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Beast On!
Complete Season of "Ultimate Beastmaster" Drops on Netflix Friday
From the Futon Critic

Can't wait for this week's launch of the Netflix original global competition series Ultimate Beastmaster? Join Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Charissa Thompson and over 100 elite athletes from around the globe to find out who lives up to the hype.

All 10 episodes of Ultimate Beastmaster's first season will launch globally on Netflix on February 24.

Ultimate Beastmaster is the first international competition series of its kind with six customized local versions featuring local languages, competitors and hosts from each competing country. Those countries are: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the U.S, The series is produced by Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Grudge Match) and Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser, Strong).

The 10-episode event series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, in total. Each hour-long episode will feature 12 competitors, two from each country, who will take their shot at running one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised, "The Beast." At the end of each episode, a 'Beastmaster' will be crowned and in the final episode of the season, the nine individual winners from each episode will compete against each other for the chance for one contestant to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

The Futon Critic
Daily Star
The Guardian
Broadway World

posted 2/24/17

THURSDAY: The Week of Splits Continues
This Time, It's ABC and CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.838 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) staked another claim to the demo crown on Thursday with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "How to Get Away with Murder" (5.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and the season finale of "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.837 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

CBS (6.916 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.224 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.452 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Mom" (7.511 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (5.974 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Training Day" (3.669 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

Next up was NBC (4.014 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with originals from "Superstore" (3.539 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Powerless" (2.296 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), a special "The Blacklist" (4.923 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and the premiere of "The Blacklist: Redemption" (4.202 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (3.821 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "My Kitchen Rules" (2.198 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.621 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Riverdale" (0.965 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.293 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable:
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.076k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 971k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 967k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 505k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 500k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 477k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 460k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 451k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 450k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/24/17

Live Quickfire!
Season Finale of Top Chef This Thursday!
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" is partnering with the Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" contest to serve fans the first-ever live Quickfire Challenge Thursday, March 2 at 8:35pm ET ahead of the "Top Chef" season finale at 9pm ET/PT. Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi will host the special event alongside Top Chef Masters alum Art Smith, who serves as judge, as two surprise season 14 cheftestants go head-to-head in real time to craft a mouthwatering, prize-worthy dish. Fans can watch the delicious drama unfold through a Facebook Live special presentation on the official Top Chef page and on bravotv.com's "The Feast," the network's food-focused digital destination.

"Top Chef" has teamed up with Lay's for its iconic "Do Us a Flavor" contest which asks fans for their flavor ideas and - for the first-time ever - the story or inspiration behind them for the chance to win $1 million. The contest is the inspiration behind this special, live Quickfire Challenge. Starting today, fans are invited to vote for a special selection of flavor mashups on bravotv.com, including blueberries and corn, sriracha and peanut butter, foie gras and cotton candy, and more surprising blends. The winning combination will inspire the ingredients used in the first-ever live "Top Chef" Quickfire Challenge brought to you by Lay's "Do Us a Flavor."

Padma Lakshmi will host the live Quickfire challenge as the cheftestants use their culinary skills, flavorful personalities and winning flavor mashup as ingredients to impress judge Art Smith. Viewers can watch and comment in real time as the competition heats up live from Los Angeles. After a winner has been named, fans will have the opportunity to relive the culinary competition on bravotv.com's "The Feast" where they can view the special event and find craveable content tied to the winning dish, including recipe inspiration, photo galleries and more.

Immediately following the live Quickfire Challenge, fans can tune in for the on-air "Top Chef" Season 14 finale to see who wins the ultimate honor of being named "Top Chef." The final two chefs face-off in Mexico to serve the best meal of their lives and earn the coveted title of Top Chef. The finalists will cook an epic multi-course progressive meal with the help of three sous chefs, comprised of two eliminated chefs and one from their restaurants back home. The pressure is on as only one chef can win. The chefs must impress a dining room filled with their families, returning judges Graham Elliot and Gail Simmons, and distinguished chefs Joachim Splichal, Jonathan Waxman, Martha Ortiz, Jonathan Sawyer, Daniel Boulud and FOOD & WINE's Nilou Motamed.

Those who want even more fun from Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" contest can head to www.Lays.com now through March 19 to submit their flavor suggestions. To submit, fans will be asked to "pitch" their flavor idea through a video, photo and/or a written inspiration. Submissions will also include the flavor name, up to three ingredients and optional bag customization.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/24/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Age Ain't Nothing but Survival"

  • Jeff Probst reveals battle to cast "Game Changers" (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • "Dancing with the Stars" announces its cast Wednesday. Entertainment Tonight's speculation of said cast begins now (Entertainment Tonight) ... and Variety (Variety) ... and Variety again (Variety)
     

  • The Nintendo Switch has a new fan... and you can't see him... and his NAME IS JOHN CENA! (Mashable)
     

  • Ben Bailey plays the Binghamton Comedy Crawl (Binghamton Homepage)
     

  • Chuck Woolery tweets during CPAC... and it goes as expected (Spin)
     

  • Alec Baldwin's SNL sets a record (Broadway World)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Josh Darrow takes his "Millionaire" winnings and gives it to his community (Beliefnet)

posted 2/24/17

WEDNESDAY: Good News Bad News
CBS, ABC Split Low-Rated Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) won the demo race on Wednesday with new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (6.153 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Speechless" (5.291 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Modern Family" (6.692 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Black-ish" (5.366 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) plus the winter finale of "Match Game" (3.613 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

FOX (5.050 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a competitive second with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.171 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Star" (3.929 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Next up was NBC (5.428 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its trio of "Blindspot" (4.122 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.656 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.508 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.420 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes from "Hunted" (5.087 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (7.163 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Doubt" (4.012 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (1.538 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (1.004 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.271 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 953k
- Are You The One (MTV): 666k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 629k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 367k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 333k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/23/17

"Are You The One" Spins Off
MTV to Launch All Star Challenge
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced that after five seasons of epic hookups, breakups and drama, 10 fan-favorite perfect matches from previous seasons of "Are You The One?" are back for a second chance at love and cash in an all-new spinoff series, "Are You The One: All-Star Challenge." The new series premieres Wednesday, March 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, one week after the shocking March 15 season finale of "Are You the One?".

"Are You the One: All-Star Challenge" will bring these perfect matches together again and test all aspects of their relationships. The twist? This time, not everyone will win together; it's every couple for themselves. The perfect matches will compete in challenges designed to test the strength of their bonds. Each week, successful couples will be rewarded with money and one match will be sent packing until the definitive "All-Star" couple is crowned.

The name of the game:

· The matches' compatibility is tested in relationship-focused missions like traveling as a couple, making sacrifices, managing money, communication and more.

· The more missions each match wins, the more they learn about each other and the more money they bank.

· Each week, the match in last place enters "The Choice," where they must individually decide between stealing their winnings earned until that point and going home, or sharing their jackpot and staying in the game.

Over the first five seasons of "Are You The One?", 52 perfect matches were made, but that was just the beginning. From those who fell in love, to those who insist they're only friends, to pairs who never got the chance to explore their connections; the science doesn't lie, there is something perfect between these matches. "Are You The One: All-Star Challenge" will give these couples a second chance to explore their connection and try to win money at the same time.

Meet the "All-Stars" cast:
Shanley + Adam (Season 1)
Ellie + Nathan (Season 2)
Devin + Rashida (Season 3)
Mikala + Cameron (Season 4)
Kaylen + Asaf (Season 4)
Tori + Morgan (Season 4)
Francesca + Giovanni (Season 4)
3 TBA Couples (Season 5)

Breakout "Real World" star, Karamo Brown, will make his return to the MTV family as host of "Are You The One: All-Star Challenge." Karamo was first introduced to the world in 2004 as a housemate on the hit MTV reality series, "Real World: Philadelphia" and was the first openly gay African American in the history of reality TV.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/23/17

TUESDAY: This Is A Good Finish
CBS, NBC Split Night. Again.
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Tuesday with the season finale of "The Wall" (5.903 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) followed by new episodes of "This Is Us" (9.373 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

CBS (11.555 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (14.688 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), "Bull" (10.561 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.416 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.710 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.257 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "American Housewife" (5.176 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.798 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Real O'Neals" (2.914 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.059 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.613 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) served up new episodes from "New Girl" (2.289 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "The Mick" (2.390 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Bones" (2.887 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (2.747 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.671 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) closed out the night on The CW (2.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.070m
- Chopped (Food): 1.052m
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 760k
- Face Off (Syfy): 733k
- The Game of Dating (TV One): 220k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/22/17


Facebook/WSNJ
JIM WILLIAMS: 1984-2017
"Game Show Garbage" Correspondent Produced WLTI Podcast
From GSNN Staff

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of one of our own.

Jim Williams, producer and panelist of the podcast version of "We Love to Interrupt" from its inception for SpectrumOne and GSNN, died yesterday after a lengthy battle with pancreatitis. He was 32 years old.

Jim came to the fandom as a correspondent for "Game Show Garbage" and was instrumental in giving this site a voice in podcast form with the launch of the audio version of "WLTI", then called "WLTI Live". He was already a producer and co-host of many SpectrumOne podcasts including "The BS Big Show", "The North American Wrestling Connection", and his labor of love, "Touch'em All".

Outside of the game show community, Jim was a familiar voice to all of South Jersey as a fixture as voice of the many athletic programs of his beloved Cumberland County College Dukes, as well as over the air on LIFT FM, Hy Lit Radio, WSNJ AM, the Atlantic City Surf, and Frat House Sports.

His encyclopedic knowledge of all things baseball and game shows was as infectious as his positive demeanor and indomitable spirit.

Jim is survived by his mother, two brothers, several aunts, several cousins, and countless friends. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming, and a GoFundMe has been set up to alleviate the cost to the family. In lieu of flowers, the family and friends ask that you consider a donation.

Words escape us as to the profound effect Jim has had on all our lives at GSNN. We have lost a colleague, and everyone in your presence has lost a friend. Our sadness and grief will be palpable with all of us for a while yet. We love you, Jim. We'll miss you.

GoFundMe

posted 2/22/17

SYNDIES: Week 22
Results for the Week Ending February 12
From TV Newscheck

Family Feud and Judge Judy were easily the two highest-rated shows in syndication and took major Nielsen honors in the session ending Feb. 12, a frame that included the first complete week of the important February sweep.

Feud hit a series best, while daytime queen Judy earned its second highest number of the season for the second week in a row, almost five rating point ahead of the No. 2 court show.

Feud added 4% to a 7.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, topping the game shows for the 42nd straight frame.

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) 7.7* +4%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.0 +1%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 +1%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.5* +7%

TV Newscheck

posted 2/22/17

Canada Gets Its "Bake-Off"
CBC to Launch "Great Canadian Baking Show"
From Worldscreen

CBC has commissioned an 8×1-hour Canadian version of the hit format The Great British Bake Off.

The Great Canadian Baking Show will launch on CBC in the fall. Proper Television is producing in association with CBC and Love Productions. The original British version will also air on CBC this summer as The Great British Baking Show.

“The Great Canadian Baking Show will deliver a distinctly homegrown take on this global television phenomenon, which audiences just can’t get enough of,” said Jennifer Dettman, executive director of unscripted content at CBC. “We’re thrilled to partner with Proper to give amateur Canadian bakers a platform to tell their diverse stories and showcase their extraordinary talents on a national stage.”

World Screen
Realscreen
680 News

posted 2/22/17

Star Power Invades "Price Is Right"
It's Celebrity Week All Week!
From AV Club

Game shows are more dangerous than you think they are.

At least, that's what Jack Black is probably thinking after he appeared on The Price is Right on Monday. The actor, fresh off a successful Sundance trip, joined the show for its Celebrity Charity Week (playing for the Society of Women Engineers) and seemed super stoked to be there. But he was not nearly as excited as one over-enthusiastic contestant.

During the Showcase Showdown Black waved a contestant named Andrew over for a celebratory high five after a big moment, but it seems Andrew does not know his own strength, and his hand ricocheted off Black's and straight into his head. Don't worry, Black himself said he was "OK," and Andrew apologized profusely. Host Drew Carey, meanwhile, can be heard cackling the entire time.

Celebrity Week continues with Wilmer Valderrama ("NCIS"), Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night"), Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), and Chris O'Donnell ("NCIS Los Angeles")

USA Today
AV Club
The Comeback
CarterMatt
Chicago Tribune

posted 2/22/17

Supermarket Superstars
Catch "Guy's Grocery Games" Tournament March 12
From the Futon Critic

Beginning on Sunday, March 12th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network, Guy Fieri invites 16 of the greatest Triple-G winners back to compete on an epic five-week special competition of Guy's Grocery Games: Supermarket Masters Tournament. This elite group has mastered the aisle games before, but this time their skills will be tested in new challenges with the most unforgettable twists the Flavortown Market has ever seen! Troy Johnson, Marc Murphy, and Aarti Sequeira will decide which chef is in the express checkout lane of the competition. Only one chef will advance in each round of the tournament, winning $10,000 and a coveted spot in the final episode. The four finalists who make it to the grand finale will face-off for a shot at the biggest final shopping spree in Triple-G history - $25,000!

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to get the inside scoop on the competition, go behind the scenes, take quizzes and watch video highlights. Plus, they can also join the conversation using #GroceryGames.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/22/17

MONDAY: Bachelor Beats Ninjas
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

"The Bachelor" (7.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) continued its demo reign on Monday as ABC (6.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) led the night. Leading out of the telecast was a new "Quantico" (2.573 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

CBS (6.786 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) was the most-watched network with its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.290 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Man with a Plan" (6.692 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Superior Donuts" (6.675 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (5.782 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Scorpion" (7.137 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was NBC (4.574 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and its special "American Ninja Warrior: All Stars" (5.191 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) alongside the season finale of "Timeless" (3.342 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.097 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "24: Legacy" (4.400 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "APB" (3.794 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (2.236 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.097 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the night for The CW (1.666 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.558m
- Billy on the Street (S/truTV): 215k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/22/17

WEEKEND: "Truth" Set Free
ABC, CBS Split Low-Rated Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.919 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on a low key Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.353 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), the feature "Tangled" (3.755 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and the winter finale of "To Tell the Truth" (2.811 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

CBS (7.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the most-watched network with "60 Minutes" (10.249 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), a preview of "The Good Fight" (7.163 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and new episodes of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.479 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "Elementary" (5.046 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.747 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with repeats of "Son of Zorn" (0.981 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "The Simpsons" (1.288 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) followed by new episodes from "The Simpsons" (2.460 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), the season finale of "Son of Zorn" (1.573 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) plus "Family Guy" (2.245 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.938 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, a repeat of "Dateline NBC" (3.596 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and the special "The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary" (4.400 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) closed out the night on NBC (4.199 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.663m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.402m
- Cake Wars: Champs (Food): 908k

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 243k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/22/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Get Your Blank Off"

  • TODAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: RuPaul's Drag Race launches "Snatch Game" (Decider)
     

  • Debra DiGiovanni to blank it up in Sarnia, Ontario (Sarnia Observer)
     

  • Nick Viall gets double the fantasy as ABC doubles up on Fantasy Suite episodes (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chad Johnson calls Nick boring, while revealing that he played Mr. Steal Yo Girl with Corinne Olympios (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Mythbusters: The Search" will end with a bang... LIVE... this Saturday (The Futon Critic)

posted 2/22/17

MTV, An Island, a Group of Contestants, and $1 Million
"Stranded with a Million Dollars" Premieres Tonight
From Monsters & Critics

MTV’s new reality gameshow series Stranded With a Million Dollars (premiering tonight at 10p) sees 10 contestants who are total strangers left on an island with, yup, you guessed it $1million.

Those cast members that manage to survive for 40 days get to keep the cash, but there’s a twist. During their stay they have to buy supplies to keep alive and give themselves shelter.

And these items are seriously expensive, like $10,000 for a machete, $30,000 for a tent, and $1,000 for a bottle of water. So during their time on the island they have to decide between them how best to spend — or save — their cash, so they have as much left over as possible for whoever manages to survive.

What makes it even more difficult is that every purchase needs be made by vote, with a majority needed to go through with it.

There are also ‘Temptations’, where individuals get the chance to use the group’s cash to buy personal things. This is obviously a massive recipe for conflict.

Monsters & Critics

posted 2/21/17

@midnight @sxsw
Live Show Heads to Austin, Facebook Live
From the Futon Critic

FTW! Comedy Central's Emmy(R) Award-winning interactive late-night series, "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" has partnered with Austin's yearly SXSW festival for a live show on Friday, March 10 to air exclusively on Facebook Live during the film/interactive portion of the festival. Doors open at 7 P.M. CT and the show begins at 8 P.M. CT at the ACL Live. "@midnight with Chris Hardwick Live" is free to all with SXSW wristbands and Interactive, Film or Platinum badge holders and features special guest panelists Tom Lennon, Whitney Cummings and Nick Swardson battling for points in Texas.

"@midnight with Chris Hardwick," the Emmy(R) Award-winning multiplatform late night series, celebrates everything the internet dishes up on a nightly basis by taking on the best pop culture moments that the worlds of social and digital have to offer. During each episode, Hardwick leads three panelists through a series of meme-worthy topics in a fast-paced survey of the day online. The world's best comedic minds compete against each other in segments like Etsy Pitchmen, Buzzspeed, Panderdome and our signature Hashtag Wars, skewering how pop and politics use and abuse social media, as they vie to win the Internet.

The Futon Critic
The Interrobang

posted 2/21/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "MC Trebek"

  • Rapping... Just one more talent Alex Trebek has to offer (Independent Journal Review)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: because you wanted to be the very best (game show host), like no one ever was (The Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • Bradley Walsh almost had to show Shaun Wallace what for for jumping the gun. You do NOT COME TO HIS HOUSE WITH THAT MESS (Entertainment Daily) PLUS his CD gets a gold album (Belfast Telegraph)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Beat Shazam looking for players (RealityWanted)
     

  • Marty Whelan & Sinead Kennedy had to call in lawyers when a ball got stuck on the "Winning Streak" wheel. In other news: there's an Irish version of "The Big Spin" (Irish Independent)
     

  • "Hollywood Game Night" wins top honors for games at WGAs (B&C)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd to dance against each other next season. That's not awkward at all (Reality TV World)

posted 2/20/17


Games Gone By: All-Star Blitz
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

"Games Gone By..." finishes its run of "Hollywood Squares" clones with a show where the celebs were not IN the shapes, but just BELOW them. Oh, and they dragged poor Peter Marshall into this, too. Chris Wolvie delivers the hitz on "All-Star Blitz".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 2/20/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Happy President's Day"

  • Howie Mandel's Newport News performance canceled (Newport News Daily Press)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 games of love that came before AND after "The Bachelor" (The Inquisitr)
     

  • Ryan Seacrest's mansion catches fire (TMZ)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen: Asian models are "underrepresented" (Reality TV World)

posted 2/20/17


ABC
Rachel Lindsay Named the New "Bachelorette"
Woman Makes History as First African-American to Take the Role
From the Independent

After 33 seasons and years of mounting criticism, ABC has finally cast a black lead for it’s hit television show The Bachelorette.

Rachel Lindsay, a 31-year-old attorney from Texas and current contestant on The Bachelor, will be announced as the next Bachelorette on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, the Reality Steve website first reported. The news follows years of criticism over its lack of diversity.

Channing Dungey, the network’s entertainment president and first black woman to run a broadcast entertainment division, said that producers needed to start with booking more diverse candidates from the beginning of the series.

"It’s worked very well for us because the audiences feel really engaged [in choosing] that candidate" she said at the 2016 Television Critics Association's summer press tour. "What we’d like to do is broaden that. We need to increase the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning. That is something we really want to put some effort and energy toward."

An industry insider close to the show told Vulture that ABC didn’t mind spoiling Lindsey’s current run on The Bachelor as long as they got ahead of websites who work to spoil the show.

"We named her the Bachelorette early because weird TV calendar stuff is that The Bachelor runs right up to when we start taping The Bachelorette," Harrison continued. "Like, we're talking days [and] we're done. And [Rachel] goes further in the show and we're like, 'Well we need to let everybody know that Rachel's our Bachelorette. We would like to cast the show for her.'"

In other words, the earlier ABC reveals the next Bachelorette, the more time they have to cast the right men -- a solid group of suitors who are truly invested in finding love, particularly with Lindsay this season.

"We cast all year long, but like we did with Nick, it's easier with The Bachelor because the calendar is different leading into it," Harrison explained to Ripa. "But we wanted everyone to know it's Nick so we can find people that really want to be with Nick. And so we want to cast the show for Rachel, but we can't do that in two days."

And the plan makes sense because a source recently told Us Weekly, "The response has been amazing about Rachel. There's been a huge spike in casting. Rachel is open to different types of guys. So it'll be a mix of different types and races of guys for her season."

Harrison apologized to fans about "the timing" of the announcement several days ago on Instagram, saying he'd hate to ruin anything for Bachelor Nation, but he's so excited about casting Lindsay.

"I'm wondering why she's doing [the show]," Harrison said, as if she's too good for it. "She's beautiful, smart -- love her!"

The Independent
New York Daily News
TV Line
Broadway World
TV Line
Entertainment Tonight
Reality TV World

posted 2/17/17

THURSDAY: My Kitchen Still Sucks
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ for the fourth consecutive week with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.632 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (6.067 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.633 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (7.164 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.301 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1), "The Great Indoors" (8.112 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Mom" (7.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.206 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Training Day" (3.831 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Next up was NBC (4.590 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "Superstore" (3.622 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Powerless" (2.464 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Chicago Med" (6.054 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "The Blacklist" (4.674 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.923 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (3.709 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "My Kitchen Rules" (2.139 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, new episodes from "Supernatural" (1.825 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Riverdale" (1.119 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.471 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.075m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.041m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 920k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 466k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 408k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 366k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 342k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 321k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 319k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 286k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 284k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/17/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Not Awkward At All"

  • Gwen Stefani loves working with Blake Shelton on "The Voice" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Nathan Hageman's story gets even weirder in context (Daily Star)
     

  • ICYMI: we've seen the future of quizzing, and his name is Josh Darrow (Broadway World)
     

  • The MasterChef Junior Class of 2017 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • AND ONE FOR THE WEEKEND: we had a just short of a dozen good jokes about this story that we could have led with, but no pun in 10 did (Wired)

posted 2/17/17

Syfy Tries Cosplay Again
Yvette Nicole Brown Hosts "Cosplay Melee" March 21
From the Futon Critic

The world's most innovative cosplayers go head to head each week in Syfy's new transformation competition series COSPLAY MELEE - an epic showdown of creativity, eye popping costumes and one of a kind characters. Premiering on Tuesday, March 21 at 10/9c, the hour-long battle is hosted by actress and self-described "super fan girl" Yvette Nicole Brown ("The New Edition Story," "Community") and executive produced by Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin of Matador Content ("Lip Sync Battle").

Each week, four world class cosplayers compete to create not only intricate full-body costumes - but fully-formed characters that they must bring to life through their own realistic performance. Guiding and critiquing them are a panel of judges including world class cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp, and A-list costume creator, Christian Beckman ("The Hunger Games," "TRON: Legacy"). At the end of every episode, the winner will walk away with $10,000 ... and the right to claim cosplay supremacy.

"Cosplay is passion, artistry, engineering and theater all rolled into one," said Heather Olander, Senior Vice President, Alternative Development and Production at USA/Syfy. "At the intersection of the maker world and fandom, the incredible artists of COSPLAY MELEE will blow your minds with their transformational creations."

"As a huge fan of the creativity cosplayers bring to their craft, nothing makes me happier than having a front row seat for the amazing creations set to hit the COSPLAY MELEE runway," said host Brown. "These talented artists are going to shine!"

Best known for her roles on NBC's "Community" and having recently starred in "The New Edition Story," Brown began her television career on "Girlfriends" and currently stars as Dani on the reboot of "The Odd Couple." Previous film credits include "Little Black Book," "Tropic Thunder," "Meet Dave," "Dreamgirls" and more. Brown can also be seen peeking through prosthetic makeup as one of the Three Fates in the Percy Jackson sequel "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" and has lent her voice for several characters on the big and small screens, including roles on "Family Guy," "Pound Puppies" and, most recently, "Yellowbird."

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 2/16/17

Aaron Sanchez Joins "MasterChef"
New Season Bows This Summer
From the Futon Critic

Celebrated chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez will join Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi as the third judge throughout Season Eight of the hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF, premiering Summer 2017.

