers are not even thinking about judge #3 (and possibly a judge #4) as they work through negotiations.

Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth and Keith Urban were all names thrown into the ring to be possible judges, but none of them have come to fruition. According to a previous report from TMZ, Richie asked for $10 million, which was double what AMERICAN IDOL offered.

The producers will have to scramble to record taped auditions with a full panel of judges while working through their money problems. With Katy Perry's first tour date happening on September 19 in Montreal, it looks like we could be waiting a long time for the reboot to actually happen.

Broadway World

posted 9/14/17

Lorraine Kelly Went to a Wedding and a Game Show Broke Out
BBC Greenlights New Series
From Digital Spy

Lorraine Kelly will be hopping over to BBC One to present a new wedding day game show.

The popular TV personality will be hosting Wedding Day Winners alongside comedian Rob Beckett.

Each week, two engaged couples – accompanied by their friends and family – will go head to head to win prizes, a dream honeymoon, and a beautiful wedding ceremony which will be broadcast to viewers at home.

Although it's a competition, each couple are guaranteed to leave as winners, married to the love of their lives.

Wedding Day Winners will air in spring 2018.

Lorraine is more familiar to ITV viewers, having worked on GMTV and Daybreak and now has her own daytime show on the channel.

Digital Spy
Sunday World

posted 9/14/17

TUESDAY: America's Got $44 Million
Cross-Network Telethon Dominates
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.604 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with its presentation of "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" (6.092 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) followed by a two-hour "America's Got Talent" (11.360 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

CBS (4.577 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" (4.082 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "NCIS" (5.178 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Bull" (4.473 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.640 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its lineup of "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" (3.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Black-ish" (2.484 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Black-ish" (2.160 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Somewhere Between" (1.647 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.586 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" (1.594 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) alongside a rebroadcast of "The Orville" (1.579 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.252 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.768 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (SF/History): 1.387m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 960k
- Chopped (Food): 901k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 884k
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 747k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 650k
- Snap Decision (GSN): 221k

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/14/17

MONDAY: Ninja Vanish
NBC Wins on Irma-Delayed Rating Report
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.148 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the top draw on Monday thanks to originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.306 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Midnight, Texas" (2.833 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Second place then went to ABC (4.227 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with the season finale of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.828 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) alongside a new "To Tell the Truth" (3.024 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.667 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.350 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.105 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Mom" (5.027 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Life in Pieces" (4.032 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "Scorpion" (3.743 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.401 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.401 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.081 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and the season finale of "Hooten & The Lady" (0.937 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (1.009 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 9/14/17

Julianne Hough Leaves "Dancing"
Dancer Turned Judge to Sit Out Fall
From AOL

"Dancing with the Stars" will look a bit different next season over at the judges' table.

Julianne Hough will not be returning for season 25, ET confirmed on Wednesday. The news shocked fans, all of whom expected to see Hough alongside fellow judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Hough has been on the panel with them since 2014.

It's unknown why Hough will no longer be on the show or if she plans to return for future seasons.

It's possible that the many developments in Hough's life contribued to the decision: She recently tied the knot, marrying Brooks Laich in July, and she's been traveling and performing alongside brother Derek for their MOVE BEYOND Live on Tour.

AOL
Entertainment Tonight
Reality TV World

posted 9/13/17

Taskmaster Looks for "Champion of Champion"
Special to Air Later This Year
From Telly Mix

UKTV Original Taskmaster will bring together all five of the show’s series champions for the ultimate battle in a brand new two-part special, Taskmaster Champion of Champions.

The two part special will air on Dave later this year.

Produced by Avalon, the critically-acclaimed, multi-award nominated Taskmaster, will welcome back all five series champions: Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Noel Fielding and Rob Beckett.

The fifth and final winner will be revealed in the current ongoing series, airing Wednesdays at 9pm on Dave with Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar and Sally Phillips competing.

Greg Davies will once again rule as the all-powerful Taskmaster with loyal assistant Alex Horne firmly by his side as they put the series victors through their paces with a collection of confounding new assignments in the fight to become the ultimate Taskmaster champion.

Taskmaster has received a 2017 BAFTA nomination for Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme alongside RTS, Broadcasting Press Guild and Broadcast Award nominations since its commission in 2014.

