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WEDNESDAY: Showcase Showdown
CBS Claims Quiet Night with "TPIR@N" Rerun
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' The Price Is Right at Night rerun led Wednesday aka Christmas Eve Eve Eve Eve in both total viewers and in the demo.

The TPIR at Night rerun drew 4.4 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, after which A Grammy Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon did 3.8 mil and a 0.3.

Night 3 of Fox's LEGO Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular was steady with 1.1 mil and a 0.3.

Leading out of a Dolly Parton's Magic Mountain Christmas encore, The Wheel (1.6 mil/0.3) was steady on Night 3 (of 10) on NBC.

The CW's Beebo Saves Christmas this year drew 290K and a 0.0.

Wednesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 956k/0.16
- The Challenge: Ride or Dies (MTV): 663k/0.29
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery); 661k/0.12
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 395k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 373k/0.03

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posted 12/22/2022


IMDb
DIANE McBAIN: 1941-2022
"Surfside 6" Actress Featured on "The Cross-Wits"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Diane McBain, whose career playing spoiled rich girls included turns as the yacht owner Daphne Dutton on the ABC crime show Surfside 6 and an author stalking Elvis Presley in Spinout, has died. She was 81.

McBain died Wednesday morning at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills after a battle with liver cancer, her friend and writing partner, Michael Gregg Michaud, told The Hollywood Reporter.

McBain also guest-starred on four episodes of ABC's Batman, first as a hat shop assistant who's in cahoots with David Wayne's Mad Hatter in 1966 and then as stamp company proprietor Pinky Pinkston — she wore only pink and had a pink dog — on the memorable 1967 installment that featured The Green Hornet (Van Williams) and Kato (Bruce Lee).

In game shows, McBain was a panelist on "The Cross-Wits".

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Deadline
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posted 12/22/2022

TUESDAY: All I Want for Christmas...
CBS Wins with Mariah Carey Special
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, The Grinch and Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town led Tuesday in the demo, while CBS' Mariah Carey holiday special unwrapped the night's biggest audience.

CBS' Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All! drew 3.8 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating. A rerun of Ghosts' Christmas episode retained 1.8 mil and a 0.1.

NBC's airing of Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (ft. the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch) did 2.6 mil and a 0.5. The Wheel (1.7 mil/0.3) ticked up with Episode 2 (of 10).

ABC's Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town drew 2.8 mil/0.5, followed by Disney Prep & Landing's 1.8 mil/0.3 and the sequel's 1.6 mil/0.3.

FOX's LEGO Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular (1.3 mil/0.3) was steady on Night 2 of 3.

With its Stateside finale on the CW, Professionals (290K/0.0) improved on last week's audience low while flat in the demo.

Tuesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.023m/0.22
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 443k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 427k/0.04 .

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posted 12/21/2022


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
FRANCO HARRIS: 1950-2022
Pro Football Hall of Famer Featured on Game Shows
From Deadline

Franco Harris, the Hall of Fame running back who made "the Immaculate Reception" — voted the NFL's greatest play of all time — and won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died early Wednesday. He was 72.

His son told the Associated Press that Harris died overnight but did not give other details.

Fifty years ago this week, Harris was a rookie when he caught "The Immaculate Reception" in a playoff game against the Oakland Raiders. Pittsburgh was trailing 7-6 with time running out when quarterback Terry Bradshaw's desperation pass deflected off either Steelers receiver Frenchy Fuqua and/or Raiders defender Jack Tatum. Harris caught the ball inches from the ground and scampered more than 40 yards down the sideline for a touchdown as time wound down.

Game officials were initially not sure who deflected the pass. Had it gone off a Steeler, rules would have made it an incomplete pass. But the referees huddled, then ruled it a touchdown. Pittsburgh kicked the extra point for a 13-7 lead with five seconds remaining to advance to the first AFC Championship game in franchise history.

But Harris was just getting started. He, Bradshaw and their teammates went on to win four Super Bowls during the 1970s — with Harris being named MVP of the 1975 title game — and are considered among the best teams the NFL ever produced. Ten of them are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Bradshaw, "Mean" Joe Greene, Lynn Swann and Jack Lambert. He was inducted in 1990.

Harris made nine consecutive Pro Bowls from 1972-80, was the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1972 and was named to the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team. He finished his 13-year career with 12,120 rushing yards, 91 rushing touchdowns — then a record — and nine receiving TDs for 100 total. His zealous fan base was dubbed "Franco's Italian Army," and many would wear military helmets to home games at Three Rivers Stadium.

In game shows, Harris featured on episodes of Wheel of Fortune, 2-Minute Drill, and Games People Play.

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posted 12/21/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Out of the Universe"

  • Dwayne Johnson's "Black Adam" will not be part of James Gunn's DC Universe... and his sequel won't be moving forward either. (MSN/Decider)

  • Mario Lopez, Ana Gasteyer to host Tournament of Roses Parade (The Futon Critic)

  • Ray LaLonde doesn't need defending... but here's Jeopardy! defending him (TV Insider)

  • VIDEO WALL: Don't watch this unless you've seen Wheel from last night. Not that Wheel, the OTHER Wheel. (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peter Sagal (NPR)

posted 12/21/2022


NBCUniversal

MONDAY: A Wheel-y Big Play
NBC Launched New Series, Loses to MNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC rounds out the year with a two-week takeover of the UK's smash hit game show "The Wheel," hosted by renowned British comedian Michael McIntyre. The all-new U.S. version showcases a colossal spinning wheel of celebrity guests who help everyday contestants win life-changing money.

The takeover begins Monday, Dec. 19 with new episodes airing nightly at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and continues the following week with new episodes airing at 8 p.m. The series features suspenseful high-stakes trivia, laugh-out-loud moments and more than 50 all-star guests seated on a spectacular 42-foot-wide spinning wheel.

In the latest TV ratings, ABC's share of the Monday Night Football broadcast of the Packers' win over the Rams averaged 6.7 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, dominating the night on both counts.

CBS rerun of The Neighborhood drew Monday's next largest audience (3.7 mil) and tied NBC's Shrek 2 airing for the night's second-highest demo number.

Leading out of Shrek 2 (1.8 mil/0.3), the debut of NBC's The Wheel — which airs nightly this week and next — drew just 1.3 mil and a 0.2.

Fox's LEGO Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular opened with 1.2 mil and a 0.2; Episode 2 airs tonight at 8/7c.

The CW's presentation of this year's Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown did 590K and a 0.1.

Monday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Holiday Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.372m/0.20
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.142m/0.23
- Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown (SF/Food): 706k/0.10
- Barmageddon (USA): 594k/0.14
- The Big BAke Holiday (SF/Food): 439k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 332k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 322k/0.03.
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posted 12/20/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 13
Results for the Week Ending December 11
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan was the only talker in the top six able to shrug off three days of World Cup soccer competition and score higher ratings in the session ending Dec. 11.

Live, which has been a talk show terror this season, finishing first for the past 29 weeks in a row (including eight ties), took the top spot, advancing 20% in the key demo and matching its season high in households with a 7% weekly surge to a 1.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, with about 2.4 million daily viewers on average.

Turning to access, the top two games — Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune — were flat.

Due to the many preemptions for the World Cup, both 25 Words or Less and You Bet Your Life were coded out.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.7 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.2 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.7 +2%
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 -25%

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posted 12/20/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

ITV Passes on J! Reboot
The Pilot "Just Didn't Work"
From Glasgow Times

ITV has reportedly scrapped its reboot of the very famous gameshow 'Jeopardy!'.

The broadcaster is said to have filmed a pilot of the British version of the US classic quiz but it has not been commissioned into a full series. Good Morning Britain presenter and former I'm A Celebrity star Richard Madeley, 66, was reported to host the gameshow ahead of the scrapping.

A source speaking to The Sun said: "Richard had high hopes that would have a huge hit with Jeopardy! and it could have really capped his 45-year career...

"But the pilot just didn't work for some reason. Of course, not every format in the US can work for UK audiences, but ITV wasn't prepared to take the risk."

It's not the first time that the Brits have tried to bring the gameshow over the Atlantic either.

The quiz has two series on Channel 4 from 1983-1984 where it was hosted by Derek Hobson. In 1990, ITV brought the show back with Chris Donat and later Steven Jones as hosts. It was dropped by ITV in 1993 before being picked by Sky in 1995.

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posted 12/19/2022

More "At Night" On the Way
Special Eps to Salute Superfans, Grocers, Geniuses
From The Futon Critic

CBS' #1 rated daytime game show goes primetime as THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, with specially themed episodes beginning Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT - "Redemption" (Jan. 4, 2023, 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) gives an audience full of previous contestants who had heart-wrenching losses a second chance to "come on down" and win big. Hoping history won't repeat itself, contestants play to win big prizes, including a trip to a private island in Belize, a 14-day cruise to Antarctica, a sailboat, new car, cash prizes, a home theater set and much, much more.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT - "Grocery Store Employees" (Jan. 11, 2023, 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) features grocery store employees whose expert knowledge of product pricing is put to the test. Contestants have a chance to win incredible prizes, including an Italian getaway, an all-inclusive Costa Rican retreat, a 17-ft boat, new cars and much more.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT - "Geniuses" (Jan. 18, 2023, 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) puts a spotlight on incredibly gifted contestants, including mathematicians, a chess Grandmaster, an astrophysicist and a contestant who earned a perfect SAT score. These brainiacs will play for a chance to win $100,000, a Tesla and so much more.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT - "Service Industry Workers" (Jan. 25, 2023, 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) gives constants who work for gratuity a chance to win the biggest tips of their lives.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT - "Superfans" (Feb. 1, 2023, 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) celebrates some of the show's most passionate and dedicated viewers. From a legacy contestant whose family members are such fans that she was named after a Barker Beauty, to those who have extensive memorabilia collections, this special is a thank you to the fans who continue to be a part of the show's historic run on network television. Prizes include a once-in-a-lifetime experience of dinner with Drew Carey, a trip to Switzerland and more..

The Futon Critic

posted 12/19/2022


VH1/Paramount

"Drag Race" On the Move... Again
Season 15 to Launch on MTV... and That's Just for Starters
From the Futon Critic

MTV announced that Emmy(R) award-winning host RuPaul will be joined by an epic line-up of celebrities to help mainstay judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews and Ts Madison - who has been upped to a rotating member of the judges' panel - as they decide who will stay, lip-sync for their life, or "sashay away." The network also released the much-anticipated trailer for Season 15 of "RuPaul's Drag Race," which teases the commercial-free premiere episode and limited-commercial part two on Friday, January 6th, where the queens will bring their gifts to a talent show with guest judge Grammy(R) Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Ariana Grande.

This season's guest judges also include music, television, comedy and film icons Ali Wong, Amandla Stenberg, Harvey Guillén, Hayley Kiyoko, Janelle Monáe, Julia Garner, Maren Morris, Megan Stalter, and Orville Peck.

MTV ru-vealed the cast for the 15th season of the Emmy(R) award-winning global phenomenon, "RuPaul's Drag Race," returning Friday, January 6 at 8PM ET/PT with a two-part premiere on its new home. The new season ushers in 16 dazzling new queens to compete for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a cash prize of $200,000 for the winner - the highest amount in the herstory of the main franchise. Additionally, the upcoming season will feature the landmark 200th episode.

"RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked," the Emmy(R) award-winning aftershow, will premiere immediately following on MTV. "Untucked" gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the backstage drama as the queens await their fate and see who will need to lip-sync for their life to avoid the week's elimination.

On Tuesday, December 13 at 11AM ET, fans will be able to "Meet the Queens" more in-depth on the "RuPaul's Drag Race" YouTube channel with a livestream featuring an extended runway hosted by Season 14 Winner Willow Pill, individual interviews with each new queen, and the official image spot!

The 16 queens vying for the crown are..
- Amethyst | IG: @theamethystera, TikTok: @thatssoamethyst | West Hartford, CT
- Anetra | IG: @Iamanetra, TW: @iamanetra | Las Vegas, Nevada
- Aura Mayari | IG: @auramayari, TW: @AuraMayari, TikTok: @auramayari | Nashville, TN
- Irene Dubois |IG: @irenethealien, TW: @irene_the_alien, TikTok: @irene_the_alien | Seattle, WA
- Jax | IG: @getjaxed, TW: @thatbitchjax, TikTok: @getjaxed |Queens, NY
- Loosey LaDuca | IG: @looseyladuca, TW: @LooseyLaDuca, TikTok: @looseyladuca | Ansonia, CT
- Luxx Noir London | IG: @luxxnoirlondon, TW: @luxxnoirlondon, TikTok: @luxxnoirlondon | East Orange, NJ
- Malaysia Babydoll Foxx | IG: @foxxy_doll, TW: @foxxy_doll | Miami, FL
- Marcia Marcia Marcia |IG: @marciax3nyc, TW: @marciax3nyc, TikTok: @marciax3nyc | New York, NY
- Mistress Isabelle Brooks | IG: @mistressisabellebrooks, TW: @MistressIBrooks | Houston, TX
- Princess Poppy | IG: @poppyprincesspoppy, TikTok: @poppyprincesspoppy I San Francisco, CA
- Robin Fierce |IG: @therobinfierce, TW: @TheRobinFierce, TikTok: @therobinfierce | Hartford, CT
- Salina EsTitties | IG: @estitties, TW: @SalinaEstitties, TikTok: @estitties | Los Angeles, CA
- Sasha Colby | IG: @sashacolby, TW: @sashacolby, TikTok: @sashacolby | Los Angeles, CA
- Sugar | IG:@sugarsworld, TW: @sugarsworld_, TikTok: @sugarandspice | Los Angeles, CA
- Spice | IG: @callmespice, TW: @callmespice_, TikTok: @sugarandspice | Los Angeles, CA

MTV announced the global expansion of the Drag Race franchise with three new editions in Brazil, Germany and Mexico which will air on MTV/Paramount+ in their respective territories. Additionally, fan favorites from around the world will enter the first ever Drag Race Global All Stars exclusively on Paramount+ globally. As part of the new expansion, the US series of RuPaul's Drag Race heads to MTV for season 15 on Friday, January 6 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race will also return for season 3 next year on VH1. Each week, the celebrities will undergo complete drag transformations and compete in the ultimate lip sync showdown based on a new category until one of them is crowned "America's Next Celeb Drag Superstar" and awarded $100,000 for their favorite charity.

"With the global expansion of RuPaul's Drag Race, we're thrilled to bring the franchise into three new Paramount+ territories - Germany, Brazil and Mexico - and are very excited that RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race will return for a third season with our partners at VH1/BET," said Chris McCarthy, President/CEO, Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios.

"We are big fans of the Drag Race franchise and thrilled to bring back RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race for another season on VH1," said Scott Mills, President/CEO, BET Media Group.

"World of Wonder is delighted to expand its partnership with MTV Entertainment Studios," said Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, CEOs of World of Wonder. "Drag Race is about universal themes of love, self-expression, and acceptance - and there has never been a more important time than now for these ideas to be expressed internationally. Thanks to Chris McCarthy, Nina L. Diaz and their incredible team at MTV Entertainment Studios, we are honored to continue our mission to showcase the artistry of drag in different languages, and cultures around the world."

RuPaul's Drag Race, the most celebrated reality competition franchise in history with 27 Emmy(R) Awards, is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and World of Wonder.

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posted 12/19/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Tis the Season for the Right Reasons"

  • Zach Shallcross suits up for the "Bachelor" teaser poster (TV Insider)

  • Chris Harrison tells all in the Most Shocking Podcast Ever... with Chris Harrison (The Hollywood Insider)

  • Prue Leith set adrift on non-memory non-bliss (The Wrap)

  • Ken Jennings gets musical after a tweet. Because Twitter. (TV Insider)

  • Sharon Osbourne admitted to hospital after a night of ghost hunting with her boy, maybe (Deadline)

  • Jeremy Clarkson apologizes for a recent column (The BBC)

posted 12/19/2022


Fox/Banijay

Another Brick in the Wall
Fox Renews "LEGO Masters" for Season 4
From the Futon Critic

Hit competition series LEGO(R) Masters has been renewed for a fourth season, it was announced today by Allison Wallach, President, Unscripted Programming, FOX Entertainment. Season Four of LEGO Masters will premiere in the 2023-2024 season on FOX with Will Arnett returning as host and executive producer. In addition, the brand-new holiday-themed event LEGO Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular, which airs Monday, Dec. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Tuesday, Dec. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), will return for a second installment, which is slated to air December 2023 on FOX.

"LEGO Masters represents what TV does best, bringing all ages together for a night of family-friendly fun and competition," said Wallach. "The builders raised the bar with an incredible fusion of creativity and engineering genius in Season Three, which featured even more pop culture-piercing themed episodes and our toughest competition yet. With Will Arnett back as host, alongside our immensely talented production crew and partners at Endemol Shine America, the sky's the limit on Season Four."

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posted 12/19/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios

Happy Vannaversary!
Vanna White Began Co-Hosting "Wheel" 40 Years Ago
From ABC News

Vanna White is celebrating her 40th anniversary -- or "Vannaversary" -- on "Wheel of Fortune." The beloved letter turner marked 40 years on the iconic game show this week, sharing a heartfelt message to Instagram to commemorate the milestone.

"I can't believe I'm saying this, but 40 years ago today I taped my first episode of @wheeloffortune," White wrote on Dec. 13. "It's been a wonderful 40 years, too!"

"I'm so grateful to those of you who watch and everyone behind the scenes who make us look good," she continued. "We wouldn't still be here without all of you! (And the cake was delicious!)"

The first photo in the post shows White and longtime host Pat Sajak with a table between them featuring dolls dressed up as White, a miniature version of the titular wheel in the background, and a cake designed to look like the board she stands in front of each episode.

The second photo is a throwback of her and Sajak from her very first episode, which was taped on Dec. 13, 1982.

In a behind-the-scenes video shared on the game show's official Instagram page, Sajak said, "Folks, it was 40 years ago on this very date that this young lady walked into the studio, trembling, and did her first 'Wheel of Fortune.' And here she is. Happy 40th, my dear."

"I cannot believe it's been 40 years," she responded. "I'm overwhelmed.".

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posted 12/15/2022

WEDNESDAY: The Buildup
CBS Claims Quiet Night with "Survivor"
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Survivor finale led Wednesday both in the demo and in total viewers, with #OneChicago away for the holidays.

Survivor's three-hour season-ender averaged 4.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, improving on its year-ago finale (which did 4 mil and a 0.7).

Fox's newly renewed LEGO Masters drew 1.3 mil/0.3 and then another 1.3 mil/0.3 with its finale, steady week-to-week but down from its previous closer (1.4 mil/0.5).

NBC's annual SNL Christmas special did 3.8 mil and a 0.6.

A Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer encore did 650K/0.1 for the CW, followed by the Masters of Illusion holiday special's 540K/0.1.

Wednesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.025m/0.22
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food)L 708k/0.14
- The Challenge: Ride or Dies (MTV): 561k/0.30
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery); 519k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 376k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 354k/0.05
- America Says (GSN): 315k/0.05.

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posted 12/15/2022

Who Can "Outlast" Alaska?
Netflix Greenlights Survival Competition from Aggregate Films
From Deadline

Netflix is heading to the Alaskan wilderness in its latest competition series.

The streamer has ordered Outlast, an eight-part series, that comes from Jason Bateman's Aggregate Films and Nomad Entertainment. It marks the first unscripted series from Ozark star Bateman, which has a long-running, first-look deal with the streamer.

Outlast, which will launch in 2023, follows 16 "lone wolves", who must outlast each other in the Alaskan wilderness in an attempt to win 1 million dollars. There is only one rule in this cut throat game: they must be a part of a team to win.

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posted 12/15/2022

The Climb Begins January 12
HBO Max to Launch New Bouldering Competition
From Deadline

The Max Original rock climbing competition series THE CLIMB debuts THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 with three episodes, followed by three new episodes the following week, concluding with the final two episodes on January 26. The series is created by Jason Momoa, through his production company On the Roam, legendary rock climber Chris Sharma, and The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC), a part of Sony Pictures Television.

THE CLIMB is a visually-arresting and life-changing adventure that represents the foundations of rock climbing and exploration of the human spirit. In this all-encompassing competition, amateur climbers are put through a rigorous series of mental and physical challenges, utilizing some of the most intimidating ascents in the world to crown the world's best amateur climber with a prAna sponsored climbing ambassadorship and a $100,000 cash prize.

THE CLIMB is executive produced by Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Erin Gamble, and Matt Shanfield on behalf of The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC), a part of Sony Pictures Television. Jason Momoa, Brian Mendoza, and James Mendoza serve as executive producers for On the Roam, as well as Chris Sharma and Jonathan Retseck. Chevrolet signed on as the title sponsor and prAna is the prizing partner for the HBO Max Original series.

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posted 12/15/2022


HBO

GLAAD Slams HBO Max
HBO Max Bloodbath Continues as "Legendary" Gets the Axe
From Deadline

HBO Max's cancelation of voguing competition series Legendary has not gone down well in the LGBTQ+ community. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) organization has slammed the move, which came last week as part of a swathe of cuts and cancelations at the embattled Warner Bros. Discovery streamer.

"Legendary raised the bar for inclusivity on TV programming on so many different levels, especially when it comes to celebrating Black and queer culture," GLAAD noted. "While Legendary is unfortunately just the latest LGBTQ-inclusive programming to get canceled by their network this year, the creative team and Scout Productions prioritized uplifting unheard talent and voices and we're hopeful that these types of stories are able to be told again."

Similar to the Nikki Glaser-fronted dating series, Legendary is a relatively expensive show for a streaming service that pulled out of original unscripted orders earlier this summer. At the time, the streamer noted that while it wasn't ordering any new unscripted originals, it would consider renewing existing shows but FBoy Island and Legendary are more expensive than the David Zaslav-run company would like to spend on unscripted shows.

Legendary features a group of voguing houses, each featuring five performers and a leader called the house mother. The teams compete in a competition that documents a themed ball every episode from start to finish. Throughout each episode, we learn more about each house and their performers as they tell us their moving and inspirational backstories.

The show was fronted by MC Dashaun Wesley with judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, Law Roach and Megan Thee Stallion.

The first season premiered in May 2020, the second season launched in May 2021 and the third season aired in May 2022. It was produced by Queer Eye producer Scout Productions. It was exec produced by David Collins, Michael Williams, Rob Eric, Jane Y. Mun, Josh Greenberg, Renata Lombardo and Shant Tutunjian.

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posted 12/15/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "History in the Making"

  • #ICYMI: What happened AFTER the winner was announced was amazing (The Wrap)

  • Battlebots takes Vegas... as a slot machine... (NWI Times)

  • "Wheel x WWE" closes entries January 6 (Fightful)

posted 12/15/2022

CBS Daytime Celebrates the Holidays
Celebration Begins Next Week
From Daytime Confidential

CBS is celebrating in style this year. The Eye Network is making Santa proud with holiday episodes of Let's Make a Deal, The Price is Right, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful.

From Monday, Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec. 23, The Price is Right will feature festive prizes and games. To make this week extra-special, Drew Carey will welcome yet more fabulous teams, including ugly Christmas sweater-wearing contestants, plus an audience all decked out in Santa suits!

Over on Let's Make a Deal, celebrations commence on Thursday, Dec. 22. Traders will hop aboard the "Christmas Cash Train" that day, then Wayne Brady will pen a letter to Kris Kringle on Dec. 23. The amazing prizes include a holiday cruise and five golden rings..

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posted 12/14/2022

TUESDAY: Voice Goes Stable
NBC Wins with "The Voice", People's Choice
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The Voice's Season 22 finale dominated Tuesday in the demo, while CBS' FBI copped the night's largest audience.