A James Beard Award-winning chef, Sánchez is chef/owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez, with locations in New Orleans and Baltimore. He co-starred on "Chopped" and "Chopped Junior," and is the author of two cookbooks - "Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours" and "La Comida del Barrio." An active philanthropist, Sánchez launched his own charity, the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund, empowering aspiring chefs from the Latin community to attend culinary school. An avid tattoo lover, he also is a partner in the world-famous ink shop "Daredevil Tattoo" in New York City.

Sánchez was a guest judge on Season Seven of MASTERCHEF and also will be featured in upcoming episodes of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season Five, airing Thursdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/16/17

WEDNESDAY: Midweek Split
CBS Takes Total, ABC Takes Demo
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.195 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) won the tight demo race on Wednesday with new episodes from "The Goldbergs" (6.462 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Speechless" (5.559 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Modern Family" (6.850 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Black-ish" (5.325 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Match Game" (3.488 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

FOX (5.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.308 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) and "Star" (4.142 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Next up was NBC (5.675 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its trio of "Blindspot" (4.313 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.171 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.542 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hunted" (5.371 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (7.324 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and the premiere of "Doubt" (5.291 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, fresh installments from "Arrow" (1.673 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "The 100" (1.066 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the night on The CW (1.369 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.055m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 968k
- Are You The One (MTV): 682k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 638k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 389k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 378k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 356k
- Are You The One: The Aftermatch (MTV): 319k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/16/17

More on "Kicking & Screaming"
Catch It On Fox March 9
From Broadway World

On the all-new comedic competition series KICKING & SCREAMING, debuting Thursday, March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, 10 pampered novices pack their bags for the jungles of Fiji, to face the wild with 10 survivalists and compete for a grand prize of $500,000. From executive producer Matt Kunitz ("Wipeout," "Fear Factor"), in association with Lionsgate Television, and hosted by Hannah Simone (NEW GIRL), the series drops these unlikely duos into the South Pacific, where they must work together in every way possible to overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather. To win the competition, THE EXPERTS will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line.

KICKING & SCREAMING is a new competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest challenges of their lives.

From executive producer Matt Kunitz ("Wipeout," "Fear Factor"), in association with Lionsgate Television, and hosted by Hannah Simone (NEW GIRL), the series drops these unlikely duos into a tropical jungle in Fiji, where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather.

While these no-nonsense survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, there's one thing for which none of their previous expeditions has prepared them: their teammates, who think "glamping" is roughing it. Among them are a former beauty pageant winner, a model and a professional gamer. To win the competition, and a cash prize of $500,000, THE EXPERTS will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line.

Produced by Pulse Creative's Matt Kunitz, in association with Lionsgate, KICKING & SCREAMING is created by Kunitz, David Shumsky and Mark Harris, and executive-produced by Kunitz and Anthony Dominici. Rebecca Shumsky Quinn developed the project and is a co-executive producer, along with Shumsky and Harris.

Broadway World

posted 2/16/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Bob on the Radio"

  • Bob Barker to guest host Animal Radio February 25 (All Access Music Group)
     

  • The Chasers sing & dance for Comic Relief (Digital Spy)
     

  • Charles Ingram's coughing fit on "Millionaire" inspires a play (iNews)
     

  • Why Michael Strahan didn't retire after the NFL (People)
     

  • Ben & Lauren... God bless'em, they're trying (Reality TV World)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd spent first Valentine's Day with their son (Reality TV World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The $100,000 Pyramid" heads to Atlanta this weekend (WSB Atlanta)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rachel Lindsay (People)

posted 2/16/17

TUESDAY: Flocking "The Wall"
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.134 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with new episodes of "The Wall" (5.726 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "This Is Us" (8.969 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (6.709 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

CBS (11.949 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (15.051 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Bull" (10.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (10.222 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.733 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.249 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "American Housewife" (5.273 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.637 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "The Real O'Neals" (2.893 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.174 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.640 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes from "New Girl" (2.135 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "The Mick" (2.473 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Bones" (2.975 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its special "Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within" (0.770 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and a repeat "The Flash" (0.709 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 836k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 816k
- Face Off (Sydy): 744k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 651k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 357k
- The Challenge Hall of Fame (MTV): 336k

Ratings for Game of Dating are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/15/17

Apple Reveals "Planet of the Apps"
Trailer Drops
From Phone Arena

In case you missed it, Apple is producing a new TV game show called “Planet of the Apps”. Its concept revolves around app developers and their struggles in the industry. The main concept of the show is to give app developers a chance to pitch their work to a jury of four celebrity entrepreneurs. The jury consists of Jessica Alba, will.i.am, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gary Vaynerchuk. New Zealand-based DJ Zane Lowe will host.

If the jury decides that the app has potential, one of them could tutor the developer and help them prepare the software for investors. Then comes the final step, in which the developers have to present their idea to investors. And successful apps will not only earn millions of dollars in capital, but also featured placement in the App Store.

The show will be available through Apple Music on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, PC and Mac. There is no solid release date just yet, but Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services at Apple, said it will be launching “in the spring”.

Phone Arena
Time Gazette
Stuff.co.nz
Wired

posted 2/14/17

SYNDIES: Week 21
Results for the Week Ending February 5
From TV Newscheck

The session ending Feb. 5 included the first two weekdays of the sweep (Feb. 2-March 1) and Dr. Phil wasted no time in opening a healthy 58% lead over its nearest rival in the closely watched talk show race.

Phil matched its highest rating of the season with a 3% advance to a 3.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and easily led the talkers for the 22nd week in a row. In addition, Phil grew 15% from last year at this time.

Similarly, the game shows didn’t have any weekly winners. Category leader Family Feud fell 3% to a 7.4, but finished second on the overall chart behind Judge Judy.

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) 7.4 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.9 -1%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 2/14/17

MONDAY: Rose, Meet Thorns
ABC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Totals
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelor" (7.495 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Quantico" (2.542 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

CBS (7.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.900 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Man with a Plan" (7.137 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Superior Donuts" (7.185 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (5.969 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Scorpion" (7.157 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was FOX (4.802 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with fresh installments from "24: Legacy" (5.070 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "APB" (4.535 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.419 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a repeat of "The Wall" (3.838 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), the season finale of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.448 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and a new "Timeless" (2.970 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, originals from "Supergirl" (2.498 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.108 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.803 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.234m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 344k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/14/17

The Chase In a Family Way
ITV Greenlights Spinoff
From World Screen

ITV has commissioned ITV Studios’ Potato to produce The Family Chase, a new version of the hit game show The Chase that has aired in more than ten countries worldwide.

Each episode of The Family Chase looks on as a different family tries to stay one step ahead of the chaser for the chance to win a cash prize. Contestants must answer a series of general-knowledge questions in order to get ahead. The six-episode show is due to debut on ITV later this year.

The Family Chase was commissioned by Helen Warner, with Potato’s Michael Kelpie, Martin Scott and Helen Tumbridge serving as executive producers. The format is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Michael Kelpie, the managing director at Potato, commented: “Bringing four family members together to face the chaser brings a whole new dynamic to the most successful game show currently on TV. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, they’ve discussed a strategy beforehand, but of course that can all mean nothing when they go face-to-face against one of the U.K.’s finest quiz brains.”

He added: “The Family Chase compliments both the daytime weekday and celebrity prime-time shows. With even more fun and banter between [host] Bradley [Walsh], chasers and the families, it still delivers all the core values that has made The Chase a firm favorite with the viewers.”

World Screen
International Business Times
Daily Express
The Huffington Post

posted 2/14/17

WEEKEND: Grammys On Top
Friday Belonged to CBS
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.434 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with new episodes from "MacGyver" (8.047 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (10.472 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

ABC (4.842 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its annual repeats of "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" (4.415 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "A Charlie Brown Valentine" (3.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Shark Tank" (5.751 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "20/20" (4.624 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.270 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "Grimm" (3.948 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Emerald City" (2.305 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (3.558 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.468 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Rosewood" (2.910 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Sleepy Hollow" (2.027 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a new "The Vampire Diaries" (1.139 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and the return of "Reign" (0.776 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (0.957 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 358k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.462m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.119m
- Cake Wars: Champs (Food): 819k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/14/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Billy on the Street 2020"

posted 2/14/17

Food Returns "Spring Baking Championship"
Catch It March 12
From the Futon Critic

The sweetest and most decadent competition of the season is back with even more flavor and fun on the return of Spring Baking Championship, with back-to-back new episodes beginning on Sunday, March 12th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. The action unfolds as host Jesse Palmer welcomes a new batch of nine of the country's best bakers as they compete to create the most impressive springtime desserts to butter up the tough-love judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. The bakers' skills and techniques must measure up in themed challenges celebrating spring, from Easter confections to derby desserts, and from morsels for mom to patriotic goodies. Only one baker will rise to the top to take home the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Spring Baking Champion!

"Creative challenges and bountiful baked goods fill the new season of Spring Baking Championship. Plus, host Jesse Palmer adds to all the new freshly-baked fun of the competition,"said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.

In each of the seven hour-long episodes, the bakers must whip through two rounds of challenges and sift through surprising twists along the way. It's no cakewalk, but the one baker with the tastiest treat in the pre-heat will earn a special advantage in the main-heat. The season culminates on Sunday, April 9thwith a double serving of new episodes starting at 9pm, followed by the grand finale at 10pm ET/PT. The sweet rush of Spring Baking Championship is not to be missed!

The Futon Critic

posted 2/13/17

Philip Schofield Goes from Cubes to Rings
"5 Gold Rings" Coming to ITV
From Digital Spy

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield has landed his very own new ITV game show called 5 Gold Rings, and it's coming this year.

The interactive game will put two teams up against each other over five rounds, with one team winning up to £25,000 and the other will leaving with nothing – and it's all decided using five gold rings.

The teams must answer questions by placing gold rings onto a large image displayed under their feet on a huge circular LED floor.

So for example, if the picture is a map of the world with the question, 'Where is the highest mountain on earth?' teams have to place a gold ring on the image where they think the answer is.

If it's correct, teams can keep their ring – the name of the game is to keep the three French hens five gold rings as once players have lost them all, it's game over.

And good news for competitive viewers – you'll be able to play along by downloading the 5 Gold Rings app, which will allow you to answer the same questions as the contestants in the studio and see how your scores match up with other players across the country.

"I love the whole concept of this show. It's such a simple idea. The longer you stay in the game, the smaller the rings get," Phillip Schofield said.

"It looks amazing and anyone of any age can play. I can't wait to get started!"

Digital Spy
Sunday World
Telly Mix

posted 2/13/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "It's Brad's World"

  • Bradley Walsh (theoretically) leaving "The Chase" could (theoretically) mean the end of the series, so says (theoretically) Jenny Ryan (Telly Mix)
     

  • Paul Sinha says what he thinks in a comedy show (Loughborough Echo)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Alec Baldwin on SNL Saturday: the good bits (TV Line)
     

  • Eamonn Andrews thought he would die during surgery (Entertainment Daily)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with a Chris Hardwick (Parade)

posted 2/13/17

Let's Do Some Dancing...
Cast to Be Announced on Good Morning America March 1
From The Futon Critic

This season's exciting new cast of "Dancing with the Stars" will be revealed live, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, exclusively on "Good Morning America" (7:00-9:00 a.m. EST) on The ABC Television Network. The competition begins with an all-new cast of celebrities who will be paired up with the show's pro dancers and brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance, which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts as well as voted upon by viewers. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

The 24th season of "Dancing with the Stars" will have its season premiere on MONDAY, MARCH 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST).

The Futon Critic

posted 2/10/17

THURSDAY: TGIT vs CBS
The Result: a Split
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.527 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its dramas "Grey's Anatomy" (8.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Scandal" (6.239 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.917 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (7.481 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.182 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.865 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Mom" (7.709 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Life in Pieces" (6.285 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Training Day" (4.421 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Next up was FOX (3.370 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the return of "MasterChef Junior" (4.206 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and a new "My Kitchen Rules" (2.535 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.813 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Superstore" (3.758 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Powerless" (2.801 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Chicago Med" (6.290 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and "The Blacklist" (4.868 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.714 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Riverdale" (1.215 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.464 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (SF/History): 2.117m
- Alone Reunion (History): 1.328m
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.112m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.111m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 882k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 753k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 446k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 413k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 391k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 369k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 363k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 344k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 306k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 272k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/10/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Fakers"

  • Nick Cannon thinks his ex's new relationship is fake (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mark Labbett spares us Betteridge's Law over "Is the Chase fixed"  (Telly Mix)
     

  • Davina McCall would like to do "Gladiators". You'd have to bring it back first. (The List)
     

  • Alec Baldwin hosts SNL this weekend (Esquire)
     

  • Anthony Anderson hosts a new show for Animal Planet (Parade)
     

  • Why one of Ben Gleib's exes went on "Idiotest" (Washington Post)
     

  • "Whodunnit's" spiritual successor found... in Scotland (Glasgow Live)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a brief history of Alex Trebek's disappointment (The Ringer)

posted 2/10/17


FremantleMedia North America
Second Verse?
NBC Reportedly in Talks to Reboot "American Idol"
From TV Line

Well, that didn’t take long.

Less than a year after its 15-season run ended on Fox, American Idol may be returning to television — on NBC.

Per Variety, which first broke the news, Fremantle Media — which produces Idol — pitched Peacock execs a revival of the long-running singing competition. NBC is said to be seriously considering the idea, and, according to Variety, could cut The Voice down from two cycles a year to one to make room for it.

Following a Summer 2002 debut season that averaged 12 million total viewers, Idol at its zenith (Season 5) was pulling north of 30 million viewers and as 12.0+ demo rating. Its farewell (or “farewell”) run on Fox averaged 9.1 million viewers and a 2.2 rating.

At the Television Critics Association press tour last year, Idol‘s longtime host Ryan Seacrest didn’t rule out the possibility of a revival. “When you’ve got a franchise that has this kind of heritage and you’ve got a franchise that generates X amount of millions of people, if it sustains, does that mean it’s the end?” he said. “I’m not so sure.”

TV Line
Broadway World
Vulture
Reality TV World
Media Life

posted 2/9/17

WEDNESDAY: In the Midweek
CBS, NBC Split Night
From various Sources

ABC (5.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with new episodes from "The Goldbergs" (6.105 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Speechless" (5.452 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Modern Family" (7.241 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "Black-ish" (5.389 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Match Game" (3.572 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

NBC (5.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Blindspot" (4.597 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.836 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.293 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Next up was FOX (5.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.238 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Star" (4.212 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.008 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hunted" (5.335 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (6.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and "Code Black" (5.987 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.614 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "The 100" (1.034 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the night on The CW (1.323 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable......
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 872k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 855k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 708k
- Are You The One (MTV): 631k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 372k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 262k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/9/17


Games Gone By: Battlestars
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It's like "Hollywood Squares"...only with TRIANGLES instead! Chris Wolvie puts a whole new shape on the "agree/disagree" model with his latest "Games Gone By...", "Battlestars"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 2/9/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Drag Spin"

  • World of Wonder spins off two from "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Broadway World)
     

  • Ben & Lauren, God bless'em they're trying... (Reality TV World)
     

  • Angie Layton survives childbirth. Welcome Ledger James Appel! (Reality TV World)
     

  • Nathan Hageman: orange is the new "Red or Black" (News.com.au)
     

  • Anthony Anderson hosts the Image Awards (Variety)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Tarrant (Daily Star) and Tony Rock (LA Watts Times)
     

  • What do you get when you put a hot celeb in an Olympic pool on a game show? Well... (Maxim)

posted 2/9/17


ITV
TARA PALMER-TOMKINSON: 1971-2017
British "It Girl" Played "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!"
From
Extra

Prince Charles’ goddaughter Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has passed away at the age of 45.

According to the BBC, Palmer-Tomkinson was found dead in her South Kensington apartment by police officers on Wednesday.

Charles used to go on vacation with Tara’s parents Charles and Patti. After news broke of her sudden death, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family.”

Though the cause of death is unknown, Palmer-Tomkinson suffered from an autoimmune condition that caused acute anemia and fatigue. She also underwent treatment for a benign brain tumor last year.

Palmer-Tomkinson, who battled drug addiction in the past, recently opened up about saying good-bye to her partying lifestyle. She told DailyMail.com, "I’m not the person I was. I’m much calmer. I don’t go to places like Ibiza because the party world scares me. I’ve gone completely the other way. I’m a very quiet person now, and I like being that person. I have a better perspective on life.”

Tara became a reality star in her own right, appearing on "Comic Relief Does Fame Academy," "The Underdog Show” and "I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!"

Extra
ITV
Daily Mirror

posted 2/8/17

@midnight... #Live!
Catch the Special Week Next Week!
From the Futon Critic

Prepare to play along! Comedy Central's late-night curator of the internet's freshest pop culture, "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" is going LIVE during the week of February 13. Premiering at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT each night, "@midnight Live" will feature new show content, games, real-time viewer interaction and a star-studded line-up of panelists including: Kyle Kinane, Tom Lennon and Milana Vayntrub (Monday, 2/13); Mary Lynn Rajskub, Al Jackson and Weird Al Yankovic (Tuesday, 2/14); Wil Wheaton, Heather Anne Campbell and Colton Dunn (Wednesday, 2/15); and Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart (Thursday, 2/15).

"@midnight Live" will integrate the show's fans into the games like never before, with live #HashtagWars at the top of each show allowing viewers from across the country to play along in real time with the possibility of seeing their tweet in-show that night. In addition, fans will be able to submit their own jokes For the Win (FTW) and could find theirs featured along with the finalists' responses, with the ultimate opportunity to Win the Internet! The week of live episodes will also feature celebrity walk-ons, special remote entertainments, Valentine's Day stunts, and much more.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/8/17

Unspiked
Home of "Lip Sync Battle" to Rebrand
From the Hollywood Reporter

There's a big change coming to Spike TV.

Viacom's male-focused cable network, home to Lip Sync Battle, is expected to be rebranded as the Paramount Network. A formal announcement will likely come Thursday morning when Viacom unveils its turnaround plan during its quarterly earnings call.

Sources tell THR that Spike chief Kevin Kay — who recently added oversight of CMT and TV Land to his purview of the Global Entertainment Group — is expected to remain in place. The rebranding could begin as early as 2018, sources say, and no personnel changes are expected to be made at this time. Representatives for Viacom and Spike declined comment, though a formal rollout strategy is expected to be part of Thursday's call.

It's unclear what the rebranding would mean for Spike's current lineup, which includes upcoming scripted foray The Mist as well as unscripted hits Bar Rescue, Ink Master, Lip Sync Battle and more. Newly minted Viacom CEO Bob Bakish is said to be plotting a strategy for the company that's similar to the ultra-synergistic Walt Disney Co. in creating branded entertainment that can be exploited across platforms. To that end, Disney has had great success around its namesake network.

Such a move would more strongly align the TV group with the film studio, and allow Paramount to better define itself in a crowded era. It's no secret that the studio, like the channels, has struggled in recent years; in January, Bakish had to brush off reports that Viacom was considering a sale of Paramount — assuring a crowd at a programming conference that the brand will be "a much more integral part of Viacom moving forward."

This year is shaping up to be a big one for cable rebrandings. Just last week, Oxygen confirmed its shift to a crime-focused network, and it followed cable sibling Esquire's decision to abandon its linear channel. By the same token, the future of some of Viacom's more niche cable brands have been speculated about as the cable ecosystem braces for a potential a la carte world.

Whatever Viacom's plans entail, Bakish has wasted no time in shaking up the executive roster. After a year of a great many changes at the individual networks, Doug Herzog, formerly president of the music and entertainment group, exited Viacom in December after a decades-long tenure overseeing such networks as MTV, VH1, Logo, Spike and Comedy Central.

The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
Deadline

posted 2/8/17

TUESDAY: The Challenge Is On...
CBS, NBC Split
From various Sources

MTV today announced the return of its hit series "The Challenge" with THE CHALLENGE: INVASION, a new twist on the cutthroat competition format in which eighteen series Underdogs seeking their first victory will be pitted against one another to crown a new champion... only to come under a surprise, season-long attack from eight of the most fearsome Challenge Champions in the show's history. Filmed entirely on location in Thailand, "The Challenge: Invasion" debuts Tuesday, February 7 with a two-hour premiere at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

That, and the rest of the cable results...
- Chopped (Food): 975k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 906k
- The Challenge: Invasion (SP/MTV/9p): 694k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV/10p): 654k
- The Challenge: Invasion (S/MTV): 460k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 415k
- The Game of Dating (TV One): 163k

NBC (7.451 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes from "The Wall" (6.037 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "This Is Us" (9.537 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (6.779 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

CBS (11.687 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (15.428 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Bull" (10.721 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.913 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was ABC (3.758 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (6.331 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "American Housewife" (5.356 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.791 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "The Real O'Neals" (2.815 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.127 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.413 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Flash" (2.940 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.887 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, FOX (2.711 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the evening with "New Girl" (2.266 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "The Mick" (2.488 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Bones" (3.044 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Broadway World
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/8/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Thrills, Chills, and Spills (Spill Story Cut for Time)"

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger heads back to cinemas in "Aftermath" (Broadway World)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Gordon Ramsay looking for cooks in Belfast (Belfast Live) and Derry (Derry Journal)
     

  • Darrin Rose _____s in Toronto (The Toronto Star)
     

  • Bill Anderson to perform in Shelby, NC (Shelby Star)
     

  • Anthony Anderson can talk to the animals in a new Animal Planet show (Salt Lake Tribune)
     

  • "American Gladiators" frontman Mike Adamle diagnosed with dementia, possible CTE (Awful Announcing)

posted 2/8/17

"Drag Race" Lands Lady Gaga
Catch It on Logo This Spring
From The Futon Critic

Fresh off a stunning Super Bowl halftime show performance, Lady Gaga is set to appear on the season premiere of Logo's Emmy(R) Award-winning competition series, "RuPaul's Drag Race." Logo today announced that the new season will kick off with "Mother Monster" and RuPaul this March.

The season nine premiere event features a shocking opening that will go down as one of the most jaw-dropping moments in "Drag Race" history. Additionally, the premiere event will unveil a court of cut-throat Queens each competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." Along the way, they'll face an unpredictable competition and deliver watercooler moments as these talented ladies of drag join the fabulous 100 Queens who fought for the crown before them.

The 13 Queens who will compete in the pop culture phenomenon that has taken the world by its weave include:

· Aja Brooklyn, New York TW: @ajathekween, IG: @ajathekween
· Alexis Michelle New York, New York TW: @AlexisLives, IG: @AlexisLives
· Charlie Hides London, UK TW: @charliehidestv, IG: @charliehidestv
· Eureka O'Hara Johnson City, TN TW: @eurekaohara, IG: @eurekaohara
· Farrah Moan Las Vegas, Nevada TW: @farrahrized, IG: @farrahrized
· Jaymes Mansfield Madison, Wisconsin TW: @JaymesMansfield, IG: @jaymesmansfield
· Kimora Blac Las Vegas, Nevada TW: @kimorablac, IG: @kimorablac
· Nina Bo'nina Brown Atlanta, Georgia TW: @atlsexyslim, IG: @nina_bonina_brown
· Peppermint New York, New York TW: @Peppermint247, IG: @peppermint247
· Sasha Velour Brooklyn, New York TW: @sasha_velour, IG: @sashavelour
· Shea Coulee Chicago, IL TW: @SheaCoulee, IG: @sheacoulee
· Trinity Taylor Orlando, FL TW: @TrinityTheTuck, IG: @trinitythetuck
· Valentina Los Angeles, CA TW: @AllofValentina, IG: @allaboutvalentina

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 2/7/17

SYNDIES: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending January 29
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil ignited in the session ending Jan. 29, surging 23% to a 3.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and leading the talk shows by a wide margin in the last full week before sweeps.

Elsewhere, Family Feud added 7% to a 7.6 and continued to outplay the game shows for the 40th consecutive week.