An American version has been commissioned by Comedy Central.

Telly Mix
Den of Geek!
Beyond the Joke

posted 9/13/17

Rylan Clark-Neal Goes Swimming
W Does "The Wave" November
From Telly Mix

Rylan Clark-Neal is to host a new swimming based game show called The Wave.

The series, which will air on UKTV's W channel later this year, will involve pairs of contestants.

One will stay on land with host Rylan while the other will head out into open water.

One contestant will have to swim out to pontoons in order to answer questions to win money but will find themselves weight down by rocks if they get an answer wrong.

They'll then have to return to the shore against the clock in order to win win the cash prize.

A source told The Sun: "Swimming out in open sea is tough enough as it is. But a bag full of rocks could really end in tears for those taking part.

"Show bosses will be watching nervously, hoping contestants don’t get in too much bother before the safety boat intervenes.”

Rylan said of the show: "It’s sunny, it’s sexy and it’s funny. What more could you want?

"I can’t wait to work with an amazing team, playing a really fun game and can’t wait to meet our brave contestants who are going to be taking on The Wave.”

The Wave is expected to air on W from November with 10 episodes lined up.

Telly Mix
Metro
Huffington Post
Digital Spy

posted 9/13/17

WEEKEND: Big Brother.... Bigger Football
With NBC's SNF Back in the Mix, CBS Will Have to Settle for ... Dead Last?
From the Futon Critic

NBC (19.265 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.1, #1) began its annual Sunday reign with the return of "Football Night in America #1" (6.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.294 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.7, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (16.763 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.0, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (21.559 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.0, #1).

FOX (8.161 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (17.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.9, #3), "The OT" (11.771 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.2, #4), the premiere of "The Orville" (7.320 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T6) plus repeats from "The Simpsons" (2.677 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Family Guy" (2.274 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Next up was ABC (5.494 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its lineup of "20/20 - Hurricane Irma: Monster Storm" (5.692 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.080 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "The 2018 Miss America Competition" (5.603 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

And finally, CBS (5.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the night with "60 Minutes" (8.161 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Big Brother 19" (6.526 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8) and repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.697 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Hawaii Five-0" (3.397 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.079m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 907k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/12/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Moving On"

posted 9/13/17

Food Network in October
"Halloween Wars" Returns
From Broadway World

Food Network celebrates Halloween all month-long this October with special series, new seasons, themed-episodes, seasonal recipes and more! First, Jonathan Bennett hosts special Road to Hallowee Wars on Sunday, October 1st at 8pm, giving a behind the scenes look at the journey of the talented artists vying for a spot on the all-new season of Halloween Wars, which premieres on Sunday, October 1st at 9pm. Six new teams get the chance to create the most frightening and elaborate cake displays and a shot at the $50,000 grand prize.

Then, on Monday, October 2nd at 10pm, it's the series premiere of Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror when host Harley Morenstein takes the competition out of the kitchen and into the pumpkin patch when two teams face off in three nights of Halloween fright, creating delicious and scary treats and immersive worlds of Halloween horror. Next, Alton Brown is taking over the Chopped kitchen on the special tournament Chopped: Alton's Challenge premiering Tuesday, October 10th at 10pm with challenging baskets that tap into the physics and Science of food. Then, one formerly helpless celebrity will become the best of the worst on the season finale of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, October 11th at 9pm. Don't miss the season finale of Halloween Baking Championship Monday, October 30th at 9pm when the ultimate creator of creepy treats will be crowned a winner.

Eight of America's most elite bakers compete in the all-new primetime competition Best Baker in America, premiering Wednesday, September 27th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Through six episodes, bakers from around the country must showcase their baking skills and creativity, as they are tasked with challenges that not only test their technical proficiency, but also their ability to execute under pressure, while under the watchful eyes of the judges: Food Network Star winner Jason Smith and Food Network's Marcela Valladolid. Each episode the competitors must compete in two difficult rounds, including a Skills Challenge that tests their mastery of the essential technical skills of baking, followed by a Master Challenge that tests their prowess in working with specific flavors and ingredients to create the most authentic and delicious versions of classic baked delights. In the end, the judges help determine which baker moves one step closer to winning $25,000 and earning the title of Best Baker in America!

