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Line Up
GSN's "The Line" Premieres Tonight
From the Tennesseean
Nashville has had its fair share of reality TV spotlight, but now watch locals test their knowledge and patience in Tuesday’s debut of the new game show “The Line.”

“I don’t think you could find a better city (to film this show) than Nashville,” said Jeff Davis, who hosts the show with Candace Bailey. “It was summertime, it was very warm, and people still had the greatest attitude.”

Hundreds came to Bicentennial Mall State Park in July to wait in line and try their turn in the Trivia Vault, where eight true-or-false questions stood between them and the jackpot.

Medical students, jobless adults and everyone in between waited for a number of hours to enter the vault, but Davis remembers one remarkable contestant — 29-year-old Patrick King from Greenbrier.

“He has dealt with autism his whole life and wanted to be on game shows his whole life, but for some reason wasn’t allowed,” Davis said. “ ‘The Line’ is all inclusive. Anyone who comes to the show is allowed to be on the show.”

While some attendees waited for up to 11 hours, they played games while waiting and had a chance of winning even more money — each time a question was answered incorrectly, the jackpot increased.

“It’s kind of like a big party happening,” Davis said.

When he wasn’t working, Davis got the true Nashville experience with Southern food, meeting Little Jimmy Dickens and watching his friend Charles Esten perform at the Grand Ole Opry and Bluebird Cafe.

“I almost died of hospitality there,” he said. “It’s a little town, but it has a huge heart. I would go back anytime.”

“The Line” begins at 9p tonight on GSN.

The Tennessean
Entertainment Tonight

posted 12/23/14

Syndies: Week 12
Results for the Week Ending December 14
From B&C
Two weeks out of the November sweep, talk shows remained strong with CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil on top, Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael not far behind and Warner Bros.’ Ellen hitting a season high. Not a single talker out of the top ten declined from the prior week.

Among court shows, CTD’s Judge Judy reigned supreme with a 7.1, up 1% from the prior week. In addition, for the second week in a row, Judy was a tenth of a point out of the overall syndication lead, just behind CTD’s Wheel of Fortune.

Among the rookies, CTD’s court leader Hot Bench, already renewed for season two, dipped 6% to a 1.5 in households. Among women 25-54, however, the show grew 13% to a 0.9 to tie Warner Bros.’ The Real for the lead among that key group. NBCU’s Meredith Vieira, also returning next year, held steady at a 1.2, tying Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game.

Elsewhere, game shows were little changed, except for Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which rose 7% for the week and 19% for the year to a 6.3.

Wheel of Fortune inched up 1% from the prior session to a 7.2 to lead all of syndication, but dipped 3% from last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! also upticked 1% for the week and 3% for the year to a 6.9. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.8 but down 14% from last year.

Among women 25-54, Family Feud led with a 2.9, followed by Wheel at a 2.5, Jeopardy! at a 2.3 and Millionaire at a 0.8.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 12/23/14

Monday: A Quiet Holiday
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (4.924 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Monday with its annual "SNL Christmas" (4.902 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) special followed by a new "State of Affairs" (4.969 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

CBS (7.268 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.575 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Mike & Molly" (8.474 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "Scorpion" (6.539 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.742 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was ABC (5.371 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with a new "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.525 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), the finale of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (6.142 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and a repeat "Castle" (4.445 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.350 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up encores of "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball" (1.506 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.883 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Gotham" (1.835 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1.344 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the evening on FOX (1.589 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

The Futon Critic

posted 12/23/14

Ninjas in the UK
ITV to Import "Ninja Warrior"
From Digital Spy
NBC's Ninja Warrior will be adapted by ITV.

ITV Studios label Potato has bought the rights to the obstacle course gameshow, Broadcast reports.

Potato's managing director Michael Kelpie yesterday confirmed a 2015 airdate.

"We are bringing @ninjawarrior to the UK in 2015," Kelpie said on Twitter. "Get ready for the toughest obstacle course in the world!"

The US version of the show American Ninja Warrior was spun off G4 show American Ninja Challenge, itself a port of Japanese show Sasuke.

Beginning in 2009, American Ninja Warrior has run for 28 episodes over six seasons.

American Ninja Challenge ran for eight episodes over four seasons from 2007 to 2009.

Digital Spy
Broadcast

posted 12/23/14


Next Stop: Blind Dates
"Race" Finale Ties for First in Demo, NBC Take Night
From the Wrap
CBS’s 10-time Emmy winning “The Amazing Race” is changing formats for its 26th season.

When the franchise returns in February, there will be no parent-children teams, no siblings, and no best friends lugging backpacks and passports.

Instead, the new season is all dating couples, five of whom are on a blind date race around the world.

That makes it not just a shotgun start to the race, but a shotgun start to five romances. CBS made the announcement on Friday night at the tail end of the current season finale in a teaser video.

From the existing couples, “New Kids On The Block” star Jonathan Knight is racing. He’ll see if he has “The Right Stuff” with partner Harley Rodriguez.

The new season premieres in February, but with romance in the air, you can have a very early Happy Valentine’s Day.

NBC (6.040 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) took home the top spots on Friday with its special "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (4.663 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (6.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

ABC (4.927 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "Last Man Standing" (4.944 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), "Cristela" (3.972 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Shark Tank" (5.383 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) plus a new "20/20" (4.941 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was CBS (5.372 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the season finale of "The Amazing Race" (6.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), its annual special "Home for the Holidays" (3.205 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (6.414 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up encores of its "MasterChef Junior" (1.828 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Hell's Kitchen" (1.242 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) finales.

And finally, repeats of "Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol" (1.443 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" (0.969 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.324 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Sunday night's episode of "Cutthroat Kitchen" scored 1.029 million for Food.

The Wrap
The Futon Critic
Christian Post
TV by the Numbers
TV Guide
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/23/14

Festivus Lightning Round
... or "An Airing of Grievances"

posted 12/23/14


@11:30
"@midnight" Takes 11:30p Spot for Two Weeks Starting January 5
From the Futon Critic
Bending the very fabric of time and space, on Monday, January 5, Comedy Central's Emmy(R)-nominated "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" moves to 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, following "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Like most New Year's resolutions however, it will only last for two weeks! On Monday, January 19 the series returns to Midnight ET/PT, following the series premiere of "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore."

Ringing in 2015, the show's upcoming panelists include Scott Aukerman, Doug Benson, Neal Brennan, Paget Brewster, Whitney Cummings, Andy Daly, Jon Daly, Ron Funches, Brett Gelman, Nikki Glaser, John Hodgman, Jen Kirkman, Hari Kondabolu, Marc Maron, Paul Scheer and Paul F. Tompkins.

"@midnight with Chris Hardwick" leads viewers down the ultimate internet wormhole with a rotating lineup of today's top comedians battling nightly to determine who has the funniest take on the day's social media and pop culture. Using social media as the catalyst and a fake game show as the setting, "@midnight" challenges comedians to win the Internet by slashing the craziest, most absurd news and posts that social media has to offer: from the latest celebrity Instagram shots to the creepiest Craigslist posting to Buzzspeed lists and infamous #HashtagWars.

Dominating the social media landscape in the late-night arena and receiving a 2014 Emmy(R) nomination for "Outstanding Interactive Program," the series ranks #1 on SocialGuide's All Network Types, Late Fringe ranker. On-air, "@midnight" reaches the youngest and most male audience of all late night programs and ranks in the top three late night shows with People 18-24, Men 18-24 and Men 18-34.

The Futon Critic
Comedy Central PR
Digital Spy

posted 12/22/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Merchandising!"

posted 12/22/14

Thursday: We'll Meet Again
CBS Takes The Night EASY
From the Futon Critic
CBS (8.705 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" (10.672 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1) followed by new episodes of "Mom" (10.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1), "Two and a Half Men" (8.947 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "The McCarthys" (7.100 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Elementary" (7.703 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

NBC (3.710 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home a distant second place with a new "The Biggest Loser" (3.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and the inaugural "People Magazine Awards" (3.672 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.684 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a repeat "Bones" (3.563 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and a second "Bones" (3.804 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.897 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up a new "The Taste" (3.071 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and a repeat "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.549 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.650 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) offered up its annual "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball" (1.838 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and a repeat of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.084 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

On cable, "@midnight", powered by the series finale of "The Colbert Report", crested 1 million for the first time with 1.055 million. The winner of the night, "Pawnography", averaged 1.9 million viewers over the hour. "Project Runway All-Stars" won over 1.465 million. "Beat Bobby Flay" served 1.018 million. "Food Truck Face Off" signed off with 588,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 12/19/14

Wednesday: Next Up, "Worlds Apart"
CBS Takes The Night EASY
From Entertainment Weekly
Season 29 of Survivor is in the books. Which means it is now time to look ahead to season 30. At the end of tonight’s San Juan del Sur finale, Jeff Probst revealed the title and theme of the next installment to kick off with a special 90-minute premiere on Feb. 25.

Titled Survivor: Worlds Apart, the season will feature three tribes of all new players representing the cross section of American society. “It’s White Collar vs. Blue Collar vs. No Collar,’ explains Probst. “White Collars are the people who typically in life are educated, might work in an office, wear a suit—they make the rules. Blue Collar—the heart of America. They typically work outdoors. They might wear a uniform. They work with their hands. They follow the rules. And the No Collars are the people who break the rules. They don’t go by convention. They don’t care about the status quo.”

The twist brings to mind last spring’s Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty battle of Survivor: Cagayan, which turned out to be one of the show’s best seasons ever. According to Probst, this one—which was filmed in Nicaragua last summer—could top it. “Person for person and pound for pound, I will say that this is the best group of people I think we’ve ever had,” says Probst. “That doesn’t mean there aren’t duds in the cast, but if you just had to take one entire group of people, I love this group. And I don’t often come up front anymore and say I really like a season because I know that that’s very biased and it’s my own opinion. But just my own Jeff Probst opinion—I have not seen a second of footage cut yet. Just based on my experience, this was one of my favorite seasons of all time.”

CBS (9.110 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to the two-hour season finale of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.556 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) plus the "Survivor: San Juan del Sur Reunion" (6.877 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2).

NBC (5.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then claimed the silver with its specials "Michael Buble's Christmas in New York" (7.431 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "The Sing-Off" (5.051 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Next up was ABC (4.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (5.606 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Goldbergs" (5.021 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Modern Family" (6.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Black-ish" (4.569 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), another "Black-ish" (4.100 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) and yet another "Black-ish" (3.667 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.580 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) served up a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.597 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) followed by the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.563 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

And finally, an encore of "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown" (1.834 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) plus the fall finale of "The 100" (1.411 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.622 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable, the key word was consistency:

- "Top Chef" (Bravo, 10p): 983,000
- "Kitchen Inferno" (Food, 10p): 747,000
- "@midnight" (Comedy, 12m): 618,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
Entertainment Weekly
Christian Post

posted 12/19/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "'Stephen Colbert': 2005-2014"

  • Craig Ferguson signs off from "The Late Late Show" (TV Guide)
     
  • Jeff Probst had a secret ending to the finale planned... and it. Was. Awesome (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Perez Hilton is a brother in the Big Blogger house... wait a minute (The Sun)
     
  • Billy Eichner named Breakout Star of the Year by People in made-for-TV awards ceremony (Gay Star News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Grant Denyer (Daily Mail) and Phil Keoghan (Hitfix)
     
  • AND FINALLY... the epic Colbert Report finale, when "Stephen", Santa, President Lincoln, and Alex Trebek ride off into immortality (YouTube)

posted 12/19/14

Broken 2: Electric Boogaloo
CMT Renews Steve Austin Game for New Season
From the Futon Critic
There's no easy day at the "Broken Skull" ranch. Steve Austin returns with his trademark tough love for a second season of STEVE AUSTIN'S BROKEN SKULL CHALLENGE, premiering Sunday, January 4 at 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT. The toughest competition series on TV, each week men and women from across the country battle it out in physically and mentally grueling challenges until only one is left standing. That person earns the chance to win $10,000 by beating the new and improved Skullbuster, a harrowing obstacle course designed by Austin himself. Even the strongest athletes fall victim to the Skullbuster, as the course breaks down competitors, body-part by body-part.

Each episode of BROKEN SKULL CHALLENGE involves a series of gritty physical challenges, as some of the most elite athletes in America compete head-to-head for the win. Contestants includes highly-trained body builders; Jiu Jitsu and MMA fighters; arena football, rugby and CrossFit athletes, along with every day men and women. Season one winner Tommy Hackenbruck also returns as the reigning champ, to see if any of the new recruits have what it takes to beat his benchmark Skullbuster time. If the final competitor fails to beat the existing benchmark, Hackenbruck will continue to amass winnings.

Fans can catch up on the full first season of BROKEN SKULL CHALLENGE with a 10-hour marathon on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31 beginning at noon, ET/PT.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/18/14

Nick Hewer Fires Himself
"Apprentice UK" Right Hand to Devote Full Time to "Countdown"
From Telly Mix
Nick Hewer has announced his exit from BBC1 show The Apprentice after a decade as Lord Alan Sugar’s aide.

The PR guru, 70, who has worked as an adviser for entrepreneur Lord Sugar on the popular business program since its’ first season in 2005 said he felt his exit comes at ‘an appropriate time’ as his stamina isn’t quite what it used to be.

He added that his departure comes with ‘relief tinged with regret’. As well as his role on the series, Hewer has worked closely with Sugar since 1983 when he began promoting the Amstrad brand.

His exit was announced as he filmed the final of this year’s series which will air on Sunday night at 9pm. He said tonight, speaking about his exit: ‘I’ve been pondering my departure from The Apprentice for a while and have decided that year 10 is the appropriate time.’

‘I’ve enjoyed being part of this wonderful television series for two reasons: firstly, because it’s been fun and has opened up many unexpected opportunities for me, but more importantly, because I think The Apprentice is a truly valuable program, teaching young people the basics of business – not in a classroom setting, but in a wonderfully entertaining format.’

‘So I leave with relief, tinged with regret. Anyone can do what Karren and I have been doing, but it takes stamina to follow the candidates week after week, and my stamina is not up to those long weeks.’

‘I shall continue to enjoy the show from my armchair, marveling at the candidates’ self-esteem, at the sky-high production values of the producers and at the extraordinary talent of my old friend Alan Sugar.’

As well as his work on The Apprentice, Hewer hosts Channel 4 daytime quiz show Countdown with Rachel Riley.

Tellymix
The Futon Critic

posted 12/18/14

Hell. 15 and 16
Fox Renews for Next Season
From WRAZ Raleigh
FOX has ordered 15th and 16th seasons of the Gordon Ramsay-hosted culinary competition series HELL’S KITCHEN, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. In the hit cooking series, aspiring chefs are put through an intense culinary academy to prove they possess the right combination of ingredients to win a life-changing grand prize.
“We’ve always been huge fans of Gordon – he’s passionate, authentic and absolutely fearless, and that comes through in everything he does,” said Walden and Newman. “With his massive global brand and his unbelievably loyal fans, Gordon has become one of the biggest names in the culinary world and one of the biggest talents in television – and we’re ecstatic to extend our partnership with him and the incredible team at HELL'S KITCHEN.”

Since its debut in 2005 and 200 episodes later, HELL’S KITCHEN has featured 210 contestants, served more than 15,000 diners and plated thousands of Beef Wellingtons.

WRAZ Raleigh
The Futon Critic

posted 12/18/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Show Is Over"

  • Alfonso Ribeiro goes from "Dancing" to "Unwrapped 2.0" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: the current meets the forthcoming (YouTube)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire's suckiest sucks that ever sucked (Tech Times)

posted 12/18/14

Happy Pricemas (Deal Is Over)
CBS Details Daytime Holiday Plans
From TV by the Numbers
CBS, the top-rated Network in Daytime, gets festive this holiday season with themed episodes of LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND The Restless, The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK.

Kids will take over the Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show LET’S MAKE A DEAL with a special family Christmas episode on Wednesday, Dec. 24 (check local listings). Children ages 8-17 bring their parents to make crazy one-of-a-kind deals and celebrate the season with amazing prizes from everyone’s wish list. From an outdoor movie theater and brand-new cars to family trips to Hawaii and Alaska, there’s enough holiday cheer to make Santa’s elves jealous. The stage will be transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday décor, including lights, wreaths, Christmas trees, presents, candy canes, elves, reindeer, snowmen and Traders dressed as Santa. Plus, every audience member (naughty or nice) gets an early gift – a high-tech Bluetooth speaker and an iPod Shuffle for playing their favorite holiday tunes. Host Wayne Brady and the cast will also dazzle the audience with a holiday mash-up of traditional carols and unexpected twists in the popular Juke Box Game.

Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, is celebrating the holiday season with three festive episodes, Monday, Dec. 22 – Wednesday, Dec. 24 (11:00-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT). ‘Tis the season for giving gifts and THE PRICE IS RIGHT is serving up some special prizes. Over the three episodes, contestants will have the opportunity to win new luxury cars, including a brand-new Lexus and a Mercedes SUV. Plus, winter is the perfect time to travel. Up for grabs are tropical getaways to the Bahamas and Bora Bora and spectacular vacations to Paris, Australia and Peru, and for those who prefer a more traditional holiday trip, Germany to enjoy the famous Christmas markets. On New Year’s Eve, the show will close out the year with the “Best of 2014,” revisiting some of the greatest moments, wildest contestants and most popular prizes from the past year, Wednesday, Dec. 31 (11:00-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT).

TV by the Numbers
Broadway World

posted 12/17/14

Here We Go A-Tattoo-ing
Spike Lines Up 2 Holiday Specials
From the Futon Critic
Spike TV's hit original and the first tattoo reality-competition series "Ink Master" is getting in the festive spirit with two holiday-themed specials, 'Merry Ink' and 'New Year's Ink.' Each special brings back well-known "Ink Master" alumni to compete and design holiday-inspired tattoos to win a grand prize of $10,000, which is awarded at the end of the episodes. Every drop of ink counts, there are no flash challenges on these episodes and after every round, one artist is eliminated from their chance at "Ink Master" redemption.

'Merry Ink,' (#MerryInk) airing on Tuesday, December 23 at 10pm ET/PT brings back four contestants who fell just short of winning the 'Ink Master' title during their respective seasons. Though each artist performed phenomenal tattoos, they were told to pack up their equipment and close up shop. They are all returning with something to prove, that they should have been chosen "Ink Master." In a crazy twist, the artists will tattoo the same group of human canvases throughout the competition. The canvases, who are hoping to get several holiday themed tattoos, face elimination alongside their artists at the end of each round. The artists competing in this episode are James Vaughn (season one), Tatu Baby (season two and three), Jime Litwalk (season three) and Sausage (season 4).

'New Year's Ink,' (#NewYearsInk) airing on Tuesday, December 30 at 10pm ET/PT sees the return of four contestants who each had extraordinary circumstances that lead to their dramatic eliminations. These artists are looking to put the past behind and start out fresh with a 'new year.' The artists competing in this episode are Al Fliction (season one), Cee Jay Jones (season two), Joshua Hibbard (season three and five) and Gentle Jay (season four).

These two holiday-themed specials are designed to not only test the artists technical skills, but also their interpersonal skills and on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo on a 'Human Canvas.' After each round, the artists will face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo). The holiday masterpieces or mistakes these artists create will last a lifetime.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/17/14

On the Third Day of Christmas...
ABC Gave to Me Another Season
From the Futon Critic
The Christmas combat continues! ABC has announced the series renewal from FremantleMedia North America. "The Great Christmas Light Fight" will be returning for a third installment of six episodes next holiday season, where the displays will continue to dazzle, and families from across the country will compete for prize money, a trophy, and bragging rights.

Commented Jennifer Mullin, SVP, Current Programming, FremantleMedia North America and Executive Producer, "The Great Christmas Light Fight," "seeing nearly seven million viewers tune in for our second season opener was truly incredible. We are delighted to embark on this journey of lights again in 2015 and look forward to making 'The Great Christmas Light Fight' a holiday tradition on ABC."

"The Great Christmas Light Fight" first debuted on ABC in December 2013 and continued in 2014, increasing the field from 20 to 24 participating families. The families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. On its second season premiere (on 12/08/14), "The Great Christmas Light Fight" jumped year to year by 24% in Total Viewers (6.8 million vs. 5.5 million) and by 21% in Adults 18-49 (1.7/5 vs. 1.4/4) for the program's best numbers ever. The ABC unscripted program has been up year to year on both telecasts this season.

Casting is already underway for season 3 of "The Great Christmas Light Fight," please go to ABC.com for more information on how to apply to be entered in the competition.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/17/14

Tuesday: Finale Tuesday
"The Voice" Ends on a High Note, but CBS Takes the Win
From the Futon Critic
NBC (10.094 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to "Elf: Buddy's Magic Christmas" (4.867 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and the two-hour season finale of "The Voice" (12.707 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1).

CBS (13.331 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then took home the silver with its fall finales from "NCIS" (17.214 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.959 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and "Person of Interest" (8.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Next up was ABC (4.426 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (6.258 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4), "Disney Prep & Landing" (4.184 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (3.617 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and "Forever" (3.120 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) served up a new "MasterChef Junior" (5.546 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4) alongside repeats of "New Girl" (2.187 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (1.654 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (1.734 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Supernatural" (1.265 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.499 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

"Ink Master's" season finale aired live to 1.673 million. "Chopped" scored 1.163 million. "@midnight" has 599,000. Results for "The Chase" forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 12/17/14

More on "Restaurant Startup" Season 2
Catch It on CNBC January 13
From the Futon Critic
CNBC today announced the 20 culinary entrepreneurs who will compete for an investment on Season Two of "Restaurant Startup," premiering Tuesday, January 13 at 10PM ET/PT. Produced by Shine America, the ten one-hour episodes feature restaurateur and TV personality Joe Bastianich and chef and restaurateur Tim Love who vie to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they believe could make them millions. Joining them this season is chef, restaurateur and TV personality, Antonia Lofaso, who will help guide the hungry entrepreneurs as they are put to the ultimate test: opening a restaurant!

This season features exciting new concepts, inventive cooking techniques, and, for the first time, specially themed episodes - including chefs striving to overcome personal setbacks, struggling businesses desperate to change locations, and established restaurants looking to launch a second location, among others.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/17/14

Biggest Loser: The Postseason Preview
Season Finale: January 29
From the Futon Critic
The previously announced Kauai episodes conclude on New Year's Day, January 1 (8-9 p.m. ET), with contestants celebrating the New Year by facing their fears, island-style, and competing in a fun, Lacrosse-inspired challenge before returning to the ranch for a red-line elimination.

Then it's time for one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the season - the fan favorite makeover episode airing Thursday, January 8 (8-9 p.m. ET). Fashion expert Tim Gunn and celebrity hair stylist Ken Paves return to create amazing, inspirational transformations with the four remaining ranch contestants and the two eliminated players at Comeback Canyon. After the ranch contestants get incredible new looks, they are reunited with their loved ones on a downtown rooftop overlooking Los Angeles. It's a magical night that also features a surprise live performance from Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw, performing his hit single, "Fire."

Meanwhile, the made-over Comeback Canyon contestants are treated to emotional reunions with their loved ones separately, 15 weeks after leaving home. And the stakes have never been higher at Comeback Canyon, because this week's weigh-in winner will be the one making a surprise return to the ranch with trainer Bob Harper, and securing a spot as a finalist.

The long-awaited episode on January 15 (8-9 p.m. ET) marks Bob's stunning return to the ranch with his Comeback Canyon player, ready to re-join the competition. It's a game-changing surprise for the ranch contestants, who don't know Comeback Canyon exists or that Bob is even part of the current season. The four contestants left are excited to see their former teammate again, but fiercely determined to stay in the competition.

The "Today" show's lifestyle and fitness correspondent, Jenna Wolfe, shares her passion for fitness as a guest trainer on January 22 (8-9 p.m. ET), putting the contestants through an intense workout during their final week on the ranch. Then contestants watch heartwarming journey packages with their trainers and see just how far they've come since stepping on the ranch over four months earlier. Later, at a weigh-in where the stakes are higher than ever, the final four become the final three.

Finally, on January 29, in a special two-hour, live finale from 8-10 p.m. ET, all of the former athletes who made up the season 16 cast return to weigh-in one last time. Those who have been eliminated will compete for the $100,000 "at home" prize. Then it's the moment viewers have been waiting for, when one of the three finalists will be named this season's "Biggest Loser" and win the coveted grand prize of $250,000.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/17/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "So You Think You Can Audition"

  • CASTING COUCH: So You Think You Can Dance hits the floor... and the road January 24 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Easy question. Low money. Wrong answer (Time)
     
  • Craig Ferguson going to the Sands (Allentown Morning Call)

posted 12/17/14

Syndies: Week 11
Results for the Week Ending December 7
From B&C
As the November sweep wound down and TV entered the holiday season, access magazines continued to get a boost from the unfolding Bill Cosby scandal, in which at least two dozen women have come forward to accuse the former TV icon of sexual assault.

In the week ending Dec. 7, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune rolled to a 7.1, up 16% from the prior week but down 3% from last year at this time. Wheel was syndication’s overall household leader for the week. CTD’s Jeopardy! zoomed up 21% for the week and 11% from last year to a 6.8. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud finished 16% higher for the week and 34% for the year to a 5.9. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.8, and down 18% from the same week last year.

Among the rookies, CTD’s now-renewed Hot Bench continued to set the pace with a 7% gain to a 1.6 in households. Hot Bench tied for first with Warner Bros.’ The Real among women 25-54 at a 0.8. NBCU’s Meredith Vieira, also renewed for season two, held steady at a 1.2, tying Debmar-Mercury’s unchanged Celebrity Name Game. The Real recovered 11% from its season low in the prior week to hit a 1.0, where it’s been for nine of the past ten weeks. Trifecta’s Judge Faith regained 17% to a 0.7.

B&C
TV Newscheck
TV by the Numbers

posted 12/16/14

Half a Dozen Inks
Spike Renews Tattoo Competition for Season Six
From the Futon Critic
On the eve of the LIVE "Ink Master" season 5 finale later tonight (Tuesday, December 16 from 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), Spike TV is announcing it has picked up a sixth season of the network's hit original tattoo-competition series.

"Ink Master," currently delivering an average of 2.1 million viewers for Season 5, is on pace for its most-watched season in franchise history. The new season, featuring 13 one-hour episodes, goes into production early next year and will debut in the summer of 2015. Season 6 will have a special twist as mentors will square off against their apprentices.

