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More on "Rock the Block"
Catch It on October 21
From the Futon Critic

HGTV has raised the stakes for its female-led, super-charged home reno competition series Rock the Block, premiering Monday, Oct. 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The grand prize winner of the competition still gets bragging rights and a street named after her, but now each weekly challenge winner will score a showcase episode of her own HGTV series immediately following the one hour airing of Rock the Block. Home renovation/design experts Leanne Ford (Restored by the Fords), Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones), Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) will go head-to-head in an explosive showdown to max-out four identical properties and add the most property value to each home. With just four weeks and an individual budget of $175,000, the competitors must renovate and design such spaces as a master suite, kitchen, great room and outdoor living space.

"Rock the Block is an 'on-the-edge-of-your-seat' competition event," said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. "Each week is full of surprises as these renovation and design powerhouse women battle it out to see who will ultimately get the crown."

At the end of each weekly Rock the Block challenge, a special guest star from HGTV will judge the rooms and crown the winner. Tarek El Moussa (Flip or Flop) will judge the reveals of the master suites, Mike Holmes (Holmes & Holmes) will review the kitchens, and Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt (100 Day Dream Home w.t.) will evaluate the great rooms and outdoor living spaces. In addition, Nicole Curtis (Rehab Addict) and Tiffany Brooks (HGTV Smart Home 2019) will make special guest appearances during the series. Once the homes are completely overhauled, Rock the Block host Drew Scott, star of Property Brothers: Forever Home and real estate expert, will do a full top-to-bottom inspection of the newly renovated homes. He will determine which designer added the most overall value to her home to become the ultimate winner of the competition. .

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 10/16/19

SYNDIES: Week 4
Results for the Week Ending October 6
From TV Newscheck

The Kelly Clarkson Show and Tamron Hall, the biggest newcomers to syndication this year, both moved up in the session ending Oct.6 and cemented their standing as the season's highest rated new strips along with Judge Jerry.

The new game show competition completed its third round with 25 Words or Less perking up 13% to a 0.9, while America Says stayed at a 0.6.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 +9%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C
Mediapost

posted 10/16/19

TUESDAY: There's a New King in Town
NBC Wins Demo with "This Is Us", "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.424 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to its trio of "The Voice" (7.587 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "This Is Us" (6.706 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (4.979 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

The silver then went to CBS (8.647 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with its drama lineup of "NCIS" (10.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "FBI" (8.714 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.620 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8). Next up was

FOX (3.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (3.696 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Empire" (2.792 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.276 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "The Conners" (5.439 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (3.410 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Mixed-ish" (2.804 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.607 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Emergence" (2.696 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (1.281 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and the return of "Arrow" (0.869 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.075 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 666k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 418k
- America Says (GSN): 439k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 220k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/16/19

Block Party
Japanese Format Heads to Vietnam, Indonesia
From B+C

Having previously announced a deal with Zense Entertainment in Thailand for its action-packed new gameshow format BLOCK OUT, Nippon TV announced today that the format they developed with Red Arrow Studios will be created by QV Media and air on VTV in Vietnam, and also has been licensed to PT Cakrawala Andalas Televisi and air on ANTV in Indonesia. Both versions are slated to start airing this November.

The Thai version of BLOCK OUT started airing on Channel 7 from July and immediately rose to the top position in ratings.

Atsushi Sogo, President, International Business Development, Nippon TV said: "We are delighted to announce the Vietnamese and Indonesian adaptations of BLOCK OUT, just a few months after its smashing success in Thailand. Proving that this hilarious yet thrilling studio game show format can grab the hearts of viewers across the globe in this multi-platform era, BLOCK OUT is sure to become a hit in Vietnam and Indonesia."

In each episode of BLOCK OUT, two teams of four players – each with their backs literally against a wall – battle it out in a variety of physical games, combining trivia, strategy, and chance. Each team plays on a separate identical wall comprised of more than 100 giant blocks. Across several nail-biting games, wrong answers, and bad judgments, "blocks" will be pushed out in a variety of combinations and speeds, forcing contestants into crazy positions to try and avoid being knocked down into the pit below. The team who keeps the most players on the ledge for the longest wins the game.

Red Arrow Studios International has worldwide rights, excluding Asia, to BLOCK OUT, and is launching the format at MIPCOM 2019. Nippon TV distributes BLOCK OUT in Asia..

B+C

posted 10/16/19

BritBox Is Pointless
Quiz Shows Heading to Stream Network
From Variety

BritBox has acquired a raft of hit U.K. shows, such as thriller "Line of Duty" and gameshow "Pointless," to bolster its lineup of British programs on its North American streaming service.

BritBox, a joint venture between BBC Studios and ITV, closed new deals at Mipcom on Wednesday with Kew Media Distribution and Endemol Shine International to bring more than 250 hours of content to its U.S. and Canada platform.

Jed Mercurio-scripted police thriller "Line of Duty," starring Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, Vicky Mclure, Keeley Hawes, and Thandie Newton, has been a huge hit for the BBC over its five series. BritBox has acquired the first four seasons of the show. Acorn TV has the US window on season five and the future season six.

Other shows included in the deal include Sky crime dramas "Thorne: Sleepyhead" and "Thorne: Scaredy Cat," starring David Morrissey and Aidan Gillen, and "Pointless," a popular BBC One game show.

Also included is long-running panel show "8 Out of 10 Cats" hosted by Jimmy Carr and the mystery-spy series "MI5," starring Peter Firth, Matthew Macfayden and Hawes.

Soumya Sriraman, president of BritBox, said: "This new deal is just another instance that BritBox is committed to bringing the best of British content to our communities all on one service."

BritBox is available for $6.99 per month in the U.S. and Canada, offering a range of British shows. ITV and the BBC are set to launch a similar service in the U.K. this quarter.

Variety

posted 10/16/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Oh Baby! Part 3"

  • Jenna Johnson & Peta Murgatroyd make a baby deal (Us Magazine)

  • Kat Dunn updates her relationship with Nick Maccarone (Us Magazine)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Misery Index (Meaww)

  • Ron Ely's wife stabbed to death allegedly by her son (Deadline)

posted 10/16/19

Netflix Nails the Holiday
"Nailed It!" Holiday to Return
From Deadline

Netflix announced this year's holiday line-up today, a roster of original programming of Christmas-themed series, films, special episodes and children's programming, two of which are game favorites.

- The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 2 Available 11/8/19
- Nailed It! Holiday!: Season 2 Available 11/22/19: Guest judges include Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, David Burkta, Bridget Everett, Jason Mantzoukas and Ron Ben Israel.


Deadline

The Futon Critic

posted 10/15/19

MONDAY: Battle On
Dancing, Voice Draw, Fox, NBC Lead Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and NBC (6.465 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) shared the demo crown on Monday as the former served up new episodes of "9-1-1" (6.380 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) and "Prodigal Son" (3.614 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

The Peacock then offered up originals from "The Voice" (7.890 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) and "Bluff City Law" (3.617 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was ABC (7.043 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments of "Dancing with the Stars" (7.289 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "The Good Doctor" (6.552 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.282 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) aired originals of "The Neighborhood" (5.341 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.860 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "All Rise" (5.015 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Bull" (5.731 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "All American" (0.730 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.634 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.682 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.123m
- Halloween Cake-Off (Food): 730k
- Catch 21 (P/GSN): 459k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 334k
- America Says (GSN): 321k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/15/19

We'll Take Slots for $200, Alex
New Jeopardy! Slots Launch... with James Holzhauer
From KLAS Las Vegas

"Jeopardy!" champ James Holzhauer was back in the spotlight at the Global Gaming Expo Tuesday. Holzhauer, who was lovingly named Jeopardy James during his amazing 32-game winning streak on the show, was at the IGT booth promoting the new "Jeopardy!" slots.

He also played speed rounds of "Jeopardy!," three questions at a time with G2E attendees. But the winners didn't get a chunk of the $2.4 million Holzhauer won during his time on "Jeopardy!"; but they did get bragging rights. Everyone who tried the machine were also able to take a photo with Holzhauer. G2E was the global trade show debut for "Jeopardy!" slots from IGT.

Housed in both the CrystalDual + Stepper cabinet or the towering MegaTower™ Universal cabinet that stands 11-feet tall, the games capture the most iconic elements of the gamed TV game show. Both games include Single, Double, and Final "Jeopardy!" bonus experiences, and the popular Jeopardy board, including Daily Doubles.

KLAS Las Vegas

KTNV Las Vegas

posted 10/15/19

The Bold & the Beautiful Invasion
Guest Models Lined Up for TPIR, LMAD
From Soaps

On the heels of The Bold and the Beautiful's Courtney Hope's (Sally Spectra) October stint as a guest model, Soaps.com can share that castmate Denise Richards (Shauna Fulton) is also set for an appearance on The Price is Right on Monday November 4. Richards shared a sneak peek in a shimmery dress beside a huge dollar sign on her Instagram account. The game show is taped in the same studio along with the CBS soaps, making it an easy transition for the daytime stars and a nice cross-promotion for the network. Hope and Richard's appearances will be followed by the cast member who plays Bold and Beautiful's Zoe Buckingham, as Kiara Barnes joins The Price Is Right to model, with actor Matthew Atkinson (Thomas Forrester) taking a turn after that. Having taped three episodes of The Price is Right, watch for Atkinson to pop up on Halloween, Thursday October 31, as well as Friday November 8, and then again just a week before Christmas on Tuesday December 17. In related news, Bold and Beautiful stars Annika Noelle (Hope Logan) and Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer) will be making their CBS game show appearance together on Let's Make a Deal, where they will join former Bold and Beautiful guest star and Let's Make a Deal host, Wayne Brady, who played Dr. Reese Buckingham, the notorious character who told Hope and Liam their baby girl had died while passing her off to Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) in a fake adoption plot to pay off his gambling debts. This fun onscreen reunion is set to happen on Wednesday November 13.

Soaps.com

posted 10/15/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Game of Game of Games"

posted 10/15/19

Craig Ferguson's A "Hustler", Baby
ABC Just Wants You To Know
From the Wrap

ABC has tapped former "Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson to host a new game show called "The Hustler."

A trivia-based competition, each episode of "The Hustler" will see five contestants work together to answer a series of questions. One of the five contestants, "the Hustler," will already know all the answers but must keep their identity a secret from the others in order to win the grand prize.Throughout the episode, the Hustler will secretly eliminate other contestants one by one. If the remaining contestants can correctly guess who among them is the Hustler by the end of the episode, they will split the money. If not, the Hustler will take home the full prize themselves.

The show is set to begin production this fall with an air date to be announced later.

"The Hustler" hails from the All3Media-backed production company Studio Lambert. British TV and radio host Richard Bacon created the format and will serve as an executive producer alongside Stephen Lambert, Jack Burgess, Tim Harcourt and Susan House.

"It's rare and exciting to have a mystery-based game show that employs viewers and contestants to tap into their sleuth skills," said ABC's senior vice president of alternative and late night, Rob Mills. "This fun, new format is the perfect addition to our dynamic game show lineup, and Craig's unmatched wit and humor make him the ideal host. We couldn't be more excited to welcome him back to ABC."

"Studio Lambert and format creator Richard Bacon are incredibly excited to partner with ABC on 'The Hustler,'" Lambert added. "With Craig in the driver's seat, the comedic beats of this game are very much to the fore. We think ABC viewers will laugh a lot but also be shocked and surprised by the twists of this game, which invites contestants and viewers to play detective, solving a whodunit or, in this case, a whoisit.".

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posted 10/14/19

Actual Title: "Trust Me, I'm a Six-Year-Old"
ITV, Atresmedia Format Is Child's Play
From TBI Vision

ITV Studios and Spain's Atresmedia Studios have struck a co-development deal for gameshow format Trust Me I'm A Six-Year-Old.

ITV Studios-backed Possessed worked with the Spanish firm to create the format, which sees celebrities going head-to-head across four competitive rounds, where their only guidance comes from a group of rowdy kids calling the shots with their own instructions. From undercover pranks to physical challenges, the celebrity who can best get into the minds of the children will win a 'Big Kid Cup'.

Mike Beale, MD of ITV Studios Creative Network, said: "We are looking to partner and work with broadcasters across the world, be it on co-developments or co-productions, and we are excited about our alliance with Atresmedia Studios to bring Trust Me I'm A Six-Year-Old to the market. We are already registering a high level of interest in the format and eager to explore it's global potential."

Ignacio Corrales, CEO of Atresmedia Studios, added: "We are delighted to creatively collaborate with a partner in the international market such as ITV Studios. This agreement exemplifies the essence of Atresmedia Studios, whose aim is to satisfy the demand of content for a global market.".

TBI Vision

posted 10/14/19

Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over...
Facebook Officially Cancels All Versions of "Confetti"
From TBI Vision

Facebook has pulled the plug on interactive quiz show format Confetti.

TBI has confirmed that the social media platform has no plans to return the format in the UK and US, and it is believed that other international versions of the program have also been cancelled.

Matthew Henick, global head of content planning and strategy, tells TBI that Confetti was a "really important test for us to figure out how to build interactive environments for video".

However, the format – which launched in the US in July 2018, with each of its total 132 episodes running up to 33 minutes – will not be returning to the platform.

Facebook rolled out Confetti Stateside shortly after the launch of hit quiz app HQ Trivia, as part of a major push to "game-ify" content. In particular, the platform emphasized gameplay with friends, in a bid to grow the community aspect of Watch.

Former director of media partnerships for EMEA Patrick Walker told TBI last year that the platform was "interested in seeing what sort of formats may work [in Europe] around the gamification of content, and what would lend itself on a country-by-country basis to new types of partnerships and relationships".

TBI Vision

posted 10/14/19

"Don't" Go to Cannes
Banijay to Handle Global Editions
From Deadline

Adam Scott has gone from sardonic sitcom star in Parks and Recreation to broken-hearted husband in Big Little Lies but his latest challenge is hosting ABC gameshow Don't – a world that includes eating ghost peppers on a treadmill under a blazing heat lamp.

Scott has lifted the lid on the format, which is exec produced by Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, ahead of Mipcom, where Banijay Rights, the international arm of producer Banijay Studios North America is looking to close international format deals.

In the show, contestants have the opportunity to team with their family and friends for the chance to win a cash prize of up to $100,000 by tackling tasks each with the simple rule of "Don't."

In each episode of the comedic physical game show, members of the four-person team will strive to accomplish various challenges — such as "Don't laugh," "Don't blink" or "Don't look back" — as they work together to build their bank.

Deadline

TBI Vision

posted 10/14/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Oh Baby! Book 2"

  • Witney Carson also thinking about babies. (Us Magazine)

  • Holly Allen, Jackson Michie think about the Race... No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no... (GoldDerby)

  • Tatianna sashays to the pokey (TMZ)

  • Sharna Burgess: dancers on DWTS no longer have creative control (GoldDerby)

posted 10/14/19

Dancing with Disney
"Fam Jam" on the Way
From Deadline

Disney Fam Jam, a family dance competition series, has been given a straight-to-order series at Disney Channel, with each episode to feature two families competing in three rounds of dance battles for the "Disney Fam Jam" Champs crown.

The series was inspired by choreographer Phil Wright's popular online The Parent Jam dance classes.

Production on the TV series will begin in November. The TV series was announced today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"Disney Channel's core audience is extremely passionate about dance and music as we have seen with the global success of Disney Channel musicals, special episodes and short-form programming," reads a statement by Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, Content and Creative Strategy, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide. "Disney Fam Jam will take diverse, awe-inspiring families out of their living rooms and into the spotlight for a celebration of dance, family and fun." The multicam series, performed in from of a studio audience of families, will include mentors overseeing each dance round.

Wright, a teacher and choreographer who has worked with Lil Nas X, Nicki Minaj, Will Smith and G-Eazy feat. Cardi B., among others, created and founded The Parent Jam, bringing families and students together to provide encouragement and positivity in each dance class.

Disney Fam Jam is a production of Matador Content. The series is executive produced by Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin, Irene Dreayer and Phil Wright. James Sunderland will serve as showrunner.

Deadline

The Futon Critic

posted 10/11/19

More on Drag Race UK
Catch the Stateside Premiere Tonight on Logo
From Vulture

Americans often think that British people are just like them — after all, Brits speak the same language, used to be our colonial overlords, and also have a divisive leader with an awful blond haircut. As such, U.S. viewers may think that they'll be able to just tune into RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. and totally understand what's going on — and they would be as wrong as if they dared to show their index and middle fingers to say "two, please." (Oh, you silly American, that is the British equivalent of flipping the bird.)

So in order to help Stateside viewers navigate Drag Race's trip across the Atlantic, here's what you need to know about the U.K. and its drag scene, so that you'll know what the bloody hell you're talking about when the show premieres on Logo tonight.

Vulture

posted 10/11/19

THURSDAY: Patriot Games
Football Fuels Fox to Finish
From The Futon Critic

FOX (11.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) continued its reign on Thursday with its weekly offerings of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.449 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

ABC (4.203 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then remained a distant second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.018 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.263 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.327 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was CBS (5.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Young Sheldon" (7.497 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.216 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Mom" (5.817 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.943 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Evil" (3.716 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.469 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (2.846 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Perfect Harmony" (2.138 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "The Good Place" (1.956 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Sunnyside" (1.221 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.326 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (1.261 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Legacies" (0.824 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.042 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 563k
- Temptation Island (SP/USA): 508k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 431k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 427k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 229k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/11/19

"Can't Touch This" Too Legit to Quit for Sony
Sony Pictures to Revive British Game... in Mexico... for MIPCOM
From Deadline

Sony is bringing back British gameshow Can't Touch This – two years after the original series was cancelled by the BBC.

The Hollywood studio has piloted a new version of the show, which was originally created by Sony's Northern Irish indie Stellify Media and is taking it out to international broadcasters at Mipcom.

The show is a comedic, interactive gameshow in which contestants have to overcome hilarious obstacles and challenges including bungee ropes, bubble wrap and slippery slopes, all guaranteed to make things difficult until finally they must take a huge leap of faith and touch the star prize – a brand new car.

It originally aired on BBC in a primetime Saturday night slot in March 2016 with Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo hosting. However, it failed to rate and was not renewed after its first season.

Deadline

posted 10/11/19

More on Catch 21
Catch the Premiere Monday on GSN!
From Las Vegas Review-Journal

The big tent near Caesars Palace just off the strip just found a new tenant - and you'll see what they did come Monday at 6pm ET on Game Show Network.

The new game show "Catch 21" - with host Alfonso Ribeiro & dealer Witney Carson - was a natural fit to film in Las Vegas.

Not because of its blackjack tie-in — contestants answer trivia questions in exchange for playing cards they hope will add up to 21 — but because Game Show Network executives found so much of what they needed here, the city was able to overcome the more generous tax credits available in other states.

Georgia, one of the locations that had been in consideration to host "Catch 21," offers a production credit of up to 30 percent, while Nevada's program is capped at 20 percent. Producers could hire more of the specialized crew members they needed in Las Vegas, though, and the city's proximity to Los Angeles meant lower travel costs for those workers who were brought in.

"Getting Los Angeles people to go out of town, if you say, 'Yeah, we're going to send you to Georgia for a month,' it's different than, 'You're going to go to Las Vegas for a month,' because they can go home on the weekends," says Jean Wiegman, GSN's senior vice president of programming and production.

Las Vegas Review-Journal

posted 10/11/19

Project Runway Comes Home for the Holidays
Catch It On Bravo December 5
From The Futon Critic

Bravo's Emmy-winning competition series "Project Runway" returns for another season of high stakes and fierce fashions on Thursday, December 5 at 9:30pm ET/PT. Sixteen new hopefuls are ready to take the runway by storm and make fashion history. Host Karlie Kloss is back, along with Christian Siriano as the mentor and returning judges Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell, and Elaine Welteroth, to decide who has what it takes to make it in this industry. Each 90-minute episode will feature the return of some fan-favorite elements, including the "Siriano Save," in which Christian has the opportunity to bring one eliminated designer back into the competition, and the pièce de résistance, a chance to present a final collection at New York Fashion Week. Gotham remains a main character for this fashion adventure for challenge reveals and runway shows with iconic locations such as the famous TWA Hotel at JFK, The Vessel at Hudson Yards, and Bergdorf Goodman. In addition, the groundbreaking series continues to shine a light on the evolution of fashion and inclusion by featuring a variety of sexual preferences, racial backgrounds and ages including a nonbinary model and a trans model, a "Dreamer," and the oldest designer ever to compete on "Project Runway." Challenging fashion norms, the designers are tasked with creating functional outfits for Olympians and Paralympians, as well as turning donated garments from Goodwill of NY into high fashion wear. For a sneak peek, please visit: https://www.bravotv.com/project-runway/season-18/videos/your-first-look-at-project-runway-season-18

The Futon Critic

GoldDerby

posted 10/11/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Oh Baby!"

posted 10/10/19


CBS/Fremantle

It's... Exactly 9000!
Price Is Right Celebrates Milestone Episode
From Cadillac News

Come on down! TV's longest-running game show, The Price Is Right — with more than 65,000 contestants and $250 million–plus awarded in cash and prizes since Bob Barker debuted as host in 1972 — airs its 9,000th episode on Thursday, October 10!

Current host Drew Carey celebrates by bestowing a bonus $9,000 on every player who wins a pricing game; anyone who spins $1 on the Big Wheel pockets $9,000 too.

Here are more interesting numbers.
- $210,000: The largest cash prize ever won, during a game of Cliff Hangers.
- $157,300: The cost of the most valuable item ever won: an Audi R8.
- $23,743: The perfect Showcase Round bid by Terry Kniess in 2008.
- $132: The amount Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul (Price's most famous contestant, next to Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White) overbid on his Showcase in 2000.
- 99: The age of the oldest winner. (There have been two almost-centenarians!) And the youngest? A 4-year-old betting prodigy.
- 77: Different games currently in rotation.
- 10: Plinko chips now in existence: five for game play and five backups.
- 3: Warehouses needed to store the show's prizes, including the cars.


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posted 10/10/19


ABC

A Nice In!
ABC Renews "Holey Moley"
From the Futon Critic

ABC today announced the new season pickup of "Holey Moley," following its successful "Summer Fun & Games" debut on the network earlier this year. In the show's second season, set to air in summer 2020, the world's most extreme mini-golf obstacle course will return as all-new competitors take on daring new challenges in an attempt to win a cash prize. The season two course will be bigger and better than ever, featuring all-new holes, and bringing more drama, trick shots and hysterically impressive wipeouts. Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore will return as color and play-by-play commentators, respectively, while Jeannie Mai will resume her role as sideline correspondent. NBA superstar Stephen Curry serves as an executive producer as well as the "Holey Moley" resident golf pro.

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posted 10/10/19

WEDNESDAY: Jam at the Top
NBC Wins Total, Fox Wins Demo
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.759 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held onto the demo crown on Wednesday with originals from "The Masked Singer" (6.923 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Almost Family" (2.595 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

NBC (7.131 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then remained in second with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.353 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (7.628 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Chicago PD" (6.412 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.992 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with fresh installments of "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "SEAL Team" (4.781 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "SWAT" (3.724 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.508 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Schooled" (3.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.967 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Single Parents" (2.721 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Stumptown" (3.400 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, The CW (1.177 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Riverdale" (1.179 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and the debut of "Nancy Drew" (1.174 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 821k
- Forged in Fire (History): 812k
- THe Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 792k
- America Says (GSN): 495k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 301k


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posted 10/10/19

Guess Who's Coming to Game Shows
Endemol Shine, Allspark Pictures Team to Develop Board Game Adaptation
From Deadline

Classic board game Guess Who? is being adapted into a television series after Endemol Shine North America teamed with Hasbro's Allspark Pictures.

The two companies have partnered to turn it into a non-scripted format for U.S. broadcasters and international networks.

In each episode, contestants make snap judgements based on intuition and clues in an effort to win cash prizes. In the original guessing game, each Guess Who? player chooses a mystery character and then using yes or no questions, they try to figure out the other player's mystery character. When they think they know who their opponent's mystery character is, players make a guess. If the guess is wrong, that player loses the game. Players can also challenge opponents to a series of games in the Championship Series, where the first player to win 5 games is the Guess Who? champion.

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posted 10/10/19

Saving "Million Dollar Mile"
CBS Obstacle Course Race Goes to MIPCOM
From Deadline

The team behind CBS format Million Dollar Mile hope that tweaks and international ratings success for the LeBron James-exec produced competition challenge can help give the show another life in the U.S.