"When it comes to baking, one must possess skill, discipline and patience, and not be afraid to fail," said Courtney White, SVP Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "These eight bakers will pull out all the stops to show why they have what it takes to be the Best Baker in America, and will inspire viewers at home with their astonishing creations and sheer mastery in the kitchen."

Also in primetime, catch Halloween-themed episodes and all-new premieres of Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, and Guy's Grocery Games.

Broadway World
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 9/8/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Closing Up Shop"

  • "Save to Win"... just checked out (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Evie Clair's father passes away a week before the America's Got Talent final (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jef Holm... he doesn't like Arie Luyendyk very much (Reality TV World)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: Should "Strictly Come Dancing" have died with Bruce Forsyth? (Huffington Post)
     

  • Richard Osman snuck his "Pointless" catchphrase into his Spotify playlist (Digital Spy)

posted 9/12/17




ABC/BBC Worldwide
It's Time to Play
"Funny You Should Ask" Joins Big Four Season Premieres in Syndication
From The Futon Critic

Gird your loins, friends. The first day of a nine-month marathon called the 2017-2018 syndicated game show season has begun.

And it starts with a new entry: "Funny You Should Ask", a comedy game show from Entertainment Studios. "Funny You Should Ask", hosted by former newscaster & "The Mole" host Jon Kelley, features comedians riffing on questions asked by contestants. It's been sold to CBS-owned WLNY New York and KCAL Los Angeles, Ellis Communications’ KDOC Los Angeles and Weigel’s WCIU Chicago. The show is cleared in two-year deals, equaling 260 episodes, covering both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. The show will launch both on broadcast TV in syndication and on Entertainment Studios’ cable network Comedy.TV.

In addition to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, Funny You Should Ask is cleared on stations owned by Sinclair, Scripps, Graham Media, Meredith, Mission, Londen, Sunbeam, Nexstar, Raycom and more.

Comedians appearing in the premiere week of episodes include Howie Mandel, Anthony Anderson, Tom Arnold, Louie Anderson, Sheryl Underwood, Cedric the Entertainer, Jon Lovitz, Maria Bamford and more.

“Funny You Should Ask is the perfect comedy game show for the entire family,” said Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios in a statement.

In addition, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" returns with all-new shows with the premiere of its 16th season in national syndication on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11. Originating from Caesars Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas, "Millionaire" continues to be the only program to offer a $1 million prize to each and every contestant as America's richest game show.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Millionaire" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life. In the show's classic format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines - Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and difficulty build with each question, along with the prize money. Since the show debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won more than $95 million.

Throughout the 2017-2018 season, "Millionaire" will bring back some of its most popular specialty weeks, such as "Whiz Kids" (featuring some of the smartest 10 to 15-year-old kids in the country) and "Victories for Veterans" (in appreciation of the incredible service members from our armed forces). In addition, several celebrities will appear as contestants on "Millionaire" during the season, playing for their favorite charitable organizations. Among those confirmed are actress Sherri Shepherd, actor/comedian Rob Riggle, chef Curtis Stone, "The Bachelor" Ben Higgins, "General Hospital" stars Laura Wright and Donnell Turner, and actor/"Entertainment Tonight" correspondent Cameron Mathison, as well as Las Vegas staples Wayne Newton, Penn & Teller and Piff the Magic Dragon. Also joining the line-up this season are fun and exciting new specialty weeks including "Beginner's Luck" (featuring contestants that are experiencing Las Vegas for the first time) and "Happy Couples" (in which engaged duos team up to win money for their impending nuptials).

The long-running "Wheel of Fortune" spins into its landmark 35th year in syndication with “Teacher’s Week.” All the contestants on America’s Game this week will be teachers spinning the Wheel and solving puzzles for cash and prizes.

To add to the excitement of this anniversary season, contestants going to the Bonus Round will select the category of their puzzle from three options. The category options will vary from episode to episode. And to coincide with the 35th anniversary season, the minimum cash prize in the Bonus round has been raised to $35,000.

The show’s “$5K Every Day” Sweepstakes has been retired to make way for a bigger sweepstakes prize. In its place, Wheel Watchers Club members will want to pay specific attention to the Mystery Round. During Season 35, if the $10,000 Mystery Wedge is won by a contestant, then the SPIN ID of a loyal viewer will be revealed, giving them the chance to also win $10,000.

