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The Starting Line
CBS Releases Amazing Racers for Upcoming Season
From TV Line

After nearly two years spent waiting at the starting line, the 32nd running of The Amazing Race will hit your screens in mid-October — and here is your first look at the 11 teams, plus a promo that might tug at your pandemic-era heartstrings a bit.

Filmed back in November of the year 2018 (Rubik's Cubes and Easy-Bake Ovens were all the rage!), The Amazing Race 32 will premiere on CBS on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 9/8c (after originally/briefly being slotted for this past May). With this edition, which visits destinations such as Trinidad, Tobago, France, Germany and Brazil, the Emmy-winning reality-TV competition will cross a major "miles"-stone, having traversed one million of 'em around the world.

As seen in the photo album in the link below, this cycle's Racers include former NFL Stars DeAngelo Williams (of the Panthers and Steelers) and Gary Barnidge (Panthers, Browns), Olympians Kellie Wells-Brinkley and LaVonne Idlette, and hirsute pro volleyball players Riley and Maddison McKibbin.

"Elise and I created The Amazing Race 20 years ago as a way to bring the expansive beauty of the world into audiences' living rooms in an exciting way," series co-creator Bertram van Munster said in a statement. "This year has been a challenge for everyone, and we hope this season, during which Race will reach the remarkable milestone of one million miles traveled around the world, helps satisfy viewers' wanderlust. We look forward to when we can all travel again!"

THe teams...
- DeAngelo Williams (36) and Gary Barnidge (34) Former NFL stars from Charlotte, N.C. and Middleburg, Fla.
- Eswar (24) and Aparna Dhinakaran (26) Siblings from Fremont and Berkeley, Calif.
- Jerry (61) and Frank (25) Eaves Father and son from Louisville, Ky.
- Kaylynn (30) and Haley Williams (31) Sisters from Bluffton, S.C.
- Chee Lee (38) and Hung Nguyen (39) Married parents from Houston, Texas
- Kellie Wells-Brinkley (37) and LaVonne Idlette (34) Olympic hurdlers from Richmond, Va. and Hampton, Va.
- Leo Brown (31) and Alana Folsom (29) Dating from Somerville, Mass.
- Michelle (34) and Victoria Newland (33) Sisters from Lafayette, La.
- Nathan Worthington (39) and Cody Buell (33) Best friends from Dayton, Tenn. and Paint Lick, Ky.
- Riley (31) and Maddison McKibbin (29) Pro volleyball players from Honolulu, Hawaii
- Will Jardell (30) and James Wallington (31) Dating from Nederland, Texas and Grand Rapids, Mich.


TV Line

Gold Derby
The Futon Critic

posted 9/22/2020

Wheel Spins with Cookie Jam
Cross Promotion Begins Today
From the Gamer

Jam City is teaming up with the Wheel of Fortune game show for a special event. Within the mobile game Cookie Jam and the TV show, the developer is giving players and viewers of the series cash prizes of up to $15,000.

Most core gamers have probably never heard of the mobile game Cookie Jam before, but it has amassed an overwhelming 134 million downloads since its launch, so it must be doing something right. The generic puzzle game has been transformed with a Wheel of Fortune facelift that includes the logo, the wheel, and the iconic sounds of the show like the wheel spin and buzzers. The in-game giveaway will give players a chance to win $15,000 until September 25, 2020.

The Gamer
Screen Rant

posted 9/22/2020

SYNDIES: Week 1
Results for the Week Ending September 6
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan rolled out its new season with a bang in the otherwise quiet Labor Day session ending Sept 13. The long-running morning favorite shot up 27% from the previous frame to a six-week high 1.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. That was good enough to tie a steady Dr. Phil for first place in talk. Phil, whose new season ratings won't be available for another week, had been No. 1 in the yak pack 10 times in the past 11 weeks.

Elsewhere, Family Feud, which airs mainly in prime access time periods, led all shows with a 5.5.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.5 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.2 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony): 0.8 NC - FINAL RATING
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


TV Newscheck

NextTV
The Wrap

posted 9/22/2020

MONDAY: ABC Ready for the Football
MNF Megacast Gives Alpha the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.851 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) opened the 2020-21 season on top thanks to its special simulcast of ESPN's "Monday Night Football" (6.851 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

FOX (2.876 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was a distant second with its network premiere of "LA's Finest" (2.881 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) followed by the debut of "Filthy Rich" (2.871 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.244 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with fresh installments from "American Ninja Warrior" (3.375 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (2.982 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) served up repeats of "The Neighborhood" (3.116 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Young Sheldon" (2.705 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) alongside a new "Love Island" (1.801 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and the network bow of "Manhunt: Deadly Games" (1.570 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.724 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.822 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.749 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.662 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/22/2020

More on "The Great British Baking Show"
New Season Premieres in UK Today, Worldwide Friday
From Gold Derby

"Great British Bake Off" returns to the tent beginning September 22. Series 11 starts airing weekly episodes on Channel 4 at 8 p.m. every Tuesday (Episodes will be streamed worldwide on Netflix three days later under the title "Great British Baking Show" collection 8).

The COVID-19 pandemic forced an upheaval in production, with the start of filming postponed from early April to mid July. In the previous 10 series, the shooting schedule mirrored that of the episodes, with each competition taking place over the course of a weekend. That allowed the bakers to travel home for the week and perfect their recipes for the following weekend.

But the health crisis forced a drastic revamp. The bakers, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Keith, and hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas, all lived in a bubble at the Down Hall Hotel in Bishop's Stortford. The schedule was compressed with filming taking place in half the usual time. But don't despair. All the usual elements of the show are still in place: the three rounds (signature, technical and showstopper), star baker and elimination, and even the Hollywood handshake.

Gold Derby

posted 9/22/2020

Sony Gets Virtual
Festival to Showcase Formats
From DEadline

Sony Pictures Television has announced plans to host a Virtual October Formats Fest to showcase its offerings following the disruption to Mipcom caused by coronavirus.

Sony is the latest studio to launch its own formats festival after ITV Studios held a similar event for international buyers last week. The Sony showcase, however, will take place across the month.

Launching October 1, the company will use Zoom and eCinema as the platforms through which it will deliver personalized pitches on shows including Japanese life hacks format Time Is Money. Sony will also reveal how it has adapted shows, such as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, for the coronavirus era, as well as showcasing new lockdown formats, including Channel 4's Celebrity Snoop Dogs.

Deadline

TBI

posted 9/22/2020

Paramount Network to Rebrand
Movies Mean LSB Moving, Ink Master Canceled
From DEadline

Paramount Network is set to rebrand to the Paramount Movie Network as it plots a focus on television movies.

The move is the latest change at ViacomCBS following the merger and comes after the company revealed that its upcoming streaming service is to be called Paramount+.

As part of the move, the network has cancelled a slew of non-scripted titles including Ink Master, Wife Swap and Battle of the Fittest Couples, while other titles including Bar Rescue and Lip Sync Battle will move to other ViacomCBS networks.

Chris McCarthy, President of Entertainment and Youth Brands at ViacomCBS, told Variety, which broke the news, that it is planning to air 52 original movies a year on the network with one mini-series or scripted series per quarter.

Deadline

The Wrap
TV Line

posted 9/22/2020

India Videos Friends
KBC Begins with New Lifeline
From Hindustan Times

KBC 12 has undergone some major changes on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a video shared by Sony TV, Sujata Sanghamitra, showrunner and creative producer, shared how they adapted to the new normal. One of the first changes was that instead of going to different cities, the auditions were conducted online this year.

Sujata also revealed that the Audience Poll lifeline has been scrapped for the first time in the history of the show. "This time, we do not have a live audience. So one of our lifelines, Audience Poll, is no longer there. This is the first time in 20 years that we do not have this lifeline. Instead of that, we have 'Video a Friend', which is again a digital connection," she said.

Sujata said that the Fastest Finger First round has undergone some changes as well. "Earlier, we would have 10 contestants. Now, we have only eight participating in the Fastest Finger First round, because we need to space out the seats according to social distancing norms," she said, adding, "The distance between the contestant in the hot seat and Bachchan sir has also increased."

The Hindustan Times

posted 9/22/2020


Yahoo!
JACKIE STALLONE: 1921-2020
"Top Chef" Season 12 Contestant Perishes in Motorcycle Accident
From Deadline

Jackie Stallone, the mother of Sylvester Stallone, astrologer, and Celebrity Big Brother contestant, has died at the age of 98. The news was confirmed by her son, the singer Frank Stallone, on his Facebook page.

"This morning my brothers and I lost our mother Jackie Stallone. She was the mother to four children, Tommy, Sylvester, Frankie and my late sister Toni Ann. She was a remarkable woman working out everyday full of spunk and fearless," he wrote. "She died in her sleep as she had wished. It was hard not to like her, she was very eccentric and flamboyant person. She was born on November 29th 1921 in Washington DC ,she lived through prohibition, the depression and World War II.

"I would talk to her for hours about the 20's 30's and 40's. It was a history lesson. Her mind was as sharp as a razor till the day she died. She never wore a mask a true revolutionary gal. I guess I'm drowning my emotions in tears and to [sic] much vino.

"But when you've known someone for 70 yrs it tough and sad. She had seven grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren . My brother Sylvester took care of her like a Queen for all of her life. I will never be able to call my mom again or have her yell at me why I never got married. But we all loved her and her sprit to survive and prevail. I'll miss you always mommy."

Jackie Stallone led a varied and interesting life. Born in Washington D.C., her family lived for a time with the famed bodybuilder Charles Atlas, and she would go on to become the first woman to have a daily TV show on exercise and weight lifting. After working as a trapeze artist, nightclub singer and a hairdresser, she became a wrestling promoter before finding some prominence in the 1990s publishing astrology books and making TV appearances.

In 2005, she was a surprise contestant on UK reality series Celebrity Big Brother, appearing alongside her former daughter-in-law Brigitte Nielsen, with the two having a famously fractious relationship. Stallone only spent four days in the house before being voted out by the public.

Stallone was married three times and had four children, Sylvester, Frank, Toni D'Alto (who died in 2012 after a battle with cancer), and Tommy, according to Frank's post. He also wrote that she had seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren..

Deadline
The Wrap
TMZ

THe Hollywood Reporter

posted 9/22/2020

WEEKEND: The Calm Before the... Storm?
NBC Wins Sunday Before TV Season Due to Start
From the Futon Critic

NBC (12.224 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.900 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.160 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.295 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.7, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.088 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.2, #2).

CBS (7.208 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (16.994 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) followed by the season premiere of "60 Minutes" (12.052 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4), originals from "Big Brother 22" (5.081 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and "Love Island" (2.399 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) plus a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (1.610 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Next up was ABC (5.080 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a special "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.991 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) alongside "The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards" (5.110 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.035 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (2.035 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11), "Duncanville" (0.910 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "The Simpsons" (0.902 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "Bless the Harts" (0.730 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "Bob's Burgers" (0.827 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Family Guy" (0.804 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "Fridge Wars" (0.278 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) and "Supernatural" (0.255 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) on The CW (0.266 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.113m/0.28
- Outrageous Pumpkins (P/Food): 890k/0.22

ABC (3.418 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held onto the top spot on Saturday with its telecast of "Saturday Night Football" (3.418 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

NBC (1.654 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was the silver draw with its primetime portion of the "Stanley Cup Finals: Dallas at Tampa Bay" (1.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) and "SNL Vintage" (1.395 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3).

Next up was CBS (1.622 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) and its mix of "Magnum P.I." (1.700 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3), "Love Island: More to Love" (0.865 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.1, #7) and "48 Hours" (2.302 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3).

And finally, FOX (1.147 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) closed out the night with "MLB on FOX" (1.147 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3).

Cable numbers for Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 332k/0.10

FOX (1.954 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) held off the competition on Friday with "WWE SmackDown" (1.954 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1).

ABC (2.988 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was a close second with its duo of "Shark Tank" (2.827 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "20/20" (3.069 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Next up was CBS (2.268 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its lineup of "MacGyver" (2.754 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), "Love Island" (1.550 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (2.501 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.829 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up "America's Got Talent" (1.655 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8) and "Dateline NBC" (2.176 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (0.669 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), a repeat "Masters of Illusion" (0.628 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), the premiere of "World's Funniest Animals" (0.788 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and a second "World's Funniest Animals" (0.831 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) rounded out the night on The CW (0.729 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

THe Futon Critic

THe Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/22/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with a Deal"

  • Derek Hough signs a talent deal with ABC Entertainment (The Futon Critic)

  • Matt Dawson loses job, wife (The List)

  • Amanda Seales thinks "The Real" is really a thief (UpNewsInfo)

  • Tom Bergeron really has ZERO beef with Tyra (Gold Derby)

  • Vivica A. Fox's tests come back negative (Deadline)

posted 9/22/2020

EMMYS: RuPaul Sashays Away with #5
"Drag Race" Host Breaks Record with Consecutive Wins
From Deadline

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were held, virtually, on Sunday evening, broadcast on ABC and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Schitt's Creek set multiple records by amassing nine total wins, the most for any comedy in one year (besting Mrs. Maisel's previous record of eight). That was due in large part to it sweeping all of the major awards — including all four major acting categories — both of which no comedy has done before.

RuPaul has scored his fifth consecutive win for his hosting work on RuPaul's Drag Race at the Creative Arts Emmys.

Upon receiving the honor during Saturday's virtual ceremony, the RuPaul's Drag Race host brought attention to a political message he wants to share.

"Tonight the only political statement I want to make is this: love," he said. "Love for our LGBT brothers and sisters, love for Black queens and brown queens and love for the United States of America."

The Emmy-winning host, who has broken the record for best host wins, continued his acceptance speech urging his fans and viewers to vote.

"The time has come for you to vote for your lives," he said.

Saturday's win comes after season 12 of VH1's popular drag queen competition show faced a number of unprecedented issues, from the disqualification of one its contestants to the the abrupt production shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

RuPaul's Emmy success also comes after the RuPaul's Drag Race community lost former contestant Chi Chi DeVayne. The drag queen, whose real name was Zavion Davenport, died of pneumonia in August. He was 34.

The winning didn't stop there, as RuPaul's Drag Race sashayed away with its third consecutive major Emmy win. RuPaul's Drag Race beat The Masked Singer, Nailed It!, Top Chef and The Voice to win the Outstanding Competition Program at tonight's Emmys.

"We love making television, it's an honor to make television. All the kids get to tell their stories on our show, it's beautiful. A special note to the viewer, I know how you feel right now, just know you are loved, don't give up on love, believe in love," RuPaul Charles said.

NBC was the winningest broadcast network, claiming eight prizes — that same number as upstart Disney+.

Deadline

THe Wrap
Deadline

TV Line
Gold Derby

posted 9/21/2020

Sharks Swim to Vegas
Guest Sharks to Include Blake Mycoskie, Kendra Scott
From the Futon Critic

"Shark Tank," the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy(R) Award-winning business-themed unscripted series that celebrates entrepreneurship in America, adds two brand-new guest Sharks for its 12th season, premiering FRIDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS and co-founder of Madefor, and Kendra Scott, founder and CEO, Kendra Scott, LLC, and one of only 16 women to found a $1 billion company, will appear individually alongside Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary in various episodes during the 2020-2021 season. A

lex Rodriguez, legendary baseball player and founder and CEO of A-Rod Corp, and Daniel Lubetzky, founder and executive chairman of KIND, also return for the show's 12th season. Episodes can be viewed the day after their premiere on demand and on Hulu.

Produced by MGM Television and Sony Pictures Television, the unrivaled and beloved show, which has become a culturally defining series, filmed for the first time ever in Las Vegas, hosted by The Venetian(R) and Sands Expo & Convention Center.

THe Futon Critic

posted 9/21/2020

Double Masking
"Masked Singer" Season 4 Bows Wednesday
From the Wrap

The fourth season of "The Masked Singer" premieres Wednesday on Fox, featuring performances from the first group of competitors vying for the golden mask trophy this time around — Dragon, Popcorn, Giraffe, Sun and Snow Owls. Yes, we said Snow Owls.

Because while there are five contestants in Season 4's Group A, there are actually six masked celebrities in that lineup, as the white, feathered guys pictured above are "The Masked Singer's" first-ever two-headed costume.

With 16 contestants (BUT 17 stars!) competing this season and five in the first group, that leaves Serpent, Gremlin, Crocodile, Broccoli, Seahorse, Jellyfish, Mushroom, Whatchamacallit, Squiggly Monster, Baby Alien, Sun and Lips — an odd number of hidden singers — to make up Groups B and C. So how exactly will the format work this season, as the show has never faced that particular problem before?

THe Wrap
THe Wrap
Hidden Remote

posted 9/21/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "THe Kind Elephant in the Room"

  • Ellen DeGeneres opens her season by talking about... yeah, that. (TV Line)

  • Michael Strahan to expand NFL wardrobe to females. Finally. (Yahoo! Sports)

  • Sean Evans names his Mount Rushmore of Hot Sauces (CheatSheet)

  • Tim Pastore exits All3Media (Deadline)

  • No, Neil DeGrasse Tyson is NOT going to be the next host of "Jeopardy!", no matter how much the guy typing this byline wants him to be (The Wrap)

  • Anthony Anderson's Emmy speech (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch (Today)

posted 9/17/2020

"Family Fortunes" Premieres
Gino D'Acampo Hosts UK FEud REboot
From Radio Times

Classic game show Family Fortunes resumed on ITV on Sunday after a mere 18-year hiatus, with a brand new set and a new host in the form of TV chef Gino D'Acampo, who received a mixed reception on his debut.

The social media reaction to Gino was split between those who loved it and those who seemed to take a deep dislike to the new presentation and presenter.

Not that the host would be too bothered. He told RadioTimes.com he hesitated about taking the job, "But once I said yes and I entered the studio, I thought, 'Nah. I'm going to just enjoy it and do whatever I do'. I don't really care. If they like it, they like it. If they don't like it? Well, whatever."

Radio Times

Metro
Metro

The News Pocket

posted 9/20/2020

THURSDAY: Splitting the Night
"Big Brother" Leads CBS in DEmos, "Holey Moley" Gives ABC the Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (2.732 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) pulled in front on Thursday with thanks to a new "Big Brother 22" (4.143 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and a special two-hour "Love Island" (2.027 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

ABC (2.978 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was the most-watched broadcaster with its mix of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.290 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), "Holey Moley II: The Sequel: The Special: Unhinged, Part Two" (2.497 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Match Game" (2.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was NBC (2.084 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Transplant" (2.346 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), another "Transplant" (2.113 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.792 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.279 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up second runs of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.324 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "The Masked Singer: Special Season Four Sneak Peek" (1.235 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.716 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Mysteries Decoded" (0.740 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.691 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/20/2020

Top Dog Strike Averted
"America's Top Dog" Signs with IATSE
From Deadline

After a two-day strike, 115 crew members on A&E's America's Top Dog have returned to work in Simi Valley under a contract negotiated by IATSE and Hollywood's Teamsters Local 399.

"This was an important win for the America's Top Dog crew, and their unity and resolve made it happen," said IATSE vice president Mike Miller. "In the midst of this pandemic, they will now work under a contract that provides healthcare, pension, improvements in working conditions and safety protocol oversight. We also recognize our partners, Teamsters Local 399, who joined us on the picket line and were also able to secure an agreement."

The new contract with Bark Entertainment, a division of Big Fish Entertainment, mandates that workers receive full healthcare and other benefits from their date of hire; a minimum of 10 hours of work per day; 10 hours of rest between workdays; weekend rest periods; and penalties for failing to allow for meal breaks.

Deadline

posted 9/20/2020

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Emmy Post-Show"

  • Bachelor alums launch their own podcast (Reality TV World)

  • "Cheer's" Monica Aldama speaks about co-star's arrest (Deadline)

  • BEHIND THE SCENES: "Sing On" makes Pinewood its home base (THe Cinemaholic)

  • Giuliana Rancic, Vivica A. Fox stay home from Emmys due to COVID (Reality TV World)

posted 9/17/2020

Alex Scott Questions Sports
BBC Names New "QS" Host
From Metro

Television favorites have been expressing their delight at reports that former footballer Alex Scott will be the new host of A Question Of Sport.

Alex, a contestant on last year's Strictly Come Dancing, is reportedly set to replace 64-year-old Sue Barker, who is leaving the BBC One quiz show after 24 years.

The 35-year-old ex-England international is said to have impressed Beeb bosses with her guest appearances on the show.

