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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.)

The Futon Critic

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

The Futon Critic
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

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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
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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").

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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.

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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.

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TV Line
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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


Talpa Media/NBC

"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."

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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

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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

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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

ABC Gives Ricky Gervais "Five"
New Kid-Centric Quiz Greenlit
From the Futon Critic

ABC has given a series order to "Five to Survive." The one-hour game show will feature priceless interactions between funnyman Ricky Gervais and kids who will assist grown-up contestants with answering questions for a chance to win a large cash prize. Gervais teams with Banijay Studios North America to produce. A search for a host is underway.

"Five to Survive" is an original studio-based game show that features one adult contestant who must answer 10 questions correctly to earn the top prize. If they answer incorrectly, the contestant has a chance to be saved by a group of five kids who have been asked the same question.

"When Ricky presented his idea for 'Five to Survive,' we immediately knew this was a project that needed to land here at ABC," said Robert Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials, & Late Night Programming, ABC Entertainment. "It has spirit, it's fun and it will have the unforgettable comedic moniker that is Ricky Gervais."

For Gervais, all of the elements of this game show made the series worth fitting into his busy schedule. Gervais comments, "I've never understood the saying 'never work with animals or children.' As a producer and director, I prefer either to Hollywood actors. They're cheaper, they do as they're told, and the filming hours are better."

David Goldberg, Banijay Group president and CEO, Banijay Studios North America, said, "At its core, 'Five to Survive' is a high-stakes Q&A game show with the unpredictable twist of contestants putting their earning potential in the hands of children. You never know what's going to come out of a kid's mouth, and with Ricky Gervais, one of the funniest comedians in the world wrangling and asking the questions, it's certain to be a rollercoaster ride. This should be the type of show that appeals to audiences all over the world."

Ricky Gervais, David Goldberg and Caroline Baumgard, chief creative officer, Banijay Studios North America, will serve as executive producers.

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posted 10/14/16

Logo Looks for Second "Prince Charming"
Renewal for New Season Comes Forth
From the Futon Critic

Logo today announced it has greenlit a second season for "Finding Prince Charming," a new hit reality dating competition series that premiered in September. The announcement comes just two weeks after one of the highest rated episodes to date which drew a 22% increase in overall viewers from its season average and up 9% above the week prior. Season to date and across all platforms, "Finding Prince Charming" has reached 3.4 million plus viewers. The success of "Finding Prince Charming" and "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" has also led Logo to its highest rated Thursday night in network history.

The first-of-its-kind journey to find love is hosted by Lance Bass and features interior designer, Robert Sepulveda Jr. in the first season as the sought-after prince charming who is searching for the man of his dreams. Sepulveda's 13 charming suitors, all housed together, are competing to stand out from the crowd and capture a moment of intimate connection, romance and, perhaps, true love. One by one, the suitors are eliminated until Prince Charming chooses one ideal man to sweep him off of his feet and win his heart.

On tonight's all-new episode airing at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Logo, the remaining guys are put to the test to see which of them knows Robert best. Their patience is tested when two suitors find themselves having to share Robert on a romantic date and a shocking elimination leaves the house rattled. For a sneak peek at tonight's all-new episode, click here.

The current season will come to a dramatic conclusion on Thursday, November 3rd at 9:00 PM ET/PT when Robert and the remaining suitors head to a romantic destination where he is faced with his toughest decision yet. On Thursday, November 10th at 9:00 PM ET/PT, Lance Bass will welcome back Prince Charming and the 13 suitors that competed for his heart in a reunion special filled with drama, fun, heartbreak and never-before-seen-footage.

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TV Line
Reality TV World

posted 10/14/16

America, Meet the Rubberbandits
MTV Launches "The Almost Impossible Game Show" Tonight
From Hidden Remote

Think winning a game show is tough? You haven’t seen anything yet! MTV’s ‘The Almost Impossible Game Show’ is ready to blow you away tonight!

Missed the news? The Almost Impossible Game Show is described as an “absurd comedy game show that’s so hard to beat, contestants are given 40 lives…and probably still won’t win!”

So if you have ever lost a competition and thought you could have win if you were given one more chance…imagine how difficult the challenges here must be! Well, you don’t have to think about it too hard, because the series premieres at 10 p.m. ET.

The Almost Impossible Game Show is brought to you by the producers of Wipeout. Some of you might have heard or even seen the series before as it is based on a popular UK show of the same name. Could we see a champ in the premiere?

From the press descriptions: “Each episode of this outlandish new series features six neon-clad contestants taking on simple, yet hilariously difficult games. Comedy duo The Rubber Bandits provide anarchic commentary and their own twisted take as the contestants try to make the almost-impossible possible!”

But did anyone watch? Especially with football?
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.769M
- Chopped (Food): 1.070M
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 996K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 337K
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 303K
- The Almost Impossible Game Show (MTV): 262K
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (Logo): 243K

On broadcast, CBS (9.822 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with its weekly coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.523 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.082 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1).

ABC (5.231 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.691 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Notorious" (3.992 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.010 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was NBC (5.632 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its mix of "Superstore" (4.391 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "The Good Place" (4.217 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Chicago Med" (6.739 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "The Blacklist" (5.853 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.206 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals of "Rosewood" (3.482 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Pitch" (2.930 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, The CW (2.011 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night with the season premieres of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.841 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Supernatural" (2.181 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

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posted 10/14/16

Buzzfeed Touches Keshet
Format Imported by Internet
From C21 Media

Keshet is partnering with global media firm Buzzfeed to produce a cross-media version of an Israeli gameshow.

Buzzfeed Motion Pictures, the digital video arm of the viral viewing specialist, is teaming up with Keshet Studios, the LA-based studio of Israeli distributor Keshet International.

The two firms will work on a version of gameshow Touch, originally created by Keshet and Ido Rosenblum.

The move is designed to further propel Buzzfeed into the world of linear TV and expand its digital presence with simultaneous launches online and on mobile through its platforms and distribution channels.

The original format rewarded the sharp eyes and quick reactions of contestants and was based around the question ‘What is wrong with this picture?’ It connects with viewers and online users who can play along by touching the screen as the clock counts down.

Sebastian Burkhardt, senior VP of digital and acquisitions at Keshet International, said: “BuzzFeed has been at the forefront of creating culturally defining and buzzworthy original online content. Together, we will create content that engages viewers of all ages and on all platforms as the speed of linear and digital convergence accelerates.”

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posted 10/14/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Who's Down to Blank?"

posted 10/14/16

WEDNESDAY: Spike Launches Two
"Lip Sync Battle", "That Awkward Game Show" to Premiere
From various sources

Ben Kingsley channels Elton John for his debut on "Lip Sync Battle," complete with piano and over-the-top costume during his performance of "Rocket Man."

Kingsley, who most recently lent his voice to "The Jungle Book" as Bagheera, appears on the first episode of "Lip Sync Battle's" new season alongside John Cho.

Cho, who starred as Sulu on "Star Trek Beyond," is set to perform a Western rendition of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive."

"Lip Sync Battle" is hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen.

Also set to appear this season are Lupita Nyong'o, Wanda Sykes, Uzo Aduba, Craig Ferguson, DeAndre Jordan, Jay Leno, Ruby Rose, Laverne Cox, and Rob Riggle.

The new season premieres on Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Spike, followed by a TMI episode.

After the hour at 10 is the premiere of "That Awkward Game Show", hosted by Jeff Dye. Spike bills it as "a hilarious new game show where parents and their adult children compete to win a large cash prize while learning some of the most ridiculously shocking truths about their next of kin."

So how did they do?
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.409M
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike/SP): 858K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 724K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 448K
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 439K
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 339K
- Catching Kelce (E!): 327K

FOX (7.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was still the top draw on Wednesday with new episodes of "Lethal Weapon" (6.695 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and "Empire" (9.296 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

ABC (6.623 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the number two network with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.398 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5), "Speechless" (5.994 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5), "Modern Family" (7.454 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Black-ish" (5.881 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (7.006 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.786 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (9.014 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Criminal Minds" (8.362 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8) and "Code Black" (5.983 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.758 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up originals from "Blindspot" (5.428 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.707 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (6.139 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10).

And finally, week two of "Arrow" (1.951 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Frequency" (1.115 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.533 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

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posted 10/13/16

Food Network Pits Grandma vs. Grandma
"Clash of the Grandmas" Premieres November 13
From the Futon Critic

Grannies with top-notch cooking skills kick off Food Network's holiday season with the six-episode primetime competition series Clash of the Grandmas, premiering Sunday, November 13th at 10pm (all times ET/PT). In each episode, host Cameron Mathison welcomes four grandma super-cooks to the kitchen - but only one emerges as the $10,000 winner. From Thanksgiving stuffing transformations and savory hand-held mac and cheese creations to decadent desserts, these grandmas are reinventing dishes with masterful home-cooking skills. A rotating panel of judges, including Monti Carlo, Nancy Fuller, Eddie Jackson, Brandi Milloy, Jamika Pessoa, Aarti Sequeira and Jake Smollett, determine the winner of each comfort food battle.

"Nothing says the holidays like grandma's cooking, and these grannies are taking classic dishes to a new level," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "In this competition, age is only a number!"

The Futon Critic

posted 10/13/16

NBC Goes Streaming
Norwegian Format Gets Imported
From the Futon Critic

NBC is giving aspiring musicians a chance to be discovered via "The Stream," a new television show where music industry titans will all work together to uncover the next superstar artist via the Internet and social media.

"The Stream" gives everyday talented people a chance to be discovered through the Internet and social media, much the same way some of our biggest musical stars today - Adele and Justin Bieber, among many others - were first introduced to the public. The series will bring talent shows to the next level by moving the traditional audition to the comfort of people's homes.

Everyone will be able to upload their video to "The Stream" online platform, where it instantly becomes available to the public. Once the performance is online, it's up to users to spread, share and stream their favorite music. All musical talent can participate - whether they are a solo singer, rap-duo or electronic group.

"'The Stream' brilliantly uses technology and social media to draw music lovers in and make them a part of the process," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We're excited to discover talent in this modern way and connect the best artists with the industry's top starmakers."

The 100 most streamed musicians will be invited to a showcase where they will perform in front of music industry titans. During this showcase, the starmakers will choose 30 artists who they will work closely with for one week. At the end of the week, each titan will choose and sign their three favorite artists.

When the artists have been signed, they will compete in a weekly live show. It's up to the audience which artists stay in the competition, and which ones have to leave, based on the number of streams. The most streamed artists stay in the competition while the least streamed risks eviction.

The winner of "The Stream" is the most streamed artist - discovered and chosen by the public. In a new era that demands new stars, "The Stream" goes where no television talent competition has gone and speaks the language of our generation.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/13/16

TUESDAY: This Is a Split
NBC, CBS Split Tuesday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.325 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (10.638 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), "This Is Us" (9.818 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and the season premiere of "Chicago Fire" (7.521 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3).

CBS (12.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (14.482 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5), "Bull" (12.966 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.654 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Next up was ABC (4.579 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and the debut of its fall lineup of "The Middle" (6.632 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5), "American Housewife" (6.487 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.962 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), "The Real O'Neals" (3.762 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.816 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.842 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its crossover between "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.133 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "New Girl" (1.958 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) plus a new "Scream Queens" (1.639 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

And finally, The CW (1.796 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night with week two of "The Flash" (2.750 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "No Tomorrow" (0.843 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16).

On cable:
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.182M
- Chopped (Food): 977K
- Chopped Junior (Food): 723K
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike/P): 515K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 468K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/13/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Revenge of the Nerds"

  • Alex Trebek clowns on a fan of nerdcore hip-hop (TV Line)... and the nerdcore community (KXTV Sacramento) and two of its biggest artists clown back (Billboard)
     

  • Spike launches "Lip Sync Battle" app (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Mark Burnett sets the record straight: "I am not pro-Trump" (TV Line)
     

  • CBS puts "Price Is Right" wheel on display (Yahoo!)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: A fight breaks out at the Russian Big Brother house (Craziest Sports Fight)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Hard Quiz host Tom Gleeson (B&T) and Vicki Lawrence & Mama (Peoria Journal-Star)

posted 10/13/16

MediaPro's Got a "Crush"
Spanish Format Heads to Cannes
From C21 Media

Spanish channels operator and production group Mediapro has released details of its first format since appointing long-serving Keshet executive Ran Tellem to its content team.

Crush is a gameshow in which teams of four people must answer questions by standing on the answers they think are correct, or else they will be ‘crushed’ by locked safes.

It is the first format that has been co-developed between Mediapro, which hired Tellem as head of international content development in May, and Madrid-based Phileas Productions.

The format is being distributed internationally by Imagina International Sales, which is part of the Mediapro Group.

Mediapro’s current TV slate includes Sky Italia, HBO and Canal+ drama The Young Pope, in conjunction with Haut et Court and Wildside.

Phileas Productions, meanwhile, is behind formats such as The ATM, The 20 Little Piggy Banks and Don’t Say It Bring It.

C21 Media
Yahoo!

posted 10/12/16

Swap Lifeline for "MEK"
Telugu "Millionaire" to Bring on New Host
From the Hindu Business Line

Film actor Nagarjuna is out of the Meelo Evaru Koteeswaradu (MEK, the Telugu variant of "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire"). The actor, who is also a studio owner and entrepreneur, has opted himself out of the successful quiz show. After three seasons and 160 episodes, the actor has decided to move on to focus on a couple of home productions and the films he is acting.

K Chiranjeevi, actor-politician, is going to replace Nagarjuna. Maa TV, which is airing the MEK, is airing promos for the fourth season, with Chiranjeevi promoting the program.

“I had three wonderful seasons of MEK. It was a life-changing experience for me,” Nagarjuna said, when approached for his comment on his exit from the popular show. As I ended season 3, I thought, I should take a break from MEK. Also this year 2016 and going forward I will be very busy with my films and also with two films I am producing for my sons (Chaitanya and Akhil). I am very happy Chiranjeevi is going to host Season 4,” he said.

The Hindu Business Line

posted 10/12/16

SYNDIES: Week 3
Results for the Week Ending October 2
From TV Newscheck

Harry, the only nationally rated newcomer to first-run syndication this season, attracted most of the attention in the session ending Oct. 2, improving 8% to 1.3 live-plus-same-day Nielsen stat. Compared to the already established talk shows, Harry’s performance equaled or exceeded such long-running strips as Rachel Ray, Steve Wilkos, Jerry Springer and Dr. Oz.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 +3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 +5%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 +4%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +7%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/12/16

Richard O'Brien Will Enter the Maze
Catch the Special on Channel 4 This October!
From Radio Times

If the recent news of a one-off celebrity Crystal Maze revival didn’t QUITE give you a big enough nostalgic 90s rush, then we have some good news for you – Richard O’Brien, the original host of the cult Channel 4 game show, is back for the Stand Up to Cancer special.

Now, before you get too excited, we should point out that he’s not actually hosting the series again – a shaven-headed Stephen Merchant, describing himself on set as “the Mitchell brother they keep locked in the attic”, is channeling his style instead, below – but O’Brien is making a substantial pre-recorded cameo in the episode, which RadioTimes.com witnessed on The Crystal Maze set and can confirm has all the acid-tongued weirdness we’d come to love about the original series.

And he’s not the only classic figure from The Crystal Maze to be making a return, with fortune-teller Mumsey also making a comeback in the new episode, played by actress Maureen Lipman (in character below, taking over the role from Sandra Caron), and even a nod to ex-presenter Ed Tudor-Pole, who hosted the game show for its last two series. How nice.

Speaking about the one-off special, which will air on Channel 4 this Sunday 16 October as part of the broadcaster’s Stand Up to Cancer series of comedy programm, new host Stephen Merchant said: “I’m paying homage to Richard O’Brien with my look for the show.

“What’s impossible to emulate is Richard’s unique persona – he’s a total one-off -- but I’ve been inspired by his irreverence and winking complicity with the audience at home. When Ed Tudor-Pole took over, he made the show his own, which is all I can try and do."

Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, who joins Michelle Keegan, Sara Cox, Rio Ferdinand and Josh Widdecombe in the team of celebrity contestants, added: “[Stephen’s] outfit was crazy. I went into make-up, sat down and I thought ‘Who’s this guy?!’ and then I realised it was him. I thought he was wearing one of those bald caps, then I found out that he’d actually shaved all his hair off. It was perfect. He really went for it.”