The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

"Ink Master" is once again proving to be a ratings driver for the network and has improved the timeslot in Adults 18-49 by 38% and 41% in Adults 18-34. The series is 47% male, demonstrating the network's ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

"Ink Master is indicative of the distinctive, compelling, gender-balanced original programming that features big stakes," said Levy. "We are thrilled to once again partner with Original Media and our incredible hosting/judging trio of Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck, and Chris Nunez for another great season."

The Futon Critic

posted 12/16/14

Monday: Loud Voice
NBC Sweeps the Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (10.274 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) continued its winning ways on Monday with the penultimate night of "The Voice" (12.167 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) followed by a new "State of Affairs" (6.487 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5).

CBS (9.065 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "2 Broke Girls" (7.833 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Mike & Molly" (7.872 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Scorpion" (9.890 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.453 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5).

Next up was ABC (5.731 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with originals from "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (6.013 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8), another "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.994 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and a repeat "Castle" (5.188 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.391 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its inaugural "American Country Countdown Awards" (3.391 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, the return of "Hart of Dixie" (1.197 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and the fall finale of "Jane the Virgin" (1.272 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) closed out the evening on The CW (1.234 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

"@midnight" raked in 612,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/16/14

Weekend: Closing In
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Wrap
ABC (6.133 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top demo draw on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.040 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Cristela" (4.540 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "Shark Tank" (7.004 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "20/20" (6.108 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

NBC (5.179 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second place with its trio of "Dateline NBC" (7.189 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Grimm" (5.054 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "Constantine" (3.295 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was CBS (8.597 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) who was also in the hunt with "The Amazing Race" (5.943 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.738 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (11.110 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.758 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a repeat "MasterChef Junior" (1.694 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) followed by another "MasterChef Junior" (1.822 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, an encore of "The Librarians" (1.556 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and a second "The Librarians" (1.561 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) encore on The CW (1.558 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

"Deal With It" scored 657,000 for its 9p airing. "The Ultimate Fighter: The Ultimate Finale" had its worst faring with 989,000.

On Sunday, Food Network's offerings fared thusly:

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games: 1.356 million
- 9p: Holiday Baking Championship (season finale): 1.859 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen: 1.277 million

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 12/15/14

"Monopoly Millionaires Club" Game Goes to Jail
Goes Directly to Jail. Do Not Pass Go. Do Not Collect $200.
From Inquitistr
The nation’s newest lottery game, Monopoly Millionaires Club, barely passed “Go.” The multi-state game, which began on October 19, will become a thing of the past before the year is out with the day after Christmas now designated as the final day Monopoly Millionaires Club tickets will be sold.

Why are lottery officials in 22 states and Washington D.C. pulling the plug on the new lottery game already? Simple. The game just isn’t selling enough tickets.

“Sales for the game have not met the lottery industry’s projections and have continued to decline nationally since its introduction,” said Gary Grief, director of the Texas Lottery. “Unfortunately, players have not embraced the game as anticipated, and our options to change the game while it is being sold are limited in scope and challenging to implement.”

The nation’s newest lottery game, Monopoly Millionaires Club, will end December 26, doomed by low sales thanks to small prize amounts and a high ticket price.

In other words, at the rate Monopoly MIllionaires Club was going, the lottery would give out more money in prizes than it took in from ticket sales — obviously an unacceptable situation.

The cancellation leaves just two Monopoly Millionaires Club drawings remaining — December 19 and December 26. Any prizes won in those, and all previous drawings will be paid out, and players will still have the same time period — 180 days in most states — to claim those prizes. The Las Vegas game show, to air in 2015, is not expected to be affected by this cycle.

The Monopoly Millionaires Club lottery got off to a promising start, awarding a $21 million jackpot in only its third-ever drawing. But in the end, players apparently did not want to pay $5 per ticket for a chance at winning no more than $25 million — the maximum amount for the soon-to-be-defunct lottery game’s jackpot.
The two other nationwide lottery games, Mega Millions and Powerball, have accustomed lottery players to jackpots that regularly soar well into the nine-figure range. For that matter, the minimum Powerball jackpot is $40 million, $15 million more than the Monopoly Millionaires Club maximum.

The Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday, December 16, features a jackpot of $133 million. But Mega Millions tickets cost only a buck each, while Powerball tickets sell for $2.

The concept driving Monopoly Millionaires Club was not the top jackpot, however, but the $1 million second prize, which would be given out to more players than in either Mega Millions or Powerball. But in today’s lottery market, a flat $1 million prize failed to fire the imaginations of lottery enthusiasts.

“Lotteries developed the Monopoly Millionaires Club game concept based on feedback from players across the nation who desired a game with the potential to make many people millionaires rather than just one person winning many millions,” said Alice Garland, director of the North Carolina lottery.

But that concept, plus a complicated set of rules, appears to be what doomed the Monopoly Millionaires Club. Lottery officials say that the game could return in 2015 with a new set of rules designed to make the game more attractive.

Inquisitr
nwitimes.com

posted 12/16/14

Brazil is The People's Choice
Globo Picks Up Format
From Realscreen
Brazilian network Globo has picked up the live game show format The People’s Choice (pictured) from Tel Aviv-based Armoza Formats.

The channel will begin airing a 13-episode season of the series during primetime next year.

The format was developed by Armoza and TF1 and is based on a series of dilemmas such as, would viewers prefer to go a week without showering or a week without a smartphone? Viewers at home then cast votes and contestants in the studio must guess the decision they chose in order to win cash prizes.

Armoza launched the format at MIPCOM earlier this year and has since sold it to broadcasters in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Thailand and Vietnam.

“The Lat Am region, and Brazil in particular, is one of our key focuses for 2015 and we are proud to be extending our reach there,” said Armoza CEO Avi Armoza in a statement. “The show revolves around a very strong but simple idea of being able to compare ourselves to each other and seeing how well we know our nation, creating a live TV event with ultimate buzzworthy discussions.”

Realscree

posted 12/16/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Terry Gets Another Gig"

  • Terry Crews FAILS... for Fox (The Futon Critic)
     
  • The email that almost got Alex Trebek to quit (Page Six)
     
  • Coke no longer enjoys "American Idol" (Variety)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: The Challenge: Rivals II (MTV, January 6) (Buzzfeed)
     
  • In one article, everything wrong with cable news in 2014 (TV Newser)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Robin Ashbrook (TV Guide

posted 12/16/14


One Night Only
"Idol" Cuts Results Show
From the Wrap
“American Idol” isn’t going to make its viewers wait a day to find out who’s eliminated during its Top 10 portion of its upcoming 14th season.

Host Ryan Seacrest revealed the format change on Friday’s Z100 Jingle Ball red carpet.

“[It will be] one night when we get to the final stage, the Top 10, there will be one night of performances and results all in one night,” Seacrest told THR.

The move takes a page from ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” playbook, which consolidated much of its season to one night as ratings began to fall for the show ahead of its 17th season last year.

“So there won’t be a ‘wait ‘til tomorrow night.’ There won’t be a ‘Coming up, coming up, coming up.’ We are going to put it all into one format in one night. So that will be exciting,” Seacrest also said.

Fox representatives didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
“American Idol” went through an intense period of changes in 2013, including firing longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick in its continuing bid to win back viewers and shake up the show.

For its upcoming season, original judge-turned-mentor Randy Jackson had decided not to return. In the mentoring slot, “Idol” brought in president and chief executive of the Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta, as Jackson’s replacement.

Judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr., and Jennifer Lopez will be back for the show’s Season 14, which will premiere Wednesday, Jan. 7. at 8 p.m.

The Wrap
TV by the Numbers
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 12/15/14

HGTV Team with Ellen DeGeneres
Catch "Design Challenge" January 26
From Broadway World
Ellen's Design Challenge, HGTV's new furniture competition series-conceptualized by television icon and entertainment pioneer Ellen DeGeneres-is set to premiere Monday, January 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The six-episode series, Ellen's first on cable television, will feature six competitors as they tackle ingenious challenges to sketch, design and build extraordinary furniture. Produced by Ellen's production company, A Very Good Production, and A. Smith & Co. in association with Telepictures, the competition series requires that contestants create inventive furniture designs to avoid elimination. The last competitor standing receives a $100,000 cash prize courtesy of Wayfair.com and gets to see their work featured in HGTV Magazine.

"I realized when I had my name on the show that I could change the rules," said Ellen. "Plus, I love furniture and I love television, so to put furniture on television is a win-win."

"Ellen's incomparable style and sense of humor adds a special element to this series," said Kathleen Finch, president, HGTV and DIY Network. "Our team is excited to share this fun, fresh, twist on the traditional design competition with viewers."

"I am most excited about seeing the furniture and then stealing it for my home," laughed Ellen.

Television personality Jay Montepare will serve as the series' host, while Amanda Dameron, editor-in-chief of Dwell, and Christiane Lemieux, executive creative director of Wayfair.com, will participate as judges in the competition. The six competitors include Carley Eisenberg, Boone, N.C.; Gaspar de Jesus, Los Angeles; Tim McClellan, Durango, Colo.; Mark Moskovitz, Cleveland, Ohio; Leslie Shapiro Joyal, Los Angeles; and Katie Stout, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ellen's Design Challenge will highlight Ellen's passion for furniture and house design, as well as her expertise in the subject. The competitors will face design challenges that will keep them on their toes and, since the clock will be ticking, they will be paired with an expert carpenter to help them complete the task at hand, including Karl Champley, Jeff Devlin, Matt Muenster, David Sheinkopf, Brooks Utley and Chip Wade. In addition, each designer will have access to a "build team" and a large workshop with all the tools they'll need to measure and construct their amazing furniture creations.

Broadway World

posted 12/15/14

"Name Game" Reportedly Closing In on Renewal
New Series Has Performed Consistently Modest.
From TV Week
Two syndicated shows appear likely to receive renewals soon, with Warner Bros.’ panel talk show “The Real” and Debmar Mercury’s “Celebrity Name Game” looking likely to receive second seasons, reports Deadline.com’s Nellie Andreeva.

The renewals would come after a better season overall for new syndicated programs, following a lackluster season last year, the story notes. Two new syndicated shows have already received renewals: NBCU’s “The Meredith Vieira Show” and CTD’s “Hot Bench,” the piece adds.

“During the November sweep, all four syndie rookies that have been renewed or expected to be logged 1.0 rating or above in households. Judge Judy Sheindlin-created and produced court show ‘Hot Bench’ averaged a 1.7, followed by ‘Celebrity Name Game’ (1.3), ‘Meredith Vieira’ (1.2) and ‘The Real’ (1.0),” the piece reports.

Andreeva adds: “Last year, only one first-year syndicated series, ‘Queen Latifah,’ was above 1.0 for the November sweep, at 1.1, followed by ‘Bethenny’ (0.9), ‘Arsenio Hall’ (0.7) and ‘The Test’ (0.6), all canceled by the spring.”

TV Week

posted 12/15/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Holiday Side Jobs"

  • John Anderson accepts ABC's Rose.... Parade coverage (The Futon Critic)
     
  • "New Girl" catches a shark... namely Lori Grenier (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Iliza Schlesinger goes from "Last Comic Standing" to Netflix (Variety)
     
  • Amanda Byram training to be "a Terminator". Skynet unavailable for comment (Irish Independent)
     
  • Jane Lynch hosts DGA Awards (Variety)
     
  • "And It Goes Something Like This": Wayne Brady brings his one-man show to San Francisco (Broadway World)
     
  • Brandi Cochran's appeal is allowed to proceed (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Release the Hounds" app (iOS) (Trusted Reviews)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: You would probably suck on these kid game shows now... (MTV)
     
  • TV's Craig Ferguson heads to New England's Rhode Island (Broadway World)

posted 12/15/14

Syndies: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 30
From B&C
Like their network counterparts, the majority of syndicated shows were flat to slightly lower in the 2014 November sweep.

Among the first-run rookies, CTD’s Hot Bench remained hot in households, averaging a 1.7 for the sweep, up 31% from its September premiere. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which has access clearances in several top 30 markets, posted a 1.3, followed by NBCU’s already renewed Meredith Vieira at a 1.2, Warner Bros.’ The Real at a 1.0 and Trifecta’s Judge Faith at a 0.7.

Among game shows, the biggest gainer was Debmar-Mercury's Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud, which leaped 19% from last November to a 6.2. CTD’s leader Wheel of Fortune fell 1% to a 7.3. CTD’s Jeopardy! jumped 6% to a 6.9, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire faded 10% to a 1.9.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
Deadline

posted 12/12/14

CBS & The NFL vs. Wheel & Jeopardy!
Sony Leak Reaches Top Syndicated Games
From Deadspin
In January, CBS acquired the rights to air NFL Network's Thursday Night Football through the first half of the season. That slate turned out to be some of the worst professional football ever put on television, and it was a financial catastrophe for the Tiffany network.

But prime-time national NFL broadcasts hurt the bottom line elsewhere, too: at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where executives were blindsided just a week before the NFL season kicked off with the news that TNF would be pre-empting two of Sony's most lucrative properties, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, on the dozens of CBS affiliates that air those two game shows.

The details the deal and the seemingly dubious double-cross were archived by Deadspin as a result of the data breach at Sony exposing many internal emails. They describe a Jeopardy! category created to promote the Thursday Night package and a million dollar winner from September's Wheel premiere week moved from Thursday to the less lucrative Wednesday show.

Ratings data show Wheel and Jeopardy! both suffered ratings declines due to the CBS NFL pre-emptions. The worst decline came on October 16th, when the shows were pre-empted for or up against the Jets-Patriots game.

Below is a link to the epistolary story of how CBS tricked Sony into thinking their game shows wouldn't be affected by the NFL, and how Sony even worked with the league to develop a special Jeopardy! category recognizing what turned out to be a ratings-killer. We should warn you that the language gets understandably blue.

Deadspin

posted 12/12/14

Thursday: Fall from Grace
CBS Wins. And It Isn't Even Close.
From The Futon Critic
CBS (10.253 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its original lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.762 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1), "Mom" (11.527 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2), "Two and a Half Men" (10.028 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "The McCarthys" (7.713 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "Elementary" (8.242 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

FOX (4.737 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was a distant second place with the fall finale of "Bones" (5.480 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and the conclusion to "Gracepoint" (3.994 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Sharing the silver was NBC (3.805 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and its mix of "The Biggest Loser" (4.303 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Bad Judge" (3.772 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "A to Z" (2.517 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and an encore of "Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas" (3.967 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.901 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) offered up week two of "The Taste" (3.148 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) plus a repeat "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.407 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.610 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) closed out the evening with its fall finales from "The Vampire Diaries" (1.795 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Reign" (1.424 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

On cable, "Project Runway All-Stars" logged in 1.592 million viewers, second to the 10p "Pawnography" with 1.622 million. The 10:30 nightcap had 1.536 million. "Beat Bobby Flay" had 987,000. "@midnight" rounds out the night with 536,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 12/12/14

Spain Gets Decimated
Red Arrow Format Exported
From World Screen
Veralia is set to produce a Spanish adaptation of Decimate, a quiz show format represented by Red Arrow International.

Decimate looks on as a team of three contestants attempt to maintain a wall of money. Each time they answer a question incorrectly, the amount of cash is reduced.

The format was originally created by Hugh Rycroft and co-developed and produced by Red Arrow Entertainment's CPL Productions. It was recently commissioned by the BBC, where a local version will be presented by actor/singer/comedian Shane Richie.

Carlo Boserman, the CEO of Veralia, remarked: "Decimate is the perfect show for a daily slot in Spain, it is a tense and dynamic format that the whole family can enjoy."

Axel Böhm, the senior VP of sales for Europe at Red Arrow International, added: "Decimate is an exciting new quiz show format that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats—we're delighted with this partnership. I'm convinced that Veralia will make an excellent adaptation for Spain!"

World Screen
Broadcast
C21 Media

posted 12/12/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday Bob!"

  • Bob Barker turns 91 (Orlando Sentinel) plus the WGMC through the years (Closer Weekly)
     
  • Nick Cannon hosts People Magazine Awards for NBC (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • You will never be Pat Sajak rapping on ESPN cool (Gawker)
     
  • Another result of the Sony leak, Mark Cuban calling his salary for "Shark Tank" "beyond an insult" (Us)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Survivor's medical team (Entertainment Tonight)

posted 12/12/14

Emma Willis, Reggie Yates "Prized"
Meet the New Stars of the BBC's New Saturday Night Game
From Telly Mix
Emma Willis and Reggie Yates are announced today as the hosts of Prized Apart, BBC One’s brand new, nail-biting Saturday night entertainment show.

Filmed on location abroad and in the UK, the show will feature ten contestants who compete in a range of grueling challenges.

Each week, the bottom placed contestants are flown back to the UK, to a studio hanger where their partners await. The stay-at-home players must keep their loved ones in the competition by answering a set of questions in a head-to-head round against the other partners. If they succeed, their loved ones will get back on the plane to continue the game.

Emma Willis says, “Prized Apart will be nail biting, emotional and full of energy. I’ll be there with the partners in the studio as they watch their loved ones go through their hellish challenges in mystery locations abroad. It should be lots of fun to see how far the contestants will go for their loved ones. I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Reggie Yates says, “I’m thrilled to be a part of such an exciting and fresh show in Prized Apart with Emma. I’ll be getting to know the adventurers and will be with them every step of the way as they perform the tough challenges. It’s going to be an incredible experience and I can’t wait to get started.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One says, “Emma and Reggie are the perfect team to host our new game-changing Saturday night adventure show – they will bring heart and emotion both inside the studio and out.”

Prized Apart will air on BBC One in Spring 2015.

The six part series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One and will be executive produced by Electric Ray’s joint managing directors, Karl Warner and Meredith Chambers.

Tellly Mix
Unreality TV

posted 12/11/14

NATPE Gets Real
Breakthrough Awards to Premiere This Year
From World Screen
NATPE 2015 is on pace to see strong attendance from both U.S. and international buyers, exhibitors and general attendees.

There are currently 230 exhibitors confirmed. For the third consecutive year, all of the major U.S. studios are expected to attend, while 28 new exhibitors have registered for their first NATPE. Newcomers hail from the U.S., Canada, Latin America and other international territories, with a notable increase in European attendance hailing from Germany. The exhibition floor and Versailles Tower are completely sold out, with the Tresor, Sorrento and Chateau Towers nearly sold out.

It was previously announced that the conference will feature a new NATPE||Reality day on Tuesday, January 20. Part of this effort includes the first Reality Breakthrough Awards, honoring those reality programs that "broke through the clutter" and "made some noise." The finalists for the five categories have now been unveiled:

COMPETITION:
- American Ninja Warrior (A. Smith & Co. & Tokyo Broadcasting System for NBC)
- Face Off (Mission Control Media for Syfy)
- MasterChef Junior (One Potato Two Potato & Shine America for Fox)
- Shark Tank (UA Media Group & Sony Pictures TV for ABC)
- The Voice (UA Media Group, Warner Horizon TV & Talpa for NBC)

GAME SHOW
- @midnight (Nerdist Industries, Funny or Die, Lennon/Garant Productions & Brillstein Entertainment Partners for Comedy Central
- The Chase (ITV Studios America for GSN)
- Hollywood Game Night (Hazy Mills Productions, Mission Control Media & Universal TV for NBC)
- Jeopardy! (Sony Pictures TV)
- The Price Is Right (FremantleMedia North America for CBS)

World Screen
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/11/14

Wednesday: Middle of the Week
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.307 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday with the fall finales of "The Middle" (8.091 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (7.399 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "Modern Family" (9.682 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "Black-ish" (7.380 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and "Nashville" (5.645 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

CBS (8.921 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Criminal Minds" (10.078 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6) and "Stalker" (7.290 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (7.172 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its lineup of "The Mysteries of Laura" (8.029 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.855 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (6.634 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.555 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.798 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11) followed by a second "Hell's Kitchen" (3.311 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13).

And finally, the fall finale of "Arrow" (3.041 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14) and a new "The 100" (1.669 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (2.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

It was a very atypical night in cable, as the top demo draw was Comedy Central's "@midnight" with 650,000 viewers. "Top Chef" had a consistent 979,000 to "Kitchen Inferno's" 594,000. "The Ultimate Fighter" knocked out 508,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/11/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Same Old Song & Dance"

  • Mary Murphy is looking for an exit from SYTYCD. This is not a repeat from always (Deadline)
     
  • MTV's New Year's party will offer the first look of "Broke A$$ Game Show" (E!)
     
  • ICYMI: Seth Rogen & James Franco say "Season's Greetings" (Cinema Blend)
     
  • Regis & Joy Philbin to play Foxwoods (Springfield Republican)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (San Francisco Chronicle) and Jeff Foxworthy (Las Vegas Sun)

posted 12/11/14


MARY ANN MOBLEY: 1937-2014
Miss America, Actress Game Show Frequenter
From the Hollywood Reporter
Mary Ann Mobley, the dark-haired and wholesome Miss America who went on to a successful acting career highlighted by two starring turns opposite Elvis Presley, has died. She was 77.

Mobley, who was married to the late actor and TV host Gary Collins, died Tuesday morning in her Beverly Hills home after a battle with breast cancer, execs with Warner Bros. Television confirmed. One of her daughters, Clancy Collins White, is senior vp drama development at the company.

A native of Brandon, Miss., who attended the University of Mississippi, Mobley won the Miss America pageant in 1959, studied acting with Lee Strasberg, appeared in an L.A. production of Guys and Dolls and signed a five-year contract with MGM.

She first attracted attention on the small screen when she appeared on a 1963 episode of Aaron Spelling’s Burke’s Law, which producers loved to populate with beautiful women making a fuss over suave star Gene Barry.

In 1965, the Golden Globes named her Most Promising Newcomer, an award Mobley shared with Mia Farrow and Celia Milius.

After her character dated Presley’s in Girl Happy (1965), she reteamed with her fellow Mississippian later in the year in Harum Scarum, in which she starred as a slave girl who is actually the daughter of a king in the Middle East.

Mobley’s film résumé also includes Get Yourself a College Girl (1964), Young Dillinger (1965), Jerry Lewis’ Three on a Couch (1966), The King’s Pirate (1967), The Legend of Custer (1968) and For Singles Only (1968).

Mobley was among the few Miss America winners to forge a career in show business; the list also includes Lee Meriwether, Phyllis George, Bess Myerson and Vanessa Williams. (When she won, the second runner-up was Miss Oklahoma, Anita Bryant.)

Mobley replaced Dixie Carter as Maggie McKinney, who goes on to marry Conrad Bain’s character, for the final season of the NBC-ABC series Diff’rent Strokes in 1985-86.

Mobley also appeared on such shows as Perry Mason, Love, American Style, Fantasy Island, Ironside, Falcon Crest, The Partridge Family and Vega$ and was a recurring celebrity panelist on the game show Match Game. She also played Password, Body Language, Family Feud, Card Sharks, To Tell The Truth and Tattletales.

She traveled to Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Somalia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and the Sudan for documentaries meant to show the plight of homeless and starving children.

“The University of Mississippi family is saddened by the passing of Mary Ann Mobley Collins,” said a statement released by Ole Miss.

Mobley wed Collins in 1967 (it was his second marriage) after they were introduced on the set of Three on a Couch, and they had a daughter. He died in 2012.

The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
Deadline
Yahoo!/AP
AV Club

photo courtesy Speakerpedia

posted 12/10/14

Tuesday: Chasing Another Season Record
Last Night's Show Posts Over 700,000
From TV Media Insights
With just one episode left in the current third cycle, ratings for GSN’s “The Chase” keeps on rising. For its 8 p.m. telecast on Tuesday, December 9, “The Chase” drew an audience of 743,000 total viewers and 166,000 adults 18-49, according to live plus same day final national data from Nielsen.

Comparably, this is the largest total audience for a single telecast of the game show since its second season finale (818,000 viewers on Feb. 4, 2014).

An encore telecast of “The Chase” at 11 p.m. on Dec. 9 delivered 319,000 total viewers and 86,000 adults 18-49.

Also of significant note, a rerun episode of “Family Feud” hosted by Steve Harvey at 7:30 p.m. (leading into “The Chase”) averaged 901,000 viewers and 212,000 adults 18-49.

Elsewhere on cable, "Chopped" led over "Ink Master", 1.622 million to 1.318 million.

On broadcast,  CBS (10.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) claimed top demo and total viewer honors on Tuesday with its mix of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (10.669 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "NCIS" (10.223 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4) encores plus "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (9.119 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

NBC (6.638 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "The Voice" (10.870 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Marry Me" (4.858 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "About a Boy" (3.732 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15) and "Angelina Jolie: Unbroken" (4.749 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14).

Next up was FOX (3.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) with originals from "MasterChef Junior" (4.884 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "New Girl" (3.290 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "The Mindy Project" (2.560 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.849 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) served up a repeat "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" (4.179 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11) alongside the fall finales of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (5.224 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4) and "Forever" (5.144 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11).

And finally, The CW (3.671 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) closed out the evening with its own fall finales from "The Flash" (4.534 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "Supernatural" (2.808 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11).

TV Media Insights
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 12/10/14

BBC's Mud Run
Wookie Ford, Jonny Smith Host Competition January 26
From the Futon Critic
BBC AMERICA's Mud, Sweat and Gears is a brand new competitive car show which hurtles onto screens in the New Year. Each week hosts Tom 'Wookie' Ford and Jonny Smith captain a team of two car nuts and go head-to-head to transform everyday vehicles. They have 24 hours to mutate, supersize and reconstruct - once transformed, the vehicles are raced in three extreme missions involving head-to-head sprints, timed challenges and stunts, lots of stunts. The missions are daring, adventurous, fun, and competitive - and all tied to different episode themes rolling out each week. Mud, Sweat and Gears premieres Monday, January 26 at 10:00pm ET on BBC AMERICA.

The first episode is filmed in an almost abandoned, decaying LA cityscape. The series opens with the two teams making the ultimate cop cars. Jonny is joined by two hot-rodding brothers from Detroit and, in a possibly foolhardy homage to 1970's British police dramas, Jonny chooses to start with a Jaguar. Wookie picks a Pontiac Firebird - like the model used in the movie Smokey & The Bandit - for his team, as they turn the ultimate outlaw car into a cop car. The teams get to work, welding, adding air rams, battering rams and mobile jail cells, before competing in three crazy cops and robbers challenges of increasing scale and difficulty, putting their creations to the ultimate test. Once the winner is declared, the loser's car gets annihilated.