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) 7.6 +7%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.0 +6%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 +8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 +8%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 2/7/17

MONDAY: The Bachelor Holds Off the Competition
CBS Splits with ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.795 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) held off the competition on Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (7.352 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by "Quantico" (2.681 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

FOX (6.152 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with the formal launches of "24: Legacy" (6.190 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "APB" (6.114 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

Next up was CBS (7.292 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its new lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.853 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Man with a Plan" (7.225 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Superior Donuts" (7.311 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (5.945 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Scorpion" (7.710 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.268 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.434 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "Timeless" (2.935 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supergirl" (2.400 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.980 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.721m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 380k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/7/17

While We're on British Reboots, Here Comes "Blind Date"
Five's "Dating Game" Redux to Premiere Later This Year
From the List

'Blind Date' is set to return to television screens before the end of this year.

The classic game show was fronted by the late Cilla Black for almost two decades from 1985 until 2003 but is set to return to be given a reboot over the coming months.

Speaking to The Sun Online, a source said: "'Blind Date' is the original dating show and it's huge news to bring it back.

"It's a classic format that will be rebooted to make it young, sexy and modern. Expect sparks to fly. In an age of Tinder, you have got to earn the right to love on this show."

It's not known who will replace Cilla, who tragically passed away in 2015, as the host just yet.

Bosses are keen to keep some of the "traditional" elements of the previous run but have decided to give it an updated twist to appeal to a "new generation of viewers".

It's expected to run on Friday nights - rather than its traditional Saturday night slot - and will consist of six to eight episodes per series for the first few installments.

The program sees three singletons grilled by a member of the opposite sex in order to find the perfect match without being able to see them. The new couple then pick an envelope with their holiday destination - abroad in the UK - inside.

Channel 5 have bought the rights to the dating show but will have some stiff competition from ITV as it also has 'Take Me Out' and 'Meet The Parents'.

'Blind Date' proved a hit with viewers for years but the plug was pulled in 2003 when Cilla announced she was quitting during a live episode following a drop in ratings.

The List

posted 2/7/17

WEEKEND: Best. Comeback. EVER.
ABC, CBS Tie for First
From The Futon Critic

CBS (9.081 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the top draw on Friday with originals from "MacGyver" (7.498 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.676 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Blue Bloods" (10.068 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Sharing in the demo honors was ABC (5.311 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.623 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Dr. Ken" (4.779 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Shark Tank" (5.650 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "20/20" (4.583 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.449 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "Grimm" (4.133 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Emerald City" (2.471 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (3.744 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.226 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Rosewood" (2.605 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1.846 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.784 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise offered up new installments from "The Vampire Diaries" (0.988 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.581 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 287k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.005m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 787k

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Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/7/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Orlando Makes a Deal for a Later Time"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: if you live in Orlando, take note: LMAD airs at 3p local time starting next week (Orlando Sentinel)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Gong Show" is looking for acts in Glendale (KABC Los Angeles)
     

  • Mark Labbett wants to take out the Pointless set (The Sun)
     

  • Bob Eubanks brings "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to Effingham, IL (WTHI Terre Haute)

posted 2/7/17

"Millionaire" Welcomes "Bachelor" Couples
Catch It All This Week!
From Reality TV World

Chris Harrison will be welcoming a string of fan-favorite bachelors and bachelorettes from seasons past to compete for the grand prize on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire next week.

Beginning on Monday, February 6, former stars of The Bachelor franchise will test their knowledge and luck by answering questions for Millionaire host Chris Harrison in the hope of winning up to $1 million for charity, E! News reported.

The event will run all week long. Participants will include Chris Soules, Tenley Molzahn, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum, and DeAnna Pappas and Stephen Stagliano.

Harrison told E! News that the mini reunion provides him a chance to "not really talk about the Bachelor as much as talk about their life, kind of catch up on what they're doing, and show a different side of them."

"I get to know these people really well, and so it's fun for me to get to show everybody else that side," he continued, "and I think you get to see a little bit more of that on Millionaire obviously when they're not searching for love."

Harrison said the couples who are still together will play together on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

"You would think the couples would have a massive advantage playing together, but it's actually a little more difficult," Harrison said, before revealing which couple did very well in the game.

Reality TV World
Broadway World

posted 2/6/17

... And Then "Millionaire" Is For The Children
Catch It All Next Week!
From Broadway World

Some of the smartest kids in the country will play "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" opposite host Chris Harrison during the second installment this season of Whiz Kids Week, airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13-FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017.

Throughout the week, five amazing and talented young minds ages 12-14 will play for the chance to win $1 million: Naman Shah of Peachtree Corners, Georgia; Annie Ostojic of Munster, Indiana; Josh Darrow of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Uma Upamaka of Saint Charles, Missouri; and Charles Horowitz of Weston, Florida.

Broadway World

posted 2/6/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Moving On Up"

posted 2/6/17

THURSDAY: Last Chef Standing
Can't Beat ABC, CBS Split
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.566 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with new episodes from "Grey's Anatomy" (8.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Scandal" (6.568 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.687 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (8.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a competitive second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.550 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), the premiere of "Superior Donuts" (10.606 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Mom" (8.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.646 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and the launch of "Training Day" (4.733 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Next up was NBC (4.928 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its new lineup of "Superstore" (3.986 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Powerless" (3.082 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Chicago Med" (6.252 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "The Blacklist" (4.999 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.943 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.690 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and a new "My Kitchen Rules" (2.197 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.748 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and week two of "Riverdale" (1.136 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable:
- Alone (History): 1.864m
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.129m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.018m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.014m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 627k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 410k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 393k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 385k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 377k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 375k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 372k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 299k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 278k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/3/17

More on "The F Word"
Catch It On Fox Later This Year
From Broadway World

Below, watch an all-new promo for Gordon Ramsay's THE F WORD, airing live this summer on FOX!

THE F WORD is a bold new food variety show from award-winning chef and series host Gordon Ramsay. Based on his hit U.K. series of the same name, each distinctive and fast-paced hour will combine good food and good cooking with Ramsay's passion, energy and humor into a one-of-a-kind LIVE series. THE F WORD is scheduled to premiere in 2017 on FOX.

On THE F WORD, foodie families from across the U.S. will battle it out in an intense, high-stakes cook-off. In addition to impressing Ramsay, each team must win over the hearts and taste buds of the diners, celebrities and VIP guests whom they're serving.

Throughout each hour-long episode, cooking competition meets variety show as Ramsay chats with surprise guests and VIPs in the dining room, hosts live remotes with people from across the country, and appears weekly in unique field segments with fans, foodies and culinary experts.

Broadway World

posted 2/3/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Wolvie Calls Gimmick Infringement"

  • FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Revisiting "Trump Card" (AV Club)
     

  • Speaking of, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the POTUS: the needless feud continues (Reality TV World)
     

  • Steve Harvey moves his "Morning Show" to LA (Patch)
     

  • Melissa Rycroft says that Jason Mesnick didn't break up with her before "After the Final Rose" (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tony Rock (The Root)

posted 2/3/17

WEDNESDAY: The Hunted Becomes the Hunter
CBS Wins an Easy Midweek
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its mix of "Hunted" (5.467 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "Criminal Minds" (7.429 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "Code Black" (6.758 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

NBC (4.584 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was among the three networks sharing the silver with repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.648 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.668 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (4.437 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was ABC (3.731 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and its second run lineup of "The Goldbergs" (4.691 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Speechless" (3.664 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.137 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Black-ish" (3.684 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Match Game" (3.105 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.627 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) offered up its second "Showtime at the Apollo" (3.196 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) special alongside a new "Star" (4.059 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

And finally, a new "Arrow" (1.953 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and the return of "The 100" (1.275 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T) closed out the night on The CW (1.614 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.095m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 954k
- Cutthroat Kitchen (SP/Food): 952k
- Are You The One (MTV): 637k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 539k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 414k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 307k
- Are You The One: The Aftermatch (MTV): 182k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/2/17

STV Lands "Babushka" Host
ITV to Launch UK Version of Armoza Format
From The Irish News

Presenter Rylan Neal-Clark is set to host a bizarre new game show, with a specifically Russian theme.

According to ITV, which has already commissioned 20 episodes of the show, Babushka will see contestants crack their way through a series of eight giant Russian dolls to tot up a cash prize of up to £44,000.

But the suspense will build as, each time they open an empty doll, they lose all the accumulated money.

ITV Daytime revealed Rylan’s latest role as he gave it a mention himself on This Morning on Monday. And after another weekend of hosting the after-show gossip surrounding the intensifying CBB drama, we’re guessing his new job will provide some light-hearted relief… even though it’s hard to picture where the inspiration came from for this one!

The creators described the show’s premise as a “thrilling combination of knowledge, strategy and pure luck”.

Gary Chippington, head of entertainment at the show’s creators, STV Productions, said: “Like all the best formats, Babushka is simple, addictive and slightly unhinged, and we're really excited to be working with ITV to bring this to their audience.

“Contestants and viewers are going to be gripped as the Babushka dolls reveal some fantastic prizes.”

However, this big new job and his responsibilities on This Morning don't mean Rylan will be bidding farewell to the Bit on the Side set anytime soon. Especially since the demise of The Xtra Factor as an ITV2 terrestrial show means he'll have more free time on his hands.

"We will be back in the summer and I'm looking forward to it," he told fans in a Facebook Live Q&A. "I'm not leaving.

"Don't worry, everyone keeps saying, 'Oh he's leaving as he's got this new game show.' Don't worry, I'm not leaving. We will be back in the summer and I can't wait!"

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Deadline
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The Irish News
The List
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Telly Mix
Digital Spy
Daily Mirror

posted 2/2/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Viral Redemption"

  • Aaron Paul, now that he's a Hollywood big shot, has a score to settle with "The Price Is Right" (TV Line)
     

  • Peta Murgatroyd goes into the blogging business (Reality TV World)
     

  • Erin Andrews talks about life post-cancer, post-engagement (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: another day, another bad word on "Countdown" (Joe)

posted 2/2/17

TUESDAY: The Game (of Dating) Is On
Catch It on TV One!
From Hello Beautiful

Dating can be quite the eventful experience. From blind dates to group dates and every failed Tinder swipe in-between, dating can be fun but also pretty stressful. Fortunately for us, TV One came up with the perfect way to bring the excitement of dating into our living rooms minus the dreadful dutch or nah debate. Now, we can watch the dating successes and failures from someone else’s perspective on The Game of Dating.

Hosted by comedian Tony Rock, The Game of Dating gives viewers a front row seat to watch a random date that will either go extremely well or horribly wrong. Teams will watch a random date play out in front of their eyes and win cash guessing what the couple will do next.

So how did it fare?

- Chopped Junior (Food/8p): 1.221m
- Chopped (Food): 1.026m
- Chopped Junior (Food/9p): 963k
- Face Off (Syfy): 672k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 380k
- The Game of Dating (P/TV One): 150k

Meanwhile, NBC (5.118 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) led a distrupted lineup on Tuesday with its mix of an "NBC News Special" (5.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), a repeat "The Wall" (5.472 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), a new "The Wall" (5.554 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and a repeat "This Is Us" (4.171 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

The CW (2.418 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then pulled into second place with new episodes from "The Flash" (3.039 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.799 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Next up was CBS (5.973 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its combination of "CBS News Special" (7.425 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.293 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2017" (6.408 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Bull" (5.653 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up its "FOX News Special" (2.065 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) alongside "The Mick" (2.949 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Bones" (3.736 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, ABC (2.940 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with "ABC News Special" (4.691 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), repeats of "American Housewife" (3.587 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.821 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.204 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.169 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

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posted 2/1/17

Comedy Central UK Does An About "Face"
"Your Face or Mine" Returns
From Digital Spy

Last November, Comedy Central announced they are bringing back E4's early noughties gameshow Your Face or Mine? for two new series.

The show, which saw contestants choose the most attractive face from groups of people to win money, was originally hosted by Jimmy Carr and June Sarpong.

Carr will be returning, but Comedy Central has now announced that Katherine Ryan will be the new co-host instead of Sarpong.

Ryan has appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown multiple times, so she has plenty of experience handling Carr's sarcasm.

The new version of the show will have a Tinder-inspired twist, which Carr elaborated on previously:

"In an age when people are forever judging individuals on how they look, placing attractiveness on a pedestal above intelligence, and forcing others to fit societal norms of beauty, why not make them do all of those things, to their loved ones, on national television and for money?"

Meanwhile, Ryan has said: "Jimmy Carr and I have a shared understanding that you've got to be cruel to be kind. I am elated to be joining Jimmy on Your Face or Mine? for Comedy Central.

"They were wise to bring on one of the country's humblest and most stunning women to guide couples in judging each other's looks."

The first new series of Your Face or Mine? will air on Comedy Central in the Spring.

Digital Spy
British Comedy Guide
Heat
Chortle

posted 2/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 19
Results for the Week Ending January 22
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy, the sole court show moving up, had a hot gavel in the session ending Jan. 22, and was the only strip in the top 10 to hit a new season high, as most syndicated programs drifted sideways to down in the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday week.

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) 7.1 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6 -7%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 -9%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C
Screener

posted 2/1/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Crystal Maze Needs Hamsters!"

  • "The Crystal Maze" is opening to the public before going to tape (Manchester Evening News)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong opens salmon season. In other news, Alexander Armstrong can fish (The National)
     

  • Adam Levine will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rest of Maroon 5 unavailable for comment (Reality TV World)
     

  • Summer Sanders is concerned about the Trump effect on the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid (TMZ)

posted 2/1/17

MONDAY: ABC Gets the Roses
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.746 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelor" (7.195 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Quantico" (2.849 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

FOX (3.832 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with the winter finales to "Gotham" (3.456 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Lucifer" (4.209 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was CBS (6.080 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (6.393 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a new "The Odd Couple" (5.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), the season finale of "The Odd Couple" (5.298 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a repeat "Scorpion" (5.269 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.625 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.690 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Timeless" (3.494 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (2.334 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.946 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.640 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.568m
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.172m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.006m
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 465k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 378k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/31/17

"Chopped Junior" Gets Into Tournament Mode
"Make Me A Judge" Begins March
From The Futon Critic

Talented junior chefs from across the country compete for a chance to sit at the judges' table and give the Chopped judges a taste of their own medicine, in the first-ever Chopped Junior: Make Me a Judge tournament, premiering Wednesday, March 8th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. In the three preliminary-themed heats, the twelve junior chefs compete to create unique and delectable dishes over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - as they are judged by a rotating panel of Chopped judges. The winner of each episode receives $10,000 and advances to the finale where they join host Ted Allen at the judges' table and get to decide the fates of Chopped stars Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos, as these world-class chefs serve up their dishes to earn the approval of the junior chefs for bragging rights and $25,000 for the winner's charity of choice.

Check out more Chopped Junior at FoodNetwork.com and join the conversation with #ChoppedJunior.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/31/17

WEEKEND: Another Split
ABC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Totals
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.857 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top demo draw on Friday with its mainstays "Last Man Standing" (6.957 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Dr. Ken" (5.210 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Shark Tank" (5.903 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "20/20" (5.584 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

CBS (6.447 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the silver draw with repeats of "MacGyver" (5.169 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.078 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (7.094 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.567 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with originals from "Grimm" (4.178 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Emerald City" (2.742 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (3.781 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.486 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Rosewood" (2.818 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (2.153 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.595 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (0.777 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 414k

On cable Saturday...
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 541k
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 361k

On Sunday, FOX (5.205 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) snagged the demo crown with its coverage of "Miss Universe 2017" (5.205 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

CBS (9.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the most-watched network with originals from "60 Minutes" (11.430 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (11.192 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Madam Secretary" (8.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Elementary" (5.422 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Next up was ABC (4.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by a new "To Tell the Truth" (4.737 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), a second "To Tell the Truth" (4.054 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "Conviction" (2.482 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, an encore "The Celebrity Apprentice" (1.296 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and a new "Dateline NBC" (3.819 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) closed out the night for NBC (2.557 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.685m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.464m
- Roast Battle II (SF/Comedy): 443k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 353k

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posted 1/31/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Because He's Happy... Times THREE!"

  • Pharrell Williams is a father... of TRIPLETS! (Us)
     

  • Mel & Sue: together again for the first time (Closer)
     

  • UPDATE: Kanye West, the self-proclaimed voice of his generation, is a pointless celebrity... notice the spelling (Variance)
     

  • Is "Ready Steady Cook" coming back? (Metro)

posted 1/31/17

So You Think You Can Dance Goes Back to Basics
Fox Renews Summer Dance-Off For Season 14
From The Futon Critic

FOX has renewed the Emmy Award-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for a 14th season. From 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will return this summer on FOX.

This season, highly-skilled dancers between the ages of 18-30 will showcase their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. The Top 10 dancers will be paired up with All-Stars who will guide them throughout the competition as they vie for America's votes and the title of America's Favorite Dancer.

"This season is about giving our loyal fan base what they've been asking for," said executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. "We've decided to go back to basics by bringing the best of our past formats together for an exciting new summer featuring accomplished adult competitors partnered with fan-favorite All-Star dancers. And, of course, as in past seasons, there will be new surprises which are sure to wow our viewers."

This season, all potential contestants must register online at sytycdauditions.com and upload a video or provide a link to a video of their performance. If selected, producers will reach out to schedule the contestant for an in-person audition in one of the two audition cities: New York (March 4-6) or Los Angeles (March 17-19).

Visit sytycdauditions.com for terms and conditions. The deadline to register for a chance to audition in New York is Sunday, Feb. 19, and the deadline to register for a chance to audition in Los Angeles is Sunday, March 5.

Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age on the first day they register online for auditions. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check www.sytycdauditions.com and/or www.fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules, official rules and additional details.

During the audition rounds, the most talented dancers will compete in front of the judges for a coveted spot at "The Academy" callback rounds in Los Angeles. At the end of "The Academy" callback rounds, 10 All-Stars will choose one dancer each to move on to the SYTYCD studio and become this season's Top 10. There, the Top 10 will compete LIVE each week for America's votes in a variety of styles, working and performing alongside the All-Stars with world-renowned choreographers. Contestants will be eliminated weekly until a winner is named on the season finale.

Last September, Kida Burns was named the winner during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. Burns, at just 14, was the show's youngest winner and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and the title of America's Favorite Dancer. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE garnered more than 180 million video views and social engagements on leading social platforms last season. The series also celebrated its milestone 250th episode.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 1/30/17

"Cake Wars" Welcomes Back Champs
Catch It February 12 on Food Network!
From The Futon Critic

Jonathan Bennett welcomes back past Cake Wars winners on new six-part stunt Cake Wars: Champs, premiering Sunday, February 12th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode, four of the most memorable winners face-off in the ultimate baking battle with new heart-pounding challenges designed to push their skills and creativity to the limit. These champs might have been the last ones standing, but their return is no cakewalk as they race against the clock to create the most impressive cakes they have ever made. When it is winner against winner, who will make it to the top tier? Richard Ruskell and Waylynn Lucas together with weekly guest judges will determine who will take the cake and the $10,000 grand prize.

Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/CakeWars for photos of the festive, eye-popping creations from the show and watch behind-the-scenes videos featuring Jonathan Bennett and the judges. They can also join the conversation using #CakeWars.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/30/17


Games Gone By: Break the Bank (1976)
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Finally, a "Games Gone By..." about a show that was actually POPULAR during its run! Chris Wolvie talks about the show that soap operas shoved into syndication, "Break the Bank" (1976).

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/30/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Double Shot of Models"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Top Model" moves to Wednesday starting... Wednesday (The Futon Critic), and don't be surprised if "The Wall" is preempted tomorrow. Thanks, Trump (AV Club)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: season 2 of "The $100,000 Pyramid" (CastingPyramid.com)
     

  • Kanye West, the self-proclaimed voice of his generation, is a "Pointless" celebrity (Variance)
     

  • NATPE ends as it began... very quietly (TV Newscheck)
     

  • $50 million lawsuit against Steve Harvey dropped (Courthouse News)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay returns to ITV (Broadway World)

posted 1/30/17


Pinterest
BARBARA HALE: 1922-2017
"Perry Mason's" Loyal Secretary Played "Stump the Stars"
From TV Line

Barbara Hale, who costarred alongside Raymond Burr for nearly four decades on TV’s Perry Mason, has died at the age of 94.

Hale passed away Thursday, according to a Facebook post from her son, actor William Katt. In 1957, she began playing secretary Della Street on the CBS legal drama Perry Mason, assisting Burr’s defense attorney with his weekly cases.

She appeared in all nine seasons, winning an Emmy in 1959 for best supporting actress in a drama and getting nominated for another in 1961. After the show ended in 1966, Street reprised the role of Della Street in dozens of Perry Mason TV movies in the 1980s and ’90s, reuniting with Burr once again on the small screen. She last played the role in 1995’s The Case of the Jealous Jokester.

Before Perry Mason, Hale had a promising film career, appearing opposite leading men like Jimmy Stewart, Robert Mitchum, James Cagney, Rock Hudson and Frank Sinatra. She later played Dean Martin’s wife in the big-screen disaster movie Airport and guest-starred on her son William Katt’s TV show The Greatest American Hero, playing the mom of Katt’s character Ralph Hinkley.

She also played "Stump the Stars", "Juke Box Jury", and "Place the Face".

GSNN's Jason Block contributed to this report.

TV Line
Variety
USA Today

posted 1/27/17


BBC America
SIR JOHN HURT: 1940-2017
British Character Actor Featured on "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year"
From TV Line

Sir John Hurt, the two-time Academy Award nominee whose TV credits included episodes of Doctor Who and the voice of The Great Dragon on BBC One’s Merlin, died on Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 77.

Hurt’s TV roles also included Caligula in the BBC’s 1976 miniseries I, Claudius, the 2012 mini Labyrinth, the Kiefer Sutherland-created web-turned-Hulu series The Confession and, most recently, the European crime drama The Last Panthers (which aired Stateside on SundanceTV last spring).

The Brit was also originally cast as The Strain‘s Dr. Setrakian, but was replaced after the pilot was shot, with fellow Harry Potter vet David Bradley.

On the silver screen, Hurt earned Oscar and Golden Globe nods for both his heart-wrenching turn as David Merrick in The Elephant Man and as heroin addict Max in Midnight Express, winning a Globe for the latter. His other film roles included Alien, 1984, V for Vendetta, two Hellboy movies, Harry Potter‘s Mr. Ollivander and Snowpiercer.

During that time, he also featured on episodes of "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year" in the UK and "20 to 1" in Australia.

GSNN's Jason Block contributed to this report.

TV Line
Los Angeles Times
Washington Post

posted 1/27/17

"The Voice" Gets The Advisers
Celine Dion, John Legend, Luke Bryan, DJ Khaled Join Season 12
From Reality TV World

John Legend, Luke Bryan and DJ Khaled have all reportedly signed on to serve as team advisers for The Voice's upcoming twelfth season.

Legend, a 38-year-old singer and pianist who has won 10 Grammy Awards, will be working with coach Adam Levine's team next season, E! News reported.

Team advisers guide and give advice to contestants during the show's infamous "The Battle Round" once "The Blind Auditions" conclude.

Both Legend and Levine are recent first-time fathers. Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo welcomed daughter Dusty Rose in September 2016, while Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen gave birth to their daughter Luna in April. The men and their wives have maintained a friendly relationship through the years.

Bryan, a 40-year-old country star, will be advising coach Blake Shelton's team, according to Us Weekly, and DJ Khaled will be teaming up with coach Alicia Keys for Season 12.

Bryan will be singing the National Anthem at this year's Super Bowl. He has worked with Shelton in the past when the pair co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards three years in a row from 2013 to 2015.

DJ Khaled is a 41-year-old record label executive and producer formally known as Khaled Mohamed Khaled from Louisiana. The Internet sensation has released nine studio albums and got his start as a deejay and radio host in Miami, FL.

Such big news comes several hours after iconic singer Celine Dion confirmed she'll be serving as the team adviser for coach Gwen Stefani's team. Although Stefani is replacing Miley Cyrus next season, Cyrus will return for the show's thirteenth edition in Fall 2017.

"To get like the prize right here, everybody's going to be so mad -- the other coaches -- that I got you," Stefani said of Dion on the Today show. "So excited."

While Dion said she believes Stefani is "beautiful all the time," the No Doubt frontwoman gushed, "I am blown away by her unbelievable story. Having this unbelievable gift to be able to speak through music to the whole world."

The Voice's twelfth season is set to premiere on Monday, February 27 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

Reality TV World
TV Line

posted 1/27/17

Buzzr Bowl II Is Set
Football Themed Episodes Set to Air This Week
From Broadway World

BUZZR hosts its 2nd Annual Championship Pre-Game Party with the airing of BUZZR Bowl II.