The ten-episode series, which is produced by James and Maverick Carter's Springhill Entertainment, Big Brother producer Fly on the Wall Entertainment and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, has been adapted in France and Germany with a number of small changes designed to give a local flavor. In Germany, the series has aired as a four-part run of 120-minute episodes on Pro7, while the format, set in the famous Stade De France, airs later this month on France 2.

Deadline

posted 10/10/19

America Says is #1... in Ad Viewerability
GSN Original Leads in Survey According to Study
From B+C

The Game Show Network's America Says was the top show in ad viewability during September, according to a new report from TVision.

CBS's new series Bob (Hearts) Abishola was among the highest scoring shows during the month, as was HGTV's A Very Brady Renovation.

Ad viewability means that someone was in the room with the opportunity to see the commercials during the program.

The top cable shows were America Says, followed by Million Dollar Listing New York on Bravo, BattleBots on Discovery Channel, Ink Master on Paramount Network and A Very Brady Renovation on HGTV.

The top broadcast shows were American Housewife on ABC, Bob (Hearts) Abishola, God Friended Me and Young Sheldon, all on CBS, and ABC's The Conners.

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posted 10/10/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Super Deal"

  • Wayne Brady joins "Black Lightning" as Gravedigger (The Futon Critic)

  • Endeavor Content buys Glassman Media (Deadline)

  • "Temptation Island" couple still together... after the dude broke up with his longtime girlfriend (People)

  • Gwen Stefani to receive E! Fashion Icon Award (Reality TV World)

  • James Holzhauer can't picture Jeopardy! without Alex (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Liza Koshy and a plate of hot wings (Mashable)

posted 10/10/19


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Jenna Dewan Gets Flirty
Fox Signs "World of Dance" Host for "Flirty Dancing"
From TV Line

It certainly takes two to tango — and Jenna Dewan will help them get acquainted.

Dewan has been tapped to host Flirty Dancing, an upcoming dating series at Fox.

Based on the U.K. series of the same name, Flirty Dancing will mash up blind dates with dance performances. In each episode, complete strangers will learn half of a dance routine, then will meet for the first time on a blind date, where they will dance together without saying a word. But there's a twist: These single men and women will perform a different choreographed dance with each of two potential love interests, before choosing the one with whom he or she has the strongest connection.

"Flirty Dancing is a truly unique format – it's unlike anything we've ever seen before. It's fun, fresh and romantic, and broadens the dating format far beyond its traditional boundaries," said Rob Wade, Fox's president of alternative entertainment and specials.

"Jenna is our dream host. She knows all about how powerful connection and chemistry can be on the dance floor. So there really is no one better to help guide these singles in their search for love."

This won't be Dewan's first hosting rodeo, either: She previously emceed NBC's competition series World of Dance. Her other TV work includes roles on The Resident, Supergirl and Witches of East End, and she'll soon co-star in Netflix's upcoming musical drama Soundtrack (fka Mixtape).

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posted 10/9/19

TUESDAY: This Is a Split
NBC Wins Demo, CBS Wins
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) once again took home the demo crown on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (8.421 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "This Is Us" (7.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.315 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

CBS (8.782 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) likewise continued its total viewers reign with its trio of "NCIS" (10.979 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "FBI" (8.629 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.239 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (3.605 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Empire" (2.872 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.697 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "The Conners" (5.651 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (3.865 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mixed-ish" (3.436 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Black-ish" (3.040 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Emergence" (3.094 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

And finally, the return of "The Flash" (1.627 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and an encore of "Batwoman" (1.105 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.366 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 698k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 323k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 313k


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posted 10/8/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Misery Loves Company"

  • FIRST LOOK: "The Misery Index" (TV Insider)

  • FIRST LOOK #2: "The Wall UK" (Herald Publicist)

  • ARE YOU SMARTER THAN...: the writing team at Jeopardy! need to take the L... and the I, the J, the T, the S, the Z, and the O (Polygon)

posted 10/9/19


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Nick Jonas Joins "The Voice" in 2020
Jonas Brother to Replace Gwen Stefani
From The Futon Critic

Multi-platinum Grammy and Golden Globe Award-nominated recording artist, actor and award-winning songwriter Nick Jonas will join the upcoming spring cycle of "The Voice" as a coach.

Jonas, who has had a successful career in film, television and music - both solo and with Grammy-nominated multi-platinum powerhouse trio Jonas Brothers - will be joined by returning music superstar coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton and host Carson Daly on the four-time Emmy Award winning hit musical competition series.

Jonas announced the big news today on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" while promoting Jonas Brothers' platinum album and current single, "Only Human." See the clip here: https://www.ellentube.com/video/nick-jonas-gets-a-scare-from-his-new-the-voice-co-star-blake-shelton.html.

"As a member of one of the hottest pop groups, Nick's success in navigating all aspects of the music industry is exceptional," said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We were so impressed by his innate musicality, technical aptitude and passion that he brought to 'Songland' earlier this year and know he will be an incredible fit as a coach on 'The Voice.' We are excited to see Nick lend his mentorship, relatability and breadth of knowledge to a new crop of artists."

"I'm so excited to be a part of 'The Voice' family," said Jonas. "It's such an awesome group of individuals, and I can't wait to help these artists really build and hone in to find their unique voices."

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posted 10/8/19

SYNDIES: Week 3
Results for the Week Ending September 29
From TV Newscheck

Several big daytime shows were dinged by stronger-than-usual competition from — and numerous for — breaking news coverage of President Trump and the Ukraine as well as House impeachment inquiry hearings in the session ending Sept. 29.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.6 +4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 +20%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

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posted 10/8/19

MONDAY: 9-1-1 Is No Joke
Fox Wins Demo, NBC Wins
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.456 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) claimed solo demo honors on Monday thanks to fresh installments from "9-1-1" (7.113 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Prodigal Son" (3.799 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

NBC (7.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Voice" (8.664 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Bluff City Law" (4.084 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was ABC (6.139 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its new episodes from "Dancing with the Stars" (6.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "The Good Doctor" (5.615 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.550 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (5.612 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.329 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "All Rise" (5.230 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Bull" (5.950 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with the return of "All American" (0.926 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.900 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.204m
- Halloween Cake-Off (Food): 832k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 365k
- America Says (GSN): 358k
- Cash Cab (P/Bravo): 279k


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posted 10/8/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Ouch"

  • Peter Weber suffers the most shocking "Bachelor"-related injury ever (Deadline)

  • Cameron Mathison near remission in cancer battle (The Wrap)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS: Holly Allen celebrates take your boyfriend to work day (Reality TV World)

  • For the last time, Ben Bailey is a real-life hack. He had to become one to drive Cash Cab (CheatSheet)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wayne Brady (Orlando Magazine)

posted 10/8/19


TV Line

RIP TAYLOR: 1931-2019
"King of Confetti" Hosted "$1.98 Beauty Show", Played Almost Everything Else
From The Wrap

Rip Taylor, the flamboyant confetti-throwing comedian who was the host of "The $1.98 Beauty Show," died at his Beverly Hills home on Sunday at the age of 84, according to his publicist.

Taylor was known for his over-the-top comic delivery and his penchant for excitedly throwing confetti to celebrate a game show contestant's victory, something he regularly did during his appearances on "Match Game," "Hollywood Squares," "Super Password" and "The Gong Show."

Prior to his appearances on game shows and late night shows like "The Tonight Show," Taylor served as an opening act for stars like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Judy Garland.

But it was his appearance "The Gong Show" that earned him his biggest claim to fame. Impressed by his jokes as a judge, the show's host and creator Chuck Barris offered Taylor a job as host of "The $1.98 Beauty Show." Running from 1978-1980, the comedy show was a "Gong Show"-esque sendup of beauty contests that would end with Taylor bestowing the winner a bouquet of rotten vegetables and just under two dollars in coins, all while proclaiming, "You win the prize. You take the cake. You get the crown and a $1.98."

In the '90s, Taylor took roles in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" and "Indecent Proposal," as well as a voice role as Uncle Fester in an animated TV adaptation of "The Addams Family." In the 2000s, he had a cameo appearance at the end of each of the three "Jackass" films, celebrating the film's conclusion with a confetti shower.

Taylor is survived by his longtime partner, Robert Fortney..

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posted 10/7/19


CBS

CASSANDRA WALDON: 1963-2019
"Big Brother" Season 1 Contestant
From Deadline

Cassandra Waldon, the first US resident of the Big Brother house, died Sept. 25 from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was 56.

Waldon worked for the United Nations in Rome, Italy, and was struck by a car there two months ago. She never regained consciousness from the head injury she sustained.

Big Brother host Julie Chen Moonves remembered Waldon warmly in an Instagram post.

"Rest In Peace Cassandra. Your light will continue to shine in this world because of the way you lived your life: with class and grace," Chen Moonves wrote. "May your family and loved ones find solace and peace. Thank you for bringing your intelligence, warmth and wisdom to the 'Big Brother' house Season 1. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. May God Bless your soul."

Waldon finished 6th out of 10 house guests in the series.

She worked at the UN as its director of communications for the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and was living and working in Rome at the time of death.

A memorial service is planned in her home state of Maryland for next weekend..

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posted 10/7/19

Pasapalabra to Pass On
ITV Wins Game Show Court Case
From Euro Weekly News

PASAPALABRA, based on the original British format "The Alphabet Game", after 19 years as one of the most popular game shows in Spain, but a court ruling has ordered the program to cease airing.

Pasapalabra first aired on Antena 3 in 2000. In 2006, a Pasapalabra jackpot of 2.190.000 € became the largest prize ever awarded on a game show in Spain, and the third largest prize ever awarded on a game show in Europe.

In 2007, Pasapalabra moved to Telecinco with Christian Gálvez as host. Pasapalabra aired evenings on Telecinco, Monday through Friday.

What happened?

It seems the conflict lies in that Telecinco decided to stop paying what was stipulated in the contract for the rights of the adaptation of this format. Not only that, but Mediaset, a Spanish communications group created in March 1989 by the Italian company Mediaset., revoked the original contract and even sued ITV to return the amounts already paid previously, insisting that the program was one they created, while ITV assured that the rights belonged to them.

As expected, the British broadcaster responded by demanding the cessation of broadcasting of the program and the amount of 14.9 million euros, which is the sum of compensation that the Spanish broadcaster had failed to pay for the broadcasting rights.

The judicial process has been extensive and yesterday (Tuesday) October 1 the final ruling was given. Concluding that ITV would receive compensation and condemned Telecinco to "cease immediately, being also prohibited to resume in the future, broadcasting, editing, production, reproduction, public communication, distribution, transformation and any and all other forms of exploitation, by itself or through third parties, of the program 'Pasapalabra'."

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posted 10/7/19

All Eyes on Cannes
Industry Bigs Release MIPCOM Slates
From various sources

Many international producers are bringing their wares to market next month.

MIPCOM, the International Market of Communications PRograms, is an annual trade show held in Cannes for four days in October.

Fremantle, ITV, A+E, and JTBC are the first to come out with their plans...

- FREMANTLE: Fremantle's reality-dating series Five Guys a Week follows one woman on a quest for a new romance. In the format, the lady invites five potential suitors to move into her house with her for a week, all at the same time, all under one roof. "Five Guys a Week is the simplest new format of 2019," says Rob Clark, director of global entertainment. Another highlight is Epic Gameshow. "Fremantle, as the home of game shows, has created a huge weekly event-viewing format for ITV in the U.K., made up of our incredible game-show catalog," explains Clark. "We've taken some of our biggest game shows such as The Price Is Right, Strike It Rich and Card Sharks, added in a marquee talent presenter in Alan Carr and given each show an epic new ending." Another gameshow Fremantle will be shopping in Cannes is Rolling In It, which comes from Over The Top Productions and has been commissioned by ITV in the UK. It sees three contestants play alongside some of their favourite celebrities in a bid to go home with a big cash prize. Elsewhere, it has The Family Brain Games, a quiz show which sets out to find the nation's smartest family. Created by Label1 for BBC2 in the UK, it sees eight smart families go head-to-head in quizzes, plus footage of them backstage. Fremantle also has the reboot of Supermarket Sweep, the Thames gameshow recently brought back by ITV2 in the UK and shopped by Leslie Jones for an American release.
- ITV: A number of ITV's formats will also be on show at the French coast, with award-winning Love Island heading the slate of new and returning formats. Among the new formats are Comedians Giving Lectures with comedians providing their own take on academics, Old Wife, New Life which sees ex-wives move in with newly-weds to help resolve old issues, and new quiz show The Switch. The new kids show Project Z, part structured reality and part gameshow set in an imaginary zombie world, and Embarrassing pets complete the line up of new formats. Capping off ITV's slate for the year are returning formats such as the physical gameshow Catchpoint and In For A Penny. Finally, famous TV duo Ant and Dec will also be travelling to Cannes with ITV to share the story of their 29 years in the entertainment industry.
- A+E/JTBC: Solo Wars is a dating gameshow that unfolds between 100 singles, evenly split between male and female, who compete for love and/or a cash prize. A game of strategy; participants must form romantic allegiances to progress to the next round. Each round ends with one, or multiple, eliminations, culminating in one couple proving their love for each other, and winning the prize money. Participants use psychological tactics as they battle their rivals and appeal to the opposite sex.

- NBCUNIVERSAL: Bring the Funny, which was originally produced by UTAS, pays homage to every style of comedy performance and encapsulates a night out at a world-class comedy club. The format has already been picked up in France by prodco WeMake and in French Canada by ComediHa!. Another format headliner on NBCUI's slate is Britain's Best Parent?, produced by Monkey. It features unorthodox parenting styles and questions whether a perfect parenting philosophy really exists. A studio audience votes on which parenting style is best after parents compete. NBCUIF has also acquired a new third-party format from Israel. Quizshow You Should Know presents contestants with photos from their social media feeds and tasks them with answering general knowledge questions related to the places, food, activities, hobbies and events depicted in them.

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posted 10/7/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Rolling"

posted 10/7/19


CMT

Squares Go Country
"Nashville Squares" Premieres with Bob Saget Hosting November 1
From The Futon Critic

CMT today announced that its new gameshow series, "CMT's Nashville Squares," will kick off with a two-episode premiere on Friday, November 1st at 8p/7c. Hosted by comedian Bob Saget, the all-new series puts a country music twist on the classic game show "Hollywood Squares," following in the footsteps of hit series "VH1's Hip Hop Squares," by staying true to the beloved tic-tac-toe format and infusing it with some of the most influential and charismatic personalities in country music, pop culture, entertainment, sports, fashion, comedy and more.

Celebrity contestants and squares include Bill Engvall, Caroline Rhea, Carson Cressley, Chris Sullivan, Deana Carter, Devin Dawson, Fortune Feimster, Gary Busey, Jana Kramer & Mike Caussin, Jimmie Allen, Kenya Moore, Kyle Busch, Mark Ballas & BC Jean, Marie Osmond, Melissa Peterman, Mickey Guyton, Mitchell Tenpenny, Sara Evans, Tanya Tucker, and Ty Pennington.

"CMT Nashville Squares" will feature exciting musical moments, fun and unpredictable competition, dance choreography from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: All Stars, and much more.

Additional celebrity guests this season include:
· Adam Richman
· Catherine Bach
· Cheslie Kryst
· Curtis Rempel & Brad Rempel
· Dusty Slay
· Hayley Orrantia
· High Valley
· Jon Reep
· Josef Newgarden
· Keifer Thompson & Shawna Thompson
· Leah Turner
· Lindsay Czarniak
· Loni Love
· Presley Tucker
· Sara Tiana
· Tom Wopat
· WWE professional wrestler, Mickie James

"CMT's Nashville Squares" is executive produced by Jesse Collins and Dionne Harmon from Jesse Collins Entertainment (also "VH1's Hip Hop Squares"). Neal Konstantini serves as executive producer/show runner. The series is directed by Ivan Dudynsky. Candida Boyette-Clemons and Trevor Rose are executive producers for CMT with Leslie Fram as executive-in-charge of music. The format is licensed from CBS Television Distribution.

Follow Nashville Squares on social and use #NashvilleSquares to join the conversation! Instagram: @cmtnashvillesquares Twitter: @CMTSquares Facebook: @CMTNashvilleSquares.

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posted 10/4/19


CBS News

DIAHANN CARROLL: 1935-2019
"Julia", "Dynasty" Actress Played Games During the 60s & 70s
From TV Line

Diahann Carroll, who as Dynasty's Dominique Deveraux played one of the first major black characters on a primetime soap, died Friday. She was 84.

Carroll passed at home after a long illness with cancer, per The Hollywood Reporter. She was featured prominently on the original Dynasty and its offshoot The Colbys in the 1980s, playing the deliciously wicked half-sister of John Forsythe's Blake Carrington. The role allowed Carroll to fulfill a dream she voiced to People in 1984: "I want to be the first black bitch on television."

Another signature part for the Tony-winning actress was the title role in Julia, a 1970s comedy about a widowed nurse raising her young son. The show ran three seasons on NBC and was groundbreaking in that its protagonist was a black character whose profession was not that of maid, butler or servant.

In game shows, Carroll was featured on Hollywood Squares, Jukebox Jury, Password, What's My Line, Talent Scouts, and Chance of a Lifetime
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posted 10/4/19

Mamma Mia! Here He Goes Again!
Omid Djalili to Host "Winning Combination" for ITV
From Deadline

Omid Djalili, the comedian and actor known for roles in films including Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, is set to host an ITV gameshow from the makers of the longrunning hit series The Chase.

Djalili will front Winning Combination, which will be the first new quiz format from ITV Studios production outfit Potato since The Chase was born in 2009.

Winning Combination was piloted earlier this year and ITV is in the final stages of signing off a full series commission for its daytime schedule in autumn 2020.

The Potato format starts with nine contestants, who are assigned a number between one and nine. They are whittled down to a final four, and the combination of numbers they have been assigned represents the size of the jackpot they will play to win in a final round. It means the prize money could be as high as £9,876 ($12,176) or as low as £4,321.

It will be the first time Djalili has hosted a quiz and was approached after impressing on a celebrity edition of The Chase. ITV has been on the hunt for some time for a fresh face for its daytime entertainment lineup, according to sources.

The Chase, hosted by Bradley Walsh, is something of a phenomenon for ITV, running for a decade on the channel in daytime and giving rise to primetime celebrity specials. It was remade for GSN in the U.S. in 2013 and ran for five seasons. Potato's other shows include the UK version of Ninja Warrior.
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posted 10/4/19

THURSDAY: Ramshackled
Fox Wins with NFL
From The Futon Critic

FOX (12.054 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.571 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.351 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

ABC (4.485 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.006 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.658 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Next up was CBS (5.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.133 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Unicorn" (6.012 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mom" (6.402 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Carol's Second Act" (5.684 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Evil" (4.248 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (2.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Perfect Harmony" (2.141 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), "The Good Place" (2.147 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Sunnyside" (1.278 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.343 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.760 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the conclusion of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2" (0.760 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 689k
- America Says (GSN): 485k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 478k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 472k
- TEmptation ISland (S/USA): 246k .


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/3/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Final Answer?"

  • Jeremy Clarkson to go farming for Amazon (iNews)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 richest game show hosts (THe Richest)

  • Rachel Lindsay doesn't think there'll be another African American "Bachelorette" (Reality TV World)

posted 10/4/19

Phil Keoghan Gets Tough
"Tough As Nails" Greenlit by CBS
From TV Line

CBS is extending its relationship with Phil Keoghan: The network has handed a 10-episode order to Tough as Nails, a new competition series hosted by the Amazing Race vet.

Tough as Nails will shine a spotlight on "real people who are real tough in real life as a result of their physically demanding, everyday jobs," according to the official logline. Competitors will face "challenges that take place in the real world" that test their "strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness" and "redefine what it means to be tough, proving that it comes in all shapes and sizes." Keoghan will serve as an executive producer alongside his wife/longtime producing partner Louise.

"Tough as Nails was inspired by my proud, working class family of farmers, gold miners, builders and coalminers," Keoghan said in a statement. "I was lucky enough to spend my school holidays working alongside my grandfather, an A-grade mechanic, World War II aero mechanic, gunsmith and inventor. I'm excited to celebrate the skills of those who sweat on factory floors instead of gym floors, and those who wear work boots instead of workout shoes."

A nationwide casting search will commence in November; additional details can be found in the links below.

In addition to Tough as Nails, Keoghan continues to serve as host of The Amazing Race, which was quietly renewed for Season 32 back in May; a return date has not yet been announced..

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Deadline
The Wrap
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posted 10/3/19

WEDNESDAY: "Masked Singer" Wins, But...
Fox, NBC Split Night
From TV Line

FOX (4.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Wednesday with week two of "The Masked Singer" (6.753 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and the premiere of "Almost Family" (2.951 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

"Singer" was up on the year by 26.67%, while it was down from its season premiere last week by 24% in the demo.

NBC (7.040 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.553 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (7.570 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (5.996 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with a new "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.503 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) followed by the season premieres of "SEAL Team" (5.227 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "SWAT" (4.071 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.803 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.305 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Schooled" (3.385 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.301 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Single Parents" (2.922 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Stumptown" (3.954 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its annual special "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1" (0.886 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 681k
- America Says (GSN): 439k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/3/19

Arrests, Indictments for Colin Kroll Case
Drug Traffickers Charged in Death of "HQ Trivia" Creator
From the Wall Street Journal

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have charged six people with drug crimes who were allegedly linked to the overdose death of Colin Kroll, the co-founder of the HQ Trivia game app.

The six men, charged in an indictment unsealed Wednesday, were members of a drug-trafficking organization that called itself Mike's Candyshop, prosecutors said.

"This illicit enterprise allegedly allowed people to order heroin and cocaine to their doorstep simply by calling the business phone number with the same convenience as if they were ordering a pizza," said Peter Fitzhugh, special agent in charge of the New York field office of Homeland Security Investigations.

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posted 10/3/19

Ever See Celebs Race Around the World?
Studio Lambert Format Moves To BBC One
From Deadline

Studio Lambert's high-octane reality format Race Across The World is moving to BBC One for a celebrity special.

The show started life on BBC Two, where the series finale became the highest-rated episode of a new factual entertainment title since 2016 when it aired to 3.4M viewers earlier this year.

BBC Two swiftly doubled down with a two series, 16-episode recommission. Now, the BBC is going one further, with six-part Celebrity Race Across The World for BBC One, in which four famous faces and a partner have to get from one side of the planet to the other without the luxuries of air travel, credit cards, smartphones or access to the internet.

Armed with some cash, the equivalent of a one-way airfare to their final destination, they have to earn extra money along the way and rely on the kindness of strangers to help them win the race.

Deadline

posted 10/3/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Karen Bags a Shark"

  • Joel McHale to guest star on "Will & Grace" (TV Line)

  • FIRST LOOK: Cash Cab, Bravo flavor (Decider)

  • Byron Allen's SCOTUS battle gets political (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (WCBS-FM New York)

posted 10/3/19

GSN Gets A Clue!
Rob Belushi to Host in 2020
From Broadway World

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has greenlit GET A CLUE, its new word-guessing game show hosted by actor Rob Belushi ("How I Met Your Mother"). The new half-hour series will premiere in early 2020 and will air Monday through Friday.

GET A CLUE is a fast-paced, high energy clue game in which two teams compete to see who can successfully guess the most answer words before time runs out. In each round, teams will receive a list of answer words they get to play. The fun starts as the first player gives clues to the second player until they guess the correct word, then the second player gives clues to the third player, and so on, until the team either guesses all the words in the category or runs out of time. The team with the most points advances to the bonus round to play for $10,000. They'll have 60 seconds to guess eight words but the entire team has to stay on their toes because the clue givers, and guessers, change randomly with every new word.

Born in-to comedy royalty (his father's Jim and his uncle's the late John), Rob Belushi is an accomplished actor, working in film, theater and television. The native Chicagoan began his career in the improv and theater scene at the famed Second City and Steppenwolf Theater. Best known for his role as Linus the bartender on "How I Met Your Mother," Belushi has also had reoccurring roles on "Ballers," "Chicago PD," "The Mentalist," and "Agents of Shield."

His film credits include "Sorority Row," "One Small Hitch," and "Valentine's Day." GET A CLUE is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC for Game Show Network. Craig Brooks serves as executive producer.

Broadway World

posted 10/2/19

Nick: The Musical!
"America's Most Musical Family" to Premiere Across ALL ViacomCBS Platforms
From the Futon Critic

Nickelodeon has set the premiere date for its brand-new music competition series, America's Most Musical Family: Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT). 30 talented family bands performing in all genres take center stage in front of celebrity judges Grammy Award-winning global superstar Ciara, digital media sensation David Dobrik, pop icon and Broadway star Debbie Gibson and show host, singer and television personality Nick Lachey to compete for a recording contract with Republic Records and the chance to win a $250,000 cash prize in partnership with Capri Sun 100% Juice.