Metro

THe Telegraph
Newsday

Buzz.ie
Brinkwire

posted 9/17/2020

Moving House
CBS Revives Sunday Night Movies, Moves "Big Brother" to Mondays
From Gold Derby

"Big Brother 22" may be unfolding predictably, but at least its TV schedule is keeping us on our toes: The show's Sunday's episodes will move to Mondays at 8/7c starting on Oct. 5.

The all-stars installment is on the move because CBS is reviving CBS Sunday Night Movies on Sunday, Oct. 4 after a 14-year break, likely due to coronavirus-related production delays for its prime-time shows. The lineup will feature "six fan-favorite films from the Paramount Pictures library," with the three of them "back to school"-themed and a horror night in advance of Halloween. Five of them will air on consecutive Sundays, and the sixth, "Coming to America" will air on Nov. 29.

Since "Big Brother's" season finale is scheduled for Oct. 28, that means its nomination ceremony episodes — the Sunday episodes (for now) — will be on Mondays the rest of the season after the switch. "Big Brother's" timeslots for its other two weekly episodes remain unchanged (after a one-week only Tuesday broadcast this week due to Wednesday's ACM Awards): The Veto episodes are still on Wednesdays at 8/7c and the live evictions, with Julie Chen Moonves, remain on Thursdays at 8/7c. The two-hour season finale will air Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 9/8c.

Gold Derby

TV Line

posted 9/17/2020

WEDNESDAY: ACMs Give CBS The Night
Got Talent a Strong #2
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.589 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to its presentation of "The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards" (6.589 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

NBC (3.113 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) settled for second with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (5.092 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.367 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (1.880 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was FOX (1.563 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with repeats of "MasterChef" (1.461 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and a second "MasterChef" (1.664 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.544 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) served up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Black-ish" (1.634 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) alongside the special "Notre-Dame: Our Lady of Paris" (1.362 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments from "The 100" (0.683 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Coroner" (0.754 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.719 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4).

On cable Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 862k/0.25
- Dodgeball Thunderdome (Discovery): 352k/0.08

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/17/2020

So How Does This Superfan Contest Work?
Details on the 25 Words or Less Promotion
From WTVM Columbus

'25 Words or Less' is honoring 'Super Fans' with a chance to win $1,000.

Fans can enter the shows 'Super Fan' contest online and if selected, they will be paired with a contestant on the show. If that contestant wins their bonus round, the 'Super Fan' wins $1,000.

Hosted by Meredith Viera, 25 Words or Less kicked off it's second season on Monday, September 14th with a new virtual format, due to COVID-19.

WTVM Columbus

posted 9/17/2020

Space.... the Final Frontier of Reality TV
TV Series Wants to Send a Civilian to Space in 2023
From Deadline

Following the success of SpaceX's Crew Dragon mission, which marked the return of the U.S.' capability for manned flights and the first private company to get people into orbit, a reality series wants to send a civilian into space.

Space Hero Inc., a U.S.-based production company founded by Thomas Reemer and Deborah Sass and led by former News Corp Europe chief Marty Pompadur, has secured a seat on a 2023 mission to the International Space Station. It will go to a contestant chosen through an unscripted show titled Space Hero. Produced by Ben Silverman and Howard Owens' Propagate, the series will launch a global search for everyday people from any background who share a deep love for space exploration. They will be vying for the biggest prize ever awarded on TV.

Deadline

posted 9/17/2020

CBS Wins the SEason in All Dayparts
Fox Claims Season for the Demos
From the Futon Critic

CBS is once again "America's Most-Watched Network" across primetime, daytime and late night, earning a ratings trifecta for the second consecutive time during the 2019-2020 broadcast year from September 2019-September 2020.

According to Nielsen NPower (6+ minute qualifier), CBS has also reached 228 million viewers this season across all dayparts, nearly 75% of all persons 2+ in the television ratings universe. CBS

For the year, CBS Primetime averaged 6.32 million viewers, beating its closest competitor (NBC) by over +700k viewers. This marks the 11th year in the last 12 that CBS has been the most-watched network for the full television year.

THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT beat "The Tonight Show" by +1.52 million viewers (3.46m vs. 1.94m, +78%). This marks CBS' fourth consecutive late night win - the program's longest winning streak and the largest margin of victory for CBS over "The Tonight Show" since 1993-1994. THE LATE SHOW also finished +48,000 viewers ahead in adults 18-49 (532k versus 484k), after winning by +20,000 last year. The combination of THE LATE SHOW and THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN easily wins late night by +620k viewers (CBS, 2.30m viewers versus NBC, 1.62m and ABC, 1.68m).

CBS has dominated the daytime landscape for the past 34 years, and this season was no exception. CBS beat its closest competition in daytime by +1.25 million viewers (3.46m versus ABC's 2.21m).

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The Wrap

posted 9/17/2020

Bradley Walsh Down to (BLANK)?
"The Chase" Host Tipped to Reboot "Blankety Blank"
From Radio Times

The classic celebrities-meet-the-public game show Blankety Blank is reportedly being lined up for a return by the BBC, with the ever-popular host of The Chase, Bradley Walsh, tipped to be host.

The Sun reports that Walsh is in the frame to be presenter for a show that last screened for one year on ITV in 2001 after previously screening for 15 series on the BBC, starting in 1979.

The British version of "Match Game", Blankety Blank featured a celebrity panel, one of whom would read out a question with a key word left blank, which the contestant, a member of the public, would try to answer and match as many of the answers of the other celebrities' guesses as possible.

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posted 9/17/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Emmy Pre-Show"

  • VIDEO WALL: Before the Emmys, watch the REAL competition on "Celebrity Family Feud" (TV Line)

  • Warn the town, The Beast is loose (Fife Today)

  • Memphis Garrett accused of saying... THAT ... word (News Lagoon)

  • Nick Viall buys a house (Reality TV World)

  • FIRST LOOK: I Can See Your Voice (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Gino D'Acampo (What's on TV)

posted 9/17/2020

Here. We. Go!
Game Shows Return Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
From various sources

And away we go! The fall season begins amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Some things will look familiar, but indeed some changes are in the offing.

JEOPARDY!: Jeopardy! has just unveiled the design of its new set for the upcoming season, which premieres tonight, September 14. In a short promo video for the popular quiz show, you can see that instead of a bank of podiums for the contestants, they're now separated and six feet apart due new filming protocols in the pandemic era. Another change you'll see in the visual is that there is a skeleton staff and no audience. Not even Johnny Gilbert, who announces the contestants and introduces host Alex Trebek is in the studio. In addition, Ken Jennings is brought on to deliver clues as a consulting producer. The show insists that he is not Alex's replacement.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE: For its 38th season starting Sept. 14, 2020, "Wheel" updated the half wall that host Pat Sajak and contestants stand behind to be much wider, allowing for six feet between everyone. The result is an almost half circle installation. The expanded structure also required the show to expand the size of the LED panels that front the half wall and that display various graphics, including, during normal gameplay, the "Wheel" logo, color coded contestant scoreboards and flashing indicators to show whose turn it is. In addition, the white arrow "flippers" that help point to the wedge a contestant lands on remain installed in the half wall. In addition, every contestant is given a grip to spin the Wheel safely.
DANCING WITH THE STARS: The Season 29 premiere will air live from the "Dancing with the Stars" set but won't feature a live audience due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Judge Bruno Tonioli said the series will instead show projected images on large panels. "It's gonna be fantastic. The set will literally transform with every performance," Tonioli said.


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posted 9/15/2020

SYNDIES: Week Zero
Results for the Week Ending September 6
From TV Newscheck

It looks like Judge Judy is planning to show rivals no mercy in the upcoming final year for syndication's dominant court show. For the week ending Sept. 6, the between-season session leading into Labor Day weekend, Judy rose 2% to a four-week high 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and crushed the other court shows for a remarkable 1,250th week in a row — or every week for the past 24 years. The iconic courtroom strip, which was in repeats on all five days, was also the week's highest rated first-run syndicated show of any type as it has been in every season for the past 11 years.

Reports on the two storms, along with updates on the pandemic, blistered numerous daytime shows with preemptions. On top of that, many programs were bumped for four days of coverage of the Republican National Convention coverage.

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) 5.4 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.6 +2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.3 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony): 0.8 NC - FINAL RATING
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


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The Wrap

posted 9/16/2020

A Second Set of Fibs
"The Big Fib" Returns to Disney+ October
From The Futon Critic

As the weather chills and leaves begin to change, grab your favorite blanket and curl up with Disney+ for "It's Fall on Disney+," featuring exciting and heart-warming new original movies and series and many of your favorite movies premiering this season.

Disney+'s first original game show, "The Big Fib," is back for another 15 episodes. Hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown and featuring Rhys Darby as her robot sidekick, C.L.I.V.E., each episode puts kid contestants in the hot seat as they question adults to find the real fibber.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/16/2020

TUESDAY: America's Got... a Draw!
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.011 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was once again the most-watched network on Tuesday with fresh installments of "America's Got Talent" (5.713 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and "Transplant" (3.607 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

CBS (2.498 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a special "Big Brother 22" (3.962 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by a new "Love Island" (1.894 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and a repeat "FBI: Most Wanted" (1.639 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Next up was ABC (2.934 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "Modern Family" (2.292 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), another "Modern Family" (1.986 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "'The President and the People' a '20/20' Special Event" (3.809 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and "The Conners" (1.901 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up second runs of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.251 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Prodigal Son" (0.767 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, "Dead Pixels" (0.419 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12), a repeat "Dead Pixels" (0.262 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.303 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.322 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 829k/0.20
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 635k/0.15
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (SF/truTV): 143k/0.05

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/16/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sing On, America"

posted 9/16/2020

MONDAY: Mission Accomplished
"Dancing" Gives ABC the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.398 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) surged to the top spot on Monday thanks to the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" (8.098 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and its special "VOMO: Vote or Miss Out" (2.998 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

NBC (2.972 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) had to settle for the silver with its duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.051 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (2.815 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was CBS (2.181 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its mix of "The Neighborhood" (2.941 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Young Sheldon" (2.447 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), a new "Love Island" (1.640 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Bull" (2.207 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.344 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up the feature "Patriots Day" (1.344 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.116 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.081 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.949 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (1.024 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/15/2020

Survivor Delayed Until 2021... AT LEAST.
Report: Government Safety Measures Force Hand Until Spring
From TV Line

The country of Fiji has spoken.

Despite many U.S.-based productions heading back to work following March's coronavirus-prompted production shutdown, Survivor may not resume filming until spring of 2021, according to a report by Inside Survivor.

The show, which films in Fiji's Mamanuca Islands, had hoped to begin filming Season 41 this fall, but due to the Fijian government's new COVID-19 safety measures, the country's borders remain closed to non-citizens.

Production is now said to be returning to its regular schedule, with a possible plan to film seasons 41 and 42 back-to-back between April and July of 2021. This would likely delay new episodes of the CBS reality staple until this time next year, which would result in the longest wait between seasons in franchise history. But even an April start date is, of course, contingent on the state of the pandemic and the Fijian government.

TV Line
Inside Survivor

Deadline

posted 9/15/2020

WEEKEND: Football Is Back
SNF Gives NBC a W-I-N
From the Futon Critic

NBC (12.644 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) got a big boost on Sunday from the season premieres of "Football Night in America #1" (5.260 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (6.996 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.168 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.9, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.146 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1).

FOX (7.036 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) likewise got a bump from a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (14.744 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.5, #2) followed by "The Masked Singer: Special Season Four Sneak Peek" (4.680 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "The 2020 FOX Fall Preview" (2.052 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and a repeat "Family Guy" (1.316 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (3.930 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.712 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Big Brother 22" (4.379 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and a two-hour "Love Island" (1.815 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10). Meanwhile,

ABC (2.634 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.380 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.845 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Press Your Luck" (2.303 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Match Game" (2.008 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

And finally, the season finale of "Fridge Wars" (0.310 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and a repeat of "Supernatural" (0.311 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.311 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue (VH1): 219k/0.09

And Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 369k/0.10

... and Sunday!
- Halloween Wars (SP/Food): 882k/0.23
- Halloween Wars (S/Food): 879k/0.20

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
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posted 9/15/2020

A Question of Sue
Sue Barker to Leave "A Question of Sport" after 24 Years
From the Guardian

The tennis and broadcasting star Sue Barker is to leave A Question of Sport after 24 years as its host in a big shake-up of the BBC quiz show.

The program's team captains, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell, former professional rugby and cricket players respectively, have also been axed as part of the overhaul, which comes weeks after the BBC's director general, Tony Hall, was succeeded in the role by Tim Davie, the former chief executive of the corporation's commercial arm, BBC Studios.

Barker, 64, who took over as host from the commentator David Coleman in 1997 and earns up to £199,000 a year with the BBC, over $250,000, said: "I've absolutely loved my 24 years fronting A Question of Sport, it's been my dream job. But I understand the BBC want to take the show in a new direction and I'm sad to say goodbye."

Barker's departure threatens to reignite a row about ageism, of which the broadcaster has been accused before. In 2011, the former Countryfile presenter Miriam O'Reilly successfully sued the corporation for age discrimination, and in 2007, Moira Stuart quit the BBC amid allegations of ageism.

Dawson, 47, a former England rugby player, and Tufnell, 54, a former English international cricketer, have led their teams on the show for 16 and 12 years respectively. Tufnell tweeted he was "going to miss it hugely", adding: "thanks so much for all the lovely messages!!" Dawson said: "Thanks for all the lovely messages. I'm not sure how to respond so I'll have a think. Needless to say I will miss Question of Sport immensely...."

Their final series together will be broadcast next year and a new lineup is yet to be announced. A BBC spokeswoman said: "We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show's longest-reigning host over the last 24 years, and Matt and Phil for their excellent team captaincy over 16 and 12 years respectively.

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posted 9/14/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Bit Slack"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: the new season of "The Great British Baking Show" drops stateside September 25 (The Futon Critic) but Sandi Toksvig won't be watching (What's on TV)

  • Erin Andrews admits she felt feelings after "Dancing" firing (TV Line)

  • CBS All Access is dead. Long live Paramount+ (TV Line)

  • James Corden returns to quarantine (Deadline)

  • Clare Crawley says she "blew up" the Bachelorette... we'll see... (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: British game show secrets revealed (LADBible)

posted 9/15/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Final Answer"

  • #ICYMI: Relive Donald Fear's epic stack (Indy100)

  • This week's Nostalgia Is Not a Substitute for Plot Development Award goes to... Steph Curry? (THe Futon Critic)

  • I guess that's a no for reconciliation, Cassie Randolph? (Hollywood Life)

  • FIRST LOOKS: Millionaire season 2 (TV Insider) and The Masked Singer season 4 (TV Line)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 actors who make darn good game show hosts (Screen Rant)

posted 9/14/2020


ITV

More on "Bank Balance"
Gordon Ramsay to Produce, Host Game Show
From various sources

Gordon Ramsay will host new BBC game show Bank Balance, the U.K. public broadcaster said Friday.

He will be "stepping into his first-ever role as host" for the primetime show, produced by his Studio Ramsay, for flagship network BBC One, it said.

Bank Balance is described as "a high-stakes, high-pressure, game show where contestants test their poise, precision, knowledge and nerve to succeed to build themselves a fortune, or see it come crashing down in an instant."

Said Ramsay: "This is going to be truly epic. It is such an intense game with so much jeopardy to win big and lose even bigger, where the difference between failure and success is always in the balance. I'm so happy to be working with the fantastic team at the BBC and cannot wait to get in the studio and start stacking those gold bars!"

Said Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning at the BBC: "Bank Balance is a great format where contestants need to balance nerve with knowledge. And Gordon will be a formidable and unforgettable host."

Filming will start later this year. Jo Wallace will serve as the show's executive producer for the BBC. For Studio Ramsay Fernando De Jesus, Tom Day, Sam Smaïl and Bronson Payne will produce, with Ramsay and chief creative officer Lisa Edwards as executive producers.

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posted 9/13/2020


Bravo
AARON GRISSOM: 1986-2020
"Top Chef" Season 12 Contestant Perishes in Motorcycle Accident
From TV Line

Chef Aaron Grissom, who competed in Season 12 of Bravo's Top Chef, has died at the age of 34 in a fatal motorcycle accident, the network confirmed on Friday.

Grissom passed away after crashing his motorcycle in his native Tacoma, according to the News Tribune. His death was ruled an accident by the local medical examiner.

"Bravo and the Top Chef family are saddened to learn about the passing of Chef Aaron Grissom from Season 12: Boston," a Bravo spokesperson said in a statement. "Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends."

Grissom competed in the twelfth season of the Bravo cooking competition, which was set in Boston and aired in 2014.

Grissom was known for his confident, confrontational style; he finished 11th out of 16 contestants. (Mei Lin won the title of Top Chef in the season finale, defeating runner-up Gregory Gourdet.) A year earlier, he was featured in an episode of the Food Network travel show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, hosted by Guy Fieri.

Prior to appearing on Top Chef, Grissom worked as a chef at Bow & Truss in North Hollywood. In his native Tacoma, he worked in the kitchens of Dirty Oscar's Annex and ramen bar Moshi Moshi. He also worked as a private chef for musicians including Billie Eilish.

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posted 9/13/2020

THURSDAY: Football Is Back
TNF Gives NBC a W-I-N
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) was of course the top draw on Thursday thanks to "NFL Kickoff 2020 / Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (14.007 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2) and the annual Thursday launch of "Sunday Night Football" (16.886 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1).

CBS (2.492 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) claimed a distant second with its mix of "Big Brother 22" (3.918 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Love Island" (1.684 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and a repeat "Bull" (1.875 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with the season finale of "Holey Moley" (2.899 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) followed by "Holey Moley II: The Sequel: The Special: Unhinged, Part One" (1.709 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Shark Attack: The Paige Winter Story with Robin Roberts" (1.727 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.140 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up repeats of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.161 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Last Man Standing" (1.031 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and another "Last Man Standing" (1.206 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.752 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Mysteries Decoded" (0.821 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.682 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

On cable THursday...
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 247k/0.08

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/11/2020


ABC/Endemol Shine North America

John Cena, Nicole Byer "Wipeout"
Veteran Hosts Join TBS Reboot
From various sources

Multifaceted megastar John Cena (Fast & Furious 9, The Suicide Squad) and Emmy-nominated comedian and actress Nicole Byer (Nailed It!, Girl Code) have signed on to host TBS' revival of the adrenalizing and outrageous physical competition series Wipeout. Cena and Byer will command the hysteria of the fan-favorite series by serving up commentary tailored to the all-around hilarity and thrill of the heart-pumping competition, with Camille Kostek (I Feel Pretty) complementing their presence by serving as the entrenched Host in the Field, covering the contestants' progress throughout each intense round.

The re-imagined series will feature new twists and elements that will push contestants' athleticism, approach, and determination to even greater extremes, all while delivering some wildly epic fails! Each game is three rounds with each round featuring a jaw-dropping, multi-stage obstacle course with numerous strategy and decision points designed to further challenge the stamina of the competitors and deliver even more hilarious and surprising wipeouts! And of course, the iconic staple of the show - the big balls! - are returning with a vengeance.

"I couldn't be more excited for what's in store for this radically absurd show that has its own fair share of legendary faceplants." said John Cena. "The power of Wipeout is its ability to gather people of all backgrounds for fast paced, physical FUN! I look forward to seeing fan responses both new and existing. This'll be a hosting experience unlike anything I've ever done! I can't wait to get started in rooting for our contestants!"

"Now more than ever we need a ton of fun and laughs," said Nicole Byer, "and there's nothing funnier than people falling over giant red balls. Wipeout is truly insane, and I'm tickled to be a part of this beloved show's comeback."

"We couldn't be more excited to have John, Nicole and Camille take charge of this outrageously unpredictable, family-friendly competition series, said Matt Kunitz, Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer of Wipeout. "Having a sports titan and movie star next to an Emmy-nominated comedy star, alongside a seasoned co-host, they'll complement one another with their own fantastic qualities and humor while livening the already extreme setting of Wipeout."

"Wipeout has always delivered a great deal of light and laughter in dark times - whether that was in 2008 when it first premiered in the midst of a massive recession or now again, in 2020," said Corie Henson, EVP, Head of Unscripted for TNT, TBS and truTV. "This is one show that brings people together - regardless of age, race or politics. With megastar John Cena and hilarious Emmy nominee Nicole Byer, and with the help of rising star, Camille Kostek, as our host in the field, Wipeout is going to be bigger, badder and ballsier than ever before."