It's a battle destined for greatness! BUZZR is once again throwing a pre-game party that you don't want to miss with the return of the BUZZR Bowl. BUZZR Bowl II will highlight some of the best athletic talent to grace the shiny game show floor, featuring FAMILY FEUD from 1989, where the Bengals faced off against the 49ers, and Match Game episodes featuring Detroit Lions' Alex Karras as a panelist.

Episodes will air Jan 30 - Feb 3 from 8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/5:00 - 6:00 PM PT, with a second airing beginning at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT. Then on February 5th, all of content that aired throughout the week will be included in a programming marathon from 1:00 - 6:00 PM ET/10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PT, with a second airing at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT.

Just make sure your beer is chilled, the chicken wings are spicy and your pom-poms are ready for great game show excitement as BUZZR Bowl II kicks off this Monday.

Broadway World

posted 1/27/17

THURSDAY: ABC Gets Away with Murder
TGIT Returns on Top
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.529 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (9.523 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Scandal" (7.668 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (5.397 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

CBS (6.640 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the silver draw with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (9.311 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "Mom" (7.143 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) followed by the special "Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around" (6.504 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and the season finale of "Pure Genius" (5.189 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.082 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.977 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "My Kitchen Rules" (2.188 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.018 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "Superstore" (2.803 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), another "Superstore" (2.371 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Chicago Med" (3.976 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Blacklist" (2.490 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (1.713 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and the debut of "Riverdale" (1.373 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (1.543 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable:
- Alone (History): 1.811m
- Paradise Run (SF/Nick): 1.278m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.130m
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.026m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.009m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 905k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 622k
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 497k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 435k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 410k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 374k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 369k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 338k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 325k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 251k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 200k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/27/17


Sony Pictures
And the Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to... Harry Friedman!
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" EP to Be Honored at This Year's Ceremony
From We Love Soaps

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced that two legendary Hollywood icons, Mary Hart, former host of “Entertainment Tonight,” and Harry Friedman, producer of two of the most successful game shows in television history, “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards this year. Friedman will receive his at the 44th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Friday, April 28th, 2017. Hart will be honored on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at the 44th Daytime Emmy® Awards. Both presentations will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California.

“The entire country, including me, fell in love with Mary Hart from her very first broadcast of 'Entertainment Tonight,'” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Mary's charm, wit, smile and intelligence made her the most trusted anchor in the genre of entertainment news. Her ability to make even the biggest stars comfortable made audiences welcome her and 'ET' into their homes. Harry Friedman has produced the two most iconic game shows in the country if not the world. His constant tweaking of show formats and the addition of the latest technologies has kept 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune,' at the top of syndicated television with no end in sight. The National Academy could not be prouder to honor both of these extraordinary television stars with our Lifetime Achievement Award.”

"Harry Friedman is a force unto himself that has taken the game show world and reinvented it for the 21st Century as well as being, perhaps, the nicest man in show business,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime (NATAS). "With Friedman joined by Mary Hart, the woman who set the bar for those that followed in the entertainment news genre, as our Lifetime Achievement honorees, we are looking forward to two incredible celebrations of the world of Daytime television this year. Add to that the move to the historic and elegant Pasadena Civic Auditorium to host both shows and I believe this will be one of the most celebratory and exciting Daytime Emmy Award shows in a long time!”

“The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is excited to be moving our signature show to the historic Pasadena Civic Center,” said Chuck Dages, Chairman, NATAS. “With its grand lobby and world class architecture, it is a fitting location for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.”

“We are thrilled to welcome the Daytime Emmys to the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said Michael Ross, CEO, Pasadena Center Operating Company. “It is an honor to host this significant occasion as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes the exceptional work of daytime broadcasting.”

A native of Omaha, Neb., Friedman developed an early fascination with television programming and personalities, including a young, local celebrity named Johnny Carson. Long before the concept of student internships was created, Friedman began hanging around Omaha's first television stations, learning by watching and doing whatever management permitted. While attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Friedman also worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Lincoln Star newspaper.

In 1971, Friedman arrived in Los Angeles and, without contacts, gave himself six months to find a job in the business. With less than 24 hours remaining on his self- imposed deadline, he talked his way into a part-time question-writer spot on Hollywood Squares, marking the beginning of his long, valued relationship with Heatter-Quigley Productions. Over the following 11 years, Friedman wrote and produced thousands of episodes of the popular series and was also actively involved in the development of several other game shows, including Gambit and High Rollers.

He first joined Wheel of Fortune as a producer in 1995, adding producer duties for JEOPARDY! in 1997. In 1998, he helped launch Rock & Roll JEOPARDY, which aired on the VH1 network. Friedman's other writing and producing credits range from network primetime specials, such as American Yearbook for CBS, to documentaries and home video. He also has worked with such companies as FOX, Dick Clark Productions, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Buena Vista Television/ABC, Orion Television, The Playboy Channel, Laurel Entertainment, Vin Di Bona Productions, A&E Network, Krofft Productions, Rosner Television and Four Star Productions.

Under Friedman's direction, the hit series JEOPARDY! has become the most honored syndicated game show in television history. In 2011, Friedman guided JEOPARDY! to win its first-ever Peabody Award. The awards panel credited the show for its role in “encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge.” JEOPARDY! has won a total of 33 Emmy Awards, including the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show.

Friedman has continued to broaden the show's scope with an expanded list of challenging categories and clues that reflect popular culture and also a variety of special tournaments. In 2003, he lifted JEOPARDY!'s five-day limit rule for contestants, allowing returning champions to continue amassing winnings as long as they remain victorious. This rule change led the way for the memorable 74-consecutive-day run of Utah software engineer Ken Jennings, during which he won a record $2.5 million. Series viewership increased an impressive 30 percent during the streak, at times outperforming primetime programs while making it one of the most talked-about shows in the country.

Friedman's work on Hollywood Squares, Wheel of Fortune and JEOPARDY! has earned him multiple Emmy® Awards and three Guinness World Records® records. He is the Guinness World Record holder for most game show episodes produced with 11,128 (as of March 31, 2016), most Emmy® Award nominations for a game show producer with 42 and most Emmy® Award wins by a game show producer with 13. In 2011, Wheel of Fortune and JEOPARDY! tied for the Outstanding Game Show award, and Friedman became the first producer ever to win two Emmys in the same category in a tie with himself.

In 2007, Friedman was honored by the National Association of Television Program Executives with the prestigious Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award. Later that year, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

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Broadway World

posted 1/27/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Book Learning"

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: eight-time J! champ uses winnings to buy a bookstore (Inside Edition)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: seven game show scandals (Digital Spy)
     

  • Mark Labbett reveals why he couldn't do "I'm a Celebrity..." (Her.ie)

posted 1/27/17


IMDB
MIKE CONNORS: 1925-2017
TV's "Mannix" Played "Hollywood Squares" Among Others
From TV Line

Mike Connors, best known for his titular role in the long-running CBS procedural Mannix, died Thursday of leukemia, Deadline reports. He was 91.

On Mannix, which debuted in 1967 and ran for eight seasons, Connors played disobedient, plaid coat-wearing private eye Joe Mannix. The role earned him a 1969 Golden Globe award for best actor in a drama series. The series ended its run in 1975 after producing 194 episodes.

Connors’ additional TV credits included guest stints on Murder She Wrote, Walker, Texas Ranger and, in what would be his final acting gig, a 2007 episode of Two and a Half Men.

During that time, he also appeared on "Win Lose or Draw" and all versions of "Hollywood Squares".

GSNN's Jason Block contributed to this report.

TV Line
Variety
Deadline
Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/26/17

WEDNESDAY: The Hunt Continues...
CBS Splits Night with ABC, Fox
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.352 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday with repeats of "The Goldbergs" (4.779 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Speechless" (4.018 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Modern Family" (4.415 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Black-ish" (3.908 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) plus its special "President Donald Trump: The White House Interview" (7.496 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

FOX (5.062 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then shared in the adults 18-49 honors with new episodes from "Lethal Weapon" (6.254 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Star" (3.870 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the time slot premiere of "Hunted" (5.528 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), a second "Hunted" (5.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Code Black" (5.606 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.164 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.149 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Chicago PD" (4.370 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (1.684 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and the season finale of "Frequency" (0.825 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the evening for The CW (1.254 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.512m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.095m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (P/Food): 983k
- Are You The One? (MTV): 596k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 430k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/25/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Late Partner"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Partner" pushed back to March 7. Thanks, Trump. (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Boyz II Men play Caraoke Showdown tonight (Broadway World)
     

  • Craig Ferguson to host his own SiriusXM show (Reality TV World)
     

  • Adam Lambert reunites with Queen for 25-city American tour (Reality TV World)
     

  • Rory McGrath pleads guilty to harassment (Yahoo!)
     

  • Bradley Walsh proud of how big a hit "The Chase" has become (The List)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Remember the 11-year-old who started a fire at a protest rally, then said "Screw the president" to a Fox News reporter? Guess who his dad is... (BizPac Review)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: this Jeopardy! champ's troll game is on point. Unless you're a fan of Steph Curry (CBS Sports)
     

  • Howie Mandel to play Binghamton (Binghamton Homepage)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: The Amazing Race heads to San Francisco (SF Gate)
     

  • Survivor baby on the way for Angie Layton (Reality TV World)
     

  • Andrew O'Keefe... on why Australia Day is awesome (Yahoo!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jason Mesnick (Reality TV World)

posted 1/26/17


Steve Hoffman
MARY TYLER MOORE: 1936-2017
TV Legend Played "Password Plus"
From TV Line

Mary Tyler Moore, star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died on Wednesday. She was 80.The beloved icon passed away “in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine,” Moore’s longtime rep, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

It had been reported early Wednesday that the TV icon was in a Connecticut hospital in critical condition. TMZ noted that, besides diabetes, she suffered from numerous additional health problems and had undergone brain surgery in 2011.

After beginning her 60-plus-year showbiz career as a dancer, Moore began to make inroads as an actress in 1959, thanks to a recurring role on Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Two years later, she got her big break when she was cast as Dick Van Dyke’s wife on his eponymous CBS sitcom. Upon winning the first of her two Emmys for her portrayal of Laura Petrie, Moore famously said, “I know this will never happen again.” Which, of course, it did, over and over.

Mary Tyler MooreDuring the 1970-77 run of CBS’ Mary Tyler Moore Show, its leading lady took home four more Emmys, including a 1974 golden girl for Actress of the Year (Series). A year after The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s finale, its star was already back on the small screen but headlining one unsuccessful variety show (The Mary Tyler Moore Hour) after another (Mary). She took time to play "Password All-Stars" and "Password Plus".

Moore returned to series television several more times — with the comedies Mary (1985) and Annie McGuire (1988), and the drama New York News (1995). But none of those shows caught on, much less held a candle to The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which netted a total of 29 Emmys — a record unbroken until Frasier won its 30th in 2002. Through MTM Enterprises, the company that Moore launched in 1969 with then-husband Grant Tinker, she produced such hit series as The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and St. Elsewhere.

Besides her series work, Moore also starred in a number of TV movies, among them Like Mother, Like Son, The Gin Game (with Van Dyke), Stolen Babies (for which she won another Emmy in 1993) and Mary and Rhoda, in which she and Valerie Harper reprised their Mary Tyler Moore Show roles. Her guest gigs included appearances on The Ellen Show, That ’70s Show and Lipstick Jungle.

In what would turn out to be her final TV appearances, Moore reunited with Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Betty White in a 2011 episode of Hot in Cleveland, then not only with White but also with their old MTM castmates Harper, Cloris Leachman and Georgia Engel in a 2013 installment.

Broadway World
TV Line

posted 1/25/17

TUESDAY: Face Off Goes All-Star
Catch It on Syfy Tonight!
From Broadway World

Syfy's award-winning series FACE OFF returns for Season 11 on Tuesday, January 24 at 9/8c with 16 all-star contestants vying for a grand prize and the honor of being Hollywood's next great special effects make-up artist. Hosted by make-up effects royalty McKenzie Westmore, the series returns with elaborate never-before-seen challenges to test their skills as they battle it out for a coveted SECOND CHANCE at victory. FACE OFF: ALL STARS was announced this morning on THE TODAY SHOW as two audience members were treated to spectacular Halloween make-overs by contestants Stella Sensel (Season 7) and Tyler Green (Season 6).

The full list of contestants set to compete on FACE OFF: ALL STARS below:

Adam Milicevic (Season 8) Los Angeles, CA
Ben Ploughman (Season 9) Los Angeles, CA
Cat Paschen (Season 6) Los Angeles, CA
Cig Neutron (Season 7) Los Angeles CA
Emily Serpico (Season 8) Orlando, FL
Evan Hedges (Season 9) Boulder, CO
Gage Hubbard (Season 1) Los Angeles, CA
George Troester (Season 7) Los Angeles, CA
Jasmine Ringo (Season 9) Las Vegas, NV
Keaghlan Ashley (Season 7) Los Angeles, CA
Logan Long (Season 8) Salt Lake City, UT
Melissa Ebbe (Season 10) Milwaukee, WI
Niko Gonzalez (Season 6) Los Angeles, CA
Rachael Wagner (Season 7) Los Angeles, CA
Stella Sensel (Season 7) New York, NY
Tyler Green (Season 6) Litchfield, CT

McKenzie Westmore, a member of a multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, returns to host FACE OFF: ALL STARS, as do the series' popular judges, multiple Academy Award® winner Ve Neill ("Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Amazing Spider-Man"), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick ("The Hunger Games," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"), and creature designer Neville Page ("Avatar," "Prometheus"). World-renowned Hollywood make-up artist Michael Westmore ("Star Trek") continues as contestant mentor.

How did it do?
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.375m
- Chopped (Food): 1.080m
- Face Off (SP/Syfy): 733k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 416k
- Billy on the Street (SP/truTV): 174k

NBC (7.785 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with originals from "The Wall" (6.542 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "This Is Us" (9.513 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (12.052 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "NCIS" (16.019 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Bull" (11.080 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.059 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6).

Next up was FOX (2.811 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and new episodes of "New Girl" (2.369 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "The Mick" (2.786 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Bones" (3.044 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.776 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (4.372 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "American Housewife" (3.389 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.779 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13), "The Real O'Neals" (2.067 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.024 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 1/25/17

More on "Ultimate Beastmaster"
Season 1 Streams on Netflix February 24
From the Futon Critic

It lives to destroy all challengers. 108 athletes from 6 different countries will compete in the most physically demanding competition the world has ever seen. But only one can be crowned the "Ultimate Beastmaster". See the beast in all its glory in the series newly released trailer. The action intensifies when the series launches on Netflix February 24, 2017.

Ultimate Beastmaster is the first international competition series of its kind with six customized local versions featuring local languages, competitors and hosts from each competing country. Those countries are: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the U.S, The series is produced by Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Grudge Match) and Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser, Strong).

The 10-episode event series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, in total. Each hour-long episode will feature 12 competitors, two from each country, who will take their shot at running one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised, "The Beast." At the end of each episode, a 'Beastmaster' will be crowned and in the final episode of the season, the nine individual winners from each episode will compete against each other for the chance for one contestant to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/25/17

Top Model Heads to the UK. Again
CBS Studios International Brokers Deal
From Broadway World

CBS Studios International announced today that it has licensed the first-window U.K. broadcast rights for new drama MACGYVER and the latest season of "America's Next Top Model" (ANTM) to Sky. Both series will premiere in February, with MACGYVER broadcast on Feb. 8 at 8:00 PM on Sky 1 and "America's Next Top Model" on Feb. 2 at 8:00 PM on Sky Living.

"MACGYVER's action-adventure storylines and ANTM's iconic format are prime examples of CBS' successful programming that appeals to a global audience," said Stephen Tague, senior vice president, Europe, CBS Studios International. "We look forward to working with Sky, one of our most important U.K. partners, to make these new series a success for the territory."

Commenting on the news, Adam Macdonald, director of Sky 1 and Sky Living said: "We're delighted that Sky Living audiences will be the first in the U.K. to see the latest instalment of the hugely popular ANTM. And Sky 1 audiences love an explosive action-adventure, making MACGYVER the perfect addition to our February line-up."

Broadway World

posted 1/25/17

It's Mary Berry's World...
"Baking Show" Judge, "The Chase" Win NTA Awards
From The Sun

Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry has been crowned best TV Judge at the National Television Awards.

The 81-year-old won following her decision to quit the hit show – last year’s most watched programme with 15.9million viewers.

Mary, who decided to remain with the BBC when it was sold off to rivals Channel 4 in August, beat Simon Cowell, 57, David Walliams, 45, and Nicole Scherzinger, 38.

She also won the head-to-head clash with Strictly’s head judge Len Goodman, 72, after he retired last month following 14 series.

She admitted she was “thrilled” to have beaten rivals Len and Simon to the prize and also used her speech to boast about the fact there is “no swearing” on the Great British Bake Off.

She said: “I love judging it has always been a great honor. I think I know how to bake and I love telling people that next time do a little bit better.

“But the greatest reward is that all the young are baking, and everybody is sitting down at 8 o’clock, the whole family, gran, the baby in arms, there’s no swearing, it’s the best program.

“And I’m so grateful. And thank you very much.”

ITV quiz show The Chase hosted by Bradley Walsh, 56, won Best Daytime, beating its BBC rival Pointless.

The Scottish Sun
Express and Star

posted 1/25/17

Top Chef to Return for 15th Course
Bravo Sets Casting Notice
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" is embarking on a nationwide search for the utmost talented and emerging chefs to compete on season 15 of the high-stakes culinary competition series. This year's chef meet and greets will take place by appointment at restaurants of alumni and friends of "Top Chef" in Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

Currently in its 14th season and airing Thursday nights at 9pm ET/PT, "Top Chef" is averaging more than 2 million total viewers, up 4% versus the prior season. The season premiere (12/1/16) was the most watched season premiere in over five years in total viewers.*

The competition in Charleston continues on a nostalgic brand new episode of "Top Chef" airing Thursday, January 26 at 9 PM ET/PT, when season six winner Michael Voltaggio puts the seven remaining chefs' palates to the test with a blindfolded taste experiment. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are asked to draw inspiration from their own childhood memories to create dishes for the MUSC Children's Hospital Fund charity gala on the ultra-exclusive Kiawah Island. The chefs will need to impress 100 guests in order to stay in the competition. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-14/episode-9/videos/a-blind-taste-test.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/24/17

MONDAY: No Fans, No Problem
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.880 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (7.328 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and the return of "Quantico" (2.985 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

CBS (7.648 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (8.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Man with a Plan" (7.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (7.124 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.116 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Scorpion" (7.668 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Next up was FOX (3.901 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (3.626 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Lucifer" (4.175 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.702 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.829 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Timeless" (3.447 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

And finally, the return of "Supergirl" (2.641 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.025 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.833 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.446m
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.332m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.291m
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.033m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 417k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 365k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/24/17

WEEKEND: The Hunt Begins
CBS' Take on UK Hit Begins Sunday After AFC Championship
From CBS Miami

You can run, but can you hide? CBS has created the most elaborate game of hide and go seek. It’s called ‘Hunted.’ The show follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today’s vast digital world as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them.

From searching their targets’ homes and scouring their internet and cell phone histories, to identifying behavioral patterns, Hunters in the field and Command Center investigators work together to identify clues to potential hiding places and collaborators that can ultimately lead to capture.

Will the anxiety of being fugitives on the run cause teams to make a critical error, or will they be able to stay off the grid long enough to avoid being found within 100,000 square miles of the southeastern United States?

A grand prize of $250,000 will be awarded to each team that successfully evades being caught for up to 28 days.

CBS (33.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 10.9, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its coverage of the "AFC Championship" (41.254 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 13.4, #1) followed by the premiere of "Hunted" (10.773 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2).

A distant second place then went to FOX (2.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and its lineup of "Son of Zorn" (3.946 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Bob's Burgers" (2.407 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Simpsons" (2.626 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), a new "Son of Zorn" (1.991 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Family Guy" (2.105 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and another "Bob's Burgers" (2.005 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.342 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its combination of "Dateline NBC" (5.026 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and the feature "Ted" (2.332 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "To Tell the Truth" (3.269 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), another "To Tell the Truth" (3.005 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Quantico" (1.712 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) closed out the night on ABC (3.171 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 314k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.846m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.139m
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 318k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 309k

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posted 1/24/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Orange Grit"

  • This year's Kids Choice Awards has a host.... AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!!!!! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Erin Andrews recovering from cervical cancer LIKE A BOSS. (Sports Illustrated)
     

  • The Price Is Right Live! coming to Harrah's Cherokee (WLOS Asheville)
     

  • Amy Doyle named EVP, GM of MTV, VH1, L-O-G-O (Variety)

posted 1/24/17

Sony TV on the Block?
Reports: Company Looks to Spin Off TV/Film Unit
From Nasdaq

As Michael Lynton, the former head of Sony Entertainment, heads for greener pastures at Snap Inc., speculation has been bandied about what might happen to the fate of Sony's entertainment arm, especially Sony Pictures. While some have speculated CBS might be a natural buyer, perhaps the most obvious one of all isn't an old-world media conglomerate, but rather a new one -- YouTube.

The Google-owned video-sharing website and not CBS, Paramount, Fox or any other major conglomerate would make the most sense for Sony Pictures, should the Japanese-based conglomerate want to offload the unit.

Unlike the aforementioned companies, YouTube (via its parent company, Alphabet), has the balance sheet to do such a deal. At the end of the third-quarter, Alphabet had more than $83 billion in cash and cash equivalents, plenty enough to swallow a deal for Sony Pictures, which could go for as much as $20 or $30 billion, depending upon the math.

The Hollywood Reporter has mentioned CBS (as have others) as a potential buyer of Sony Pictures -- owner of the Merv Griffin, Barry-Enright, Stewart & Barris catalogues and majority owner of GSN -- it makes sense. Les Moonves has long wanted to own a movie studio and it's the only major U.S.-based media conglomerate without a significant movie studio (CBS Films is small in comparison to Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney [DIS] and Paramount).

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Fortune

posted 1/23/17

Susan Calman Hosts Like a "Boss"
New Series to Premiere on BBC One
From Chortle

Susan Calman is to host a daytime quiz for BBC One, Chortle can reveal.

The Boss requires contestants to cooperate with and betray each other in knockout rounds of strategy and general knowledge.

Twenty 45-minute episodes have been ordered, and auditions are beginning for recordings at the BBC's studios at MediaCity in Salford. The comic has also postponed tour dates in Keswick, Leicester, Durham and Hove next month.

In each episode, one contestant becomes The Boss and must decide which of the other five is best suited to answer a mixture of questions, identifying each’s strengths and weaknesses.

To win the cash prize, The Boss must remain in power. At the end of every round, the other contestants can choose to challenge them in a head-to-head battle that will see one eliminated.

Dan McGolpin, the BBC’s Controller of Daytime, said: ‘It’s great news that Susan Calman is joining our line-up. She will bring her natural wit and charm to new quiz The Boss where she will put aspiring leaders through their paces and pull them up on any shortcomings.’

Calman previously hosted The Lie, a quiz on STV in 2014, and currently asks the questions on kid's show Top Class, which pits teams from UK primary schools against each other. It returns for a second series on CBBC on Wednesday.

Chortle
ATV Today

posted 1/23/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Saturday Night BLANK"

  • Alec Baldwin will play Trump... and others in his record 17th round of hosting SNL February 11 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Gavin Rossdale says divorce from Gwen Stefani was "completely opposite to what I wanted" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bob Eubanks to bring "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to The Villages January 29 (Villages News)
     

  • So why did Mark Labbett storm off the "Chase" set that one time? "It's what I do" (The Daily Express)
     

  • Did Lara Spencer help a "Flea Market Flip" team cheat? (Fresno Bee)

posted 1/23/17


GSN
THURSDAY: Divided, It Falls
GSN Original Series Debuts
From Broadway World

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it will pair the debut of its new original game show series, DIVIDED, with the season four premiere of returning favorite, IDIOTEST, beginning Thursday, January 19. The network will air back-to-back episodes of DIVIDED at 9 and 9:30pm, followed by two new episodes of IDIOTEST at 10 and 10:30pm.