The premiere of America's Most Musical Family will simulcast across BET, MTV, MTV2, Nicktoons, Paramount Network, TeenNick, TV Land and VH1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT), with new episodes airing every Friday night on Nickelodeon.

America's Most Musical Family kicks off with the following five family bands ready to battle it out with their very own take on hit songs: Nashville, Tennessee's eight-member group The Rees Family ("Walking on Sunshine"); New Jersey's band of brothers, Wanmor, whose father is Wanya from Boyz II Men ("It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"); From Rancho Santa Margarita, California, harmonizing sisters and human beat box brother Juat Sibs ("Honeymoon Avenue"); Brother and sister duo Juna N Joey from West Palm Beach, Florida ("Beautiful Crazy"); and San Jacinto, California's sibling quartet The Mitchells ("We Got the Beat").

America's Most Musical Family is produced by Industrial Media's Emmy Award-winning The Intellectual Property Corporation, with IPC's Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman (Undercover Boss, So You Think You Can Dance), Claire Kosloff and showrunner Jeff Boggs (Nashville Star, Who Will Rock You?) as Executive Producers. Ciara also serves as Executive Producer, alongside Republic Records and Nickelodeon's Rob Bagshaw and Paul J Medford. The series is directed by Julia Knowles (The X Factor, MTV Europe Music Awards), with stage design by Emmy Award-winning set designer Anton Goss (The Voice, Shark Tank). Production of America's Most Musical Family is overseen for Nickelodeon by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

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The Wrap

posted 10/2/19

TUESDAY: Voice Attracts the Kids, CBS Attracts Everyone Else.
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.219 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the demo champ on Tuesday with its trio of "The Voice" (8.905 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "This Is Us" (7.433 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.321 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

CBS (9.519 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) likewise remained the most-watched network with its mix of "NCIS" (12.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "FBI" (9.439 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.959 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.854 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its lineup of "The Conners" (5.500 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Bless This Mess" (3.772 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Mixed-ish" (3.542 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Black-ish" (3.155 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Emergence" (3.577 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.391 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "The Resident" (3.806 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Empire" (2.976 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.461 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Pandora" (0.559 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and the season finale of "Pandora" (0.364 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable...
- Chopped: Sweets Showdown (S/Food): 880k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 540k
- America Says (GSN): 480k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (P/Paramount): 353k .

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/2/19

How the Cookie Crumbles
Food Network Greenlights "Girl Scout Cookie Challenge", Alyson Hannigan Hosts
From Deadline

There's Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas and Savannah Smiles. Now add a new TV series to the pantheon of Girl Scout Cookies.

Food Network has picked up primetime competition series Girl Scout Cookie Championship for a four-episode season. The news was announced Wednesday by network president Courtney White.

Hosted by "Penn & Teller Fool Us" host, actress & former Girl Scout Alyson Hannigan of How I Met Your Mother and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the series challenges professional bakers to transform their favorite Girl Scout Cookies into new dessert creations.

Judges Nacho Aguirre and Katie Lee are joined each episode by a rotating third judge, including confirmed panelist Carla Hall. Lee and Hall are also Girl Scout alums.

Production is currently underway and the series is slated to premiere in Q1 2020 during Girl Scout Cookie season..

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 10/2/19

Meet the X Factor Celebs
Catch It This October
From Telly Mix

A celebrity version of The X Factor is on the way for 2019 - who is on the line up?

X Factor boss Simon Cowell previously revealed plans to postpone the sixteenth regular series of the singing contest in favor of two spin-offs. One will be a 'champions' edition featuring fan favorites from past years, while the other will feature celebrity contestants.

Celebrity X Factor will begin in October on ITV. Meanwhile on our side of the Atlantic, AXS TV has revealed that it will premiere The X Factor Celebrity on October 14 at 8PM.

The X Factor: Celebrity, made by Syco Entertainment and Fremantle-owned Thames Television for ITV, will feature stars including Ricki Lake, Glee's Kevin McHale and Hayley Hasselhoff in the singing contest. Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh will judge, while Dermot O'Leary will host.

AXS TV has been the U.S. home of The X Factor for the past five years. Lucia McCalmont, vice president of program acquisitions at AXS TV, said: "The series has long stood as one of the most popular offerings on our network, and has particularly resonated with our younger viewers who are excited to be among the first to see the up-and-coming international stars of tomorrow. "We are proud to continue to provide our audience with even more of the show-stopping performances, surprising eliminations, and blockbuster backdrops that have fueled the series to become the global sensation it is today."

The celebs who will take part in the show are:

OVERS
- Martin Bashir - TV news journalist
- Jenny Ryan - The Chase star known as The Vixen
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- Ricki Lake - Talk show host, featured on season 1 of "The Masked Singer"
- Victoria Ekanoye - Actress from "Coronation Street"

UNDERS
- Kevin McHale - Glee star, best known for his role as Artie Abrams in the hit US TV series between 2009 and 2015.
- Olivia Olson - "Adventure Time" voice actress
- Hayley Hassehoff - Actress and model
- Jonny Labey - Former "EastEnders" actor
- Megan McKenna - TV personality & singer

GROUPS
- Try Star - Sports stars Thom Evans, Ben Foden and Levi Davis have formed a group to compete on the new ITV series.
- Max & Harvey - Teenager pop duo, CBBC and YouTube stars
- The Islanders - Former Love Islanders Zara McDermott, Eyal Booker, Wes Nelson and Samira Mighty team up to sing in the competition.
- Brendan Cole and Jeremy Edwards - Former Strictly Come Dancing pro Brendan and Hollyoaks actor Jeremy have formed a duo.

- V5 - social media influencers Alondra, Natalie, Laura, Sofia, and Wendii

Telly Mix

Metro
Telly Mix
Deadline

posted 10/2/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Scare the Bear"

  • Jeff Probst blasts spoilers. On his own network. (Entertainment Weekly)

  • ICYMI: "The Voice" welcomes its second trans singer (Newsweek)

  • Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten... you know it was coming... (Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheel's in Miami, B (WPLG Miami)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 21 greatest British game shows (Joe)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Masked Singer" costumer Marina Toybina (The Wrap)

posted 10/1/19

SYNDIES: Week 2
Results for the Week Ending September 22
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy hit an astonishing 1,200 straight weeks as syndication's No. 1 court show in the session ending Sept. 22. Judy, of course, has earned the highest ratings of any first-run program every season for the past decade and has been the top gaveler every week for more than 23 years.

New entries in the game show category were 25 Words or Less, which tallied a 0.8 for its first week, and America Says, which got a 0.5 in its opening frame.

Meanwhile, Jeopardy added 4% and topped the game shows with a 5.7.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 +4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 -2% - Premiere Week
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 NA - Premiere Week
- America Says (Sony) 0.5 NA
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%

TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 10/1/19

MONDAY: Ray Lewis Withdraws from "Dancing"
NFL All-Pro Cites Injury
From Deadline

Dancing With the Stars contestants Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke will be hanging up their dancing shoes and not cutting a rug on Monday night's episode of ABC's reality dancing competition.

Entertainment Tonight is reporting that the couple withdrew due to an injury suffered by Lewis. It was later revealed to be an aggravation of a lingering injury to the tendons in his feet. As a result, no one was sent home by the judges.

Last week, NFL star Lewis and ballroom dancing champion Burke found themselves as one of the two bottom couples. The judges ended up saving them and instead sent home legendary Supremes singer Mary Wilson and pro Brandon Armstrong.

In the days leading up to the couple's reported withdrawal, Lewis posted a photo on Instagram saying, "Make time for what matters. Take care of yourself. Mind, Body, and Spirit. #NoExcuses." Meanwhile, Burke posted a photo with the caption, "Hair courtesy of @kelseygusto, glam courtesy of @crabichuk, deep thought courtesy of the upcoming live show. #DWTS."

FOX (5.661 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) pulled into the top demo spot on Monday thanks to week two of "9-1-1" (7.206 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and "Prodigal Son" (4.115 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Sharing the adults 18-49 crown was NBC (7.409 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with originals from "The Voice" (8.780 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and "Bluff City Law" (4.666 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Next up was ABC (6.747 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments of "Dancing with the Stars" (6.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "The Good Doctor" (6.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.683 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "Welcome to the Neighborhood" (5.867 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.357 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "All Rise" (5.614 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Bull" (5.823 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, the season finale of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.924 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) plus repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.581 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.584 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) on The CW (0.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 998k
- Halloween Cake-Off (Food): 776k
- Common Knowledge (GSN)L 520k
- America Says (GSN)L 322k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/1/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "More Like Buy-ron Allen, Am I Right?"

  • Byron Allen purchases enough small to mid-level TV stations to make a case (Deadline)

  • John de Mol bows out of ITV (Deadline)

  • Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten... you know it was coming... (Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheel's in Miami, B (WPLG Miami)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 21 greatest British game shows (Joe)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Ferguson (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

posted 10/1/19

WEEKEND: Feud for Thought
ABC Holds Its Own Against NBC, NFL, Overruns
From The Futon Critic

NBC (17.610 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) hit a season high on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.274 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.593 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (18.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.8, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (20.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1).

CBS (9.575 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was silver draw with its own "NFL Overrun" (18.239 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.7, #3) followed by the season premieres of "60 Minutes" (12.941 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #5), "God Friended Me" (7.827 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.234 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) plus a repeat "Evil" (4.359 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #19).

Next up was ABC (4.589 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with the return of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.075 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), the season finale of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.415 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) alongside the season premieres of "Shark Tank" (3.818 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "The Rookie" (4.048 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.252 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (3.041 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Bob's Burgers" (2.633 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) alongside the season openers to "The Simpsons" (2.305 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (1.808 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.855 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Family Guy" (1.869 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.503 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its special "iHeartRadio Music Festival Greatest Moments" (0.496 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T20) and the season finale of "Mysteries Decoded" (0.509 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T20).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (SF/Discovery): 914k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Nick): 624k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 437k
- America Says (GSN): 369k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/30/19

Second "Stakeout"
Food Network Renews "Supermarket Stakeout"
From Cynopsis

Food Network has picked up a thirteen-episode second season of Supermarket Stakeout. In its freshman year, the show, which sets up pop-up kitchens outside local supermarkets, was seen by over 8 million viewers, a +12% growth for its timeslot versus year-ago for P25-54 and a +27% increase among millennial viewers.

Alex Guarnaschelli hosts as chefs square off in a competitive pop-up kitchen outside a grocery store. To make their challenge dishes, the chefs must size up shoppers as they exit the store and beg, borrow, and deal for their grocery bags.

Tenatively, season 2 will launch in early 2020.

Cynopsis

Releases

posted 9/30/19

Thanks... I Guess...
Food Network to Launch "Worst Cooks: Thanksgiving Redemption"
From the Futon Critic

Food Network and Cooking Channel are preparing for food's biggest holiday with a full slate of Thanksgiving-themed programming, including a live on-air event and first-ever, interactive Thanksgiving streaming event on the NEW Food Network Kitchen app, marking a 40% increase in Thanksgiving content compared to 2018. The November primetime lineup on Food Network includes: Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge, a four-episode competition hosted by Giada De Laurentiis premiering Sunday, November 3rd at 9pm ET/PT; Worst Cooks in America: Thanksgiving Redemption with Anne Burrell and Scott Conant on Sunday, November 10th at 10pm ET/PT; brand-new special Thanksgiving Pie Fight hosted by Sunny Anderson on Thursday, November 14th at 9pm ET/PT; a turkey-focused Good Eats one-hour special with Alton Brown on Sunday, November 17th at 8pm ET/PT and Macy's Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular with Maureen McCormick on Sunday, November 17th at 10pm ET/PT. On Friday, November 22nd at 9pm ET/6pm PT, Guy Fieri will host the first-ever, fully interactive LIVE Thanksgiving streaming event, Guy's Thanksgiving Hotline, on the Food Network Kitchen app, sharing recipes, tips and guidance for the biggest holiday of the year, and giving fans the chance to have their questions answered in real-time. In daytime, Food Network goes live on air on Saturday, November 23rd at 11am ET with special two-hour interactive event The Kitchen: Thanksgiving Live with The Kitchen co-hosts Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro and Geoffrey Zakarian, joined by Alton Brown. Immediately following The Kitchen: Thanksgiving Live, fans can join the hosts on the Food Network Kitchen app as they each go live sharing more great ideas on how to make this year's Thanksgiving the best it can be. On Cooking Channel, host Carla Hall discovers outrageous Turkey Day treats in primetime special Thanksgiving Grubdown on Monday, November 11th at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

"Food Network and Cooking Channel have Thanksgiving covered from every angle and this year we have packed the schedule, adding dynamic live and interactive content to really give viewers the experience, access and information they crave," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "From expert Thanksgiving feast recipes and family entertaining tips to edge-of-your-seat holiday themed competitions, spectacles, and live stunts, our programming and platforms are the ultimate destination leading up to the big day." .

The FUton Critic

posted 9/30/19

Take Off with Bradley & Holly
That's Literally the Name of the Show
From Beyond the Joke

Bradley Walsh and Holly Willoughby are to co-host a new family entertainment show, Take Off With Bradley And Holly, on BBC One this Christmas.

Made by Hungry Bear Media for BBC One, Take Off With Bradley And Holly will see the hosts giving lucky studio audience members the chance to win the trip of a lifetime to Lapland. This festive special will be jam packed with incredible surprises, a gaggle of games and much more leading up to a spectacular end of show finale.

Bradley Walsh says: "Holly and I are going to help people have a wonderful Christmas this year... and we're going to have a right laugh whilst we do it! I can't wait to cheer up the nation with Holly at my side. Bring. It. On". Holly Willoughby says: "This Christmas Brad and I are going to be on the telly, on a Saturday night, surprising the nation with Christmas gifts of all shapes and sizes. And I couldn't be happier! Christmas is without doubt my favourite time of year. Happy Christmas everyone!".

Kate Phillips Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, BBC, says: "We're thrilled to have Holly and Bradley fronting Take Off for BBC One. This one off special will see audience members compete for the trip of a lifetime, under the watchful eye of our fantastic, funny hosts". .

Beyond the Joke

Herald Publicist

posted 9/30/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Buzz to Beep"

  • Rylan Clark-Neal wants the BGT judges to play the Sweep (Telly Mix)

  • Jeff Foxworthy plays Bethlehem (The Morning Call)

  • FINALLY!!!! THE ROCK HAS COME BACK TO.... Fox? (Deadline)

posted 9/30/19

19 Wins And Good Night
Jason Zuffranieri Wins Over $500,000, Qualifies for TOC After Next
From the Wrap

Jason Zuffranieri's 19-game "Jeopardy!" winning streak was snapped on Thursday by researcher Gabe Brison-Trezise. Zuffranieri won a total of $532,496 across a total of 19 wins, ranking him among the upper echelon of "Jeopardy!" champs.

He currently holds the number-three spot on the list of all-time highest regular season winnings. It's a distant third, though, with "Jeopardy!" sensations James Holzhauer ($2,462,216 across 32 games earlier this year) and Ken Jennings ($2,520,700 across 74 games in 2004) both earning more than four times Zuffranieri during their winning streaks.

Zuffranieri is also tied for fourth place on the list of most consecutive wins with Season 22's David Madden. Only three players have won more: Julia Collins (20 games), Holzhauer (32 games), and Jennings (74 games).

"My mentality for 25 years was that I wasn't meant to be on the show for whatever reason: not smart enough, not camera-friendly, not interesting, whatever," Zuffranieri said in a statement. "To finally get a chance on that stage was a dream come true, and the level of good fortune I received is truly beyond anything I ever considered could happen."

The math teacher tried out a total of nine times before finally making it on the show for the syndicated game show's 36th season.

The Wrap

posted 9/27/19

THURSDAY: Football... and Everything Else
Fox Wins on TNF Debut
From The Futon Critic

FOX (12.710 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) overshadowed the competition on Thursday with its telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.081 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (13.236 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (4.663 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.461 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "A Million Little Things" (5.004 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.525 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Next up was CBS (5.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its debut lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "The Unicorn" (6.007 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mom" (6.224 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Carol's Second Act" (5.965 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Evil" (4.618 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.856 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the openers to "Superstore" (2.876 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Perfect Harmony" (2.601 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14), "The Good Place" (2.432 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Sunnyside" (1.794 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.715 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.578 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening the penultimate "The Outpost" (0.651 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and the season finale of "The Outpost" (0.506 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (S/Food): 965k
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10p (Food): 755k
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10:30p (Food): 748k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 500k
- America Says (GSN): 392k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 371k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/27/19

HBO Max Buys Into "Ellen's Home Design Challenge"
Fox Wins on TNF Debut
From TV Line

The Ellen DeGeneres Show gifted this Friday's audience members with a two-year HBO Max subscription — due to the fact that DeGeneres has teamed with the upcoming streaming service for three projects that have been ordered straight to series.

"I'm very excited to bring my new shows to HBO Max," DeGeneres said in a statement. "I don't know who Max is, but I can't wait to work with him."

One of the series DeGeneres has on tap for HBO Max, which launches in spring 2020, is Ellen's Home Design Challenge, in which eight forward-thinking designers are given the chance to push their creativity to the limit, all as DeGeneres weighs in on each challenge and provides humorous, colorful commentary.

"Some may be a stone's throw away …others may be in a tiny village halfway around the world…all of them are motivated to live up to Einstein's ideal of changing the world for the better," says the synopsis. "Ellen is a singular talent, and a powerhouse, creative triple-threat that we are lucky to have now bringing her talents to bear on behalf of HBO Max," HBO Max CCO Kevin Reilly said in a statement. "Ellen's flair for home design and matchmaking will most certainly inspire and delight — but HBO Max is full service, so as not to leave the kids out she's bringing them back to the hilarious misadventures of her childhood in an imaginative animated series."

TV Line

Deadline

posted 9/27/19

Taskmaster Heads to NZ
Adaptation to Air on TVNZ2
From Stuff

A local version of UK comedy game show Taskmaster will air on TVNZ 2 next year after the project was awarded NZ on Air funding.

Taskmaster was the only new comedy show to receive an NZ on Air grant for next year, although three series, Educators, Mean Mums and Golden Boy, have been awarded funding for second seasons. Taskmaster NZ will follow the format of the popular British show, which airs on Duke.

The show sees a comic host or "Taskmaster" challenge a panel of guests, usually comedians, to complete funny and strange "tasks."

Stuff

posted 9/27/19

Jennifer Hudson Gets Replaced... Again.
Meghan Trainor Goes to "The Voice UK" as Coach
From Deadline

Meghan Trainor is to replace Jennifer Hudson as a coach on the British version of The Voice. The All About The Bass singer, who was a judge on Fox's The Four alongside Sean Combs and DJ Khaled will star in ITV's The Voice UK alongside Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs. H

udson said that she had left the show as a result of "filming commitments". She is set to star in the film adaptation of Cats, which launches in December, and filming Aretha Franklin biopic Respect.

Emma Willis will be back to present the show, which is based on the John De Mol-created format. Filming commences in October with the series set to launch on ITV in the New Year.

Deadline

posted 9/27/19

First & Last for the BBC
Jason Manford to Host New Series
From Birmingham Live

Jason Manford is set to host new BBC game show First And Last.

He has welcomed the chance to create a show that drowns out the "tough" outside world.

The aim of the competition is to avoid earning either the most or the fewest points in each round.

Manford will present the new six-part series which will air on BBC One. Contestants on the show will have to navigate a range of rounds without coming either first or last, as they will be eliminated.

Birmingham Mail

ATV Today
Beyond the Joke

posted 9/27/19

God Save the Queens
Logo to Air "Drag Race UK" Stateside
From the Wrap

"RuPaul's Drag Race UK" will sashay its way across the pond for its U.S. television premiere just over a week after it debuts in the U.K.

The international spinoff series promises to "showcase the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of the top drag queens, from sickening lip syncs to wig snatching moments, as they prove to Mama Ru why they deserve to be the 'UK's Next Drag Superstar.'"

Its first episode will air Friday, Oct. 11 at 8/7c on Logo, following its Oct. 3 premiere in the UK on BBC Three iPlayer and in the U.S. via the WOW Presents Plus streaming service. For those wondering, yes, the series will be available to stream in America prior to its linear debut on Logo.

TV Line

The Wrap
Deadline
Goldderby

posted 9/27/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Ninja... TimTheTatman... Jordan?"

  • Jordan Fisher press play with Loaded (Deadline)

  • Cassie Randolph denies breakup, but isn't in a rush to get engaged. That... makes no sense (Reality TV World)

  • Mel B ... yeah, she said that (Digital Spy)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the newest "Ink Master" (WRBL Rochester)

posted 9/27/19

United States of Alesha
BGT Judge Joins Howie & Simon for "Champions" Season 2; Heidi Klum Returns
From the Wrap

"America's Got Talent" is switching up the judges' table for the second season of its "Champions" edition, bringing in Alesha Dixon to replace Mel B.

Dixon, a singer, songwriter and author, should feel right at home on "AGT.": She has served as a judge for the U.K. version of the talent competition series, "Britain's Got Talent," since 2012. The rest of the "AGT" judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — and host Terry Crews will all return.

"America's Got Talent: The Champions" brings together former winners, finalists and impossible-to-forget acts from previous seasons of "America's Got Talent," "Britain's Got Talent" and other "Got Talent" franchises from around the globe, to compete for the title of World Champion.

The first season averaged a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.4 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen, when counting seven days of DVR and on-demand delayed viewing.

TV Line

The Wrap
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 9/26/19

WEDNESDAY: No Match for "Masked"
Fox Wins on "Masked Singer" Premiere
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.898 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) surged to the top spot on Wednesday with the two-hour season premiere of "The Masked Singer" (7.898 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

Second place then went to CBS (5.260 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with the debut of "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.289 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) followed by the season finale of "Big Brother 21" (4.230 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Next up was NBC (7.052 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the season openers to "Chicago Med" (7.413 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Chicago Fire" (7.223 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (6.520 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.974 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its season premieres of "The Goldbergs" (4.484 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Schooled" (3.441 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Modern Family" (4.041 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Single Parents" (2.811 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Stumptown" (4.534 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.764 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and the season finale of "Hypnotize Me" (0.449 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) on The CW (0.607 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 866k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 694k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 604k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 465k
- America Says (GSN): 366k
.

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/26/19

More on "Rhythm+Flow"
Catch It on Netflix October 9
From TV Line

If you're looking for a nice, soothing, Norah Jones-ish singing competition to lull you to sleep… well, Rhythm + Flow ain't it, OK?

Netflix's new hip-hop competition series — debuting Wednesday, Oct. 9 on the streamer, with new episodes released on the following two Wednesdays as well — comes out of the gates strong, based on the new trailer above, with big names (Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and Tip "T.I." Harris serve as judges, with guest appearances from Quavo, Big Boi and Nipsey Hussle) and even bigger talent. We see the judges comb cities like L.A., New York, Atlanta and Chicago looking for diamonds in the rough, with the best contestants facing off in fierce head-to-head rap battles to win a spot in the final rounds.

Their desire is real ("I need this," one contender admits through tears), and the judges offer them some tough love along the way to help shape their sound. The show has a distinct edge to it, too: After one particularly combative rap battle, guest judge Snoop Dogg announces, "This ain't The Voice, mother******!"

TV Line

The Wrap

posted 9/25/19

TUESDAY: This Is A Split
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.391 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with night two of "The Voice" (8.236 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) followed by the season premieres of "This Is Us" (7.665 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (6.271 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

CBS (9.257 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the most-watched network with its openers to "NCIS" (12.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "FBI" (8.760 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Next up was ABC (4.239 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its debut lineup of "The Conners" (5.677 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (4.000 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Mixed-ish" (4.009 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Black-ish" (3.524 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Emergence" (4.111 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.671 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up the season premieres of "The Resident" (3.992 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Empire" (3.350 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

And finally, the penultimate weeks of "Pandora" (0.498 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.475 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.487 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
-
Ink Master (SF/Paramount): 647k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 414k
- America Says (GSN): 399k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/25/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "I'm In Miami"

  • Jennifer Lopez, Shakira to take the stage at the big game in February (TV Line)

  • Cassie Randolph denies breakup, but isn't in a rush to get engaged. That... makes no sense (Reality TV World)

  • Nick CAnnon gets his own talker (The Wrap)

  • MAsked Singer producers want to take on the world (The Wrap)

  • VIDEO WALL: Something horrible... and amazing... happened on "Supermarket Sweep" (The Sun)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Danny Dyer on "The Wall" (Herald Publicist)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the newest "Big Brother" champion (TV Line)

posted 9/24/19

SYNDIES: Week 1
Results for the Week Ending September 15
From the Wrap

Despite preemptions for football and coverage of Hurricane Dorian, entertainment magazines rose in the Labor Day holiday session ending Sept. 8 as shows aired tributes to the late Valerie Harper.