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posted 9/9/2020


BBC
Dame DIANA RIGG: 1938-2020
Legendary Actress Played "Call My Bluff", "Hollywood Squares"
From TV Line

Dame Diana Rigg, an Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress best known to TV audiences as Game of Thrones' Lady Olenna Tyrell and The Avengers' Agent Emma Peel, has died at the age of 82.

"She died peacefully early this morning," her agent said in a statement to the BBC. "She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time."

Rigg made her debut as Thrones' feisty, cunning Queen of Thorns in Season 3's second episode, "Dark Wings, Dark Words." All told, she appeared in 18 episodes throughout four seasons, with her final appearance in Season 7's third installment, "The Queen's Justice." The role earned her three consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, from 2013 through 2015.

Her breakout role came in 1965 when she was cast as the aforementioned Agent Peel on the British espionage drama The Avengers, appearing in Series 4-6. Her performance earned her a pair of Emmy nominations for Best Actress, in 1967 and 1968. She finally grabbed Emmy gold in 1997 for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV movie for her part as Mrs. Danvers in the PBS limited series Rebecca.

Additional accolades included a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her work in the 1990 BBC miniseries Mother Love, and a Tony Award for Best Actress for the 1994 Broadway play Medea.

In addition to GoT, Rigg's recent TV credits include Detectorists, Victoria and You, Me and the Apocalypse. She'll last appear in the BBC/FX miniseries Black Narcissus (based on the 1939 novel by Rumor Godden), which is set to premiere later this fall (exact date TBA).

She was no stranger to game shows, appearing in "Masterchef" & "Call My Bluff" in her native UK, and "The Hollywood Squares" stateside.

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posted 9/10/2020

WEDNESDAY: Inspiring Change?
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (2.665 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) led the demo race last night thanks to a new "Big Brother 22" (3.935 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) alongside the Wednesday premieres of "Love Island" (1.666 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "48 Hours Suspicion" (2.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

NBC (2.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) was the most-watched network with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (5.217 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), "Inspire Change" (1.384 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a repeat "Chicago Fire" (1.536 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

Next up was FOX (1.460 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) with repeats of "MasterChef" (1.418 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a second "MasterChef" (1.502 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.609 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.278 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Black-ish" (1.602 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "The Conners" (1.789 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "American Housewife" (1.511 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), another "The Goldbergs" (1.261 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and another "The Conners" (1.212 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "The 100" (0.589 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Coroner" (0.891 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) on The CW (0.740 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

Wednesday cable numbers are...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 830k/0.25
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 660k/0.18
- Dodgeball Thunderdome (Discovery): 529k/0.14

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posted 9/9/2020

Go Big Goes Big on Judges
TBS' New Talent Contest to Launch 2021
From the Futon Critic

TBS has ordered a full season of Go-Big Show, an hour-long extreme talent competition starring celebrity judges Snoop Dogg, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles and "The American Nightmare" Cody, and hosted by popular comedian Bert Kreischer. The show's pick-up was announced by the host and judges this evening from the set in Macon, GA and broadcast simultaneously across TBS, TNT and truTV, marking the three networks' inaugural roadblock announcement.

Go-Big Show showcases supersized talents on a scale never before seen on television. Featuring monster trucks, alligator trainers, stunt archery and other radical feats, the program celebrates daring acts alongside personal, behind-the-scenes stories from the challengers as they battle head-to-head to impress the judges and advance toward the finale's ultimate $100,000 prize.

Go-Big Show has begun production on 10 episodes at the Macon Coliseum, where contenders and staff are operating under strict Covid-19 safety protocols and isolating together for the duration of production. TBS is producing this series in consultation with local authorities, the unions and medical experts. The network's first priority is the health and safety of employees, production partners, cast and crew.

While the 7,000 seats within the arena will remain empty during tapings, the show's lively indoor festivities will extend outdoors to TV's first-ever, interactive drive-in audience. Spectators will cheer for their favorite competitors in real time during a socially-distanced tailgate party just outside the venue which follows Macon-Bibb County Commission's Covid-safety mandates.

"Go-Big Show celebrates unique, untraditional and unforgettable American talent," said Corie Henson, EVP and head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV. "Each contestant brings tremendous heart and swagger, which also perfectly describes Bert and our judges, a dream team of larger-than-life talent."

"We are going bigger and bolder with our unscripted line-up at TBS to provide more of the content that viewers love from our platform," said Brett Weitz, General Manager, TNT, TBS and truTV. "Go-Big Show not only delivers on this promise with a thrilling new take on talent competition, but it's also another example of our innovative spirit as we continue to create brand-defining, must-watch television."

Debuting on TBS in 2021, Go-Big Show is produced by Propagate and Matador Content, a Boatrocker Company. The series is executive produced by Todd Lubin and Jay Peterson of Matador Content; Howard T. Owens, Ben Silverman, and Greg Lipstone of Propagate Content; showrunner Conrad Green; Bert Kreischer, Snoop Dogg and Ted Chung for Snoopadelic Films.

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posted 9/10/2020

Long Game's Journey Into Night
Richard Osman Moves to BBC1 Primetime
From C21 Media

UK celebrity gameshow Richard Osman's House of Games is moving to BBC1 primetime after a successful run on BBC2.

The series, retitled Richard Osman's Games Night, has been commissioned to air later this year, after House of Games aired for three seasons on BBC2 in an 18.00 slot.

Each week a group of four celebrities test their general knowledge skills in a variety of games. Jennifer Saunders, Jermaine Jenas, Roisin Conaty and Jason Manford will take part in the BBC1 run.

The series includes all the games from the BBC2 series plus some new additions, including a house band and special guests.

Banijay-owned Remarkable Television produces the show. Tamara Gilder, the firm's creative director, said: "House of Games is a total joy to make and we can't wait to share these special episodes with a primetime audience. It has everything you love about the 6pm show with some extra quizzing silliness thrown in for good measure."

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posted 9/10/2020

More on "Wheel's" Return
Catch It Monday!
From TV Line

This is not spin: Wheel of Fortune is returning with new episodes — imminently. Following a months-long coronavirus-imposed production hiatus, the venerable syndicated game show will be back on the air with original episodes beginning Monday, Sept. 14. Wheel is entering Season 38.

As previously reported, fellow syndicated quiz show Jeopardy! is also back with original episodes on Sept. 14.

Among the COVID-related changes: The show's signature Wheel has been redesigned to allow for six feet of space between host Pat Sajak and each contestant. Additionally, each player is given their own spinning cap — which Sajak has apparently dubbed, "The White Thing." The cap fits over each spoke so contestants can spin the Wheel without actually touching it.

Wheel resumed production in early August, five months after shooting was suspended due to COVID-19. Reruns have been filling the airwaves throughout much of the summer.

"Our challenge was not unique, to get back up and running in a way that is safe for everyone involved while making subtle improvements to make America's Game even better," said Wheel's new EP Mike Richards. "I think we have accomplished that in a big way, and our fans can be comfortable knowing that they're going to tune in to see the Wheel of Fortune they love."

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posted 9/10/2020

TUESDAY: America's Got Transplant
NBC Wins Again on a Tuesday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.082 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was still on top last night thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (5.780 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and week two of "Transplant" (3.685 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

CBS (2.773 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) claimed the silver with its mix of "NCIS" (4.765 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Love Island" (1.730 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (1.824 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Next up was ABC (1.774 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and repeats of "Modern Family" (1.957 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), another "Modern Family" (1.597 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), the penultimate "What Would You Do?" (1.869 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and the season finale of "What Would You Do?" (1.676 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.178 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) served up second runs of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.424 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "FOX NFL Sunday 2020 Season Preview" (0.932 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, "Dead Pixels" (0.428 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12), a repeat "Dead Pixels" (0.280 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.427 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.390 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Tuesday cable numbers...
- Chopped (Food): 771k/0.17
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 624k/0.16
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (truTV): 162k/0.07

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posted 9/10/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Single in LA"

  • Becca Kufrin moves to Los Angeles after a breakup... (Reality TV World)

  • Speaking of breakups, who had Victoria Fuller? (Reality TV World)

  • TBT: Alex Trebek inherited the podium of Art Fleming 36 years ago (Deseret News)

posted 9/10/2020


NBC

Jay Leno Bets His Life
"Tonight Show" Host to Front Reboot of "You Bet Your Life" for Fox Television Stations
From various sources

FOX Television Stations has announced the return of "You Bet Your Life," set to debut in Fall 2021. The half-hour comedy game show will be hosted by Jay Leno and broadcast on the FOX owned-and-operated stations, as well as syndicated nationally. Tom Werner will serve as the executive producer, along with showrunner and executive producer, David Hurwitz.

"We need a familiar face to make us laugh and we are incredibly proud and excited to reinvent this renowned franchise with the enormously talented Jay," stated Jack Abernethy, CEO, FOX Television Stations.

Jay Leno added, "I'm thrilled to be hosting the latest version of 'You Bet Your Life.' One of my favorite things to do is talk to regular people and draw humor out of them. This is a comedy show wrapped in a game show that allows me to do just that."

Hosted by Jay Leno, this new incarnation of the legendary game show "You Bet Your Life," will preserve the show's trademark humorous interviews and unpredictable banter with each contestant, famously originated by Groucho Marx. For this reboot, the game will couple two strangers together for the opportunity to win prize money by correctly answering questions about pre-determined categories. Each episode will present two pairs of contestants.

180 episodes of "You Bet Your Life" will be distributed by FOX First Run.

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SYNDIES: Week 52
Results for the Week Ending August 30
From TV Newscheck

Only two of the top 10 talk shows — Live with Kelly and Ryan and Tamron Hall — were able to overcome the headwinds of Hurricanes Laura and Marco and swirl into positive territory in the sleepy, late summer session ending Aug. 30.

Reports on the two storms, along with updates on the pandemic, blistered numerous daytime shows with preemptions. On top of that, many programs were bumped for four days of coverage of the Republican National Convention coverage.

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) 5.5 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.5 +2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.1 +5%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony): 0.8 NC - FINAL RATING
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 9/1/2020

Misery Will Return Sooner Than You Think
October 20... That Soon Enough For Ya?
From the Futon Critic

Beginning Tuesday, October 20, at 10:30pm ET/PT on TBS, host Jameela Jamil joins the stars of truTV's Impractical Jokers - Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano - for all new episodes of the comedy game show The Misery Index. Inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens, teams compete against each other by attempting to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events based on the "misery index", a ranking system created by a team of therapists. The series return will feature themed episodes including a twins-centric battle, a dare to regret, and a special holiday episode with the final round worth $50,000.

Ranked as one of the top 10 cable comedies of 2020, The Misery Index was recently renewed for a third season.

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posted 9/9/2020

Robin Thede to Join "Haute Dog"
Matt Rogers to Host HBOMax Series September 24
From the Wrap

Robin Thede will judge HBO Max's dog grooming competition series, "Haute Dog."

Thede will join celebrity dog groomer Jess Rona to judge the competition, while Matt Rogers will serve as the host.

The series will debut Sept. 24 with the first six episodes.

Billed as "the most adorable competition series ever created," each episode features three dog groomers facing off over two rounds. Rogers will provide comedic commentary and Rona will lead the judging panel with her "extensive knowledge of breeds and proper grooming techniques."

Thede will serve as the "haute" expert and evaluate the outrageous and jaw-dropping transformations. The judges determine who wins Best in Show and the lucky groomer will walk away with $10,000 and a first place rosette.

The series was inspired by celebrity dog grooming expert Jess Rona's social media presence and coffee table book "Groomed."

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posted 9/9/2020

WEEKEND: Come On And Watch Some Basketball
ABC Wins with NBA Coverage
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.804 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) claimed top honors on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.576 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "NBA Countdown" (2.813 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "NBA Playoffs: Houston at Los Angeles" (3.694 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

CBS (3.313 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was the silver draw with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.128 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Big Brother 22" (3.523 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Love Island" (1.724 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (1.877 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9).

Next up was NBC (1.389 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with its combination of "Cannonball" (1.575 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) and "NHL Playoffs: Dallas at Vegas" (1.326 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.904 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T4) served up "FOX NFL Sunday 2020 Season Preview" (0.824 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "FOX PBC Fight Night" (0.944 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

And finally, a new "Fridge Wars" (0.349 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.327 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) on The CW (0.338 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T4) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 315k/0.07

Cable numbers Sunday ...
- Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 984k/0.23
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 846k/0.20

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posted 9/9/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Comeback"

  • Nick Cannon quietly returns to radio... (THe Source)

  • VIDEO WALL: Ellen's Game of Games promises "more fun" (TV Insider)

  • FIRST LOOK: Key art released for "Supermarket Sweep" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Kevin Hart to relaunch MDA telethon (TV Line)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Weakest Link moves premiere to Tuesday, September 29. (THe Futon Critic)

posted 9/9/2020


ABC

Derek Hough to Judge New Season of "Dancing"
Changes Also to the Dance Floor
From various sources

Emmy(R) Award winner and six-time Mirrorball champion dancer Derek Hough joins "Dancing with the Stars" in a new capacity as a judge when the show kicks off its new season live on MONDAY, SEPT. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

Derek Hough said on his return, "This show has been and will always be incredibly special to me. Coming back feels like coming home and I couldn't be more excited to be back in the ballroom."

Hough joins Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli at the judges table in the ballroom. Meanwhile, in light of current circumstances, Len Goodman will be unable to judge this season live in the ballroom, though he will still be a part of the show in a different capacity sharing his ballroom expertise from the UK.

The producers of the show have had six months to figure out how to make it happen in a time of uncertainty. Llinares said, "The challenge for us is that we still want to do what we normally do on the show and bring it back better than ever and evolve it but now we have this whole additional prism to look at it through. We want to make sure from a COVID point of view that we're bringing it back safely for everyone in the cast and crew and have a show that we can all get really excited about."

All of the celebrities, including Tiger King's Carole Baskin, rapper Nelly, Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause, former NBA star Charles Oakley, Anne Heche and Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean, have relocated to LA for the entire season in order to avoid travel. The judges' desk will be widened to maintain eight feet between each judge and dancers will be asked to stand at a distance of at least eight feet from the judges during the judging process.

Also, there will also be no audience for the show, which will still be produced and aired live, or band, and the team at BBC Studios have redesigned the studio as a result. Llinares said, "What we didn't want to have in the ballroom was loads of empty seats, we wanted it to look like there was a purpose to it so we're redesigning the ballroom. We're going to put in some extra screens, it's going to look like the show was always designed to look this way."

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posted 9/8/2020

MONDAY: Even a Small-Scale Midoriyama Will Climb to the Top
NBC Wins with "ANW" Season Premiere
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.202 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with the formal return of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and a repeat "Dateline NBC" (2.607 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

CBS (2.350 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) took home second with its mix of "The Neighborhood" (3.185 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Young Sheldon" (2.799 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Love Island" (1.660 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Bull" (2.398 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Next up was FOX (1.364 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with the feature "Draft Day" (1.364 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.392 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up the finale to "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (1.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8). And finally,

The CW (0.655 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with rebroadcasts of "Penn & Teller: Try This at Home" (0.676 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Penn & Teller: Try This at Home Too" (0.633 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

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"Bachelor" to Tape in a Bubble
ABC Buoyed by "Bachelorette" Taping
From DEadline

The Bachelorette is successfully in can ahead of its October 13 premiere as ABC gets ready to start production on its parent show The Bachelor later this month.

Rob Mills, SVP, Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming, ABC Entertainment, told Deadline that The Bachelor will start production at the end of September with a view to airing in January as per previous years.

While the show will run on a similar timeline to previous seasons – the last 12 seasons of the show began airing at the start of the new year, production will be in a pandemic-proof bubble, similar to The Bachelorette, to ensure that one of its biggest non-scripted series can get on the air.

Mills said he was buoyed by the fact that The Bachelorette, which wrapped on September 1, was able to finish production without any COVID-19 related incidents.

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posted 9/8/2020

More Golf & Don't? More Golf & Don't.
ABC Wants to Renew Pair for Next Summer
From DEadline

ABC non-scripted boss Rob Mills would be "shocked" if summer game show Holey Moley doesn't return for a third season next summer.

Mills has also opened talks with the team behind Don't, including Ryan Reynolds, about what a second season of the Adam Scott-hosted format looks like.

Mini-golf competition series Holey Moley has been a strong performer for the Disney-owned network this summer, up from its first season, with the broadcaster teeing up two special episodes of the show after it ends its run. The Steph Curry-exec produced show features self-proclaimed mini-golf lovers from around the country as they compete head-to-head through an epic obstacle golf course. The second season, which premiered on July 20, saw a bigger course with new holes, more drama, trick shots and wipeouts. Hosted by Rob Riggle and Monday Night Football's Joe Tessitore, the show is produced by Eureka Productions and Unanimous Media.

ABC launched Don't in June; the show, hosted by Parks and Recreation and Big Little Lies star Scott and EP-ed by Deadpool himself, Reynolds. Produced by Banijay Studios North America and Maximum Effort, the show sees contestants attempting not to do a slew of crazy challenges in order to win money.

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posted 9/8/2020

A Pointless Addition
New Round Premieres to Mixed Reaction
From Digital Spy

Pointless viewers were surprised this evening (September 7) when a seemingly unseen episode of the BBC One quiz show introduced a brand spanking new round.

The new round, entitled Jackpot Jumper, which was slotted in between the elimination rounds and the head-to-head, was described as an "opportunity to add a little bit more money" to the winnings by Richard Osman, creator & co-host of the show.

This time around, the contestants were shown six 'Greek Islands' – two of which were Pointless, two were correct and two were incorrect, and they just had to pick the right ones.

"I don't like that new round in Pointless. I remembered that Zagorakis played for Leicester though! I think they had a similar round in one of the early series," one viewer wrote on Twitter..

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posted 9/8/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Kept Off"

  • "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" will keep its last in 2021 after 20 seasons over 14 years. (THe FUton Critic)

  • VIDEO WALL: What's better than one Masked Singer? TWO. Meet the Snow Owls (TV Line)

  • Ellen DeGeneres will return this fall, and she will be talking about... well, you know. (Deadline)

  • Thomas Day, who pulled himself from AGT to play football... is back in AGT. (Gold Derby)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! KFC is in 11 herbs & spices of trouble over Family Feud SA (ZAlebs)

  • Reg Grundy's estate will pay you $50,000 Australian if you have the next great game show idea. (4BC)

posted 9/8/2020


Cards Chat
MIKE SEXTON: 1947-2020
"World Poker Tour" Host & Commentator, Poker Hall of Famer
From Yahoo!

Mike Sexton, a member of the Poker Hall of Fame who was a longtime TV commentator for World Poker Tour events, died Sunday at age 72.

Linda Johnson, a fellow Poker Hall of Fame member who had been authorized to speak on his behalf, disclosed the news on Twitter. Last week, she said that Sexton had entered hospice care last month after his prostate cancer had spread to other organs.

Sexton earned $6.7 million in live tournament earnings, according to the Hendon Mob Poker Database. His honors included a World Series of Poker bracelet in 1989 and a WPT event in Montreal in 2016.

Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour, said, "It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of my friend and the greatest ambassador in poker, Mike Sexton. Mike served as a WPT commentator for 15 seasons and spent a lifetime growing the game of poker around the globe. His glowing presence resonated with players and fans of poker alike, who will all miss him onscreen and at the table. Mike's legacy will forever be a part of poker's history. The WPT Family joins the entire poker community in sending our thoughts and deepest condolences to the Sexton family, including his young son Ty."

But he is perhaps best remembered as the color commentator for televised WPT events from its inception in 2003 to 2017, where he helped popularize the game and explain it to Americans previously unfamiliar with the strategies and gamesmanship of Texas Hold'em.

After stepping down from his WPT gig, he became chairman of the online poker site partypoker.

He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009.

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posted 9/7/2020


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KEVIN DOBSON: 1943-2020
"Knots Landing" Actor Played "Tattletales", "Catch 21"
From TV Line

Kevin Dobson, best known to TV audiences as Mack MacKenzie on the long-running Dallas spinoff Knots Landing, has died at the age of 77.

Dobson's passing was confirmed by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County, on which he previously served as chairman. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

His big break came in 1968, when he was cast as Gov. Harrison Brooks on the daytime soap One Life to Live. He followed that up with episodes of The Doctors, Emergency, Ironside, Mod Squad, Police Story and The Rookies. In 1973, he was cast in the series-regular role of Det. Bobby Crocker on the police drama Kojak, opposite Telly Savalas. More than a decade after the procedural wrapped, he reprised his role in the 1990 TV-movie Kojak: It's Always Something.

