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Let's Idol Again
ABC Gives Greenlight on Season 17 of Rebooted "Idol"
From TV Line

After the nationwide vote, ABC is staying in the music business, renewing American Idol for a second season on the network (and the show's 17th overall).

In addition to hiring new judges — Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie — ABC's revamped Idol also introduced a new voting system, allowing viewers from all across these United States to cast their ballots live, with performances and eliminations being squeezed into one live show per week.

Seven weeks into its ABC revival run, Idol is averaging 7.6 million total viewers and a 1.6 demo rating. In the two-hour Sunday slot — in recent years a weak spot for the network — it has given ABC its biggest audiences in four years and its best demo number in three.

Before its run on ABC, Idol aired for 15 seasons (2002–2016) on Fox, launching the careers of superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood.

TV Line
Broadway World

posted 5/4/18

It's On This Saturday! Final Answer.
"Millionaire" Returns to ITV This Weekend
From ITV Press Centre

To mark the 20th anniversary of the global hit game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, the iconic program will return to ITV for a week of celebratory episodes, starting this Saturday.

Airing as a stripped event across the week, the 7x60 minute episodes will play out every night and will be hosted by brand new presenter, Jeremy Clarkson.

The show will offer members of the public the chance to win £1,000,000. Each contestant will have the opportunity to answer 15 questions on their way to hopefully winning this life changing prize. The contestants will be helped along the way by familiar lifelines of 'Ask The Audience', 'Phone a Friend' and '50:50', plus a brand new fourth lifeline; 'Ask The Host'.

This brand new, additional lifeline allows the contestant to 'Ask The Host' if he [Jeremy Clarkson] knows the answer or if he has an opinion on what it might be. Jeremy never sees the questions ahead of the contestants so there is no guarantee he will know the answer. Will Jeremy be able to help someone along the way to winning one million pounds or will it cost them everything?

In another twist, contestants will be able to set their own second safety net amount. There is a fixed safety net at £1,000, meaning once a contestant has successfully answered Question 5 and won £1,000, that's the minimum they will take home. Traditionally, the second safety net was automatically set at £32,000. However, in these seven celebratory episodes, this new twist will allow the second safety net to be set by each contestant. Once they have banked £1,000, they will be given the opportunity to set their safety net ahead of the next question being asked. They can set their safety net only once and anywhere from £2,000 to £500,000. Will contestants be brave enough to risk losing big money in the hope to go all the way?

Jeremy Clarkson said "If the contestant chooses that lifeline [Ask The Host], they get to ask me if I know the answer. God help them. Anyone who doesn't win £1,000,000 is bound, at some point, to ask me if I know the answer. And if it's 1970's prog rock music, I probably will. If it's anything other than that, I probably won't."

On talking about the safety net changes, Jeremy Clarkson added "They can choose where it goes. So they choose how much they are going to lose at any given moment, which is a very clever idea. That requires balls of steel. To go beyond, say £32,000, when you're going to drop back to £1,000 if you get it wrong. To say, 'no I'll set it at £64,000 and risk losing £63,000 if I get it wrong', balls of steel."

The series will be produced by Stellify Media with filming taking place in Manchester. Commissioned for ITV by Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment, with Ben Kelly Commissioning Editor, it will be executive produced by Fiona Clark and Stellify's joint managing directors Kieran Doherty and Matthew Worthy, with Julia Knowles as Director.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is a Sony Pictures Television format. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? starts Saturday 5th May at 9.15pm on ITV and continues nightly thorough-out the week at 9pm .

Telly Mix
Metro
Digital Spy
Huffpost
ITV Press Centre
Sunday Post
The Telegraph
The Week
EGR

posted 5/4/18

THURSDAY: The Beginning of the End
CBS Takes Night
From TV Line

Fox bubble drama Gotham this Thursday drew 1.92 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, ticking down on both counts to mark brand-new series lows. Leading out of that, Showtime at the Apollo (2.3 mil/0.6) was steady.

Elsewhere….

THE CW | Supernatural (1.4 mil/0.4) dipped. Arrow (1.11 mil/0.4) ticked up in the demo while rising to its best audience since March 29.

ABC | Grey's Anatomy (6.6 mil/1.6) ticked up, Station 19 (5.2 mil/1.1) grew two tenths and Quantico (2.2 mil/0.5) was steady in the demo while dipping to an audience low.

CBS | Big Bang Theory (12.6 mil/2.3) rose three tenths, while Young Sheldon (11.6 mil/1.9), Mom (8.8. mil/1.4) and Life in Pieces (6.3 mil/1.1) each ticked up. SWAT (5.1 mil/0.8) was steady.

NBC | Superstore's finale (3 mil/0.8, average reader grade "A-"), AP Bio (2.1 mil/0.6) and Chicago Fire (5.4 mil/1.) all ticked up while Champions (1.5 mil/0.4) was flat..

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 856k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 840k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 727k
- Talk Show the GAme Show (truTV): 237k

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/4/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "What Hath Cody & Jessica Wrought"

  • "The Amazing Race" reportedly going all Big Brother next season (TMZ)

  • Cheryl Burke gets the ring from Matthew Lawrence. Happy birthday indeed (Reality TV World)

  • BLIND ITEM: which Survivor Ghost Island castaways are now dating? (Reality TV World)

  • Scott Rogowsky has a new manager (Deadline)

  • So where is Chris Tarrant now? (TV Week)

  • ICYMI: Snatch Game (Decider)

  • Amanda Holden takes a nasty hit (Daily Express)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A Clipper's mother won "Price Is Right" (Click Lancashire)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jeremy Clarkson (What's on TV)

posted 5/4/18

Here's Your First Subject
Here's Your Celebrity Lineup for "The $100,000 Pyramid" this Summer
From the Futon Critic

The Pyramid is back! As part of ABC's "Sunday Fun & Games," the Emmy(R) Award-winning pop-culture phenomenon is reimagined and better than ever. Featuring an all-star cast of celebrities who take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country competing against each other with hopes of making it to the winners' circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000,

"The $100,000 Pyramid" premieres SUNDAY, JUNE 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Celebrity Guest Lineup:
- Anthony Anderson (ABC's "black-ish")
- Lauren Ash ("Superstore")
- Joy Behar (ABC's "The View")
- Julie Bowen (ABC's "Modern Family" and "Life of the Party")
- Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine")
- Mario Cantone (actor/comedian)
- Erika Christensen ("Parenthood")
- Terry Crews ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Sorry To Bother You")
- Taye Diggs ("Empire" and "Set It Up")
- Snoop Dogg ("Joker's Wild")
- Gabby Douglas (Olympic gold medalist)
- Jenna Fischer (ABC's "Splitting Up Together")
- Erin Foster ("Barely Famous")
- Sara Foster ("Barely Famous")
- Vivica A. Fox ("Everyday I'm Hustling," "Face The Truth")
- Bethenny Frankel ("The Real Housewives of New York City")
- Melissa Fumero ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine")
- Ana Gasteyer ("Lady Dynamite")
- Nicholas Gonzalez (ABC's "The Good Doctor")
- Darrell Hammond ("Mayhem Explained")
- Oliver Hudson (ABC's "Splitting Up Together")
- Ken Jeong ("Crazy, Rich Asians," "Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween")
- Leslie Jones ("Saturday Night Live")
- Gayle King ("CBS This Morning"; O, The Oprah Magazine)
- Nick Lachey (singer, television personality)
- Vanessa Lachey ("Top Chef Jr.")
- Jenifer Lewis (ABC's "black-ish," "Big Hero Six")
- Justina Machado ("One Day at a Time")
- Ross Matthews ("Celebrity Big Brother," "RuPaul's Drag Race")
- Ken Marino (ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat")
- Matt McGorry (ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder")
- Tim Meadows (ABC's "The Goldbergs Spinoff")
- Debra Messing ("Will & Grace" & "Searching")
- Rita Moreno ("One Day at a Time")
- Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt")
- Kathy Najimy ("Dumplin'," "Veep")
- Kelly Osbourne (author and television personality)
- Terrell Owens (ABC's "Dancing with the Stars")
- Kellie Pickler (recording artist, "Pickler & Ben")
- Questlove ("The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," The Roots)
- Andy Richter ("Conan")
- Rob Riggle (Rob Riggle's "Ski Master Academy")
- Adam Rodriguez ("Criminal Minds," "Magic Mike")
- Nico Santos ("Superstore," "Crazy, Rich Asians")
- Richard Schiff (ABC's "The Good Doctor")
- Kevin Smith (writer, director, podcaster)
- George Stephanopoulos (ABC's "Good Morning America")
- Johnny Weir (Olympic figure skater, "Wedding Cake Championship")
- Ali Wentworth ("Go Ask Ali: Half-Baked Advice (and Free Lemonade)")

"The $100,000 Pyramid" is the timeless word-association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winners' circle and take home $100,000. "Good Morning America"'s Michael Strahan hosts "The $100,000 Pyramid."

The Futon Critic

posted 5/3/18

WEDNESDAY: Renewed, But...
Fox Wins Demo, CBS Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.566 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ for the ninth consecutive week with fresh installments from "Empire" (5.252 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Star" (3.881 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

The silver then went to NBC (5.935 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with originals from "The Blacklist" (5.473 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (6.061 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was CBS (6.268 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.768 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.934 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Code Black" (5.104 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its mix of "The Goldbergs" (4.887 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Alex, Inc." (3.225 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Modern Family" (4.651 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "American Housewife" (3.746 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Designated Survivor" (3.578 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, new episodes from "Riverdale" (1.114 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.929 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.021 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food): 1.026m
- Hip Hop Squares - 10p (VH1): 742k
- Hip Hop Squares - 10:30p (VH1): 694k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 246k
- Comedy Knockout (SP/truTV): 157k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/3/18

Oh Man... Azteca Gets in the Game
Azteca Greenlights Version of "My Man Can"
From Deadline

Spanish-language broadcaster Azteca America unveiled its 2018-2019 programming line-up at its upfront presentation Wednesday in New York City. Its slate includes new reality series Lights, Phone Action, and horror show Mas Alla del Miedo (Beyond Fear), four specials, including the return of the Miss Universe pageant for the fourth consecutive year, new game show Mi Pareja Puede, based on the international format My Man Can, and boxing competition series Al Ritmo del Boxeo, hosted by Roberto Durán.

In addition, Azteca America announced the launch of AZ Corazon, a 24/7 telenovela channel.

The broadcaster's upfront comes on the heels of its acquisition by HC2 Holdings' subsidiary HC2 Network, which provides expanded distribution and scale across its linear and digital channels. Azteca America continues to have access to TV Azteca's current programming and library in Mexico, including top entertainment shows, talk shows, reality programs, network and local news, as well as telenovelas and other scripted series.

Deadline
Metro
B&C
Rapid TV News

posted 5/3/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Bringing Home the Bacon"

  • Steve Harvey sells his organic bacon business (Organic Authority)

  • Marc Summers brings "Double Dare" to Comedy Central's Clusterfest (Benzinga)

  • Pat & Vanna spotted shooting around Washington. (Washington Post)

  • TV Academy Hall of Fame to Bill Cosby: Boy, bye (TV Week)

  • CASTING COUCH: Match Game season 4 (TV Series Finale)

posted 5/3/18

More on "The Gong Show" Season 2
Here's Who's Been Tapped for Mallet Duty
From THe Futon Critic

"The Gong Show," which makes its triumphant return to television on THURSDAY, JUNE 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC and stars celebrated film and television actor/comedian Mike Myers as the show's host - British comedic legend Tommy Maitland - has announced the names of some of the revolving panel of judges set to praise, critique and gong contestants in one of TV's all-time great variety shows.

Returning to helm the gong from last season are executive producer Will Arnett, Dana Carvey, Ken Jeong and Rob Riggle; and making their judging debut are Alyson Hannigan, Jimmy Kimmel, Brad Paisley and Jason Sudeikis - with more to come!

Performers, such as contortionists, singers, magicians, dancers, jugglers and dancing dogs, are just some of the dozens and dozens of acts that are set to impress our panel of three celebrity judges. If any of the judges deem an act to be less than worthy of a score, they can pick up a mallet and hit the giant gong that is hanging behind them and end the underwhelming performance. But if the judges are happy with the act, they will let it play out until the end and present their scores numerically from 0 through 10. It's not uncommon for fights to break out amongst the judges when one of them wants to gong an act, while the others want to let them play on. At the end of each show, the winning performer or act with the highest judges' scores will receive a fabulous "The Gong Show" trophy and a check.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/2/18

TUESDAY: Okay Now It's Interesting...
ABC, CBS Split Night
From THe Futon Critic

ABC (4.889 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes from "Roseanne" (10.306 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1), "The Middle" (6.101 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Black-ish" (4.574 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Splitting Up Together" (3.890 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "For the People" (2.230 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

CBS (10.183 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (12.120 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Bull" (10.321 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.109 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (5.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and originals from "The Voice" (7.484 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Rise" (3.831 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Chicago Med" (5.753 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.349 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Lethal Weapon" (3.070 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), the season finale of "LA to Vegas" (1.795 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) plus a new "New Girl" (1.460 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Flash" (1.689 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "The 100" (1.060 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) on The CW (1.374 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.132m
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 1.031m
- Chopped (Food): 773k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 624k
- Ink Master Angels (Paramount): 341k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/2/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Mortgage Payment Guaranteed to Make You Say..."

  • Burt Sugarman selling his humble abode for $5.5 million... or 220 runs at the Gauntlet of Villains (Variety)

  • Howie Mandel brings mental health party to Count Basie (Asbury Park PRess)

  • Charles Ingram selling his humble abode for over $610,000... or at least a run all the way. (The Sun)

  • ICYMI: Largest. Final Chase. Ever.... if you forget that one time (The Sun)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sharon Carpenter (Huffpost)

posted 5/2/18

SYNDIES: Week 30
Results for the Week Ending April 22
From TV Newscheck

Among talk shows, first-run syndication's largest category, only The Doctors, Steve, Ellen DeGeneres and Dr. Oz moved up in the last full week before the May sweep. The other 10 veteran gabfests were mostly unchanged from the previous frame in the session ending April 22.

The Doctors prescribed the biggest increase, growing 14% to a 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Steve, starring Steve Harvey, who just won the Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host Emmy, strengthened 8% to a 1.3 and jumped 17% in the key women 25-54 demo.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 +2%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 +2%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 5/1/18

MONDAY: I Ran, I Ran So Far Away
"Voice" Holds Off Down-But-Not-Out ABC, "Dancing"
From THe Futon Critic

NBC (7.195 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with a new "The Voice" (8.672 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) followed by the season finale of "Good Girls" (4.242 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

ABC (6.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" (8.454 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) alongside a new "The Crossing" (3.798 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was CBS (4.576 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (5.020 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (4.794 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (4.136 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (4.156 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and the season debut of "Elementary" (4.676 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.346 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up originals from "Lucifer" (2.824 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Resident" (3.868 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

And finally, The CW (1.116 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "Supergirl" (1.512 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "iZombie" (0.721 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.329m
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 780k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/1/18

More on "TKO"
Producers Named for CBS' New Obstacle Course
From THe Futon Critic

Veteran producers Holly Wofford and Jane Y. Mun have been named as executive producers and showrunners for TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT, a new one-hour obstacle course competition series from executive producer Mark Burnett (SURVIVOR, "The Voice," "Shark Tank"). The 10-episode series will premiere in summer 2018 on CBS.

As previously announced, Kevin Hart will serve as the host and an executive producer. "Holly and Jane are incredible producers and have separately worked with me for many years," said Burnett. "I am thrilled to put them together to lead our TKO team. They are both top-level network showrunners, and I look forward to working alongside these amazing women again."

Emmy Award-nominated producer Holly Wofford has worked on numerous successful television franchises. She started her career at "America's Most Wanted" and went on to work with Burnett on CBS' SURVIVOR before developing the format for "American Ninja Warrior" and "ANW: USA vs. Japan." In addition, she executive produced and was the showrunner on network series "America Ninja Warrior," "Strong," "The Island" and "Supernanny," among others.

Jane Y. Mun's credits include some of the biggest awards shows, music specials and groundbreaking events on television. For over a decade, she produced both "The People's Choice Awards" and "The MTV Movie Awards," with Burnett, as well as "The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards." Her additional credits include "Lip Sync Battle Live," "America's Best Dance Crew: All Stars" and "The Sing Off."

The Futon Critic

posted 5/1/18

Dropping In
Details on "The £100k Drop"
From Telly Mix

Channel 4 has confirmed the start date for The £100k Drop, its new daytime version of hit gameshow The Million Pound Drop.

Last year it was revealed that the big-money format would be rebooted for an afternoon timeslot.

Now, over three years since the Drop was last on our screens, we finally know it will be back.

The £100k Drop begins on Monday 7th May on Channel 4, airing every weekday at 4.00pm.

One of C4's boldest daytime commissions in recent years, bosses will no doubt be hoping it proves a success. However, the scheduling means it'll be up against ITV's ever-popular Tipping Point, which usually has around 2million viewers.

Davina McCall is back to present the show, which, as its name suggests, now has a £100,000 top prize.

Telly Mix

posted 5/1/18


Reggie Watts/AP

WEEKEND: Comedy Central Takes You to Task
Catch "Taskmaster" Fridays on Comedy Central
From Broadway World

Comedy Central's newest game show series Taskmaster, hosted by Reggie Watts (The Late Show with James Corden, Comedy Bang! Bang!), premiered, April 27 at 11:00 p.m. The ratings...

- Taskmaster - 11p (P/Comedy Central): 319k
- Taskmaster - 11:30p (Comedy Central): 214k

Meanwhile, on the network side Friday, CBS (7.305 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was still the network to beat with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.264 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.649 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.003 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

Second place then went to NBC (3.695 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with originals from "Blindspot" (2.862 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.111 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Sharing the silver among adults 18-49 was FOX (2.037 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its coverage of the "2018 NFL Draft - Rounds 2-3" (2.037 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.949 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Once Upon a Time" (2.013 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.626 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "20/20" (2.207 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, a new "Dynasty" (0.781 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and the relocated "Life Sentence" (0.495 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) on The CW (0.638 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

ABC (6.398 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.844 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "American Idol" (8.025 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Deception" (3.700 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

FOX (1.971 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.497 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17) followed by originals from "Bob's Burgers" (1.891 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "The Simpsons" (2.415 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.960 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Family Guy" (2.280 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.785 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was CBS (7.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.953 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Instinct" (7.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.482 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (5.992 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, NBC (4.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) rounded out the night with "Dateline NBC" (4.242 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Little Big Shots" (6.022 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Genius Junior" (3.700 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Timeless" (2.617 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.424m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.008m
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 942k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 684k

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posted 5/1/18


GAMES GONE BY: The Moneymaze
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Maybe contestants were more healthy in the 1970s. Or maybe people were getting tired of just watching people answering questions. Either way, someone had the bright idea of having people answer questions just so OTHER people run around in a maze for prizes and $10,000. Chris Wolvie takes a look a one of the "Games Gone By..." that more-than-likely started the "physical game show", "The Moneymaze".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 5/1/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You Won't Believe Who's Trying to Beat Shazam This Year!"

  • FIRST LOOK: celebrity infiltration hits season 2 of "Beat Shazam" (The Futon Critic)

  • Sharna Burgess denies anything between her and Josh Norman despite competitive energy (Entertainment Tonight)

  • LIST ABUSE: 6 moments you'll wish you caught the first time when they aired during the Daytime Emmys (Washington Post)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Kim Kardashian is crazy (Huffpost)

posted 5/1/18


ATAS

Daytime Emmys: And the Winners Were...
Wayne Brady, "The Price Is Right" Win Big
From TV Line

The 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out on Sunday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and NBC's Days of Our Lives had five major wins, including for Best Drama and actors James Reynolds and Greg Vaughan. ABC's General Hospital and CBS' The Young and the Restless followed with two Sunday wins apiece. All told, including Friday's Creative Arts ceremony, CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful — though o-for-any major awards — led the soap opera pack with seven total wins, while Days and GH amassed five each.

GSNN congratulates the following game show winners...
- Outstanding Game Show Host: Wayne Brady (Let's Make a Deal)
- Outstanding Game Show: The Price Is Right (CBS)
- Outstanding Directing in a Game Show: The Price Is Right (CBS)

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posted 4/30/18

USA Goes Country. Yes, Again
Shania Twain to Host "Real Country"
From TV Line

Reality TV apparently does impress Shania Twain much:

The singer has been tapped to headline a country music competition series for USA Network. Titled Real Country, the project — which finds the former Voice advisor co-hosting alongside fellow country music star Jake Owen — emerging solo artists, duos and groups will perform in showcases that spotlight "the rich traditions, songs and themes of specific country genres," per USA. The best artists from each showcase will perform in a grand finale, for the chance to be named one of country music's next breakout acts..

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posted 4/30/18

BBC Shines On
"First and Last" to Be Produced for 2019
From Deadline

The BBC is developing big-budget entertainment series First and Last, a competition format from Endemol Shine Group. I hear

Deadline reports that the British public broadcaster is currently casting for its own adaptation of the international format that is also being produced in Brazil, China, Italy and Ukraine. It is based on an original idea from UK division Zeppotron.

The format starts with eleven contestants competing in several challenging games. Their objective is not to end up first or last or they face immediate elimination. After four rounds, the three remaining contestants battle it out in a final game, where they are handed a briefcase of cash. Three finalists are then placed in a secret booth where they have two minutes to decide how much money they are prepared to leave behind and how much they want to walk away with. However, in order to win they must not take the least or the most and the person who exits with the middle amount of cash is the winner and walks away with that amount.

The news comes on the heels of Claudia Winkleman getting together a slew of celebrity friends to star in a gameshow pilot for BBC One, hosting Family Assemble, which the producers describe as a "gameshow like no other" for the British public broadcaster.

The one-off is produced by Hungry Bear Media, the production company led by former Talkback Thames exec Dan Baldwin, which is responsible for some of the BBC's biggest entertainment hits including Michael McIntyre's Big Show and All Round To Mrs Brown's as well as recent ITV sport quiz Play To The Whistle, hosted by his wife Holly Willoughby.

Family Assemble features a number of super-competitive families who welcome celebrities into their homes to help them prepare for a number of challenges. It is described as "an exciting, warm, new entertainment show".

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posted 4/30/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Losers Win"

posted 4/30/18


Nickelodeon

On Your Mark... Get Set... REBOOT!
Nick to Revive "Double Dare"!
From Deadline

Classic kids game show Double Dare is returning to Nickelodeon. The network has ordered 40 new episodes for a new generation of trivia, stunts, wringers, hamster wheels and nose picking. Premiere is slated for this summer.

Nick says the new version will feature the gameplay and challenges its original millennial audiences remember from the show, as well as appearances from blasts from the past and stars from today.

Double Dare features two teams competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy, physical stunts and ultimately facing the infamous obstacle course–the human hamster wheel; the classic gigantic mouth; the wringer; and the iconic Double Dare nose.

This is the latest classic franchise brought back by Viacom networks, joining MTV's TRL and the Jersey Shore reboots.

Double Dare premiered on Oct. 6, 1986, on Nickelodeon, and ran from 1986-1993, making it the network's longest running game show. Shortly after its debut, Double Dare became one of the most popular original daily programs on cable television. The series went into syndication in 1988, and was later revamped as Super Sloppy Double Dare in 1989. The show also ran on broadcast television as Family Double Dare in 1988, followed by new versions on Nick, including Double Dare 2000.

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posted 4/27/18

THURSDAY: Draft Day
CBS Wins Over NFL Coverage
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.962 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) claimed top honors for the ninth consecutive Thursday thanks to its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.515 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.011 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Mom" (8.456 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.294 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "SWAT" (5.247 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

FOX (3.835 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then got a boost from its inaugural coverage of the "2018 NFL Draft - Round 1" (3.835 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Next up was ABC (4.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its mix of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.458 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Station 19" (5.170 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and the return of "Quantico" (2.755 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.122 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its lineup of "Superstore" (2.848 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10), "AP Bio" (1.766 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), a repeat "Will & Grace" (1.776 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "Champions" (1.528 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Chicago Fire" (5.407 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supernatural" (1.483 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Arrow" (0.913 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.198 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 897k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 771k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 725k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 168k

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posted 4/27/18

All Star Red Nose Game Night
Catch This Special Edition May 24
From the Futon Critic

"Hollywood Game Night," hosted by Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, will join the Red Nose Day celebration on Thursday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with some of the biggest names in entertainment set to prove their pop culture chops.