Hosted by Emmy(R) Award winning executive producer Mike Richards ("The Price is Right," "Let's Make A Deal"), DIVIDED serves as part game show, part social experiment, asking whether a team of complete strangers can agree on the same answer in order to collectively win prize money. Each half-hour episode of DIVIDED features four contestants who must come to a consensus on the answers to each of the questions they are given, while a ticking clock reduces their potential bounty for every moment they spend debating. With more money available to win in each successive round, the intensity escalates - from collectively voting a teammate off, to the final twist, when the remaining prize money is divided into three drastically unequal parts and the contestants must agree on who should receive which share - or risk losing everything if the clock runs out. The more the players argue, disagree or dig in their heels, the less money becomes available to them.

"DIVIDED is the first game show of its kind, fusing together the exuberance of game shows with the cutthroat drama of reality TV," says Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN's EVP Programming and Development. "Audiences will be shocked by the different group dynamics that happen when people are faced with opposing personalities, little time, high stress and so much money at stake."

IDIOTEST, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib ("Chelsea Lately," "Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster") and based on the highly popular app game, pits two pairs of contestants against each other in several rounds of visual brain teasers that look deceptively simple, but whose answers actually require a sharp eye, quick mind and heightened sense of logic. Every question involves a fun, colorful and often whimsical scene that tests observation and attention to detail. Contestants play the game on giant touch screens, trying to win money...or at least not look stupid. If they fail at both, Gleib is always ready with his irreverent wit and hilarious observational humor.

The new season of IDIOTEST will again feature a number of special episodes, including Hipsters vs. Fashionistas, TEACHERS vs. Students and Good Girls vs. Bad Boys, plus "rivalry" shows like Ohio State vs. Michigan and USC vs. UCLA, to special all-kids versions of the show. Celebrity comedians participating this season also include Amir K, Jo Koy, Sidney Castillo, Zainab Johnson, Brad Williams, Adam Ray, Ian Bagg, Lachlan Patterson and more.

The results for these and everything else on cable...
- Alone (History): 1.748m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.526k
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.102m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.007m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.004m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 902k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 643k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 507k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 451k
- Divided (P/GSN/9p): 424k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 421k
- Idiotest (SP/GSN/10p): 411k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 387k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 342k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 288k

On broadcast, CBS (8.198 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with new episodes from "The Big Bang Theory" (15.047 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "The Great Indoors" (8.103 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Mom" (8.513 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Life in Pieces" (6.910 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Pure Genius" (5.308 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

NBC (5.043 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Good Place" (3.965 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), the seaosn finale of "The Good Place" (3.789 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and new episodes from "Chicago Med" (6.303 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "The Blacklist" (4.949 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Sharing second place was FOX (3.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.911 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "My Kitchen Rules" (2.465 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for repeats of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.977 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Scandal" (2.985 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) plus a special "20/20" (4.871 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.976 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and "Supernatural" (0.857 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the night for The CW (0.916 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily
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posted 1/20/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "America"

  • Arlene Phillips, who was in a scuttlebutt with the BBC about her age, is in a special about getting older (Gazette Series)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The $100,000 Pyramid" looking for players in NYC (Binghamton Homepage)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS: so there's a game show on Amazon Prime that features people taking their clothes off. And someone decided you should know this (Decider)

posted 1/20/17

WEDNESDAY: The People's Choice...
ABC, Fox Split Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.506 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and FOX (5.125 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) shared in the demo honors as the former served up a special "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.480 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) followed by a new "Speechless" (5.361 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), a repeat "Modern Family" (4.530 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and originals from "Black-ish" (4.620 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "Match Game" (3.524 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

The latter then offered up fresh installments of "Lethal Weapon" (6.249 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Star" (4.001 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was CBS (6.395 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with a new "Undercover Boss" (5.862 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) alongside "The 43rd Annual People's Choice Awards" (6.661 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) served up new episodes of "Blindspot" (4.666 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.380 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.940 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

And finally, a repeat "Arrow" (0.870 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and the penultimate "Frequency" (0.783 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (0.826 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable..
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.529m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.133m
- Are You The One? (MTV): 523k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 366k
- Are You The One? The Aftermatch (MTV): 247k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/19/17


NBC
TUESDAY: Good News for "The Wall"
New Hit Helps NBC to Win PLUS!!! MORE EPISODES!
From the Futon Critic

NBC has ordered 20 more episodes of its edge-of-your-seat new alternative hit "The Wall," executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James and Maverick Carter and hosted by Chris Hardwick.

"When we started 'The Wall' we wanted to create something that would get families excited and change peoples' lives. Maverick and I couldn't be more proud of the show's early success and we want to keep building on that," said James. "I want to thank NBC for their partnership, Andrew Glassman for his vision, and all the fans for their support."

"We're thrilled that viewers have become as captivated by 'The Wall' as we are," said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio, NBC Entertainment. "We have been in pursuit of a brand new high-stakes game show for a while and are so happy to have developed it with LeBron James. Every time a player releases a green or red ball, the tension is palpable because each drop can affect the contestants life in the most extraordinary way and that makes for great television."

"A big event, family-friendly game show that can open a night is a wonderful asset joining NBC's powerhouse reality brands such as 'The Voice,' 'America's Got Talent,' 'American Ninja Warrior' and 'Little Big Shots,'" said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "Chris Hardwick is masterful as he conducts this high-stakes rollercoaster, and the dramatic ride of the contestants ends with a thrilling decision that pays off differently every time and increases viewership significantly across the hour."

Following "Better Late Than Never," "The Wall" marks the second show to launch under the newly formed Universal Television Alternative Studio, which was announced in June.

"The Wall" is also garnering exceptional interest across the globe with top French broadcaster TF1 being the first foreign territory to commission the show and gearing up to produce 40 episodes this spring.

NBC (7.740 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the demo king on Tuesday with its trio of "The Wall" (6.646 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "This Is Us" (9.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.044 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

CBS (11.848 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its dramas "NCIS" (15.421 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Bull" (10.966 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.157 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.779 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.596 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "American Housewife" (5.425 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.845 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "The Real O'Neals" (2.767 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.020 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.727 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "New Girl" (2.351 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11), "The Mick" (2.727 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Bones" (2.915 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, a repeat of "The Flash" (1.008 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and the season finale of "No Tomorrow" (0.604 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) closed out the night for The CW (0.806 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.476m
- Chopped (Food): 967k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 902k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 397k
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 219k

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posted 1/19/17

SYNDIES: Week 17
Results for Week Ending January 8
From the Futon Critic

Coverage of the star-studded memorial services and funerals for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher ignited the news magazines in a generally very strong session for access shows in the week ending Jan. 8.

Family Feud edged up 3% to a new series high 7.6 and outperformed the game shows for the 37th consecutive week.

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) 7.6* +3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.1* +15%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7* +12%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8* +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 +8%

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posted 1/19/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Washington Game Night"

  • Jane Lynch to play Janet Reno (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Corinne Olympios: "This isn't a joke anymore." Someone set up a GoFundMe to "free" her nanny (Reality TV World)
     

  • Blake Shelton calls Gwen Stefani a hot date (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jon "Bowzer" Bauman goes to bat against efforts to weaken safety net for seniors (CentralMaine.com)
     

  • Howie Mandel plays Spokane (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Alexander Armstrong is an answer to a question on his own show (Digital Spy)

posted 1/19/17

MTV Gets "Stranded with a Million Dollars"
Catch It February 21
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced, "Stranded with a Million Dollars," a thought-provoking new survivalist series, which will force a group of young adventurers to literally answer the question, "How much would you pay to survive?" The 10-episode season of "Stranded with a Million Dollars" premieres Tuesday, February 21 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

The series drops 10 adventurers on an island with nothing but the clothes on their backs and $1 million in cash. Those who survive for 40 days filled with gut-wrenching journeys and demanding physical challenges will split the money as their prize. The catch? They can buy all of the survival supplies and creature comforts they desire, but everything is crazy expensive (think $30K for a tent), all decisions to make a purchase require a group majority and the cost comes out of their shared prize money.

The participants are free to leave the island at any point by shooting a flare gun indicating they're ready to throw in the towel and leave their pride and accumulated cash behind. Friends and foes are forced to work together in an intense group dynamic that tests psychological limits, pushes personalities to the brink and leaves everyone wondering who, if anyone, will make it to the end in this genre-busting series that would leave Katniss Everdeen breathless and the Lord of the Flies boys running for the hills.

Adding a modern spin to the survival show construct, "Stranded with a Million Dollars" relies on retrofitted drone cameras and robo-cam technology for principle photography. The unique fly-on-the wall result provides a rarely seen perspective for viewers, while truly adding a layer of isolation for the survivors as they fight brutal conditions... and each other.

"Stranded with a Million Dollars" is produced by Tollbooth TV - Concept By and Executive Produced by Kevin Lee. John Davis served as Executive-in-Charge.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/18/17

Judges Announced for "Roast Battle 2"
Elimination Rounds Begin January 26
From the Futon Critic

Comedy Central and Jeff Ross announced today that Whitney Cummings, Ken Jeong, Anthony Jeselnik, John Mayer, T.J. Miller, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Snoop Dogg will serve as celebrity judges deciding the round-by-round fate of 16 comedian combatants during the four nights of "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle II: War of the Words." The bracket-style insult-comedy tournament will be filmed in Los Angeles on the Sunset Strip, airing January 26-29 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. The January 29 finale airs LIVE. Jeselnik and Snoop Dogg will appear on the January 26 episode; Cummings and Jeong, January 27; Mayer and Silverman, January 28; and Miller, Oswalt, and Sudeikis live on January 29.

Comedians doing battle include Zac Amico, Todd Barry, Matthew Broussard, Frank Castillo, Keith Carey, Scott Chaplain, Joe Dosch, Olivia Grace, Alex Hooper, Leah Kayajanian, Jessica Kirson, Jay Light, Kurt Metzger, Yamaneika Saunders, Evan Willams and Anna Valenzuela. Fans can visit RoastBattle.com to track the tournament bracket and watch highlight clips from each night's battles, and can join the social conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #RoastBattle.

First round matchups are:

Kurt Metzger vs Yamaneika Saunders
Todd Barry vs Jessica Kirson
Matthew Broussard vs Zac Amico
Joe Dosch vs Leah Kayajanian
Evan Williams vs Anna Valenzuela
Jay Light vs Frank Castillo
Keith Carey vs Olivia Grace
Scott Chaplain vs Alex Hooper

Inspired by the gritty, competitive proving grounds of the comedy-club circuit, "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle II: War of the Words" is led by Roastmaster General Jeff Ross and referee/comedian Brian Moses. "Roast Battle" first debuted on Comedy Central last summer with comedian Mike Lawrence taking home the crown.

In a nod to "Roast Battle's" comedy-club roots, a four-city preliminary-competition tour was scheduled to seek out the top battlers across the nation, a selection of which will appear in the main event. The tour locations included Laughing Skull Lounge in Atlanta, Village Underground in New York City, Comedy Works in Denver, Colorado and Comedy Store Belly Room in Los Angeles.

Each of the ticketed live shows was filmed and all are airing weekly in January on Sundays leading up to the main-event premiere of "Roast Battle II." The first of the four preliminary rounds kicked off on Sunday, January 1 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/18/17

Head of "Eggheads" Cracked
Dermot Murnaghan Quietly Quits
From the Huffington Post

‘Pointless’ has garnered all the headlines this week with its change of roles for hosts Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, but something equally dramatic appears to have happened on ‘Eggheads’, without anyone noticing.

If you’re wondering what’s happened to host Dermot Murnaghan, you’re not the only one… and now it’s been confirmed that the original presenter has quietly left the show, without any kind of farewell fanfare.

Dermot had fronted the demanding quiz show - inviting wannabe boffins to test their wits against some of the biggest brains in the country - since its inception since 2003, but had been sharing hosting duties with Jeremy Vine since 2008.

The pair have both been in the seat ever since, meaning viewers were slow to spot Dermot’s absence, but keen-eyed fans have noticed he’s been gone for more than a year, and now the Sun confirms his departure is permanent.

Jeremy Vine is now the full-time host of the show.

The newspaper quotes his agent confirming that Dermot has quit the show due to his busy schedule, including his news anchoring duties for Sky News. However, everyone seems happy enough with Jeremy, seen as more of a ‘BBC fit’, with his show on Radio 2, work on ‘Panorama’ and, of course, last year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

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posted 1/18/17

MONDAY: A Big Fan and a Sex Tape
ABC Splits with CBS DESPITE "Big Fan" Fadeout
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.641 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ for the fourth week in a row behind "The Bachelor" (7.108 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and week two of "Big Fan" (3.181 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and another "Big Fan" (2.234 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

CBS (7.301 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then snagged the silver with originals from "Kevin Can Wait" (8.640 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Man with a Plan" (7.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.461 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "The Odd Couple" (5.649 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Scorpion" (7.693 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the return of "Gotham" (3.685 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Lucifer" (3.987 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.019 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up a new "The Celebrity Apprentice" (4.299 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and the return of "Timeless" (3.458 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

And finally, The CW (1.424 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with its two-hour special "Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala" (1.424 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.702m
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.145m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.036m
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 516k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 236k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/18/17

WEEKEND: CBS, ABC Split
"Shark Tank" Continues to Be ABC's Top Demo Draw
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.200 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the top draw on Friday with new episodes from "MacGyver" (7.715 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.544 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (10.340 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

ABC (5.893 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) however shared the demo crown with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (7.240 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "Dr. Ken" (4.913 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Shark Tank" (5.794 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "20/20" (5.807 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.682 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Grimm" (4.302 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Emerald City" (3.294 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Dateline NBC" (3.451 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.501 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Rosewood" (2.855 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (2.147 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, the return of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.001 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and a new "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.567 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (0.784 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Saturday:
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 171k

On cable Sunday:
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.471m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 908k
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 250k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 227k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/18/17

"Shark Tank", "The Voice" Breakthrough
Reality Skeins Win Awards
From Yahoo!

 ABC’s “Shark Tank,” NBC’s “The Voice” and HBO’s “Hard Knocks” earned the top series prizes at the third annual Reality Breakthrough Awards.

The kudos were handed out Tuesday at a luncheon ceremony held as part of the NATPE conference in Miami. “Fuller House” star Bob Saget hosted at the Fontainebleau Hotel.

True to form, Saget left the off-color jokes fly. He likened the titles of the shows nominated in the unstructured reality category to his first marriage, noting that the relationship started began as “Deadliest Catch” and wound up leaving him “Naked and Afraid.”

“The Voice” earned the award for reality-competition series and “Voice” veteran Blake Shelton won for reality personality. “Voice” producer Mark Burnett also grabbed the win in the structured reality series category for ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night” won the prize for game show.

Steve Harvey, host of his self-titled syndicated talk show and game show “Family Feud,” was recognized for reality host.

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C21Media

posted 1/18/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Praise the Lord and Pass the Mallet"

  • CASTING COUCH: The Gong Show (Broadway World)
     

  • Kay Crewdson goes from "Finders Keepers" to BBC Radio York (York Mix)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! medical student misses question... on the Chase... against Paul Sinha... who's also a practicing doctor. And then things get weird (Huffington Post)

posted 1/18/17


National Association of Broadcasters
Happy Birthday, Betty!
First Lady of Game Shows Turns 95
From WDRB Louisville

Happy birthday, Betty White!

The actress turns 95 on January 17th. She was born in 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois.

She's best remembered for two iconic television rolls. She started as a devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic 1970s "Mary Tyler Moore Show." But most remember her best as the ditzy Rose Nylund on the "Golden Girls."

White is the widow of TV game show host Allen Ludden. She still acts and is known for her tireless efforts on behalf of animals.

Her panel appearance run the gamut from "Match Game" to "Password" to appearances on "To Tell the Truth", spanning the original era to the current version with Anthony Anderson.

She was the first female to have won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 1983 for "Just Men!"

WDRB Louisville
uInterview
KIAH Houston
WGN-AM Chicago
Hidden Remote
ET Canada
Broadway World

posted 1/17/17

"Dancing": March 20
ABC to Announce Stars at a Later Date
From the Futon Critic

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" will return for its 24th season on MONDAY, MARCH 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST). "Dancing with the Stars," produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, prepares for more glitz, glamour and sequins. With an all-new cast of celebrities ready to take on the competition and hit the ballroom floor, it will be another season full of surprises and unforgettable dances.

"Dancing with the Stars" is the hit reality series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines, which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts and voted on by viewers.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/17/17

Speaking of the BBC...
"The Great British Baking Show" to Return to PBS
From the Futon Critic

PBS announced today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour that THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW will return for a fourth season on June 16, 2017, airing Friday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). This upcoming season is the BBC's most recent season, which received the highest-ever viewership for the series. PBS also announced it has committed to a fifth season of the series that has previously aired on the BBC.

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW follows amateur bakers from diverse backgrounds who tackle culinary trials that increase in difficulty as the competition unfolds. In each episode, challenges come in three categories: a Signature Bake, to test the contestants' creative flair and baking ability; a Technical Bake, in which challengers receive basic recipes with ingredient lists and minimal instruction; and the Showstopper Bake, designed to display depth of skill and talent.

As in past seasons, bakers will be judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, two icons of British baking. With nearly 60 years of cooking experience, Berry established herself as a leading food writer and broadcaster. Over her career, she has published 70 cookbooks that have sold millions of copies around the world. She was also appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) during the Queen's 2012 Birthday Honors. The son of a baker, Paul Hollywood is one of the U.K.'s leading artisan bread makers. Though trained as a sculptor, he was persuaded by his father to join the family business and to combine both his artistic and culinary talents. Hollywood has worked in some of the world's most exclusive hotels, including London's Dorchester. He published the best-selling 100 Great Breads, which to date has been translated into seven languages. Comedy duo Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc are also back as the series hosts who keep the contestants and judges grounded, providing the right balance of humor, support and naughtiness.

"THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW has emerged as one of PBS' most popular programs, with the third season, debuting last July, ranking as the most-streamed program on PBS this past summer," said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming. "We're thrilled to continue airing this warm and charming competition for at least two more seasons, and continuing to build its popularity on these shores."

The Futon Critic

posted 1/17/17

So You Think You Can Get Renewed?
Report: Renewal Likely for SYTYCD
From Deadline

Fox is yet to weigh in officially on the fate of summer reality staple So You Think You Can Dance, but things are looking up for the venerable dance competition. “We expect the show to return for a 14th season in the summer,” Fox chairman Gary Newman told Deadline during TCA last week. “We are having lengthy conversations with the producers about it.”

The extensive talks follow mixed reaction to last season’s 13th installment, which was branded SYTYCD: The Next Generation and featured child contestants. The core SYTYCD fan base did not embrace the format change, and now the network and producers are spending a lot of time figuring out Season 14. While talks are still going on, Newman indicated that next season will return to SYTYCD‘s roots and stick closer to its original premise.

SYTYCD would anchor an all-unscripted summer 2017 lineup. “We have no plans for a scripted series to air next summer,” Newman told Deadline. Mystery drama Wayward Pines, which ran the last two summers, may return for a third installment but it won’t be ready for this coming summer, Newman said during the Fox TCA executive panel.

Of Fox’s upcoming summer slate, Newman highlighted new game show Beat Shazam, executive produced by Mark Burnett and hosted by Jamie Foxx, for which the network has high hopes.

Deadline

posted 1/17/17

"Funny" They Should Ask...
Panelists Lined Up for Fall 2017 Syndie Offering
From TV Newscheck

Entertainment Studios Inc. has slotted a premiere week with comedians for its new comedy game show Funny You Should Ask. The series is a firm go for fall 2017 in broadcast strip syndication and cable.

Hosted by Jon Kelley (Extra, The Mole), Funny You Should Ask is a comedy game show featuring a panel of comedians who interact with contestants for cash. In each episode, the stakes increase as the contestants ask the comedians questions.

The comedians appearing in the premiere week episodes include: Howie Mandel, Anthony Anderson, Tom Arnold, Louie Anderson, Sheryl Underwood, Cedric the Entertainer, Jon Lovitz, Sherri Shepherd, Natasha Leggero, Bill Bellamy, Harland Williams, Jackee, Gary Owen, Maria Bamford, Dave Coulier, Pauly Shore, and Caroline Rhea.

In his pitch, Byron Allen is positioning Funny You Should Ask as a much-needed, fresh alternative to the long-running quiz shows and entertainment news magazines that have been staples of prime access for decades. The show uses 12 cameras and is filmed before a studio audience of 300, Allen said.

The show is being produced and distributed by Allen’s company, Entertainment Studios. He is chairman and CEO.

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posted 1/17/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Remember the Dream"

  • VIDEO WALL: Michael Strahan talks NFL, the Playoffs... and his night gig... which he displays in full force (Broadway World)
     

  • Blake Shelton to play People's Choice Awards (Reality TV World)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Amber Rose catch on the kissing cam with Val Chmerkovskiy (Reality TV World)
     

  • Summer Zervos files a suit against the PEOTUS for allegedly grabbing her by the... well, you know (Reality TV World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: back in the saddle looking for a little affection? Take a shot as a contestant on the Love Connection! (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Syndicated show idea? Good luck getting on the schedule (TV Newscheck)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Kellie. Pickler. Talk show. (TV Newscheck)

posted 1/17/17


Speakerpedia
Richard Ayoade Named New Maze Master
"Crystal Maze" Heads to Series
From Campaign Live

Channel 4 is bringing back popular 90s game show The Crystal Maze for a full new series hosted by comedian Richard Ayoade.

Producers are already looking for teams of five contestants to take part in the show, in which crystals are earned by completing skill, mystery, physical or mental challenges.

The Crystal Maze, which originally aired from 1990 to 1995, returned to Channel 4 in October last year for a Stand Up to Cancer celebrity special hosted by Stephen Merchant.

The show became a 90s cult hit, partly do to the appeal of Rocky Horror creator and star Richard O’Brien who hosted the show until 1993.

The new series will air this year, hosted by Ayoade, the star of Channel 4 comedies The IT Crowd and Travel Man.

The Crystal Maze will be executive produced by Peter Usher and Neale Simpson for Fizz and has been commissioned by Tom Beck, commissioning editor for entertainment, and head of entertainment Ed Havard.

Beck said: "The Stand Up To Cancer special was so brilliant and so successful that commissioning a series of The Crystal Maze was almost a no-brainer.

"And I couldn’t be more pleased and excited that Richard has agreed to become the new Maze Master – he’s an inspired choice."

The new series of rebooted Channel 4 gameshow The Crystal Maze will be made at The Bottle Yard Studios.

A purpose-built maze covering 30,000 square feet is being created by the original Crystal Maze designer James Dillon in a previously unused area of the Bristol production facility.

RDF Television director of production Jane Wilson said: “I first visited The Bottle Yard years ago and I immediately knew it would be perfect for something and that ‘something’ has turned out to be The Crystal Maze.

“The scale, atmosphere and versatility of the space perfectly compliment the iconic status of the original show.

“The Bottle Yard’s unique features and the actual fabric of the building itself will be incorporated into a fantastic new set. Clearly we were made for each other.”

Applications are now open for teams of five with a sixth on stand-by. Prospective contestants must be 18 years old or over, a permanent legal resident of the UK (to include Isle of Man and the Channel Islands), and be able "to attend studio and willing to release yourself from family and/or work commitments on request. Casting ends March 1.

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posted 1/16/17


Endemol Shine/BBC
Pointless at 1000
Xander Armstrong & Richard Osman Change Places for Historic Landmark
From the Guardian

For fans of the BBC tea-time quiz Pointless, today’s episode will look as odd as tuning in to find Jay Stewart hosting "Let's Make a Deal" with Monty Hall announcing.

Since 2009, as the series has been progressively promoted, up to seven million regular viewers have seen Alexander Armstrong stand at a lectern to introduce guests, while Richard Osman sits at a desk, offering glosses on right and wrong answers.

But – to celebrate the 1,000th episode – at 5.15pm, a standing Osman will reveal his legs for the first time, while the seated Armstrong conceals his. Characteristically of a show in which the appeal is the gently teasing banter between the two presenters, no direct mention is made of the job-swap, except for Osman wondering aloud whether they shouldn’t have done something special to mark the occasion.

