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ALAN THICKE: 1947-2016
"Growing Pains" Dad Also a Prolific Game Show Composer, Host
From the Hollywood Reporter

Alan Thicke has died at the age of 69, according to TMZ.

The actor reportedly had a heart attack while playing hockey with his son. He was transported to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon where he was pronounced dead.

Thicke was best known for his role on the sitcom Growing Pains, and most recently appeared on Netflix's Fuller House.

After hosting a successful daytime talk show in Canada, the Ontario native launched the syndicated Thicke of the Night in September 1983 for an American audience. However, it proved to be no match for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and lasted just nine months.

In the world of game shows, he is known for hosting "Pictionary", "All-New 3's a Crowd" & "Animal Crack-Ups" in the US, and "First Impressions" & "Face the Music" in his native Canada. He also composed the original theme music to "Whew!", "The Wizard of Odds", "The Diamond Head Game", "Celebrity Sweepstakes", "Blank Check", "Stumpers!" and "Wheel of Fortune".

He's survived by his sons Brennan, Carter and Blurred Lines singer Robin, as well as his wife, Tanya.

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posted 12/16/16

Station Swap
Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman to Trade Jobs for 1000th Pointless
From Digital Spy

In the biggest news of today – Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman will swap roles on Pointless in the New Year.

Yep, to celebrate the 1,000th episode of the quiz show, main host Alexander will be stepping out from behind the podium for the first time ever and switching with his "Pointless friend" behind the desk.

Speaking about the one-off change, Richard said: "I'm so delighted that the ridiculous rise and rise of Pointless continues and have loved spending 1,000 episodes alongside my TV husband Xander.

"Swapping roles was a real treat but let's just say I'm not in a hurry to do it again – Xander's job is much harder than it looks."

Alexander added: "I can't tell you how exciting this is for Richard and me. I imagine it's probably fairly obvious how much we love making Pointless – but to pass the 1,000th episode mark is a great tribute to a show that so many people work so hard on."

To mark the occasion, previous contestants will return to the studio, including the winners of the first ever Pointless jackpot in 2009, while a bigger charity jackpot (£2,500) will be up for grabs.

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posted 12/16/16

New Year, New "Truth"
More on the January 1 Season Premiere
From Broadway World

The season premiere of TO TELL THE TRUTH, SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), features Ashley Graham, Jalen Rose, Angela Kinsey and Donald Faison on the celebrity panel. In this episode the panel is faced with finding the national champion Sumo wrestler, the inventor of the hashtag, the creator of the language Dothraki used on "Game of Thrones," an original dancer from "Soul Train" and someone who has survived a bear attack.

Hosted by Anthony Anderson, "To Tell the Truth" is a funny re-imagination of the beloved game show by the same name. The all-new version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture. Anderson's mother, Doris, is also part of the fun as commentator.

In each round the panel is presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is sworn to tell the truth while the others are not. The panel of celebrities has a chance to grill each participant before taking turns deciding who they think is telling the truth.

"To Tell the Truth" is produced by FremantleMedia North America. David Friedman, Jennifer Mullin, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll and Anthony Anderson are executive producers.

Broadway World

posted 12/16/16

THURSDAY: Week 15 Begins
NBC Wins on MNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.869 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) once again rode to victory behind its "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.037 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (8.365 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.771 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (8.327 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "Mom" (8.177 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.889 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Pure Genius" (5.515 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Next up was ABC (3.378 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its holiday lineup of "Disney Prep & Landing" (3.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (3.263 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (3.635 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and a special "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (2.972 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.105 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and another "Hell's Kitchen" (1.754 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, the annual "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016" (1.147 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.965 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the evening for The CW (1.102 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.733m
- Alone (History): 1.499m
- Chopped (Food): 1.091m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 980k
- Project Runway: Project Rewind (Lifetime): 966k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 820k
- Project Runway: Fashion Startup (SF/Lifetime): 533k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 408k
- Comedy Knockout (11p/truTV): 260k
- Comedy Knockout (11:30p/truTV): 244k

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posted 12/16/16

What's "Babushka" en Español?
Spain Picks Up Armoza Format
From C21 Media

A broadcaster in Spain has picked up the rights to Israeli gameshow format Babushka from Armoza Formats.

TVG will air the primetime studio-based format, which features contestants opening giant versions of Russian babushka dolls as they attempt to win cash.

If the babushka is empty, the competitor loses any money accumulated to that point, whereas if there is a smaller doll inside they continue to win, with a top prize of US$500,000.

The first season, locally produced by Productora Faro, will comprise 65 episodes and will begin airing daily this month. Elsewhere, French production company CBecauseTV has acquired the local rights to the show.

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posted 12/16/16

"Are You The One" (Eleven)?
MTV Launches Season 5 January 11
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced 22 love hopefuls who'll be joining the fifth season of hit matchmaking series, "Are You The One?" Heating up airwaves as the perfect cure to the winter blues, these adventurous singles are ready to turn their backs on dysfunctional relationship habits and surrender to the series' signature matchmaking process. "Are You The One?" returns for a new season of perfect matches and passionate possibilities on Wednesday, January 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

"Are You The One?" is MTV's wildly-popular dating competition spectacle that strives to answer the question, "If your perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know it?" The rules may be simple, but the game of love is never easy as 11 couples, with the help of host, Ryan Devlin, try to pair up with their pre-selected ideal partner as determined by a rigorous, pre-season matchmaking process carried out by a team of professional relationship gurus and psychologists. With only 10 tries to find the winning combination the love seekers will have to follow their hearts if they want to walk away with love and their share of one million dollars.

Joining the eclectic cast this season is Tyler, whose upbringing on the mean streets of South Boston has led to a "fake it 'til you make it" attitude that causes him to lead girls on. Alicia, who's headstrong in life and love and can never loose an argument. Derrick, the star college athlete who can grab attention quickly, but finds himself alone when he continually fails to commit. And Carolina who's fatal flaw lies in her deep commitments to relationships - even when they're dysfunctional.

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posted 12/16/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Play Two"

  • Survivor looks to play two more seasons in Fiji (Inside Survivor)
     

  • CJ de Mooi claims a false Wikipedia entry led to his arrest (Pink News)
     

  • Howie Mandel to host all star comedy jam for CW (The Futon Critic)

posted 12/16/16

Meet the Hunted
Catch It on CBS January 22
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced the 18 everyday people who will go on the run as fugitives trying to evade capture in HUNTED. The new high-stakes competition series premieres immediately following the NFL's AFC Championship game, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT - time is approximate after post-game coverage). The series moves to Wednesdays on Jan. 25, 2017, with a special two-hour episode, 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT. In subsequent weeks, HUNTED will air 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT.

HUNTED follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today's vast digital world, as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them. From searching their targets' homes and scouring their internet and cell phone histories, to identifying behavioral patterns, Command Center investigators and Hunters in the field work together to identify clues to potential hiding places and collaborators that can ultimately lead to capture. Will the anxiety of being fugitives on the run cause teams to make a critical error, or will they be able to stay off the grid long enough to avoid being found within 100,000 square miles of the southeastern United States? A grand prize of $250,000 will be awarded to each team that successfully evades being caught for up to 28 days.

The fugitives come from diverse backgrounds, including a former gang member-turned criminal defense attorney and his girlfriend, a pastor's daughter; a former Miss South Carolina USA and her real estate agent fiancée; a pair of moms hoping to use the prize money to make life better for each of their family's children; and an escape room business owner and his best friend, among others.

Video bios are in the link below.

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posted 12/15/16

WEDNESDAY: A Game Changer
A Preview of Where Survivor is Headed Next, Plus a Win for Fox, CBS
From various sources

Survivor: Game Changers' format and returnees cast have been partially revealed by CBS.

CBS has confirmed Survivor's upcoming 34th edition will be titled Survivor: Game Changers and feature a cast of prior castaways returning for another shot to win a million dollars.

According to the season's theme, the veteran castaways made memorable moves, played with impressive strategies, and some of them have even won the game before -- in some cases, multiple times.

In a preview video that played during Wednesday night's live reunion special for Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, some of the cast was announced.

The video also showed the following Survivor: Game Changers castaways in action: Aubry Bracco, Caleb Reynolds, Michaela Bradshaw, Cirie Fields, James "J.T." Thomas, Tony Vlachos, Malcolm Freberg, Ciera Eastin, Tai Trang, and Sandra Diaz-Twine.

In addition, Survivor host Jeff Probst introduced some of the returning players in the CBS studio. Michaela was sitting with the Millennials vs. Gen X cast, and then Jeff invited Tony, Tai, Caleb, Ciera, Cirie, Sandra and Ozzy Lusth to join him on the stage.

"The players have evolved the game by pushing the boundaries with risky, game-changing moves; brilliant psychological manipulation; innovating methods for gathering information; and all-in, million-dollar moves at Tribal Council," Jeff said in the preview video of next season.

"The gameplay has become so unpredictable that getting to the end now demands risking it all. Next season, we are bringing together the most competitive players ever assembled to battle it out in Fiji... launching the game into its next evolution."


FOX (7.149 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) led the demo race on Wednesday with the fall finale of "Empire" (7.573 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by the launch of "Star" (6.726 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2).

CBS (8.317 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the silver draw with the season finale of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (9.136 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3) alongside the "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Reunion" (6.677 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Next up was NBC (6.328 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and its holiday offerings "A Pentatonix Christmas Special" (7.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (5.748 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (6.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) offered up its 2016 closers to "The Goldbergs" (6.130 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Speechless" (5.408 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (6.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), "Black-ish" (5.514 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (6.167 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

And finally, "The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time" (1.274 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and an encore of "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (1.026 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) closed out the evening on The CW (1.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

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posted 12/15/16

So That Would Be 16 Bits?
Go 8 Bit Gets Renewed
From Kotaku

Dave (the television channel, not some random person) has commissioned two more series of Go 8 Bit, the programme game show all about video games. Headed up by Dara O'Briain and Ellie Gibson, each episode had celebrities competing in mini challenges across five different games, including things like Tetris, Tekken, and Chuckie Egg.

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posted 12/15/16

TUESDAY: There's A New Voice in Town
NBC Wins on Season Finale Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.980 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday with a "The Voice Recap" (8.850 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) followed by the season finale of "The Voice" (12.045 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (12.072 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its trio of "NCIS" (14.701 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Bull" (11.558 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.958 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.875 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (6.637 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "American Housewife" (5.569 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.050 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "The Real O'Neals" (3.304 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) followed by an encore of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (1.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.564 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up originals from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.187 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "New Girl" (1.708 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Scream Queens" (1.182 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (0.969 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.792 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.880 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) wrapped up the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.042m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 819k
- Last Squad Standing (Oxygen): 307k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 277k
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 219k
- Window Warriors (GSN): 171k

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posted 12/15/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "If They Could See Me Now"

  • Carrie Ann Inaba gets a ring on it (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Ruben Studdard & Clay Aiken... together again for the first time (TV Line)
     

  • Steve Harvey hosts Miss Universe again. Hopefully they'll give him the right card this time (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Howie Mandel to host the Canadian Screen Awards (CBC)
     

  • "The Apprentice" wants to send you on a cruise (Broadway World)
     

  • Jackie Evancho chosen to sing the National Anthem on Inauguration Day (Huffington Post)

posted 12/15/16

More on the Return of "Top Model"
Catch It on VH1 Tonight!
From Reality TV World

America's Next Top Model has revealed the celebrity guests who will appear on VH1's revamped season.

The celebrity guests will help America's Next Top Model judges Ashley Graham, Drew Elliott and Law Roach decide which of the 14 female contestants has what it takes to win it all.

Celebrity guests will include actress and fashion icon Zendaya Coleman, social-media star and record producer DJ Khaled, recording artist Tinashe, singer and So You Think You Can Dance judge Jason Derulo, and talk show host and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Amber Rose.

Additional celebrities who will appear on Season 23 are hip-hop artist French Montana, supermodel and Victoria Secret Angel Chanel Iman, model and social-media sensation Jasmine "Golden Barbie" Sanders, music video director Director X, and runway coach and international model Stacey McKenzie.

In seasons past, celebrity guests kick off challenges, inspire the contestants and occasionally serve as judges at panel.

As previously revealed, singer and actress Rita Ora will serve as the host of the show.

The winner of America's Next Top Model will receive $100,000, a commercial feature on behalf of Rimmel London, a fashion spread in Paper magazine, and an exclusive one-year talent deal with VH1.

The reboot (and everything else on cable) placed thusly...
- America's Next Top Model (P/VH1): 1.283m
- Cake Wars: Christmas (Food): 807k
- Guy's Grocery Games (S/Food): 636k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 396k

Meanwhile...

NBC (9.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) scored the top spot on Monday with part one of the "The Voice" (11.403 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) finale followed by a new "Timeless" (5.299 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

CBS (6.495 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes from "Kevin Can Wait" (7.331 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Man with a Plan" (6.633 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (5.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "The Odd Couple" (5.272 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Scorpion" (6.955 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Next up was ABC (4.874 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with week two of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.706 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), another "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.256 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and a repeat "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (3.662 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.739 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Gotham" (1.676 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Lucifer" (1.802 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, the specials "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.188 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2016" (0.895 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening for The CW (1.041 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

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posted 12/14/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "British Tabloids Can't Tell When Brad Is Joking"

  • Bradley Walsh catches the Governess breaking the rules on "The Chase". British tabloids have a field day, because of course they would (Key 103 Manchester)
     

  • Nick Cannon caught in baby mama drama (Reality TV World)
     

  • Facebook wants to play (Engadget)
     

  • Jackie Evancho chosen to sing the National Anthem on Inauguration Day (Huffington Post)

posted 12/14/16

"Divided" Gets a Drop Date
GSN Sets Premiere for January 19, Followed by Season Premiere of "Idiotest"
From GSN PR

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

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

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

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

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

DIVIDED is produced by Talpa Media USA, Inc. for GSN. Executive producers are John de Mol and Jay Bienstock of Talpa and Michael Canter. IDIOTEST is produced by Little Wooden Boat Productions, Inc. Executive Producers are Mark Cronin of Little Wooden Boat Productions, Adam Rosenblatt, Jamie Rosenblatt and Christian Horner of H2R Productions; Ryan Devlin and Shawn Greenson of He Shoots, He Scores Productions, and Larry Barron, Ryan Curtis and Craig Brooks. Ben Gleib also serves as an executive producer on the series.

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posted 12/13/16

SYNDIES: Week 12
Reesults for the Week Ending December 4
From B&C

Syndies came bouncing back in the week ended Dec. 4, the first full week after the November sweep and the week after the long Thanksgiving weekend when viewers spend more time watching football and parades than syndication staples.

Many shows retitled themselves on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, so those low-rated episodes were not included in shows’ weekly ratings averages. Other shows allows those low-rated days to be included, so some shows had an advantage when comparing performances over the two weeks.

On balance, shows airing in access, which see the direct benefit of shorter days and colder nights, were the week’s winners.

The top-three game shows all ricocheted from season lows in the prior week to new season highs.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud advanced 18% to a 7.1, up 20% from last year at this time. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune gained 16% to a 6.5 but was still down 7% compared to last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! grew 17% to a 6.2, down 3% compared to last year.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire declined 6% to a 1.6, but with better clearances was up 33% from the same week last year. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which will end its run after this season, was unchanged at a 1.3.

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posted 12/13/16

WEEKEND: Eye Think Not, NBC!
CBS Breaks NBC's Demo Streak
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.955 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) claimed the top spot on Friday with its mix of "MacGyver" (7.463 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.325 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (10.079 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

NBC (4.796 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.227 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (5.581 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was ABC (4.764 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its combination of "Last Man Standing" (6.505 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Dr. Ken" (4.476 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Shark Tank" (4.872 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "20/20" (3.931 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.495 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up new episodes from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.273 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "The Exorcist" (1.717 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, the fall finales of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.050 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.585 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night on The CW (0.817 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- Holiday Bakuing Championship (Food): 1.974m
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (S/Nick): 1.782m
- Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible (Food): 1.344m
- Clash of the Grandmas (Food): 1.329m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/13/16

"Redemption" Song
Ink Master Spinoff Renewed for Season 4
From the Futon Critic

Tuesday night has become "Ladies Night" on Spike as a record number of women tuned-in to the most recent season of the network's hit series, "Ink Master." Season 8, which concluded on December 6, delivered a 57% female audience, the highest in franchise history. The season, which featured its first female winner, was also the second-most watched in franchise history, demonstrating the ever-increasing popularity of one of the network's signature shows.

"Ink Master" Season 8 ranked #1 in its timeslot in all of cable (10:00 -11:00 PM, ET/PT) with Adults 18-49, Women 18-49 and Women 18-34.

The "Ink Master" LIVE Finale delivered big numbers for the network as well. The nail-biting culmination to the dramatic Season 8 netted 2.1 million viewers last Tuesday night, December 6.

This season of "Ink Master" was all about the females, as four of the top 18 contestants teamed up to form an alliance which helped propel two female artists to the finale. Ryan Ashley, owner and artist at The Strange & Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston, PA was victorious and has become the first ever female winner of "Ink Master."

"I'm so proud that after eight seasons' we finally have our first female winner of Ink Master," said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike. "The show continues to keep fans on the edge of their seats and remains a major ratings driver for the network, especially with women. I can't wait to see what twists the series brings next season."

The "Ink Master" finale was the #1 social show in all of cable TV on Tuesday and #2 in all of TV (excluding sports), generating almost a quarter million total social interactions. On Twitter, both #InkMaster and #InkRyan led the trending topics and over 100k votes via tweet were submitted to help choose the finalists.

As the "Ink Master" franchise continues to thrive, the network has greenlit a new season of its spin-off series "Ink Master: Redemption," with 10 additional episodes.

Season 4 of the spin-off series, which offers unsatisfied former "human canvases" of "Ink Master" a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last, will debut in 2017 in conjunction with "Ink Master" Season 9.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/13/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You Got the Curse"

posted 12/13/16

Don Francisco Returns
"Siempre Niños" Launches January 8 on Telemundo
From Broadway World

Hosted by the beloved Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco, Telemundo introduces the new entertainment show SIEMPRE NINOS, premiering Sunday, January 8th at 8pm/7c. In this new format designed for the entire family, viewers will enjoy, as never before, how kids take control of the screen and adults relive memories from their childhood. The show will feature entertaining segments, games and challenges, hilarious debates as young participants put their minds to solving adult problems, in addition to the presentation of kids with extraordinary talent, as well as guest artists sharing stories and antics of when they were little.

Mario Kreutzberger, better known as "Don Francisco," is an international media icon and the creator and host of "Sábado Gigante" (Giant Saturday), the longest running TV variety show in the world according to Guinness World Records, who has interviewed numerous world leaders during his more than 53-year long career. Currently, he is the host of TELEMUNDO's "Don Francisco Te Invita," which airs Sundays at 10pm/9c.

Broadway World

posted 12/12/16

No Puppet, You're a Puppet
NBC, Craig Ferguson Bring Talpa's "Puppet Show" Stateside
From Deadline

Puppet acts have been a staple on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, including ventriloquists Terry Fator, who won Season 2 and has gone on to be a very successful headliner in Las Vegas, and Season 10 winner Paul Zerdin. The network now is putting puppets in the spotlight, teaming with The Voice producer Talpa Media, Muppet creators The Jim Henson Company, comedian and Celebrity Name Game host Craig Ferguson and Universal Television Alternative Studios for Top Puppet, a new competition special set out to discover the next great puppet act. Casting is underway for the special, which will premiere next summer. It is designed as a one-off, but success could lead to more. Ferguson is executive producing and not expected to host.

In Top Puppet, competitors will battle it out in front of a live studio audience and three judges who will seek originality. The goal is to feature the full spectrum of puppeteering on the show — from hand puppets to giant walkers, marionettes to humanettes, ventriloquists to singing hand puppets — with acts as grand as the spectacle of The Lion King or realistic as War Horse or simple as sock puppets.

Puppeteers and ventriloquists have had a long and illustrious history on television, beginning with Edgar Bergen and his puppet, Charlie McCarthy, in the 1950s. More recently, popular puppeteer and comedian Jeff Dunham has had a slew of highly rated TV specials and performed worldwide.

Jay Bienstock, Charles Boyd, Phil Cottone, John de Mol, Ferguson, Brian Henson and Vince Raisa will executive produce. Top Puppet will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Talpa Media and The Jim Henson Company.

Deadline

posted 12/12/16

Coupling (Not the US Version)
Vivendi Takes "Couple or Not" to Market
From TBI Vision

Vivendi’s formats and entertainment division has shopped a couple format to C8, the free-to-air DTT channel also part of the Vivendi group.

Couple or Not is a gameshow format in which contestants have to correctly identify couples from a group of strangers – and the more they successfully pick out, the more cash they can win.

Vivendi Entertainment’s Flab Prod. will make the show, which will run to 40x40mins in its first run. C8, which was previously called D8, will launch the show next spring.

Arnaud Renard, Vivendi Entertainment’s executive VP Creative Affairs: “I strongly believe in Couple or Not’s global appeal. The promise is simple to understand, the game fun to play, the show entertaining to watch.”

The new show is being billed as a complement to Guess My Age, another gameshow out of the same stable and produced by Flab for the DTT channel. It is sold by Vivendi and is faring well internationally.

Vivendi Entertainment was created last year with the acquisition of Flab, Matthieu Porte’s Can’t Stop Media and La Parisienne d’Images.

Speaking about Couple or Not, Matthieu Porte, Vivendi Entertainment’s EVP international & development, said “Here is another fun and suspenseful non-quiz game show with universal appeal which greatly complements Guess My Age, the game show we released earlier this year which is probably 2016’ fastest-selling format”.

TBI Vision

posted 12/12/16

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

  • Bob Barker, 93 years young, would like to be remembered as " the man who said, ‘Have your pets spayed or neutered.’" (Parade)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Did someone put a ring on Erin Andrews? (Yahoo!)
     

  • Someone DID put a ring on Janice Dickinson (Yahoo!)
     

  • First ever "X Factor" winner spits fire (Daily Star)

posted 12/12/16

Hour Power?
"Hot Seat" Expands to Save Lagging Ratings
From Sydney Morning Herald

Eddie McGuire's Hot Seat will be extended to an hour in 2017 as the Nine Network tries to boost the show's slipping ratings.

The long-running game show has taking a battering since Seven pitted The Chase Australia against Hot Seat in the 5.30pm time-slot last September.

"Hot Seat will be bigger than ever in 2017. While we've refreshed the show, we haven't strayed too far from its origins."

Eddie McGuire's Hot Seat, also known as Millionaire Hot Seat has been on air on Nine since 2009. The original format began in 1999.

"There'll be more questions, lifelines, a new level of strategy that will test the players and more ways to win money."

Hot Seat regularly drew as many as 699,000 viewers in the capital cities just days before The Chase Australia premiered in September 2015.

But within a few days of the rival program's launch, ratings for Hot Seat were down to 520,000 while Andrew O'Keefe's The Chase Australia was sitting on 613,000.

A cat-and-mouse ratings game has ensured ever since. As of Thursday night, O'Keefe's program had 474,000 to McGuire's 389,000.