The Voice drew 6.7 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, ticking up week-to-week and nearly matching last December's coronation ceremony (7 mil/0.7)

With CBS' fall finales, FBI (7.1 mil/0.5), International (5.2 mil/0.4) and Most Wanted (4.8 mil/0.4) were all steady in the demo (though down a few viewers) vs. their previous airings.

Leading out of a Winchesters rerun on The CW, Professionals (220K/0.0) slipped to a new U.S. audience low.

ABC's Celebrity Wheel of Fortune drew 3.5 mil and a 0.5.

Tuesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.182m/0.26
- Beat Bobby Flay: Holiday Throwdown (Food): 757k/0.15
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 333k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 332k/0.05 .

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posted 12/14/2022

"Hogwarts Tournament of Houses" Captures Two Emmys
Dame Helen Mirren Wins Best Children's & Family Host
From MuggleNet

Hufflepuffs had much to be proud of after their decisive victory in last year's Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, but the show as a whole continues to have its day in the sun. Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, which premiered at the end of last November to honor the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone film release, won in two categories at the inaugural Children's & Family Emmy Awards.

The awards show began in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 10, and the first ceremony focused on celebrating achievements in creative arts. Hogwarts Tournament of Houses found its place in the festivities by winning in the Outstanding Lighting Design for a Live Action Program category. Other nominees for the award included Donkey Hodie, Endlings, High School Musical: The Musical – The Series, and Sesame Street.

Dame Helen Mirren received accolades during the second ceremony on Sunday night, which centered on performance categories. Fans will well remember Mirren's facilitation of the four-part competition series, a role she navigated with considerable skill and charisma. In a 2021 interview with the show's executive producers, Robin Ashbrook raved over her talent, issuing exactly the sort of prophetic statement that would have made Professor Trelawney proud.

"She'll probably win an Emmy for this as a host just to complete her collection," he commented at the time. He was right. Mirren secured a much-deserved win in the aptly named Outstanding Host category. The other hosts nominated for the honor were Tab Time's Tabitha Brown; Recker Eans, Dylan Gilmer, Mykal-Michelle Harris, and Olivia Perez of The Kids Tonight Show; Jack McBrayer of Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show; and Coyote Peterson of Coyote Peterson's Wild Field Trip.

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BSCKids

posted 12/14/2022

Thanks, 30 Rock...
TLC Greenlights "MILF Manor"
From TV Insider

Remember MILF Island on 30 Rock? Chances are if you watched the NBC comedy, it popped into your head upon hearing about the new TLC dating series.

MILF Manor brings eight confident and strong-minded women, ages 40 to 60, from cities all across the country to a paradise destination for the chance to find love. The series premieres on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 10/9c on TLC and will be available to stream the same day on discovery+.

This group of women brings their unique life experiences to the game. They have decades of dating experience and will use it to find a lasting connection with men half their age. However, nothing can prepare them for a jaw dropping surprise that will greet them at the front door, as teased in the trailer below.

MILF Manor is set in an exquisite location along the beautiful beaches of Mexico. Tensions run high when eight women and eight young hunks come together to find love. The women include a competitive 47-year-old fitness studio owner from Mexico currently living in Miami, a spontaneous 50-year-old "disco mommy" from Orange County, a 44-year-old Jersey girl currently living in Los Angeles, a 59-year-old fitness instructor and singer from Los Angeles and a 50-year-old event planner who used to be the B-Girl back in the day, just to name a few.

There will be challenges that will prove if a connection is genuine or if it's time to leave the manor in each episode. With the men win over the MILFs with their charming good looks, or will their behavior prove them to be under-experienced and land them on the chopping block? Expect chemistry, jealousy, and top-notch drama.

MILF Manor is produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Spun Gold for TLC and discovery+.

TV Insider
The Futon Critic

posted 12/14/2022

The Farmer Comes Back
Fox to Drop "Farmer Wants a Wife" Reboot March 8
From the Futon Critic

FOX is putting the heart in heartland with a fresh approach on the international hit dating series Farmer Wants a Wife, it was announced today by Allison Wallach, President, Unscripted Programming, FOX Entertainment. Superstar entertainer and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Nettles will host the series premiering Wednesday, March 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

"Bringing the world's most popular dating show to FOX requires a superstar host to match," said Wallach, "and we found the perfect pairing in Jennifer, a multi-talented entertainer who's a little country, a little big city and huge on heart and humor, making her the perfect choice for wrangling romance in the heartland."

Farmer Wants a Wife is the most successful dating show in the world. The Fremantle-owned format has aired in 32 countries and resulted in 180 marriages and 410 children. In a trend that's been sweeping America over the last few years, there's been a migration from city-centers to suburban and rural locales, and with that, love follows. In this upcoming series, city meets farm in the search for true romance. Four farmers from across the country embark on an adventure of a lifetime in the hopes of finding their future spouse. Women will leave behind the dating apps and pursuit of love in "the big city" in favor of classic American courtship. The farmers will take their group of daters to their farm and show them what it is really like to live as ranchers do - from tending to the homestead to feeding cattle and baling hay. For the daters, the realities of this lifestyle may beg the question: how much of your life are you willing to change for love?

Farmer Wants a Wife is produced by Eureka Productions. Paul Franklin (Holey Moley, Name That Tune), Chris Culvenor (The Mole, The Real Dirty Dancing, Dating Around), Eden Gaha (MasterChef, The Real Love Boat) and David Tibballs (The Mole, Finding Magic Mike) serve as executive producers, with David Emery as executive producer in post. Lauren Taylor Harding serves as an executive producer and the showrunner of the series.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 12/14/2022


CBS/Fremantle

Happy Birthday, Bob!
"World's Greatest MC" Turns 99
From CBS Miami

Bob Barker, the longtime host of "The Price is Right" on Monday celebrated a milestone birthday.

The beloved host, who presided over the CBS Daytime show from 1972 until 2007, turned 99 years old, an event noted by the show in a social media post.

"Let the day be as amazing as ever," the show tweeted alongside a picture of Barker welcoming his audience.

Before being named host of the iconic daytime gameshow, Barker presided over "Truth or Consequences" from 1956 to 1975.

Nancy Burnet, a longtime friend of Barker, wrote in a birthday press release that Barker is doing great and is aware of all the birthday love he will be receiving on his birthday.

In addition to being a TV gameshow host, Barker was a renowned animal activist who constantly urged his viewers to spay or neuter their pets to prevent dogs and cats from being euthanized in shelters.

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posted 12/14/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "On the Air"

  • Amy Schneider launches a podcast (The Sun)

  • VIDEO WALL: Pat Sajak drops his cards when he hears THIS... (Today)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul (The Global Herald)

posted 12/14/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 12
Results for the Week Ending November 27
From TV Newscheck

While many syndicated shows were thankful to recover, sharply, after getting kicked around by World Cup soccer in the previous week's holiday ratings rout, the only one to score a new season high in the session ending Dec. 4 was the recently renewed Kelly Clarkson.

The original American Idol's talker played to its largest audience of the syndication year with 1.4 million daily viewers and its strongest Nielsen number since last January with an 11% leap to a 44-week high 1.0 live national household rating. The show, which blew past its year-ago average by double digits, featured a bevy of big-name guest stars including Christina Applegate, Idina Menzel and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Game shows survived after getting killed the week before with Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud all coming back from their lowest levels of the season.

Due to the many preemptions for the World Cup, both 25 Words or Less and You Bet Your Life were coded out.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.7 +27%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.2 +27%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.6 +12%
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 +33%

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posted 12/13/2022

"Bake Squad" Reunites
Netflix Reups for Christina Tosi Bakeoff
From TBI

Netflix is cooking up another season of culinary competition series Bake Squad. The streamer has handed the show, which is hosted by Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi, a second season.

It comes after the first season launched in August 2021. The second season will return on January 20, 2023.

It will see the return of cake decorator Ashley Holt, pastry chefs Christophe Rull and Maya-Camlle Broussard and chocolatier Gonzo Jimenez. The series sees the four bakers battle it out to see whose dessert will be chosen for someone's extra special big day. However, there are no prizes or elimination style elements on the show, which sees cookie queen Tosi lend a hand.

The eight-part series, which features episodes of 35 minutes, comes from theoldschool, the production company founded by former MasterChef showrunner Robin Ashbrook, who exec produces with Yasmin Shackleton.

Deadline

posted 12/13/2022

MONDAY: Another Round!
Barmageddon Brews Up Big Ratings
From the Programming Insider

Blake Shelton and Carson Daly are brewing up impressive ratings at USA Network with their new game show, Barmageddon.

The series premiere, which aired on December 5, was the network's most-viewed series premiere in nearly three years with 1.2M total viewers, according to live + 3-day Nielsen data.

That's about an 81% increase from the same-day audience, which is a record delayed viewing lift for USA Network's unscripted programming. The episode also scored the network's best premiere rating among the 18-49 demographic in more than three years.

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's The Voice led Monday in both the demo and in total audience, while Fox's The Cleaning Lady ended its sophomore run on a low note. Heading into tonight's coronation, The Voice on Monday night drew 6.7 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, holding steady week-to-week. Leading out of that, Baking It's utterly charming Season 2 holiday special drew 2.4 mil and a 0.3.

Elsewhere...

FOX | The Cleaning Lady's season-ending double helping did 2.1 mil/0.3 and then barely 2 mil with a 0.2 — with the finale itself marking the yet-to-be-renewed series' second-smallest audience and matching its demo low.

ABC | The Great Christmas Light Fight drew 2.7 mil/0.4 and then 2.2 mil/0.3, with its finale marking season lows. The Good Doctor (3.4 mil/0.3) headed into the break with its second-best audience of the season yet matched its demo low.

THE CW | Dogs of the Year fetched 490K/0.1, followed by Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now?'s 190K/0.1.

Monday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.429m/0.25
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.134m/0.23
- Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 686k/0.13
- Barmageddon (P/USA): 572k/0.14
- The Big BAke Holiday (Food): 420k/0.08
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 293k/0.05
- America Says (GSN): 279k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 242k/0.03.

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posted 12/13/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Deal Us In"

  • The Traitors gets a card game in the UK (Digital SPy)

  • Betty White's house demolished (The Wrap/Yahoo!)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Ken Jennings says Cris Pannullo is a TOC favorite... and the writer reads WAY TOO MUCH into that. (TV Insider)

  • JEff Probst's semiannual announcement that the finale is going to be a brutal one. (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Stephen Bear guilty of sharing sex tape online (The Wrap)

  • Ken JEnnings reveals his shady gift... a hoe (The Sun)

  • KAtherine McPhee releases new holiday record after taking a break to act (Deadline)

posted 12/13/2022


Netflix

Guess Who's Back...
Shubham Goel Returns to The Circle December 28
From the Wrap

"The Circle" fan-favorite Shubham Goel is circling back to the strategic competition series as the show's surprise guest on Season 5. He was memorably the runner-up for the $100,000 grand prize in Season 1 of the Netflix competition show.

Goel's participation was revealed in the Netflix series' Season 5 trailer. Also in that first-look into the latest season, "The Circle" introduces new players to the game who will be joining Goel: Brian Clark (whose alias is Brittney), Billie-Jean Blackett (whose alias is Bruno), Chaz Lawery, Marvin Achi, Oliver Twixt, Raven Sutton, Sam Carmona, Tasia Lesley (alias: Tamira), Tom Houghton, Xanthi Perdikomatis and Brett Robinson, who previously started on "Big Brother 20." Michelle Buteau returns as host.

"The players are all single and ready to mingle. More flirting, more catfishing, more drama, and surprises await as a new set of contestants compete in challenges to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer," reads a synopsis for the series.

"We are big fans of the Drag Race franchise and thrilled to bring back RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race for another season on VH1," said Scott Mills, President/CEO, BET Media Group.

Season 5 is switching thing up by emphasizing that all players have entered "The Circle" single, but like before, they're all competing in a series of interactive games in an effort to win $150,000 — $50,000 more than the prize in previous seasons.

Season 5 premieres exclusively on Netflix on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

The Wrap
The Futon Critic

posted 12/12/2022

Another West End Musical Needs Leads
"Mamma Mia! I HAve a Dream" a Go on ITV
From Deadline

ABBA musical Mamma Mia! is seeking its next lead via an ITV entertainment show from The X Factor producer Thames and Littlestar. Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream will see contestants whittled down to two to be leads Sophie and Sky, who were played by Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper in the movie version. The show will be filmed in the Greek Islands and final will take place in London's West End. Contestants will be mentored by guest industry stars through unique workshops and judged by a panel of well-known industry experts in both music and theater. The show has shades of BBC series Any Dream Will Do, which found the next Joseph star, and I'd Do Anything, which did the same for Oliver towards the end of the Noughties. ITV Head of Entertainment Commissioning Katie Rawcliffe said Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream is "everything we could want in an entertainment show." Rawcliffe is commissioner alongside Lily Wilson and Louise Major. Amelia Brown, Charlie Irwin and Ashley Whitehouse are exec producers for Thames and Judy Craymer for co-producer Littlestar.

Deadline

posted 12/12/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "100% That Substitute B***h"

posted 12/12/2022

The Latest Hit from Korea? "Genius"
Banijay UK, Denmark, Norway Buy Into New CJ ENM Format
From TBI

Banijay has optioned the rights for survival game show format The Genius Game from South Korean media giant CJ ENM, for adaptation in the UK, Denmark and Norway.

Banijay labels Mastiff TV Denmark, Mastiff TV Norway and the UK's Remarkable Entertainment will produce local versions of the format, which tests players' intelligence and social savviness.

These latest deals follow the launch of the Netherlands version of the show, The Genius: The Netherlands, which debuted in October.

In the show, contestants are chosen based on their social IQ, charisma, charm, and intelligence to participate in a battle of wits and manipulation. Players compete in the 'Main Match' and the 'Death Match', to challenge their analytical reasoning, attention to detail, memory, and loyalty. In order to become the Genius, players must form secret alliances and decide who to trust and who to betray in order to increase their chances of survival.

"The Genius Game is an entertaining, high-stakes, social game which has generated significant international interest. We have experienced and talented creatives in the UK, Denmark, and Norway who are ready to bring this psychological social experiment to audiences," said James Townley, global head of content development at Banijay.

Diane Min, head of format sales at CJ ENM, meanwhile said that The Genius Game "is a show that can entertain viewers from all territories. As a multi-season mega-hit show in Korea, bolstering our IP in a local format will bring so much fun and thrill to its viewers as well."

TBI
C21 Media
Banijay

posted 12/8/2022

"Are You The One" Going Global
Catch It on Paramount+
From The Futon Critic

Paramount+ today announced that a new season featuring a global version of the hit dating competition series ARE YOU THE ONE? will premiere exclusively on the service Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the U.S. and Canada. The series will roll out in the U.K., Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Latin America on Thursday, Jan. 19 and Australia on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Relationship expert and TV host Kamie Crawford ("Catfish: The TV Show," "Relationsh*t") will host the first-of-its-kind global edition that will take contestants to Gran Canaria, Spain.

In the most ambitious dating experiment ever attempted, 22 recently single men and women from around the globe were put through an extensive matchmaking process to find their "perfect match." Hailing from around the world and living together under one roof at an international location, these singles will have a shared goal: to find "the one."

Each week, the singles will have an opportunity to find their match, and if they can identify all 11 perfect matches at the same time, they'll split a massive cash prize. The global expansion turned a new leaf last season and broke barriers with its U.S. edition when it became the first sexually fluid reality dating competition show in the nation. From coming-out moments to discoveries of sexual and gender identity, it told powerful stories about navigating relationships and finding love as a sexually fluid individual for the first time on a reality dating show..

The Futon Critic

posted 12/8/2022

"Family Feud" Returns to Malaysia
Johnson Lee to Host New Version
From TBI

Astro in Malaysia has acquired Fremantle's entertainment gameshow format Family Feud, with plans to return it to screens in the country after an absence of almost 15 years.

The broadcaster is planning multiple language versions of the format, set to debut in mid-2023.

The format sees features competing teams of five members, which can either be family members or celebrity teams. The host poses a question which has already been surveyed across 100 people and the first team to buzz in with an answer that matches one of the survey's responses, gains control of the game board. The first team to reach the highest number of points is the winner and goes on to play in the final for the big prize.

Created by Goodson/Todman in 1976, Family Feud aired across a variety of channels in Malaysia, including TV3 and Ntv7, from the mid 1990s until 2009. The format has also been produced in Asian countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Hong Kong, with broadcaster TVB picking up the rights last year. .

TBI

posted 12/8/2022

WEDNESDAY: Falling Star... girl
NBC Wins with #OneChicago
From the Programming Insider

Wednesday night belonged to NBC (6.18 million, 0.6/6) with its season finale combination of Chicago Med (6.48m, 0.6/5), Chicago Fire (6.74m, 0.6/6), and Chicago PD (5.31m, 0.6/6).

CBS (3.37m, 0.4/4) took the silver in both total viewers and the demo with Survivor (5.16m, 0.7/6), the season finale of The Amazing Race (3.47m, 0.4/4 - the highest rating since moving into The Real Love Boat's old spot), and a rerun of East New York (1.47m, 0.1/1).

ABC (2.47m, 0.3/3) took home third in the totals, but tied with Fox (1.60m, 0.3/2) in the demo. ABC lined up fall finales with The Conners (3.72m, 0.5/5), The Goldbergs (2.46m, 0.4/3), Abbott Elementary (2.51m, 0.4/4), Home Economics (1.83m, 0.3/3), and the Big Sky (2.16, 0.2/2).

The latter network featured The Masked Singer Seasonal Sing-a-Long Spectacular (2m, 0.3/3) and a new LEGO Masters (1.19m, 0.2/2).

Rounding out the broadcasts is the CW's (456k, 0.0/1) lineup of the DC's Stargirl series finale (461k, 0.0/0) and the special Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown (511k, 0.1/0).

Wednesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.019m/0.20
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food)L 598k/0.13
- The Challenge: Ride or Dies (MTV): 563k/0.26
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery); 504k/0.10
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 333k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 328k/0.05 .

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posted 12/8/2022


NBCUniversal

More on "That's My Jam UK"
Meet the Stars Playing on the US Set
From Digital Spy

The BBC has announced a new music-themed game show with a line-up full of recognisable faces.

Mo Gilligan hosts the UK adaptation of That's My Jam (which Jimmy Fallon hosts in the US) with Britain's Got Talent's Alesha Dixon, RuPaul's Drag Race UK's Michelle Visage, and Glee's Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale kicking off the first episode.

In terms of guest stars, there'll be musicians, including Aloe Blacc, Becky Hill, Donny Osmond, Jason Derulo, Nsync's Joey Fatone, Pussycat Dolls Kimberley Wyatt and Nicole Scherzinger, Salt N Pepa's Sandra Denton and Cheryl James, Tom Grenna and Boyz II Men's Wanya Morris.

From the world of TV we've got: Glee's Amber Riley, The Lord of the Rings' Billy Boyd, Grey's Anatomy's Camilla Luddington and Chris Carmack, Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause and Mary Fitzgerald, Drag Race's The Vivienne and Courtney Act, The Office's David Koechner and Lucy Davis, comedians Gina Yashere and Reggie Watts, EastEnders actor and DJ Patsy Palmer, talk show legend Ricki Lake, rugby player Thom Evans, and Lucifer's Tom Ellis. The series was actually filmed out in Los Angeles, hence why there are more US names than you might expect.

In a press release, Mo stated that his favourite game on the show might be Wheel of Impossible Karaoke, and that the funniest moment from the whole series would be Salt N Pepa playing Catch the Mic, so keep an eye out for that one.

The eight-part series will be broadcast on BBC One from Saturday, December 17 at 9pm, following the Strictly Come Dancing final.

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posted 12/8/2022


Peacock

Alan Cumming Invites "Traitors" to Peacock
Streamer to Air American Version of European Show January 12
From the Futon Critic

Today, Peacock announced the premiere date and contestants for its nail-biting, psychological reality competition series The Traitors, hosted by the deliciously witty Alan Cumming. All 10 episodes will drop exclusively on Peacock on January 12, 2023.

Set in a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands and based on the wildly popular Dutch series of the same name, 5-time Emmy-nominated Alan Cumming plays host to twenty larger-than-life personalities (including reality A-listers and America's best game players) who come together to complete a series of challenges with the objective of earning a cash prize of up to $250,000. The catch? Three of the contestants coined "the traitors" will devise a plan to steal the prize from the other contestants coined "the faithful."

The Traitors will feature reality stars and celebrity contestants including:
· Arie Luyendyk Jr. (Bachelor/Bachelorette) 
· Brandi Glanville (RHOBH) 
· Cirie Fields (Survivor) 
· Cody Calafiore (Big Brother) 
· Kate Chastain (Below Deck) 
· Kyle Cooke (Summer House) 
· Rachel Reilly (Big Brother) 
· Reza Farahan (Shahs of Sunset) 
· Ryan Lochte (Olympian) 
· Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick (Survivor) 

Additional contestants who will be joining the celebrities for a game chock-full of alliances, deception, and even "murder" include:
· Christian De La Torre (Veteran & Van Life Influencer) - Los Angeles, CA
· Michael Davidson (DMV Office Manager) - Oneida, KY
· Andie Thurmond (Director of Music Services) - Reno, NV
· Quentin Jiles (Political Analyst) - Houston, TX
· Shelbe Rodriguez (Public Affairs Manager) - Beaumont, TX
· Geraldine Moreno (Actress) - North Hollywood, CA 
· Robert "Bam" Nieves (Tech Sales Executive) - Rye, NY
· Anjelica Conti (Hair Stylist) - Staten Island, NY
· Azra Valani (Yoga Instructor) - Los Angeles, CA 
· Amanda Clark (Emergency Room Nurse) - Carlisle, PA
·
"Studio Lambert has truly captured lightning in a bottle with our latest competition series The Traitors. We can't wait for Peacock audiences to experience and play along in this epic game of manipulation and deceit, all while the iconic Alan Cumming pulls the strings of our incredible cast to create the ultimate 'whodunit'." Corie Henson, EVP Entertainment Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal

"In a game of secrecy, suspicion and plot twists in a Scottish castle, who better to take the helm and guide our game players through the drama and challenging missions than Alan who originally comes from Scotland." Stephen Lambert, Studio Lambert, CEO · The Traitors is produced by Studio Lambert Scotland with Stephen Lambert, Mike Cotton, Toni Ireland, Jack Burgess and Sam Rees Jones serving as executive producers. Sharon Vuong, EVP Entertainment Unscripted Development will oversee for NBCUniversal.


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posted 12/7/2022


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SYNDIES: Week 11
Results for the Week Ending November 27
From TV Newscheck

Tamron Hall was hot but almost everything else was not. Most syndicated shows had little to be thankful in the holiday session ending Nov. 27.

Thanksgiving was a ratings turkey for most shows and Black Friday was pretty gloomy too.

Syndies were also sunk by World Cup soccer all week, which virtually blew out daytime on Fox and proved to be powerful competition elsewhere. In fact, Hall was the only strip in first-run going up from the week before. Hall brought the heat with a 14% week-to-week spike to a new season high 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, up 33% from last year.

On the other hand, syndication leader Jeopardy tumbled 26% to a new season low 4.5, despite featuring Amy Schneider's triumph in its thrilling Tournament of Champions. Wheel of Fortune followed a rocky road, cratering 24% to a new season low 4.1, and skidding into a tie with Family Feud, which fell 18% to a new season low 4.1.

Due to the many preemptions for the World Cup, both 25 Words or Less and You Bet Your Life were coded out.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.5 -26%**
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.1 -24%**
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.1 -18%**
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.4 -20%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

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posted 12/7/2022

High Stakes Poker Goes to 10
PokerGo to Air Season 10 in 2023
From Card Player

High Stakes Poker is set to return for its 10th season in 2023, with new episodes exclusively on PokerGO starting in January.