At first, the reverse image is as disconcerting as seeing a ventriloquist’s dummy with its hand up the bum of a human operator. And, touchingly, despite having watched the other man do the reverse job 999 times, each requires occasional prompting over what comes next.

It’s appropriate that for the candle-blowing show, Pointless should offer a counter-intuitive image, as its format depends on flipping the logic that rules most quiz shows. Competitors must try and score as few points as possible by predicting the answer that the smallest number among 100 members of the public will give to a particular question.

Tonight’s rounds, fittingly, are all anniversary-themed. So, in one relating to the use of the word “thousand” in popular culture, contestants – all significant former winners – have to gamble whether fewer people will be familiar with a classic modern American novel than with a popular salad dressing, although, in order to make the bet, they would need to know the name of the book.

Armstrong and Osman have stressed, though, that their adoption of a new position in the Kama Sutra of TV quiz-show hosting will be a one-off. That seems sensible – because much of the pleasure of Pointless is in its repetition, with the co-hosts saying much the same things at much the same time every day.

The Guardian
Radio Times
On the Box
Radio Times

posted 1/16/17

More on "Talk Show: The Game Show"
Catch It on truTV April 5
From the Futon Critic

New mashup comedy series Talk Show the Game Show from creator and host Guy Branum premieres Wednesday, April 5, at 10pm ET/PT. Celebrity guests in season one will include Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, John Sally and Wanda Sykes.

truTV announced today a series of premiere dates and new projects in development during its Television Critics Association Press Tour Panel. The news further bolsters the Turner-owned network's diverse slate of creator-driven programming that has evolved it into a premium comedic destination with significant ratings growth.

Comedian Guy Branum (The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately) brings his distinct point of view to truTV with Talk Show the Game Show which premieres Wednesday, April 5, at 10pm ET/PT. Based on Branum's popular live comedy show, the 16-episode, half-hour series is a hilarious mashup of two beloved television formats that pits celebrities against each other for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Each week, celebrity guests become contestants as they compete in various talk show-inspired challenges and are judged and awarded points for their performances. Those who will brave the scrutiny of the comedic panel of judges roasting them along the way - including Emmy(R)-winning writer Karen Kilgariff - are Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, John Sally and Wanda Sykes. The series begins production in Los Angeles in January and is produced by Push It Productions, with Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz and Branum serving as executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/16/17

A Question of Who's Coming and Going...
Reports: Sue Barker to Exit "A Question of Sport"
From the Telegraph

For twenty years Sue Barker has overseen proceedings on A Question of Sport, keeping unruly sportsmen in check with a raised eyebrow and a school-mistress glare.

But as the show approaches its 50th anniversary, the 60-year-old is said to be on the brink of exiting the host’s chair, as part of an overhaul that the BBC says will offer viewers “a fresh and new perspective”.

The corporation is understood to be in the final stages of awarding the contract for the historic quiz show to an independent production company, under an agreement with ministers to put the majority of its programs out to tender.

A tender document circulated to prospective bidders late last year said the broadcaster was looking to “refresh” A Question of Sport, bringing more ethnic minority, disabled, and LGBT performers to its line-up.

Barker currently features alongside established stars Matt Dawson, the former England scrum half, and spin bowler Phil Tufnell, but the document states: “Quiz shows such as these provide an opportunity to bring on newer faces as part of a wider talent strategy.”

It is not clear whether Dawson and Tufnell will also leave the show, but one source close the presenting team said: “We have been told that no one is safe.”

The Telegraph

posted 1/16/17


Games Gone By: Strike It Rich
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Remember when we all thought we were all going to live large? Yeah, how'd the 80s turn out for ya? Well, at least SOME couples got a taste of the high life when they played "Strike It Rich", the latest installment of Chris Wolvie's "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/16/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Remember the Dream"

  • Mario Lopez's house in tatters after getting battered by storms (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jackie Evancho's trans sister supports her inauguration performance, but won't be there due to other commitments (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chase McNary was almost "The Bachelor". He even signed the contract. But he was apparently no Nick Viall (Us Magazine)
     

  • Steve Harvey got roasted online for visiting the PEOTUS. The wifey is standing by her man, though (BET)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 12 of the best University Challengers of all time (Metro)
     

  • Buzztime gets buzzed by Zacks Investment Research (Sports Perspectives)
     

  • Michael Larson's story is told on stage in Minneapolis (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
     

  • Is Tom Hanks gunning for Peter Sagal's "Wait Wait!" slot? (AV Club)

posted 1/16/17


Fandom/Wikia
DICK GAUTIER: 1931-2017
Comedian/Actor Appeared on 70s, 80s Games
From Los Angeles Times

To some, he was the voice of Rodimus Prime on the mid-1980s animated TV show “The Transformers,” or Serpentor on the animated “G.I. Joe.” But for baby boomers, Dick Gautier was best known for his deadpan performance as Hymie the robot in the ’60s spy spoof “Get Smart.”

The actor died Friday, according to a Facebook post by Tess Hightower, his third wife. Gautier’s daughter Denise told the Hollywood Reporter that he passed away at an assisted living facility in Arcadia after a long illness. He was 85.

Gautier earned a Tony nomination for his performance as Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley-esque singer, in the original Broadway production of “Bye, Bye Birdie,” which also starred Dick Van Dyke.

Gautier began his show business career as a comedian and was spotted performing at a New York club by renowned dancer-choreographer Gower Champion, who urged him to audition for “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

Though he made only six appearances on “Get Smart,” his character, Hymie, a robot with superhuman strength and intelligence but a tendency to interpret commands in an overly literal fashion, became a fan favorite. He reprised the role in the 1989 made-for-TV movie “Get Smart, Again!”

Gautier also starred as Robin Hood in the Mel Brooks series "When Things Were Rotten" and on multiple episodes of the anthology comedy series "Love, American Style."

He was a fixture on the talk- and game-show circuit of the 1970s, appearing on “Password,” “Tattletales,” “Match Game,” “Dinah!” and “Hollywood Squares,” among others.

Gautier also published several books about caricature drawing, and a children’s book called “A Child’s Garden of Weirdness.”

Gautier became popular to a younger generation through his voiceover work. In addition to “G.I. Joe,” and “Transformers,” he voiced dozens of animated characters on “Duck Tales,” “Cow and Chicken” and many more. He also continued his guest star work through 2010 on dozens of television shows, including “Nip/Tuck,” “Matlock,” and “Knight Rider.”

He is survived by Hightower and his three children.

Los Angeles Times
CBS Los Angeles
Chicago Sun Times
Deadline
The Independent
Joe
Radio Times
The List
Broadcast

posted 1/14/17


BBC
WILLIAM PETER BLATTY: 1927-2017
"The Exorcist" Author Appeared on "You Bet Your Life"
From AOL

William Peter Blatty, the novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter most famous for landmark horror film "The Exorcist" as well as the director of two films, "The Ninth Configuration" and "The Exorcist III," has died. He was 89.

"Exorcist" director William Friedkin announced the news on Twitter Friday morning: "William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday," Friedkin wrote.

Blatty's 1970 novel "The Exorcist" remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 57 weeks, and he subsequently adapted it for the 1973 bigscreen version directed by William Friedkin. That film was not only an enormous box office success, playing in theaters for months, but was Oscar nominated for best picture (becoming the first horror film ever so nominated) and won for Blatty's adapted screenplay.

The film won several polls for scariest horror movie ever, and the Library of Congress designated "The Exorcist" for preservation as part of the National Film Registry in 2010.

Blatty's novel "Legion," a sequel to "The Exorcist," was published in 1983, and he adapted the book into the film "The Exorcist III," which he also directed and produced. "Exorcist III" drew fairly positive reviews, with Vincent Canby of the New York Times declaring, "This may sound like heresy, but 'The Exorcist III' is a better and funnier (intentionally) movie than either of its predecessors." It was also a modest box office success.

Blatty was uninvolved with the two subsequent "Exorcist" films: 2004 prequel "Exorcist: The Beginning," a reworking by director Renny Harlin of Paul Schrader's "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist," made earlier but released in 2005. Blatty described "The Beginning" as his "most humiliating professional experience" but said that "Dominion" is "a handsome, classy, elegant piece of work."

Blatty was born in New York City to parents who had immigrated from Lebanon. After a stint in the Air Force, he entered the Foreign Service, serving as editor of News Review, a United States Information Agency publication, in Beirut. He graduated from Georgetown U. (whose environs later become the setting for "The Exorcist"), then received a master's in English literature from George Washington U. in 1954.

While nursing a nascent writing career, Blatty worked in PR, serving as public relations director at Loyola U. of Los Angeles and then at USC. To gather material for a humorous article to be published in the Saturday Evening Post, he went about meeting movie stars while masquerading as a Saudi Arabian prince, then appeared as a contestant on Groucho Marx quizshow "You Bet Your Life," winning $10,000 — money that allowed him to write full time.

AOL
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/14/17

Lifetime Orders "My Partner Knows Best"
Hollywood Couple Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen to Host
From Deadline

Lifetime is expanding its unscripted programming, ordering two new series, The Pop Game, executive produced by Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere, and My Partner Knows Best, a relationship game show hosted by Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen.

Hollywood couple Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen will host My Partner Knows Best, a new relationship comedy game show where married couples face off in a series of hilarious challenges based on real-life relationship obstacles. Four couples will compete each week, and one will walk away with the money and be able to say My Partner Knows Best! Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered from Propagate, working in association with Kanal D. Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Irfan Sahin, Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen and Kevin Healey serve as executive producers. A premiere date has not yet been set.

Deadline

posted 1/14/17

THURSDAY: Tight Demo Race
CBS Wins on Comedy
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.848 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (10.190 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by new episodes of "The Great Indoors" (7.246 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Mom" (7.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Life in Pieces" (5.926 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Pure Genius" (5.196 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

NBC (5.335 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "Superstore" (4.311 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "The Good Place" (3.629 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Chicago Med" (6.752 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "The Blacklist" (5.283 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.902 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and the premiere of "My Kitchen Rules" (2.572 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Next up was ABC (5.256 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) with the season finale of "The Great American Baking Show" (5.138 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) plus the special "Taking the Stage: Changing America" (5.315 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.115 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.809 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) closed out the night for The CW (0.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.855m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.577m
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.089m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.063m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.014m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 839k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 600k
- Caraoke Showdown (P/Spike): 441k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 288k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 279k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 253k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/14/17

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "The Lion(sgate) and the Appl(off)"

posted 1/14/17


Disney/ABC Television
Sweet 16
"Millionaire" Renewed for Next Season
From Deadline

Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution has announced that game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has been renewed through the 2017-2018 season on ABC-owned stations that carry the the shows.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, Millionaire is currently in its 15th national syndication season. The quiz show enjoyed double digit year over year growth among adults 25-54, women 25-54, and households, the highest for any first-run half-hour strip in national syndication.

Millionaire weekdays in national syndication and is taped in front of a live studio audience at Bally’s Las Vegas. The Valleycrest Productions Ltd. show is distributed by Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. James Rowley serves as executive producer.

Deadline

posted 1/13/17

MTV, Prepare to Be Invaded
Catch New Season of "The Challenge" February 7
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced the return of its hit series "The Challenge" with "The Challenge: Invasion," a new twist on the cutthroat competition format in which eighteen series Underdogs seeking their first victory will be pitted against one another to crown a new champion... only to come under a surprise, season-long attack from eight of the most fearsome Challenge Champions in the show's history. Filmed entirely on location in Thailand, "The Challenge: Invasion" debuts Tuesday, February 7 with a two-hour premiere at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Before they get the news that they must face off against the Champions, The Underdogs first shock comes with the revelation that they must compete against one another to earn their way out of the desolate, barebones accommodations known as "The Shelter." Only after they battle their way out of The Shelter, will they be allowed to move into a posh estate called "The Oasis." As these Underdogs fight and claw their way through the game, the very best will rise to the top and only twelve worthy Underdogs will earn their spot in The Oasis, where they will live in the lap of luxury. Their relief is ultimately short-lived as past Challenge winners make their way to The Oasis to shake things up.

The most decorated champ in Challenge history and last season's winner, Johnny "Bananas," returns after executing one of the most cunning and controversial moves in Challenge history; reformed Boston bad boy CT makes a triumphant return after a three-year absence with a new outlook on life; rebel Cara Maria is back and more fired up than ever after taking a well-deserved break following her "Battle of the Bloodlines" win and despite this being his fifth time on The Challenge, Shane has yet to earn his stripes as a Champion. Now he's back and ready to fight for the ultimate prize as an Underdog.

With $350,000 on the line, only the very best players will survive a brutal and cutthroat game. Epic challenges and stunning eliminations will push players to their breaking points. Friendships will be tested and tense new rivalries will form. Off the playing field, love is in the air with shocking romances and scandalous hook-ups. Not everyone will make it to the end, but for those who do, they will fight to win in the very first three-day final challenge to see who is truly worthy of being called a Champion.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/12/17


JM Productions/G4
Jamie Foxx Signs On to "Beat Shazam"
Oscar Winner to Host Fox Summer Offering
From Billboard

Keshet International (KI) and Telefe Argentina are set to promote their new musical reality show, Heart Beats, to the global market at NATPE 2017.

Building on their long-standing partnership, which saw Rising Star and Boom! extending across Latin America, in this new show, KI and Telefe seek to pair aspiring singers to become the next hit music duo.

Through a dedicated social TV app, viewers will vote on live performances in real time as well as reshuffling the contestants into musical and romantic couples each week. Viewers can also increase their engagement with the show through instant messaging, photo and video sharing, as well as entering competitions to win prizes in each episode.

Set to premiere soon on Telefe in daily episodes followed by live weekly galas, the format is the result of the two companies’ co-development deal struck in 2015.

“Heart Beats is a format that is the result of hard work, two highly creative teams and a lot of love. The result of this co-development, working side by side with KI brings, the best of two great entertainment companies from halfway around the world, and the combination of our cultures has resulted in this extremely disruptive format,” said Mercedes Reincke, head of content development at Telefe.

“We are very excited about the opportunity that NATPE presents to us this year to showcase Heart Beats, a uniquely Israeli-Argentine format hybrid resulting from the co-development pact with our outstanding partners at Telefe,” added Kelly Wright, Keshet Internacional’s head of Latin America.

Keshet International’s catalogue for NATPE will also include Prisoners Of War India, Welcome to the Wild, Boxed, Checkout and Deal With It Spain, the latest spin on KI’s hidden camera game show.

Billboard
Fuse
TBI Vision
The Futon Critic
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

posted 1/12/17


Bravo
Andy Cohen Connects with Reboot
Mike Fleiss to Bring "Love Connection" to Fox This Summer
From the Futon Critic

Emmy Award winner Andy Cohen ("Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen") will host LOVE CONNECTION, a new one-hour series that amps up the original hit dating show for today's audiences. FOX has ordered 15 episodes of the new unscripted series, to be executive-produced by Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor"). Additionally, Cohen will serve as a co-executive producer.

From Fleiss' NEXT Entertainment, Warner Horizon Television and Telepictures Productions, LOVE CONNECTION is set to premiere on FOX in Summer 2017.

Each hour of LOVE CONNECTION will feature single men and/or women in search of romance. After the singles are sent on three blind dates, they will dish the dirt in front of a live studio audience, as Cohen, the well-known provocateur, brings his personal brand of audacious fun to the series.

"I was a huge fan of the original 'Love Connection,' and hosting the new version allows me to do one of the things I love most: meddling in people's personal lives," said Cohen.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to bring this incredibly beloved and iconic show to primetime network television. The combination of the insanely talented Andy Cohen and the undisputed king of relationship shows Mike Fleiss is absolute magic...add in the perfect home of FOX...and I think we have a match made in heaven," said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television.

"'Love Connection' was always one of my favorite programs," added Fleiss. "Show creator Eric Lieber was a close friend of mine. He taught me a lot about the relationship show format. The first rule - if the cast is good, just stay out of the way."

Created by Eric Lieber and originally hosted by Chuck Woolery, LOVE CONNECTION will be produced by NEXT Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and Telepictures Productions. Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor"), Martin Hilton ("The Bachelor"), James Breen (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, "American Idol") and Jason Ehrlich ("The Bachelor") will serve as executive producers. Cohen will serve as a co-executive producer.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World
Wall Street Journal
The Huffington Post
NewNowNext

posted 1/12/17

WEDNESDAY: How BLANK It Is
"Match Game" Helps ABC Split with CBS
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.766 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) led the demo charge on Wednesday with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Speechless" (5.902 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Modern Family" (7.574 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Black-ish" (5.750 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and "Match Game" (4.235 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

FOX (5.359 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.416 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Star" (4.303 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Next up was NBC (5.914 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Blindspot" (5.091 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.100 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (6.552 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.646 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Undercover Boss" (6.106 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Criminal Minds" (7.531 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Code Black" (6.302 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

And finally, a repeat "Arrow" (0.806 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a new "Frequency" (0.753 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) closed out the evening for The CW (0.779 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.534m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.156m
- Are You the One (SP/MTV): 780k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 352k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/12/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Calvin"

  • VIDEO WALL: Solving a bonus puzzle: $6600. Their reaction... Priceless (Daily Star)
     

  • Because deep down inside, you always wanted to know how much Betty White makes in a year (Bankrate)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: When in doubt... Henrik Larsson (Huffington Post)
     

  • Wayne Brady doesn't get no damn comps (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Erin Andrews about her engagement (Reality TV World) and Billy Gardell (CLTampa.com)

posted 1/12/17

SYNDIES: Week 16
Results for the Week Ending January 1
From TV Newscheck

The traditionally low viewing week between Christmas and New Year’s Day was flooded with repeats in daytime, however, a couple of access mainstays ended 2016 on a high note.

Family Feud easily led the game shows for the 36th week in a row with a 6% advance to a new season high 7.4. Wheel of Fortune was a distant second, dropping 2% to a 6.2.

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) 7.4* +6%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 1/11/17

TUESDAY: NBC's a Big Winner
"The Wall", "This Is Us" Help Peacock Take Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.351 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with its mix of "The Wall" (7.074 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4), "NBC News Special" (8.568 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), a repeat "The Wall" (9.259 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and the return of "This Is Us" (9.067 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2).

ABC (4.996 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then had to settle for second place with its combination of "The Middle" (7.238 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4), "American Housewife" (5.951 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "ABC News Special" (5.573 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), a repeat "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.761 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) and the winter premiere of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.728 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15).

Next up was CBS (7.354 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with a repeat "NCIS" (10.069 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "CBS News Special" (7.076 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and second runs of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.407 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.253 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.087 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up originals from "New Girl" (2.572 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "The Mick" (3.021 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) followed by "FOX News Special" (2.593 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15) and a new "Bones" (3.435 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.126 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18) and the penultimate week of "No Tomorrow" (0.810 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #19) closed out the night on The CW (0.968 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.352m
- Chopped (Food): 1.167m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.021m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 300k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/10/17

Telefe, Keshet Sound "Heart Beats"
Singing Competition Goes to NATPE
From Rapid TV News

Keshet International (KI) and Telefe Argentina are set to promote their new musical reality show, Heart Beats, to the global market at NATPE 2017.

Building on their long-standing partnership, which saw Rising Star and Boom! extending across Latin America, in this new show, KI and Telefe seek to pair aspiring singers to become the next hit music duo.

Through a dedicated social TV app, viewers will vote on live performances in real time as well as reshuffling the contestants into musical and romantic couples each week. Viewers can also increase their engagement with the show through instant messaging, photo and video sharing, as well as entering competitions to win prizes in each episode.

Set to premiere soon on Telefe in daily episodes followed by live weekly galas, the format is the result of the two companies’ co-development deal struck in 2015.

“Heart Beats is a format that is the result of hard work, two highly creative teams and a lot of love. The result of this co-development, working side by side with KI brings, the best of two great entertainment companies from halfway around the world, and the combination of our cultures has resulted in this extremely disruptive format,” said Mercedes Reincke, head of content development at Telefe.

“We are very excited about the opportunity that NATPE presents to us this year to showcase Heart Beats, a uniquely Israeli-Argentine format hybrid resulting from the co-development pact with our outstanding partners at Telefe,” added Kelly Wright, Keshet Internacional’s head of Latin America.

Keshet International’s catalogue for NATPE will also include Prisoners Of War India, Welcome to the Wild, Boxed, Checkout and Deal With It Spain, the latest spin on KI’s hidden camera game show.

Rapid TV News
C21 Media
TBI Vision
TV Line
TBI Vision

posted 1/11/17


JM Productions/G4
Press Start to Continue
Shout Factory In Talks to Reboot "Starcade"
From Deadline

Classic TV game show Starcade is making a comeback. Shout! Factory has acquired worldwide television format and ancillary rights to Starcade from JM Production company, the original game show creators, and show creators James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur. The agreement provides Shout! Factory the rights to develop and produce a reboot of the show for television, as well as production of additional projects for a global audience. Shout! Factory will executive produce with JM Production Company.

Created by Caruso and Arthur, Starcade first aired in 1982 during the dawn of the video game era and is widely recognized as the first-ever video arcade game show, featuring great gamers competing against rivals playing the most popular games of the day in front of a live studio audience in order to win huge prizes. Alex Trebek hosted one of the first pilots for the show which was later picked up by Ted Turner to air on his then-fledgling cable station, WTBS; Starcade went on to air more than 130 episodes over three seasons on Turner hosted by Mark Richards during season 1 and Geoff Edwards for the remainder of the run.

“Starcade is a classic game show from the ‘80s and is pure nostalgic fun. We couldn’t be more excited to work with the original show creators to ‘retro-boot’ Starcade for a new generation of fans,” said Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos. “As we continue to actively expand our reach into production and development for new series, movies, unscripted shows and specials, this deal exemplifies the type of content we plan to pursue which taps into the interests and passions of our company’s loyal fanbase.”

“We’re thrilled to be part of this Starcade revival,” said Caruso and Arthur. “We look forward to bringing the show back for all those avid Starcaders who have been waiting for years, as well as a new class of gaming heroes. Game on!”

The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jeremy Whitham and James Caruso, the creator and executive producer of the original Starcade.

Deadline
Engadget
Blastr
Kotaku
Yahoo!
AV Club
IGN
C21 Media

posted 1/11/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Doubly Ever After"

  • Emily & Haley Ferguson live "Happily Ever After" on Freeform (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ryan Seacrest joins Kelly Ripa after the Oscars (Broadway World)
     

  • Ariana Grande & John Legend to sing the tale as old as time for Disney (Broadway World)
     

  • Erin Andrews wants to party on Beyonce's boat (Broadway World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Did Pointless give away £2500 on a wrong answer? (Daily Express)
     

  • Louis van Amstel marries longtime partner (People)
     

  • Alec Baldwin is open to playing Donald Trump outside of SNL (TV Line)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Emily Maynard, who wouldn't take her own love advice, being a train wreck and all (Reality TV World)

posted 1/11/17


AP/Yahoo!
Queen of the "World of Dance"
Jenna Dewan Tatum Named Host
From Yahoo!

Jenna Dewan Tatum has joined NBC’s upcoming competition series “World of Dance” as a host and mentor.

Tatum joins judges Derek Hough, NE-YO and Jennifer Lopez on the 10-episode series, which features dancers competing for a $1 million grand prize. Lopez serves as executive producer on the series, which is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions.

“World of Dance” is not Tatum’s only dance show at NBC. Aside from hosting this competition series, the dancer and actress will serve as a judge and mentor on an untitled, unscripted dance show that hails from her and her husband Channing Tatum. The project, which is described as a fresh take on the unscripted dance competition genre, has landed a six-episode order, though no premiere date has been set.

“Jenna’s background as a dancer, entertainer and actress make her the perfect choice to host and work alongside our three incredibly talented judges,” said Meredith Ahr, president, Universal Television Alternative Studio, NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to get started and give these four superstars a chance to both articulate and demonstrate how transformational dance can be.”

“World of Dance” will also feature choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, best known as Nappytabs, as well as director Alex Rudzinksi.