“It wasn’t until I signed on that I discovered how much people cherish the original Crystal Maze,” Merchant concluded. “I hope people will enjoy this as a loving tribute.”.

Digital Spy
Telly Mix
Sunderland Echo
Radio Times
Entertainment.ie
The Telegraph
Metro
Digital Spy

posted 10/12/16


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

Three-on-three with trivia, survey questions and Bill Cullen's last network series. Chris Wolvie tosses the Hot Potato in the third installment of "Games Gone By".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 10/12/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "It's 1994 All Over Again"

posted 10/12/16

Ink Master 100
Spike's Landmark Competition Reaches New Milestone
From Variety

Few shows gain momentum as they age, but “Ink Master” isn’t your typical reality competition series.

Season eight of Spike’s “Ink Master,” which will hit the 100-episode landmark, is improving on last year’s ratings, its combined social media presence jumped 14% since 2015, and its fan base has broadened — women now make up 55% of the audience compared to 38% in season one. “Ink Master” was the right show at the right time for the right channel.

“I was in New York taking pitches, and met with Charlie Corwin, who at the time was running Original Media,” recalls Sharon Levy, Spike’s exec VP of original series programming and development. “He said, ‘I’ve got this thing, but I don’t know if it’s right for you.’ I said, ‘Tell me about it.’

“I’ve always loved tattoos and I love art. I knew that traditionally those shows had a good female basis and we were trying to start the climb from a man’s network to a broader channel. We were in our infant stages of that transition, so I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ He said he could hopefully deliver Dave Navarro — we all thought that was a fabulous idea. Within two weeks he had packaged it all up.”

Navarro, guitarist and founding member of Jane’s Addiction, didn’t know what to expect from his first TV competition hosting gig. “Being an art collector and a fan of all the arts — and certainly a tattoo collector as well — it was something that was right in my wheelhouse,” Navarro says. “I never really imagined it would become such a huge part of my life.”

Navarro and renowned tattoo artists Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez have been the judges since season one. “I think our show sets the standard for formatting how you critique a tattoo,” Nunez says, noting how each challenge focuses on a different technique, giving judges parameters for making tough decisions.

“There are a lot of challenges that me and Chris would not want to have to do,” Peck admits. “A lot of the artists don’t know what they’re getting into when they come onto the show. It’s a lot harder than they thought. But any artist that’s willing to go on a public forum and put themselves out there to be challenged and tested — it’s pretty admirable.”

Upping the ante? Human canvases. “The stakes are genuinely high when somebody is literally risking their hide,” Nunez says. “We let people know, ‘This is what happens on the show. This is what’s going to happen if you come on to be a human canvas. Are you willing to roll the dice?’”

They are. “People come in for different reasons,” says showrunner/exec producer Andrea Richter. “Maybe they have a tattoo idea they love, but haven’t been able to get done because they can’t afford it, or perhaps they’re collectors who are like, ‘I’ll take the experience and give up my skin.’ It’s riveting to watch no matter what the stakes are and no matter what the person has come in to get. You’re on the edge of your seat because it could turn out great, it could not turn out great. And yeah, they can’t throw out the dish or wipe off the makeup [like on other shows]. It’s there forever.”

Unless, of course, they land a re-do on the show’s spinoff, “Ink Master: Redemption,” also starring Navarro, Peck, and Nunez.

Variety

posted 10/11/16

Finally, a Show Where the Person with the Most Toys Wins
ABC Greenlights Toy-Invention Competition
From the Futon Critic

ABC and Mattel Creations, the content creation and distribution division of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT), have partnered to launch a first-of-its kind primetime television series that brings to life the excitement, drama and creativity of the toy invention process in a fast-paced, high-stakes competition format that will entertain viewers of all ages. Co-developed with Hudsun Media and Electus, "The Toy Box" is set to premiere during the 2016-17 season on the ABC Television Network and will be distributed internationally by Electus International.

"We are thrilled to provide a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the hard work, determination and creativity it takes to run a globally recognized, iconic creations company like Mattel," said Richard Dickson, president and chief operating officer at Mattel. "I'm positive 'The Toy Box' will inspire kids, families and anyone who's ever dreamt of creating the next great toy!"

Hosted by Eric Stonestreet, "The Toy Box" is the ultimate toy-competition series, providing talented designers with the chance of a lifetime: an opportunity to bring their toy concept to life with industry giant Mattel. The toys - and their inventors - are put through a series of trials and tests before facing the ultimate judges: a panel of no-nonsense, toy-loving kids.

Rob Mills, SVP Alternative Series, Specials & Late Night of ABC, said, "'The Toy Box' is a unique and broadly appealing take on the popular competition-style television format, and we believe it will capture the imagination of viewers of all ages. We look forward to launching the series with Mattel, Hudsun Media and Electus this year."

"Along with our partners at Hudsun Media and Electus, we are extremely proud to announce 'The Toy Box,' the first major production project from Mattel Creations," said Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Mattel's chief content officer. "In addition to being an entertaining and engaging program that kids and families are sure to love, 'The Toy Box' also creates a new opportunity for Mattel to connect with its consumers in an authentic and engaging way."

Each episode of "The Toy Box" will feature expert toy inventors from around the world as they compete for the opportunity to present their creations in the "The Toy Box" season finale. The winner of the final episode wins the ultimate prize: the opportunity to bring their creation to market, with marketing, design and manufacturing support from Mattel. The winning toy design will be available for purchase at retail as the season finale airs, enabling fans of the show to play with the very product they see come to life on "The Toy Box."

"The Toy Box" brings the pressure and drama of competition-style shows to the toy-design process in a format that's sure to thrill kids and families alike," said Michael Rourke, CEO of Hudsun Media. "For the first time, viewers will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of toy making, as they see what it takes to design the next great American toy."

Chris Grant, CEO of Electus, said, "With its mix of competitiveness, entrepreneurialism and fun, 'The Toy Box' is sure to delight and excite kids, parents and anyone who loves to play. We are excited to bring the program to ABC viewers this season."

The Futon Critic

posted 10/11/16

MONDAY: Supergirl Saves the CW
NBC Wins Despite Springing 10p Leak
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.611 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (11.171 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Timeless" (6.491 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

CBS (8.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.060 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "Kevin Can Wait" (8.805 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), the return of "2 Broke Girls" (6.636 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4), a second "2 Broke Girls" (6.223 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4) and "Scorpion" (6.961 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8).

Next up was ABC (8.517 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (10.450 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) and "Conviction" (4.652 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.533 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (3.353 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Lucifer" (3.714 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.933 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with the season premiere of "Supergirl" (3.025 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and an encore "No Tomorrow" (0.843 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.283M
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.109M
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 468K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/11/16

Robot Wars Re-Activated
Reboot Is Renewed
From the List

'Robot Wars' will return for another series.

The mechanical game show bounded back onto screens in the summer with a brand new format following a 12-year hiatus and, as millions of viewers tuned in to watch Team Apollo claw their way to victory in the gruelling tournament, bosses have decided to bring it back for another six-episode run next year.

Executive producer Andrew Robertson said in a statement: "We're delighted that the first series (of 'Robot Wars') proved such a success and we can't wait to see more amazing teams with the next generation of incredible robots in the arena."

The second series will see Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon return as the hosts as they watch Team Apollo attempt to keep hold of their crown against a new bunch of tin terrors in the show's custom-built arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

Patrick Holland, the channel controller for BBC2, said: "'Robot Wars' is a brilliant BBC2 show, full of passion, specialism and spectacle. I am delighted that Dara and Angela will be once again challenging Britain's finest robot builders to take on the dreaded House Robots."

It's also believed commentator Jonathan Pearce - who voiced the original series from 1998 to 2004 - will return for the new series after he agreed a comeback for this year's installment.

He said at the time: "'Robot Wars' is an immensely enjoyable program to commentate on.

"I am delighted to be involved and back among the cut and thrust of the robot battles. Activate!"

The List

posted 10/11/16

Down You Go...
"Hellevator" Returns Tonight on GSN
From Broadway World

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today its horror-themed game HELLEVATOR returns for season two with a special four-week network event, just in time for the Halloween season, with all-new spine-chilling weekly episodes, beginning Friday, October 7 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. HELLEVATOR is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions, in association with Lionsgate.

Jason Blum, executive producer and master of the horror genre, whose company, Blumhouse Productions brought the world the "The Purge," "Insidious," "Ouija" and "Paranormal Activity" franchises, now presents a terrifying, genre-bending series that dares a team of four friends to ride a haunted elevator into the depths of an abandoned slaughterhouse. With $50,000 at stake, contestants must conquer multiple floors of terrifying chaos and hair-raising challenges in order to move on to the final level - The Inferno.

Each specially-themed episode is inspired by a true crime story and will also emulate a grisly scene invoked by one of the "Seven Deadly Sins" (Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Wrath, Greed and Sloth). In addition to the psychological terror players will face during their quest, they must also endure the wrath of the show's masterminds, horror film icons Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka the "Twisted Twins," who work in tandem from their secret lair to torment and trip-up players as they struggle to remain sane and keep in mind, "it's just a game."

Friday's premiere launched to an audience of 173,000.

In broadcast, CBS (9.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on Friday with week three of "MacGyver" (8.170 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.605 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.681 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

ABC (4.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home a silver medal with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (5.605 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Dr. Ken" (3.929 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Shark Tank" (4.803 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "20/20" (3.595 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was FOX (2.564 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.112 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "The Exorcist" (2.016 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for an encore of "Timeless" (3.184 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.150 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, the conclusion to "iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 2" (0.790 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.790 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.359M
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.136M
- Worst Bakers in America (Food): 917K

Broadway World
Forbes
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/11/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Really."

  • Ben & Lauren are really really really really really REALLY going through with this whole wedding thing. Really (Us)
     

  • When is a police officer taking a picture with a lawyer news? When the lawyer is Shaun Motherfunky Wallace (Coventry Telegraph)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: That Awkward Game Show (Spike, tonight) (Channel Guide)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live" going to Shippensburg, PA (Flipside PA)
     

  • Family Feud NZ goes tabletop (Scoopt)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (iNews)

posted 10/11/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Ending"

  • Nikki Ferrell gets married to someone not named Juan Pablo (E!)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live" going to New Orleans (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
     

  • Big Brother wins in court over audience voting (Reuters)

posted 10/10/16


Comedy Central
POINTS!
@midnight Renewed for Season 4
From The Futon Critic

Fresh off its second straight Emmy(R) win, the late-night curator of the internet's freshest pop culture moments keeps the jokes coming as Comedy Central has renewed "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" for a fourth season, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central. The fourth season order of "@midnight" is a 40-week run that will air throughout 2017.

Airing Monday-Thursday in its new timeslot at 11:30 P.M. after "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" is executive produced by Hardwick, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant; Mike Farah and Joe Farrell for Funny Or Die; Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler and Jon Zimelis of Serious Business; showrunner Jack Martin; and Alex Murray of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Gary Mann and Tara Schuster are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central. The series recently received their second consecutive Emmy(R) Award for "Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Social TV Experience."

"We are really pleased with how Chris and team have opened the aperture of '@midnight' to cover more of the socially and politically relevant topics of the day, and I defy anyone to find a show with a higher joke-per-minute ratio," said Alterman.

"I LOVE making '@midnight' and we will continue to innovate inappropriate jokes about social media and pop culture in the late-night landscape," said Hardwick. "I'm proud to get to work with this amazing team for another year, and hopefully beyond!"

The Futon Critic
Hollywood Reporter

posted 10/7/16

THURSDAY: TNF Wins Again for CBS
Football Is Down... WAY Down
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.996 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.727 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (8.050 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

ABC (5.882 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.305 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Notorious" (4.595 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.747 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Next up was NBC (6.124 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "Superstore" (5.198 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "The Good Place" (4.979 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Chicago Med" (6.899 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "The Blacklist" (6.386 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.682 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Rosewood" (3.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Pitch" (3.598 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with its annual "iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1" (0.998 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Comedy): 1.969M
- Halloween Wars (Food/S): 945K
- Chopped (Food): 919K
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 835K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV/SF): 500K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 379K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 320K
- Winsanity (GSN): 290K
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 270K
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (Logo): 266K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/7/16

Out of the Room
"You're Back in the Room" Reportedly Canceled
From the List

Phillip Schofield's show 'You're Back In The Room' has been axed after just two seasons.

The ITV comedy game show - hosted by the 54 year old and magician Keith Barry - was reportedly axed after producers struggled to find "great celebrities" to appear on the show.

A source said: "The show got mixed reviews but not bad ratings at first but ultimately the balance between great names and keen people couldn't keep going.

"They only really managed to twist the arms of ITV stars onto the show - with the likes of Joey Essex, the 'Loose Women' ladies and the cast of 'Coronation Street' all making an appearance."

It is believed the first series of the show had a viewing of just over four million, which later dropped to just over three million in its second series.

The show reportedly had 'mixed reviews' by viewers but not bad ratings.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "The balance between great names and keen people couldn't keep going."

However, the silverfox has not been blamed for the shows failure, and has been credited as a "brilliant" host.

Speaking about the 'This Morning' co-host, the source continued: "ITV thought Phillip did a brilliant job as host. His commentary was hilarious and he loved doing the show but he's got some new formats coming up for the channel and sadly something had to make way.

"They're sad it's dying a death as there's not really a show of its kind on telly right now, but after two series it had done its job."

The List

posted 10/7/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "So Many Issues"

posted 10/7/16

WEDNESDAY: Fox Wins with a Lethal Empire
CBS Comes in a Close Second
From The Futon Critic

FOX (7.859 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with week three of "Lethal Weapon" (6.476 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6) and "Empire" (9.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (6.504 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (6.327 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Speechless" (6.103 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Modern Family" (7.031 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.367 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Designated Survivor" (7.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7).

Next up was CBS (7.324 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.524 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (7.592 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) and "Code Black" (5.856 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.829 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up new episodes from "Blindspot" (5.613 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.705 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (6.170 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (1.886 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and the debut of "Frequency" (1.362 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the night on The CW (1.624 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity (Food): 1.325M
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 542K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 447K
- Catching Kelce (E!/P): 259K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/6/16

Buzzr Goes to the Casino
Ludia to Create Game Based on Network
From Cantech Letter

In partnership with the U.S. based vintage game show channel, BUZZR, Ludia Games brings big wins, big brands and good times to your phone with the launch of its latest game, BUZZR Casino. Featuring actual vintage clips from BUZZR’s time capsule of retro game show programming, BUZZR Casino combines the best elements from some of the greatest hits of all times: Family Feud, Card Sharks, Press Your Luck, Let’s Make A Deal and many more.

Packed with amazing free social slots and exciting casino games, BUZZR Casino is the perfect complement to the retro game show network. Players will have a chance to try and beat the odds of the BUZZR Slot and unlock new slots based on classic TV game shows as they level up. Additionally, they will be able to multiply their winnings by making it to the Bonus Round, dropping that PLiNKO chip, or by getting a shot at Free Spins. All the while, as they maneuver through the game, players will be able to view some of the most fun and memorable moments from the vast library of retro game show content currently airing on the BUZZR network.

“With the launch of BUZZR Casino, Ludia brings a whole new experience to the genre, adding its own unique twist to it,” explains Alex Thabet, President and CEO of Ludia Games. “With a vast array of popular BUZZR brands to choose from, we are happy to offer players and fans alike, a high quality casino game that is sure to entertain them for hours.”

“The BUZZR retro game show formats that have stood the test of time offer the very best gameplay for a portable experience,” said Ron Garfield, executive vice president and general manager of BUZZR. “The launch of BUZZR Casino represents the next phase of building BUZZR into a multigenerational, multiplatform brand. BUZZR Casino will introduce the BUZZR brand to a new audience of game show enthusiasts.”

BUZZR Casino features include:

- Famous game show experiences like Family Feud, The Price is Right, Card Sharks, Press Your Luck, Let’s Make A Deal, and many more;
- All new immersive video reel slot machines with stunning visual effects, authentic stages, sounds, and other game elements modeled after each retro game show;
- A memorable Bonus Game in each BUZZR Slot: WIN BIG in PLiNKO, Fast Money Round, and more, all inspired by fan-favorite TV game shows;
- The possibility to send and receive free gifts and spins from your friends.

Feeling lucky? Meet us on the BUZZR Casino floor for a brand new experience that can be shared with friends and family. Available today for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Cantech Letter

posted 10/6/16

Not One, but TWO Advisors for Knockout Phase
Faith Hill, Tim McGraw to Advise Contestants
From Reality TV World

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are going to be joining The Voice!