Sydney Morning Herald

posted 12/11/16

THURSDAY: Football Night in America
Make It Four in a Row for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.853 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.347 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.153 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

CBS (7.021 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a distant second with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (9.682 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) alongside originals from "The Great Outdoors" (7.333 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Mom" (7.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.371 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "Pure Genius" (5.636 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Next up was ABC (3.524 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and encore of "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (3.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Shrek the Halls" (3.771 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) plus a new "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.216 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and the season finale of "Notorious" (2.590 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up its special "Taraji's White Hot Holidays" (3.461 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and the season finale of "Pitch" (2.884 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.852 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with the Tuesday-bound "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.966 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and the fall finale of "Supernatural" (1.738 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.960m
- Alone (SP/History): 1.245m
- Chopped (Food): 1.106m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.029m
- Alone Casting Special (S/History): 997k
- Project Runway: Project Rewind (Lifetime): 847k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 825k
- Project Runway: Fashion Startup (Lifetime): 500k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 339k

Numbers for "Winsanity" were not available at presstime.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/11/16

Singapore Gets "Cash Struck!"
New Format Comes from Mediacorp, Endemol Shine
From C21 Media

Singapore-based entertainment channel Mediacorp Channel 5 is launching a 26-episode gameshow coproduced by Endemol Shine Asia.

Cash Struck!, which will debut in February, sees contestants in teams of two pit their skills to guess a word that links two pictures, earning tokens on a digital screen.

The deal for the mobile app game marks the first coproduction between Mediacorp and Endemol Shine Asia, which are jointly developing and producing Cash Struck! in Singapore.

The format was originally devised by Endemol Shine Israel and Create It Studio.

Endemol Shine Asia has previously licensed global formats The Money Drop, Deal or No Deal and Minute to Win It to Mediacorp and has also successfully rolled out formats such as Big Brother, Your Face Sound Familiar, Fear Factor and The Brain across the region.

“We are very keen to increase our local partnerships here in Singapore to create and commercialise content that can be viewed locally, regionally and internationally on any platform. We see strong synergies with Mediacorp and look forward to doing more great shows together,” said Fotini Paraskakis, MD of Endemol Shine Asia.

C21 Media

posted 12/11/16


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

Render onto Caesar that which is "Caesars Challenge"...and he'll be GRATEFUL he didn't beware the Ides of March! Chris Wolvie talks about a weird show with a terrible host, a male model/gladiator and a booming voice near the end.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/11/16

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "And His Name Is...."

  • John Cena hosts SNL: here are the highlights (Maxim)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Blake Shelton may receive the calling (TV Line)
     

  • Drew Carey adds "owner of an MLS Cup-winning team" to his many accolades. On PKs no less! (KIRO Seattle)

posted 12/11/16


USA Today
JOHN GLENN: 1921-2016
Astronaut, American Hero Played "Name That Tune"
From Yahoo!

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week, said Hank Wilson, communications director for the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

John Herschel Glenn Jr. had two major career paths that often intersected: flying and politics, and he soared in both of them.

Before he gained fame orbiting the world, he was a fighter pilot in two wars, and as a test pilot, he set a transcontinental speed record. He later served 24 years in the Senate from Ohio. A rare setback was a failed 1984 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

His long political career enabled him to return to space in the shuttle Discovery at age 77 in 1998, a cosmic victory lap that he relished and turned into a teachable moment about growing old. He holds the record for the oldest person in space.

More than anything, Glenn was the ultimate and uniquely American space hero: a combat veteran with an easy smile, a strong marriage of 70 years and nerves of steel. Schools, a space center and the Columbus airport were named after him. So were children.

The Soviet Union leaped ahead in space exploration by putting the Sputnik 1 satellite in orbit in 1957, and then launched the first man in space, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, in a 108-minute orbital flight on April 12, 1961. After two suborbital flights by Alan Shepard Jr. and Gus Grissom, it was up to Glenn to be the first American to orbit the Earth.

"Godspeed, John Glenn," fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter radioed just before Glenn thundered off a Cape Canaveral launch pad, now a National Historic Landmark, to a place America had never been. At the time of that Feb. 20, 1962, flight, Glenn was 40 years old.

With the all-business phrase, "Roger, the clock is operating, we're underway," Glenn radioed to Earth as he started his 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds in space. Years later, he explained he said that because he didn't feel like he had lifted off and it was the only way he knew he had launched.

During the flight, Glenn uttered a phrase that he would repeat frequently throughout life: "Zero G, and I feel fine."

"It still seems so vivid to me," Glenn said in a 2012 interview with The Associated Press on the 50th anniversary of the flight. "I still can sort of pseudo feel some of those same sensations I had back in those days during launch and all."

Glenn said he was often asked if he was afraid, and he replied, "If you are talking about fear that overcomes what you are supposed to do, no. You've trained very hard for those flights."

Glenn's ride in the cramped Friendship 7 capsule had its scary moments, however. Sensors showed his heat shield was loose after three orbits, and Mission Control worried he might burn up during re-entry when temperatures reached 3,000 degrees. But the heat shield held.

Even before then, Glenn flew in dangerous skies. He was a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea who flew low, got his plane riddled with bullets, flew with baseball great Ted Williams and earned macho nicknames during 149 combat missions. And as a test pilot he broke aviation records.

The green-eyed, telegenic Marine even won $25,000 on the game show "Name That Tune" with a 10-year-old partner. And that was before April 6, 1959, when his life changed by being selected as one of the Mercury 7 astronauts and instantly started attracting more than his share of the spotlight.

Glenn in later years regaled crowds with stories of NASA's testing of would-be astronauts, from psychological tests — come with 20 answers to the open-ended question "I am" — to surviving spinning that pushed 16 times normal gravity against his body, popping blood vessels.

But it wasn't nearly as bad as coming to Cape Canaveral to see the first unmanned rocket test.

"We're watching this thing go up and up and up ... and all at once it blew up right over us, and that was our introduction to the Atlas," Glenn said in 2011. "We looked at each other and wanted to have a meeting with the engineers in the morning."

In 1959, Glenn wrote in Life magazine: "Space travel is at the frontier of my profession. It is going to be accomplished, and I want to be in on it. There is also an element of simple duty involved. I am convinced that I have something to give this project."

Yahoo!
The Atlantic
Washington Post
KFMB San Diego
PerezHilton.com
Austin American-Statesman
WPRI Providence
National Post
Minnesota Public Radio

posted 12/8/16

Caraoke Showdown Hits the Road January 12
Craig Robinson Drives for Spike
From USA Today

When Spike's Caraoke Showdownwas first announced, the show's conceit sounded a whole lot like a celebrity-less version of James Corden's wildly popular Carpool Karaoke, down to the similar name.

But Caraoke Showdown's teaser trailer, starring comedian Craig Robinson in the driver's seat, reveals a show that's more like Cash Cab, the genius game show inside a taxi where unwitting passengers answered trivia questions for cash prizes.

In the trailer, Robinson subjects participants to unexpected games and Ludacris-singing barbershop quartets. Naturally, he also forces them to sing. Which they do, sometimes terribly.

Caraoke Showdown premieres Jan. 12 on Spike.

USA Today
The Futon Critic

posted 12/8/16

Tony Rock Plays Matchmaker
Catch "The Game of Dating" on TV One January 31
From Multichannel News

TV One redefines the dating and game show genres this January with the debut of The Game of Dating. Hosted by popular comedian Tony Rock, the network's primetime game show will offer viewers provocative, sexy and hysterical new takes on classic dating show scenarios. The one-hour series premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

"The Game of Dating is a hilarious, jam-packed series filled with comedy, huge reveals and excellent play along," said Brad Siegel, President of TV One. "With expert comic timing, Tony Rock entertainingly navigates the audience and our contestants through two dates - each one as unpredictable and funny as the last. It's the only game show where dating pays off!"

The Game of Dating begins each hour-long episode with three teams of friends and/or family who watch real dates in a "hidden camera" style from the comfort of their homes. Throughout the show, the teams, as well as Rock, will offer their funny and uncensored commentary. The couples could be on an awkward first date, enjoying a new relationship, or they could be an existing couple with history just trying to keep the magic going. The competing teams watch the dates and do their best to figure out the daters' stories and next moves in order to score cash.

As the two different dates progress, the teams - who are as diverse as the daters, including sorority sisters, bakers, barbers, hair stylists, multi-generational families, comedians, basketball moms and even a group of seniors - will participate in gameplay with multiple questions about the dates like: "How long has this couple been dating?"; "Who will pay the check?"; or "Will she ask him up to her apartment when he drops her off after a dinner date?" Each correct answer earns the teams increasing amounts of cash and the team with the most money at the end of the episode wins the $10,000 grand prize.

The Game of Dating's first season debuts with nine episodes premiering every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

Multichannel News
Deadline
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 12/8/16

ABC's "Big Fan" Gets a Big Date
Catch the Show January 9
From Broadway World

The celebrity cast of ABC's new comedic game show "Big Fan" features a spectacular line up of stars, including actress Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars," "Frozen"); reality television personality, actress, socialite and model Kim Kardashian West ("Keeping Up with the Kardashians"); Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey ("True Detective," "Dallas Buyers Club") and NFL football quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers). Jimmy Kimmel, host of the 89th Oscars®, teams with Banijay Studios NORTH AMERICA to produce. Big Fan is based on the hilarious "Who Knows...?" the celebrity vs. super-fan game segment that originally aired on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The segment became a viral video success when pop star Katy Perry went up against one of her biggest fans and lost. "Big Fan" premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), immediately following "The Bachelor."

Hosted by Andy Richter, each episode of the half-hour, studio-based game show will feature one celebrity and three of his or her fans battling it out to prove who is the ultimate super fan. Contestants will go head-to-head to see who knows more about the episode's featured celebrity. The winner will move on to the final round in an ultimate showdown, celebrity vs. super fan, to see who knows most about the celebrity. If the super fan wins, they will be awarded a priceless experience with the celebrity.

Broadway World

posted 12/8/16

WEDNESDAY: Hair-Raising
"Hairspray Live" Launches NBC to Third Win in a Row
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) jumped to the top spot on Wednesday with its telecast of "Hairspray Live!" (8.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).

FOX (6.621 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "Lethal Weapon" (6.245 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "Empire" (6.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

Next up was CBS (7.613 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.389 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Criminal Minds" (7.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Code Black" (6.723 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.786 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (5.395 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Speechless" (4.553 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), a repeat "Modern Family" (4.229 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and new episodes of "Black-ish" (4.187 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "Designated Survivor" (5.178 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

And finally, the fall finale of "Arrow" (1.936 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and a new "Frequency" (0.874 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.405 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 848k
- Kids Sweets Showdown (Food): 760k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 330k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/8/16

More on "Blankety Blank" Christmas
Catch It on ITV Christmas Eve
From Digital Spy

ITV is bringing us some Christmas cheer with a brand new special edition of classic gameshow Blankety Blank, with host David Walliams bringing the required amount of festive camp.

But, like any family over Christmas, there may be some falling out.

That's because sassy The X Factor judge Louis Walsh and fiery Strictly Come Dancing contestant Lesley Joseph are taking part, and we bet our stocking's worth of Lynx Africa that there will be a few cheeky swipes shared between the two.

Also taking part in the special are comedian Joe Lycett, Coronation Street actress Brooke Vincent, The Weakest Link icon Anne Robinson and Tinchy Stryder collaborators The Chuckle Brothers.

Digital Spy
Reveal
BT

posted 12/8/16

Thailand Gets "Top Chef"
NBCU Brokers Deal
From World Screen

NBCUniversal International Formats has inked two separate deals in Thailand for local versions of the popular Top Chef and The Real Housewives franchises.

GMM ONE TV commissioned a 13×90-minute local version of Top Chef, which will be produced by The One Enterprise Company. Now approaching its 14th season in the U.S., the series has been produced in 21 territories around the world, including Vietnam, France, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Canada.

Yvonne Pilkington, the senior VP of format sales and production at NBCUniversal International Formats, said: “Top Chef combines a dramatic and gripping reality competition with a fascinating insight into the hidden world of world-class cookery. Having proven successful in Indonesia and Vietnam, we are glad to have GMM ONE TV on board to extend the format to the Thai population.”

World Screen

posted 12/8/16

Denmark Gets "Spartan"
NBCU Brokers Deal #2
From Variety

NBCUniversal International Formats has sold “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” to Denmark’s Kanal 5 after launching sales at Mipcom.

Commissioned by Kanal 5, the Danish adaptation will be produced by Nordisk Denmark and will mark the first international adaptation of the NBC game show.

Based on the Spartan Race brand, “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” features elite athletes, teams of friends, families and co-workers who work together as they race across Spartan obstacle courses to test their endurance and ultimately win a cash prize.

The game show premiered on NBC in June and rated as the second most popular program on its timeslot and as one of this season’s top three new unscripted series.

Yvonne Pilkington, SVP of format sales and production for NBCUniversal International Formats said “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” combined “the scale of an epic sporting spectacle with entertaining and inspirational reality story-telling.”

Pilkington pointed the program has “attracted a substantial US audience but has garnered interest from buyers across the globe.”

Anne Garlichs, head of local programming at Discovery Networks Denmark, called the program “America’s most hardcore TV shows.”

“On Kanal 5, we have a clear ambition to have the best TV programs in action-packed entertainment, factual and crime. With a combination of physical strength, teamwork and obstacles, the show is a perfect fit for Kanal 5’s brand and DNA,” said Garlichs.

The Danish adaptation will bow on Kanal 5 next Spring.

Variety

posted 12/8/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Wall City"

  • FIRST LOOK: The Wall (NBC) (Hollywood.com)
     

  • Peta Murgatroyd & Maksim Chmerkovskiy celebrate their anniversary (Reality TV World)
     

  • We rarely talk about politics on this page, but... Donald Trump is still going to be EP of "The Celebrity Apprentice" when it returns. Take that for what you will, but don't send us any angry mail. We're only the messengers (TV Line)
     

  • Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Sting to help crown "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!" heads to Cleveland (Cleveland.com)
     

  • Buddy Valastro takes over as host as Food Network picks up "Bakers vs. Fakers" to series (Instagram)
     

  • Bob Eubanks brings Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows to King Center February 1 (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (Varsity)

posted 12/8/16

"Alone" Again... Naturally
History Reups for Season 4 A Day Before Season 3 Premieres
From the Futon Critic

HISTORY(R) orders a fourth season of its hit survival series "Alone" in advance of the season three premiere, it was announced today by Paul Cabana, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, HISTORY. With higher stakes and greater challenges than ever before, "Alone" season three premieres Thursday, December 8 at 9PM ET/PT, placing ten survivalists alone in the cold, isolated region of Patagonia, Argentina with one mission: to stay alive.

"Since season one, we knew we had a groundbreaking show. Raw, authentic and entertaining, there truly is nothing else like it on television," said Cabana. "In season three, viewers will experience how our survivalists endure the challenges faced in a new, remote location at the bottom of the globe. In season four we are elevating the show to even greater heights and hope the evolution of the series will continue to captivate viewers and keep them on their toes."

In "Alone" there are no camera crews and no gimmicks. Equipped only with limited gear, their wilderness experience and cameras to self-document their journeys, these brave men and women are left alone to completely fend for themselves in harsh, unforgiving terrain. To survive, they must find food and water, build shelters and fend off predators. They will face bouts of extreme isolation, psychological distress, and treacherous environmental conditions as they descend into the unknown.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/7/16

It's a Game Show! It's a Talk Show! It's.... Both?
Stage Show Greenlit from truTV
From the Futon Critic

truTV announced today a series of greenlights that proved the Turner-owned network is really going all in on comedic programming and breaking into new formats. It has ordered additional seasons of two breakout original programs Adam Ruins Everything and The Carbonaro Effect, as well as two of its freshman series - Greatest Ever and You Can Do Better. truTV has also picked up first seasons of two new series, Talk Show the Game Show and Chris Webber's Full Court Pranks.

Talk Show the Game Show: Comedian Guy Branum (The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately) brings his distinct point of view to truTV with the new series greenlight of Talk Show the Game Show, a hilarious mashup of two beloved television formats that pits comedians and celebrities against each other for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Based off of Branum's popular live comedy show, in each episode, celebrity guests become contestants as they compete in various talk show-inspired challenges and are judged by a comedic panel who awards points and roasts their performances. truTV has ordered 16 half-hour episodes of the series, which is produced by Push It Productions with Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz and Branum serving as executive producers. It will be filmed in Los Angeles and premiere on the network in spring 2017.

The Futon Critic
Instinct

posted 12/7/16

SYNDIES: Sweeps Plus Week 11
Results for the Week Ending November 27
From B&C

November was marked by one of the most contentious elections in American history as well as a historic World Series, and preemptions and coverage related to both events made it challenging for syndicated series to improve their performances compared to last year.

Still, some shows managed to show gains in the November 2016 sweeps.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, starring Harvey, led the games, growing 5% compared to last year to a 6.7 and coming in second in households in overall syndication to only Judge Judy.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded 11% to a 6.6 and fell into second place among the games after leading them in last year’s November sweep. CTD’s Jeopardy!, which last year was second among the games, sagged 9% to a third-place 5.9.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire leaped 23% to a 1.6, while Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game added 8% to a 1.3, but will still end its run after this season, the show’s third.

This week...
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury): 6.0
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD): 5.6
- Jeopardy! (CTD): 5.3
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC): 1.6
- Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury): 1.3

B&C
Screener
TV Newscheck

posted 12/7/16

TUESDAY: And Then There Were Four
NBC's "The Voice" Helps Demo Numbers, CBS Takes Total
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) took home the adults 18-49 honors on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (10.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) followed by the fall finales of "This Is Us" (10.926 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.713 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3).

CBS (11.788 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "NCIS" (14.493 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Bull" (11.572 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.815 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its comedy lineup of "The Middle" (6.047 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "American Housewife" (5.005 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.839 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and "The Real O'Neals" (3.048 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) plus the fall finale to "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.476 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.982 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) offered up said fall finales to "The Flash" (3.104 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "No Tomorrow" (0.861 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16).

And finally, FOX (1.624 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.307 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11), "New Girl" (1.770 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Scream Queens" (1.209 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

On cable...
- Ink Master (SF/Spike): 1.269m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 821k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 398k
- Last Squad Standing (Oxygen): 265k
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 226k

Numbers for "Window Warriors" were not available at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/7/16

Celebrity Poker... It's a Thing Again
CBS Sports Network to Air Special Tournament
From Broadway World

Poker Central today announced its new celebrity poker event. The "Poker Central Charity Shootout" features Hollywood celebrities battling it out on the felt for their favorite charities, and later against poker professionals. Jackie Cruz, Tony Hawk, Jennie Garth, Chuck Liddell and Tyler Posey play for a chance to win money for their favorite charity, with the chance to win as much as $40,000!

CBS Sports Network will air two two-hour specials featuring highlights from the event on December 13th (10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT) and December 14th (10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM PT).

"Poker Central is excited to offer this new televised poker event," said Joe Kakaty, president of Poker Central. "Tune in to see your favorite celebrities as they battle it out at the poker table!"

The event is hosted by famed poker player Maria Ho and TV personality Ali Nejad, and is filmed live in Las Vegas.

Broadway World

posted 12/7/16

More on "The Bachelor" New Season
Catch It on ABC January 2
From the Futon Critic

How could one man endure so much heartache? Ask controversial fan favorite Nick Viall, who has had his heart broken by Bachelorettes Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe, and failed to find his soul mate on "Bachelor in Paradise." Now Nick is the one giving out the roses and ready for his happily ever after - but will he find the love of his life? Nick begins his pursuit of his soul mate, as 30 beautiful, accomplished women join him on the highly anticipated 21st season premiere of "The Bachelor," MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

In "Episode 2101," a trio of popular former Bachelors - Sean Lowe, Chris Soules and Ben Higgins -offer their support and encouragement to Nick, who will face all-new pressures and responsibilities. Their words of wisdom calm him as limos start to arrive with women all eager to make a lasting first impression. One confident woman is way ahead of the field - she steps out of the limo with none other than famed jeweler Neil Lane and points out the engagement ring she prefers. Another woman reveals her linguistic skills and still another exposes a quirky obsession. A number of the ladies decide to wear red to stand out - but now, it backfires, as those in other colors are more prominent. Nick is blindsided by the arrival of a mysterious woman from his past. The secret they share threatens to derail his search for love. What are her intentions?

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 12/7/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "This Just In, the BBC Is Broke"

  • Stephen Fry quit QI over... money? (Sydney Morning Herald)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? contractual thinkpiece connecting NBC's new quiz show to a campaign promise fulfilled (The Frisky)
     

  • Steve Harvey on overcoming obstacles (Forbes)
     

  • Bachelor in Paradise couple has "issues". This is not a repeat from any time ever. (Us)
     

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe wants some of that Ben & Lauren paper money (Reality TV World)
     

  • Anthony Anderson among Critic's Choice Awards presenters. And that's the truth (The Futon Critic)
     

  • The Vixen wants Xander's Pointless friend (Radio Times)
     

  • The Sinnerman blasts everyone who made Bradley Walsh's album #10 and created a supposed singing game show host rivalry (The Sun)
     

  • "The Bachelor" launches fine wine. Will you accept this rosé? (Self)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (Deadline) and a few more (Rolling Stone)

posted 12/7/16

New Year, New "Baking Championship"
Duff Goldman, Valerie Bertinelli Return to Host January 2
From the Futon Critic

Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman welcome a new batch of 12 impressive bite-sized bakers with tons of talent on Monday, January 2nd at 8pm ET/PT for a new season of Kids Baking Championship on Food Network. During the ten-week competition, the kid contestants (ranging in age from 9 to 12) must show off their baking skills and creativity as they whip up delectable desserts despite difficult, themed challenges such as carnival cupcakes, erupting volcano cakes, throwback treats, and the always popular challenge, dessert imposters. Only one will rise to the top to win the sweet grand prize of $25,000 to become the Kids Baking Champion!

Kids Baking Championship contestants include: Aidan Berry (Shalimar, FL: age 12), Kaniyah Cary (Portsmouth, VA: age 10), Brooke Cumberland (Greenwich, CT: age 9), Charlotte d'Arabian (Coronado, CA: Age 10), Justice Faustina (Napa, CA: age 12), Cole Frederickson (Thousand Oaks, CA: age 12), Keili Gorczyca (San Francisco, CA: age 10), Jason Intravartolo (Seattle, WA: age 11), Maya Jindal (Great Falls, VA: age 9), Dylin Musgrove (Grovetown, GA: age 12), Reese Smith (Bloomfield Hills, MI: age 10), and Audra Tow (Aurora, CO: age 10).