The Kelly Clarkson Show was the biggest first week of any first-run program launched in the last six years, with a 1.5 rating/5 share weighted metered market average for its primary runs. This included increases over year-ago time periods of 50% in New York, 86% in Los Angeles, 133% in Boston and 140% in San Francisco. Clarkson also climbed 25% on average in the advertiser-coveted women 25-54 age group. The show's strongest performance was in Nashville where it clocked a huge 5.7/16 at 9 a.m., taking the station's time period up 30% from last year.

Also generating plenty of positive ratings buzz, Tamron Hall notched a 1.2/4 weighted average in the overnights, the best first week of any syndicated talk show in five years other than Clarkson's. In addition, Tamron finished first or second in its time periods in six of the top 10 markets including year-over-year gains of 19% in New York, 43% in L.A., 44% in Philadelphia and Atlanta and 80% in Houston. The talker's highest numbers were a 2.8/7 in Memphis at 1 p.m., up 40% from its lead-in, and a 2.5/8 in West Palm Beach, Fla., at 10 a.m., up 38% over what Dr. Oz did in the same slot last year.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 +20% - Premiere Week
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3 +10% - PRemiere Week
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC - Premiere Week

TV Newscheck

B+C
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 9/24/19

MONDAY: Aaaaaaaand They're Off
Despite Soft Premiere, NBC Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.466 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) kicked off the 2019-20 season on top with the season premiere of "The Voice" (8.836 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) followed by the launch of "Bluff City Law" (4.727 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

FOX (5.568 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second among adults 18-49 with the return of "9-1-1" (6.956 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and the debut of "Prodigal Son" (4.180 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was ABC (6.620 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with week two of "Dancing with the Stars" (6.626 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) followed by the season opener to "The Good Doctor" (6.608 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.037 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its debut lineup of "The Neighborhood" (5.729 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.876 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "All Rise" (6.006 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Bull" (6.303 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.905 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.687 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.706 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.801 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking CHampionship (SP/Food): 1.171m
- Halloween Cake-Off (P/Food): 834k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 492k
- America Says (GSN): 292k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/24/19

WEEKEND: Pretty Much Football... and Everything Else
NBC Wins with SNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (13.852 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) cruised to another victory on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.738 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.925 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.915 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.8, #T2) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.247 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1).

CBS (7.878 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (17.722 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #T2) followed by "60 Minutes" (11.826 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T4), "Big Brother 21" (5.814 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.573 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Madam Secretary" (2.877 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was FOX (5.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with its presentation of "FOX's Live Emmy Red Carpet Arrivals" (6.022 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" (5.953 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7). Said numbers were well short of NBC's telecast last year, "The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards" (9.082 million viewers; adults 18-49: 2.1), on a Monday night.

Meanwhile, ABC (3.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.178 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), a new "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.944 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and the season finales of "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.512 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.763 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, The CW (0.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.698 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16), "Masters of Illusion" (0.558 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.447 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.076m
- Nick Cannon PResents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 250k
- Nick Cannon PResents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 237k

On cable Saturday...
- Family Restaurant Rivals (Food): 560k

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 806k .

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posted 9/24/19

Who Brought the Sauce?
Quibi Greenlights Dancing Competiton
From Deadline

Quibi has given a green light to The Sauce, a new traveling dance competition hosted by viral dance sensations Ayo & Teo, from Thalia Mavros' The Front.

In the series, viewers will follow best friends and brothers Ayo and Teo as they embark on an epic cross-country road trip in search of today's hottest dancers, spotlighting the diversity of dance culture in each new city. Per the official logline: "In this wild, face-to-face street competition, fresh teams in each new city will battle it out for a chance to prove they're the best in America. 10 Cities. 22 Teams. 1 Winner. Who will hold their own and show they got The Sauce?"

Casting for the series is under way. Submissions can be submitted in the link below.

Deadline

posted 9/24/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Not Enough Butter in the World"

  • You know why Paula Deen isn't on the Food Network anymore? $#*! LIKE THIS! (Yahoo!)

  • Barry Poznick promoted at MGM (Deadline)

  • Tyler Cameron swears he & Gigi HAdid are just friends. Sure. (Reality TV World)

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: "Is Big Brother rigged?" (CheatSheet)

  • Linda O'Leary (Kevin's wife) gets charged (Vice)

  • VIDEO WALL:
    No one: ....
    Absolutely no one: ....
    Cartoon Network: LET'S PUT SCOOBY DOO & TEEN TITANS GO! IN FAMILY FEUD! (YouTube)


  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jason Zuffranieri (Newsweek)

posted 9/24/19

It's Game Time Again on CBS!
"Let's Make a Deal", "Price Is Right" Return
From Broadway World

CBS, the #1-rated network in daytime for 32 years, today welcomed back the entire crop for new seasons.

"For more than three decades, CBS has been the undeniable audience favorite in daytime television," said Angelica McDaniel, former Executive Vice President, CBS Daytime Programs. "From our iconic and exciting game shows, to the intriguing and compelling storytelling of our daytime dramas, our award-winning programming makes a clear connection with viewers every weekday, 52 weeks each year. And this fall, with Marie Osmond joining THE TALK, we'll have an exciting, warm and authentic new face at the table. We look forward to having viewers join us every day on CBS for a season full of entertaining, real and unforgettable moments."

Monday, Sept. 23 marks the return of America's top-rated and longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, and the 11th season of LET'S MAKE A DEAL, featuring Daytime Emmy Award winning host Wayne Brady. Both Daytime Emmy Award-winning shows will be celebrating premiere week with incredible prizes.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT will surprise one winner each day with an exciting bonus prize, including a Tesla, a trip for 10 to the Bahamas, and, for the first time in the show's history, a contestant will have their cell phone bill, car payment and rent paid for an entire year!

LET'S MAKE A DEAL will also feature an entire week of Triptastic Deals! Each day, three lucky contestants will have the opportunity to win a trio of trips that will take them all over the world, with one taking home a Triptastic Deal of a lifetime at the end of every episode!

Network television's most-watched daytime program, entering its 48th season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 is averaging 4.43 million viewers, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 is averaging 5.03 million viewers. The series is produced by Fremantle and broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT). Evelyn Warfel is the executive producer.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 is averaging 2.79 million viewers, while LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 is averaging 3.20 million viewers. The show is produced by Fremantle and broadcast weekdays (check local listings). John Quinn is the executive producer..

Broadway World
TV Insider

posted 9/23/19

"Drag Race" Sashays Away with Another Emmy
That's Two in a Row for VH1 Favorite
From Deadline

RuPaul's Drag Race has sashayed to its second consecutive win for Outstanding Competition Program, and host RuPaul Charles got political as he accepted the award.

The VH1 reality competition series beat The Amazing Race, The Voice, Top Chef, Nailed It! and American Ninja Warrior. It already had made history for VH1, picking up the most noms in the Viacom network's history, and last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys, Charles picked up his fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program to tie Survivor's Jeff Probst for most wins in the category.

Charles, picking up the award alongside the producers of the World of Wonder-produced series, said that he was "so proud" of the format that shows "how fabulous" its contestants were.

After thanking the Academy voters, he also urged viewers to get involved in the 2020 presidential election. "Speaking of voting for love, go and register to vote," he added.

Season 11 of the show, which began airing in February, had a record-breaking 15 total contestants, whereas previous seasons typically stuck to 14. Michelle Visage returned as a main judge, while Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews returned as rotating main judges. This year's winner was Yvie Oddly, with Nina West winning Miss Congeniality.

Deadline
Deadline

posted 9/23/19

India Gets Its Own "Wall"
Tamil Language Version to Air on Vijay TV
From Telegraph Star

The Wall is an all-new game show which is on the verge of broadcast through Vijay TV. According to sources, the game show is said to be one of the massive game shows of the country. In addition to this, The Wall has heavy inspiration from the American TV game of 2016 that NBC broadcasts.

At first, the American counterpart had Chris Hardwick as its host. However, now Maverick Carter, LeBron James, and Andrew Glassman are the new producers of the series. In 2019, Vijay TV came up with an announcement of coming up with a Tamil language type of The Wall. The Tamil version will premiere soon by the end of 2019..

Telegraph Star

posted 9/23/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "J! Effect"

  • Michele Loud promoted to co-head writer (Instagram @Jeopardy), Alex Trebek trolls Michael Strahan (Twitter @NFLonFox), and yesterday he was the next James Holzhauer, today, he's the first Jason Zuffranieri (Vulture) PLUS secrets every fan should know (iDaily)

  • Witney Carson has a favorite (TV Insider)

  • Amanda Seales brings the funny... on her live game show tour (Deadline)

  • Dancing with the Stars to go on the longest tour ever (The Futon Critic)

  • Wayne Brady sings at a Concert for America for SiriusXM (Broadway World)

posted 9/23/19


Jacobs Media Strategies

CARL RUIZ: 1975-2019
"Food Network Star" & "Grocery Games" Judge
From Deadline

Food Network star and restaurateur Carl Ruiz died Saturday in his sleep of a suspected heart attack. He was 44 years old and his death was confirmed by his restaurant's Instagram page.

Ruiz opened a new restaurant, La Cubana, in New York City in June. The eatery specializes in authentic Cuban cuisine. The late chef appeared on the Food Network in multiple episodes of Guy Fieri's showcase Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and also was a frequent judge on the Guy's Grocery Games competition.

"I'm heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone," Fieri said on an Instagram post. "I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef. Over the years, I've met a lot of great people but a friend like Carl is one in a hundred million. Carl 'The Cuban' Ruiz will forever live on in my heart and in those of all who loved him."

Also mourning on social media was chef Jet Tila, who appeared on the shows Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen, as well as Guy's Grocery Games.

"You taught us how to enjoy every moment to the fullest and not live wondering what if! You are gone way too soon @carlruiz! I will always be #ruizing! You will be remembered by us all! #RIP my friend," he wrote. "Thank you @guyfieri for bringing Carl into all of our lives."

The Food Network chef Ben Ford added, "Our community lost a good one yesterday. Way too young RIP."

The La Cubana Instagram page said, "On behalf of the La Cubana family, with heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to share the passing of our beloved Executive Chef Carl Ruiz. No words can fully express our sadness at the sudden loss of our dear friend and brother.

"Beyond his immense culinary talent, Carl's larger-than-life personality never failed to entertain, enlighten, and uplift every person he encountered along his #Ruizing adventures. His fierce intellect and infectious humor knew no bounds. He was a mighty force of down home Cuban cuisine, and lived life to the fullest, just as he cooked—with "dancing always" as the most important ingredient. Here at La Cubana, Carl paid proud tribute to his Cuban roots each night, and it is here that Carl's legacy, undeniable spirit and passion for his culture will live on. We hope we make you proud, Carlito."

The Food Network has not yet issued a statement. There was no immediate information available on survivors or a memorial service..

Deadline
The Wrap
CNN
TMZ

posted 9/22/19

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "And Then There Were Four..."

  • Carson Daly is about to be a father of four! (Reality TV World)

  • Detroit Youth Choir gets an endowment from businesses (Deadline)

  • Nina West rips the red carpet in drag (Deadline)

  • Mark Labbett says he's bigger than the guys on Love Island.. He's not wrong (Metro)

  • ICYMI: Someone uses the H-word... (UPROXX)

posted 9/22/19

Seacrest In
"American Idol" Host to Return for Season 3
From The Futon Critic

Emmy(R) Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will keep tradition alive by returning as host of the iconic music competition series "American Idol," a role he's held since the inception of the franchise in 2002.

He reunites with previously announced music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as well as in-house mentor, Bobby Bones.

Since first stepping onto the "Idol" stage 17 years ago, Seacrest has become one of the most recognizable fixtures in pop culture and media, also serving as co-host and executive producer on ABC's top-rated, nationally syndicated "Live with Kelly and Ryan," as well as ABC's annual live show "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest."

Seacrest will also continue hosting and executive producing "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," his market-topping No. 1 nationally syndicated L.A. morning drive-time radio show for iHeartMedia's 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as a nationally syndicated Top 40 radio show from his iHeart studio at New York's ABC7, home of "Live."

"'American Idol' has been my home for 17 seasons and I can't wait to return to the stage," said Seacrest. "It's the greatest gift to be able to play a part in discovering new talent with a franchise that has been such a relevant part of American culture for so many years."

"We are delighted that our entire 'Idol' dream team will be reuniting for the upcoming season on ABC," said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. "Ryan has been hosting 'Idol' since the beginning, and the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the show after 17 seasons are remarkable. We can't wait to see what's in store as Ryan, our superstar judges and in-house mentor set out on their nationwide search for the next great music sensation."

"I'm thrilled that Ryan is returning to 'American Idol,'" said executive producer and showrunner Trish Kinane. "His passion for the show is evident, and we couldn't imagine searching for the next generation of superstars without him."

"Since the very beginning everyone who has ever stepped onto the 'American Idol' stage has done so with Ryan Seacrest's support and guidance," said executive producers Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman on behalf of Industrial Media's 19 Entertainment. "We are lucky to call him our partner and proud to call him our friend. We are thrilled that the next American Idol can rely on Ryan guiding them along their way to stardom." .

The Futon Critic
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 9/20/19

THURSDAY: When You Lose to a "Feud" Rerun...
ABC Wins with "Feud"
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.178 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.675 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and the two-hour special "The Last Days of Phil Hartman" (3.929 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (3.824 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.453 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "Young Sheldon" (4.556 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.406 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "FBI" (2.562 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8).

Likewise on top among adults 18-49 was FOX (3.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) with a primetime edition of "MLB on FOX" (3.058 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up its specials "Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event" (2.832 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7) and "The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place" (1.337 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.667 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Outpost" (1.254 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (1.111 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) followed by the season finale of "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.609 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rouned out the evening on The CW (1.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (History): 929k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 480k

- America Says (GSN): 474k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death - 10p (History): 447k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death - 11p (History): 318k .

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/20/19


Heavy

SUZANNE WHANG: 1962-2019
"House Hunters" Host Hosted "GSN Live"
From Deadline

Suzanne Whang, best known for her nine-year run as host of HGTV's House Hunters, died Tuesday following a long battle with breast cancer. She was 56.

Her partner Jeff Vezain shared news of her death Thursday on Facebook. "For thirteen years she confronted cancer with courage, humor, determination and optimism," Vezain said in the post. "She was immensely encouraged by the love of her family, friends and those she had yet to meet." Vezain said he was by her side when she died Tuesday night at their Los Angeles home.

Whang hosted HGTV's House Hunters for nine years, from 1999 to 2007. The network released a statement following news of her death. "Suzanne was warm, funny and kind with a distinctive voice that made everyone feel at home. Our HGTV family mourns her loss and wishes to express deepest condolences to her friends, fans and family who knew and loved her," the statement said.

Whang also was known for her recurring role as Polly the spa manager on NBC's drama Las Vegas.

She made her television debut as a Road Warrior (remote correspondent) on FX's two-hour morning show Breakfast Time in the 1990s, and later co-hosted the network's Pet Department.

In 2002, Whang won the Best Up & Coming Comedian Award at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, for her controversial alter ego character, Sung Hee Park.

Her other recent television credits include guest-starring roles on For The People, The Mick, Now We're Talking and Kingdom. She most recently appeared as Sabrina in the short film Mr. Right Now and as Dr. Wong in the 2017 feature Til Death Do Us Part.

Whang was also a recurring host of GSN Live.

Deadline
Deadline
The Wrap
Heavy

posted 9/20/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Both Sides Now III"

  • Not only have Connor & Whitney split... they've broken up! (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: WWE invades 25 Words or Less (411Mania)

  • Alex Trebek: an appreciation (Mic)

posted 9/20/19

Catch a Ride This October
Bravo Sets a Date for "Cash Cab" Return
From The Futon Critic

Bravo is reviving the Emmy Award-winning gameshow "Cash Cab" from Lion Television, an All3Media company, and bringing back host and comedian Ben Bailey. New Yorkers and tourists alike have pined for a chance to test their knowledge and win money in the iconic Cash Cab. Now, they may get a chance, and this time with a Bravo twist. In this series reboot, the questions will include more for lovers of pop culture and even a few appearances from Bravolebrities.

Each episode will feature two to three games, and much like the original series it will all start the second the contestant enters the Cash Cab. If the passenger can answer enough questions correctly before making it to their destination, they'll win big bucks. However, three wrong answers and they're kicked out of the Cash Cab and back on the street. Along the way they'll get two shout-outs - one on social media and the other via a street shout out - where the contestant can pull over and ask a stranger for help. Passengers who successfully make it to their destination can simply walk away with their money or they can play a double or nothing video bonus round, either going home incredibly happy or with nothing at all. .

The Futon Critic
VAriety

posted 9/19/19

WEDNESDAY: On Top
"AGT" Wins the Night for NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.560 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to the two-hour season finale of "America's Got Talent" (10.081 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "A Little Late with Lilly Singh: The Primetime Special" (2.518 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

FOX (3.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with the penultimate "MasterChef" (3.033 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and the season finale of "MasterChef" (3.235 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (3.182 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.299 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.377 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "SWAT" (2.870 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.141 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its second run lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.671 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Schooled" (2.096 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Modern Family" (1.994 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Single Parents" (1.570 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.258 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, a repeat "Mysteries Decoded" (0.641 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a new "Hypnotize Me" (0.434 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.538 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 833k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 718k

- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 675k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 481k
- America Says (GSN): 447k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/19/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Both Sides Now II"

posted 9/19/19

On the Wings of Love
Pilot Peter Weber Named the New "Bachelor"
From TV Line

"Pilot Pete" is coming in for a landing. Destination? One lucky lady's heart.

During Tuesday's Bachelor in Paradise finale, ABC confirmed weeks of speculation that The Bachelor Season 24 will be headlined by Bachelorette Hannah's second runner-up, aka Peter Weber, a Delta Airlines pilot from California.

"I feel so grateful right now just to have this opportunity," Weber said in a brief appearance on the finale. "This is life-changing."

The aging Bachelor series is coming off a rare season in which its numbers improved on the previous cycle. Season 23: Colton averaged 6.6 million total viewers and a 1.9 demo rating, up a tick from Arie's Season 22 numbers. Similarly, the Season 22 finale (8.2 mil/2.2) drew a larger audience that its predecessor's (7.9 mil/2.2).

The Bachelor returns for Season 24 — piloted by Peter — in January on ABC.

TV Line
Reality TV World
The Wrap

posted 9/18/19

TUESDAY: The Winner Takes It All
NBC, ABC Tie in Demos, NBC Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.689 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was still the most-watched network on Tuesday with the penultimate "America's Got Talent" (9.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and the season finale of "Bring the Funny" (3.608 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

ABC (4.392 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its expanded season finale of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.392 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.808 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its repeat trio of "NCIS" (5.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (4.690 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.173 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.543 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "The Resident" (1.422 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) and "9-1-1" (1.663 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7).

And finally, originals from "Pandora" (0.689 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.681 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9) on The CW (0.685 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 757k
- Supermarket Stakeout (SF/Food): 659k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 547k
- America Says (GSN): 477k
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1): 359k.

The Futon Critic
RSHowbuzz Daily

posted 9/18/19

Small Fortune, Big Deal
"Battle of the Bands" COming in Germany
From Deadline

Youngest Media, the British producer NBC's forthcoming non-scripted series Small Fortune, is launching a German division and has set up a new competition format.

The company, set up by former Endemol Shine execs Lucas Church and David Flynn, has sold Battle of the Bands (w/t) to RTL. The show will see two bands, one made up of women and the other comprising men, living, flirting and competing under one roof. The bands will go head to head in weekly battles. The series will run for six weeks on RTL II and launch in 2020.

It will be taken out internationally at Mipcom.

Former All3Media exec Mark Stehli becomes Managing Director of the German division with Flynn and Christoph Oldenburg exec producing the series.

Church and Flynn recently scored a six-episode run with NBC for Small Fortune, which aired on ITV in the UK earlier this year, and produce series including dating format Game of Clones and BBC Three reality series HouseShare.

Deadline

posted 9/18/19


The Scotsman

PHYLLIS NEWMAN: 1933-2019
Broadway Legend Played Games
From Extra

Broadway musical legend Phyllis Newman died at 86 on Sunday, Broadway World reports.

Born March 19, 1933, in Jersey City, New Jersey, she performed as a child ahead of a 1952 Broadway debut in "Wish You Were Here." She also appeared in "Bells Are Ringing" (1956), "Pleasures and Palaces" (1965), "The Apple Tree" (1966), "On the Town" (1971), "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" (1971), "Awake and Sing!" (1984), and "Broadway Bound" (1986), along with many off-Broadway shows. In 1979, she starred in the one-woman show "The Madwoman of Central Park West," a collaboration with the late Arthur Laurents.

For her celebrated performance in the comic musical "Subways Are for Sleeping" (1961), in which she appeared wearing only a towel, Newman won the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She had the distinction of beating Barbra Streisand, who was nominated in the same category for her work in "I Can Get It for You Wholesale." Newman was nominated for a Tony a second time, for "Broadway Bound," and was twice nominated for Drama Desk Awards.

In film, Newman appeared in "Picnic" (1955), "Mannequin" (1987), "Only You" (1994), "The Beautician and the Beast" (1997), her final feature "The Human Stain" (2003), and others.

On TV from 1955, she appeared on the early drama "Decoy" (1957 & 1958), and was a series regular on "Diagnosis: Unknown" (1960), "Coming of Age" (1988-1989), and "100 Center Street" (2001-2002). A popular presence on TV game shows in the '60s and '70s including What's My Line, Password, and To Tell the Truth, she was a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show" when Johnny Carson was host.

Newman's final acting on TV came on an episode of "The Jury" (2004), and her last on-screen acting job was in the short "Everyone's Depressed" (2005).

In 1995, she founded the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of the Actors Fund of America, hosting annual "Nothing Like a Dame" galas. It is estimated she raised $3.5 million to help women in the entertainment industry, a feat that earned her the 2009 Isabelle Stevenson Award, a special Tony.

Newman was married to legendary lyricist and playwright Adolph Green, who with Betty Comden created some of the most beloved songs of all time, from 1960 until his death in 2002.

She wrote about their lives together, her battle with breast cancer, and her remarkable career in her memoir "Just in Time: Notes from My Life" (1988). She later toured on the lecture circuit with a presentation adapted from the book.

She is survived by her daughter, actress-singer-songwriter Amanda Green, and by her son, journalist Adam Green.

Extra
The New York Times

posted 9/18/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Both Sides Now"

  • Clay & Nicole break up (Reality TV World) while two women make "Bachelor Nation" history (CNN)

  • Anneka Rice out on "Strictly" injury (AOL)

  • VIDEO WALL: what would you do if you won the big money? (Yahoo!)

posted 9/18/19


Sony Pictures TV

NBC Orders Season 2 of "Titan Games"
Dwayne Johnson Begins Search for the Next Titans Next Season
From the Wrap

NBC has renewed "The Titan Games" for a second season.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosts and executive produces the sports competition series, which features contestants squaring off in tests of physical endurance designed by Johnson himself.

The network also revealed that Johnson will be making a special appearance in Monday night's finale of "American Ninja Warrior" at 8 p.m., with a special message about "The Titan Games."

"When we launched 'The Titan Games,' we set out to create an entirely new athletic competition series unlike anything ever done before," said Johnson. "I'm excited to get back into the Titan arena and meet our new group of tough, limitless, and inspirational men and women from all walks of life. They will be tested mentally and physically at the highest level, going head-to-head in our diabolical and insane challenges. Season one was epic and our Titans pushed all boundaries, so for season two we are taking it to the next level with new challenges, a new arena setting and an incredible set of competitors."

The first season of the series wrapped up in February, with winners James Jean-Louis and Charity Witt taking home $100,000 and the bragging rights that come with being crowned the season's Titans.

"The Titan Games" is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Seven Bucks Productions. Dwayne Johnson, Arthur Smith, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Anthony Storm executive produce.

The Wrap

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 9/17/19

SYNDIES: Week Zero
Results for the Week Ending September 8
From the Wrap

Despite preemptions for football and coverage of Hurricane Dorian, entertainment magazines rose in the Labor Day holiday session ending Sept. 8 as shows aired tributes to the late Valerie Harper.