Kelly Clarkson ("The Voice"), Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace"), Jack Black ("Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"), Chelsea Handler ("Chelsea"), Isla Fisher ("Wedding Crashers"), Sarah Silverman ("I Love You, America"), Sasheer Zamata ("Saturday Night Live") and Cedric the Entertainer ("Why Him") will compete in support of the mission to end child poverty.

Additionally, blink-182's Travis Barker will join the "HGN" house band, The Scorekeepers, as a guest drummer for the evening.

The two teams will play Red Nose Day-themed versions of fan-favorite games, including Super Smash the Buzzer, Clue-Boom!, Lil Picassos and more.

In this special edition of "Hollywood Game Night," the gameplay works a bit differently - the team that gets the most points in each game earns money to be donated to Red Nose Day. At the end of five rounds, the team that's earned the most money will go on to play a special Celebrity Name Game for the chance to raise even more funds. As a national partner of Red Nose Day for the past four years, M&M'S(R) will be donating $1 million to the fund and contributing all money raised over the course of "Hollywood Game Night" that evening. The Red Nose Day campaign has raised more than $100 million since 2015 to help end child poverty.

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posted 4/27/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Not Me"

  • Bill Cosby. Sitcom star. Comedian. Academic. You Bet Your Life host... Convicted rapist (TV Line)

  • "American Idol" readies Disney Night set list (Disneyistheparentcompanyofabc) (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Steve Harvey (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 4/27/18

WEDNESDAY: A Midweek Split
CBS Takes Totals, Fox Takes Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.548 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments from "Empire" (5.262 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and "Star" (3.835 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

CBS (6.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.754 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1), "SEAL Team" (6.306 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and the return of "Code Black" (5.557 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was NBC (4.109 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a new "The Blacklist" (5.217 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) followed by repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.478 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Chicago PD" (3.631 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.153 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a repeat "The Goldbergs" (3.531 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), a new "Alex, Inc." (2.969 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), a repeat "Modern Family" (3.196 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), a second "Alex, Inc." (2.482 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Designated Survivor" (3.370 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.154 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "The Originals" (1.038 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.096 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food): 921k
- Hip Hop Squares - 10p (VH1): 816k
- Hip Hop Squares - 10:30p (VH1): 766k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 185k

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posted 4/24/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "All of a Sudden, the Divorce Makes Sense"

  • Blake Shelton just heard about Miranda's latest ex. All he says is "Karma" (Reality TV World)

  • Arie & Lauren buy a house to split later (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: Top 10 game shows in need of a reboot. And yes, Double Dare is in the mix (WatchMojo)

posted 4/26/18

TUESDAY: All Roseanne All the Time
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.250 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top demo spot on Tuesday thanks to its repeat marathon of "Roseanne" (6.333 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), another "Roseanne" (6.076 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), yet another "Roseanne" (6.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), even more "Roseanne" (6.323 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and a special "Deception" (3.162 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

NBC (6.502 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "The Voice" (9.061 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), "Rise" (4.385 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Chicago Med" (6.063 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was FOX (3.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.252 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "LA to Vegas" (2.065 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "New Girl" (1.604 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for repeats of "NCIS" (6.730 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), a second "NCIS" (6.966 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Bull" (5.117 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (1.916 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and the return of "The 100" (1.389 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.652 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.2m
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 1.055m
- Chopped (Food): 917k
- Ink Master: Return of the Master (SP/Paramount): 751k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 492k
- Ink Master: Angels (Paramount): 358k .

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posted 4/24/18

From "The Bachelor" to "The Proposal"
Jesse Palmer to Host New ABC Series
From the Futon Critic

Love is in the air - and will soon hit the airwaves - when the all-new dating series, "The Proposal," premieres this summer, on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. Hosted by former NFL quarterback and Season 5 Bachelor Jesse Palmer, each one-hour episode will feature 10 eligible daters competing in four pageant-style rounds to win the heart of a mystery suitor or "suitress," whose identity is concealed from them.

From "The Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss, each hour of the 10-episode series will follow the male or female daters as they attempt to woo the mystery suitor with their words in a first impressions round; bare their souls in a beachwear round; answer the mystery suitor's most pressing romantic questions; and strive to receive a seal of approval from the mystery suitor's most trusted family member in the final round.

After each phase, the daters who fail to connect with the mystery suitor are whittled down, leading to the dramatic and highly anticipated reveal, when the two remaining daters finally meet the mystery suitor for the first time and present a romantic proposal of their choice. Will there be a marriage proposal that can't be refused?

"The Proposal" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, James Breen and Jason Ehrlich serve as executive producers.

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posted 4/24/18

MONDAY: Close, But No....
NBC Has the Edge with "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.895 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the competition on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (8.275 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Good Girls" (4.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

ABC (6.472 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "American Idol" (7.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "The Crossing" (4.239 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was CBS (5.258 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Young Sheldon" (6.056 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), another "Young Sheldon" (5.861 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.545 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) plus "The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018" (3.836 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up fresh installments of "Lucifer" (2.820 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "The Resident" (3.923 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.377 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "iZombie" (0.713 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.045 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.416m
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 717k .

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posted 4/24/18

SYNDIES: Week 29
Results for the Week Ending April 8
From TV Newscheck

Coverage of Facebook Chairman-CEO Mark Zuckerberg's extensive congressional testimony on April 10 and 11 drew many viewers away from regularly scheduled programs in the session ending April 15.

In another close race, the big three game shows were all down, with leader Family Feud falling 2% to a 6.4 but still edging Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, which tied at a 6.1 while dropping 3% and 2%, respectively.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4 -2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 -3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 4/25/18

Ink Master Will Return
On the Eve of Finale, Paramount Renews
From The Futon Critic

Paramount Network has greenlit a new season of the highly rated hit original tattoo-competition series, "Ink Master." Season 11 will consist of 16 one-hour episodes.

The announcement was made today by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Paramount Network. "Ink Master" is produced by Truly Original.

"Ink Master" is currently in its 10th season and still a ratings powerhouse - ranking #1 with Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49 timeslot on cable.

"I am ecstatic to see "Ink Master" reach its eleventh season as it continues to be a great ratings driver for the network," said Senior. "Coming on the heels of an exciting tenth season, we're psyched to give the fans another great season."

"Ink Master" will crown its latest winner at the Season 10 finale on Tuesday, April 24. In addition, "Ink Master" spinoff series "Ink Master: Angels" is currently in its second season.

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posted 4/25/18

MONDAY: Close, But No....
NBC Has the Edge with "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.895 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the competition on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (8.275 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Good Girls" (4.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

ABC (6.472 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "American Idol" (7.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "The Crossing" (4.239 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was CBS (5.258 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Young Sheldon" (6.056 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), another "Young Sheldon" (5.861 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.545 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) plus "The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018" (3.836 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up fresh installments of "Lucifer" (2.820 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "The Resident" (3.923 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.377 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "iZombie" (0.713 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.045 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.416m
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 717k .

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posted 4/24/18

WEEKEND: Taking Back What's Theirs
ABC Splits Sunday with CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.930 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was back on top in demos on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.611 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "American Idol" (7.365 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Deception" (3.378 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

CBS (7.389 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.773 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9), "Instinct" (7.194 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Madam Secretary" (6.089 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10). Next up was

FOX (1.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.064 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) followed by originals from "Bob's Burgers" (1.625 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "The Simpsons" (2.201 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.743 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Family Guy" (2.026 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.538 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, NBC (3.943 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with "Dateline NBC" (3.910 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Little Big Shots" (5.854 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Genius Junior" (3.647 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Timeless" (2.363 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.329m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.062m
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 870k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 655k

FOX (3.117 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Friday thanks to a new "MasterChef Junior" (2.978 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and a second hour of "MasterChef Junior" (3.256 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

CBS (6.284 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "MacGyver" (6.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and the special "Meghan Markle: American Princess" (5.177 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Next up was NBC (3.584 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the return of "Blindspot" (2.846 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and another two-hour "Dateline NBC" (3.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up its trio of "Once Upon a Time" (2.164 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.659 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "20/20" (2.318 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, a new "Dynasty" (0.670 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and the season finale of "Jane the Virgin" (0.641 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.655 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/24/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Winning Combination"

posted 4/24/18


ABC/FremantleMedia North America

Live Show
"Idol" to Air Live on Both Coasts for the First Time April 29
From the Futon Critic

For the first time in the history of American television, a reality-competition series will allow viewers to watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously as "American Idol" is simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span, starting SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT), on The ABC Television Network.

Viewers will be able to vote by text, via AmericanIdol.com/vote and on the American Idol app. Results will be revealed at the end of each show in real time, across all time zones.

"We set out on a journey to find the best talent this nation has to offer," said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. "As we head into the next phase of the 'American Idol' competition, it only makes sense to let every viewer from coast to coast experience the magic of live television and have the ability to vote for America's next superstar."

As the country gears up for next week's historic nationwide viewing, don't miss TONIGHT'S all-new episode. America's votes are in and the Top 14 take to the "American Idol" stage LIVE for performances and elimination results, as the search for America's next singing sensation continues and the Top 10 are revealed, from (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Joining superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie is Emmy(R) Award-winning host and producer, Ryan Seacrest.

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Reality TV World

posted 4/23/18

"Gong Show" Act 2: June 21
"TTTT" Season 3 Joins "Celebrity Feud", "Pyramid"
From Deadline

Get ready to bang a gong and get it on — again. ABC has set an 8 PM Thursday, June 21, for the Season 2 premiere of The Gong Show, hosted by cheeky British comedy legend Tommy Maitland (aka Mike Myers).

The irreverent talent show competition makes its way from the 1970s into the 21st century with a bang, celebrating unusually talented and unique performers on a primetime stage. A revolving panel of judges including returnee Will Arnett praise, critique and possibly gong the contestants. Most performers will go home with their unique talent that only a mother can love, but each week, the winning act with the highest judges score will receive The Gong Show trophy and a check.

"The Gong Show" is produced by Den of Thieves, Electric Avenue Productions and Principato Young Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live audience. "The Gong Show" is executive produced by Will Arnett, Peter Principato, Marc Forman, Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Mike Myers, Jason Weinberg, Conrad Green. Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow, David Bohnert and Chris Choun are co-executive producers.

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Broadway World
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Inquisitr

posted 4/23/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Civil War"

  • The "Avengers" cast are playing the Feud (Perez Hilton)

  • Will it be Rylan Clark-Neal be hearing the beep? (Telly Mix)

  • Scott Rogowsky went from living with his parents to online quiz show royalty. Here's how (CNBC)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peter Sagal (WOSU Columbus)

posted 4/23/18


Daily Mirror

DALE WINTON: 1955-2018
Legendary Host of "Supermarket Sweep UK"
From Radio Times

Dale Winton has died at the age of 62.

The host – who is best known for hosting ITV's Supermarket Sweep from 1993 to 2000 – passed away at his home, his agent Jan Kennedy said in a statement:

"It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today," she said. "While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time of grief."

Winton was a regular on TV screens in the 1990s, most memorably hosting game show Supermarket Sweep for seven series until 2000 before presiding over its revival in 2007.

He also fronted the National Lottery's In It To Win It between 2002 and 2016, as well as series Hole in the Wall, Celebrity Fit Club and Stars Reunited.

His most recent presenting duty saw him due to host Channel 5 travel series Dale Winton's Florida Fly Drive which was pulled from the schedules after just one episode back in March.

Following news of Winton's death, tributes poured in from the world of entertainment.

Davina McCall said: "I am so so so sad to hear about Dale Winton, a lovely, warm, kind, sensitive, generous soul with a touch of naughty! RIP."

Talk show host Graham Norton wrote on Twitter: "Dale Winton gave me the best bit of showbiz advice I ever got - don't quit the hit! Thank you Dale."

Jonathan Ross said: "Dale Winton was a real sweetheart. Lovely man. Sad to hear the news."

Comedian David Walliams, who starred with Winton in the BBC comedy series Come Fly With Me, said he was "heartbroken" by the star's death.

Meanwhile, singer Boy George said he was "shocked", describing Winton as a "sweet man".

Born in Marylebone, London, in May 1955, Winton began his career as a DJ and presented shows on Radio Trent in Nottingham before leaving the station in 1985. He launched his TV career two years later, working for Channel 4, the Lifestyle Channel and ITV.

Meanwhile, FremantleMedia's Supermarket Sweep reboot is said to be still moving ahead following Winton's death.

"We are very sad to hear the news about Dale Winton, he was a huge star who always put his fans first.

"He was very close friend of many at FremantleMedia and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time."

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posted 4/20/18

A New "Star" in the Food Network Galaxy
Catch the New Season June 10
From Broadway World

Culinary superstars Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are back to mentor and judge ten culinary hopefuls for a shot at stardom in the new season of Food Network Star, premiering Sunday, June 10th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Over nine episodes the finalists are tasked with challenges that test both their cooking and on-camera skills, as they try to prove to Bobby and Giada they have what it takes to be a star. Before the main competition gets started, Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence return to co-host a new season of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, premiering on Sunday, May 27th at 9pm ET/PT, as eight former finalists battle it out to earn a spot on the new season. FoodNetwork.com's Star Salvation, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli, also returns to give finalists eliminated during the season a chance to rejoin the on-air competition. Tune in to the finale on Sunday, August 5th at 9pm ET/PT, to see who is crowned the newest FOOD NETWORK STAR winner.

"This season's talented competitors have put everything on the line and left everything they have known behind to follow their dreams, hoping to earn a spot in the rarified world of food television," said Courtney White, Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. "Guided by Bobby and Giada, viewers will be amazed and inspired to see how the finalists develop, not only in THE KITCHEN but in front of the camera, as they transform into what they hope will be the next Food Network Star."

On the May 27th premiere of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, eight former finalists are back to show they have grown from their previous time in the spotlight. Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence welcome the competitors back and challenge them with reinventing a TV dinner, while showing they've overcome the flaws of their past. The alumni must then marry two unlikely favorites and show off their creations in a well-executed, one-minute demo. One competitor is not up to par and eliminated from the competition. Over the course of the three episodes, Valerie and Tyler put the competitors through their paces to determine who will return as a FOOD NETWORK STAR finalist.

In the season premiere on June 10th, the ten FOOD NETWORK STAR finalists are greeted by Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay at Universal Orlando Resort's Volcano Bay to kick off the competition. But first they are in for a surprise, as the finalists learn the results of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen and who will be joining the competition. As the competition kicks off, each finalist must make a portable version of their signature dish as they go head-to-head against each other, trying to convince park guests to try their unique creations. The heat is on and it's not just the volcano, as Bobby and Giada decide who will be the first sent home.

Over the course of the season Bobby and Giada are joined by special guests as they pull out all the stops to see which of these finalists have what it takes to excel, both in THE KITCHEN and in front of the camera. Whether it is hosting their own live show with Ree Drummond in attendance, or putting their judging skills to the test to impress People Magazine editor-in-chief Jess Cagle, these culinary novices have their work cut out for them.

Other special guests joining the action this season include: Sunny Anderson, Richard Blais, Anne Burrell, Fran Drescher, Tyler Florence, Tregaye Fraser, Duff Goldman, Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Loni Love, Damaris Phillips, Jason Smith, Casey Webb, and Molly Yeh.

The finalists this season are: Harrison Bader (Los Angeles, CA); Katie Dixon (Hattiesburg, MS); Jason Goldsmith (New York, NY); Samone Lett (Sanford, FL); Rebekah Lingenfelser (Savannah, GA); Palak Patel (New York, NY); Christian Petroni (Port Chester, NY); Jessica Tom (Princeton, NJ); Chris Valdes (Miami, FL); Manny Washington (Orlando, FL).The returning Comeback Kitchen alumni battling it out to join the new season are: Trace Barnett (season 13); Adam Gertler (season 4); Debbie Lee (season 5); Yaku Moton-Spruill (season 12); Sarah Penrod (season 10); Amy Pottinger (season 13); Monterey Salka (season 12); and Jernard Wells (season 12).

Broadway World

posted 4/20/18

THURSDAY: The Final Scandal
CBS Wins Night Against ABC's Finale Event
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.302 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.403 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.809 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.349 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

ABC (5.922 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with new episodes from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.886 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "Station 19" (5.449 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) plus the series finale of "Scandal" (5.432 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Next up was NBC (3.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its combination of "Superstore" (2.846 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "AP Bio" (1.943 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), a repeat "Will & Grace" (1.800 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15), "Champions" (1.657 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.241 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (2.190 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.481 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.807 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Arrow" (1.332 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) on The CW (1.569 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.063m
- Ex on the Beach (P/MTV): 935k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 692k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 244k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/19/18


GAMES GONE BY: The Big Showdown
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Folks see 'em rollin'...and they're hatin' 'cause it's at the end of a relatively uninspiring trivia contest. But, hey, at least the rolling is for $10,000, a LOT of dough in 1975. Chris Wolvie talks about a "Games Gone By..." that's full of ups and downs...especially for the host: "The Big Showdown".!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 4/20/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Let It Go"

  • Idina Menzel to mentor the Idolers on Disney night (Disneyistheparentcompanyofabc) (Broadway World)

  • Baby #2 for Jillian Harris is on the way (Us Magazine)

  • Abby Lee Miller diagnosed with preliminary cancer diagnosis (People)

  • Alan Bersten recovering from neck surgery (People)

posted 4/20/18

WEDNESDAY: CBS, NBC No Match for "Empire"
Fox Splits with NBC
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.676 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the top demo draw on Wednesday with fresh installments of "Empire" (5.317 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Star" (4.036 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

NBC (7.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with a special "The Voice" (8.241 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) followed by new episodes from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.533 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.581 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Next up was CBS (6.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mix of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.696 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Criminal Minds" (5.956 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds" (5.330 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.231 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.539 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), a new "Alex, Inc." (2.856 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Modern Family" (3.086 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "American Housewife" (2.906 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and a new "Designated Survivor" (3.499 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a new "Riverdale" (1.078 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and the return of "The Originals" (1.003 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/19/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Morning Jump"

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Apparently Jeopardy! is better than coffee. Science has yet to prove this, but... (Lifehacker)

  • So how is Arie Luyendyk taking almost-married life? (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: six reality shows that were dead in the water before they could swim (Digital Spy)

  • "The Four", "Deal or No Deal" heading to South America (Realscreen)

posted 4/19/18


NPR

CARL KASELL: 1934-2018
Comic Magician Hosted Unsold Pilot of "What's My Line?"
From Deadline

Carl Kasell, a career radio man who anchored NPR newscasts for more than 30 years and was a longtime fan favorite on its quiz show Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me, died today of Alzheimer's complications in Potomac, MD. He was 84.

Starting out at 16 as a late-night music DJ on his hometown station, Kasell spent a lifetime behind the microphone. He liked to tell the story of how he'd hide behind the family's radio and try to fool people into thinking he was on the air.

He joined NPR in 1975 as a part-time announcer for Weekend All Things Considered and made his weekday-mornings debut four years later on the then-nascent Morning Edition, where he remained until 2009.

During those decades, Kasell became one of the pubcaster's most familiar voices. National Public Radio In early 1998, the usually stoic Kasell took a lighter turn, becoming the judge and scorekeeper for a wacky new NPR game show called Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me!

Recorded live in Chicago, the weekly hourlong show continues to feature a panel answering current event questions. Kasell remained in that job until his retirement in May 2014, with Bill Kurtis taking on his duties.

CBS and NPR created a TV pilot for the Wait Wait in 2008, which Kasell and then-host Peter Sagal were in, but it was not picked up to series. A special aired on BBC America in 2011.

"Wait Wait" host Peter Sagal said, "He was kind down to his bones."

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Vulture
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WUTC Chattanooga

posted 4/18/18

Summer Fun Returns June 10
"TTTT" Season 3 Joins "Celebrity Feud", "Pyramid"
From Deadline

ABC is getting back in the games this summer, setting June 10 premiere dates for Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid and To Tell the Truth.

Season 4 of the Steve Harvey-hosted Celebrity Family Feud will kick off the night at 8 PM, followed by the third-season premiere of The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan at 9 PM. Host Anthony Anderson and To Tell the Truth then return for the Season 3 bow of To Tell the Truth at 10 PM.

Here are the details, per ABC:

Celebrity Family Feud (8-9 PM) Hosted by television personality and best-selling author Steve Harvey, Celebrity Family Feud returns for its fourth season on ABC. A celebrity version of Family Feud the 10-episode series will feature celebrity families and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, competing against each other to have fun and win money for charity. Celebrity family teams that will be playing for charity this season include the following: Team Kardashian vs. Team West, Steph Curry vs. Chris Paul, Ice T & Coco vs. Vivica A. Fox, Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott vs. Amber Riley, Team Grey's Anatomy vs. Team Station 19, Team NBA on TNT vs. Team MLB All-Stars, and Laurie Hernandez vs. Shawn Johnson, amongst others. Celebrity Family Feud is produced by FremantleMedia North America and is taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Gaby Johnston and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.

The $100,000 Pyramid (9-10 PM) Hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, The $100,000 Pyramid is the timeless word association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winners' circle and take home $100,000. The $100,000 Pyramid is produced by SMAC Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live studio audience in New York. "The $100,000 Pyramid" is executive produced by Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz and Vin Rubino.

To Tell the Truth (10-11 PM) Hosted by the star of ABC's hit comedy Black-ish, Anthony Anderson, To Tell the Truth is a funny re-imagination of the beloved game show that first aired in 1956. This version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture. Anderson's mother, Mama Doris, is also part of the fun as a commentator. In each round, the panel is presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is sworn to tell the truth while the other two use every trick they can to deceive the panel. The panel of celebrities has a chance to grill each participant before taking turns deciding who they think is telling the truth. To Tell the Truth is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Alycia Rossiter, Jennifer Mullin, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll and Anthony Anderson are executive producers.

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posted 4/18/18

Survivor, Race Will Be Back
CBS Renews Two Reality Heavies
From Reality TV World

Survivor and The Amazing Race are sticking around!

CBS has announced Survivor and The Amazing Race have been renewed for the 2018-2019 television season.

The Amazing Race, hosted by Phil Keoghan, just aired its Season 30 finale in late February. The Amazing Race aired on Wednesday nights last season and concluded with former Big Brother houseguests Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson -- who got engaged in February -- winning the $1 million grand prize.

Jessica and Cody defeated the runner-up team, "Dating Couple and Yale Debating Teammates" Henry Zhang and Evan Lynyak, for the win.

As for Survivor, the network is currently airing Survivor: Ghost Island, the franchise's 36th edition overall.

Jeff Probst continues to serve as the host of the long-running reality competition series. The latest Survivor: Ghost Island episode featured the highly-anticipated merge, and the finale is set to air Wednesday, May 23 at 8PM ET/PT. Survivor's finale will be a special two-hour episode, followed by the live reunion show from 10-11PM ET/PT.

The season premiered on February 28, with 20 new castaways -- divided into two tribes, Naviti vs. Malolo -- competing for the $1 million grand prize and the title of "Sole Survivor." Showcasing the series' extensive history, a new twist has sent players to a separate Ghost Island filled with Survivor relics, including hidden Immunity Idols and advantages, that were misplayed from the previous 35 seasons of the show. The castaways' goal on Season 36 is to "reverse the curse" of former players who have been haunted by their mistakes in the game.

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The Futon Critic

posted 4/18/18

SYNDIES: Week 28
Results for the Week Ending April 8
From TV Newscheck

After sinking to its lowest ratings of the season with reruns in the prior week, Ellen DeGeneres returned to original episodes and came to life in the session ending April 8 with a 22% increase, landing at a 2.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. The increase was just enough to tie Live with Kelly and Ryan for second place among talk shows.