From here episodes go on to explore creating video game cars, trucks of war, cars fit for our very own Olympics, high-speed delivery vehicles, off-road machines, spy cars full of gadgets, end of the world survival vehicles, and mightily destructive demolition vehicles.

Nathaniel Grouille is executive producer and showrunner for the series and Trice Barto is executive producer. Ricky Kelehar is executive producer for BBC AMERICA, Michael Brooks and Jane Tranter are executive producers for BBC Worldwide Productions and Julie Swanston for BBC Worldwide. The production was filmed in California.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/10/14

Underground Cake Battle!
"Duff Till Dawn" Launches on Food Network January 29
From TV by the Numbers
When the sun sets, the ultimate underground cake competition begins on new series Duff Till Dawn, premiering on Thursday, January 29th at 10:30pm ET/PT on Food Network. Host Duff Goldman's bakery becomes a battleground after hours for two talented teams of cake decorators, as their skills and creativity are tested with challenges and twists to create the most outstanding and over-the-top cakes. Competitors must amaze rotating judges Haylie Duff (Real Girl's Kitchen), Elena Fox (Ace of Cakes), Carrie Keagan (Television Personality), Geof Manthorne (Ace of Cakes), Catherine McCord (Guy's Grocery Games), Alysia Reiner (Actress), Kelis Rogers (Musician and Host of Holiday Feast with Kelis), Aarti Sequeiria (Aarti Party), Kevin Smith (Writer/Director) and Sherry Yard (Cutthroat Kitchen) with the boldest, tastiest and most impressive cakes for the chance to win bragging rights and the coveted golden whisk.

"The one-of-a-kind Duff Goldman is the master of dazzling and astonishing cakes," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "In Duff Till Dawn, he tests the bakers on these same talents and abilities, as well as their ability to pull all-nighters."

The competition is anything but sweet in this six-episode series. In each episode, two new teams must outdo their competition with their special talents and original cake creations before sunrise, when only one will be crowned the winner. It is complete monster mayhem in one challenge, as the bakers race to make their creations come to life. In another episode, one team will sink and the other will swim, as they create their dream ships out of cake. Is it all smooth sailing, or are the teams headed for troubled waters? It is blast off into outer space in another challenge, where the teams must aim for the stars with gravity defying confections. In another enchanting episode, the decorators delve into the land of make believe as they are challenged to make magical fairy cakes. It is a Castle clash in another challenge, where the bakers must joust for the golden whisk. Which team's medieval manor will take the cake in this gauntlet?

Throughout the season, fans can meet The Bold pro-bakers, see photos of their fierce cake creations, and much more at FoodNetwork.com/DuffTillDawn. Fans can also tweet about the overnight battle using the hashtag #DuffTillDawn.

TV by the Numbers

posted 12/10/14

La Voz Plays Daddy
Daddy Yankee Joins Show as Coach
From TV by the Numbers
Telemundo announces that international music star Daddy Yankee, known as “The Most Relevant Latin Urban Artist in the World,” is joining the third season of the highly-rated singing competition "La Voz Kids," as one of the Coaches on the new season slated to premiere next spring. He will take the coaches chair on the Sunday night show alongside previously announced returning Coach Natalia Jimenez. The Puerto Rican born singer will share his extensive expertise with a team of young talented participants on the “La Voz Kids” stage at Universal Orlando Resort. Following the success of the first two seasons, the reality competition series allows viewers to witness how the voices of the future generations are discovered and developed, as young vocalists between the ages of seven and fifteen years old, compete for a recording contract and a cash prize to support their education.

“Joining the third season of La Voz Kids as a Coach is an honor and it signifies so much to me as an artist since I truly want to help and mentor the new generation of young singers with big dreams in life,” said Daddy Yankee. “With DY in the house, I will make sure my team wins this new season,” he concluded.

Daddy Yankee marked another milestone in his career as a Latin urban artist with the release of his digital-only album titled “King Daddy,” debuting #1 on iTunes in its first day of release. Ten years after “Barrio Fino” became the top-selling Latin urban album of all time and “Gasolina” single-handedly launched reggaetón to the world, he continues to be the most influential and recognizable name in the music industry with over 11 million albums sold and more than 36 million fans throughout his social media networks. Named as one of the most influential Hispanics in the world by both CNN and Time Magazine, Yankee continued his trailblazing path with the release of his own video game in 2013, a world tour in 2014 that included Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His growing business empire includes his own production house El Cartel Records, his award-winning Los Cangris Music Publishing, and the film company that produced “Talento de Barrio,” starring himself. The film’s soundtrack, sold over 1 million copies worldwide and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Album charts, with the single “Pose” also hitting No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.

TV by the Numbers

posted 12/10/14

Upgrading Asia
Armoza Sells Format
From C21 Media
Two production outfits in Asia are developing local versions of an Israeli home improvement gameshow format for Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar.

Content Lab, part of Bangkok-based JSL Global Media Group, has picked up rights to Upgrade from distributor Armoza Formats and is now pitching it to broadcasters in Thailand.

Meanwhile, the recently launched Asian production arm of French producer and distributor Lagardère Entertainment has taken the rights to the gameshow for Vietnam and Myanmar.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has already aired three seasons of its version of the show, which sees a celebrity offer to replace a family’s belongings with better items by asking a series of questions. If they answer incorrectly, however, the family risks losing the belongings they own.

Created by Saar Brodsky, Rodrigo Gonzales and Gilli Golan and developed by Armoza Formats and Tanin Productions, the show has now aired in 18 territories, including Norway, Russia and Denmark.

C21 Media

posted 12/10/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "We Can Rebuild It"

  • Alfonso Ribeiro to makeover an entire town for Think Factory (Deadline)
     
  • Fox wants Simon Cowell back (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: "Idol" makes the list of 12 shows we gave up on in 2014 (Buzzfeed); "Harry" makes the list of worst TV moments in 2014 (Rolling Stone)
     
  • Angelea Preston sues CW, Tyra Banks for breach of contract in "Top Model" expulsion. And with a price tag of $3 million, we're just negotiating price now for this former escort. (The Wrap)

posted 12/10/14

"Fake Off" Back On
truTV Renews Freshman Series for 2015
From TV by the Numbers
The truTV programming evolution is kicking into high gear, with a packed slate of series renewals, greenlights and more. Headlining the renewals, truTV has ordered a second seasons of its eye-popping performance competition series Fake Off.

"Building on the success and momentum of recent premieres, we are continuing to take big swings in new spaces with original series that are innovative, surprising and irresistibly shareable." said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. "We are delivering on our promise to make compelling shows that have a voice and take you to unique places. We look forward to working with our new and returning production partners as we set out to take fun to a whole new level."

In the second season of Fake Off a whole new collection of performers from around the country will take the stage to compete in the captivating art of Faking. In this series teams ultilize a mix of theater, acrobatics, black light and illusion to reimagine iconic moments in pop culture and see who’s got the skills to be named America's best Fakers. Fake Off has earned high praise from television critics and viewers alike, which has helped expand its audience by +37% since its premiere.

truTV has ordered eight one-hour episodes for the second season of Fake Off, which is being produced by Shine America. The season is slated to launch Spring 2015.

No decision has been made regarding quizzer "Hair Jacked".

TV by the Numbers
Variety

posted 12/9/14

Monday: Out of the Loops
"The Voice" Semis Take NBC to 1st
From The Futon Critic
NBC (9.183 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with its duo of "The Voice" (10.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "State of Affairs" (6.274 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8).

The silver then went to CBS (8.765 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and its lineup of "2 Broke Girls" (7.739 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), the return of "Mike & Molly" (7.946 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5), "Scorpion" (9.911 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.544 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8).

Next up was ABC (7.772 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with the season premiere of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (7.684 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5) plus a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (7.593 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3) and a new "Castle" (8.041 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.879 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) served up repeats of "Gotham" (2.163 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1.596 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, the fall finale of "The Originals" (1.409 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (1.236 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) closed out the evening on The CW (1.322 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

President Obama's appearance on "The Colbert Report" helped "@midnight" to its biggest draw this year, 832,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/9/14

"Estrellas" Curso Segundo
Telemundo Kicks off Second Season January 11
From TV by the Numbers
Gabriel Coronel, Kimberly Dos Ramos, Sissi Fleitas, Judith Grace, Fabián Ríos, Don Pedro Rivera, Maripily Rivera, Henry Santos, Fernando Vargas and Gabriela Vergara kick-off 2015 as contestants on Telemundo’s second season of “Top Chef Estrellas,” the primetime culinary competition premiering Sunday, January 11 at 9pm/8c. Hosted by renowned TV personality, Ingrid Hoffmann, and featuring the return of leading chefs Lorena Garcia, Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu as judges, these prominent celebrities from the world of entertainment, music and sports will compete for a total of $100,000 awarded to a charity of their choice, but only one will win the “Top Chef” title in this hotter, tastier and provocative new season.

Shot in Boston, Massachusetts and produced by Emmy award-winning production house Magical Elves, the new edition of “Top Chef Estrellas” is hosted by TV personality and restaurateur Ingrid Hoffmann, who has hosted multiple cooking shows, including “Simply Delicioso” on the Food Network and “Delicioso” on Galavision. She is also the author of Latin D’Lite and “Simply Delicioso: A Collection of Everyday Recipes with a Latin Twist.”

In their return as judges of Telemundo’s “Top Chef Estrellas,” TV host and author Chef Lorena Garcia, is one of the leading chefs in the country, having competed in season four of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.” Chefs Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, nominated for the prestigious James Beard award, have been featured in numerous TV shows and are the owners of the award-winning restaurant “La Casita Mexicana” in Los Angeles.

TV by the Numbers

posted 12/9/14

Nicky's New Bag
Westlife Star to Host Lottery Game
From Irish Herald
A SHAKE-up of the RTE schedule will see former Westlife star Nicky Byrne fronting a new Saturday night game show.

The 2fm presenter is understood to have already done a number of screen tests for the role.

Winning Streak will be moved to a summer schedule to make way for the new National Lottery game show.

The new licence holders of the National Lottery are reported to have wanted the 2fm presenter for the new show.

A spokesperson for RTE confirmed that the new show would be launched in January.

However, she said that reports of Winning Streak being revamped were wide of the mark and that current hosts Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy would remain involved when it returns.

"RTE and National Lottery will have an exciting new gameshow in January and the new presenter will be announced soon," she said.

"We look forward to Winning Streak and Marty and Sinead returning later in 2015," she added.

Irish Herald

posted 12/9/14

Electus Heads to Asia
On Deck, "Fashion Star", "Bet On Your Baby"
From the Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced that its global distribution arm, Electus International, has signed multiple first and second season format deals for Fashion Star and Bet on Your Baby to Asian broadcasters. Sales of these formats to multiple countries, including China, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines, demonstrate the considerable growth of Electus' programs in the Asian market.

The Goddesses' New Clothes, a localized version of the Fashion Star format, co-produced by Electus International, Hitao, Blue Flame, and Dragon TV, has been commissioned for a second season on China's Dragon TV, scheduled to return in 2015. In The Goddesses' New Clothes, six female celebrities design and model "themed" clothes with the help of professional designers to win orders from shop owners at tmall.com - one of China's largest e-commerce site. The Fashion Star format is also airing on Vietnam VTV-3. Airing on NBC from 2012-2013, the original format of Fashion Star gave 12 eager young designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar prize of launching their original collections in three of the nation's largest retailers.

After a hugely successful launch last year in the Philippines, Electus International has secured a deal for a second season of Bet on Your Baby on ABS-CBN, which is airing daily in access prime time. New deals have also been secured in Vietnam's with TVAD - VTV and in Thailand. The format has now been sold into more than six territories including China, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Bet on Your Baby, which airs on ABC in the United States, is a primetime game show in which parents try to predict their child's next move in an effort to win money for their child's future education.

"The successful rollout and continued international growth of both Fashion Star and Bet on Your Baby is due in large part to our partners on the ground who have been relentless in making each show a big local success.' said Cyrus Farrokh, Vice President of Electus International. "We are thrilled to continue building on these relationships going into ATF."

The Futon Critic

posted 12/9/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Stealing Cheryl"

  • Cheryl Burke leaving "Dancing"... for a variety show on NBC. Wonder if NPH knows about this (People)
     
  • Now playing on Gold, Bob Monkhouse (Digital Spy)
     
  • John O'Hurley takes time from Chicago to visit South Florida (SouthFlorida.com)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Mark Burnett. Quiz show... THREE GUESSES WHAT THIS IS. You're probably right (Reality Wanted)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with James O'Halloran, TPIR's newest pretty face (Fox News)

posted 12/9/14

America's Judge Is Coming Back
Howard Stern Will Return for Season 10 of AGT
From The Futon Critic
Howard Stern is set to return as a judge on the milestone tenth season of NBC's top-rated summer competition series "America's Got Talent."

"I decided that a life without 'AGT' is not a life worth living," said Stern. "America needs a caring, compassionate and wise judge and who am I to deny the people what they want? It would be selfish of me to walk away."

Stern, who joined "America's Got Talent" in 2012, is a self-described "king of all media" and has been a prominent radio personality for more than 30 years. His current program is aired on subscription-only SiriusXM Radio and features a range of guests from all areas of entertainment and pop culture. Stern is also a bestselling author, actor and entrepreneur.

"Howard's wit and character bring an incomparable humor and insight to 'America's Got Talent,'" said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming. "We are thrilled to have him return."

"I'm delighted that Howard is returning to America's Got Talent," said Trish Kinane, Executive Producer and President of Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America. "He is honest, charismatic and committed to finding the best talent in America. It's going to be an amazing Season 10."

Listen to the official announcement on "The Howard Stern Show" on SiriusXM Radio: https://soundcloud.com/howardstern/howardstern_agt

The Futon Critic
Twitter: @sternshow

posted 12/8/14

Meet the Drag Racers
Catch Season 7 in 2015
From The Futon Critic
RuPaul is back to storm the runway with the highly anticipated seventh season of the groundbreaking series, "RuPaul's Drag Race." Logo TV revealed the eagerly awaited cast comprised of the nation's 14 drag elite tonight during the "2014 New Now Next Awards." In a nod to superfans, Logo TV also launched a social scavenger hunt earlier this week via Snapchat and Facebook that culminated in the announcement of Miss Fame and Jasmine Masters as competing queens.

"This year we have some of the youngest and oldest contestants in 'RuPaul's Drag Race' herstory," said Executive Producer, RuPaul. "Study each queen closely. Do not underestimate anyone. The girls that make it to the top this season will shock you."

The new season, which will premiere in 2015, will feature the Queens competing for the crown to determine who will walk away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." Along the way, they'll deliver gag-worthy and jaw-dropping moments as these talented ladies of drag join RuPaul's court of esteemed queens to compete in the pop culture phenomenon that has taken the world by its weave.

The 14 queens going "wigs to the wall" for the win include:

· Sasha Belle Iowa City, IA TW: @SashaBelle3, IG: @Sashabelley
· Violet Chachki Atlanta, GA TW: @VioletChachki, IG: @VioletChachki
· Kennedy Davenport Dallas, TX TW: @KennedytheDoll, IG: @davenportkennedy
· Mrs. Kasha Davis Rochester, NY TW: @KashaDavis, IG: @KashaDavis
· Tempest DuJour Tucson, AZ TW: @TempestDujour IG: @TempestDujour
· Miss Fame New York, NY TW: @MissFameNYC, IG: @MissFameNYC
· Jaidynn Diore Fierce Nashville, TN TW: @jaidynnfierce, IG: @jaidynnfierce
· Kandy Ho' Cayey, PR TW: @kandy_ho, IG: @ho_kandy
· Katya Boston, MA TW: @welovekatya, IG: @welovekatya
· Jasmine Masters Los Angeles, CA TW: @jasminemasters IG: @MsJasmineMasters
· Trixie Mattel Milwaukee, WI TW: @trixiemattel IG: @trixiemattel
· Max Minneapolis, MN TW: @MAXCollective, IG: @MAXCollective
· Ginger Minj Orlando, FL TW: @gingerminj IG: @gingerminj
· Pearl New York, NY TW: @pearliaison, IG: @pearliaison

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 12/8/14

Len Goodman Calls It a Day
"Dancing" Judge to End at 10 Years
From Digital Spy
Len Goodman has revealed that he will quit Dancing with the Stars next year.

In an interview with Digital Spy and others, the dancing judge said the spring season will be his last.

"Next year, I'm not going to do the flying backwards and forwards – I'm not going to do the American show... I've got to have a bit of time off," Goodman explained.

"I've got my wife, I've got my son, my mother is still alive and she's in hospital – I've had virtually no time to go and visit her.

"So, I just need a bit of time off to get on with a normal life. And it was either Strictly went or the American one went or the tour went... I'm doing the spring one when I go out there... and that's going to be my last one."

Goodman added that he will not be taking part in the upcoming Strictly tour, with series favorites Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup stepping in to take his place.

The Strictly Come Dancing judge said: "Dancing with the Stars - next year is their 10th year, it's the 20th series of the show. So I think that's a nice place to stop."

Goodman went on to express confidence that fellow judge Bruno Tonioli will remain on both Dancing with the Stars and Strictly Come Dancing.

Digital Spy

posted 12/8/14

Who's Asking? Thairath TV, That's Who
Armoza Format Goes to Thailand
From World Screen
Thailand’s Thairath TV has commissioned a first season of Armoza Formats' studio game show Who’s Asking?, which heads into production for a local version in January 2015.

Thairath TV, a leading digital terrestrial channel in Thailand, will be producing the treatment with TV Thunder. The first season is set for 39 episodes to air weekly during a Sunday 4 p.m. slot. The series is scheduled to launch in February 2015.

The studio game show, developed by United Studios of Israel, is not just about what questions the participants must answer, but also who is asking them.

Natakrit Wannapinyo, VP of business development at TV Thunder, said, “We are excited to bring this unique quiz show format to Thairath TV in February. Who’s Asking? Thailand will offer an experience which has never been seen before in other quiz show.”

Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, added, “Who’s Asking? brings fresh elements to the world of studio game shows through the unique question mechanic, making it more accessible for audiences and players of all ages in a simple yet refreshing way. We look forward to working with Thairath TV and TV Thunder and to seeing the first adaptation of Who’s Asking? airing in Thailand.”

World Screen

posted 12/8/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Lucky Men"

  • Chris Hardwick staying up with a Hearst daughter. The takeaway... he's 43?! POINTS! (Us Magazine)
     
  • Using his best material on players, Pat Sajak turns to the audience (Fansided)
     
  • Stuart Scott's colleagues give him a long-overdue tribute as he battles cancer for the third time (Fansided)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: The five times Jeopardy! was ever whimsically musical (Riverfront Times)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: here comes Pointless King Wenceslas (Classic FM)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with two guys - the winners of America's Next Top Model (Zap2it) and TPIR's Male Model Search (TV by the Numbers) - and a girl - Countdown's main brain Rachel Riley (East Lothian News)

posted 12/8/14

Papa Goes Boom
Comic Tom Papa to Host "Boom" for Fox
From The Hollywood Reporter
Actor and comedian Tom Papa has signed with APA. Two months after recurring as the dubious medical supply peddler Mr. Luff on Cinemax drama The Knick, Papa will be seen as one of the many comedy boldfaces in Chris Rock’s Top Five. Next year, Papa will host the new Fox game show Boom!, to go with previous TV credits The Marriage Ref, The New Adventures of Old Christine and HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, in which he portrayed Liberace’s producer Ray Arnett. Papa, who also has appeared in films The Informant!, Bee Movie and Analyze That, hosts weekly SiriusXM show Come to Papa. He continues to be managed by 3 Arts.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 12/5/14

Thursday: Peter Pan Syndrome
NBC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic
NBC (9.129 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) pulled off a demo victory on Thursday thanks to its presentation of "Peter Pan Live!" (9.129 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3).

CBS (9.531 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was a close second place with a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" (10.741 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) followed by originals from "Mom" (10.569 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T1), "Two and a Half Men" (10.375 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T1), "The McCarthys" (8.260 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5) and "Elementary" (8.619 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6).

Next up was FOX (4.802 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and a new "Bones" (5.968 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) plus the penultimate week of "Gracepoint" (3.636 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.151 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up the return of "The Taste" (3.306 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a repeat "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.841 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.495 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Reign" (1.247 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) closed out the evening on The CW (1.371 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

"Project Runway All-Stars" beat out the competition on cable with 1.641 million. "Pawnography" comes in a close second with 1.622 million at 10p, and 1.497 million for 10:30p. The rest of the offerings scored below 1 million:

- Beat Bobby Flay: 859,000
- Project Runway: Threads: 767,000
- Food Truck Face Off: 545,000
- @midnight: 454,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/5/14

They Really Want a Dancer to Win This, Don't They?
Cris Judd Hired to Find Dancers for America's Got Talent
From The Wrap
“America's Got Talent” is getting a new dance scout.

Choreographer Cris Judd, best known for his eight-month long marriage to Jennifer Lopez, will be joining the reality competition's Season 10. Judd will be in charge of finding the best dancers for the talent reality show.

“I'm so excited to be a part of season 10 of ‘America's Got Talent,” said Judd. “My goal is to offer hesitant contestants confidence and alleviate their fear of auditioning because they don't think that they have it. From the little dance schools, to finding the diamond in the rough, there are so many talented dancers in America and I'm confident we will find the best of the best.”

Judd is no stranger to the “Got Talent” format, having recently served as a judge on the New Zealand version of the reality competition. He has also worked as a choreographer for past episodes of “America's Got Talent.”

The Wrap

posted 12/5/14

Quickest. Retirement. Ever.
Chris Tarrant Taping Pilot for ITV
From ATV Today
Chris Tarrant is venturing back into the world of quiz shows with a new pilot to be produced by RDF Television.

Broadcast reports that the unnamed pilot is being recorded on 15 December at Studio 2000 in Elstree and will see contestants battle against each other as they answers a series of questions to safeguard their prize fund.

The studio audience will also be given the opportunity to win some money if they can predict which player will be eliminated next.

Last year, Tarrant relinquished his Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenting duties after 15 years, with ITV subsequently deciding not to continue the long-running format without him.

He said at the time “It’s been a huge part of my life for fifteen years and I’ve loved every minute of it, but it is time for me to move on from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. It’s been the most remarkable journey and I consider myself very fortunate to have been associated with Millionaire from its inception. ITV have been fantastic in their support from day one and to see its huge success has been thrilling.”

It is thought that ITV is not behind the pilot which will be exec produced by RDF’s head of entertainment Peter Usher.

ATV Today
Broadcast

posted 12/5/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Write On!"

  • WGA Awards nominations are out... and Jeopardy!, Hollywood Game Night are going head to head (Deadline)
     
  • "Shark Tank Your Life" ... this is a thing? (ABC News)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: TV's most capitalistic game shows (People)
     
  • John O'Hurley returns to Broadway in.... what else? (Broadway World)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Ryan Seacrest to spend New Year's Eve turning 40 (YouTube)

posted 12/5/14

Thursday Lightspeed Round
... or "Boom Crash, the Sound of Our Browser... Sorry"

  • "The Great British Bake-Off Baking Show" comes to PBS December 28 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • "The Challenge" returns with "Battle of the Exes II" January 6, dedicated to both Diem Brown & Ryan Knight (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • SYNDIES: Week 9 (* = season high)
    1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.5* +1%
    2. Jeopardy (CTD) 7.2* +3%
    3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 6.4 NC
    4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 2.0 +5%
    5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3* +8%
    (TV Newscheck)
     
  • It may be Wink Martindale's birthday, but he's got the gift of Elvis on his 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time (All Access Music Group)
     
  • The "Hounds" get released... on iOS, Android (Gamasutra)
     
  • Ola Jordan (who?) makes "Jump" from "Strictly", reports (Unreality TV)
     
  • YOU (SADLY) CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: In Russia, you can apparently throw a punch (Irish Independent)
     
  • QI heads to Kent for a one-off (Kent News)
     
  • IN MEMORIAM: "Biggest Loser" alum Damien Gurganious (1978-2014) (E!)

posted 12/4/14

The Man Who Made Taylor Swift Heads to Idol
New Mentor Replaces Randy Jackson
From The Futon Critic
Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and one of the most successful forces in the music industry today, has joined AMERICAN IDOL XIV as mentor to help shape the career of the competition's winner. Borchetta's relationship with the next AMERICAN IDOL will extend past the show's finale; Borchetta's Big Machine Records will partner with 19 Entertainment and Universal Music Group to oversee the launch of his/her recording career. The winner will join Borchetta's record label roster of superstar talent, including global pop star Taylor Swift, whom he discovered at the age of 14, as well as Tim McGraw, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry.

The Season XIV mentor role was re-imagined and stepped up to provide Borchetta's unique perspective from early on in the competition - through the live shows, to the final winning moment and beyond. Borchetta joined IDOL during Hollywood Week, when he watched the performances in advance of offering his expertise to the contestants who continue in the competition.

"There's only one reason I'm doing this: AMERICAN IDOL has proven again and again that it can launch superstars. I believe that working with these young artists the same way we work with new artists at the Big Machine Label Group will help the next AMERICAN IDOL be as prepared as possible to continue the tradition of creating new superstars," said Borchetta. "The entire label group will be invested and we look forward to bringing our energy, focus and know-how to help develop this young talent at the highest levels."

"This season, Jennifer, Keith and Harry have found some truly talented singers, and the addition of Scott's expertise in how to develop an artist gives our contestants a unique shot at success," said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America and executive producer, AMERICAN IDOL. "It's been terrific to see Scott's enthusiasm as he watched each of the performances at Hollywood Week and we can't wait for America to see our hopefuls transform into superstars."

"AMERICAN IDOL has been directly responsible for creating more music stars and selling more music than any other TV show in history. We are thrilled to partner with Scott and Universal Music Group to continue that tradition. Our contestants have the greatest platform ever created to become music superstars. They deserve the best and, again, they will get it," said Jason Morey, EVP and World Wide Head of Music, 19 Entertainment.

"I'm stoked," said David Hill, Senior Executive Vice President, 21st Century Fox.

"The greatest legacy of AMERICAN IDOL is that we produce legitimate stars," said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. "Over the years, not only have we made more stars than any other talent show in the world, we have also provided the very best people from the music industry to guide our singers and offer valuable advice. This year, we are thrilled to have one of the music industry's shining lights take on the role of mentor for our talent, overseeing their journey right through to the recording and release of the winner's album. Scott Borchetta is enjoying unparalleled success right now. Not only did he mastermind the incredible career of Taylor Swift, but also countless other incredible artists. We are extremely proud to have him on the AMERICAN IDOL team."