The Kelly Clarkson Show was the biggest first week of any first-run program launched in the last six years, with a 1.5 rating/5 share weighted metered market average for its primary runs. This included increases over year-ago time periods of 50% in New York, 86% in Los Angeles, 133% in Boston and 140% in San Francisco. Clarkson also climbed 25% on average in the advertiser-coveted women 25-54 age group. The show's strongest performance was in Nashville where it clocked a huge 5.7/16 at 9 a.m., taking the station's time period up 30% from last year. Also generating plenty of positive ratings buzz, Tamron Hall notched a 1.2/4 weighted average in the overnights, the best first week of any syndicated talk show in five years other than Clarkson's. In addition, Tamron finished first or second in its time periods in six of the top 10 markets including year-over-year gains of 19% in New York, 43% in L.A., 44% in Philadelphia and Atlanta and 80% in Houston. The talker's highest numbers were a 2.8/7 in Memphis at 1 p.m., up 40% from its lead-in, and a 2.5/8 in West Palm Beach, Fla., at 10 a.m., up 38% over what Dr. Oz did in the same slot last year.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.8 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.6 +5%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3** -7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 9/17/19

MONDAY: Let's Dance
A Draw Begins Week Zero
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.392 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to the season finale of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.389 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and the special "The 2019 NBC Primetime Preview Show" (2.399 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

ABC (6.160 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (7.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) plus the special "Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift" (2.489 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was CBS (3.475 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its all-repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.418 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "The Big Bang Theory" (3.306 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Bull" (3.024 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and another "Bull" (4.039 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.894 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up the season finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.894 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.005 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.030 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.984 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.975 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

On cable Friday...
- Kids Baking Championship (SF/Food): 982k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 452k
- America Says (GSN): 371k

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posted 9/17/19

WEEKEND: Drrrrrrrrrrrop!
CBS' "Big Brother" Can't Compete Against Football
From the Futon Critic

NBC (13.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its NFL mix of "Football Night in America #1" (4.982 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (7.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (14.256 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.5, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.873 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1).

FOX (6.576 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (15.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2), "The OT" (10.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4) and "The Masked Singer: Super Sneak Peek" (4.581 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) plus repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.239 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.730 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Next up was CBS (4.676 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "60 Minutes" (7.778 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Big Brother 21" (4.865 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.019 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.043 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its mainstays of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.732 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.713 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.909 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.086 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

And finally, The CW (0.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its two-hour special "Warigami" (0.442 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 687k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 310k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 265k

On cable Saturday...
- Family Restaurant Rivals (Food): 563k

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 860k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 429k
- America Says (GSN): 371k

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posted 9/17/19

"Drag Race" Heads to Pluto
24/7 Channel to Launch
From the Wrap

Viacom continues to deepen its relationship with Pluto TV, with the free streaming service adding 7 new channels dedicated to shows from its parent company's archives, including "Love & Hip Hop" and "RuPaul's Drag Race," it announced on Tuesday.

The new, 24/7 channels are available to stream immediately. The full slate includes channels dedicated to five VH1 series — "Unscripted," "Hip Hop Family," "Love & Hip Hop," "Black Ink Crew" and "RuPaul's Drag Race "– and two BET shows in "Her" and "Homecoming."

"We have been making a concerted effort to grow and diversify our content offerings to better serve cultural audiences with content that they know, love, and relate to," Amy Kuessner, SVP of content partnerships at Pluto TV, said in a statement. "Following our recent launch of Pluto TV Latino, this new slate from Viacom delivers a front row seat to the multi-faceted, artisanal talents and family dynamics of visionaries stemming from African American and LGBTQ communities. It is guaranteed entertainment for wide-ranging audiences with programming that offers boundless exploration into art, music fashion with a healthy dose of drama, intrigue, Divas and Drag Queens."

The Wrap

posted 9/17/19

Circle Back
C4 Social Media Contest to Launch September 24
From BlastingNews

After the success of last year's series, the hit social media gameshow is finally returning to our screens. However, there are a few changes to this year's show; 'The second series is getting a bit of an overhaul as Emma Willis steps in as host' writes DigitalSpy.

The news was broken in a recent trailer for "The Circle" that saw Willis constantly changing her image as she announced the series return. The show will also see a new batch of 'Players' enter the luxury apartments though we are unlikely to meet them until the show's premiere on Tuesday 24th September. After a successful first series, it is easy to speculate whether this year's Players will stay true to themselves or decided to Catfish their fellow Players via the power of social media.

The Players live in one building though they're kept segregated from each other in their own individual apartments, only able to communicate through social media whether it be through group chats, private messages, or a series of games created by Channel 4.

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posted 9/17/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Bold & the Benefits"

  • Kyra Green to guest on "The Bold & the Beautiful" (Monsters & Critics)

  • ABC brings "Cast from the Past" (The Futon Critic)

  • NBC unleashes Peacock (The Futon Critic) ... and reunites Mario Lopez & Elizabeth Berkley (TV Line) (PS: Zack Morris is still trash)

  • Counting down Nick Hewer's money (Reality Titbit)

  • Shaquille O'Neal to develop games with Back Roads (Deadline)

  • David Goodman re-elected WGA president... expect standoff to continue (The Wrap)

posted 9/17/19

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
"Jeopardy!", "Wheel" Among Syndicated Premieres
From the Hollywood Reporter

Our (three-month) long national nightmare is over... and it's time to get back to work. Three syndicated game shows and one app are celebrating new seasons today.

After several fallow years, the first-run syndication market is poised for a shot of adrenaline in 2019. The next two weeks will bring more national launches — seven — than any year since 2011, when Oprah Winfrey still had her daytime show.

Three talk shows — fronted by music star and The Voice judge Kelly Clarkson, former NBC News anchor Tamron Hall and best-selling author and speaker Mel Robbins — two game shows and two court shows, one starring Jerry Springer, are on tap. They're debuting in a time where linear ratings for broadcast shows are on the wane, and in a crowded field: There are more than 40 first-run syndicated shows set to air in 2019-20.

The syndication market also tends to heavily favor long-running shows: Of the 10 most watched first-run syndicated shows last season, only one, court show Hot Bench, has been on the air for less than 15 years (it debuted in 2014).

The people behind the shows told The Hollywood Reporter they're optimistic about their chances to make a dent in a landscape that hasn't been very hospitable to new series in recent years.

Highlights...
- FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK (season 3, today): On the panel for the first week of shows in the new season are Jon Lovitz, Sherri Shepherd, Louie Anderson, Byron Allen, Jodi Miller, and Jamie Kennedy
- JEOPARDY! (season 36, today): after six weeks of reruns, Jason Zuffranieri returns to defend his title and add to his $137,300 in the first episodes taped since Alex Trebek's cancer diagnosis fight began.
- WHEEL OF FORTUNE (season 37, today): The new year begins with Teachers Week and a big change: no more 1/2 Cars on the Wheel, and a new twist - a Triple Toss-up.
- HQ TRIVIA (season 6): It's Back to School on the granddaddy of 'em all. Levels and points are reset as the app continues to experiment with new game types and offer new prizes - including rewards based on how long you've been playing. Everyone will be sorted into a "class" - freshman through seniors - and the "class" with the most points at the end of the week gets "special prizes". There's also a prize for "perfect attendance"- playing every game. . Meanwhile, on HQ Sports, winners will be automatically entered into an All-Star Game to be held at the end of the season. Additionally, anyone who correctly answers Question 8 will also be invited to participate.
- 25 WORDS OR LESS (September 16): After a three-week trial run on nine Fox-owned stations in 2018, the Meredith Vieira-hosted show (produced by Dino Bones Productions) is going national with clearances in more than 90 percent of the country. Stephen Brown, executive vp programming and development at Fox TV Stations, said the tryout helped make the case for the show's wider launch. The week ends with Apollo Crews "and a ton of WWE Superstars".
- AMERICA SAYS (September 16): A syndicated rebroadcast of the Game Show Network's primetime original, America Says was a late addition to the syndicated pool this season with a deal struck in June. Host John Michael Higgins presides over both versions of the show, which will feature the same gameplay and stakes.
- FAMILY FEUD (September 16): No big changes planned for syndication's #1 game show, but Fremantle is going to take it on the road as a live tour.


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posted 9/16/19

11th Hour Replacement
Christie Brinkley Replaced by Daughter Sailor Ahead of Premiere
From Deadline

Dancing with the Stars has not waltzed into a good start after Christie Brinkley was forced to exit from the show after breaking her arm during rehearsals.

However, good news for Brinkley fans is that she has been replaced by her daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, a Sports Illustrated model.

Brinkley's injury comes as the show is set to debut on ABC tonight at 8 pm.

"Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on Dancing with the Stars this season," said a punning Christie Brinkley. "Sailor joined the cast when I got mine … ouch somebody stop me, it hurts to laugh."

An ABC spokeswomen said, "While rehearsing for the premiere of Dancing with the Stars, Christie Brinkley suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm. She is unable to continue her planned participation on the show. Keeping it all in the family, her daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook, has chosen to quickly step in with hours to learn the entire routine and will compete in her mother's place for the remainder of the season. We wish Christie a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her in the audience, whenever possible, proudly supporting Sailor."

Brinkley-Cook will be joined in the 28th season of the reality competition series by Sean Spicer, The Office's Kate Flannery, James Van Der Beek, ex-Supreme Mary Wilson, NBA champ Lamar Odom and The Bachelorette's Hannah Brown.

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posted 9/16/19

Tay-Tay Comes Back-Back to the Voice-Voice
"You Need to Calm Down" Singer to Act as "Mega-Mentor"
From the Futon Critic

Ten-time Grammy Award winner and record-breaking global pop icon Taylor Swift will serve as the Mega Mentor on Season 17 of NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."

Coaches John Legend and Blake Shelton made the announcement on Instagram and Twitter today.

As "The Voice" Mega Mentor, Taylor will join coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani to mentor the artists and prepare each team for the Knockout Rounds, which will begin airing in late October.

During the Knockout Rounds, the artists will be paired with a teammate and select their own songs to perform individually.

Taylor will be on hand to work with all four coaches and their teams to provide feedback, suggestions and praise as the artists prepare for their performance. The coaches alone will choose the winner, and the artist not selected will be available to be stolen by another coach. They are vying for their coach's confidence and decision to take them to the final and crucial round before the Live Performance Shows, the Live Playoffs.

This season each coach will only have one steal in the Knockout Rounds, making the stakes higher than ever for the artists. Taylor previously served as the Mega Mentor on Season 7 of "The Voice." She also performed her chart-topping single "ME!" ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco on the Season 16 finale of "The Voice" earlier this year.

"The Voice" premieres Monday, Sept. 23 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. .

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posted 9/16/19

What's Better Than One Vs. an Obstacle Course? How About Two?
Paramount Greenlights "Battle of the Fittest Couples"
From the Futon Critic

This fall, swolemates bring the heat to Paramount Network when the all-new competition series, Battle of the Fittest Couples premieres on Tuesday, October 15 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Battle of the Fittest Couples takes ripped couples and puts them through an intense competition that not only tests them on their physical and mental toughness, but how they work together as a team.

Hosted by real life couple, former Bachelorette, JoJo Fletcher and former NFL Quarterback Jordan Rodgers these two are no strangers to the competition world.

"We are so excited to be hosting, Battle of the Fittest Couples! We love working out as a couple, through doing so, we have learned so much about each other, and it has strengthened our relationship," says JoJo Fletcher. "Not only is this a physical competition, but it's about partnership and our goal is to have every couple leave this competition stronger both emotionally and physically," says Jordan Rodgers.

In Battle of the Fittest Couples, 12 of the toughest and most competitive couples battle their way through grueling, physical and mental main event challenges that will put every ounce of their athleticism to the test. The losing couple is automatically put up for elimination and the winning couple gets to call the shots on choosing another couple to send with them into the "Rage Cage." The ruthless rivals will then battle it out in a head-to-head brawl where one team will prevail and the other, sent home.

Through every episode, physical limits are pushed, alliances are made, and relationships are tested. In the end only one couple will win $100,000 and be named "Fittest Couple." .

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posted 9/16/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Our House... "

  • Big Brother at 20: a history (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: How does one pronounced "genre"? (AV Club)

  • Alec Baldwin was roasted... here are some of the best zingers. (TV Line)

  • The Masked Singer offers a set of clues. Why? (TV Line)

  • Shaquille O'Neal to develop games with Back Roads (Deadline)

  • David Goodman re-elected WGA president... expect standoff to continue (The Wrap)

posted 9/16/19

EMMYS: RuPaul Collects Another One
"Drag Race" Host Wins 4th Trophy
From the Wrap

RuPaul's win at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, which were handed out on Saturday night in downtown Los Angeles, tied him with "Survivor" host Jeff Probst for most wins ever in the category — each has four.

RuPaul said backstage that he was so excited, he had no words to express his happiness. "I don't know how I feel because my brain is not connected to any other part of my body right now," he joked.

He also explained how he chose his outfit for the night — a smart black suit and purple pussy bow. "I wanted to do a pussy bow because I love a pussy bow. … especially the fact that I get to say pussy bow." Then he kept saying "pussy bow."

Probst won the first four awards from 2008-2011 for hosting "Survivor," and RuPaul has won the last four for "RuPaul's Drag Race," for the last four years.

In between them, Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night") has won twice, Tom Bergeron ("Dancing With the Stars") once, and Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn ("Project Runway") once. RuPaul beat out Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Maria Kondo, and James Corden on Saturday.

"Drag Race" also took home trophies for costuming and hairstyling.

Elsewhere, James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool" beat Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce to win the Emmy for pre-recorded variety special.

"Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'" won the award for live variety special, making the 97-year-old Lear the oldest winner in Emmy history.

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posted 9/15/19

THURSDAY: Nothing Fun Happened
ABC Wins with Debate Coverage
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.220 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) got a boost on Thursday thanks to its primetime coverage of the "ABC News Democratic Candidates Debate" (11.220 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

CBS (3.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then had to settle for second with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.501 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), another "Young Sheldon" (4.219 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Big Brother 21" (4.578 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "FBI" (2.663 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.028 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and a special edition of "MLB on FOX" (2.028 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.656 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "Superstore" (2.042 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), another "Superstore" (1.587 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "The Good Place" (1.392 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), another "The Good Place" (1.164 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.877 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "The Outpost" (0.725 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.593 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) plus a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.471 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.628 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food)l 697k
- America Says (GSN): 503k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 423k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 376k

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posted 9/15/19

HBO Max Greenlights Two
New Streamer to Air "Legendary", "The Greatest Space"
From The Futon Critic

Making its first move into the key unscripted space, HBO Max, the upcoming direct-to-consumer offering from WarnerMedia set to launch in the spring of 2020, has ordered two original unscripted series, Legendary and The Greatest Space (working title) straight to series.

Legendary will be serving up 10 episodes of all body and face, with no shade. In this show, divas will battle on voguing teams called "houses," with the chance to win a cash prize in ballsy fashion and dance challenges to ultimately achieve "Legendary" status. Voguing is a competitive style of modern dance featuring over-the-top fashion and choreography based on poses struck by models on a catwalk. Legendary will feature 10 voguing "houses," each comprised of five performers and a leader - the house "parent." The teams rotate in a round-robin format, and each episode documents a themed ball from start to finish. They Walk. They Serve. They Live to Slay.

The Greatest Space (wt), a 10-episode epic design competition show, will feature interior designers traveling around the world to transform an eclectic mix of empty rooms into spectacular spaces. In each one-hour episode, pairs of professional designers will head out on a country-hopping adventure, traveling to a new city in search of their canvas. Along the way, challenges will force them to lift directly from some of the most glamorous, audacious and ambitious rooms all around the world. From ballrooms to bedrooms to treehouses and everything in between, competitors battle to win the judges' favor. High stakes, surprises, language barriers and exotic locales await these designers, along with unpredictable eliminations. But, if they can hold on, the dwindling designers will gain access to larger, more surprising and more imaginative spaces, in pursuit of a substantial cash prize.

"Unscripted programming will be an incredibly important component of our HBO Max originals, and this is just the beginning of our venture into this space. These two initial shows will transport audiences to underground worlds and take them on visually stunning, exotic adventures, equaled only by the compelling stories of each contestant," said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. "We couldn't have more accomplished teams behind both of these shows. From the innovative and award-winning storytellers at both Scout and Bertram van Munster's New Media Collective, we are reimagining the unscripted competition genre."

The Futon Critic

posted 9/15/19

Pilot of the Day
Gary Lineker Hosts "Sitting on a Fortune" for ITV
From TBI

ITV has ordered a quiz show pilot featuring BBC Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker.

The former footballer and broadcaster is fronting quiz show Sitting On A Fortune, where a contestant can win a life-changing amount of money in each episode. The show is produced by ITV Studios-owned 5 Gold Rings and Catchpoint producer Possessed.

The format sees six contestants answering tough questions while sat in different positions. Only those who answer correctly and are in the right place at the right time will win the cash.

TBI

posted 9/15/19


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EDDIE MONEY: 1949-2019
Rock Star's "Two Tickets To Paradise" Used as Theme to "Paradise Hotel"
From The Wrap

Musician Eddie Money died Friday following a battle with Stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was 70.

TMZ reports that the singer died from complications associated with his heart valve procedure from a few months ago.

"The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning," Money's family said in a statement to TheWrap Friday. "It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music."

AXS TV, the cable network that carries Money's reality show, "Real Money," said in its own statement later Friday: "We are incredibly saddened to hear that Eddie Money passed away. Our thoughts are with Laurie, Jesse, Dez, Joe, Julian and Zach at this time."

The channel says "to honor Eddie Money's life and legacy" it will continue to air the final five episodes of "Real Money" on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. It's also set a tribute to Money for this and, starting at 8:30 a.m. ET, will air "Eddie Money: The Real Money Concert," "Real Money" and his sit-down interview with Dan Rather on "The Big Interview."

"Eddie Money was the very definition of a rock n' roll icon, and one of the industry's finest entertainers," said Len Asper, Anthem Sports and Entertainment Founder and CEO, Friday. "We are honored to be able to play a part in keeping his legacy alive, giving viewers a glimpse at the man behind the music on 'Real Money'–showing the world the unmatched charm and charisma that made Eddie such an incredible husband, father, and showman. He will deeply missed."

"We are deeply saddened that we have lost the incomparable Eddie Money. Eddie was a true American original and a rock legend through and through," said Mark Cuban, founder of AXS TV. "His enduring hits have been the soundtrack for generations of fans, and his one-of-a-kind sense of humor endeared him instantly to everyone he met. We have sincerely enjoyed working with him and his entire talented family on his reality show 'Real Money', and we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Laurie; their children Zach, Jesse, Joe, Dez and Julian; and his many friends during this difficult time. He will be missed immensely by all of those who knew and loved him. But, if we know Eddie, he's rocking right now in heaven, doing what he always loved."

Money, whose real name was Edward Mahoney, burst on the music stage in the late '70s when he charted with singles "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise", which was used as the theme music to the many short-lived versions of Fox's "Paradise Hotel".

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posted 9/15/19

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Thingamajig"

  • The Masked Singer may be harder to follow along with this year (CheatSheet)

  • James Corden has real time with Bill Maher's fat shaming take (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Meredith Vieira (CheatSheet)

posted 9/15/19

WEDNESDAY: Pre-Finale Dead Heat
"AGT", "MasterChef" Tie It Up for NBC, Fox
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.822 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (8.436 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and the season finales of "Songland" (3.847 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.182 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

FOX (2.573 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a new "MasterChef" (3.233 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and the season finale of "BH90210" (1.913 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Next up was CBS (3.405 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.553 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.755 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "SWAT" (2.907 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.150 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) again opted for an all-repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.909 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6), "Schooled" (2.111 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.027 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Single Parents" (1.590 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, the season finale of "Bulletproof" (0.604 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) and a new "Hypnotize Me" (0.571 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.587 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 839k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 746k
- America Says (GSN): 404k

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posted 9/12/19

C4 Picks Up BBC's "Throw Down"
Network Renews "The Great Pottery Throw Down" from "British Baking Show" Producers
From Deadline

Channel 4 has said it is bringing back Love Productions format The Great Pottery Throw Down after it was canceled by the BBC last year.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman told Deadline that The Great Pottery Throw Down will broadcast next year on both its main channel and More4.

Casting is already well underway, while the hosting line-up is close to being finalized.

Love Productions, which is 70% owned by Comcast's Sky, also makes The Great British Bake Off for Channel 4. Season 10 is currently broadcasting in the UK, while the bakery competition is also being shown on Netflix in the U.S. as The Great British Baking Show.

The Great Pottery Throw Down previously broadcast for two seasons on BBC2, where it was hosted by Sara Cox and built a loyal audience. So much so, more than 30,000 signed a petition urging the BBC to rethink its decision to cancel the series.

The Great Pottery Throw Down was similar to The Great British Bake Off in that it followed a group of pottery amateurs as they competed over a number of weeks to be crowned the country's top potter. Along the way, they made things like fine bone china tea sets and chandeliers from a set in Stoke-on-Trent, which is famous for its pottery industry.

Relations between the BBC and Love Productions have been fractious in recent years. Love moved The Great British Bake Off from the BBC to Channel 4 in acrimonious circumstances in September 2016 as part of a £75M ($92M) deal. It followed the producer taking legal action against the BBC in 2014, when it complained that the broadcaster copied the idea for The Great British Bake Off with BBC3 show Hair, which was made by BBC Studios. The matter was settled out of court.

Deadline

posted 9/12/19

Jeopardy! on the Road
Drivetime Teams with Sony
From Uproxx

Jeopardy! fans are already forced to imagine a world where the legendary game show someday doesn't have Alex Trebek to host it. But now if you can't smart your way onto the real show's stage as a contestant, you can at least play a version of Jeopardy! in your car.

On Monday, in-car entertainment app Drivetime announced it will bring Jeopardy! to its app and let players test their knowledge for themselves.

The Drivetime app itself is free, but premium subscribers get a new episode every day that's hosted by Trebek himself. The subscription for Drivetime is $10 a month, but the company offers other content, including other trivia games.

According to Venture Beat, Drivetime raised $11 million to expand their app, including the partnership with Jeopardy! to bring the trivia game to vehicles.

Drivetime started off with a trivia game on your mobile phone with audio interactivity. The game pits you against another driver in a contest. It asks you a multiple-choice question through your car's audio speakers or your phone's speakers, and then you respond by saying "A," "B," or "C." Your points are tallied up and the game declares a winner. Google's speech recognition in the cloud parses the answers.

With Jeopardy, each game session will include about 31 clues. The gameplay is pretty similar to the trivia contest, but each Jeopardy episode is longer. Jeopardy is part of the same Drivetime app as other channels. The app is voice-activated, and the company says it strives to provide safe gaming for drivers and others in the car. And they're excited about the chance to partner with Jeopardy!

"We are thrilled to work with Sony Pictures Television Games to bring JEOPARDY!®, the greatest game show on the planet, to an underserved audience that desperately needs interactive entertainment the most – the 110 million commuters in North America driving to and from work by themselves every day," Drivetime founder and CEO Niko Vuori said in a statement.

Uproxx

Pulse 2.0

posted 9/12/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Law of Unintended Consequences"

  • AXS TV's purchase means corporate restructure... And corporate restructure means... (The Wrap)

  • BUZZR's not just bringing back "Let's Make A Deal" September 30 - get ready for "Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour" & "Split Second"! (Facebook)

  • Paul Sinha's Parkinson's won't keep him from Chasing (Daily Star)

  • Half of Supermarket Sweep Twitter love the new version. THe other half wonder where all the pensioners be. (Digital Spy)

  • Prison no longer has a Situation (The Wrap)

  • Apparently Steve Harvey had to get divorced to find the right chick (EURWeb)

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 British game shows that should come back (Female First) and three game show movies (The Playlist)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Daphne Fowler (Reality Titbit)

posted 9/12/19

SYNDIES: Week 48
Results for Week Ending September 1
From TV Newscheck

The two most eagerly anticipated talk shows in years — Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall — both got off to flying starts with strong Sept. 9 debuts. Clarkson averaged an impressive 1.9 rating/6 share in the weighted metered markets for its premiere, which was syndication's highest opener for a nationally cleared first-run show in seven years. The new strip also took its year-ago time periods up a spectacular 73% on average. Meanwhile, Hall scored a nifty 1.4/5, which was the best bow for a talker in five years other than Clarkson's.

Moreover, Tamron trounced its competition in top market New York, shooting up 44% from its year-ago time period average to a first-place 2.3/9, and surged 71% from year ago in No. 2 market Los Angeles.