In 1982, Dobson joined Knots Landing's fourth season as the aforementioned MacKenzie, a federal prosecutor who eventually wedded Michele Lee's Karen Fairgate. He appeared in nearly 300 episodes, and stayed with the series for the duration of its 14-year run.

After Knots Landing, Dobson headlined the short-lived Canadian drama F/X: The Series, which ran for two seasons between 1996 and 1998. He also had brief stints on both CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful and NBC's Days of Our Lives, and guest-starred on select episodes of FX's Anger Management, Showtime's House of Lies, and CBS' Cold Case, Hawaii Five-0 and CSI.

In the game show world, he was seen on a special celebrity "Catch 21" and on the panels of "The Hollywood Squares" and "Tattletales". .

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posted 9/7/2020

Ken Jennings Returns to "Jeopardy!"... as Consulting Producer
The Mike Richards Era Begins September 14
From TV Line

The waiting game is over: After an unprecedented three-month coronavirus-imposed hiatus, Jeopardy! will be back on the air with fresh episodes beginning Monday, Sept. 14.

"I feel good, and I feel excited because once again Jeopardy! has demonstrated that it's at the forefront of television programming," host Alex Trebek said in a statement. "I believe we are the first quiz show to come back on the air in the COVID-19 era. On a personal level, I'm excited because it gets me out of the house. It gives me something to do on a regular basis, and I was missing that."

Newly-minted Jeopardy! G.O.A.T. contestant Ken Jennings, meanwhile, is joining the show as a consulting producer. In his new role, Jennings will present his own special video categories, develop projects, assist with contestant outreach, and serve as a general ambassador for the show. Viewers can see the first of his video categories in the second episode of the season, airing Sept. 15.

Jeopardy! — which ran out of original episodes in early June — resumed production in late July, albeit with a slightly altered set designed to keep contestants and crew safe in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, producers added additional space between the contestants' podiums (and between the contestants and Trebek).

Jeopardy's return comes nearly two years into Trebek's battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The TV icon recently shared that an experimental immunotherapy treatment has been "paying off," adding, ""My doctor has told me that he is counting on me celebrating two years of survivorship past the diagnosis of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and that two years happens in February. So I expect to be around — because he said I will be around — and I expect to be hosting the show if I am around." .

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Dance Town Family Gets Wild
AGT Announces Semifinal Wild Card Act
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And then there were… 21!

America's Got Talent on Friday announced its first Wild Card pick for Season 15, bringing back Dance Town Family for next week's semifinals. The Miami-based dance group was eliminated during the quarterfinals on Aug. 26.

Dance Town Family joins the 20 previously announced semifinalists: aerialist Alan Silva, singer Archie Williams, dancing duo BAD Salsa, acrobatic trio Bello Sisters, spoken-word poet Brandon Leake, sword swallower Brett Loudermilk, singer/guitarist duo Broken Roots, singer Celina Graves, singer Cristina Rae, singer Daneliya Tuleshova, song-and-dance duo Double Dragon, daredevil Jonathan Goodwin, musician Kenadi Dodds, drummer Malik DOPE, magician Max Major, singer Roberta Battaglia, singer Shaquira McGrath, diabolo duo Spyros Brothers, vocal group Voices of Our City Choir, and dance group W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew.

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THURSDAY: Big Brother Sucks
ABC Games Drop Post-Convention Weeks
From the Futon Critic

CBS (2.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) led the demo race on Thursday thanks to a new "Big Brother 22" (4.061 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by a special two-hour "Love Island" (1.551 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

ABC (2.882 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) was the most-watched network with its mix of "Holey Moley" (2.952 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2), the penultimate "To Tell the Truth" (2.877 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and the season finale of "To Tell the Truth" (2.818 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was FOX (1.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with repeats of "Beat Shazam" (1.354 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and a second "Beat Shazam" (1.253 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.177 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up second runs of "The Wall" (2.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Transplant" (1.996 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.000 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.697 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Mysteries Decoded" (0.811 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.582 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

On cable THursday...
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 127k/0.05

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posted 9/4/2020

That's a Wrap!
"Drag Race" Season 13 Wraps, Spinoffs In Production
From Variety

Coronavirus can't keep a drag queen down: The full "RuPaul's Drag Race" TV franchise is currently in production in Los Angeles, Variety reports.

The Emmy-winning flagship series wrapped its 13th season last week, and production is already underway on one of the franchise's spin-off titles.

The "Drag Race" franchise usually shoots in the summer and fall for premiere dates in the first half of the following year, but the COVID-19 pandemic has raised obvious questions about how any production involving regular interpersonal interaction could operate safely.

To that end, World of Wonder, the company that produces "Drag Race" for VH1, approved back-to-work plans with all the appropriate unions, according to a source with knowledge of the production. And the show's producers are following local, state and federal COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

All crew members are wearing masks. On-camera talent and any crew members interacting with talent are getting tested for COVID-19 three times per week. All other crew members are getting tested once a week.

In some ways, "Drag Race" was already set up to operate during a pandemic. The drag queens who compete on the show historically have been sequestered for the duration of their time on the series, and one of the bigger sticking points for COVID-safe production, hair and makeup application, is a non-issue, since the competing queens all do it themselves.

It's unclear whether guest judges will still appear for Season 13. But the production has altered the main stage set in order to incorporate concerns over social distancing, expanding the judges' table and placing glass panels between each judge.

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posted 9/3/2020

WEDNESDAY: Built Tough
CBS Wins on "Big Brother", "Tough as Nails" Finale
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.382 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 22" (4.070 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and the two-hour season finale of "Tough as Nails" (3.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

NBC (3.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) took home the silver with a new "America's Got Talent" (5.353 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) alongside repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.545 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Chicago Med" (1.985 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.493 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with repeats of "MasterChef" (1.552 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a second "MasterChef" (1.434 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.598 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up second runs of "The Goldbergs" (2.318 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Black-ish" (1.650 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "The Conners" (1.701 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "American Housewife" (1.491 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), another "The Goldbergs" (1.216 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and another "The Conners" (1.215 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, a repeat "The 100" (0.373 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and a new "Coroner" (0.680 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.526 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 751k/0.22
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 666k/0.16
- Dodgeball Thunderdome (Discovery): 495k/0.13

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Spain Gets "Divided"
Atresmedia Commissions ITV Format
From ITV News

ITV Studios' tantalizing game show Divided is traveling to Spain, as it has been commissioned by Atresmedia. The format has been around for many years and is still reaching new territories on a regular basis. Spain is the 24th country to license the format, following last months' commission in Cambodia. The Spanish version of this general knowledge show is expected to air later this year on Antena 3 and will be locally produced by Boomerang TV, one of the biggest producers of fiction and entertainment content in Spain.

Carmen Ferreiro, Director of Programmes at Atresmedia said:

"Divided is a very original format, which definitely enriches Atresmedia's great catalogue of game shows." Recently, Global Entertainment, ITV Studios has expanded its production partnership with Boomerang TV. This partnership gives Boomerang TV the exclusive production rights to a large selection of the non-scripted ITV Studios formats catalogue. Boomerang TV has a longstanding relationship with Global Entertainment, ITV Studios. They have been producing multiple shows for the company for many years, including the international hit formats The Voice, The Voice Kids and The Voice Senior, and now adding Divided to its list.

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Mau Nieto Signs on For Season 4
"100 Latinos Dijeron" Returns to Estrella September 7
From Businesswire

EstrellaTV, a leading Spanish-language broadcasting network in the U.S., announced today that it will premiere the fourth season of its successful game show "100 Latinos Dijeron" on September 7, 2020.

Mau Nieto, one of Mexico's top standup comedians, will reprise his role as host of the Spanish-language version of Fremantle's American classic game show Family Feud. The show has been picked up for a fourth season and will premiere on Monday, September 7, 2020, at 7PM/6PM CT.

Nieto, who is widely known for his 2018 Netflix special "Living Sober… From the Bar" and his ongoing YouTube series "El Frasco en Vivo," has become a fan favorite on the show. He launched his entertainment career in 2012 doing standup on Mexico City's comedy circuit. His YouTube show commands an average of 500,000 views per episode and on various occasions has surpassed the one million mark.

"Mau has proven to be the perfect host for this show. He is a an incredibly talented improv comedian and working with him and Fremantle has been a great match for us," stated Ivan Stoilkovich, EVP of TV Programming for EstrellaTV. "As we do with all of our productions, we implemented strict safety protocols during the taping of the show and are extremely proud of our efforts and the outcome in this regard."

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Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Franchise"

  • Kevin Hart laughs the vote for ABC (THe FUton Critic)

  • VIDEO WALL: Netflix's "American Barbecue Championship" trailer (THe Futon Critic)

  • Dwayne Johnson recovering from COVID-19 (Deadline)

  • Becca Kufrin explains delaying her decision to break up (Reality TV World)

  • Richard Osman compares loneliness to quarantine (New Statesman)

  • Paul Sinha will leave "The Chase" when he's good and ready, by golly (Radio Times)

  • THomas Day reveals the reason he left "America's Got Talent" (TalentRecap)

  • Big Brother turning into a big disappointment (TV GUide)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ron FUnches (Vanyaland)

posted 9/3/2020

It's September... Let's Do Some Dancing!
Meet the DWTS Class of 2020!
From the Futon Critic

ABC announced today the "Dancing with the Stars" season 2020 celebrity cast, live on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The series, hosted by supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks, returns to the ballroom with a lineup of celebrities including a GRAMMY(R) winner, a Bachelorette, a big-cat lover-turned-reality TV star and a pro-football legend, to name a few. The new celebrity cast will add some glitzy bling to their wardrobe and break in their dancing shoes as the show kicks off live on MONDAY, SEPT. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are as follows:
· head coach Monica Aldama ("CHEER")
· animal activist Carole Baskin ("Tiger King")
· reality TV personality Kaitlyn Bristowe ("The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette")
· Super Bowl Champion Vernon Davis
· TV and film actress Anne Heche
· Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson
· actress Justina Machado ("One Day at a Time")
· Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean
· Emmy(R) Award-winning host of "The Real" and sideline correspondent on "Holey Moley," Jeannie Mai
· TV and film actor Jesse Metcalfe
· GRAMMY(R)-winning rapper Nelly
· TV host Nev Schulman ("Catfish")
· NBA superstar Charles Oakley ("The Last Dance")
· actress Chrishell Stause ("Selling Sunset")
· Olympic figure skater and on-air commentator Johnny Weir
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posted 9/2/2020

TUESDAY: America's Got... the NBA Playoffs
NBC, ABC Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.659 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled in front among adults 18-49 on Tuesday thanks to "NBA Countdown" (2.297 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "NBA Playoffs: Utah at Denver" (2.732 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

NBC (5.394 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) had to settle for second with a new "America's Got Talent" (6.112 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and the debut of "Transplant" (3.959 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was CBS (2.681 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "NCIS" (4.225 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), a new "Love Island" (1.720 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (2.098 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.946 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) served up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.173 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Prodigal Son" (0.719 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9).

And finally, The CW (0.312 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Dead Pixels" (0.442 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), a repeat "Dead Pixels" (0.229 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.0, #12) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.288 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

On cable Tuesday
- Chopped (Food): 848k/0.18
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 688k/0.16
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (truTV): 105k/0.14

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posted 9/2/2020

"Hot Seat" Heads to Another Studio
COVID Forces "Millionaire" to Queensland
From TV Blackbox

Production on the Eddie McGuire quiz show Millionaire Hot Seat is moving to Queensland this month in a move that will allow Nine to finally recommence filming new episodes.

The move to Queensland coincides with the AFL Finals Series and will allow McGuire to host Fox Footy coverage live from stadium venues. The Collingwood President will spend two weeks in a Queensland AFL quarantine hub before being allowed to work in the state.

Production of Hot Seat has been suspended due to COVID-19 for much of 2020 with the network now running low on new episodes. Next week will see Nine airing only one new episode on Monday, with the rest of the week scheduled with repeats. Producers had hoped to commence filming without a studio audience two ago.

But as TV Blackbox exclusively revealed, the outbreak of COVID-19 at The Masked Singer caused the Victorian Government to change its rules and prevent production until after the city moves out of Stage 4 restrictions.

The decision comes after rival Seven last month decided to pack up its studio set for The Chase Australia and move production from Melbourne to Sydney..

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posted 9/2/2020

CBS Dances with LL Cool J, Chris O'Donnell
"Come Dance With ME", Family Competition Series, Greenlit
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today it has ordered COME DANCE WITH ME (working title), a family dance competition series executive produced by NCIS: LOS ANGELES stars LL COOL J and Chris O'Donnell and produced by CBS Television Studios and 3 Ball Productions.

In the series, exceptionally talented young dancers from across the country will invite one inspirational, and untrained, family member or other adult who has supported their dance dreams, to become their dance partner for a chance to strut their stuff for a grand prize.

Each week, these aspiring kids will share their love of dance with their mother, father, grandparent or other hero on an uplifting and emotional journey to learn and perform challenging routines, with the assistance of professional choreographers, in a competition with other duos.

"We believe this concept is fun for the whole family, especially given the number of children we both have," said executive producers LL COOL J and Chris O'Donnell. "We reminisced about our kids' dance lessons and how it would look if they had to teach us how to dance. What we noticed was, aside from the two-left-feet element, like most parents, no one wants to let their kids down. The show is about being creative, having a good time and bringing families together through dance. It's a fun show with a big heart!"

"It's inspiring to see the positive connection that exists between adults and children play out through dance," added 3 Ball executive producer Reinout Oerlemans. "Shepherding this show has been a labor of love, and the fact that it comes to CBS at a time when families are hungry for fun, uplifting entertainment is especially gratifying."

COME DANCE WITH ME (working title) is produced by CBS Television Studios and 3 Ball Productions. In addition to LL COOL J and Chris O'Donnell, executive producers for 3 Ball are Reinout Oerlemans, Ross Weintraub and Jeff Altrock. .

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posted 9/1/2020

Netflix Sings On with Tituss Burgess
Here's the Trailer!
From Entertainment Weekly

On Tuesday, Netflix dropped the new trailer for its upcoming competitive karaoke show Sing On!, hosted by Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).

The eight-episode series sees six contestants grab the mic and belt out the biggest bops in a particular genre (each episode has its own theme). They are then judged by vocal analyzer comparing their performances to that of the original artist and the more they sing in tune, the more cash they add to a collective jackpot.

It's not as straightforward as it sounds, as lyrics are randomly assigned to the contestants, keeping them on their toes at all times. And it's not like the producers pick easy songs for the singers to tackle — the trailer sees them take on Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" among others. In each round, the highest scoring contestant moves on, while the remaining singers vote one fellow contestant out. Over the course of five more rounds, the stakes get higher as the jackpot grows, and finally the last two remaining contestants face off in a head-to-head battle to win the grand prize — and major bragging rights at their next office karaoke night.

Tune in and sing along from your couch when Sing On! premieres Sept. 16 on Netflix..

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Holey Moley! More Holey Moley!
ABC Orders Two Specials to Air with Season Finale
From the Futon Critic

In celebration of its larger-than-life season finale set to air THURSDAY, SEPT. 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), ABC's hit mini-golf competition series, "Holey Moley," is teeing up to air two special episodes giving fans an inside look at the sizzling summer show. "Holey Moley II: The Sequel: The Special: Unhinged, Part One" will air immediately following the season finale on THURSDAY, SEPT. 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), and "Holey Moley II: The Sequel: The Special: Unhinged, Part Deux" will air THURSDAY, SEPT. 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

Hosted by commentating team Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore, the can't-miss special episodes will give viewers an inside look into the making of the world's craziest competition series, as they answer burning fan questions and share memorable on set moments straight from the iconic "Holey Moley" clubhouse. Viewers will relive the best and worst wipeouts, watch unforgettable never-before-seen putts, learn more about "Holey Moley" course favorites Course Marshall Joe and Sir Goph, plus check in on season one winners. Resident golf pro and executive producer Stephen Curry and sideline correspondent Jeannie Mai will also be featured.

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posted 9/1/2020

MONDAY: Hey Now, You're an All-Star
NBC Wins the Night on "Ninja Warrior"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.246 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday thanks to "American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Skills Challenge Special" (3.479 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) and a repeat "Dateline NBC" (2.782 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

CBS (2.330 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #2) took home the silver with its mix of "The Neighborhood" (3.424 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Young Sheldon" (2.943 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), a new "Love Island" (1.613 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) and "Bull" (2.193 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.509 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) offered up the penultimate week of "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (1.509 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) while FOX (1.140 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) opted for the feature "Love the Coopers" (1.140 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.879 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.931 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.868 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) and a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.859 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11).

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posted 9/1/2020

SYNDIES: Week 51
Results for the Week Ending August 23 PLUS The Season Champs
From TV Newscheck

Not even the coronavirus could stop Judge Judy.

As syndicated shows put the wraps on Nielsen's pandemic-plagued 2019-20 season, Judy has brought her gavel down on the year's household rating championship. The show's triumph came despite its airing in relatively lightly viewed daytime periods and being hit with months of massive coronavirus coverage preemptions.

It gave the wildly popular jurist first place in first-run syndication for a remarkable 11th year in a row with a 6.2 full-season rating as of the week ending Aug. 23, the latest for which national ratings are available. That was nearly triple the full-season rating of any other strip in the daypart.

The season's next highest rated programs — Family Feud, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, in that order — were all shows airing in highly rated prime access 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) 5.4 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.4** -6%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 3.9** -11%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 9/1/2020

PlutoTV Gets "Survivor", "Amazing Race" Content
ViacomCBS Streamer Culls More Content
From CordCutters News

Pluto TV is once again adding to its free channel lineup. Eight new channels are now available, including a channel featuring season 1 through 10 of The Carol Burnett Show, another with over 135 episodes of Survivor, and a channel with season 1 through 7 of The Amazing Race.

Here are some of the recently added channels and where to find them on Pluto TV's lineup:
- Survivor (Channel 296): The reality competition series that revolutionized TV is now streaming 24/7 on Pluto TV. Relive the challenges, the alliances, and the Tribal Councils that made the show a phenomenon.
- The Amazing Race (Channel 297): Winner of 10 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, The Amazing Race has circled the globe and landed on Pluto TV. Grab a partner, pack a bag, and get ready to run any time of day.

The new channels join Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, Hell's Kitchen, American Gladiators, Game Show Central, and Buzzr.

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posted 9/1/2020

A Tour of "25 Words" Season 2
Meredith Homecasts to LA
From Deadline

Meredith Vieira, host of Fox Television Stations' game show 25 Words or Less, offered viewers a tour of the show's COVID-ready set she will use for its upcoming second season.

As seen in the video linked below, Vieira will host the show solo from a set built out in the basement of her home outside of New York City. Wearing a mask, Vieira walks around the specially designed space, indicating an area for hair and makeup, wardrobe and, finally, a small studio room equipped with lighting, a camera, a background and a podium. ("This place where we would watch movies?" she says, gesturing toward the den-like studio. "Now it's where the magic happens.") A handful of crew members are seen in the video, keeping their distance and wearing masks.

Vieira is hosting solo from New York as part of a plan to get the new season under way safely during pandemic. The rest of the production is in LA, and contestants will be in separate pods on a single sound stage. Vieira will address a single camera instead of the multiple ones deployed in the show's first season, with shots of her combined with video of the players in LA.

"It's going to be wild," Vieira says, "But we rehearsed it last night, and you know what? We worked out a lot of the kinks. We feel really good about it."

Deadline

posted 9/1/2020

"Strictly" Names First Dancers
Comedia, NFL Player, Singer to Join Cast
From Deadline

Long-running UK talent show Strictly Come Dancing has named the first wave of contestants for its 18th series.

Actress and presenter Caroline Quentin, former NFL player and broadcaster Jason Bell, and The Wanted singer and actor Max George have all been confirmed for the latest series, with further names to be announced. BBC Studios produces the show, which will broadcaster this autumn on BBC One.

It pairs a celebrity with a professional dancer in a variety of dance contests covering numerous styles. Actor Kelvin Fletcher triumphed in the 17th series. .