“Reaching our 35th anniversary season is a testament to the popularity of Pat Sajak, Vanna White and this simple, engaging game of hangman with prizes,” said Executive Producer Harry Friedman. “Instead of making this a season of self-congratulation, we’re giving our loyal viewers more game play, more fun, and more ways to win.”

Fans can once again look forward to the show’s annual “Secret Santa Holiday Giveaway.” This popular sweepstakes gives viewers the chance to win everything a contestant wins, up to the million-dollar grand prize. To date, Wheel of Fortune has awarded nearly $2 million in cash and prizes to viewers through the Secret Santa promotion.

Season 35 will also see the return of popular Wheel of Fortune partnerships with top brands including one of the world’s most iconic, Disney. Worldwide guided tour company, Collette, will also return as a partner this season. Both partnerships will give contestants and viewers the chance to win trips to desirable destinations around the world.

The winner of the 2017 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show, "Jeopardy!" and its host, Alex Trebek, begins season 34 with more rapid-fire "answers and questions," challenging gameplay, and memorable contestant moments that are the hallmarks of "America's Favorite Quiz Show."

Season highlights include the latest editions of popular events, including the Tournament of Champions, College Championship and Teachers Tournament.

Also, throughout season 34, fans can look forward to the debut of new ways to play "Jeopardy!" at home or on the go. The "Jeopardy!" Skill for Amazon Alexa continues to grow in popularity, with more than a million players and counting, and "Teen Jeopardy!" and "Sports Jeopardy!" editions have recently been added to the platform. "Jeopardy! World Tour," the show's first-ever free-to-play mobile game (available on iOS and Android), invites players to test their knowledge with thousands of clues across a wide range of categories and compete against other members of the global "Jeopardy!" community and their friends.

Additionally, Mattel has debuted a "Jeopardy!" card game, now available for purchase, while a new console game from Ubisoft will launch in late 2017. Also, viewers can visit www.Jeopardy.com every weekday to play "J!6," the online game where users can play the sixth clue from each category in that day's show.

With 23 million viewers each week, "Jeopardy!" is the top-rated quiz show on television, and has won several awards and distinctions over the course of its 30-plus years on the air, including the 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show. The show holds a Guinness World Records mark for the most Emmy Awards won by a TV game show (34); it is also the recipient of a 2011 Peabody Award.

Rounding out the premieres is season 19 of "Family Feud". Since its 1999 revival, the Feud has returned to the top of the ranks in all of syndicated game shows on the shoulders of Steve Harvey, which has reinvigorated the long-running franchise. The show will return to Los Angeles for the new season.

Harvey premiered on Feud in September 2010 and it’s been an upward climb ever since. In the week ended Aug. 20, Family Feud was the second highest-rated program in syndication, behind only CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy at a 6.2 live-plus-same-day rating in households. It’s been the top-rated game show for more than a year, overturning CTD’s long-running champ Wheel of Fortune. But more importantly, Family Feud is first-run syndication’s highest-rated show among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54 — and second only to Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory overall — averaging a 3.1 season to date.

The Futon Critic
Niagara Frontier
B&C
Time
Multichannel News

posted 9/11/17

Dunk Tank: The Game Show
"Cash or Splash" Shopped Worldwide
From Worldscreen

Global Agency is gearing up to launch the original prime-time quiz show Cash or Splash to the international television market.

Cash or Splash looks on as contestants compete to protect their $1 million cash prize and avoid getting dropped into freezing water during a seven-question game. The format is already airing successfully on TRT in Turkey. The four-season show has a total of 80 episodes.

Izzet Pinto, the CEO of Global Agency, remarked: “We’re thrilled to be bringing another exciting and funny competition to our market with Cash or Splash. The format has already proved itself in Turkey with its huge success both in television and also with the social media engagements. Cash or Splash is a very amusing and breathtaking format because the contestants are always at unease, not knowing when and if they will fall into the cold water. There is a lot of tension in it. We are eager to bring this show to audiences around the world.”

Worldscreen
C21 Media

posted 9/11/17

Celebrity Big Brother Coming to America
CBS Greenlights Spinoff
From The Futon Critic

CBS today announced it will broadcast its first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER. The special winter edition will feature multiple episodes per week during a concentrated run and include the series' signature Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions and live evictions. Julie Chen will host.

CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network's subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, will again share all the action from inside the house with its 24/7 live feed. Also, Pop TV will provide fans the exclusive live television broadcast of BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK, an unfiltered late-night feed from inside the house. Additional details regarding scheduling and casting will be announced at a later date.

The celebrity edition of the series is in addition to BIG BROTHER's milestone 20th season that will be broadcast in summer 2018.

"BIG BROTHER has been dominating pop culture throughout its 19 seasons, and it is exciting to grow the franchise with the first-ever celebrity edition in the U.S.," said executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan. "Celebrities will be under the watchful eye of the Big Brother c

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World

posted 9/8/17

THURSDAY: Finally... Football
NBC Beats All Comers
From The Futon Critic

NBC (19.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1) rocketed to the top spot on Thursday with its primetime coverage of "NFL Kickoff 2017" (13.700 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.4, #3), "Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (21.426 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.1, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (20.657 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.2, #1).

A distant silver then went to CBS (4.918 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.566 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Mom" (5.155 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "Big Brother 19" (6.133 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "Zoo" (2.761 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was FOX (2.242 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.481 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "Love Connection" (2.003 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.514 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.983 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) followed by the season finales of "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.440 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "The Gong Show" (2.120 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.294 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.431 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.193 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.122 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.546m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 826k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 418k
- Divided - 9p (GSN): 247k
- Divided - 9:30p (GSN): 240k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/8/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Angry Tom Brady's Angry Face Is Angry"

  • Kelly Clarkson, 15 years after winning "American Idol", reveals she would've rather not win (Reality TV World)
     

  • Turns out Peter Kraus was not ready for commitment, says Millsy (Reality TV World)
     

  • Julie Chen is shocked... SHOCKED... that people are just now thinking that Paul is running the show (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jeopardy!: a history (Cleveland.com)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: The Four (The Futon Critic)
     

  • MasterChef cruise announces "Premium Programming" (Broadway World)
     

  • Bruce Forsyth scores a goal in '74 (Chronicle Live)

posted 9/7/17

Arie Luyendyk Jr. Is Back, Ladies...
Season 8 Runner-Up is the New "Bachelor"
From TV Line

Emily Maynard’s ex is ready to wear his heart on his sleeve (again).

It what turned out to be the verbal equivalent of a shrug emoji, ABC on Thursday morning revealed that Bachelorette Season 8 runner-up Arie Luyendyk Jr. will be The Bachelor for Season 22, premiering at midseason. The announcement — which came on the heels of last week’s delayed reveal, and after a series of teasey tweets by series creator Mike Fleiss — was made on Good Morning America.

A 35-year-old auto racing driver, Luyendyk Jr. vied for Maynard’s hand in 2012, but she ultimately chose Jef Holm. At the time, Maynard opted to forgo her final date with Luyendyk Jr., instead telling him that her heart belonged to Holm. Three months later, Maynard and Holm called off their engagement.

Luyendyk Jr.’s casting comes nearly a week after the new Bachelor was first expected to be announced on the Sept. 1 GMA. At the time, Bachelorette Season 13 runner-up Peter Kraus was considered a shoo-in, but Fleiss took to social media earlier this week to reveal that Kraus would “probably not” get a second chance at finding small-screen love, after all.

Emily Maynard and Sean Lowe from The Bachelorette's eighth season are apparently thrilled about Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s new The Bachelor gig.

Shortly after ABC announced Arie, a professional auto racing driver turned real estate agent from Scottsdale, AZ, has been named The Bachelor star for Season 22 on Good Morning America, Emily and close pal Sean expressed their support.

"I can't think of a better person to be The Bachelor than Arie and I've been hoping this day would come since Season 8 ended!" Emily, 31, told Us Weekly. "He's a gentleman through and through and all the girls on his season are lucky to have him."

"I'll be wishing him nothing but the best because that's absolutely what he deserves!" Emily added of Arie.

Meanwhile, Sean -- who is currently married to his final The Bachelor pick, Catherine Giudici, with one child -- became friends with Arie on Season 8 of The Bachelorette and apparently believes the franchise's latest star is the perfect choice.