Meanwhile, the game show race was extremely tight with only three-tenths of a point separating topper Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 +3%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 4/18/18

TUESDAY: "Roseanne" Rules
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.969 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held onto the demo crown on Tuesday with its mix of "Roseanne" (13.013 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1), a special "Alex, Inc." (4.845 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Black-ish" (4.141 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Splitting Up Together" (3.616 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "For the People" (2.098 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

CBS (10.116 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) likewise was still the most-watched broadcaster with originals from "NCIS" (11.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Bull" (10.689 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.388 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was NBC (6.243 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and its lineup of "The Voice" (8.211 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Rise" (4.310 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Chicago Med" (6.210 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.694 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Lethal Weapon" (3.509 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11), "LA to Vegas" (2.036 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "New Girl" (1.724 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (1.872 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and the season finale of "Black Lightning" (1.689 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.780 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.164m
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (P/History): 1.139m
- Chopped (Food): 927k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 765k
- Ink Master: Angels (Paramount): 408k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/17/18

MONDAY: No Stopping "The Voice"
NBC Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Voice" (9.232 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Good Girls" (4.453 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

The silver then went to ABC (5.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and new episodes from "American Idol" (6.851 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "The Crossing" (4.171 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the return of "Lucifer" (3.173 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "The Resident" (4.293 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.779 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (5.288 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (5.085 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Superior Donuts" (4.520 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Living Biblically" (3.540 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and the season finale of "Scorpion" (5.120 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, the spring premiere of "Supergirl" (1.900 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a new "iZombie" (0.855 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.413m
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja: 818k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/17/18

More on "Battlebots"
Discovery, Science to Share Broadcast Window
From the Futon Critic

The epic robot-fighting series BattleBots is making its triumphant return with all-new episodes set to premiere Friday, May 11 at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel and Wednesday, May 16 at 9 PM on Science Channel.

BattleBots features the biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots from all over the world as they duke it out for supremacy in the rapidly exploding world of Robot Combat Sports. Chris Rose and Kenny Florian return to call all the action, while Jessica Chobot serves as the sideline reporter. Faruq Tauheed is back as the ring announcer.

The metal munching mayhem is back, from the bots to the builders, the flames, the spark and all the robot guts and glory. Each match consists of two robots competing in a single, three-minute bout in which the goal is to destroy or disable their opponent. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel of judges will declare a victor.

Some of the returning favorites this season include Tombstone, Minotaur, Chomp, Witch Doctor, Bronco, Bombshell, Bite Force, Yeti, and more. BattleBots highlights the design and build of each robot, bot builder backstories, and their pursuit of the BattleBots championship.

Homemade robots built on a myriad of platforms and featuring a huge variety of deadly weapons go head-to-head, all captured by state-of-the-art onboard technology and cameras to enhance viewing and provide combat analytics.

BattleBots is a reimagined take on the killer robot combat sport from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original BattleBots franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson. Executive producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Edward P. Roski (Trey), Greg Munson, Tom Gutteridge and Aaron Catling. Wyatt Channell will executive produce for Discovery Channel and Science Channel.

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posted 4/17/18

WEEKEND: For Love of Country
CBS Beats ABC Thanks to CMA
From the Futon Critic

CBS (11.664 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) surged to the top spot on Sunday with a new "60 Minutes" (10.415 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) followed by "The 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (12.081 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (7.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.195 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "American Idol" (6.255 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and the special "A Higher Loyalty: The Comey/Stephanopoulos Interview" (9.783 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Next up was FOX (1.690 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.357 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) alongside originals from "Bob's Burgers" (1.803 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "The Simpsons" (2.242 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.817 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), another "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.530 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.391 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, the quartet of "Dateline NBC" (4.091 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Little Big Shots" (5.515 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Genius Junior" (3.847 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Timeless" (2.558 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) rounded out the night on NBC (4.003 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.294m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.187m
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (SP/TBS): 935k
- Drop the Mic (SP/TBS): 779k

CBS (7.240 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held off the competition on Friday with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.463 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.153 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.106 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

FOX (2.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second thanks to a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.023 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by a second "MasterChef Junior" (2.906 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with another early "Taken" (3.450 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.147 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.046 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up originals from "Once Upon a Time" (2.262 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.962 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "20/20" (1.913 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, a repeat "Life Sentence" (1.091 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.742 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.917 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/17/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Billboard Coach"

  • Kelly Clarkson to host Billboard Music Awards (Billboard)

  • The Kardashian Family Feud episode won't air until summer, but Steve Harvey is talking about it tonight (Huffpost)

  • Alex Trebek... professional... host... ZERO effs to give (Decider)

  • Jeff Foxworthy's next big thing... recliners. We are not kidding. (Winston-Salem Journal)

  • Did "Shotmakers" really get 1.2 million viewers? Only if you round up and count both nights together. Which is apparently what Golf Channel did (The Futon Critic)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: Nick Arcade is on PRime Video... and the episode descriptions are EVERYTHING (AV Club)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Paul Costabile (NorthJersey.com)

posted 4/16/18


Pinterest

HARRY ANDERSON: 1952-2018
Comic Magician Hosted Unsold Pilot of "What's My Line?"
From Deadline

Harry Anderson, who earned multiple Emmy nominations for playing Judge Harry T. Stone on the NBC comedy Night Court, was found dead today at a home in Asheville, NC. He was 65. No cause of death was reported, but Asheville Police PIO Christina Hallingse confirmed his death to Deadline and said they do not suspect foul play.

Anderson appeared in three Season 1 episodes of NBC's Cheers as local flim-flam man/magician Harry "The Hat" Gitties, including a memorable sting episode in which he starred. That role — which he would reprise a few times later on the then-rising sitcom — led to his landing the lead in Night Court.

The sitcom also starring John Larroquette, Markie Post and Richard Moll followed the wacky goings-on in a Manhattan night court and its staffers led by Stone, a boyish, grinning, jeans-and-sneakers jurist who was unconventional to say the least. It debuted in January 1984 as a midseason replacement and the lead-out of Cheers and went on to be part of its primetime lineup for the next nine seasons.

Anderson, also an accomplished magician, would earn three consecutive Emmy nominations for the role from 1985-87, and he stayed with the series through its 193-episode run. Night Court was a top 10 show in all of primetime for its third and fourth seasons as it and Cheers gained in popularity. It would follow the Boston-set barroom classic until moving to Wednesdays in March 1987, then bounced around the NBC schedule before wrapping in 1993.

That fall, Anderson returned to TV as the star of Dave's World, the CBS sitcom in which he played syndicated newspaper columnist Dave Barry. It lasted four seasons through 1997.

Anderson also guested on a number of 1980s and '90s TV series including Tanner '88, Tales from the Crypt, Parker Lewis Can't Lose and The John Larroquette Show and starred as Richie Tozier in the 1990 miniseries It, based on the Stephen King book.

His most recent credits included episodes of the 2000s comedies 30 Rock — which featured a reunion of the Night Court cast — and Son of the Beach. He also co-starred in the 2014 indie film A Matter of Faith.

In the game show realm, he was known mostly as a player - having guested on "Pyramid", "Blackout", and "Super Password". He also hosted the unsold pilot for a 2000 reboot of perennial panel series "What's My Line?"

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posted 4/16/18

The Four Goes for Two
Catch Season 2 on Fox June 7
From the Futon Critic

Season Two of the hit music competition series THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM premieres Thursday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Grammy(R) Award-winning musician, record producer and songwriter Sean "Diddy" Combs; super producer DJ Khaled; and Grammy(R) Award-winning recording artist and songwriter Meghan Trainor will return as panelists, alongside Grammy(R) Award-winning, multi-Platinum solo artist Fergie as host.

Last season, Evvie McKinney, from Memphis, TN, was crowned the first-ever champion and received the ultimate prize: career mentorship by the panel of experts. McKinney currently is in the studio, recording her first single, under the guidance of the panel. Once the single is released, she will be featured as an iHeartRadio "On The Verge" artist. Season Two will introduce an entirely new group of "vocal gladiators" who will BATTLE FOR STARDOM.

Season One of THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM was FOX's highest-rated new unscripted series in nearly four years, both among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers. Additionally, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM was the No. 1 most social new TV series this season with 5.5 million total social interactions.

The FUton Critic

posted 4/16/18

Knockout Returns May 2
TruTV Hit to Open Season 3
From the Futon Critic

truTV is ushering in Spring and bringing the laughs with all-new seasons of three of its original comedies: Comedy Knockout, The Carbonaro Effect, and Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack.

Comedy Knockout Season 3 Premieres Wednesday, May 2 at 11pm ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes.

Comedy Knockout pits comedians against each other in a series of fast-paced challenges. In each episode, host Damien Lemon (Broad City, Crashing) sends three comics into a battle of high stakes comedic gameplay. The comedians throw roast-like, rapid-fire jabs at their opponents, and each show ends with one comedian crowned champion, one eliminated, and one forced to face the crowd to apologize for going down in shameful defeat. The third season of the series kicks off Wednesday, May 2 at 11pm ET/PT with two back-to-back special episodes, starting with a Losers Special featuring the comics who have always come up short on past episodes, Dave Hill, Tone Bell and Julian McCullough. The episode will be followed by (you guessed it) a Champions Special featuring the series' past big winners Noah Gardenswartz, Megan Neuringer, and Clayton English.

The FUton Critic

posted 4/16/18

"Drag Race Thailand" to Head Stateside
Adaptation to Air OTT on WOW Presents Plus May 4
From TV Line

One of Thailand's most charismatic, unique, nervy and talented exports is finally sashaying over to the States.

The official trailer for Drag Race Thailand — available to watch with English subtitles on the World of Wonder Presents Plus streaming service beginning May 4 — was released today, giving fans of the franchise a look at what the Queens of the East have to offer.

Sure, there are a few noticeable changes from the U.S. format — including RuPaul being replaced by Thai queens Art Araya In-dra and Pangina Heals — but there's still plenty of shade ("Is that your face, or did the zoo just open?") and visits from the Pit Crew, even if you won't find a single ginger in the bunch.

The Chilean version of Drag Race, called The Switch Drag Race, is currently available to stream on WOW Presents Plus, which costs $3.99 per month after a 30-day trial..

TV Line

posted 4/16/18

Medical School College Bowl?
BBC2 Searches for "Best Junior Doctor"
From C21Media

BBC2 in the UK has commissioned a medical quizshow featuring doctors from the country's National Health Service (NHS) as contestants.

Britain's Best Junior Doctors (5×30′) is from ITV Studios-backed prodco Shiver and will pit students at teaching hospitals against each other. Junior doctors will put their skills and knowledge to the test, with comedian and former mental health nurse Jo Brand hosting.

The show will air this summer.

The order follows a raft of commissions for NHS-related programming from the BBC, as the service marks its 70th anniversary this year.

Richard Hastings, creative director at Shiver, said the show would "celebrate" the expertise of doctors "in a new and fun way whilst providing viewers with great medical and health takeout."

It has been commissioned for BBC2 by Kate Phillips, controller of BBC entertainment commissioning, and commissioning editor Kalpna Patel-Knight..

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What's on TV

posted 4/16/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "That's $50 and Time Served"

  • So Nikki Bella just broke up with somebody... AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA! (Reality TV World)

  • Eva Marcille is America's Next Top Mommy (Reality TV World)

  • Carrie Underwood performs for the first time since her accident (Reality TV World)

  • Jeff Foxworthy's next big thing... recliners. We are not kidding. (Winston-Salem Journal)

  • Did "Shotmakers" really get 1.2 million viewers? Only if you round up and count both nights together. Which is apparently what Golf Channel did (The Futon Critic)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: Nick Arcade is on PRime Video... and the episode descriptions are EVERYTHING (AV Club)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Paul Costabile (NorthJersey.com)

posted 4/16/18


Minneapolis Star-Tribune

TK(evin)O
Kevin Hart to Host Mark Burnett's Obstacle Course Game
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced comedian, actor and global superstar Kevin Hart will take on the role of host for the first time in his career with TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT, a brand new one-hour obstacle course competition series from executive producer Mark Burnett. The 10-episode series will premiere in summer 2018.

Kevin Hart will also serve as an executive producer.

TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT features people from all walks of life where one player races through daunting obstacles while four other contestants are manning battle stations along the course, firing over-the-top projectiles in an attempt to knock them off and slow them down. It's a physical and funny "us versus them" scenario, with the top two players advancing to the final showdown to face off for a cash prize.

"This show is perfectly aligned with my global brand," said Kevin Hart. "The minute Mark Burnett pitched me, I got it and we decided to work together. This show has the potential to make me look tall."

"TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT is a larger-than-life competition series that's all about having fun," said Sharon Vuong, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming for CBS. "With Kevin's gift for comedy and passion for fitness, he brings a distinct voice to the show that no one else can."

"Kevin is a shining global beacon of comedy, of fitness and of fun. He is the perfect star for TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT, and I'm so grateful we get to work together on CBS primetime," said Burnett.

Kevin Hart has made a name for himself as one of the foremost comedians, entertainers, authors and businessmen in the industry today. He is currently on a world tour doing standup with his newest hour of material titled "The Kevin Hart: Irresponsible Tour." Up next is Hart's feature film "Night School," which he co-wrote, produces and stars in - all under his HartBeat production banner.

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posted 4/13/18


BBC Worldwide/ABC

Dancing With the Stars: The Athletes Are Announced!
Catch It on ABC April 30!
From The Futon Critic

Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of "Dancing with the Stars" ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes," MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

This season's lineup of athletes includes three Olympic figure skaters, a former Los Angeles Lakers superstar, an Olympic gold medal-winning softball player, a Notre Dame women's basketball national championship hero, an American luger, a gold medal-winning Olympic snowboarder, a former World Series-winning Major League Baseball player and an NFL cornerback.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the athletes with their professional dance partners heading to the ballroom this season are (in alphabetical order):
· Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon with Jenna Johnson
· Notre Dame women's basketball champion Arike Ogunbowale with Gleb Savchenko
· Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer with Witney Carson
· Pro snowboarder Jamie Anderson with Artem Chigvintsev
· Olympic softball player Jennie Finch Daigle with Keo Motsepe
· Retired World Series champion Johnny Damon with Emma Slater
· Redskins CB Josh Norman with Sharna Burgess
· NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Lindsay Arnold
· Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu with Alan Bersten
· Figure skating icon Tonya Harding with Sasha Farber.

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posted 4/13/18


BBC

First Look: Millionaire 20th Anniversary
Jeremy Clarkson a Driving Force in the Teaser Trailer
From Digital Spy

Jeremy Clarkson is revving to go in the first trailer for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'s revival on ITV.

The Grand Tour host takes a flashy car for a spin before bursting into the studio in style and settling into the hot seat – with the familiar theme tune playing in the background.

Indeed, the classic quiz show is making a comeback just in time for its 20th anniversary, with a special run of seven hour-long episodes that will play out across one week in May.

Clarkson replaces original host Chris Tarrant.

"I have always loved the show and am thrilled to be involved with its rebirth," he said last month when the revival was announced. "I'm a big fan of quiz shows and I'm looking forward to hosting this iconic TV show and hopefully making a few millionaires!"

Just like it worked between 1998 and 2014, members of the public will sit in the hot seat for a chance to win £1 million ($1.4 million give or take). All they have to do is answer 15 consecutive questions correctly – and they will have lifelines including 'ask the audience', 'ask a friend' and '50:50'.

This special revival will also feature "new twists and turns for audiences to look forward to", which is intriguing to say the least..

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posted 4/13/18

THURSDAY: Eye Shines
CBS Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.380 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.520 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.573 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.989 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.524 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "SWAT" (5.338 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (5.575 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.933 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Station 19" (5.611 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Scandal" (4.182 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (3.363 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its combination of "Superstore" (3.171 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "AP Bio" (2.129 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), a repeat "Will & Grace" (2.249 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14), "Champions" (1.679 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16) and "Chicago Fire" (5.475 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up originals from "Gotham" (2.357 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.736 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supernatural" (1.529 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "Arrow" (1.086 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.307 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Discovery): 1.035m
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 694k
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 585k
- Ex on the Beach (P/MTV): 479k
- Black Card Revoked (SF/BET): 295k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 218k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/13/18

WEDNESDAY: Surviving the Empire
ABC, CBS Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.043 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Empire" (5.795 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Star" (4.290 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

The silver then went to CBS (6.452 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with originals from "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "SEAL Team" (6.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Criminal Minds" (5.147 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was NBC (5.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and fresh installments from "The Blacklist" (5.103 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.399 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (5.843 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.062 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up its mix of "The Goldbergs" (5.203 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Alex, Inc." (3.561 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Modern Family" (4.922 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "American Housewife" (3.964 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (3.361 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, the special "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" (1.309 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and a repeat "Masters of Illusion" (1.060 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (1.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food): 994k
- Glam Masters (Lifetime): 357k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/12/18

Brick Joke
Endemol Shine Picks Up LEGO Masters
From Kidscreen

Global content producer/distributor Endemol Shine Group has acquired global format and finished tape rights to construction competition series LEGO Masters.

Endemol Shine Group will exclusively deliver the format across all platforms outside of the UK. In addition, the company will have rights to produce localized versions of the series worldwide.

Produced by UK studio Tuesday's Child, LEGO Masters lets contestants of all ages put their design and construction skills to the test in an effort to be named LEGO Masters. The series was commissioned by Channel 4 and first aired last summer, with a second five x one-hour season of the show currently in production.

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posted 4/12/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Coronation Day"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: ABC slots "American Idol" season finale for May 22 (TV Line)

  • "Drop The Mic" drops its season 2 combatants (Reality TV World)

  • Mel & Sue's Generation Game drops a tick... or a few ticks (Telly Mix)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Neil Patrick Harris (Broadway World)

posted 4/11/18

TUESDAY: The Road to Second Place
ABC, CBS Split
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.947 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was sparked to another demo victory on Tuesday with its mix of "Roseanne" (13.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1), "The Middle" (7.477 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Black-ish" (5.098 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Splitting Up Together" (4.196 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "For the People" (2.722 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Second place then went to NBC (6.224 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and its combination of "The Voice: Road to the Live Shows" (7.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Rise" (4.528 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Chicago Med" (6.437 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6).

Next up was CBS (6.896 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with a repeat "NCIS" (6.443 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) followed by "Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute" (7.123 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up the return of "Lethal Weapon" (4.062 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) plus a new "LA to Vegas" (2.283 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and the season premiere of "New Girl" (1.990 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.804 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Black Lightning" (1.557 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (1.680 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.601m
- Chopped (Food): 965k
- America's Next Top Model (SF/VH1): 869k
- The Challenge Vendettas Reunion (S/MTV): 802k
- Ink Master: Return of the Masters (Paramount): 681k
- Ink Master: Angels (Paramount): 312k
- Shotmakers (Golf): 155k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/11/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Rehab"

posted 4/11/18

SYNDIES: Week 27
Results for the Week Ending April 1
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil was the only talk show in the top 10 moving up in the session ending April 1, even though it was in reruns for part of the 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) 6.4 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 +3%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 +7%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 -6%
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 4/10/18

MONDAY: Knockout Round
NBC Wins Against ABC, Idol
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with fresh installments of "The Voice" (9.752 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Good Girls" (4.512 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

ABC (6.592 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "American Idol" (7.630 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and week two of "The Crossing" (4.517 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was CBS (5.157 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its original lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (5.831 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (5.530 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (4.884 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Living Biblically" (3.861 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Scorpion" (5.417 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.688 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) again opted for repeats of "Lucifer" (1.685 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "The Resident" (1.692 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

And finally, the season finale of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.429 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and a new "iZombie" (0.799 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.114 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.299m
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja: 759k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/10/18

WEEKEND: A Low Key Win Is Still a Win
ABC, CBS Split Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.780 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) edged out the competition among adults 18-49 on Sunday with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.045 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) followed by originals from "American Idol" (7.165 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Deception" (3.743 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

CBS (8.334 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (10.830 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), "Instinct" (8.198 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.062 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Madam Secretary" (6.247 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Next up was NBC (4.464 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (4.267 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), "Little Big Shots" (6.658 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Genius Junior" (4.458 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Timeless" (2.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.089 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) alongside new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (1.734 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "The Simpsons" (2.115 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.725 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Family Guy" (1.977 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.540 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) rounded out the night on FOX (1.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 994k

CBS (7.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with new episodes of "MacGyver" (6.709 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.696 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Second place then went to NBC (4.133 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a special earlier "Taken" (3.032 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.684 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.610 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.524 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) plus a repeat "The Resident" (1.696 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.219 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up fresh installments of "Once Upon a Time" (2.246 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.044 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "20/20" (2.369 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, originals from "Dynasty" (0.739 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.560 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.649 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 1.040m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/10/18

CW Summer
Fool Us, Whose Line to Return
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network has set its Summer 2018 premiere dates, with original programming all summer long, including new scripted series and returning favorites.

The CW's successful summer trio of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION will all return with new episodes in June. The hit improv series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? premieres on Monday, June 4 (9-9:30pm ET/PT and 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT), as Cycle 5 of the comedy magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US premieres Monday, June 25 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). MASTERS OF ILLUSION makes its season debut with back-to-back new episodes Friday, June 29 (8-8:30pm ET/PT and 8:30-9:00pm ET/PT).

The Futon Critic

posted 4/10/18

The Mama Of All Game Shows
Wanda Sykes, Jenny Daly to Pitch Show at MIPTV
From Realscreen

Los Angeles-based T Group Productions has partnered with comedian Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz and their studio Push It Productions to produce the competition format Throw Mama from the Game Show for the U.S. television market.

Throw Mama from the Game Show is a one-hour elimination game show that pits teams consisting of a mother and her millennial children against one another to beat the competition. At the same time, contestants will have to conquer challenges that test their relationships, mental capacities and physical finesse. Only one team will walk away unscathed and receive a cash prize to help smooth over any bruised familial feelings.

The series will be executive produced by T Group's Jenny Daly and Rob Lobl, alongside Wanda Sykes (pictured) and Page Hurwitz for Push It Productions.

Realscreen

posted 4/10/18

Spain of Games
Warner Bros. Sells "Game of Games" to Spain
From Deadline

Warner Bros International Television Production Spain has been commissioned by Spanish media group Artresmedia to produce the first international version of game show format Game Of Games for local channel Antena 3. Comedian and actress Silvia Abril will host the Spanish version of the show, in which contestants are picked from the audience to play super-sized games for cash. Ellen De Generes hosts the U.S. format for NBC, which has renewed it for a 13-episode second season. Producers in the U.S. are Warner Horizon and Unscripted & Alternative Television, in association with Telepictures and A Very Good Production.

Deadline

posted 4/10/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The New Reality Revolution"

  • Rachel Lindsay is shocked... SHOCKED!... that a Bachelor couple broke up! (Reality TV World)

  • A-Rod calls meeting Jennifer Lopez "the best day of his life" (Reality TV World)

  • Gwen Stefani on a Vegas residency: It's happening! (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: You'll never look at flamenco dancing the same way again (TV Line)

  • Do NOT. CROSS. ANNE. MOTHERDUCKING. HEGERTY. (Gay Times - WARNING FOR LANGUAGE)

  • VIDEO WALL #2: Snoop's Top 3 game shows... and who can outsmoke him (Broadway World)

  • And now a bit of Chain Reaction... Jeopardy! or The Chase... what's the world's best quiz? (Stuff)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek (Adweek)

posted 4/10/18

Class Is (Finally) In Session
Catch the Jeopardy! College Championship This Monday!
From various sources

What happens when you put 15 college students together to compete on Jeopardy!? Take a look for yourself! Learn a few fun facts about the group and study up on their #KillerCategories. More importantly, find out what they have in mind for that $100,000 grand prize (we think it's safe to say dinner's on the champ). Watch them battle it out in the College Championship, April 9-20!

The show was originally set to start taping its College Championship in January.