The Futon Critic
Variety
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 12/3/14

Tuesday: Old Network, Young Network
CBS Skews Old, While NBC Takes the Demo
From The Futon Critic
NBC (7.686 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) edged out the top demo spot on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (11.096 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Marry Me" (4.963 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8), "About a Boy" (4.266 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13) and "Chicago Fire" (7.346 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5).

ABC (5.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was a close second place with its combination of "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (6.789 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (6.751 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (5.334 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "Forever" (5.166 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12).

Next up was FOX (3.791 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its lineup of "MasterChef Junior" (4.852 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), "New Girl" (3.009 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "The Mindy Project" (2.453 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13).

Meanwhile, CBS (9.660 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up second runs of "NCIS" (11.476 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8), "NCIS: New Orleans" (10.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "Person of Interest" (7.013 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #15).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (4.222 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and "Supernatural" (2.358 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #16) on The CW (3.290 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "Ink Master" led with 1.351 million, narrowly beating "Chopped's" 1.345 million.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/3/14

Monday: "Voice" Helps NBC to 1st
No Change from Last Week, Though
From The Futon Critic
NBC (9.676 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) kicked off December on top with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.999 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "State of Affairs" (7.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

ABC (8.685 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its annual special "CMA Country Christmas" (8.851 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and a new "Castle" (8.354 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.755 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat of "Gotham" (3.014 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and the fall finale of "Sleepy Hollow" (4.495 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.357 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up its marathon lineup of "Mike & Molly" (6.254 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), another "Mike & Molly" (5.671 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), yet another "Mike & Molly" (5.173 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), even more "Mike & Molly" (5.009 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "Scorpion" (5.017 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

And finally, the specials "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.598 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown" (1.497 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (1.548 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

"@midnight's" return gave Comedy Central's 582,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/3/14

Survivors in Love
Tweak in Format Coming to Market
From World Screen
Zodiak Media has secured a round of renewals for the Survivor format, alongside a deal for a brand-new adaptation: Survivor Love Edition.

Zodiak's Mastiff Sweden scored a commission from the TV4 Group in Sweden for Survivor Love Edition. The new series will see the classic reality game show get a romantic twist, as seven single guys and girls are stranded on a deserted island together. The new iteration will get a 30-episode run to air in early 2015 as Robinson: Love Edition in Sweden. The commission marks Mastiff Sweden's first Survivor order.

In France, ALP has been commissioned by TF1 for a new season of more than 20 hours of programming for 2015. Currently in production, it will be a non-celebrity version of Koh Lanta (Survivor's local title), which will be the 14th classic season.

Magnolia Italy is set to produce its tenth season of Survivor L’isola dei famosi, an adaptation of Celebrity Survivor, for its new Italian home Canale 5. The 8x120-minute series will launch in early 2015.

In Spain, Magnolia has recently finished producing its seventh season, which broadcasts on Mediaset’s Telecinco. Magnolia has now been commissioned for an eighth season by Telecinco for 2015.

World Screen

posted 12/3/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Holiday Dinner"

  • SUNDAY: "Grocery Games": 1.340 million. "Holiday Baking Championship": 1.615 million. "Cutthroat Kitchen": 1.207 million (Showbuzz Daily)
     
  • "Keep It In The Family" can't be kept in the UK (World Screen)
     
  • Blake Shelton "Lonely Tonight" on "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Pharrell Williams is "happy" to be in a Chanel commercial (Adweek)
     
  • IN MEMORIAM: Jean Béliveau (1931-2014) on "To Tell the Truth" (Sports Illustrated)

posted 12/3/14

"Best New Restaurant": January 21
Tom Colicchio Takes Over the Gordon Ramsay Role
From The Futon Critic
Bravo Media is warming up winter with the new culinary competition series "Best New Restaurant," premiering on Wednesday, January 21 at 10pm ET/PT. Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio dines across the U.S. as host, judge, and executive producer, taking a look at the food world from a fresh direction: the restaurant. The series is also executive produced by restaurateur and TV personality Gordon Ramsay.

The majority of the series takes place on location in the restaurants themselves to highlight each establishment's unique point of view. In the end, only one will be crowned Best New Restaurant and win an editorial feature in Bon Appétit, a featured spot at America's number one global food festival, Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit 2015, and $100,000. For a sneak peek at the season, visit http://www.bravotv.com/best-new-restaurant/season-1/videos/a-sneak-peek-at-best-new-restaurant.

Joining Tom as culinary experts on this gastronomic journey across the country are Maggie Nemser (CEO & Editor-in-Chief, BlackboardEats.com) and Jeffrey Zurofsky (Co-founder & Partner, 'wichcraft), who will offer their unique and diverse opinions to help guide Tom in his final decisions. The team will evaluate each restaurant on not only the dishes that are served, but also everything from décor to hospitality to overall concept.

The 16 restaurants hail from four cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Austin and Miami, and were chosen to compete based on an extensive search in conjunction with the editors at Bon Appétit as well as executive producers Tom Colicchio and Gordon Ramsay. In the first round of competition, the restaurants are divided into pairs based around a common theme reflected in their concepts or culinary influences. All are challenged to the same three tasks testing their overall performance, the strength of their staff, and the clarity of their concept. First, the restaurants are subjected to a "Pressure Test," in which 30 hungry diners descend on the restaurants without notice to see how the businesses handle the stress of a packed house. Next, Tom sends in two "Undercover Diners" wired with hidden cameras in order to get a patron's perspective when the restaurants do not know they are being judged. Finally, the two paired-up restaurants come together in a neutral location and serve dinner for 30 VIP diners. At the end of each of the first eight episodes, Tom declares one restaurant the victor, and the establishments move on to the semifinals.

The semifinal rounds will feature the restaurants battling in two groups to open a pop-up restaurant based around what the eateries see as the next evolution of their current concepts. The grand finale pits the final two restaurants against each other in a head-to-head contest to put forward their best service possible for a group of 50 VIP diners at Tom's restaurant Riverpark in New York City.

The restaurant pairings featured on the show are:

Shared Plates - The Federal vs. Swift's Attic
Italian Cuisine - Dolce Italian vs. Doma Beverly Hills
New Service Concepts - The Church Key vs. Restaurant Jezebel
Operated by Couples - R House vs. Barlata Tapas Bar
Battle of the Burger - Porter Ale House and Gastropub vs. Tongue & Cheek
European Inspired - L'Apicio vs. Little Sparrow
Fast Casual Dining - Morgan's Barbecue vs. Buns & Buns
Seasonal Menus - Union Restaurant vs. The Pines

"Best New Restaurant" is modeled after the UK hit "Ramsay's Best Restaurant" and is produced by One Potato Two Potato with Gordon Ramsay, Tom Colicchio, Elizabeth Cook, Nicola Moody, Pat Llewellyn, and Ben Adler serving as executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/2/14

The Bachelor Goes Live for 19
Catch It on ABC January 5
From The Futon Critic
Chris Soules, the handsome successful "Prince Farming," introduced himself to last season's Bachelorette Andi Dorfman, and female fans fell hard for the soft spoken man with a heart of gold. This dreamboat farmer and wealthy businessman from Iowa is looking to fall in love and bring his wife back home. Chris truly believes he can find the right woman who will love him and share a life with him in the small Iowa town of Arlington. So, with the support of his family and the state of Iowa rooting for him, Chris is ready to begin the search for his soul mate, choosing from a record 30 beautiful bachelorettes when the 19th edition of "The Bachelor" premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 5 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Chris Harrison hosts this first-time live premiere event with a studio audience and past fan favorites from The Bachelor and Bachelorette series, as Bachelor Nation goes behind-the-scenes of Chris Soules' everyday life and an up-close-and-personal look at some of the bachelorettes around the country who will try and capture his heart.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/2/14

Wild On Sky1
Kate Humble, Jason Byrne to Host New Nature-Based Course Game
From Digital Spy
TV presenter Kate Humble and comedian Jason Byrne have been confirmed as presenters for Sky1's new wildlife-themed entertainment program Wild Things.

The gameshow, which was commissioned in August, features couples or pairs of relations undertaking challenges on a huge woodland obstacle course in order to win a fortune of gold coins buried within the Wild Wood.

However, there is a twist in that one member of the team must become the Wild Thing, meaning they must wear a woodland protection suit which is designed to look like an animal native to the area, such as an owl, a duck or a mole.

This means that they cannot see anything and will need their partner to guide them to victory.

Humble said of her role: "Wild Things is one of the most gloriously silly, side-splittingly funny programs I have ever had the pleasure of being involved with. Wildlife has never behaved so badly."

Byrne added: "I'm really proud to be a part of Wild Things, one of the funniest and 'funnest' shows I've ever worked on. It's not often I cry laughing at a badger bashing a duck while an owl bowls them over to the ground. But then again, who wouldn't find that funny?"

Digital Spy
FemaleFirst
Sunday World

posted 12/2/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Big Two-Oh... Milllion"

posted 12/2/14


GSN Turns 20
Happy Anniversary from the Guys
From various sources
Cable's one-stop shop for game shows reached a milestone today.

GSN (nee the Game Show Network) was launched on this day, December 1, in 1994. Born from Sony Pictures' purchases of the libraries and property rights of the Merv Griffin, Chuck Barris & Barry-Enright libraries - as well as the lease of the Goodson-Todman library, the fledgling network promised "all play, all day", an idea that was previously relegated to cable afternoons and network mornings. Their first show, a rerun of "What's My Line?" not seen in decades.

After making a meager fortune from off-broadcast reruns of owned and leased properties, the network went into production of their own original series such as "Super Decades", "Burt Luddin's Love Buffet" (a sitcom built around an actual game show), "Hollywood Showdown" (an entertainment-themed reboot of "Jackpot!"), and "Inquizition" (a quiz housed in an abandoned warehouse).

The history of GSN would not be complete without acknowledging its well-publicized failures, from the Dark Period (when the network lost the rights to the Goodson-Todman catalog), to numerous attempts at rebranding as a home for all brands of unscripted competition ("GSN Video Games", "DJ Games", and reruns of "The Mole" & "Average Joe" all came and went without much fanfare).

Also, GSN became the go-to for reimagined versions of tried-and-true formats, from 2002's "Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck" to 2010's "The Newlywed Game". The latter gave GSN its first Emmy nomination.

Nowadays, the network has evolved from its humble roots. A forbearer of interactive television now leads a cottage industry of casual gaming thanks to an investment in Worldwinner. A think-outside-the-box mentality that gave rise to "Throut and Neck" now gives rise to critical darlings such as "The American Bible Challenge", "IdioTest", and "The Chase".

So where does the network go from here? GSN has now logged three consecutive years of growth in the target demo of women 25-54 and had its most-watched year in 2013. GSN will continue to rely on acquired game shows — like Steve Harvey’s Family Feud, which has done extremely well — but the primary focus will be on development, with the goal to have 12-15 primetime original series in 2015, double the network’s 2013 output.

"I think GSN today is first and foremost a place where women — 25-to-54 is our primary target — can go for escape, for fun or game. That’s our primary focus," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP of Programming. "We are fun, family-oriented. Bible Challenge was interesting to us because it actually was a family-oriented program. Pegged to a very specific audience, but at the end of the day, what’s appealing to most people is that it’s a family show. Most game shows are. But what we really want to do is differentiate ourselves as new game and primarily we’ll be doing that in primetime. There will always be a place for the old-time shows on GSN but they will be primarily during the day."

Deadline
Hitfix
TV Media Insights

posted 12/1/14

28 Years... and Still Going
Both Games See Rises for the Week Ending Nov. 21
From TV by the Numbers
CBS, the top-rated network in Daytime for 28 consecutive years, posted growth across the daypart as LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND The Restless and THE TALK all delivered their largest audiences of the season, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Nov. 21.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 3.23 million viewers, up +9% from its previous week. It was also up +11% in women 25-54 (1.0/07) and +17% in women 18-49 (0.7/05).

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 3.71 million viewers, up +8%. It was up +22% in women 25-54 (1.1/07) and +33% in women 18-49 (0.8/06).

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 5.10 million viewers, up +4% in viewers while also up +11% in women 18-49 (1.0/07)

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 averaged 5.84 million viewers, up +4% in viewers and gaining +7% in women 25-54 (1.5/09).

TV by the Numbers

posted 12/1/14

Wednesday: We Completely Forgot, Didn't We?
"Survivor" Helps CBS Close Sweeps on a Winning Note
From the Futon Critic
CBS (9.310 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) closed the November sweeps period on top thanks to new episodes of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (8.926 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Criminal Minds" (10.855 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Stalker" (8.150 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

ABC (5.165 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its encore lineup of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (8.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Modern Family" (5.329 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Black-ish" (4.238 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "Nashville" (2.670 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was NBC (3.696 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its specials "The Making of Peter Pan Live!" (3.023 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving" (4.033 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.470 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Red Band Society" (2.492 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally, the feature "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (2.073 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) on The CW (2.073 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "Kitchen Inferno" took Thanksgiving Eve with 892,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/1/14

Kids These Days...
Jeopardy!'s Kids Week Plays Tonight!
From Sony PR
Tomorrow’s leaders, scientists, politicians, novelists and poets aren’t waiting for their chance to shine. They’re ready to flaunt their talents and show off their brains today on Jeopardy!'s annual Kids' Week!

Tune in December 1 – 5 to watch 15 of America’s brightest youths compete for cash that will be put toward their college funds. Five nights. Five winners.

Sony

posted 12/1/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Big Two-Oh"

  • Before the reigning "Voice" cuts a single, Josh Kaufman is heading to Broadway to play "Pippin" (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Stephen Fry, Richard Osman lend their voices to "Danger Mouse". And who will voice the titular rodent? Xander Armstrong (Licensing.biz)
     
  • Howie Mandel has a serious "fear of missing out" (Adweek)

posted 12/1/14


A Special Message from Us to You...
On This Day of Thanksgiving
From GSNN
Five years ago, we wrote a piece on this site that began with the phrase, "A lot can happen in 10 years." And as much as a lot happened in the first 10 years of Game Show Newsnet's existence, a lot more happened in the next five. The game show became a lot more global, the audience became a lot more sophisticated.

And on this day of Thanksgiving, as we get set to begin our next 15 years, we would like to offer a few words to sincerely express our gratitude to you for making us who we are.

Please read, and have a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

GSNN

posted 11/30/14


RYAN KNIGHT: 1985-2014
"Real World" Alum Competed on "The Challenge"
From CBS LA
The “Real World” family is stunned by the second death in a month of one of their cast mates.

Ryan Knight, who appeared in the 2010 “Real World: New Orleans” season as well as “The Challenge,” has died.

He was 29.

His death comes just 13 days after 34-year-old Diem Brown died after a long bout with cancer. She appeared on “Road Rules” and “The Challenge.” Brown also dated “Real World: Paris” cast mate Chris “C.T.” Tamburello off and on.

TMZ reported that Knight was with friends Wednesday and in good spirits. He was found dead yesterday. No cause of death was given.

CBS Los Angeles
TMZ

photo courtesy MTV

posted 11/30/14

Thanksgiving Lightning Round
... or "Her Too..."

  • FRIDAY: "Amazing Race" third most-watched show of the night (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Victoria Coren Mitchell disconnects with PokerStars' pro team (International Business Times)
     
  • Jeremy Paxman will write about the BBC for a cool million (pounds) (RTE), but don't expect him to run for mayor of London "for all the eclairs in Paris" (RTE)

posted 11/30/14

Stick a Fork In Him...
Joe Bastianich to Exit "MasterChef"
From Entertainment Weekly
MasterChef and MasterChef Junior judge Joe Bastianich is moving on.

A report from Entertainment Weekly confirms that Bastianich, a restauranteur and winemaker, is exiting the franchise after MasterChef Junior‘s third season.

Producers are still searching for someone to replace him alongside returning judges Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot.

“Joe has played an integral role in the success of both MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, and we all appreciate his incredible culinary insight, sense of humor and passion,” Fox said in a joint statement with producers Shine America and One Potato Two Potato. “He will always remain a member of the Masterchef family.”

Entertainment Weekly

posted 11/26/14

Her Too.
Cheryl Burke Hanging Up Her "Dancing" Shoes, Calling It A Career
From the Wrap
ABC's “Dancing With the Stars” will celebrate its 10th anniversary next season in the spring, but one of its veterans won't be there for the festivities.

After teasing her departure for weeks, dance pro Cheryl Burke has decided to leave the ABC dance competition when her contract expires with Tuesday's finale.

“Cheryl has been on the show for close to 10 years,” “DWTS” executive producer Rob Wade told TheWrap exclusively. “She has done a great service to the show and I think she feels that it's time for her to move on.”

Burke, 30, who has been with the show since its second season, was eliminated along with her partner, soap opera actor and model Antonio Sabato Jr. on Week 5 of Season 19 in late-October. She's the show's first female pro to win two consecutive mirror-ball trophies.

Wade feels that the popular pro's exit gives the series a chance to highlight other dancers.

“We'll only survive as a show if we keep innovating and changing. It's very sad to see cast members leave, but again that gives you the opportunity to grow. So, I'm quite positive about having the opportunity to bring new people in or bring back some of the old faces.”

Additionally, head judge Len Goodman, who took a several weeks off this past season due to conflicts with shooting the show's U.K. version, will be back full-time on Season 20. And although there's some scheduling conflicts still to be resolved, Julianne Hough is also contracted to return in the spring to the judges’ table.

The Wrap

posted 11/26/14

Six Teams, One Trophy
Meet the Teams for "The Sing-Off" Special
From the Futon Critic
NBC has announced the six groups competing for a first-place prize of $50,000 on the two-hour Wednesday, Dec. 17 special (8 p.m. ET/PT) of the popular musical competition series "The Sing-Off."

Returning judges Jewel and Shawn Stockman will be joined by Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump while Nick Lachey is once again set as host.

· From Nashville, Timothy's Gift is comprised of six women who met at church and often sing at maximum security prisons around the country to inspire inmates to have hope.

· Also from Nashville is Melodores, a group of 12 male students who attend Vanderbilt University. Founded in 2009, Melodores strives to be the best all-male collegiate group in the world. Lead singer Ted Moock is featured in the upcoming film "Pitch Perfect 2."

· From Los Angeles, several members of The Exchange battled against each other on different teams in season three but have now combined forces to bring their united voices to a new musical level.

· From New York, Traces are five spirit-filled divas who give gospel a modern twist with voices as big as their personalities. With their roots firmly entrenched at church, these women find time away from work to perform afternoon shows in front of appreciative and awe-filled audiences.

· From Northern California, San Fran 6 has a passion for pop. After having formed just a little more than a month ago by compiling the best a capella talent from the Bay Area, the group has all-star talent that is ready to shine.

· From New Haven, Conn., A. Squared is offering their innovative take on a capella reinvented. In fact, leader Jacob Reske turned his senior project into an hourlong 12-song performance.

Also performing on the special will be season four "Sing-Off" champions Home Free, who will sing with Lachey and all three judges, as well as season three winner and hugely popular group Pentatonix.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/26/14

Tuesday: And the First Sweep Goes To...
CBS Wins Viewers, NBC Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic & TV Media Insights
With two days of data left to process, NBC will win its third consecutive November sweeps period in adults 18-49, which is the longest winning streak for the network in the demo since it won four in a row from 2000 to 2003. Through Monday, Nov. 24 (26 of the 28 nights), NBC is averaging a 2.3 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 (-12 percent in rating from the comparable year-ago period), followed by ABC (2.0/ 6: no change), CBS (1.8/ 6), Fox (1.3/ 4: -24) and The CW (0.6/ 2: no change). NBC will also win the sweeps period in adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and all key adult-male demos. Had sports been excluded, ABC would finish first in adults 18-49. Keep in mind that these results do not include the season-finale of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” last night.

Tops in total viewers, once again, is CBS with 9.48 million (also through 26 out of 28 days), which is a loss of three percent from one year earlier. Next is ABC at 8.27 million (+ 1 percent), followed by NBC (6.40 million: + 5 percent), Fox (3.67 million: -20 percent) and The CW (1.62: + 4 percent).

Speaking of "Dancing's" finale, ABC (14.312 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat for the first time this season on Tuesday thanks to its "Dancing with the Stars: Road to the Finals" (11.250 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) recap and the two-hour season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (15.843 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

CBS (12.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (15.686 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (14.195 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) and "Person of Interest" (8.864 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6).

Next up was NBC (6.187 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its mix of "The Voice" (9.179 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3), "Marry Me" (3.746 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11), "About a Boy" (3.101 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and "Chicago Fire" (5.959 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.299 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up new episodes of "MasterChef Junior" (4.044 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), "New Girl" (2.767 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (2.339 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (3.408 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) and "Supernatural" (2.290 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14) on The CW (2.849 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) closed out the night.

Spike's "Ink Master" led the games in cable with 1.423 million. "Chopped" had 1.102 million.

TV Media Insights
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/26/14

Nine Cubed
Phillip Schofield Challenge Game Reupped
From Digital Spy
The Cube is to return to ITV for a ninth series.

The Phillip Schofield game show's latest run was filmed in September and will air in 2015, Broadcast reports.

The new series will also feature a number of celebrity specials, with the likes of ex-footballer Fabrice Muamba and comedians Rufus Hound, Katherine Ryan and Rob Beckett taking on The Cube for charity.

Elsewhere, Schofield will attempt to break the British record for the longest live TV broadcast in December as part of Text Santa.

The presenter has also recently appeared in an ITV mornings promotional video and Cadbury's 2014 Christmas advert.

Digital Spy

posted 11/26/14

Dropped in Norway
Zodiak Commission for TV2
From World Screen
TV2 Norway has tapped Zodiak Media's Mastiff Norway to produce a local version of the hit prime-time adventure game show Dropped.

The 10x90-minute production will see sports celebrities dropped from a helicopter to face a survival challenge in remote locations. Production is already under way on the local treatment, shooting in locations such as Kenya, Nepal and Argentina. Dropped will launch on TV2 in spring 2015. The show was previously commissioned by TF1 in France and TV4 in Sweden.

Zodiak Rights represents the Dropped format internationally.

World Screen

posted 11/26/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Thanks"

posted 11/26/14

Baggage Hits the Road January 7
Jerry Springer Returns to Host
From the Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD - a new, 20-episode traveling version of the network's hit series "Baggage" - will debut on Wednesday, January 7 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Jerry Springer, original host of "Baggage," will also host the new series, which travels in its first season to four locations: Austin, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana (at Louisiana State University) and Storrs, Connecticut (at University of Connecticut).

BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD is a half-hour comedic dating game show where one contestant chooses from three potential partners, all of whom come with their own quirky, annoying and sometimes truly shocking physical and emotional "baggage" that could eliminate them from the competition. With Springer guiding the fun, contestants will be required to reveal the various intimate secrets and hidden flaws - housed inside literal suitcases - that typically aren't revealed on a first date. Eventually, only one suitor will win a date with the contestant... as long as that person can also accept the contestant's baggage in a final role-reversal round.

BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD is produced for GSN by Wilshire Studios. Lisa Tucker (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List) serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic


"Baggage on the Road" premieres on GSN January 7
photo courtesy GSN

posted 11/25/14

We're Running Out of Pointless Jokes
BBC Renews Survey Quiz for 110 Episodes, Closing In on 1000
From World Screen
The BBC has placed a multi-series order for the game show Pointless, greenlighting 38 episodes of Pointless Celebrities for BBC One and 110 episodes of Pointless for BBC Daytime.

The commission takes the total number of episodes up to nearly 1,000. Remarkable Television, an Endemol company, will produce the new batch of 148 episodes. Alexander Armstrong will continue to host along with Richard Osman, who provides obscure facts and figures.

Damian Kavanagh, controller of BBC Daytime, and Pam Cavannagh, commissioning editor, ordered the series. James Fox, Michelle Woods, Richard Hague and Dom Waugh exec produce for Remarkable Television, as well as Cavannagh for the BBC.

“As we head towards our 1,000th episode, Pointless continues to go from strength to strength,” said Fox, who is also the creative director at Remarkable Games. “This is testament to the brilliance of Xander and Richard, our hard-working production team and our fantastically loyal viewers. We can’t wait to bring them even more Pointless facts and fun in 2015 and beyond.”

Cavannagh added: “Our audience loves spending time with Xander and Richard and there is no sign of the appetite for the show waning.”

World Screen
C21 Media

posted 11/25/14

Syndies: Week 8 (Sweeps Week 3)
Results for the Week Ending November 16
From B&C
Halfway through the November sweep in the week ending Nov. 16, talk and game shows came on strong, with Dr. Phil, Ellen, Maury, Queen Latifah, Judge Judy, Paternity Court, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! all hitting season highs and Family Feud hitting both a season high and an all-time high.

NBCU’s Meredith Vieira, which will return next season, held at a 1.2, tying Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which was unchanged. The Real remained at a 1.0 in households for the seventh consecutive week. Trifecta’s Judge Faith rebounded 17% to a 0.7 in households.

CTD’s Judge Judy scored a new season high 7.4, gaining 4% from the prior week, and tying CTD’s Wheel of Fortune for the overall syndication lead.

All of the top three game shows hit new season highs. Wheel of Fortune gained 3% for the week to the aforementioned 7.4, down 1% from last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! improved 4% for the week and 8% for the year to a 7.0. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which is produced by FremantleMedia North America, hit an all-time high, gaining 8% for the week to a 6.4, up 23% from last year at this time. Among women 25-54, Feud finished first among the games with a 3.1, followed by Wheel’s 2.6 and Jeopardy!’s 2.4. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was unchanged for the week at a 1.9 in households, but down 10% from last year at this time.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV News Check

posted 11/25/14

Monday: The Home Stretch
ABC Tops with "Dancing"; "Voice" Gets the Younguns to NBC
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.905 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (10.183 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and week two of "State of Affairs" (6.349 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8).

ABC (13.505 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then was a close second with the penultimate night of "Dancing with the Stars" (14.800 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T2) and a new "Castle" (10.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6).

Next up was CBS (9.266 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and its mix of "2 Broke Girls" (8.522 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.822 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6), "Scorpion" (10.450 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T2) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.177 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (5.128 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) served up the fall finale of "Gotham" (6.004 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and a new "Sleepy Hollow" (4.251 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Originals" (1.274 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.052 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (1.163 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/25/14

Unleash the Drag Race
New Cast to Be Revealed on New Now Next Awards December 7
From the Futon Critic
Logo TV today announced that for the first time in network history, the new cast of queens competing on the upcoming season of mega-hit reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race" will be revealed live during the 2014 "New Now Next Awards." The shroud of secrecy surrounding the 14 elite drag performers who'll comprise the seventh season cast will be lifted via a series of OMFG interstitials interspersed throughout the "New Now Next" telecast on Sunday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

"I've devoted my life to the art of drag. But NOTHING could have prepared me for this season's queens," warned Executive Producer, RuPaul. "They are truly twisted, sickening, and out of control."