"It's about time! Couldn't have picked a better guy," Sean tweeted Thursday.

TV Line
Broadway World
Reality TV World
Reality TV World

posted 9/7/17

WEDNESDAY: No Contest... Well, TWO Contests...
NBC Wins, Fox Comes in a Close Second in the Demo
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.351 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the competition on Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (11.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Marlon" (5.475 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), another "Marlon" (3.686 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and the special season finale of "Hollywood Game Night" (2.791 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

FOX (3.799 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) was a close second with its mainstay "MasterChef" (3.799 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Third then went to CBS (4.337 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Big Brother 19" (6.323 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Salvation" (3.482 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) plus a repeat "Criminal Minds" (3.207 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.517 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.037 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Speechless" (2.326 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Modern Family" (2.815 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.634 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "Modern Family" (2.315 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and another "The Goldbergs" (1.977 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.774 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise rounded out the night with "Arrow" (0.774 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "Supernatural" (0.775 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.080m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 757k
- Signed (VH1): 744k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Reality TV World
Reality TV World

posted 9/7/17

TUESDAY: Got Another Win
NBC Scores on Another "AGT" Stunner
From Deadline

There was a lot of singing last night as America’s Got Talent (2.5/10) kicked off its semifinals in the post-Labor Day broadcast. Of course, there was a bit of magic too courtesy of contestant Eric Jones, and those ratings that have seen NBC take the Tuesday summer top spot fifteen times in a row.

Overall, the Comcast-owned net saw the fast affiliates for AGT down a tenth from the final numbers of its August 29 show, which had been adjusted down from its early numbers. With 13.02 million sets of eyeballs last night, the competition show held on to 99% of its viewership from last week. As things stand, last night’s 18-49 results are a seven-week low for AGT, but with the show commonly adjusted in later numbers that could certainly change.

With Hollywood Game Night (1.1/5) up 10% among adults 18-49, NBC easily won both the demo and viewership top spots with a 2.1/8 rating and 10.23 million tuning in – the former is more than what ABC and encore filled CBS and FOX snagged all together among the 18-49s.

On the Disney-owned net, a one-hour Bachelor In Paradise (1.2/5) was down a tenth from last week’s two-hour show. Those demo numbers for BiP were still pretty good but in viewership the series hit a season high of 4.44 million. The audience uptick kept going for ABC as Somewhere Between (0.4/2) rose 12% in viewers to an all-time high of 1.9 million, following black-ish repeats. Among the 18-49s, Somewhere Between was the same as its August 29 show.

On cable...
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 1.005m
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 828k
- Chopped (Food): 828k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 496k
- Face Off: Game Face (Syfy): 462k

Deadline
The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/6/17


ABC/BBC Worldwide
Let's Go Dancing!
Your Official Lineup PLUS a Fantasy League
From The Futon Critic

"Dancing with the Stars" is gearing up to celebrate its 25th season, and the new celebrity cast are sparkling up their wardrobe, breaking in their dancing shoes and readying themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the season kicks off on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. This season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes a "Shark," a married couple whose pro partners are also a married couple, a "Pretty Little Liar," a "Property Brother," an 80s pop icon, a WWE superstar and a NBA champion, among others.

Additionally, ABC is launching the first-ever official Dancing with the Stars Fantasy League on September 6 on abc.com/dfl. The game allows players to predict which couple will win the season and take home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Players earn points for correct predictions, and each point is an entry into the grand-prize drawing for a chance to win a trip for four to Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii and other exclusive prizes. Beginning September 19, fans can also play the weekly game to earn more points and chances to win. Each week, players choose three couples they predict will earn the highest scores in that week's episode(s). Each point the couples earn on the show is another entry towards the Grand Prize and First Prize sweepstakes.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities with their professional dance partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are:

· Barbara Corcoran ("Shark Tank") with Keo Motsepe
· singer Debbie Gibson with Alan Bersten
· NBA player/analyst Derek Fisher with Sharna Burgess
· Drew Scott ("Property Brothers") with Emma Slater
· Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle") with Witney Carson
· Jordan Fisher (Broadway's "Hamilton") with Lindsay Arnold
· violinist Lindsey Stirling with Mark Ballas
· singer/TV host Nick Lachey with Peta Murgatroyd
· WWE Diva Nikki Bella with Artem Chigvintsev
· Sasha Pieterse ("Pretty Little Liars") with Gleb Savchenko
· NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens with Cheryl Burke
· actress Vanessa Lachey with Maks Chmerkovskiy
· Paralympian Victoria Arlen with Val Chmerkovskiy