The Futon Critic

posted 12/6/16

MONDAY: This Is The Semis!
The Voice Propels NBC to First
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.394 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (9.992 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Timeless" (5.198 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

CBS (6.443 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.165 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Man with a Plan" (6.200 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (5.636 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (6.368 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and the annual "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (6.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

Next up was ABC (5.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with the return of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (6.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.710 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and the Sunday-bound "Conviction" (3.966 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.811 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up its special "Showtime at the Apollo" (3.811 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.425 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and another "Supergirl" (1.293 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.359 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (S/Food): 1.074m
- Cake Wars Christmas (Food): 954k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 339k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/6/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Steve Harvey, Not Kenan Thompson"

  • VIDEO WALL: Steve Harvey plays with the Roots on "The Tonight Show" (Uproxx)
     

  • Lauren Bushnell answers the question of when or even if she's marrying Ben Higgins by... not answering the question of when or even if she's marrying Ben Higgins (Extra)
     

  • Phil Gurin promoted to IM Global Television (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • The Price Is Right Live! heads to Enid (Enid Buzz), Chattanooga (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

posted 12/6/16

WEDNESDAY: Hump Day Split
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.120 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with fresh installments from "Lethal Weapon" (6.425 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Empire" (7.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

NBC (11.192 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was the number two draw with its specials "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (10.512 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) and "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" (11.532 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5).

Next up was ABC (5.668 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its original lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.896 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5), "Speechless" (4.931 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9), "Modern Family" (6.786 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.430 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "Designated Survivor" (5.483 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, CBS (7.360 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.765 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Criminal Minds" (7.388 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10) and "Code Black" (5.929 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13).

And finally, The CW (2.301 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) got a big boost from its crossover powered "Arrow" (3.520 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T11) and a new "Frequency" (1.082 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 855k
- Kids Sweets Showdown (Food): 754k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 425k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 386k

Numbers for "Window Warriors" were not available at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/6/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Once Upon a Time, There Was a Guy Named Ken..."

  • Ken Jennings, having conquered computer programming, quizzing, and authoring, decides to write a children's book (PJ Media)
     

  • VERSUS MODE: Great British Bake-Off vs. Great American Baking Show (Thrillist)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud heads to Utah in January (Deseret News)

posted 12/6/16


Debmar-Mercury/FremantleMedia

Get Ready, Get Set, Get Gone
"Celebrity Name Game" To End Production After 3 Seasons
From Deadline

Syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game will not continue beyond its current third season. The program, hosted by Craig Ferguson, is co-produced by Debmar-Mercury, which distributes it domestically, and FremantleMedia North America, which distributes internationally. Tribune Broadcasting and the Sinclair Broadcast Group are the core station groups for the show, executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette of Coquette Prods.

“We’ve had a wonderful time producing Celebrity Name Game and we are exceptionally proud of its three seasons in syndication,” said Jennifer Mullin, Co-CEO of FremantleMedia North America. “While we are not renewing in syndication at this time, it is a format we believe in. We are thankful to our loyal audience, our celebrity guests, the incredibly talented Craig Ferguson, our partners at Debmar–Mercury and Coquette, and our crew — whose passion for this series has been unparalleled.”

Celebrity Name Game, which will complete its third season, is not doing too bad in the ratings; it is in the middle of the first-run syndication pack, most recently posting a weekly 1.4 household rating, up 8% and 0.7 in the key women 25-54 demographic. But the numbers were not strong enough to justify another year, which is the case for high-end strips. The first two seasons earned Ferguson two consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards for best game show host.

“We’re incredibly proud of Celebrity Name Game and grateful to the terrific fan base that has supported the show for three seasons,” said Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury. “We thank everyone who has contributed to its run, including Craig Ferguson, the show’s extraordinary host who received two Daytime Emmy Awards in recognition of his talent, our amazing partners at FremantleMedia North America, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, their creative collaborators and the outstanding production team.”

Deadline
Broadway World
TV Newscheck
The Hollywood Reporter
TV Series Finale
The Interrobang
Realscreen

posted 12/5/16

WEEKEND: America Still Loves Lucy
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.901 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) got a demo boost on Friday with its special presentation of "CFB on FOX" (4.901 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

ABC (5.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Dr. Ken" (4.541 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Shark Tank" (5.177 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "20/20" (6.383 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was NBC (5.296 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its duo of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.698 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Dateline NBC" (6.095 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.264 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for repeats of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (6.697 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.785 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) and "Blue Bloods" (6.309 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally on The CW (0.877 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5), new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.109 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.646 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/5/16


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

It's "Win, Lose or Draw" on a truly technological scale. Chris Wolvie talks about "Catch Phrase", a show that choked in America but, in the UK and elsewhere, is hardly a "Game Gone By..." at all!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/5/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "When Jimmy Met Oscar"

  • Win Jimmy Kimmel's Oscar hosting gig (TV Line)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Jeff Foxworthy pays it forward at the grocery store (Newsmax)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Hell hath no fury like "The Chase" fans on Twitter when someone takes the low offer (Metro)
     

  • Victoria Coren Mitchell embraces her nerd niche. DEAL (Radio Times)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Fannie Flagg (Smashing Interviews) and Ben Bailey (The Interrobang)

posted 12/5/16

THURSDAY: ... and Then Football Happened
NBC Wins Night, Top Chef Returns
From the Futon critic

NBC (15.278 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) kicked off December on top with new episodes of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.148 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (16.104 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

CBS (7.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.386 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2), "The Great Outdoors" (7.086 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Mom" (6.979 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Life in Pieces" (6.302 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Pure Genius" (4.787 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Next up was ABC (5.198 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (6.379 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) followed by the return of "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.841 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and a second "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.376 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.594 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) got another crossover boost from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (3.330 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) plus a new "Supernatural" (1.859 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, the fall finale of "Rosewood" (3.133 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and a new "Pitch" (2.371 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) closed out the night on FOX (2.751 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.792m
- Project Runway: Project Rewind (Lifetime): 988k
- Chopped (Food): 913k
- Top Chef (SP/Bravo): 796k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 343k
- Comedy Knockout (11:30p/truTV): 155k
- Comedy Knockout (SP/truTV): 139k

Numbers for "Winsanity" were unavailable at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV Insider

posted 12/2/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Young (At Heart) and Hungry"

  • Betty White gets "Young and Hungry" for Freeform (The Futon Critic)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: The Wall (NBC, January 3) (TV Insider)
     

  • Sal Valentinetti, Professor Splash helps AGT celebrate the holidays (TV Insider)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong had to choose between music and comedy. That's pointless (The Evening Standard)
     

  • The Price Is Right Live! heads to Florence (SCNow)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Want to make $500 from your cell phone? (Reality Wanted)
     

  • ICYMI: The winner of "Big Brother Over The Top" is... (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (KOMO Seattle)

posted 12/2/16

Available on the CBS App
Reuters
Arnold Hires Six Assistants
That And More as NBC Plans Winter
From Broadway World

Six additional boardroom advisors will join THE NEW CELEBRITY APPRENTICE boss Arnold Schwarzenegger for the new Los Angeles-based season kicking off on Monday, Jan. 2 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. They are:

Rocco DiSpirito - A healthy lifestyle crusader, James Beard award-winning chef, creator of Rocco's Organic Protein Powder Plus and author of the New York Times bestseller "The Negative Calorie Diet"

Tracey Edmonds - TV/film producer and "Extra" co-host

Justine Ezarik - Digital influencer best known as iJustine

Leeza Gibbons - Emmy Award-winning TV host and previous winner of "The Celebrity Apprentice"

Gemma Godfrey - U.K.'s leading FinTech influencer and founder/CEO of online personal finance firm Moola.

Bob Harper - Health and fitness expert, television star and three-time New York Times bestselling author

They will join previously announced boardroom advisors Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba and Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger in advising the twice-elected California governor, successful businessman and international movie superstar as he oversees 16 celebrity contestants competing for their favorite charities in challenging business-driven tasks.

Competing in the eighth season of the celebrity version of the popular show and the 15th season of "The Apprentice" are Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Eric Dickerson, Boy George, Matt Iseman, Carrie Keagan, Carson Kressley, Lisa Leslie, Jon Lovitz, Vince Neil, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Kyle Richards, Chael Sonnen, Porsha Williams, Ricky Williams and Carnie Wilson.

After being divided into two teams, men vs. women, the celebrity contestants get their first task from their new boss and his business advisors, Tyra Banks - supermodel, producer, accomplished businesswoman and CEO of the Tyra Banks Company - and Knapp Schwarzenegger, who will serve as a boardroom advisor in every episode.

Their task in the first episode creating a 10-minute TYRA Beauty experience seems like a natural fit for the women, but the men rise to the occasion in unexpected ways as they hilariously try to master THE ART OF makeup application. Then each team tries to wow Arnold and the advisors showing how fun, fast and fierce TYRA Beauty products are before heading to the boardroom to hear which team won, which team lost and who from the losing team will be the first one headed home.

Broadway World
TV Line

posted 12/1/16

Return to Wonderama
New York Staple Goes National
From Huffington Post

If you happen to be of a certain age, you are familiar with former Sunday morning staple “Wonderama,” an unprecedented weekly interactive game show extravaganza where kids and tweens gathered en masse, often with their parents, for just plain fun and entertainment. No childhood at the time was complete without “Wonderama.”

Now, almost 40 years later, this slice of television history is back in a new one-hour syndicated version of “Wonderama” produced by Chuck Armstrong (“Community Auditions - Star of the Day”) and anchored by the Tribune Broadcast Station Network.

Hosted by David Osmond of the beloved Osmond clan, “Wonderama” debuts with a kickoff special exclusive to New York’s PIX11 on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th. This new version will feature a new look; an emphasis on art, music, dance, television, film, sports, cooking and politics; celebrity guests like Tony Dovolani from “Dancing With the Stars,” boxing champion Evander Holyfield and country music star Michael Ray; and a clearance list in primetime fringe blocks in 13 initial U.S. markets effective on Jan. 7, 2017 (with multiple brand extensions on key digital platforms).

“Today’s families are hungry for entertainment they can enjoy together, making now the perfect time for Wonderama’s return,” said Chuck Armstrong. “Wonderama provides a one-of-a-kind co-viewing experience that every member of the family can connect and relate to. Our goal is to inspire our audience with content that speaks “to” them in order to convey the message: ‘Hey, I can do that too!’”

Stations, at present, will air “Wonderama” in a two-hour weekend window, either Saturday from 7-9 p.m. ET or Sunday from 6-8 p.m. ET.

Huffington Post

posted 12/1/16

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

The often hotly contested talk show race turned into a runaway as Dr. Phil opened up a huge advantage in the session ending Nov. 20, which included the third full week of the sweep.

Phil rolled to its 11th straight weekly victory and matched its second-highest rating of the season with a 3.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, which was 44% ahead of second-place Ellen DeGeneres’ 2.5. Phil widened its lead with a 3% advance, while Ellen was unchanged.

Live with Kelly, which tied Ellen in the prior frame, finished right behind it with a 2.4, dipping 4%.

Sophomore Crime Watch Daily continued to be the only show in the category besides Phil to outperform its year-ago stats, growing 11% to a 1.0.

In access, every game show scored a new season high, with leader Family Feud climbing 3% to a 7.0; runner-up Wheel of Fortune adding 5% to a 6.4; Jeopardy inching up 3% to a 6.0; Who Wants to Be a Millionaire perking up 6% to a 1.7; and Celebrity Name Game gaining 8% to a 1.4.

TV Newscheck
Broadway World
B&C
Screener

posted 12/1/16

CBS Midseason: Survivor, Race to Return
Here Are the Deets
From The Futon Critic

CBS today announced several winter and spring scheduling moves, including the series premieres of RANSOM, TRAINING DAY and DOUBT.

As previously announced, the new competition series HUNTED premieres Sunday, Jan. 22, immediately following one of television's biggest events, the NFL's AFC Championship game (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT - time is approximate after post-game coverage). The series moves to Wednesdays on Jan. 25 with a special two-hour episode, 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT, and then air 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT in subsequent weeks.

Also, in the second half of the year:

· The next season of SURVIVOR debuts with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, March 8 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), one week after the conclusion of HUNTED. SURVIVOR moves to its regular Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on March 15.

· The multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE returns on Friday, April 21 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), with a two-hour premiere one week after the season finale of MACGYVER, then moving to its regular Friday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on April 28.

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posted 11/30/16


NATAS
GRANT TINKER: 1925-2016
NBC Head Instrumental in Game Show History
From TV Line

Another TV legend has passed on: Grant Tinker, former chairman of NBC, died on Monday at his California estate. He was 90.

Tinker served as CEO of the Peacock Network from 1981 through 1986, helping NBC escape last place by developing classics such as Cheers, Family Ties and The Cosby Show. With onetime wife Mary Tyler Moore, he also formed production shingle MTM Enterprises, which produced the likes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (and its spinoff Rhoda), The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, St. Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues. He would eventually be inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997.

Tinker joined up with personal manager/promoter John Moses at General Artists Corp. Moses' claim to fame was ushering the comic team Bob & Ray into the New York radio market. While there, Tinker became friendly with an up-and-coming personality named Allen Ludden and became part of the team that created College Quiz Bowl, a game show hosted by Ludden that pitted students against each other in a test of knowledge.

Tinker also suggested to NBC that they buy "Jeopardy!" in the 1960s.

“Grant Tinker was a great man who made an indelible mark on NBC and the history of television that continues to this day,” CEO of NBCUniversal Steve Burke said in a statement. “He loved creative people and protected them, while still expertly managing the business. Very few people have been able to achieve such a balance. We try to live up to the standards he set each and every day. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”

A cause of death has not been reported.

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posted 11/30/16

TUESDAY: Rudolph Goes Down in History, but He's No "This Is Us"
NBC Takes the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.727 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the winning broadcaster on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (10.604 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "This Is Us" (10.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (8.016 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4).

CBS (8.528 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver despite a repeat lineup of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (9.452 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "NCIS" (9.273 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8) and "Bull" (6.861 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Next up was ABC (4.118 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.602 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "American Housewife" (5.570 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.192 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "The Real O'Neals" (3.332 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.506 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.576 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Flash" (4.087 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "No Tomorrow" (1.066 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, FOX (1.725 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.356 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "New Girl" (1.861 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and "Scream Queens" (1.341 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.104m
- Chopped (Food): 988k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 587k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 378k
- Last Squad Standing (Oxygen): 243k
- Window Warriors (GSN): 219k

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posted 11/30/16

MONDAY: No Competition for "The Voice"
Free from "Dancing", NBC Takes Gold
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.088 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (9.700 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Timeless" (4.864 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

ABC (6.763 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its special "CMA Country Christmas" (7.817 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and a new "Conviction" (4.656 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was FOX (4.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (3.653 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Lucifer" (4.399 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.740 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) opted for repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.832 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (4.666 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) plus a new "The Odd Couple" (4.620 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and a repeat "Scorpion" (5.426 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supergirl" (3.506 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.239 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) closed out the night on The CW (2.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable...
- Cake Wars Christmas (Food): 964k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 381k

As for the holiday weekend on cable...

THURSDAY
- Chopped (Food): 765k
FRIDAY
- Divided (P/GSN): 275k
SATURDAY
- Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie (S/Nick): 1.598m
SUNDAY
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.553m
- Clash of the Grandmas (Food): 1.217m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.181m
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 169k

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posted 11/30/16

All I Want for Christmas Is a Pop Quiz
BBC Four to Revive Musical Game Show
From Music Week

BBC Four is set to revive the classic TV show Pop Quiz for two Christmas specials in celebration of '80s pop music.

Original presenter Mike Read is set to host alongside teams of competing '80s pop stars.

Guests will include Toyah Willcox, Nick Heyward (Haircut 100), Carol Decker (T’Pau), Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins), Andy McCluskey (OMD), Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet), David Grant (Linx), Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston (Bucks Fizz), Ranking Roger (The Beat), Mari Wilson and Lee John (Imagination).

"I'm delighted to be working with a great BBC team to bring back the classic TV series Pop Quiz," said Read. "Once again the brows of the famous will be furrowed, lips pursed and eyes narrowed as we test their music knowledge, watch some great classic footage and have some fun along the way."

Originally broadcast from July 1981 to Jan 1984, the show has been revived a number of times for short periods on a variety of networks. These two specials are set for broadcast in late December, and early January after recording in mid-Decmeber at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Cassian Harrison, channel editor, BBC Four, said: “BBC Four is the home of popular music on BBC television and it's fabulous to bring back one of our greatest and most popular music quiz shows for a very special Christmas treat.”

“Pop Quiz was a musical highlight for viewers every week," said Sohail Shah, commissioner, BBC entertainment. "It's great to bring it back for a new generation, and with its original host, the brilliant Mike Read.”

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posted 11/30/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Come on Down!"

  • The Price Is Right Live heads to Fayetteville (Fayetteville Observer)
     

  • Jenny Ryan wants to chase down the Pointless crew (Radio Times)
     

  • Mastermind was inspired by the Gestapo apparently (Radio Times)
     

  • "How Quizzing Was Cool?" Quizzing was ALWAYS cool! (The Guardian)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Wheel is a family show!. (UPROXX)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 5 things you didn't know about Chrissy Teigen (Us Magazine)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alan Thicke (Vancouver Sun)

posted 11/28/16

Derek Hough Heads Back to the "World"
Dancing Veteran to Judge "World of Dance"
From The Futon Critic

World renown dancer and two-time Emmy Award winner Derek Hough, who is set to co-star in the Dec. 7 production of "Hairspray Live!," and NE-YO, an incredibly accomplished dancer, Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, producer and actor who drew raves as the Tin Man in last year's "The Wiz Live!," have been added as judges on NBC's new dance competition series "World of Dance."

Hough and NE-YO join Jennifer Lopez at the judges' table for upcoming the 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions that will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents and the opportunity to receive a life-altering grand prize of $1 million.

"Jennifer, Derek and NE-YO are three of the most accomplished dancers of their generation, and their incredible insight from the judges' table will be both inspiring and wholly constructive to the world-class level of dancers who are competing on the show," said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio. "We feel so very honored that the three of them are giving back to the dance community in this way."

In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world's elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, krumping, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more.

Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act under 16 years old), Upper (groups of 1- 4, over 16 years) and Team (groups of 5+, over 16 years). After an initial audition round, divisions face off in duels, until only one of each is left standing. A panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Routine, Execution, Presentation, and Crowd Appeal. The epic finale sees the winners from each division duke it out for $1 million and the title "Best in the World."

For dancers interested in competing on "World of Dance," please register at www.worldofdancecasting.com and for more information on the show, go to https://youtu.be/16Qb-49ssCY andhttps://youtu.be/OFbzsz4j88k.

Derek Hough, who is set to co-star in NBC's Dec. 7production of "Hairspray Live!," is a two-time Emmy Award winner, eight-time nominee for best choreography and New York Times bestselling author in addition to being the only six-time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show "Dancing With the Stars."

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posted 11/29/16

Meanwhile on Christmas BLANK
David Walliams to Host "Blankety Blank" Special on ITV
From Radio Times

There won't be a blank spot in the TV schedule this Christmas – as classic game show Blankety Blank is making its latest comeback.

This time, David Walliams will be the host asking celebrities to help contestants fill in the missing words in a one-off special on ITV this Christmas, following in the footsteps of previous hosts Terry Wogan, Les Dawson and Paul O'Grady.

The show launched in 1979, but was revived by O'Grady's alter ego Lilly Savage in 1997. It moved to ITV for its final year in 2001. It's based on the "Match Game" format, which has aired in the US from the 1960s to as late as this summer, when Alec Baldwin took the skinny mic from Gene Rayburn.

Blankety Blank will be on ITV at 6.30pm on Christmas Eve.

How will Walliams handle his hosting duties? The actor and talent show judge already has some experience of the show: he appeared on a charity version of the quiz for Comic Relief in 2011.

"I have some very big shoes to fill as presenter of Blankety Blank," Walliams has said.

"I loved Terry Wogan and Les Dawson as a child, and Paul O’Grady was absolutely hilarious. I hope I can bring this much loved show to life for a new generation."

Radio Times

posted 11/29/16


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

It's "Win, Lose or Draw" on a truly technological scale. Chris Wolvie talks about "Catch Phrase", a show that choked in America but, in the UK and elsewhere, is hardly a "Game Gone By..." at all!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/29/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Choices Are Yours and Yours Alone... Part 2"

  • Forget whether it could work or should work, Kirk Fogg is BEGGING to go back into the Hidden Temple (TV Series Finale)
     

  • MTV future-endeavors Michael Klein, aka the man responsible for "Binge Thinking", "The Almost Impossible Game Show", and a host of other forgettable MTV game shows (The Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • Carnival Cruise Lines wraps its 20th anniversary celebration of "Wheel of Fortune Slots" (Travel Agent Central)
     

  • Darren McMullen, host of "The Voice Australia", is selling his LA house. In other news, Darren McMullen lived in LA. (Los Angeles Times)
     

  • Mark Ballas is off the market part 2: making love out of (doing) nothing at all (Broadway World)

posted 11/28/16


Food Network
The Secret Ingredient Is... a Reboot!
Food Network Looks to Bring Back "Iron Chef"
From TV Week

Plans were announced today for a reboot of a long-running cooking show that has an avid following. Food Network announced plans for the new show “Iron Chef Gauntlet,” a reimagined take on “Iron Chef America.”

“Iron Chef America,” which continues to air on Food Network after premiering in 2005, is an adaptation of the Japanese show “Iron Chef.”

“The inimitable Alton Brown, ‘Iron Chef America’s’ iconic commentator, is set to return as host and master of ceremonies and also confirmed the news today on his social media platforms,” Food Network notes in today’s announcement. “Pre-production is currently under way for the new series, which will take its cues from the original along with some new twists and turns. Production is scheduled for early 2017 with a target series launch date in Q2 2017.”

The new program is being produced by Triage Entertainment in conjunction with Food Network.

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posted 11/28/16

Apparently the Maze Isn't Meant for Stephen Merchant
ITV Inches Closer to Full Series Despite Departure
From Digital Spy

In case you've been living in a, erm, maze, the classic '90s show The Crystal Maze returned in October for a one-off episode to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

Following in the footsteps of Richard O'Brien and Ed Tudor-Pole, Stephen Merchant presented the charity special, but ruled out a full series.

Speaking on The Crystal Maze TV's Facebook page in October, he said: "We haven't discussed it being a series, but for me personally that would be tough.

"Because then I'd have to do it all the time, and I'm not sure I'm equipped to be a game show host. I don't think I have that skill set.

"This was really fun to do, I think I've done quite a good job, you can be the judge of that, but for now this is a one-off edition."

And now, according to The Sun, it has been confirmed that Stephen will not return for the full series.

A spokesperson for Channel 4 said: "Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Stand Up To Cancer special, early conversations are being had about The Crystal Maze.

"And whilst Stephen was an electrifying host, he was always very clear that work commitments meant he would only be able to do the celebrity special."

But despite the game show looking like it could be a significant part of Channel 4's 2017 schedule , they're looking for a new host...

The Crystal Maze originally aired between 1990 and 1995 and featured four different zones set in various periods of time and space.

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posted 11/28/16

Available on the CBS App
CBS
Hunted Season: January
Show to Premiere After AFC Championship
From The Futon Critic

CBS today announced the new prime time competition series HUNTED will premiere immediately following one of television's biggest events, the NFL's AFC Championship game, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT - time is approximate after post-game coverage). HUNTED challenges ordinary people to go on the run as fugitives and evade capture by an elite team of investigators pursuing them. The series moves to Wednesdays on Jan. 25, 2017, with a special two-hour episode, 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT. In subsequent weeks, it will air 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT.