The poker cash game show that started it all back in 2006 is back with another round of nosebleed stakes no-limit hold'em action. In fact, the minimum stakes this season will be blinds of $200-$400.

"High Stakes Poker is such a special, classic brand that has been the genesis to so many of the game's most memorable moments," said Mori Eskandani, President of PokerGO. "PokerGO is extremely proud to release the 10th season of this remarkable show, and we plan on celebrating the momentous occasion with special offerings, giveaways, and more."

The press release announcing HSP's return did not include specific lineup information, but did say, "Fans can expect both new faces and old to appear."

The games were filmed inside the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

In addition to the new episodes coming out next year, PokerGO subscribers are able to go back and watch every episode from the previous nine seasons on demand. Select highlights from the show are also available on PokerGO's YouTube channel.

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posted 12/7/2022

TUESDAY: Holiday Game Night
NBC Wins with "The Voice", People's Choice
From the Programming Insider

Tuesday night belonged to NBC (4.30, 0.5/4) with its combination of the semifinal results show of "The Voice" (6.30m, 0.6/5) and the annual "People's Choice Awards" (3.30m, 0.4/4). THe lineup also took top honors in the demo.

ABC (2.84, 0.04/4) took the silver in the demo with this holiday game night lineup of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (3.66m, 0.5/5), "Press Your Luck" (2.66m, 0.4/4), and "The $100,000 Pyramid" (2.21m, 0.3/3).

Fox (2.15, 0.3/2) took home third in the demo with "The Resident" (2.73m, 0.4/3) and the season (or series) episode of "Monarch" (1.57m, 0.2/2).

The second-most watched network of the night in total, CBS (3.49, 0.2/2, was fourth in the demo thanks to reruns of the "FBI" franchise.

Rounding out the broadcasts is the CW's (363k, 0.1/0) lineup of "The Winchesters" (416k, 0.1/1) and "The Professionals" (311k, 0.1/0).

Tuesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.073m/0.20
- Beat Bobby Flay: Holiday Throwdown (Food): 853k/0.13
- Chopped (Food): 683k/0.15
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 281k/0.05
- America Says (GSN): 273k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 238k/0.03 .

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posted 12/7/2022

F-Bye!
HBO Max Cancels "FBoy Island" After 2 Sessions
From TV Line

HBO Max is saying F-bye to FBoy Island: The Nikki Glaser-hosted dating show has been cancelled by the streamer after two seasons, our sister site Variety reports.

The tongue-in-cheek reality series created by The Bachelor producer Elan Gale saw three women choose from a field of potential mates in a tropical locale, with the men secretly divided between "Fboys" who were superficial and commitment-phobic and "nice guys" who were ready for an adult relationship. (When "Fboys" were eliminated, they were condemned to a sparse, Survivor-like shelter, while eliminated "nice guys" were given luxury accommodations and lavish meals.) Glaser hosted and added lots of snarky one-liners to the proceedings, including the immortal kiss-off line: "Fboy? F-bye."

The cancellation is the latest HBO Max casualty since the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, joining original series Made for Love, Raised by Wolves and Gordita Chronicles and the Batgirl movie. As Variety points out, no unscripted HBO Max series has been renewed since the merger.

Fboy Island premiered in July 2021 with a 10-episode freshman season. It was renewed the following month, and Season 2 debuted this past July. The cancellation caps the series run at a total of 20 episodes.

Deadline understands that STXalternative, the company behind the series, which was thought to be one of the streamer's biggest non-scripted hits, has been in talks with other networks and platforms about the show.

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posted 12/5/2022


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The Ultimate High School Reunion
"Jeopardy!" to Hold New Tournament 2023
From Decider

Former Jeopardy! Teen Tournament competitors are giving it another go at the hit quiz show.

Twenty-seven previous contestants —all undergraduates or recent college graduates — will come together for the College Championship format, which is the first of its kind in the Jeopardy franchise. Among the contestants set to compete in the episodes airing between Feb. 20 and March 9 are Season 35's Teen Tournament I Champion Claire Sattler, who is now a senior at Yale University, as well as Teen Tournament II Champion Avi Gupta, who is a senior at Stanford University.

The format, which will consist of nine quarterfinal games, three semifinals and a two-day total point affair final, will give the competitors the chance to win a $100,000 grand prize as well as a spot on the Tournament of Champions.

"We didn't want to lose that sort of college energy [this season]," Jeopardy! executive producer Michael Davies said in a statement, per Entertainment Weekly. "We knew we had these 27 players who are all of college age who come from our existing Jeopardy community, so this was a great opportunity to bring them back."

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posted 12/7/2022

Matt Lucas Exits the Kitchen
"Great British Baking Show" Hosts Steps Down After 3 Seasons
From TV Line

The Great British Baking Show will have to cook up another new co-host: Matt Lucas, who has hosted the Netflix baking competition for the past three seasons, has announced he's leaving the show.

"Farewell Bake Off!" Lucas wrote in a statement on Twitter. (The series is titled The Great British Bake Off in the UK.) "It's been a delicious experience and I can't imagine a more fun way to spend my summers, but it's become clear to me that I can't present both Fantasy Football League and Bake Off alongside all my other projects. So, after three [seasons] and 51 episodes, I am cheerfully passing the baguette on to someone else."

Lucas added: "I would like to give my warmest thanks and gratitude to everyone at Love Productions and Channel 4 and to [Noel], Paul, Dame Prue, the crew and, of course, the wonderful bakers for welcoming me into the tent. I wish whoever takes over all the very best and I can't wait to tune into the next series without already knowing who won!"

Lucas — a comedian known for the UK sketch series Little Britain — joined Baking Show in Season 11, which aired on Netflix in 2020. Lucas replaced Sandi Toksvig as co-host alongside Noel Fielding, who has hosted since Season 8. (Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc hosted the series for the first seven seasons.) A replacement for Lucas has not yet been named.

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posted 12/7/2022

MONDAY: Houston, We Have a Problem?
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From the Programming Insider

In the latest TV ratings, the semifinal performance show of "The Voice" and a special "That's My Jam" gave NBC the night in the demo with a 0.5 rating and a 4 share. "The Voice" was the most-watched show of the night with 6.14 million and a 0.6/5.

Leading out of that, a holiday edition of That's My Jam retained just 2.33 mil and a 0.3.

Elsewhere...

CBS | "The Neighborhood" logged in 5.06 million/0.5/4 and "Bob Hearts Abishola" 4.73 million / 0.4/ 3, both for second. Then leading the night was "NCIS" (6.26 million/0.4/ 3) and "NCIS: Hawai'i" (4.36 million/0.3/ 3).

FOX | The special "TMZ's Merry Elfin' Christmas" logged in 1.36 million /0.3/ 2, with the winter finale of "The Cleaning Lady" boosting that number to 1.69 million /0.3/ 3 (#2)

ABC | This year's airing of Frozen II drew 2.2 mil and a 0.4.

CBS | "The Great Christmas Light Fight" registered 2.71 million (0.4 rating/3 share) with the winter finale of "The Good Doctor" jimping to 3.34 million (#2), A18-49: 0.4/ 3 (#1)

Monday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.113m/0.17
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.029m/0.17
- Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 662k/0.09
- Barmageddon (P/USA): 650k/0.18
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 355k/0.05
- The Big BAke Holiday (Food): 338k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 327k/0.05.
- Tug of Words (GSN): 277k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 276k/0.03

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posted 12/7/2022

THURSDAY: Take a Bow, Leslie...
NBC Wins with Dolly Parton, The Wall
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, the NBC TV-movie Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas dominated a quiet-ish Thursday in total viewers (with 6 million) and is currently tied for the nightly demo win (with a 0.5 rating).

Leading out of that, a holiday edition of The Wall retained just 2.1 mil and a 0.2.

Elsewhere, with CBS in rerun mode….

FOX | Pending certain adjustment due to NFL preemptions, Hell's Kitchen (2.5 mil/0.5) and the late Leslie Jordan's final Call Me Kat appearance (1.7 mil/0.4) are both currently up. But again, NFL preemptions.

THE CW | The Freddie Mercury: The Final Act special drew 860K and a 0.1.

ABC | This year's airing of Frozen II drew 2.2 mil and a 0.4.

CBS | A Young Sheldon rerun delivered the night's second-largest audience, with 3.9 million viewers.

Thursday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 984k/0.16
- Mountain Men: Ultimate Marksman (P/History): 555k/0.06
- People Puzzler (GSN): 446k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 419k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 327k/0.05.
- America Says (GSN): 300k/0.04
- Tug of Words (GSN): 277k/0.03

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posted 12/7/2022

WEDNESDAY: Lighting Up the World... Part 2
NBC Wins with Rockefeller Tree Lighting
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center averaged 6.1 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, leading Wednesday in both measures and adding viewers versus last year.

Elsewhere…. CBS | Survivor (5.1 mil/0.7) ticked up to a season high in audience and was steady in the demo. The Amazing Race (3 mil/0.3) dipped on both counts.

FOX | The Masked Singer (4 mil/0.6) was steady with its season finale.

THE CW | Stargirl's mind-blowing penultimate episode ever (437K/0.1) dropped some eyeballs, while Kung Fu (390K/0.1) added some.

ABC | The Conners (4 mil/0.6), Home Economics (1.9 mil/0.3) and Big Sky (2.3 mil/0.2) were all steady in the demo, while The Goldbergs (2.4 mil/0.3) and Abbott Elementary (2.4 mil/0.4) dipped.

Wednesday cable numbers...(totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.029m/0.17
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 711k/0.12
- People Puzzler (GSN): 545k/0.04
- The Challenge: Ride or Dies (MTV): 522k/0.27
- The Chase (OB/GSN): 464k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 356k/0.05
- America Says (GSN): 354k/0.04
- Tug of Words (GSN): 295k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 286k/0.05.

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posted 12/7/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Story of a Deposed Monarch"

  • Chuck Henry taking "voluntary early retirement" (Deadline)

  • Anson Williams loses bid for Ojai mayor by 42 votes. In other news, Anson Williams was running for mayor of Ojai (The Wrap)

  • Vanna White doesn't like ALL of her dresses. (TV Insider)

  • Al Roker discharged to recover at home (TV Insider)

  • Scott Rogowsky has a new gig... as one of the hosts of Gamestar+. That puts him in the company of Steve Harvey and Ken Jennings (The Internet's Deadline)

  • Ken JEnnings reveals his shady gift... a hoe (The Sun)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: All he needed to do is look at his shirt (LADBible)

posted 12/8/2022


The Hollywood Reporter
KIRSTIE ALLEY: 1951-2022
Actress Made Her Mark on BOTH Sides of the Game Show Divide
From People

Kirstie Alley, the Emmy award-winning actor, has died. She was 71.

The actor's children, True and Lillie Parker, confirmed the news in a statement released on Alley's social media on Dec. 5.

"To all our friends, far and wide around the world... We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered," the statement began. "She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living whatever adventures lie ahead."

"As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother. We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care," the statement continued. "Our mother's zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did."

The statement continued, adding, "We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time."

It was signed "With love always, True and Lillie Parker."

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Alley appeared as an interior designer on episodes of "Match Game" and "Password Plus". She would return to "Match Game" as a panelist on the Alec Baldwin-hosted ABC primetime edition in 2019. She was also featured on episodes of "The Masked Singer" (as Baby Mammoth), "To Tell the Truth", "Celebrity Big Brother", "The Chew", "Dancing with the Stars", "The Marriage Ref", and "Hollywood Squares".

Alley's first major Hollywood role was in 1982, portraying Vulcan Starfleet officer Lieutenant Saavik in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." In 1987, she starred alongside Mark Harmon in the comedy "Summer School." That same year, Alley got her big break when she landed the role of Rebecca Howe in the hit NBC sitcom "Cheers," which ran from 1987 to 1993. For her portrayal of Howe she won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe in 1991.

Alley made her final TV appearance just months before she died Dec. 5 after a private battle with colon cancer on Fox's flagship reality competition series The Masked Singer. The program will pay tribute to Alley with a card in this week's holiday special episode, Masked Singer Seasonal Sing-A-Long Spectacular!, which airs tomorrow, Dec. 7, at 9 PM.

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posted 12/6/2022


Sesame Workshop
BOB McGRATH: 1932-2022
"Sesame Street" Actor Featured on 60s, 70s Game Shows
From the Wrap

Bob McGrath, a member of the original cast of "Sesame Street" and who was on the beloved children's show for 47 seasons, has died at the age of 90, according to a Facebook post from his family.

McGrath appeared as himself on the show's pilot in 1969 and remained on the show until his retirement in 2017. During his run on the show, McGrath performed many of its most famous songs, including "People in Your Neighborhood" and "If You're Happy and You Know It."

The Sesame Workshop mourned McGrath's passing as a beloved member of the Sesame Street family. "A founding cast member, Bob embodied the melodies of Sesame Street like no one else, and his performances brought joy and wonder to generations of children around the world, whether teaching them the ABCs, the people in their neighborhood, or the simple joy of feeling music in their hearts. A revered performer worldwide, Bob's rich tenor filled airwaves and concert halls from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo many times over. We will be forever grateful for his many years of passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street and honored that he shared so much of his life with us."

McGrath's fellow "Sesame Street" castmember Alan Muraoka wrote in a touching Facebook post, accompanied by a photo of the two. "Words cannot begin to express what Bob meant to me: a role model, a mentor, a friend," he wrote. "His kindness and wicked sense of humor were such a joy, and I loved him so much. We all gathered in July to wish him a happy 90th birthday, and that was the last time Herb and I saw him. Rest well my friend. You did good. #alanathoopers #sesamestreet #bobmcgrath #restinpeace #icon."

Born in Ottawa, Illinois, McGrath earned a music degree from the University of Michigan, where he sang in the university's glee club. Prior to joining "Sesame Street," he performed alongside Mitch Miller on the NBC TV series "Sing Along With Mitch" and became a best-selling recording artist in Japan by singing folk songs in Japanese. His work overseas led to appearances on the game shows "To Tell the Truth" and "I've Got a Secret."

Along with the main PBS series, McGrath appeared in various "Sesame Street" computer games, movies and specials, including the feature film "Follow That Bird." Even after leaving the show, he continued to appear at events held by Sesame Workshop to promote children's education.

In game shows, McGrath was a contestant on "To Tell the Truth" and "I've Got a Secret", as well as a "Bachelor Judge" on "Dream Girl of '67".

McGrath is survived by his wife, Ann, along with five children and eight grandchildren.

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posted 12/5/2022

DWade Returns to "The Cube"
Season 2 Begins January 8 on TBS
From the Futon Critic

TBS announced today that its high-octane competition series, "The Cube," hosted by three-time NBA Champion, one of the NBA's 75 all-time greatest players, and founder of 59th and Prairie Entertainment, Dwyane Wade, returns for its second season on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at 9:00PM ET/PT.

Season two will feature more games, celebrities, and winners. Actress Gabrielle Union-Wade and TV personality La La Anthony partner to kick off the first episode to beat 'The Cube' and win money for charity. Other celebrity guests, competing for charities, will be woven throughout episodes and will include NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, GRAMMY(R) Award nominated, CMA & ACM Award winning country music star Jimmie Allen, and NBA Champion Iman Shumpert.

"The Cube" follows contestant pairs who must demonstrate skill, nerve, and determination as they endure seemingly simple physical and mental tasks - all while confined in 'The Cube,' an intimidating glass box with its own mind and attitude, in the hope of winning a major cash prize. Working on their own or as a team, each pair has nine lives to complete seven games that are worth an increasing amount of money as they inch closer to taking home the $250,000 jackpot.

In addition to the Simplify assist and fan-favorite One Shot assist that allows teams the opportunity to call on superstar athlete Wade to take their place inside the Cube, the upcoming season will also feature a third assist for contestants to unlock when they reach the $50,000 game. The third assist called Trial Run is a free practice attempt at a game - no prize for winning, no penalty for losing - but the big decision comes afterwards when they must decide whether to walk away or take that game on for real.

"The Cube" is created by Objective Media Group, an All3Media company, and is produced by Objective Media Group for TBS. The series is executive produced by entrepreneur and philanthropist Dwyane Wade and his production company, 59th & Prairie Entertainment, as well as Layla Smith and Jilly Pearce for Objective Media Group with showrunner Glenn Coomber.

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posted 12/5/2022

More on "Tough as Nails" Season 3
"The Masked Singer" Host Being Treated for Pneumonia
From the Futon Critic

Meet the 12 new competitors ready to test their strength, endurance, life skills and mental toughness on a special two-hour season premiere of TOUGH AS NAILS, Wednesday, Jan. 4 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

The cast includes construction workers, a firefighter, a pipeline laborer and a welder, among others. Phil Keoghan is the creator, host and showrunner. TOUGH AS NAILS moves to its regular time period on Wednesday, Jan. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

The best of the best essential workers will test their life skills at real job sites, including construction, welding, fishing, farming, carpentry and more. One by one, they are eliminated from the individual competition until a winner is crowned, but what sets TOUGH AS NAILS apart is nobody goes home. Contestants who "punch out" of the individual competition continue to compete until the end of the season in a team competition with a chance of winning additional cash prizes.

The competition begins on Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles. Competitors will sink or swim when they face a grueling first challenge in the Pacific Ocean where they are tasked with replacing old boat moorings. The first two to complete the job earn the privilege of selecting the two teams of six that will make up Dirty Hands and Savage Crew. Then competitors look to prove they're the strongest when they take on the first individual competition: building a concrete retaining wall. The stakes are higher this season for the individual competition because not only are contestants trying to avoid the weekly elimination challenge and win the final $200,000 grand prize, but there is an additional cash bonus reward on the line.

"It's so exciting to see TOUGH AS NAILS become part of the zeitgeist," said Phil Keoghan, host, executive producer and showrunner. "As word spreads, we are spoiled with casting great characters. It is an honor to share so many inspirational stories with our growing fan base. And the competition? Neck and neck all season with a hard-fought battle to the finish line unlike any we've had before!"

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posted 12/5/2022

BYUTV to Crown 5th "All-Round Champion"
Catch It January 15, February 8on TVOkids
From the Futon Critic

Award-winning global media company, marblemedia along with broadcast partners BYUtv (US) and TVOkids (Canada) announce their premiere dates for season 5 of the high-octane series All-Round Champion. Season 5 is set to air first on BYUtv on Sunday, January 15 at 8p ET/5p PT, followed by TVOkids on Wednesday, February 8 at 5pm ET.

This latest season comes at the heels of the series winning Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards.

For the first time in All-Round Champion history, Season 5 will feature a cast fully comprised of para-athletes - competitors with physical disabilities. However, true to the format, they won't be competing in their own sports; they'll be competing in each other's to see how proficient they can become in a new sport in a short period of time. To reach this goal, they must excel beyond their own expectations. They must learn new skills, persevere, overcome their own physical and mental limits, and most importantly, adapt their abilities to the sport and the sports' equipment. The athlete with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the All-Round Champion!

The talented athletes and their sports this season are Brayden Butler (Climbing), Bradley Pedrick (Sailing), Dominic Demaio (Rowing), Gurnoor Chouhan (Goalball), Jackson Atwood (Wheelchair Basketball), Lily Brook (Adaptive Boxing), Maggie Manning (Sledge Hockey), Momo Sutton (Swimming), and Samantha Fraser (Track).

The 10-episode, 60-minute series is hosted by Olympian and World Champion Perdita Felicien, who brings mentorship to the young athletes, along with weekly sports stars that coach and encourage the participants through their respective sports. For this fifth season, some of the sports stars include Britain's most successful Paralympic sailor, Helena Lucas; four-time Paralympic swimming gold medalist, McKenzie Coan; 31-time Canadian track champion, Josh Cassidy; and Matt Scott, a two-time Paralympic champion in wheelchair basketball and the first disabled athlete featured in a Nike commercial

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posted 12/5/2022

Nick Cannon Hospitalized
"The Masked Singer" Host Being Treated for Pneumonia
From CNN

Nick Cannon is getting some rest after coming down with pneumonia.

"The Masked Singer" host and comedian, who has previously shared that he has lupus, posted images of himself in a hospital bed in an Instagram post on Friday.

"Okay, so I guess I'm not Superman ... I promised myself I would never be back at this place again ... But this is a great lesson to take care of YOU or YOU won't be able to take care of everyone else," Cannon wrote.

The busy dad of 11 said he was feeling positive. "I don't need any well wishes or prayers , just some solid rest and I will be back on the journey to becoming stronger than ever... it's just pneumonia, nothing I can't handle."

Before his hospitalization, Cannon performed with his "Wild'N Out Live" tour on Thursday in New York City. "Crazy thing is, last night we was just rocking a sold out crowd at Madison square garden in front of thousands of fans, now I'm all alone in a tiny hospital room," Cannon concluded his post. "Life is definitely a rollercoaster! #LupusWarrior.".

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posted 12/5/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday Q"

  • VIDEO WALL: Melissa Villasenor does impersonations on "That's My Jam" (TV Line)

  • Amy Schneider reveals a long-since-hidden tradition amongst Jeopardy! grand champions (TV Insider)

  • SPOILER ALERT: "The Challenge: Global Championship" has just finished taping (Reality Blurred)

  • Vanna White spins a yarn about... well, yarn. Also the inevitable end of her & Pat (People)

  • Richard Osman has a new Pointless friend that may... or may not... be a Zygon (Huffpost)

  • Sandi Toksvig being treated for bronchial pneumonia (Tyla)

posted 12/5/2022

Robot Fighting Time Returns 2023
"Battlebots" to Air on Discovery January 5
From the Futon Critic

In the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, the most competitive field of combat robots ever assembled have come to wage war with one goal in mind: to qualify for the BattleBots World Championship VII. Featuring 50 teams from across the globe, sparks fly and robots die in the iconic BattleBox arena at Caesars Entertainment Studios as teams vie for the sports top prize: The Giant Nut. Wielding ever more lethal weapons and upgraded hardware, this year's elite bots will face their most grueling test as, for the first time, all teams will complete a predetermined four-fight qualifying season. Also, for the first time, all teams' full fight schedules will be released prior to the start of the World Championship VII qualifying rounds. BattleBot's ever expanding, rabid fanbase can now look forward to more fights, more strategy, and more destruction as season long "live tracking" of results and standings are enabled thru these format changes. The world's premiere robot competition series, "BattleBots," returns Thursday, January 5th at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

This year's select field features a host of brilliant new teams with meta breaking designs eagerly attempting to stand shoulder to shoulder with the returning legends of the sport. Tensions will soar as fan-favorites including Witch Doctor, SawBlaze, Hydra, Hypershock, Minotaur, past champion and current Golden Bolt winner, End Game, and reigning World Champion Tantrum, take on the fiercest teams from Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South America, all slugging it out in a series of battles to the death.

Will End Game or Tantrum keep their winning streaks alive against the deepest field in BattleBots history or will they end up in pieces? Will Riptide and Glitch extend their epic freshman runs, or will they suffer the dreaded sophomore slump? Sportscaster Chris Rose, and former UFC Fighter Kenny Floria are back to lead the action, giving their famous play-by-play and color analysis, while Faruq Tauheed returns as the Ring Announcer to get everyone in the arena, and at home, into the fighting spirit..

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posted 12/4/2022

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "The Password Is... Preggers"

  • Keke Palmer took her hosting gig on SNL to make a big announcement (Deadline)

  • Jirard Khalil reportedly wanted to reboot "Starcade" at G4 before it went under (PopCulture)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Prue Leith & Paul Hollywood (TV Line)

posted 12/4/2022


Game SHow Network

People Watching People in Syndication
Debmar Mercury to Shop Game Show Network Hit for 2023
From Deadline

Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury has picked up for distribution Game Show Network's People Puzzler, hosted by Leah Remini, with the goal to launch the game show in broadcast syndication in fall 2023.