Hill and McGraw will be serving as The Voice's key advisers for Season 11, a role which was filled by newbie coach Miley Cyrus last season.

For the first time ever, The Voice artists will have, not one, but two powerhouse key advisers to help them prepare for the "Knockout Round," which follows the next phase of the competition called the "Battle Round."

In seasons past, the key adviser basically served as a universal assistant to all four coaches and a guide to all the contestants during the Knockouts. Hill and McGraw will be working alongside Season 11 coaches Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

"Who better to help guide our artists at this critical point than the first couple of country music, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw," NBC reality chief Paul Telegdy said in a statement. "Our artists and our viewers will love hearing from two of the most talented and highly-decorated performers working in the music industry today."

Reality TV World

posted 10/6/16

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

  • "Legends of the Hidden Temple" movie gets a drop date: November 26 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen not strong enough for Twitter (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: "Dancing with the Stars" had two winners on the last results show: Emma Slater & Sasha Farber (ABC News)
     

  • Lauren Bushnell felt alone after "The Bachelor" (Us)
     

  • Sling adds GSN (Multichannel News)
     

  • Rob Mills on why there's less reality TV on TV this fall (Los Angeles Times)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Alex Trebek makes more than Pat Sajak according to Forbes (Newsday)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nicholas Parsons (Radio Times)

posted 10/6/16

More on "Window Warriors"
Catch It on GSN November 15
From The Futon Critic

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.

"This series is a celebration of the brick-and-mortar shopping experience," explains Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP programming and production at GSN. "These talented window designers stand out not only for their artistic flair, but for their ability to work products into their creations in a way that encourages the consumer to head into the store and shop."

"Going to see the store windows at Christmastime on New York's Fifth Avenue or Chicago's Michigan Avenue has been a part of Americana for almost a century," said executive producer Michael Levitt. "Many people are not aware that window designing is a profession. We wanted TV viewers to see the modern-day artists who are keeping this art form alive, not only in the big cities, but in many of your favorite malls across the country."

The Futon Critic

posted 10/5/16

TUESDAY: Debate Night in America
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.822 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with its mix of a recap episode from "The Voice" (7.805 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "The Vice Presidential Debate" (6.692 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "The Vice Presidential Debate - Analysis" (5.246 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

CBS (8.726 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with its combination of "NCIS" (13.900 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "The Vice Presidential Debate" (6.491 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "The Vice Presidential Debate - Analysis" (5.087 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Next up was ABC (6.713 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "Dancing with the Stars" (8.837 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "The Vice Presidential Debate" (5.991 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and "The Vice Presidential Debate - Analysis" (4.630 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.358 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up the return of "The Flash" (3.125 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and the launch of "No Tomorrow" (1.592 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

And finally, new episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.462 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "New Girl" (2.153 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) alongside "The Vice Presidential Debate" (2.196 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) on FOX (2.241 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.041M
- Chopped Junior (Food): 856K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 406K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/5/16

Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive Golden Rings!
ITV, Talpa Team for New Format
From Rapid TV News

The new connected game show from ITV Studios and Talpa, 5 Golden Rings, is to be the core of the companies’ launch strategy for MIPCOM.

Co-created by ITV Studios subsidiary Possessed and Talpa, 5 Golden Rings has the tag line of the connected game show in which every pixel counts. Players get five rings to answer questions over five levels. An interactive LED floor projects animated pictures that are the base of each questions. Players need to put the rings on the correct answer, but the rings become smaller throughout the game, making it even more challenging. Another key feature is what is described as a unique connected gameplay where viewers get to place their rings on their phone and become part of the experience.

Commented Possessed MD Glenn Hugill: “Collaborating with John de Mol and his creative team at Talpa has been instrumental in developing 5 Golden Rings into a fully connected format. Enabling any and all viewers of this highly visual and wholly inclusive game to play along via a mini version in the palm of their hand provides a brilliantly immersive experience; more and more this is what buyers are looking for. Together we think we have created something unique for the Instagram generation.”

Added Talpa founder and industry stalwart de Mol: “5 Golden Rings is just the beginning of our already successful partnership. Together with ITVS, we have been able to use our digital expertise to develop the show into a great connected format. Two direct commissions in two key TV markets is very special in our industry and we feel 5 Golden Rings is a show that can truly create a global impact.”

The show is the first format jointly developed by ITV Studios and Talpa and will air on ITV in the UK and SBS6 in the Netherlands in early 2017.

Talpa Global will be responsible for the worldwide distribution of the ITV Studios/Talpa format with ITV Studios producing the show in countries where they have local production businesses. Following the initial commission in multiple territories a production hub will be created in The Netherlands to be co-ordinated by Talpa Productions.

Rapid TV News
Deadline

posted 10/5/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Song for Mama"

  • VIDEO WALL: next "Drag Race" features a very special moment (TV Line)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman bring their "Pointless" history of the world to Cambridge (Cambridge News)
     

  • Charles Ingram: from major to major cheat to major discovery (AOL Money)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Stephen Merchant's Crystal Maze (Digital Spy)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jennifer Mullin (TV Newscheck) and Anne Robinson (The Sun)

posted 10/5/16


Sony Pictures TV
Going... Going... GONG!
ABC Greenlights Reboot from Sony TV, Will Arnett
From the Wall Street Journal

A familiar sound is coming back to television.

ABC announced today that a revival of the 1970s talent program “The Gong Show” is coming back with an initial 10 episode order. Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) is executive producing with his company Electric Avenue Productions.

This latest version of the show will continue tapping into the weirder aspects of pop culture, with a focus on talent from the Internet.

The show follows recent ABC game show revivals: “The Match Game,” hosted and produced by Alec Baldwin and “The $100,000 Pyramid,” hosted by Michael Strahan. Both aired this past summer and both were renewed.

The original “Gong Show” ran on NBC from 1976 to 1980 and was hosted by Chuck Barris. Revivals have been attempted before: in the late ‘90s on the Game Show Network as “Extreme Gong” and by Comedy Central in 2008, with comedian Dave Attell as the host.

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Tubefilter

posted 10/4/16

SYNDIES: Week 2
Results for the Week Ending September 25
From B&C

The demise of Brangelina was good news for the entertainment magazines, with all six of the genre’s top shows moving up in the week ending Sept. 25. That news combined with next-day coverage of the 68th annual Primetime Emmys led to week-to-week increases all around.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud remained the game-show leader for the 22nd consecutive week at an unchanged 6.3. In second place, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune had no answer for the oft-run Feud, but climbed 4% to a 6.0. CTD’s Jeopardy! jumped 6% to a 5.7. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire fell back 6% to a 1.5. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game stayed at a 1.3 for its third-season premiere week, up 18% from last year.

B&C

posted 10/4/16

Game Show Horror Story: True Crime
A Preview of Friday's First Show
From TV Ruckus

GSN’s game show “Hellevator” returns Friday October 7, 2016 just in time for the scary Halloween season that fills each October. It’s the second season for the show that features diabolical hosts, and contestants who come to think of that creepy elevator as less frightening than what they face when they get off on any floor.

The network has a special four-week event in store for viewers and game show enthusiasts. Here’s how it works: teams of four enter an abandoned slaughterhouse and descend via the Hellevator to play the game for a chance to win $50,000. There are terrifying challenges on each floor, building to the crescendo of facing the final level called The Inferno. The themes are all inspired by true crime stories and horror films.

How gruesome does it get? To begin with, the “Twisted Twins” of horror film, Jen and Sylvia Soska work to torment the players to keep them from achieving the goal of each challenge. As they frustrate and frighten them, contestants have to strain to remember that “It’s just a game.”

And, if true crime story themes aren’t enough, the challenges will also emulate a grisly scene invoked by one of the “Seven Deadly Sins” (Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Wrath, Greed and Sloth). The show is executive produced by Jason Blum, master of the horror genre, whose company, Blumhouse Productions brought the world the “The Purge,” “Insidious,” “Ouija” and “Paranormal Activity” franchises.

TV Ruckus

posted 10/4/16

MONDAY: Out of Time
NBC Wins, but Springs a Leak at 10p
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.275 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) led the broadcast charge with a new "The Voice" (11.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) followed by the debut of "Timeless" (7.662 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4).

CBS (10.198 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.396 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1), "Kevin Can Wait" (10.368 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), the return of "Scorpion" (9.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and a second "Scorpion" (8.810 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (8.850 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (10.555 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6) and the premiere of "Conviction" (5.439 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.415 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (3.139 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Lucifer" (3.692 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (1.288 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and another "Supergirl" (1.429 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) closed out the night on The CW (1.358 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food/SP): 1.298M
- Chopped (Food/S): 992K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 369K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/4/16

Simon Cowell Stays With His Baby
Creator/Judge of AGT to Judge for Three More Years
From TV Line

Get ready for lots more tight T-shirts and snarky British putdowns: Simon Cowell will be back at the America’s Got Talent judges’ table for the next three seasons.

The former American Idol judge has signed a deal to return as a judge on NBC’s summer hit for three more years through 2019, the network announced Tuesday. Cowell originally created the Got Talent format in the UK, and is also an executive producer on AGT.

The deal ensures that the current AGT judging panel will remain intact next year, with Cowell’s fellow judges Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B already set to return. (Nick Cannon will return as AGT host as well.) And it’s a winning combination: NBC touts this summer’s edition of AGT, with Cowell replacing departing judge Howard Stern, as the show’s most-watched season in five years.

“It was terrific to see Simon in his judge’s chair this past season, bringing his unique expertise and enthusiasm to the show, night after night,” NBC reality president Paul Telegdy said in a statement. “His brilliance has made AGT the industry leader that it is today, and his ability to evaluate and spot talent is unmatched, so we couldn’t be happier to have him seated at the judge’s table for the next three years.”

Season 12 of America’s Got Talent will premiere on NBC next summer.

TV Line

posted 10/4/16

WEEKEND: Smaller Shark Bite
CBS Wins Second Friday of the Season
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.698 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to week two of "MacGyver" (9.088 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.620 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.389 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2).

ABC (4.592 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (5.795 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Dr. Ken" (3.915 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Shark Tank" (4.986 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "20/20" (3.934 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

Next up was NBC (4.005 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with an encore of "This Is Us" (2.650 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.683 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.637 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.193 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "The Exorcist" (2.082 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, the season finale of "Masters of Illusion" (1.317 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.333 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.234 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (1.279 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (Food/SP): 1.576M
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food/SP): 1.237M
- Worst Bakers in America (Food/P): 1.025M
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food/P): 835K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/4/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Throwing It Open"

posted 10/4/16

More on "Holiday Baking Championship"
Catch It On Food Network November
From the Futon Critic

Beginning on Sunday, November 6th at 9pm ET/PT nine talented bakers brimming with holiday cheer compete to 'sleigh' their competition on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship. The contestants must whisk, fold and frost their way through difficult challenges as host Bobby Deen mixes things up with surprising twists along the way. The one with the best baking abilities, and with the most delicious desserts that spread the holiday spirit, will rise to the top as judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale determine who will win the biggest gift of the season - a $50,000 grand prize and the title of Holiday Baking Champion!

"The new season of Holiday Baking Championship brings the essence of Thanksgiving and Christmas to life with new festive challenges and irresistible baked goods made with the classic flavors of the season," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "To top it off, the bakers' skills are better than ever, adding to the intensity and excitement of the competition."

Cookie challenges that are inspired by dear old grandma, dessert competitions that celebrate ugly holiday sweaters, and pie contests that require everything to be made by hand fill this scrumptious seven-week competition. On the season premiere, the bakers are tested to turn classic seasonal beverages, such as apple cider, hot chocolate and eggnog, into custom-made confections. The contestant with the best treat will win a special advantage in the main heat challenge, where they must show off their decorating skills by creating a filled Bundt cake designed like a wreath.

Throughout the season, the contestants must tackle tough challenges from baking without appliances, to creating Thanksgiving imposter cupcakes, and to putting a fresh spin on a classic yule log. Each week one baker will crumble in the competition and get sent home. Then, in the grand finale, the three remaining bakers must use their imaginations to create North Pole-inspired treats, but only one will impress the judges to win $50,000 and title of Holiday Baking Champion.

Each week fans can join judge Duff Goldman online for an original web series Duff's Sweet Spot, where he will share his take on the competition's sweet challenges, as well as tips and recipes for home cooks to try his magical desserts in their own kitchens. Also, keep up with the competition with photos, video highlights at FoodNetwork.com/HolidayBakingChampionship, and join the baking banter on Twitter using #HolidayBakingChamionship.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/3/16

Endemol Shine Shines at MIPCOM
On Offer, "Big Music Quiz", "Locked"
From Worldscreen

Endemol Shine Group has landed new commissions for Big Music Quiz and Locked, which will be among the company’s formats offering at MIPCOM.

Locked, an Israeli game show, has landed a second season on Reshet. The format, which sees contestants use skill and strategy to open an increasing number of locked doors, is making its international debut at MIPCOM.

The company also secured new commissions in Italy (Rai 1) and the Netherlands (RTL4) for the musical game show Big Music Quiz, created by Shine France. The Italian version of Big Music Quiz will be produced by Endemol Shine Italy and is set to air in December. Endemol Shine Netherlands will produce the RTL4 version, which is slated to air in 2017. The show has rolled out in five territories.

Big Music Quiz will be featured as part of Endemol Shine Group’s formats slate in Cannes, alongside The Society Game, which is making its international debut at MIPCOM. The reality format, developed with Endemol Shine Group, CJ E&M and Endemol Shine Asia, explores contrasting “societies” based on authoritarian rule and democracy models. A returning format from Endemol Shine Australia is the family-entertainment series Spelling Star, which sees kids compete to be the nation’s best young speller.

C21Media
Worldscreen

posted 10/3/16

MNet Gets Spellbound
South African Network Greenlights Spelling Bee
From Channel 24

Great news for fans of reality TV! M-Net (DStv 101) is upping their reality content with the family-friendly game show called Spellbound, based on the concept of a spelling bee, and is looking for word whizzes who could become the country’s English spelling and grammar champions.

Spellbound will test contestants’ word skills in a fun and interactive way and will include super spellers from different age groups. There will be a round for primary school learners between the ages of 10 and 13, a round for high school learners between the ages of 14 and 18, and one for adults of all ages, as long as they’re over 18 and are South African citizens or permanent residents. The learners must currently be attending school in South Africa and must have the permission of their parents or legal guardians to take part in the show.

Apart from the thrill that comes from knowing that you’re the country’s number one letter-master in your age group, winners – and their schools – will walk away with cash prizes.

Channel 24

posted 10/3/16

It's Not Rude... It's Food.
Fox Brings Gordon Ramsay's "The F Word" Stateside
From TV Line

Gordon Ramsay is already known for his salty language in the kitchen. Now Fox is putting him on live TV with The F Word.

The prolific TV chef will host a new live cooking/variety series called The F Word, debuting on Fox in 2017, the network announced Friday. (The show is based on Ramsay’s hit UK series of the same name.) Each hour-long episode will be part cooking show, with families from across the country going head-to-head in a cook-off, and part talk show, with Ramsay chatting up celebrity guests and appearing in food-themed field segments.

With four other Fox reality shows — Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior and Hotel Hell — still on his plate, Ramsay is a very busy man these days. (His shows tend to be great slot-fillers for the network when other Fox shows get moved or canceled.) But the live element of The F Word adds an interesting wrinkle to the formula.

“Gordon Ramsay is not only one of the biggest names in the culinary world, but his expertise, combined with his larger-than-life personality, also make for genuine event television,” Fox entertainment president David Madden said in a statement. “Let’s face it, with Gordon live on television, the phrase ‘anything can happen’ takes on a whole new meaning.”

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posted 10/3/16


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

Long before "Fandango" first appeared on The Nashville Network (before the WWE changed it to Spike) and just a year or two before "Real People" started a trend of similar "human interest" shows, the hosts of those two shows set out to settle an age-old question: which gender could outsmart (and outbluff) the other when it's six-on-six?