As a lead up to the big reveal during the 2014 "New Now Next Awards," Logo TV will air "RuPaul's Drag Race: 15 Fan Favorite Queens of All Time" on Sunday, December 7 at 7:30- p.m. ET/PT. This all-new, half-hour countdown special will unveil the fifteen favorite queens of all time as voted on by fans. Packed with the most gag-worthy clips from all six seasons of "RuPaul's Drag Race," former drag racers share their thoughts on the most surprising and significant moments that made fans fall in love with these now-iconic contestants.

Additionally, starting Thursday, December 4, diehard fans can embark on a social scavenger hunt across Logo's social channels to "ruveal" a Season 7 queen ahead of the "New Now Next Awards" on the 7th. Logo will be sharing exclusive sneak peeks at the upcoming cast via Snapchat (username: LogoTV), with snaps featuring pieces of a digital code which fans will then use to unlock their first look at the exciting new cast. To piece together the clues, fans will be encouraged to screen grab and share these messages from the popular self-destructing message app on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #ruveal, all to be featured on ruveal.logotv.com, where fans will be inputting the individual clues to form a 7-digit code to claim their prize.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" fans can keep the party going as season six winner Bianca Del Rio takes to the stage at the 2014 "New Now Next Awards," which honor the year's best new actors, artists, films, television and more. The event will include performances by Kristin Chenoweth, Jessie J and Betty Who as well as special appearances from Jennifer Hudson, Joe Jonas, Laverne Cox, Tyler Oakley, "Looking's" Raul Castillo, Fifth Harmony, and more.

"RuPaul's Drag Race: 15 Fan Favorite Queens of All Time" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Mandy Salangsang, Steven Corfe and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola serve as Executive Producers for Logo.

For more information on "RuPaul's Drag Race" and sneak preview clips, go to LogoTV.com. For up-to-date "RuPaul's Drag Race" news and exclusives, join the "RuPaul's Drag Race" Facebook page or follow #DragRace conversation on Twitter at @RuPaulsDragRace. Follow along with live gifs from the show on Tumblr and additional content on the show's Instagram page.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/25/14

Weekend: Something for Everyone
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.983 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was once again the demo champ on Friday thanks to its mix of "Last Man Standing" (7.107 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Cristela" (5.286 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "Shark Tank" (7.825 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "20/20" (6.929 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

CBS (9.188 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was the most-watched network thanks to its trio of "The Amazing Race" (6.062 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "Hawaii Five-0" (10.002 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (11.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Next up was NBC (5.545 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) with originals from "Dateline NBC" (7.664 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Grimm" (5.429 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Constantine" (3.543 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.823 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up encores of "MasterChef Junior" (2.393 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Gotham" (1.252 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.375 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with the season finale of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.645 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.528 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.164 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

On Food Network...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games: 1.160 million viewers
- 9p: Holiday Baking Championship: 1.435 million viewers
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen: 1.162 million viewers

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/25/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Small Potatoes"

  • "The Big Adventure" ends small... a little too small (Sydney Morning Herald)
     
  • Bradley Walsh may very well be the best quiz show host in the UK today (The Guardian)
     
  • "Dancing With the Stars" broke for news last night... And Twitter a'sploded (BONUS: Sadie & Mark as Peach & Mario) (USA Today)
     
  • Diem Brown actually died at 34, not 32. Here's why she had her age changed (People)

posted 11/25/14

Money, Money, Yeah, Yeah
Hulu's "Money Where Your Mouth Is" Opens Second Season
From Stream Daily
Believe Entertainment Group on Monday debuted S2 of the game show Money Where Your Mouth Is on Hulu and Hulu Plus.

Hosted by comedian and actor Jay Mohr, the 7-episode series will roll out weekly on Tuesdays. It’s financed by Believe Entertainment Group and sponsored by Campbell’s, which was also the brand partner for the first season that debuted last fall.

Billed a “game show for the man’s man,” Money Where Your Mouth Is sees friends wager their possessions in a battle of “man wits.”

The show is exec produced by studio partners Dan Goodman, Danny Fishman, William H. Masterson III along with Lowell Mate, Barry Katz and Mohr. It’s directed by John Crane and Erik Wong and produced by Andrew Egiziano.

“Besting their buddies is what guys do and it’s something I know well. I’m thrilled to be continuing on with Money Where Your Mouth Is and to see it really come into its own. I’m excited to be a part of it and grow with it,” Mohr said in a statement.

The first season of Money was among the top game shows of the 2013-14 winter season on the streaming service, and the series ranked among the top 40 shows among men aged 25 to 44 for 8 weeks, according to Hulu’s internal stats.

Campbell’s companion content includes behind-the-scenes clips, branded scoreboards, and pre-roll ads promoting both the show and the product.

Stream Daily
VideoInk

posted 11/24/14

Mensa Kids?
Catch "Child Genius" on Lifetime January 6
From the Futon Critic
Lifetime's all-new competition series Child Genius (#ChildGenius) centers on America's most extraordinary and gifted children and their families as they prepare for a national intelligence competition. In cooperation with American Mensa, the competition takes place over eight weeks and tests the nation's brightest young minds on their knowledge of Math, Spelling, Geography, Memory, the Human Body, U.S. Presidents, Vocabulary, Current Events, Zoology, Astronomy and Space, Inventions, Literature and the Arts, Earth Science and Logic.

Hosted by Leland Melvin, former NASA astronaut, the show features 20 boys and girls ages 8 to 12 from across the country, all competing for a $100,000 college fund and the title of Child Genius 2014. Immediately following the Season 5 premiere of Dance Moms(R), Child Genius bows on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 10pm ET/PT.

Based on the popular U.K. format, Child Genius is produced by Shed Media. Pam Healey (Who Do You Think You Are?, The Real Housewives of New York City), John Hesling (Atlanta Exes, Top Gear), Dan Snook (Escape Club, Apocalypse Preppers) and Laurie Girion (Cheerleader Nation, Showville) serve as executive producers, along with Lifetime's Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/24/14

Stop Me If You've Heard This One
"Last Comic Standing" on Hold for Retooling
From the Comic's Comic
Hurry up and wait is a common expression in show business.

Now it's all too relevant to the ninth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, which now has to figure out whether it can return in time for summer 2015 after telling comedians this weekend that production has been put on hold.

"It is on hold for now while we work on revising the format with the network," executive producer Page Hurwitz told The Comic's Comic today. "Once we have something we all like, we'll get rolling."

After being revived by Hurwitz and Wanda Sykes in 2014 with a successful summer season that both NBC brass and comedians seemed to applaud, NBC quickly ordered a ninth season for next summer. New judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters all wanted to return, too.

Last Comic producers reacted even quicker to that news, scouting and auditioning stand-up comedians in clubs across America in September, with callbacks in New York City and Los Angeles in October. Last Comic didn't even hold auditions this past year for season 8, instead screening potential contestants themselves and via email submissions. For season 9, however, producers and casting agents already had their list of contestants narrowed down to 200, with the "Top 100" invitationals scheduled to convene in California in March.

But stand-ups were told to effectively stand down on Friday night.

Late Friday, NBC announced it had let upcoming sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt break free to debut on Netflix instead. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt cited "a very drama-heavy midseason schedule" that had no room for the sitcom. Greenblatt also already has brought back The Celebrity Apprentice for January (it's already wrapped production), and has a recurring summer reality competition in America's Got Talent.

Hurwitz tells The Comic's Comic writer Sean McCarthy, however, that it's more of a need to retool and get things right first before resuming production.

Last year's format began with the "Top 100" Invitationals rounds before breaking down into challenges (sketch comedy, talk-show interview, roast), with challenge winners receiving immunity and other comedians facing off in head-to-head stand-up eliminations before the judges and a live audience. What'll it be for Season 9? That remains to be seen.

So everything is no go for now. Let's hope they come up with something both they and NBC like by March.

The Comic's Comic

posted 11/24/14

Factor Four?
Report: Simon Cowell Looking to Bring "X Factor" Back to US
From TV Line
Is Fox looking to reunite with its X?

The network reportedly is in talks with Simon Cowell to bring The X Factor, which was cancelled in February after three seasons, back for Season 4.

Cowell, who created the singing competition and is now a judge on its British version, would leave that post in order to return to the United States, the British publication Mirror reports.

Representatives from the network have not commented on the report. X Factor‘s Season 3 finale was watched by only 6.2 million people — and scored a 1.7 demo rating — marking year-to-year declines of 36 and 45 percent.

The series’ American iteration made several changes during its run, including dropping mentors Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones after the first season and adding Britney Spears and Demi Lovato to the mix in Season 2.

If Cowell does depart the British X Factor, it will be the second time he’s done so; the first was in 2010, to get Fox’s Factor going.

Per the Mirror report, Fox’s relaunched X Factor would bow in 2015.

TV Line

posted 11/24/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Fast Money"

  • Steve Harvey sued by a videographer for $20 million. Something tells me that early stand-up is not the issue here (Courthouse News)
     
  • "Red or Black's" first big winner in big trouble over abusive texts (Metro)
     
  • Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams to perform together December 1 on "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)

posted 11/24/14

Spike Syncs Up
Greenlight for Jimmy Fallon Project
From the Futon Critic
The pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling will now have its very own television show. Spike TV is partnering with Jimmy Fallon and his Eight Million Plus Productions, John Krasinski ("The Office," "Promised Land," "It's Complicated") Stephen Merchant ("Hello Ladies," "Extras," "The Ricky Gervais Show") and Matador ("Banksy Does New York") to create a new, half-hour original series "Lip Sync Battle." The announcement was made by Jimmy Fallon last night on "The Tonight Show" during his interview with Stephen Merchant.

"Lip Sync Battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now and already has a huge fan base thanks to the amazing talent involved," said Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President, Talent Development and Production, Viacom Entertainment Group. "We're thrilled to be in business with producers as talented as Jimmy, John and Stephen as Spike broadens its programming in new and exciting ways."

Each "Lip Sync Battle" episode will feature celebrities going head to head - lip synching the song of their choice - battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.

Along with serving as executive producers, Fallon, Krasinski, and Merchant will appear and perform on "Lip Sync Battle." The series will tape in January in New York City and will premiere Thursday, April 2, 2015. Show host and list of talent who will be battling to be announced in the coming weeks.

Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle" will be executive produced by Jimmy Fallon's Eight Million Plus Productions, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Rick Schwartz of Eight Million Plus, Jay Peterson of Matador, and Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President, Talent Development and Production, Viacom Entertainment Group. Emmy(R)-award winning Beth McCarthy-Miller ("Saturday Night Live," "30-Rock," "The Sound of Music Live," "Modern Family") will serve as Director.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 11/21/14

Thursday: Closing Time for Shondaland
ABC Wins Odd Night on Winter Finales
From the Futon Critic
Due to live coverage of the Presidential Address, Fast Nationals for FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC are approximate. The Presidential Address aired from 8-8:17pm, with FOX sliding prime in 36% of the country and joining prime in progress in 3% of the country.

ABC (9.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with the fall finales to "Grey's Anatomy" (8.283 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (10.017 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.805 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T2).

The silver then went to CBS (8.904 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.647 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1), "Mom" (10.644 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (8.970 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6), "The McCarthys" (6.353 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "Elementary" (6.405 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

Next up was NBC (4.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with its lineup of "The Biggest Loser" (5.127 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9), "Bad Judge" (4.093 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11), "A to Z" (3.048 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "Parenthood" (4.578 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up originals from "Bones" (5.244 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and "Gracepoint" (3.205 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.671 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and "Reign" (1.154 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) on The CW (1.413 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, it was another good night for "Pawnography" with 1.569 million at 10p and 1.525 million at 10:30p. "Project Runway: All-Stars" logged in 1.519 million. "Beat Bobby Flay" has 1.127 million fans. "Project Runway: Threads" sewed up 778,000. "Food Truck Face Off" fed 771,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/21/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Notes of Great Importance"

  • "American Idol": January 7. MasterChef Junior: January 6. Hell's Kitchen: March 3 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Carson Daly undergoes a live testicular cancer check (NBC News Today)
     
  • More on Tylenol Throwback Thursday (Forbes)
     
  • GSN and Worldwinner vs. Stephenson: the final decision (National Law Review)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: a "reality fame project" (Deadspin)

posted 11/20/14

Tyler Florence Rolls into Worst Cooks
Catch Season 6 January 4
From the Futon Critic
Worst Cooks in America, the hit competition series that transforms kitchen disasters into confident cooks, is back for a sixth season on Sunday, January 4th at 9pm ET/PT with returning Chef Anne Burrell going up against first-time opponent Chef Tyler Florence. In the seven-episode series, Anne and Tyler each lead a team of kitchen-challenged recruits in a grueling culinary boot camp designed to turn them into skilled cooks. A $25,000 grand prize is awarded to the contestant who makes the most impressive culinary transformation, in addition to delivering victory and bragging rights for their team leader.

"Welcoming a new roster of Worst Cooks is an annual tradition, and our viewers love watching their comical kitchen mishaps evolve into serious cooking chops," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "Anne and Tyler are both fiercely competitive and determined to whip their contenders into tip-top culinary shape, and the transformations are remarkable."

In the season premiere, an open call brings some truly horrible cooks to the table to meet Anne and Tyler. Fourteen new recruits are selected for boot camp and each presents their signature dish, then contestants are divided into Team Anne and Team Tyler. In lesson one, recruits must make the ultimate romantic meal. Anne's red team tackles Roasted Chicken with Israeli Couscous and Pomegranate Sauce, while Tyler's blue team makes Chateaubriand with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Mushrooms. The least successful competitors from each team are sent home, while the remaining 12 move on to the next challenge. Upcoming episodes feature a food trivia game, international taco themed competition and a breakfast menu challenge with special guest, Good Morning America Chief Meteorologist and resident foodie Ginger Zee. The season culminates in a finale on Sunday, February 15th at 9pm ET/PT where the most improved recruit is awarded a $25,000 grand prize.

Viewers wanting more can visit FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks for behind-the-scenes photos, interviews, easy cooking tips and more insider coverage. Fans can also connect with each other on Facebook at Facebook.com/FoodNetwork and on Twitter with the hashtag #WorstCooks.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/20/14

Wednesday: Split Down the Middle
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.648 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to its lineup of "The Middle" (8.324 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "The Goldbergs" (7.701 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3), "Modern Family" (10.902 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "Black-ish" (7.948 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Nashville" (5.506 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10).

CBS (9.473 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then was a close second place with its trio of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.823 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (10.612 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5) and "Stalker" (7.982 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

Next up was NBC (7.885 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with fresh installments of "The Mysteries of Laura" (8.570 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.863 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7) and "Chicago PD" (7.223 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.943 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10) and "Red Band Society" (2.951 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.625 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and "The 100" (1.658 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (2.142 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening.

Almost a million (949,000, to be exact) tuned into "Top Chef" on Bravo opposite 717,000 for Food's "Kitchen Inferno" and 381,000 for Fox Sports 1's "The Ultimate Fighter". A total of 632,000 stayed up for "@midnight". 

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/20/14

South of the Border
Catch Season Finale of "Top Chef" January 28
From the Futon Critic
For the first time, Bravo's "Top Chef" travels south of the border to Mexico in a fiery three-part finale beginning Wednesday, January 28 at 9pm ET/PT. Tempers and temperatures rise in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where the final three will learn which chef from "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" will be rejoining the competition. The knives will come out as the cheftestants battle for $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine, a showcase at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen and the prestigious title of Top Chef.

For a sneak peek at the remainder of the season, visit www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-12/videos/still-to-come-on-season-12-of-top-chef

Upcoming guest judges and diners include Chef Barbara Lynch, "Top Chef" season 10 winner Kristen Kish, New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski, "Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen, culinary legend Jacques Pepin, Harvard Professor Michael Brenner, and many other award-winning chefs including Enrique Olvera and Sean Brock.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/20/14

More on "Face Off: Return of the Champions"
Catch It on Syfy January 13
From the Futon Critic
Syfy’s critically-acclaimed reality competition series Face Off – the network’s most watched unscripted series – will return on Tuesday, January 13 at 9PM for an action-packed eighth season themed “Return of the Champions.” In a twist on the show’s traditional format, three former champions, Rayce Bird (Season 2), Anthony Kosar (Season 4) and Laura Tyler (Season 5), will return in the premiere and select teams of five new artists who they will coach throughout the season.

Additionally, the Season 8 premiere will be super-sized over two episodes. At the end of premiere, host McKenzie Westmore delivers a challenge twist in lieu of an elimination, forcing the action of the premiere to carry over into the next week’s episode. Makeup super-legend and seven-time Academy Award-winner Rick Baker (makeup artist for American Werewolf in London, The Men in Black trilogy, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Planet of the Apes) will appear in both episodes, first mentoring the artists and then appearing as a guest judge.

In a first for the series, Season 8 will feature an instant “watch and win” sweepstakes. During each episode, fans will be prompted to discuss who their favorite contestant is by using Twitter - making them automatically eligible to win a weekly prize. At the end of each episode, one lucky fan will be announced in an on air spot, on Twitter and featured on the Face Off show site on Syfy.com.

Season 8 will also feature the full-time return of fan-favorite and Academy Award-winning judge, Ve Neill, who recently wrapped work on The Hunger Games franchise.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/20/14


MIKE NICHOLS: 1931-2014
Noted Producer Played "What's My Line", "Laugh Line"
From the
Jewish Journal
Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of influential films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "The Graduate," and "Carnal Knowledge," died on Wednesday at age 83.

The prolific director passed away at his home of cardiac arrest, his spokeswoman said. A private service for the family will be held this week, followed by a memorial at a future date.

No director had ever moved between Broadway and Hollywood as easily as Nichols, one of the few people to win the Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards.

Nichols, whose career first blossomed with a comedy partnership with Elaine May in the late 1950s, was married to Diane Sawyer, former anchorwoman of ABC's "World News Tonight" broadcast.

ABC News President James Goldston announced Nichols' death in a memo to staff, saying he "passed away suddenly on Wednesday evening."

"In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theater," Goldston said. "He was a true visionary."

In memory of Nichols, marquees on Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed on Friday evening for one minute.

"Legendary director Mike Nichols shared his distinct genius for storytelling through the worlds of stage and film. Throughout his celebrated career in many mediums that spanned decades, he was always in awe of the thrill and the miracle that is theatre," Charlotte St. Martin, the executive director of the Broadway League, said in a statement.

In addition, Nichols was a guest on "Laugh Line" and "What's My Line?".

GSNN's Jason Huhn & Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

Jewish Journal
Communities Digital News

photo courtesy Rotten Tomatoes

posted 11/20/14


MARIA JOSE ALVARADO: 1995-2014
Miss Honduras, "X-O" Model Murdered
From the Irish Independent
The boyfriend of Miss Honduras’ sister has confessed to killing her and the 19-year-old beauty queen, a leading police officer has said.

Two bodies believed to be of Maria Jose Alvarado, who was due to compete in the Miss World Pageant in London in December, and her sister, Sofia, 23, were found buried on a river bank in mountains near Santa Barbara in Honduras on Wednesday.

Police General Ramon Sabillion told the Associated Press that Sofia’s boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, had admitted shooting the two women dead and taken officers to the burial site. A second man was also in custody.

Ruiz and the two sisters had gone to La Aguagua spa on Thursday last week to celebrate his birthday.

General Sabillon said Ruiz apparently shot Sofia after they argued because she had been dancing with another man. He then shot Maria Jose as she tried to run away, hitting her at least twice in the back.

The sisters were officially classed as missing for six days until the discovery of their bodies. The identities were still to be formally confirmed.

Their mother, Teresa Munoz, told Televicentro: “They were not very astute about assessing the people around them. They were just friendly. They were taken out by people they hadn't known very long.”

She added that Ruiz had called her the morning after their disappearance, acting nervously and claiming the women had left the party in a car with some other people.

Ms Alvarado had worked as a model on the TV game show El Show X O da Dinero, run by former presidential candidate Salvador Nasrallah.

Irish Independent
BBC News
The Guardian
London Evening Standard

photo courtesy Hispanic News Network

posted 11/20/14


DIEM BROWN: 1982-2014
"Challenge" Contestant Loses Battle with Cancer
From MTV
Diem Brown, whose tenacity shined bright throughout her years on “The Challenge” and embodied an unparalleled strength during numerous battles with cancer, has passed away, People confirms. She was 32.

“MTV is tremendously sad to hear the news that Diem Brown has lost her long battle with cancer,” the network said in a statement. “We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Diem was a true fighter and brought passion to everything she touched. We will miss her.”

Viewers were first introduced to the Southern native when she appeared on “Fresh Meat” in 2006. The then-wide-eyed newbie revealed on the series that she was suffering from ovarian cancer and opened up about her uphill battle to recover. But she was able to beat the disease and shortly after treatments — including chemotherapy, as well as surgery to remove an ovary, several lymph nodes and part of her fallopian tube — she returned to take part on “The Duel.” The warrior-like competitor showed her incredible bravery by removing her wig in front of the cameras — thanks to the encouragement of eventual boyfriend Chris “CT” Tamburello — and the touching incident is widely regarded as one of the most profound moments in the show’s storied history.

From there, she appeared on “The Gauntlet III,” “The Duel 2, “The Ruins” and “Battle of the Exes.” And while she never took home a top prize, her athleticism and grit were always on display.

Diem wasn’t only an inspiration onscreen: She used her personal experiences to become a patient advocate and founded Medgift, a gift registry site to aid anyone going through a medical hardship. She also hosted an MTV.com special in 2012, in which she spoke with young cancer survivors about their struggles.

But in June 2012, six years into remission, Diem faced another hurdle: Traces of the disease had returned. She candidly opened up about her second battle with cancer, even courageously documenting her hair loss and revealing plans to freeze her embryos in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother.

Diem prevailed again, sharing her positive prognosis in February 2013, and not long after undergoing chemotherapy, she returned to the “Challenge” circuit on “Rivals II,” where she and her partner Aneesa finished strong in fourth place.

Diem faced her toughest hardship in August, when she was diagnosed with cancer for a third time. But through it all, she showed her resilience and vowed to never give up, even during her final days.

“You can count me out all you want,” she recently told People. “But I’m not out. I’m fighting. I want to be here.”

MTV
The Daily Beast
Us Magazine
The Wrap
PerezHilton.com

photo courtesy the Daily Beast

posted 11/20/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Dismissed"

  • "American Idol" racism suit dismissed (Deadline)
     
  • The story behind the famous moniker of Winston Conrad Martindale (ABC News)
     
  • @midnight: making America fall in love with the panel show, one (^_^) joke at a time (The Guardian)
     
  • When is "MasterChef" competing against itself? When it's up for best adapted format at the Asian Television Awards (Business Recorder)
     
  • #TBT: Guy Fieri in 2000... for real this time (Deadspin)

posted 11/20/14

A Family Trip to Flavortown
Catch "Guy's Grocery Games" During January
From the Futon Critic
Guy Fieri's favorite things are food, fun and family, and he is bringing all three together in the New Year for a Guy's Grocery Games: Family Style showdown, premiering Sunday, January 4th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. The families will compete over four episodes, with each episode consisting of four teams made up of a different variation of family members, each including a chef, as they compete for a chance at the grand prize. Whether it is a child with two parents, a parent with two children or siblings working together, the families must navigate their way through the aisles of a grocery store, battling it out in different supermarket-themed obstacles, including shopping and cooking on a budget, cooking a meal with five ingredients or less, or the new game of station swap, among others. One-by-one the losing families must "check out" by a rotating panel of judges, featuring Melissa d'Arabian, Richard Blais, G. Garvin, Troy Johnson, Beau MacMillan, Catherine McCord and Aarti Sequeira. The last family standing goes on a shopping spree of a lifetime worth up to $20,000. These families know, live and love food, so don't miss all the laughs, tears, and sibling rivalries delivered Family Style!

Check out FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to get Guy's exclusive take on the family-style competition, learn more about the families competing, and see bonus behind-the-scenes photos and videos, including how Flavortown Market was built.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/19/14

Tuesday: The War At 8
The Hour Gives Us Options, All Winners
From the Futon Critic
CBS (14.748 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) moved into the top spot on Tuesday with its trio of "NCIS" (17.889 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (16.677 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and "Person of Interest" (9.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5).

NBC (7.678 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "The Voice" (10.497 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T1), "Marry Me" (5.327 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), "About a Boy" (4.307 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "Chicago Fire" (7.718 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4).

Next up was FOX (3.382 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with originals from "MasterChef Junior" (4.180 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), "New Girl" (2.800 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) and "The Mindy Project" (2.371 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.483 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) served up a repeat of "Shark Tank" (4.504 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12) followed by new episodes of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.535 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Forever" (4.409 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T14).
And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.579 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "Supernatural" (2.627 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T14) on The CW (3.103 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) closed out the night.

But the news continues to be bright for "The Chase". The GSN original quizzer was consistent with 645,000, leading into two new episodes of "IdioTest" at a series-high 561,000 and 505,000.

Elsewhere, "Ink Master" had 1.341 million. "Chopped" edged it out with 1.430 million. "@midnight" had 584,000.

The Futon Critic
TV Media Insights
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/19/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Empire State"

  • "American Idol" has a drop date: January 7 (Deadline)
     
  • "The Voice"... a case of Too Many Cooks? (Hollywood Reporter) PLUS Blake Shelton thinks he knows why we don't have a megastar yet... (Buzzfeed)
     
  • Alex Trebek gets namechecked and hood-passed (Eurweb) ... meanwhile, he'll be hosting the Tech Emmy Awards in January 6 (Broadway World)
     
  • Christopher Titus heads to Broadway (Broadway World)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: five neato keen game show facts... with Wink Martindale! (Mashable)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (WTVD Durham)

posted 11/18/14

GSN in 2015
Development Slate Includes Steampunk, Apps, and a Hellevator
From Deadline
GSN is delving into new genres of game programming as it expands its competitive entertainment roster for 2015. The network has six projects in development, including horror-themed game show Hellevator, produced by Matador and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Prods in association with Lionsgate TV. Matador’s Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin executive produce.