Debmar-Mercury is shopping 325 episodes of People Puzzler, which combines pop culture with fun facts, as a back-to-back Monday-Friday strip. It will be sold on an all-barter basis, with the syndicator splitting the national advertising time with stations. The 325 episodes include all of Seasons 1 and 2, as well the current third season.

This marks a rare broadcast syndication offering for fall 2023 in a tight marketplace with no known first-run shows targeted for next fall yet.

Based on the crossword puzzles in People, People Puzzler, which returned for its third season in August, has been a solid performer for GSN. It is produced by Game Show Enterprises, Start Entertainment and People's parent company, Dotdash Meredith. Remini also executive produces with Rane Laymance, along with Scott St. John and Neal Konstantini for Start Entertainment and Rachel Feinberg for Dotdash Meredith.

"We believe People Puzzler's proven ad-friendly format, strong household and adult 25-54 demo performance will attract an entirely new audience to broadcast, while giving stations a tested alternative to pair with originals in this dominant syndication programming genre," said Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein.

The King Of Queens alumna Remini, a two-time Emmy winner and Daytime Emmy nominee for Outstanding Game Show Host, most recently appeared as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance.

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posted 12/1/2022


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SYNDIES: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 20
From TV Newscheck

Several syndicated shows surged in the post-election session ending Nov. 20, with Jeopardy, Judge Judy, Hot Bench and Entertainment Tonight among the heavyweights hitting new season highs.

Jeopardy elevated 11% from the week before to a season-best 6.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, as the final round of its annual Tournament of Champions got underway.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 6.1 +11%*
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.4 +13%*
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.0 +4%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

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posted 12/1/2022

Pluto TV Arrives in Canada
Canadian Content Curated in Paramount Global's FAST Streamer
From the Wrap

Pluto TV, Paramount Global's free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) service, officially made its debut in Canada on Thursday.

Pluto will offer more than 20,000 hours of free programming to Canadians, introducing a diverse lineup of over 110 thematic and single-series channels curated from a library of thousands of titles from Paramount and more than 100 third-party partners.

Through a partnership with Corus Entertainment, Pluto TV now offers Canadian audiences a wide spectrum of free programming, including iconic TV and film franchises across popular genres such as drama, comedy, lifestyle, kids, movies, around-the-clock news and more.

Notable Pluto TV programming includes shows like "Happy Days," "The Ed Sullivan Show," "Elementary," "Hawaii Five-O," "NCIS," "Beverly Hills 90210," "South Park" and "Cheers," along with films like "Mission Impossible," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and "Gladiator."

Pluto TV will also offer more than 30 channels of Canadian-specific content, including six channels for home and DIY entertainment, four food channels, five kids channels and 14 national and local news/opinion channels delivering Canadian newscasts from coast to coast.

Canadian specific programming will include "Bryan Inc.," "Sarah Off the Grid," "Chopped Canada," "Bake with Anna Olson," "Carnival Eats," "Iron Chef Canada," "Max and Ruby" and "Franklin." Pluto TV in Canada will also offer channels entirely in French, including "Dora TV FR," "Tortues Ninja TV," "South Park FR," "Doctor Who FR," "Degrassi FR," "Alerte à Malibu (Baywatch)" and "Les Nouveaux Détectives (CSI)."

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posted 12/1/2022


Fox/ABC/NBC
Let's Talk About Midseason!
Familiar Faces in New Places!
From Entertainment Weekly

The new year is almost here, and with that, the inevitable glut of midseason replacement programming. We'll try our best to give you what's in store on the Big Four, though CBS has yet to release any formal plans...

- AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: ALL-STARS (NBC, January 2): "America's Got Talent: All-Stars," a new extension of the powerhouse hit series featuring winners, finalists, fan favorites and viral sensations from previous seasons of "America's Got Talent" and "Got Talent" franchises around the world. The contestants will take the stage once again, but this time to compete for the ultimate All-Star title. "Got Talent" creator and executive producer Simon Cowell will judge alongside global fashion icon Heidi Klum and renowned comedian Howie Mandel. "America's Got Talent" host Terry Crews will serve as host.

- SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD'S TOUGHEST TEST (Fox, January 4): FOX's ultimate celebrity social experiment, Special Forces: World's Toughest Test, will make its series premiere, a two-hour special event, Wednesday, Jan. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The all-new series features household names who endure some of the harshest, most grueling challenges from the playbook of the actual Special Forces selection process. There are no votes, and no eliminations - just survival. These celebrities, who are so used to being in the spotlight, quickly learn the meaning of "no guts, no glory" - and no glam. The 16 celebrity recruits are Danny Amendola, Mel B, Hannah Brown, Tyler Florence, Kate Gosselin, Dwight Howard, Montell Jordan, Gus Kenworthy, Nastia Liukin, Carli Lloyd, Beverley Mitchell, Kenya Moore, Mike Piazza, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Anthony Scaramucci and Jamie Lynn Spears. The series is produced by Minnow Films. Sophie Leonard, Alicia Kerr and Becky Clarke serve as executive producers.

- CELEBRITY NAME THAT TUNE (Fox, January 11): Beloved one-hour musical game show Celebrity Name That Tune returns for Season Three on Wednesday, Jan. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the time period premiere of Special Forces: World's Toughest Test (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Celebrity Name That Tune tests contestants' music knowledge, as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging musical games for cash and prizes. Tony Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Jane Krakowski hosts, and Grammy Award-winning producer Randy Jackson serves as band leader. Season Three will feature competitions with Olympians, former WNBA, NBA and NFL athletes, WWE wrestlers, Emmy-nominated actors, Grammy nominated musicians, Broadway performers, former American Idol, and Glee stars as well as former Housewives, talk show hosts, comedians and more. The series is produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment, Prestige Entertainment and BiggerStage. On behalf of BiggerStage, Sean O'Riordan serves as executive producer and Shane Byrne serves as the series' showrunner. Ralph Rubenstein and Noah Rubenstein also are executive producers.

- NEXT LEVEL CHEF (Fox, February 12): Gordon Ramsay's Next Level Chef returns for Season Two on Sunday, Feb. 12, following Super Bowl LVII. The series will have its time period premiere Thursday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Produced by Studio Ramsay Global and FOX Alternative Entertainment, Next Level Chef is the next evolution in cooking competitions, as Ramsay has designed a one-of-a-kind culinary gauntlet, set on an iconic stage like you've never seen. Over three stories high, each floor contains a stunningly different kitchen. From the glistening top floor to the challenging bottom of the basement, the ingredients match the environment, because Ramsay believes the true test of great chefs is not only what they can do in the best of circumstances, but what kind of magic they can create in the worst! Joined by two elite names in the food world, chefs Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais, Ramsay and his co-mentors leave no stone unturned, as they each recruit a group of the talented chefs and take them under their wings. Ramsay, Lisa Edwards and Matt Cahoon serve as executive producers.

- THE VOICE (NBC, March 6)/THAT'S MY JAM (NBC, March 7): The Voice" returns March 6 with new coaches Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan alongside Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. A day later, first-year hit "That's My Jam," with host Jimmy Fallon, returns for more games, performances and musical impressions, expanding to 10 episodes in season two..

As always, dates and times are subject to change without prior notice.

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... or "Love and Other Dances"

  • What happens when you find a dancer and a wrestler in love? Give them a reality show. Just ask Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev (The Futon Critic)

  • Mel B has some very unkind words about James Corden (The Wrap)

  • Al Roker to miss 30 Rock tree lighting due to ongoing health issues (TV Insider)

  • Todd, Julie Chrisley speak out for the first time since being sentenced (TV Insider)

  • LIST ABUSE: What do the champs stream? (TV Insider)

  • Gwen Stefani opens up about why Blake Shelton is quitting "The Voice" (YouTube @ExtraTV)

  • Elizabeth Banks' "Cocaine Bear" trailer just dropped and oh my God that's a lot of... that's a lot. (Celebitchy)

  • #ICYMI: Steve Harvey won the Daytime Emmy this year. Not to sound like a clickbait article, but what he did next was simply amazing. (Digg)

posted 12/1/2022

TUESDAY: And a Reindeer Shall Lead Them
CBS, NBC Split on The Voice, Rudolph
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and NBC's The Voice tied for the nightly demo win, with the latter also delivering Tuesday's largest audience.

CBS | Rudolph drew 4 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, up versus last year. The new animated special Reindeer in Here retained 2.8 mil/0.4.

NBC | The Voice (6.6 mil/0.6) added viewers week-to-week while holding steady in the demo.

FOX | The Resident (3.2 mil/0.4) hit and tied season highs, while Monarch (1.8 mil/0.2) delivered a best-since-(Sunday)-premiere audience.

ABC | That Love, Actually anniversary special did 3 mil/0.3, followed by a 20/20 episode's 3.3 mil/0.3. The Rookie: Feds (2.4 mil/0.3) hit and tied series highs with its fall finale.

THE CW | Leading out of a Winchesters rerun, Professionals (300K/0.0) lost a few viewers.

Tuesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Beat Bobby Flay: Holiday Throwdown (Food): 948k/0.18
- Chopped (Food): 751k/0.15
- People Puzzler (Food): 474k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10:30p (GSN): 376k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10p (GSN): 370k/0.06
- Love at First Lie (MTV): 96k/0.04

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posted 11/30/2022

MONDAY: Light Up the World
The Voice Leads NBC to the Win
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's The Voice led Monday both in total viewers and in the demo.

NBC | The Voice drew 6.4 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, ticking up week-to-week. A special broadcast sampling of Peacock's Bumper in Berlin pilot retained 2.2 mil and a 0.4.

ABC | The Great Christmas Light Fight returned to 2.7 mil and a 0.4, improving in viewers vs. its year-ago season premiere and up in both measures from last season's finale. The Good Doctor was steady with 3.2 mil and a 0.3.

FOX | 9-1-1 (4.8 mil/0.6) dipped with its fall finale; The Cleaning Lady (2.2 mil/0.3) held steady.

THE CW | Pending adjustment due to preemptions, the fall finales for All American (574K/0.1) and Homecoming (4230K/0.1) are both currently up in audience.

Monday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.248m/0.21
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.062m/0.25
- Kids Baking Championship (S/FooD): 937k/0.12
- Beat Bobby Flay: Holiday Throwdown (Food): 948k/0.18
- Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 698k/0.10
- The Big Bake Holiday (Food): 528k/0.09
- People Puzzler (Food): 458k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (GSN): 319k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10:30p (GSN): 308k/0.05


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posted 11/30/2022

THANKSGIVING: Not a Turkey in Sight
The Masked Singer Semi Wins for Fox
From Deadline

Fox has a lot to be thankful for this week.

After three days of delayed viewing, The Masked Singer's Thanksgiving episode drew the network's highest-rated Thursday original telecast in over six years. The episode, which was the Season 8 semifinals, scored a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic, according to Live+3 Day Nielsen data.

A Thursday program hasn't scored that well for Fox since the finale of American Idol in April 2016.

It's also the highest rating a regular Thursday primetime entertainment telecast has received in L+3 across all of cable and broadcast since the series finale of The Big Bang Theory on CBS in 2019.

It's worth noting that the episode had a lead in from the Dallas Cowboys win over the New York Giants, which drew an NFL viewing record of its own with a massive 42 million people watching that game.

About 8.7M people tuned in to watch Harp and the Lambs advance to the finals in the three days since the episode aired live, which is up almost a million viewers from its live number. It marks the most-watched episode of The Masked Singer since the Season 4 finale. The episode also scored the highest demo rating in two years for the series.

The Thanksgiving episode of LEGO Masters also performed quite well in L+3, with a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.4M total viewers. That the highest-rated and most-watched episode since the Season 1 finale in April 2020.

The Masked Singer Season 8 finale Wednesday night from 8-10 p.m. will see Harp and the Lambs go head-to-head for the crown, and all the remaining contestants will be unmasked.

Thursday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 375k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 286k/0.04

- People Puzzler (GSN): 256k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 119k/0.01

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posted 11/30/2022

Israel Feels the Love
New Version of Love Island Forthcoming
From Deadline

Israel has become the latest destination to embrace Love Island, with ITV Studios-backed Armoza Formats set to produce a local version for new Keshet streamer Free TV. Filming will take place in May for a summer air date, as Israel becomes the 26th territory to commission a version following the announcement of Malta and Albania last week. Avi Armoza's ITV Studios-backed The Four creator Armoza Formats is producing the local version. The company, which was acquired by ITV Studios in 2019, pivoted earlier this year to become ITV Studios' production arm in Israel and has already produced two local versions of Come Dine with Me for Kan 11 along with the likes of The 1% Club and The Chase. The show will air on Free TV, Keshet and RGE's streamer that is set to launch early next year. "Since establishing Armoza Productions and producing hits in the Israeli market such as Come Dine with Me, The 1% Club and The Chase, it was the natural progression of the company to bring the next big prime time reality competition to Israel," said Armoza. In the UK, the entertainment juggernaut remains a lucrative performer for ITV and is soon to air both a winter and summer season (seasons nine and 10). The U.S. version was originally ordered for CBS but has been airing on Peacock since last year and versions are also made across Europe and other territories.

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posted 11/30/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Will Lana Get Broken?"

  • VIDEO WALL: Trailer drops for "Too Hot to Handle" season 4 (The Futon Critic)

  • Manila Luzon gags on "Drag Den" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Al Roker to miss 30 Rock tree lighting due to ongoing health issues (TV Insider)

  • Kendall Long engaged to Mitchell Sage (REality TV World)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Snack vs. Chef (Netflix) (Leisure Byte)

  • Anne Hegerty has nothing but love for Bradley Walsh (Daily Express)

  • Warwick Davis' "Tenable" back in the news because his "Willow" series just dropped on Disney+ (Den of Geek)

  • OTD: 2004 - the longest streak in game show history came to an end. At least Ken Jennings got a solid gig out of it. (UPI)

posted 11/30/2022


CW

CW Midseason
Favorites to Return January
From Deadline

The CW has set its midseason premiere dates. The Winchesters is on the move to a new permanent timeslot, returning at 9 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, and will be preceded by an encore episode at 8.

The third season of Kung Fu returns at 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 8. Its 8 p.m. lead-in is still TBD, with more midseason dates coming in the next few weeks.

Return dates for The Flash, Superman & Lois and the fourth and final season of Nancy Drew are TBD as well. The network's hit drama Walker will premiere its third season at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 12, followed at 9 with the midseason premiere of spinoff Walker Independence.

All American resumes its fifth season at 8 p.m. Monday, January 23, followed by All American: Homecoming at 9 p.m.

The CW's most-watched alternative series of the fall, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, continues its ninth season at 8 p.m. Friday, January 20, followed by new episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? at 9 ..

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posted 11/29/2022

USA Gets The Big D
Canceled TBS Series Finds a Home
From Deadline

The Big D, the dating competition hosted by The Bachelorette alums JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers, has found a new home after its surprising cancellation at TBS.

Deadline reports that USA Network is picking up the ten-part series, saying that a deal is on the verge of closing. It comes after the entertainment format was one of the higher profile shows to be axed at the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned cable network, weeks ahead of its premiere.

The show, which comes from Lighthearted Entertainment, the company behind Are You The One? and Dating Naked, had finished production and the network was running promos ahead of its planned July 7 premiere. But it was pulled in June with the company preferring to essentially take a tax write-off rather than air it as part of broader cost-cutting measures across the David Zaslav-run company.

It's understood that the producers were handed the rights back to the show so they could shop it elsewhere and have worked out a deal where Warner Bros. Discovery can share in the ancillary rights, particularly around international formats. It's understood that a number of global broadcasters were eyeing local remakes of the show.

While it's somewhat of a surprise that the series has landed a solid home, it should be noted that Corie Henson, who ran unscripted across the Turner channels TNT, TBS and truTV, left shortly after that decision and took up a new role running unscripted across NBC and Peacock.

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posted 11/29/2022

Mark Burnett to Exit MGM
PLUS Orion to Fold Into TV Unit
From the Hollywood Reporter

Amazon has restructured leadership operations at MGM Television's scripted department amid a continuous overhaul of the studio, 10 months after the tech giant closed its $8.5 billion acquisition of the company.

Under the new organization chart, which was announced by Amazon TV chief Vernon Sanders to staff in a memo Tuesday, Rola Bauer, former president of international TV for MGM, will become head of pan-English scripted SVOD TV, development and series.

Meanwhile, Lindsay Sloane, the former senior executive vide president of MGM scripted TV will lead U.S. scripted television for MGM.

Additionally, Orion Television, a banner that was just revived two years ago by MGM, will be folded into the studio and its boss, Bradley Gardner, will be stepping down from his role. He is currently in discussions for a producing deal at MGM TV.

The restructuring news is a further shakeup to MGM under Amazon that comes one day after Mark Burnett, chairman of MGM's Worldwide Television Group, exited the company.

The executive and reality producer said he was stepping away from MGM TV's "day to day management" and returning to "independently creating and innovating" and plans to continue to oversee his legacy programs.

Burnett becomes the latest high-ranking MGM executive to exit following the retail giant/streamer's $8.5 billion deal to acquire the studio behind franchises including James Bond, Rocky/Creed and The Handmaid's Tale.

Motion picture group chairman Michael De Luca and motion picture group president Pam Abdy also exited their roles April 27.

The news comes after Amazon officially closed its acquisition of MGM.

Like De Luca and Abdy's exits, Burnett's departure was in some ways expected as industry observers questioned how the reality kingpin behind hits including Survivor, The Voice and Shark Tank would fit in with Amazon head Jennifer Salke. The latter exec has headed up Amazon since she departed as NBC Entertainment president in early 2018. Burnett, like Salke, reported to senior vp Mike Hopkins.

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posted 11/29/2022

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posted 11/29/2022


Game Show Network

New Year, New Master Minds
Season 3 Launches on Game Show Network January 6
From Digital Spy

Season 3 of MASTER MINDS will premiere on Monday, January 9 at 6 p.m. ET on Game Show Network and air weekdays.

In MASTER MINDS, three contestants square off against three trivia Master Minds in multiple rounds of intense trivia competition. The lowest scoring player on each side is eliminated until the top competitor and top Master Mind are left standing and now must face off, head-to-head, in the Ultimate Trivia Challenge. If the contestant can get more questions correct than the Master Mind, they will win $10,000 and come back to challenge the Masters again. If they win two games in a row, they join the ranks of the Master Minds and will appear in future episodes.

Mark Labbett, the Beast from "The Chase", will join Muffy Marracco (The Historian), Jonathan Corbblah (The Chess Wizard), Arianna Haut (The Headmistress), Ryan Chaffee (The Scholar), and Lakedra Pam (The Doctor)

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posted 11/28/2022

Are You Ready for Some Football.... Food?
NFL, Food Network Team for "Tailgate Takedown"
From the Futon Critic

In a first-time partnership, Food Network and the National Football League have teamed up to celebrate the best tailgate chefs from around the country in the six-episode primetime event NFL Tailgate Takedown, premiering Wednesday, January 4th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and streaming on discovery+. Hosted by Food Network's Sunny Anderson and New England Patriots Hall-of-Famer Vince Wilfork, each one-hour episode's action takes place on-location at an NFL stadium tailgate just before the big game. From New England lobster rolls and Philly cheesesteaks to Green Bay deep-fried cheese curds and Buffalo chicken, each city's authentic tailgate dishes are front and center in this epic battle of hometown pride. Each team competing on the gridiron is represented by a team of tailgating duos who compete in three themed cooking rounds. A rotating panel of judges, including Kelsey Barnard Clark, Eddie Jackson, Ali Khan and Ian Rapoport, decide who will emerge victorious to win the grand prize - and in real-time, the winners are ushered straight from the tailgate to their VIP seats on the 50-yard line and receive their own "Yum-Bardi Trophy." The series also features guest appearances from NFL legends Carl Banks, Johnathan Joseph, Brandon Stokely, Thurman Thomas, Andre Tippett and mascot KC Wolf.

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posted 11/28/2022


People

Cheryl Burke Stepping Off the Floor
"Dancing" Pro Exits After 26 Seasons
From Entertainment Weekly

Cheryl Burke is hanging up her dancing shoes.

The dance pro will depart Dancing With the Stars after the season 31 finale on Monday night, she revealed on Instagram. Burke, who joined the long-running ABC series in 2006 during season 2 at just 21 years old, said she was excited for the next chapter of her career in the post. "

This has been one of the absolute hardest decisions of my life and I am also confident that it is the right one," Burke wrote. "This show has been my second family since I was 21 years old. The cast, crew, and fans have seen me through my highest highs and some of my lowest lows, and I honestly don't know who I would be today without them."

While "dance will always be a part of me," Burke said, it's time "to begin the next phase of my career." The DWTS vet cited her commitment to mental health advocacy and newfound love for podcasting. "I'm ready to face the uncertainty (though it's scary as sh**) of what the future holds. I do have a few things up my sleeves though, so don't worry."

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posted 11/28/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with a Baby"

  • Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov announce their own Mirror Ball coming May 2023 (Reality TV World)

  • Jay Leno performs for the first time since his accident (TV Insider)

  • Keke Palmer over the moon about hosting SNL this weekend (Deadline)

  • Matt Amodio's TOC Appreciation Post (Good Housekeeping)

  • CASTING COUCH: "Split Second" is coming back, and the company that will bring it to you? GSN (Game SHow Network)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mayim Bialik (TV Insider)

posted 11/28/2022


USA Today
IRENE CARA: 1959-2022
"Flashdance... What a Feeling" Singer Discovered on "Musical Chairs"
From TV Line

Irene Cara, the iconic '80s singer-actress best known for the soundtrack smashes "Fame" and "Flashdance… What a Feeling," has died. She was 63.

"It is with profound sadness that on behalf of he family I announce the passing of Irene Cara," the singer's spokesperson said in a statement early Saturday. "The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away in her Florida home. Her cause of death is currently unknown and will be released when information is available.

"Irene's family has requested privacy as they process their grief," the rep added. "She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films. Funeral services are pending and a memorial for her fans will be planned at a future date."

In addition to singing the title sing for 1980's Fame, Cara also starred in the film as Coco Hernandez.

"Flashdance… What a Feeling", which Cara co-wrote with Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey for 1983's Flashdance, earned Cara an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1983.

"This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist," her rep lamented on Twitter early Saturday before sharing the aforementioned statement. "I can't believe I've had to write this, let alone release the news. Please share your thoughts and memories of Irene. I'll be reading each and every one of them and know she'll be smiling from Heaven. She adored her fans."

She was a guest vocalist on 1970s game show "Musical Chairs".

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posted 11/26/2022


CBS
DON ST. CLAIRE: 1935-2022
Ran the 6th "Amazing Race" with His Wife
From TV Line

Don St. Claire, a former participant on The Amazing Race, has died. He was 87.

St. Claire collapsed and died at his home in Angels Camp, Calif. after suffering what his family believes was a heart issue, his son Greg told TMZ.

The former Amazing Race player appeared on Season 6 back in 2004, where he raced alongside his wife, Mary Jean. Known as "the grandparents," they were eliminated fourth in Berlin, landing them in eighth place overall. Don was one of the oldest contestants to ever appear on the series at the age of 69.

Outside of reality TV, St. Claire was a renowned doctor in Northern California, where he practiced medicine in Palo Alto, Calif. for 40 years. He also served on Stanford University's clinical faculty.

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posted 11/26/2022

Happy Thanksgiving Lightning Round
... or "We're Back Monday!"