Based on the popularity of its recently launched The Bachelor and The Bachelorette Fantasy Leagues, ABC is now launching the first-ever official Dancing with the Stars Fantasy League today at ABC.com/DFL. The game allows players to predict which couple will win the season and take home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Players earn points for a correct prediction, and each point is an entry into the grand prize drawing for a chance to win a trip for four to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai'I, and other exclusive prizes. Players can modify their Mirrorball picks until Monday, October 9, at 4:59 p.m. PDT/7:59 pm EDT.

Beginning September 19, fans can also play the weekly game to earn more points and chances to win. Each week, players choose three couples they predict will earn the highest scores in that week's episode(s). Each point the couples earn on the show is another entry towards the Grand Prize and First Prize sweepstakes. Weekly games lock Mondays at 4:59 p.m. PDT/7:59 p.m. EDT. The Dancing with the Stars Fantasy League sweepstakes is open to legal U.S. residents, 18 or older. No purchase is necessary to play. See Official Rules at ABC.com/DFL for full details.

The 25th season of "Dancing with the Stars" will have its season premiere on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT).

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline

posted 9/6/17

"Jeopardy!" Returns MONDAY
More on Season 34
From The Niagara Frontier

For knowledge junkies around the country, there is only one fall television premiere that matters: "Jeopardy!" kicks off its 34th season in syndication Monday, Sept. 11.

For more information, visit www.Jeopardy.com.

Niagara Frontier

posted 9/6/17

SYNDIES: Week 50
Result for the Week Ending Augusts 27
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy continued to show the rest of syndication no mercy, easily overruling all rivals in the session ending Aug. 27. Judy rose to a nosebleed-level 6.8 live-with-same-day national Nielsen rating, with more than 9.6 million daily viewers, its biggest rating since the May sweep, and was the No. 1 show in syndication for the 11th time in 12 weeks.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3 NC
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 0.9** -10%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 9/6/17

Playing the Percentages
Alex Horne, Tim Key Host Pilot for Avalon
From British Comedy Guide

Alex Horne and Tim Key have hosted the pilot episode of a new TV quiz show.

Producers explain: "The Percentage Game is a brand new light-hearted quiz and our panel of one hundred people will be on hand to help Alex and Tim demonstrate and explain various facts and statistics about the world."

The pilot is being overseen by Avalon, the production company that also makes Taskmaster, the hit format devised by Alex Horne on which Tim Key acts as a consultant.

In this new show, Horne acts as the host, with Key as his 'assistant'.

Horne previously ran The Percentage Game as a show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014. The two performances were labelled "Part game, part social study, one hundred percent fun."

The pilot episode, recorded at Kings Place in London this afternoon (Wednesday 6th September), involves a panel of 100 vegetarians.

It is not currently known which channel the project is aimed at, but further information will be revealed if the programme is commissioned.

It is a busy year for Alex Horne. Taskmaster returns to TV next week, and he is also working on The Button - a family-friendly entertainment show for BBC One.

British Comedy Guide

posted 9/6/17

WEEKEND: Tackled
ABC, CBS Draw Sunday; "Candy Crush" Goes Out on a Whimper
From The Futon Critic

Sunday, ABC (4.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ with "The ABC Fall Preview Special" (2.802 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "College Football: West Virginia at Virginia Tech" (4.443 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

CBS (4.766 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.925 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Big Brother 19" (5.600 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.076 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and another "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.466 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was FOX (2.749 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its special coverage of "College Football: Texas A&M at UCLA" (2.749 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

And finally, NBC (2.060 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) rounded out the night with "Do Your Job Part 2: Bill Belichick and the 2016 Patriots" (1.489 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) followed by encores of "America's Got Talent" (2.204 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.274 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6).

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.110m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.099m

Saturday's two-hour finale of "Candy Crush" went out with a thud, averaging 1.309 million.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/6/17

Jonathan Ross Catches a "Star"
ITV Plots Pilot
From ATV Today

Jonathan Ross is to present a pilot game show for ITV.