Yahoo!
Reality TV World
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 1/10/17

MONDAY: Big Monday, Small "Fan"
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.381 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (6.493 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) followed by the premiere of "Big Fan" (3.570 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and a second "Big Fan" (2.741 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

CBS (5.715 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.910 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Man with a Plan" (5.076 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), a new "The Odd Couple" (5.021 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Scorpion" (4.872 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.540 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with week two of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.919 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and a repeat of "The Wall" (2.784 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.329 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up an encore of "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.329 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (1.216 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.154 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) closed out the night for The CW (1.185 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.357m
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.300m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.125m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 352k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 284k

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posted 1/10/17

WEEKEND: No Football, No Problem!
ABC's "TTTT" Boosts Sunday Night against Golden Globes
From Broadway World

OX (15.670 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) got a huge boost on Sunday with its playoff driven "NFL Overrun" (36.491 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 11.4, #1) and "The OT" (32.061 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 10.1, #2) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (12.707 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.9, #3), "Son of Zorn" (5.290 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Family Guy" (4.069 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7) and "Bob's Burgers" (3.401 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8).

NBC (14.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2) then was the silver draw with its annual "Golden Globes Red Carpet" (9.760 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6) and "The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards" (16.730 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.8, #4).

Next up was CBS (8.155 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.214 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (10.354 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "Madam Secretary" (8.900 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "Elementary" (5.154 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

And finally, ABC (4.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.598 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14), "To Tell the Truth" (4.623 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), another "To Tell the Truth" (4.281 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Conviction" (2.684 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16). "Truth"'s second week rose 42 percent in the demo over the week and over 233 percent for the year.

On Friday, ABC (6.291 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) edged out the competition among adults 18-49 with new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (7.709 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Dr. Ken" (5.534 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Shark Tank" (5.879 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "20/20" (6.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2).

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (P/Science): 318k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.703m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.285m
- Roast Battle 2 (Comedy): 530k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 215k

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posted 1/10/17

THURSDAY: Moving "Hell"
CBS Wins Night, Fox Gets Sampled from "Hell's Kitchen" Move
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.689 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the top draw on the first Thursday of 2017 with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (16.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (9.674 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.459 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Life in Pieces" (6.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "Pure Genius" (5.317 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

ABC (6.348 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with the penultimate week of "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (5.015 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and the two-hour special "Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers" (7.015 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

Next up was FOX (3.572 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with its relocated "Hell's Kitchen" (3.680 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) followed by a second "Hell's Kitchen" (3.464 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the return of "Superstore" (4.455 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Good Place" (3.554 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Chicago Med" (6.219 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "The Blacklist" (5.183 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.027 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.802 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.915 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.790m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.481m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.203m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.055m
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 342k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 328k

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posted 1/9/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Rare Link About Politics"

  • Chuck Woolery, a celebrity with a political opinion, slams celebrities with political opinions over their political opinion about an elected celebrity with a political opinion. But we'd wager he would totes be cool if the celebrities with political opinions shared in his celebrity political opinion (ET Canada)
     

  • Wayne Brady not throwin' away his... SHOT... at Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of "Hamilton" (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong reveals the Queen's love for all things "Pointless" (Daily Express), and Richard Osman says it's never leaving the BBC (Radio Times)
     

  • Steve Harvey returns to the Apollo February 1 (Broadway World)
     

  • GLOBAL CASTING COUCH: "Cash Trapped" heads to Glasgow (Glasgow Live)
     

  • Parvati Shallow, John Fincher get engaged! (People)
     

  • Some lady from "American Idol" just got married to a backup dancer and why the hell is this news? (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Robinson (AM New York)

posted 1/9/17

The Profit Needs a "Partner"
CNBC Greenlights Spinoff from Marcus Lemonis February 28
From Broadway World

CNBC today announced the ten finalists participating in THE PARTNER, the all-new series featuring Marcus Lemonis -the renowned investor, entrepreneur, and host of CNBC's hit show "The Profit." Premiering Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm ET/PT, the five episode series follows Lemonis as he searches for the perfect partner to help him manage the fast-growing portfolio of businesses he's acquired. In the end, one candidate will receive the opportunity of a lifetime: a half-million dollar contract, an equity stake, and the chance to help Lemonis manage his empire.

Watch trailer: http://bit.ly/2hSdBLO

After investing more than $40 million of his own money in companies featured on "The Profit," Lemonis is now ready to invest in "The Partner." Thousands of people hailing from all corners of the country applied for the opportunity to participate, but only ten were invited to Chicago to take part in the final interview process. They are:

- Chuck Brewer from Indianapolis, IN
- Billy Canu from San Diego, CA
- Carrie Chitsey from Cedar Park, TX
- Erin Cobb from Kirkland, WA
- Michael Graves from New Rochelle, NY
- Ricardo Martinez from Atlanta, GA
- Peilin Pratt from Manhattan Beach, CA
- Buffie Purselle from Atlanta, GA
- Julianna Reed from Santa Monica, CA
- Stephanie Sievers from Shreveport, LA

"It has been a privilege to work so closely with some of the most hard-working entrepreneurs in the country, all of whom have shown me the heart and desire to turn their businesses around," Lemonis said. "In this new adventure, I am looking for someone with that same drive and passion to help inspire these up and coming business leaders, sustain their growth and their enthusiasm, and ensure that the sound investments we made today, are even more sound in the decades ahead."

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posted 1/6/17

"Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader"... "1 vs. 100"... "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"... "Only Connect"
(These are "Quiz Shows That Moved to Friday")
From Radio Times

Fiendishly difficult BBC2 quiz Only Connect is swapping its traditional post-University Challenge slot on Monday nights for a glitzy Friday night berth.

Starting tonight, the show hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell will help kick off the weekend for quizzers with a mid-series move to 8:30pm on Fridays that RadioTimes.com is told is for the foreseeable future. An Island Parish replaces Only Connect at 8:30pm on Mondays, leaving University Challenge as a lone beacon of quizzing excellence at the start of the week.

Nevertheless, Only Connect retains its status as the second half of a quizzing double bill, slotting in after Mastermind on Fridays and, together with QI at 10pm, making it a big night for BBC2 viewers with a penchant for puzzles and trivia.

Coren Mitchell told RadioTimes.com that the world of Only Connect is “strange and wonderful. We are celebrating an interest in knowledge for its own sake; there are millions of people who relate to that who aren’t necessarily catered for by a lot of mainstream TV.”

On Monday nights it regularly pulled in audiences of over two million. Can it beat that on Fridays? That's one question BBC2 bosses will be eager to answer.

Radio Times

posted 1/6/17


ABC
WEDNESDAY: Second BLANK
"Match Game" Helps ABC to Demo Win, Split with CBS
From Broadway World

The year 2017 is getting started with a BLANK!

With Fox's Empire off the dial for the rest of the winter, ABC stepped in to win the first Wednesday of 2017.

The network also found another good match for the 10 p.m. hour with this past summer's Match Game. The game show revival, hosted by Alec Baldwin, nabbed a steady 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers in its in-season launch. That was after improved showings for all four comedies: The Goldbergs (1.7 adults), Speechless (1.7 adults), Modern Family (2.3 adults) and Black-ish (1.7 adults). The number represents a 44 percent increase from the season 1 finale back in September.

Without the mighty Empire, Fox still managed to pull a solid No. 2 for the night with Lethal Weapon and the official premiere of Lee Daniels drama Star. The sister series to Empire was down 25 percent from its post-Empire sampling three weeks ago, averaging a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 with its smaller lead-in. Still, it grew on that lead-in. Star was up slightly from Lethal Weapon, which returned to an even 1.4 rating in the key demo.

NBC kicked off the night with an even Blindspot (1.1 adults), followed by a boosted Law & Order: SVU (1.5 adults) and a slightly dampened Chicago P.D. (1.5 adults). On CBS, Undercover Boss nabbed an even 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 before new outings of Criminal Minds (1.3 adults) and Code Black (1.0 adults).

Frequency was the only new entry for The CW. It took a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.575m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.150m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 337k

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posted 1/6/17


Games Gone By: Whew!
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Are you a Charger or a Blocker? Do you call them Bloopers or just "questions"? Or are you just wondering why we game-show fans tear up when hearing "Randy Amasia"? Whatever the reason, Chris Wolvie has a "Games Gone By..." guaranteed to make you say, "WHEW!"

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/6/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "What It Takes to Get to the Truth"

  • VIDEO WALL: a look inside "To Tell the Truth" (this weekend's panels includes Lara Spencer, Tom Bergeron, David Arquette, Sherri Shepherd, Kal Penn, Justin Long, Nikki Glaser & Adam Rodriguez) (ABC News)
     

  • Is Wayne Brady not throwin' away his... SHOT... at Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of "Hamilton"? (Chicago Tribune)
     

  • PEOTUS slams Arnold Schwarzenegger on "The Celebrity Apprentice". Arnold slams back.. classy-like, even. (TV Line)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the worst answers ever given on "Pointless" (BT)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Save to Win" reopens the store January 21 (Broadway World)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Big Fan is "offbeat" and "fun" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and "a pathetic enterprise" (Middletown Times Herald-Record)

posted 1/6/17

Who Plays in the "Toy Box"?
Judges Join Eric Stonestreet in April on ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC's "The Toy Box" announced the mentors and judges who will select the winning toy to be made by Mattel and sold exclusively at Toys "R" Us after the series finale. In each episode, inventors present their toy concepts to a group of mentors that include Dylan's Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, toy guru Jim Silver and Pixar Creative Director of Consumer Products Jen Tan. If the toy maker gets past the mentors, they will move on to The Toy Box where a panel of young, no-holds-barred judges that include Sophia Grace Brownlee ("The Ellen Degeneres Show"), Aalyrah Caldwell ("Uncle Buck"), Toby Grey ("The Unexpected John Cena Prank") and Noah Ritter ("The Ellen Degeneres Show") decide which toy moves on to the finals and eventually crowned the winner. The eight-episode series hosted by Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") premieres on FRIDAY, APRIL 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/5/17

SYNDIES: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending December 25
From TV Newscheck

The session ending on Christmas Day was marked by numerous repeats while many viewers were out doing last-minute shopping. Still, several daytime strips had reasons to celebrate in the traditional low-viewing period.

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) 7.0 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 -5%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 -7%

TV NewsCheck

posted 1/5/17

Five Reality Skeins Up for PGAs
Producers Guild of America Releases Nominees
From Deadline

The Producers Guild of America has unveiled PGA Awards nominations in its TV categories, ahead of the winners being revealed January 28 at the Beverly Hilton.

Among the nine TV categories announced this morning covering series/specials, children’s programs, long-form television, sports programs and digital series are last year’s winners Game Of Thrones, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and Sesame Street (all from HBO). NBC’s The Voice and Crackle’s Comedians In Cars also return as defending champs.

Outstanding Producer of Competition Television
- The Amazing Race (Season 27, Season 28)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri, Mark Vertullo
- American Ninja Warrior (Season 7, Season 8)
This show is in the process of being vetted for individual producer eligibility
- Lip Sync Battle (Season 1, Season 2)
This show is in the process of being vetted for individual producer eligibility
- Top Chef (Season 13)
Producers: Daniel Cutforth, Tom Colicchio, Casey Kriley, Padma Lakshmi, Jane Lipsitz, Doneen Arquines, Erica Ross, Patrick Schmedeman, Ellie Carbajal
- The Voice (Season 9-11)
Producers: Audrey Morrissey, Jay Bienstock, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker, Carson Daly

Deadline

posted 1/5/17


NBC
TUESDAY: Raising the Wall
"Wall" Builds in Time Slot Debut, Helps NBC Split Night with CBS
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.374 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday with its mix of "The Wall" (6.768 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (7.569 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (7.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2).

CBS (12.127 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "NCIS" (15.591 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Bull" (11.253 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.537 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Next up was ABC (4.050 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its quartet of "The Middle" (6.555 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "American Housewife" (5.582 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.383 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "The Real O'Neals" (3.321 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12) plus a repeat of "David Blaine: Beyond Magic (Repeat)" (2.229 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.170 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its new Tuesday lineup of "New Girl" (2.495 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11), "The Mick" (3.331 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "Bones" (3.427 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.997 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and a new "No Tomorrow" (0.529 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) closed out the night for The CW (0.763 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.489m
- Chopped (SP/Food): 1.206m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.124m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 330k
- MasterChef Canada (SF/Cooking): 307k
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 194k

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posted 1/5/17


CBS/MGM Television

DAN KAY: 1976-2016
"Survivor" Gabon Contestant Dies Unexpectedly
From Reality TV World

Dan Kay, a former Survivor: Gabon castaway, has sadly passed away.

Kay died unexpectedly at age 40 on Saturday, December 31.

Kay was dubbed a 32-year-old lawyer from Walpole, MA when he competed on Survivor in Fall 2008. He was eliminated from the game on Day 21 after a tribal shuffle because he struggled to bond with his new Kota tribemates, who also feared he had a hidden Immunity Idol. Kay was the eighth castaway voted out overall.

"I just heard the very sad news about the sudden loss of Dan Kay of Survivor: Gabon. The Survivor family sends our love to Dan's family," show host Jeff Probst tweeted Tuesday after the news broke of Kay's death.

According to his obituary from the Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Kay was born in Norwood, MA, in 1976 and worked as an attorney in New Hampshire prior to his passing. He served as a Supervisory Contracting Officer as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force at Hanscom Air Force Base.

Kay had earned a bachelor's degree from UMass-Amherst and eventually a law degree from Syracuse University.

Kay practiced law in Boston for five years and invested in multiple properties prior to his time on Survivor. He left his daytime job before going on the show, saying he needed a change from the long hours and stressful environment.

"I had my midlife crisis early," Kay told People at the time of his Survivor participation. "It was a big decision to change things up, but I think it'll be better for my life."

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posted 1/5/17

MONDAY: New Year, New Games
"Wall", "Apprentice", "Paradise Run", "Bachelor" Among Premieres
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) staked its claim to the demo crown on Monday with the return of "The Bachelor" (6.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) plus its themed-special "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Here for the Right Reasons" (3.599 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

NBC (4.800 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with the season premiere of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (4.931 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and a second preview of "The Wall" (4.538 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (6.570 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "Kevin Can Wait" (7.333 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Man with a Plan" (6.529 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (5.844 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "The Odd Couple" (5.304 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Scorpion" (7.206 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.915 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up its "MasterChef Celebrity Showdown" (2.915 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) special.

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 2" (0.923 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.923 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.503m
- Paradise Run (SP/Nick): 1.408m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.174m
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.004m
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 479k

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posted 1/5/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "But Who'll Get The Dog?"

  • Josh Murray calls his relationship with his ex (Reality TV World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: An "X Factor UK" contestant will perform at Trump's inauguration... on ONE condition (Broadway World)
     

  • Not satisfied with his lot in life as the World's Busiest Geek, Chris Hardwick says he'd consider joining "Live with Kelly" (Bravo)
     

  • Anthony Anderson & Alvina Stewart: reunited and it feels so good (Heavy)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: we really hate to do this to a friend of the site, but when said friend is The Governess, and she meets a guy everyone knows as "The Telminator"... (Key 103)
     

  • Alyson Hannigan uses $7.95 million of that Penn & Teller paper money to buy a house in Encino (The Salinas Californian)
     

  • #TBT: Before he was the Beast, Mark Labbett wanted to be a millionaire (The LAD Bible)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Carnie Wilson (TV Line)

posted 1/5/17

WEEKEND: No Lie... An Improvement?
NBC Wins on Football, "Truth"-Fueled ABC Falls Short
From The Futon Critic

NBC (18.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1) kicked off 2017 on top with the season finales of "Football Night in America #1" (6.089 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8), "Football Night in America #2" (9.600 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (16.155 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.9, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (21.330 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1).

FOX (7.604 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then was a distant second place with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (18.166 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.2, #2), "The OT" (11.085 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4), the launch of "The Mick" (7.283 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #6), a special "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.806 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10), a second "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.076 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11) and a repeat "Family Guy" (2.206 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13).

Next up was CBS (7.756 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (10.218 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #7), "60 Minutes" (11.004 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9), the debut of "Ransom" (7.051 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), a special "Pure Genius" (5.490 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15) and a repeat "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.741 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #18).

And finally, ABC (3.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.783 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), the special "The Bachelor: Countdown to Nick" (3.047 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15), the return of "To Tell the Truth" (3.694 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17) and the Sunday bow of "Conviction" (2.053 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.4, #19).

As low as "Truth" posted, it was still a yearly improvement over a rerun of "Quantico". With the NFL heading into the postseason, we will have to wait until next week to see if it holds.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (SP/Food): 1.630m
- Guy's Grocery Games (SP/Food): 1.142m

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posted 1/4/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Brad Gets Paid"

posted 1/4/17

More on the "Voice UK" Change
Joining will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones on ITV: Gavin Rossdale & Jennifer Hudson
From Digital Spy

The Voice UK will have a lot more "sparkle" and "razzle dazzle" when it finally arrives on ITV – at least according to presenter Emma Willis.

After five series as BBC One's flagship music competition, The Voice UK makes its big leap to ITV this weekend with a revamped coaching panel and exciting new twists.

Ahead of the show's ITV launch, presenter Emma Willis has been chatting about the big differences between the The Voice's BBC years and its new home.

"[The move] will give me some breathing room on the live shows in the ad breaks," she joked. "It also will bring some Saturday night sparkle and some extra razzle dazzle. They are good at razzle dazzle at ITV. The logo itself is full of sparkle!"

Part of that added "sparkle" is a new look for the coaching panel, as veterans will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones are joined by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson and alternative rocker Gavin Rossdale.

"It wouldn't be The Voice without Will. Will seems really eager and excited and really up for it," Emma explained. "With Tom, I am just happy to see him back, he is just a legend and a really nice bloke. He is passionate about the show and genuinely believes in the people he puts forward.

"And Jennifer, she is just sensational, she walks into a room and it's just 'wow.' She is a beautiful goddess and she is really nice too!

"Because she comes from a show like this, she seems really eager and she knows what they are going through and how to achieve something from it too. She loves mentoring and finding talent.

Digital Spy

posted 1/3/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Live Team Coverage of a Man in Need of Attention"

  • Nick Viall gets fan-slated (Screener), Amanda Stanton confirms her breakup (People), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar could not care less ()CBS News
     

  • LIST ABUSE: this COULD be the list for tonight's premiere of "Celebrity Big Brother". At the same time, this could probably be more meat for the Beast... except the Beast is among those listed (Digital Spy)
     

  • Josie Gibson injures herself prepping for a game show about ski-jumping. In other news, there is a game show about ski-jumping (Bristol Post)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: when your local quizmaster says "Next time, bring smarter friends", this clip from "Pointless" proves why (Mashable)
     

  • Maks & Peta are ready for their baby to make his way to the dance floor (Reality TV World)

posted 1/3/17

Blankety Re-Blank
Report: ITV Wants to Commission a Full Series
From Digital Spy

If you watched any TV over the Christmas period with your grandparents, you might have heard them complain that "they don't make TV like they used to", whatever that means.

One thing that could have been dug up in a time capsule was the Blankety Blank celebrity Christmas special, hosted by Little Britain and Britain's Got Talent star David Walliams.

The Sun reports that ITV were very happy with the special - which featured Anne Robinson, Lesley Joseph, Louis Walsh and the Chuckle Brothers - and have got Walliams in to talk about a full series.

An ITV insider allegedly told the publication: "David was a huge hit as he hosted Blankety Blank for the first time this month and managed to draw in an audience of nearly four million.

"The revival clicked with a brand new generation and David instantly got the comedic charm and effortless jokes that previous hosts used to bring to the program.

"ITV bosses think it would be the perfect show to bring back to our screens for the new year after canceling some of their other quiz shows.

"And although they haven't quite signed a whole new series on the dotted line, they've been in discussions with David for a while now to host a full season of it.

"David loved presenting the program as it's right up his street so it's all looking pretty hopeful right now and chiefs think David could replicate the show's success from the 80s."

Digital Spy
Telly Mix

posted 1/2/17

Deal or No Deal.... Back from the Dead?
Report: "On Tour" Stunt Sparks Interest
From Telly Mix

The original version of Deal Or No Deal may have been axed - but it seems the show may be kept alive by its new 'On Tour' twist.

The Channel 4 gameshow will no longer be a daytime staple after bosses decided against ordering more studio-based episodes.

Its final run ended earlier this month with farewell specials named 'Deal Or No Deal On Tour', which saw host Noel Edmonds take the game to locations including Blackpool Tower, Longleat Safari Park - and even a Boeing 737.

But there's some good news for Deal fans: it turns out the On Tour version could return for further series.

Executive producer Richard Hague recently told the Radio Times: "Things have gone really well. Who knows if we’re going to do some more?

"The reality is you could say we’ve done the studio, we want to do something else. People weren’t sure what we were going to do with the format, and then this came along and we did ten great shows.

"So next year we’ll see if we want to do some more. I know Noel’s up for it so let’s see what they do."

Telly Mix

posted 1/2/17

THURSDAY: Three More Days Until 2017
CBS Wins Quiet Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.583 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was king of the repeat race with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (9.211 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (6.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Mom" (5.513 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Life in Pieces" (4.622 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Scorpion" (4.017 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

The silver then went to NBC (3.300 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with encores of "Superstore" (3.102 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "The Good Place" (2.439 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "America's Got Talent: Holiday Spectacular" (3.565 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.764 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and second runs of "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (3.651 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.505 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Speechless" (2.209 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Modern Family" (2.463 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.104 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.025 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) offered up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.042 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.009 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.038 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Supernatural" (0.724 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.881 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.732m
- Chopped (Food): 1.295m
- Project Runway Reunion (Lifetime): 993k
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 985k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 968k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/2/17


Behind the Voice Actors

WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER: 1932-2016
Actor Frequented "Super Password", "
From TV Line

William Christopher, best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, has died. He was 84 years old.

Per ABC, the actor passed away on Saturday from lung cancer at his home in Pasadena, Calif.

In addition to his 11-season run on M*A*S*H (and later, the short-lived After M*A*S*H), Christopher’s TV credits included roles on Hogan’s Heroes, Gomer Pyle: USMC and The Love Boat. He also lent his voice to the 1980s Smurfs. He most recently guest-starred on 11 episodes of Days of Our Lives in 2012.

In the game show realm, he played "Super Password", "The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour", and "Hollywood Squares".

Christopher leaves behind a wife, Barbara, and two sons, John and Ned.

TV Line

posted 1/2/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Good, The Bad, and the Bachelor"

  • The good: Anthony Anderson's mum is the best thing about "To Tell the Truth"  (Yahoo!)
     

  • The bad: Another "Celebrity Big Brother" caught in a don't-press-send moment (Telly Mix)
     

  • The Bachelor: Nick Viall is ready to shed his "image"  (Reality TV World)

posted 1/2/17

Various sources
Saying Goodbye in 2016
Numerous Luminaries, Contestants Lost This Year
From GSNN Staff

They were a part of our little world - actors, artists, and fans alike. They made life in front of the game show cameras and behind the scenes possible. As we close the book of life on this year and prepare to begin a new chapter in the next, let us always remember those we lost in 2016, those who walked among us.

- Joe Alaskey, an established voice actor who played the neighbor/announcer to Marc Summers on 1989's "Couch Potatoes".

- Ronnie Corbett, one of "The Two Ronnies" who got kids to say even more darneder things as the host of the original British version of "Small Talk".

- Paul Daniels, who made magic on the live stage and as the host of the British versions of "Odd One Out", "Every Second Counts", and "Wipeout".

- Bob Elliott, one of the funniest men in the business who gave birth to a dynasty in comedy and, along with his partner Ray, hosted "The Name's The Same" in 1955.

- Carrie Fisher, whose "On The Lot" talents and gravitas extend further beyond the stars than anyone even thought possible... and to her mother Debbie Reynolds, an excellent gamer in her own right.

- Joe Garagiola, a larger-than-life Hall of Fame-caliber baseball player, a Hall of Fame-caliber broadcaster, and a Hall of Fame-caliber host of "To Tell the Truth" and "Strike It Rich".

- John Glenn, the American hero and icon of interstellar aeronautics who had quite a run for himself on the original "Name That Tune".

- Christina Grimmie, the favorite on "The Voice" whose career was over before it ever began, cut short by a madman's bullet.

- Reg Grundy, who turned Australian adaptations of American game shows into a worldwide media empire.

- Pierre Lalonde, the charismatic Canadian crooner who traded a big mic for a smaller one to host "The Mad Dash".

- Joanie Laurer, the powerful Chyna of WWE legend who lent her skills to metal-on-metal combat on the American adaptation of "Robot Wars".

- Dave Mirra, who parlayed his extreme biking skills into a stint hosting two seasons of MTV's "The Challenge".