  • VIDEO WALL: Trailer drop for "Love Is Blind Brazil" season 2 (Netflix) (The Futon Critic) & "Next Level Chef" (The FUton Critic)

  • "The Voice Ukraine" finale finally broadcast live... from a subway station/bomb shelter (Deadline)

  • Cheryl Burke would love to return to "Dancing"... as a judge (The Wrap)

  • Jeopardy! stands by the clue that cost Sam Buttrey his shot, with Buzzy Cohen disagreeing. The rest is just Reddit quotes. (TV Inisder)

  • Ninja Warrior UK course opens in Bristol (Bristol World)

  • Pressman, creators of the once-most-popular-board-game-in-America Wheel of Fortune, turns 100 (Gifts & Decorative Accessories)

posted 11/23/2022


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And Then There Was One...
Amy Schneider Takes Crown, $250,000 Prize
From CBS News

Forty-game winner Amy Schneider capped her big year by winning a hard-fought "Jeopardy!" tournament of champions in an episode that aired Monday.

Schneider, a writer from Oakland, California, won three games in the tournament finals, narrowly beating Andrew He, a software developer from neighboring San Francisco, who won two games. The third contestant, Sam Buttrey, was another Californian. He won one game.

Schneider had a 40-game winning streak earlier this year, the second longest in the game show's history, which began when she defeated He. She said she both wanted to compete again with He, known for his cold-blooded big bets on the show's Daily Doubles, and feared him.

"He was definitely someone that I knew could beat me because he very nearly did before, and he did a couple of times here as well," Schneider said. "Any of the three of us really could have won if a very small number of things had gone differently."

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posted 11/22/2022


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SYNDIES: Week 9
Results for the Week Ending November 13
From TV Newscheck

Jeopardy had all the right answers in the session ending Nov. 13, notching a 4% weekly increase to a new season high and syndication-best 5.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating with the second week of its annual Tournament of Champions.

Meanwhile, daytime shows were severely depressed by several days of must-see TV election coverage as news channel viewing increased dramatically. In addition, afternoon shows were preempted on Nov. 9 for President Biden's remarks on the midterms.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.5 +4%*
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.8 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.8 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

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posted 11/22/2022

"Worst Cooks" Goes Viral
Catch It on Food New Year's Day
From the Futon Critic

The competitors are influencers online but clueless in the kitchen in Worst Cooks in America: Viral Sensations, premiering with a supersized 90-minute episode on Sunday, January 1st at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network and discovery+. Anne Burrell is joined for the first time by Darnell Ferguson to lead culinary boot camp, where they take on the kitchen chaos, food fumbles and culinary confusion of these trending competitors IRL. From a paleontologist TikToker and pop culture trendsetters to the Louisiana woman who went viral after using Gorilla Glue in her hair, the cast is filled with larger-than-life personalities who are determined to win "likes" for their improving cooking skills. With the red team led by Anne and blue by Darnell, this season's competition is more buzz-worthy than ever, including challenges inspired by viral trends like Poke-Bowl-Go, Cake or Fake and Ice-Bucket trivia. In the end, only the most improved recruit left standing is awarded a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their mentor.

"Worst Cooks is always a fun way to kick off the New Year - and taking these social media stars offline and into the kitchen is hilarious to watch," said Jane Latman, President, Home & Food Content and Streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery. "Darnell is the perfect new mentor to join Anne in boot camp - this season delivers laughs, drama and even culinary inspiration."

The competitors are: comedian Rich Aronovitch @richisfunny (New York, New York); "QuarantTeaTime" actor Michael Judson Berry @mjudsonberry (Jersey City, New Jersey); Tessica Brown, known for her Gorilla Glue hair mishap, @im_d_ollady (Violet, Louisiana); flight attendant-by-day David Chen @davidchenofficial (Fort Lauderdale, Florida); singing sensation Naje Elmore @who_she_naje (Texarkana, Texas); K-drama and K-pop enthusiast Tina Kim @kdramalogic (Los Angeles, California); puppeteer Adam Kreutinger @adamkreutinger (Williamsville, New York); "Top 5 Hottest" trendsetter Paris Nicholson @parisnicholson (Miami, Florida); paleontologist TikToker Eliza Petersen @lizemopetey (West Jordan, Utah); "Mr. Spooky" Mitchell Ralston @mrspooky13 (Huntingdon Beach, California); YouTuber Sabrina Rios @abelinasabrina (Los Angeles, California) and Nick Trawick, known for his TikTok character "Kleptora," @nicktrawick13 (Los Angeles, California).

TV Insider
The Wrap

posted 11/22/2022

More on "Too Hot to Handle"
Catch It on Netflix December 7
From Deadline

Winter might be upon us, but Netflix is keeping things hot and steamy with a brand new season of Too Hot to Handle, the reality dating show that sees 10 singles looking for love in a tropical getaway.

The new cast, which the streamer revealed today, Tuesday, November 22, includes contestants from around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Netherlands.

These 10 romantic hopefuls will be hoping to walk away with the $100,000 prize while avoiding temptation. As always, the rules of Too Hot to Handle are no touching, kissing, or sexual activity of any kind. If anyone breaks these rules, cash will be removed from the overall prize pot.

Get to know this season's lineup ahead of the Season 4 premiere on Wednesday, December 7.

TV Insider

posted 11/22/2022


NBC/MGM Television

MONDAY: The Voice of the Neighborhood
NBC, CBS Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' The Neighborhood tied NBC's The Voice for the nightly demo win, while CBS' NCIS copped Monday's largest audience.

CBS | The Neighborhood veritably matched its largest audience of the season (5.7 million viewers) and it also ticked up in the demo (with a 0.6, per Nielsen finals), as did NCIS: Hawaii (4.8 mil/0.4). Bobishola (5.1 mil/0.4) and NCIS (6.8 mil/0.4) both added viewers and were steady in the demo.

NBC | The Voice (6 mil/0.6) dipped week-to-week.

THE CW | All American (452K/0.1) and Homecoming (327K/0.1) both shed viewers from last week's season highs.

ABC | Bachelor in Paradise (2.5 mil/0.5) was steady week-to-week, as was The Good Doctor with its Pence-poned 100th episode (3.1 mil/0.3).

Cable numbers for Monday (total viewers/A18-49)...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.313m/0.25
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.091m/0.17
- Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 687k/0.10
- People Puzzler (GSN): 462k/0.05
- The Big Bake (Food): 448k/0.07
- FAmily Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 324k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 321k/0.03
- Tug of Words (GSN): 269k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 241k/0.03

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/22/2022

SUNDAY: AMAs Chill
NBC Wins on SNF
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, ABC's presentation of the American Music Awards on Sunday night averaged just 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, down sharply from last year's early numbers (3.8 mil/1.0) to mark all-time lows.

Elsewhere…..

NBC | Sunday Night Football's Chiefs/Chargers match-up drew 13.7 mil and a 3.5, up 23 and 9 percent from last week's prelim numbers for Chargers/49ers.

THE CW | A Waltons Thanksgiving (590K/0.1) drew a markedly smaller audience than last year's Homecoming TV-movie (960K/0.1).

FOX | The Simpsons drew 1.2 mil/0.3, followed by The Great North's 870K/0.2, Bob's Burgers' 1 mil/0.3 and Family Guy's 1.1 mil/0.4.

CBS | 60 Minutes drew the night's best non-sports audience (8 mil). The Equalizer (5.7 mil), East New York (4.4 mil) and NCIS: LA (3.7 mil) each lost some viewers heading into next Sunday's fall finales.

Sunday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 968k/0.17
- Holiday Wars (Food): 745k/0.15

TV Line
Yahoo!/The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/22/2022

Todd & Julie Chrisley Sentenced to Multiple Years in Prison
Several NBCU Projects - Including "Love Limo" - Reportedly Scuttled
From Deadline

Todd and Julie Chrisley, stars of USA Network's hit reality series Chrisley Knows Best, have been sentenced to a combined total of 19 years in prison. Todd Chrisley was sentenced to 12 years plays 16 months probation and wife Julie sentenced to 7 years in prison plus 16 months probation.

Todd Chrisley got a lighter sentence than expected with guidelines suggesting he could get up to 22 years in prison and his wife Julie Chrisley could have been sentenced to around 12 and a half years after being found guilty in June of conspiring to defraud community banks out of more than $30 million of fraudulent loans, as well as a number of tax crimes, including conspiring to defraud the IRS, tax evasion, while Julie Chrisley was found guilty of wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

But perhaps even worse for the pair, who starred in the highly rated USA Network series, is the fact that their swathe of unscripted shows are unsurprisingly no longer.

While there's no official word from NBCUniversal, Deadline reports that Chrisley Knows Best, which has run for nine seasons, essentially followed real estate "tycoon" Todd Chrisley, wife Julie and family, has been canceled, as has spin-off Growing Up Chrisley, which followed kids Chase and Savannah as they embrace adulthood away from Todd and Julie.

Chrisley Knows Best was renewed for a tenth season a month before the convictions and USA Network will air a handful of episodes, filmed before the trial, from this season next year. Growing Up Chrisley moved to E! for its fourth season, which ended its run in October, after three seasons on USA Network.

E! had also ordered a dating format Love Limo, that was set to be hosted by Todd Chrisley with a group of singletons putting their dating life into his hands, but that has also been scrapped.

Deadline
TV Line
TV Insider
Reality Blurred
TV Newscheck/AP

posted 11/22/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "GSNN's Drag Race"

  • Jinkx Monsoon plays Chicago (Deadline)

  • Shangela uses her finals time to address the Colorado shooting (THe Wrap)

  • TCA to return in person (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Colin Mochrie (TV Insider)

posted 11/22/2022

ART Awards: And the Winners Were...
"Celebrity Family Feud" Wins Outstanding Game Show
From Monsters & Critics

Last night was a big night for lovers of reality TV and unscripted shows. Television star Vivica A Fox hosted the American Reality Television Awards. She was hilarious and upbeat throughout her segments.

Tiffany "New York" Pollard was inducted into the 2022 Hall of Fame.

Comedian and TV host Steve Harvey won Best Game Show for his show Celebrity Family Feud. Steve and his guests are always hilarious as they compete on the show.

America Got Talent judges got to win something for a change instead of giving prizes. They won Best Judging Panel.

Legendary won the Outstanding Competition Show award, and Guy's Grocery Games won the Most Creative Challenge award. Two other shows that revolve around food also were honored. Viewers loved to watch cooking shows. Valerie Bertinelli won Outstanding Host for her show Valerie's Home Cooking, and Kids Baking Championship won Outstanding Kids Reality Series.

Some of the crew behind the camera that make the magic happen got honored as well during the show. Hell Kitchen's Season 19 won Outstanding Production Crew. American Ninja Warrior Season 12 won Best Editing. America's favorite dating show, The Bachelor won Best Overall Show, and Sony Pictures Television won Outstanding Production Company. They were also rewarded for creativity as Ultimate Cowboy Showdown won Unique Concept.

Big Brother Canada won International Reality Series, and Six Degrees with Mike Rowe won Outstanding New Show.

Monsters & Critics
PRWeb/Cision

posted 11/21/2022

FRIDAY: CBS SWATs the Competition
Eye Ties Demo with Fox
From various sources

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' SWAT and Fox's SmackDown led Friday in the demo, while CBS' Blue Bloods (of course) copped the night's biggest audience.

CBS | SWAT (with 4.9 million viewers and a 0.5 rating) ticked up in the demo versus its last fresh episode, while Fire Country (5.3 mil/0.4) and Blue Bloods (5.6 mil/0.4) were steady.

FOX | Friday Night SmackDown (2.1 mil/0.5) dipped.

ABC | Shark Tank (3.7 mil/0.4) added viewers but ticked down in the demo.

NBC | The freshman sitcom Lopez vs. Lopez (2.1 mil/0.3) stabilized in Week 3, while Young Rock (1.4 mil/0.3) ticked up in the demo.

THE CW | Penn & Teller (775K/0.1) and Whose Line (544K/0.1) each added eyeballs.

Friday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon (Telemundo): 951k/0.17
- People Puzzler (GSN): 431k/0.03

- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 295k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 267k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 240k/0.03

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/21/2022

Bob Iger: The Once & Future CEO
Disney Ousts Bob Chapek
From Deadline

After less than a year in retirement, Bob Iger has returned as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company.

The company's board has sent out a notice that Bob I. is back and the recently re-upped Bob Chapek is out. "I am deeply honored to be asked to again lead this remarkable team, with a clear mission focused on creative excellence to inspire generations through unrivaled, bold storytelling," Iger wrote tonight in an email to staffers.

Having handed over the baton as CEO in February 2020 to Chapek — a stunning move unto itself at the time — and then serving as executive chairman until the end of 2021, Iger will be CEO for a second time for the next two years, the company says. His mission will also include identifying a successor, something Iger had difficulty doing while commanding the troops the last time, postponing multiple plans to step down during his 15 years in the top job, the final stage of a 47-year run at Disney.

Under Chapek's watch, "Dancing with the Stars", a longtime ABC staple on Monday nights, made the move to Disney+, while ABC, long since the home of classic game show reboots, experimented with original formats including "Generation Gap".

Deadline
TV Line

posted 11/21/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "May the Power Protect You All"

  • Alton Brown plays Chicago (Chicago Tribune)

  • Jay Leno released from burn unit after surgeries, hyperbaric therapy (Deadline)

  • Yeah... Why WOULD Rich Fields say that? (FTVLive)

  • Al Roker hospitalized for blood clots in his leg, lung (The Wrap)

  • SK, Raven split, proving both "Love Is Blind"... but so are breakups (TV Line)

posted 11/21/2022

THURSDAY: Pickled Off
NBC Wins with Law & Order, Pickled Falls Flat
From various sources

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's Law & Order: SVU led Thursday both in total viewers and in the demo, while CBS' Pickled proved to be a dead ball.

NBC | Law & Order (with 4.6 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating), SVU (5 mil/0.6, #Rollisi wedding alert!) and Organized Crime (3.6 mil/0.5, Stabler said the L-word?!) all drew their second-largest audiences of the season and ticked up in the demo.

CBS | Leading out of Young Sheldon (4.9 mil/0.4) and Ghosts (4.6 mil/0.3) reruns, Pickled retained just 2.5 mil and a 0.3.

THE CW | The fall finales for Walker (810K/0.1) and Walker: Independence (496K/0.1) each added viewers, with the former hitting a season high. (All told, The CW had its most-watched Thursday since June 9.)

ABC | Alaska Daily (2.4 mil/0.2) with its fall finale shed viewers for a fifth straight week since its debut.

FOX | Hell's Kitchen (2.4 mil/0.5), Welcome to Flatch (1.4 mil/0.3) and Call Me Kat (1.5 mil/0.3) were all up.

Thursday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon (Telemundo): 957k/0.14
- People Puzzler (GSN): 471k/0.02

- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 367k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 340k/0.04
- Tug of Words (GSN): 324k/0.02
- America Says (GSN): 258k/0.02

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/18/2022

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Netflix Makes Its Own Cutthroat Kitchen"

  • VIDEO WALL: Trailer drop for "Cook at All Costs" (Netflix) (The FUton Critic)

  • Ryan Seacrest to play New Years' ... again (NExtTV)

  • Vicki Lawrence to play Leslie Jordan's mom in "Call Me Kat" (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wayne Brady (Nicki Swift)

posted 11/18/2022


NBCUniversal/Fremantle

Meet the All-Stars
Catch It January 2
From the Futon Critic

NBC's "America's Got Talent: All-Stars" announces the 60 acts competing for the ultimate All-Star title. A new extension of the powerhouse hit series, "AGT: All-Stars" brings together winners, finalists, fan favorites and viral sensations from "America's Got Talent" and "Got Talent" franchises around the world.

The new series premieres Monday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Each week 10 acts - including singers, dancers, ventriloquists, comedians, aerialists, magicians and more - will perform for the judges for the chance to earn one of the coveted five Golden Buzzers and move on to the finals. The AGT Superfans will also vote on one additional act per episode to move onto the finals.

Following the final performances, the superfans will vote again on the 11 finalists to choose the winner, which will be revealed in the two-hour star-studded finale.

The "Got Talent" format has had more than a billion global viewers since it began airing in 2006 in America and has aired in 194 territories worldwide. "Got Talent" holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format.

"America's Got Talent: All-Stars" was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff and Natasha Brugler are the executive producers. The most recent season of "AGT" was summer's #1 program for the 17th consecutive year and surpassed a billion video views across all of its social accounts.

The 60 acts performing in "AGT: All-Stars" include: 
- AIDAN BRYANT  AGT S16 AERIALIST 
- AIDAN MCCANN  BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT 2020  MAGICIAN 
- ALAN SILVA  AGT S15  AERIALIST 
- ANA MARIA MĂRGEAN  ROMANIA'S GOT TALENT WINNER 2021  VENTRILOQUIST 
- ANEESHWAR KUNCHALA  BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT 2022  POET 
- ARCHIE WILLIAMS  AGT S15  SINGER 
- AVERY DIXON  AGT S17   MUSICIAN 
-
AXEL BLAKE  BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT WINNER 2022  COMEDIAN  
- BELLO SISTERS  AGT S15  HAND BALANCING 
- BERYWAM  AGT S14  A CAPELLA GROUP 
- BIR KHALSA  AGT S14  EXTREME VARIETY 
- BRANDON LEAKE  AGT S15 WINNER  POET 
- BRETT LOUDERMILK  AGT S15  EXTREME VARIETY 
- CALY BEVIER  AGT S11  SINGER 
- CAPTAIN RUIN  AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT 2019  EXTREME VARIETY 
- CRISTINA RAE  AGT S15  SINGER 
- DANCE TOWN FAMILY  AGT S15  DANCE 
- DANELIYA TULESHOVA  AGT S15  SINGER 
- DARIUS MABDA  ROMANIA'S GOT TALENT WINNER 2022  DANCE 
- DETROIT YOUTH CHOIR  AGT S14  CHOIR 
- DIVYANSH & MANURAJ  INDIA'S GOT TALENT WINNER 2022  MUSIC ACT
-   DUSTIN TAVELLA  AGT S16 WINNER  MAGICIAN
-   DUSTIN'S DOJO  AGT S9  VARIETY 
- EMIL & DARIEL  AGT S9  MUSIC ACT 
- ERIC CHIEN  ASIA'S GOT TALENT WINNER 2019 / AGT S14  MAGICIAN 
- FLAU'JAE  AGT S13  RAPPER 
- HUMAN FOUNTAINS  AGT S13  VARIETY 
- JACKIE FABULOUS  AGT S14  COMEDIAN  
- JAMIE LEAHEY  BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT 2022  VENTRILOQUIST 
- JASPER CHERRY   BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT 2021  MAGICIAN 
- JEANICK FOURNIER  CANADA'S GOT TALENT WINNER 2022  SINGER 
- JIMMIE HERROD  AGT S16  SINGER 
- JOSH BLUE  AGT S16  COMEDIAN  
- KEIICHI IWASAKI  BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT 2022  MAGICIAN 
- KEREN MONTERO  DOMINICANA'S GOT TALENT WINNER 2021  SINGER 
- KODI LEE  AGT S14 WINNER  SINGER 
- LIGHT BALANCE KIDS  AGT S14  DANCE
- LIOZ  AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT 2020 /AGT S10  MAGICIAN 
- LUKAS & FALCO   DAS SUPERTALENT (GERMANY) WINNER / AGT S14  ANIMAL ACT 
- MALEVO  AGT S11   DANCE 
- MANDY HARVEY  AGT S12 SINGER 
- MERVANT VERA  AGT S17  MAGICIAN 
- MIKE E WINFIELD  AGT S17  COMEDIAN  
- MINI DROIDS  BELGIUM'S GOT TALENT WINNER 2021  DANCE
- NDLOVU YOUTH CHOIR  AGT S14  CHOIR 
- PETER ANTONIOU  AGT S16  MENTALIST 
- PETER ROSALITA  AGT S16  SINGER 
- POWER DUO  PHILIPPINE'S GOT TALENT WINNER 2016  AERIALISTS 
- ROBERT FINLEY  AGT S14  SINGER 
- SACRED RIANA  ASIAS GOT TALENT WINNER / AGT S13  MAGICIAN 
- SARA JAMES  AGT S17  SINGER 
- SETHWARD  AGT S15-17  VARIETY 
- TERRY FATOR  AGT S2 WINNER  VENTRILOQUIST 
- TOM BALL  BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT 2022  SINGER 
- TONE THE CHIEF  AGT S8  SINGER 
- VITORIA BUENO  DAS SUPERTALENT (GERMANY) 2021  BALLERINA 
- VIVIANNA ROSSI  AGT S17  AERIALIST 
- VOICES OF HOPE CHILDREN'S CHOIR  AGT S13  CHOIR 
- WORLD TAEKWONDO  AGT S16  VARIETY
-   YUMBO DUMP  ASIA'S GOT TALENT / AGT S13  VARIETY   


The Futon Critic

posted 11/17/2022

WEDNESDAY: CBS Reality Goes High
CBS, NBC Split Night
From various sources

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Survivor led Wednesday in the demo, while NBC's Chicago Fire copped the night's largest audience.

CBS | Survivor (4.94 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating) and The Amazing Race (3.1 mil/0.4) both are eyeing season highs in total audience.

NBC | Chicago Med (6.6 mil/0.6), Fire (6.8 mil/0.6) and P.D. (5.3 mil/0.6) all hit three-episode highs in audience, while P.D. also ticked up in the demo.

THE CW | The antepenultimate Stargirl (487K/0.1) added 7,000 viewers, while Kung Fu (360K/0.1) dropped a few eyeballs.

FOX | Masked Singer (3.6 mil/0.6) and LEGO Masters (1.5 mil/0.3) both added viewers while steady in the demo.

ABC | The Conners (3.8 mil/0.5) was steady, while The Goldbergs (2.5 mil/0.3), Abbott Elementary (2.5 mil/0.4), Home Economics (2 mil/0.3) and Big Sky (2.1 mil/0.2) all dipped in the demo.

Wednesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon (Telemundo): 883k/0.19
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 693k/0.14
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 508k/0.10
- The Challenge: Ride or Dies (MTV): 496k/0.26
- People Puzzler (GSN): 471k/0.04

- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 377k/0.05
- America Says (GSN): 355k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 328k/0.03

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/17/2022


Entertainment Weekly
ROBERT CLARY: 1926-2022
Last Living "Hogan's Heroes" Castmate Made the Rounds
From Entertainment Weekly

Robert Clary, a Holocaust survivor and an actor best known for his role in the World War II–set sitcom Hogan's Heroes, died Wednesday morning at his Los Angeles home, his former manager David Martin confirmed to EW. He was 96.

"Robert's passing is incredibly sad," Martin said in a statement. "He retired from acting a number of years ago and so there was no reason to continue our 20-plus years long managerial relationship. Robert was an amazing gentleman and incredibly talented, not just as an actor but also a performer and a gifted painter. He was one of my most favorite people I represented. Now he can once again be reunited with Natalie the love of his life."

Clary's wife, Natalie Cantor Metzger, died in 1997.

Kim Wright, Clary's granddaughter, first confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter. A cause of death was not provided.

Clary was one of the last surviving cast members of Hogan's Heroes, which aired on CBS for more than six seasons starting in 1965. In it, Bob Crane starred as Col. Robert E. Hogan, an American leading an international group of Allied prisoners of war to defeat the Nazis from inside the Luft Stalag 13 POW camp. Clary portrayed Cpl. Louis LeBeau, a French gourmet chef who trained the guard dogs to be friendly towards the prisoners.