Turning to the national ratings for the pre-Labor Day session ending Sept.1, Dr. Phil continued to show the way in talk for a noteworthy 156th straight week. Even better, Phil was the only taker to clock a double-digit increase with a 15% surge to a nine-week high 2.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Most other programs were flat to down in the lightly viewed late summer stanza. For example, all of the top three game shows lost ground. Family Feud fell 3% to a 5.8; Wheel of Fortune faded 2% to a 4.8; and Jeopardy slipped 8% to a 4.4.

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
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.8 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.4** -8%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 9/11/19

HGTV Rocks the Block
Catch It October 21
From B+C

Competition series Rock the Block starts on HGTV Oct. 21.

The show assembles a bevy of HGTV talent, including Leanne Ford of Restored by the Fords, Mina Starsiak Hawk of Good Bones, Jasmine Roth of Hidden Potential and Alison Victoria of Windy City Rehab. Each takes on the same property in the Los Angeles area and sees who can derive the most value from it across four weeks, and with $175,000.

Drew Scott of Property Brothers: Forever Home hosts.

"This is a no-holds-barred competition among highly skilled HGTV experts at the top of their game," said HGTV president Jane Latman. "They're playing to win, and we can't wait to see the results of their strategy, creativity and drive."

The winner gets a street named after them.

"These women are here because they're some of the best designers and renovators in the business," said Drew. "These houses are a blank canvas. They can completely redesign them—the possibilities are endless."

A range of HGTV stars, including Tarek El Moussa, Mike Holmes and Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt, play judges.

"At the end of four weeks, yours truly and my team of real estate experts are going to do a full top-to-bottom inspection of the newly renovated homes and crown the winner," said Drew.

Viewers get a weekly teaser video of each episode on HGTV GO starting Oct. 14.

B+C

Broadway World

posted 9/11/19

TUESDAY: America's Got Semis
NBC Wins and It's Not Even Close
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.528 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (9.386 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.813 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Second place then went to ABC (3.356 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with the penultimate week of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.112 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) plus repeats of "The Conners" (1.912 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and another "The Conners" (1.780 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.025 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its repeat trio of "NCIS" (5.692 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "FBI" (4.781 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.603 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) served up a repeat "The Resident" (1.476 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) followed by the season finale of "First Responders Live" (1.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, originals from "Pandora" (0.648 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.539 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.594 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 789k
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 695k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 581k
- America Says (GSN): 441k
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1): 411k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/11/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Love Each Other..."

  • Meredith Vieira opens up about helping her husband's MS (Oprah Winfrey Magazine)

  • LIST ABUSE: 17 game show moments that were extra AF (Buzzfeed)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire UK (Telly Mix)

  • Cameron Mathison diagnosed with kidney cancer, starts treatment (TV Line)

  • So Chrissy Teigen got into a Twitter fight she didn't start... but she damn near finished (Deadline)

  • Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman is a free-ish man (Deadline)

  • "Drag Race" mourns producer (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ore Aduba (Reality Titbit)

posted 9/11/19

A Change Will Do You Good?
"Dancing with the Stars" to Change Voting
From Reality TV World

Dancing with the Stars is introducing a new voting system this fall for the show's upcoming 28th season. Dancing with the Stars viewers are going to have to vote live or vote blind in a short window of time this coming season!

ABC has announced Dancing with the Stars fans will only be able to vote as the live broadcasts air in the Eastern and Central time zones. That means after an episode ends, the viewer voting will too, unlike in previous seasons.

Viewers in the Mountain and Pacific time zones will still also be able to vote for their favorites; however, they must vote during the same period of time as Eastern and Central time zone viewers, which means they'll probably have to vote without being able to actually watch the dance routines first.

There will also be no home-viewer votes tabulated during the first week of performances when Dancing with the Stars' 28th season premieres live on Monday, September 16 at 8PM ET/PT. During the first week of competition, only judges' scores will matter.

As previously announced, the new Dancing with the Stars season will be judged by Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman.

Live voting on abc.com and via text will commence with Week 2 of the Dancing with the Stars season.

Reality TV World

posted 9/11/19

Return to Songland
NBC Renews Songwriting Contest for Season 2
From Deadline

NBC can't stop the music. The network has booked a return trip to Songland, renewing the summer songwriting competition series for a second season.

Songland takes an inside look at the creative songwriting process. It provides one winner per episode the opportunity to have their song recorded for a global audience by the chart-topping guest recording artists featured in their show. It's billed as a one-of-a-kind opportunity for talented up-and-coming songwriters to be exposed to and mentored by three music producers per episode who are responsible for today's biggest hits.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 9/10/19

25 Stars or Less
Celebrities Lined Up for "Words" Premiere Week and Beyond
From B+C

The Fox TV Stations' new game show, 25 Words or Less, hosted and produced by Meredith Vieira, will see a parade of celebrities come play the game in its first season.

In the first week, which debuts Monday, Sept. 16, the show will feature Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Chelsea Handler, Rick Fox and Penn Jillette.

Kudrow, along with Dan Bucatinsky, Mary McCormack and Michael Morris are executive producers.

Also executive producing are showrunner Michael Canter and Bruce Sterten, creator of the board games "25 Words or Less"and "Taboo."

The show, which Fox tested in select markets last summer, is cleared in more than 98% of the country ahead of premiere.

"25 Words is a great break from the depressing news of the day," said Stephen Brown, executive vice president of programming and development for the Fox Television Stations, in a statement. "It's fast, smart, funny, and led by the best host in television, Meredith Vieira. She is the master at corralling big celebrity personalities and driving a game that's fun to watch and play."

Other celebrities coming to play the word game this season include Sex and the City's Chris Noth, The Office's Oscar Nunez, Punchline's Melissa Peterman, Back to the Future's Lea Thompson, EP McCormack and many more.

B+C

Deadline

posted 9/10/19

The Price Is Hype
Complex Launches Its New Show, "Price the Hype"
From Complex

Price the Hype is the world's first ever sneaker game show. Three contestants use their knowledge of average sneaker resale prices to compete for cash and a chance in the Save Your Sole bonus round. In Price the Hype's final game, the contestant wins a grand prize pair of hyped sneakers and is faced with a gauntlet of five questions. The only way the contestants walk away with the sneakers in brand new condition is to answer every question correctly. For each the question the contestant gets wrong, the sneaker gets damaged with one of the show's five tools of destruction. Hosted by Brendan Dunne of Full Size Run, Sole Collector's Price the Hype airs every Tuesday on Sole Collector.

Complex

posted 9/10/19

MGM Loaded at MIP
5th Grader Returns to Market
From C21MEdia

MGM Worldwide Television has revealed its slate for next month's Mipcom market, featuring high-end dramas as well as formats and feature films.

Several MGM formats will also be up on offer, including the quizshow Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?. The popular format sees adults test their primary school knowledge as they compete against schoolchildren.

Comedy quiz Generation Gap, meanwhile, puts family members of different generations together to answer questions about each other's generations.

Also available is TKO: Total Knockout, in which contestants attempt to complete an obstacle course as their competitors fire projectiles in an attempt to knock them down. .

C21 Media

posted 9/10/19

MONDAY: Bachelor vs. Ninjas vs. Football
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.435 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top demo spot on Monday thanks to a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.255 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and the season finale of "Grand Hotel" (2.797 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

NBC (4.709 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.125 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was CBS (3.132 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its mix of "Lip Sync to the Rescue" (3.545 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), "CBS Fall Preview" (3.055 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "The Big Bang Theory" (2.573 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Bull" (3.039 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.920 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up another two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.920 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, originals from "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.176 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.924 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.859 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (1.034 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 758k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 463k
- America Says (GSN): 377k
- Are You the One: Come One Come All (SF/MTV): 221k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/10/19

WEEKEND: When a Young Mind's Fancy Turns to Football...
NBC Wins with SNF Season Debut
From the Futon Critic

NBC (15.683 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) was of course the top draw on Sunday with the formal premieres of "Football Night in America #1" (6.665 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.139 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.423 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.2, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.6, #1).

FOX (8.305 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) then claimed the silver with a full hour of "The OT" (15.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.1, #2) followed by repeats of "The Simpsons" (11.871 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.8, #4), "Last Man Standing" (3.257 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "Family Guy" (1.902 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and another "Last Man Standing" (1.383 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was CBS (4.544 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.701 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Big Brother 21" (4.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.635 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.893 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.398 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.799 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.553 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) plus originals from "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.406 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.833 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15).

And finally, repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.721 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18), "Masters of Illusion" (0.578 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.529 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #20) on The CW (0.637 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 846k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? - 7p (Nick): 648k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? - 7:30 (Nick): 514k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.141m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 367k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 319k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/10/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "And They're Off"

  • Kelly Clarkson's show off to a strong start (Deadline)

  • Peter Sagal gets into a listener limerick challenge with a subway worker, and now he wants to apologize. (South Bend Tribune)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 actors turned game show hosts (The Richest)

  • Vanna White: a timeline (Rare.us)

  • Dwayne Johnson gives an update on Kevin Hart (Deadline)

posted 9/10/19

Idol Worship
CBS Announces the Cast of "Survivor"
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the 20 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 39th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

This edition features two legendary winners, Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine, who return to the game to serve as mentors to a group of 20 new castaways. Combined, Boston Rob and Sandra have played over 200 days of SURVIVOR and plan to share their knowledge with the new castaways, but for the first time, they won't be competing for the money. During the 39 days, some castaways will have the opportunity to visit the Island of the Idols to learn skills and strategy from these "idols." Each player, selected to visit the special island in various ways throughout the season, will have to decide if they should put their knowledge to the test for a chance at a possible advantage in the game, or risk losing something very important in the process. Those who can rise up to the challenge will possibly gain an advantage and continue their individual quest for $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor.

"For our 39th season, we are bringing back two of our most dominant winners to serve as mentors to a new group of castaways," said executive producer and host Jeff Probst. "It's a SURVIVOR boot camp where each week, players will be instructed on a different facet of the game and then have a chance to test what they've learned for a shot at an advantage."

These new castaways will be forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other, and in the end only one will remain to claim the title of Sole Survivor.

The show films in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, and is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst. The following are the 20 castaways competing this fall.

"LAIRO" TRIBE
- Ronnie Bardah (35; Brockton, Mass.; Pro Poker Player)
- Elizabeth Beisel (26; Saunderstown, R.I.; Olympic Medalist)
- Missy Byrd (24; Decatur, Ga.; Air Force Veteran)
- Dean Kowalski (28; Westfield, N. J.; Tech Sales)
- Tom Laidlaw (60; Brampton, Ontario; Former NHL Player)
- Aaron Meredith (36; Uncasville, Conn. Gym Owner)
- Vince Moua (27; Merced, Calif.; Admissions Counselor)
- Karishma Patel (37; Philadelphia; Personal Injury Lawyer)
- Elaine Stott (41; Woodbine, Ky.; Factory Worker)
- Chelsea Walker (26; Marlton, N.J.; Digital Content Creator)

"VOKAI" TRIBE
- Lauren Beck (28; Bakersfield, Calif.; Nanny)
- Molly Byman (27; Boston; Law Student)
- Janet Carbin (59; Neptune, N.J.; Chief Lifeguard)
- Kellee Kim (29; Costa Mesa, Calif.; MBA Student)
- Jason Linden (32; New York, N.Y.; Personal Injury Lawyer)
- Jack Nichting (23; Newport News, Va.; Graduate Student)
- Noura Salman (36; London, UK / Bethesda, Md.; Entrepreneur)
- Tommy Sheehan (26; Bayville, N.Y.; 4th Grade Teacher)
- Jamal Shipman (33; Jersey City, N.J.; College Administrator)
- Dan Spilo (48; New York, N.Y.; Talent Manager)


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Reality TV World

posted 9/9/19

Wait for the Beep...
"Supermarket Sweep UK" Launches Today
From iNews

It's time to go wild in the aisles as Supermarket Sweep returns to TV screens with Rylan Clark-Neal hosting the new version of the classic daytime gameshow.

After an 18 year break, the sound of the till beeps will be heard once again as contestants will attempt to win the cash prize of £3,000.

The show has pretty much remained the same – albeit with a few little updates – with Clark-Neal confirming that the pastel-colored jumpers are even making a comeback.

Amid the excitement over the rebooted version, the host confirmed that the show will feature a tribute to Dale Winton.

The reboot kicks off tonight (Monday 9 September) on ITV2 at 8pm and will last for 60 minutes. The new series will air for the next four weeks every Monday. If viewers miss the episode, they can catch it on the ITV Hub.

iNews

The Argus
The Guardian
DigitalSpy
Reality Titbit

posted 9/9/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "They've Been Ready for 30 Years, Larry"

  • American Gladiators at 30 (Slate)

  • RuPaul's Drag Race taking its show to Vegas (Deadline)

  • Steve Harvey to join Anthem takeover of Mark Cuban's cable empire (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Who's that announcing Kelly Clarkson's new show? (TV Line)

  • Lynn Swann goes from the truth to USC to... out? (ESPN)

  • How Are You the One became must-watch TV for the LGBTQI+ community (The Wrap)

  • Sarah Palin reportedly gets mismatched with her husband after 31 (BLANKS) (KTLA Los Angeles)

  • Avner Netanyahu is chasing in Israel (Israel National News)

  • Gregg Wallace goes from MasterChef UK to high adventure (Deadline)

posted 9/9/19


CBS

Angelica McDaniel Exits CBS Daytime
Corporate Restructuring Underway
From B&C

Angelica McDaniel, head of CBS' daytime, is departing the network as daytime gets rolled into current programming overseen by Amy Reisenbach.

McDaniel has been at the network since 2010, when she was hired as a vice president overseeing The Talk.

"Angelica McDaniel championed our daytime series lineup with creativity, passion and energy and broke new ground by helping launch the network's first daytime talk show in years [The Talk] while respecting the long history and tradition of the dramas and game shows," said CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl in a statement. "We appreciate her many contributions and wish her well on her next endeavors."

McDaniel was promoted in 2012 to senior vice president of daytime and then to executive vice president in 2015, adding oversight of syndicated content development.

Besides The Talk, CBS' daytime lineup is currently composed of soap operas The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, and game shows The Price is Right and Let's Make A Deal..

B&C

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 9/6/19


The Wrap

CHRIS MARCH: 1963-2019
"Project Runway" Season 4 Finalist
From The Wrap

Chris March, a popular fashion designer who appeared on the Bravo series "Project Runway" and crafted costumes for artists including Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce died Thursday, a person close to March confirmed. He was 56.

March finished in 4th place in Season 4 of the design competition show and 12th place in the fourth season of "Project Runway: All-Stars." He had his Bravo own spin-off, "Mad Fashion," which followed his career as a working fashion designer.

He worked on numerous Broadway productions and San Francisco's popular Beach Blanket Babylon cabaret show. March was known for his avant-garde and bold designs, including using real human hair.

In 2010, Meryl Streep enlisted March to design her Oscar and Golden Globe dresses.

March had suffered a debilitating fall in June 2017 that almost killed him. Following the accident, he was paralyzed in both legs as well as his right arm and hand.

On his GoFundMe page, March explained he was struggling with rehabilitation and its costs.

"I have recently run into several setbacks in my recovery, the biggest one being that my medical insurance went up over 500% at the beginning of 2019," he wrote. "I am also in need of leg braces, specialized physical therapy, a hearing aid, and a new living arrangement. Where I am now is unbearable and makes me anxious and depressed every day. I have considered suicide many times. I have tried my best to make strides."

In a Facebook tribute, his friend Anna Batsakes wrote, "Despite these limitations, Chris worked diligently to remain positive about his life and future. He was a creative, brilliant, loving man and a loyal friend."

Deadline
The Wrap
TV Line

posted 9/6/19

THURSDAY: Time to Kick This B Off!
NBC Wins on NFL
From the Futon Critic

NBC (19.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1) kicked off the NFL season on top with its special editions of "NFL Kickoff 2019" (17.092 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.0, #3), "Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (20.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.5, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (3.613 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.097 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "Young Sheldon" (3.955 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.163 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "FBI" (2.652 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was FOX (2.209 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "Spin the Wheel" (2.088 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and the season finale of "Spin the Wheel" (2.329 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.523 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up the feature "The Lego Movie" (1.508 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) plus the penultimate "Reef Break" (1.553 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Outpost" (0.685 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.591 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) alongside a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.500 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.615 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 705k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death - 10p (History): 483k
- America Says (GSN): 439k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 434k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death - 11p (History): 319k .

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posted 9/6/19


Buzzfeed News

Leslie Jones: From "SNL" to "Supermarket"?
Report: Former Not-Ready-For-Primetime-Player to Host Reboot
From Deadline

Saturday Night Live standout Leslie Jones is leaving NBC's late-night sketch comedy program after five seasons to pursue a slew of film and TV projects. Deadline reports that one of these projects is Supermarket Sweep, a reboot of the classic TV game show that Jones will be hosting and executive producing.

Deadline reports the revival, from Fremantle - owner of the format created by Al Howard and run on TV from 1967-1968 and again in the 1990s & 2000s - has been generating a lot of interest, with multiple networks bidding on it, both traditional broadcasters and streamers, with the list including ABC, NBC, Fox and Netflix.

ABC has a potent lineup of classic game show revivals where Supermarket Sweep with actress-comedian Jones would fit in nicely, including Match Game, hosted by fellow SNL-er Alec Baldwin, and a couple hosted by actor-comedians, including Celebrity Family Feud with Steve Harvey and To Tell the Truth, hosted by Anthony Anderson. Jones will appear on ABC's revival of The $100,000 Pyramid, facing off against Rosie O'Donnell.

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posted 9/6/19

The Market Is (Almost) Open
A Look Inside "Supermarket Sweep UK"
From Newscast Studio

ITV2 is bringing back the classic "Supermarket Sweep" game show to the U.K. again — and it looks like the show's faux supermarket set has been updated to be more in line with the trendy look stores are taking on along with some nods to the past.

ITV2 aired the show from 1993 to 2001 and 2007 with Dale Winton as host.

Rylan Clark-Neal will host the latest ITV2 iteration and the show is filmed from a fake supermarket set with bold horizontal wood and metallic headers, clean white shelving and backlit panels. Despite the new set echoing the look of a modern, trendy store, some nods to the gaudy pastels found on both the old shows' sets and in real life grocery store design.

Traditional grocery store checkout lanes, complete with their curved corners, are included in the set — with that shape also used in a floating header element and contestant and host lecterns.

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Northwest Evening Mail

posted 9/6/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Bring It On"

  • Sporcle's TriviaCon this April in Las Vegas is hosting... well, a lot of our friends. (Sporcle)

  • VIDEO WALL: John Cena on "5th Grader" has fun with a player (The Wrap) and plays his theme on the recorder (TV Line)

  • Alec Baldwin doesn't like playing Trump any more than anyone left of the writers of this site like the guy he's playing... but it's therapeutic (Deadline)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Family Feud Canada heads to Canada (CBC)

  • How long can people try to beat Bobby Flay (TV Overmind)

  • Alex Trebek... in affirmation form (Fast Company)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Noel Fielding (Decider)

posted 9/6/19


EndemolShine/CBS

Same Time Next Year...
CBS Renews "Big Brother" on the Eve of Double Eviction Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS has renewed the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER for its 22nd season to be broadcast in summer 2020. Julie Chen Moonves will return as host.

Since its premiere on CBS in the summer of 2000, BIG BROTHER continues to be one of television's top-rated summer series in young demographics. Summer-to-date, the Thursday and Sunday episodes are tops in key demos among all broadcasts.

In addition, this season, BIG BROTHER has experienced double-digit growth over last year in full episode streams across CBS digital platforms.

BIG BROTHER airs Sundays and Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen Moonves, on the CBS Television Network.

BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 94 HD cameras and more than 113 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week, someone will be voted out of the house, with the last remaining Houseguest receiving the grand prize of $500,000. BIG BROTHER is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment in association with Endemol Shine North America.

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posted 9/5/19

WEDNESDAY: Three Kids... Part 2
"America's Got Talent" Wins for NBC. Again.
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) claimed top honors on a competitive Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (8.376 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Songland" (4.202 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.189 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

FOX (2.496 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with originals from "MasterChef" (3.070 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "BH90210" (1.921 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Next up was CBS (3.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.403 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.598 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "SWAT" (2.685 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8). Meanwhile,

ABC (2.055 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.604 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Schooled" (1.998 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.069 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Single Parents" (1.610 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.025 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Bulletproof" (0.658 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.556 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) on The CW (0.607 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.085m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 906k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2: 694k


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posted 9/5/19

Catch 2020
BBC Renews "Catchpoint"
From Broadway World

Catchpoint, a Possessed and 12 Yard co-production, will return to BBC One in 2020.

The series is the very first physical game show where contestants need quick reflexes and brains in order to win a cash prize in the ultimate battle of brains and balls.

Following a successful debut series which aired earlier in 2019, the family-friendly game show that combines physical fun with a new and exciting question mechanic will once again be hosted by TV Presenter and Comedian Paddy McGuinness.

Paddy McGuinness says: "Series one was a blast with some cracking contestants and I'm looking forward to getting caught up in the excitement once again."

Zoë Tait, Executive Producer, says: "We're delighted to be making a second series of Catchpoint and are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Paddy again on such a lively Saturday night show."

Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC, says: "Catchpoint combines quick wits and even quicker reflexes, MAKING IT a unique treat for the whole family to enjoy."

Broadway World

posted 9/5/19

For $25, Here's Your First Subject...
"The $100,000 Pyramid" Comes Home September 11
From Board Game Geek

Fans of "The $100,000 Pyramid" are about to get a chance to take Michael Strahan home with Pressman's upcoming release of the home game.

The beloved game show is back and ready to entertain a whole new generation! Grab your teammate and listen closely to the clues to choose the right word to get to the final round for big money!

Game includes a game pyramid as well as dozens of puzzles from the show and unique to the game.

"The $100,000 Pyramid" is available for preorder at Amazon.com for $24.99.

Board Game Geek

posted 9/5/19

TUESDAY: Three Kids Take Down Television
"America's Got Talent" Wins for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.199 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the champ on Tuesday thanks to its pairing of "America's Got Talent" (9.057 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.481 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

ABC (3.216 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) remained the silver draw with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) plus repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.668 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Black-ish" (1.457 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.501 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.245 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "FBI" (4.233 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.025 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.452 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a repeat "The Resident" (1.378 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a new "First Responders Live" (1.526 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.515 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and a repeat "Mysteries Decoded" (0.566 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) closed out the evening on The CW (0.540 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 696k
- Chopped (Food): 680k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 576k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8:30p (VH1): 512k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8p (VH1): 421k
- Holey Moley (R/ESPN2): 165k


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posted 9/5/19

Sweet Dreams Are Made of Whatever's in the Basket
"Chopped's" Sweets Showdown Begins October 1
From the Futon Critic

Ted Allen hosts this new high-stakes dessert tournament for the ages in the five-episode stunt, Chopped: Sweets Showdown, premiering Tuesday, October 1st at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode four chefs have a sweet-themed ingredient in their mystery baskets that they must use through three rounds to create different dessert iterations with a limited amount of time. A rotating panel of Chopped and special guest judges, including Florian Bellanger, Valerie Bertinelli, Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos, Martha Stewart, Sylvia Weinstock and Zac Young, determine which chefs from each heat will move on to the finale for a shot at the $50,000 grand prize!

"When thinking of decadent items such as cake, chocolate, doughnuts and ice cream, an enjoyable and indulgent dessert comes to mind, but having these items added into each rounds' mystery baskets that the competitors must seamlessly incorporate into their dishes makes for an epic showdown that pushes the chefs outside their comfort zones to solve this sweet-themed culinary puzzle," said Courtney White, President, Food Network.

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posted 9/5/19

Another Rylan Clark-Neal Joint?
"Supermarket Sweep UK" Host to Front Reboot of "Ready Steady Cook"
From Pretty 52

Fans of British TV game shows of the 90s are going to LOVE this news: Ready Steady Cook is being rebooted.

Yes, the iconic cooking show is being recommissioned by the BBC for 2020, although there'll be no Ainsley Harriott at the helm this time round. Instead, presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, 30, will be shouting "ready steady cook" when the iconic show returns.

The famous series burst onto our screens in October 1994 and ran until February 2010, with celebrity chef Ainsley - now 62 - taking over hosting duties from Fern Britton in 2000. Ainsley hosted more than 1,000 episodes in his time on the show and later seasons of its American version, "Ready Set Cook" for Food Network.

According to The Sun, the reboot will see the franchise updated to reflect "contemporary food themes" such as healthy eating and cooking on a budget, all taking place in a newly-designed Ready Steady Cook kitchen.

Speaking about the reboot and his upcoming hosting gig, Rylan said: "I'm so excited that Ready Steady Cook is finally coming back to our screens.