HUNTED follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today's vast digital world, as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them. From searching their targets' homes and scouring their internet and cell phone histories, to identifying behavioral patterns, Hunters in the field and Command Center investigators work together to identify clues to potential hiding places and collaborators that can ultimately lead to capture. Will the anxiety of being fugitives on the run cause teams to make a critical error, or will they be able to stay off the grid long enough to avoid being found within 100,000 square miles of the southeastern United States? A grand prize of $250,000 will be awarded to each team that successfully evades being caught for up to 28 days.

Information about the Fugitive teams and Command Center personnel will be announced shortly.

HUNTED is produced by Endemol Shine North America. Laura Fuest Silva, Brian Catalina, Eden Gaha, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg are executive producers. The series is based on the format of the UK show, now in its second season, which was created and produced by Shine TV Ltd.

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posted 11/28/16


Nickelodeon
WEDNESDAY: Double Dare: A Reunion 30 Years In the Making
Nick to Celebrate with Special
From The Futon Critic

On your mark, get set, go! In celebration of the 30th anniversary year of Double Dare, which originally launched this day, Oct. 6, 1986, Nickelodeon will reunite original host Marc Summers with his beloved announcer Harvey and right-hand woman Robin, for a brand-new commemorative special premiering Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite. Featuring vintage footage, behind-the-scenes content and messy new games taped this year, the half-hour special will let fans revisit their favorite game show from their childhood. The special will encore at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon's The Splat, the network's programming block dedicated to Nick's legendary library of hits from the '90s and 2000s.

"Double Dare was the show for a particular generation," said Summers. "For the kids of the '80s and '90s, they laughed and learned, and got messy in the process. Thirty years later, I believe it's still the gold standard."

The special attracted 1.126 million viewers on the initial 9p airing, with a 0.30 share in the adults 18-49 demo. Elsewhere on cable...

- Cooks vs. Cons (SP/Food): 878k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 304k
- Double Dare Reunion Special (TeenNick): 146k

Over on broadcast, NBC (5.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) led the demo race on Wednesday with its specials "Macy's 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade Special" (4.654 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special" (5.375 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

CBS (7.179 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.048 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), another "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (7.335 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and "Code Black" (6.155 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was ABC (5.243 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) with encores of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (7.148 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Modern Family" (4.642 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Black-ish" (3.930 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) plus a special "20/20: The Real Designated Survivor" (4.296 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.277 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (3.759 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "Empire" (2.796 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, "The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors" (0.825 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) closed out the evening on The CW (0.825 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

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posted 11/28/16

Score One for GSN
Network Wins Discrimination Hearing Against Cablevision
From Bloomberg

A federal official ruled Cablevision Systems Corp., now owned by Altice USA, unfairly treated Game Show Network by moving it to a less-watched channel package in 2011.

Cablevision, which was purchased earlier this year, was ordered to pay a maximum forfeiture of $400,000 by Federal Communications Commission Chief Administrative Law Judge Richard Sippel. He called it a small portion of what Cablevision has “reaped thus far from its discriminatory conduct.”

Cablevision, then controlled by the Dolan family, gave more favorable treatment to We TV, a channel with a similar audience that is separately run by the Dolans’ AMC Networks Inc., Sippel concluded. His order was issued on Tuesday and was made public on Wednesday.

The ruling could have implications for other companies that are tying together video programming ownership and distribution, such as pay-TV giant AT&T Inc., which is acquiring HBO owner Time Warner Inc.

“This could put some muscle behind the Davids of the world and make the Goliaths offer them some access,” Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica, California-based consumer advocacy group.

Disputes between TV networks and the companies that distribute them could increase as the number of pay-TV subscribers falls and distributors roll out more so-called “skinny bundles” that offer consumers fewer channels for reduced monthly rates.

Cablevision in 2011 moved the network to a channel package that was more expensive than the widely subscribed expanded basic program package, Sippel wrote. As a result, Game Show Network lost 60 percent in household viewership in the New York market, Sippel wrote.

Altice disagrees and plans to appeal the decision, said Lisa Anselmo, a spokeswoman.

“We are pleased with the decision and what it says about the value of GSN to viewers and the loyalty of our audience,” the Game Show Network said in a statement Wednesday. The network is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and AT&T Entertainment Group, according to its website.

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posted 11/28/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Choices Are Yours and Yours Alone"

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heading to Soaring Rock (WOOD Grand Rapids)
     

  • ICYMI: all the "I See What You Did There" moments from Saturday's "Legends of the Hidden Temple" movie (Nerdist)
     

  • Heidi Klum has a new man on her arm... 13 years her junior (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mel B offers $5000 for any information leading to the arrest of whoever broke into her car. (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mark Ballas is off the market (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Stephen Dubner (Slate)

posted 11/28/16


ABC News
FLORENCE HENDERSON: 1934-2016
"The Brady Bunch" Matriarch a Frequent Gamer
From TV Line

Florence Henderson, best known for her iconic role as matriarch Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, has died. She was 82.

The actress died surrounded by family and friends, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement to the AP late Thursday. The cause of death was heart failure.

In addition to The Brady Bunch, which ran from 1969 to 1974, Henderson appeared in offshoots The Brady Bunch Hour (1977), The Brady Brides (1981), The Bradys (1990) and the TV movie A Very Brady Christmas (1988). She also made a cameo in 1995’s The Brady Bunch Movie as the mother of Shelley Long’s Carol.

Henderson gained renewed fame in 2010 when she joined the Season 11 cast of Dancing with the Stars. She even appeared at Monday’s taping to support TV daughter Maureen McCormick, who was a contestant on the show’s current 23rd season.

Besides "Dancing", she was also a player on "To Tell the Truth", "The Match Game", "Hollywood Squares", and the "Pyramid" metaseries.

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

TV Line

posted 11/27/16

TUESDAY: This Is Us... on Top
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.301 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held off the demo competition on Tuesday with its trio of "The Voice" (9.458 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "This Is Us" (9.005 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (6.442 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6).

ABC (9.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was a silver draw with new episodes of "The Middle" (6.828 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) and "American Housewife" (6.125 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) followed by the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (10.934 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3).

Next up was CBS (11.388 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with originals from "NCIS" (14.846 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Bull" (10.832 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.485 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) offered up fresh installments of "The Flash" (2.944 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and "No Tomorrow" (0.865 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

And finally, FOX (1.586 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) closed out the night with new episodes from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.191 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "New Girl" (1.791 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "Scream Queens" (1.181 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.058m
- Chopped (Food): 967k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 823k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 595k
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 335k
- MasterChef Canada (Cooking): 229k

Numbers for "Sugar Showdown" and "Window Warriors" were unavailable at press time.

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posted 11/23/16

SYNDIES: Week 9
Results for the Week Ending November 3
From B&C

The much-covered election took its toll on syndies as the November sweep, running Oct. 27 through Nov. 23, hit its midpoint in the week ended Nov. 13. Ratings for most shows were negatively impacted by preemptions, time-period shifts and viewers choosing to instead watch cable news channels.

On the other hand, clocks were rolled back in that week, making days shorter and colder, which tends to affect TV ratings positively.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud rebounded 6% to lead the games at a 6.8, up 3% from last year. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune inched ahead 2% to a 6.1 but fell 10% for the year. CTD’s Jeopardy! was flat at a 5.8, but down 9% for the year.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire stayed at a 1.6 for a fourth straight week, up 23% from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game rebounded 8% to a 1.3 and was unchanged for the year.

B&C
Screener

posted 11/23/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Thanksgiving! We'll Be Back Monday!"

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into South Florida (WPLG Miami)
     

  • Miley Cyrus' birthday present from Liam Hemsworth is shiny (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ben & Lauren one year closer to "Happily Ever After?" (Reality TV World)
     

  • SPOILER ALERT! Guess who's joining the "Dancing with the Stars Live!" tour! (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Kirk Fogg (AV Club)

posted 11/23/16

MONDAY: Moves vs. Voices
NBC, ABC Split Last Monday of Sweeps
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.949 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) snagged the demo crown on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (9.517 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Timeless" (4.814 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

ABC (9.485 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.983 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Conviction" (4.490 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Next up was CBS (6.146 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with originals from "Kevin Can Wait" (6.964 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Man with a Plan" (5.941 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "2 Broke Girls" (5.400 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Odd Couple" (4.608 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Scorpion" (6.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.542 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.468 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Lucifer" (3.616 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (2.835 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.418 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) closed out the evening over on The CW (2.126 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable...
- Cake Wars: Christmas (Food): 839k
- Guy's Grocery Games (S/Food): 780k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/22/16

WEEKEND: Sunset on Paradise
CBS Wins Friday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.506 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the top draw on Friday with its mix of "MacGyver" (8.195 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (10.008 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (10.316 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

ABC (4.945 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "Last Man Standing" (6.471 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Dr. Ken" (4.690 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Shark Tank" (5.146 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "20/20" (4.110 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.430 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with originals from "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.114 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (5.089 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.421 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.117 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "The Exorcist" (1.726 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.942 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.524 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night for The CW (0.733 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.647m
- Chopped (Food): 1.190m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.061m
- Project Runway: Fashion Startup (Lifetime): 495k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 331k

On cable Saturday...
- Shotgun (P/NBCSN): 250k

On cable Sunday...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.550k
- Clash of the Grandmas (Food): 1.237k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.189k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 328k
- Flea Market Flip (SP/GAC): 239k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/22/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Dale Winton Is Still Alive"

  • Dale Winton's agent forced to tell people he's still alive after no one has seen him since "In It To Win It" (Daily Record)
     

  • Vin Scully gets Presidential Medal of Freedom. Thanks Obama (LAist)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Scott Stone (AV Club)

posted 11/22/16

New Year, Worst Cooks
Anne Burrell, Rachael Ray Return January 1
From the Futon Critic

Food Network celebrates the first day of 2017 with Anne Burrell, Rachael Ray and a brand-new roster of hapless cooks in the return of primetime series Worst Cooks in America on Sunday, January 1st at 9pm (all times ET/PT). In the ten-episode series that turns kitchen nightmares into skilled cooks, Anne and Rachael each lead a team of bumbling cooks in an intense kitchen boot camp designed to whip them into culinary shape. The contestant who makes the most impressive transformation is awarded a $25,000 grand prize, along with victory and bragging rights for their team leader.

"Watching Anne and Rachael turn these lovable kitchen disasters into confident cooks is hilarious, competitive and inspiring," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "Worst Cooks viewers can look forward to a fun, entertaining season filled with comical mishaps and transformations."

The competitors are: Adam Cooke (Rancho Cucamonga, California), Laura Docker (Fort Worth, Texas), Stephen Hawkins (Temecula, California), Matt Josephs (Richmond, Virginia), Kayla Kurtz (Kent, Ohio), Daniel Mar (Burbank, California), Maria Marcello (Torrance, California), Jake Michaels (Manteno, Illinois), Cedrick Miller (El Paso, Texas), Brittany Lenore (Chicago, Illinois), Buffy Mykkanen (Portland, Oregon), Ann Odogwu (Houston, Texas), Jetta Linda Ostrofsky (Sacramento, California), Mandy Thornton (Hanover, Massachusetts), Lester Turchin (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) and Jeff West (Douglassville, Pennsylvania).

In the season premiere, Anne and Rachael welcome the recruits to boot camp with photos of their most disastrous dishes, which they must recreate so the mentors can assess their skills. After teams are chosen, they dive into their first main dish challenge: cooking shrimp and live lobster! The recruits with the least successful dishes on each team are sent home, while the rest move ahead in their battle for culinary success. Upcoming episodes feature a messy egg-filled breakfast battle; game-show style contests "Lick It To Win It," where recruits test their newly refined taste buds, and "Family Food," where they put their food trivia knowledge to use; and Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras-themed challenges. The season culminates on Sunday, March 5th at 9pm with the two most-improved recruits preparing a three-course, restaurant quality meal for a panel of culinary experts, and only one wins $25,000 and victory for their mentor.

Viewers can uncover the very best of the worst at FoodNetwork.com/Worst Cooks and take a quiz to find out if they'd survive culinary Boot Camp, catch photo and video highlights, discover cooking tips and much more. Join the conversation on social media using #WorstCooks.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 11/18/16


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

Before the Whammies took over to grab money, trips and Flokati rugs away, it was the "Devil" that did the deed. In "Games Gone By...", Chris Wolvie shows you "Second Chance", the show that was "Press Your Luck" BEFORE "Press Your Luck".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/21/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Come on Down to the Tri-Cities"

posted 11/21/16


FremantleMedia North America
"Truth", "Match" Make Early Dates
Both Summer Hits to Bow Season 2 First Week of 2017
From the Futon Critic

Alec Baldwin and Anthony Anderson are returning for new episodes of their successful game shows, both produced by FremantleMedia North America, "Match Game" and "To Tell the Truth." This summer's game-show darlings are warming up winter with an expanded list of celebrity guest panelists. The new episodes of "Match Game" begin on January 4, 2017 (10p ET), and "To Tell the Truth" (9p ET) on January 1, 2017.

"Our game shows are being embraced by fans and celebrated for bringing people together to participate in the fun," said Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials & Late Night Programming, ABC Entertainment. He added, "We're looking forward to having new shows available to continue the laughs and extend the celebration beyond the holidays."

Jennifer Mullin, Co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America, said, "ABC has been such a perfect home for these two series, and Alec and Anthony are comedic powerhouses who take the fun of the game to the next level. We've had an incredible time producing these shows and we hope the viewers have as much fun with them as we did."

"Match Game" averaged 6.0 million Total Viewers and a 1.3/5 in Adults 18-49 during its run last summer. "Match Game" ranked No. 1 in its time period among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers, standing as ABC's biggest summertime program in the hour in 10 years - since 2006. On its premiere, "Match Game" debuted with ABC's largest summer audience in the time slot with regular programming in nearly 10 years and tied the Net's highest young adult rating in 4 years - since 8/20/06 and 7/15/12, respectively.

"To Tell the Truth" averaged 5.2 million Total Viewers and a 1.2/4 in Adults 18-49 during its run, improving its hour for ABC by 82% in Total Viewers and by 50% in Adults 18-49. On its series premiere, "To Tell the Truth" delivered ABC's best summertime numbers with series programming in the hour in 3 years with Total Viewers and in 2 years with Adults 18-49 - since 5/28/13 and 6/24/14, respectively.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
Screener
World Screen
Inquisitr

posted 11/18/16

THURSDAY: Kicking Into High Gear
NBC Wins First Night of TNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) surged to the top spot on Thursday with the network premiere of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.425 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.611 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (7.816 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.214 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (7.525 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Mom" (7.619 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Life in Pieces" (6.627 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Pure Genius" (5.456 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was ABC (5.693 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and the fall finales of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.008 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "Notorious" (4.133 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.939 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.746 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Rosewood" (3.062 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Pitch" (2.432 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.855 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.791 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) on The CW (1.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.856m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.590m
- Chopped (Food): 1.190m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.061m
- Project Runway: Fashion Startup (Lifetime): 495k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 331k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/18/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Come on Down to the Tri-Cities"

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heads to Johnson City (WJHL Tri-Cities)
     

  • RuPaul meets "2 Broke Girls" (TV Line)
     

posted 11/18/16


King
Iiiiii Want Candy
"Candy Crush" Casting Online
From CBS Miami

A nationwide casting call has opened for the new CBS live action game show series called Candy Crush.

Fans of the highly addictive Candy Crush games – a free-to-play mobile puzzle game – can now put their skills to the test on enormous interactive game boards featuring next generation technology.

Taking inspiration from all three games in the franchise, Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Candy Crush Jelly Saga, contestants face off in teams of two on an interactive stage competing in the Candy Crush Arena for prizes and sweet, sweet glory.

“One of the most important things about making a hit show is the cast,” said the show’s Executive Producer, Matt Kunitz (“Wipeout,” “Fear Factor”). “We are looking for fun, outgoing, Candy Crush players who want to compete on the biggest, swipeable, interactive game board ever created.”

To apply for the open casting call and for more information, go to: http://www.CandyCrushCasting.com.

CBS Miami
Inquisitr
WDJT Milwaukee

posted 11/17/16

WEDNESDAY: Survivor Series
Fox Wins, "Survivor" on Top
From The Futon Critic

FOX (7.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.608 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) and "Empire" (8.371 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

ABC (5.995 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.424 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Speechless" (5.670 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (7.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.559 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (5.522 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Next up was CBS (7.233 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.464 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (7.555 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "Code Black" (5.681 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.730 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Blindspot" (4.977 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11), "Chicago PD" (5.860 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11) and another "Chicago PD" (6.354 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.880 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Frequency" (1.000 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.439 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.553m
- Worst Cooks in America (S/Food): 1.074m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 483k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 463k
- Catching Kelce (E!): 397k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 319k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 247k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/17/16

A Shorty Like Sarah Hyland
Nick's "Lip Sync Battle: Shorties" Airs December 14
From The Futon Critic

Now it's the kids' turn, as Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland hosts the anticipated one hour-special, Lip Sync Battle Shorties, set to premiere Sunday, Dec. 11, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Lip Sync Battle Shorties, a spinoff of Spike's Emmy-nominated global phenomenon, will feature everyday kids lip syncing their favorite songs and celebrating their favorite artists. The special will also air on Spike on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

"After having such an awesome experience competing on Lip Sync Battle, I jumped at the chance to host Shorties," said Hyland. "What could be more fun and exciting to see than the next generation of Lip Sync superstars showing off their sensational skills?"

In addition to Hyland as host, the special will feature four talented kid performers, the Lip Sync Battle Shorties Dance Crew and a supporting cast featuring a kid DJ, M.C. and backstage correspondent.

Hyland is no stranger to the Lip Sync Battle family. The multi-talented actress recently taped an episode of the show that will air as part of the upcoming new season on Spike.

Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador are the creators of Lip Sync Battle Shorties.

"The happy surprise of Lip Sync Battle has been the reaction from kids and how many of them are watching the series with their families," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "Lip Sync Battle Shorties is a great opportunity for us to showcase kids' love of music, comedy and variety. And what better host than the fun and hilarious Sarah Hyland, who recently gave it her all on the Lip Sync Battle stage. Our Shorties are involved in every aspect of their performances from song selection to choreography and staging. We're having a blast!"

Lip Sync Battle Shorties is the latest example of successful brand expanding into new spaces which includes the recently launched Lip Sync Battle app, which coincided with the start of season 3 on Spike. Lip Sync Battle is Spike's most highly-rated original series in network history and can now be seen in over 150 countries and territories worldwide.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/17/16

"Project Runway Junior" Comes Home for Christmas
Catch It on Lifetime December 22!
From The Futon Critic

Move over millennials! Make way for Generation Z with the second season premiere of Project Runway Junior, returning on Thursday, December 22nd at 10pm ET/PT. Emmy(R) Award winner Tim Gunn and fellow co-host, supermodel Hannah Jeter, are once again joined by returning judges; fashion designers Kelly Osbourne and Christian Siriano and Seventeen Magazine and Cosmopolitan Executive Fashion Editor, Aya Kanai to find the freshest force to be reckoned with in the fashion world. Ages 13 to 17, these Project Runway Junior designers prove amazing talent develops at a young age. Disney Channel actress and singer Olivia Holt (Kickin' It) joins the judges for the finale to help select the winner. The series moves to its regular time slot of 9pm ET/PT, beginning December 29.

Season 2 Project Runway Junior designers include:
A'kai, 13 - Hauppauge, NY
Allie, 14 - Dayton, Ohio
Cartier, 16 - Chubbuck, ID
Chelsea, 14 - Chatsworth, CA
Chris, 16 - Calverton, NY
Hawwaa, 16 - Mankato, MN
Izzy, 16 - Mount Pleasant, MI
Lucas, 14 - Windermere, FL
Molly, 17 - Fort Collins, CO
Rene, 17 - Dallas, TX
Ruby, 14 - Barrington, RI
Tieler, 16 - Abita Springs, LA

The winner of Project Runway Junior will receive a full scholarship to the prestigious FIDM in California; a complete home sewing and crafting studio, plus, the dream machine, all courtesy of Brother; a feature in Seventeen Magazine; and a $25,000 cash prize, to help launch their line. Also, butter LONDON will supply a year's worth of products and the opportunity to consult with butter LONDON to create a limited edition nail color collection. The styles from their finale collection will be manufactured by Los Angeles Development House, Lefty Production Company.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/17/16

NBCSN Calls Shotgun
Catch It Saturday at 7p or Anytime on NBCSports.com
From Broadway World

SHOTGUN, NBC Sports Group's high-octane automotive quiz show that takes the meaning of 'riding shotgun' to a whole new level, will make its television debut this Saturday, November 19, at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.

NBCSN's coverage also features nearly 15 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage from Anaheim, Calif., beginning today at 4 p.m. ET, with an estimated 750 vehicles set to cross the auction block.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app - NBC Sports Group's live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs - will provide streaming coverage this weekend's motorsports coverage.

NBC Sports Group's full-throttled automotive quiz show, Shotgun, tests contestants' skills at answering questions while riding in the passenger seat of a professional race car. Hosted by NASCAR on NBC's Rutledge Wood, the one-hour show invites six contestants to buckle in for THE RIDE of their lives and ride "shotgun" as professional drivers put the pedal to the medal around four different courses at Irwindale Speedway, in Irwindale, Calif.

As the cars race around the track and drift between obstacles, each contestant is asked trivia questions covering a range of topics from pop culture to geography. Contestants who answer the most questions correctly in each round will move on to the next race course. Each new course will feature unique challenges and a different race vehicle. The last contestant standing after all four rounds wins $25,000.

In a first-of-its-kind launch for NBC Sports Group, the eight-episode series debuted digitally - on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app - on Sunday, November 6, following NBC's NASCAR Sprint Cup race coverage from Texas Motor Speedway. An encore presentation of the show will air Sunday, December 11, on NBC.

As part of a presenting sponsorship, Shotgun features four different Toyota race cars. The cars include the Toyota 86, Toyota NASCAR Camry Stock Car, Toyota Formula D Car, and Toyota Tacoma, with each car used in a different round. Shotgun is the latest show in a series of initiatives between NBC Sports Group and Toyota. Previous projects have included NBC Sports' NASCAR Gridiron Challenge, prior to NBC's presentation of SUPER BOWL XLIX, and 18 Rising, which chronicled NASCAR driver Kyle Busch's comeback journey from a broken leg to the 2016 Sprint Cup Championship.

Shotgun is produced by Profiles TV's Bertram Van Munster and Elise Doganieri, creators of The Amazing Race.

Broadway World

posted 11/17/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Shocked... And Happy?"