Clary was born Robert Max Widerman in Paris on March 1, 1926. When he was 16, he and his family were rounded up by the Nazis and taken to Auschwitz concentration camp.

In game shows, Clary was on episodes of "Celebrity Bowling", "Hollywood Squares", "Win with the Stars", "It Takes Two", "Stump the Stars", "It's Your Bet", "What's My Line?" and "The Cross-Wits".

Entertainment Weekly
Deadline

posted 11/17/2022


CBS/MGM Television
DAN LEMBO: 1947-2022
"Survivor Guatemala" Contestant
From TV Insider

Dan Lembo, who was a contestant on the 21st season of Survivor in 2010, has died. He was 75.

Survivor fans became aware of Lembo's death following the recent passing of Survivor: The Amazon contestant Roger Sexton, who died on October 26. An online obituary reveals Lembo passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at his Manhattan home.

Emily Lembo, Dan's daughter-in-law tells TMZ Dan died Sept 3 from an incurable brain disorder called progressive supranuclear palsy. We're told he battled the disease for 6 years, and over time, it took a huge toll on his memory, speech and motor skills.

Lembo was 63 when he appeared on Survivor: Nicaragua, a season that saw two tribes divided based on their ages. Lembo was part of the Espada tribe, which included contestants aged 40 and over. A memorable moment featuring Lembo happened early in the season when his tribemate Holly Hoffman dunked his expensive alligator shoes into the ocean after a disagreement.

Despite that rough start, Lembo was well-liked by his fellow contestants and made it to the final five, eventually being voted out on Day 37. Fans remember him best for an emotional scene with his son during the loved ones' visit, his fiery jury speech, and the funny image of him sitting on a giant chair in a reward challenge inspired by Gulliver's Travels.

TV Insider
TMZ
Deadline
TV Line

posted 11/16/2022

TUESDAY: Now Somebody Call the FBI
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's The Voice led Tuesday in the demo, while CBS' FBI copped the night's largest audience.

NBC | The Voice drew 5.7 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, steady week-to-week; read recap. La Brea (3.2 mil/0.4, read post mortem) dipped to an audience low with its fall finale yet ticked up in the demo. New Amsterdam (2.3 mil/0.3) also slipped to an audience low.

CBS | Following a multi-week break, FBI (7.1 mil/0.5) returned rock steady, whereas International (5.4 mil/0.3) and Most Wanted (4.6 mil/0.3) both reported lows across the board.

FOX | The Resident (2.5 mil/0.3) and Monarch (1.4 mil/0.2) hit audience lows yet held steady in the demo.

THE CW | The Winchesters (480K/0.1) dropped a few eyeballs, while Professionals (270K/0.0) dipped in both measures.

ABC | Bachelor in Paradise (2.3 mil/0.5) was steady week-to-week. The Rookie: Feds (1.48 mil/0.2) slipped to a new audience low and was also down in the demo.

Tuesday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 941k/0.13
- Beat Bobby Flay: Holiday Throwdown (Food): 815k/0.15
- Chopped (Food): 719k/0.14

- Outchef'd (Food): 520k/0.10
- People Puzzler (GSN): 432k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 385k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 320k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 267k/0.04

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/16/2022


CBS

CBS S-L-O-T-S L-I-N-G-O
Game Show Reboot Plays January 11
From TV Guide

It will be 2023 before you know it, so it's not too early to start marking your calendar with CBS' winter 2023 premiere dates and broadcast schedule. A pair of new shows, action drama True Lies and game show Lingo, will be hitting the airwaves early next year, along with the midseason premieres of returning CBS shows like the NCIS franchise and Fire Country, the season's No. 1 new broadcast drama.

Lingo, premiering Wednesday, Jan. 11, is a new take on the long-running, word-guessing game show format. RuPaul Charles hosts as teams go head-to-head solving word puzzles to win cash prizes. Lingo sees teams of two face off in puzzle rounds to guess letters that reveal seemingly simple words. The two top teams make it through to the final showdown.

Nearer term, season four of Tough as Nails, hosted by Phil Keoghan, debuts on CBS January 4. Primetime episodes of The Price Is Right, hosted by Drew Carey, are on January 4 as well.

Also, Survivor returns March 1 at its Wednesday perch.

TV Guide
NextTV
Broadway World
The Futon Critic
Deadline
TV Line
TV Insider
Hidden Remote

posted 11/16/2022

"Kids Baking Championship" Gets Down to Business
New Season Debuts December 26
From The Futon Critic

On Monday, December 26th at 8pm ET/PT the Emmy(R) nominated competition series, Kids Baking Championship, returns for a new season. For the first time, Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman welcome a dozen kid entrepreneurs with burgeoning baking businesses and will not only test the young bakers' skills in the kitchen, but also their business savvy. Throughout the ten-week competition the young contestants must create the latest dessert trends and most popular sweets in difficult challenges, each with an innovative business twist. From logo cakes to market trend cupcakes, and from viral mashup desserts to power lunch dessert imposters, they must showcase their successful business knowledge and impressive baking talents. Only one incredible young baker will rise to the top to earn the sweet grand prize, including a spot in Food Network Magazine and the title of Kids Baking Champion.

"The entrepreneurial kid bakers on the new season of Kids Baking Championship are the most impressive batch of contestants yet! They might be young, but their abilities and business minds far surpass their age," said Jane Latman, President, Home & Food Content and Streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery. "Viewers will be amazed at their creativity and aptitude as they tackle each challenge."

The ten-episode season is filled with new challenges that test the bakers' business brains as well as their baking talents. On the premiere, the kid contestants learn that first impressions are everything and they must use the psychology of color to enhance the palette of their bestselling desserts by picking colors that reflect the most important aspects of their business, like yellow to reflect happiness, green to relax, or pink for positivity. Throughout the season the young bakers show off their abilities and creativity as they whip up irresistible sweets, using business techniques far beyond their years..

The Futon Critic

posted 11/16/2022

Kelly Kahl Departs from CBS
His Tenure Saw "Survivor", "Amazing Race", "Big Brother", TPIR Changeover, LMAD
From Deadline

Kelly Kahl, one of the longest-tenured and most respected top executives in broadcast TV, will leave his post as President of CBS Entertainment at the end of the year after 5½ years in his current role and 26 years total at the network.

George Cheeks, President & CEO, CBS and CCO, News & Sports, Paramount+, and Kahl just announced the departure internally in separate memos, copies of which were obtained by Deadline. The move is part of "a restructuring and streamlining of leadership at CBS Entertainment," Cheeks said.

"Kelly is without peer in the broadcast television business," Cheeks wrote in his note. "He is the architect of primetime schedules that have made CBS #1 for 19 of the last 20 seasons. He is the masterful and fearless scheduler who moved Survivor and CSI to Thursday, changing the landscape of that night after a decade of NBC dominance."

Before taking on expanded responsibilities as President of CBS Entertainment in June 2017, Kahl oversaw scheduling for the network for 21 years. CBS has remained the most watched broadcast network for the past 14 seasons (and 19 of the last 20 seasons). It again is leading the pack this fall with 17 of the 25 most-watched entertainment programs of the season so far. Some of the hit series CBS added while Kahl was President of Entertainment included FBI and spinoffs FBI: Most Wanted and FBI: International, The Equalizer, NCIS: Hawai'i, and new breakout Fire Country on the drama side as well as comedies The Neighborhood, Bob ♥ Abishola and Ghosts.

Some of the key scheduling moves he made in his previous role during a time where a scheduling decision could make or break a show, included moving Survivor and CSI to Thursday to successfully take on NBC's Must See TV, as well as the relocation of The Big Bang Theory to Thursday. Kahl also had scheduling oversight for The CW and served on the board of Pop.

"It has been an absolute honor and privilege to work at CBS, America's most watched network. (i'll never get sick of hearing that.)," Kahl said in his farewell message to staff. "I've lived a TV fan's dream to work with the most talented writers, producers, and actors in television. most importantly, I've loved being in the trenches alongside all of you — the finest executives and employees in show business."

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posted 11/16/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Cake"

  • VIDEO WALL: Trailer drop for "The Great American Baking Show - Celebrity Holidays" (Roku) (The FUton Critic)

  • Jay Leno expected to make a full recovery (Deadline)

  • Nexstar's funding in a comparison... "You have a network. You pay cash for everything. I have some money but not nearly enough to buy your network. I don't really like some of the shows, but I do like money, and since you won't sell your ad space and give me that money, I'm going to buy your network and make money for you for me... this guy I know who develops casinos says I'm good to go, because I'm selling my Chicago property to pay for it." (Deadline)

  • That's a hell of a way to address a breakup, Gabby Windey (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Sunny Hostin says Jeopardy! wouldn't have her host because she's "too controversial", but given everything that we know about THAT particular time... (New York Post)

  • Jimmy Fallon asks Elon to do something about the #RIPJimmyFallon tag. Elon's predictably like... Nah. And he wonders why Twitter is going downt he tubes (News.com.au)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Amy Schneider (GLAAD)

posted 11/16/2022


People

Len Goodman's Last Dance
"Dancing with the Stars" Judge Retiring After 31 Seasons
From CNN

"Dancing With the Stars" head judge Len Goodman announced he'll be retiring from the show.

"This will be my last season judging 'Dancing With the Stars,'" Goodman said during Monday's episode of the ballroom dance competition. "I've been on the show since it started in 2005, and it has been a huge pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful show but I've decided I want to spend more time with my grandchildren and family back in Britain."

Goodman received a standing ovation from the ballroom crowd, while fellow judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough appeared moved to tears. Before joining the show, Goodman, 78, was a judge on "Strictly Come Dancing," a British version of "Dancing With the Stars."

A former professional ballroom dancer himself, Goodman, who has seen more than 3000 performances in his 31 seasons on the show, concluded his announcement with a nod to his final night of judging set for next week.

"It's been such a wonderful experience for me and I look forward so much to next week's finale. I'm sure it's going to be absolutely brilliant," he said.

The Season 31 finale of "Dancing With the Stars" will air Monday, November 21 on Disney+.

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posted 11/15/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending November 6
From TV Newscheck

Hot newcomer Jennifer Hudson hit a home run in households as shows had to compete with Games 3,4 and 5 of the World Series in the session ending Nov. 6.

The closely watched rookie rose by double digits and recorded its strongest outing since its September debut, joining fellow freshman Sherri as syndication's highest-rated new shows. Hudson hauled in a 17% increase to a 0.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, while Sherri sustained its stellar 0.7.

Freshman game show Pictionary, starring Jerry O'Connell, joined the jumping viewer party with a 25% leap to a four-week high 0.5.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.3 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.8 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.8 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.5 +25%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

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posted 11/15/2022


NBC/MGM Television

MONDAY: Somebody Call 9-1-1
NBC, Fox Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's The Voice and Fox's 9-1-1 tied for the nightly demo win, while CBS' NCIS copped Monday's largest audience.

NBC | The Voice drew 5.5 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, down in audience but up in the demo week-to-week.

FOX | 9-1-1 (5 mil/0.7) was steady, while The Cleaning Lady (2.5 mil/0.4) hit and tied season highs.

THE CW | All American (540K/0.2) hit season highs in both measures, and Homecoming (410K/0.1) drew its best audience of the season.

ABC | Bachelor in Paradise (2.2 mil/0.4) was down, and the news division's last-minute, Good Doctor-displacing Mike Pence infomercial for his book release Q&A drew 3.8 mil and a 0.3.

CBS | The Neighborhood (5.1 mil/0.5), Bobishola (4.4 mil/0.3), NCIS (6.2 mil/0.3) and Hawaii (4.6 mil/0.3) all returned down after a two-week break.

Cable numbers for Monday (total viewers/A18-49)...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.163m/0.21
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 956k/0.19
- Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 758k/0.14
- People Puzzler (GSN): 462k/0.05
- America Says (GSN): 395k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 263k/0.04
- FAmily Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 248k/0.03

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posted 11/15/2022

SUNDAY: Steady As She Goes
NBC Wins on SNF, but Game Night Goes Up
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC Sunday Night Football averaged 11.1 million total viewers and a 3.2 demo rating, down 25 and 18 percent from last week's early numbers.

Elsewhere…. CBS | 60 Minutes (6.7 mil/0.5) drew Sunday's largest non-NFL audience, The Equalizer (6.2 mil/0.5) returned to a season low in audience while steady in the demo, East New York (4.8 mil/0.3) dipped to series lows, and NCIS: Los Angeles (3.9 mil/0.3) was steady.

FOX | NFL-boosted The Simpsons (5.6 mil/1.7) enjoyed the night's biggest non-NFL rating, followed by The Great North's 2.2 mil/0.7, Bob's Burgers' 1.6 mil/0.5 and Family Guy's 1.4 mil/0.5.

THE CW | Family Law (280K/0.1) was steady, Coroner (300K/0.0) added some eyeballs.

ABC | AFV (3.6 mil/0.4) dipped, Celebrity Jeopardy! (3.6 mil/0.4) and Celeb Wheel (3.1 mil/0.4) were steady, and ABC News' Michelle Obama special drew 2.7 mil/0.2.

Sunday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 850k/0.15
- Holiday Wars - 9p (Food): 781k/0.15
- Holiday Wars - 10p (Food): 688k/0.13

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posted 11/15/2022

Celebrities Surprise on "Baking It"
Holiday Special Episode to Air on NBC December 12
From The Futon Critic

Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler reunite to host and executive produce "Baking It" Season 2 on Peacock, which will kick off with a lively celebrity holiday special on Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell, Nicole Richie & JB Smoove are joining this friendly competition to "cele-bake" the holidays and raise some dough for their favorite charities. Maya and Amy will keep their friends on their toes with thrilling twists throughout the episode.

The celebrities draw inspiration for their baking from beloved holiday traditions and family recipes. Their tasty treats include:
· Austrian Schaumrollen and Pickle Soup made by Kristen Bell, whose competitive nature led her to make two delectable dishes.
· Sticky Apple Cake made by holiday lover Nicole Richie, who starts her festive season as early as September.
· Vegan Banana Pudding Cake made by self-proclaimed "Cake Architect" JB Smoove, who made up his recipe on the spot.
· Venezuelan Hallacas made by Fred Armisen, a recipe he got from his mother, although he has never baked before. Though it's his first time baking, Armisen is a seasoned vet at NBC. Viewers can also catch him on the "That's My Jam" holiday special airing Dec 5.

Dropping the same day as the NBC holiday special, "Baking It" Season 2 premieres Dec. 12 on Peacock, with a new batch of bakers competing in teams in a series of captivating challenges hilariously designed by Maya and Amy themselves. These challenges will test the competitors across a variety of bakes for the chance to win some serious money and the adoration of the beloved "Baking It" judges, a panel of opinionated grandmothers!

The Futon Critic

posted 11/15/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Guys in Suits Chasing People"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Run for the Money (Netflix) (Decider)

  • Ryan Long to get a hero's homecoming in the 6ABC Dunkin' Thanksgiving Day Parade (PennLive)

  • Celebrity Jeopardy! comes under fire for true crime clue by Twitter folks who forget that true crime is fair game for trivia (Movieweb)

  • Amy Schneider to testify against banning gender-affirming care for youth (Axios)

  • JoJo Siwa has something to say to the rudest women she's ever met (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Kathy Fang goes from "Chopped" to her own series (The Wrap)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Stormy Daniels to host a dating show for OUTtv called... well... just click it. (Deadline)

  • Travis Japan lands on the charts with "Just Dance" (Sora News 24)

  • Frankie Grande attacked and robbed (TMZ)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Want to be on Gladiators UK? (Telly Mix)

posted 11/7/2022

Speaking of Ru...
Drag Race Looking to Expand Through Asia
From Entertainment Weekly

RuPaul's global empire could soon expand throughout Asia.

Emmy-winning production company World of Wonder has partnered with a third party agent, O4 Media, to help develop RuPaul's Drag Race in new territories around the continent, including India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and a new season of the existing Drag Race Thailand.

According to a press release, World of Wonder is also working on adapting RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race — which has welcomed famous faces for drag makeovers across two seasons on VH1 — for the Asian market.

Entertainment Weekly

posted 11/7/2022

FRIDAY: Sharks and Smackdown
ABC, Fox Split Night
From TV Line

IIn the latest TV show ratings, Fox's Friday Night SmackDown scored the demo win, while ABC's Shark Tank delivered Friday's biggest audience (with CBS in rerun mode).

FOX | SmackDown averaged 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, holding steady week-to-week.

ABC | Shark Tank (3.4 mil/0.4) was up a bit in audience but down in the demo after a two-week break.

NBC | Lopez vs. Lopez (2 mil/0.2) and Young Rock (1.3 mil/0.2) each slipped about 25 percent in audience and a tenth in the demo from their series/season premieres.

THE CW | Penn & Teller (680K/0.1) and Whose Line (500K/0.1) each lost some viewers.

Friday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.031m/0.23
- People Puzzler (GSN): 458k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 407k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 378k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 271k/0.04

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posted 11/7/2022


Insider
JOHN ANISTON: 1923-2022
"Days of Our Lives" Legend Played Scrabble
From Entertainment Weekly

John Aniston, a long-running player on soap opera Days of Our Lives and the father of Friends actress Jennifer Aniston, died last week on Nov. 11, according to his daughter. He was 89.

Jennifer announced Aniston's death on social media Monday. "Sweet papa…⁣ John Anthony Aniston," she wrote. "⁣You were one of the most beautiful humans I ever knew. I am so grateful that you went soaring into the heavens in peace — and without pain. And on 11/11 no less! You always had perfect timing. That number will forever hold an even greater meaning for me now."

Jennifer also shared childhood photos of herself with Aniston. "I'll love you till the end of time," she added. "Don't forget to visit."

Born July 24, 1933, on the island of Crete in Greece, Aniston attended Pennsylvania State University before joining the Navy and earning the rank of lieutenant commander. He started acting in the 1960s and became a recurring face in the soap opera space starting in the '70s.

Aniston joined Days of Our Lives in 1970 in the role of Dr. Eric Richards. He would later come back to the soap drama in the '80s as the character Victor Kiriakis, a role he maintained through 2022. He also appeared in roles on Search for Tomorrow, Journeyman, and The West Wing.

He featured notably in a week of "Scrabble" playing with three other "Days" castmates.

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posted 11/11/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Only Election Coverage We'll EVER Offer"

  • Nick Wilson goes from "Survivor" to elected official... running unopposed (Deadline)

  • Mayim Bialik chose an... interesting photo for her J! employee ID (Today)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Big Brunch )HBO Max) (Reality Blurred)

  • Jay Leno in good spirits after being seriously burned in gas fire (Deadline)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Scott Rogowsky buys a lot fo Alex Trebek's clothes... and he's selling them for charity (TMZ)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Carrie Ann Inaba (TV Insider)

posted 11/14/2022


Entertainment Weekly
GALLAGHER: 1946-2022
Melon-Smashing Prop Comedian Played Games in the 80s
From Entertainment Weekly

Gallagher, the beloved comedian who rose to prominence on The Tonight Show and famously smashed watermelons throughout his illustrious stand-up career, has died at age 76. The star died at his home in Palm Springs, Calif, early Friday morning, The New York Times reports.

Gallagher's manager, Craig Marquardo, told the outlet the comic died from organ failure following "numerous heart attacks" throughout his life. After launching his career on a 1975 episode of Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, Gallagher proclaimed himself to be the "Wizard of Odd," regularly performing outlandish acts with food during his sets, such as splattering watermelon, cantaloupes, and cottage cheese.

He also fronted 13 solo specials on Showtime and more on HBO, and appeared in several memorable Budweiser ads — including a commercial in which he used a watermelon as a bowling ball. The Times reports he had more than 100 concert dates a year for three decades, across which he destroyed over 15,000 melons using his sledgehammer of choice, the "Sledge-O-Matic."

In addition to his work in live comedy, Gallagher — whose real first name was Leo — appeared on television in The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and in the 2013 movie The Book of Daniel.

He featured notably in a week of "The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour" celebrating "Leave It to Beaver". He was also on episodes of the original "The Hollywood Squares".

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posted 11/11/2022

THURSDAY: Crossing Over
CBS Still the Top Draw
From various sources

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Young Sheldon and Ghosts tied for the Thursday demo win, with the former also delivering the night's largest audience.

ABC | With their fall finale crossover, Station 19 (4 mil/0.5) drew its second-best audience of the season/was steady in the demo, while Grey's Anatomy (3.7 mil/0.5) nearly tied a season high in audience/rose in the demo. A broadcast sampling of Hulu's Reasonable Doubt legal drama drew 1.8 mil and a 0.2 at 10 pm.

CBS | Young Sheldon (7.1 mil/0.6), Ghosts (6.6 mil/0.6), So Help Me Todd (4.4 mil/0.3) and CSI: Vegas (3.5 mil/0.3) all added viewers and held steady in the demo.

NBC | Law & Order (4 mil/0.4), SVU (4 mil/0.5) and Organized Crime (2.9 mil/0.4) were all steady.

THE CW | Walker (770K/0.1) added a few eyeballs, while Independence (470K/0.1) lost some.

FOX | Hell's Kitchen (1.9 mil/0.4) and Call Me Kat (1.1 mil/0.2) both dipped, while Flatch (850K/0.2) was steady.

Thursday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon (Telemundo): 900k/0.24
- People Puzzler (GSN): 428k/0.04

- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 300k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 283k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 235k/0.02

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posted 11/4/2022


Newsday
NORM BLUMENTHAL: 1925-2022
"Concentration" Executive Producer
From Newsday

Norm Blumenthal loved puzzles.

A creative thinker, he adored the memory-testing card game, "Concentration," and found a way to bring its entertainment value to the television screen.

The West Hempstead resident served as executive producer throughout the entire run of the 1960s hit TV game show version and was one of the pioneers of the American Movie Classics channel.

He died on Sept. 23, 2022, at the age of 96, from multi-organ failure.

Blumenthal was born Oct. 11, 1925, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His passion for the arts was realized in high school after he thrived during performances in the auditorium but failed French class.

"His teacher looked at him and said that he didn't belong in that school, and he was recommended to The High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. That put him on a path to entertainment," said son Howard Blumenthal, 70, of Pennsylvania.

The beginning of Blumenthal's television career began on "Winky Dink and You," a Saturday morning children's television series produced by Barry and Enright Productions. In 1957, during the era of big-money quiz shows, the idea of bringing "Concentration" to television was floated around Blumenthal's office. It came to fruition when, in 1958, "Concentration" and its famous rebus puzzles, premiered on NBC.

"When it first aired, the show was live and in black and white. Then it went to videotape and color, and Dad was around for all of it," said Howard. "The evolution of television was very much a part of his professional life." Before its nearly 15-year run came to an end, Blumenthal not only created all of more than 9,000 puzzles used on the television show (without repetition), but also every puzzle utilized in all 24 annual editions of the Milton Bradley home game — which became one of the bestselling board games in the brand's history.

In addition to his sons, Blumenthal is survived by a daughter, Lori Blumenthal, 59, of Oregon; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services and interment were held at Mount Ararat Cemetery in Lindenhurst.

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posted 11/11/2022


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ROGER SEXTON: 1946-2022
"Survivor: The Amazon" Contestant
From TV Insider

Former Survivor: The Amazon contestant Roger Sexton has died at the age of 76. He died on October 26, per an obituary shared by his family.

Sexton had dementia and was in hospice care when he died in his daughter's home.

"Roger Kenward Sexton — father, grandfather, husband, brother, Marine, Survivor — passed away at the home of his daughter and son-in-law on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, after a valiant and courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia," the obituary reads. "Surrounded by his loving family and the caring assistance of Walla Walla Hospice, Roger was finally able to find peace."

Born and raised in California, the retired Marine served in the Vietnam War. Following his service, he went to college and married his wife, going on to pursue a successful career in construction estimation.