"To be asked to host such an amazing show for the BBC is such a privilege. After making the finals of Celebrity MasterChef I know how tough cooking under pressure can be."

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posted 9/5/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Finally... Football"

  • Farrah Moan is calling shenanigans on Ariana (Billboard)

  • Betty White kicks off the 100th season of the NATIONAL.... Football League. (TV Guide)

  • Anthony Anderson, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog join "The Masked Singer" as guest judges (The Wrap)

posted 9/4/19

MONDAY: A Labor (Day) of Love
ABC Wins Demo with "Bachelor", "Ninja Warrior" Holds Strong for Totals
From The Futon Critic

ABC (3.503 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the Labor Day champ in demos with fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.073 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (2.364 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Second place then went to NBC (4.074 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (4.558 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and a repeat "Dateline NBC" (3.108 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was CBS (3.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its all-repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.403 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "The Big Bang Theory" (3.337 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Young Sheldon" (3.409 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Mom" (3.223 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Bull" (3.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.816 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up a new two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.816 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.807 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.921 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.704 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.680 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.075m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 621k
- Are You the One: Come One Come All (MTV): 238k
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posted 9/4/19

WEEKEND: More Ninjas
CBS' "Big Brother" Dips to College Football, NBC's "Ninja" Replay Wins Friday
From The Futon Critic

NBC (2.614 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on a low key Friday with repeats of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.613 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "Dateline NBC" (2.614 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.059 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up encores of "BH90210" (1.024 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "MasterChef" (1.093 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "Masters of Illusion" (0.809 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "The Big Stage" (0.620 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) plus a repeat "Hypnotize Me" (0.491 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.603 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 796k

ABC (5.117 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) opened September on top with its presentation of "ABC's Fall Preview Special" (3.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "College Football: Houston Cougars at Oklahoma Sooners" (5.341 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (3.910 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.049 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "Big Brother 21" (4.095 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.651 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.844 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.207 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with encores of "America's Got Talent" (2.388 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), another "America's Got Talent" (2.487 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Bring the Funny" (1.566 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (1.091 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), another "Last Man Standing" (1.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "The Simpsons" (0.893 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "Bob's Burgers" (0.768 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "Family Guy" (1.006 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) and the season finale of "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.615 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

And finally, second runs of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.633 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16), "Masters of Illusion" (0.514 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.563 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) on The CW (0.586 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.171m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 387k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 370k


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posted 9/4/19

House Party in Germany
Banijay Sells Format to ProSieben
From C21 Media

German free-to-air network ProSieben has commissioned a new gameshow from Banijay Productions Germany, part of Banijay Group.

Die Live-Show bei dir Zuhause (The Live Show at Your Home) will see two neighboring families compete in a series of challenges live in the middle of their street for the chance to win prizes.

The show is scheduled to air later this year.

Banijay Productions Germany was launched in 2018 and sits alongside Brainpool and Good Times under Banijay's German umbrella. Other recent shows from Banijay Productions Germany include adventure reality format Survivor and gameshow Wild Things, which will premiere this month on VOX and RTL2 respectively. Both are based on Banijay Group formats.

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Worldscreen

posted 9/3/19

SYNDIES: Week 47
Results for the Week Ending August 25
From TV Newscheck

The big traditional entertainment magazines generated the ratings steam in an otherwise tepid late-season syndication session ending Aug. 25.

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
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 +3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 NC
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Jeopardy (CTD) 4.8 +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

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posted 9/4/19

Japanese Life Hacks
ITVS Sells Format to TBS
From C21 Media

Japanese broadcaster Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) has teamed up with a UK-based format developer and producer to launch a new gameshow for the global market.

TBS has partnered with Dave Winnan, former director of format development and production at ITV Studios (ITVS), to create Time is Money: The Celebrity Life Hack Show.

Details of the format will be unveiled at a breakfast presentation at Mipcom next month.

The studio-based game format "gives you all of the celebrity chaos and family fun you expect from a top variety show, but marries it with some top lifestyle take-home too," Winnan told C21. "We call it The Celebrity Life Hack Show and it's got the best of The Generation Game married with top all-star banter, prizes and a unique commercial angle to help with those shiny-floor budgets."

Shinichi Mishiro, head of format development at TBS, told C21 that Time is Money is "the first tangible fruit of the new partnership" with the UK-based flying producer."

C21 Media

posted 9/4/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Bring It On"

  • Artem Chigvintsev is not watching "Dancing" (GoldDerby) ... and neither is Sharna Burgess?. (GoldDerby)

  • VIDEO WALL: ... what the hell is that thing?! (The Wrap)

  • Dwayne Johnson saves Kelly Clarkson's show (Deadline)

  • Byron Allen's court case with Comcast is sparking a boycott (Deadline)

  • Alec Baldwin's roast list just got longer (The Futon Critic)

  • Alex Trebek's Lake House for $1.3 Million, please. (The Marin Independent Journal)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Before he was a convicted felon, Paul Manafort was in the audience of "What Would You Do?" while Marc measured how heavy his wife's purse was. We are not kidding (The AV Club)

posted 9/4/19

Rebel Wilson's Game Show Career Goes to the Dogs... Literally
Actress to Host "Pooch Perfect" in Australia
From The Wrap

Rebel Wilson is set to host an Australian reality show following the lives of competition dog groomers, so naturally it's called "Pooch Perfect."

"It's all about the people who are mainly focusing on the grooming aspects of dogs," "The Morning Show" entertainment editor Peter Ford said on Tuesday. Yeah, it's kind of like "Best in Show," Ford acknowledged.

Watch the announcement below, which Wilson shared with her 2.9 million Twitter followers.

"I guess the news is out! So stoked to be joining Ch 7 for this super fun show! #PoochPerfect https://t.co/P6IVGBOQk4 — Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) September 3, 2019

"Pooch Perfect" will air on Australia's Channel 7. If you don't get the pun, Wilson stars in the "Pitch Perfect" movies. Wilson's mom, Sue, is a professional dog handler. "The Morning Show" co-host Kylie Gillies referred to Rebel as a "former junior dog handler.".

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Deadline

posted 9/3/19


Daily Mirror

HALEY SMITH: 1993-2019
"American Idol" Season 11 Contestant
From Deadline

Haley Smith, a contestant on Season 11 of American Idol, died Saturday following a motorcycle crash in Millinocket, Maine, Millinocket police confirmed. She was 26.

In a statement, police said it appears Smith failed to negotiate a sharp turn and crashed. She was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the crash is pending.

Smith auditioned in 2012 in Colorado at age 18, performing Rufus and Chaka Kahn's "Tell Me Something Good" for judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Tyler seemed particularly impressed, telling Smith he loved her voice and was honored to hear her sing, adding she was right out of his "era." She made it to Hollywood, but was cut after the first round.

Smith's father, Mike Smith, told TMZ, which was first to report her death, that his daughter was a good rider and believes a deer may have been involved in the accident.

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TV Line

posted 9/3/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Struggle Is Real"

  • Netflix is entertaining weekly releases... like it hasn't done so before. (The Wrap)

  • Jameela Jamil offers a miserable preview of "The Misery Index" (TV Insider)

  • Marc Summers makes the announcement no fan of "Double Dare" wants to hear: Nick decides against a season 3 (Instagram)

  • Leslie Jones isn't dead. Only graduating (TV Line)

  • John O'Hurley is embarrassed for some friends of his (The Wrap)

  • #ICYMI: A German "Millionaire" fan is going for the big one. For the real real (The Guardian)

posted 9/3/19


Parade

VALERIE HARPER: 1939-2019
"Rhoda" Star A Game Show Regular
From TV Line

TV veteran Valerie Harper, who starred as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show as well as her own self-titled spinoff, has died at the age of 80, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In March 2013, Harper revealed that she had been diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare and typically incurable form of cancer; at the time, she said doctors had given her as little as three months to live.

As recently as April 2014, Harper said she was "absolutely cancer-free," having responded well to treatment, but this May she said that while she was "feeling good," she was "ready to go," having defied the odds for so long.

In her career, Harper amassed four total Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Mary Tyler Moore's best friend Rhoda, including once as the star of her own spinoff (which also netted her a Golden Globe).

Eight years after Rhoda's run, Harper fronted the NBC family sitcom Valerie, which after Season 2 changed its name to Valerie's Family and then The Hogan Family, when the actress famously exited the series. She then co-starred on the CBS sitcoms City (1990) and The Office (1995).

Competing in the fall 2013 edition of Dancing With the Stars, Harper (paired with pro Tristan MacManus) was third to be sent home, in the season that was won by Amber Riley.

Harper's most recent TV appearances included 2 Broke Girls, Melissa & Joey, Hot in Cleveland and Drop Dead Diva.

Besides DWTS, Harper also played The Hollywood Squares.

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posted 8/30/19

A Real "Game Changer"
CollegeHumor Greenlights New Game for Subscription Service
From Broadway World

CollegeHumor's DROPOUT today announced that Game Changer, a game show series with everchanging rules and challenges, will debut on their subscription-based streaming service on Friday, September 20. A new episode of the six-episode series will be released every Friday through October 18.

In this game show, the game format changes every show. Featuring the CollegeHumor cast, players begin each round without knowing the rules, and must figure them out while simultaneously competing to win. Unlike a typical game show that follows the same format week over week, Game Changer has a completely new set of rules and challenges every episode. Filled with physical challenges, like smashing vases upon request, and mental challenges like guessing the culprit in an impromptu murder mystery game, Game Changer also features surprise guest appearances by friends of our players. Contestants will have no preparation for what - or who - will be part of each episode.

Said Sam Reich, executive producer, director and host: "Our players have no idea what game they're playing when the cameras start rolling, but by the end of each episode, they either get ruthlessly competitive, double-over in laughter or get shocked into stunned silence - and sometimes, all of the above."

In addition to Reich, Game Changer is executive produced by David Kerns.

Broadway World

posted 8/30/19

THURSDAY: More Football, Less Big Brother
CBS Wins Total, Ties Fox with Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.250 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the top draw on another NFL disrupted Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.678 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Young Sheldon" (5.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Big Brother 21" (6.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "FBI" (3.909 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

FOX (4.602 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with encores of "MasterChef" (4.604 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Spin the Wheel" (4.600 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.987 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with a repeat "Holey Moley" (4.258 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) followed by a new "Reef Break" (4.284 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and a second "Reef Break" (3.418 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.918 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) served up second runs of "The Wall" (4.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Hollywood Game Night" (3.776 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.301 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, new episdoes of "The Outpost" (1.235 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (1.213 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) plus a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (1.075 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 726k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 574k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 418k
- America Says (GSN): 413k

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posted 8/30/19

The Chasers Vs. The World
ITV Greenlights "Are You Smarter Than a Chaser?"
From Telly Mix

The stars of The Chase will reportedly travel the world and battle some of its smartest minds in a new spin-off.

ITV's hit daytime quiz sees teams of four go head-to-head with a single Chaser to reveal who knows the most.

Five brainboxes feature on the show - Mark Labbett, Shaun Wallace, Anne Hegerty, Paul Sinha and Jenny Ryan. Now, having scored countless victories, they're set to put themselves in the contestants' shoes - by facing even more formidable foes.

According to The Sun, bosses have ordered a new spin-off series, named 'Are You Smarter Than A Chaser?'. It will see the Chasers go globetrotting in the US, Japan and their UK homeland to compete against even brighter rivals, including both adult and child geniuses. In the ultimate test of their knowledge, they will also grapple with AI technology and the planet's most advanced robots.

The program is due to air on ITV this winter in an evening timeslot.

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posted 8/30/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Back to the Death Star"

  • AT&T, Nexstar make a deal. Details not made public. Your DirecTV bill is going up. Nobody learned anything. (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: The game shows available on Netflix (Looper)

  • Michael Sheen's first glance as Chris Tarrant (Bustle)

  • "The X Factor" champs Rak-su get Xed from RCA (Telly Mix)

  • Number of hits spawned by "Songland": Six. (The Wrap)

posted 8/30/19


Sony Pictures TV

Alex Trebek Gets Back to Work
"Jeopardy!" Host Done with Chemo, Gets Set for September 9 Launch
From TV Line

Alex Trebek is returning to work as Jeopardy! host this week, nearly six months after revealing he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The six-time Daytime Emmy winner (and Lifetime Achievement honoree) released a video (below) on Thursday afternoon announcing that his chemotherapy treatments are "over" and he is now "on the mend."

The video has him talking about the Jeopardy! wizard James Holzhauer and the latest champ Jason Zuffranieri. We also see him interacting with the audience and backstage at Jeopardy! The show is currently taping its 36th season. "We've got some exciting things coming up, and I can't wait to share them with all of you," said Trebek in the video. "Let me tell you, it's going to be a good year."

Trebek shared his cancer diagnosis on March 6, saying, "I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working," he said. "And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease." In late May, he offered an update on his treatment/health, saying that some of his tumors "have already shrunk by more than 50 percent" following chemotherapy, despite the disheartening survival rate for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

"The doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory," Trebek said at that time, adding that he cried "tears of joy, not tears of depression" upon learning the good news.

Season 36 of Jeopardy!, with Trebek back as host, premieres Monday, Sept. 9 in syndication.

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posted 8/29/19


Gold Derby

Mike Richards to Take Over Wheel, Jeopardy!
New Sony EP to Oversee Once Harry Friedman Exits
From the Wrap

Mike Richards is set to take over as executive producer of "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" when Harry Friedman exits next year.

Friedman announced his plans to retire from the game show world at the beginning of this month after 25 years with Sony Pictures Television.

Richards, who served as executive producer of "The Price is Right" for over ten years and also worked on "Let's Make a Deal," announced plans to leave both shows in June after signing an overall deal with SPT.

"Wheel of Fortune" is currently in production on its 37th season, while and "Jeopardy!" is taping its 36th. Both will premiere on Sept. 9.

"'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy!' are the gold standard of television — exceptional, timeless formats produced by amazing teams. Alex Trebek, Vanna White and Pat Sajak are incredible hosts and I can't wait to work side by side with them on these world-class franchises. Harry Friedman's 25-year run can only be described as legendary. I have long been inspired by his hard work and brilliant decision making, and I'm honored to get to work with Harry over the next few months. Thank you to Mike Hopkins and the entire Sony team for this dream opportunity," said Richards.

"We are fortunate to have Mike, one of the top game show producers in the business, join the talented teams at Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!," said Mike Hopkins, Chairman of Sony Pictures Television. "Mike's experience working with long-running franchises like 'Price Is Right' and 'Let's Make a Deal' make him the ideal successor for our iconic shows. We also look forward to Mike growing our already strong game show business and to developing and producing shows for network, cable, and streaming platforms. We are grateful for the leadership and impeccable direction Harry has so elegantly provided over many years and look forward to the continued success of these beloved shows."

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posted 8/29/19

WEDNESDAY: A Logjam at the Top
NBC Wins Total, Fox Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (2.595 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on a competitive Wednesday with originals from "MasterChef" (3.209 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "BH90210" (1.980 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

NBC (4.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "America's Got Talent" (7.886 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "Songland" (3.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.044 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (3.024 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.196 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.229 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "SWAT" (2.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.082 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.640 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Schooled" (1.969 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.008 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Single Parents" (1.659 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.109 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Bulletproof" (0.566 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.512 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.539 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

The debut of The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2, the 34th season in MTV's long-running reality franchise, delivered the franchise's highest premiere demo ratings in years. Last night's season opener logged a 0.85 rating in P18-49 in Live+same day, the best season premiere rating in six years in the demo, and a 0.98 in P18-34, its best season premiere rating in five years in the demo.

Wednesday's night's 0.85 in P18-49 is up 7% versus the prior season premiere, the opener of The Challenge: War of the Worlds in February (0.79), and up 2% vs. the season average for War of the Worlds (0.83), which was the highest in seven years in 18-49 (Live+3). Among P18-34, Wednesday night's 0.98 rating is up 9% versus the prior season premiere (0.90) and up 5% versus the full prior season average (0.93). Total viewers were 886,000, up 2% from last season's average (865k).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.027m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 901k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (SP/MTV): 886k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (SP/History): 583k
- America Says (GSN): 466k

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posted 8/29/19

Nick Puts "Elf" on the Shelf
Kids' Crafting Series Greenlit
From the Hollywood Reporter

Nickelodeon is giving a full series order to a holiday-themed competition called Top Elf to its roster of unscripted shows. The two shows fall under Nickelodeon's new unscripted division.

Top Elf begins filming its five-episode order in September for a holiday-season debut.

"Giving our audience a range of unscripted content in different formats is one of our top priorities," Rob Bagshaw, executive vp unscripted content at Nickelodeon, said Wednesday in a statement. "Top Elf is an irresistible opportunity to celebrate the holidays with a uniquely comedic approach to a high-stakes competition."

Top Elf will bring seven kids with exceptional design and building skills to the North Pole for a series of holiday-themed challenges. The participants will compete to have their wish lists fulfilled — not for themselves, but for members of their communities.

Mike and Tim Duffy of Ugly Brother Studios created the series and executive produce with Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media, an All3Media America company. Bob Schermerhorn, showrunner Lisa Fletcher and Nick's Paul J. Medford and Mandel Ilagan are also exec producers, and Michael Pearlman will direct.

The two series join an unscripted and game-show lineup at Nick that also includes reboots of Double Dare and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, The Dude Perfect Show, Crashletes, Keep it Spotless and Lip Sync Battle Shorties. The network also has greenlit the competition show America's Most Musical Family, hosted by Nick Lachey..

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posted 8/28/19

Tuesday: Rise Up!
NBC Wins Total, ABC Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.170 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its pairing of "America's Got Talent" (8.901 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.707 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Second place then went to ABC (3.066 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.890 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) plus repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.527 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Black-ish" (1.306 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its repeat trio of "NCIS" (5.079 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "FBI" (4.412 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a repeat "The Resident" (1.309 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a new "First Responders Live" (1.462 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Pandora" (0.564 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.569 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.567 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 819k
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 697k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 670k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8:30p (VH1): 541k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8p (VH1): 532k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 498k
- America Says (GSN): 363k

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posted 8/28/19


Fremantle

Steve Harvey Brings Feud to Africa
New Versions Greenlit for Ghana, South Africa
From B+C

Fremantle, in partnership with Steve Harvey Global, will launch local versions of Family Feud in Ghana and South Africa, the companies said Monday. Harvey will host both versions just as he does on the U.S. syndicated version and on ABC's Celebrity Family Feud. They will be produced by Fremantle's local production partner in Africa, Rapid Blue.

"Bringing Family Feud to Africa has long been a dream of mine," Harvey said in a statement. "I believe Family Feud will become a household name for local South African and Ghanaian families. And this is just the beginning in Africa. I expect this show to lead to multiple media and business projects in and throughout the continent."

Family Feud was first introduced in the U.S. in 1976 and Fremantle has placed the game show in more than 70 markets, including the United Kingdom, Australia, France, India and Indonesia. Family Feud Africa will be the first international version hosted by Harvey.

The local version of Family Feud will begin production in Johannesburg in the last quarter of 2019 and begin airing in Africa in the second quarter of 2020. Rapid Blue, as part of the BBC Studios international family of production companies, also produces localized African versions of other international formats, including Dancing with the Stars, The X Factor, Got Talent, Shark Tank, Come Dine With Me, Project Runway and First Dates.

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posted 8/28/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Cash Money"

  • IT's a good year for Fremantle thanks to "AGT: The Champions" (Deadline)

  • T-Pain returns to "The Masked Singer" for a super sneak preview (The Wrap)

  • Bob Eubanks plays Edmonton (CTV News)

  • Billy Eichner reacts to his Emmy nomination (Deadline)

  • A lot of people send their condolences for Jessi Combs (The Wrap)

  • So what's next for "Drag Race"? Let's ask Tom Campbell (The Wrap)

posted 8/28/19


CBS

More on CBS Daytime's New Season
Catch It September 23
From CBS PR

CBS' award-winning daytime lineup is back. The network announced the season premiere dates for its daytime schedule for the 2019-2020 season.

The lineup recently received 16 Daytime Emmy Awards.

CBS' daytime game shows The Price Is Right and Let's Make a Deal return on Monday, September 23. To celebrate premiere week, The Price Is Right, with host Drew Carey, will surprise one winner each day with an exciting bonus prize, including a Tesla, a trip for 10 to the Bahamas, and their cell phone bill, car payment and rent paid for an entire year. On each day of Let's Make a Deal, with host Wayne Brady, three contestants will have the chance to win a trio of trips all over the world, and one will take home a Triptastic Deal of a lifetime at the end of every episode.

"For more than three decades, CBS has been the undeniable audience favorite in daytime television," Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, CBS Daytime Programs, said in a statement. "From our iconic and exciting game shows, to the intriguing and compelling storytelling of our daytime dramas, our award-winning programming makes a clear connection with viewers every weekday, 52 weeks each year."

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posted 8/27/19

SYNDIES: Week 46
Results for the Week Ending August 18
From TV Newscheck

As the 2018-19 syndication season comes to a close, Judge Judy has emerged as the clear No. 1 show, leading the household ratings by a wide margin with a 6.8 live-plus-same-day season-to-date national Nielsen. This marks a full decade at the top of all first-run programs for Judy and six straight years as syndication's highest rated show overall.

Coming in second and third as of the session ending Aug. 18 were Jeopardy at a season-to-date 6.2, and Family Feud at a 6.1.

In tryout news, week six of the six-week test that began July 15 for comedic game show Punchline earned a 0.3 rating/1 share weighted metered market average, which was off 40% from both its lead-ins and August 2018 time periods.

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
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 NC
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Jeopardy (CTD) 4.7 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 8/27/19

MONDAY: Rise Up!
NBC Wins Total, ABC Wins Demo
From Deadline

CBS took a step back Monday with a lineup of reruns, leaving it to the other networks to vie for primetime's top ratings spot, which went to ABC's Bachelor In Paradise. The tropical romantic reality series ticked down a smidge from last week, garnering a 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4.55 million viewers. Still, that gave it the top Monday spot in the demo for a fourth week in a row and helped ABC win the night overall.

NBC, meanwhile, saw growth with American Ninja Warrior (0.9, 4.84M), which jumped up a tenth to a season high in viewership. It was the night's most-watched program and gave NBC the overall win in that metric.

Bachelor In Paradise led into Grand Hotel (0.5, 2.59M), which fell a skosh in ratings, while American Ninja Warrior opened the door to Dateline (0.6, 3.44M), which like its lead-out also saw a boost.

Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (0.4, 2.06M) had a slight misstep, slipping from the week prior.

The CW's Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.3, 1.23M) worked its magic and managed to see a boost. The remainder of the network's lineup, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.2, 820,000) and I Ship It (0.1, 400K), were even.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.171m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 670k
- Family Restaurant Rivals (Food): 554k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 492k
- America Says (GSN): 449k

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posted 8/27/19

Baby Sharks, Doo-Doo-do-Doo-do-Doo...
Season 11 Guest Sharks Revealed
From the Futon Critic

"Shark Tank," the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy(R) Award-winning entrepreneurial-themed reality show, today announced the addition of four brand-new guest Sharks, including founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, Katrina Lake; founder and CEO of KIND, Daniel Lubetzky; international tennis champion and founder of Sugarpova, Maria Sharapova; co-founder and CEO of the personal genomics company 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki.

The guest Sharks, who are icons and trailblazers in their respective business fields, will appear individually alongside Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary in various episodes during the 2019-2020 season. Rohan Oza, iconic Smartwater and Vitaminwater brand builder, and serial entrepreneur Matt Higgins, co-founder and CEO of RSE Ventures, also return for the show's 11th season. Produced by MGM Television and Sony Pictures Television, the unrivaled and beloved show, which has become a culturally defining series, returns SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 at 9 p.m. EDT. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

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posted 8/27/19

WEEKEND: Football.
NBC Launches New SNF Theme, Wins Night
From Deadline

NBC took the W Sunday night with their NFL preseason game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans. The matchup landed the network in the end zone with a 1.3 in fast affiliate ratings in the adult 18-49 demographic and took in 5.57 million viewers. The game ranks as the highest NFL Preseason rating in 2019. Big Brother, which normally holds strong week to week, took a hit, going down two-tenths with a 1.1 rating and 4.72 million viewers. The reality series led into the series finale of Instinct which also saw a dip from last week. The Alan Cummings-fronted procedural said farewell with a 0.4 rating and 3.43 million viewers.

Fox served up a handful of reruns but saw the return of What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage after a hiatus. The comedy talk show served up two episodes with the first taking a one-tenth hit since it last aired (0.1, 460K) and the second ticked up to make it break even (0.2, 530K).