  • Ben & Lauren's happily ever after will have to wait... and they couldn't be happier? Huh? Wha? (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • Nick Cannon's going to be a father (WWPR-FM New York)
     

  • Emily & Haley are in relationships... not with each other or with the same guy or with twins or any other feasible sitcom trope (Us Magazine)
     

  • Howie Mandel to play Sault Ste. Marie (SooToday.com)
     

  • Bob Barker reflects on 60 years of "The Price Is Right" (Closer Weekly)
     

  • Trial begins for Michael Skupin's child pornography charge (MLive.com)
     

  • CJ de Mooi may sue in killing arrest (BBC news)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: No list of fictional game shows can be complete without Richard Dawson saying "Only in a rerun." (Den Of Geek!)

posted 11/17/16

TUESDAY: GSN Does Some Window Shopping
Only 208,000 Attracted to GSN's Windows
From Broadway World

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that many of the biggest names in retail have lined up as promotional partners for the new skill-based competition series WINDOW WARRIORS, hosted by actress Garcelle Beauvais ("Hollywood Today Live," "Spider-Man: Homecoming"). GSN partnered with General Growth Properties (GGP), the owner and operator of 128 high-quality retail properties throughout the United States, including include Tysons Galleria in Washington D.C., Glendale Galleria in Los Angeles and Water Tower Place in Chicago. Top retail brands, including Macy's, Anthropologie, Hot Topic, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and Sprinkles will also serve as partners. Michaels, North America's largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, also provided many of the materials used to create the windows for the show.

WINDOW WARRIORS, premiering Tuesday, November 15 at 9pm ET/PT, lifts the curtain on the intensely competitive and theatrical world of visual merchandising. This new series brings the worlds of art and commerce together as the country's most talented window designers are challenged to conceive jaw-dropping displays each week. In each episode, the contestants will be given a new theme, correlating with one of these top retail brands and will be competing to stay in the competition, as one person will be sent home each week, until the final top designer remains. Some of the winning windows will also be re-created at specially-selected GGP properties after air.

From the festive, to the luxurious, to the shockingly unexpected, these artists must push their creativity to the limits each week, in order to stay in the game and win the $100,000 grand prize. In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive a career-changing opportunity to design and develop amenities and platforms that elevate the customer experience at GGP properties, the opportunity to design a holiday display at Macy's New York City flagship Herald Square store and will be featured in design:retail magazine.

The premiere episode launched to 208,000 viewers, with a 0.04 in the A18-49 demo.

The hits will keep coming for GSN, as the network will preview their upcoming quiz show "Divided" on November 25 for a January 2017 release.

Elsewhere on cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.736m
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.079m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 894k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 545k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 394k
- Billy on the Street (SP/truTV): 254k
- Last Squad Standing (Oxygen): 203k

On broadcast, NBC (8.702 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (9.663 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "This Is Us" (9.499 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (6.944 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

CBS (11.819 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its trio of "NCIS" (14.610 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Bull" (11.786 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.061 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10).

Next up was ABC (4.914 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) with originals from "The Middle" (6.158 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4), "American Housewife" (5.240 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.259 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "The Real O'Neals" (3.563 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) and "David Blaine: Beyond Magic" (5.131 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.762 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.205 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), "New Girl" (1.959 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and "Scream Queens" (1.443 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.001 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) and "No Tomorrow" (0.855 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) on The CW (1.928 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 11/16/16

SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending November 6
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy managed to climb 4% for the pre-election week ended Nov. 6 to hit a syndication-leading 7.3 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Judge Judy has been syndication’s top-rated court show for more than 20 years and syndication’s top show overall for the past 14 consecutive weeks.

Also getting a lift from Judge Judy Sheindlin—and her husband, Jerry—was CTD’s Judy-created Hot Bench, which featured both judges on Halloween, Oct. 31. Those appearances boosted the show for the week to a season-high 2.5, ranking it third place in daytime behind only Judy and CTD’s Dr. Phil.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud slipped 6% to a 6.4 but remained the top game show. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune fell 2% to a 6.0. CTD’s Jeopardy! inched up 2% to a 5.8. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire broke even at a 1.6 for a third straight week, while Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game softened 8% to move backwards to a 1.2 for the first time this season.

B&C
Screener
The Futon Critic

posted 11/16/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Walking in Light"

  • Mark Burnett, Roma Downey to launch faith-and-family-values-based Light TV, calling it the first of its kind... Pax TV on line one. (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Melinda Messenger gives her all at Fort Boyard (Daily Star)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: the Double Dare reunion trailer (Den of Geek!)

posted 11/16/16

Jon Kelley Should Ask...
"The Mole" Host to Front "Funny You Should Ask" Fall 2017
From TV Newscheck

Entertainment Studios Inc. has chosen Jon Kelley to host its new syndicated comedy game show Funny You Should Ask. The show will be executive produced by veteran TV writer/producer Scott Satin (NBC’s Meet My Folks, Who Wants to Marry My Dad, Most Outrageous Game Show Moments, Hollywood Squares).

Funny You Should Ask is a comedy game show featuring a panel of standup comedians who interact with contestants for cash and prizes.

“Funny You Should Ask is a comedy game show featuring some of our funniest comedians and real people,” said Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios.

Kelley has covered news, sports and entertainment in a variety of roles for 20 years. At the national level, Kelley has been the host and primary correspondent for the nationally syndicated entertainment show Extra. In addition, he stepped into the role formerly held by CNN's Anderson Cooper, taking on primetime hosting duties for ABC's reality series The Mole.

Kelley was also on the national sports scene anchoring at Fox Sports Network. At the local level, he spent eight years at WMAQ Chicago, covering all six Bulls NBA titles.

Before beginning his broadcast journalism career, Kelley was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos. He attended the University of Nebraska on a full football scholarship.

TV Newscheck
Deadline
Multichannel News

posted 11/15/16

MONDAY: A Devil of a Time
NBC, ABC Win
From TV Line

Fox’s Lucifer this Monday drew 3.9 million total viewers and a 1.1 rating (per finals), rising 11 and 10 percent to its second-largest audience of the season and a 4-week demo high.
Opening Fox’s night, Gotham (3.6 mil/1.2) was steady.

Elsewhere in Ratingsland….

THE CW | With NFL preemption factored out, Supergirl (2.4 mil/0.7) was steady while Jane the Virgin (930K/0.3) dipped.

ABC | Dancing With the Stars (11.3 mil/1.6) drew a best-since-premiere audience while steady in the demo; Conviction (4.3 mil/0.8) oddly surged 19 and 33 percent. Hmmm.

NBC | With NFL preemption factored out, The Voice (10.1 mil/2.3) was steady, while a very eventful episode of Timeless (4.5 mil/1.2) ticked up a tenth.

CBS | Kevin Can Wait (7.1 mil/1.6), Man With a Plan (6.2 mil/1.3) and 2 Broke Girls (5.2 mil/1.3) each ticked down, Odd Couple (4.7 mil/1.0) was steady and Scorpion (7.2 mil/1.2) rose a tenth.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (SP/Nick): 1.884
- Chopped (Food): 862k
- Cake Wars: Christmas (SP/Food): 836k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 339k

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/15/16

WEEKEND: Another Good Friday for CBS
Fox, ABC Perform Modestly
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.230 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) took home top honors on Friday with its trio of "MacGyver" (7.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.811 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (10.177 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

ABC (5.320 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.276 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Dr. Ken" (4.435 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9), "Shark Tank" (5.396 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "20/20" (5.207 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was NBC (4.047 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (2.723 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (4.710 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.306 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "The Exorcist" (1.654 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.019 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.547 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.783 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.766m
- Clash of the Grandmas (P/Food): 1.440m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.359m
- Flea Market Flip (SF/GAC): 243k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (SP/CMT): 239k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/15/16

LMAD: Gains o'Clock
Game Posts Largest Weekly Audience Since May
From Broadway World

THE TALK and LET'S MAKE DEAL both delivered their largest average weekly audiences since May, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Nov. 11.

THE TALK averaged 2.88 million viewers, up +7% from a week ago and +10% from the same week last year. It was THE TALK's largest weekly audience since the week ending May 13.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL averaged 3.03 million viewers, up +5% from a week ago and its biggest audience since the week ending May 6.

Broadway World

posted 11/15/16

Meet the New "Top Model" Wannabes
Catch It December 12 on VH1
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced the contestants competing in the network's reincarnation of "America's Next Top Model." The all-female cast of aspiring models returns to NYC, where it all began, to go head-to-head to discover which contestant has what it takes to win it all. The winner of "America's Next Top Model" will receive $100,000 and a commercial feature on behalf of Rimmel London. Additionally, the winner will be featured in a fashion spread in PaperMagazine, along with an exclusive one year talent deal with VH1. The new season premieres on Monday, December 12th at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

Previously announced singer, actress and entrepreneur, Rita Ora will host the reinvented show with supermodel and body activist Ashley Graham, PaperMagazine Chief Creative Officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach serving as panel of judges. Tyra Banks and Ken Mok will continue as executive producers with Banks set to make surprise appearances during the season.

The 14 contestants competing are:

- Binta Dibba, 25 Seattle, WA Twitter: @babybinta | Instagram: @babybinta | Snapchat: @bintadibba #BintaANTM
- Cherish Waters, 25 Los Angeles, CA Twitter: @cherishwaters | Instagram: @icherishwaters | Snapchat: @meowmix420 #CherishANTM
- Cody Wells, 26 San Jose, CA Twitter: @TashandCody | Instagram: @tashandcody | Snapchat: @TashandCody #CodyANTM
- CoryAnne Roberts, 19 Bali, Indonesia Twitter: @CoryAnneRoberts | Instagram: @corylovesyou | Snapchat: @coryowns #CoryAnneANTM
- Courtney Nelson, 25 San Francisco, CA Twitter: @courtneynelso11 | Instagram: @courtneypaigenelson| Snapchat: @courtneyn2468 #CourtneyANTM
- Giah Hardeman, 21 Bryan-College Station, TX Twitter: @giah_hardeman | Instagram: @just_giah | Snapchat: @Gailayh #GiahANTM
- India Gants, 20 Seattle, WA Twitter: @india_kate | Instagram: @indiak8 | Snapchat: @indyk8 #IndiaANTM
- Justine Biticon, 18 Los Angeles, CA Twitter: @biticonjustine | Instagram: @justinemaebiticon | Snapchat: @justinebiticon #JustineANTM
- Krislian Rodriguez, 25 Los Angeles, CA Twitter: @missKrislian | Instagram: @misskrislian | Snapchat: @misskrislian #KrislianANTM
- Kyle McCoy, 23 Darien, CT Twitter: @KyleAMcCoy | Instagram: @smile4kyle | Snapchat: @KyleAnnMcCoy #KyleANTM
- Marissa Hopkins, 18 Houston, TX Twitter: @MarissaHopkins1 | Instagram: @marissa_hopkins | Snapchat: @marissahopkinsx #MarissaANTM
- Paige Mobley, 22 Birmingham, MI Twitter: @PaigeMobley | Instagram: @paigemobley | Snapchat: @PaigeMobley #PaigeANTM
- Tash Wells, 26 San Jose, CA Twitter: @TashandCody | Instagram: @tashandcody | Snapchat: @TashandCody #TashANTM
- Tatiana Price, 21 Brooklyn, NY Twitter: @hakunama_tat | Instagram: @tatianaelizabethh | Snapchat: @hakunama.tat #TatianaANTM

For more information and updates about "America's Next Top Model," check out ANTM.VH1.com, the official VH1 "America's Next Top Model" page on Facebook and follow @VH1 and @ANTMVH1 on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat #ANTM.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/15/16

Greece Gets Lucky
Antenna 1 to Air Local Format
From World Screen

The Greek version of Global Agency’s studio-based game show Lucky Room has begun airing on Antenna 1.

Global Agency’s deal with production company The Art of Comedy covers 209 episodes. The first nine weeks the show airs weekly. For the remainder of the season it will air daily. The show premiered Sunday.

Izzet Pinto, CEO of Global Agency, noted, “The format has always been one of the most attractive projects in our catalog for the international buyers and this great premiere in Greece showed us its power globally. We are also so happy to be working with The Art of Comedy and Antenna 1 on Lucky Room. I am sure that the show will be a key part of the channel’s programming schedule.”

Nick Christoforou, head of TV productions at The Art of Comedy, commented: “We are very satisfied and happy with the results of Lucky Room’s premiere on Antenna 1. It created excitement, sentiment and engagement among viewers with its first episode on all Greek online channels. The hashtag #LuckyRoom was the trending topic of the night and we had very positive comments from all the viewers as well as the most popular television critics. With its premiere, the show beat two famous movies and also the national football game of Greece.”

World Screen

posted 11/15/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Awkward Dinner"

  • FIRST LOOK: "My Kitchen Rules" (Fox, January 12) (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Two days after her grandmother passed, Laurie Hernandez still has emotions (People)
     

  • Survivor China winner Todd Herzog has a relapse. Needless to say, Dr. Phil is taking advantage of it for sweeps, because of course he would (Reality TV World)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the 9 most Billy Eichner moments that Billy Eichner ever Billy Eichnered (Rolling Stone)

posted 11/15/16

2017: The Ball Drops, Then the Wall Drops
NBC Releases "The Wall" January 3
From the Futon Critic

Beginning the new year with a heart-stopping new game show that could change the lives of its contestants in an instant, NBC has set Tuesday, Jan. 3 (8 p.m. ET/PT) for the premiere of "The Wall," executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James.

Two previews of "The Wall" will enjoy highly anticipated lead-ins. The first preview will air Monday, Dec. 19 at 10 p.m. following the "America's Got Talent: Holiday Spectacular" and the second on Monday, Jan. 2 at 10 p.m. following the premiere of "The New Celebrity Apprentice."

With more than $12 million on the line every night, and up to $3 million on a drop at four-stories high, "The Wall" was built for one purpose - to change everyday people's lives in an instant.

Hosted and executive produced by actor, comedian, author and TV personality Chris Hardwick, "The Wall" will offer a pair of deserving teammates life-altering cash prizes. The rules are simple: Get a question correct and a green ball will fall down the wall and add the value of the slot to the players' winning total. Miss a question and an ominous red ball will fall and deduct the value from the team. Teammates have to work together to build a huge cash prize.

However, the towering wall is not easily conquered. Wildly unpredictable, the wall is capable of millions of different outcomes. As the game progresses, the stakes get even higher when one player is sent into an isolation room behind the wall. It is here where the pair's faith in each other will be tested as the teammates play the remainder of the game without any communication.

A rollercoaster of emotions, the wall gives and the wall takes away. One minute you're up and the next you're one bounce away from zero. In this game, you need both the answers and bounces ... with millions at stake every night.

"The Wall" is a collaboration between SpringHill Entertainment and Glassman Media with James, Hardwick, Maverick Carter and Andrew Glassman serving as executive producers. "The Wall" was developed by Glassman Media in conjunction with CORE Media.

The Futon Critic
B&C
Cleveland.com
Variety

posted 11/14/16

Ant & Dec Get the Golden Handcuffs
They'll Be Hosting for ITV Until 2019
From the Guardian

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have signed a new three-year “golden handcuffs” deal with ITV thought to be worth over $37 million, as the broadcaster looks to lock in its biggest TV talent.

The duo, who front some of ITV’s biggest shows including I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here, Britain’s Got Talent and Saturday Night Takeaway, have secured about a 20% increase over the value of their last three-year deal, reportedly worth just over $31 million.

The extension of the deal to 2019 means Ant and Dec, who began their TV career on BBC children’s show Byker Grove in the late 1980s, will take their exclusive relationship with ITV to 21 years.

“We are absolutely delighted to be extending our relationship with ITV, to continue on the three shows we love as well as exploring further opportunities both in front of and behind the camera,” said the pair.

Ant and Dec, both 40, are critical to the success of ITV as the broadcaster battles its traditional rivals as well as newer competitors such as Amazon and Netflix. During negotiations they hinted publicly that they might look to leave ITV but then went on to say that a move to Netflix or Amazon was “not necessarily for right now”.

“Ant and Dec are incredibly passionate about television and have that rare ability to connect with audiences of all ages, which has helped make the shows some of the biggest on British TV,” said Kevin Lygo, ITV’s director of television.

The Guardian

posted 11/14/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Off the Market Again for the First Time"

  • GSN Live vet Bob Guiney is a bachelor no more. Again. (People)
     

  • Speaking of the Bachelor, Chris Soules to counsel Nick Viall this season (People)
     

  • The Price Is Right Live! heads to South Bend (WNDU South Bend), Milwaukee (WDJT Milwaukee)
     

  • Bob Eubanks heads to Effingham to host Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows (McDonough County Voice)
     

  • Billy Eichner, Jon Hamm want a threesome with you (Vanity Fair)
     

  • O'G3NE go from "The Voice of Holland" to Eurovision (Eurovisionary)

posted 11/14/16


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

Can a game show survive without hustle and BUSTLE?
Can it stand on the back of Nipsey Russell?
Chris Wolvie helps you forget the political SEASON
With a "Games Gone By..." about "Rhyme and Reason"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/11/16

THURSDAY: No Football, No Problem
CBS Wins All Over
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.677 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.222 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (7.911 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Mom" (7.078 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "Life in Pieces" (6.189 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Pure Genius" (5.331 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

The silver then went to NBC (6.108 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with its mix of "Superstore" (4.383 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), a second "Superstore" (4.521 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Chicago Med" (7.355 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and "The Blacklist" (6.516 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.072 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.167 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Notorious" (3.769 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.282 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "Rosewood" (3.309 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Pitch" (2.643 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.776 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and "Supernatural" (1.685 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) on The CW (1.730 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.918m
- Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay (F/Food): 1.396m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.147m
- Project Runway: Fashion Startup (Lifetime): 499k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 472k
- Finding Prince Charming (SF/Logo): 124k

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/11/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Our Very First Show Again!"

  • Steve Harvey to end his daytime show, move to LA for a new project (TV Line)
     

  • Luke Pell gets $1500 for taking his shirt off! (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: THOSE. (USA Today)

posted 11/11/16

Wheel Promises Biggest Secret Santa EVER.
Sears Contest Begins November 28
From Sony PR

Wheel of Fortune has teamed up with Sears for this year’s “Wheel of Fortune Sears Secret Santa Sweepstakes.” Wheel of Fortune has given away more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes to viewers over the last four holiday seasons through the fan-favorite promotion.

This year’s Secret Santa giveaway promises to be the biggest ever. From Nov. 28 through Dec. 9, every in-studio contestant will become a “Secret Santa” to an at-home viewer. During that time, if the viewer has a Wheel Watchers Club SPIN ID number, he or she will be eligible to win the exact same prizes won by an in-studio contestant, including cars, cash, luxury vacations and a Sears shopping spree.

At the end of regular game play, when the totals for the 2nd and 3rd place contestants are announced, the SPIN ID numbers of the Wheel Watchers Club members they were playing for will be revealed. Those two Wheel Watchers Club members win whatever those contestants won. One lucky Wheel Watchers Club member, whose SPIN ID number is revealed after the Bonus Round, will win whatever the big winner won.

Wheel Watchers Club members whose SPIN ID numbers are revealed will then log on to www.wheeloffortune.com within 24 hours of the broadcast to claim their prizes.

To be eligible to win in the “Wheel of Fortune Sears Secret Santa Sweepstakes,” viewers will have to join the show’s loyalty program, the Wheel Watchers Club and obtain a SPIN ID number by November 15. Each member is automatically assigned a unique, alpha-numeric SPIN ID Number. It’s free and easy to become a Wheel Watchers Club member at www.wheeloffortune.com.

This season’s partnership marks the eighth consecutive year of promotional collaboration between Sears and Wheel of Fortune. Sears branding will be prominent throughout the two weeks of the Secret Santa-themed shows. One thousand dollars and $7,500 Sears shopping sprees will be featured on the Wheel for these shows.

Sears’ Heroes At Home® program, which teams with Rebuilding Together to make critical home upgrades for military families facing hardship, will also be showcased during Wheel of Fortune’s “Sears Secret Santa Family Week”, “Sears Secret Santa Week” as well as “Veterans Week.” For more information on the program, please visit www.sears.com/heroesathome.

posted 11/10/16

WEDNESDAY: Fox Wins on Empire
Survivor Holds On
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.581 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) took home the top spot on Wednesday with the post-World Series return of "Lethal Weapon" (7.027 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and "Empire" (8.136 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

ABC (5.945 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then snagged the silver with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.435 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Speechless" (5.609 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Modern Family" (7.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Black-ish" (5.303 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Designated Survivor" (5.576 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

Next up was CBS (7.378 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.756 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Criminal Minds" (7.328 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and "Code Black" (6.049 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.358 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up originals from "Blindspot" (4.878 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.504 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (5.691 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8).

And finally on The CW (1.521 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), fresh installments of "Arrow" (1.961 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Frequency" (1.082 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (S/Food): 859k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 628k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 533k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 349k
- Catching Kelce (E!): 281k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 252k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 197k

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/9/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "America: The Results Show... Part 3"

  • Former "Apprentice" contestants react to the Election results (Reality TV World)
     

  • It's another Reality Steve Bachelor leak, y'all! (Reality TV World)
     

  • Sharna Burgess looks to dance next week (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • GLOBAL CASTING COUCH: BBC show looks for quizzers in Liverpool (Liverpool Echo)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: The Double Dare reunion special (E!)

posted 11/10/16

SYNDIES: Week 7
Results for the Week Ending October 30
From B&C

Talk shows came to life in the week ended Oct. 30, which included the first two weekdays of the November sweep that runs from Oct. 27 - Nov. 23.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud forged ahead 5% to a new season-high 6.8 to remain the game leader and second only to Judge Judy in overall syndication.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune inched up 2% to a 6.1. CTD’s Jeopardy! remained at a 5.7 for the fourth straight week. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was unchanged at a 1.6. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game also was unchanged at a 1.3 for the 10th straight week.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/9/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "America: The Results Show... Part 2"

  • NON-ELECTION TUESDAY:
    - Chopped Junior (Food): 949k
    - Chopped (Food): 813k
    - Ink Master (Spike): 626k
    - @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 432k
     (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • Jeremy Paxman "baffled" by sexism charge on "University Challenge" (Irish Independent)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!:  a Spanish game show host gives her all for her craft (Express)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Pat Sajak & Vanna White (People)

posted 11/9/16


Orange County Sun
JEAN JACQUES PERREY: 1929-2016
Electronic Music Pioneer Helped Compose "Joker's Wild" Theme
From Washington Post

Jean-Jacques Perrey, the French composer and pioneer of electronic pop music who was best known for co-writing “Baroque Hoedown,” used as the music for the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disney theme parks, died Nov. 4 in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was 87.

The cause was lung cancer, said a daughter, Patricia Leroy.

Electronic music composer Dana Countryman, in a tribute to his frequent collaborator posted on Facebook, noted that Mr. Perrey began recording electronic music in 1952, long before the Moog synthesizer was first offered for sale in 1967, calling him “truly the pioneer of popular electronic music.”

“His crazy, happy music has been heard everywhere, from commercials to ‘Sesame Street’ — in hip-hop songs, in dance remixes and most famously, for decades in the delightful featured music in Disneyland’s ‘Main Street Electrical Parade.’ In recent years, his music has even made appearances on ‘The Simpsons,’ and on Comedy Central’s ‘South Park,’ ” Countryman wrote.