Hellevator features contestants entering a dark, mysterious warehouse – via an ominous-looking elevator – where they will compete in a series of scary, suspenseful and emotionally exhausting challenges. Only the survivors will make it out as winner.

Also on the 2015 development slate is Steampunk’d, a competition series featuring talented artists, designers and inventors who create “steampunk,” a popular genre of science fiction and fantasy that fuses modern technology and Victorian Age aesthetics to turn everyday objects into works of art. Other projects in development are How-To Games (working title), which utilizes popular Internet how-to videos to see how quickly contestants can pick up and repeat a wide range of tasks; Bingo Bash, which brings GSN’s popular digital app to the small screen; numbers game Winsnity, which features contestants’ attempts to organize seven compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from lowest to highest; and Face 2 Face, a studio-based dating series for the 21st century, which uses an app to drive a tailored search for each dater/contestant’s ideal physical “type.” Complete descriptions are below.

Previously announced pilot App Wars has tapped actress Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years, Dancing With The Stars) as host and tech experts Nolan Bushnell, Alyson Shontell and Prerna Gupta as judges. App Wars is executive produced by Cheri Brownlee and Barry Hennessey through Cheri Sundae Productions.

GSN recently announced a 65-episode second season of original series Idiotest, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib. It joins pickups for matchmaking series It Takes A Church and body-painting competition show Skin Wars, hosted by Rebecca Romijn.

GSN’s projects in development include:

HELLEVATOR

The horror-themed game show Hellevator features contestants entering a dark, mysterious warehouse – via an ominous-looking elevator – where they will compete in a series of scary, suspenseful and emotionally exhausting challenges. Only the survivors will make it out as winners. Hellevator is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Matador’s Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin executive produce. Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity,” “The Purge,” “Insidious” and “Sinister” franchises), who won a 2014 Emmy® Award for “The Normal Heart,” also executive produces.

STEAMPUNK’D

Steampunk’d is a wildly creative competition series featuring talented artists, designers and inventors who create “Steampunk,” a popular genre of science fiction and fantasy that fuses modern technology and Victorian Age aesthetics to turn everyday objects into works of art. Contestants will be challenged to marry objects from the past and present in order to create futuristic designs and inventions. Dramatic reveals each week will build to a grand finale of a fully Steampunk’d world, so get ready for “before” and “after” like none you’ve ever seen before! Steampunk’d is executive produced by Kimberly Belcher Ehrhard, John Ehrhard (“Hogan Knows Best,” “Miami Social”) and Lauren Stevens of Pink Sneakers Productions.

HOW-TO GAMES (working title)

This fast-moving game show utilizes hugely popular internet how-to videos to see how quickly contestants can pick up and repeat a wide range of tasks, from simple to complex: tasks like tying a bowtie, creating a balloon animal, cutting your own hair or picking a lock. How-To-Games is executive produced by Dwight Smith and Michael Agbabian of Mission Control Media, Inc. (“Face Off,” “Hollywood Game Night”).

BINGO BASH

In a first for GSN, the network is bringing its internationally popular digital app, Bingo Bash (over 900,000 players daily), to the small screen. Bingo Bash welcomes one lucky player into the studio each week and pits him or her against online opponents for the chance to win life-changing money.

WINSANITY

In Winsanity, one contestant attempts to organize seven compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from lowest to highest. Each successful ranking wins prizes for the team…and the audience, who also has a stake in the game. When the contestant wins a prize, the entire audience is awarded that same prize! However, if the contestant strikes out, then the audience members lose everything in this ultimate game of numbers. From executive producers Barry Poznick (“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”) of Barracuda Television Productions, and Chris Grant and Corie Henson of Electus.

FACE 2 FACE

Face 2 Face is a studio-based dating series for the 21st century, using an app to drive a tailored search for each contestant’s (dater) ideal physical “type.” During the show, the dater can see and hear the singles who have been chosen as potential matches, and is privy to everything about their lives via social media. However, the singles are not afforded the opportunity to see the dater. After the dater has narrowed the field to just one single, the tables are turned, with the winning single afforded the opportunity to see who’s been judging them. The single must now decide whether to stay and meet the dater, or bail before ultimately meeting face to face. Face 2 Face is based on a Keshet International format, produced by Keshet DCP.

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posted 11/18/14

Syndies: Week 7 (Sweeps 2)
Results for the Week Ending November 9
From B&C
The start of daylight savings and the November sweep were both in full effect in the week ending Nov 9, with several syndies hitting season highs. Meanwhile, a few shows were hurt by the President’s post-election news conference on Nov. 5, which caused a number of preemptions.

Most game shows played well. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! both hit new season highs. Wheel rolled to a 7.2 in households, inching a tenth ahead of CTD’s Judge Judy for the first time in 33 weeks, while advancing 4% from the prior session and staying even with last year. Jeopardy! notched a 6.7, up 3% for the week and year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud finished 5% lower for the week at a 5.9, but was up 18% from last year at this time. Among women 25-54, Feud led the game shows with a 2.8, followed by Wheel at a 2.5 and Jeopardy! at a 2.3.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire showed improvement with a 1.9 in households in its ninth week with new host Terry Crews, up 6% for the week but down 14% from last year at this time.

Among the first-run rookies, CTD’s Hot Bench declined 6% to a 1.5, after hitting a new series high in the prior session. Hot Bench led the first-run rookies among women 25-54 at a 0.8, down 11% from the prior week. NBCU’s already-renewed Meredith Vieira was steady at a 1.2. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, with numerous access clearances in top markets, tied Meredith with an unchanged 1.2.

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posted 11/18/14

Monday: State of Play
NBC, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
NBC (10.070 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) held onto the top demo spot with a new "The Voice" (10.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) and the premiere of "State of Affairs" (8.647 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4).

ABC (13.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then snagged the silver with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (14.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Castle" (9.917 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6).

Next up was FOX (5.506 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (6.405 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.608 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) offered up its mix of "2 Broke Girls" (7.920 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5), the departing "The Millers" (6.303 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9), "Scorpion" (10.006 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.698 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.414 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.114 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) closed out the evening on The CW (1.264 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On Comedy Central, "@midnight" gets 695,000 viewers.

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posted 11/18/14

Weekend: 100 Sharks
ABC's Landmark Friday Offering Reaches 100 Episodes, Takes a Bite Out of CBS
From The Futon Critic
ABC (6.491 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (7.075 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Cristela" (5.252 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Shark Tank" (7.575 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "20/20" (5.736 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

The silver then went to NBC (5.465 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with originals from "Dateline NBC" (7.974 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Grimm" (4.983 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Constantine" (3.438 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Next up was FOX (2.068 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with encores of "MasterChef Junior" (2.366 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "Gotham" (1.771 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.657 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) served up its specials "Hollywood Film Awards" (4.141 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Hollywood Film Awards Post-Show" (2.691 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) to limited results.

And finally, The CW (1.359 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) closed out the evening with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.658 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.393 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.192 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

"Deal With It" gave TBS 1.067 million viewers, over its average at the 9p timeslot. On the other hand, "On the Menu" continued its long strange trip downward with 393,000 for TNT.

On Food Network, we had...

- 8p: "Guy's Grocery Games" - 1.364 million
- 9p: "Holiday Baking Championship" - 1.750 million
- 10p: "Cutthroat Kitchen" - 1.331 million

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posted 11/18/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "NAKED GRANDMA!"

  • Steve Harvey reveals the worst answers he's ever heard (Zap2it)
     
  • Michael Johns died of natural causes... namely an enlarged heart (TMZ)
     
  • "You Don't Know Jack" is back (Hardcore Gamer)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: five consonants and a vowel about "Wheel of Fortune" (MSN)
     
  • Utopia's feel good cow story (Yahoo!)

posted 11/18/14

SYTYCD: Stage vs. Street
Fox Returns Dance-Off for 12th Season
From The Futon Critic
FOX has renewed the Emmy Award-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for a 12th season. From 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will return in the summer of 2015 with a dramatic new twist.

Throughout the auditions, the dancers who advance will be placed into two teams - the STAGE dancers, featuring those trained in styles such as contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap; and the STREET dancers, hopefuls skilled in hip-hop, animation or breaking. As the auditions continue, the judges, along with each team's All-Star Mentor, will eliminate dancers until only the Top 20 - 10 Street Dancers and 10 Stage Dancers - remain. When the competition goes "live," the Top 20 will be challenged weekly to perform a variety of styles, working with world-renowned choreographers. One dancer from each genre will be eliminated each week leading up to the Season Finale. Who will win... a dancer from the stage or the street? Find out when SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE returns in summer 2015.

"SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is a rare jewel. It combines high art with mass entertainment in a seamless, sophisticated and hugely satisfying way," said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice President, Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "It's produced and consumed with tremendous passion and it's developed one of the most deservedly loyal followings in all of unscripted television. We are immensely proud to be returning it to the schedule with a thrilling new twist that will bring it up to date and introduce a whole new set of rooting opportunities."

"The competition is going to be much more exciting for viewers and even more demanding for the dancers," said co-creator and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. "Dancers from different genres have always been competitive with each other and we've found a great way to harness that to bring out the absolute best performances in the best dancers across the country."

Audition cities and dates to be announced soon.

In September, Ricky Ubeda was named the Season 11 winner during the live two-hour Season Finale. Miami native Ubeda, 18, received the most votes and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine and the offer of a role in the Broadway revival of "On The Town." Ubeda also joined the rest of the Top 10 dancers for the Season 11 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Live Tour, which visits 77 cities in the U.S. and Canada and runs through February 18, 2015 at the Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND. Ticket information and more details are available at www.fox.com/dance.

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TV Line

posted 11/17/14

CW? More Like 3-W!
"Top Model", "Masters of Illusion", "Fool Us" Get New Orders
From The Futon Critic
The CW has ordered new seasons of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION to air during 2015. Each series will roll out throughout the year with specific premiere dates to be announced at a later time.

After acquiring the original British series from DCD Rights to air this past summer, The CW has ordered 13 brand new one-hour episodes of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US,which will go back into production next year. As in the previous series, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once, and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 117 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media) for ITV, with executive producers Peter Adam Golden and Andrew Golder.

Hosted by actor Dean Cain ("Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"), these 13 all new half-hour episodes of MASTERS OF ILLUSION feature great escapes, fascinating sleight-of-hand, and large scale illusions, all in front of a studio audience. The series features amazing magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists and escape artists, and performers in each episode display skills ranging from perplexing interactive mind magic to hilarious comedy routines. Live audience members and viewers at home will be baffled by the astounding skills of these modern illusionists. MASTERS OF ILLUSION is from Associated Television International with executive producers David McKenzie ("The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," "Marie"), Al Schwartz ("The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," "The Golden Globe Awards" 2013 & 2014, "The Gulf is Back"), Gay Blackstone ("The World Magic Awards" 2007-2009) and David Martin ("Marie"), along with co-executive producers Justin Pierce ("The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance") and Jim Romanovich ("Inside Story: Ferris Bueller's Day Off").

The CW has also ordered the 22nd cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, which will again feature men and women contestants vying for the TOP MODEL title. Dates for the start of production and premiere will be announced at a later date

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posted 11/17/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Starting Over Again For The First Time"

  • VIDEO WALL: new week, new "American Idol" promo (The Futon Critic)
     
  • It's about to get cold in Cleveland for Betty White, as TV Land ends the six-season sitcom (The Holllywood Reporter)
     
  • Guess who's big fat behind is about to go into the Indian "Big Brother" house (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • A shot of baby with Tila Tequila (Us Magazine)
     
  • Daniel Goddard, Melissa Ordway go from actors to models to judges (Soap Opera)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Noel Edmonds exercises in the dark with electronic pulses (Bristol Post)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Hair Jacked (Washington Post)
     
  • Claudia Jordan, come on down! You're the next "Real Housewife of Atlanta" (Zap2it)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with George Gray (Miami Herald)

posted 11/17/14

Thursday: No More Miller Time
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (9.159 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.287 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (9.976 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.216 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3).

CBS (9.866 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.070 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1), "Mom" (11.839 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (9.451 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "The McCarthys" (6.940 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Elementary" (6.949 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was FOX (4.471 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with fresh installments of "Bones" (5.510 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "Gracepoint" (3.432 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.704 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up originals from "The Biggest Loser" (4.452 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Bad Judge" (3.692 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "A to Z" (2.354 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Parenthood" (3.637 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.558 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Reign" (1.209 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the evening on The CW (1.383 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

History's "Pawnography" lead the cable troops with 1.717 million for its 10p showing & 1.534 for its 10:30p showing. "Project Runway All-Stars" had 1.512 million. "Beat Bobby Flay" had 1.149 million. "Project Runway: Threads" have 701,000.

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posted 11/14/14

Miracle Wheel
Wheel Teams with CMN Hospitals
From PR Web
America’s Game®, Wheel of Fortune is once again presenting its popular “Secret Santa Sweepstakes” brought to you by Walmart, and this year the at-home viewers aren’t the only winners. A Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of the winner’s choice will receive a cash donation matching their winnings with a minimum of $300,000 being donated during the course of the sweepstakes.

Each weeknight, from Dec. 8-19, Wheel of Fortune Wheel Watchers Club members will be watching to see if their Special Prize Identification Number (SPIN) ID is revealed, making them the winner of the same prizes as the show’s in-studio contestants. Whatever the home viewer wins will be matched in cash and donated to a Children's Miracle Network Hospital of the at-home winner’s choice. This marks the first time in Wheel of Fortune’s 32 seasons that the popular game show has produced weeks of shows that will directly benefit one charity.

“We are thrilled to join America’s No. 1 game show to help children’s hospitals this holiday season,” said Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO John Lauck. “I hope everyone has signed up for the Wheel Watchers Club and will be watching Wheel of Fortune to see if their SPIN ID comes up because those winners will provide charitable care, therapy programs and specialized life-saving treatments and equipment for the 10 million kids treated in our hospitals each year.”

To be eligible to win Wheel of Fortune’s “Secret Santa Sweepstakes,” viewers are asked to join Wheel of Fortune’s loyalty program, the Wheel Watchers Club, for free at wof.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org by Nov. 30. Each member is automatically assigned a unique, alpha-numeric SPIN ID Number.

If the viewer has a Wheel Watchers Club SPIN ID number, he or she will be eligible to win the exact same prizes won by the in-studio contestant and be able to pay it forward by selecting a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of their choice to receive the cash equivalent of their prizes or a minimum of $10,000.

Wheel Watchers Club members will want to watch Wheel of Fortune to see if their SPIN ID number is revealed and then log on to wheeloffortune.com within 24 hours of the broadcast to claim their prizes and take the first step to helping one of 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The sweepstakes SPIN ID reveal period spans “Walmart Family Week” (Dec. 8 – Dec. 12) and “Secret Santa”-themed shows (Dec. 15 – Dec. 19) on Wheel of Fortune. Walmart is a longtime supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The company’s associates and customers have raised more than $750 million for member hospitals throughout the partnership.

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posted 11/14/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Wink!"

  • SPOILER ALERT!: If you haven't seen Ken Jennings on "Millionaire" and wish not to be spoiled, do NOT CLICK THIS ARTICLE! (USA Today)
     
  • "The Carlton" may force Alfonso Ribeiro to the Dancing sidelines (TMZ)
     
  • Bonnie Hammer angry over lackluster ratings for a series that no one has heard of, no one is watching, and no one is pubbing (The Wrap)
     
  • "Bachelor in Paradise" plus "Rising Star" plus "The Quest" equals BYE FELICIA! Lisa Berger out at ABC (B&C)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wink Martindale (Fox News)
     
  • Craig Ferguson on the big story of the day... (Monsters & Critics)
     
  • Steve Harvey: real people trump celebrities (Orlando Sentinel)
     
  • Marc Summers could've been host of "Hollywood Squares" were it not for his OCD, so he says (Huffington Post)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Dating Naked (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Bob Barker donates $500,000 for rescued circus animals (New York Daily Animals)
     
  • A FEW MORE GOOD MINUTES with Wink Martindale (ABC News)

posted 11/14/14

A New Batch of Rednecks
Catch "Redneck Island" December 4
From The Futon Critic
CMT's ultimate competition series, REDNECK ISLAND, returns with a rowdy cast of rednecks beginning Thursday, December 4 at 10:00-11:30 p.m., ET/PT. Hosted by wrestling icon Steve Austin and country singer/songwriter and TV personality Jessie James Decker, the 10-episode series is filled with hijinks and hookups as 12 guys and 12 girls discover a new twist to the game which pairs male and female teammates up as bunkmates. Teams will have to prove they have the physical and mental toughness to survive, and make it to the end for the $100,000 cash prize. CMT will debut a sneak peek at the all-new season tonight, Thursday, November 13 at 10:58 p.m. ET/PT.

The all-new REDNECK ISLAND cast includes 24 contestants from across the south, including such states as Alabama, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky and Missisippi. For the full rundown of this season's contestants, visit the official show page at CMT.com.

Fans can follow along for exclusive news and video, photo galleries and more on CMT.com, the CMT App, the official REDNECK ISLAND Facebook page and on Twitter using #RedneckIsland.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/13/14

Wednesday: Burnett vs. Burnett
"Voice" Leads NBC over CBS
From TV Line
NBC (10.029 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) got a boost on Wednesday thanks to a special "The Voice" (10.609 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T2) followed by new episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10.013 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4) and "Chicago PD" (9.466 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #7).

ABC (7.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (8.117 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #9), "The Goldbergs" (7.541 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #8), "Modern Family" (9.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "Black-ish" (7.867 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T2) and "Nashville" (5.631 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (8.820 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with originals from "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.381 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T5), "Criminal Minds" (10.100 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T5) and "Stalker" (6.979 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.276 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.712 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10) and "Red Band Society" (2.839 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13).

And finally, The CW (2.178 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Arrow" (2.568 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and "The 100" (1.788 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

Wednesday on cable... Nothing broke a million.

- Top Chef (Bravo, 10p): 901,000
- Kitchen Inferno (Food, 10p): 650,000
- Rewrapped (Food, 7:30p): 648,000
- @midnight (Comedy Central, 12m): 611,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1, 10p): 578,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Exile in Redemption"

posted 11/13/14

Randy Jackson Leaving American Idol
For Real This Time
From TV Line
The Dawg has (once again) (finally) left the House That Kelly Clarkson Built.
Randy Jackson announced today that he will not return as a mentor (or in any other capacity) for Season 14 of American Idol — and whatever feelings of nostalgia you may or may not have about his run on Fox’s reality juggernaut, his exit is long, long overdue.

“After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave,” Jackson told our sister site Deadline, in a statement. “I’m proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what’s next.”

Jackson served as a judge for the show’s first 12 seasons, but after announcing his intent to leave in May 2013 (along with one-season-only disasters Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey), he was chosen to replace Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine as in-house mentor for Season 13, launching a post-Hollywood Week “Boot Camp” with Idol grads Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, and then — at least in theory — helping the Top 13 with song choice and arrangement once the live voting rounds began.

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posted 11/12/14

Tuesday: Return of the Mack
"Chase" Powered GSN Returns Big; NBC, CBS Split Broadcast
From various sources
NBC (10.526 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) claimed top demo honors on Tuesday thanks to a special two-hour "The Voice" (11.242 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) and a new "Chicago Fire" (9.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3).

CBS (13.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "NCIS" (17.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (14.876 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) and "Person of Interest" (9.027 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.753 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its combination of "MasterChef Junior" (4.805 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "New Girl" (2.949 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and "The Mindy Project" (2.453 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) offered up a new "Selfie" (3.267 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.890 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and fresh installments of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.266 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Forever" (4.211 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.402 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) and "Supernatural" (2.192 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) on The CW (2.797 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) closed out the night.

Spike's "Ink Master" led the demos with 1.402 million total to "Chopped's" 1.118 million. GSN's "The Chase" returned to 618,000 viewers, followed by a 392,500 average for "IdioTest".

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posted 11/12/14

More on "Let's Make a Deal: The Musical"
Catch It Thursday on CBS!
From The Philadelphia Tribune
On Thursday Nov. 13 on CBS, Wayne Brady will host a brand new “all-musical” themed episode of “Let’s Make a Deal,” celebrating “30,000 Reasons to Love Me” recipient of the show’s first-ever Emmy Award for “Best Original Song,” Thursday, Nov. 13, on CBS.

Brady, an improvisational genius, will sing his way through the wacky daytime game show, and encourage the zealous contestants to do the same.

“I’m from Arizona!” croaks one female contestant.

“You’ve got a face for film and a voice for magazines!” Brady, without missing a beat, sings in response.

Each “act” will feature a different style of music and varying levels of vocal skills. Brady and announcer Jonathan Mangum will show off their musical talent in numbers performed throughout the episode.

“I’ve been saying this so long now about the show. This is not a regular game show,” Brady, a multiple Emmy Award winner, said recently on “The Talk.” “I couldn’t have signed on to do a regular game show, ‘cause that’s not me. We — the whole team — they have crafted this thing where randomly, songs happen. Randomly, someone will dance. Randomly, I’m doing a scene with someone. Randomly, Jonathan and I are being silly doing this stuff, and we still get to have fun and give away the money. So we figured, why not just have an all-musical show where we get to have fun and we give [composer] Cat Gray a chance to play, and Jonathan and I, we improvise. And we sing a lot of the deals. We just won an Emmy, myself and Cat Gray, for the song that we wrote, which actually means a song that we improvised in a minute! That’s pretty cool, so we decided to devote a whole episode to it.”

The Philadelphia Tribune

posted 11/12/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Side Jobs"

  • Jane Lynch joins "Fox's Cause for Paws" Thanksgiving (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Nick Cannon looking for champagne wishes, caviar dreams for NBC (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Nikki Ferrell confirms what we already know. Now how about those three months you owe ME. (E!)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: CraigyFerg's Movember (YouTube)
     
  • Bruce Beresford-Redman, the producer awaiting trial for his wife's murder, gives CBS "48 Hours" (TV by the Numbers
     
  • Wink Martindale, Tylenol help GSN salute its game show heritage (TV Media Insights)
     
  • Pat Sajak sets straight a moment that really doesn't need to be set straight, but because it's 2014... (BizPacReview)
     
  • Steve Harvey's got a new book out, "Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success" (Forbes)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bob Eubanks (Lansing City Pulse)

posted 11/11/14

More "Wild'n Out" On the Way
But That's Not All!
From Broadway World
Continuing to build on its record-breaking ratings momentum while growing its pipeline of original comedic content, MTV2 today announced new season pickups for network hits "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" and "Guy Code," both of which will air in 2015. The network also greenlit two new comedy series, "MTV2's Joking Off" and "Number 2 News" (working title). Additionally, MTV2 is developing a new talk show pilot, "Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne," starring "Guy Code" fan favorite Charlamagne tha God, with Rich Korson ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "The Colbert Report") serving as the showrunner.

"With 'Wild 'N Out' and 'Guy Code' we created a home where comedians could break through and define THE VOICE of MTV2," said Chris McCarthy, General Manager of MTV2, mtvU and Logo TV. "Now with 'MTV2's Joking Off' and 'Number 2 News,' we're cultivating new playgrounds to discover rising talent - and build on the network's historic ratings."

Fueled by its slate of original programming, MTV2 recently recorded its most-watched broadcast year ever (October 2013 through September 2014) among the network's core demographic of young people ages 12-34. "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" is the highest-rated series in MTV2 history and it recently wrapped the first half of its sixth season in September 2014 as the top cable series in its time period among Teens. The sixth season will resume in Winter 2014 before the seventh season premieres in 2015. "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" is executive produced by Nick Cannon and Michael Goldman for NCredible Entertainment. Nile Evans serves as showrunner and executive producer. Candida Boyette-Clemons and Paul Ricci are executive producers for MTV2.

"MTV2's Joking Off" is where social media meets improv comedy. Featuring teams of rising young comedians, the hilarious, fast-paced, half-hour comedic game show celebrates the best of social media and the Internet, delivering laugh out loud reactions to the most ridiculous tweets, Instagram images, videos and write-ups ever posted. The teams must avoid getting joked off before one comedian reigns supreme. "MTV2's Joking Off" is executive produced by Back Roads Entertainment, with showrunner Michael Canter also serving as an executive producer. Candida Boyette-Clemons, Darin Byrne, Paul Ricci and Chris McCarthy serve as executive producers for MTV2.

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posted 11/11/14

Syndies: Week 6 (November Sweeps 1)
Results for the Week Ending November 2
From B&C
Syndication kicked off the November sweep in the week ended Nov. 2. The week included the first two weekdays of the sweep, which runs Oct. 30 – Nov. 26.
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Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, with access clearances in 11 of the top 30 markets, tied Meredith at an unchanged 1.2. Among women 25-54, the show recovered 17% the prior frame to a second-place 0.7, tying Warner Bros.’ The Real in the demo.

Three of the four game shows all hit new season highs. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune accelerated to a 6.9, up 6% from the prior week but down 4% from last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! posted a 6.5, up 3% both weekly and annually, and started its Tournament of Champions on Monday, Nov. 10. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud finished 5% higher at a 6.2 and was up 29% from last year. Feud also led the games among women 25-54 at a 2.8, followed by Wheel at a 2.3 and Jeopardy! at a 2.1.

On the other hand, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, with new host Terry Crews, was unchanged at a 1.8 in households, down 18% from last year at this time.

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posted 11/11/14

Monday: Blacklisted
NBC; ABC Split Night on First Night of "The Voice" Playoffs
From the Futon Critic
NBC (10.807 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was once again the demo champ on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (11.364 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) and the fall finale of "The Blacklist" (9.693 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2).

ABC (12.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its mainstays "Dancing with the Stars" (13.379 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "Castle" (9.653 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Next up was FOX (5.450 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) with originals from "Gotham" (6.301 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.600 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.432 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (7.643 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6), "The Millers" (6.523 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8), "Scorpion" (10.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.175 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Originals" (1.542 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.219 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) on The CW (1.380 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

"@midnight's" return to LA brought in 424,000.

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posted 11/11/14

Take Me Back
ITV Greenlights 7th Season of "Take Me Out"
From Digital Spy
ITV has confirmed the return of Take Me Out and spinoff show The Gossip.

Paddy McGuinness will return to host a seventh series of the dating game show on ITV in early 2015.

Take Me Out: The Gossip will also return on ITV2 with Mark Wright and new co-host Laura Jackson.

A new lineup of 30 single women will try and secure a date with a series of men on the isle of Fernando's.