The 2018 College Championship contestants (in alphabetical order):
- Josie Bianchi, a sophomore at Stanford University
- Thatcher Chonka, a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma
- Dhruv Gaur, a freshman at Brown University
- Jordan Goodson, a senior at Columbia University
- Rishab Jain, a freshman at the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Patricia Jia, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania
- Harry Kioko, a senior at the University of Chicago
- Sheldon Lewis II, a sophomore at the Rochester Institute of Technology
- Rebecca Rosenthal, a sophomore at Swarthmore College
- Alli Ross, a sophomore at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Hannah Sage, a sophomore at the University of Central Florida
- William Scott, a freshman at Tufts University
- Carsen Smith, a senior at Vanderbilt University
- Eric Thorpe, a senior at Dartmouth College
- Caroline Trammell, a junior at Furman University

Jeopardy! and its host, Alex Trebek, are in their 34th season in syndication. With 23 million viewers each week, Jeopardy! is the top-rated quiz show on television and has received several awards and distinctions over the course of its 30-plus-year run, including the 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show.C

Jeopardy! PR
Vanderbilt University

posted 4/9/18

Speaking of HQ...
UK Version to Include Friends Connectivity
From the Verge

Mobile game show HQ Trivia today announced a few new in-app social features designed to make the game more enjoyable with friends. While the app has brought co-workers, family members, and friend groups together in real life, not everyone has a core group to play with at the 3PM and 9PM match times, at least not every day. So HQ is adding a new feature called "Friends on HQ," launching today in the UK with a US launch soon, to let you connect with friends, see who's actively playing in any given game, and compare high scores and wins.

According to TechCrunch, an HQ spokesperson says "this update forms the basis of a variety of new features that HQ will be rolling out soon, leveraging friends' connections." We don't know what form those new features will take, but it's not farfetched to imagine HQ launching group games, in the vein of pub trivia, or figuring out ways to incentivize people to play by encouraging friendly competition.

(C-Note: the answer to the question in the story above? Canberra)

The Verge

posted 4/9/18

To Arms!
Discovery Greenlights "Master of Arms" (WT)
From the Futon Critic

Over the course of history, skilled craftsmen helped shape the fate of mankind by constructing the most iconic weaponry known to man. Discovery Channel is bringing weapons of the past to life in the ultimate historical weapons building competition, MASTER OF ARMS (w/t). Inspired by age-old traditions, the all-new series brings today's best weapons smiths together to battle it out head to head, building the armaments that changed the course of history.

Centuries ago, the greatest empires leaned on the backs of weapon craftsmen to create the blades, bows, and bullets that would win wars and alter history forever. Now, modern master smiths will put their technical knowledge and ingenuity to the test giving insight into age-old building techniques - and the traditions, methods and craftsmanship that define them.

Each episode, three builders face-off in two historical challenges that call upon era-specific weaponry, from the firearms of the frontier to the blades of the Vikings. A former Army Special Operations Sniper will determine each weapon's velocity, accuracy, and durability in the armory and in the field, and a panel of expert Judges will score each build. With an elimination after each challenge, each week, only one weapon smith walks away with $10,000 and the title of "Master of Arms."

MASTER OF ARMS (w/t) is produced for Discovery Channel by Matador Content. For Matador Content, Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson and Brian Nashel are executive producers. For Discovery Channel, Chris Rantamaki, Matthew Vafiadis and Bill Howard are executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/9/18


GSN

Idiots Going Global
Global Road Acquires GSN Format
From the Hollywood Reporter

Proof that Donald Tang's Global Road Entertainment wants to be more than just an independent film powerhouse, the company on Monday unveiled that it has picked up global rights to the Game Show Network's quiz format Idiotest.

Since launching in 2014, Idiotest, hosted by Ben Gleib, has been a hit for Game Show Network, racking up more than 31.6 million total unique viewers over four seasons. The original U.S. version is produced by Little Wooden Boat Productions, which adapted the show from the popular app game.

Global Road will be shopping the Idiotest format, as well as the original U.S. show, to buyers at international TV market MIP TV in Cannes.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 4/9/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The New Reality Revolution"

posted 4/9/18

Jack Is Back
New Version of Irreverent Quiz Show Party Game Coming
From Shack News

Trivia games don't get much snarkier than You Don't Know Jack. And while Jackbox Party Packs have been steadily releasing over the past couple of years, it's been over five years since the last iteration of You Don't Know Jack.

There's been a big void since the Facebook version of the game was discontinued in 2015, but at PAX East, Jackbox Games announced that this void is about to be filled.

You Don't Know Jack is set to make its return later this year as one of the first games revealed for the upcoming Jackbox Party Pack 5. Faux game show host Cookie Masterson will return with new questions and new question types.

The big difference in this version is that it will integrate various features from recent Jackbox Games titles, like audience integration, streaming features, and the ability to play on a mobile device. In addition to that, the game will feature eight-player support for the first time.

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 will arrive this fall on PC, consoles, and other platforms, likely mobile and streaming platforms. Look for more information on this latest compilation in the months ahead, but in the meantime, learn more at the Jackbox Games website.

Shack News

posted 4/6/18

THURSDAY: A Laugh Riot
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.194 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) continued its Thursday reign last night with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.732 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.461 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.163 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.119 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

ABC (5.249 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.749 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Station 19" (5.117 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Scandal" (3.880 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.634 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and originals from "Superstore" (3.170 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "AP Bio" (2.276 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) followed by the season finale of "Will & Grace" (3.596 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) plus new episodes of "Champions" (1.953 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "Chicago Fire" (5.406 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.613 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.544 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.683 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.866 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Arrow" (1.372 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.618 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (SF/Lifetime): 1.258m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.001m
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 849k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 766k
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 599k
- Black Card Revoked (BET): 255k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 178k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/6/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Go Ninja'ing"

  • Ninja Warriors tell Chinese youth to get off the games and get on the course (South China Morning Post)

  • FIRST LOOK: Declan Donnelly going solo (Radio Times)

  • So what is Teddy Nadler doing nowadays? (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • John Barrowman proves everything we've ever thought about Target to be true (The Wrap)

  • And another one gone, and another one gone, another "The Bachelor World Games" couple bites the dust (Reality TV World)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: 80% of his answers here guesses... and he won $25,000 (CNBC)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Neil Patrick Harris (Parade)

posted 4/6/18


Triage Entertainment/Food Network

Make Iron Chef America Again
Food Network Returns to Original Format May 16
From the Futon Critic

Iron Chef America is back with the franchise's classic fan-favorite format and a new ten-episode season beginning Wednesday, May 16th at 9pm ET/PT.

Overseen by host Alton Brown, each standalone episode pits an up-and-coming chef competitor against an elite Iron Chef in a stunning secret ingredient battle of over-the-top edible greatness. Joining Alton and the Chairman (Marc Dacascos) this season is Chef Jet Tila, who will serve as floor reporter and, along with Alton, offer commentary on all the Kitchen Stadium action. Each week, two guest judges taste the extraordinary offerings and determine "whose cuisine reigns supreme," sending one chef into culinary infamy.

"Our audience wanted a return to classic Iron Chef America and we are thrilled to deliver just that," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel. "These epic culinary battles are fought against the backdrop of legendary Kitchen Stadium and have all the tradition, pomp and circumstance our viewers love."

In the season premiere, Chef Brittany Anderson, who is known as Richmond Virginia's schnitzel queen, hopes she doesn't leave Kitchen Stadium feeling blue after battling one of the Chairman's best: Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. Antonia Lofaso and Simon Majumdar serve as judges.

Viewers can head to Kitchen Stadium with Alton Brown and Jet Tila at FoodNetwork.com/IronChefAmerica. Jet demonstrates the essential skills every competitor should know before battle, while Alton puts viewer knowledge of secret ingredients to the test in a new quiz. Tell us your favorite Iron Chefs and battles on social media using #IronChefAmerica.

Iron Chef America is based on the format Iron Chef owned by Fuji Television Network, Inc.

The Futon Critic
PR Newswire

posted 4/5/18

WEDNESDAY: Splitskies
CBS, NBC Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.909 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday with originals from "Empire" (5.522 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Star" (4.296 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Second place then went to CBS (6.494 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its mix of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (8.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), a repeat "NCIS" (5.369 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and a new "Criminal Minds" (5.873 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Next up was ABC (4.514 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Alex, Inc." (3.832 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Modern Family" (5.503 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "American Housewife" (4.643 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "Designated Survivor" (3.866 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.478 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "The Blacklist" (5.358 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) alongside repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.853 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (4.223 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "Riverdale" (0.566 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and the Friday-bound "Life Sentence" (0.441 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.503 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (SP/Food): 1.028m
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 917k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/5/18

"Deal or No Deal" Returns to Brazil
SBT to Revive Endemol Shine Classic
From TBI Vision

Endemol Shine gameshow Deal or No Deal is returning to Brazil after a seven-year absence.

The show, which last aired in Brazil between 2006 and 2011, will be on SBT later this year. SBT also aired the show last time round (four seasons, 250 episodes).

Overall, Deal or No Deal is set to return to ten markets this year including the Netherlands where it originally launched in 2006, and across Central and Eastern Europe. It was also recently announced that the show is returning to the US following a nine-year break, with a new series order from CNBC.

Endemol Shine Group CEO of creative networks Lisa Perrin (pictured) said: "There is a real resurgence in game show formats and Deal or No Deal is one of our original travelling formats that has captivated audiences globally. We're truly excited that Brazil is the tenth market to bring the show back this year."

The SBT version of the show will be made by Endemol Shine Brazil, which also produces local versions of MasterChef and The Wall.

Last year, Endemol Shine's travelling formats originated from 12 countries, with global hits including MasterChef, Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, The Money Drop, Your Face Sounds Familiar, The Brain, Hunted and The Island.

TBI Vision
World Screen

posted 4/5/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Sisters Doing For Themselves"

  • Think women game show hosts have to be "modest"? Jo Brand's got news for you! (The Guardian)

  • Un nuevo dia para Marco Antonio Regil (Broadway World)
     
  • American Idol teams with celebrities next week (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terence J (The Grio)

posted 4/5/18

TUESDAY: Another Win for Roseanne
ABC Beats "Voice" Fueled NBC in Demo, CBS Wins Night Overall
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.563 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with week two of "Roseanne" (15.159 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) followed by the relocated "The Middle" (8.322 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and originals from "Black-ish" (5.419 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Splitting Up Together" (4.840 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "For the People" (2.820 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

CBS (10.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its trio of "NCIS" (12.079 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Bull" (11.022 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.502 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was NBC (6.670 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and its lineup of "The Voice" (9.316 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Rise" (4.543 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Chicago Med" (6.154 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.891 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a repeat "Lethal Weapon" (1.838 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) plus a new "LA to Vegas" (2.037 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and the season finale of "The Mick" (1.850 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.941 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and a new "Black Lightning" (1.484 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (1.212 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.303m
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 1.125m
- The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV): 900k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 833k
- Chopped (Food): 812k
- Ink Master: Return of the Masters (Paramount): 718k
- The Challenge: Vendettas Aftershow (MTV): 387k
- Ink Master: Angels (Paramount): 383k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/4/18

Button Button Who's Got the Button?
BBC One to Drop New Series April 20
From the Futon Critic

New BBC One game show The Button arrives on TV this month. The series, from the creators of Taskmaster, will start on Friday, April 20 at 8:30PM.

The Button (the show's host, judge and, of course, actual button) will make its debut with the show itself taking place in the houses of five UK families who compete to win challenges in the comfort of their living rooms. Arriving in all five locations simultaneously, The Button will set the households a series of fiendishly fun challenges requiring skill, determination and intellect, over one anything-can-happen day.

At any time The Button can decide to turn red, meaning all five families must keep a vigilant eye on their talkative new house guest and press it as soon as they can to start – the games are played at precisely the same time in each home so a late push of the button puts a team at a serious disadvantage.

Drawing on the resourcefulness of all members of the house, from whip-smart kids to ever-wise (you'd hope) grandparents, the families compete for big money prizes. With different amounts of money up for grabs for each challenge, The Button lets the most successful household pocket everything they've won during the show. The losing teams get... absolutely nothing, but do return to try again next week.

At the end of each episode, the winning family has a risky choice to make. They must decide whether to keep the cash and exit the series, or accept The Button's tempting offer of a bonus £10,000 in the belief they can win again next week (although if they don't, they lose it all).

The Button airs on BBC One from April 20, Friday at 8:30PM.

Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment said: "This new show absolutely pushes all the right buttons for us. It's a funny, frantic, competitive romp and a great snapshot of family life across the UK."

Jon Thoday, Executive Producer from Avalon added: "I am excited to be working with the BBC and the team behind Taskmaster on this exciting new project"k

Telly Mix
Broadway World

posted 4/4/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Blockers"

  • Nikki Bella can't see John Cena at the premiere of "Blockers" (Reality TV World)

  • Kym & Robert Herjavec are having... BOY! ... do I love Shark Tank! ... GIRL! .. friends are big fans of Dancing... TWINS! .... was the feel good movie of 1988! (Reality TV World)
     
  • Snoop Dogg is a fan of the Capitals... for the Playoffs (Yahoo! Sports)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Reese Witherspoon was watching Jeopardy! when her category was run. (Moviefone)

posted 4/4/18

SYNDIES: Week 26
Results for the Week Ending March 25
From TV Newscheck

Syndication was able to bounce back in the ratings despite going up against the Sweet 16 round of March Madness, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, which caused numerous preemption for shows cleared on CBS affiliates in the session ending March 25.

However, even with the sharply reduced footprint, Judy was still the dominant show in syndication and the highest rated program overall for the fifth consecutive week, clocking a strong 6.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, up 3% from the prior week and up 8% from last year.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 +2%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
).
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 4/3/18

MONDAY: "Voice" Knocks Out "Idol"
NBC Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.031 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (9.913 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Good Girls" (4.266 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

The silver then went to ABC (6.539 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with a new "American Idol" (7.085 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) followed by the premiere of "The Crossing" (5.449 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

Next up was CBS (5.494 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.017 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Young Sheldon" (6.562 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (6.011 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), a new "Living Biblically" (4.237 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "NCIS" (4.568 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.741 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Lucifer" (1.702 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "The Resident" (1.781 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.085 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with a new "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.251 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and the special "Penn & Teller: April Fool Us Day" (0.920 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.099m
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 1.010m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/3/18

WEEKEND: Nothing of Any Import Happened
... Just Kidding!
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.470 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was once again on top Friday night with its mix of "MacGyver" (6.382 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.690 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.340 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Second place then went to FOX (2.590 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.042 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and a repeat "9-1-1" (2.138 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with originals from "Blindspot" (2.912 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Taken" (2.122 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Dateline NBC" (3.312 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.052 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up new episodes from "Once Upon a Time" (2.078 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.857 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "20/20" (2.223 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, a new "Dynasty" (0.994 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.961 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.977 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 1.077m

NBC (7.434 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on Easter Sunday with its mix of a "Little Big Shots" (4.005 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) repeat followed by "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" (9.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and its closing half-hours "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert/Dateline NBC" (8.661 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and "Dateline NBC" (4.668 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Second place then went to ABC (5.824 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with encores of "Roseanne" (3.961 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), another "Roseanne" (4.591 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) alongside originals from "American Idol" (7.434 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Deception" (4.152 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was FOX (1.672 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a repeat "Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade" (1.249 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #18) followed by new episodes from "Bob's Burgers" (1.491 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.011 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.768 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Family Guy" (2.095 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.416 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, CBS (6.892 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.141 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Instinct" (6.664 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.054 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Madam Secretary" (5.707 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 750k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/3/18

Generation Game Returns...
... to 5.2 Million.
From Telly Mix

On BBC One, Countryfile topped the night with an average audience of 5.9 million viewers. It was the most watched show on Sunday night, leading in to a new revival of The Generation Game. Now hosted by Mel and Sue, the first episode secured 5.2 million viewers. The figure is not too far off the 5.8 million that watched the last revival back in 2005 with Graham Norton.

A second special will air next Sunday night, after the original four episode series was cut to just two showings.

The series was originally due to air over Christmas in 2017 but was delayed by reshooting.

On ITV, new singing game show Change Your Tune had viewers changing the channel. A weak audience of fewer than 2 million watched the opening episode between 7PM and 8PM. It followed a repeat of The Chase Celebrity Special which had over 3 million tuning in.

Elsewhere, a repeat of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway - with only Dec - was one of the most watched programmes during the day. A showing a midday had 600,000 viewers, more than twice as many that watched a repeat of The Voice's semi-final.

Telly Mix
Radio Times
Digital Spy

posted 4/3/18

Tell Me a StoryLab...
Two Formats to Go to MIP
From C21Media

Musical family entertainment show Should I Stay or Should I Go? and dating reality series Date or Dump are among the new programs heading investor, producer and distributor The Story Lab's MipTV formats slate.

Produced by the UK's Rochford Productions and Whizz Kid Entertainment, Should I Stay or Should I Go? is a singing gameshow in which two celebrity captains and their teams face off to win the studio audience's approval.

Date or Dump, produced by UK indie Youngest Media and The Story Lab, sees two singletons trying to guess the answer to risqué questions. Originally produced for UK digital publisher Unilad on Facebook, the series is available as a shortform or longform format.

These shows are joined by fellow shortform or longform Youngest Media-produced programmes Skills to Pay the Bills and quizshow Every Second Hurts. In the former, contestants are given the chance to pay off a big bill if they can perform a difficult task, while in Every Second Hurts a contestant answers questions for cash while their teammate has to endure painful challenges to win them more thinking time.

Additionally, The Story Lab is taking hit dating reality show Game of Clones to next week's market in Cannes.

The format sees a singleton move into a luxury house with 'clones' of their perfect partner as they try to find love in one week. Originally produced for E4 in the UK, it has since been bought by French network NRJ12 and Germany's RTL2, while The Story Lab is currently co-developing a Chinese version with 3C Media..

C21 Media

posted 4/3/18


GAMES GONE BY: Dream House
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Do you want you own home? Does it matter if you can only pick from a half-dozen different models? Are you willing to move? Then do we have the game show for you! In this "Games Gone By...", Chris Wolvie talks about 80s couples playing a quite simple game show for the chance at winning their "Dream House"...even though the "dream" has to be edited a bit. But, what the hell, free house!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 4/3/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Urge to Merge"

  • CBS low-balls for Viacom (The Wrap)

  • FIRST LOOK: Beat Shazam season 2 (TV Insider)
     
  • Meghan Markle has a story involving her time on DOND and that time the President was the banker (Harper's Bazaar)

posted 4/2/18

Meet the Red Nose Ninjas
Catch Celebrity Ninja Warrior as Part of Red Nose Day May 24
From The Futon Critic

"Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day" returns with a star studded line up as a part of NBC's fourth annual Red Nose Day celebration on Thursday, May 24 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT). With "American Ninja Warrior" hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila at the helm alongside Kristine Leahy as co-host, the show will feature celebrities from all walks of entertainment as they attempt to overcome the famed obstacle course. For the first time, host Akbar Gbajabiamila will take on the course he has seen so many ninjas face, all to support Red Nose Day and its mission to end child poverty. Additionally, Derek Hough ("World of Dance"), Grammy Award winner NE-YO ("World of Dance"), WWE Star Nikki Bella, Colton Dunn ("Superstore"), Scott Evans ("Access"), Olympic gold medallist Nastia Liukin and Gregg Sulkin ("Runaways") will all compete in the name of charity.

Elite ninjas will return to support and mentor their partner as they take on the physical and mental challenges of the course. Kevin Bull (coaching Akbar), Drew Drechsel (coaching NE-YO), Natalie Duran (coaching Colton), Meagan Martin (coaching Derek), Grant McCartney (coaching Nikki), Flip Rodriguez (coaching Scott), Barclay Stockett (coaching Nastia) and Maggie Thorne (coaching Gregg) will help the celebrities through a gruelling set of obstacles including the floating steps, the spinning bridge and the iconic warped wall.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/2/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing, Athletes, and Dancing Athletes"

posted 4/2/18

The Challenge Renews "Champs vs. Stars"
Catch It on MTV
From The Futon Critic

MTV's legendary competition show "The Challenge" returns with the premiere of an epic ten-week special event "The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars." Hosted by WWE Superstar and former challenge competitor, Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, "Champs vs. Stars" will feature ten celebrities and all-star athletes along with ten highly skilled, fan-favorite champions from past "Challenge" seasons. For the first time ever, teams will be mixed with both celebrities and "Champs" where they will face off in weekly eliminations, until one team will prove they are the ultimate "Challenge MVP." Winners will compete for a chance to take a share of the $150,000 cash prize to donate to their beloved charities. "The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars" premieres April 17, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

Each week, the two teams will compete in a challenge that will test their physical and mental strength. The winning team from each challenge will nominate their most valuable player (MVP) who will receive money for their charity, be safe from elimination, and choose their team's least valuable player (LVP) to go into elimination. The losing team will also nominate their own LVP to go into elimination, and the two LVPs will compete to keep their spot in the game and ultimately, their share of $150,000 to donate to their respective charities.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/30/18

THURSDAY: Big Bang Night
CBS Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.363 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with the return of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.940 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.693 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Mom" (8.656 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.204 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "SWAT" (5.344 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Second place then went to ABC (5.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (6.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), week two of "Station 19" (5.827 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and the relocated "Scandal" (3.760 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Next up was NBC (3.535 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its mix of "Superstore" (2.936 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "AP Bio" (2.101 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), "Will & Grace" (3.727 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Champions" (1.918 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "Chicago Fire" (5.265 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.431 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (2.382 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.481 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supernatural" (2.000 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Arrow" (1.143 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.572 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 1.161m
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.117m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 814k
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 633k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 581k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 506k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Paramount): 353k
- Black Card Revoked (BET): 278k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 261k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/30/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Passover and Happy Easter!"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Mel & Sue's Generation Game (The British Comedy Guide) plus... canned laughter (Telly Mix)

  • Julianne Hough is not ruling out a return to "Dancing". Or is she? She's being very coy (PopCulture)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Jeopardy! has a clapback about a Final Jeopardy! clue about the Beatles (Yahoo! Sports)

  • CASTING COUCH: Deal or No Deal (Reality Wanted)

  • Rylan Clark-Neal, Mel Giedroyc to join BBC Eurovision team (Radio Times)

  • Ant McPartlin to be featured in gambling spots despite gambling behind the wheel (Metro)

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger undergoes emergency open-heart surgery. He'll be back (Reality TV World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Katy Perry is a fan of Orlando Bloom topless (Reality TV World)

  • Don't. Mess. With Kelly Clarkson. (The Wrap)

  • Ryan Seacrest to cooperate with ongoing investigation against allegations of impropriety (The Wrap)

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: Did "Dancing with the Stars" trigger Sadie Robertson's eating disorder? (Entertainment Tonight)

  • So why did Hannah Goebel leave "The Voice"? (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Neil Patrick Harris (Broadway World)

posted 3/30/18

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

FOX (5.418 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday with the return of "Empire" (6.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Star" (4.697 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Second place then went to CBS (7.053 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with its mix of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (8.111 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "SEAL Team" (6.539 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Criminal Minds" (6.510 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was NBC (5.698 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its specials "The Voice: Best of Blinds and Battles" (6.879 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar" (3.337 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up a new "The Goldbergs" (5.438 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) followed by the premiere of "Alex, Inc." (4.589 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), a new "Modern Family" (5.348 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), a repeat of "Splitting Up Together" (3.446 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and an original "Designated Survivor" (3.841 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.977 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Life Sentence" (0.424 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 1.126m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.047m
- Fear Factor - 10p (MTV): 393k
- Fear Factor - 11p (MTV): 284k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/29/18

Forging Ahead with a Spin-Off
History Greenlights Forged in Fire: Knife or Death
From The Futon Critic

The nation's top bladesmiths, martial artists and knife experts slice, stab and chop their way through some of the most daunting obstacle courses ever seen in HISTORY's new nonfiction competition series "Forged in Fire: Knife or Death" premiering Tuesday, April 17 at 10PM ET/PT.

Hosted by WWE Hall Of Famer Bill Goldberg, the six episode series features fearless competitors as they race against the clock putting their blades and blade-wielding skills through a grueling gauntlet of challenges such as slicing through flying watermelons, hacking through massive ice blocks and severing various types of ropes, tubes, metals and item-filled crates.

Joining Goldberg as co-host is Special Forces veteran, martial artist and edged weapons expert Tu Lam, along with two-time "Forged in Fire" champion Travis Wuertz as the sideline blade specialist.