DEadline

posted 9/1/2020

WGA at an Impasse
Agencies, Writer's Guild No Closer to a Peace
From the Wrap

In a memo to its members, the Writers Guild of America says it is not close to reaching a franchise agreement deal with Creative Artists Agency or William Morris Endeavor, who remain the two holdouts in the guild's attempts to phase out packaging fees.

"We've had cordial discussions with both WME and CAA," read the memo from the guild's negotiating committee. "We wish we could say we're close to a deal, but we're not." In the past few months, the WGA's efforts to limit agency ownership in affiliate production studios and to terminate packaging fees have taken a sudden turn in their favor.

While a federal judge dismissed several key claims in the guild's lawsuit against Hollywood's top agencies last spring, it has since signed landmark deals with United Talent Agency and ICM Partners, who have agreed to phase out packaging fees within the next two years in exchange for some concessions, particularly a larger allowable percentage of ownership in affiliate studios and agreements to maintain client-agent confidentiality.

Video Age

posted 9/1/2020

Japan Wins Award for "Mute It!"
ContentAsia Awards Crowns First Game Show to Win
From VideoAge

Nippon Television Network Corporation's game show Mute It! was honored at the first ContentAsia Awards.

Held on August 28, 2020, the inaugural awards ceremony was live streamed from Singapore. Mute It! won the award for Best TV Format Adaptation (Non-scripted). Coming from Nippon TV, the unique show features contestants who must compete in various challenges without making a sound.

Atsushi Sogo, president of International Business Development for Nippon TV, commented, "Thank you ContentAsia for this honor on your first ever awards. We would like to bring a new kind of joy and 'tranquility' from Nippon TV to the international content industry with this format."

Video Age

posted 9/1/2020

WEEKEND: Wakanda Forever
ABC Wins Night on Rebroadcast of "Black Panther", Chadwick Boseman Tribute
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.558 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Sunday with its last-minute lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.652 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Marvel's Black Panther" (6.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King - A Special Edition of 20/20" (4.724 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

CBS (3.340 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) had to settle for second with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Big Brother 22" (3.824 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Love Island" (1.470 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (1.971 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Next up was NBC (1.858 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its combination of "PGA Overrun" (3.745 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Cannonball" (1.751 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and the "NHL Playoffs: Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders" (1.562 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, The CW (0.758 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) offered up the "2020 MTV VMAs" (0.758 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, FOX (0.729 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) rounded out the evening with repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.913 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Duncanville" (0.575 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "The Simpsons" (0.809 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (0.626 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (0.680 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Family Guy" (0.774 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On Calbe Sunday....
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.023m/0.25
- Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.022m/0.25


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/1/2020

Here's the Beep.
ABC Released First Footage of "Supermarket Sweep"
From Entertainment Weekly

Hams. Turkeys. Diapers. Over-the-counter medications. Toilet paper. Leslie Jones. This grocery store has it all.

The new Supermarket Sweep, debuting Oct. 18 on ABC, is upping the ante not just on the products that contestants can use to add to their total — Jones excluded...she's the host — but also the grand prize: up to $100,000.

In EW's exclusive preview of the show, linked below, Jones sends the players (three teams of two) dashing through the supermarket in search of specific products, and, finally, on one big shopping trip. The team that racks up the biggest grocery bill at the end wins and gets to play for the big money.

The show, which was supposed to film in the spring, was able to start production in a 35,000-square-foot hangar at the Santa Monica, Calif., airport at the end of July, according to the Los Angeles Times, after pandemic-created restrictions were eased. The production team made adjustments in the set in order to distance contestants from each other, and from Jones — complying with all COVID protocols, of course, in-cluding frequent testing of players and crew — and groceries were sanitized using electrostatic sprayers (and later donated to local charities and food banks).

Entertainment Weekly
Los Angeles Times

Today

posted 8/31/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Jeopardy! Alums Doing Good"

  • LIST ABUSE: In case you didn't know of Jeopardy! authors outside Ken Jennings (Book Riot), plus why we love the show so much... according to science (Popular Science) and the history of tiebreakers (Distractify)

  • Jamie Foxx embarrasses his daughter for Netflix (Cinema Blend)

  • Donnie Edgemon creates new trivia app (WVIR Charlottesville)

  • Kay Adams a "People" person. (NextTV)

posted 9/1/2020

Meanwhile, in England...
"Supermarket Sweep" to Air on ITV
From ITV News

Labelled one of the hardest working people in showbiz, Rylan Clark-Neal takes time out of his busy schedule to talk to "This Morning" about the new season of Supermarket Sweep.

And as the cult classic finds a new home on ITV Daytime, its in-demand host will also explain why he no longer cares about his looks.

This series the show will move to its original home on ITV. Rylan says: "This is such an amazing thing for us. We launched the show last year on ITV2, and they were amazing with us, but it's got a much younger audience, so all the contestants were younger, and that was the demographic they were going for. Now that we've moved to ITV, I've had contestants called Doris, Jean, Betty, the lot - I've been in my element. If we had a shopmobility bit, with scooters, we would have been laughing."

On filming as the UK came out of lockdown, Rylan says: "We are very proud as we were one of the first shows to go back into studio post-lockdown. Behind the scenes it was masks, social distancing, temperature checks, all of this - it was very, very different for us. But visually, you're not going to notice the difference. As a viewer, it doesn't look like lockdown TV and I think we need a bit of that.".

ITV News
Los Angeles Times

posted 8/31/2020

"Streak" Broken by COVID
National Lottery, RTE to Postpone "Big Spin" Adaptation for This Year
From the Independent

Winning Streak will not return this autumn, the National Lottery and RTÉ have announced. The long-running game show will not return this year due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions and difficulty in maintaining social distancing within the studio, bosses said this afternoon.

"Producing the programme while managing social distancing in studio, we feel, provides too much risk to players, their families (who travel from all over the country to support the player) and the staff of RTÉ, National Lottery and KPMG, who are the independent observers for the game show," said a joint statement from the state broadcaster and the National Lottery.

Winning Streak scratch cards, which were due to go on sale in August, will also now not go on sale until further notice.

The last Winning Streak programme, which aired on March 7, five players were due to appear on the following episode, which was scheduled to air on March 21.

"Before this could happen, the government restrictions in movement due to Covid-19 were introduced and unfortunately this resulted in the postponement of the March 21st show. The players were contacted and advised of the situation together with our intention to reschedule for a later date," the statement added.

"Additionally, in March we announced that any player who still had a three-star entry should continue to send those into the National Lottery until the 10th August in line with game rules and they would be included in a catch all draw at a later date." However, two game shows behind closed doors will now take place instead, one for those drawn in the catch-all draw and one for those drawn for the postponed show of March 21 which will not be broadcast..

Independent
The Irish Sun

posted 8/31/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Long Live the King"

  • Chris Harrison is happy to report "The Bachelorette" has wrapped (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: Doubling down on "Singled Out" (The Futon Critic)

  • Mark Labbett, wife agree to a conscious uncoupling (RTE)

  • Guy Fieri doing what he does best... cooking for local firefighters. (Sonoma Index Tribune)

posted 8/31/2020


CBS/Extra
CLIFF ROBINSON: 1967-2020
NBA All-Star Played "Survivor"
From Deadline

Cliff Robinson, the first NBA player to appear on the television show Survivor and an all-star during his 18-year pro basketball career, has died. He was 53 and his death was announced by the University of Connecticut, his alma mater. No cause of death was immediately given.

Robinson was a 6-foot-10 forward who helped UConn win the 1988 NIT title. He became a second-round draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1989, playing eight years for the franchise, helping it reach the NBA finals in 1990 and 1992.

Known as "Uncle Cliffy," Robinson was named to one All-Star game in 1994 and won the NBA Sixth Man Award award for 1993-1994. He went on to play for the Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets. During his career, he averaged 14.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 1,380 games. The game appearances were the 13th-most in NBA history. UConn retired his jersey number in 2007.

In 2014, Robinson appeared in the 28th season of Survivor, finishing in 14th place in a season themed "Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty" and as Survivor: Cagayan. Robinson was on the "Brawn" tribe. Although he tried to initially keep his identity secret, he was recognized by a fellow contestant. "I have a few of your basketball cards, I'm not gonna lie," Woo Hwang told Robinson.

Deadline
TV Line

posted 8/29/2020

THURSDAY: Eviction Night
CBS, ABC Split Hump Day
From the Futon Critic

CBS (2.344 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) held onto the demo crown on Thursday with its mix of "Big Brother 22" (4.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Love Island" (1.694 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "CBS News: 2020 America Decides: Republican Convention" (1.335 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

ABC (2.495 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) was a close second with repeats of "Holey Moley" (2.607 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.628 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) plus "The Republican National Convention - Your Voice/Your Vote 2020 " (2.251 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Sharing the silver was NBC (2.259 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "The Wall" (2.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.099 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) alongside "NBC News Special: 2020 Republican Convention" (1.835 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.779 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) served up its last-minute lineup of a repeat "MasterChef" (0.834 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and a second "MasterChef" (0.724 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.796 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Mysteries Decoded" (0.860 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.732 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

On cable THursday...
- CAnnonball (SF/USA): 526k/0.15

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/28/2020

NBC Slots Fall
"Weakest Link" Reboot to Join "Game of Games", "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC is celebrating a November to remember as America's most-loved dramas make their highly anticipated season debuts the week of Nov. 9-13, including a two-hour premiere of "This Is Us" (Nov. 10) and all three "Chicago" series (Nov. 11). In addition, "Law & Order: SVU" (Nov. 12) will return for its record-extending 22nd season that same week, along with the eighth season of "The Blacklist" (Nov. 13), starring James Spader and Megan Boone.

The four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice," with coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, as well as host Carson Daly, will be back in its swiveling red chairs on Monday, Oct. 19 and return for the second night of its season debut on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Host Jane Lynch will kick off the first episode of the worldwide global phenom "Weakest Link" when the show debuts Monday, Sept. 28. The new version will deliver the fast-paced and quick-witted pillars of the original British format distributed by BBC Studios with a few modern twists. The hybrid game show sees contestants answer general knowledge questions to bank prize money across multiple rounds. At the end of each round, the contestants vote out who they perceive to be the "Weakest Link" remaining.

"Ellen's Game of Games," one of the most fun shows on all of television, returns Tuesday, Oct. 6 for a two-hour premiere from 8-10 p.m. before shifting the following week on Oct. 13 to its normal 9-10 p.m. timeslot. A bonafide hit, "Ellen's Game of Games" reached more than 47 million viewers through the September through May 2019-20 season.

Previous airdates for NBC series already announced include hit Canadian import drama "Transplant" (Sept. 1) and the return of celebrated athletic competition series "American Ninja Warrior" (Sept. 7).

Returning series set to debut after Jan. 1 include "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Good Girls," "Making It," "Manifest," "New Amsterdam" and "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist." New series set to launch in 2021 include "Kenan," "Law & Order: Organized Crime," "Mr. Mayor," "That's My Jam," "Small Fortune," "True Story," "Who Do You Think You Are?" and "Young Rock."

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TV Line

TV Guide

posted 8/27/2020

ABC Sets Dates for Game Returns
"Card Sharks" Among Shows to Launch Fall
From the Futon Critic

Ending the 2019-2020 season as the No. 1 entertainment network among Adults 18-49 and ranking as the summer's No. 1 network for the second consecutive year, ABC today unveiled its fall unscripted premiere dates. Details for the network's scripted series premiere dates will be shared at a later time.

"We're fortunate to have such a strong unscripted slate to launch our first wave of programming this fall," said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. "Presenting the new 'Supermarket Sweep' with Leslie Jones alongside fresh, original episodes of returning shows that viewers have come to know and love is invigorating. And with our scripted series ramping up production, we look forward to announcing more premiere dates very soon."

- DANCING WITH THE STARS (SEASON 29) - MONDAY, SEPT. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m.) "Dancing with the Stars" is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts and voted upon by viewers at home. The competition begins with an all-new cast of celebrities paired up with the show's pro dancers, braving the dance floor together for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirrorball trophy. Last season, "Dancing with the Stars" averaged 9.1 million Total Viewers after 35 days of delayed viewing across linear and digital platforms. "Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Studios' Los Angeles production arm. Andrew Llinares and Tyra Banks are executive producers.
- CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (SEASON 6) - THURSDAY, SEPT. 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m.) "Celebrity Family Feud," the iconic game show hosted by stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy(R) Award winner Steve Harvey, features celebrities, along with their immediate family members or their extended TV families, going head-to-head in a contest to name the most popular responses to survey-type questions posed to 100 people for a chance to win money for a charity of their choice. This season's high-energy matchups continue with Ray Romano vs. Brad Garrett, Kathie Lee Gifford vs. Ricki Lake, Joel McHale vs. Ben Feldman, NFLPA Legends vs. NFLPA Pro-Bowlers, and Fall Out Boy vs. Weezer, among others. During its run earlier this summer, ABC's "Celebrity Family Feud" ranked as the No. 1 program in the Sunday 8 p.m. hour in Total Viewers. Based on 35 days of viewing on linear and digital platforms this summer, "Celebrity Family Feud" grew over its year-ago average by 14% in Total Viewers and by 24% in Adults 18-49 and ranks as ABC's No. 1 program in delayed multiplatform viewing. "Celebrity Family Feud" is produced by Fremantle. Jennifer Mullin is an executive producer, along with Gaby Johnston who also serves as showrunner.
- PRESS YOUR LUCK (SEASON 2) - THURSDAY, SEPT. 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) "Press Your Luck" is a game of wits and strategy hosted by Elizabeth Banks. The stakes have never been higher as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes. During each game of "Press Your Luck," three contestants compete against each other answering questions to earn spins on the Big Board. Contestants then use their spins to win cash and prizes while trying to avoid the WHAMMY, who could take all of their winnings and leave them with nothing. The winning contestant moves on to the bonus game to face the WHAMMY in a final battle for the opportunity to win $1 million. During its summer 2020 run, "Press Your Luck" stood as the No. 1 broadcast program in the Sunday 9 p.m. hour among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. "Press Your Luck" is produced by Fremantle. John Quinn is showrunner and executive producer; and Jennifer Mullin, Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman are also executive producers.
- MATCH GAME (SEASON 5) - THURSDAY, SEPT. 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to BLANK! "Match Game" returns for the fall run of season five with Golden Globe(R) and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin at the helm, his famous skinny microphone in hand and a lineup of hilarious celebrity panelists. Produced by Fremantle, the bawdy panel game features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000, as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-blank. ABC's "Match Game" was the No. 1 program in the Sunday 10 p.m. hour among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 during its run earlier this summer. The series is executive produced by Scott St. John, Alec Baldwin, Mallory Schwartz and Fremantle's Jennifer Mullin.
- THE BACHELORETTE (SEASON 16) - TUESDAY, OCT. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m.) Bachelor Nation, the wait is finally over! Clare Crawley will finally embark on her journey to find true love as "The Bachelorette" returns for its sizzling 16th season on a new night. Clare had women across America cheering from their living rooms when she famously stood up to controversial Bachelor Juan Pablo during the memorable 18th season finale of "The Bachelor." Clare left the season with a new sense of self-worth and a determination to never settle for anything less than the unconditional love and respect that she deserved. Follow her passionate, wild ride to find her soul mate and the explosive turn of events that will have all of Bachelor Nation talking. "The Bachelorette" ranked as last summer's No. 1 TV series among Adults 18-49, marking the first time ever the ABC unscripted series finished as the highest-rated series of the summer. The 15th season of "The Bachelorette" improved over the show's prior season by 5% with Adults 18-49. Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelorette" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Bennett Graebner, Peter Gust, Tim Warner, Louis Caric and Peter Geist are the executive producers.
- SHARK TANK (SEASON 12) - FRIDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-9:01 p.m.) The recipient of the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, "Shark Tank" features The Sharks - tough, self-made, multimillionaire and billionaire tycoons - as they invest in America's best businesses and products. The Sharks will give people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires. Last season, "Shark Tank" ranked as the No. 1 program in the Friday 8 o'clock hour with Adults 18-49. Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner, Max Swedlow and Phil Gurin, Brandon Wallace, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary are the executive producers of "Shark Tank," which is based on the Japanese "Dragons' Den" format, created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. The series is produced by MGM Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.
- SUPERMARKET SWEEP (SERIES PREMIERE) - SUNDAY, OCT. 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m.) The classic TV game show "Supermarket Sweep," hosted and executive produced by Emmy Award-nominated comedienne and actress Leslie Jones, is a fast-paced and energetic series following three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes. The original format aired on ABC from 1965-1967 and went on to become a global sensation, including runs in the 1990s and early 2000s. It was adapted in 13 international territories and, most recently, relaunched in the U.K. "Supermarket Sweep" is produced by Fremantle. Executive producers include Alycia Rossiter, Leslie Jones, Wes Kauble, Jennifer Mullin and Hunter Seidman.
- WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE (SEASON 2) - SUNDAY, OCT. 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) Hosted by late-night's Jimmy Kimmel, this season will feature both celebrity contestants playing for the charity of their choice and frontline heroes trying their hand at a $1 million prize. In addition to lifelines, "Ask the Host," "50/50" and "Phone a Friend," contestants playing on "Millionaire" can invite an expert guest to help them answer questions. It could be a relative, a beloved teacher or a famed trivia expert - anyone they want - to help them win as much money as they can. In its debut season, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" ranked as the No. 1 program in the Thursday 8 p.m. hour last season among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. After 35 days of delayed viewing across linear and digital platforms, the show averaged 7.3 million Total Viewers in its freshman season. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is executive produced by Michael Davies and Jimmy Kimmel. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television's Embassy Row, Kimmelot and Valleycrest Productions Ltd. The iconic game show is a Sony Pictures Television format that has been adapted in over 120 countries and has won over 65 awards worldwide.
- CARD SHARKS (SEASON 2) - SUNDAY, OCT. 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) "Card Sharks" is a suspenseful game where a fortune can be won on the turn of a single playing card! The road to glory and riches begins with two players who face off in a head-to-head elimination game with the goal of one player making it to the life-changing money card round. In the money card round, the winning player has to make gut-wrenching decisions and risk it all to win it all. Ultimately, players can either take their earned cash and quit or continue wagering for a chance to take home a major cash prize. During its debut season last summer, "Card Sharks" delivered ABC's largest summertime audience to the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour in four years - since summer 2015. Hosted by comedian and actor Joel McHale, "Card Sharks" is produced by Fremantle. Scott St. John is showrunner and executive producer, and Joel McHale and Jennifer Mullin are also executive producers
.

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posted 8/26/2020

WEDNESDAY: Midweek Split
CBS, NBC Split Hump Day
From the Futon Critic

CBS (2.925 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) held onto the demo crown on Wednesday with its mix of "Big Brother 22" (4.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "Tough as Nails" (2.898 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "CBS News: 2020 America Decides: Republican Convention" (1.640 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

NBC (3.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) was the silver draw with its lineup of "America's Got Talent" (4.945 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.554 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "NBC News Special: 2020 Republican Convention" (1.724 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.407 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with repeats of "MasterChef" (1.319 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a second "MasterChef" (1.494 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up the season finale of "United We Fall" (3.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) alongside repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.058 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "The Conners" (1.827 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "American Housewife" (1.495 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) plus "The Republican National Convention - Your Voice/Your Vote 2020 " (1.509 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.487 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its special "Women in Film Presents: Make It Work!" (0.389 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and a new "Coroner" (0.585 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 841k/0.24
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 780k/0.21
- Dodgeball Thunderdome (Discovery): 536k/0.15
- Cash Cab (SF/Bravo): 242k/0.05

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/27/2020

AJ McLean Gets His Dancing Shoes
Backstreet Boy Officially Announced
From TV LIne

The competition on Dancing With the Stars just got larger than life.

ABC has announced that Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean will compete for the Mirrorball Trophy during Season 29 (premiering Monday, Sept. 14). His casting was first unveiled on Thursday's edition of Good Morning America. McLean is the second confirmed celebrity participant, following former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe.

He's the second member of BSB to take part in the reality competition, following Nick Carter's second-place turn in Season 21.

"We're going for the mirrorball, baby!!" McLean said on Twitter. "I am so grateful to [Dancing With the Stars] and [ABC] for the opportunity to be joining this season's cast… I also want to thank my wife and my two girls for letting Daddy go on this new adventure. I'm doing it ALL for you!"

TV Line

posted 8/27/2020

Endemol Shine Falls for Lily Hevesh
"Domino Effect" to Be Developed
From DEadline

From Lego to dominoes… Endemol Shine North America is developing a domino competition format after striking a deal with YouTube phenom Lily Hevesh.