McGuinness said: "I can't wait to get back in the studio and meet a brand new set of girls all hoping to meet their perfect man! With two marriages, three engagements and two babies under our belts, the girls and boys are in good hands!"

Digital Spy

posted 11/11/14

Weekend: Another Split End to the Week
ABC Gets the Youth Vote, CBS Gets Everyone Else
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.840 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.630 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Cristela" (4.976 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Shark Tank" (7.763 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "20/20" (6.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

CBS (8.809 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its trio of "The Amazing Race" (6.104 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (11.411 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

Next up was NBC (5.305 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) with originals from "Dateline NBC" (7.847 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Grimm" (4.936 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Constantine" (3.131 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.662 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up encores of "MasterChef Junior" (2.035 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Gotham" (1.289 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, The CW (1.187 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.400 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.214 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.068 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

On cable, here's how Food Network's lineup fared.

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.133 million
- 9p: Holiday Baking Championship (premiere) - 1.543 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.210 million

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posted 11/10/14

Duh, Twinning.
VH1 Greenlights New Competition
From TV by the Numbers
Identical twins have a unique and undeniable bond, sharing things with each other that fascinate the rest of us. Some sleep in the same bed. Some sleep with the same people. They all claim special "twin powers" that range from the amusing, like finishing each other’s sentences, to the astonishing, like actually feeling each other’s physical pain. Now, for the first time ever, VH1 is doubling down on a reality competition series that will put this twin-tuition to the test. “Twinning” (working title) will premiere in Summer 2015 with ten hour-long episodes.

Created and produced by Lighthearted Entertainment (“Dating Naked”), “Twinning” (WT) is an arc’d competition series in which twelve sets of twins will go head to head for a grand prize of $222,222.22. But getting there won’t be easy. Viewers can expect double the meltdowns, double the hook-ups, and, of course, double the twists as the contestants are pushed to their limits in unexpected ways.

"’Twinning’ (WT) is a crazy concept and we are all the way in,” said Susan Levison, EVP of Original Programming and Production for VH1. "This will be a competition series like no other and we love to pique our viewers’ twinterest. Come one, come all for the noisiest house show in years.”

As the strengths and weaknesses of each twin pair is revealed, relationships will be tested and resentments will be exposed. In the end, the pair of twins left standing will win the cash prize, and be crowned as the twinners.

Lighthearted Entertainment’s Howard Schultz, Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler will serve as executive producers. Executive producing for VH1 are Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly, Fernando Mills and Tricia Biggio.

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posted 11/11/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Ponies"

  • #ICYMI: Pat Sajak walks off "Wheel" set after 31 years of.... well... see for yourself (People)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Jeff Daniels, Jimmy Fallon, Usher & Nick Jonas play a mean "Pyramid" (Cinema Blend)
     
  • Craig Charles: I'm a smeghead! Get me out of here! (Mirror)
     
  • "Knightmare" voted the best kids' program in the UK over the last 60 years. Blue Peter unavailable for comment (Bristol Post)
     
  • Joan Rivers' autopsy reveals doctors were negligent during fatal operation (Jezebel)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Brooke Burns (Lansing State Journal)

posted 11/11/14

The Show: TONIGHT!
Ben Ingram, Julia Collins, Arthur Chu Joins Field of 15 for Jeopardy! TOC
From the Futon Critic
Julia Collins and Arthur Chu, two of the most talked-about JEOPARDY! contestants ever, return to battle for a $250,000 grand prize with 13 other former champions in the Tournament of Champions, beginning Monday, November 10.

The two-week event showcases the most successful contestants from the past two seasons, including Collins and Chu. In June of this year, Collins captured the nation’s attention by becoming the first woman in JEOPARDY! history to win 20 games, a streak that places her 2nd on the all-time consecutive wins list; only Ken Jennings (74 games) has won more games than she has. Arthur Chu generated headlines last spring with his controversial playing style, using the “Forrest Bounce” technique instead of running through a category in order. He won 11 games, placing him 4th on the all-time consecutive wins list.

“Collectively, the 15 players returning for the Tournament of Champions have won 100 games, which illustrates the high level of competition viewers should expect from this year’s tournament,” said JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek. “With so many bright, successful contestants in the mix, it’s nearly impossible to predict a winner, so you’ll have to watch to see who comes out on top.”

The tournament field consists of the players who won the most games since the last JEOPARDY! Tournament of Champions in February 2013. In addition to the top-scoring multi-game winners, two College Championship winners and one Teachers Tournament winner earned automatic berths by winning their respective tournaments. The full contestant field is as follows:

- Sandie Baker, 6 games won, $140,200 total winnings, Eastpoint, Mich.
- Joshua Brakhage, 5 games won, $103,205 total winnings, South Coffeyville, Okla.
- Arthur Chu, 11 games won, $,297,200 total winnings, Broadview Heights, Ohio
- Julia Collins, 20 games won, $428,100 total winnings, Kenilworth, Ill.
- Jim Coury, College Champion S29, $100,000 total winnings, Olmstead Falls, Ohio
- Jared Hall, 6 games won, $181,001 total winnings, Washington, D.C.
- Drew Horwood, 8 games won, $138,100 total winnings, Maple Grove, Minn.
- Ben Ingram, 8 games won, $176,534 total winnings, Florence, S.C.
- Mark Japinga, 4 games won, $112,600 total winnings, Madison, Wisc.
- Sarah McNitt, 5 games won, $89,398 total winnings, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Andrew Moore, 6 games won, $137,803 total winnings, Dacula, Ga.
- Terry O’Shea, College Champion S30, $100,000 total winnings, Bridgewater, N.J.
- John Pearson, Teachers Tournament Champion, $100,000 total winnings, Richardson, Texas
- Rani Peffer, 5 games won, $68,701 total winnings, Crittenden, Ky.
- Rebecca Rider, 5 games won, $101,600 total winnings, Queens, N.Y.

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posted 11/10/14


Jeff Foxworthy Goes Back to School
Fox Greenlights THIRD Version of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader"
From the Futon Critic
FOX is bringing back the popular and critically praised quiz show ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? for another season on FOX. Executive-produced by Mark Burnett, the show features comedian Jeff Foxworthy, who returns as host.

"ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? shares so much DNA with the FOX brand that it feels only natural to return it to the schedule - it's smart, witty, irreverent and it turns the adult/child power dynamic upside-down," said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Fox Broadcasting Company. "All of the core components of the classic format will be there, but we are also adding new twists that make it fresher and more fun for viewers."

"I have loved this competition from our first show and the timing couldn't be better for 5th GRADER to return to FOX, as there is nothing like it on television," added Burnett. "Kids today are smarter than ever and the adults who try to take them on will have an even harder task ahead of them."

Unlike the typical game show that measures intelligence, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? tests adults' lack of knowledge - as revealed by how much they've forgotten since their grammar school days, proving that older doesn't always mean wiser. Grown-ups will again find themselves in a classroom setting, revisiting their youth, as they tackle subjects they've already been taught, ranging from art to geography and math to social studies.

Test questions, which are derived from actual textbooks from 1st grade through 5th grade, could be similar to, and as simple as, the following:

· In what state is the Grand Canyon located?

· What are the names of the first three Presidents?

· Is 17 a prime number or a composite number?

Have you forgotten? Are you stuck? Well, in ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?, the players are not alone. There is a way for contestants to be permitted to "cheat" in this classroom. The adults will have the opportunity to get some help from real grade-schoolers, who will offer what they think is the correct a-n-s-w-e-r.

Premiering in 2007, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? immediately resonated with viewers, winning its Thursday time period among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and Teens. Following three seasons on FOX, the series enjoyed a successful syndication run.

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posted 11/10/14

GSN Lines Up the Premiere
Catch the 2-Hour Premiere Event December 23!
From Multichannel News
As an alternative to TV’s familiar December diet of holiday-themed specials and repeats, Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, will debut an original two-hour traveling game show event, THE LINE, produced by High Noon Entertainment, on Tuesday, December 23 at 9pm ET/PT.

Shot on location in Nashville, TN, THE LINE is a unique game show offering everyday people the chance to win cash and prizes for doing something that often can be stress-inducing, especially during the holidays: standing in line! Though the ultimate goal is to get to the “Trivia Vault” at the front of the line, where each contestant attempts to win a jackpot by answering eight true or false questions, many will have an opportunity to play and win just by standing in line. The jackpot grows with each contestant who fails to answer his or her eight questions correctly while in the “Trivia Vault” – so being at the end of the line could have a big payout! Unlike many game shows where only a few people are chosen to play, everyone who shows up in THE LINE gets an opportunity to win.

Co-hosts Jeff Davis and Candace Bailey help keep THE LINE lively and moving. Davis is best known for frequent guest appearances on the long-running “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and appearances on “The Norm Show,” “The Drew Carey Show” and “The Sarah Silverman Show,” among others. Bailey, formerly the co-host of G4’s “Attack of the Show,” was most recently a panelist/judge on “The Next Geek Thing.”

THE LINE is produced by High Noon Entertainment for GSN. Executive producers are Jim Berger, Scott Feeley and Michael Dietz.

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posted 11/10/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Cleveland Show"

posted 11/10/14

Thursday: Too Little, Too Late?
NBC Canceled Sitcoms Gain; CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (9.001 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the demo champ for the second week in a row thanks to "Grey's Anatomy" (8.041 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (9.779 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.183 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3).

CBS (10.115 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (16.570 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1), "Mom" (11.518 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (9.824 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6), "The McCarthys" (7.429 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and "Elementary" (7.675 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.238 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with its lineup of "The Biggest Loser" (4.733 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Bad Judge" (4.180 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12), "A to Z" (3.166 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and "Parenthood" (4.308 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.287 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up originals from "Bones" (5.598 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "Gracepoint" (2.976 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.559 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Reign" (1.324 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the evening on The CW (1.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

"Pawnography" returned with 1.675 million to lead the night, leading to 1.536 million for the nightcap. "Project Runway All-Stars" had 1.396 million. "Project Runway Threads" continues to struggle with 722,000. "@midnight" ended its week in NYC with 548,000. "Beat Bobby Flay" had 836,000.

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posted 11/7/14

More on "The Sing-Off"
Patrick Stump Replaces Ben Folds as Judge
From the Futon Critic
NBC will air a two-hour holiday special of its popular a cappella musical competition series "The Sing-Off" on Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT. Six new groups will compete for a first-place prize of $50,000.

Returning judges Jewel and Shawn Stockman will be joined by Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump while Nick Lachey is once again set as host.

Patrick Stump is the lead singer for Chicago-based Grammy-nominated rock band Fall Out Boy. The band's first single, "Centuries," from their forthcoming album for Island Records/DCD2, has become a multi-format radio smash, quickly charting in the top 10 on modern rock and now exploding on the Top 40 chart. The track debuted at #1 on the iTunes Alternative Chart and the song already has more than 20 million plays on Spotify and 3 million plays on YouTube in just three weeks. Fall Out Boy has also written the song "Immortals," featured in the trailer and the film "Big Hero 6" from Disney.

Last year's "Sing-Off" champions Home Free saw their recent album release "Crazy Life" go to #1 on the country iTunes chart and #4 on the overall iTunes chart. They embarked on a 36-show tour in support of the album and have appeared on shows such as "Today" and "Fox and Friends."

As another sign of the influence of "The Sing-Off," Pentatonix have become a musical force since winning the third season. Since their debut in 2011, the quintet has released four EP's and their first full-length holiday CD "That's Christmas To Me,", selling more than 600,000 copies combined with three of the releases debuting in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. Having recently eclipsed 6.6 million subscribers and over 625 million cumulative views, the Pentatonix official YouTube page is currently the 13th most subscribed-to music channel, having surpassed the subscriber totals of both Avicii and Beyoncé.

"The Sing-Off" is produced by United Artists Media Group (a joint venture among MGM, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Corporation) along with Outlaw Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television.

Mark Burnett (NBC's "The Voice") is the executive producer. Deb Newmyer, Sam Weisman and James Sunderland are also executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/7/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "League of International Hosts"

  • Stephen Fry QuIts Twitter (The Telegraph)
     
  • Elvira Kurt spins off into a play November 22 (KawarthaNow.com)
     
  • ICYMI: Stephen Colbert introduces Thursday's #HashtagWars (YouTube)
     
  • Gordon Ramsay gets the riot act from PETA about Thursday's bonus trip, gives ZERO damns (The Wrap)

posted 11/7/14

Wednesday: Nashville
CMAs Help ABC to O-N-E
From the Futon Critic
ABC (16.145 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) was of course the network to beat on Wednesday with its coverage of "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" (16.145 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (8.699 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and its trio of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.629 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and "Stalker" (7.276 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

Next up was NBC (6.923 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.761 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.910 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Chicago PD" (6.098 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.619 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Red Band Society" (2.874 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, first-run installments of "Arrow" (2.624 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "The 100" (1.715 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) closed out the evening on The CW (2.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable, "Top Chef" drummed up 906,000. "@midnight" have 564,000. "The Ultimate Fighter" had 494,000.

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posted 11/6/14

Chinese Kids Get a Voice
Youku Tudou License Format
From Gnomes
China’s leading Internet television company, today announced that it has obtained the exclusive rights from Talpa Holding, an international media company, to produce The Voice Kids format in China. This project will be operated by the company’s Tudou division. This collaboration combines the strengths of Youku Tudou and Talpa media with the power of The Voice franchise.

The Voice Kids was created by the Dutch media tycoon John de Mol as a sister show to the widely successful reality show, The Voice. The positive and compassionate nature of The Voice is easily transformed into a fun and enriching kids’ vocal competition. Launched in 2012, The Voice Kids offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for talented children, as top recording artists guide them with care to help develop their talent from beginning to end. There are currently 25 local versions of The Voice Kids in production worldwide and the show has become a primetime success in its own right.

The Voice of China has already been a social phenomenon, and a smash hit in each of its three seasons, garnering the No.1 viewership rating among shows in its category. The Voice Kids is expected to build on the popularity of this franchise in China.

The Voice of China Kids will retain the classic format including blind auditions, electrifying battles, and professional coaching. As it is based on an internet platform, it will have opportunities for viewers to interact with the show across multiple screens.

“We’re excited to bring this worldwide hit format to China and its integration into the Youku Tudou media and entertainment ecosystem will add further appeal beyond its already great interactive, participatory quality and unique design. I believe that The Voice of China Kids provides a wonderful opportunity for today’s kids who are very expressive and want a platform to show their talents. By appealing to all ages, I’m sure it’ll be great for families to watch together week after week,” said Weidong Yang, President of Tudou.

“I am thrilled that The Voice Kids will come to the Chinese audience through a pioneering media outlet such as Tudou. The Voice Kids has already received high ratings and recognition from around the world. With the huge success of The Voice of China, I believe The Voice of China Kids will receive massive attention and generate a huge amount of buzz for the Chinese audience,” said John de Mol, President of Talpa Media.

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posted 11/6/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Chef Irons"

  • Aaron Grissom goes from yelling on "Top Chef" to smacking his woman up (TMZ)
     
  • Merv Griffin heading to DVD (Deseret News)
     
  • Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood head to Red Bank (Asbury Park Press)
     
  • "Wheel of Fortune" slots again to IGT (Gaming Intelligence)

posted 11/6/14

Spike Has the Framework
Common Hosts New Series
From The Futon Critic
Spike TV is building a new original non-scripted franchise with the first-ever furniture design competition series, "Framework," hosted by renowned hip-hop artist, actor, and author, Common. Premiering Tuesday, January 6 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT, "Framework" will showcase the nation's best emerging furniture designers as they compete for a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity for their work to be sold by a major manufacturer.

Over the course of ten weeks, 13 of these innovative and inspiring builders will put their artistry and skill to the test in a series of challenges. The competitors will be pushed to the brink of their physical and creative limits with challenges that ask them to reconsider everything they know about designing and building furniture. The builders will use unconventional materials, rethink classic furniture pieces, and incorporate a variety of techniques and disciplines to demonstrate their mastery of furniture creation. In each episode, a contestant will be eliminated by a panel of judges led by host Common. Throughout his career as an artist, Common has been on the cutting edge of trends and brings his keen eye for style and understanding of consumer desire to the competition. He will be joined by two of the most influential names in the furniture world today; Nolen Niu and Brandon Gore.

Niu, whose award-winning designs have been featured in over 300 publications worldwide and whose varied client list includes Andaz hotels, MGM Mirage properties and Esquire Magazine will speak to the contestants' designs. Gore, internationally acknowledged as an artisan who has revolutionized the use of concrete in furniture, will critique the builders on their ability to execute their designs. Gore's furniture line, Hard Goods, has been featured in Dwell, Vogue, Wired and many other design publications and won "Best Furniture Design" at Dwell on Design 2012. As judges, Niu and Gore possess a critical eye for creativity and quality - along with constructive yet brutal honesty. They will also serve to inspire and counsel the builders in an effort to bring out their best work.

No stranger to outstanding work, Common has inspired audiences through music, movies, television, books and his philanthropy. Common is one of hip-hop's most poetic and respected lyricists having garnered multiple Grammy Awards throughout his career. His tenth studio album Nobody's Smiling debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Chart in July 2014. In addition to his award-winning music career - Common's work in film ("American Gangster," "Wanted," "Terminator Salvation,"), television (acclaimed AMC series "Hell On Wheels"), and his multiple written works (The MIRROR and ME, I Like You But I Love ME, and New York Times Best Seller, One Day It'll All Make Sense) have proven his status as a true entertainment multi-hyphenate. In addition to his music, film, and literary pursuits, Common has been the face, voice and inspiration behind some of the largest consumer brands in the country including SPRITE, Gatorade's G Series, Diesel's fragrance for men, "Only the Brave," and Microsoft's "Softwear" clothing t-shirt line.

"Framework" is a ten one-hour episode series created by Dwight D. Smith and Michael Agbabian of Mission Control Media ("Hollywood Game Night," "Face Off") who serve as Executive Producers. Andrea Richter ("Ink Master") and Common also serve as Executive Producers.

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posted 11/5/14

Tuesday: Master Class
MasterChef Junior Helps Fox to 1st in the Demo; CBS Takes Audiences
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.108 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday thanks to the return of "MasterChef Junior" (5.051 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) followed by new episodes of "New Girl" (3.422 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "The Mindy Project" (2.909 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

NBC (6.114 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed a close second place with its mix of "The Voice" (9.517 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Marry Me" (4.981 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "About a Boy" (4.130 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "NBC News Special" (4.270 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

Next up was CBS (9.027 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with repeats of "NCIS: New Orleans" (10.001 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "NCIS" (11.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) plus "CBS News Special" (5.367 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.681 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up a new "Selfie" (3.945 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), a second "Selfie" (3.419 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and specials "Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!" (3.853 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "ABC News Special" (3.508 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.870 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Supernatural" (1.288 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) on The CW (1.579 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable... "Ink Master" topped the A18-49 bracket with 1.456 million. "Chopped" had 1.247 million watchers. "@midnight" stayed up to 658,000.

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posted 11/5/14

No Points!
"@midnight" Cancels Artie Lange's Appearance Since Obscene Twitter Rant
From Buzzfeed
On Wednesday, comedian and television personality Artie Lange tweeted that his appearance on late-night comedy show @Midnight had been cancelled due to his tweets regarding Cari Champion, host of ESPN2’s First Take.

"They're now telling me I can't appear on @midnight tonight cause of the pressure they're getting from these groups," Lange tweeted. "But who cares. I love the show & it's my living but who cares. These groups have won again. All I care about is @CariChampion Truly. But I'm sure you'll be ok. You're gorgeous & talented. I hope I didn't offend U. To the PC army. Congrats! U won again! Gluten free cake!"

On Tuesday, in a series of tweets, Lange described a fantasy that we cannot in good conscience post here.

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posted 11/5/14

Technical Difficulties Threaten "Takeaway"
WGA East Threatens Strike
From The Wrap
After he hosts the Oscars in February, Neil Patrick Harris might have to cross a picket line to get to his next gig. The WGA East is threatening to strike the NBC variety show he will host next year unless its producers sign a guild contract. And if it comes to a strike, Harris’ all-around-good-guy image could take a drubbing because he’s one of the show’s executive producers.

NBC last week ordered 10 episodes of the variety show based on Britain’s popular Saturday Night Takeaway. Trouble is, it will be produced by ITV Studios America, which hasn’t signed a contract with the guild and has been locked in a bitter labor dispute with the union over reality shows it produces in the U.S. Unfortunately for Harris, he has walked into a long-running fight: The guild has been trying to get a contract with ITV for its American reality shows for more than four years, and in June it accused the company of working its nonunion writers and producers in “sweatshop conditions.”

In a letter sent Friday to ITV executives, WGA East Executive Director Lowell Peterson said that he is “puzzled that ITV apparently intends to produce the show” with nonunion writers and producers. “We have already alerted our many hundreds of comedy-variety members to the fact that ITV is fighting the guild and will not agree to the standard terms of a collective bargaining agreement with us,” Peterson told the ITV executives, reminding them that “fighting the guild is counterproductive for a company that seeks to solidify and expand its presence in American television.”

A spokesperson for ITV Studios America said the company “is very excited about the series … but we are not yet in production and no airdates have been set.” NBC declined comment.

Harris tweeted, "Know this: my variety show will absolutely be crafted by union writers. I've been assured by ITV that it will be a WGA show. Period."

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Neil Patrick Harris hosts an adaptation of "Saturday Night Takeaway" for NBC

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posted 11/4/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Money Money Yeah Yeah"

  • FIRST LOOK: "The Price Is Right's" Big Money Week (next week!) (CBS) and "The Bachelor" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Animals can stay in "Utopia"; isn't this how "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" began? (TMZ)
     
  • Claudia Jordan opens up about bout with depression (Inquisitr)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: W-H-E-E-... (Business2Community) plus a few good minutes with Vanna (KHON Honolulu)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: six game show themes with lyrics (AV Club)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Spin-Off" host Elvira Kurt (Straight.com)

posted 11/5/14

Mr. Trump Has His Apprentices
Catch The New "Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC January
From TV by the Numbers
Donald Trump, executive producer and star of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” announced on TODAY this morning the new and exciting lineup of famous faces that will compete in the seventh installment of the series. The new season will premiere on Sunday, Jan. 4 from 9-11p.m. ET/PT before settling in its regular time slot, Monday at 8-10 p.m.

The contestants: Shawn Johnson, Leeza Gibbons, Lorenzo Lamas, Kevin Jonas, Jamie Anderson, Johnny Damon, Vivica A. Fox, Geraldo Rivera, Kate Gosselin, Ian Ziering, Terrell Owens, Gilbert Gottfried, Sig Hansen, Brandi Glanville, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Kenya Moore.

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posted 11/4/14

"Celebrity Name Game" Leads... Newcomers... in Women 25-54
On Deck in November: Weekend Shows
From The Futon Critic
Celebrity Name Game, which premiered this fall in homes across America, enters the November sweeps leading the pack for new, nationally syndicated shows in the advertiser-coveted demo of Women 25-54. The daily program continues to add viewers each week, making it one of the breakout fall launches this season.

Breaking news and World Series games created widespread preemptions in the week ended Oct. 26, the final week before the November sweep. Celebrity Name Game, with access clearances in 11 of the top 30 markets, was steady at a 1.2. Among women 25-54, the show sank 33% to a 0.6.

Among the games, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune rolled to a 6.5, up 2% from the prior week but down 7% from last year at this time. CTD’s Jeopardy! answered with a 6.3, up 3% for the week and year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, after tying Jeopardy! for second place in households in the prior frame, dipped 3% to a 5.9 but was still up 26% from last year at this time. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire declined 10% to a new season-low 1.8 in its seventh week with new host Terry Crews, losing 18% from last year at this time.

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posted 11/4/14

Monday: NYC... Nonstop
ABC, NBC Split Night
From various sources
"@midnight's" first show in New York City was typical "@midnight", with audiences in the 436,000 range watching its first show from the New York Comedy Festival with special guests Jon Hamm and The Iron Sheik.

NBC (10.976 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was once again Monday's demo champ thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (11.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) and "The Blacklist" (9.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T2).

CBS (8.934 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and FOX (5.519 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) then split the silver as the latter served up new episodes of "Gotham" (6.550 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T2) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.490 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

Next up was the aforementioned Eye with originals from "2 Broke Girls" (7.961 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "The Millers" (6.779 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "Scorpion" (10.300 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.131 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (11.377 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) offered up a new "Dancing with the Stars" (13.236 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6) plus its special "Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs that Changed Country Music with Robin Roberts" (7.657 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.298 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.417 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) closed out the evening on The CW (1.357 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

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posted 11/4/14

Weekend: Paradise Lost
Fox Calls Off Social Experiment, Whilst CBS, ABC Split
From various sources
Fox has pulled the plug on its ambitious reality series “Utopia,” two months into what was supposed to a 12-month, 24/7 chronicle of the efforts of a group of strangers to create a new society while living in isolation on a ranch in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Fox said it would pull the plug on its live stream of the activities on the compound later today. The show had been airing in the Friday 8 p.m. slot, although it was off the air two weeks ago while Fox carried post-season baseball games. As of this Friday the show will be replaced by “MasterChef Junior” reruns.

The cancellation is not surprising. “Utopia” launched Sept. 7 with a plan to air twice a week, in addition to the live feeds available via UtopiaTV.com. But the Tuesday edition of “Utopia” was quickly yanked due to low ratings. Fox (1.394 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up the series finale (1.564 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and a repeat "Gotham" (1.225 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

ABC (6.576 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was back in front among demos thanks to new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Cristela" (5.417 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Shark Tank" (7.622 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "20/20" (6.123 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (8.864 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the most-watched network with originals from "The Amazing Race" (5.938 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.468 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (11.187 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was NBC (4.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and week two of its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (7.262 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Grimm" (4.545 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Constantine" (3.124 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.128 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.161 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) led into a new "America's Next Top Model" (0.812 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On Sunday, Food Network's night went like this...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.262 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.019 million

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posted 11/4/14

Two Tribes... Two Seasons
BBC Reups for 60 More Shows of Richard Osman Series
From Digital Spy
Two Tribes has been renewed for a second series.

The Richard Osman quiz show sees contestants work together in teams determined by qualities they have in common.

A total of 60 new half-hour episodes will air on BBC Two in 2015.

James Fox, Creative Director at the show's producers Remarkable Games, said: "Two Tribes is a hugely play-along game built around an irresistibly simple quick fire quiz.