- Jean-Jacques Perrey, the EDM pioneer who, alongside his partner Gershon Kingsley, provided the psychedelic soundtrack to the venerable quiz show, "The Joker's Wild".

- Lee Reherman, who, as strong as he was in body as "Hawk" on "American Gladiators", was just as strong in other ways as host of "Arena" and "Cannonball Run: The Race Across America".

- Alan Rickman, an already established thespian who lent his voice to one of the first competitions of the reality show age, "Eco-Challenge".

- John Saunders, the sports journalist who lent his gravitas to the short-lived competitive revival of "The Superstars".

- Ed Stewart, who was a "Crackerjack" radio host before making the jump to the BBC with "Crackerjack".

- Alan Thicke, who was just as "versed" as a game show composer as he was as a host.

- Grant Tinker, the television wunderkind who convinced a network to take a chance on a quiz that gave the answers and asked "What's the Question?" That quiz still offers many a "Jeopardy!" to this day.

- Charlie Tuna, the voice of Los Angeles radio who became the voice of "Scrabble" in the 1980s

- Sir Terry Wogan, the seminal British broadcaster who could be playing for class in "Come Dancing" or playing the foil in "Blankety Blank".

- Fred Wostbrock, the game show talent superagent who, besides from representing the best in the business and offered encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, encouraged fan and friend alike to dare to dream.

- Contestants Tim "The Kinetic King" Fort ("America's Got Talent"), Alexis "Lex" McAllister ("The Bachelor"), Lisa Marie Naegle ("Bridalplasty"), Rickey Smith ("American Idol"), and Erin Storm ("The Bachelor"), all of whom turned a dream into a dare, and a dare into an adventure.

- Actors Sylvia Anderson, William Christopher, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ron Glass, Tammy Grimes, Dan Haggerty, Pat Harrington Jr., Florence Henderson, Steven Hill, Barry Jenner, George Kennedy, Ron Lester, Kevin Meaney, James Noble, Patty Duke, Doris Roberts, Andrew Sachs, Garry Shandling, Robert Vaughn, Abe Vigoda; music-makers David Bowie, George Michael, Prince, Frank Sinatra Jr. & Kay Starr; producer David Gest, athletes Muhammad Ali & Kimbo Slice, playwright Edward Albee ...all took time from their busy schedules to have a little fun on the game show stage.

- And we can never forget the bravery and talents of those like Joey Martin Feek ("Can You Duet"), Lucy Booth ("Pointless"), and Cindy Stowell ("Jeopardy!"), whose poise and grace on the game stage gave hope to fans and fighters alike.

May they all rest in peace.

posted 1/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 14
Results for the Week Ending December 18
From TV Newscheck

Several of the top-tier entertainment magazines made significant gains in the session ending Dec. 18, with extensive reports on the life of Growing Pains star Alan Thicke who died suddenly on Dec. 13.

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) 7.2 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6* +2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4* +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 +8%

TV Newscheck

posted 12/30/16

More on "The Celebrity Apprentice"
Catch It Monday on NBC!
From Reality Wanted

"The New Celebrity Apprentice" kicks off with a new boss Arnold Schwarzenegger (because the old boss will become POTUS in a few weeks) on January 2. The show has also switched coasts and will be in Los Angeles rather than New York City.

NBC announced the six new boardroom advisors for the former Governator and they are: Rocco DiDpirito, a healthy lifestyle crusader, Tracey Edmonds, TV/film producer, Justine Ezarik, known as iJustine, Leeza Gibbons, TV host and former winner of "The Celebrity Apprentice," Gemma Godfrey, UK's leading FinTech influencer, and Bob Harper, health and fitness expert and trainer on "The Biggest Loser."

The six new boardroom advisors will be joined by previously announced advisors Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba and Schwarzenegger's Nephew, Entertainment Attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger Banks.

The 16 Celebrities competing on "The Celebrity Apprentice" include:

Laila Ali: author and daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali
Brooke Burke-Charvet: former "Dancing with the Stars" host
Eric Dickerson: Hall of Fame Football player
Boy George: Grammy winning artist
Matt Iseman: "American Ninja Warrior" host
Carrie Keagan: actress and Emmy-winning talk show host
Carson Kressley: Emmy-award winning TV star
Lisa Leslie: Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion
Jon Lovitz: comedian, "Saturday Night Live" cast member
Vince Neil: Lead vocalist of Mötley Crüe
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi: Reality TV star and bestselling author
Kyle Richards: Actress and housewife on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
Chael Sonnen: former UFC fighter
Porsha Williams: Housewife from "the Real Housewives of Atlanta"
Ricky Williams: ESPN sports analyst and former Pro Football player
Carnie Wilson: Singer from pop group Wilson Philip

The celebrity contestants s are divided into two teams, Men vs. Women and will begin their first task from their new boss.

"The New Celebrity Apprentice" kicks off with back-to-back premiere episodes on Monday, January 2 at 8 pm ET.

Reality Wanted

posted 12/30/16

More on "Big Fan"
Catch It January 9 on ABC!
From Broadway World

The celebrity cast of ABC’s new comedic game show “Big Fan” features a spectacular line up of stars, including actress Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars,” “Frozen”); reality television personality, actress, socialite and model Kim Kardashian West (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”); Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective,” “Dallas Buyers Club”) and NFL football quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers). Jimmy Kimmel, host of the 89th Oscars®, teams with Banijay Studios North America to produce. Big Fan is based on the hilarious “Who Knows…?” the celebrity vs. super-fan game segment that originally aired on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The segment became a viral video success when pop star Katy Perry went up against one of her biggest fans and lost. “Big Fan” premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), immediately following “The Bachelor.”

Hosted by Andy Richter, each episode of the half-hour, studio-based game show will feature one celebrity and three of his or her fans battling it out to prove who is the ultimate super fan. Contestants will go head-to-head to see who knows more about the episode’s featured celebrity. The winner will move on to the final round in an ultimate showdown, celebrity vs. super fan, to see who knows most about the celebrity. If the super fan wins, they will be awarded a priceless experience with the celebrity.

“Big Fan Matthew McConaughey” MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:00-10:30 p.m. EST) – Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey goes up against a few of his biggest fans to see who knows more about Matthew McConaughey – him or them.

“Big Fan Aaron Rodgers” MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:30-11:00 p.m. EST) – Three football buffs step up to challenge Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, and special guest Alex Trebek stops by to give host Andy Richter a few pointers.

“Big Fan Kim Kardashian West” MONDAY, JANUARY 16 (10:00-10:30 p.m. EST) – Among Kim Kardashian West’s millions of followers around the world, three are chosen to battle it out to be crowned her #1 super fan.

“Big Fan Kristen Bell” MONDAY, JANUARY 16 (10:30-11:00 p.m. EST) – Actress Kristen Bell meets some of her biggest fans, but only one will win a “Frozen” experience of a lifetime.

Jimmy Kimmel; David Goldberg, Banijay Group President and Banijay Studios North America CEO; and Caroline Baumgard, chief creative officer, Banijay Studios North America, serve as executive producers.

Broadway World

posted 12/30/16

WEDNESDAY: Four More Days Until 2017
ABC Wins With Comedies, "Match Game"; CBS Wins With Reruns
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.792 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (4.330 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "Speechless" (3.591 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Modern Family" (4.151 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "Black-ish" (3.709 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Match Game" (3.486 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

CBS (4.739 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was a close second with a new "Undercover Boss" (6.256 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and repeats of "MacGyver" (4.237 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (3.724 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was NBC (4.614 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its mix of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.487 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.755 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (4.601 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up its special the "Foster Farms Bowl" (2.629 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.907 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supergirl" (0.836 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (0.871 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.066m
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 897k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/30/16

New Year's Lightning Round
... or "Kiss Me At Midnight"

  • Anderson Cooper, Chris Hardwick & Mark Cuban among Kelly's new co-hosts in the new year (Broadway World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Ryan Seacrest caught in elevator on the way to his annual perch (Broadway World)
     

  • Stop us if you've heard this one: a "Bachelor" contestant may have dumped her boyfriend to be on the show (Wetpaint)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Miley Cyrus spends New Year's at a children's hospital (Reality TV World)

posted 12/30/16


Vanity Fair

DEBBIE REYNOLDS: 1932-2016
Actress Frequented Game Greats
From WLS Chicago/ABC

Debbie Reynolds, the legendary Hollywood entertainer and mother of Carrie Fisher, has died at age 84, Debbie Reynolds' son Todd Fisher has confirmed to ABC News.

Reynolds was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital on Wednesday, a source close to the actress confirmed to ABC News.

A representative for the Los Angeles Fire Department said earlier Wednesday that authorities responded at 1:02 p.m. PT to a medical aid request on the block where Reynolds, 84, has a home. LAFD transported an adult female in "fair to serious" condition to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to the LAFD rep.

On Tuesday, Reynolds addressed on Facebook the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, thanking friends and fans for their continued support. Earlier that day, Fisher died at the age of 60, four days after she suffered cardiac arrest while aboard a transatlantic flight.

"Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter," she wrote. "I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother."

Reynolds' son, Todd Fisher, told ABC affiliate KABC Tuesday that the family was coming together to grieve their recent loss.

"My mother [Reynolds] is very strong right now and Billie, Carrie's daughter, is very strong ... we are all together now at this point," he said.

Reynolds has coped with her own health issues in the past, including what her son described as "a small stroke" last year.

Todd Fisher explained to ABC News this past summer that "when she was in the hospital and barely recovering from an operation, she had a small stroke."

In May, Carrie Fisher spoke to Entertainment Weekly and People magazine about her mother's health, calling her "frail."

"It's a lot of times terrifying watching my mother, who's incredibly resilient, coping with certain health issues that she's had," Fisher said at the time. "It's the thing that gives her life, but it was also pulling it out of her, because she'd perform and then she'd have to recover. But this is someone who wants to go back and do it now. She became very ill and now she's bouncing back."

In the game show world, Reynolds served as judge on the short-lived "Secret Talents of the Stars" and a guest stint on "RuPaul's Drag Race". She was also a player on "Hollywood Squares", "What's My Line?", "I've Got a Secret", "Win, Lose or Draw", and "Battlestars" to name a few.

Logo is devoting portions of its Friday and Saturday programming to the late Hollywood icon, beginning with a 12-episode Will & Grace marathon featuring all of Reynolds’ guest appearances as the mother of Debra Messing’s Grace (commencing Friday at 5 pm/ET).

Early Saturday morning, Logo will air the episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race in which Reynolds appeared as a guest judge (midnight/ET), as well as her episodes of Roseanne (1 am/ET) and Golden Girls (2 am/ET).

WLS Chicago
TMZ
Variety
TV Line
TV Line

posted 12/29/16

TUESDAY: CBS Gets "Honors"
Eye Wins with Annual Arts Special
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with a repeat "NCIS" (9.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (8.598 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Second place then went to NBC (3.747 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with repeats of "The Wall" (4.793 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "This Is Us" (3.589 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Chicago Fire" (2.861 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

Next up was ABC (3.388 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and its second run lineup of "The Middle" (4.574 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "American Housewife" (3.731 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.020 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.426 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) plus a last-minute "20/20" (3.288 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.532 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.546 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11), "New Girl" (1.120 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Bones" (1.731 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.913 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and a new "No Tomorrow" (0.601 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) closed out the evening for The CW (0.756 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.180m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.176m
- MasterChef Canada (Cooking): 278k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/29/16


Games Gone By: Wipeout (1988)
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It may not have had Rod Roddy and it may have had a shoddy set for a show backed by Paramount, but "Wipeout" was a good way for Peter Tomarken to go into retirement until "Paranoia" came along. And it's the subject of Chris Wolvie's latest "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/29/16

"Deal or No Deal" Returns to India
Surya TV To Launch Malayam Second Season
From Times of India

Surya TV has re-launched its popular game show, 'Deal or No Deal,' which had given financial support to many of its viewers. The show made a comeback as season 2 and is anchored by actor Suraj Venjaramood. The game revolves around the opening of a set of numbered briefcases, which contains certain sums of money. The player chooses a case or a box to knock an amount of money off the board. The program will be aired on the channel at 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Times of India

posted 12/29/16

MONDAY: Five Days to 2017, Folks...
ABC Wins with All Reruns
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.651 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on an all-repeat Monday with its mix of "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" (5.061 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" (4.772 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.119 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

CBS (3.909 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.855 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Man with a Plan" (4.049 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), another "Kevin Can Wait" (3.822 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), another "Man with a Plan" (3.632 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and "Scorpion" (3.548 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.454 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a rebroadcast of "Hairspray Live!" (2.454 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Gotham" (1.337 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Lucifer" (1.557 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, encores of "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016" (0.859 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.593 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.792 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.148
- Cake Wars (Food): 863k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 305k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/29/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Returning for New Year's"

  • The Joey+Rory Show returns to RFD-TV New Year's Eve (Broadway World)
     

  • Jimmy Kimmel is "Here For The Right Reasons" in a Bachelor edition of his show January 2 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • 2.527 million: The number of people who turned into "Millionaire" on December 15: the largest single-day audience this season (Broadway World)
     

  • Rob Kardashian rushed to hospital with diabetic episode (Broadway World)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: "Debatable" looking for players for season 2 (Belfast Live)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS: Big Fan (ABC, January 9) (Valley Town Crier) and Pop Quiz: The Comeback (BBC) (The Telegraph)
     

  • Warn the Big Brother House, The Beast is loose? (Reality Box)

posted 12/29/16

Bob Barker Celebrates 60 Years in Television!
From "Truth or Consequences" to "Price Is Right", Radio DJ to Television Icon
From Washington Observer-Reporter

The problem for Bob Barker wasn’t getting up early every day for his new TV gig.

On the morning of Dec. 31, 1956, he had bowed as host of NBC’s weekday game show, “Truth or Consequences.” And he was thrilled.

But here was the hitch: Viewers in the Eastern United States tuned in for his show at 11:30 a.m. It aired live – which meant each zany, stunts-filled 30-minute telecast had to originate from its studio in Hollywood at what, for Barker and his fellow Californians, was a not-so-chipper three hours earlier than that.

“I liked live television,” says Barker. What he didn’t like was trying to rouse sleepy-eyed contestants who were still digesting breakfast.

“Can YOU imagine doing an audience-participation show at 8:30 in the morning?” Barker, 93, laughs, speaking by phone from his home just a few blocks from the theater that, 60 years ago, summoned early passers-by with the lure of free coffee and seeing a TV host in the flesh. (After a couple of weeks, Barker recalls, he persuaded his bosses to give him billing above “FREE COFFEE” on the marquee, which, he jokes, “was my first step to stardom.”)

Then a high-tech breakthrough came to his aid. The 33-year-old Barker, launching what would be a half-century run as a beloved star first on “Truth,” and through 2007 as host of “The Price Is Right,” would notch a huge TV milestone after only three weeks: On Jan. 22, 1957, “Truth or Consequences,” with Barker presiding, became the first program to be prerecorded on videotape for subsequent airing in all time zones.

As of that show, each “Truth” half-hour not only could be produced a day or more before its intended airdate, but, more importantly to Barker, could be staged at a more agreeable hour of the day.

“We all rejoiced,” says Barker. “The bigger the studio audience and the wider-awake it was, the better for me!”

“No longer will Hollywood tourists be importuned to face a custard pie routine at 8:30 a.m.,” echoed The New York Times in explaining how Barker’s show would introduce a prototype of Ampex’s amazing new quadruplex videotape machine.

This year, the television industry is observing the 60th anniversary of that radical breakthrough, which spared television shows from either going live, with resulting inconvenience and potential screw-ups, or resorting to a fuzzy kinescope (a film copy of a broadcast captured directly off the TV screen) if re-airings were required.

Washington Observer-Reporter

posted 12/28/16


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CARRIE FISHER: 1956-2016
Actress/Writer/Star Wars Legend Featured on "Deal or No Deal", "On the Lot"
From TV Line

Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, has died four days after suffering a sudden heart attack; she was 60 years old.

Fisher was felled by a massive heart attack on Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles. “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” read a statement from family spokesperson Simon Halls. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Actress Anna Akana, who was also on the flight, noted that Fisher wasn’t breathing for “10 minutes or so” after the attack. Once the plane landed in Los Angeles, paramedics performed CPR on Fisher for 15 minutes before getting a pulse. They then rushed her to nearby UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator. Hours later, Fisher was moved from the emergency room to the Intensive Care Unit, her brother, Todd Fisher, told Variety.

Fisher shot to international fame as Princess Leia in the 1977 blockbuster Star Wars and reprised the role in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi. She returned to the franchise as Leia in last year’s The Force Awakens. She also had memorable film roles in When Harry Met Sally… (as Sally’s friend Marie) and The Blues Brothers (as Jake’s gun-toting ex-girlfriend).

She had an extensive career on TV as well, with appearances as herself on Sex and the City and The Big Bang Theory, along with roles on Entourage, 30 Rock and Smallville. In recent years, she voiced Peter’s boss Angela on Fox’s Family Guy and played Rob’s mother Mia on Amazon’s UK comedy Catastrophe. (Fisher was reportedly shooting an episode of Catastrophe in London before Friday’s flight back to L.A.)

In the realm of game, she was featured on a Star Wars edition of "Deal or No Deal" and also in "Celebrity Poker Showdown", "QI", and "On the Lot", where she was a featured judge.

Fisher was also an accomplished writer, penning the semi-autobiographical novel Postcards From the Edge, based on her relationship with her mother, movie star Debbie Reynolds. She also wrote the screenplay for the Postcards film, starring Meryl Streep, and worked for years as a highly paid script doctor in Hollywood, doing uncredited polishes on everything from Lethal Weapon 3 to The Wedding Singer.

TV Line
Broadway World
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 12/28/16

QuizUp Gets BoughtUp
Meanwhile, NBC Project Is Officially Dead
From TechCrunch

The developers of popular celeb-themed games including Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and Nicki Minaj: The Empire, Glu Mobile, acquired Plain Vanilla Corp., and its mobile social trivia game QuizUp this week, according to an SEC filing.

The deal was valued at $7.5 million, including forgiven debt, according to sources familiar with the deal.

This is undoubtedly a disappointing fate for the investors who backed QuizUp, and kind of a steal for Glu Mobile.

The Iceland-based startup raised a hefty $22 million Series B round of venture funding led by Sequoia and Tencent in 2013. Altogether, the company had raised about $40 million in outside funding, according to Crunchbase, and had attracted tens of millions of users.

QuizUp, which is equal parts social network and mobile game, allows users to play trivia against friends, or to be matched in real time against an equally skilled and knowledgeable players, for a given subject.

QuizUp also let users create their own question and answer sets, which made it appealing to educators, fan communities, and brands looking for creative ways to promote their products.

Last year, the startup launched software that allowed corporations to use QuizUp to deliver corporate training to their employees. And it inked a deal with NBC for a 10-episode show based on and using QuizUp for audience-interactive elements of the show.

All that product development and maintenance costs money, of course. In January this year, publicly traded Glu Mobile backed Plain Vanilla with a promissory note that gave them the option to later purchase the startup and its QuizUp-related assets.

When NBC scuttled the QuizUp show in August, as Iceland-based Northstack reported at the time, it was expected that Glu would eventually buy QuizUp, provided the startup didn’t find other funds to keep its lights on, from profits or new backers.

Plain Vanilla CEO Thor Fridriksson declined to comment on terms of the deal with Glu Mobile, today. He only said, “I hope that Glu will take good care of my baby.”

Investors in QuizUp could not be immediately reached for comment.

TechCrunch

posted 12/28/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "QuizDown"

  • WEEKEND on cable...
    - Holiday Baking Championship (S/Food): 1.288m
    - Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible (SF/Food): 917k (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • Just because "To Tell the Truth" is switching to a rotating panel doesn't mean Nene Leakes is fired, MediaFakeout (Gossip Cop)

posted 12/28/16

More on "The Game of Dating"
Tony Rock Hosts for TV One January 31
From Eurweb

TV One redefines the dating and game show genres this January with the debut of The Game of Dating. Hosted by popular comedian Tony Rock, the network’s prime time game show will offer viewers provocative, sexy and hysterical new takes on classic dating show scenarios.

The one-hour series ‘The Game of Dating’ premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
“The Game of Dating is a hilarious, jam-packed series filled with comedy, huge reveals and excellent play along,” said Brad Siegel, President of TV One.

“With expert comic timing, Tony Rock entertainingly navigates the audience and our contestants through two dates – each one as unpredictable and funny as the last. It’s the only game show where dating pays off!”

The Game of Dating begins each hour-long episode with three teams of friends and/or family who watch real dates in a “hidden camera” style from the comfort of their homes. Throughout the show, the teams, as well as Rock, will offer their funny and uncensored commentary.

The couples could be on an awkward first date, enjoying a new relationship, or they could be an existing couple with history just trying to keep the magic going. The competing teams watch the dates and do their best to figure out the daters’ stories and next moves in order to score cash.

As the two different dates progress, the teams – who are as diverse as the daters, including sorority sisters, bakers, barbers, hair stylists, multi-generational families, comedians, basketball moms and even a group of seniors – will participate in game play with multiple questions about the dates like:

“How long has this couple been dating?”; “Who will pay the check?”; or “Will she ask him up to her apartment when he drops her off after a dinner date?” Each correct answer earns the teams increasing amounts of cash and the team with the most money at the end of the episode wins the $10,000 grand prize.

Eurweb

posted 12/27/16

More on "Bakers vs. Fakers"
Catch "Cooks vs. Cons" Spinoff on Food Network January 25!
From Broadway World

Four competitors battle it out each episode for ultimate bragging rights and a cash prize, as Buddy Valastro hosts new culinary competition series BAKERS VS. FAKERS, premiering Wednesday, January 25th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Over two rounds of culinary challenges, a mix of home bakers and professional chefs must come up with delectable desserts that need to impress a rotating panel of guest judges, including Damiano Carrara, Nancy Fuller, Paulette Goto, Alex Guarnaschelli, Daphne Oz, Damaris Phillips, Lorraine Pascale, Natalie Sideserf, and Zac Young. With no higher standards for the professionals and no sympathy for the amateurs, a blind taste test will determine the best dessert. Only after THE WINNER IS selected will the true identities be revealed. If a professional is victorious, they take home $10,000, but if an amateur can beat the odds and take down the pros, they walk away with $15,000!

"As we have seen with the success of Cooks vs. Cons, not knowing who is the professional and who is the amateur makes the suspense that much greater for viewers at home, as they try to figure out, along with the host and judges, which competitors are bakers and which are fakers," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.

In each one-hour episode the four competitors are put to the test, showcasing they have what it takes to beat their fellow opponents, while proving to the judges why they should be victorious. During one episode things ignite as the four bakers are confronted with using hot peppers to create spicy cupcakes. Judges Lorraine Pascale and Damaris Phillips join Buddy Valastro, in sifting out the bakers from the fakers. After one baker is eliminated, the remaining three move on to round two, where they must use school snacks in their winning dish, with the winner walking away with a cash prize. In another episode, judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Paulette Goto challenge the professional and amateur bakers to cobble together a gooey treat by using cheese in fruit cobblers. The bakers who move on to round two find the challenge twice as nice when rice must be used to find the sweet spot in the winning dish. And see what happens when the bakers square off in an attempt to win over host Buddy Valastro and judges Lorraine Pascale and Zac Young, as classic brownies must be combined with aromatic ginger to determine which competitors move one to round two. Catch all the fun and surprises to see if the pros or amateurs reign supreme!

Can you tell a professional baker from an amateur? Visit Food Network.com to relive the baking fails, see epic reveals and get tips to up your baking game. Join the conversation using #BakersvsFakers.

Bakers vs. Fakers is produced by Cakehouse Media.

Broadway World
The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 12/27/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "May the Force Be With Us All"

  • "Blankety Blank" replaced something important... the checkbook & pen is now a card swipe (Metro)
     

  • Jillian Harris gets engaged on Christmas (Reality TV World)
     

  • Miley Cyrus got cozy with Liam Hemsworth (Reality TV World)
     

  • "Deal or No Deal" ends its run with this big win (Telly Mix)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: LeBron James personally delivers "The Wall" contestants their money (CBS Sports)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: some of the biggest game show gaffes in 2016 (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 12/27/16


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