Sexton appeared in Season 6 of Survivor, in which the players were split into two teams of just men and just women. He became a leader of his Tambaqui tribe, but he eventually had a conflict with the younger men and the women of the merge tribe. When the women realized Sexton would likely never vote for a woman to win the game, the women successfully planned to blindside him to get him out, making Sexton the first contestant cut post-merge. He was the seventh elimination of the season.

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posted 11/10/2022

Roku Greenlights Two Cooking Competitions
Projects Toplined by Celebrity Chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Marcela Valladolid
From the Futon Critic

Roku, Inc. announced today two all-new Roku Original unscripted series, Morimoto's Sushi Master and The Cupcake Guys, and the premiere date for Roku's inaugural Spanish-language, original series ¡Que Delicioso!.

Morimoto's Sushi Master features renowned chef and restauranteur Masaharu Morimoto as head judge of a cooking competition centered on the world's most popular cuisine: sushi. Hosted by Lyrica Okano (Marvel's Runaways), the six-episode series highlights the skill, ingredients, delicacy and talent needed to perfect the art of sushi-making. Eight competing sushi chefs will work to impress Morimoto, along with judges Chef Dakota Weiss, Executive Chef of Santa Fe's famed Coyote Café and former co-owner of Sweetfin Poke, and Chef Kenji Lopez-Alt, New York Times food columnist and author of bestselling cookbook The Food Lab. Produced by Ample Entertainment, Ari Mark, Phil Lott, Kathryn Vaughn, Liz Cook and Masaharu Morimoto serve as executive producers.

¡Que Delicioso!, Roku's inaugural Spanish language original series, is set to premiere on Friday, November 25. Renowned chefs Marcela Valladolid and Chris Valdes will both host and judge the seven-episode competition which celebrates Latin cuisine. Produced by World of Wonder and Robert Rodriguez's El Rey, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Richard Borjas, John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa serve as executive producers and Moira Noriega as co-executive producer.

"The addition of Morimoto's Sushi Master, The Cupcake Guys and ¡Que Delicioso! to the Roku Originals lineup encapsulates our commitment to premium, original series that are representative and reflective of our diverse streaming audience," shared Brian Tannenbaum, Head of Alternative Originals, Roku. "Each of these series offers a fresh take on formats that we know will instantly connect with our audience, and we look forward to sharing these projects on The Roku Channel."

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posted 11/10/2022

More on "America's Test Kitchen: The Next Generation"
Judges Announced
From the Futon Critic

Amazon Freevee has released the official trailer for America's Test Kitchen: The Next Generation, hosted by Daytime Emmy winner Jeannie Mai Jenkins. The 10-episode food competition series will bring home cooks inside the real America's Test Kitchen (ATK) studio and put them to the test, to determine if they have what it takes to win $100,000, the opportunity to author their own cookbook, and a spot on the coveted ATK team. The series premieres on December 9, with new episodes released weekly through February 10 on Amazon Freevee in the U.S. and UK.

Chefs Claudette Zepeda, Gesine Bullock-Prado, Jamie Bissonnette, Karen Akunowicz, Kwame Onwuachi, and Nick DiGiovanni will serve as guest judges, joining previously announced series regulars - and ATK icons - Dan Souza, Elle Simone Scott, Jack Bishop, and Julia Collin Davison.

Freevee customers enjoying the series will be able to cook along with their favorite home chefs. Each week throughout the series' initial airing, the weekly challenge recipes and list of ingredients will be made available for customers to purchase on Amazon Fresh. In addition to the series, customers can now stream the America's Test Kitchen Specials FAST channel, which includes 48 episodes of seasonally relevant content for the holidays. The channel, which launched on November 8, is exclusive to Freevee, with eight original episodes of ATK featured alongside a set of exclusive content from ATK's archives.

America's Test Kitchen: The Next Generation is executive produced by David Lonner, David Nussbaum, Jack Bishop, Jenn Van Persaud, Madeline Langlieb, Mark Itkin, and Mark Levine. Teri Weideman (Project Runway, Bobby's Triple Threat) is also an executive producer and serves as the series' showrunner.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/10/2022

WEDNESDAY: CMA, ABC, W-I-N
2022 Kudocast Takes The Night
From various sources

In the latest TV ratings, ABC's broadcast of the 2022 CMA Awards averaged 7.6 million viewers — up 10 percent from last year's audience, to a three-year high — and a 1.0 demo rating (per finals), easily leading Wednesday in both measures.

Elsewhere….

CBS | Survivor (4.7 mil/0.7) ticked up on both counts, while The Amazing Race (2.9 mil/0.4) was steady.

NBC | Chicago Med (6 mil/0.6), Fire (6.2 mil/0.6) and P.D. (4.7 mil/0.5) were all steady.

THE CW | An eventful episode of Stargirl (480K/0.1, read recap) added a handful of eyeballs, while Kung Fu (390K/0.1) lost some.

FOX | The Masked Singer (3.2 mil/0.6) and LEGO Masters (1.1 mil/0.3) were down.

Wednesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon (Telemundo): 1.007m/0.19
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (SP/Discovery): 545k/0.10
- The Challenge: Ride or Dies (MTV): 471k/0.23
- People Puzzler (GSN): 433k/0.04

- America Says (GSN): 331k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 297k/0.05

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posted 11/3/2022

TPIR Still on Top
Results for the Week Ending November 4
From Soap Opera Network

"The Price is Right" (3.860 million / 4.355 million) topped the daytime broadcast ratings charts during the week of October 31-November 4, 2022. The veteran CBS game show was up +125,000 viewers and +81,000 viewers week-to-week for both its first and second half hours, respectively. The second half-hour was number one in both Women 18-49 (0.5 rating) and Women 25-54 (0.7 rating), followed by the first half-hour, which again tied for second place with "The Young and the Restless" (3.343 million) and "The Bold and the Beautiful" (2.953 million) in the key sales demos, each with a 0.4 rating in Women 18-49 and a 0.6 rating in Women 25-54. Also tying for second in Women 25-54 rating was "General Hospital" (2.073 million).

The stand-alone Halloween-themed episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful," which highlighted 30 years of the Sheila Carter character as played by actress Kimberlin Brown, tied with the second half-hour of "The Price is Right" for the highest-rated single day episode for the week in Women 25-54 (0.8 rating). In fact, the episode outrated the 35th anniversary stand-alone episode of the soap aired on Friday, March 25 of this year in actuals (0.44 vs. 0.33 in Women 18-49 rating; 0.76 vs. 0.56 in Women 25-54 rating). The episode also outrated a stand-alone episode of "The Young and the Restless" aired on Friday, June 17 of this year in actuals (0.44 vs. 0.27 in Women 18-49 rating; 0.76 vs. 0.47 in Women 25-54 rating).

Soap Opera Network

posted 11/10/2022


Architectural Digest

A New Generation of Canadian Game Show
Lilly Singh to Host New Quiz in 2023
From Yahoo!

CTV announced today that acclaimed comedian and actress Lilly Singh is confirmed to host and executive produce the inaugural season of CTV's previously announced primetime quiz show BATTLE OF THE GENERATIONS.

Each episode of the nostalgia-packed quiz show features four contestants representing a different generation (Baby Boomer, Gen X, Millennial, and Gen Z), as they battle through multiple rounds of nostalgia-packed pop culture trivia. Whoever triumphs in this unique game of time travelling trivia enters The Vault for a chance to win a cash prize of up to $25,000.

"I love a quiz show, so I'm very excited to host and executive produce BATTLE OF THE GENERATIONS with my company Unicorn Island," said Lilly Singh, Host and Executive Producer. "I look forward to representing my fellow millennials across Canada and seeing all the generations bring it!"

"As millions of her fans worldwide know, Lilly Singh has found the heart and humour in generational differences throughout her career," said Jennifer Couke, Executive Producer. "BATTLE OF THE GENERATIONS will showcase Lilly's combination of creativity, pop culture fandom, and quick-witted hosting skills - including some playful generational jabs. We can't wait for Canadian families to play along at home, undoubtedly rooting for the contestant representing their own generation"

CTV also confirmed today that nation-wide casting for BATTLE OF THE GENERATIONS is currently underway, with production on the 20-episode, one-hour quiz show set to begin February 2023 in Toronto. Viewers who think they have what it takes to reign supreme in this epic battle of the ages now have a chance to represent their generation on CTV's new game show. For casting details and updates, including instructions on how to apply, fans can visit CTV.ca/BOTGcasting.

Yahoo!
The Toronto Star
Penticton Herald

CTV/Bell Media

eTalk/CTV

posted 11/10/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Internet Is Forever"

posted 11/8/2022

The Great American Baking Show Comes Home for the Holidays
Roku Drops Trailer
From TV Line

The Great American Baking Show is baking with star power for its holiday special this year.

As seen in the newly released trailer, Chloe Fineman (Saturday Night Live), Nat Faxon (The Conners), D'Arcy Carden (A League of Their Own, The Good Place), Joel Kim Booster (Loot, Fire Island), social media star Liza Koshy and Superbowl winner Marshawn Lynch will enter the tent for the celebrity bakers edition.

The six compete to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, and to take him the Star Baker crown.

Ellie Kemper and Zach Cherry serve as co-hosts for the special, which streams on The Roku Channel, beginning Dec. 2.

TV Line
TV Insider

posted 11/9/2022


Fandom
SUSAN TOLSKY: 1943-2022
"Here Come the Brides" Actress Played "Showoffs"
From TV Insider

Veteran comic character actress Susan Tolsky, best known for playing Biddie Cloom on the ABC comedy Western series Here Come the Brides, has died. She was 79.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tolsky passed away on Sunday, October 9, at her Toluca Lake home in Los Angeles, California, as confirmed by her sister. A funeral service was held Monday, October 31, at the Angeleno Valley Mortuary in North Hollywood.

Born on April 6, 1943, in Houston, Texas, Tolsky became interested in comedy and acting from a young age. She also had a fascination with the field of medicine and enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin to major in nursing. However, she quit during her second year of pre-medical and transferred to the Department of Drama, switching her major to theater and English. In her senior year, she was scouted by casting director Eddie Foy III, who advised her to try acting in Hollywood, where she moved following her graduation.

In 1968, Tolsky made her TV debut on an episode of The Second Hundred Years, followed by a small role on an episode of Bewitched, both on ABC. She went on to become a series regular in the ABC comedy Here Come the Brides, loosely based on the Mercer Girls, who were brought from the East Coast to Seattle in the 1860s to work as teachers. Tolsky's character was a fan favorite on the show, which ran for two seasons between 1968 and 1970.

Tolsky logged in a single game show appearance, appearing on a week's worth of "Showoffs".

Her later work mostly involved voice acting, working on shows such as Foofur, Bobby's World, Cow and Chicken, Darkwing Duck, Pepper Ann, and The Buzz on Maggie.

TV Insider
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 11/8/2022

TUESDAY: Midterms
Ratings for Election 2022 Dip from 2018
From TV Line

Fox News on Tuesday night drew the largest audience with its primetime coverage of Election Night results.

Fox News averaged 7.2 million total viewers from 8 to 11 pm ET, distantly followed by MSNBC (3.1 million), NBC (nearly 3.1 million) and ABC (3 million).

CBS' coverage averaged 2.5 million, followed by CNN's 2.48 mil, Fox Business Network's 600K and CNBC's 103K.

Widening the window to 6 pm to 2 am ET, Fox News again led all comers with 5.4 million total viewers, followed by MSNBC's 2.6 mil and CNN's 1.94 mil.

Fox News also dominated the night when it comes to the 25-54 age demo that cable news truly targets.

Representing broadcast-TV's lone fresh fare opposite Election Night newscasting, Fox's The Resident (2.9 mil/0.3) dipped from its most recent, pre-World Series outing, whereas Monarch (1.7 mil/0.2) returned steady.

Tuesday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 853k/0.13
- Chopped (Food): 815k/0.13

- Bobby's Triple Threat (SF/Food): 678k/0.13
- Outchef'd (Food): 524k/0.10
- People Puzzler (GSN): 492k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 267k/0.04

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/9/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "35 Dresses"

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe is not stopping at one wedding dress... or even two. (People)

  • Stephen Fry deletes his Twitter... for the fifth time (Deadline)

  • Joseph Abdin, Taylor Hale taking their showmance to the next level. (People)

  • VIDEO WALL: Ken Jennings in the most animated use of a word for "excreta" since Spike Witwicky in "The Transformers: The Movie". (TV Insider)

posted 11/9/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 7
Results for the Week Ending October 30
From TV Newscheck

Game One of the World Series kept a lid on a lot of shows in the session ending Oct. 30, although several managed to score.

For example, Extra and TMZ were the only two first-run, double-digit gainers in all of access, hitting it out of the park with increases of 20% and 17%, respectively. Extra's week with host Billy Bush was boffo, growing to a season high 0.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating despite losing its primary run to baseball in five of the top six markets, including both New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 28.

Moving up by single digits was Jeopardy, which tacked on 4% to a 5.4 and continued to be the game show and overall leader.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.4 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.9 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.8 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

TV Newscheck
Daytime Confidential
NextTV

Soap Opera Network

posted 11/8/2022


CNN
LESLIE PHILLIPS: 1924-2022
"Carry On" Actor Played British Games
From TV Insider

Prolific British actor Leslie Phillips, who appeared in the Carry On film series and provided the voice of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter franchise, has died. He was 98.

According to Deadline, he passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, November 7, and had been struggling with a long illness. He is survived by his third wife, Zara Carr, and four children.

Born on April 20, 1924, in London, England, Phillips began acting in the 1930s, appearing in the stage production of Peter Pan at the London Palladium before landing his first film appearance in the 1938 musical comedy Lassie from Lancashire.

He was called up to the British Army in 1942, where he rose to the rank of lance-bombardier in the Royal Artillery. Due to his distinct upper-class accent, Phillips was selected for officer training and duly commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery in 1943.

Phillips' posh English accent became something of a trademark; however, he actually came from a working-class background.

After his father's death, his mother sent him to the Italia Conti Academy, where he attended drama, dance, and, notably, elocution to lose his cockney accent.

He would go on to star in several of the popular Carry On films, where he was known for his catchphrases "I say, Ding Dong" and "He-llo," said with a suggestive intonation.

On game shows, he was a guest on Juke Box Jury, Call My Bluff, The Movie Quiz, Celebrity Squares, and Punchlines!

In more recent years, Phillips was best known for providing the voice of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter movies. He also starred alongside Angelina Jolie in the 2001 feature Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and opposite Peter O'Toole in the 2006 film Venus, which earned him a BAFTA nomination for his performance. Phillips reprised his role as the Sorting Hat in 2011 for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and made his last on-screen appearance in the 2012 film After Death.

TV Insider
Devon Live

posted 11/8/2022

Netflix Enters the Triviaverse
New Game Now Available
From the Futon Critic

The holidays are just around the corner - and whether you're waiting for that turkey to finish cooking, finding yourself with some downtime at the airport, or needing a break from your holiday shopping - what better time to try your hands at a new interactive trivia experience on Netflix?

Today, we're rolling out Triviaverse , a quick-hit trivia experience divided into three rounds of increasing difficulty for one-player mode and two rounds per person in two-player mode. As a player, you must answer as many questions correctly as you can within a time limit, and achieve the highest score possible. You can either play against yourself or with another trivia buff in a turn-based format.

The categories of questions range from science to history to pop culture to pretty much anything else you can imagine! As you unlock higher and higher scores, the Triviamaster will bestow badges upon you like Bird Brain, Preschool Graduate, Lucky Guesser, Shockingly Average, Mere Mortal, PhD Dropout, Super Nerd, Potential Genius, Certified Genius, and the ultimate title of Triviaverse God.

Triviaverse will be available globally in nine languages - English, Spanish (LatAm), Portuguese (Brazil), French, German, Spanish (Spain), Italian, Korean and Japanese - and on all devices that support Netflix interactive experiences, including smart TVs, streaming media players, game consoles, computer browsers and mobile devices.

Whether it's challenging a personal best to beat 4000 points, or dueling your friends to reach 10,000 points, we hope you learn something new and have fun!

The Futon Critic
The Paradise

posted 11/8/2022


NBC/MGM Television

MONDAY: It's a (Three-Way) Knockout
NBC, Fox Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Fox's 9-1-1 scored the nightly demo win, while NBC's The Voice delivered Monday's biggest audience (with CBS' NCIS in rerun mode).

FOX | 9-1-1 (with 5.1 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating) was steady week-to-week, while The Cleaning Lady (2.54 mil/0.4) hit and tied season highs.

NBC | The Voice (5.6 mil/0.6) was steady week-to-week in the demo yet lost some eyeballs, while Quantum Leap (2.57 mil/0.4) hit multi-week highs with its fall finale. (Season 1 resumes Jan. 2, 2023.)

THE CW | All American (444K/0.1) and Homecoming (360K/0.1) each dropped a few eyeballs. ABC | Leading out of a steady Bachelor in Paradise (2.4 mil/0.5), a CMAs walk-up special drew just 1.4 mil/0.2.

Cable numbers for Monday (total viewers/A18-49)...
- Holiday Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.196m/0.23
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (SP/Telemundo): 918k/0.16
- Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown (SP/Food): 768k/0.14
- People Puzzler (GSN): 509k/0.03
- The Big Bake (Food): 442k/0.07
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 330k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 274k/0.04

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/8/2022

SUNDAY: Upward Bound
NBC Wins on SNF, but Game Night Goes Up
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC Sunday Night Football's broadcast of the Chiefs/Titans game averaged 14.8 million total viewers and a 3.9 demo rating, down about 8 percent from the early numbers for last week's Packers/Bills match-up.

Elsewhere:

CBS | 60 Minutes (10.5 million viewers/1.5 rating) led all non-NFL fare in both measures, followed by a special Sunday airing of FBI (which drew a typical 6.6 mil/0.6). East New York (4.7 mil/0.35) and NCIS: Los Angeles (3.5 mil/0.35) both dipped.

ABC | AFV (4.3 mil/0.4) and The Rookie (2.9 mil/0.3) were steady in the demo, while Celebrity Jeopardy! (3.5 mil/0.4) and Celeb Wheel (3.2 mil/0.4) both ticked up.

THE CW | Family Law (311K/0.1) added eyeballs, Coroner (296K/0.0) lost some.

FOX | Airing on a special night, The Masked Singer drew 2.6 mil/0.5 (its second-lowest numbers of the season), followed by LEGO Mast-arrrrrr!-rs' 1.1 mil/0.3 (hitting/tying season lows).

Sunday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (SP/Food): 993k/0.18
- Holiday Wars (SP/Food): 760k/0.13

TV Line
Yahoo!/The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/8/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Famous Fans"

  • Matt Amodio takes his talents to Cameo (Good Housekeeping)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, reveals being obsessed with "Jeopardy!" (TV Insider)

  • Justin Trudeau to enter the Werk Room for "Canada vs. the World" (TV Line)

  • VIDEO WALL: Mario Lopez joins "Too Hot to Handle" (The Futon Critic)

  • LAPD to Les Moonves: Pay up! (AP)

posted 11/8/2022


BBC
AARON CARTER: 1987-2022
Singer/Rapper Featured on "Dancing", "Figure It Out"
From TV Line

Aaron Carter, singer, reality star and the brother of the Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, died Saturday. He was 34.

Carter was found dead at his house in Lancaster, Calif., TMZ first reported. Police responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call reporting that a male had drowned in a bathtub. Law enforcement told the publication that there is currently no evidence of foul play. Further information is not yet available.

The singer rose to fame in the late '90s, first as a pop singer. He released five studio albums, starting with his self-titled debut album in 1997 when he was just 9 years old. His most recent, LØVË, was released in 2018. At the height of his music career, he toured as an opener for the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, before headlining seven of his own tours between 2000 and 2014.

On the TV side of things, he appeared as himself in House of Carters, an E! reality series that followed the five Carter siblings as they reunited in Los Angeles and worked to revive their careers. It ran for just one season and was parodied on Saturday Night Live, with Andy Samberg playing Carter.

In 2009, he competed on Dancing With the Stars Season 9 where he placed fifth alongside his partner, pro Karina Smirnoff. Throughout the late '90s and early aughts, he also appeared as himself on shows like Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Lizzie McGuire, among others. He was also a panelist on the original version of Figure It Out on Nickelodeon.

TV Line
Deadline
TV Insider

Deadline

posted 11/7/2022

FRIDAY: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
CBS, Fox Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, S.W.A.T., Fire Country and SmackDown tied for the Friday demo win, while Blue Bloods copped the night's biggest audience.

NBC | Lopez vs. Lopez debuted to 2.5 million viewers, a 0.3 demo rating. Leading out of that, Young Rock opened Season 3 and christened its new night with series lows of 1.8 mil/0.2. Combined, the Friday sitcombo slightly improved on College Bowl's Season 2 averages (1.7 mil/0.2) in the hour.

CBS | S.W.A.T. (4.6 mil/0.4), Fire Country (5.4 mil/0.4) and Blue Bloods (5.9 mil/0.3) all grew in audience from last week, though the latter two dipped in the demo (with Blue Bloods eyeing a series low).

FOX | Following a one-week benching by the World Series, SmackDown (2 mil/0.4) returned down a tick.

THE CW | Penn & Teller: Fool Us (814K/0.1) and Whose Line (633K/0.1) are both up quite sharply in audience.

Friday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 794k/0.13
- People Puzzler (GSN): 429k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 384k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 331k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 271k/0.04

TV Line
Yahoo!/The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/7/2022

9 Million Tune in for "I'm a Celebrity"
... and One Quitter
From Deadline

ITV's evergreen series I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! was back this weekend and made a return to form after last year's disappointing launch episode ratings.

The Lifted Entertainment-produced celebrity survival format returned to its regular outback base in Australia following two years in the UK and took 9M last night, a share of nearly 53%, between 9pm and 10.45pm local time. It peaked at over 10M, according to Barb data from overnights.tv.

In 2021, the show was broadcast from a castle in Wales for the second time and took just 8.4M. That's still a pretty monster number for UK broadcast ratings these days but it was down nearly 3M on the 2020 edition, when Covid-19 was at its height and few people were out in the evenings.

Olivia Attwood has had to withdraw from this year's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! after just one day, on medical grounds. The Love Island star appeared in Sunday's first episode, skydiving out of a helicopter on arrival, alongside fellow contestant, DJ Chris Moyles. A show spokesman said Attwood had left as a precaution before medics advised it was not safe for her to return. He said she had been "brilliant" and would be "very much missed". Attwood's exit means she has recorded the joint shortest stay in the show's 20-year history, alongside ex-EastEnders and Gimme Gimme Gimme actress Elaine Lordan.

Deadline
BBC News

posted 11/7/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Also Award Season"

  • Jimmy Kimmel tapped for the 95th Oscars (The FUton Critic)

  • Lionel Richie named an Icon on "American Music Awards" in November (The Futon Critic)

  • Vivica A. Fox to host 9th Reality Television Awards (Yahoo!)