"It gives Richard the chance to find out all sorts of funny, revealing and bizarre information about our contestants. With double the amount of episodes for this second run, we can't wait to unleash the Two Tribes questionnaire on the nation once again."

The first series of the show premiered in August this year.

Osman previously admitted that he expected his hit quiz show Pointless to "disappear" after one series.

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posted 11/4/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Case of the Ex"

  • Taylor Swift coaches a "Voice" contestant singing one of her exes' songs. And then it gets weird (Us Magazine)
     
  • "Dancing with the Stars" heads on tour December 27 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Wayne Brady opens up about bout with depression (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • Daymond John not a fan of SNL's "Shark Tank" ISIS sketch (The Wrap)
     
  • @Midnight invades NYC (The Interrobang)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peter Sagal (Time)

posted 11/4/14

Travel Channel Is Looking for a Star
Catch Them at That's Voiceover November 9-10
From The Futon Critic
Travel Channel is searching for the next "Travel Channel Star!" Today, the Network kicks off its coast-to-coast quest to uncover Travel Channel's next person whose undeniable thirst for travel and adventure stands out from the rest. In a three-round competition series premiering in 2015 on Travelchannel.com, the process will culminate in a one-hour on-air special announcing the winner. The winner will then showcase their unique point-of-view and hosting skills in their own five-part series on the Network's digital platforms. Participants can submit their video for the first-round selection process November 3 through April 15, 2015. The announcement was made today by Ross Babbit, SVP, Programming and Development, Travel Channel.

Contestants can only submit one video and will have three ways to enter:

· Come to our first live casting call at the That's Voiceover!(TM) Career Expo at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York on November 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

· Come to our casting call at the Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica, Calif. in early 2015 (exact date and times to be announced soon).

· Submit a two-minutevideo online at TravelChannelStar.com

Judging the competition are three Travel Channel experts: Jodi Bettencourt, vice president of editorial content for Travel Channel Digital; Anna Garwood, director of programming and talent relations; and Rob Pralgo, host of "Travel 911," a web series that provides tips on how to get through travel emergencies. Travel Channel's master of fun Bert Kreischer will host the special and recap highlights from the competition series in the one-hour special to air next year. Additionally, the judges will have help from fans, who can vote for their favorite videos online.

"I'm often asked the question, 'how can I be a host for Travel Channel?' Now we're giving our viewers a chance to do just that", says Babbit. "The video submissions should tell a story and highlight a location that matches contestants' travel expertise. The best travel videos include an array of topics like food, adventure, unique shopping and local attractions. But what we really want to see come through is personality, point-of-view and a distinct passion and excitement for travel."

Travel Channel is a proud sponsor of the That's Voiceover!(TM) Career Expo, an exciting, interactive, career event where top creative directors, talent agents and casting directors connect with new and well-established voiceover talent. The That's Voiceover!(TM) Career Expo and the Voice Arts(TM) Awards are presented by the Society of Voiceover Arts and Sciences(TM) and will be held November 9-10, 2014 at the Museum of the Moving Image. Tickets are available for the conference and award show at www.sovas.org

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posted 11/3/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "It Runs in the Family"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS: "Keep It In the Family" (Daily Mail) and "Hair Jacked" (New York Times)
     
  • Anita Gillette opens her own show on Broadway (Broadway World)
     
  • Jerry Springer goes behind the "Baggage" in Austin (Austin360.com)
     
  • TODAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: 55 years ago, Charles Van Doren admitted that he was given all of the answers to "Twenty One" (UPI)

posted 11/3/14

NBC Reassesses Space Race
SpaceShipTwo Disaster A Setback to Space Tourism
From Deadline
NBC says it’s “gathering information on the situatuon” after Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo spacecraft crashed today in the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. The fatal accident occurred one year after NBC announced it had bought the space travel reality series Burnett had been pitching with British mogul Richard Branson. titled Space Race, in which everyday people would compete for a trip into space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. The training of the contestants would be done at Virgin Galactic’s home in Spaceport America in New Mexico.

Virgin Galactic issued a statement saying the “vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo.” That vehicle was carried aloft by a jet, White Knight 2; from which, in practice, it would be launched into sub-orbit. White Knight 2, has landed safely, Virgin Galactic said today.

SpaceShipTwo exploded after it was released from the jet, Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed the crash, told Associated Press. The accident occurred at 50,000 feet at around 10 AM PT, during what has been described as the first major test for SpaceShipTwo, according to various reports.

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posted 10/31/14

Thursday: Walk It Out, "Bad Judge" & "A to Z"
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.972 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday thanks to its annual rebroadcast of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (6.249 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) followed by new episodes of "Scandal" (9.145 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (8.522 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T3).

CBS (10.678 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then had to settle for second place despite the debut of its lineup "The Big Bang Theory" (16.220 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1), "Mom" (11.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T3), "Two and a Half Men" (11.015 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T3), "The McCarthys" (8.783 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and "Elementary" (8.167 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

Next up was FOX (4.433 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with originals from "Bones" (5.528 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "Gracepoint" (3.338 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up new episodes of "The Biggest Loser" (4.393 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Bad Judge" (3.963 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "A to Z" (2.563 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Parenthood" (3.850 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10). Both NBC sitcoms will end after their 13-episode orders.

And finally, fresh installments of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.561 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Reign" (1.307 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) on The CW (1.434 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

Lifetime's night of "Project Runway" fared thusly...

- 8p: Project Runway: Reunion - 1.360 million viewers
- 9p: Project Runway All-Stars - 1.222 million viewers
- 10p: Project Runway: Threads - 749,000

Food's "Beat Bobby Flay" scored 888,000. Earlier, "Food Truck Face Off" had 616,000. And "@midnight's" Halloween episode scored 521,000.

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posted 10/31/14

Halloween Lightning Round
... or "Own a Piece of Mastermind"

  • For a charitable donation, you can have a piece of Magnus Magnusson (BBC News)
     
  • Sir Bruce Forsyth opens his own "Hall of Fame" for BBC One (ATV Today)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: "The Bachelor's" German counterpart films in Florida (Business Journal)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Minnesota gamer notches one for the thumb (CBS Minnesota)

posted 10/31/14

Million Dollar November
On Tap: Kids, Celebs, Daytime Talkers, and Ken Jennings
From the Futon Critic
During the month of November the iconic game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," with host Terry Crews, will present four fun and exciting theme weeks: "Millionaire: Whiz Kids," "Celebrity Week," "Millionaire: Daytime Talk Show Week" and "Millionaire: Guinness World Records(R) Edition."

During the week of November 3, "Millionaire" will feature a group of "Whiz Kids" from across the country. Four amazing and talented young minds will play for the chance to win $1 million, representing their hometowns of Los Angeles, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Baltimore and Tucson.

From November 10-14, "Millionaire" presents "Guinness World Records(R) Edition," featuring contestants who have all been inducted into the Guinness World Records. Highlighting the week on November 14 is the former "Jeopardy!" champion and game show legend Ken Jennings. Jennings is the former Guinness World Records title-holder for the "Largest Cash Prize Won on a TV Game Show." Among the other players appearing throughout the week will be a record-holding pumpkin carver, Stephen Clarke, and Robert Bretall, the owner of the largest comic book collection.

During the week of November 17, "Millionaire" presents "Celebrity Week," which will feature five popular celebs playing for the charity of his or her choice. Appearing that week will be Heather and Dr. Terry Dubrow from "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and "Botched" (11/17 & 11/18), musician and actor Kevin Jonas (11/19), "Shark Tank's" Barbara Corcoran (11/19 & 11/20), Andy Cohen, host of "Watch What Happens Live" (11/20 & 11/21), and also from "Shark Tank," Robert Herjavec (11/21).

Rounding out the month will be "Daytime Talk Show Week," airing November 24-28. Favorite talk show personalities also will be playing for charity, and will include "The Chew's" Carla Hall (11/24), "The Real's" Loni Love (11/25), "The Jerry Springer Show's" own Jerry Springer (11/26), Dr. Travis Stork from "The Doctors" (11/27), and "LIVE with Kelly and Michael's" executive producer Michael Gelman (11/28).

The Futon Critic

posted 10/30/14

Wednesday: That's a Season
Fox Wins on Game 7
From the Futon Critic
FOX (20.166 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its concluding coverage of the "World Series, Game 7" (20.166 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

ABC (7.064 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home a distant second place with its mix of "The Middle" (6.898 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7), "The Goldbergs" (6.789 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6), "Modern Family" (9.748 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2), "Black-ish" (7.727 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) and "Nashville" (5.610 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

Next up was CBS (8.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with originals from "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (8.957 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Criminal Minds" (10.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "Stalker" (7.335 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.405 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up a new "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.549 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) followed by repeats fo "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.621 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "Chicago PD" (4.046 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.765 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "The 100" (1.868 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) on The CW (2.317 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

Top demo draw in cable games went to Food's "Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage" with 1.084 million total. "Top Chef" had 1.051 million for second. "@midnight" had 580,000. "The Ultimate Fighter" had half a million.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/30/14

IdioTeLection 2014
GSN Renews IdioTest for 65 Episodes, Sweeps Freshmen Class of 2014
From The Futon Critic
The political race between Democrats and Republicans shifts from the ballot box to the touchscreen when a team of devoted Democrats goes head-to-head against a pair of resolute Republicans on a political-themed episode of GSN's hit series IDIOTEST, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib and airing Tuesday, November 4 at 9 pm ET/PT.

Democrat Andy Neuenschwander, a 29-year-old from Ann Arbor, MI who works in web content, joins forces with his friend and fellow University of Michigan alum David Abed, a 30-year-old social media manager originally from Grand Ledge, MI. They take on Republican sisters from La Cañada, CA, Eunice Lee, a 25-year-old student and Heidi Cheung, a stay-at-home mom. Which team will emerge victorious and leave their political rivals feeling like idiots? No matter what happens at the polls on Election Night, one party will definitely claim IDIOTEST bragging rights.

IDIOTEST, based on the highly popular app game, gives two pairs of contestants the opportunity to face off in several rounds of visual brain teasers that look deceptively simple, but whose answers actually require a keen eye, quick mind and heightened sense of logic. Every question involves a fun, colorful and often whimsical scene that tests observation and attention to detail as much it tests general knowledge. Contestants play the game on a giant touch screen in the center of the set, trying to win money...or at least not look stupid.

Recently picked up for a 65-episode second season, IDIOTEST is produced by Little Wooden Boat Productions, Inc. Executive producers are Mark Cronin of Little Wooden Boat Productions, Adam Rosenblatt, Jamie Rosenblatt and Christian Horner of H2R Productions; Ryan Devlin and Shawn Greenson of He Shoots, He Scores Productions, and Larry Barron and Ryan Curtis. Ben Gleib serves as a producer on the series.

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Deadline
World Screen
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Ben Gleib hosts "IdioTest" for GSN

photo courtesy GSN

posted 10/30/14

Another Season, Another Poorly Kept Secret
Chris Soules Tapped As the New "Bachelor"
From the Futon Critic
Chris Soules, the stylish farmer from Iowa, who was sent home by Andi Dorfman on "The Bachelorette," is ready to search for the one missing piece in his life - true love - when he stars in the 19th edition of the hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," which will premiere - for the first time in Bachelor history -- as a three-hour LIVE television event, MONDAY, JANUARY 5 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

During its 18th season, "The Bachelor" increased its overall audience year to year to deliver its most-watched season in 3 years - since 2011. The ABC unscripted series ranked No. 1 in its highly-competitive 2-hour Monday time period among its core demographic of Women 18-34.

Chris, the 32-year-old Midwestern bachelor and self-proclaimed romantic, has been engaged once before. Heartbroken, Chris ended that seven-year relationship just months before he expected to walk down the aisle. Although his relationship with his fiancée was good, he didn't want to settle for "good." He wanted "great." While the humble but enormously successful farmer from tiny Arlington, Iowa (pop. 427) has found it difficult to date, that hasn't stopped him from having faith that one day he will find the perfect woman for him, who will be smart, motivated and confident. When he starts his own family, he yearns for a big one like his own: four to six children. His experience on "The Bachelorette" made him realize that love really is out there, and he is confident that he will find it this time on "The Bachelor."

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E!
Bustle
The Daily Beast
TV Line

posted 10/30/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "14:59..."

  • We've just established what kind of person Juan Pablo Galavis is. Now we're just negotiating a price (Us Magazine)
     
  • #ICYMI: It happened again on Survivor... (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • #TBT: Before "Real Housewives", "Deal or No Deal", or even "The Price Is Right", Claudia Jordan was sweet on D'angelo (Madame Noire)
     
  • Amitabh Bachchan wraps season 8 of KBC (IBN Live)

posted 10/30/14

Thirds, Anyone?
"The Taste" Returns to ABC December 4
From the Futon Critic
Season Three of ABC's "The Taste" premieres on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) with the search to find America's best undiscovered cook. Each week, in a fast-paced culinary competition, professional chefs and home cooks go head-to-head in "The Taste" kitchen, and the food is always judged blind. Returning this season to train the cooks is "The Taste's" all-star team of mentors: Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson. Tune in to ABC's "The Taste" to see who can stand the heat in this season's kitchen.

"The Taste" features no-holds barred Chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. "The Taste" is from Kinetic Content and is executive produced by Chris Coelen, Sam Dean, Kathleen Burns, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Brian Smith who is also the director.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/29/14

Or Another Eatery?
Season 2 of "Restaurant Startup" Starts Up January 13 on CNBC
From the Futon Critic
CNBC announced today that season two of the popular primetime series "Restaurant Startup" will premiere on Tuesday, January 13 at 10PM ET/PT. Produced by Shine America, the ten original one-hour episodes will feature restaurateurs, Joe Bastianich and Tim Love, who vie to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they believe could make them millions. Joining them this season is chef, restaurateur and TV personality, Antonia Lofaso, who will help guide the hungry entrepreneurs as they are put to the ultimate test: opening a restaurant!

Each week on "Restaurant Startup," two teams, selected from hundreds of applicants, are invited to pitch their food ideas to the investors, Bastianich and Love. But, only one will receive the opportunity of a lifetime. The chosen team is given the keys to a working restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. They get 36 hours and $7,500 to put their dream to the test and create a business plan; come up with a branding campaign; and finally, launch their pop-up restaurant. Under the watchful eye of Bastianich and Love's culinary consultant Antonia Lofaso, the aspiring food moguls open their doors, serve their food and test their concept on the public.

Based on the reaction from the diners, the quality of the branding and the viability of the business plan, Bastianich and Love must each decide whether or not they will put their own money on the line to make someone's dreams come true - and, hopefully, make big money for themselves.

New addition Antonia Lofaso is one of America's most popular chefs, perhaps best known for her role in the Top Chef franchise. And, as executive chef and owner of two restaurants in California, Scopa Italian Roots and Black Market Liquor Bar, she not only has the culinary expertise but also the business expertise to help guide these contestants through the process.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/29/14

Or Maybe Something New?
FYI Greenlights "Late Night Chef Fight"
From the Futon Critic
In FYI's new series, "Late Nite Chef Fight," elite Las Vegas based chefs leave behind their well-equipped kitchens and enter never-before-seen food trucks where they will try to outwit and out-cook their competition. Eight one-hour episodes will premiere on Saturday, November 22 at 9pm ET.

Based on the real after hour's chef competition that takes place in Las Vegas, each episode of "Late Nite Chef Fight" has two leading Vegas-based chefs competing against each other in a food truck they have never stepped foot inside before. With a lively audience cheering them along, the chefs battle it out and go head-to-head after hours on the Las Vegas strip. Using a diverse and exotic range of unfamiliar ingredients left behind in the food trucks, the chefs will create three unique dishes in three fast paced rounds.

The winner of the first round chooses which of the two different food trucks they will work out of and winning the second round gives the chef a major advantage against their competitor. In the third and final round, the chefs must create a main course that coincides with the previous two challenges. The dishes are presented to two expert judges, with the winner taking home the ultimate Vegas bragging rights and a meal cooked by the loser.

Laila Ali, athlete and health and wellness expert, along with chef and restaurateur, Vic "Vegas" Moea, serve as hosts. Rotating guest judges are Spike Mendelsohn, Michael Chernow, Casey Lane and Chris Oh.

"Late Nite Chef Fight" is produced for FYI by Relativity Television/Jay & Tony Show. Jay Blumenfield, Tony Marsh and Tom Forman are executive producers. Gena McCarthy and Toby Faulkner are executive producers for FYI.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/29/14

The Fight Is Back On!
Catch "The Great Christmas Light Fight" on ABC
From the Futon Critic
It's the most wonderful time of the year when ABC's hit decorating competition series -- "The Great Christmas Light Fight," produced by FremantleMedia North America -- returns for a second season! Each of the six one hour episodes features 4 families from across America who work harder than the elves themselves in order to out-deck the halls of their competition and possibly win the ultimate Christmas Gift--$50,000! The total prizing for the series is $300,000. Michael Moloney & Sabrina Soto (both from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") return as judges for the series. "The Great Christmas Light Fight" will premiere with back-to-back episodes on MONDAY, DECEMBER 8 on the ABC Television Network. The airdates for the series are:

Monday, December 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) and (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

Monday, December 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) and (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

Monday, December 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) and (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

In the first Christmas lights series of its kind for television, 4 families will compete in each episode to transform their homes for the holidays. These 24 new families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. (Families and hometowns for each episode will be announced at a later date.)

Last season, during its 3-week run, ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" improved the Net's performance in the time period compared to its year-ago performance by 17% in Total Viewers and by 17% in Adults 18-49. On its debut, "The Great Christmas Light Fight" delivered ABC's best December performance in the time period in 5 years in Total Viewers and 3 years in Adults 18-49 - since 12/22/08 and 12/27/10, respectively. On its finale, the program hit series bests in Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/29/14

Tuesday: One More Game.
Fox Wins With Game 6 of World Series, CBS Wins with NCIS
From the Futon Critic
FOX (11.924 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to its coverage of the "World Series, Game 6" (11.924 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

CBS (14.215 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "NCIS" (17.203 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "NCIS: New Orleans" (15.738 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "Person of Interest" (9.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7).

Next up was NBC (7.685 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with fresh installments of "The Voice" (10.837 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2), "Marry Me" (5.600 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7), "About a Boy" (4.406 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "Chicago Fire" (7.216 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.389 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up its special "The Great Halloween Fright Fight" (3.753 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11) alongside new episodes of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.462 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) and "Forever" (4.954 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.369 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "Supernatural" (2.011 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) on The CW (2.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) closed out the evening.

It's been level pegging in cable with "Ink Master", "Face Off's" season finale, and "Chopped" at 1.424 million, 1.393 million, and 1.060 million respectively.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/29/14

America's Got Star Scouts
"Talent Scouts" Twist Coming to New Season of AGT
From the Futon Critic
"America's Got Talent," announced today that in addition to its multi-city audition tour, the series will offer fans the opportunity to refer their favorite acts with Talent Scout, an online nomination submission where people can refer their favorite singers, dancers, illusionists and comedians to be considered for the competition series.

Nominations for potential Talent Scout submissions can be made online at www.agtauditions.com/scout beginning today and continuing through March 2015.

"Talent Scout offers the chance for viewers to nominate undiscovered talent that the world needs to see," said Executive Producer Jason Raff. "We started this program last year and that's how we found out about Quintavious Johnson, the 12-year-old singer who made it to the finals. A friend of the family submitted his video online, and a few months later, Quintavious was performing for a million dollars at Radio City Music Hall."

"I was so determined for the world to see Quintavious Johnson and his God-given talent, so I submitted his video online," said the family friend, Jana Officer. "If you truly believe in someone's talent, even if it's not your own, this is the way to go!"

Registration for open call cities is currently underway with online auditions continuing through March 2015. AGT has just added Seattle, February 9, and Las Vegas, February 12 to the upcoming audition tour:

· Tampa - Tampa Convention Center (Sunday, November 2, 2014)
· Nashville - Music City Convention Center (Wednesday, November 5, 2014)
· Richmond - Greater Richmond Convention Center (Thursday, November 6, 2014)
· New York City - Pier 94 (Saturday, November 8 and Sunday November 9, 2014)
· Chicago - McCormick Place (Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25, 2015)
· St. Louis - TBA (Monday, January 26, 2015)
· San Antonio - San Antonio Convention Center (Thursday, January 29, 2015)
· Albuquerque - TBA (Saturday, January 31, 2015)
· Santa Clara/San Francisco Area - Santa Clara Convention Center (Saturday, February 7, 2015)
· Seattle - TBA (Monday, February 9, 2015)
· Boise - TBA (Tuesday, February 10, 2015)
· Las Vegas - TBA (Thursday, February 12, 2015)
· Los Angeles - Los Angeles Convention Center (Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15, 2015)

For more information on audition cities and venues, the audition process and tips, or to submit an online video audition for season 10, please visit http://www.AGTAuditions.com/. The website will be updated on an ongoing basis as additional information becomes available.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/29/14

Big Brother China: A Study in Irony
Endemol Sells Property to East
From The Guardian
Chinese viewers are to get their own online version of Big Brother, following a deal between the show’s maker and Chinese internet video firm Youku Tudou.

The first-ever Chinese version of Endemol’s global reality TV hit will run for 10 weeks early next year, with production on the show due to start imminently.

Big Brother China will debut on Youku Tudou, which is publicly listed in New York with a market capitalisation of about $4bn (£2.5bn), claims 500 million active users generating 200bn video views annually.

“In a market that annually generates hundreds of billions of video views, partnering with the number one digital video platform will allow us to bring Big Brother to a young audience and deliver the most immersive, interactive and unique experience to fans across the nation,” said Arjen van Mierlo, chief executive of Endemol’s Asia operations.

The show will be a collaboration between Youku Tudou and Endemol China, a new operation that has been established in Beijing.

“We are delighted to be joining forces with Endemol to finally bring this groundbreaking format to China,” said Victor Koo, chairman and chief executive of Youku Tudou. Chinese viewers are also set to get their own version of Educating the East End, following a deal earlier this month to license the hit UK documentary format to Hunan TV.

The Guardian

posted 10/29/14

Daytime Emmys Move to April
Outstanding Director in a Game Show Returns
From We Love Soaps
The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Nominations will be revealed on Thursday, March 26. There's one adjustment to report:

* Outstanding Directing in a Game Show is returning. Game show writers will enter in to Outstanding Special Class Writing, as they did in the past.

More info as this story develops.

We Love Soaps

posted 10/29/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Freak Show"

  • NPH heading to AHS. And he's taking his husband with him! (TV Line)
     
  • Response to Evel Dick Donato's diagnosis has been "overwhelmingly positive" (People)
     
  • Jane Lynch just got divorced. And HOLY CRAP IS THAT THE PRICE TAG?! (TMZ)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Ken Jennings is a band. No, not the Jeopardy! champion, the band (Straight.com)

posted 10/29/14

Syndies: A Surprise in Week 4
Results for the Week Ending October 19
From various sources
Based on National ratings for the week of October 13, 2014, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," with new host Terry Crews, posted across-the-board gains from the prior week: Households (+5% - 2.0 rating vs. 1.9 rating), Total Viewers (+3% - 2.695 million vs. 2.626 million), Adults 18-49 (+25% - 0.5 rating vs. 0.4 rating) and Adults 25-54 (+17% - 0.7 rating vs. 0.6 rating). In fact, "Millionaire" was up the most among all syndicated game shows with key Adults (AD18-49/AD25-54).

That was still down 5% from last year at this time.

Equaling season highs, "Millionaire" tied its top Household rating in 5 months and best Adult ratings (AD18-49/AD25-54) in more than 7 months - since w/o 5/12/14 and 3/3/14, respectively.

As for the other games, we have a shakeup in the standings... almost.

In an overall strong week, all of the syndie newcomers remained at their season highs. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game with access clearances was unchanged at a 1.2 in households, tying NBCUniversal’s Meredith Vieira, but jumped 50% in the demo from a 0.6 to a first-place 0.9. Meredith, meanwhile, held firm in households, and hit a new series high 0.7 among women 25-54, up 16% from the prior week.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune remained at a 6.4, dipping 3% from last year. Jeopardy! dipped 2% to a 6.1, but was up 5% year to year. Family Feud, with host Steve Harvey, gained 5% for the year to its new season high 6.1, a 33% increase from last year.

The Futon Critic
B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV NewsCheck

posted 10/28/14

Monday: Another Week, Another Split
NBC, ABC Divide the Night
From The Futon Critic
NBC (11.336 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was once again the demo champ on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (12.098 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) and "The Blacklist" (9.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2).

ABC (12.030 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2) then was the most-watched network with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (13.197 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6) and "Castle" (9.697 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7).

Next up was CBS (8.875 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2) with the return of "2 Broke Girls" (8.689 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) followed by new episodes of "The Millers" (7.214 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8), "Scorpion" (10.088 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.586 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (5.256 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (5.796 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.717 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.300 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.089 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (1.194 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "@midnight" returned to 564,000. Numbers for the premiere of "Hair Jacked" were not available.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/28/14

Friday: Giants One Game Away
Fox Wins Night
From The Futon Critic
FOX (9.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with its coverage of the "World Series, Game 3" (9.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

ABC (6.151 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "Last Man Standing" (6.258 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Cristela" (5.181 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Shark Tank" (6.895 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "20/20" (5.839 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

Next up was NBC (5.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Dateline NBC" (6.213 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) followed by the return of "Grimm" (5.269 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and the launch of "Constantine" (4.339 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.509 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "The Amazing Race" (5.549 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.782 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (11.196 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "Jane the Virgin" (0.891 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.078 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.984 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

Elsewhere in the weekend, the "Halloween Wars" finale garnered 1.707 million for Food. After, "Cutthroat Kitchen" won over 1.266 million. Before, "Guy's Grocery Games" scored 1.210 million.

TBS's ambush game show Deal With It returned Friday night with a preliminary Live + Same Day audience of more than 1.1 million viewers for the fall premiere and encore. Friday night's episode of On the Menu has so far brought in 808,000 viewers in Live + Same Day delivery for the premiere and encore.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 10/28/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Roses Really Smell"

  • UPDATE: Nikki Ferrell broke it off with Juan Pablo. Who didn't see that coming. Show of hands? (People)
     
  • Got $6 million lying around? Merv Griffin's estate is on the market (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • Alfonso Ribeiro is catching another one (Inquisitr)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Taylor Swift's mentoring on "The Voice" (The Morning After)
     
  • Dave Grohl... not a fan of "American Idol" (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Jimmy Kimmel in the Shark Tank (YouTube)

posted 10/28/14