The producers of Fox's Lego Masters, which saw teams of Lego builders compete to create their own mega builds, are now turning their attention to one of the world's oldest games. The project is known as Domino Effect and the company will be taking it out to the marketplace in the coming weeks.

Lily Hevesh, as you can see in the below, is considered the world's top domino artist. Her YouTube channel, Hevesh5, has attracted over a billion views and she has nearly three million subscribers.

The 21-year old Boston artist has led builds for movies including Will Smith's Collateral Beauty and TV series including Saturday Night Live and has worked with Katy Perry on the launch of her Witness album as well as brands such as Lego, Ford, Disney and Pixar.

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 8/27/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hope Springs"

  • Rachel Lindsey joins "EXtra" (NextTV)

  • Nicole Byer to host Creative Arts Emmys (Deadline)

  • Richard Osman is cooler than he realizes (BBC News)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joey Fatone (MSN)

posted 8/27/2020

WEdnesday is Ken Jeong Night
Fox Fast-Tracks "I Can See Your Voice" for Fall
From the Futon Critic

FOX has fast-tracked the all-new music guessing game unscripted series I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE, hosted and executive-produced by comedian, actor and THE MASKED SINGER panelist Ken Jeong. For a night of event television, the series will debut Wednesday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the Season Four premiere of television's #1 show, THE MASKED SINGER (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. Offering viewers a first look at the hit's all-new season, a special Sneak Peek episode of THE MASKED SINGER will air Sunday, Sept. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/5:00-6:00 PM PT live to all time zones), following the first NFL double-header of the season.

"Safely filming I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE this summer was a win in itself, but when we saw the pure magic of the show and felt the palpable suspense in the room before that first note hit, we knew we had to share it with audiences this season," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, FOX Entertainment. "It's no secret that viewers need a little fun and escape now and, as a companion to an all-new season of THE MASKED SINGER, this will be a fantastic night of family entertainment - and a fantastic night of Ken Jeong!"

I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE features Emmy(R)-nominated actress Cheryl Hines and Daytime Emmy(R) Award-winning television host and vocalist Adrienne Bailon-Houghton, as they join Jeong, a rotating panel of celebrity detectives, comprised of comedians and pop culture experts, and a musical superstar to help one contestant tell the difference between good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note. With $100,000 on the line, the contestant will attempt to weed out the bad "Secret Voices" from the good, based on a series of clues, interrogation, and lip synch challenges. In the end, the singer whom the contestant picks will reveal if they are good or bad in a duet performance with the musical superstar, resulting in an amazing musical collaboration or a totally hilarious train wreck.

Embarking on its fourth season, Emmy Award-nominated THE MASKED SINGER is the #1 show on television, drawing a massive audience of nearly 24 million viewers in its post-Super Bowl Season Three premiere. The singing competition series is hosted by Nick Cannon and features panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. The Season Four celebrity contestants combined have sold more than 281 million records worldwide, appeared in more than 5,475 episodes of television and 151 films, appeared in five Super Bowls, have four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and one Time 100 Most Influential persons.

I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE is produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment. James McKinlay, Craig Plestis and Ken Jeong serve as executive producers. The series is based on a South Korean format from CJ ENM.

THE MASKED SINGER is produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment. Craig Plestis, James Breen, Rosie Seitchik and Nick Cannon serve as executive producers. James Breen serves as showrunner. The series is based on the South Korean format created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp.

The previously announced "MasterChef Junior" will premiere at a later date.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 8/26/2020

CBS Slots Fall Offerings
"Amazing Race" Launches October
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today a slate of upcoming program premieres for September and October. The series include a mix of original news and alternative programming, and two scripted dramas and one comedy series making their broadcast network debuts.

"This is hardly a traditional fall season, but we are prepared with a strong slate of original content while our regular scripted series begin production," said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. "Based on our current timeline, we hope to start rolling out our previously announced fall series as they become available in November."

The premieres of the three returning reality favorites include: THE GREATEST #ATHOME VIDEOS, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, on Friday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT); two-time Emmy Award winner UNDERCOVER BOSS on Friday, Oct. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT); and the next edition of the multiple Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE, hosted by Phil Keoghan, on Wednesday, Oct. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).

"Big Brother" will wrap its season October 28, while "Love Island" will crown winners September 29.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/2020

TUESDAY: Quieter Talent
NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.523 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) remained the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to "America's Got Talent" (5.577 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "NBC News Special: 2020 Republican Convention" (2.415 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

The silver went to ABC (1.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) with its mix of "Modern Family" (2.347 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), another "Modern Family" (1.717 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "What Would You Do?" (2.141 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "The Republican National Convention - Your Voice/Your Vote 2020 " (1.743 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Next up was CBS (2.463 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a repeat "NCIS" (4.499 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) followed by night two of "Love Island" (1.586 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "CBS News: 2020 America Decides: Republican Convention" (1.303 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.141 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.392 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "Prodigal Son" (0.891 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.339 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Dead Pixels" (0.427 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12), a repeat "Dead Pixels" (0.264 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.332 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 881k/0.21
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 746k/0.20.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/26/2020

More on "Bank Balance"
Gordon Ramsay Looks to Boost Image - AND Merch - in the UK
From Brinkwire

GORDON Ramsay is planning to boost his millions by launching books, clothes and merchandise named after his new quiz show Bank Balance.

Gordon, 53, is set to take on a new telly role for ITV – and it has nothing to do with food.

We reported at the end of July that the celebrity chef was in talks to become a gameshow host and front a new series. Now this confirms it, as Gordon himself has applied for the trademark Bank Balance.

He is planning not only on doing the show, but a whole load of merchandise around it. The Hells Kitchen star is trademarking the show, books, magazines, clothes and video games. By protecting the brand he can warn anyone else from using it and take legal action if it's used without his permission for the next 10 years.

The quiz show is tipped to be all about accumulating money – and it couldn't be further away from his other ventures including ITV's Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip and the upcoming BBC1 series, Future Food Stars.

Brinkwire
The Scottish Sun

posted 8/26/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "It's Over Down Under"

  • Ellen DeGeneres' show canceled in Australia (Film DAily)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Colton & Cassie unfollow each other on Insta. As exes do. (REality TV World)

  • Artem Chigvintsev, Kaitlyn Bristowe may be "Dancing with the Stars" with each other (Entertainment Tonight)

  • VIDEO WALL: Relive the making of "I'm That Bitch" (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Netflix (Deadline)

posted 8/26/2020

Richard Karn & Tim Allen... Together Again for the First Time
"Home Improvement" Pair Reunite for "Assembly Required" for History
From the Futon Critic

HISTORY announces a 10-episode order of the nonfiction series "Assembly Required" (working title) starring and executive produced by Golden Globe(R) winner Tim Allen ("Last Man Standing," "Home Improvement"). Allen is set to reunite with Richard Karn ("Pen15," "Home Improvement") who will serve as host and executive producer. In this new competition series, Tim and Richard are sounding the call for those with a can-do attitude to take back their sense of purpose and awaken their inner builder.

"Assembly Required" (working title) will spotlight the best and brightest builders from across the country, at their home workshops, as they compete to breathe new life into everyday household items in desperate need of fixing. This new series will push each contestant to their limits while testing their ability and ingenuity to not only rebuild it but to build it better. In each episode, Allen and Karn will also dive into the unique history around these items to celebrate the men and women who crafted them, and the techniques used. "Assembly Required" (working title) is slated to premiere in 2021 on HISTORY.

"Let's face it -- we're living in a throwaway society," said Tim Allen. "We buy, break, replace... rinse and repeat. Whatever happened to repair and rebuild? There are some people who unfriend, unfollow and dispose of anything that offends, annoys or breaks - so I've created a show to remind people of the satisfaction and pride that comes from rebuilding something on their own. And who better to join me than my buddy from the old Tool Time days - Richard Karn! Now we're talking More Power! Albert Einstein once said, 'I'm not a genius, I'm just passionately curious.' Well, let's get curious! Even a chimpanzee would at least show interest, right? Wait - I think I just came up with another idea for the show! R-R-R!"

"Our history is defined by the innovations of ordinary dreamers creating extraordinary things, from Thomas Edison's light bulb to the Wright brothers' first flight," said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and General Manager for HISTORY. "We look forward to partnering with Tim and Richard, America's beloved duo, as they challenge a new wave of skilled individuals to think out-of-the-box to build upon the innovations of those before them. We hope this series will inspire viewers to think twice about throwing out that old item, roll up their sleeves and rebuild it better."

Produced by Wheelhouse Entertainment's Spoke Studios, ITV America and Boxing Cat Entertainment, this unique series also engineers a new model of partnership among the network, production and brands. In a one-of-a-kind collaboration for "Assembly Required," (working title) powered by Wheelhouse's marketing arm, Wheelhouse Labs, production will work closely with HISTORY's advertising sales team in a joint effort to invite and secure brands that want to ally with the new Allen-starring series.

"Assembly Required" (working title) is produced for HISTORY by Spoke Studios, ITV America and Boxing Cat Entertainment. Joining Allen and Karn as executive producers are Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson, Joe Weinstock, Will Nothacker, Simon Thomas, Vince Cariati and Katherine D. Fox. Eli Lehrer, Mary E. Donahue and Max Micallef serve as executive producers for HISTORY. .

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 8/25/2020

"Mental Samurai" Returns to the Stage... Well, Almost
Season 2 to Shoot in Portugal
From the Wrap

Warner Bros. is aiming to shoot the second season of the Rob Lowe-hosted Fox game show "Mental Samurai" next week in Portugal, where the studio has set up a "production hub" for global versions of the format, multiple people with knowledge of the plan told TheWrap for a report.

Showrunner Jeff Apploff left for Lisbon, Portugal, on Thursday, according to a post on his Facebook page. Current travel plans call for Lowe to fly out on Sunday with American contestants to arrive next week, one insider said.

The hope is for production to commence there next week and last for four to six days, the individual said, taping without a studio audience since Lisbon currently limits gatherings to a maximum of 10 persons. However, due to the constantly evolving rules surrounding international travel and pandemic work protocols, those plans could very well change.

And it's possible that the crew might need to be quarantined due to positives tests or changing regulations in Portugal. According to the website of the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Portugal, due to COVID-19, "only essential travel is permitted by U.S. citizens for professional, study, compelling family emergencies, health, or humanitarian reasons." The studio believes TV production falls into the "professional" category.

The Wrap

posted 8/25/2020

Food Network Scares Up Specials in Halloween
Seasonal Favorites Return
From the Futon Critic

Food Network delivers thrills and chills dedicated to the scariest season of them all with almost 35 hours of thematic programming, the most ever, featuring out of this world Halloween-themed showcases and sensational works of edible artistry. Food Network is getting viewers into the Halloween spirit with new series Outrageous Pumpkins, returning seasons of Halloween Baking Championship and Halloween Wars, as well as specials Halloween Freakshow Cakes, Halloween Wars: Legends, Road to Halloween Wars and Worst Cooks in America: Halloween Redemption, along with themed episodes of recurring series.

"Food Network has been the go-to destination for Halloween through the years, offering programming that showcases edge of your seat, nerve-wracking competitions with mind-blowing Halloween creations that viewers have come to expect and love," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "With new series like Outrageous Pumpkins taking the action out of the studio, along with returning favorites like Halloween Baking Championship and Halloween Wars, this season is sure to deliver all the frights and delights fans are hoping for."

On Sunday, September 13th at 8pm ET/PT, Road to Halloween Wars returns to highlight the next talented crop of pumpkin carvers, cake and sugar artists, set to compete on the new season of Halloween Wars. Witness how these Halloween warriors train in the weeks and months before the competition begins, and don't miss the new season premiering directly after on Sunday, September 13th at 9pm ET/PT. Host Jonathan Bennett returns to challenge six teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist, and a master sugar artist, as they create frighteningly fun and intricate edible displays over five episodes that are spooky as they are tasty. 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 Guillermo Díaz (Scandal), Jocelin Donahue (Insidious: Chapter 2), Marisol Nichols (Riverdale), Katie Sarife (Annabelle Comes Home) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT). The last team standing takes home $50,000.

For the first time ever, three teams composed of reigning Halloween Wars champions face off against each other to see who will be victorious in the two-episode special Halloween Wars: Legends, airing on Sunday, October 18th at 9pm ET/PT and Sunday, October 25th at 9pm ET/PT. Each episode features the returning champions competing in Halloween-themed challenges that feature twists and turns at every corner, as the teams aim to impress judges Shinmin Li and Todd Tucker with their amazingly spooky Halloween displays for $20,000 and ultimate Halloween Wars bragging rights!

New series Outrageous Pumpkins premieres on Sunday, September 13th at 10pm ET/PT. In this four-part series hosted by Alyson Hannigan, a traditional Halloween pastime is taken to the next level as seven expert pumpkin carvers compete at an outdoor pumpkin playground for the title of Outrageous Pumpkin Champion and a sweet $25,000 Halloween treat. Each week the carvers compete in two outrageous challenges that test their creativity and pumpkin prowess as they sculpt gravity-defying scenes that celebrate Halloween, with puppeteer and artist Terri Hardin and master pumpkin carver Ray Villafane judging their every move.

Ten talented bakers from across the country compete to create terrifyingly tasty treats on the new season of Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, September 14th at 9pm ET/PT. Hosted by Carla Hall, the competitors nerves and skills are tested like never before as they bake their way through a haunted house brimming with challenges through seven episodes. Judges Stephanie Boswell and Zac Young join Carla to determine whose devilishly delicious desserts earn $25,000 and the title of Halloween Baking Champion.

For more Halloween Baking Championship, don't miss special episodes highlighting the best, most outrageous, and funniest moments from previous seasons on Monday, September 14th at 10pm ET/PT and Monday, September 21st at 10pm ET/PT.

Four former Worst Cooks recruits come back to Boot Camp in the new Halloween special, Worst Cooks in America: Halloween Redemption, premiering Sunday, October 11th at 10pm ET/PT. Chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall welcome back the culinary hopefuls for a shot at redemption, as they must learn how to make a holiday spread for the scariest night of the year - Halloween. The recruits start by making a dish using a mystery ingredient they have been assigned; after Anne and Carla pick their teams, the chefs will teach them to make a buffet for a Halloween gathering. In order to win a kitchen upgrade worth $5,000 and bragging rights, the recruits must impress a panel of culinary experts, including a whole party of Halloween fanatics.

Get into the Halloween fun on the four-episode series Halloween Freakshow Cakes, with double premieres on Sunday, October 18th at 10pm ET/PT and Sunday, October 25th at 10pm ET/PT. In each episode of this one of-a-kind cake showdown co-hosted by Vivian Chan and Zac Young, three 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 Halloween Freakshow Champion.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/25/2020

MONDAY: Young Love
CBS, NBC Split the Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (2.256 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) was the victor on a low key Monday thanks to a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (2.543 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and its coverage of the "NBC News Special: 2020 Republican Convention" (1.682 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

CBS (1.754 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) shared in the demo honors with the two-hour return of "Love Island" (1.937 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) alongside "CBS News: 2020 America Decides: Republican Convention" (1.388 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.185 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with repeats of "Holey Moley" (2.504 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.256 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) plus "The Republican National Convention - Your Voice/Your Vote 2020 " (1.795 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) opted for the feature "The King's Speech" (1.445 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.983 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) closed out the night with its mix of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.040 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.963 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.965 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/25/2020

SYNDIES: Week 50
Results for the Week Ending August 16
From TV Newscheck

Syndication was stifled in the session ending Aug. 16 by a perfect storm of low summer viewing levels and a plethora of preemptions ranging from coverage of political developments and the pandemic to blackouts for baseball games.

In prime access time periods, programs avoided many of the preemptions that plagued other dayparts. Magazines were mostly steady. Among game shows, Family Feud fell 2% to a still syndication top-rated 5.5; Wheel of Fortune was flat with a season-low 4.7 for a third straight week; and Jeopardy downticked 2% to a new season low 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) 5.5 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.7 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.4** -2%
- American Ninja Warrior (NBCU): 1.0 +150%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

NextTV
The Wrap

posted 7/26/2020

WEEKEND: Split Second
CBS, ABC Split Sunday Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.754 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the demo champ on a competitive Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "The Ticket: The First Interview - A Special Edition of 20/20" (5.133 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Press Your Luck" (2.666 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Match Game" (2.486 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

CBS (4.046 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) was a close second with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.122 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Big Brother 22" (4.176 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.340 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.546 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was NBC (1.883 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its duo of "Cannonball" (2.101 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and the "NHL Playoffs: Boston at Tampa Bay" (1.810 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.710 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) again served up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.907 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Duncanville" (0.562 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "The Simpsons" (0.736 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Bless the Harts" (0.568 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Bob's Burgers" (0.666 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Family Guy" (0.822 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, a new "Fridge Wars" (0.379 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.252 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night for The CW (0.316 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 968k/0.25
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 936k/0.22

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/25/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Sentenced"

  • Daniel Silva sentenced to jail time, probation for deadly car accident (Deadline)

  • Nicole Byer nails a book deal. (Deadline)

  • TMZ sued on grounds of harrassment (Deadline)

  • Chris Randone, Krystal Nielson to divorce (Us Weekly)

  • AJ McLean MAY be "Dancing with the Stars" (Entertainment Tonight)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ron Funches (ABC News Radio)

posted 8/25/2020

Shutdown Under
Pair of Productions Halted in Australia Due to COVID-19
From Deadline

The Masked Singer has suspended filming in Australia and the entire production team has gone into isolation after a coronavirus outbreak on the Network 10 entertainment show.

In a statement on Facebook, the Warner Bros International Television Australia-produced show said the shoot had been halted with immediate effect, and host and panelists, including former The X Factor judge Dannii Minogue, are sheltering in place.

"Production of The Masked Singer has been immediately suspended as a result of several crew members receiving a positive test result for COVID-19. The health and safety of the community, and our staff and production partners is our number one priority," the show said. "The entire production team, including the masked singers, the host and panellists are now in self-isolation. They are all being monitored closely and are in constant contact with medical authorities."

According to Australian newspaper the Sunday Herald Sun, a dancer arrived on set on Friday feeling unwell. Others in close proximity to the individual tested positive for Covid-19. Previously recorded episodes of The Masked Singer will continue broadcasting on Network 10.

The outbreak is not welcome news for The Masked Singer in the U.S., which resumed production for Fox on Friday. The UK version is also poised to restart filming next month.

Meanwhile, Channel 9 quiz show Millionaire Hot Seat was due to begin filming new episodes from today, but production has now been suspended.

Those staff members are now awaiting their test results, which are likely to be made available today.

Both shows are produced at Melbourne's Docklands and share facilities but are filmed in separate studios. All studios there are now undergoing a deep clean.

Deadline
News.com.au
9news
News.com.au

posted 8/24/2020

"Millionaire" Returns to Production
Season 2 Bows on ABC This Fall
From Deadline

ABC's rebooted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was one of the last nonscripted shows to finish production before the COVID-19 production shutdown in March.

Host Jimmy Kimmel and the production team shot eight episodes of the game show the weekend of March 14 without an audience to get in under the wire. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire now is back for a second Kimmel-hosted season on ABC, and Deadline reports the show, which is based on the British format, is back in production as of today.

The show is shooting in Los Angeles with a minimal crew and without an audience. Rigorous health and safety protocols are in place that adhere to all state and local requirements as well as union and industry guidelines for production.

Deadline

posted 8/24/2020

Channel 4 Builds a Bridge
James McAvoy to Narrate a Unique Competition Series
From Deadline

James McAvoy will narrate Channel 4 Entertainment reality competition show The Bridge.

The show will see 12 strangers come together on the banks of a picturesque lake in the British countryside where they will need to work together to build a bridge in 20 days to an island 250 meters away. Each person in the winning team will get a vote for who they think is the most deserving of of the £100,000 prize. The winner is then left to decide whether to keep the money or share it.

Based on a format originally created by Zeppelin, a Banijay Iberia company, the five-part show is being made by Manchester-based Workerbee and filmed regionally. It is due to air later this year and was filmed following strict COVID-19 production guidelines.

Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment at Channel 4 said, "This is such an exciting first reality commission for me and the Channel 4 entertainment department. The brilliant Workerbee have conjured up the entertaining twists, comedy and drama viewers associate with classic channel 4 reality, against what might be considered a traditionally more factual backdrop."