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 10/3/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Live to Dance"

  • "Dancing with the Stars Live" lines up talent (ABC News)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen supports Kim Kardashian after getting robbed (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jeremy Paxman reveals an age-old truth... game shows are edited (The Sun)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? you won't believe the crap people call to the FCC for while watching Jeopardy! (The Verge)

posted 10/3/16

Get Ready for a Crossover!
CBS Daytime Spreads Casts All Over the Place to Celebrate 30 Years at #1
From CBS

CBS Daytime is commemorating 30 years at No. 1 with a variety of celebrations throughout the year and wants you to join the fun. From special TV appearances to can't-miss events, there are plenty of ways to get in on the action!

"CBS Daytime's schedule of top-rated, award-winning programs have been a daily destination for viewers for more than three decades, becoming part of the fabric of America in the process," said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS Entertainment. "We have the best fans in television who join us every day to laugh, love, chat and cheer. Our celebration of 30 years at No. 1 honors the hard work of our cast, staff and crew and thanks our audience for their passion and loyalty."

When does it all start? The network kicks off the celebration on Monday, Oct. 10 when talent from its five award-winning series, Let's Make A Deal, The Price Is Right, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Talk appear on each other's shows.

Monday Oct. 10: The Price Is Right, (11:00 AM, ET; 10:00 AM, PT) features CBS Daytime talent including The Talk's Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne; Peter Bergman, Joshua Morrow, and Jason Thompson from The Young and the Restless; Pierson Fodé, Katherine Kelly Lang, and Heather Tom from The Bold and the Beautiful; and Tiffany Coyne and Jonathan Mangum from Let's Make A Deal.

Tuesday Oct. 11: Let's Make A Deal celebrates #1for30 with a special appearance from The Talk's Sheryl Underwood.

Wednesday Oct. 12: The Price Is Right's George Gray appears on The Young and the Restless (12:30 PM, ET; 11:30 AM PT) as a GC Buzz employee.

Friday, Oct. 14: The Young and the Restless features The Price Is Right's Amber Lancaster who will model in a 'Bare by Brash and Sassy' commercial.

In addition, CBS Daytime is unveiling the special exhibit, "CBS Daytime #1 For 30 Years," at Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif., honoring the Network's five current shows, as well as legacy programs, including As The World Turns and Guiding Light. The exhibit, which runs Oct. 12 - Nov. 27, includes original set pieces, one-of-a-kind memorabilia and interactive elements to give fans a unique, hands-on experience. Also, four consecutive weeks of special panels are planned, featuring talent and executives from the CBS Daytime lineup.

At the Paley Center for Media "#1 For 30 Years" event, fans have the opportunity to interact with their favorite shows, up close and personal. The talent and producers from CBS Daytime shows will take the stage in a series of panel Q&A discussions that are open to the public. More details will be available shortly.

Thursday, Oct. 20: Let's Make A Deal and The Price Is Right

CBS Daytime ended the full 52-week 2015-2016 broadcast year at No. 1 for the 30th consecutive year, one of the longest winning streaks in television history, which began in 1986. Be sure to tune-in for all the festive celebrations!

CBS

posted 9/30/16

THURSDAY: No Football, No Contest
ABC Wins with Lack of NFL Contest on Broadcast
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.767 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Thursday with week two of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.340 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Notorious" (4.573 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.388 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

NBC (5.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "Superstore" (4.365 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "The Good Place" (4.379 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "Chicago Med" (6.705 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "The Blacklist" (6.049 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

Next up was CBS (5.313 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.800 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Keving Can Wait" (5.492 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.832 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), another "Keving Can Wait" (4.817 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Bull" (4.470 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Rosewood" (3.599 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14) and "Pitch" (3.690 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.185 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Supernatural" (0.957 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) closed out the evening on The CW (1.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.809M
- Chopped (Food): 971K
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 784K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 482K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 386K
- RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (VH1): 313K
- RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (Logo): 292K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 277K
- Winsanity (GSN): 273K
- Finding Prince Charming (Logo): 123K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/30/16


ITV Studios
"The Chase" Is On... for the 1000th Time!
Special Pits Contestants Against ALL FIVE CHASERS
From Telly Mix

ITV’s award-winning quiz show The Chase celebrates its 1000th episode with a special edition featuring all five of the Chasers on Thursday, September 29.

The hour-long special hosted by presenter Bradley Walsh will, for the first time, see a different Chaser face each contestant during the ‘Cash Builder’ round. The ‘Final Chase’ round will then be played by the fifth and final Chaser.

The chase is on as the contestants will have to dodge The Barrister, The Beast, The Governess, The Sinnerman and The Vixen one after the other. Will they be able to stay ahead of the finest quiz brains in the country to take home a share of the winnings?

Host Bradley Walsh has said: “We’ve made it to the 1000th episode of The Chase as the show is so entertaining and informative. I’m so lucky I get to be a part of such a great team and have a laugh at work, I even learn some things too. People love it because they can see how much we are enjoying ourselves. The special is going to be one Chase fans won’t want to miss.”

Now in its seventh year and and having reached 1000 episodes, The Chase has seen global success, with versions now being made in 11 countries with Labbett and Hegerty on the US and Australian versions respectively. In the UK, The Chase is regularly watched by over 3 million viewers each day and this year won a National Television Award for ‘Best Daytime Show’.

The 1000th episode of The Chase airs Thursday, September 29 at 5pm on ITV.

Telly Mix
Irish Independent
What's on TV
Evening Standard
ITV Press Centre
BT
Daily Express
ATV Today
Metro

posted 9/29/16

Look Who's Not Singing
Catch Season 3 of LSB October 12!
From TV Line

Some of the small screen’s finest are warming up their lips — but definitely not their vocal chords — for the return of Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle.

The network on Thursday released a music video, set to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” featuring the contestants of Season 3 in their finest red leather jackets and (in co-host Chrissy Teigen’s case) enormous hoop earrings.

America Ferrera (Superstore), John Cho (R.I.P., Selfie!), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and a slew of Orange Is the New Black stars are among this season’s crop of “singers.” Additional guests include: Sir Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Wanda Sykes, Craig Ferguson, TJ Miller, Jay Leno, Milla Jovovich, Lupita Nyong’o, Rob Riggle and Regina Hall.

Lip Sync Battle returns Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9/8c.

TV Line
Perez Hilton

posted 9/29/16

Jennifer Hudson Crosses Pond, Talent Franchise
"Idol" Fave to Coach "The Voice UK" with will.i.am, Tom Jones, Gavin Rossdale
From Reality TV World

Jennifer Hudson, Gavin Rossdale and Tom Jones will serve as coaches on the upcoming season of "The Voice U.K."

The British singing competition show is moving from the BBC to ITV.

Emma Willis will be the host when fresh episodes begin airing early next year.

Will.i.am was previously announced as a coach for the series.

"I'm looking forward to returning to my big, red chair on 'The Voice U.K.' I had some great times on the show and I can't wait to again discover and help some brand-new talent. And, of course, be back with my pal will.i.am," said Jones, who has served as coach on the program in the past.

"I couldn't be more excited to join the amazing panel of coaches on 'The Voice U.K.!' The United Kingdom has always been so supportive of me since the beginning of my career, so I'm really looking forward to sharing my point of view with the contestants and especially Team JHUD. Discovering new artists has always been important to me and the United Kingdom has no shortage of talent, so I can only imagine what this experience will be like for everyone involved. I can't wait to get going and start developing each individual's own sound!" added Hudson.

"I am so thrilled to be joining 'The Voice U.K.' I have always been extremely proud to fly the flag for British rock music and I can't wait to join this incredible panel and help discover some new talent," remarked Rossdale, whose ex-wife Gwen Stefani has served as a coach on the American version of "The Voice."

"We are absolutely chuffed to bits with the line-up for the launch of 'The Voice U.K.' on ITV," Siobhan Greene, head of entertainment for ITV Network, commented.

"All four coaches are global artists in the music industry and are at the top of their game. They've got very different personalities and reasons for sitting in those chairs, but they are united in their desire to find a star. We can't wait for viewers to see them and to see the show in action. Buckle up for the ride!"

Reality TV World

posted 9/29/16

WEDNESDAY: Designated Hit
But the Night Belongs to Fox
From the Futon Critic

FOX (8.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to week two of "Lethal Weapon" (7.054 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "Empire" (9.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

ABC (6.926 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then snagged the silver with its second week lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.445 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), "Speechless" (6.396 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6), "Modern Family" (7.341 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Black-ish" (5.556 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9) and "Designated Survivor" (7.908 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6).

Next up was CBS (8.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with a new "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (9.116 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) followed by the return of "Criminal Minds" (8.871 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6) and "Code Black" (6.348 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.896 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up originals from "Blindspot" (5.567 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (6.077 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.604 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), the season finale of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.564 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.424 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity (Food): 1.301M
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food/SP): 606K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 434K
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 301K
- Sugar Showdown (Cooking): 121K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/29/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Bigger Little Big Shots"

  • "The Price Is Right Live" heads from Columbus (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer) to Orlando (Attractions)
     

  • Steve Harvey to host a "Little Big Shots" spin-off for the young-at-heart set (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Ever wonder what happened to Anne Robinson? (AOL)
     

  • Miley Cyrus on hosting "Ellen": "I'm a little bit nervous because I've never hosted a show with my clothes on before, so this is so weird" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alec Baldwin returns to SNL as... you know who (Reality TV World)
     

  • Logo breaks records with one-two reality punch (The Futon Critic)
     

  • First seasons of "The Bachelor", "The Bachelorette" head to ABCd (The Futon Critic)

posted 9/29/16

Big Brother: Over The Top... A Primer
How, Where, and When to Watch
From the Futon Critic

BIG BROTHER: OVER THE TOP begins streaming live exclusively on CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network's subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT. For the first time ever, fans who subscribe to CBS All Access will watch everything play out live during the 24/7 feeds and have the opportunity to vote and impact the game like never before.

In addition to the live stream and traditional elements fans know and love, such as Head of Household (HOH), veto competitions and the live evictions, CBS All Access's BIG BROTHER: OVER THE TOP will feature exciting new elements designed for multi-platform audiences, including:

· Weekly Full Episode - A rundown of the week's events, followed by the live eviction ceremony, Wednesdays at 10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT.

· Weekday Replay - A quick recap of all the crucial moments that happened throughout the day. Available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT.

· Safety Ceremonies - Live on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT, the HOH will reveal the houseguests who are safe for that week, culminating in the live reveal of the nominations on Sunday evenings.

· Live Diary Room Sessions - In a BIG BROTHER first, fans will get a live look into the confessionals on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 PM, ET/7:30 PM, PT.

· Evicted Houseguest Q&A with Host Julie Chen - Every Thursday afternoon, host Julie Chen will interview that week's evicted houseguest (times will vary).

· Big Brother Winner Chosen By Fans - Fans will vote for the winner of BIG BROTHER: OVER THE TOP.

· America's Vote - Fans will have the opportunity to impact the game like never before and affect nominations, evictions and game-changing twists. More details will be revealed during the premiere of BIG BROTHER: OVER THE TOP on CBS All Access.

Meanwhile, CBS has announced the houseguests...

- Monte Massongill, 25, an engineer associate from Olive Branch, Miss.
- Whitney Hogg, 21, a medical assistant from Whitesburg, Ky.
- Shelby Stockton, 24, a recent law school graduate from Simi Valley, Calif.
- Shane Chapman, 24, a roofer from Pisgah Forest, N.C.
- Kryssie Ridolfi, 31, a waitress from Schaumburg, Ill.
- Scott Dennis, 24, a debt collector from Bangor, Maine
- Morgan Willett, 22, a publicist from Austin, Texas
- Justin Duncan, 27, a seafood restaurant owner from New Orleans, La.
- Neeley Jackson, 33, a sales associate from Fort Worth, Texas
- Alex Willett, 25, an animation designer from Dallas, Texas
- Danielle Lickey, 23, a pre-school teacher from Visalia, Calif.
- Michael “Cornbread” Ligon, 41, a tree removal company foreman from Augusta, Ga.

The show premieres Wednesday, Sept. 28, and will stream 24/7 on CBS All Access. In addition to the 12 houseguests announced Monday, fans can also vote in one of two former houseguests — either season 18’s Jozea Flores or season 17’s Jason Roy. Voting ends Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World
Entertainment Weekly
The Hollywood Reporter
Reality TV World

posted 9/28/16

Billy on the Schedule... Finally
Catch Season 5 on truTV November 15
From the Futon Critic

The wait is almost over: Billy Eichner is back and ready to hit the streets - and truTV - on November 15 with the fifth season premiere of his pop-culture powerhouse series, Billy on the Street. In this new season, which is again produced by Funny Or Die, some of the biggest names in Hollywood join Billy as he runs through the streets of New York City, including Aziz Ansari, Jon Hamm, Keegan-Michael Key, Lupita Nyong'o, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg and Jacob Tremblay. Additional celebrities will be revealed throughout the season, so stay tuned!

The fifth season of Billy on the Street premieres on truTV November 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT - but you can check out the all-new season 5 trailer now!

The Futon Critic
Gold Derby
USA Today
TV Line

posted 9/28/16

More on "World of Dance"
Jennifer Lopez to Serve as Mentor
From TV Line

Jennifer Lopez, who was previously announced as an executive producer on NBC’s forthcoming World of Dance competition series, will now also participate in an on-screen capacity.

The former American Idol judge will return to the world of reality-TV as both a judge and mentor in the 10-episode series, which will invite skilled dancers of all ages to compete for a chance to win $1 million and the title of “Best in the World.”

“I identify with the struggles, passion, discipline, competition and exhilaration of dance,” Lopez said in a statement. “I am excited that with this show we can skyrocket a dancer’s career and help guide them to success.”

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 9/28/16

TUESDAY: This Is a Renewal
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.848 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was the adults 18-49 victor on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (11.849 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) and week two of "This Is Us" (8.847 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2).

CBS (13.128 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (15.214 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Bull" (13.481 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (10.691 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

Next up was ABC (6.351 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and another two-hour "Dancing with the Stars" (7.965 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) plus "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.121 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.992 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its trio of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.402 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "New Girl" (2.062 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Scream Queens" (1.752 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and the season finale of "MADtv" (0.571 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) closed out the evening on The CW (0.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.125M
- Chopped (Food): 872K
- Chopped Junior (Food): 660K
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 631K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 384K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/28/16

Bake Off Goes Global
BBCWW Licenses to Mexico, Bulgaria
From World Screen

BBC Worldwide’s format The Great Bake Off has been picked up for local treatments in Bulgaria and Mexico.

Nova in Bulgaria and TV Azteca in Mexico have licensed The Great Bake Off, marking the format’s first sale to a Spanish-speaking country on free-to-air-TV. The Bulgarian version will be titled Bake Off: The Sweetest Competition and is set to premiere in prime time later this year. The Mexican version will debut in prime time on TV Azteca in early 2017. The competition format sees amateurs put their baking skills to the test.

From Love Productions, the format has been licensed into 23 countries, including Australia, France, Poland, South Africa, Brazil and Thailand.

“Bake Off has proved an international hit for BBC Worldwide and continues to win new fans in every corner of the globe,” commented Suzanne Kendrick, head of global format sales at BBC Worldwide.

BBC Worldwide is gearing up for MIPCOM with a total of 16 new formats to present to international buyers. !mpossible is a quiz show with a super-sized daily jackpot, from the co-creator of The Weakest Link. There is also the survival show Stupid Man, Smart Phone, and I Spy, which offers a snapshot of the world as seen through the eyes of children. BBC Worldwide is also offering Fishing Impossible and the scripted format Doctor Foster.

World Screen
C21 Media

posted 9/28/16

Legendary to Plot Escape Room Game
Streamer to Launch November 3
From Tubefilter

Legendary has its own subscription-video service called Alpha in the works, and based on how the programming slate is shaping up, it will be a nerd’s paradise. The shows subscribers will be able to watch once Alpha launches to the public on November 3rd will include a number of new and returning programs produced by Legendary’s two most prominent digital subsidiaries, Nerdist and Geek & Sundry.

The most recognizable show on the Alpha launch slate is TableTop, in which host Wil Wheaton and an ever-changing cast of guest stars play board and card games against one another. After a successful run on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel, TableTop will head to Alpha for its fourth season. The other returning series moving to Legendary’s new service is Nerdist’s Critical Role, a role-playing series.

Those returnees will be joined by several brand new programs, and Legendary has come up with some fresh ideas to appeal to the passionate crowd of geeks, gamers, nerds, and pop culture afficionados it hopes to sign up. Escape, for example, will turn the “escape the room” trend in an unscripted series, while Sidekick will give Nerdist’s Matt Mira the opportunity to play the perpetual second banana next to a series of guest hosts. In the months after Alpha launches, several more shows will be added to its library, including a game show called Majority Rules and a series called Choose Our Destiny that will be led by The Tin Can Brothers.