In the mid-1960s, Mr. Perrey teamed with the American composer Gershon Kingsley to record two groundbreaking electronic pop music albums, “The In Sound From the Way Out” and “Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Electronic Pop Music From Way Out!” The latter included “Baroque Hoedown,” which became known to millions of people worldwide when it was used as the music for the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland and other Disney theme parks. The pair also composed "The Savers", which became the first theme to the long-running CBS/syndicated series "The Joker's Wild" in 1972.

Mr. Perrey was born Jean Leroy in northern France on Jan. 20, 1929. As a child, he began playing an accordion he received as a Christmas present. While attending medical school in Paris, he met the inventor Georges Jenny, who had created the Ondioline, an electronic keyboard that was a forerunner of the

Washington Post
AV Club

posted 11/8/16

Cooks vs. Cons Returns November 23
Cooking Game Moves to Wednesday
From The Futon Critic

Cooks vs. Cons returns for a new season of the suspenseful culinary competition on Wednesday, November 23rd at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Geoffrey Zakarian hosts each episode as four contestants - two professional chefs ("cooks") and two con artists ("cons") - conceal their true identities as they race against the clock to whip up delicious restaurant quality dishes. The pressure is on as they must try to convince a rotating panel of judges, including Ted Allen, Sunny Anderson, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Eddie Jackson, Jeff Mauro, Daphne Oz, Curtis Stone, Jet Tila and Justin Warner, that they are the real deal. The cooks' and cons' skills, agility and adaptability are tested as they must incorporate a secret ingredient into their dishes during the two rounds of competition. With a level playing field, and no one knowing who is who, only a blind taste test will prove who has the best dish. If the professional is victorious, they'll take home $10,000, but if an amateur can out cook the pro, they'll walk away with $15,000!

The Futon Critic

posted 11/8/16

MONDAY: NBC Goes Live
Completely Live Night Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.261 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the top demo draw on Monday for the eighth consecutive week with its duo of "The Voice" (9.919 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "The 2016 SNL Election Special" (7.946 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2).

ABC (8.576 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was the number two network with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.905 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Conviction" (3.919 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Next up was CBS (6.272 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.319 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Man with a Plan" (6.211 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (5.452 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "The Odd Couple" (5.054 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Scorpion" (6.798 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.506 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.504 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Lucifer" (3.508 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

And finally, originals from "Supergirl" (2.439 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.119 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) closed out the evening for The CW (1.779 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 761k
- Cake Wars (Food/SP): 737k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 429k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/8/16

Garth Brooks Heads to "The Voice"
Catch Him on November 14
From Reality TV World

The Voice has signed on Garth Brooks as a key adviser for Season 11's first live show.

NBC has announced Brooks, a country music hall-of-famer, will serve as key adviser for the Top 12 artists on the upcoming Monday, November 14 episode at 8PM ET/PT.

Brooks, 54, will be the first key adviser the franchise has utilized for the uber-important live shows. He will motivate, inspire and guide the contestants along with the show's coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus.

Key advisers before him --like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw this season -- worked with artists throughout the "The Knockout Round." Cyrus, singer Taylor Swift, Fun frontman Nate Ruess, and Coldplay's Chris Martin also held down the key-adviser role in previous seasons for the Knockouts.

Reality TV World

posted 11/8/16

WEEKEND: Strange-Ish Things
CBS Wins Friday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.862 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the first place draw on Friday with its trio of "MacGyver" (7.597 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.376 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (4.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then snagged the silver with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.204 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Dr. Ken" (4.184 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Shark Tank" (5.200 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "20/20" (3.762 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.094 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with its duo of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (2.736 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (4.773 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.643 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) offered up fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.355 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "The Exorcist" (1.932 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, originals from "The Vampire Diaries" (0.987 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.559 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.773 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Sunday:
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food/SP): 1.430m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.259m
- Worst Bakers in America (Food/SF): 1.146m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 118/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "America: The Results Show"

posted 11/8/16


Steve Ryan
FRED WOSTBROCK: 1961-2016
Agent to Game Show Greats
From GSNN's Chico Alexander

Fred Wostbrock, game show historian and agent for its legends and Hollywood greats alike, passed away from lung cancer early this morning.

The news was posted this afternoon on Facebook by noted game show announcer Randy West.

"Fred and I were buddies through the years that we both struggled to get established in the town and the business in the 1980s," West said in a post. "We became brothers and partners in kicking-ass in town, as agent and talent."

Aside from representing television's greatest from Bill Cullen to Wink Martindale, Wostbrock was also a leading expert on the genre, having co-written "The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows" with former GSN researcher David Schwartz & "Blockbusters" creator Steve Ryan.

A longtime fan of game shows, Wostbrock was featured on "Good Morning America", E!, "Entertainment Tonight", and ABC before becoming a regular contributor for GSN in 1997, where he was the resident "Mr. Game Show", answering viewer questions and highlighting celebrities or classic game shows each week.

Wostbrock was also the head of the celebrity & game show division at Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates in Studio City, CA. Some of his clients included Adam West, Bob Eubanks, Monty Hall, Peter Marshall, and Lou Ferrigno.

As a game show historian, Wostbrock had the largest collection of game show memorabilia in the United States, including a collection of rare game show photos. "Any project I took on became a project for him, and he was always there with photos, with videos, and with phone numbers," notes Adam Nedeff, author of "Quizmaster" & "The Matchless Gene Rayburn", two best-selling game show biographies that featured Wostbrock's material. "The sentence 'I got your number from Fred Wostbrock' opened a LOT of doors for me in these past few years of writing and researching books."

A Catholic mass is being planned.

News from ME

posted 11/7/16

Fox in 2017
"Hell's Kitchen", "Masterchef Junior" to Return
From the Futon Critic

FOX is announcing premiere dates for new series THE MICK (special premiere Jan. 1; time period premiere Jan. 3), STAR (special premiere Dec. 14; time period premiere Jan. 4), MY KITCHEN RULES (Jan. 12), 24: LEGACY (two-night event beginning Feb. 5, following SUPER BOWL LI, and continuing on Feb. 6) and APB (Feb. 6); and returning series BONES: THE FINAL CHAPTER (Jan. 3), SLEEPY HOLLOW (Jan. 6) and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Feb. 9). In addition, NEW GIRL moves to its new Tuesday night time period (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT), beginning Jan. 3. HELL'S KITCHEN moves to Thursdays, beginning Jan. 5, with two all-new back-to-back episodes (8:00-9:00/9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The series then premieres in its regular time period Jan. 12 (8:00-9:01). ROSEWOOD moves to its new Friday night time period (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), beginning Jan. 6.

HELL'S KITCHEN moves to Thursdays, beginning Jan. 5, with all-new back-to-back episodes (8:00-9:00/9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The following week, Thursday, Jan. 12, HELL'S KITCHEN moves into its regular time period (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT), followed by the premiere of new series MY KITCHEN RULES (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT). The No. 1 show in Australia for five years running, MY KITCHEN RULES pits celebrity duos against each other as they cook and critique each other's food in Hollywood homes. The celebrity pairs include TV host and *NSYNC member Lance Bass, R&B recording artists Brandy and Ray J, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, country superstar Naomi Judd and reality TV star Brandi Glanville. In addition to being judged by their rival competitors, each team will also be critiqued by two professional chef judges, Curtis Stone ("Top Chef Masters") and Cat Cora ("Iron Chef America").

On Thursday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR goes back for fifths, with award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay, renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi and an array of celebrity guest judges. The hit culinary competition show gives talented kids the chance to showcase their skills in the kitchen and passion for food through a series of delicious and fun challenges.

Additional premiere dates and schedule details to be announced.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 11/7/16

America's Got The Holidays
"AGT" Spawns Christmas Spectacular December 19
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of the show's most successful season in five years, Nick Cannon hosts an astounding evening with a talented cast of performers coming together for a special one-night only "America's Got Talent Holiday Spectacular." The judging panel, featuring Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, will also participate in this one-night-only event. The two-hour special will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Dec. 19 on NBC.

Music, magic and variety acts celebrate the holidays in a stunning special for fans and families to enjoy. Season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal will once again have jaws dropping with a holiday rendition on the ukulele and judge Heidi Klum even joins in on a performance with her Golden Buzzer contestant, Sal Valentinetti. For the first time ever, Professor Splash dives into egg nog and The Regurgitator is using none other than holiday ornaments for his unique performance.

"America's Got Talent" ranked as the #1 broadcast network series throughout the summer, finishing #1 among all primetime entertainment programs on the Big 4 networks every week in both adults 18-49 and total viewers. With an average 3.1 rating in 18-49 and 13.8 million viewers overall for its Tuesday edition, "Talent" delivered its top-rated season in 18-49 in three years and its most-watched season in five years.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 11/7/16


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

Want your game show questions made fresh? Want your game show in a Jeopardy!-esque format? Want your game show with "America's Oldest Teenager"? Then check out "Games Gone By..." as Chris Wolvie introduces you to "The Challengers".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/7/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "I'm a Sudoku Expert. Get Me Out of Here!"

posted 11/7/16

"Save" the Day
CW Launches "Save to Win" Tomorrow Morning!
From WBRC Birmingham

After a very public and painful split from his high school sweetheart, Pat Neely said he's excited for this new challenge and is happier than ever.

The country fell in love with the Memphis sweethearts when their show Down Home with the Neelys debuted in 2008 on the Food Network--a couple the Bluff City already loved.

Now, Pat Neely is stepping back in the spotlight as host and executive producer of TV's newest game show, Save to Win.

“The cooking show was amazing, and we had a great run, but one of the things I want to do in my new chapter is really expose all of my talents and personality,” said Pat Neely.

A Family Dollar store was built inside a Los Angeles studio for the show. Two teams of two battle in three rounds testing their product knowledge--blindly tasting, smelling, or feeling an item from the studio store to guess what it is.

“When I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and I look at myself, and look at everything that's transpired, and I look at where I am now, I mean, who shined the light on Pat Neely?" he asked.

Pat says he never dreamed he would be this happy while starting this new chapter of his life after 50.

“Everyone has a right to want to make a change in their life. Did it hurt? Was it painful? Absolutely it was, but at the end of the day you have to get beyond that,” he said.

Pat Neely's show Save to Win debuts this weekend.

WBRC Birmingham

posted 11/4/16

Grocery Impossible
Flavortown Tournament with Robert Irvine Begins December 4
From the Futon Critic

On this epic four-week crossover tournament of Triple-G, Guy Fieri welcomes Mr. Impossible himself, Robert Irvine, to the Flavortown Market to help test the talents of contestants with three rounds of tough culinary challenges on Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible, premiering Sunday, December 4th at 8pm on Food Network. In each episode, a rotating panel of judges, including Richard Blais, G. Garvin, Robert Irvine and Brandi Milloy will decide which of the three contestants has the culinary creativity to advance, and who is in the express checkout lane of the competition. The last man standing after two grueling rounds will earn $10,000 and a coveted spot in the tournament finale. But before bagging their prize, they will have a shot to double their money in a third round, as their talents are tested in the most impossible challenge yet - a cook-off against Robert Irvine. In the grand finale, the finalists vie for chance to go head-to-head against Robert one last time, and for the opportunity to win up to an additional $20,000 as well as the title of Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible Champion!

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to relive the top moments from the competition, test their supermarket trivia smarts, collect shopping and cooking tips from the judges, and much more. They can also join the conversation using #GroceryGames.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/4/16

THURSDAY: Who Needs Sports?
CBS Wins with Non-Football Lineup
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.657 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on a competitive Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.933 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (8.303 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Mom" (7.025 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Life in Pieces" (5.962 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Pure Genius" (5.360 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

NBC (5.936 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with its lineup of "Superstore" (4.047 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "The Good Place" (4.431 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Chicago Med" (7.423 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "The Blacklist" (6.146 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.059 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.516 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Notorious" (3.621 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.043 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.069 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Rosewood" (3.366 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and "Pitch" (2.773 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.788 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) likewise served up fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.737 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) and "Supernatural" (1.840 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.868m
- Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.041m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 983k
- Project Runway: Fashion Startup (Lifetime): 485k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 362k
- Finding Prince Charming (Logo/SF): 131k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/4/16

Speed Round
NBCSN to Launch "Shotgun" on NBCSports.com November 6, then TV November 19
From Yahoo!

Add a quiz show to the types of contests viewers can see on NBCSN – and online, too.

NBC Sports Group is gearing up to launch “Shotgun” an eight-episode series it bills as a “high-octane automotive quiz show” that tests contestants ability to answer questions while riding in the passenger seat of a professional race car around four different courses at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, Calif. During the series, Rutledge Wood, host of “Nascar on NBC,” has six contestants ride “shotgun” as professional race-car drivers work the course while they are asked questions ranging from pop culture to geography. Contestants who answer the most questions correctly in each round will move on to the next race course. Each new course will feature unique challenges and a different race vehicle. The last contestant standing after all four rounds wins $25,000.

“This is a new enterprise for us,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and NBCSN, in an interview. “It’s exciting. It’s fun. It’s fast paced. It puts you in the position of the passenger and the contestant in the car. You wonder how you would react.”

“Shotgun” will debut digitally – on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – followed a few weeks later by its television premiere on NBCSN. The first four episodes will be made available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Sunday, November 6, following NBC’s Nascar Sprint Cup race coverage from Texas Motor Speedway. The second four episodes will be available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Sunday, November 13, following NBC’s Nascar Sprint Cup playoff race from Phoenix. A one-hour television premiere of “Shotgun” will air on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. ET, immediately following NBCSN’s coverage of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship from Miami. An encore presentation will air Sunday, December 11 on NBC.

Toyota will have a featured role in the series. One of four different Toyota pro-model race cars will be used in different rounds. The cars include the Toyota 86, Toyota Nascar Camry Stock Car, Toyota Formula D Car, and Toyota Tacoma. The automaker has a broader relationship with NBC Sports, lending support to “NASCAR Gridiron Challenge,” prior to NBC’s presentation of Super Bowl XLIX, and “18 Rising,” which depicted driver Kyle Busch’s return from a broken leg to the 2016 Sprint Cup Championship.

The series is produced by Profiles TV’s Bertram Van Munster and Elise Doganieri, creators of “The Amazing Race.”

NBC Sports clearly hopes the new show bolsters its investment in motorsports content. The NBCUniversal unit plans more than 1,800 hours of motorsports programming in 2016, including Nascar, IndyCar, Formula One, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Red Bull Global RallyCross and Mecum Auctions.

Yahoo!
Autoweek

posted 11/4/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "This Is For You, Fred"

  • Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani look like they're getting married. (Us)
     

  • Baby Chmerkovskiy... the first couple of pictures (Reality TV World)
     

  • Meanwhile Gleb Savchenko is injured (Us)
     

  • Philip Schofield goes haywire on the Celebrity Juice set....  (Look)
     

  • "1342 QI Facts" guaranteed to leave you flabbergasted (LoveReading)
     

  • ICYMI: train heroes take on "Millionaire" (Military Times)

posted 11/4/16

The Chasers Tip Over
Crossover Event on ITV November 5
From Digital Spy

The Beast, The Governess and The Sinnerman are about to get a taste of their own medicine.

Yes, the dastardly quiz geniuses of The Chase are crossing over to fellow ITV daytime quiz Tipping Point for a charity special, Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, testing their coin-pushing skills under the watchful eye of Ben Shephard.

This is clearly the start of the ITVQSU (ITV Quiz Show Universe, obviously) and we welcome it with open arms.

Not only is it a quiz show crossover, it's also the first time we'll see all three Chasers on the screen at once - and in their OWN clothes. One thing that won't probably change though is their usual flawless general knowledge skills.

"It was fun - and nice to be allowed on telly not in costume. I'm never going to be a great buzzer quizzer, but I think we all acquitted ourselves well," Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty told Metro.co.uk.

"It took a bit of time to get the hang of the machine. I worked out that you need to drop the token as the shelf moves AWAY from you. Everyone was delightful and they really seemed pleased to see us, which was nice."

But will those skills be enough for Anne to triumph over Mark 'The Beast' Labbett and Paul 'The Sinnerman' Sinha? Find out on Saturday, November 5 at 6pm on ITV.

Digital Spy

posted 11/3/16

WEDNESDAY: CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!
Fox Wins on the Game 7 to End All Game 7s
From the Futon Critic

FOX (39.199 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 12.1, #1) demolished the competition on Wednesday with the primetime portion of the "World Series, Game 7" (39.199 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 12.1, #1).

ABC (12.569 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) then was a distant second place with its coverage of "The 50th Annual CMA Awards" (12.569 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.204 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (6.820 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), a repeat "Criminal Minds" (4.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and an original "Code Black" (4.439 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.138 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.048 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.276 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Chicago PD" (3.092 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.630 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Frequency" (0.934 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) closed out the night on The CW (1.281 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition (Food/SF): 971k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 503k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 361k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 258k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 255k
- Catching Kelce (E!): 249k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 188k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/3/16

Atari Gets in the Game
Classic Video Games Come to Life in South Africa
From Variety

Gaming pioneer Atari is looking to become a global TV player, and South Africa will play a key role in that expansion, the company announced at the Discop Africa TV content market in Johannesburg on Nov. 2.

Robert Blagman, CEO of Media Fusion, who’s been contracted to manage Atari’s TV programing for global distribution and syndication, told attendees that the gaming giant’s first TV series, “Game On,” which is currently in development, is looking to shoot in South Africa.

Talks are underway with local production companies for the unscripted reality game show, which will feature players navigating life-sized sets of popular Atari games.

The announcement underscores the belief of Atari execs that South Africa represents “an incredible area of opportunity,” according to Blagman, with the company hoping to use the country as a production base for other programs as well.

“The more we can do down here, the better,” he says.

Variety
MyBroadband

posted 11/3/16

The Voice Goes Live... And So Does the Vote
Live Shows Begin Next Week
From TV Line

The road to The Voice‘s Top 12 just got a whole lot more nerve-racking.

NBC has announced a twist to the two-hour episode airing Monday, Nov. 7 (8/7c): Everything from the performances to the critiques to the voting results will be broadcast — wait for it — live.

Here’s how it’ll go down: The 20 remaining singers, five per team, will each have a chance to perform. After each performance, viewers can vote on The Voice app — up to 10 votes per artist per team, according to NBC — or on Twitter via the show’s handle (@NBCTheVoice).

Voting results will determine two artists for each team, while the coaches — Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys — will get to save/choose their third team member in real time. The remaining 12 singers, three per team, will then go on to compete in the regular live episodes beginning Monday, Nov. 14.

But fear not, viewers in the West and Mountain time zones — The Voice will tweet the names of all eligible singers, so your votes will be counted along with those watching in the Eastern and Central time zones.

TV Line
TV Line

posted 11/3/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Fly the W"

  • vThese are (allegedly) Nick Cannon's confessions (Us)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: So you want to make a game show...  (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Mary Berry will return to the BBC in a show that's "part Bake-Off, part Upstairs Downstairs" (Digital Spy)
     

  • Adam Levine got the name for his baby from Ellen DeGeneres (Reality TV World)

posted 11/1/16


Endemol Shine/Channel 4
"Deal" Taken to New Heights on Farewell Tour
Catch It on Four in December!
From the List

'Deal Or No Deal' is set to film its final shows in the "most ambitious" places ever attempted on a television show.

Noel Edmonds - who hosted the game show when it first aired in 2005 - is set to bring the program's 11-year run to a close with an unforgettable farewell tour, which will see contestants compete for the £250,000 jackpot inside the Eden Project, on a Boeing 737 airplane and underground in Wookey Hole cave, as well as other unusual locations.

Speaking about the Channel 4 shows finale to Digital Spy, the 67-year-old television presenter said: "These shows are some of the most ambitious ever attempted on television - the sky has quite literally been the limit for this incredibly special series."

And Noel - who has boasted a longstanding career spanning over 40 years presenting light entertainment TV programs - has revealed it was an "honor" for him to meet fans of the channel whilst he was filming, which also saw him travel to Manchester's Trafford Centre, the Flying Scotsman train, and the Great Hall at Longleat House in Bath.

He explained: "It has been an absolute joy and honor to meet Deal's loyal fans whilst out on the road at this hugely exciting time and I can't wait for our loyal audience to see them on screen."

However, the unknown person behind The Banker has admitted his favourite part in the show is watching contestants' hopes for winning the top prize "crushed".

The Banker - who calls Noel on the famous red telephone on the show to tease the gamers with alternative cash prizes - quipped: "I'd thought I'd have a little fun sending Noel all over the place. He needs the exercise at his age. And as it's Christmas I thought I'd do what I love most - watching people's dreams being crushed.

"Though I could be softened up with a little sherry and a mince pie."

'Deal Or No Deal On Tour' will air on Channel 4 in December.

The List
Digital Spy
Metro

posted 11/2/16

Meet the J! Teen Tourney Class of 2016
Catch It Beginning November 9!
From Jeopardy.com

Jeopardy!’s most beloved tournament is back! Don’t miss some of the country’s brightest young minds and future leaders competing for $100,000 in Washington, D.C. Meet the contestants right here, then tune in Nov. 9 through 22 to see them in action.

- Leeyu Addisu: Eighth grader; Ocala, Florida
- Lily Allingham: Sophomore; Wilmington, Delaware
- Jack Bekos: Junior; Elm Grove, Wisconsin
- Michael Borecki: Junior; Darien, Connecticut
- Porter Bowman: Junior; Darien, Connecticut
- Sabrina Duong: Sophomore; La Jolla, California
- Alec Fischthal: Junior; North Woodmere, New York
- Lucia Geng: Junior; Great Neck, New York
- Apurva Kanneganti: Senior; Germantown, Tennessee
- Antonio Karides: Junior; Severna Park, Maryland
- Michael Kwan: Sophomore; Cupertino, California
- Emily LaMonica: Senior; Sayreville, New Jersey
- Sharath Narayan: Sophomore; Madison, Alabama
- Connor Pierce: Freshman; Dallas, Texas
- Jasmine Wheeler: Eighth grader; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Jeopardy.com

posted 11/2/16

Alone Season 3: December 8
History Also to Premiere "The Selection"
From the Futon Critic

HISTORY's fearless survival series "Alone" returns for a ten episode third season, premiering Thursday, December 8 at 9PM ET/PT, followed by the series premiere of the original unscripted series, "The Selection: Special Operations Experiment" at 10PM ET/PT. With higher stakes and greater challenges than ever before, "Alone," will place ten hardcore survivalists - both male and female - alone in the cold, isolated region of Patagonia, Argentina with one mission: to stay alive. There are no camera crews, no teams, and no gimmicks. In a new remote location at the bottom of the globe, survivalists will face treacherous predators like never before, experience unforgiving and unpredictable weather conditions and showcase unbelievable building acumen by creating some of the most ingenious inventions ever seen.

Equipped only with limited gear, their wilderness experience, and cameras to self-document their journeys, these brave men and women are completely separated from one another in harsh, unforgiving terrain. Thousands of miles away from home, the survivalists are unaware of when others tap out, increasing the pressure. To survive, they must find food and water, build shelters and fend off predators. They will face extreme isolation, psychological distress, and treacherous environmental conditions as they descend into the unknown. In the most dangerous season yet, the harsh conditions of Patagonia force the urgent medical evacuation of many individuals throughout the season.