Guess The Star combines celebrity performances with iconic disguises and a great ‘play along at home’ guessing game.

Joining Jonathan are three celebrity teams, Team Diversity, Jordan Banjo, Perri Kiely and Sam Craske, Team Coronation Street, Anthony Cotton, Catherine Tyldesley and Sally Dynevor and Team Daytime Eamonn Holmes, Stacey Solomon, Judge Rinder who will be competing against each other to try and guess the famous face hidden under the guises.

Well known stars will be transformed and perform as their favorite pop or music star as the three celebrity teams are challenged to Guess The Star behind the iconic disguise.

Each well-known personality will undergo a total makeover in order to flummox the competitors. They will mime to a pop classic in a bid to emulate their heroes. Meanwhile, the three teams, aided by a couple of helpful clues, compete against each other to work out who the performance is supposed to be.

ATV Today
Telly Mix

posted 9/6/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "For America"

  • Jerry Springer mulling a run for governor of Ohio (WOSU Columbus)
     

  • Chris Harrison lives the dream... as a Sportscenter anchor (Broadway World)
     

  • Peter Kraus "will probably not be the next Bachelor". Thanks for that, Mike (TV Line)
     

  • James Corden to be named the first winner of the Rose d'Or Entertainer of the Year (Irish News)
     

  • Anna Trebunskaya gives birth to a bouncing baby boy (Reality TV World)
     

  • MasterChef cruise announces "Premium Programming" (Broadway World)
     

  • Bruce Forsyth scores a goal in '74 (Chronicle Live)

posted 9/6/17

MONDAY: Warrior Mentality
NBC Wins Labor Day
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.169 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) edged out the competition on Monday with new episodes from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.230 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Midnight, Texas" (3.046 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

A close second then went to ABC (3.893 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.425 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and a repeat "To Tell the Truth" (2.829 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.260 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.905 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "CBS Fall Preview" (5.211 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Mom" (3.919 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Life in Pieces" (3.423 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Scorpion" (3.552 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.567 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) served up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.567 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.887 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "Supergirl" (0.938 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Hooten & The Lady" (0.837 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

The Futon Critic

posted 9/5/17

(WHISTLE!)
Holly Willoughby's "Play to the Whistle" to Play Its Last
From Digital Spy

Play to the Whistle is facing the chop after three series on screen.

The sports-based game show, fronted by Holly Willoughby, Frank Lampard and Bradley Walsh, started on ITV back in 2015.

Actor and comedian Romesh Ranganathan also served as a long-running panellist on the game show, whose celebrity guests included sports stars such as Peter Crouch and Ashley Cole, as well as Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness.

However, it was initially slated by some viewers for perceived similarities to James Corden's popular Sky One series A League of their Own, and ratings have fallen since its launch.

Play to the Whistle drew an audience of over 3.5 million viewers at its peak, but this fell by more than 2 million to just 1.43 million for an episode in the most recent series.

The Sun reports the regular series is getting the chop due to the busy schedules of its stars, and this is fairly plausible. However, the possibility of special episodes around big sporting events like the World Cup hasn't been ruled out.

Digital Spy has reached out to ITV, who declined to comment.

The Play to the Whistle regulars have a busy few months ahead. Yesterday, it was announced Dancing on Ice would be coming back to screens and Holly Willoughby would be returning as co-host in between her regular presenting job on ITV's This Morning.

Digital Spy
The List
Entertainment Daily

posted 9/5/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You Can't Wait Until the Announcement, Can You?"

  • "Dancing with the Stars" has its official cast announcement tomorrow morning, but here's a leak (TV Line) and another (Reality TV World) and one more (Broadway World)
     

  • Jamie Foxx joins Harvey relief special September 12 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Luke Bryan is THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS close to being the second "American Idol" reboot judge (Reality TV World)
     

  • DeMario Jackson not finished with his clap backs (Reality TV World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: "Cash Explosion" returns... and the Internet is not happy (WKYC Cleveland)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Richard Osman's House of Games (Metro)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen, John Legend... nerd out on their vacation (KUSA Denver)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Steve Harvey (Parade)
     

  • Bruce Forsyth laid to rest (RTE)

posted 9/5/17


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