Like many other subscription services that target niche audiences, Alpha will be reasonably priced; a subscription will run you $4.99 per month. For those who don’t want to wait until November to get yours, early access will be available beginning on October 3rd, with sign-ups available here.

Tubefilter
Nerdist

posted 9/28/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Price Is On the Road"

  • "The Price Is Right Live" heads from Staten Island (Staten Island Live) to Sudbury (Sudbury.com)
     

  • Noel Edmonds setting up a radio station for pets. No really. (BT)
     

  • Wait Wait! Don't Tell Me! heads to Tampa Bay (Tampa Bay Times)
     

  • Bullseye celebrates its 35th anniversary (ATV Today)

posted 9/28/16

SYNDIES: Week 1
Results for the Week Ending September 18
From B&C

Harry, NBCUniversal’s new first-run talk show, debuted at a 1.4 in the household national ratings according to Nielsen Media Research in the week ended Sept. 18, talk’s best premiere since Sony Pictures Television's now-canceled Queen Latifah opened at at a 1.4 in 2013. In 2012, Disney-ABC's Katie, starring Katie Couric, launched to a 2.0 national household rating.

Harry, which airs on Fox owned stations in the country's top markets, benefits in the national ratings, which add up the ratings for all a show's runs. Primary-run weighted metered market ratings only include the rating for the main airing of each episode. All shows with multiple runs, such as CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy and Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud, benefit in the national ratings in this way.

In access, all the game shows debuted during the week except for Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which was steady for the week at a 1.3. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud ruled the games for the 21st week in a row, gaining 2% for the week and 13% from last season’s premiere to a 6.3.

CTD’s runner-up Wheel of Fortune accelerated 6% to a 5.7, although Wheel dipped 2% from last season’s premiere week. In third place, CTD’s Jeopardy! advanced 8% to a 5.4, but again was down 2% from last season’s opening round. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire came in fourth, growing 23% for the week and 33% from last year to a 1.6.

Disney-ABC’s viral video show RightThisMinute gained 27% to a 1.4. At the beginning of the year, Disney-ABC picked up distribution for RightThisMinute, and the show moved over to ABC owned and affiliated stations in multiple markets. The ABC owned stations replaced the canceled FABLife with Millionaire and RightThisMinute, causing the ratings of both to spike.

B&C

posted 9/27/16

MONDAY: ... I Have No Idea What's Going On, But I'm Having So Much Fun
NBC's "Voice", Debate Coverage Wins
From the Futon Critic

NBC (14.433 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with its mix of "The Voice" (12.142 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "The First Presidential Debate" (16.604 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1) and "The First Presidential Debate - Analysis" (12.500 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2).

CBS (10.978 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then took home the silver with week two of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.092 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3) and "Kevin Can Wait" (10.940 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #7) plus "The First Presidential Debate" (10.996 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #6) and "The First Presidential Debate - Analysis" (7.845 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #10).

Next up with the bronze was ABC (11.319 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) and "Dancing with the Stars" (10.737 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #11), "The First Presidential Debate" (12.459 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.2, #5) and "The First Presidential Debate - Analysis" (9.067 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.3, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.621 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up "Gotham" (3.681 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12) and "The First Presidential Debate" (5.248 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.2, #9).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (1.004 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and another "Supergirl" (1.078 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (1.041 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Food Network Star Kids (Food/SF): 689K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 351K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/27/16

WEEKEND: MacGyvering Our Way to the End of Week 1
CBS Wins Over ABC, Fox Offerings
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.472 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) claimed top honors on Friday with the premiere of "MacGyver" (10.891 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) followed by the season openers to "Hawaii Five-0" (10.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.434 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2).

FOX (3.119 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the number two draw with the respective premieres of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.334 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "The Exorcist" (2.904 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Next up was ABC (4.438 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and the return of "Last Man Standing" (5.837 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Dr. Ken" (4.086 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Shark Tank" (4.940 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "20/20" (3.411 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.856 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up encores of "Superstore" (2.407 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Good Place" (2.341 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) plus "Dateline NBC" (4.597 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.048 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.042 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.210 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.128 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Superstar Grocery Games (Food/SF): 1.337M
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food/SF): 1.056M
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food/SF): 683K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/27/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Another Shark Gets Baited"

posted 9/27/16

Kyle Hill Is Looking for the Next Mythbusters
Nerdist Correspondent to Host New Science Channel Series
From the Futon Critic

Kyle Hill has been selected as the host of Science Channel's MYTHBUSTERS: THE SEARCH it was announced today by Marc Etkind, General Manager of Science Channel. MYTHBUSTERS: THE SEARCH is an all-new series featuring the next generation of fearless contenders with killer build skills, science smarts and nerves of steel, ready to be judged each week as they bust myths and vie for the win in becoming the next myth-busting superstars. MYTHBUSTERS: THE SEARCH will premiere in 2017.

Hill serves as science editor for Nerdist, host of YouTube's Because Science and contributed to Science Channel's 2016 series, How To Build . . . Everything. MYTHBUSTERS: THE SEARCH marks the start of a new myth-busting era on Science Channel as Hill introduces the contestants and the myths they attempt to bust each week. Using never before seen spectacular stunts, some myth-busting challenges will focus on build skills, while others require science know-how; some will test ingenuity, while others will test resolve, all with the goal of busting new myths.

"MythBusters is the most iconic science series in the history of television, and Kyle is an enormous talent and the ultimate MythBusters super fan. With his encyclopedic knowledge of every MythBusters episode and stunt ever attempted, he is the ideal host to introduce our all-new myths and potential future mythbusters," said Marc Etkind, General Manager of Science Channel.

MythBusters made its television debut on Discovery Channel in 2003 and ended its fourteen year run on the network earlier this year. The series earned eight consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality Program from 2009-2016 and was produced by Beyond Productions in San Francisco. The program fused scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create a signature style of explosive experimentation.

MYTHBUSTERS: THE SEARCH is produced for Science Channel by Beyond Productions where Dan Tapster and John Luscombe are executive producers. For Science Channel, Wyatt Channell is executive producer with Lindsey Foster Blumberg as producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/26/16

Estrella Tumbas Its Burros
New Series Premieres Tonight
From TV News Check

Spanish-language Estrella TV Network is premiering its newest game show, Tumba Burros, tonight, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. ET.

Hosted by comedians Carlos Eduardo Rico and Alma Cero, Tumba Burros (loosely translated as Tipping Dunces) is Estrella TV’s newest high stakes, fast-paced game show inspired by a popular Don Cheto Radio Show trivia contest.

Tumba Burros takes the internationally popular Rico and Cero to Hispanic homes on a quest to give away thousands of dollars by having participants answer questions of increasing difficulty. The show literally takes a game show studio into viewers’ homes and gives that family a chance to win more than $10,000 right on the spot.

Trivia questions reveal fun and entertaining facts, while family interaction (children, grandparents, in-laws and neighbors) is designed to make the show appeal to the entire family. When the questions get harder, the contestants can look for help from a neighbor or opt for the multiple choice answers in their all-out effort to get to the next level.

TV News Check

posted 9/26/16

Happy Panda
BBC Greenlights First Commission from Objective Subsidiary
From C21 Media

Moira Ross’s new entertainment label Panda Television, part of UK-based Objective Media Group, has secured its first commission.

The as-yet-untitled non-TX pilot is a family gameshow for UK pubcaster the BBC and will use studio and location venues. Panda says it is “looking to work with big name talent whilst fun, family challenges will be at the heart of the action.”

Commissioned by Jo Wallace for BBC Entertainment, the pilot will be executive produced by Ross and series editor Ed Booth for Panda Television.

Panda Television’s launch followed that of Second Star Productions, another Objective label focused on factual entertainment and led by Deborah Sergeant, last year.

C21 Media

posted 9/26/16


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

In the 70s, pinball was all the rage that the makers of "Hollywood Squares" decided to cash in on the craze by making a HUGE pinball machine and having contestants play for cash and prizes instead of just points. It...pretty much went the way you'd expect adults of the day playing pinball to go...as in not good at all.

Take a look at GSNN's newest column for more information on the lost 70s ... gem?... "The Magnificent Marble Machine".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 9/26/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Another Shark Gets Baited"

  • Daymond John wants to make an offer... to his lady friend (Us)
     

  • Meanwhile, Blake Shelton is playing mum about wedding plans. Translation: he has none (Reality TV World)
     

  • Erin Andrews is taking a few weeks off to address a family concern (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong solemnly swears upon the soul of Bill Cullen that his show is not changing networks (Daily Express)
     

  • Six figures for Carol Vorderman and not a math board in sight (Telly Mix)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 18 things no one tells you about being on "American Ninja Warrior" (Insider)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" is coming to Lincoln (Lincoln Journal Star) and North Charleston, SC (Charleston City Paper)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the oldest "Voice" contestant EVER (Reality TV World) and Craigy Ferg (KPLR St. Louis)

posted 9/26/16

THURSDAY: Week 3 Begins on CBS
CBS Takes NFL to #1
From the Futon Critic

CBS (12.424 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (13.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1).

ABC (6.390 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was a distant second with the debut of its lineup "Grey's Anatomy" (8.586 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), "Notorious" (5.429 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (5.154 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was NBC (6.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its mix of premieres from "Superstore" (5.449 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "The Good Place" (5.173 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Chicago Med" (6.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "The Blacklist" (6.400 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.934 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the openers to "Rosewood" (3.593 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Pitch" (4.275 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.317 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Supernatural" (0.955 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.136 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.769M
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 910K
- Chopped (Food): 858K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 452K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 416K
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (Logo): 386K
- Winsanity (GSN): 278K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 271K
- Finding Prince Charming (Logo): 196K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/23/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "An Egghead Gets Cracked"

  • Lisa D'amato gives birth via Facebook (Us)
     

  • What happens once you win Wheel of Fortune (Cinema Blend)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: another British quizzer arrested (Us)
     

  • Viacom has its credit lowered (TV Week)
     

  • Iliza Shlesinger gets Freeform late night deal (TV Week)

posted 9/23/16

Seeso's "Debate Wars": Now Streaming
Michael Ian Black Hosts Comic Spars
From Paste

Toss a bunch of standup comics in a TV studio and odds are you’ll come out the other side with either Undateable (r.i.p.) or some manner of competition. While improv and sketch emphasize groupthink and harmony, the standup has always been a solitary actor, positioned either against an audience or her fellow comics. Roasts, roast battles, game shows, Last Comic Standing—they all imagine jokes as weapons and joke-telling as an adversarial pursuit, a bid to win over the crowd, the judges, and ultimately one’s peers. It’s maybe a little weird, given that the point of a joke is to make a clump of humans feel the same emotion. When comedy becomes a matter of one-upmanship, comics are implicitly encouraged to make easy choices rather than risky ones (see: every Roast of Rob Lowejoke about Ann Coulter’s looks). But if we must gamify comedy to get more comedians on TV, well, so be it. Let the games begin.

Debate Wars, Seeso’s entry into the field of comedy competitions, carries the torch without a whiff of the mean-spiritedness of its many peers. The series, adapted from a live show at New York City’s Symphony Space, is whimsical to its core: each half-hour (roughly) episode pits two teams of two comics against each other in a debate of inconsequential subjects—cake versus pie, dogs versus cats, babies versus old people. The debates are moderated by Michael Ian Black, ostensibly the show’s star and the closest thing it has to a voice—a sort of silly dignity, the same sardonic gravitas that defined The Daily Show at the height of Jon Stewart’s captainship (these adjectives also describe Brian McCann, a longtime Conan writer who serves as show-runner for Debate Wars). It’s a sterling fit for Black, one of our few remaining comedian-slash-public intellectuals and easily the most entertaining part of Debate Wars. It’s not just the aristocratic poise with which he conducts each debate, the precise wit of his interjections, the deadpan glee he takes in calling out misbehaving debaters—no, the show’s most delightful moments are when Black breaks character, so clearly taken by whatever ludicrous attempt at rhetoric has transpired before him. Naturally a variety of comedians will bring a variety of strategies to the ancient art of debate, and the funnier attempts are usually the ones that favor whimsy over sincerity. UCB regular Connor Ratliff, who defends cats with a stunning (if, er, pitchy) rendition of the Cats ballad “Memory” while wearing cat makeup, is a standout; so is Todd Barry, who delivers one of the show’s finer PowerPoint presentations in his defense of “In Real Life” against the Internet.

Paste
The AV Club

posted 9/22/16

... And Only Hollywood Remained
Mary Berry Joins Mel & Sue, Paul Hollywood Joins GBBO & C4
From Reality TV World

Mary Berry has announced she is leaving her "The Great British Bake Off" judging role out of loyalty to the BBC as the show is moving to Channel 4.

"My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one," Berry said.

"I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision."

Hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have also refused to make the move from the BBC to Channel 4.

The news of the channel swap came earlier this month with Channel 4 outbidding the BBC for the competitive baking program.

The show's other judge, Paul Hollywood, is the only one to make the transition with the show, signing on for another three seasons.

"I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when 'Bake Off' moves to Channel 4," Hollywood said in a statement.

"The Great British Bake Off" began its seventh season in August.

Reality TV World
Metro
Metro

posted 9/22/16

WEDNESDAY: Empire Gets Lethal
Fox Beats CBS Lineup of Premieres, Finales
From the Futon Critic

FOX (9.296 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Wednesday with the premiere of "Lethal Weapon" (7.797 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) followed by the return of "Empire" (10.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1).

ABC (8.095 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its debut lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.798 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6), "Speechless" (7.285 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6), "Modern Family" (8.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Black-ish" (6.422 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (9.953 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3).

Next up was CBS (7.835 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) with the 90-minute launch of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (9.352 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) alongside the finale to "Big Brother 18" (6.318 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.852 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up its trio of "Blindspot" (6.003 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.693 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #10) and "Chicago PD" (6.859 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #11).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.193 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), an original "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.133 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and a second run "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.223 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the night for The CW (1.186 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.146M
- Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's Revenge (Food/SF): 562K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 414K
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 397K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV/SF): 350K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/22/16

Hellevator Gets an Unlikely Neighbor
GSN Acquires Reruns of Syfy's "Scare Tactics"
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it has obtained telecast rights to 13 episodes of the hidden camera/comedy horror TV show SCARE TACTICS, hosted by actor/comedian Tracy Morgan. The show will be paired with the network's new horror-themed game HELLEVATOR in a "Friday Night Frights" programming block on Fridays from 9-11pm ET/PT, beginning October 7.

SCARE TACTICS, which originally aired for five seasons, is a hidden camera/comedy TV series with a Sci-Fi twist. Episodes from season five, featuring actor/comedian Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) take advantage of the age-old practice of friends playing practical jokes on each other. Set up by friends and family members, the show's unwitting "stars" are caught off guard and on camera in elaborately staged horror hoaxes involving movie-style special effects and expert make-up. Co-creator and Executive Producer Scott Hallock exclusively owns and controls the worldwide rights to the half-hour series.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/22/16

Wheel of Fortune Lands on Free Play
New Game Available for Android, iOS
From Entertainment Weekly

Category: Best new mobile game featuring an iconic TV show. Fans can now solve that puzzle with Wheel of Fortune Free Play!

Pat Sajak and Vanna White have moved their game show stage into mobile devices, creating a unique and personal experience for all fans of the long-running ABC series. Created by Scopely, in partnership with Sony Pictures TV, Wheel of Fortune Free Play features iconic puzzles and gameplay that viewers know, and new game modes and challenges specifically designed for entertaining and quick bite mobile experiences.

Much like being a contestant on the word-solving show, there are several different rounds to test the skills of even the most savvy Wheel of Fortune players. Head-to-head battles with friends and family allow players to create personalized games, including the ability to form custom puzzles for them to solve. The game also features a World Tour mode, which takes players on a travel destination of sorts to collect various iconic items from across the globe.

While this version doesn’t offer the coveted cash prizes of the TV series, daily and weekly tournaments will allow players to collect exclusive in-game prizes.

“Wheel of Fortune has touched so many lives for decades, and it is an honor to bring the universally treasured TV show to millions of fans and new players today,” said Walter Driver, CEO of Scopely. “We are committed to providing fans with captivating gameplay experiences that players can continue to enjoy for years to come.”