Each episode of "Alone" features the nerve-wracking thrill of watching individuals face the fury of Mother Nature while plunging into a state of isolation unimaginable in today's hyper-connected, always-on world. These participants must battle everything from territorial predators such as puma and wild boar, to sub-zero temperatures of an extremely remote location. Determined to thrive in any environment, the men and women of season three display incredible ingenuity building elaborate creations such as a floating, propeller driven duck trap, self-draining wooden shelter floors, a punji stick boar trap and a live fish refrigerator system.

Immediately following the season three premiere of "Alone," HISTORY debuts its newest unscripted series from executive producer Peter Berg "The Selection: Special Operations Experiment" at 10pm ET/PT. The series places 30 men and women with no military background through an immersive, authentic experience led by veterans of the Navy SEALs, Green Berets and Army Rangers, while offering insight into the origins of these physical and mental challenges.

Special Operations units around the globe devise extreme training and assessment exercises in order to find the best of the best. "The Selection: Special Operations Experiment" instructors employ tests such as tear gas, interrogation stimulation and psychological warfare, driving participants to push themselves to the limits of the human body and mind. It will be the ultimate test of self-discovery, physical strength, and mental limitation. This is not a competition series - no cash rewards - only a test against oneself to see if the mind has the will and strength to push the body to complete the challenges.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/2/16

TUESDAY: Game. Seven.
Fox Wins on World Series
From the Futon Critic

FOX (21.783 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1) was of course the network to beat on Wednesday with its coverage of the "World Series, Game 6" (21.783 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1).

NBC (7.234 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then had to settle for a distant second place with a "The Voice" (6.769 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) recap followed by new episodes of "This Is Us" (8.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Chicago Fire" (6.549 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its mix of "The Middle" (5.382 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "American Housewife" (5.099 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.473 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "The Real O'Neals" (2.784 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.521 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.421 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "NCIS" (10.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Bull" (8.002 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (2.707 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "No Tomorrow" (0.861 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.784 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.178m
- Ink Master Redemption (Spike): 601k
- Chopped (Food): 842k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 697k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 315k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/2/16

SYNDIES: Week 6
Results for the Week Ending October 23
From B&C

In a slow week for syndicated shows, only one talk show improved: Warner Bros.’ sophomore show Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen, which gained 11% for the week and year to a 1.0 live plus same day rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

In the week ended Oct. 23, many shows were holding back originals and big shows in preparation for the November sweeps, which run Oct. 27 through Nov. 23. Viewers’ attention also was diverted, with baseball playoffs in full swing and the third and final presidential debate on Oct. 19.

CTD’s Judge Judy led all of syndication for the 12th week in a row, and the court shows for the week, advancing 3% to a 6.9.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud slipped 2% to a 6.5 to remain the game leader for the 26th consecutive week.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune recovered 2% to a second-place 6.0. CTD’s Jeopardy! was flat at a 5.7 for a third straight round. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire rebounded 7% to a 1.6. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game stood pat at a 1.3 for the ninth consecutive frame.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/2/16

Another Run in Paradise
Nick to Launch Preview Run in November; Season 2 Bows January
From the Hollywood Reporter

Paradise Run is getting a second season.

Nickeloden has renewed the competition series, with the season premiere set for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2.

Hosted by Daniella Monet (Victorious) and shot in Hawaii, Paradise Run features three teams of kids racing across a luxurious resort, competing in a series of funny and adrenaline-pumping challenges.

In each episode, contestants face new obstacles, including propelling down 50-foot slippery slides, quenching the thirst of man-made volcanoes, digging through giant mud pits and racing on football-length zip lines into the hotel's lagoon. Contestants compete for the ultimate prize, a paradise vacation.

The kids-targeted cable network also has scheduled a "sneak-peek week" starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, with episodes featuring Nickelodeon stars including Jack Griffo, Kira Kosarin, Addison Riecke, Audrey Whitby, Diego Velazquez and Ryan Newman from The Thundermans, as well as Lizzy Greene, Casey Simpson, Mace Coronel, Aidan Gallagher and Kyla Drew Simmons from Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.

The Hollywood Reporter
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 11/2/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Meet the Beatles' Manager?"

posted 11/2/16

Nick Viall, Will You Give Out These Roses?
ABC Slots "Bachelor" Return for January 2
From the Futon Critic

When Bachelorette Andi Dorfman said goodbye to Nick Viall just as he was preparing to pick out a ring for her, he was devastated. When Nick walked up to Kaitlyn Bristowe with an engagement ring in his pocket, only to be sent home, he was crushed. How could one man endure so much heartbreak? If you believe that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," Nick Viall, 35, a technology salesman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is back stronger than ever, ready and eager to begin his search for true love on the 21st season of ABC's hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," premiering on MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

During its landmark 20th season, ABC's "The Bachelor" ranked as the No. 1 TV show on Monday night among Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34, beating out the competition, including NBC's "The Voice." In fact for the entire 2015-16 season, the veteran ABC unscripted show finished among TV's Top 5 broadcast entertainment series with Adults 18-34. "The Bachelor" was up year to year in Adults 18-34 to a 3-year high and among Teens 12-17 to a 5-year high.

When Nick took another chance to find love on the latest installment of "Bachelor in Paradise," viewers were excited and truly happy for him. Unfortunately, once again, it wasn't meant to be, leaving everyone to wonder if the sensitive and self-made Midwestern salesman would ever find the woman he would spend the rest of his life with. His journey on "Bachelor in Paradise" made him a fan favorite, with women and men across the country rooting for him to become the Bachelor and continue on his quest to find love.

After all these years, and all the heartbreak, it's finally Nick's turn to hand out the roses. Will he finally find that love he's craved? He believes in finding love on the series and hopes it is his time now.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 11/1/16

MONDAY: No Treats, All Tricks
NBC, ABC Split a Lackluster Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.953 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the demo champ on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (9.263 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Timeless" (5.334 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

The silver then went to CBS (6.447 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (6.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "2 Broke Girls" (5.848 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "The Odd Couple" (5.119 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Scorpion" (7.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Next up was a new "Dancing with the Stars" (10.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and the special "All Access Nashville: Celebrating the CMA Awards with Robin Roberts" (4.633 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) on ABC (8.389 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (3.052 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Lucifer" (3.436 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

And finally, originals from "Supergirl" (2.197 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.018 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) on The CW (1.607 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food/SF): 1.123m
- Cake Wars (Food): 872k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 331k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/1/16

Stars Get Hounded
A Celebrity Season of "Release the Hounds" on Tap
From Telly Mix

An all star cast has signed up for a brand new celebrity series of Release the Hounds.

The show has aired two celebrity specials to date - a one off in 2014 and a Halloween show in 2015 - but next year will bring a brand new series.

ITV2 have confirmed tonight that the horror game show - now called Release the Hounds: Famous & Freaked - will air on the channel in 2017.

With scarier and bigger challenges than ever before, the scream out loud horror experience has upped the ante for its new series with gruesome and horrifying tests that aim to push the celebrities to the very edge.

Reggie Yates returns as host of the show with seven, one hour episodes planned.

Telly Mix
Radio Times

posted 11/1/16

WEEKEND: Indians 3, Cubbies 2
Shark Tank Falters Against Fox, World Series
From the Futon Critic

Coverage of the "World Series, Game 3" (17.684 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) sparked FOX (17.684 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) to another big victory on Friday.

CBS (8.128 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "MacGyver" (7.262 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (8.763 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.980 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its annual presentation of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (4.066 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) followed by "Shark Tank" (4.356 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "20/20" (3.521 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.792 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its duo of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (2.731 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Dateline NBC" (4.322 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

And finally, week two of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.919 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.478 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.698 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Hellevator (GSN/SF): 155k

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (Food/SF): 1.386m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.119m
- Worst Bakers in America (Food): 944k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/1/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Chasing Paul"

  • Paul Sinha to play Nottingham (Nottingham Post)
     

  • The Challenge may be over for Impact Wrestling (Cageside Seats)
     

  • Noel Edmonds... Game show host or spiritual leader? (Vice)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Last Squad Standing" (Oxygen) (Asbury Park Press)

posted 11/1/16

Ken Jennings to Head Team USA
Quiz Olympiad Team Heads to Greece November 3
From Quiz Team USA

Author and game show champion Ken Jennings has been named captain of the American team by the USA Chapter of the International Quizzing Association (iQa). He will lead a group of 16 trivia players, academics, and other know-it-alls to take on adversaries from across the globe at the Quiz Olympiad in Athens, Greece during November 3rd – 6th, 2016.

The national team includes Shane & Lee-Ann Whitlock of Arkansas; Les Chun, Raj Dhuwalia, Julie Ghanbari, Tanay Kothari, Mark Ryder, and Kathryn Verwillow of California; David Legler of Illinois; Tim Polley of Mississippi; Chris Goheen of Pennsylvania; Jean Cui and Brandon Saunders of New York; and Ed Toutant of Texas. Ken Jennings represents the state of Washington, and Paul Bailey of Colorado is the team manager. Members of the team hold a variety of advanced academic degrees, are champions as individuals or on teams from a variety of quiz & trivia competitions, and have won a combined total of over $8 million on television game shows.

The Olympiad will see individuals and teams from 26 nations answering questions in categories including business, culture, entertainment, film, geography, history, lifestyle, literature, media, performing & visual arts, science, sport, and technology.

“I always have a great time when I get to attend one of these international quizzing events, mostly because I love the idea that trivia is a noble, global pursuit. Quizzing should absolutely have its own Olympiad, with all the attendant pomp and prestige and geopolitical pressure and wild shenanigans in the ‘Olympic Village.’ I wouldn’t miss this for the world,” said Jennings. All Team USA members will compete in individual, pairs, and four-member squad events.

The top USA squad will be Jennings, Dhuwalia, Ryder, and S. Whitlock. The top USA age 30 and under (30U) squad will be Cui, Kothari, Polley, and Saunders.

The Quiz Olympiad will be the largest and most diverse competition of its kind ever, with players from all over the world contesting titles and participating head-to-head for the first time. Since 2003, the International Quizzing Association has organized a variety of events worldwide to stimulate mental competition at the local, regional, national and international level. The next World Quizzing Championships take place at over 200 locations across the globe including 20+ locations in the USA on Saturday, June 2, 2017 (see www.worldquizzing.com). The next Trivia Championships of North America (TCONA) take place August 4-6, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV (see www.tcona.com).

posted 10/31/16

Sharna Burgess May Have The Three Letters
Knee Injury Forces Dancer Out of "DWTS"
From Reality TV World

Sharna Burgess and her Dancing with the Stars celebrity partner James Hinchcliffe had a great chance to win the mirrorball trophy together, but due to injury, Burgess won't be dancing Monday night -- and possibly for the rest of Season 23.

The Dancing with the Stars pro slipped on her dress and suffered a fall during last week's dress rehearsal for the "Team Dance" round, which unfortunately did some damage to her knee, which had already been in rough shape.

Previously-eliminated DWTS pro, Jenna Johnson, has therefore stepped in, rehearsed and will dance with Hinchliffe for as long as Burgess is out of the competition.

"There is a possibility that Sharna and I have danced our last dance together on this season. It's not an awesome thought," Hinchcliffe, a pro race car driver, said in DWTS video footage obtained by TMZ.

The video featured footage from last week's dress rehearsal when Burgess fell.

"I felt something go a little bit on the inside," the pro dancer said in tears.

Burgess, however, was able to dance in last week's episode because she was informed there was reportedly "no tear" or "major swelling." So fans probably thought she was fine.

Burgess admitted in an interview with People after the show, "When I fell, it was pure panic. I've had an ACL reconstruction on that very same knee, so I was scared to death. In that split moment, you think 1,000 things, but I got up and tried to figure it out."

Reality TV World

posted 10/31/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Full-Size Bar House of Game Show News"

  • So a former "Deal or No Deal" model turned actress is dating a prince... (Reality TV World)
     

  • Amber Rose & Val Chmerkovskiy go on a small date (E!)
     

  • "Ask Me Another" to tape at Haverford (Haverford Clerk)
     

  • @midnight will return to its titular time slot on Election Night... oh yeah, and it'll also be LIVE! (Last Night On)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Billy Eichner... (PerezHilton)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? And just think... people actually thought THIS would last (Perez Hilton)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Drew Carey and the mighty Plinko board (TV Line)

posted 10/31/16


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

Take the bonus round of the original "Chain Reaction" (one whose rules were changed three times in the span of the season) and make it into the WHOLE DANG SHOW! Oh, and have five people instead of three compete! Add a speed element, have the same teams play all week (after the first four weeks, anyway) and have a WEATHERMAN host...and you have the shortest name for a game show ever! And, man, was it hard to FORGET the name as the set had it ALL OVER the place!

Chris Wolvie is ready to "Go" in installment #4 of "Games Gone By".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 10/28/16

THURSDAY: No Football on Broadcast = An Open Night
CBS Wins the Night Anyway
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with the debut of its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (9.249 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Mom" (7.587 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.372 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Pure Genius" (6.617 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

ABC (5.288 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.001 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Notorious" (3.814 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.051 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was NBC (5.450 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its combination of "Superstore" (4.153 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "The Good Place" (3.891 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11), "Chicago Med" (6.836 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) and "The Blacklist" (5.492 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.133 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Rosewood" (3.357 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Pitch" (2.910 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally on The CW (1.759 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5), fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.768 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and "Supernatural" (1.750 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.795m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.369m
- Chopped (Food): 1.344m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 340k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/27/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Divided We Stand"

posted 10/28/16

All Stars Get Broken... Skull
Catch The New Season on CMT November 13
From the Futon Critic

CMT today revealed the premiere date and first look trailer for the eagerly-awaited return of the Director's Guild of America Award-winning ultimate competition show, "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge," which is set to return on Sunday, November 13 at 10 p.m., ET/PT. The bigger-and-badder than ever physical competition series, starring sports and entertainment icon "Stone-Cold" Steve Austin, attracted nearly four million weekly viewers last season.

"We have really ramped it up this season on every level," notes Steve Austin. "Our elite athletes are badass and tough as nails, and our new challenges are brutal, making Broken Skull Challenge the toughest show on TV. And that's the bottom line."

"Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" features world-renowned athletes including Spartan, CrossFit, power lifters, professional athletes, MMA fighters and everyday heroes who face off in a series of intense challenges with only one advancing to the grueling "Skullbuster" challenge personally designed by Steve Austin. This season, for the first time ever, the best contenders from all four seasons will return to see if they still have what it takes to take on the hardest challenges of their life in order to call themselves the ultimate winner.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/27/16

WEDNESDAY: Tied at 1
Fox Wins on World Series Game 2
From the Futon Critic

FOX (17.398 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) took home the top spot on Wednesday with its presentation of the "World Series, Game 2" (17.398 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1).

ABC (6.160 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.099 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4), "Speechless" (5.812 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (7.331 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.752 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4) and "Designated Survivor" (5.983 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (7.206 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.250 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Criminal Minds" (7.684 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and "Code Black" (5.686 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.521 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up originals from "Blindspot" (5.080 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.644 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "Chicago PD" (5.839 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9).

And finally on The CW (1.452 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), new episodes of "Arrow" (1.872 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and "Frequency" (1.033 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.260m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 584k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 471k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 385k
- Catching Kelce (E!): 308k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/27/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Two-Syllable Damn"

posted 10/27/16

No Place Like Home for the Holidays
ABC Sets Dates for "Christmas Light Fight", "American Baking Show"
From the Futon Critic

ABC Rings in the Holidays With Series and Specials All Season Long Celebrating Warmth, Fun and Family This Holiday Season.

From Thanksgiving Through the New Year, ABC Will Be the Place to Go "Home for the Holidays"

Below is a list of holiday-themed series and specials. All times are Eastern/Pacific.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1

"THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW" - It's going to be a Very Mary Berry Christmas when "The Great American Baking Show" returns with a two-hour season premiere. Hosts Nia Vardalos ("My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding") and Ian Gomez ("Cougar Town") return with Britain's "Royal Queen of Baking," Mary Berry, and James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and author, Johnny Iuzzini, as judges where bakers from around the country will compete for the title of "America's Best Amateur Baker." Each week these bakers will share their recipes for holiday-themed fare with everything from cakes, cookies and pies on the dessert menu. "The Great American Baking Show" is from Love Productions and is executive produced by Richard McKerrow and Joey Allen. (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

MONDAYS, DECEMBER 5, 12, 19

"THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT" - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with ABC's hit holiday decorating competition series, "The Great Christmas Light Fight," returning for its fourth season with returning celebrity judges Taniya Nayak and Carter Oosterhouse. "The Great Christmas Light Fight" features families and neighborhoods from across America decorating their homes to the extreme for Christmas in hopes of winning a cash prize and the coveted Light Fight trophy. The series will air for three consecutive weeks with back-to-back episodes. In each of the six one-hour episodes, four families compete for the $50,000 prize, with a total of $300,000 given away for the season, as they transform their homes into a festive wonderland for the holidays. (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

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posted 10/26/16

TUESDAY: Indians 1, Cubs 0
Fox Wins Night on World Series Game 1
From the Futon Critic

FOX (18.721 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1) rocketed to the top spot on Tuesday with its coverage of the "World Series, Game 1" (18.721 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1).

NBC (8.338 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with its trio of "The Voice" (9.395 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "This Is Us" (8.679 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Chicago Fire" (6.941 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

Next up was CBS (11.694 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and originals from "NCIS" (13.859 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "Bull" (11.592 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.766 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Middle" (5.585 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6), "American Housewife" (5.028 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.841 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10), "The Real O'Neals" (3.201 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.470 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (2.780 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "No Tomorrow" (0.853 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.816 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) wrapped the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.055m
- Chopped (Food): 806k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 702k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 536k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 435k
- Idiotest (GSN): 194k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/26/16

Wedesday Lightning Round
... or "Woops"

  • The Ancient Order of Hibernians have spoken... Alex Trebek out of their jeopardy.. for now (Irish Central)
     

  • Drake gets checked on J! one day after JT (Us)
     

  • ICYMI: Will Ferrell regenerates his W character @midnight (TV Line)

posted 10/25/16

"America's Greatest Game Shows" Returns... with Erik Estrada at the Helm
Show to Play East Oregon
From the East Oregonian

Eastern Oregon residents have an opportunity to meet one of People magazine’s sexiest bachelors in the world from 1979. Erik Estrada is serving as the live host during this weekend’s “America’s Greatest Game Shows” at Wildhorse Resort & Casino.

Best known for his role as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello from 1977-83 on NBC’s “CHiPs,” Estrada is enthusiastic about the live game show that guarantees more than $35,000 in cash and free game play.

“It’s a blast up there,” Estrada said. “Plus, someone will have a chance to win $100,000.”

“America’s Greatest Game Shows” is Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Rivers Event Center at the casino, which is located near Interstate 84 at Exit 216, Mission. Tickets to be in the audience must be won through game play at the casino. Contestants will be picked from the audience for a chance to win cash and game play.

People can earn entries into the show all week long. Drawings for audience seats are Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

East Oregonian
Hermiston Herald

posted 10/25/16

SYNDIES: Week 5
Results for the Week Ending October 16
From the East Oregonian

The week ending Oct. 16 saw little movement around the various genres’ No. 1 shows. Further down, however, Extra posted a new season high in the magazines; Ellen, Hot Bench and Family Feud each rose 5%; while Last Man Standing climbed 7% in the off-net chart.

Family Feud rose 5% to a new season high 6.6 and continued to lead the game shows. Wheel of Fortune slipped 2% to a 5.9; Jeopardy was unchanged at a 5.7; and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire declined 6% to a 1.5.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6 +5%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

TV NewsCheck

posted 10/25/16

MONDAY: Sooooo Close.
ABC, NBC Spread by a Million
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.217 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) took home another victory on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.984 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Timeless" (5.683 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

ABC (8.929 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) then was the silver draw with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (10.932 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and "Conviction" (4.924 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Next up was CBS (6.635 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and its new lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.881 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), "Man with a Plan" (7.324 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), "2 Broke Girls" (5.699 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "The Odd Couple" (5.004 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Scorpion" (6.951 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.519 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (3.439 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Lucifer" (3.600 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

And finally on The CW (2.137 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), new episodes of "Supergirl" (2.773 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.501 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.288M
- Cake Wars (Food): 934K

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/25/16

WEEKEND: Friday Eye-Day
CBS Hammers the Competition
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.050 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top draw on Friday with its trio of "MacGyver" (7.991 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.295 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (9.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (4.947 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver medalist with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.365 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Dr. Ken" (4.466 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Shark Tank" (5.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "20/20" (4.072 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

Next up was NBC (4.663 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with originals from "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.351 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (5.319 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.682 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up fresh installments from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.320 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Exorcist" (2.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

And finally, the return of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.056 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.539 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.798 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Hellevator (GSN): 161K

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.419M
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.305M
- Worst Bakers in America (Food): 1.069M

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/25/16

Taco Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Woops"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: A Pointless name check... wrong check (The Sun)
     

  • Shaun Wallace gets hit with a fine for failing to advise (Mirror)
     

  • Chris McCarthy, after turning around MTV, VH1, getting a promotion (TV Week)

posted 10/25/16


The CW

Penn & Teller & Aisha & Colin & Ryan & Wayne & Alyson Will All Be Back

"Whose Line", "Fool Us" Ordered for New Seasons
From the Hollywood Reporter

The CW is recommitting to its unscripted summer slate.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters of Illusion have all been renewed to return in summer 2017, it was announced Monday.

Whose Line will return for its fifth season on The CW, with host Aisha Tyler and castmembers Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie. The CW resurrected the improv series in 2013, after its successful eight-season run on ABC from 1998-2007. Stiles, Brady and Mochrie executive produce with Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson and Jimmy Mulville. Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions produce.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us will be back for its fourth season, and its second with host Alyson Hannigan. Magicians Penn Jillette and Teller executive produce with Peter Adam Golden and Andrew Golder. The one-hour magic show hails from 117 Productions and September Films.

The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 10/24/16

All Stars Face Off
Syfy Returns Series January 24
From the Futon Critic

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

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

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

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

Season 11 will also feature entertainment industry leaders as special guests, including Director John Landis ("The Blues Brothers," "Coming To America"), Writer and Director Paul W.S. Anderson ("Death Race," Resident Evil") Producer Suzanne Todd ("Alice in Wonderland," "Austin Powers"), Director Marcus Nispel ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Friday the 13th") and Emmy(R) winning Stunt Coordinator Jeff Wolfe ("Rush Hour," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End").