In this series, competitors bring their best blades, ranging from America's historical Bowie knife and a Viking Seax, to a medieval sword and a traditional Japanese Katana. Throughout history, the blade and one's ability to wield it meant the difference between life and death and in this series, competitors go back to their roots in using these various knives and swords in a way that showcases what they were initially intended for.

From competitors utilizing ancient martial arts techniques to excel through the obstacle courses, to hand-forging their blades using historical methods of craftsmanship, "Forged in Fire: Knife or Death" stresses the importance of the art of blade wielding as much as it entertains. In two different timed courses - "Knife Fight" and the "Dead Run" - each obstacle challenges competitors to test numerous facets of their blades from strength, durability and sharpness to the speed, precision and overall technique of the blade wielder. After all competitors attempt the first course, "Knife Fight," the top two performers face off in the "Dead Run," an even more rigorous final test of their sharp blades, coordination and minds. The winner of each episode will earn a cash prize and a coveted spot in the season finale where they will compete in the ultimate showdown to be crowned the first ever "Forged in Fire: Knife or Death Champion."

New episodes of HISTORY's hit competition series "Forged in Fire" airs Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT and features world-class bladesmiths competing to create history's most iconic edged weapons.

In 2017, "Forged in Fire" was HISTORY's #2 nonfiction series across key demographics averaging 1.1 million viewers Adults 25-54 and 993,000 viewers Adults 18-49 in Live+7. Additionally, the series averaged 2.0 million Total Viewers in Live+7.

"Forged in Fire: Knife or Death" is produced for HISTORY by Outpost Entertainment. Jodi Flynn, David George, Simon Thomas and Vincent Cariati serve as executive producers for Outpost Entertainment. Jim Pasquarella is the executive producer for HISTORY. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for "Forged in Fire: Knife or Death."

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 3/28/18

TUESDAY: Everything Old Is New
"Roseanne" Picks Up Where It Left Off, Wins Night in Demo for ABC
From The Futon Critic

ABC (9.898 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) rocketed to the demo spot on Tuesday thanks to the return of "Roseanne" (17.741 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.9, #2), a second "Roseanne" (18.573 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1), a new "Black-ish" (8.714 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3), the premiere of "Splitting Up Together" (7.202 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and an original "For the People" (3.579 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

CBS (10.328 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) however remained the most-watched network with its mainstays "NCIS" (11.769 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Bull" (10.669 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.546 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was NBC (6.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with originals from "The Voice" (8.878 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "Rise" (4.475 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Chicago Med" (5.806 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.896 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a repeat "Lethal Weapon" (1.884 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) plus new episodes of "LA to Vegas" (2.024 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "The Mick" (1.791 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.824 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and an original "Black Lightning" (1.537 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (1.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/28/18

Food Picks Up "Best Baker"
New Season Debuts May 7
From The Futon Critic

Nine world-class bakers compete for bragging rights and a cash prize in season two of Food Network's primetime competition series Best Baker in America, premiering Monday, May 7th at 9pm ET/PT. Food Network's Scott Conant hosts the competition as bakers from across the country are put to the test in each episode to create elegant and delicious versions of classic baked goods, including a Skills Challenge that tests their mastery of the essential technical skills of baking, followed by a Master Challenge that tests the baker's prowess working with specific flavors and ingredients. Returning judges Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid are joined by rotating guest judges, including baking digital influencers Yolanda Gampp, Joshua John Russell and Gemma Stafford, and prominent cake and pastry experts Florian Bellanger, Shinmin Li, Sherry Yard and Zac Young, to determine which bakers possess the artistry and creativity needed to advance through seven episodes, with one baker earning the grand prize of $25,000 and the title of Best Baker in America!

"The art of baking requires incredible skill and the utmost dedication to detail, while also being able to perfectly balance technique and imagination to create the perfect dessert," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network, Travel Channel and Cooking Channel. "Through the competition these nine bakers have their work cut out for them if they are going to impress the judges, and prove to viewers at home that they have what it takes to be the Best Baker in America!"

The nine bakers competing for the title of Best Baker in America are: Becca Craig (Philadelphia, Pa. - Executive Cake Chef); Kym DeLost (Chicago, Ill. - Pastry Chef)); Jeremy Fogg (New Orleans, La. - Pastry Chef); Frania Mendivil (Los Angeles, Ca. - Executive Pastry Chef); Leigh Omilinsky (Chicago, Ill. - Pastry Chef); Lasheeda Perry (Atlanta, Ga. - Executive Pastry Chef); Max Santiago (Miami, Fla. - Executive Pastry Chef); Jean-Francois Suteau (White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. - Executive Pastry Chef); Adam Young (Mystic, Conn. - Bakery Owner and Head Pastry Chef).

During the course of the season the nine bakers will have to prove to the judges that they have what it takes to be the best, as they are tasked with culinary challenges designed to test their baking expertise and their inventiveness, including baking perfect Petit Fours to creating a classical French layered meringue cake to constructing the perfect strawberry shortcake and old school classics such as a Charlotte Royale and a Mont Blanc cake, all leading up to the finale on Monday, June 18th when we find out who truly is the Best Baker in America.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/28/18

Dancing Overseas
FremantleMedia Launches "Time to Dance" in Time for MIP
From C21Media

Dating show Secret Admirer and dance competition Time to Dance are among the new formats being launched by RTL Group-owned producer and distributor FremantleMedia at next month's MipTV.

Produced by FremantleMedia-backed Naked Entertainment, Secret Admirer follows dates as they take place between a person and their friend for whom the former has secret feelings. The format has already aired on Channel 5 and MTV in the UK, Bravo in the US and Sweden's TV3.

Time to Dance, devised by FremantleMedia's Dutch outfit Blue Circle for RTL4, gives dancers 30 seconds to show off their skills to a panel of expert judges before waiting to see their verdict. Successful acts will go through to perform a full audition in front of a live audience to try and win a cash prize.

C21Media

posted 3/28/18

Searching for a Home
Keshet Launches "The Search" in Time for MIP
From Television Post

Global content company Keshet International has teamed up with independent entertainment studio Youngest Media to produce a new floor game show, The Search.

The format commissioned by Keshet12 and Keshet International will be launched at MIPTV. The studio game show transforms the globally-popular word search puzzle into a physical game wherein contestants' speed and knowledge as well as their ability to work together is put to test.

The show combines all the fun of a word search with a dynamic, interactive experience and comes in 30 minute and 60-minute versions. It's not enough for contestants to know the answer but they must also find it on the massive word search grid on the studio floor, all while the clock counts down and the board keeps shifting and changing.

Keshet International COO and President of Distribution Keren Shahar said, "The Search is a brand new take on the good old fun of the traditional globally-popular word search. It takes the popular pen and paper game and transforms it into a real-life game full of action for all the family. That, coupled with its strong visual element makes it a perfect fit for pretty much any channel. We're delighted to be working with David and Lucas and the talented team at Youngest Media and look forward to launching the show at MIPTV."

Youngest Media Co-Founder David Flynn commented, "It's been an amazing experience bringing this idea to life with the team at Keshet. Like all the best game shows, The Search is simple but instantly engaging and will appeal to all generations. We look forward to bringing this to an audience in Israel and around the world."

Television Post

posted 3/28/18


GSN

GSN Upfront 2018
In: Snap Decision Season 2 Plus Strips
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today its new programming and other initiatives, as part of the network's 2018 Upfronts, with a focus on its core audience with two new strip programs and a series of specials. GSN has greenlit two new strip series, AMERICA SAYS (Working Title) and CAROLINE & FRIENDS (Working Title), hosted by actor, comedian Caroline Rhea ("Sabrina The Teenage Witch"). The network's other new addition COVER STORY, which launched in January 2018, has been picked up following its successful debut. Freshman hit, SNAP DECISION, hosted by David Alan Grier ("The Carmichael Show") returns for a second season.

The announcement of new programming follows yet another strong year for GSN, which saw the network adding more than 16 million new viewers to its air*. Additionally, the popularity of the network's programming continues to be reflected on its social media platforms, with GSN enjoying a 66% increase in social engagements on Facebook over the previous year.**

"GSN is the home for engaging game show programming that attracts high value consumers looking for a family environment filled with winning and fun," said Fran Shea, executive vice president, programming and marketing for GSN. "Developing and producing new strip programming provides our loyal audience with a viewing destination they've come to expect and feel comfortable with, as GSN is an essential part of their daily routine."

"Our audience is a group of prolific consumers. The insights we have harvested on their behaviors and habits will help inform our clients' investment on GSN," added John Zaccario, executive vice president, ad sales for GSN. "The definition of premium is evolving and these insights, coupled with attribution data make the case for increased investment on GSN."

Additional announcements include:
- GSN will debut three new original series this year: AMERICA SAYS (Working Title) and CAROLINE & FRIENDS (Working Title), both scheduled for the summer, and COVER STORY (premiered January 14 and specials scheduled throughout the year.)

AMERICA SAYS (wt) is an in-studio game where two teams of friends and family face off to match survey responses with fill in the blanks that cover every topic under the sun. They'll have to be quick when trying to think of what America says, as time is always ticking and the team with the most money banked after three rounds will head to a bonus round to see if they can guess even more survey responses to win extra cash and prizes. The show is based on a format by Entertainment One. Tara Long and Mark Herwick of Entertainment One (eOne) and Dave Noll and Cleve Keller of Keller/Noll serve as producers. Host to be announced at a later date.

Hosted by actor and comedian Caroline Rhea ("Sabrina The Teenage Witch"), CAROLINE & FRIENDS (wt), is a comedic, family-friendly series showcasing the most hilarious and adorable videos from around the web. As our comedic host guides the audience through each animal, kid and funny viral video, she'll provide lighthearted conversation and commentary with her two comedic, celebrity friends. Caroline and her companions then nominate their favorites and ultimately pick the 'best in show', earning the family who submitted the video a special prize. The show is produced by Vin Di Bona of Fishbowl Worldwide Media. Rob Katz also serves as executive producer.

COVER STORY, a one-hour documentary series of specials, looks at the fascinating personalities, memorable moments and outrageous scandals in and around the most popular games shows of all time. Each episode seeks to reveal the true story with behind-the-scenes footage, in-depth, never-before-seen interviews and updates on where they are now as well as the dramas that touched the lives of stars, challengers, winners, contestants and characters involved in the long history of game play on television and beyond. COVER STORY is produced by Brent Zacky and Michael Spierer of Ashley Oaks Media.

- GAME SHOW NETWORK DAILY DRAW (premiered January 30) turns network viewers into winners with a weeknight drawing hosted by comedian Trish Suhr. Coming to viewers from GSN's headquarters in Santa Monica, CA, a $500 winner is announced each night with the draw celebrated by special guests from the world of game shows, comedians and entertainment icons. GAME SHOW NETWORK DAILY DRAW is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC for Game Show Network.

- Among the shows returning to GSN with new seasons in 2018 are the part game show, part social experiment DIVIDED, hosted by Emmy(R) Award winning executive producer Mike Richards ("The Price is Right," "Let's Make A Deal") and the numerical fact stacking game show WINSANITY, hosted by Donald Faison ("Scrubs"). Returning this spring, season two of DIVIDED is produced by Talpa Media USA, Inc. for GSN. Executive producers are John de Mol and Jay Bienstock of Talpa and Michael Canter. WINSANITY, also returning this spring, will feature a new format, with a new look and double the game play, now allowing two players to face off in a head-to-head battle to rank compelling and surprising facts in numerical order. WINSANITY is produced by Electus for GSN. The series is executive produced by Electus CEO Chris Grant as well as Michael Canter ("Divided") and Jeff Krask.

Returning later this year, SNAP DECISION, the comedic half-hour game show series hosted by actor and comedian David Alan Grier ("The Carmichael Show") that puts preconceptions, first impressions, and gut instinct to the ultimate test. SNAP DECISION is co-produced by Tornante-Sinclair LLC and GSN. Executive producers are Scott St. John, Lauren Corrao and John Quinn.

- In Development

CATCH MY BLUFF is a studio-based game show where contestants must make up fake answers to trivia questions, in the hopes that their fellow contestants will fall for their bluffs instead of picking the real answer. After three rounds, the top scorer will face a fast-paced end game to see if they can pick out the host's bluffs to earn even more cash. CATCH MY BLUFF is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC and executive produced by Grant Taylor.

MOVIN' MONEY is an ambush game show where unsuspecting riders on a pedal tavern, a bar powered by bicycles pedaled by the patrons, will end up playing bar trivia on wheels as they attempt to bank cash by answering trivia and hope not to be booted off the ride for too many incorrect answers. MOVIN' MONEY is produced by Trevor O'Neil, Margaret Miller and Shannon Houchins for Hideout Pictures.

MALL MADNESS is a shopping spree game show set in the Mall of America where unsuspecting shoppers are given the opportunity to trade the points they win from answering shopping-related trivia questions into spendable cash! The show is produced by Dee Haslam, Rob Lundgren and Lori Stryer of RIVR Media.

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posted 3/27/18

SYNDIES: Week 25
Results for the Week Ending March 18
From TV Newscheck

March Madness struck in the session ending March 18 and shows heavily cleared on CBS affiliates were hit with massive preemptions for the opening rounds of the annual NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Game shows were all lower, with Family Feud falling 4% to a 6.4, Jeopardy dropping 12% to a 5.9, Wheel of Fortune fading 15% to a 5.6 and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire declining 6% to a 1.7.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4 -4%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 -12%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.6 -15%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
5.
Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 3/27/18

The Kids Are All "Right"
Ratings Up During Youth Week
From Broadway World

For the week ending March 23, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 posted its best deliveries in viewers (4.73m), women 25-54 (1.0) and women 18-49 (0.7) since the week ending Feb. 23.

Additionally, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 posted its best viewer number (5.45m) since the week ending Feb. 23.

From March 19-23, THE PRICE IS RIGHT aired the first-ever "Kid's Week," celebrating today's youth with a week of special episodes giving kids, tweens, teenagers, college students and expecting parents a chance to win big.

Broadway World

posted 3/27/18

MONDAY: Narrowing the Gap
NBC Still Wins Over ABC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.340 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) continued to hold off the competition on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Good Girls" (4.278 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

ABC (8.247 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a very close second with a new "American Idol" (7.677 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) alongside the season finale of "The Good Doctor" (9.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

Next up was CBS (4.904 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (5.678 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (5.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Superior Donuts" (4.644 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Living Biblically" (3.977 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Scorpion" (4.841 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up fresh installments from "Lucifer" (3.163 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "The Resident" (4.207 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.308 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "iZombie" (0.715 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.011 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.276m
- Keep It Spotless (P/Nick): 1.113m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/27/18

WEEKEND: ... Okay, So That Happened.
CBS Undercuts Primetime, Takes First
From The Futon Critic

CBS (14.110 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) surged in front on Sunday with its mix of "NCAA Overrun" (25.563 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1), "60 Minutes" (21.257 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2), "Instinct" (10.572 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "Madam Secretary" (6.541 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

ABC (6.014 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.298 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "American Idol" (7.376 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "Deception" (4.010 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Next up was FOX (1.719 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.114 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17) followed by originals from "Bob's Burgers" (1.709 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "The Simpsons" (2.140 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.851 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Family Guy" (1.895 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.602 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, NBC (3.848 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) rounded out the night with a repeat "Little Big Shots" (2.664 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17) alongside new episodes of "Little Big Shots" (5.890 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Genius Junior" (4.229 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Timeless" (2.610 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 838k

On Friday, CBS (6.462 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw with its mix of "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (6.193 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Update" (4.830 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and more "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (7.683 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

FOX (2.762 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant second with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.334 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and a repeat "9-1-1" (2.191 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its trio of "Blindspot" (3.363 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Taken" (2.904 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (3.715 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.424 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up originals from "Once Upon a Time" (2.299 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.029 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "20/20" (2.944 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.671 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.650 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.660 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

The Futon Critic
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/27/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Tuesday Night Reboot"

  • FIRST LOOK: Mel & Sue's Generation Game (Telly Mix)
     
  • DOUBLE SHOWCASE WIN! "Price Is Right Live" adds another show in NJ (NJ.com)

  • FremantleMedia promotes Rick Glanker (Deadline) and Cecile Frot-Coutaz (Variety)

  • Nicholas Parsons a Legend of Comedy (Leicester Mercury)

  • Abby Lee Miller released (Reality TV World)

  • "The Voice" recruiting past champs to mentor this season's singers (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/27/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Jeff & Jordan Plus 1 Plus ANOTHER 1"

  • Jeff Schroeder, Jordan Lloyd go from dating to married to pregnant (Reality TV World)
     
  • Sasha FArber, Emma Slater go from dancing to married to who knows what (Us Magazine)

  • Gleb Savchenko going Dancing with the Athletes (Entertainment Tonight)

  • Meghan Markle goes from model to actress to princess (The Futon Critic)

  • Dan Schneider... he's just going away (TV Line)

  • Declan Donnelly going from part of a pair to a single act (Deadline),

posted 3/23/18


ATAS

And the Nominees Are...
Nominees Announced for 2018 Daytime Emmys
From Goldderby

The 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards nominations honoring the best in daytime television were announced on Wednesday, March 21, live on the CBS talk show "The Talk." Winners will be revealed during the Creative Arts Daytime Emmys on April 27, followed by the main ceremony on Sunday, April 29. So who made the cut for these awards?

The Daytime Emmy Awards cover a wide variety of programming including soap operas, talk shows, game shows, children's shows, animation and more. In recent years the awards have also expanded into the online streaming realm, just like their primetime counterparts, so digital drama series and programs from Netflix and Amazon are also represented.

BEST GAME SHOW HOST
Wayne Brady, "Lets Make a Deal"
Chris Harrison, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"
Steve Harvey, "Family Feud"
Pat Sajak, "Wheel of Fortune"
Alex Trebek, "Jeopardy"

BEST GAME SHOW
"Family Feud"
"Jeopardy"
"Lets Make a Deal"
"The Price is Right"
"Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?"

"Feud" and "Jeopardy!" are nominated for four awards in total.

Goldderby
Broadway World
TV Line

B&C
Broadway World
Realscreen
B&C

posted 3/23/18


Reggie Watts

Taskmaster! Finally Has a Date
Catch It on Comedy Central April 27
From the Futon Critic

Comedy Central announced today that its newest game show series Taskmaster, hosted by Reggie Watts (The Late Show with James Corden, Comedy Bang! Bang!), will premiere on Friday, April 27 at 11:00 p.m.

The series, whose format originated in the U.K., requires individuals to use ingenuity and creativity to complete unusual challenges. Throughout the season, Watts and his co-host, Alex Horne, judge five unwitting contestants which include Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor, Bates Motel), Kate Berlant (High Maintenance, Search Party), Dillon Francis (DJ, Record Producer), Lisa Lampanelli (stand-up and insult comic), and Ron Funches (Trolls, Undateable) as they compete independently against each other in a series of stupefying tasks.

Taskmaster will air two back-to-back episodes on Fridays at 11pm ET/PT for four weeks.

During the half hour game show, Watts and Horne set a series of tasks and award points based on what they did and how they did it. At the end of each episode, the contender that has accrued the most points will win a prized possession that either they or their competitors have offered up. At the end of the season, the player with the most points overall will win a trophy and become the ultimate champion of Taskmaster.

Taskmaster is based on the BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-nominated, internationally popular U.K. format. The British series won for Best Entertainment Show at the Comedy.co.uk Awards in 2016 and 2017 and was nominated in 2017 for International Emmy for non-scripted entertainment.

Episodes of Taskmaster will be available the day of premiere on the Comedy Central App and cc.com. In addition, episodes will launch the day after each linear premiere on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, VUDU, Verizon Flexview, Microsoft Movies & TV and Sony Playstation.

For a look at the show, fans can head to cc.com or follow along on Comedy Central's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for web exclusive video, behind the scenes moments with the cast and shareable content inspired by the show. Executive Produced by Watts, Horne, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, David Martin, James Taylor, Jon Thoday, Kara Baker and Andy Devonshire, who also directs. Kellyn Parker, Adam Londy and Jordan Ellner are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/23/18

THURSDAY: And Then There Were 16...
CBS Wins with NCAAs
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.050 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with week two of its "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (8.172 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2) coverage followed by an "NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Update" (7.759 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2) and more "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (8.013 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) coverage.

ABC (6.108 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (7.488 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) followed by the launch of "Station 19" (5.715 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and a second "Station 19" (5.122 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was NBC (5.644 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with fresh installments from "Superstore" (3.878 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "AP Bio" (2.868 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Chicago Fire" (6.505 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and a second "Chicago Fire" (7.054 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.401 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (2.437 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.365 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.968 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Arrow" (0.609 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.788 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.144m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 891k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (SP/VH1): 785k
- RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked (SP/VH1): 726k
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 647k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 553k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p (MTV): 439k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (MTV): 386k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Paramount): 337k
- Black Card Revoked (BET): 299k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 215k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/23/18

WEDNESDAY: Midweek Split
Fox, CBS Share Win
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top adults 18-49 draw on a very competitive Wednesday thanks to the season finales of "The X-Files" (3.365 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "9-1-1" (6.581 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1).

CBS (6.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with originals from "Survivor: Ghost Island" (8.520 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1), "SEAL Team" (6.466 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Criminal Minds" (5.216 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was NBC (6.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) with a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.785 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) followed by new episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.337 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "Chicago PD" (6.992 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.759 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) served up original installments of "The Goldbergs" (5.834 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Speechless" (4.636 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Modern Family" (5.561 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "American Housewife" (4.503 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (4.012 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.838 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes from "Riverdale" (1.132 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "Life Sentence" (0.544 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 882k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 376k
- Glam Masters (Lifetime): 352k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/22/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Funny You Should Ask About the Weather"

  • Byron Allen buys the Weather Channel (Deadline)
     
  • "Survivor" season finale airs May 23 (THe Futon Critic)

  • Shaun Wallace gets a book deal (London Post)

  • LIST ABUSE: 11 great moments from "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Vox)

  • Howie Mandel buys Just for Laughs (The Wrap)

  • Fred Savage accused of abuse (CBS Los Angeles), Fred Savage denies it (The Wrap)

  • LIST ABUSE #2: 3 things HQ is getting right (Kidscreen)

  • Turns out that "The Celebrity Apprentice" may have broken the law (Law & Crime)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! William Shatner not dead (The Wrap)

posted 3/22/18

TUESDAY: NBC Breaks Out!
"The Voice" Helps The Peacock Take First
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.713 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) continued its Tuesday reign with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.746 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Rise" (5.531 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Chicago Med" (6.864 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

CBS (6.999 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw despite an all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.984 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), another "NCIS" (7.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Bull" (5.408 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was ABC (3.639 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its combination of "The Middle" (5.792 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), the season finale of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.635 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Black-ish" (3.893 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), a repeat "Modern Family" (3.060 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and week two of "For the People" (2.727 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.190 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a repeat "Lethal Weapon" (2.266 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) alongside originals from "LA to Vegas" (2.180 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Mick" (2.046 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.998 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and a new "Black Lightning" (1.539 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) on The CW (1.268 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable..
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.532m
- Chopped (Food): 944k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 789k
- The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV): 752k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 724k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 466k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/21/18


Fox

Fox Summer
Dates for Returning Favorites
From The Futon Critic

FOX is announcing summer premiere dates for returning series BEAT SHAZAM, LOVE CONNECTION, MASTERCHEF and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, as well as new series GORDON RAMSAY'S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK.

This summer, Tuesdays are all about music and match-making, with the return of BEAT SHAZAM and LOVE CONNECTION on May 29. Interactive game show BEAT SHAZAM, hosted by Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx ("Ray," "Django Unchained"), kicks off the night at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT. Executive-produced by Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice"), Jeff Apploff ("Don't Forget the Lyrics!"), Barry Poznick ("Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?") and Foxx, along with Rich Riley and Lauren Zalaznick for Shazam, the series pits teams of two against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time. In the end, the team with the most money banked will outlast the competition and go against Shazam, the popular song identification app, for the chance to win up to one million dollars. Additionally, actress, model and writer Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, joins BEAT SHAZAM as the new deejay. Celebrity guests to appear this season include Demi Lovato, Shaquille O'Neal, Smokey Robinson and Michael Bolton, among others.