  • LIST ABUSE: eight times Alex Trebek was low-key shady (The Things)

  • Gordon Ramsay rumored to be making Scottish reality dating series and WHY?! (Cornwall Live)

  • Leslie Jordan to make one final appearance on "The Masked Singer" this Wednesday (TV Insider), while Tag Team is back again (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Nick Cannon expecting his ELEVENTH?! child (PopCrave)

  • RuPaul, due to circumstances beyond control, couldn't make last week's Drag Race UK (Entertainment Weekly)

  • The Amazing Race: The world is waiting for you.. on Netflix (Reality Blurred)

  • Hasan Minhaj apologizes for... well, you saw the videos. (TV Line)

  • VIDEO WALL: Have I got hypocrisy for you (Deadline)

  • PROGRAMING NOTE: The Black Friday Frenzy returns on Supermarket Sweep November 25 (Twitter @BuzzrTV)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: A head on a stick, a can coolie, balloons, a card game, a throw, and an autographed photo of Ken Jennings suitable for framing... "What is the Jeopardy! TOC Swag Bag?" (The Sun)

  • Kelly Clarkson has a gig until 2025 (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Cynthia Lee Fontaine goes under the knife, takes a half-year sabbatical (Entertainment Weekly)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Elizabeth Banks (WTF with Marc Maron)

posted 11/7/2022


Warner Horizon TV/CW

End of the "Line"
Production to Begin on Final Season of CW's Improv Series
From TV Line

Season 12 of the improv comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway? will be its last, according to a tweet from Colin Mochrie, one of its lead performers.

"Hey everyone. Hope you are enjoying the current season of Whose Line," he wrote. "In January, we shoot our final season. Thank you all for the support over the years." Season 11 of the revival is currently airing on The CW Friday nights at 9/8c. Its final run will mark its 12th season on The CW, but 20th overall, including six seasons on ABC and two on ABC Family.

Based on a British radio show - later adapted to TV by executive producers Dan Patterson & Mark Leveson - Whose Line's current roster includes Mochrie, Wayne Brady and Ryan Stiles. Aisha Tyler has served as host since 2013.

TV Line
Deadline
Entertainment Weekly

TV Insider

posted 11/6/2022


TV Line
LANEY CHANTAL: 1989-2022
Makeup Artist Competed on "Face Off"
From TV Insider

Fans of Face Off are mourning the loss of a contestant from the Syfy competition series. Laney Chantal, who came in fifth place in the show's fifth season in 2013, died on October 31. She was 33 years old.

Chantal's family members announced her passing in an obituary, saying the makeup artist — born Alaina Chantal Parkhurst — died of an accidental overdose in Milford, Michigan.

"Laney, as she was known by many, lived her life to the fullest and accomplished more in her short time on earth than most do in a full lifetime, including being a contestant on [Syfy's] makeup competition Face Off and the lead makeup artist for Video of the Year [from] MTV's Video Music Awards 2021," the obituary reads.

In an Instagram post, Chantal said she headed the FX makeup department for that VMA winner, Lil Nas X's music video for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)."

As the obituary explains, Chantal grew up in Manitou Beach, Michigan, with her parents and two older sisters. During her youth, she participated in 4-H, soccer, and basketball, and enjoyed skateboarding and music. After high school, Chantal attended Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles and became a special effects makeup artist.

"Alaina put her whole self, body, mind, and soul into her jobs, no matter the size," the obituary adds. "Her artistic ability and visions quickly set her apart from other artists in her field, and her portfolio blossomed."

Chantal's other makeup credits include the YouTube Red series Flight of the Living Dead, the Ian Harding movie Addiction, the zombie film Range 15, the Haylie Duff horror movie The Sandman, and music videos for Bella Thorne and Iann Dior.

In the obituary, Chantal's family said that she "struggled with various mental illnesses throughout her adult life" and asks mourners to donate to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

TV Insider
Deadline
TV Line

posted 11/6/2022

THURSDAY: One Game Away
Fox Wins with World Series
From various sources

In the latest TV ratings, Fox's broadcast of the World Series Game 5 on Thursday night averaged 11 million total viewers and a 2.4 demo rating, marking new overnight highs for the Astros/Phillies contest.

Opposite the well-watched Fall Classique, all but one (1) show ceded viewers….

CBS | Young Sheldon (6.7 mil/0.5) dipped but still landed in a three-way tie for the nightly demo win (amongst non-sports fare). Ghosts (6 mil/0.5), So Help Me Todd (3.9 mil/0.3) and CSI: Vegas (3.1 mil/0.3) were all steady in the demo.

ABC | Station 19 (3.5 mil/0.4), Grey's Anatomy (3.1 mil/0.4) and Alaska Daily (2.6 mil/0.2) all dipped.

NBC | Law & Order (3.6 mil/0.4), SVU (3.7 mil/0.5) and Organized Crime (2.9 mil/0.4) all dipped.

THE CW | Walker (772K/0.1) dropped a handful of eyeballs, while scrappy Walker Independence (556K/0.1) ticked up in both measures.

Wednesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon (Telemundo): 900k/0.24
- People Puzzler (GSN): 428k/0.04

- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 300k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 283k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 235k/0.02

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/4/2022

WEDNESDAY: Tied at 2
Fox Wins with World Series
From various sources

In the latest TV ratings, Fox's broadcast of the World Series Game 4, in which four Astros pitchers collaborated on the second no-hitter in the Fall Classic's history, averaged 10 million viewers and a 2.3 demo rating, marking the best preliminary numbers for the Houston/Philly series.

Interestingly, the historic game's audience peaked during the 9 o'clock (ET) hour, then successively dipped during the 10:00 and 10:30 half-hours.

Opposite the well-watched World Series and with #OneChicago back with fresh episodes…..

CBS | Survivor (4.4 mil/0.5) slipped 15 and 37 percent, while the relocated Amazing Race (2.7 mil/0.3) rose to a best-since-premiere audience and held steady in the demo.

NBC | Chicago Med (6.39 mil/0.5) and P.D. (5 mil/0.5) both dipped in the demo, while Fire (6.42 mil/0.6) was steady and led Wednesday's regular fare in both measures.

THE CW | Stargirl (455K/0.1) and Kung Fu (410K/0.1) each dropped a handful of eyeballs.

ABC | The Conners (3.7 mil/0.5) and Abbott Elementary (2.6 mil/0.5) both dipped, while The Goldbergs (2.6 mil/0.4), Home Economics (2 mil/0.4) and Big Sky (2.2 mil/0.3) were steady in the demo.

Wednesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon (Telemundo): 816k/0.15
- People Puzzler (GSN): 524k/0.06
- The Challenge: Ride or Dies (SP/MTV): 459k/0.22
- Guy's Ultimate Game Night (Food): 451k/0.19
- Forged in Fire (History) 408k/0.07

- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 350k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 332k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 328k/0.06

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/3/2022


NBCUniversal

Game Show Network Switches
Jeff Hephner to Host New Quiz in 2023
From the Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced actor Jeff Hephner as host of its quick-moving trivia game show, SWITCH. The first season of the half-hour original series will premiere early 2023.

In SWITCH, five players begin the game by taking positions behind large numbers from 1 to 5. After a trivia question is asked, players with correct answers move towards the number 1 spot, and players with incorrect answers move towards the number 5 spot. The goal of the game is to finish the third round of questions in the number 1 position, thus winning the game and earning the right to play the bonus round for $10,000.

Recognized for starring opposite Jennifer Garner in the film "Peppermint" and his action-packed roles in "For All Mankind" and "Power Book II: Ghost", Hephner is also known for roles in both "Chicago Med" and "Chicago Fire," from the popular Chicago franchise and Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Love Takes Flight". Hephner can be seen next in Christopher Nolan's epic project "Oppenheimer".

SWITCH is based on a hit show in Belgium from DIGA Studios ("Hot Ones: The Game Show") that is also being produced as local versions in Germany and the Netherlands and is in development in both France and Mexico. Based on a format developed by Panenka and licensed by Lineup Industries B.V., executive producers for DIGA Studios are Tony DiSanto and Nick Rigg. Rich Sirop also serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 11/2/2022

TUESDAY: Phillies 2, Astros 1
World Series Gives Fox the Win
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Fox's broadcast of the World Series Game 3 averaged 9.4 million viewers and a 2.1 rating on Tuesday night, slightly improving on the Fall Classic's year-ago comp (9.4 mil/1.9).

Opposite the Phillies' blanking of the Astros….

NBC | The Voice (5.6 mil/0.5) slipped to season lows and La Brea (3.4 mil/0.3) matched series lows, but New Amsterdam (2.8 mil/0.3) was steady.

ABC | Bachelor in Paradise (2.2 mil/0.5) dipped week-to-week, while The Rookie: Feds (1.8 mil/0.2) was steady.

THE CW | The Winchesters (600K/0.1) and Professionals (300K/0.1) each added a few eyeballs.

Tuesday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 904k/0.15
- Chopped (Food): 877k/0.14

- Bobby's Triple Threat (SF/Food): 678k/0.13
- Outchef'd (Food): 506k/0.09
- People Puzzler (GSN): 497k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 319k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 307k/0.05
- America Says (GSN): 289k/0.03

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/2/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "THe Beast Wants Blood"

  • Jeff Probst pledges the end of the automatic merge (TV Line)

  • Truly Original ("Ink Master") teams with Jim Biederman, Jodi Lennon (Deadline)

  • Emily Maynard surprised with 6th baby (Reality TV World)

  • Ben Shepherd pays tribute to "Tipping Point" contestant (My London)

  • FIRST LOOK: The new season of "The Great British Baking Show: Holidays" (Netflix) (The Futon Critic)

posted 11/2/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 6
Results for the Week Ending October 23
From TV Newscheck

Swatting away strong competition and preemptions from six Major League Baseball playoff games, the top-shelf court shows were the genre leaders, making the strongest case for growth in the session ending Oct. 23.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.2 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.8 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.8 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%*
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

TV Newscheck
Daytime Confidential
NextTV

Soap Opera Network

posted 11/1/2022


NBC/MGM Television

MONDAY: It's a Knockout
NBC Wins on All Hallow's Eve
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's Quantum Leap this Monday ticked up to 2.3 million total viewers — ending a steady-if-slight audience slide since its premiere — while holding steady with a 0.3 demo rating.

Opening NBC's night, The Voice (5.9 mil/0.6) was steady week-to-week, tying for the Monday demo win while delivering the largest audience.

Elsewhere, with the World Series rained out on Fox and CBS in rerun mode….

ABC | Bachelor in Paradise (2.8 mil/0.6) added viewers while steady in the demo. The Good Doctor (3.8 mil/0.4) ticked up on both counts.

THE CW | A Halloween-themed World's Funniest Animals special (700K/0.1) and a 13 Scariest Movies of All Time countdown (500K/0.1) easily drew more viewers than last week's All American duo.

Cable numbers for Monday (total viewers/A18-49)...
- Halloween Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.028m/0.16
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (SP/Telemundo): 836k/0.11
- Halloween Cookie Challenge (SF/Food): 610k/0.10
- America Says (GSN): 291k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 237k/0.03

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/1/2022

SUNDAY: Treehouse of Horror XXXIII
NBC Wins on SNF, Fox Scores with Simpsons
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC Sunday Night Football's broadcast of the Packers/Bills game averaged 16.2 million total viewers and a 4.2 demo rating, up sharply from the early numbers for last week's Steelers/Dolphins matchup.

Against the decline, the descent, and the fall of Aaron Rodgers….

CBS | Airing an hour earlier this week, East New York (5.7 mil/0.5) and NCIS: Los Angeles (4.9 mil/0.4) both hit season highs in audience.

THE CW | Family Law (270K/0.0) and Coroner (323K/0.0) both slipped to Stateside lows in audience. ABC | Celebrity Jeopardy! (3 mil/0.3), Celebrity Wheel (3.1 mil/0.3) and The Rookie (3.4 mil/0.3) all dipped in the demo.

FOX | The Simpsons (3.7 mil/1.2), The Great North (1.9 mil/0.7), Bob's Burgers (1.6 mil/0.6) and Family Guy (1.5 mil/0.5) were all up from last week's NFL-boosted numbers.

Sunday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)
- Halloween Wars (SF/Food): 949k/0.19

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/1/2022

Val Chmerkovskiy to Miss Halloween
"Dancing" Pro Sidelined with COVID
From Entertainment Weekly

What's the scariest thing a working performer can imagine on Halloween?

Val Chmerkovskiy was hit with the non-treat of a COVID-19 diagnosis ahead of tonight's Dancing With the Stars live show. The professional dancer shared on Instagram that he won't be performing on the Halloween night broadcast after testing positive for the virus.

Chmerkovskiy first shared the news on Friday in a video on his Instagram page. "I've got some bad news," he said. "I unfortunately tested positive for COVID and will not be able to perform this Monday. It sucks majorly, for lack of a better, more profound word. But the good thing is that Gabby tested negative so we're still in it."

Entertainment Weekly
The Wrap

posted 10/31/2022

WWEel of Fortune
America's Game Looking for Wrestling Fans
From eWrestling

WWE and Wheel of Fortune have announced a partnership which will see the popular gameshow casting for contestants who would then join WWE superstars for a week's worth of episodes. Each episode will pair a WWE superstar with a fan and the show will air the episodes as part of their celebrations of being on the air for 40 years. The caption reads:

"Do you want to solve puzzles with your favorite WWE Superstar? Submit a fun video telling us which WWE Superstar you want to play with, and why you should be a contestant during WWE Week for your chance to spin the Wheel!"

Those who want to give it a shot and submit a video application not only indicating which superstar you want to play with but also a message describing why you are WWE's biggest fan and why you should be a contestant, can head over to the Wheel of Fortune website in the links below.

eWrestling News
Wheel of Fortune
PW Mania

posted 10/31/2022

FRIDAY: Play Ball!
Fox Wins with Game 1 of the World Series
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Fox's broadcast of the World Series Game 1 between the Phillies and Astros averaged 9.7 million total viewers and a 2.2 demo rating during primetime, nearly on par with the early numbers for last year's Braves/Astros opener (which aired on a Tuesday).

Opposite the Fall Classic...

CBS | S.W.A.T. (4.5 mil/0.4) and Fire Country (5.2 mil/0.4) are both up in audience versus last week's prelims, though both Fire Country and Blue Bloods (5.5 mil/0.4) dipped in the demo.

NBC | College Bowl drew 1.5 mil/0.2, followed by 1.3 mil/0.2 for its actual Season 2 finale.

ABC | ABC News' Matthew Perry interview (4.2 mil/0.4, read highlights) drew a larger audience than any Shark Tank in the time slot this season.

THE CW | Penn & Teller: Fool Us (568K/0.1) and Whose Line (464K/0.1) were both down sharply in viewers.

Friday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 887k/0.19
- People Puzzler (GSN): 477k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 314k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 310k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 273k/0.04

TV Line
Yahoo!/The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/31/2022

ITV to Re-Make "Deal"?
Stephen Mulhern Tipped to Host
From Telly Mix

A reboot of hit game show Deal Or No Deal is reportedly in the works.

Originally hosted by Noel Edmonds, the game show ran on Channel 4 for more than a decade between 2005 and 2016.

Now ITV are said to be working on a reboot of the format with a brand new host. in for a penny stephen mulhern 2 According to The Sun newspaper, Stephen Mulhern is lined up as the favorite to front new episodes.

A source shared: "Plans for the reboot are in the very early stages and the details of when it could come back are being closely guarded.

"There have been discussions around Noel possibly returning but ITV decided they want to give the show a completely fresh look and feel."

The rumored reboot would be far from Stephen Mulhern's first game show: The TV presenter currently fronts Catchphrase, In For A Penny and Rolling In It as well as making regular appearances on Saturday Night Takeaway.

Telly Mix
The Sun

posted 10/31/2022

CBS Abandons Ship
"The Real Love Boat" to Burn Off on Paramount+
From TV Line

The Real Love Boat has capsized at CBS.

The Eye network has yanked the romantic reality competition from its lineup, effective immediately. The decision comes just four episodes into its freshman run.

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 2, new episodes of The Amazing Race will follow Survivor at 9/8c, while CBS drama encores will fill the 10 pm time slot, beginning with a repeat of The Equalizer. Remaining episodes of The Real Love Boat will drop Wednesdays on Paramount+, starting with Episode 5.

The Real Love Boat premiered on Oct. 5 to just 2.4 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating (in Live+Same day numbers), among the lowest numbers for any non-CW series launch this fall. With Live+7 playback factored in, it has only added 20 percent to its total audience and barely improved its demo number at all, besting only CW fare among this fall's new shows.

The unscripted Love Boat offshoot, hosted by real-life marrieds Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell, brings singles together to sail the Mediterranean on a luxury cruise ship while looking for love. "Destination dates, challenges and surprise singles will test the couples' compatibility and chemistry," says the synopsis — and "like the beloved original scripted series, the indispensable crew members, including captain and cruise director, play pivotal roles in the matchmaking and navigation of the romantic (and sometimes turbulent) waters ahead."

TV Line
The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 10/31/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Big Dance... from the Other Side"

  • Ken Jennings "broke" Jeopardy! in 2004. He came back to "save" it in 2022 (Washington Post)

  • ... and Hasan Minhaj "broke" it again. (TV Insider)

  • Luke Bryan defends bringing up "very polarizing" figure on a concert stage. "This is all I'm saying about this." (Rolling Stone)

  • Monty Hall's memoir gets some help (Facebook)

  • ICYMI: A Joker, a Jeopardy! alum, and the host of Survivor meet on a stage in 30 Rock on a Saturday night... and then it gets weird (Deadline)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Drink Masters" (Netflix) (Reality Blurred)

  • Between MAdison Prewett (Reality TV World) and Astrid Loch (Reality TV World), this was the weekend for marrying "Bachelorettes"

posted 10/31/2022

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Not Ready for Goodbye"

posted 10/28/2022

More on "Special Forces: World's Toughest Test"
Celebrity Competition to Air January 4
From the Futon Critic

Having someone say, "If you should die…" is certainly one way to open the trailer for Special Forces: World's Toughest Test, Fox's new reality competition that will get a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 8/7c.

In the new series, 16 celebrities will "try to survive" an array of demanding training exercises that expose them to "the harshest of environments" and "simulate the highly classified selection process" for the Special Forces, as led by Directing Staff (DS) agents Rudy Reyes, Mark "Billy" Billingham, Jason "Foxy" Fox and Remi Adeleke — an elite team of ex-operatives.

The only way for the "recruits" to leave is to give up on their own accord ("Damn you, Sid! Nobody D.O.R.'s after 11 weeks!")… through failure or potential injury… or "by force" from the DS.

The cast includes actress/singer Jamie Lynn Spears, onetime Spice Girl Mel B, former Bachelorette Hannah Brown, 7th Heaven's Beverley Mitchell, blink-and-you-missed-him White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, mom-of-eight Kate Gosselin, NFL vet Danny Amendola, TV chef Tyler Florence, NBA vet Dwight Howard, R&B artist Montell Jordan, Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin, Olympic gold medalist/soccer great Carli Lloyd, Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kenya Moore, MLB Hall of Famer Mike Piazza and Dr. Drew Pinsky.

Special Forces: World's Toughest Test "puts celebrities you know and love through the most pure and authentic test of endurance that I have ever seen," Fox reality chief Rob Wade previously said in a statement. "In many ways, it is more about mental strength than physical strength. It's an eye-opening glimpse into the most intense training in the world and gives a taste of the grit and bravery our armed forces show on a daily basis, which was a life-changing experience for these celebrities.".

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 10/26/2022

WEDNESDAY: Survivor Survives
CBS Wins with NBC in Reruns
From various sources

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Survivor led Wednesday in total viewers and in the demo, with NBC's #OneChicago in rerun mode.

CBS | Survivor (with a season high of 4.9 million viewers and a 0.7 demo rating) and Amazing Race (2.7 mil/0.3) were both steady, while The Real Love Boat (1.7 mil/0.2) dipped in the demo.

THE CW | Stargirl (509K/0.1) and Kung Fu (439K/0.1) both rose to season highs in audience.

FOX | The Masked Singer (3.9 mil/0.6) drew its second-best audience of the season, while LEGO Masters (1.9 mil/0.4) hit and tied season highs.

ABC | The Conners (3.7 mil/0.5), The Goldbergs (2.5 mil/0.4), Abbott Elementary (2.7 mil/0.5) and Home Economics (2.1 mil/0.4) all added viewers and held steady in the demo. Big Sky (2.5 mil/0.3) ticked up in both measures as time slot rival P.D. rode the pine.

Wednesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon (Telemundo): 883k/0.18
- Guy's Ultimate Game Night (Food): 544k/0.11
- The Challenge: Ride or Dies (SP/MTV): 490k/0.23
- Forged in Fire (History) 441k/0.08
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 404k/0.07

- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 342k/0.06
- America Says (GSN): 289k/0.03

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/27/2022


Game Show Network

"Tug of Words" Pulls Season 2
Catch It on Game Show Network November 14
From the Futon Critic

Season 2 of TUG OF WORDS will premiere on Monday, November 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET on Game Show Network and air weekdays.

From the producing team behind "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," TUG OF WORDS is a fast-paced game where two teams compete to answer word clue questions correctly and pull the flag on the "tug of war rope" to their side. In round one, each answer involves changing a single letter in the word that appears on the board. For example, with 'TUG' on the board, the answer to the clue 'a label inside a garment' is 'TAG,' and with 'TAG' then on the board, the answer to the clue 'hopefully the upstairs neighbors aren't learning this dance' is 'TAP.' With each round, an additional letter is added creating four and five letter words to solve. The team with the flag on their side after three rounds wins the game, qualifying them for the bonus round where they have opportunity to compete for $10,000.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/26/2022

DAYTIME: GMA3, CBS Games on Top
Results for the Week Ending October 21
From Soap Opera Network

"GMA3: What You Need to Know" (1.526 million) was up week-to-week and year-to-year in Total Viewers during the week of October 17-21, 2022. The ABC News program tied with the second half-hour of "The Price is Right" (4.434 million) for the third largest week-to-week gain, up +81,000 viewers, respectively. However, the first half-hour of the CBS game show (3.898 million) had the biggest week-to-week gain overall, adding +88,000 viewers. "Let's Make a Deal" (2.713 million / 2.277 million) was also up week-to-week with the second half-hour enjoying the second largest gain, up +82,000 viewers.

Soap Opera Network

posted 10/26/2022

TUESDAY: CBS in Reruns, NBC on Top
Standouts: The Voice, Bachelor in Paradise
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's The Voice and ABC's Bachelor in Paradise tied for the nightly demo win, while the former also delivered Tuesday's largest audience (with CBS in rerun mode).

NBC | The Voice (with 6.2 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating) and New Amsterdam (2.8 mil/0.3) were both steady week-to-week, while La Brea (3.5 mil/0.4) ticked up in both measures.

ABC | BiP (2.6 mil/0.6) was steady week-to-week, while The Rookie: Feds (1.8 mil/0.2) ticked down.

FOX | The Resident (2.9 mil/0.3) and Monarch (1.8 mil/0.2) both added viewers and were steady in the demo, with the former's Episode 100 hitting a season high in audience.

THE CW | Pending adjustment due to sports preemptions, The Winchesters (542K/0.1) and Professionals (271K/0.0) are currently up in audience.

Tuesday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 895k/0.13
- Bobby's Triple Threat (Food): 785k/0.13
- Outchef'd (Food): 649k/0.10
- Chopped (Food): 631k/0.15

- People Puzzler (GSN): 458k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 392k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 361k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 312k/0.02

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/26/2022

"Master Distiller" Returns November 9
New Season of "Moonshiners" Spinoff
From the Futon Critic

A new season of MOONSHINERS, a real life look at the world of backwoods moonshining and of the distillers who produce some of the best tasting spirits in the U.S., premieres on Discovery Channel Nov. 9 at 8PM ET/PT, followed by all-new episodes of the ultimate booze-making competition series MASTER DISTILLER at 9PM ET/PT. An American tradition dating back to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791 when farmer-distillers rebelled against new federal taxes on making liquor, moonshine has grown into its own multimillion-dollar shadow economy throughout Appalachia and become a continuing trend in popular culture. To the artisans who make it, moonshining is a multi-generational tradition and a proud part of their cultural history.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/26/2022


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