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 10/24/16

The (Cake) War on Christmas
Food Network Plans Special Event Starting November 14
From the Futon Critic

The Cake Wars kitchen is getting a holiday makeover on the season premiere of Cake Wars: Christmas, beginning on Monday, November 14th at 9:00pm ET/PT on Food Network. Jonathan Bennett hosts the six hour-long episodes filled with the most over-the-top Christmas cake confections ever seen. On this holly jolly competition seven teams consisting of a cake artist, sugar sculptor and master food carver are put to the test in two rounds of challenges where they must showcase their skills, creativity, and imaginations. First, in the Stocking Stuffer Challenge, it is a race against the clock to create edible holiday-themed cake displays. One team will earn an advantage in Santa's Mega Challenge, where they must outdo each other with mind-blowing, masterful cake creations. Holiday crafter extraordinaire Charles Phoenix and renowned pastry chef Sherry Yard together with weekly guest judges will eliminate one team each week until one jingles all the way home with the $50,000 grand prize.

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

The Futon Critic

posted 10/24/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Do You Take This Game Show Host..."

  • Remember when we said Wink Martindale was going to guest on "The Bold and The Beautiful"? He's not alone! (SoapHub)
     

  • Former Egghead CJ de Mooi will not be extradited (Digital Spy)
     

  • Wayne Brady survives Syfy's "Aftermath" (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 8 things no one tells you about being on "Jeopardy!" (Insider)

posted 10/24/16


BBC/FremantleMedia

The Quite Interesting Sandi Toksvig Era Begins

New "QI" Host Begins Tonight
From Evening Standard

TV’s smartest quiz panel show QI is about to return for a brand new series on BBC Two – and it’s bringing a major change.

Original host Stephen Fry stepped down last year after over a decade on the show, and now a new host has taken over.

The brilliantly clever and witty Sandi Toksvig has stepped up as the new face of the show – and she’s already giving Alan Davies some grief.

In a teaser clip of the new episode, Toksvig delves into the origins of the word ‘quizzing’ and proves that she’s more than a match for Fry’s clever-clogs mantle.

“When they say the police are ‘quizzing’ the suspect, that’s wrong isn’t it?” raises Davies.

“No, that’s from ‘inquisitive’ and ‘inquisition’,” Toksvig corrects him.

Davies jokes: “You’ve got it. You’re in the right chair. I’ve got that cold feeling now!”

“QI is my favorite television program both to watch and to be on, so this is absolutely my dream job,” she said when she was appointed in October last year.

“Who knows what lies ahead? It should all be quite interesting.”

Evening Standard
Radio Times

posted 10/21/16

GSN Spins Season 31 of "Wheel"
New to Network Episodes Begin Monday
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that it has secured the telecast rights to season 31 of the iconic game show Wheel of Fortune, debuting Monday, October 24 and airing weekdays at 11:00 and 11:30am ET (8:00 and 8:30am PT). In addition, GSN Games has launched Wheel of Fortune(R) Slots: The Ultimate Collection, a new mobile app bringing together a variety of stunning Wheel of Fortune-themed slots games and authentic elements from the TV show, including Vanna White as the in-game host. The app is now available to download for free on the iOS App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 10/21/16

THURSDAY: Let's Do the Time Warp Again?
"Rocky Horror" No Match for Football
From TV Line

Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show remake on Thursday drew 5 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating, more than doubling the Rosewood/Pitch combo’s most recent performance yet falling well shy of Grease: Live‘s January numbers (12.2 mil/4.3).

Among TV’s recent musical spectacles, Rocky came closest to NBC’s Peter Pan Live, which did 9.2 mil and a 2.4 in December 2014. TVLine readers gave the Laverne Cox-fronted production an average grade of “C.”

Elsewhere on the night….
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy (8.1 mil/2.1) was steady, while Notorious (4 mil/0.9) and HTGAWM (4.3 mil/1.2) are each currently up a tenth.

THE CW | Legends (1.8 mil/0.6) held steady, while Supernatural (1.6 mil/0.6) fell 25 percent.

NBC | Superstore (4.2 mil/1.0) slipped two tenths, The Good Place (3.8 mil/0.9) dropped three tenths and Chicago Med (6.6 mil/1.2) dipped one tenth, but The Blacklist (5.3 mil/1.1) was steady.

CBS | Thursday Night Football (10.5 mil/3.0) matched last week’s fast nationals.

TV Line

posted 10/21/16

Oxygen Pits Bestie vs. Ex
"Battle of the Ex-Besties" to Play December 6
From The Futon Critic

Stakes and emotions run high on Oxygen Media's newest competition series "The Battle of the Ex-Besties" premiering Tuesday, December 6 at 11pm ET/PT. Hosted by Sibley Scoles ("E! News"), the series follows fourteen former BFFs who are forced to confront - and hopefully forget - past differences in order to win a life-changing $100,000 grand prize. Will these frenemies give their relationship a fighting chance, or part ways once and for all? For a sneak peek of the series, please visit: http://www.oxygen.com/the-battle-of-the-ex-besties/season-1/videos/the-battle-of-the-ex-besties-premieres-november-6th

"We are very excited about this project that delves into the true value of friendships. Viewers are thrust into these relationships that are already at their lowest points, opening the door for a number of possibilities for their friendships," said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. "By adding a grand prize to the emotionally and physically-demanding experience, we are tapping into the drama that our audience loves."

As fourteen contestants look to dominate the battle, nothing can prepare them for the moment they discover that they've each been paired with an ex-best friend. This tumultuous competition series puts them under the same roof and ultimately pushes them to revisit a shared history that will either help or hurt them in overcoming a series of daunting challenges. Should a team lose a challenge, they will have the option to compete for $50,000, or leave the competition for good. Two consecutive losses result in elimination. With betrayals, lies and past accusations looming, they alone will determine the price of friendship.

Born and raised in Northern California, Sibley Scoles found entertainment and music early on and made plans to take her passions to the next level. She is currently a correspondent for E! News and previously served as an on-air host for iHeart Radio's Real 92.3 FM. In 2011, Scoles was hired by Sean "Diddy" Combs to be the first female host of his music television show, Revolt TV, and is also a successful musician in her own right - having toured with top performers such as Taio Cruz. Additionally Scoles wrote and recorded the original song, "Donuts," which was a radio hit and caught the attention of fashion designer, Stella McCartney, who licensed and used the song in her Paris Fashion Week soundtrack.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/21/16

WEDNESDAY: It's a Win, Charlie Brown!
ABC Wins on Halloween Special, Final Debates
From the Futon Critic

ABC (8.595 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday with its mix of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (7.663 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3), "Toy Story of Terror!" (6.702 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T7), "The Third Presidential Debate" (9.838 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T1) and "The Third Presidential Debate - Analysis" (7.696 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3).

NBC (7.692 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "Blindspot" (5.623 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12) followed by "The Third Presidential Debate" (9.180 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T1) and "The Third Presidential Debate - Analysis" (7.370 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3).

Next up was CBS (8.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and its lineup of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #9), "The Third Presidential Debate" (9.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3) and "The Third Presidential Debate - Analysis" (7.093 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (6.423 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) offered up an original "Lethal Weapon" (6.611 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T10) alongside its coverage of "The Third Presidential Debate" (6.298 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.798 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Frequency" (1.052 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.425 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity (Food): 1.081M
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 559K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 423K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 391K
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 262K
- Catching Kelce (E!): 260K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/21/16

"Top Chef" Heads to Charleston
New Season Drops December 1
From the Futon Critic

Top Chef is cooking up a battle of old vs. new in Season 14 — and now we know who’s on the “old” side.
Eight returning chefs who came up short on previous seasons of Top Chef are back to compete with eight newcomers in the new season of Bravo’s cooking competition, debuting Dec. 1 at 10/9c. And on Thursday, the network revealed the names of the eight Top Chef alums who are looking for redemption.

The returning chefs are:
* Sam Talbot (Season 2), from Brooklyn, NY
* Casey Thompson (Season 3 and Season 8), from Napa Valley, CA
* Amanda Baumgarten (Season 7), from Chicago
* Brooke Williamson (Season 10), from Seattle
* Sheldon Simeon (Season 10), from Lahaina, HI
* John Tesar (Season 10), from Dallas
* Shirley Chung (Season 11), from Orange County, CA
* Katsuji Tanabe (Season 12), from Los Angeles

Plus, Bravo released a full trailer for the new season — set in Charleston, SC — that promises both fantastic food (host Padma Lakshmi says one meal is the best she’s ever had on the show) and plenty of fireworks between the veterans and these newbies:

· Silvia Barban -Brooklyn, NY
· Emily Hahn - Charleston, SC
· Jamie Lynch - Charlotte, NC
· Annie Pettry - Louisville, KY
· Sylva Senat - Philadelphia, PA
· Gerald Sombright - Marco Island, FL
· BJ Smith - Portland, OR
· Jim Smith - Montgomery, AL

*For more information on the cheftestants, please visit Bravotv.com/top-chef.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 10/21/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Do You Take This Game Show Host..."

  • Wink Martindale to guest on "The Bold and The Beautiful" (TV Insider)
     

  • Note to Alex Trebek: your fans are nerds (YouGov)
     

  • Desiree Hartsock welcomes a new baby boy (Reality TV World)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: three game shows you can play on your phone (Komando)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mark Cronin (Forbes)

posted 10/21/16


King

CBS Gets Crushed

Deal with King to Bring App to TV as a Game Show
From the Futon Critic

CBS has ordered CANDY CRUSH, a new one-hour, live action game show series based on the globally renowned mobile game franchise. CBS, Lionsgate and King will join together on the new format created and executive produced by Matt Kunitz that will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by Lionsgate.

In the game Candy Crush Saga, players match colorful candies in combinations of three or more to win points, defeat obstacles and progress through more than 2,000 levels. Candy Crush Saga and its sister title, Candy Crush Soda Saga, are two of the top 10 grossing mobile games in the U.S. On average, 18 billion game rounds are played every month around the world.*

In the series, the game that has become a worldwide phenomenon comes to life as teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology to conquer CANDY CRUSH and be crowned the champions. A host will be announced at a later date.

"We are huge fans of Candy Crush and, like so many others, we know the 'rush' of advancing to the next level of the game," said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. "We're excited to work with Lionsgate and King to adapt one of the world's most popular and entertaining game franchises for television and make it available to its massive, passionate fan base who can watch and play along at home."

"The Candy Crush franchise is a world-renowned property, so when the head of our interactive and games division, Peter Levin, brought this IP to Lionsgate, we instantly knew it would make an incredibly visual, physical and fun TV program," said Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. "CBS is a leader in unscripted television, which makes it the ideal home for CANDY CRUSH, and we're very happy to have Matt shepherding the production as we partner with the team at King on this series with the tremendous second-screen potential."

"We have a very entrepreneurial culture at Lionsgate, so we look for awesome worldwide IP like Candy Crush and work together across divisions to bring it to fans on every platform possible. Everyone who has played it knows that Candy Crush is an exciting, visual switcher game with great characters, and Matt and our alternative television team are working closely with Sebastian Knutsson and his creative team at King to bring it to life on CBS," said Peter Levin, President, Interactive Ventures and Games for Lionsgate, and executive producer on the series. Levin worked with Striker Entertainment's Russell Binder, King's licensing agent in the U.S., to facilitate licensing Candy Crush IP for this television show.

"The Candy Crush franchise lends itself perfectly to the kind of larger-than-life, physical game shows that I love to produce and CBS is the perfect home for it," said executive producer Matt Kunitz ("Wipeout," "Fear Factor"). "As a Candy Crush Saga player myself, I am excited to amp up the action and visuals in our huge Candy Crush Arena."

"The Candy Crush franchise has been loved by players around the world on mobile so it's very exciting to be working with Matt and the team to bring the fun and challenge of the Candy Crush games to television. We hope our players will be entertained by what is set to be a high-energy, challenging game show," said Sebastian Knutsson, Chief Creative Officer, King, and executive producer of CANDY CRUSH.

CANDY CRUSH will be produced by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King Ltd. and CBS Television Studios. Matt Kunitz, Peter Levin, Russell Binder, Nicki Sheard, VP Brand at King, and Sebastian Knutsson will serve as executive producers. Knutsson is King's Chief Creative Officer and is one of the founders of the company. He created Candy Crush Saga.

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posted 10/20/16

Top Model 2.0: December 12
VH1 Leaks New Details on New Season
From TV Line

You wanna be (back) on top?

VH1 on Thursday released the first official teaser video for the new season of America’s Next Top Model, arriving Monday, Dec. 12 at 10/9c.

Now hosted by singer Rita Ora, Top Model 2.0 also features a new panel of judges, including supermodel Ashley Graham, Paper Magazine CCO Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist Law Roach. This new ensemble will judge a crop of all-female contestants in the place where it all began: New York City.

Though Tyra Banks will no longer serve as the show’s host, she will remain on board as an executive producer and is expected to make several surprise appearances.

TV Line

posted 10/20/16

A Record Setting Finish for a Record Setting Season
Final Numbers In for "Drag Race All Stars 2"
From the Futon Critic

After a much buzzed about season that led Logo to its highest rated Thursday night in network history, "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" season two continues to break viewing records as the best season of a Logo original series ever! This season, which saw Alaska snatch the crown and join the Drag Race Hall of Fame, is up an astonishing 62% from "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" season 1 and up 35% from "RuPaul's Drag Race" season 8 which concluded this past May.* Additionally, season 2 of "All Stars" has been sampled by over 15 million people across all platforms.**

Emmy(R) Award-winning host RuPaul will be back on Thursday, October 27th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on Logo and VH1 when the All Star queens reunite to dish about the most shocking, glamorous, and twisted moments of the season. A preview of the reunion episode is available here: logotv.com/video-clips/zismw6

Mama Ru will also turn up the heat this fall with "RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 6 RuVealed," premiering Thursday, November 3rd at 8:00 PM ET/PT on Logo. The never-before-seen look into the unforgettable season is packed with fresh reads and behind-the-scenes gossip from Ru herself. For a sneak peek of "RuVealed" head to logotv.com/video-clips/jwr0je. "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 9 will return this spring to Logo.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/20/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Oh THAT Question"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Almost Impossible Game Show (Realscreen)
     

  • First Nerdcore rappers, now the Irish: Alex Trebek just got in trouble with the Ancient Order of Hibernians (Irish Central)
     

  • Shaun Wallace has a message for Bristol City FC (Bristol Post)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: five things you need to know about Charles Van Doren (Heavy)

posted 10/20/16

Celebrity MasterChef Returns January
Ramsay to Take on Tosi in Final Match
From the Futon Critic

Get ready for the ultimate snack-down when Michelin Star Chef Gordon Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi invite celebrities into the MASTERCHEF kitchen to show off their culinary skills in exciting head-to-head contests for charity on the all-new MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, airing Monday, Jan. 2 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The two-hour special puts each celebrity competitor to the test in the kitchen, and also features the first-ever battle royale between MASTERCHEF's own Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi! In each face-off, more than bragging rights are at stake - the winners earn donations to the charity of their choice.

Here are the MASTERCHEF match-ups:

- Trai Byers and Grace Gealey Byers vs. Nene and Gregg Leakes
- Cheryl Hines vs. Kal Penn
- Ronde Barber and Tiki Barber vs. Joel Madden and Benji Madden
- Anthony Anderson and Chef Gordon Ramsay vs. Jordana Brewster and Chef Christina Tosi

The Futon Critic

posted 10/19/16

TUESDAY: NBC Goes Young, CBS Goes Most
Splitsville
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.115 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.317 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "This Is Us" (9.615 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.414 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4).

CBS (12.099 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (14.536 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Bull" (12.207 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.556 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

Next up was ABC (3.984 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (5.952 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "American Housewife" (5.673 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.068 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "The Real O'Neals" (3.098 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.557 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.719 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) offered up fresh installments from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.034 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "New Girl" (1.838 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Scream Queens" (1.502 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

And finally on The CW (1.742 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), new episodes of "The Flash" (2.631 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "No Tomorrow" (0.855 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.141M
- Chopped (Food): 1.013M
- Chopped Junior (Food): 812K
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 677K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 424K

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/19/16

Tenable Takes the Topranko Title
Warwick Davis to Host
From Radio Times

Warwick Davis, the star of Life's Too Short and Star Wars will front Tenable, a new quiz on ITV based around top 10 lists. Teams of five compete each day to answer 'top 10' questions from the realms of pop culture and general knowledge, then try to score a perfect 10 in the final round to take home the prize money.

It also features the most existential diss in all of quiz-land: teams who fail are deemed 'untenable'.

Will it be a success? We'll find out when it launches this November.

Radio Times

posted 10/19/16

Armoza Gets Answers
Format Goes to MIPCOM
From C21 Media

Central and Eastern Europe-based production outfit Global Business Mapping (GBM) has picked up the rights to Armoza Formats’ studio-based gameshow Who’s Asking?

The show, greenlit recently by RTS in Switzerland, will be shopped in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia by GBM following a deal signed at Mipcom this week.

The format, which can air as either a 30- or 60-minute show, sees the contestant choose their questioner from a screen of faces they see in their everyday lives.

C21 Media

posted 10/19/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Oh THAT Question"

posted 10/19/16


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"The Voice" Renewed for Two

Gwen Stefani to Return as Coach
From the Futon Critic

International recording superstar Gwen Stefani is back and joining Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches for season 12 of NBC's three-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."

Carson Daly is also returning as host. The 12th season will begin in February 2017.

Current coach Miley Cyrus will return for the 13th season, which begins in fall 2017. The rest of the season 13 coaches lineup will be announced at a later date.

"We can't wait to experience the unique chemistry and energy Gwen, Alicia, Blake and Adam will bring to season 12," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "With Miley returning for season 13, we're truly ecstatic about the unmatched musical know-how and talent coming together in our coming seasons."

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 10/18/16

SYNDIES: Week 4
Results for the Week Ending October 9
From B&C

Only three first-run daytime strips improved in the otherwise quiet week ended Oct. 9: Warner Bros.’ sophomore Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen, NBCUniversal’s Maury and Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud faded 3% to a 6.3, but led the games for 24th consecutive week. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded 5% to a 6.0. CTD’s Jeopardy!, which made headlines last week when host Alex Trebek called fans of so-called “nerdcore" music “losers,” dropped 3% to a 5.7.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire broke even at a 1.6. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game was flat at a 1.3 for the seventh straight week.

B&C

posted 10/18/16

MONDAY: NBC Wins, Loses Timeless
"The Voice" Propels Peacock to #1
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.417 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) remained in the top spot on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (11.099 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Timeless" (6.055 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

The silver then went to CBS (7.896 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and its mix of the Thursday-bound "The Big Bang Theory" (13.836 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) followed by new episodes of "Kevin Can Wait" (8.665 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "2 Broke Girls" (5.869 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), the return of "The Odd Couple" (4.706 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Scorpion" (7.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7).

Next up was ABC (8.410 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.372 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "Conviction" (4.486 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.431 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.204 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Lucifer" (3.659 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, week two of "Supergirl" (2.569 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and the return of "Jane the Virgin" (1.198 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.883 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.287M
- Cake Wars (Food): 803K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 439K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/18/16

Game Over for "500 Questions UK"
Giles Coren's Quizzer Calls It After Four Episodes
From the Sun

FOUR episodes might just be the shortest stint for a primetime TV series in recent memory.

But sadly for Giles Coren and his 500 Questions quiz show, he’s not getting to five.

The program, which launched in August and ran across four evenings in the hallowed 8pm slot on ITV, is joining an ever-growing pile of shows axed by new channel boss Kevin Lygo.

Philip Schofield's You’re Back In The Room was axed earlier this month after mixed reviews.

A TV source said: “The format just didn’t work and it didn’t take long for everyone to work that out.

“Kevin didn’t commission the show himself and was happy to let it die a death once it came to an end.

“ITV were happy with Giles and he’s got other work on the channel lined up.

“They like to try new things but sadly this was too ambitious a project. Stripping it across four days didn’t work in hindsight and viewers just didn’t take to it, but it was worth a try.”

Last night a spokesman for ITV confirmed the show had been dropped. He said: “We constantly strive to refresh our Entertainment portfolio on screen, as such, 500 Questions won’t be returning but we’d like to thank Giles and the team for all their hard work.”

The quiz saw contestants trying to answer a total of 50 — not 500 — questions from various categories over the course of the show for a cash prize.

But viewers hated the concept, due to its fussy array of random special rounds such as “Battle” and “Triple Threat”.

The Sun

posted 10/18/16

WEEKEND: Mac Gets the Back (Order)
CBS Wins Friday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.899 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) continued its winning ways on Friday with its mix of "MacGyver" (7.507 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.139 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (10.051 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

ABC (4.558 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its combination of "Last Man Standing" (5.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Dr. Ken" (4.257 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Shark Tank" (5.136 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "20/20" (3.596 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Next up was NBC (4.260 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with the return of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.118 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.831 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.732 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.363 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "The Exorcist" (2.102 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.819 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with encores of "Supergirl" (0.950 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Frequency" (0.688 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable Friday...
- Hellevator (GSN): 177K

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.413M
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.257M
- Worst Bakers in America (Food): 1.173M

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
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posted 10/18/16



CBS Television Distribution

"The Hollywood Squares" at 50

Celebrity Bluffing Reaches a Milestone
From the AV Club

Celebrity-based game shows were nothing new by 1966. TV had already seen What’s My Line?, To Tell The Truth, and I’ve Got A Secret! by then. But producers Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley gave the genre something different with The Hollywood Squares, which premiered on October 17 of that year and remained on NBC’s daytime schedule until 1980, with numerous revivals following. Whereas Line and Truth originated in New York, the nexus of theater and literature, Hollywood Squares was all about Los Angeles, America’s film production capital with all its gaudy superficiality. There were no publishers or columnists there, just TV and movie stars. The tone, too, was distinct. Hollywood Squares dispensed with the sophisticated, urbane wit of the East Coast quiz shows and aimed instead for wilder, more raucous humor, complete with racy double entendres. This highlight reel captures some of the show’s naughtiest moments. When host Peter Marshall asks panelist Charley Weaver how many balls one would expect to find on a billiard table, Weaver cheerfully responds, “How many guys are playing?”

No one better embodied the raunchy but playful spirit of the show than regular panelist Paul Lynde, an actor and comic who found a whole new level of fame in middle age due to his appearances in the strategic center square. Lynde’s famous quips were actually crafted for him by a team of Hollywood Squares writers, but the Broadway and Bewitched star made them seem perfectly spontaneous, as if he were just making lively conversation at a cocktail party. Unlike virtually everyone else in television, Lynde could get away with making coded references to his barely concealed homosexuality and still make the housewives of America love him. One telling exchange occurs when Marshall poses this question: “Who’s generally better looking, a fairy or a pixie?” Lynde adopts an unnaturally deep voice and says, “Looks aren’t everything!”

For the truly curious, a 1965 Hollywood Squares pilot (without Marshall or Lynde) has also been preserved.

AV Club
Cartermatt

posted 10/17/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Money Maze"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The return of "The Crystal Maze" (Telly Mix)
     

  • "Strictly..." continues domination over "X Factor" (Telly Mix)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy says he wants nothing to do with the next season of "Dancing", retiring for what seems to be the 29th time (Bravo)
     

  • ICYMI: this hasn't happened in a long time on "Price" (TV Line)
     

  • Terry Crews saves Christmas (TV Line)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: a British family has been dubbed the dumbest family in quiz (Daily Star)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Make Lip Sync Battle great again (TV Line)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jenny Ryan (Radio Times)

posted 10/17/16


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