All-new episodes of LOVE CONNECTION air at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT on FOX. Hosted by Emmy Award winner Andy Cohen ("Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen") and executive-produced by Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor"), the one-hour series amps up the original hit dating show for today's audiences. Each hour episode features single men and/or women in search of love, as Cohen brings his personal brand of audacious fun to the series.

On Wednesday, May 30, Season Nine of MASTERCHEF debuts with a special two-hour premiere (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The following week, on June 6 (8:00-10 PM ET/PT), another two-hour episode airs. On MASTERCHEF, award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich will put the latest group of contestants through a series of challenging elimination rounds, in order to turn one home cook into a culinary master.

Following MASTERCHEF's time period premiere on Wednesday, June 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), GORDON RAMSAY'S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK debuts (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The brand-new series will feature Ramsay driving to struggling restaurants across the country in his state-of-the-art mobile kitchen and command center, Hell On Wheels. In today's social media-driven world, everyone is an amateur food critic, and restaurants often find themselves one bad review away from shutting their doors. So, for the first time ever, Ramsay will try to bring each of these failing restaurants back from the brink of disaster - all in just 24 hours. First, he'll send in a team to record secret surveillance. Then, he'll go in undercover to see the problems first-hand. As the clock ticks down, Ramsay and his team will transform these restaurants with spectacular renovations, fresh new menus and hope for the future. It all builds to the end of the 24 hours, when grand re-openings of these restaurants will be held for the public.

Hosted by Cat Deeley and featuring Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Vanessa Hudgens as resident judges, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE enters its 15th season on Monday, June 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Highly-skilled dancers between the ages of 18 and 30 will showcase their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. Those who are selected to move on to the SYTYCD studio will work with world-renowned choreographers and compete LIVE each week for America's votes in a variety of styles. Contestants will be eliminated weekly until a winner is named on the season finale.

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TV Line
Deadline

B&C
Buddy TV

posted 3/20/18

MONDAY: Flawless Victory
"The Voice" Battles "Idol" to a Win
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the top draw on Monday with originals from "The Voice" (10.670 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Good Girls" (4.274 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

ABC (8.204 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes from "American Idol" (7.742 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and "The Good Doctor" (9.128 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

Next up was CBS (5.105 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (5.919 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (5.624 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Superior Donuts" (5.111 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Living Biblically" (4.207 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Scorpion" (4.886 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.731 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up originals from "Lucifer" (3.235 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "The Resident" (4.227 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.274 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "iZombie" (0.755 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.014 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.321m

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/20/18


NBC

WEEKEND: Genius Junior, Meet Idol
CBS Wins Total, Splits Demo with ABC
From The Futon Critic

CBS (9.010 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to a primetime "NCAA Overrun" (12.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (9.997 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), the premiere of "Instinct" (8.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and new episodes from "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Madam Secretary" (6.371 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17).

ABC (6.231 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.295 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) alongside week two of "American Idol" (7.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Deception" (4.153 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (5.348 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with the return of "Little Big Shots" (5.973 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), a second "Little Big Shots" (7.480 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), the launch of "Genius Junior" (5.074 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and a new "Timeless" (2.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, FOX (1.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.416 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.5, #18) and its new mix of "Bob's Burgers" (1.686 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14), "The Simpsons" (2.067 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.928 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Family Guy" (2.306 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.611 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games - 8p (Food): 927k
- Guy's Grocery Games - 9p (Food): 872k

On Friday, CBS (4.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat with night two of its "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (4.913 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) coverage followed by "NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Update" (3.795 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and more "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (3.839 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

FOX (3.009 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw thanks to a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.394 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and a repeat "9-1-1" (2.625 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.480 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its trio of "Blindspot" (3.385 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Taken" (3.213 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (3.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.722 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Once Upon a Time" (2.545 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.137 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "20/20" (3.483 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5). And finally, The CW (0.651 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments from "Dynasty" (0.683 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.619 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

TV Insider
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Deadline
Variety

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/20/18

SYNDIES: Week 24
Results for the Week Ending March 11
From TV Newscheck

Most of syndication took a breather in the session ending March 11 — the first frame following the February sweep — after going all out in the survey period. However, there were several notable bright spots. Live with Kelly and Ryan got a nice boost from its annual Live After Oscar episode on March 5 and was the only talker in the top four moving up.

Elsewhere, the game show contest ended in a dead heat, with Family Feud slipping 3% to a 6.7 and landing in a tie with Jeopardy, which inched up 2% to a 6.7. Wheel of Fortune was close behind at an unchanged 6.6.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 -3%
1. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 +2
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +6%

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 3/20/18


The Independent
KATIE BOYLE: 1926-2018
"Eurovision Song Contest" Host Played Games As Well
From The Independent

Former Eurovision Song Contest host and actress Katie Boyle has died "peacefully at home" aged 91, her agent has said.

Lady Saunders, who was married to the late producer of The Mousetrap Sir Peter Saunders, was best known for presenting the music spectacular in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Italian-born British star's career started as a model, before she moved to working as a continuity announcer for the BBC in the 1950s.

She went on to dip her toe into many other areas of the entertainment industry and had a career that spanned more than six decades.

In her capacity as a host she fronted shows such as the Ivor Novello Awards, and she had a long-running radio programme called Katie and Friends on BBC Radio 2.

She appeared on panel game shows and programmes including What's My Line? and Juke Box Jury.

The Independent
The Telegraph

The Guardian

posted 3/20/18

HTuesday Lightning Round
... or "Another World"

posted 3/20/18


NBC

Game Night Back for 6
NBC Renews Jane Lynch's Game Show for 13 Episodes
From B&C

NBC has given a 13-episode order for season six of Hollywood Game Night, hosted by Jane Lynch. The game show is produced by Hazy Mills Productions, Mission Control Media and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

A season six premiere date and celebrities participating in the new episodes will be announced at a later date.

Last summer's run of Hollywood Game Night averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day."

Season five featured guest stars Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley from This Is Us, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash and Nico Santos from Superstore and Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky and Matt Walsh from Veep. Other stars turning up on the show included Chris Hardwick, Margaret Cho, Gabby Douglas and RuPaul.

Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Michael Agbabian, Dwight D. Smith and Michael Binkow are executive producers of Hollywood Game Night.

B&C
Deadline
Broadway World

The Futon Critic
TV Week

posted 3/19/18


Intermedia Labs

Drama Across the HQ-niverse
Cheaters Knocked Out of $25K Game Sunday
From the Daily Beast

Chaos broke out on Sunday night when a contentious winner-takes-all game of HQ Trivia abruptly ended with no winner after the would-be champion was hit with allegations of cheating.

HQ, the popular trivia app, was testing out a new royale-style format: Instead of the traditional 12 questions, where the winnings are split between all contestants who successfully answer the 12th question, in Sunday's new format, the game keeps going until only one winner emerges.

The jackpot on Sunday's night game was $25,000 and this was only the second time HQ had experimented with the new format. Last Sunday, a 25-year-old teacher took home the full $25,000 prize after answering 18 questions correctly.

Sunday night's game went on much longer, however, and by the 20th question many users were beginning to suspect something was fishy with the final group of contenders. According to one user playing last night's game, people posted in the live group chat below the game that they believed cheaters were amongst the group of finalists, since (some suspected) there was no way players could have gotten so far without some type of outside help.

Nearly 1.7 million people initially logged on to play but after 30 minutes and 26 questions only two players—by the names of JericBrual and Kayla—were in the running for the $25,000 jackpot.

Both answered question 26 correctly. Kayla answered question 27 incorrectly, but before Brual could submit his (theoretically) correct answer he was kicked out and served a push notification that said he was removed from the game for "inappropriate behavior."

"HQ moderators kick players that violate HQ's Terms of Service and Contest Rules," the official HQ account tweeted shortly after the game ended.

It didn't take long for those on Twitter to speculate what type of behavior Brual was engaged in.

Brual, whose account is now locked, has tweeted at least once about hacking the game using bots.

On February 3rd Brual tweeted that he had won $51.02 in one HQ Trivia game, nearly five months after downloading the app. He followed up with a tweet saying "FYI: I had 5 bots ready for HQ lol."

As The Daily Beast revealed in January, HQ has been plagued by bots who plug into the game's API and instantaneously scrape search results on several search engines, spitting out the most likely answer to each question seconds before deadline. .

The Daily Beast
Kotaku
Techcrunch

posted 3/19/18

More on "Keep It Spotless"
Catch the John Cena-Created Game on Nick March 26
From People's Choice

Nickelodeon has a new game show coming to its network, and it's all thanks to John Cena!

Cena is an executive producer and the creator of Nickelodeon's new show Keep It Spotless and according to the actor, it's "good clean fun!"

The network just revealed its first trailer for the upcoming show, which will premiere later this month and feature kids competing to stay clean throughout a series of mess challenges.

According to Nickelodeon, each episode will start with contestants wearing white suits. They will then compete in different games that will be messy — think paint and lots of it — and will have to try and not get dirty, or remain "spotless." At the end of each game there will be a scanner that measures just how big of a mess each contestant, whoever can stay the cleanest throughout each challenge will then go onto the final course, called The Gauntlet, which is an obstacle course. If you win it all, you can be going home with some cold hard cash (up to $10,000)!

Even though the show, which will air every day beginning at the end of the month, hasn't started yet, you can check out the first episode of Keep It Spotless on Nickelodeon's website now to see what it's all about.

Keep It Spotless premieres on March 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. on Nickelodeon..

PEople's Choice
Just Jared Jr.

posted 3/19/18

Saturday Night Taken Away
Finale Pulled from ITV Schedule
From Radio Times

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway will be replaced this weekend (Saturday 24th March) by episodes of Through the Keyhole and Take Me Out.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly's evening game show was pulled from ITV's schedules following McPartlin's arrest on suspicion of drink driving on Sunday afternoon, with a spokesman confirming the presenter would be "taking time off to seek treatment".

Instead, the broadcaster has moved The Voice UK's second knockout show to an earlier time slot of 7pm (it was originally scheduled for 8:30pm) and inserted an episode of Through the Keyhole to air at 9pm. ITV News and Weather will broadcast at 10pm followed by the fifth instalment in the Fast and Furious franchise at 10:15pm (it was originally billed for 10:45pm).

An episode of Take Me Out will then air at 12:30am. ITV is yet to make a decision on the remaining two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway, currently due to air on March 31st and 7th April, although the broadcaster has confirmed that Ant will play no further part in the series.

Radio Times
Deadline

posted 3/19/18

5 Gold Rings Goes to Vietnam
ITV Exports Format
From Rapid TV News

Marking the seventh country to pick up the format since its launch in 2016 and the second Asian country after a commission in Thailand earlier this year, Mega GS Entertainment & Communication has licensed Talpa's 5 Gold Rings in Vietnam.

5 Gold Rings is based around a huge interactive LED floor onto which is projected animated pictures that are the base of each question. Players need to put the rings on the correct answer, but the rings become smaller throughout the game, making it even more challenging – whilst the difficulty level of the questions remains the same. Mega GS Entertainment & Communication expects to run the first season of the programme by the end of 2018 on VTV3.

"We're proud to partner with Talpa Media to bring 5 Gold Rings to the Vietnam market in 2018," said Mega GS Entertainment & Communication's CEO and chairwoman, Vu Thi Bich Lien. "This type of game format started a new generation of game shows in Vietnam due to its amazing technology, and its highly interactive element. I believe 5 Gold Rings is the start of a new game show era, not only in Vietnam but everywhere in the world." .

Rapid TV News

posted 3/19/18


GAMES GONE BY: Let's Ask America
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

What game show would dare say that their bonus prize is that you "leave with nothing"? Well, if you come into it with a bunch of bills and have them paid off, I'd say a pretty decent one. Chris Wolvie's 50th foray into "Games Gone By..." is a "Jeopardy!" clone for those who need the money to get out of "Debt"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 3/19/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "One Direction All Over Again..."

  • Fifth Harmony is taking an indefinite leave of absence to pursue solo projects. In other words... they're breaking up (CNN)
     
  • Charlie O'Connell is sliding into marriage... with a Playboy Playmate (Reality TV World)

  • THIS IS A THING... How do you write a Jeopardy! clue? Very carefully... (Popular Mechanics)

  • "America's Greatest Game Shows" arrives into the Pacific Northwest (Thurston Talk)

posted 3/18/18


TBS/Sony Pictures

TBS Sets Return for "Joker's", "Mic"
Catch Season 2 April 15
From Deadline

Comedy, competition and hip-hop are the flavas on the menu at TBS starting Sunday, April 15, as Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild returns at 10 PM ET/PT, followed by the renewed Drop The Mic at 10:30 PM ET/PT.

The hour-long block was re-upped by TBS after both unscripted game show comedies reached an average of 2.7 million viewers per episode on the network's TV, VOD and digital platforms. The two series have also earned over 250 million social and YouTube views to date.

Snoop Dogg, who counted The Joker's Wild as his favorite game show growing up, hosts the TBS version. Set in his very own casino, the show includes an oversized slot machine, giant dice, and playing cards.

This season features a variety of new Snoop-a-fied categories, a special celebrity charity episode, and guest cameos by Ice Cube, Michael Strahan, RuPaul, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Smith, Aubrey Plaza, Paris Jackson, Hannibal Buress, Busy Philipps, Adam Devine, Bill Nye, Xzibit, Biz Markie, G-Eazy, Cheech and Chong, Julian Edelman, Dana White, and Matthew McConaughey.

Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild is produced by Sony Pictures Television, in association with Turner's Studio T. Snoop Dogg serves as executive producer, along with Good Morning, America co-host Michael Strahan. Also executive-producing are Vincent Rubino, Constance Schwartz-Morini for SMAC Entertainment, and Ted Chung for Merry Jane.

Drop the Mic is based on the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden. The TBS series, hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin, pits celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports, and pop culture against each other in a rap battle royale. At the end of each head-to-head battle, the studio audience votes to determine the winner.

Currently in production, the early bookings slated to appear this season include Shaquille O'Neal vs. Ken Jeong, Luis Fonsi vs. Terry Crews, Molly Ringwald vs. Jon Cryer, Jerry Springer vs. Ricki Lake, Assassination of Gianni Versace star Darren Criss vs. Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo, Jay Pharaoh vs. Marlon Wayans, Luis Guzman vs. Gabriel Iglesias, Lindsey Vonn vs. Gus Kenworthy, and "Glow" vs. "Pro," which includes Glow cast members Jackie Tohn, Kate Nash, Sunita Mani, and Britney Young battling against WWE wrestlers Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Carmella, and Alicia Fox.

Drop the Mic is produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73 Productions. James Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp serve as executive producers, with Joanna Gallagher as co-executive producer.

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Broadway World

Complex

posted 3/16/18

THURSDAY: Madness Begins
CBS Wins with Basketball
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.574 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the top draw on Thursday with the start of its "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (6.846 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) coverage followed by "NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Update" (4.317 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and more "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (4.295 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

ABC (5.382 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.248 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Scandal" (4.857 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and the season finale to "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.043 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.671 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its mix of "Superstore" (3.904 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "AP Bio" (3.026 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Will & Grace" (4.656 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Champions" (2.985 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and a repeat "Chicago Fire" (3.728 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.544 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up fresh installments from "Gotham" (2.512 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.577 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, the special "Tough Mudder: Tougher Together" (0.596 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a repeat "Arrow" (0.549 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.572 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

The Futon Critic

posted 3/16/18

Snapchop
Food Network to Launch "Chopped U"
From The Futon Critic

Food Network announced today the launch of its first original Snapchat Show, Chopped U, headlined by Lazarus Lynch of Food Network's digital series Comfort Nation.

Produced exclusively for Snapchat, the first episode of Chopped U premieres Sunday, March 18 at 6 a.m. ET. New episodes of the six-week Show air Sundays on Snapchat's Discover page, and previously released episodes will be available using Snapchat's Search feature.

Chopped U will be available to Snapchatters in all English-speaking countries and select additional countries worldwide. Chopped U pins two young food aficionados in direct culinary competition to battle it out in the kitchen.

Contestants are given 30 minutes and four mystery ingredients to create a delicious and unique dish, to be judged by Lazarus, who is also a Chopped Champion.

"Chopped is an example of crowd-pleasing, premium content that has long attracted a devoted and loyal following," said Vikki Neil, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Discovery's Lifestyle Digital Studios. "Snapchat's platform allows us to bring this beloved show to a new mobile-first format, making it more accessible to our millennial and centennial audience."

"Chopped U is Snapchat's first cooking Show and we're excited to reimagine this franchise for our audience," said Vanessa Guthrie, partner lead for Snapchat Shows. "Food Network has been a tremendous partner from the beginning and we're thrilled to continue our work together in this new format."

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 3/16/18

WEDNESDAY: Split in the Middle
Fox Wins Demo, CBS Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.738 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held off the competition among adults 18-49 with originals from "The X-Files" (2.998 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "9-1-1" (6.477 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

CBS (6.176 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (8.225 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), a repeat "NCIS" (4.652 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and a new "Criminal Minds" (5.650 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was NBC (6.003 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and its original trio of "The Blacklist" (5.448 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.008 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Chicago PD" (6.554 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.716 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Speechless" (4.066 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), a second "Speechless" (3.697 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), a repeat "Modern Family" (3.521 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and fresh installments from "American Housewife" (3.615 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (3.699 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.903 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes from "Riverdale" (1.183 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "Life Sentence" (0.623 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 923k
- Glam Masters (Lifetime): 463k
- Fear Factor - 11p (MTV): 415k
- Fear Factor - 10p (MTV): 282k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/15/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Wheel in the Triangle"

posted 3/16/18

MTV to Import "Ex on the Beach"
Project to Unite Reality Stars Genre-Wide
From Deadline

MTV International's Ex On The Beach is headed to the U.S. MTV has set a 10-episode U.S. version of the reality format for premiere next month.

Hosted by rapper and actor Romeo Miller, Ex on the Beach, described as "the ultimate relationsh*t show", will be set in Hawaii and will feature ten romantically embattled reality stars from The Bachelorette, Big Brother, Bachelor in Paradise, Vanderpump Rules, Are You The One? and Bad Girls Club. They'll appear alongside everyday singles who show up for what they think is a run-of-the-mill love and dating show in paradise, only to be completely blindsided by their exes (in some cases multiple) face-to-face.

A complicated web of hookups, deceit, revenge and drama unfolds against the sultry backdrop as couples decide if their love can be reignited, or if the flame of romance is gone for good.

Ex on the Beach will kick off with a launch special introducing the cast on Thursday, April 12 at 10 PM. The hourlong series will premiere a week later, on April 19, and also will air across MTV's channels internationally.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 3/15/18

Back Up the Truck for Wes Kauble
"Beat Shazam" Co-Creator Gets Deal with Endemol Shine North America
From Deadline

Wes Kauble, co-creator of Fox's musical game show Beat Shazam, has signed an overall production deal with Endemol Shine North America.

Under the pact, Kauble will create original unscripted series and formats via his newly launched Interrobang Entertainment banner, with a focus on developing new game and competition series with both domestic and international appeal.

"Wes is a remarkably talented producer and creator and I'm thrilled to have him joining our ranks here at Endemol Shine," said Sharon Levy, President, Unscripted and Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America. "Wes has some great format ideas that we are already exploring for the U.S. market and hopefully can develop to take out globally, as well."

Kauble previously served as SVP of Development at Apploff Entertainment, where he co-created with Jeff Apploff musical game show Beat Shazam, starring Jamie Foxx. He also served as co-executive producer of the show for its first two seasons on Fox. Kauble also helped launch international formats Million Dollar Money Drop and Boom! in the U.S.

Kauble got his start as a writer for the revival of The Newlywed Game.

"With Endemol Shine, I'm confident that I've found the perfect home for the next stage of my career," added Kauble. "Sharon and the rest of the team have welcomed me with open arms and we're going to set the world on fire in 2018 with some game-changing new shows.".

Deadline
C21 Media

posted 3/15/18

TUESDAY: Completely Split
NBC Finishes "Voice" Blinds to Win Demo, CBS Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.176 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) took home top adults 18-49 honors on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Voice" (10.994 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), the season finale of "This Is Us" (10.846 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and the launch of "Rise" (5.690 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

CBS (10.949 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (13.068 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Bull" (10.591 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.190 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Next up was ABC (3.369 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (4.783 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.101 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.992 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), another "Black-ish" (2.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and the debut of "For the People" (3.247 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.776 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Flash" (2.071 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Black Lightning" (1.481 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

And finally, a repeat "Lethal Weapon" (2.012 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) and new episodes from "LA to Vegas" (2.099 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "The Mick" (1.835 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) on FOX (1.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable....
- Forged in Fire (SP/History): 1.243m
- Chopped (Food): 1.062m
- Ink Master: Return of the Masters (Paramount): 839k
- The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV): 833k
- America's Next Top Model - 8p (VH1): 738k
- America's Next Top Model - 9p (VH1): 413k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 311k
- The Challenge: Vendettas After Show (MTV): 212k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/15/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Wheel in Vegas"

  • CASTING COUCH: "Wheelmobile" rolls into Las Vegas (Las Vegas Review Journal)
     
  • Witney Carson will be back "Dancing with the Stars" before you can say "fixer upper" (Reality TV World)

  • Endemol Shine found to have ZERO wage gap (Deadline)

  • Prime Video UK picks up "American Idol" (Deadline)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: You mean to tell me the New York Times made a story up to gin up headlines and controversy? (Reality TV World)

  • ICYMI: Yep... that was the guy from "Win Ben Stein's Money" on Jeopardy! the other night. ... Sure he was also in a movie in the 70s, but let's concentrate on the quiz thing here.... (WTIC Hartford)

  • Snoop Dogg is facing the devil in a gospel album (USA Today)

  • VIDEO WALL: Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order? (Broadway World)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Viacom went dark for 17 minutes. For the best reason. (The Wrap)

posted 3/14/18


Telegraph
JIM BOWEN: 1937-2018
Hosted Darting Quizzer "Bullseye"
From The Huffington Post

Jim Bowen, best known for presenting the cult darts-based game show 'Bullseye' has died, aged 80.

News of his death was confirmed by his wife to BBC Radio Lancashire.

The star had previously suffered difficulties with his health and was hospitalized in 2016 after suffering a stroke.

The former deputy headmaster, who was born in Lancashire, began his career as a stand-up comedian on the club circuit in the 1960s. He honed his craft on the northern club circuit, whilst still working full time as a teacher.

He became a household name when he began presenting 'Bullseye' in 1981, which ran for 14 years until it was axed in 1995. The popular Sunday night gameshow mixed general knowledge questions with darts.

His catchphrase 'look what you could have won' - was uttered to unlucky contestants who missed out on the show's star prize, although he claims he never uttered 'super, smashing, great', which is also associated with him and the show.

He also scored a number of acting roles, appearing in 'Jonathan Creek', 'Phoenix Nights', 'Muck And Brass', 'Last Of The Summer Wine' and 'The Wheeltappers And Shunters Social Club', as well as appearing on the ITV sketch show 'You Must be Joking'.

He is survived by wife Phyllis and his two children, Susan and Peter. .

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posted 3/14/18

SYNDIES: Week 23
Results for the Week Ending March 4
From TV Newscheck

The national results of the important February sweep were released today and Judge Judy was the big winner, easily blowing away all competition and ranking as syndication's highest-rated show for the ninth time in the past 10 major survey periods. Judy attracted more than 11 million daily viewers and scored a mighty 7.8 live-plus-same-day average national Nielsen rating for the sweep, marking the show's third most successful February since 2008.

In access, the sweep's best performers were Family Feud at a 6.9 and Jeopardy at a 6.8 with Wheel of Fortune right behind at a 6.7.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from February 2017; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous February sweep; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.9 -7%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 +3%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +6%

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NA

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 3/14/18

Worst Cooks Celebrities: April 15
Food Network Enlists Anne Burrell, Tyler Florence
From The Futon Critic

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition is back on Sunday, April 15th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) with a new star-studded cast of cooking disasters who are determined to improve their kitchen game.

In the six-episode season, food masters Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence each lead a team of recruits through an intense culinary boot camp where only the most improved cook is left standing and wins $25,000 for the charity of their choice and bragging rights for their team leader.