The Bridge made its international debut in Spain in 2017 and aired for two series on Movistar+'s #0 where it is known locally as El Puente. The format also sold to France with M6.

Deadline
Metro

posted 8/24/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "That Was Quick"

  • Artem Chigvintsev, one month after being a new father, rejoins "Dancing" (Gold Derby)

  • Tayshia Adams begins her journey again for the first time. (Reality TV World)

  • Colton Dixon blessed twice (Reality TV World)

  • Ben Bailey to play Pittsburgh November (Very Local)

posted 8/24/2020

"Candy Land" Makes the Jump to TV
Kristin Chenoweth to Host Board-Game Adaptation for Food Network
From Uproxx

Candy Land is a board game still making an impact on children more than seven decades after its debut, and now it will get its own reality cooking competition.

Variety reported on Thursday that Kristin Chenoweth has signed on for a food competition show based on the Candy Land board game, complete with a royal castle and some unique game-themed twists to the traditional cooking competition.

According to the report, the competition show will feature pastry chefs making wild creations that use the Hasbro game's candy path setup to go through various places to find ingredients. That means viewers are in for a very elaborate set design.

The six-episode series features five groups of cake and sugar artists, who create showpieces in order to get a chance to win a grand prize of $25,000. The players must make their way through "Candy Land," seeking out different flavors and unique ingredients as they try to reach their ultimate destination: King Kandy's Castle.

It sounds a bit like the gimmick from the Netflix cooking competition Crazy Delicious, in which contestants get their ingredients from a Willy Wonka-style set where items grow on trees and everything (that they show you, at least) is edible. And Chenoweth, who has appeared on Food Network for Trisha Yearwood's Trisha's Southern Kitchen," mostly just seems excited about getting out of life in quarantine.

"I'm so excited for the world to see these talented confectionery artists and the incredible set," Chenoweth said in a statement. "And I can't wait to wear a dress again."

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posted 8/21/2020

THURSDAY: Big Brother on Top
CBS Wins Night of Reruns
From the Futon Critic

CBS (2.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) pulled in front on Thursday thanks to a new "Big Brother 22" (3.981 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by repeats of "Young Sheldon" (2.378 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "The Unicorn" (1.691 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) plus "CBS News: 2020 America Decides: Democratic Convention" (1.587 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

ABC (2.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) then took home the silver with repeats of "Holey Moley" (2.476 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.479 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) alongside "The Democratic National Convention - Your Voice/Your Vote 2020 " (2.425 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Next up was NBC (2.126 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its mix of "The Wall" (2.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.011 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "NBC News Special: 2020 Democratic Convention" (1.758 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.003 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) opted for a repeat "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (0.982 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a second "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.024 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.717 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Mysteries Decoded" (0.812 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.623 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable Thursday...
- Cannonball (USA): 576k/0.17


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posted 8/20/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Union Game"

  • Sean HAyes, Todd Milliner join UTA (Deadline)

  • Kelly Clarkson to put in a virtual audience for her second season (Deadline)

  • COVID-19: three staffers test positive at TV City (Deadline)

  • Amitabh Bachchan heads back to the KBC studio after battling COVID (CanIndia News)

posted 8/21/2020


Hollywood Reporter
CHI CHI DeVAYNE: 1986-2020
"Drag Race" Alum Loses Battle to Kidney Disease
From Deadline

Zavion Davenport, a fierce performer who captured viewers' hearts during multiple seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race under the stage name Chi Chi DeVayne, died Thursday at the age of 34, according to World of Wonder Productions.

"We're heartbroken to learn that Chi Chi DeVayne has passed away today," Drag Race's production company said in a statement. "Her drag spread a message of love and kindness that truly touched each person she met. Rest in power, Chi Chi."

Drag Race host and executive producer RuPaul also released a statement: "I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne. I am so grateful that we got to experience her kind and beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. May her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all. On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder and the cast and crew of RuPaul's Drag Race, I extend my deepest sympathy – from our family to hers."

Chi Chi was hospitalized in July, telling fans on Instagram Live, "They think that I'm going through kidney failure."

The Louisiana native received an outpouring of love from her fellow queens, many of whom rallied to raise money to cover Chi Chi's medical expenses.

As recently as Aug. 15, Chi Chi remained in contact with her fans. "Keep me in your prayers," she said in a video message, confirming she was back in the hospital being treated for an undisclosed illness. "I'll be back soon."

Chi Chi first joined the Drag Race family in Season 8 (2016), ultimately finishing in fourth place. She returned two years later for Season 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, finishing in eighth.

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posted 8/20/2020

"Drag Race" Family Renewed
Mothership, All-Stars, Untucked Will Be Back
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of the highest-rated season in franchise history and 13 Emmy(R) Award nominations, VH1 today announced that "RuPaul's Drag Race" has been greenlit for a new season.

In the upcoming 13th season, the juggernaut series will welcome a new batch of drag queens ready to prove why they're "America's Next Drag Superstar."

Additionally, "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" will debut its sixth season with some of the franchise's most notable queens returning to compete for a highly coveted spot in the "Drag Race" hall of fame.

"Untucked," the Emmy(R) nominated aftershow that gives viewers an all-access pass to the competition including behind-the-scenes drama, unseen moments and plenty of shade, also has been greenlit to follow both "RuPaul's Drag Race" season 13 and "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" season six.

"Drag queens have been on the frontlines of many challenging times in our history," said four-time Emmy(R) Award-winning Host and Executive Producer RuPaul. "RuPaul's Drag Race 13, All Stars 6 and new seasons of Untucked will offer more opportunities for our queens to rise to the occasion and spread the love."

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posted 8/20/2020

Get Ready to Vote, America!
"Masked Singer" Season 4 to Be Interactive... Well, Almost
From the Futon Critic

Ready to rock the vote, Masked Singer fans?

Season 4 of the Fox reality series will allow fans to vote from home in order to affect the show's outcome… but that doesn't mean that you'll be able to call a number or pull up an app to decide who's booted from each episode.

The show's Facebook feed recently began reaching out to passionate fans, who were encouraged to register for the chance to "witness all-new performances and vote for your favorites."

TV Line reports that the show is planning to have those fans (aka not everyone who's watching on the night the show airs) be part of a virtual audience that will help determine each week's castoff.

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posted 8/20/2020

WEDNESDAY: Dead Heat at 8
Big Brother, Got Talent Battle for their Respective Networks
From the Futon Critic

CBS (2.789 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) pulled in front among adults 18-49 on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Big Brother 22" (3.928 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Tough as Nails" (2.625 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) plus "CBS News: 2020 America Decides: Democratic Convention" (1.814 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

NBC (3.197 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was a close second with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (5.078 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.402 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "NBC News Special: 2020 Democratic Convention" (2.111 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was FOX (1.380 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with rebroadcasts of "MasterChef" (1.261 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and another "MasterChef" (1.499 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.019 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "United We Fall" (3.012 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) followed by repeats of "The Goldbergs" (1.785 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "The Conners" (1.870 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "American Housewife" (1.617 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) as well as "The Democratic National Convention - Your Voice/Your Vote 2020 " (1.916 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments from "The 100" (0.556 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Coroner" (0.606 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.581 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 924k/0.26

- Forged in Fire (History): 844k/0.19
- Dodgeball Thunderdome (P/Discovery): 803k/0.23
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 738k/0.23
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 322k/0.08
- Cash Cab - 11p (Bravo): 278k/0.06

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posted 8/20/2020

More on "Nice One"
Catch It on Quibi Next Week!
From Newsweek

Do you often find the good in everything? Regardless of the situation, do you spot a silver lining? Then the new game show Nice One!, from comedian Ron Funches, is for you.

Funches has built a fanbase with his special brand of positive humor, and now he's hosting a new game show on Quibi that tests comedians' abilities to find the best out of bad situations and people.

"I have always wanted to host a game show. I love hosting. It's one of my favorite things to do," Funches told Newsweek. "I'm really happy because this is the biggest way that I've ever shown my style of humor of being optimistic and positive and still sharp and still fun."

The concept of Nice One! came from a live show that Funches and others would do around Los Angeles, in which different comedians would get into "compliment battles," which are essentially the opposite of roasts.

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posted 8/20/2020

Grand Opening, Grand Closing
"Temptation Island" Filming Postponed After Production Starts
From Deadline

Eearlier this morning it was revealed that USA Network's Temptation Island was set to go into production in Maui in the coming weeks.

However, the Maui County Film Office has just announced that production on the reality series has been "postponed" to a "later date". "Will keep you posted as we attempt to flatten the curve of the Coronavirus on our island and in our state. On behalf of the Mayor's office, we apologize to the almost 200 local crew," it noted.

The show, which is produced by Banijay Studios North America, was set to film at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort on the island with cast and crew set to be in a quarantine bubble on the location. The news of its return emerged at a press conference held by Maui Mayor Michael Victorino, who revealed that the state of Hawaii and the state filming commission has approved the production, though he was not completely happy with the decision.

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posted 8/20/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hope Springs"

  • Courtney Hope to resurface on Y&R (TV Line)

  • Tyra Banks inks first look with ABC Signature (Deadline)

  • Mel & Sue get another season as hitmen (Deadline)

  • Hot Ones gets a home game (Delish)

  • SPOILER ALERT: Do not click this link if you haven't seen this episode! (Deadline)

posted 8/20/2020

The Gang's (Almost) All HEre
"American Idol" Host, Judges Re-Sign. Bobby Bones.... **Shrug**
From the Futon Critic

The iconic star-maker competition series "American Idol" welcomes back music industry legends, judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, and veteran host Ryan Seacrest to help find America's next singing sensation for a fourth season on ABC.

Last season, "American Idol" became the first reality competition series to air remotely and the unprecedented season dominated Sunday nights, claiming the No. 1 position for broadcast series among Adults 18-49 as well as the night's No. 1 most social show.

"'American Idol' has always been able to bring people together, entertain and inspire - and I am so proud of how this show continued to deliver joy and laughter into people's homes during a time when we needed it the most," said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. "There is no one who we feel more confident about leading us into a new season of high notes than Luke, Katy, Lionel and the incomparable Ryan Seacrest."

"Katy, Lionel and Luke are fun, astute and really know how to spot talent," said executive producer and showrunner Trish Kinane. "Their chemistry is undeniable, and we are delighted that they, along with host Ryan Seacrest, are returning to find the next superstar and take 'American Idol' to new heights next season."

"We are so grateful to the fans for sticking with us - and pushing us to No. 1 - during this most challenging of times. And we are thrilled to be able to welcome Ryan, Katy, Lionel and Luke back to help us discover our next American Idol," said executive producer Eli Holzman, CEO of 19 Entertainment's parent company Industrial Media. "At times like these, it is more important than ever to give families wholesome entertainment, packed full of hope, talent and inspiration - where dreams come true. And that is what 'American Idol' is all about."

The search for the next singing sensation is currently underway with "Idol Across America" remote virtual auditions taking place across all 50 states. "Idol Across America" will give hopefuls the chance to showcase their talents from anywhere in America, across any official audition date and face-to-face with an "American Idol" producer, staying true to its roots by providing aspiring Idols real-time feedback on their journey to being crowned the next American Idol.

To sign up for "Idol Across America" and a chance to virtually audition in front of an "American Idol" producer, please visit www.americanidol.com/auditions, where more details on specific dates, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, and terms and conditions can be found. Entrants must be at least 15 years old to audition and may do so on any "Idol Across America" date regardless of your location.

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posted 8/19/2020

"Dancing with the Stars": Here Are Your Pros!
Catch It on ABC September 14!
From the Futon Critic

"Dancing with the Stars" is waltzing its way into the ballroom for its premiere on MONDAY, SEPT. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

The unprecedented season welcomes new host Tyra Banks, a fresh take on the competition, and exciting new and returning pros, all while maintaining the heart and soul of the beloved series.

Celebrity dancers and additional production details will be announced at a later date.

This season features the return of many beloved pro dancers including Sharna Burgess and Keo Motsepe, as well as the addition of professional ballroom dancers Britt Stewart and Daniella Karagach getting celebrity partners for the first time. Viewers will have to tune in to the season premiere to find out with whom their favorite professional dancers are paired.

This season's professional dancers include (in alphabetical order) the following:
· Brandon Armstrong
· Alan Bersten
· Sharna Burgess
· Cheryl Burke
· Val Chmerkovskiy
· Sasha Farber
· Jenna Johnson
· Daniella Karagach
· Keo Motsepe
· Peta Murgatroyd
· Pasha Pashkov
· Gleb Savchenko
· Emma Slater
· Britt Stewart

"Dancing with the Stars" averaged 9.1 million Total Viewers last season after 35 days of viewing across linear and digital platforms. "Dancing with the Stars" is the series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts. The series is produced by BBC Studios' Los Angeles production arm. Andrew Llinares and Tyra Banks are executive producers. .

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posted 8/19/2020

SYNDIES: Week 48
Results for the Week Ending August 9
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil got a ratings booster shot, taking the show up 6% from the prior appointment to a four-week high 1.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, regaining the talk show lead in the session ending Aug. 9. Despite being in repeats on all five days, syndication's top talker leapfrogged over last week's leader, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and finished first for the 191st time in the past 205 weeks.

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) 5.6 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.7 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.5** -6%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 7/19/2020

TUESDAY: Kenan Thompson Joins AGT
"Saturday Night Live" Player to Sit in For Simon Cowell
From the Futon Critic

Kenan Thompson will serve as a guest judge on this Tuesday and Wednesday's live telecasts of "America's Got Talent." He will fill in for Simon Cowell and join fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara. Terry Crews is the host.

"America's Got Talent" airs Tuesday from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday from 8-9 p.m. ET/PT. · Thompson has been one of the most popular cast members over the storied history of "Saturday Night Live." He joined the show in 2003 and won an Emmy Award in 2018 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song "Come Back, Barack." He is nominated for the 2020 Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Thompson is the star of NBC's upcoming new comedy "Kenan." The series centers on a recently widowed host of Atlanta's #2 morning show (Thompson), who struggles to balance his job and his young daughters despite all the "help" he gets from his father-in-law (Don Johnson) and his brother/assistant/manager/house guest (Chris Redd).

NBC (4.435 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) cruised to another victory on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (5.507 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and its "NBC News Special: 2020 Democratic Convention" (2.290 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2).

The silver went to CBS (3.342 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with its mix of "NCIS" (4.546 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2), "FBI" (3.470 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and "CBS News: 2020 America Decides: Democratic Convention" (2.011 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Next up was ABC (1.818 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with repeats of "Modern Family" (2.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2), another "Modern Family" (1.588 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2), a new "What Would You Do?" (1.802 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and "The Democratic National Convention - Your Voice/Your Vote 2020 " (1.822 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.046 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) served up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.401 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and "Prodigal Son" (0.692 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.373 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the premiere of "Dead Pixels" (0.506 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.367 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.309 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 811k/0.19
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 673k/0.16
- Hot Ones The Game Show (truTV): 99k/0.05
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posted 8/19/2020

Celebs Hear the British Beep
Celebrity Editions of "Supermarket Sweep UK" Locked and Loaded
From Media Mole

The 18 celebrity couples competing on the upcoming special episodes of ITV's Supermarket Sweep have been revealed.

The daytime classic was revived by ITV2 last year, with Rylan Clark-Neal taking over from the late Dale Winton as host, and its success has led to it being restored to the main channel for its second series. The regular episodes will begin at the start of next month and will be followed by six special episodes featuring famous faces as the contestants.

According to the Daily Mail, the pairings will include I'm A Celebrity winners Scarlett Moffatt and Jacqueline Jossa, Martin Kemp and Roman Kemp, Denise Van Outen and Joel Dommett, Wayne and Frankie Bridge, Martine McCutcheon and Jack McManus, and JLS singers JB Gill and Aston Merrygold. Others include Diversity's Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely, Megan McKenna and Jenny Ryan, Gabby and Kenny Logan, Joe Swash and Radzi Chinyanganya, Melanie Walters and Joanna Page, Paul Merson and Harry Redknapp, John Barnes and David Seaman and Birds of a Feather's Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph. Rounding out the lineup are Rita Simons and Chizzy Akudolu, Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom, Andrea McLean and Nadia Sawalha and Emmerdale couple Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden.

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posted 8/19/2020

"Love" In the Time of COVID-19
Catch It August 24 on CBS!
From the Futon Critic

Quarantine is about to get very steamy for 11 single men and women. CBS has unveiled the initial cast for Season 2 of Love Island, its unscripted dating series based on the popular U.K. show.

In case you're not familiar with Love Island's premise, the series gathers a group of single people looking for romance (and/or hook-ups), but those who don't couple up within a few days are at risk of being dumped from the island. As new arrivals show up to the island and different relationships evolve, Islanders must also win the hearts of viewers, who have the opportunity to shape on-screen events and ultimately crown one couple the winner.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, though, Season 2 won't take place on an actual island; instead, contestants will be sequestered at the Las Vegas boutique hotel The Cromwell, where both cast and crew will follow strict health and safety protocols while inside a quarantine "bubble." Contestants will also be regularly tested for COVID-19 throughout filming.

Once again hosted by Arielle Vandenberg, Love Island returns with a two-hour premiere on Monday, Aug. 24 at 8/7c on CBS. New episodes then air nightly at 8 pm, including the Saturday clip show, Love Island: More to Love.

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posted 8/19/2020

"The Masked Singer" to Return. In the UK.
With an Audience... But Without Ken Jeong
From DEadline

Ken Jeong has dropped out of the UK version of The Masked Singer due to coronavirus travel restrictions, meaning ITV has added BAFTA-winning British comedian Mo Gilligan to the lineup.

As revealed by Deadline on Monday, Season 2 of The Masked Singer will go into production for ITV next month, with producer Bandicoot TV recording the show in front of a live studio audience.

Jeong, who also works on the Fox version of the Korean format, said he was sad not to be joining fellow panelists Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross. He could still make a small cameo, however. He said: "I had so much fun on season 1 of The Masked Singer UK, I told the team nothing short of a global pandemic would stop me from coming back for Season 2!

"I am gutted because I truly love working with Joel, Rita, Davina, Jonathan and everyone at Bandicoot and ITV. I hope when things start to normalize I can return and offer my expertise on all things British, like the Australian Open. Please take care, be safe, and as the title of the show suggests, wear a mask."

The British version of the Korean singing contest is set to be among the first tranche of UK entertainment shows to be filmed in front of a live studio audience following the coronavirus pandemic.

Produced by Argonon-backed Bandicoot TV, the show will return to Bovingdon Studios, north of London, for its second season shoot, which will take place over eight nights starting on September 14.

SRO Audiences, which is handling ticketing for the show, said on its website that audience members will need to agree to detailed coronavirus guidance and protocols before attending. Those breaking rules will be removed or refused entry.

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posted 8/19/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Restaurant Rescue"

  • Padma Lakshmi on the effects of COVID-19 in the restaurant industry (Deadline)

  • Kevin Hart cancels cancel culture (Deadline)

  • Lauren Burnham, Arie Luyendyk try for another baby aftecodes her ending stings this year (TV Line)

  • Dean Unglert thinks something's rotten in the state of Bachelor Nation (US Magazine)

  • "The Great British Bake Off" wraps its COVID season (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rocsi Diaz (Eurweb)

posted 8/14/2020

Apple TV Goes Country
"My Kind of Country" Greenlit from Reese Witherspoon, Izzie Pick Ibarra
From the Futon Critic

Apple has ordered its first competition series, "My Kind of Country," a groundbreaking global search for unconventional and extraordinary country music talent that will be produced by Reese Witherspoon's Emmy-nominated Hello Sunshine, Jason Owen and Emmy Award nominee Izzie Pick Ibarra.

Emmy Award-nominated Adam Blackstone will serve as musical director of the series, which will be executive produced by Done + Dusted.

"My Kind of Country" will revolutionize the music competition genre with a fresh, new documentary sensibility. The hybrid series will break down cultural and musical barriers in the country music space, inviting innovative musicians to unleash their authentic voices and take center stage. Reese Witherspoon, Hello Sunshine head of Film & Television Lauren Neustadter, and SVP of Unscripted Programming Cynthia Stockhammer will executive produce the series on behalf of the media company. Jason Owen, president and CEO of Sandbox Entertainment and mega-manager to country music heavyweights Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Faith Hill, and Dan + Shay among others, will also serve as executive producer alongside Izzie Pick Ibarra, the illustrious showrunner behind the Emmy-nominated competition series "The Masked Singer" and "Dancing With the Stars," as well as Done + Dusted's Katy Mullan and Melanie Fletcher ("The Disney Family Singalong," John Legend's "A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy," "The Little Mermaid Live!," "Dear Class of 2020," London Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies). Adam Blackstone (musical director to Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Faith Hill, Rihanna, Tim McGraw, "The Masked Singer," "The Four," "Girls Trip," BET Awards 2020) will serve as musical director.