Wheel of Fortune Free Play is available now for iOS and Android on the Apple App store and Google Play store.

Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/22/16

A Fine (Brothers) Deal
"Chopped" Creators Team with YouTubers for Unscripted Deal
From The Hollywood Reporter

Entertainment One and Chopped creators Keller/Noll have tapped YouTube creators Fine Brothers Entertainment to jointly develop and produce new TV formats to be first tested online.

eOne and Cleve Keller and Dave Noll earlier inked a first-look TV deal to jointly produce unscripted programming. Now they're teaming with Fine Brothers Entertainment, the indie shingle for Benny and Rafi Fine, known for their React comedy franchise and successful YouTube multi-channel business, to develop a slate of TV formats.

Each new show will incubate on the FBE Digital Network, which has over 20 million subscribers, before expanding to traditional TV. The first project from the production trio is the game show Quizzicle, which pits two teams against each other to answer pop culture trivia questions.

The Fine brothers were among the first to use YouTube as a testing ground for new TV shows and formats. Their React series, having secured more than 6.5 million subscribers on the Google-owned digital network, was adapted into the Nickelodeon show ReactToThat.

Fine Brothers Entertainment has also moved beyond short-form digital content to create for YouTube Red the scripted comedy Sing It! in partnership with Mandeville Films. "With our vast experience in both online and traditional television show formats, partnering with powerhouses eOne and Keller/Noll creates an ideal trifecta to continue evolving entertainment and distribution models,” Benny and Rafi Fine said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Hollywood Reporter
World Screen

posted 9/22/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "An Egghead Gets Cracked"

  • CJ de Mooi brought up on murder charges (BBC News)
     

  • Vin Scully's a legend... but he's no saint. So says Keith Olbermann (GQ)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: David Arquette plays a very NSFW round of Celebrity Name Game (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Noel Edmonds, for a small fee, will call your cat (The Guardian)
     

  • #TBT: Starcade and the advent of eSports (The Daily Dot)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Richard Osman's most Richard Osman moments on Pointless... annotated (Digital Spy)
     

  • Jenny Ryan will NOT. BE. DENIED. (Metro)
     

  • Meet the newest addition to Team Adam ... Dusty Rose Levine (People)
     

  • ICYMI: one person on "The Voice" got a team.... and a ring. (Reality TV World)
     

  • Paul Daniels left half a million pounds in his estate (The Guardian)

posted 9/22/16

TUESDAY: This Is Us... At #1.
NBC's "Voice", "This Is Us" Propels to the Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.428 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with a new two-hour "The Voice" (12.154 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) followed by the launch of "This Is Us" (9.975 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2).

CBS (14.095 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was the number two draw with the bow of its lineup "NCIS" (15.633 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Bull" (15.487 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (11.166 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6).

Next up was ABC (6.884 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with a special "Dancing with the Stars" (8.537 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) alongside the return of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.578 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.298 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up the season premieres of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "New Girl" (2.324 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Scream Queens" (2.243 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.913 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "MADtv" (0.601 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) closed out the night on The CW (0.757 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 948K
- Chopped Teen Tournament (Food): 747K
- Chopped Junior (Food): 741K
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 501K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 369K
- One Shot (BET): 272K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/21/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "One Giant Leap"

  • Michael Strahan's long strange trip from football to the Pyramid (People)
     

  • Jeff Probst teases romance (Us)
     

  • Maks Cherkovskiy calls Peta a very "independent" mom-to-be (Reality TV World)
     

  • Hey Nick, you really want to take relationship advice from Ben Higgins? (People)
     

  • Erica Rose welcomes a new baby (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • Sundance Head picked the wrong team... and the wrong show (Reality TV World)
     

  • "Price Is Right Live!" goes to Tampa Bay (WFLA)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud looking for families in Boston (New England One)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Harrison (Yahoo!)

posted 9/21/16

Available on the CBS App
CBS
CBS Daytime Celebrates 30 Years at #1
Record-Breaking Celebration Begins This Week
From Cinema Blend

CBS's daytime lineup has officially achieved a major milestone in the world of television. The network has officially announced that it ended the 2015-2016 television season at number one for the 30th consecutive year in a row -- which is one of the longest streaks in the history of television. In addition to that 30-year milestone, the network also experienced its most watched season in a decade, experiencing a high not seen since the 2006-2007 season. These numbers are definitely nothing to scoff at, as it's been revealed that CBS Daytime averaged roughly 4.13 million viewers, and the network reached 117.6 million more viewers viewers than any other network over the course of the season.

The accolades didn't stop with the network either; several of CBS' best daytime series also broke records as well this year. Not only did The Talk experience its most watched season since its premiere all the way back in 2010, but Let's Make a Deal similarly managed to close out the year with its largest ever audience. Then there's The Price is Right, which closed out the year with its strongest ratings since the 2003-2004 season -- back when Bob Barker still wielded the comically long microphone instead of Drew Carey.

Cinema Blend

posted 9/20/16

Thursday Nights Get "Almost Impossible"
MTV Drops New Series October 13
From The Futon Critic

MTV today announced a new comedy block as part of the Fall schedule, with the premieres of two brand new series "The Almost Impossible Game Show" and "Acting Out" which will debut Thursday, October 13 at 10:00 p.m.

"The Almost Impossible Game Show" is an absurd comedy game show that's so hard to beat, contestants are given 40 lives...and probably still won't win! Brought to you by the producers of "Wipe Out," "The Almost Impossible Game Show" is based on the popular UK series of the same name. Each episode of this outlandish new series features six neon-clad contestants taking on simple, yet hilariously difficult games. To win, these brave contestants must complete four of the six games, without running out of lives. If they fail a game, they've got to do it again... and again... and AGAIN. Contestants don't compete against each other, but against the game itself. With challenges such as riding a tiny bike across a balance beam over a mud pit, putting on a pair of trousers while sprinting on a giant treadmill, and inflating a balloon to the point of popping using only the power of your buttocks, contestants will never know what's next. Comedy duo The Rubber Bandits provide anarchic commentary and their own twisted take as the contestants try to make the almost-impossible possible!

The Futon Critic
Variety
Hidden Remote

posted 9/20/16

MONDAY: A "Good Place" To Start
NBC Takes First Night of the New Season
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.683 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) opened the 2016-17 season on top with the season premiere of "The Voice" (11.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) followed by the launch of "The Good Place" (9.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T3) and a second "The Good Place" (7.079 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

CBS (9.952 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was the number two draw with the season opener to "The Big Bang Theory" (15.442 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1), the premiere of "Kevin Can Wait" (11.153 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T3) and hour three of "The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey" (7.898 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6) and the conclusion to "The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey" (8.662 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6).

Next up was ABC (8.610 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (10.586 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8) and the season finale of "Match Game" (4.657 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up the return of "Gotham" (3.782 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "Lucifer" (4.406 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

And finally, The CW (1.130 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with a repeat "Supergirl" (1.121 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and another "Supergirl" (1.139 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

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posted 9/20/16

Age Ain't Nothin' But a Format
Vivendi Inks New Deal for "Guess My Age"
From World Screen

A number of new agreements have been signed for Guess My Age, a studio game-show format developed by Vivendi Entertainment in association with Tooco.

Guess My Age has been commissioned for a second season on C8 (formerly known as D8) in France, where the show is produced by Vivendi-owned Flab Prod. German pubcaster ARD ordered 15 weekly episodes, which are due to debut in access prime time on December 2. The local version will be produced by Banijay’s Brainpool TV. The format was also licensed in the Czech Republic for broadcast next year.

In addition, three Guess My Age pilots testing three different presenters have been produced in Italy by Banijay’s Magnolia TV. Vivendi also teamed up with Banijay and its local subsidiaries for options spanning another 13 territories (in addition to Germany and Italy): the U.S., U.K., Nordic countries, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Russia, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Matthieu Porte, Vivendi Entertainment’s executive VP of international and development, commented: “Guessing someone else’s age is a universal matter which we have perfectly packaged so that each episode brings nostalgia, suspense and emotion. It’s fantastic to nurture such a cool project from inception, and bring it to a simultaneous launch in such a large number of countries.”

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posted 9/20/16

WEEKEND: The Calm Before the Storm
CBS, NBC Win Last Friday Before the Season Starts
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.824 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its mix of "Big Brother 18" (4.681 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.370 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.422 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

NBC (3.455 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with "American Ninja Warrior" (3.327 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "Dateline NBC" (3.713 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Next up was ABC (3.417 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "Last Man Standing" (3.754 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Dr. Ken" (2.824 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Shark Tank" (3.114 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "20/20" (3.850 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.854 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up an encore of "MasterChef" (1.854 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.503 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), a repeat "Masters of Illusion" (1.557 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and the season finale of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.779 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (1.654 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.291M
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.181M
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.024M

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posted 9/20/16


FremantleMedia
Here It Comes!
Details on Price Is Right, Let's Make a Deal Premieres September 19
From Broadway World

CBS Daytime Emmy Award-winning game shows THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET'S MAKE A DEAL kick off their exciting new seasons Monday, Sept. 19 (check local listings), on the CBS Television Network. THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime program and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates its milestone 45th season, and Drew Carey begins his 10th season as host of the show. LET'S MAKE A DEAL, hosted by Wayne Brady, premieres its mega-sized eighth season with the return of its popular "Mega Deal Week," offering $1.1 million in cash and prizes.

Throughout premiere week, Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT celebrates 45 seasons by highlighting memorable moments from its rich history. Each day's episode will feature clips of classic scenes, unforgettable games, record wins and the biggest bloopers. Also, Drew Carey begins hosting his 10th season, after taking over for Bob Barker in the fall of 2007. On Friday, Sept. 23, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will debut its new game, "Hot Seat," in which a contestant sitting in the "hot seat" is shown a series of fake prices for five small items and must guess whether the actual prices are higher or lower in an effort to win up to $20,000.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL kicks off its eighth season with the return of "Mega Deal Week," which offers Traders who win the day's signature Big Deal an opportunity to mega-size their winnings and walk away with every merchandise prize featured that day. Throughout premiere week, Traders compete for a total of $1.1 million in cash and prizes. The excitement continues when LET'S MAKE A DEAL reaches its 1,400th episode later this season and surpasses the $50-million mark in prize giveaways since the show's premiere in 2009 on the Network.

Meanwhile, in syndication, "Celebrity Name Game" brings its mix of fast-paced game action, celebrity antics, and Emmy-award-winning Craig Ferguson into season 3.

"I love hosting Celebrity Name Game, not to mention a Daytime Emmy(R) for every season so far - although I guess I did just mention it. I'm genuinely thrilled that the show is back for a third season. I have so much fun playing the game and giving away other peoples' money," said Craig Ferguson.

In only its second season, CELEBRITY NAME GAME has now tied long-running game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire in households and has surpassed it in the coveted women 25-54 demo. The game show has been upgraded in New York on Tribune Media's flagship station, WPIX, from 4pm to 6:30pm. Plus, host Craig Ferguson is the only host to have won a Daytime Emmy(R) for "Outstanding Game Show Host" consecutively in its first two seasons!

Guest stars for the 2016/17 season include executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with Lance Bass (NSYNC), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Julie Chen (The Talk), Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight), Billy Bush (Today Show), Taye Diggs (Rosewood), Debbie Gibson (pop icon), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash), Bryshere "Yazz" Gray (Empire), Kit Hoover (Access Hollywood), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback), Ricki Lake (The Ricki Lake Show), Mario Lopez (Extra), Ross Mathews (Hollywood Today Live), AJ McLean (The Backstreet Boys), Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), Daphne Oz (The Chew), Adam Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), Aisha Tyler (The Talk), Sheryl Underwood (The Talk), Weird Al Yankovic (Comedy Bang! Bang!), and many more!

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posted 9/19/16

This Is The Emmy!
"The Voice" Wins Emmy for Reality
From Reality TV World

The Voice won big at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night on ABC.

NBC's The Voice earned the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program award when the show aired September 18.

"To the Academy, we are so grateful to win again. We really, really love making the show. Thank you to NBC, Robert Greenblatt, Paul Telegdy, Meredith Ahr and Shelby Radloff for continuing to make it every year," The Voice's executive producer Mark Burnett said in his acceptance speech onstage, accompanied by a large group.

The Voice defeated the following nominees: The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef, and American Ninja Warrior.

The Voice's victory marked its second Outstanding Reality-Competition Program win in a row -- two years back to back -- and third win in the category overall. The Amazing Race won the award back in 2014.

The Voice claimed Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2013, but before that, The Amazing Race had won the Emmy award every year since the category was created in 2003 -- except for a blip when Top Chef earned the honor in 2010.

Meanwhile, Comedy Central's hit late night series and multiplatform powerhouse "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" was also honored with its second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media - Social TV Experience.

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posted 9/19/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "And We're Off"

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Boston (CBS Local Boston)
     

  • Sandi Toksvig plays Theatre by the Lake (Cumbria Crack)
     

  • Celebrity Name Game heads home (Purple Pawn)
     

  • Hey Nick, you really want to take relationship advice from Ben Higgins? (People)
     

  • Ryan Lochte's adventure has all of TV City on lock tonight (Page Six)
     

  • Emily Maynard's a mother of three now! Congrats! (Reality TV World)

posted 9/16/16


BBC
LUCY BOOTH: 1978-2016
"Pointless" Contestant Sees Her Episode Before Succumbing to Cancer
From Digital Spy

A game show contestant who appeared on yesterday evening's Pointless sadly died of cancer before her episode aired on TV.

But thanks to the kindness of producers and a determined friend of the family, Lucy Booth was able to see her appearance on the show before she passed away.

Lucy, who was 38 years old, was able to watch herself on the primetime BBC quiz series – her favorite program – a fortnight before she sadly died of breast cancer on August 9 this year.

Appearing alongside her mum Jackie, Lucy made it to the head-to-head challenge before being eliminated from the competition.

Lucy, who worked as a production manager on TV adverts, recorded two episodes of the Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman-fronted quiz show with Jackie in late 2015.

But according to The Mirror, their appearance – originally due to air during the last week in July – was subject to a schedule change and family friend Sue Winter made an emotive appeal to Armstrong, writing to him personally to ask for his help.

After Sue reached out to Armstrong and show bosses, producers Endemol acted swiftly, sending Lucy a video link so she could watch the show with her mum before it aired on TV.

And Pointless also paid a special on-screen tribute to Lucy with an 'in memory' card at the end of the episode on Wednesday (September 14).

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posted 9/16/16

THURSDAY: Thursday Night Fight
CBS Wins with "TNF"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.909 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) took home the top honors on Thursday with the return of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.240 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.443 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1).

NBC (2.925 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a distant second with its marathon of "Superstore" (3.256 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), another "Superstore" (2.721 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), more "Superstore" (2.695 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), yet another "Superstore" (2.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Chicago Med" (3.099 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.311 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "Grey's Anatomy" (3.455 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.350 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.201 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise served up second runs of "Rosewood" (2.293 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Bones" (2.110 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, a repeat of "The Flash" (0.926 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and the series finale of "Beauty and the Beast" (0.734 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.830 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime/SP): 1.721M
- Project Runway: Road to the Runway (Lifetime/S): 1.360M
- Chopped (Food): 915K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 480K
- Winsanity (GSN): 357K
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 335K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 315K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick: 308K
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (Logo): 226K

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posted 9/16/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with Fire"

  • Jana Kramer injured, but will play through the pain this week (E!)
     

  • Chris Harrison teases familiar faces in the next "Bachelor" (People)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 11 of the highest-paid reality show stars (Gazette Review)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: LA-area contestants wanted for trivia show (Reality Wanted)

posted 9/16/16

Ninja Warrior Goes to College
Esquire Premieres Special Season November 22
From the Futon Critic

Already missing "American Ninja Warrior" now that Season 8 is over? Now you don't have to! Esquire Network revealed today that the five-part special event "Team Ninja Warrior: College Madness" will premiere on Tuesday, November 22nd at 8:00pm ET/PT.

Sixteen teams, pulled from some of the most historical and deep-seeded collegiate rivalries, will run the dual course which includes even more challenging obstacles this season and a whole new strategy of racing. Both sets of teams will be comprised of three people - two men and one woman - who will battle it out on this amped-up version of the world's most intense obstacle course. In each episode, four of the college teams will race against each other, with each individual win giving the team more points. At the end of the show, the two teams left standing will face-off in a relay race with additional obstacles - and the winner between the two will move on to the finals.

Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila of "American Ninja Warrior" will host alongside sensation Kacy Catanzaro, who will be the sideline reporter.

The following rival colleges and universities and athletes will be going head-to-head for this tournament:

· UCLA vs USC
· Florida vs. Georgia
· TCU vs. Houston
· Michigan vs The Ohio State University
· Wisconsin vs Maryland
· Stanford vs Colorado
· Oklahoma vs Texas A&M
· UCONN vs MIT

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posted 9/15/16

100 Mics
MTV Preps for "Wild'n Out's" 100th Episode September 22
From the Futon Critic

On Thursday, September 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, MTV's iconic comedy series, "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out," will premiere its 100th episode. Nick Cannon and special celebrity guests Keke Palmer, Mack Wilds and Erykah Badu will battle it out in games like: Jokin' Word, Family Reunion, R&Beef and the Wildstyle battle while musical guest Curren$y performs. Over its eight seasons, "Wild 'N Out" has curated one of the most impressive arsenals of comedians and entertainers in the game. Comedy superstars Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, Katt Williams, DeRay Davis, and newest SNL castmate Mikey Day all got their start on "Wild 'N Out".

Wild 'N Out has welcomed a host of celebrity guest captains over the years, including Serena Williams, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Chrissy Teigen, Nick Young, Fetty Wap, Snoop Dogg, Zendaya, Shaquille O'Neal and more.

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posted 9/15/16

WEDNESDAY: No Strings Attached
NBC Rides AGT Finale to a Big Midweek Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.853 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) continued its reign on Wednesday with the season finale of "America's Got Talent" (14.138 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by the season two bow of "Blindspot" (7.284 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

FOX (4.257 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then snagged the silver with its season finale of "MasterChef" (4.257 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.390 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "Big Brother 18" (5.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) alongside repeats of "Criminal Minds" (3.326 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Code Black" (3.871 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.710 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.141 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), another "The Goldbergs" (2.885 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.860 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Black-ish" (2.533 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), another "Modern Family" (2.641 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.203 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.400 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.081 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.861 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (1.185 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food/SP): 1.186M
- Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's Revenge (Food): 739K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 534K
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 441K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV/SF): 209K

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posted 9/15/16

Good News for Canadians
Thanks to Addendums for Jeopardy!'s Online Test, Canada Is Back In Play
From CBC

Canadians who have been trying to get on Jeopardy have a fighting chance again of appearing on the popular game show.

According to the contestant FAQ section on the game show's website, "Canadians are eligible" again to take the qualifying online test. The change took effect Sept. 12.

The show, hosted by Canadian Alex Trebek, stopped accepting Canadian applications in February, blaming the country's updated privacy laws.

Trebek, who was born in Canada, promised change would come by the end of the summer after he met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa earlier this year and also received a key to the city.

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posted 9/15/16

TUESDAY: America's Close to Having Talent
NBC Wins Preseason Tuesday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.699 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with the penultimate "America's Got Talent" (13.659 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by the season finale of "Better Late Than Never" (7.780 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (6.164 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the number two draw with a special "Big Brother 18" (6.358 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) alongside repeats of "NCIS" (6.361 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.774 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.887 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.973 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), another "The Middle" (3.794 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.007 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "The Real O'Neals" (2.609 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.969 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.357 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) likewise served up second runs of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.507 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "New Girl" (1.145 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Lucifer" (1.388 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.185 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and a new "MADtv" (0.600 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (0.892 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.041M
- Chopped Teen Tournament (Food): 1.061M
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.007M
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 635K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 375K
- Idiotest (GSN): 340K

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posted 9/14/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Pointless Panto"

  • Natasha Hamilton & Keth Chegwin booked for "Pointless" panto (Liverpool Echo)
     

  • "Deal or No Deal Macedonia" gets rocked by an earthquake (Mirror)
     

  • Leave it to a network change to boost "The Great British Baking Show's" ratings (The Guardian)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Harrison (Global)

posted 9/14/16

ITV Slots MIPCOM Slate
On Deck: Meet the Parents, Cash Trapped,
From C21 Media

ITV Studios (ITVS) is to launch 10 new formats at Mipcom next month and has already secured a deal for dating format Meet The Parents with a German broadcaster.

RTL in Germany has ordered six episodes of Meet The Parents, to be made by ITV Studios Germany, with production starting this year.

The show, from ITV Studios for ITV, sees a single girl question the parents of five guys hoping to find their perfect partner.

The deal comes a week after ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE) secured an option agreement for new fixed rig format The Job Interview (Label1 for Channel 4) with Canadian production outfit Force Four Entertainment.

On top of these shows, ITVS will launch new entertainment, factual entertainment, quiz and gameshow formats in Cannes.

ITVS’ slate includes Cash Trapped (Possessed for ITV), The Letter (Sirens Media for ABC Family), Celebrity Home Secrets (Sunnyside for ITV), My Dog, Your Dog (Imago for Vox), Yes Chef (ITV Studios for BBC1), Youtubers (Formata for Sony), Top Class (ITV Studios for CBBC) and What You Don’t Wanna Know (United for DR3).

It adds to a portfolio of returning shows including The Chase, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, Come Dine With Me and Hell’s Kitchen. ITV2 show Love Island, which returned for a second run in the summer, also features.

Also new from ITVS is 5 Gold Rings, a gameshow developed by ITV Studios label Possessed and Talpa, which will be launched by Talpa Global at Mipcom.

“We’ve got a really nice mix of formats to introduce to buyers this Autumn – our range spans studio based shiny floor, quiz, location and fixed rig,” said Mike Beale, exec VP of global development and formats at ITV Studios.

C21 Media

posted 9/14/16

MONDAY: .... So That Happened
ABC Wins Night, But Spoiled by Protest
From various sources

Dancing with the Stars pros, including Derek Hough and the Chmerkovskiy brothers, have shared their reactions to the shocking Ryan Lochte protest on Monday night's show.

Hough, a six-time mirrorball trophy champion, helped throw out a handful of protesters after two men ambushed the Olympic gold medalist and repeatedly called him a "liar." Hough is apparently completely supportive of Lochte -- who was visibly shaken last night -- when reflecting back on the incident.

"I feel like this is my home, and you don't bring that into my home. You don't bring that into our home," Hough, 31, told Us Weekly after the show.

The two men who ran up onstage and tried to ruin Lochte's time in the spotlight, Sam Sododeh and Barzeen Soroudi, were tackled and escorted out of the studio by security. They were arrested and booked for trespassing, and are currently being held at Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown LA with bail set at $1,000 each.

"This is a positive place, it's a loving place, it's a place of learning, of triumph... and I got upset because I'm so sick of this world judging each other and condemning each other. There's so much negativity," Hough continued.

Sododeh and Soroudi told authorities they were protesting Lochte because of the scandal in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Summer Olympics in which the athlete fabricated a story about being robbed and held on gunpoint when, in actuality, he had vandalized a gas station's bathroom with the help of three swimming teammates, according to ABC News.

The protesters reportedly believe Lochte's lie endangered Americans.

"I just watched [Ryan and Cheryl] dance and I was super proud of them, and I was like, 'This guy is out here doing what he can and trying to be himself and he put himself in a vulnerable position...' I hope it puts emphasis on people just letting it go. Because [the protesters] looked so stupid. They looked so foolish and cowardly," Hough told Us.

ABC (11.299 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Monday with the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (13.662 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and the season finale of "$100,000 Pyramid" (6.572 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

NBC (5.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then got bumped to second place with the season finales of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.802 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.715 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.509 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "CBS Fall Preview" (4.855 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.048 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Mom" (3.791 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Scorpion" (3.707 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.289 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its season finale to "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.289 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (0.993 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Supergirl" (1.002 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (0.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 594K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 370K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 175K

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posted 9/14/16

(Food x Mixing Networks) + Heat = "Baking Show"
BBC Loses Hit to C4, Show Loses Hosts
From NPR

Controversy is rising over distribution and host changes at the U.K. television show, The Great British Bake Off, which is known in the U.S. as The Great British Baking Show. The competition show is moving from the BBC to Channel 4, and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have said they will be leaving the show.

“We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home,” Sue and Mel said in a joint statement. “We’re not going with the dough.”

According to the Guardian, negotiations between BBC and the show’s production company fell apart when BBC couldn’t meet its financial demands. Neither the hosts nor the judges, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, were consulted during negotiations; no word as of yet on whether Paul and Mary will stick around.

NPR
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TV Line

posted 9/13/16

SUNDAY: Feud, Meet Football
NBC Wins Against ABC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (18.521 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with the return of "Football Night in America #1" (6.433 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (9.286 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.2, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (17.136 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (20.645 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.5, #2).

Second place then went to FOX (8.997 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (23.214 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.8, #1), "The OT" (16.646 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 5.8, #4), a special preview of "Son of Zorn" (6.041 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.4, #6) and repeats of "The Simpsons" (3.280 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9), "Family Guy" (2.894 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.906 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Next up was ABC (5.727 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.855 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.602 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "The 96th Miss America Pageant" (6.225 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

And finally, CBS (4.738 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) closed out the evening with a repeat "60 Minutes" (8.050 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13) followed by originals from "Big Brother 18" (6.503 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8), "BrainDead" (2.366 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and the season finale of "BrainDead" (2.033 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17).

On cable...
- Guy's Superstar Grocery Games (Food): 1.275M
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.268M
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.014M
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 805K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/13/16

Chopped Welcomes Bobby Flay
"Beat Bobby Flay"/"Chopped" Crossover Event Begins October 20
From the Futon Critic

Two great Food Network forces collide in one incredible, four-part tournament in Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, premiering Thursday, October 20th at 9pm ET/PT. Twelve returning Chopped champions bring their bravado and culinary talent back to the Chopped kitchen, as they are tasked with making unforgettable meals from a basket of mystery ingredients over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - with a limited amount of time. However, for the first time in Chopped history, Bobby Flay, culinary icon and host of Beat Bobby Flay, joins host Ted Allen and a rotating panel of Chopped judges through the three preliminary heats at the judging table, as each basket will feature a surprise ingredient selected by Bobby himself to stump the returning champs. The winner of each of the three heats will move on to a spectacular grand finale, as the final three chefs battle it out to see who will win $15,000, with the winner going up against Bobby himself in a bonus round to earn an additional $25,000. Can Bobby spoil the chances of one talented chef, or will the challenge of Bobby having to make the competitor's signature dish...with the added twist of having to use the mystery basket ingredients, prove to be too much?

Get more insight on the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay tournament, where you will uncover photo and video highlights, relive top moments, and hear from the winning contenders. Join in on the conversation using #Chopped.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/13/16

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E4 Picks Up "Game of Clones"
From ATV Today

Game of Clones, an innovative dating reality series, is coming to Channel 4’s youth sister channel E4 for a 20 part series.

The format from Youngest Media sees singletons use avatar building technology to virtually create their perfect partner, choosing everything from hair and eye color, to their ideal build and height.

Once that’s done the show’s dating database will scour the country to find ten real suitors fitting this ideal image. These date-ready doppelgangers will then enter a house together with the selective singleton.

To be aired nightly on E4 from Monday to Friday, each week will see the dater living with the ten lookalike suitors while setting them challenges designed to reveal their true characters. One by one they’ll have to dump the suitors whose personality appeals to them the least.

“It sounds like any singleton’s dream, to create your perfect partner in avatar form and then get to live with ten of them. However with looks out of the equation our singleton will have to work hard to uncover the personality they’re most attracted to," says David Flynn of Youngest Media.

“It’s a whole new twist on the dating show genre which combines everything we’re about at youngest Media, cutting edge entertainment that we hope will surprise the audience."

Game of Clones (title unconfirmed) will air on E4 in 2017.

ATV Today

posted 9/13/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bake-O"

  • We have officially heard the last word on "Great British Bake Off"... Thanks, Jeremy Clarkson! (Digital Spy)
     

  • Victoria Coren Mitchell's wardrobe is none of your business, thank you very much (Daily Telegraph)
     

  • Channel 7 wants "The Chase Australia" fans to turn to the news (Herald Sun)
     

  • Mikey Day and a serial talent show contestant head to SNL (Reality TV World)
     

  • The Willis Family patriarch ... has been a very bad boy (Us Magazine)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: 14 game show fails that we guarantee you've seen before (The Wrap)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: TWO Barry Whites (TV Line)

posted 9/12/16



Sony Pictures TV/FremantleMedia/Disney-ABC Television
Let the Games Begin!
Four Big Premieres in Syndication Today!
From various sources

Together, they compose almost 100 years of syndication history. And today, they will all open new sessions.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Wheel of Fortune, kicks off its 34th season with "Teacher's Week." All the contestants on America's Game will be teachers spinning the Wheel and solving puzzles for cash and prizes.

The season will also mark the regular appearance of the show's newest addition, the "Crossword Puzzle Round." During these rounds, words will appear intertwined horizontally and vertically across the iconic puzzleboard. At the beginning of the round, host Pat Sajak will present a "clue," rather than a category, that ties all the words together in some way. Contestants will play the game normally until they solve the puzzle by reading all of the words in any order.

"We know our viewers love word games, especially crossword puzzles, so we're adding this new twist on playing Wheel of Fortune without changing the basic game," said Executive Producer Harry Friedman. "We tested it at the end of last season and the fans let us know that they would love to see this as a regular feature."

In celebration of Season 34, the bonus round wheel now gives contestants a chance at a minimum of $34,000 in cash or a new car.

Fans can also look forward to the show's fifth annual "Secret Santa Sweepstakes." This year, Wheel of Fortune has partnered with Sears for the popular sweepstakes where Wheel Watchers Club members can win everything a contestant wins, up to the million dollar grand prize. Over the first four years of the sweepstakes, Wheel of Fortune has awarded nearly $1.5 million in cash and prizes to viewers through the Secret Santa promotion.

Sears will also be lending some support to Wheel of Fortune's "Veterans Week," where the contestants will be veterans from all branches of the military. "Veterans Week" continues the show's longtime tradition of honoring the armed forces.

Season 34 will also see the return of popular Wheel of Fortune partnerships with top brands including one of the world's most iconic, Disney. The partnership, in its fifth year, has expanded to encompass three weeks of shows throughout the season. Viewers will be treated to all the fun these two brands have to offer including sweepstakes with fabulous prizes to Disney destinations, visits from favorite Disney characters and other surprises.

JEOPARDY!

For those who hope to become the next JEOPARDY! champion, the journey begins with a single step: signing up for the Online Contestant Test. Beginning Monday, September 12, in conjunction with the season premiere, prospective contestants from the U.S. and Canada can go to Jeopardy.com and register for the next editions of the College and Adult Online Tests.

“I always say the contestants are the real stars of JEOPARDY!, and I encourage those of you who enjoy playing along at home to try out for the show,” said JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek. “I am pleased to report that the registration issue experienced by some of our Canadian contestant hopefuls last season has been rectified, and we look forward to seeing more of my fellow citizens from the north on the show soon.”

The College Online Test is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, while the Adult Online Test will take place October 4, 5, and 6. For more information, please visit the Be a Contestant page.

Meanwhile, Courtney Paulson returns to defend her title from six weeks ago. She enters the season debut with one game and $11,700.

FAMILY FEUD

The celebration kicks off on Monday, September 12, 2016 (check local listings) when Family Feud returns for its new season, forty years after the nationally syndicated game show first debuted in 1976! The upcoming season brings all new answers, laughs and hilarious reactions from host Steve Harvey.

"Can you believe Family Feud is 40 years old?" said Steve Harvey. "I'm thrilled to be part of this amazing milestone and wish it many more decades of success."

Family Feud is produced by FremantleMedia North America and distributed by Debmar-Mercury. The series will feature families from across the U.S. who will once again be joined by the hilarious Steve Harvey as they compete for the chance to win up to $20,000 by guessing the most popular answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed. Auditions for the season were held in Atlanta, the Bay Area, Kansas City and Philadelphia.

In the 2015-16 season, Family Feud delivered a 6.6 household rating to rank second among all syndicated series and first among game shows - a major feat in a category that Wheel of Fortune had dominated for more than three decades since its 1983 debut in syndication.

WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE

"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" returns for an all-new season with host Chris Harrison from the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada, when it premieres its 15th season in national syndication on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016. Las Vegas has become one of the premier entertainment capitals of the world, and beginning this fall, "Millionaire" will originate from its new production home at Bally's Las Vegas. "Millionaire" continues to be the only program to offer a $1 million prize to each and every contestant as America's richest game show.

"Millionaire" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life, and remains a game in which anyone can walk in and win big. In the show's classic format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines - Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - in order to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and difficulty build with each question, along with the prize money. Since the show debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million.

Throughout the 2016-2017 season, "Millionaire" will be bringing back some of its most popular specialty weeks, such as "Bachelor Fan Favorites" (including "Bachelorette" Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, "Bachelors" Chris Soules and Ben Flajnik, "Bachelor in Paradise" couple Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert) and "Whiz Kids" (some of the smartest eight to 15-year-old kids in the country). Also joining the line-up are exciting new specialty weeks such as "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas" (including Wayne Newton, Penn & Teller and Giada De Laurentiis), "Victory for Veterans" (in appreciation of the incredible service members from our armed forces) and "Hometown Heroes" (honoring men and women known in their communities for devoting their time to the greater good).

The Futon Critic
Click On Detroit
USC News

posted 9/12/16

It's RuPaul's World... We're Just Living In It
"Drag Race" Host Collects First Emmy
From TV Line

Condragulations, RuPaul, you are the winner of this year’s challenge.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race headliner scored an upset victory at Night 2 of the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday, winning Outstanding Reality Show Host over Dancing with the Stars‘ Tom Bergeron, Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Hollywood Game Night‘s Jane Lynch, American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest and Little Big Shots‘ Steve Harvey.

This was RuPaul’s first-ever Emmy nomination and win.

"Shark Tank" also took home the trophy for Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

The main Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will be held next Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8/7c on ABC.

TV Line
NewNowNext

posted 9/12/16

More Crazy Competitors, More Outrageous Obstacles, and More Ninja Warrior!
NBC Renews Summer Hit
From the Futon Critic

"American Ninja Warrior," which has become a cultural sensation, ratings powerhouse and first-time Emmy Award nominee, has been renewed for a sixth season on NBC and Esquire Network.

"American Ninja Warrior" is hosted by Matt Iseman, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila (NFL Network) and co-host Kristine Leahy (FOX Sports). Original episodes air exclusively on NBC with encore presentations on Esquire Network, on which the series enters its ninth season.

"The increased popularity of 'American Ninja Warrior' on air, as well as its growing social and cultural impact, is a testament to the athletes who push themselves beyond their limits," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We couldn't be more proud to see this show reach new heights and watch the affect it has on those who compete and strive to be their best."

The season finale of the 2016 season airs on NBC tonight, Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m./ET, with an encore presentation on Esquire Network on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m./ET.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 9/12/16

More on "That Awkward Game Show"
Spike Slots Game for October 12
From the Futon Critic

"That Awkward Game Show," set to premiere on Spike Wednesday, October 12 at 10pm, is a hilarious new gameshow where parents and their adult children compete to win a large cash prize while learning some of the most ridiculously shocking truths about their next of kin. The show is hosted by actor and comedian Jeff Dye ("Better Late Than Never," "I Can Do That," "Girl Code," "Last Comic Standing").

Each episode will feature three teams of two (comprised of one parent and one adult child per team) trying to figure out which embarrassing factoid is related to their teammate (and family member!). In order to advance throughout the game, contestants will have to identify uncomfortable, often outrageous, previously unknown truths about their loved ones. The parent/kid duo who answers the most questions correctly will win a major cash prize.

Viewers can find more information, photo galleries, and sneak peek videos by visiting tags.spike.com. Throughout the season, fans are encouraged to join the conversation on social media using #TAGS and by connecting with host Jeff Dye @JeffDye.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 9/12/16


Buzzr/FremantleMedia North America
Buzzr Heads North
Game Show Classics Network Expands to Canada Courtesy YES TV
From Multichannel News

BUZZR is heading north and expanding to the Canadian market exclusively on YES TV, through a deal which was brokered by FremantleMedia International (FMI). In a new agreement with the Canadian network, BUZZR will provide a three-hour weekly programming block that will air Monday through Friday from 1:00 AM – 4:00 AM beginning Monday, September 12th. Content will include some of the best in both color and black and white from the BUZZR vault, for a total of 15 hours of programming per week, which will be branded “BUZZR After Hours”. This new partnership marks a significant achievement for BUZZR, making it the first U.S. digital multicast network to enter the Canadian market.

“Bringing our retro game show programming to YES TV represents the first international expansion of the BUZZR brand,” said Ron Garfield, executive vice president and general manager of BUZZR. “Canadian distribution has been an important goal for building on BUZZR, and we can’t wait for the Canadian viewers to have an opportunity to experience our phenomenal vault of content.”

“FMI is thrilled to have led the way for a U.S. digital multicast network to establish a presence in Canada for the first time,” said Susan Hummel, Senior Vice President of Distribution and Sales, FremantleMedia International. “YES TV has been a very important partner of ours in the Canadian market and we are excited to offer their viewers the very best in retro game show content from BUZZR.”

“BUZZR After Hours is a unique block of curated game show content that is nostalgic and incredibly fun to watch,” said Rob Sheppard, Director of Programming, YES TV. “BUZZR programming experts are known for packaging and branding some of the greatest moments in television game shows.”

YES TV is a commercial television station committed to positive, family-friendly, entertainment programming. The network is available in 6.9 million homes across Canada.

Unique “BUZZR After Hours” content that will be featured exclusively on YES TV beginning September 12th will include:

To Tell the Truth from 1958-1965
What’s My Line from 1955-1956
I’ve Got a Secret from 1961-1963
Card Sharks with host Jim Perry from 1978 and 1980 Sale of the Century with host Jim Perry from 1985
Beat the Clock with host Monty Hall from 1979
Double Dare with host Alex Trebek from 1976-1977

Multichannel News
Realscreen
World Screen
TBI Vision

posted 9/12/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Supergirl"

posted 9/12/16

More on "Lip Sync Battle: Live!"
All Stars Compete for Your Votes Sunday Night
From the Futon Critic

Michael Phelps, the winner of 23 gold medals and one of the greatest athletes of our generation, now has his sights set on Lip Sync Battle gold. Phelps will take on "Lip Sync Battle" All Stars John Legend, Olivia Munn, Terry Crews in the biggest, boldest and first ever LIVE edition of the EMMY(R)-nominated hit franchise in "Lip Sync Battle: All Stars LIVE," premiering Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm PT.

"Lip Sync Battle: All Stars LIVE" will be a one-hour special showcasing some of the show's most popular and memorable past performers along with other A-list celebrities and special surprise guests. For the first time ever, the viewers at home will be able to vote for their favorite All-Star in real time at lipsyncbattle.com, and decide who will be crowned Lip Sync Battle champion.

"Lip Sync Battle is a show where anything can happen, so going live is both exhilarating and terrifying," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "Our all-star performers are in full battle mode and their energy is through the roof knowing they will be going up against the ultimate all-star and winner of 23 gold medals, Michael Phelps." "Our fans know how much Michael loves music and that it's a part of his own battle prep, so our performers are prepared to bring their 'A game' Sunday night."

Season 3 premieres October 12.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/9/16

Two More Circles of "Hell"
Fox Renews Gordon Ramsay's Competition for Seasons 17 & 18 Ahead of Season 16
From TV Line

Hell’s Kitchen‘s renewal news just came in a double portion.

Fox has renewed Gordon Ramsay’s cooking competition series for Seasons 17 and 18, it was announced Friday.

Season 16, meanwhile, premieres in two weeks — on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8/7c.

TV Line

posted 9/9/16

THURSDAY: And So It Begins...
NBC Wins on Questionable Calls, Narrow Goal Posts, Split Second Decisions... and a Little Football
From the Futon Critic

NBC (22.033 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.0, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its presentations of "NFL Kickoff 2016" (15.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.4, #3), "Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (24.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.5, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (23.031 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 8.6, #1).

CBS (4.664 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.433 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Life in Pieces" (4.202 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), "Big Brother 18" (5.511 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) and "Code Black" (3.165 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was ABC (3.542 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.174 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), another "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.604 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Match Game" (2.849 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.164 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "Rosewood" (1.894 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Bones" (2.434 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.752 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.714 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (0.733 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 910K
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 850K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 379K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 342K
- Winsanity (GSN): 285K
- RuPaul's All-Stars Drag Race (VH1): 258K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 236K
- RuPaul's All-Stars Drag Race (Logo): 230K
- Finding Prince Charming (VH1/P): 184K
- Finding Prince Charming (Logo/P): 158K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/9/16

A New Host in the Hot Seat... Abroad
Chiranjeevi to Host Telugu Version
From Deccan Chronicle

Megastar Chiranjeevi is all set to host the fourth season of Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu, a popular show of a private television channel. Actor Nagarjuna had hosted the earlier three seasons. Though the show was a flop in all other regional languages, Nagarjuna made the Telugu show a success. Now, the actor is concentrating on his films and his sons’ careers.

“I had three wonderful seasons of MEK, and it was a life changing experience for me. As I ended season three, I thought I should take a break because this year, I am very busy with my films and with the production of two of my sons’ films. I am happy that Chiranjeevi is going to host season four and I know that he will do a fantastic job. I wish him all the best and I also wish to be a guest on his show,” says Nagarajuna Akkineni.

Meanwhile, a source informs, “Chiranjeevi has allocated dates in November for the show that is going to air from December second week onwards.” The actor is presently busy with his 150th film, Khaidi No. 150, the shooting for which will be completed by October. Since he is free from November onwards, he has decided to host the show.

Deccan Chronicle
IndRead

posted 9/9/16

Friday Lightning Round
... or "We Will Never Forget"

  • "Dancing With The Stars": the preseason favorite to win the Mirrorball Trophy is... (TV Line)
     

  • Steve Harvey finds out you can frame shoes. No, really (KFMB San Diego)
     

  • Charles Ingram has an anniversary he'd rather forget... on a day that we should all remember (Metro)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Finding Prince Charming (TV Line)

posted 9/9/16

Tropical Cyclone Forces Survivor Evacuation
Storm Hit on Day 2
From the Weather Network

It seems Mother Nature was the hardest contestant to beat in season 33 of reality game show Survivor.

For the first time in all 32 seasons, the entire cast from the upcoming Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X had to be temporarily evacuated from Fiji, where production was filming, due to Tropical Cyclone Zena.

The storm hit on April 6, which was day two of the game.

"For 32 seasons of Survivor, we've been very lucky to have escaped some severe storms," host Jeff Probst revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "This time, the storm caught us. It was only day two in a matter of hours, a nice afternoon turned into a severe rainstorm that kept growing in intensity by the hour."

The show's crew members were monitoring the forecast by the minute, according to Probst.

"When the national Fijian weather service upgraded it to a cyclone, we had to evacuate both tribes from their beaches and get them to safety," he told Entertainment Weekly.

This isn't the first time Mother Nature has played a role in the show.

Just three weeks after production wrapped on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains in 2009, a tsunami struck Samoa, which completely decimated parts of the island, including "Ponderosa" where contestants stay after being voted out of the game. The tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 8.0 earthquake on Sept. 29, causing significant damage and loss of life across the country.

"Weather does play a part in the show, and you will see the part it plays, and it's a first," Probst said. "And it was scary."

Probst says the two tribes reacted differently when told they were going to have to leave.

"It was very interesting how the two groups responded to the news. The Gen-X tribe was responsible and very concerned about their well-being," he recalled. "The millennials were less concerned about their safety and more excited that they were making Survivor history."

Season 33 of Survivor premieres Sept. 21 on CBS.

The Weather Network
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/8/16

ABC Renews "Baking Show"
... with a New "American" Name!
From the Futon Critic

Following a successful season one on the ABC Television Network, "The Great American Baking Show" (formerly "The Great Holiday Baking Show") is back! Based on the hit UK series "The Great British Bake Off," this series is hosted by Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") and husband Ian Gomez ("Cougar Town") and stars some of the nation's best bakers, as they compete in a series of themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be crowned "America's Best Amateur Baker."

James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and author Johnny Iuzzini joins Britain's "Royal Queen of Baking," author and television personality Mary Berry, as a judge. Each week they will taste the decadent and delicious fare these bakers create, as they throw down their best culinary skills.

"The Great American Baking Show" is from Love Productions and is executive produced by Richard McKerrow and Joey Allen.

For more information on "The Great American Baking Show," visit abc.com.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/8/16

Speaking of Name Changes...
"Fashion, Inc" Becomes "Project Runway: Fashion Startup", Drops October 20
From the Futon Critic

Fashion and entrepreneurialism are brought to a whole new level with Lifetime's Project Runway: Fashion Startup, premiering Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 10:30pm ET/PT. The series showcases aspiring fashion and beauty entrepreneurs as they pitch their concepts for the chance to secure funds from a panel of expert investors to help grow their budding ventures.

The panel includes Katia Beauchamp, the Co-Founder & CEO of beauty retailer Birchbox; tech marketplace maven and Founder and CEO of plus-size clothing rental startup Gwynnie Bee, Christine Hunsicker; celebrated fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff; and business mentor of the CFDA Incubator program, CEO of Hilldun Corporation and Chairman of Interluxe Holdings LLC, Gary Wassner. With their own time and money on the line, the experts give each entrepreneur tough love and sage advice as they pitch their concepts with hopes of securing an investment. With so much at stake, Project Runway: Fashion Startup could be the beginning of a beautiful partnership for some, or the end of a dream for others. Special appearances by renowned fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger; Founder and President of the Rodial Group, Maria Hatzistefanis; Co-Founder of SoulCycle, Julie Rice; and Jenny Fleiss, Co-Founder and Head of Logistics at Rent the Runway, will be made throughout the series, among others.

Project Runway: Fashion Startup is produced by The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Matador. Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss serve as executive producers for TWC while Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and James Bruce executive produce for Matador. Executive producing for Lifetime are Mary Donahue and David Hillman.

SOCIAL MEDIA INFO #ProjectRunwayFashionStartup @lifetimetv @katiawb @CMHunsicker @RebeccaMinkoff @gary_wassner

The Futon Critic

posted 9/8/16

WEDNESDAY: The Finals Are Set
"AGT" Helps NBC to Midweek Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the Wednesday champ thanks to its mix of "Commander-in-Chief Forum" (10.770 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), "America's Got Talent" (10.473 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (5.152 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

FOX (4.293 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw with the penultimate week of "MasterChef" (4.293 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.730 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with new episodes of "Big Brother 18" (5.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), "American Gothic" (2.665 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and the season finale of "American Gothic" (2.559 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.890 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.468 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), another "The Goldbergs" (3.094 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Modern Family" (3.198 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Black-ish" (2.582 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), another "Modern Family" (2.622 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "The Middle" (2.374 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, The CW (1.418 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) offered up "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.547 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.314 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.265 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

On cable...
- Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's Revenge (Food): 703K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 611K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 407K
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 347K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 319K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 122K
- TUF Talk (FS1): 104K

Discovery Family's "The Incredible Food Race" were not available at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/8/16

TUESDAY: "Got Talent" Got Ratings
NBC Goes to First
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.163 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was Tuesday's top draw thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (11.733 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Better Late Than Never" (7.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

ABC (4.067 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the number two network with the season finales of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.560 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise" (4.044 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Mistresses" (2.597 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.313 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and a repeat "NCIS" (7.478 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) followed by a new "Zoo" (4.680 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and the season finale of "Zoo" (3.782 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.298 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.474 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), "New Girl" (1.122 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Lucifer" (1.298 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.887 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a new "MADtv" (0.698 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (0.792 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.104M
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.046M
- Chopped (Food): 962K
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 689K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 404K
- Idiotest (GSN): 315K
- One Shot (BET): 229K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2/S/11p): 223K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2/S/11:30p): 191K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 123K
- Game of Homes (DFC): 104K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/8/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "If You Like It, Watch It"

  • "The Crystal Maze" could spawn a new series if the one-off does well (NME)
     

  • Steve Harvey meets his twin in leaked footage (New York Post)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a question about Aussie rules causes a stir... because the Internet. (New Zealand Herald)
     

  • A dancer on the Argentinean "Dancing with the Stars" gives it her all. And then some. Suffice it to say, it's NSFW (Daily Star)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Hive Minds (Telegraph)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? A "Chase" contestant likes "a pint and a fight" (Daily Express)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy's kid has a due date (Extra)

posted 9/8/16


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