ABC's slate of game shows retained its loyal Sunday night audiences with Celebrity Family Feud (0.8, 5.12M) and The $100,000 Pyramid (0.6, 4.42M) holding steady. Rounding out the trifecta was To Tell the Truth which was up from last week ending the evening on a good note for ABC (0.6, 3.49M).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.321m
- Sunday Best (SF/BET): 795k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 373k

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 313k

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 881k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 577k
- America Says (GSN): 453k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 426k

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posted 8/27/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Blessings"

  • The one thing Rylan Clark-Neal regrets about the new "Supermarket Sweep UK"? Not getting Dale Winton's blessing in time (Metro)

  • Marc Summers brings "Double Dare" to Columbus (WCMH Columbus)

  • The Sacred Riana stays in the Fremantle fold with a new horror anthology (Deadline)

  • Kevin O'Leary's boat involved in a fatal crash (TMZ)

  • The problem with the Monty Hall Problem was Monty Hall. Here's the science. (Boing Boing)

posted 8/27/19

Wrap It Up, We'll Take It
Freeform Greenlights "Wrap Battle"
From the Futon Critic

Freeform announced today that production has begun on the holiday gift-wrapping competition series "Wrap Battle" in Los Angeles.

The six-episode series will follow nine contestants as they battle to become the ultimate wrapper and take home the coveted grand prize, valued at $50,000. The series will be hosted by comedian Sheryl Underwood ("The Talk"), with Carson Kressley ("RuPaul's Drag Race," "Get A Room with Carson and Thom") and Wanda Wen (founder of fine stationery and luxury paper brand Soolip) serving as judges.

Celebrity guest judges will include Tony Award(R)-winning Broadway producer Candy Spelling, Sandra Lee, Sherry Cola ("Good Trouble"), Diggy Simmons ("grown-ish"), Lala Kent ("Vanderpump Rules") and designer Sabrina Soto.

Nine contestants will be challenged to create eye-popping gift-wrapping masterpieces and inspire viewers to push their own holiday gift-giving to a whole new level. Each episode will pit the country's most inventive and artistic gift-wrappers against one another as they battle it out holiday-style in challenges ranging from creating the most over-the-top gift basket to wrapping some of the most outrageous objects.

In an unprecedented collaboration with Paper Source, the winner of "Wrap Battle" will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design their own custom holiday wrapping paper to be sold in at least 120 stores across the country. In addition, the winner will get to showcase their talent at The SoNo Collection, Brookfield Properties' one-of-a-kind shopping destination in Norwalk, Connecticut, designed to celebrate fashion, art and culture. The winner will be part of the main event for the new, interactive holiday experience and will receive a $1,000 shopping spree to The SoNo Collection.

The series will premiere this winter on Freeform.

"Wrap Battle" is produced by Michael Levitt Productions. Michael Levitt (Freeform's "Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash," "Skin Wars," "My Life on the D-List"), Jill Goularte ("Skin Wars," "Window Warriors") and Colleen Sands ("Project Runway," "Skin Wars," "Glam Masters") serve as Executive Producers.

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posted 8/26/19

Christmas Cookies and Hallmark Moments
Jack Wagner to Host "Christmas Cookie Matchup"
From the Futon Critic

Crown Media Family Networks announced today that Chadwick Boyd and Emily Hutchinson, two of American media's top food and baking personalities, have been tapped as judges for Hallmark Drama's first all-new series, "Christmas Cookie Matchup". The program also features cast members from Hallmark Channel's top-rated primetime series, "When Calls the Heart", including Jack Wagner as host, along with Erin Krakow, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry, Paul Greene, and Andrea Brooks, who will serve as apprentices to the contestants - America's most talented amateur bakers.

Premiering on Hallmark Drama this holiday season, the five-part weekly series kicks off with a pool of two-person teams, with each consisting of one home baker alongside a different star from "When Calls the Heart."

In each episode, Boyd and Hutchinson will judge as the contestants go spatula-to-spatula in a variety of Christmas cookie and holiday dessert competitions. One team will be eliminated each week, and in the end only one pair of cookie connoisseurs will prevail, with the top home baker winning the $25,000 grand prize.

Chadwick Boyd is a food media entrepreneur. He started his first business at the age of seven, selling hand crafted brownies and fresh lemonade. Today, Boyd's company, Chadwick Boyd Lifestyle, is a multi-media enterprise that collaborates with magazines, television networks, publishing houses and consumer brands. Initially taught as a baker, Boyd now focuses on food trends, modern home cooking, and entertaining. He is a regular fixture on daytime TV, a James Beard Foundation judge, and travels nationally with Chef Carla Hall for their "Biscuit Time" class.

Emily Hutchinson, creator of the blog The Hutch Oven, is a self-taught baker, recipe developer, decorating teacher, and cookbook author. Hutchinson, who teaches her popular baking techniques on national television, has spent years mastering the art of buttercream-frosted sugar cookies and has an all new book; Creative Cookie Decorating: Buttercream Frosting Designs and Tips for Every Occasion coming soon.

"Christmas Cookie Matchup" marks the first-ever original content developed for Hallmark Drama since the network launched in 2017.

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posted 8/26/19

THURSDAY: A Youthful Logjam.
NBC Wins Totals, Shares Demo Crown with Fox & CBS
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Wall" (4.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.564 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.662 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Sharing in the demo honors was CBS (4.321 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (4.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Young Sheldon" (4.757 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (5.127 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "FBI" (2.986 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was FOX (3.457 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) with its coverage of "NFL Preseason: Jaguars at Dolphins" (3.457 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.969 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Holey Moley" (3.591 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), the season finale of "Holey Moley" (2.865 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and a new "Reef Break" (2.453 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally on The CW (0.928 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5), fresh installments of "The Outpost" (1.097 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) plus a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.702 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening.

On cable...

- Alone (SF/History): 1.384m
- BBQ Brawl: Flay vs. Symon (SF/Food): 1.025m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 871k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 514k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 410k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 386k

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posted 8/22/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Stupid Is As Stupid Does"

  • Apparently Ken Jennings is not a Blue Jays fan (CTV News)

  • Lara Spencer tries to put the toothpaste back in the tube (TV Line)

  • Marc Summers brings "Double Dare" to Maine (WABI Bangor)

  • BURIED LEDE: Ariel Fox won the Hell's Kitchen prize... but turned it down (Goldderby)

  • Reality Steve says he knows who the next "Bachelor" is. Take with a grain of salt (Reality TV World)

  • James Holzhauer was the bigger man re: Andrew Luck. Twitter was... well, Twitter. (Huffpost)

  • CASTING COUCH: The Price Is Right goes to the Mohegan Sun (Patch)

  • Meet Amber Lancaster's baby. Both he & mom are fighting (People)

posted 8/26/19

Dancing with the ... Stars?
ABC Reveals the Lineup. Internet Goes Nuts.
From The Wrap

The cast for Season 28 of "Dancing With the Stars" was announced Wednesday on "Good Morning America," with supermodel Christie Brinkley and "Queer Eye" star Karamo Brown set to put their moves to the test. Competing against them will be "Dawson's Creek" star James Van Der Beek, "The Office" alum Kate Flannery, two-time NBA Champion Lamar Odom, former Trump White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and "Bachelorette" Hannah Brown, among others. On the pro side, the fall run will feature the return of fan-favorite Peta Murgatroyd, and the debut of two new professional ballroom dancers.

Here is the full list of stars set to compete for the Mirror Ball trophy:
- Lauren Alaina – country music star
- Christie Brinkley – supermodel
- Ally Brooke – pop star
- Hannah Brown – "The Bachelorette"
- Karamo Brown – TV host
- Kate Flannery – TV star
- Ray Lewis – NFL Hall of Famer
- Kel Mitchell – comedian/actor
- Lamar Odom – two-time NBA champion
- Sean Spicer – former White House press secretary
- James Van Der Beek – TV icon
- Mary Wilson – The Supremes

And the professional dancers they'll waltz, tango and twist with:
- Brandon Armstrong
- Lindsay Arnold
- Alan Bersten
- Cheryl Burke
- Witney Carson
- Val Chmerkovskiy
- Sasha Farber
- Jenna Johnson
- Daniella Karagach
- Keo Motsepe
- Peta Murgatroyd
- Pasha Pashkov
- Gleb Savchenko
- Emma Slater

This time around, ABC is not spilling the beans on which star is paired with which pro until the season premiere.

Elsewhere, Bergeron, the longtime host of ABC's Dancing With The Stars, isn't happy with the booking of Sean Spicer,

In a tweet today following the casting announcement, Bergeron wrote that he had hoped the upcoming 28 season "would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations." In fact, Bergeron said he left a lunch with the show's new executive producer (that would be Andrew Llinares) a few months ago and thought they were in agreement. "Subsequently (and rather obviously)," Bergeron continued, "a decision was made to, as we often say in Hollywood, 'go in a different direction."

Bergeron wasn't the only Hollywood figure disappointed with the booking. Bill Prader, executive producer of The Big Bang Theory, tweeted, "Sean Spicer lied repeatedly to the American people and literally defended Hitler. @ABC Network: "Yes, but can he fox trot? Tune in to see!"

For his part, Spicer was enthusiastic. "It's time to have some fun," he tweeted this morning.


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posted 8/22/19

WEDNESDAY: No Game Night, No Winner
NBC, CBS Tie for First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (7.948 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Songland" (3.677 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Hollywood Game Night" (1.949 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

CBS (3.193 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then was the number two draw with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.476 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.477 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "SWAT" (2.628 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Next up was FOX (2.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "BH90210" (2.245 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.105 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for an all-repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.542 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6), "Schooled" (1.941 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "Modern Family" (1.933 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "Single Parents" (1.613 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.302 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Bulletproof" (0.620 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.697 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.658 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...

- Forged in Fire (History): 995k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 952k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 631k
- America Says (GSN): 424k

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posted 8/22/19

Rebel Wilson LOLs for Amazon
Actress to Host Australian Version of International Format
From UPI

Rebel Wilson has signed on to host the Australian edition of Amazon's international comedy competition, Last One Laughing.

To be taped in Sydney, the six-episode show will feature 10 Australian comedians battling for the top prize of $68,000. Set to debut in 2020, it follows hit versions from Japan and Mexico that are already streaming.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the Prime Video family of creators and talent," Wilson said in a press release. "I've already had the chance to work with Alexa -- she's great -- and on Audible, so working with Prime Video seemed like an obvious choice. I can't wait to see what these talented Australian comedians come up with and how far they'll go to take home the prize."

Wilson is known for her work in the films Bridesmaids, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and the Pitch Perfect franchise.

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posted 8/22/19

Food Network's Halloween Haunts
A Scary Good September
From the Futon Critic

Food Network and Cooking Channel get into the Halloween spirit with over 30 hours of thematic programming dedicated to the scariest and most delicious holiday of the year, featuring four new series and specials, four returning seasonal stunts, as well as specially-themed episodes in nine recurring series giving viewers even more Halloween frights and bites than last year. Featuring everything from expert pumpkin carvers to sugar artists to creative bakers, all with extraordinary skills and incredible imaginations, there is something for everyone this Halloween season. A cadre of stars get the action going, including Jonathan Bennett, Valerie Bertinelli, Duff Goldman, Carla Hall, John Henson, Clinton Kelly, Casey Webb and more.

Food Network kicks the season off with the return of Halloween primetime staples Halloween Baking Championship on Monday, September 23rd at 9pm, Halloween Wars on Sunday, September 29th at 9pm, and Haunted Gingerbread Showdown on Sunday, October 6th at 10pm, along with the premiere of the all-new four-episode stunt, Halloween Cake-Off on Monday, September 23rd at 10pm. New specials on Food Network include Kids Baking Championship: Tricks & Treats on Thursday, September 26th at 9pm and Outrageous Pumpkins on Sunday, September 29th at 10pm. Cooking Channel also premieres new series, Freakshow Cakes on Friday, October 4th at 11pm ET/8pm PT.

"Food Network is the ultimate destination for Halloween-themed content, showcasing the holiday like no one else can with nail-biting competitions and jaw-dropping creations that viewers just can't get enough of," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "With Halloween Baking Championship and Halloween Wars both seeing series-high ratings last year, we knew we had to deliver even more tricks and treats this holiday season, upping the ante across both networks."

Halloween Baking Championship returns on Monday, September 23rd at 9pm ET/PT with more hauntingly delectable treats. Judges Carla Hall, Katie Lee and Zac Young, join host John Henson to test the skills of eight talented bakers who must show off their skills over six episodes with terrifyingly delicious challenges. From skeleton desserts to monster madness, only one baker can frighten the competition for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and to be featured in Food Network Magazine. Fans that can't get enough of the scary competition, go behind the scenes with the digital companion series, Halloween Baking Championship: Extra Sweet. Spend a day with the judges as they are transformed into otherworldly creatures, and watch the crew build the sets and prep the pantry for the season's creations.

On Monday, September 23rd at 10pm ET/PT, Duff Goldman hosts new series Halloween Cake-Off, as four professional bakers from around the country compete in unconventional baking and design challenges where flavor is only the tip of the icing. In this four-episode stunt, the bakers are tested to find out who is best at making the creepiest and most innovative Halloween cakes that must also transform in mystifying ways. From haunted and cursed cakes to dead and living creations, the competitor who wows judges Duff Goldman, Dan Langan and Waylynn Lucas with the most over-the-top edible work of art will be crowned winner of Halloween Cake-Off and earn the $10,000 grand prize.

It's scary spiders galore as four fan-favorite kid bakers return for a special trick-or-treat episode of Kids Baking Championship: Tricks & Treats on Thursday, September 26th at 9pm ET/PT. Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the young bakers to create the spookiest spider web desserts, but only one junior baker will rise to the top and take home the ultimate baker's dream prize of baking equipment and supplies.

Road to Halloween Wars returns on Sunday, September 29th at 8pm ET/PT to gives viewers a look at the new batch of talented pumpkin carvers, cake and sugar artists, competing in the new season of Halloween Wars. See how these ghoulish geniuses hone their craft with dreams of victory on the new season of Halloween Wars, premiering on September 29th at 9pm ET/PT. Host Jonathan Bennett oversees all the thrills and chills as six teams each made up of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist and a sugar master battle it out over five episodes to create frighteningly fun Halloween-themed edible displays that are as scary as they are delicious. Their creations are judged by award-winning cake decorator Shinmin Li,horror film special effects master Todd Tucker,and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead), Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight saga), Harley Quinn Smith (Tusk), and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark! The last team standing takes home a grand prize of $50,000.

On the new special, Outrageous Pumpkins, four elite pumpkin carvers come together for a Halloween pumpkin carving competition that defies expectations. Hosted by Casey Webb, through three rounds of challenges these spectacularly talented artists use carving and sculpting tools ranging from toothpicks to saws to execute their amazingly intricate Halloween designs. The carver who impresses the expert panel of judges the most takes home a $10,000 prize.

Don't miss all the spine-tingling creations on Sunday, September 29th at 10pm ET/PT. Get ready for a whole lot of gingerbread on the return of Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, premiering Sunday, October 6th at 10pm ET/PT. Host Clinton Kelly welcomes nine of the greatest gingerbread artists in the world to face-off in gingerbread displays so spooky they will cause nightmares. Jamika Pessoa, Gesine Prado and Jason Smith determine who will advance to the finale to battle it out for $25,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine. Cooking Channel gets into the Halloween fun in Freakshow Cakes, premiering on Friday, October 4th at 11pm ET/8pm PT. In each episode of this one of-a-kind cake showdown co-hosted by Zac Young and Vivian Chan, three of the most sinister cake artists step into a side-show tent to whip up the freakiest cakes imaginable. The baker who showcases the most wildly imaginative and hair-raising cake design wins $10,000 and the title of Freakshow Champion.

On Food Network, don't miss special sweets and treats-themed episodes of Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro; Chopped; Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives; Girl Meets Farm; Guy's Grocery Games; Guy's Ranch Kitchen; The Kitchen; The Pioneer Woman and Trisha's Southern Kitchen.

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posted 8/22/19

What's a "Noisy" Format?
Simon Thomas Promoted at ITV America
From the Futon Critic

Love Island exec producer Simon Thomas has been promoted at ITV America and will oversee the search for "noisy" formats for the production company.

Thomas, who was previously SVP, programming becomes Executive Vice President, Programming, West Coast at the U.S. production division of the British broadcaster. He recently exec produced reality dating series Love Island for CBS, which renewed the format for a second season.

He reports to ITV America CEO David George.

In the newly expanded role, Thomas will be tasked with overseeing and shepherding prominent, "noisy" formats, as well as live event programming, while supervising the creative production teams assigned to all ITV America projects in Los Angeles.

In addition to Love Island, he has also worked on Fox's The Four and American Grit with John Cena as well as Pawn Stars, Forged in Fire, Facebook's Double Take and A&E's OJ: Guilty in Vegas. He joined Leftfield Pictures in 2014 as a showrunner, having spent several years at Endemol Australia where he worked on reality shows such as Big Brother, Beauty & The Geek Australia, Make Me a Supermodel and Million Dollar Drop.

George said, "Simon is a seasoned executive, a brilliant, hands-on producer and an extraordinary leader who will play a vital role in ITV America's continued success. His ability to produce big formats and smaller-budget content gives us the perfect hitter for our broad bench of programming."

Deadline

posted 8/22/19

"Millionaire" Returns (in the UK) This Saturday
Series 33 Begins on ITV
From iNews

With news that there's to be an ITV drama about the coughing Major scandal of 2001, it's got viewers of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? asking: "When's the new series, then?"

The gameshow has been running since 1998 and has created five millionaires, including Judith Keppel and David Edwards and in its heyday, it pulled in more than 19 million viewers each night.

The high-stakes quiz will be returning for its 33rd series this summer, so here's your need to know about the show:

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? starts on ITV on Saturday 24 August at 9.10pm.

As Chris Tarrant stepped down from the duties in 2013, the host will once again be Jeremy Clarkson, who picked up the gig when the show was revived in 2018.

iNews

posted 8/22/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Today's Still Not the Day"

  • What's worse than Rob Lowe falling for an Instagram fake? Having his son call him on it (CNet)

  • VIDEO WALL: Rylan's at the market (Entertainment Daily)

  • Jane Lynch explains why HGN cut back the booze (The AV Club)

  • Vanna White visits Ayesha Curry (SFGate)

  • Artem Chigvintsev, Sharna Burgess sad not to be on the next "Dancing" (Goldderby)

posted 8/21/19

TUESDAY: Give. The. Night. To. NBC.
Night Belongs to "America's Got Talent"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.531 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) continued its Tuesday reign with originals from "America's Got Talent" (9.350 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.892 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

The silver then went to ABC (3.224 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.102 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) plus repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.627 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Black-ish" (1.310 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (4.631 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "FBI" (4.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.990 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.414 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up a repeat "The Resident" (1.350 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a new "First Responders Live" (1.478 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Pandora" (0.679 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.597 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) on The CW (0.638 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...

- Chopped (Food): 849k
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 819k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 684k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 678k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8p (VH1): 529k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8:30p (VH1): 524k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 486k

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posted 8/20/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "I Left My Heart..."

posted 8/21/19

SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending August 11
From TV Newscheck

Access had the hot hand among the magazines in the otherwise quiet dog days of summer session ending Aug 11. Despite being one of several shows preempted in some markets by preseason football, the entertainment newsmag was able to score the only increase in the hotly contested category.

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
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.8 +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 8/20/19

MONDAY: Paradise Found
ABC Wins on "Bachelor"
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.052 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (2.599 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

NBC (4.024 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then had to settle for second with fresh installments of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.450 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the season finale of "Beat Shazam" (2.582 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.274 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.968 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (3.424 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "The Big Bang Theory" (3.133 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "The Big Bang Theory" (3.459 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Mom" (3.158 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool" (2.316 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.244 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.925 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) led into the debut of "I Ship It" (0.429 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.961 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...

- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.008m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 604k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 601k
- Family Restaurant Rivals (P/Food): 506k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 516k
- America Says (GSN): 401k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 315k
- Are You The One: Come One Come All (MTV): 232k

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posted 8/20/19

WEEKEND: Not-Football Wins
Fox, CBS Split Sunday
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.752 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) pulled into the top spot on Sunday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (2.302 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), another "Last Man Standing" (2.764 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and primetime coverage of "NFL Preseason: Seattle at Minnesota" (4.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

CBS (4.666 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.962 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Big Brother 21" (5.039 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "Instinct" (3.591 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Instinct" (3.070 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

Next up was ABC (4.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.398 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) followed by originals from "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.955 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.354 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.378 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.280 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "America's Got Talent" (2.500 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "America's Got Talent" (2.609 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Bring the Funny" (1.510 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.772 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.827 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15), "Masters of Illusion" (0.738 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.695 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.332m
- Sunday Best (BET): 790k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 355k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 330k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (S/VH1): 328k

On Friday in cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 802k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 557k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 462k
- America Says (GSN): 435k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 342k


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posted 8/20/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "How to Get Away with Reality Show Murder"

  • Why Colton Underwood jumped the fence (The Wrap)

  • Susan Boyle will play AGT again (Goldderby)

  • Heavens to Murgatroyd! Peta is returning to "Dancing" (Us Magazine)

  • Hannah Brown basically confirms what we've known all along... (Extra)

  • Why is Chuck Woolery trending? ..... Oh (Heavy)

  • Issa Schultz gets chased out of a charity trivia competition. (PerthNow)

  • Jamie Foxx's "Beat Shazam" season isn't the only thing that ended this week. (PopCulture)

  • Amitabh Bachchan reportedly surviving on 25% of his liver (India Today)

posted 8/20/19

More "Drag Race" Coming
VH1 Greenlights Season 12, All-Stars 5
From Newsweek

Get your wigs ready, because another season of both Rupaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars are headed to a TV near you. Show creator and judge RuPaul announced the 12th season of his VH1 reality competition series, Drag Race, as well as the fifth installment of its sister-series All Stars.

While details regarding a premiere date have yet to be released, in a video clip revealing both greenlit shows, RuPaul noted the series would be back soon.

"Key squirrel friends, are you hungry for more RuPaul's Drag Race? Good, 'cause your country breakfast is ready!" RuPaul said. "And I'm serving up a new season of All Stars 5 and a new season of RuPaul's Drag Race 12. And they're coming soon to VH1."

Season 12 of Drag Race, in which queens from across the country competed for the title of America's Next Drag Superstar and a cash prize of $100,000, ended back in April with Denver native Yvie Oddly taking home the crown. Her final lip-sync of the competition Lynn Hytes left judges RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews gobsmacked, edging out fellow competitor and runner-up Brooke Lynn Heights.

Meanwhile, on All Stars Season 4, which concluded in February, judges were unable to decide between Drag Race alumni Monet X Change and Trinity the Tuck, so both contestants took home the champion title.

Castings for the upcoming seasons of both shows have not been revealed as of yet and it's unclear if the usual judges will be back for the forthcoming episodes. The latest seasons of both Drag Race and All Stars saw a number of celebrity guest judges like Miley Cyrus, Ellen Pompeo, Natasha Lyonne, Zoe Kravits, Tiffany "New York" Pollard and several others, so the likelihood of a new round of guest judges on the new seasons seems high.

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posted 8/1919

Tituss Burgess Gets "Dishmantled"
Quibi Greenlights Cooking Competition from "Chopped" Creators
From Deadline

Quibi has given a green light to Dishmantled, described as "a high-octane cooking competition that will literally blow your socks off," with Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock) set to host.

The series hails from Chopped creator/executive producer Linda Lea and Good Egg Entertainment, and Propagate-owned Electus.

Hosted by Burgess, each episode starts with the cannon-blasting of a mystery food dish into the faces of two blindfolded chefs. They'll use their culinary prowess to identify the exploded dish and then race against the clock to recreate it. Whichever chef comes closest to the original dish wins a cash prize.

Lea executive produces for Good Egg with Drew Buckley for Electus. The series is co-produced by Good Egg and Electus.

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posted 8/19/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Little More Time"

  • James Corden extends his deal with CBS (The Futon Critic)

  • Artem Chigvintsev may be sitting out "Dancing with the Stars"... or not. We can't understand Instagram. (Goldderby)... but Hannah Brown might not be (TV Line)

  • Byron Allen takes a jab at Comcast and the President on his way to the Supremes. (Deadline)

  • Okay, so Dwayne Johnson put a rock on this lady (MovieWeb)

  • Donny & Marie are getting a star in Vegas. Or whatever they put on the sidewalk in Vegas once the certified geniuses leave (Forbes)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul and Judge Judy (Interview)

posted 8/19/19


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