This season's celebrity recruits are: Catherine Bach, Maria Bamford, Nolan Gould, La Toya Jackson, Oscar Nunez, Bronson Pinchot and Ian Ziering. "With Anne and Tyler as team leaders, these celebrity Worst Cooks are in for a wild culinary ride," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network, Travel Channel and Cooking Channel. "The cast enters boot camp as comical kitchen disasters, and their transformation to skilled cooks is entertaining and inspiring."

In the first episode, Anne and Tyler immediately throw the celebrity recruits into their first challenge after they arrive. They must cook their signature dishes so the chefs can assess their skills, or lack thereof, in the kitchen. Then the chefs teach the celebrities how to make a Hollywood-worthy breakfast dish, which proves to be disastrous for these clueless cooks. After Anne and Tyler choose their teams, the celebrities are anxious to officially start their culinary training.

Upcoming episodes feature a fish and chips challenge, pizza-from-scratch battle, guest appearance from last season's runner-up Melissa Peterman and an "Aluminum Foil Chef" competition. In the finale on Sunday, May 20th at 9pm, the two most improved recruits must cook a restaurant quality meal for guest judges Rocco DiSpirito, Cady Huffman and Aarthi Sampath, who will decide which one takes home $25,000 for the charity of their choice and bragging rights for their team leader.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/14/18

MONDAY: Round 1 to NBC...
"The Voice" Outperforms "Idol" to Help Take Night
From Deadline

Monday was a Clash of the Titans night, with tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams facing off in Indian Wells and the two biggest signing competitions on American television this century, The Voice and American Idol, going at each other head to head. It was the 19th meeting between the Williams sisters, which was won by Venus, and the eighth face-off between Idol and The Voice.

It was the incumbent, NBC's The Voice (2.3 rating in adults 18-49, 11.72 million viewers), that came out victorious, topping ABC's Idol revival (1.8, 8.36 million) by 28% in the demo and almost 3.4 million viewers. It was only the second time The Voice has outperformed Idol when airing opposite each other — in the first seven times the two faced each other while Idol was on Fox, only once, in May 2014, did The Voice manage to edge its older counterpart by a small margin.

The presence of another music reality series barely affected The Voice, whose preliminary demo delivery was off by less than a tenth from the fast national last Monday, which rounded up to 2.4, and up by 2% in total viewers.

Meanwhile, Idol was down 22% in the demo from its ABC premiere on Sunday (2.2) to mark the series' lowest Week 2 showing. It also was down by the same amount from The Bachelor finale, which ran on ABC last Monday.

Idol, which will only have a few airings on Monday, did improve on ABC's 8-10 PM season averages in 18-49 and total viewers and gave a lead-in boost to The Good Doctor (1.8, 9.8 million).

After a preemption for the three-hour The Bachelor finale last week, the freshman medical drama, already renewed for a second season, was up 38% in 18-49 and 26% in total viewers from its last original to post its best numbers since November.

The Good Doctor easily topped the 10 PM hour competition, which included Week 3 of NBC's Good Girls (1.1, 4.7 million). The NBC drama is yet to find the bottom, shedding another 0.2 in the demo and 13% in viewers (but is still above The Brave's season average in the hour, 0.9 in 18-49). Overall, NBC edged ABC (1.9 vs. 1.8 in 18-49, 9.4 million vs. 8.8 million) to reclaim top Monday honors that went to ABC last week on the strength of The Bachelor closer.

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.102m

Deadline
TV Line
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/14/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Fly with the Stars, Dr. Hawking"

  • Dan Gheesling a proud papa (E!)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Arie & Lauren flee the country (E!)

  • Erin Andrews, having beaten cancer, now has her eyes set on family (Reality TV World)

  • Takeshi Kitano beats his production company (Deadline)

  • SERIOUSLY, WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? We're not saying if you live here, you've got a great chance of being a Jeopardy! champ, BUUUUUUT... (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

  • Neil Patrick Harris hosting a game show is straight... wait for it... genius (Hollywood Outbreak)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the people behind HQ (ABC News)

posted 3/14/18


NBCUniversal/Endemol Shine

CNBC to Endemol: Deal.... or No Deal?
Reboot of Hit Game Show Greenlit
From Deadline

CNBC is bringing back popular game show Deal or No Deal with its original host Howie Mandel.

Per CNBC, the reimagined Deal or No Deal will feature all the high energy and risk-reward that captivated audiences, with some exciting new twists.

Produced for CNBC by Emmy-winning Truly Original, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America, the new Deal or No Deal will join CNBC's primetime lineup in fourth quarter 2018.

"Our primetime programs, with their focus on business and money, strive to be both entertaining and instructive. Shows like The Profit and Shark Tank are built around high stakes and high rewards. Those same elements live at the heart of Deal or No Deal, which is why we believe it to be a perfect fit," said CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman. "Today's announcement confirms our deep commitment to primetime, strengthening our line-up, by adding one of the most successful game shows of all time along with the popular, original host, Howie Mandel."

Mandel, who hosted the original series that ran on NBC from 2005-2009, returns to host and executive produce the series, along with Scott St. John, executive producer and showrunner of the original series.

On Deal or No Deal, contestants play and deal for a top prize of $1 million. With 26 sealed briefcases full of varying amounts of cash – ranging from a penny to $1 million ─ and the mysterious entity known only as "the Banker," contestants are faced with a game of odds and chance and whether to accept an offer of cash from "the Banker" in exchange for what might be contained in the contestant's chosen briefcase.

"Having been in this business for 40 years, I've been involved in every kind of production – live, variety, drama, film and animation. Nothing changed my life, career and perception of humanity more than one project, and that was Deal or No Deal," said Mandel. "I am excited to re-embark on the most thrilling, life-changing show with the brilliant Scott St. John and our new partners at CNBC. For me, there was only one answer to that iconic question and I am proud to have said DEAL!"

The new Deal or No Deal is produced by Truly Original with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Scott St. John as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Christian Barcellos are the executive producers for CNBC.

Deadline
TV Line
The Wrap
Cinema Blend
Yahoo! Sports

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PopCulture
Entertainment Tonight
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety

World Screen
REalscreen
Entertainment Weekly

posted 3/13/18


ABC

ABC to Bring Back Four
New Seasons of "Dancing", "Bachelor", "Child Support" on Tap
From Pop Culture

ABC has given early pickups to three long-running reality television franchises, and one hilarious newcomer.

The network gave a green light to new seasons of The Bachelor, Dancing With the Stars, America's Funniest Home Videos and the Fred Savage-hosted Child Support.

The pickups come two months before upfront season, when networks give most of their seasons pickup orders or cancellations.

The Bachelor will return for a 23rd season after its Arie Luyendyk Jr.-led cycle averaged a 2.2 rating among the coveted 18 to 49 demographic and 7.4 million viewers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Harrison is set to return as host of the series for the upcoming season.

Dancing With the Stars will return for a 27th season, with the renewal coming before the 26th season is set to premiere in April, which will feature an all-athlete cast. The renewal was expected after the network hired Andrew Llinares to serve as the franchise's new showrunner. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will return as hosts for both seasons. Season 25 wrapped with an average 1.6 in the demo and 10.7 million viewers.

America's Funniest Home Videos will return for its 29th season, futhering the franchise as the ABC's longest-running primetime series in history. Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, the show pulls a 1.1 in the demo and 5.5 million viewers with three days of delayed viewing.

Child Support, also produced by Ricky Gervais and Banijay Studios North America, will return for a second season after drawing an average 0.8 in the demo and 4.3 million viewers after its January premiere."

PopCulture
B&C

posted 3/13/18


NBCUniversal

"The Wall" Will Return
NBC Renews Quiz Show for 20-Episode Season 3
From Deadline

Call it balls to the wall, NBC-style. The network has renewed its Chris Hardwick-hosted game show The Wall for a 20-episode third season. No premiere date was announced.

The series debuted on December 9, 2016, and earned a 20-episode renewal a few weeks later. The second part of its Season 2 premiered on January 1, and for the 2017-18 season, The Wall has averaged a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 6 million viewers overall in L+7 ratings from Nielsen Media Research, including season highs with the show's February 5 episode.

Executive produced by LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Andrew Glassman and Hardwick, the game features two-person teams related by family, friendship or life experience competing for a cash prize. If a question is answered correctly a green ball falls down the five-story wall, adding the value of the slot to the players' winning total. If it's wrong, a red ball will fall and deduct the value from the team. With more than $12 million on the line, teammates have to work together to build a huge cash prize.

"Not only is The Wall intense, heartwarming and funny, but if the ball drops into a high-dollar slot, an entire family's fortune can be completely changed for the better," said Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative & Reality Group at NBC Entertainment. "Huge congratulations to Universal Television Alternative Studio, Glassman Media and SpringHill Entertainment for producing a series that is not only compelling television but has the potential to be life-changing for our contestants."

The Wall format also airs in 20 territories around the world.

Said Carter, executive producer and CEO of SpringHill Entertainment. "We're proud to see people connecting with The Wall both at home and around the world in a way you don't usually see with game shows. We created the format with the idea that families would all come together and root for these incredible stories, so to see that actually happening on a global scale is exciting and something we hope continues to grow."

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The Hollywood Reporter
Variety

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posted 3/13/18


MarbleMedia

The Splat Is Back
BYUTV Continues Partnership with Marblemedia for Episodes
From PR Newswire

BYUtv has acquired "Splatalot," a medieval-themed game show with new hosts from "Studio C," Stacey Harkey and Tori Pence, set to premiere on Monday, April 2 at 6:30pm MT/8:30pm ET.

"These acquisitions are just the beginning of where BYUtv is heading with fresh, innovative and diverse shows," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "Adding new series like 'Hetty Feather,' 'Splat-A-Lot' and 'Painting the Town with Eric Dowdle,' exemplifies our commitment to programming that will connect families through unique entertainment experiences in several genre's including period dramas, game shows and unscripted series. We will continue to provide viewing experiences that will encourage our audience to 'see the good in the world'."

Acquired from Distribution 360, a division of Canadian production company marblemedia, new hosts, "Studio C's" Stacey Harkey and Tori Pence, will provide commentary as groups of teenagers and the Defenders fight against the clock while they compete in this medieval themed game show that features a large, extreme obstacle course and three rounds of competitions.

Splatalot originally aired on YTV for two seasons in 2011 with hosts Jason Agnew & Matt Chin. Season 1 aired on Nickelodeon in 2012.

PR Newswire

posted 3/13/18

Take Your Shot
Golf Greenlights "Shotmakers"
From the Futon Critic

Shotmakers, an innovative new golf competition where precision shotmaking meets intense strategy in a fast-paced format, was announced today. Premiering Monday, April 9 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, Shotmakers will feature the fun, social experience for which Topgolf is known, blending entertainment, golf and technology throughout the competition.

The announcement was made today by Phil Piazza, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming and Topgolf Media President YuChiang Cheng.

Surrounded by the Topgolf experience in Las Vegas, nine co-ed teams of two will pair up in head-to-head competitions that test precision, distance and control, all while facing intense pressure and strategic decision-making.

The 18 competitors include a former PGA TOUR professional, mini-tour professional golfers, an Olympian, former collegiate athletes, a former World No. 1 World Long Drive competitor, a trick-shot artist, decorated military veterans, and champions from the Topgolf Tour.

"Shotmakers is a great opportunity to introduce a progressive approach to golf competition, featuring dynamic personalities from across the sports landscape," said Phil Piazza, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming.

"Shotmakers also will showcase what Topgolf has been doing for 17 years - evolving the narrative around golf and redefining golf participation."

The competition will utilize Toptracer by Topgolf, the leading technology used on PGA TOUR televised broadcasts that immediately shows players their ball's flight, speed, distance and curve on screen, as well as the games made popular at the 41 Topgolf venues around the world.

Teams will compete for cash and prizes in each competition and will be eliminated until one team is left standing as the champion of Shotmakers.

"Topgolf is proud to partner with Golf Channel for Shotmakers. This show advances our mutual commitment to growing the game through original content that inspires and entertains our audiences," said Topgolf Media President YuChiang Cheng.

"Through Shotmakers, Topgolf blends our unique brand experience with sports, creating compelling content that can be enjoyed by everyone."

Shotmakers is co-hosted by 3-time college national player of the year Amanda Blumenherst and golf host Shane Bacon, along with Golf Channel reporter Chantel McCabe and social media correspondent Alexandra O'Laughlin. Shotmakers will feature seven rounds of competition airing two nights a week- Monday and Tuesday nights - at 9 p.m. ET beginning April 9 and concluding April 30. The series will also be distributed across Golf's international platforms, airing in more than 60 countries worldwide.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/13/18

ITV Moves "Tipping Point"
Two New Seasons to Shoot from Bristol
From Business Leader

ITV has commissioned hit quiz show Tipping Point for a further two years, with a total order of 354 episodes from producers Fizz, the entertainment arm of RDF.

Hosted by Ben Shephard and currently in its eighth season, Tipping Point will return with 330 regular episodes and 24 of its prime-time variation Tipping Point Lucky Stars – across 2018 and 2019.

This will be the fifth series of Lucky Stars, which has to date welcomed over 100 celebrities and raised nearly half a million pounds for charity.

To accommodate production of the super-sized order Fizz will film the new episodes at Bristol's expansive Bottle Yard Studios, with the production teams based out of RDF West's Bristol offices.

The iconic Tipping Point machine is already being assembled in an 8,000 sq ft studio at The Bottle Yard. Control rooms and all backstage elements of production will also be based at the Studios.

A game of knowledge, skill and tactics, Tipping Point is centred around a machine filled with counters worth thousands of pounds.

The series continues to dominate its weekday 4pm slot, frequently attracting up to 3 million viewers and well over 25% shares. The current run has peaked at just over 2.9 million viewers with a 32% share..

Business Leader
Bristol Post

posted 3/13/18

Rise of the Machines
Fox to Pilot "Man vs. Robot"
From Deadline

Fox is piloting an AI-based game show that sees team of families compete against robots in a large-scale physical contest.

The U.S. broadcaster is working with British production company Tuesday's Child on Man Vs Robot, which was unveiled today at INTV, the Jerusalem-based conference organized by Keshet.

The news came from Tuesday's Child boss Karen Smith, one of the creative team behind talent juggernaut Strictly Come Dancing.

The pilot, which has just come out of the edit, has been in development for more than two years and sees families with competitive brothers and sisters and stay-at-home moms and dads. In each episode, four teams take on the robots in a "battle for supremacy."

The pilot, which was screened at the conference (where Fox chairman Gary Newman was watching in the audience), is hosted by Dermot O'Leary, British host of The X Factor.

Smith said it's a "little bit Tron" and similar to Gladiators, albeit with machines.

"We've created real-size gaming robots because we wanted to hook into how do you have an emotional moment with robots. People are a little bit scared because this great big thing is making its own decisions, and it might only be playing Pong against you but it's a compelling experience to be with them," said Smith.

It is the second Fox show for Tuesday's Child, which produced a U.S. version of British format You're Back In the Room. The production company, which is part of Greenbird Media, which earlier today was acquired by Keshet International, has history in robot programming. It produced Trust Me I'm a Robot for Channel 4 as part of its Rise of the Robots season.

Deadline
Syfy Wire

posted 3/13/18

WEEKEND: The Journey Begins
ABC Wins Sunday on the Return of "American Idol"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (8.192 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) rocketed to the top spot on Sunday with the debut of its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.016 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "American Idol" (10.327 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Deception" (6.099 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

To give "Idol's" return some context: the show's final season on FOX bowed to 10.850 million viewers and a 2.9 among adults 18-49 on 1/6/16.

FOX (3.495 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.525 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12), a new "Bob's Burgers" (1.834 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and the special "O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?" (4.402 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.997 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (9.224 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), a second "60 Minutes" (8.466 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Madam Secretary" (6.309 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, NBC (3.401 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) closed out the evening with its annual telecast of "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World" (3.548 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) alongside the return of "Timeless" (2.962 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.328m
- Guy's Grocery Games (S/Food): 808k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 490k

CBS (8.056 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Friday with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.892 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.982 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (9.295 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

FOX (2.650 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw among adults 18-49 with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.358 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and a repeat "9-1-1" (1.943 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was ABC (2.704 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and originals from "Once Upon a Time" (2.363 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.151 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "20/20" (3.600 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.690 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up its mix of "Blindspot" (3.217 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Taken" (2.581 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and the "NBC News Special: Confronting Putin" (2.273 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, the relocated "Dynasty" (0.659 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.598 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.628 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (SF/Nick): 996k

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posted 3/13/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "More Idol Goodies"

posted 3/13/18

Online Quizzing Takes the Next Logical Step
Introducing Hangtime, the Live Quiz Network
From PR Newswire

Today, Kiswe, the pioneer of cloud-based interactive mobile video solutions, launched Hangtime, a new and fun mobile gaming platform that lets users play live trivia games and quizzes while interacting with each other directly on the app.

For each game, players can compete to win cash and other prizes while chatting and collaborating with friends in public or private "Hangs," or digital rooms.

"TV has always been a social experience centered around popular shows that air during certain times of the day. However, with the transition to mobile devices, viewers have been given the power to watch any content, anytime, anywhere. As a result, we lost the social benefits of watching TV as a group," said Mike Schabel, CEO of Kiswe, the company that built Hangtime. "By reintroducing social experiences to live video on mobile devices, Hangtime provides fun ways to bring friends, old and new, together to watch and play live game shows. Interactive and collaborative gaming is the first step towards our vision that mobile video is best when shared live with friends. During the beta phase of the app, we were able to build an incredible community of loyal Hangers, and we're excited to bring this new gaming experience to everyone starting today."

Hangtime offers daily trivia and quiz shows at 2pm and 6pm Eastern Time with frequent late-night pop-up shows for the Hangtime Community.

Hangtime currently has three different game shows: "Pop Quiz," "Perfectly Adequate Games," hosted by Will and Erinn of Perfectly Adequate Films, and "The Good Game Show," hosted by Jon Hudson, a local New York City-based comedian.

The app also features live pre- and post-game shows hosted by live animated characters who engage with users and help them get their private hangs organized.

Hangtime does not eliminate players for answering a question incorrectly. Together with the friends-first social features and live interactive experiences, the average session times often exceed the actual length of the game. The app is powered by Kiswe's industry-leading and patented cloud video technology, which has provided state-of-the-art live mobile video experiences for the owners and distributors of large sports and music events.

Hangtime's underlying technology minimizes lag for players and allows for rapid introduction of new game formats and onboarding of interactive video experience from industry content publishers and brands. Hangtime's additional unique features include:
- Live animated host characters, Steeve and DJ Chuck, who engage with and entertain players with banter and music before and after games.
- A live scoreboard to see how you are performing against friends and other contestants during each game.
- A comprehensive leaderboard that lets friends compete, tournament-style, with each other throughout the week as well as reveal the top Hangtime players of the week.
- Public and Private rooms, or "hangs," for you to interact, chat, collaborate, or compete with other players or just your friends. Freebies, or the ability to pass on answering a question, earned by inviting a friend to join Hangtime.
- Simple and immediate introduction of interactive content in partnership with creators and publishers who seek new ways to engage their audience within or adjacent to the games.

Hangtime continues to add more shows, game-formats, and hosts to scale up its interactive gaming network.

The Hangtime 1.0 app is available today for free download in the Apple App Store or Google Play. For more information, please visit: http://www.letshangtime.com/.

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posted 3/12/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "More Idol Goodies"

  • LIST ABUSE: Idol's biggest success stories, ranked (The Wrap)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the judges (E!)

  • Buzzr plays Turnabout Tournament episodes of "Card Sharks" for its own March (non-trademarked noun starting with M) (TV Insider) ...

  • Chris Soules is back on Instagram one year after his nearly-fatal car crash (People)

  • ICYMI: Oscar winners vs. Oscar losers on Celebrity Family Feud on SNL. Anything to get Kenan Thompson to "react" (Broadway World)

  • SERIOUSLY... WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Arie & Lauren go to a race (E!)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Ninja Warrior opens ninja gym. Ninja (Renton Reporter)

posted 3/12/18


BBC

Jeremy Clarkson Is The New Chris Tarrant
"Grand Tour" Co-Host to Host New Series of "Millionaire"
From Variety

Jeremy Clarkson is swapping the high-octane world of fast cars for the high-pressure world of primetime quiz shows.

The former "Top Gear" presenter is set to host "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" when the show returns to British screens this spring for a week-long run of special episodes on ITV. The classic format has contestants answer up to 15 questions as they attempt to win £1 million ($1.4 million).

The producers said there would be "new twists and turns" in the 20th anniversary specials, which will be aired over a week.

"I have always loved the show and am thrilled to be involved with its rebirth," said Clarkson, who was fired from the BBC's "Top Gear" after a confrontation with a member of the production team. He now fronts Amazon's motoring series, "The Grand Tour," the streamer's most popular original.

Clarkson added: "I'm a big fan of quiz shows, and I'm looking forward to hosting this iconic TV show and hopefully making a few millionaires."

The show was originally made by U.K. indie Celador and then acquired by twowaytraffic, which was then bought by Sony Pictures Television. The new "Millionaire" will be produced by Sony's Stellify and filmed in Manchester.

"It felt like a no-brainer to celebrate a show that was a trailblazer of its time and broke the mold," said Siobhan Greene, head of entertainment at ITV. "In doing this one-off special week, I hope 'Millionaire' will be introduced to a whole new generation. And with TV legend Jeremy Clarkson asking the questions, frankly anything could happen."

The producers have opened applications for contestants.

"'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' is one of the greatest game shows ever made," said Kieran Doherty, joint managing director of Stellify. "We are absolute super-fans of the format, and it's an honor to be bringing it back on its 20th anniversary."

Sony Pictures Television owns the format and distributes it globally. It was a huge hit in India and other markets. SPT is hoping that the new U.K. version will help reinvigorate the show internationally. .

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posted 3/9/18

THURSDAY: TGIT DOA?
CBS Wins Night on Comic Chops
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.003 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) claimed top honors on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.821 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Young Sheldon" (12.590 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Mom" (9.292 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.979 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "SWAT" (5.668 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Second place then went to ABC (5.114 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.134 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Scandal" (4.748 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.463 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Next up was NBC (4.406 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its lineup of "Superstore" (3.700 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "AP Bio" (2.636 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), "Will & Grace" (4.178 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), the premiere of "Champions" (2.979 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Chicago Fire" (6.472 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.445 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.388 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.736 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "Arrow" (1.345 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.540 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable....
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.108m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 954k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 927k
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 692k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 658k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 482k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 417k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Paramount): 377k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 240k
- Black Card Revoked (BET): 226k

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posted 3/9/18

Red Nose Day Returns
Chris Hardwick to Host, Ninja Warrior, Hollywood Game Night to Play
From the Futon Critic

Two-time Emmy Award winner and comedian Chris Hardwick is back to host NBC's fourth annual "Red Nose Day Special" on Thursday, May 24 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT). To date, Red Nose Day has raised more than $100 million and has impacted the lives of over 8.3 million children here in America and around the world.

On an action-packed night of programming, some of the biggest names in entertainment will compete on "Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day," where they will be pushed to the limit in grueling physical challenges all to raise money to support the cause. Later, two teams of stars will face off on a special Red Nose Day edition of "Hollywood Game Night" where they will take on classic "HGN" party games that will test their pop culture IQ.

Adding to the excitement, both shows will include live check-ins from Hardwick throughout the night as he gears up for the main event, broadcast live from New York. The evening will serve to entertain and educate viewers while providing many opportunities to support the charity through calls to donate, with money raised supporting millions of children in need in all 50 states and Puerto Rico and around the world.

"Chris' genuine compassion and good-hearted humor make him ideal to host our "Red Nose Day Special" and bridge the evening's exciting and purposeful three hours of programming," said Paul Telegdy President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We are thrilled to once again bring humor and inspiration to our audience in our effort to raise awareness and funds for children in need around the world."

"We are so grateful to NBC and the entire Comcast NBCU family for their outstanding partnership. This year's special night of programming really delivers on Red Nose Day's signature rollercoaster of laughs and tears - shining a light on the children who need our help the most," said Janet Scardino, CEO, Comic Relief USA.

"Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day" at 8 p.m. will kick off the evening followed by a special edition of "Hollywood Game Night" at 9 p.m., featuring Emmy-winning host Jane Lynch and some of the biggest names in entertainment competing to raise money to ensure that children in need are safe, healthy and educated. "The Red Nose Day Special" hosted by Hardwick will close the night at 10 p.m. All three specials will work collaboratively to celebrate Red Nose Day while promoting donations to the cause throughout the night. Additional participating talent will be announced at a later date. Red Nose Day is an annual event that harnesses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for children living in poverty in America and internationally.

NBC's night of special Red Nose Day programming is a culmination of a seven-week fundraising campaign, which brings together millions of Americans around the country to have fun and make a difference. The campaign's iconic Red Noses will go on sale Monday, April 2, exclusively at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide. Talent who have supported the campaign include Julia Roberts, Ed Sheeran, Elton John and many more.

Red Nose Day was created by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning writer-director Richard Curtis, ("Love Actually," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill"). It has raised more than $1 billion globally since its launch in the U.K. in 1988.

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posted 3/9/18

A Quick Turnabout
Becca Kufrin Goes from Winner to Loser to "Bachelorette"
From TV Line

ABC is ready to do the damn thing this spring.

They say there's no rest for the wicked, and there isn't much for The Bachelor franchise either, as production is set to begin on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette just days after The Bachelor's After the Final Rose special aired, revealing Arie Luyendyk Jr. had dumped her to be with Lauren Burnham.

And it's safe to say there's never been such a positive reaction to the reveal of the franchise's next lead like the one Becca revealed when Chris Harrison officially announced her as the next Bachelorette on Tuesday night, with the host saying it was one of the "easiest" decisions the producers have ever made.

"Once this evolved and once we saw the outpouring of love and support for Becca—and on top of that, we saw how she handled that unedited, controversial scene. I mean, she was so graceful, so poised, so strong and put together, it made our decision so easy," he told E! News. "That's why we don't ever really rush to judgment, and a lot of times people give us a hard time or say we've made the choice, and I just laugh at those articles and stuff that are written because I'm like, 'Um, we really haven't made our decision yet.' Because we want to wait and see."

So while they waited to see if Becca would be ready after that brutal break-up, did producers have another women from Arie's season on stand-by? Nope, no one had their Bachelorette dreams dashed at the eleventh hour, with Harrison saying, "There was nothing nearly that dramatic, but obviously we knew things were amiss for a couple of months ago, so the idea was let's wait and see how this turns out because a lot of factors go into it."

Kufrin's search for more heartbreak love kicks off Monday, May 28 at 8/7c on ABC.

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posted 3/9/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "After the Final Answer"

  • LIST ABUSE: a look at what happened to "Millionaire UK's" biggest winners (Yahoo!)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Nick Cannon makes a drink (Broadway World)

  • Rachel Lindsay spills some tea on Arie & Lauren (Us Weekly) ... and so does Bekah Martinez (Access)

  • Carson Daly's panic attacks (Reality TV World)

  • SERIOUSLY... WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Arie & Lauren go out to eat (Page Six)

  • ICYMI: Did Liz McCarthy look familiar to you? What if we said "Blockbusters" and "1981"? (Village Green)

  • Howie Mandel makes a deal for a new house (Variety)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vanna White (Today)

posted 3/9/18

WEDNESDAY: Ghosted
CBS Wins with Survivor
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.459 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on a competitive Wednesday with its mix of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (8.202 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "SEAL Team" (6.136 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (5.041 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

NBC (6.127 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with originals from "The Blacklist" (5.787 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.762 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (6.832 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

FOX (4.713 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) likewise split the demo lead with fresh installments from "The X-Files" (3.453 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "9-1-1" (5.974 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

Next up was ABC (4.403 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.490 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Speechless" (4.381 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Modern Family" (5.198 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "American Housewife" (4.206 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and "Designated Survivor" (3.572 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, the return of "Riverdale" (1.306 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and the premiere of "Life Sentence" (0.757 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.032 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (S/History): 1.169m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 917k
- Glam Masters (Lifetime): 366k

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posted 3/8/18

More on "Drag Race" Season 10
More Judges Ru-Vealed
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced the guest judges set to join the milestone 10th season of Emmy(R) Award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race," premiering Thursday, March 22 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

RuPaul will be joined by a star-studded line-up of celebrities to help alongside show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as they decide who will stay, lip-synch for their life, or "sashay away."

This season's guest judges include Christina Aguilera, Shania Twain, Lena Dunham, Halsey, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Kate Upton, Billy Eichner, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Padma Lakshmi, Courtney Love, Nico Tortorella, Audra McDonald, Ashanti, Logan Browning, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Carrie Preston, Andrew Rannells, Miles Heizer, Todrick Hall and Lizzo.

Additionally, Stephen Colbert, Andy Cohen and Cheyenne Jackson will treat the queens to special guest appearances. The 14 competing queens will hold nothing back to impress the judges as they vie for the ultimate title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a grand prize of $100,000.

The previously announced queens include: Asia O'Hara (Dallas, TX), Aquaria (Brooklyn, NY), Blair St. Clair (Indianapolis, IN), Dusty Ray Bottoms (New York, NY), Eureka O'Hara (Johnson City, TN), Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams (Albuquerque, NM), Kameron Michaels (Nashville, TN), Mayhem Miller (Riverside, CA), Miz Cracker (New York, NY), Monét X Change(Bronx, NY), Monique Heart (Kansas City, MO), The Vixen (Chicago, IL), Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Tampa, FL), and Yuhua Hamasaki (New York, NY).

Season 10 will feature all 90-minute episodes and will be followed by "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" after show at 9:30 PM ET/PT.

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posted 3/8/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "How to Make a Savage Question"

  • HQ gives a rare look at the question-writing process (Time)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 21 ways Neil Patrick Harris is still a kid at heart (Wall Street Journal)

  • Arie Luyendyk has a new enemy: Minnesota (Hot Air) PLUS Chris Harrison thinks his claims that he set Becca up for "The Bachelorette" is bunk (Reality TV World)

  • Meet Adam Levine's new baby (Reality TV World)

  • Chrissy Teigen mourns the loss of her dog (Reality TV World)

  • Julianne Hough wants a baby or two (Reality TV World)

  • Howie Mandel makes a deal for a new house (Variety)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vanna White (Moneyish)

posted 3/8/18

TUESDAY: If It's Tuesday, It Must Be a Split
CBS, NBC Take Separate Audiences
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.613 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held off the competition among adults 18-49 with its trio of "The Voice" (9.928 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "This Is Us" (8.808 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "Chicago Med" (7.105 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

ABC (5.996 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then got a boost from its "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" (7.700 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) special followed by the season finale of "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.586 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9). Next up was

CBS (10.386 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "NCIS" (12.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Bull" (10.023 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.306 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "Lethal Weapon" (3.981 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "LA to Vegas" (2.078 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Mick" (1.735 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, The CW (1.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) likewise served up fresh installments from "The Flash" (2.007 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Black Lightning" (1.472 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 840k
- The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV): 771k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 744k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 677k
- The Challenge: Vendettas (S/MTV): 448k

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posted 3/7/18

Give Them a Chance, They're Taking It
"Making It" Hits NBC July 31
From The Futon Critic

"Making It," the six-episode series from executive producers, hosts and pop-culture's favorite comedic best friends, Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, will make its premiere on NBC Tuesday, July 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The series brings together eight of the country's most talented Makers to tackle a variety of handmade projects with the hopes of impressing Poehler and Offerman as well as judges Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York, and Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy trend expert.

"At the very most, you will fall in love with our Makers, get introduced to a world you may not know anything about and even get inspired to make something at home! At the very least, you will learn what vellum is," Poehler said. "As a woodworker myself, I'm awfully proud to showcase all these talented Makers and be reunited with my charismatic pal Amy to boot," Offerman said. "The question is: Is America thready for this? (Strap in, our show will be pun heavy)."

Every show will revolve around a central theme that draws inspiration from hugely popular nationwide trends in crafting and DIY, which the whole family can enjoy.

Each episode of the competition will consist of two projects, cleverly designed by Poehler and Offerman, that test the Makers' ability to think outside of the box in unpredictable ways. Believing there is no better way to express yourself than by making things by hand, the challenges are also designed to bring out skilled insights and takeaway, touching personal stories and lots of laughs.

First, the "faster-craft" round will be a timed challenge that will test their ability to not only work quickly but imaginatively as well. Next, the Makers will move to the "master craft collection," a one-of-a-kind themed challenge in which the competitors will need to use their expertise and get inventive in order to assemble a winning craft that fits the theme of that week. In the end, only one will emerge victorious and be named "Master Maker."

Poehler and Offerman both share a love and passion of craftsmanship, albeit from different perspectives. Poehler is a self-proclaimed crafting novice who has long harbored a secret appreciation for those who can imagine and create incredible things by hand. Offerman is a New York Times bestselling author in the woodworking space and is well known for his love for making a variety of objects himself.

Blending the atmosphere of a serene outdoor setting and innovative cinematography designed to showcase the beautiful craftsmanship at work, this friendly competition will focus on the character and camaraderie of the crafting community and, through it all, Poehler and Offerman will provide heartfelt encouragement, guidance and plenty of laughs.

"Making It" is executive produced by Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch, Nicolle Yaron, Nick Offerman, Dave Becky and Anthony Dominici. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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posted 3/7/18


NBC

All NBC's Summer Favorites Are Lined Up
Here's What's in Store
From the Futon Critic

Continuing the momentum of the current season in which NBC is #1 in both 18-49 and total viewers, the network has announced the premiere dates for #1 summer series "America's Got Talent," freshman success "World of Dance" and the two-time Emmy Award-nominated high-octane competition series "American Ninja Warrior."

NBC has won the last seven consecutive summers in the adult 18-49 demo and the last three in a row in total viewers.

"AMERICA'S GOT TALENT" (PREMIERES TUESDAY, MAY 29 FROM 8-10 P.M. ET/PT) After enjoying its most-watched season ever, "America's Got Talent" returns for season 13 following a thrilling 12th season in which 12-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer from Oklahoma City, Okla., took home the grand prize. Judge Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, as well as host Tyra Banks, will all be back. Last summer "America's Got Talent" averaged a 3.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 16 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" averages for original Tuesday telecasts, according to Nielsen Media Research. That made it "Talent's" most-watched season ever in its 12th year. It was easily the #1 summer show in both measures and provided a strong lead-in to the #2 show of the summer, NBC's "World of Dance."

"WORLD OF DANCE" (PREMIERES TUESDAY, MAY 29 FROM 10-11 P.M.) Coming off its hugely successful first season in which French hip-hop duo Les Twins were crowned champions, last summer's #1 new series "World of Dance" returns for a highly anticipated second season. "World of Dance" gives dancers the platform to showcase their talents and compete for a life-altering grand prize of $1 million, led by a judging team of extraordinary dance superstars - Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as an executive producer), Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum. In its first season "World of Dance" averaged a 2.6 rating in 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" Nielsens, making it last year's #1 new summer show in both measures and the #2 summer show overall on broadcast television in both categories behind only "America's Got Talent." "World of Dance" was also the most-watched new summer alternative series on the broadcast networks in 10 years.

"AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR" (PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 FROM 8-10 P.M., MOVES TO MONDAY, JUNE 18 FROM 8-10 P.M.) The two-time Emmy Award-nominated "American Ninja Warrior" returns for its seventh full season on NBC. Hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila are back, along with co-host Kristine Leahy. The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1 million. This season the show will make stops in Dallas, Miami, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Minneapolis before heading to Las Vegas. In its sixth season on NBC last summer, "American Ninja Warrior" remained a top draw, delivering a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" Nielsens to generate top-10 rankings among Big 4 primetime summer shows in adults 18-49, kids 2-11 and teens 12-17.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 3/6/18


Nickelodeon

UPFRONTS: Nickelodeon
"Shorties" Will Return for Season 2
From B&C

With a show launching on YouTube and a new augmented app, Nickelodeon is showing advertisers it can reach kids beyond television.

The leader in the kids TV space announced at its upfront presentation to advertisers on Tuesday (March 6) in New York that it will debut 800 episodes of new and returning series this year, up 20% from the previous year.

Among those series is a remake of the pre-school classic Blue's Clues. Another new show is a spinoff of The Loud House, one of Nick's highest rated series. The new show is called Los Casagrandes.

With kids getting more of their entertainment on line and via digital devices, Nickelodeon is under pressure to create content for new platforms to stay relevant.

One way it is doing that is by launching new short-form competition series on its YouTube channel.Musical Dares is being created in partnership with Viacom Digital Studio and is executive produced by Nick Cannon and is based on musical chairs. Production begins this summer.

"We are deepening audience engagement through short-form content and expanding our ability to be everywhere kids are," said Cyma Zarghami, president of the Nickelodeon Group. "With Nick Cannon at the helm, Musical Dares provides another avenue for our audience to connect with our brand in new and unexpected ways."

WWE Superstar John Cena is executive producing a new game show for Nickelodeon called Keep It Spotless.

B&C
Deadline
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Digital Journal

posted 3/6/18

SYNDIES: Week 22?
Results for the Week Ending February 25
From TV Newscheck

Most syndicated shows rebounded in the second week of Winter Olympics in the session ending Feb. 25, including many of the first-run strips that were again retitled as "Olympic Specials."

For example, the top magazines were the renamed Special Olympic Editions of Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition. Both spiked 4% from the prior frame and remained tied for first place at a 2.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

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

GAME SHOWS
- 1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 +5%
- 2. Jeopardy Special (CTD) 6.1 +5%
- 3. Wheel of Fortune Special (CTD) 5.8 +2%
- 4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Special (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- 5
. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 3/6/18

MONDAY: ... So That Happened.
ABC Pulls Ahead in Demo Thanks to... That.
From The Futon Critic

ABC (7.835 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Monday with an expanded three-hour finale to "The Bachelor" (7.835 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2).

NBC (9.449 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then was a close second with week two of "The Voice" (11.462 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Good Girls" (5.423 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was CBS (5.436 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.285 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Man with a Plan" (5.871 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Superior Donuts" (5.108 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Living Biblically" (4.416 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Scorpion" (5.467 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.576 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up originals from "Lucifer" (3.120 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Resident" (4.032 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

And finally, fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.190 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "iZombie" (0.773 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.981 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.497m.


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/6/18

WEEKEND: Cooking Up a Storm
CBS Wins Friday, Fox Comes on Strong
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.972 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the most-watched broadcaster on Friday with originals from "MacGyver" (6.961 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.034 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (8.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

FOX (3.397 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) however shared in the adults 18-49 honors with the return of "MasterChef Junior" (3.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and a second "MasterChef Junior" (3.350 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

The bronze then went to NBC (2.995 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with new episodes from "Blindspot" (3.100 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), "Taken" (2.443 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Dateline NBC" (3.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.325 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the return of "Once Upon a Time" (2.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.914 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a new "20/20" (2.861 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.589 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for an encore of "iZombie" (0.591 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.588 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable Sunday
- Worst Cooks In America (Food): 1.240m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.070m
- Fear Factor (MTV): 537k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 534k


THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/6/18

What's Spanish for "Taskmaster"?
Find Out When TVE Launches Its Version
From Realscreen

Spanish broadcaster TVE has ordered a local version of comedy game show Taskmaster to be produced by Granada-based Secuoya Contenidos.

Titled Dicho y Hecho, the series will air on TVE's LA 1 channel. It is distributed by Avalon Entertainment.

Originally created by Avalon's Alex Horne, the entertainment series features a "Taskmaster" who, with the help of his assistant, tests the wit of five competitive comedians through a series of challenges. Most recently, UKTV confirmed a four-series commission of Taskmaster along with the commission of a two-part special Taskmaster: Champion of Champions.

Taskmaster has been sold internationally to Comedy Central in the U.S., TV2 in Denmark, VTM in Belgium and for two seasons on Sweden's SVT channel. It has also been sold to New Zealand's TVNZ and UKTV in Australia.

Realscreen
C21Media

posted 3/6/18

Nigeria Gets Its Game On
"Feud", "Shark Tank" Adaptations Coming
From The Cable

Ultima Studios has announced that the Nigerian version of 'Family Feud' and 'Lions' Den' are in the works.

'Lions' Den' is the world's leading business reality television show while 'Family Feud', created by Mark Goodson, is one of the longest-running, highest-rated television shows.

According to Ultima Studios, an agreement has been reached with UK-based Sony Pictures Television to produce 'Lions' Den' in Nigeria.

Femi Ayeni, CEO of Ultima Studios, said a similar agreement has also been struck with the franchise distributors, Fremantle Media, to produce 'Family Feud' in Nigeria.

Ayeni said: "Ultima Studios is fully committed to ensuring that Nigerians are afforded the same opportunities, to enjoy the most riveting television contents available to the rest of the world, and entering this agreement with Fremantle Media, to produce in Nigeria, the multi-award winning format, Family Feud, is just another display of that commitment."

Nigeria joins the list of over 50 countries, such as Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Indonesia, and many more, who have adapted Family Feud. The worldwide franchise ranked at number three on Game Show Network 2006 list of the 50 greatest game shows of all time and was included on TV Guide's 2013 list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.

The Cable

posted 3/6/18

The Axe Falls on Three at ITV
"Bigheads" Among the Three to Be Canceled
From Telly Mix

ITV has announced it won't be bringing back a number of TV shows that "underperformed" last year.

Evening entertainment series The Nightly Show, drama Fearless and wacky game show Bigheads are all going. A spokesperson for ITV said: "Some of our schedule did not perform as well as we had hoped, for example The Nightly Show, Fearless and Bigheads, so will not return in 2018."

In Bigheads hosted by Jason Manford, members of the public were transformed into the world's most famous celebrities by donning giant heads. They included the likes of Simon Cowell, Mo Farah, Adele, Benedict Cumberbatch and Victoria Beckham plus William Shakespeare, Boris Johnson, Prince Charles, Queen Victoria and Donald Trump. The Bigheads competed against each other in a series of massive celebrity-inspired challenges in a wacky physical game show.

Telly Mix

posted 3/6/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "So... What Happened?"

  • ICYMI: so... that happened. THEN WHAT? (Reality TV World) PLUS Becca Kufrin doesn't think Arie's a "monster" (The Wrap)
     
  • RuPaul's walking back trans comments (The Wrap)

  • HQ secures 15 million didgeridoos, 15 million Desi Arnaz Jrs, $15 million. (Variety)

posted 3/6/18


Food Network

Whose Cuisine Will Reign Supreme Now?
Season Premiere April 4
From the Futon Critic

Iron Chef Gauntlet is back for a second season this spring, with seven rising stars battling for the chance to gain the only culinary title that matters: Iron Chef.

The weak will fall and the strong will rise until just one chef remains and has the title in reach. But to join the Iron Chef pantheon, the last chef standing must win the Gauntlet - three rapid-succession battles, each against incomparable Iron Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Stephanie Izard and Michael Symon - or leave the kitchen in defeat.

Hosted by the inimitable Alton Brown, the six-episode primetime event begins on Wednesday, April 4th at 9pm ET/PT. Online, fans can bring Kitchen Stadium into their own kitchen with digital companion series Iron Chef Mode, which offers Iron Chef-style cooking tips and techniques for the home.

"Iron Chef is an iconic title that only a select few can claim, and it's a thrilling ride to see if one of these top-notch chefs have what it takes to join the best of the best," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Gauntlet delivers the non-stop culinary action our audience loves and they are sure to be on the edge of their seat with every battle."

Iron Chef Gauntlet competitors are: Timon Balloo (Miami, Florida - Partner/Executive Chef, Sugarcane); Nicole Gomes (Calgary, Canada - Owner/Executive Chef, Nicole Gourmet); David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach, California - Owner/Executive Chef, Manhattan Beach Post); Dale Mackay (Saskatoon, Canada - Owner/Executive Chef, Grassroots Restaurant Group); Jeanie Roland (Punta Gorda, Florida - Owner/Executive Chef, The Perfect Caper); Hong Thaimee (New York, New York - Owner/Executive Chef, Thaimee Table) and Kevin Tien (Washington D.C. - Owner/Executive Chef, Himitsu).

The Futon Critic

posted 3/5/18

Streaming Game Show Network
UK JV to Launch IQTV
From Engadget

There are quite a few subscription video on demand services out there these days and there's about to be one more. A trio of media execs have come together to form InQuisiTiVe Media and will soon launch a subscription service all about British quiz shows.

IQTV is scheduled to launch in the UK this July and will offer over 100 quiz show titles including Mastermind, Celebrity Mastermind, The Weakest Link, Countdown and Only Connect.

Deals with BBC Worldwide, Banijay and Channel 4 will allow it to have an ongoing stream of new episodes. InQuisiTiVe Media was launched by former Zodiak Media CEO Marc-Antoine d'Halluin, former Lovefilm exec Nick James and Rod Henwood former head of the Harry Potter digital platform Pottermore.

A streaming service dedicated to game shows seems rather niche, but that's what IQTV's founders are going for.

"Intelligent quiz shows represent an attractive, untapped genre for a niche SVOD service," Henwood told Variety. "They have significant and very loyal audiences, their brands are enduring, their hosts are highly recognizable with a strong social media following."

He also told Deadline that IQTV is meant to appeal to a "post-millennial" and "upmarket" audience. The service will be limited to the UK at launch, but the team hopes to expand it internationally with France and Northern Europe offering attractive markets going forward. While IQTV will host already established titles initially, in the future, there may be interest in developing original shows for the platform, Henwood told Deadline.

The service will cost £3.49 (approximately $4.80) and will also launch with an app that will allow viewers to play along with the shows. .

Engadget
ATV Today
Worldscreen
Variety
Deadline

UBergizmo
C21 Media

posted 3/5/18


IMDB
JOHN C. MULA: 1942-2018
Emmy-Winning Art Director Worked on "Joker's Wild", "Family Feud" Among Others
From The Hollywood Reporter

John C. Mula, an Emmy-winning art director and production designer who worked on such series as Barney Miller, Charles in Charge and Boy Meets World, has died. He was 75.

Mula died Sunday following a short illness in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his daughter, Joanna Robbins, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Mula won his Emmy in 1991 for his art direction on Jim Henson's Dinosaurs, an ABC comedy about a family of anthropomorphic creatures.

His resume also included the shows Too Close for Comfort, My Two Dads, The Torkelsons, Small Wonder, Teen Angel, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The New WKRP in Cincinnati.

Mula worked on the cop show Barney Miller, starring Hal Linden, from 1975-80 on the first six seasons of the ABC sitcom and then on Charles in Charge, starring Scott Baio, during its five-season run on CBS and in first-run syndication from 1984-90.

A native of Brooklyn who was born on New Year's Eve in 1942, Mula began his career in Hollywood in 1972 on The Joker's Wild. He also was behind the scenes on other game shows like Family Feud, Liar's Club, Win, Lose or Draw, Tic Tac Dough, Break the Bank and Face the Music.

Survivors include his husband, Sergio; daughters Joanna and Jodi; grandchildren Benjamin, Ashley, Bailey, Hunter and Hailey; and nieces Margie, Lisa, Celeste and Janelle.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 3/5/18


GAMES GONE BY: Let's Ask America
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

To conclude his list of "ruined" shows, Chris Wolvie presents a "Games Gone By..." about a show that ruined ITSELF by changing hosts and, by proxy, changing the content to a more...mature setting. So, in effect, "Let's Ask America" ruined itself!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 3/5/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Merry Christmas!"

  • Christmas Abbott is Crossfitting for two! (Reality TV World)
     
  • Jennifer Lopez delaying "Bye Bye Birdie"... again (TV Line)

  • ICYMI: The Tiebreaker. And surprise, someone on the Internet isn't happy about it. (Sacramento Bee)

  • Warn the town (Bristol, in this case), the Beast (Mark Labbett, in this case) is loose (Bristol Post)

  • Betty White gets a Lifetime Achievement Award from ICG Publicists Guild (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Scott Rogowsky (Adweek)

posted 3/1/18


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