The series will premiere globally on Apple TV+, where it will join award-winning Apple Originals produced by Hello Sunshine including the eight-time Emmy-nominated, SAG and Critics Choice Award-winning "The Morning Show," and the NAACP Image Award-winning "Truth Be Told."

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posted 8/17/2020

HGTV Rocks the Block Again
Second Season Ordered
From the Futon Critic

HGTV has picked up a sophomore season of its smash hit competition series, Rock the Block. Attracting more than 20.3 million total viewers in its debut season, the series has been renewed for six action-packed episodes slated to premiere in early 2021. In season two, four pairs of HGTV's brightest renovation stars will team up to take on identical three-story suburban properties and transform them into extraordinary custom dream homes. With only one month and a $175,000 budget, the network duo who adds the most value to their home will proclaim victory and savor the sweet satisfaction of bragging rights.

"Rock the Block has the winning combination of family-friendly competition and high stakes renovations that makes it one of our most popular crowd pleasers," said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. "We can't wait for our all-new line-up of HGTV superstars, intense challenges and surprise elements to bring millions of excited fans back to the block."

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posted 8/17/2020

WEEKEND: Big Brother, Bigger Number
CBS Knocks ABC Reruns to Second
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.028 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to its lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.913 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "Big Brother 22" (4.041 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.491 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.669 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

ABC (3.480 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) however shared in the demo honors despite an all-repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.477 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.900 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "Press Your Luck" (2.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Match Game" (2.722 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was NBC (1.519 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with "Cannonball" (1.932 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and its telecast of the "2020 NHL Playoff Round #1 - Philadelphia vs. Montreal" (1.382 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.751 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) served up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.852 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Duncanville" (0.483 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16), "The Simpsons" (0.815 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Bless the Harts" (0.619 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (0.793 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Family Guy" (0.941 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, a new "Fridge Wars" (0.381 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.199 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.0, #18) on The CW (0.290 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 328k/0.08

On cable Sunday...
- Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 992k/0.29
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 894k/0.22

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posted 8/17/2020

Tag.. Tubi's It
"Ultimate Tag" Streams on AVOD Platform
From Rapid TV News

As it continues to expand its bouquet after its recent acquisition, leading advertising video-on-demand (AVOD) service Tubi has added FOX Entertainment's Ultimate Tag series to its streaming options.

In each episode of Ultimate Tag, everyday citizens compete in the game and must vault, dodge, tumble and dive over various epic, three-dimensional moving courses. Their one simple goal is not to get caught. As competitors progress, they are challenged to take on even more extreme courses and earn points for their performance in each game.

Chasing the contestants every step of the way are a variety of resident "professional" Taggers, larger-than-life characters who have a range of athletic skills. These Taggers are intermittently released into the course, and only the contestants who can outlast them the longest will secure their place in the championship game and a chance at a big cash prize. All ten episodes from Season One, are co-hosted by NFL superstar sibling trio J.J., T.J., and Derek Watt.

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posted 8/17/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Playing with Life"

  • WHat can $30 million buy you? IF you're Byron Allen, a TV Station. (Deadline)

  • Ellen DeGeneres promotes one, fires the restxpecting a third (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mayim Bialik (AmoMama)

posted 8/17/2020

E! Gives Kevin Hart More "Face" Time
"Celebrity Game Face" Ordered to Series
From Deadline

Celebrity Game Face, which is hosted by and exec produced by Kevin Hart and Eniko Hart, is getting another five episodes at E!.

The show, which aired a special in July, will return to the NBCU cable network on August 27 at 10pm.

In the shot-at-home special, which comes from Critical Content and Hart's Hartbeat Productions, the pair led celeb couples Terry and Rebecca Crews, Sarah Hyland and her fiancé Wells Adams, and Joel and Sarah McHale to battle it out in a range of ridiculous physical challenges that viewers could play along with at home.

The new five episodes will also be shot at home.

The new eclebrity pairings include: Tracee Ellis Ross and brother Evan Ross, Meghan Trainor and brother Ryan Trainor, Brooklyn Decker and husband Andy Roddick, Rob Schneider and wife Patricia Maya Schneider, Niecy Nash and Wendy Raquel Robinson, Victor Cruz and girlfriend Karrueche Tran, Kelly Osbourne and brother Jack Osbourne, Loni Love and boyfriend James Welsh, Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll, Terry Bradshaw and daughter Rachel Bradshaw, Raven-Symoné and wife Miranda Maday, Jamie Chung and husband Bryan Greenberg, Rob Riggle and Darren Leader, Mayim Bialik and friend Jonathan Cohen and Shanola Hampton and Daren Dukes.

Various games that are being played include "Big Facts", where partners must guess which personal fun facts are true or false, "Read My Lips" requires partners to guess phrases while wearing noise canceling headphones and "Booty Shake" where partners must use their best dance moves to empty as many balls out of a box wrapped around their waist in a matter of seconds.

Celebrity Game Face is exec produced by Kevin Hart, Jenny Daly, Tom Forman, Jon Beyer, Bryan Smiley, Mike Stein, Michael Canter and Jeff Krask. .

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posted 8/14/2020

The Weakest Link at 20
How ANOTHER British Quiz Show Became a Global Phenomenon
From the Evening Standard

A stone-faced Anne Robinson, withering put downs (which haven't aged well) and, of course, a world famous catchphrase: The Weakest Link is one of the cornerstones of British television.

Today marks 20 years since Robinson first peered over her glasses at contestants who had no idea what they were in for, chastising them for literally any reason she could find and then delivering their cue to leave: "You are the weakest link, goodbye."

The concept - as with many hit quiz shows - was simple; a team of contestants had to create chains of correct answers to add to the prize fund, safeguarding cash along the way by stating "bank" before being asked a question. Get an answer wrong and the money in the chain was lost. Doing this one too many times would win you side-eye from your teammates/competitors, the wrath of Robinson and potentially prompt her famous phrase. The winner was then decided in a penalty shoot out-style head-to-head, though it was the main rounds which were the real attraction.

Many episodes, admittedly, do not hold up too well in 2020. Robinson's callous put downs saw her pick at everything from contestants' jobs and lifestyle choices to appearances and weight, with many being shared on social media in recent years - for all the wrong reasons.

But at its peak, The Weakest Link was a global phenomenon. The show is the second most popular global television franchise of all-time - beaten only by Who Wants to be a Millionaire? - with broadcasters in over 40 countries licensing the format and creating their own versions.

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posted 8/14/2020

THURSDAY: Big Brother's Biggest Night Can't Beat ABC
ABC Wins on Game Night Strength
From The Futon Critic

ABC (2.961 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with its mix of "Holey Moley" (3.349 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), the season finale of "Don't" (2.490 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.044 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

CBS (2.806 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was a close second thanks to a new "Big Brother 22" (4.060 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) alongside repeats of "Young Sheldon" (2.582 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "The Unicorn" (1.961 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Bull" (2.087 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.668 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its latest installment of "MLB on FOX" (1.668 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.070 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up its "NBC News Special: Coronavirus & The Classroom" (2.607 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) alongside repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.708 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.896 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, the season finale of "Killer Camp" (0.480 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.515 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.497 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday....
- Alone: Million Dollar Challenge (History): 546k/0.25
- Cannonball (USA): 434k/0.13

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posted 8/14/2020

WEDNESDAY: Unshielded
NBC, CBS Tie for the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.274 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and CBS (3.075 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared the demo crown as the former offered up a new "America's Got Talent" (6.055 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2), the season finale of "World of Dance" (4.140 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and a repeat "Chicago PD" (2.628 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

The Eye then served up originals from "Big Brother 22" (4.172 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Tough as Nails" (3.061 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) plus a repeat "SEAL Team" (1.992 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was ABC (1.832 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "United We Fall" (3.154 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), a repeat "The Goldbergs" (1.865 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.638 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and the final episode of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.349 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.310 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) continued with repeats of "MasterChef" (1.282 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and another "MasterChef" (1.338 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, originals from "The 100" (0.629 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and "Coroner" (0.656 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.643 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Wednesday....
- Forged in Fire (History): 873k/0.19
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 769k/0.22
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 618k/0.19
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 259k/0.05
- Cash Cabl - mid (Bravo): 254k/0.05

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posted 8/14/2020

That's a Lot of Pointless Entertainment
Report: BBC Orders 3 More Seasons
From the Sports Mole

The BBC has reportedly given the go-ahead to 227 new episodes of popular quiz show Pointless.

The show, hosted by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, has been a staple of the BBC One schedules since 2009 - although it was forced off the air in July due to the coronavirus crisis.

According to Broadcast, filming will restart in November under new safety guidelines and without a studio audience, initially at least.

The magazine says that the BBC has confirmed three regular seasons, each of 55 episodes, as well as two 31-episode seasons of the celebrity version, which is shown on Saturday nights..

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posted 8/14/2020

Britain Ready to L-I-N-G-O
Adil Ray to Host New Series
From C21 Media

ITV has ordered a local version of word-themed gameshow format Lingo from Objective Media Group's Wildcard Television.

Lingo, which comes from All3Media-owned IDTV and Talpa TV, is one of Europe's longest-running gameshows. It has aired for 29 years in France and was rebooted in the Netherlands last year, where it had previously aired for 25 years. The format has also traveled to the US, where more than 500 episodes have aired in syndication and Game Show Network.

The UK version, which will be hosted by host, actor and comedian Adil Ray, will see contestant pairs compete across a series of rounds for a chance to win a cash prize. The teams are pitted against each other in a quick-thinking game of words, with the stakes becoming higher and the prize money escalating in each round.

Lingo (30×60') will be filmed in Manchester out of Objective Media Group North and distributed by All3Media International. Exec producing are Andrew Cartmell, Ed de Burgh and Ben Shephard for Wildcard, and Pam Cavannagh for Objective Media Group North.

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posted 8/14/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Playing with Life"

  • Why "The Sims Spark'd" matters (CNet)

  • John Legend, Chrissy Teigen expecting a third (Reality TV World)

  • Julie Chen Moonves decodes her ending stings this year (TV Line)

  • Jane Lynch remembers Naya Rivera (Deadline)

  • Fremantle gets hit in the profits after "Too Hot to Handle" shutdown. (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 10 weirdest game show stunts ever.... to date (ScreenRant)

posted 8/14/2020

JoJo Fletcher Goes BACK to "The Bachelor"
Chris Harrison Quarantined After Sending His Kid to College
From The Wrap

JoJo Fletcher will be temporarily taking over as host of Season 16 of "The Bachelorette" for Chris Harrison, who has to undergo a two-week quarantine after dropping his son off at college in Texas.

Harrison was told he can't go back into La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California where the season is being filmed until he has quarantined for 14 days, according to reports from Variety and Us Weekly.

Reps for ABC and Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. The studio and network do not typically comment on casting rumors while the show is in production..

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posted 8/13/2020

Told You It Was Leading to Something...
NBC Slots "Ninja Warrior" 12 September
From the Futon Critic

Season 12 of NBC's four-time Emmy Award-nominated athletic competition series "American Ninja Warrior" will premiere Monday, Sept. 7 with a two-hour episode beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The top 50 athletes will bring along two people from their communities to compete with them for a total of 150 competitors.

The series will feature an abridged format with multiple rounds: Qualifiers (6 obstacle course), Semi-Finals (10 obstacle course) and Finals (10 obstacle course + Power Tower playoff bracket). To determine the winner during the Finals, the top eight ninjas will compete in a playoff bracket where they will race head-to-head on the Power Tower. The winner will earn $100,000.

Production for the eight-episode series took place in St. Louis at the Dome at America's Center. "American Ninja Warrior" is the first NBC series to have completed a full season of episodes during the current pandemic.

The most recent cycle of "American Ninja Warrior" last summer averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" Nielsens and grew after 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing to a 2.0 in 18-49 and 9.2 million viewers. The year-ago cycle of "Ninja" scored as Monday's most-watched program on the Big 4 networks with each of its last five telecasts ("live plus same day").

The series is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed along with Brian Richardson, Anthony Storm and Kristen Stabile.

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posted 8/12/2020

Renewal Nailed
CBS Orders Up More "Tough As Nails"
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today that its winning reality competition series TOUGH AS NAILS has been renewed for a second season. The series is created by Emmy Award-winning producer Phil Keoghan and his producing partner Louise Keoghan, who are also executive producers. Phil Keoghan is the host.

Since the series premiered on Wednesday, July 8, TOUGH AS NAILS has been the clear winner for its time period in key demos, while averaging a solid 4.23 million viewers throughout its summer run.* "TOUGH AS NAILS stands out with its unique look and positive, heartfelt competitive spirit that showcases the strength, grit and determination of remarkable hardworking men and women," said Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment. "Under Phil Keoghan's deft touch, the series has lived up to its name as a real summer workhorse for us, and we look forward to a second season with another extraordinary group of competitors."

TOUGH AS NAILS is a competition series that celebrates everyday Americans who get their workout on the job rather than the gym, wear work boots instead of workout shoes and consider the calluses on their hands a badge of honor. Competitors are tested for their strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness in challenges that take place in the real world. One by one, they are eliminated until the TOUGH AS NAILS winner is named, but nobody goes home. Even after they "punch out" of the individual competition, they have the opportunity to win additional prizes in the team competitions that continue throughout the season. The series redefines what it means to be tough, proving that it comes in all shapes and sizes.

Casting has begun for season two. Those who would like to apply to be a challenger can visit https://www.toughasnailscbscasting.com/home.

The two-hour season finale of TOUGH AS NAILS will air Wednesday, Sept. 2 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Its regular time period is Wednesday (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). .

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posted 8/12/2020

TUESDAY: Kelly's Got Talent
"Voice" Coach to Judge Live Shows as Simon Cowell Recuperates
From TV Line

With Simon Cowell on medical leave, America's Got Talent is injecting some temporary new blood into its judging panel.

Cowell's former American Idol discovery, Kelly Clarkson, is set to fill his seat alongside fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara during this week's inaugural live shows.

In a tongue-in-cheek statement, the Kelly Clarkson Show host (and recent Daytime Emmy winner) said, "My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won't be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday's live shows for AGT. But no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat! The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson �� You're welcome in advance!"

Cowell broke his back on Saturday while testing his new electric bike in the courtyard of his Malibu, Calif. home. He was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent a five-hour surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery.

NBC (5.746 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) continued its Tuesday reign last night thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (6.672 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and the penultimate "World of Dance" (3.893 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

CBS (3.851 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) took home the silver with its repeat mix of "NCIS" (4.741 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "FBI" (3.851 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (2.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was ABC (1.748 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its lineup of "Modern Family" (2.169 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), another "Modern Family" (1.674 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Black-ish" (1.344 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Mixed-ish" (1.233 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "What Would You Do?" (2.035 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.053 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) continued to serve up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.378 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Prodigal Son" (0.729 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.646 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the season finale of "DC's Stargirl" (0.861 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) alongside "Tell Me a Story" (0.431 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14)..

On cable Tuesday....
- Chopped (Food): 853k/0.21
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 604k/0.17
- Celebrity Show-Off (TBS): 400k/0.14
- Hot Ones The Game Show (truTV): 143k/0.09

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posted 8/11/2020


Los Angeles Times
SUMNER REDSTONE: 1923-2020
Billionaire Magnate United Paramount, Viacom, CBS
From Deadline

Sumner Redstone, an imposing industry figure who built a business empire including Viacom, Paramount Pictures and CBS out of a regional chain of movie theaters, has died at the age of 97.

National Amusements, the controlling shareholder of ViacomCBS, confirmed the news Wednesday morning.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sumner M. Redstone, the self-made businessman, philanthropist and World War II veteran who built one of the largest collections of media assets in the world," the company said in a statement (read it in full below).

ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish, who joined Viacom in 1997, called Redstone "a brilliant visionary, operator and dealmaker, who single-handedly transformed a family-owned drive-in theater company into a global media portfolio. He was a force of nature and fierce competitor, who leaves behind a profound legacy in both business and philanthropy. ViacomCBS will remember Sumner for his unparalleled passion to win, his endless intellectual curiosity, and his complete dedication to the company. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Redstone family today."

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posted 8/12/2020

"Ninja Warrior UK" Takes a Fall
Reports: "Sasuke" Adaptation Cancelled After 5 Seasons
From Radio Times

Although viewers have been enjoying re-runs of Ninja Warrior UK during lockdown, it looks as if the warped wall is set for retirement, according to host Chris Kamara.

Chatting to Keith Lemon during an Instagram Live video on Friday, Kamara said: "Ninja Warrior is finished, I'm afraid." When Lemon responded with, "Everybody loves Ninja Warrior, don't they?", the former footballer replied: "Yeah they do, apart from one person – the person who commissions it." He laughed: "Am I allowed to say that?" at which point Lemon chipped in, "I don't know."

The series, based on the Japanese game show Sasuke, sees around 250 contestants tackle various assault course obstacles and physical challenges, with the contest winner being crowned that year's Ninja Warrior UK.

ITV has yet to comment on the reports.

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posted 8/12/2020

"Taskmaster" Moves to CW Seed
CW Launches US Run of UK Episodes
From Channel Guide

Take heart, Taskmaster fans. The British game show that was recently pulled from The CW's schedule after one airing has moved to CWSeed. The entire 10-episode season is now available to binge on the network's free ad-supported digital network.

The stateside tour of British game show Taskmaster turned out to be exceedingly short. The CW has pulled the series from its Sunday schedule after just a single episode, which drew a very small audience on Aug. 2. Reruns of Supernatural will fill the 9 p.m. Sunday slot for the next few weeks.

Taskmaster, which has run 10 seasons over five years in the U.K., stars comedian Greg Davies, who as Taskmaster assigns simple comedic and bizarre tasks to a group of five regular contestants, usually comics. Series creator Alex Horne acts as Davies' assistant on camera. The show regularly tops 1 million viewers in the U.K. and won a BAFTA Award for best comedy entertainment program two days before its U.S. debut. Its premiere on The CW, however, drew only 212,000 same day viewers, the smallest audience for a first-run episode of any show on the network in 11 months. (An installment of extreme-sports docuseries Peaking in September 2019 brought in 190,000 people.) Its lead-in, Canadian food competition Fridge Wars, brought in 400,000 viewers with its premiere.

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posted 8/12/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Titan of Money"

posted 8/12/2020

SYNDIES: Week 47
Results for the Week Ending August 2
From TV Newscheck

In the moribund mid-summer session ending Aug. 2 where almost everything else in syndication hit a brick wall, Live with Kelly and Ryan rocketed to the top of the talk shows with a 19% ratings surge to a seven-week high 1.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen. The show featured a widely-praised tribute to late co-host Regis Philbin on July 27 and, on July 31, an encore presentation of the "Regis Farewell Celebration Special" from Nov. 8, 2011.

Nielsen daytime deity Judge Judy was in reruns on all five days, easing 2% to a 5.6, which was still the highest household rating of anything in syndication. Even with numerous preemptions, Judy outperformed such prime access heavyweights as Family Feud, which fell 4% to a 5.5; Jeopardy, which inched up 2% to a 4.8; and Wheel of Fortune, which faded 2% to a new season low 4.7.

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
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 -4%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.8 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.7 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 -10%
- American Ninja Warrior (NBCU): 0.9 -10%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 7/4/2020

MONDAY: Titans Rising
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (2.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to the season finale of "The Titan Games" (3.548 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) followed by a repeat "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World" (2.322 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

CBS (3.000 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was a close second with repeats of "The Neighborhood" (3.750 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "All Rise" (2.517 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Bull" (2.924 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was ABC (1.875 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with the latest installment of "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (1.875 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.862 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up repeats of "9-1-1" (1.974 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (1.751 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.918 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.064 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.787 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

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posted 8/11/2020

WEEKEND: Big Brother, Bigger Number
CBS, Golf Knock ABC Reruns to Second
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.607 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its primetime portion of the "PGA Championship" (5.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (4.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Big Brother 22" (3.109 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

ABC (3.600 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) had to settle for second with its repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.364 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.378 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Press Your Luck" (3.122 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Match Game" (2.535 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7).

Next up was NBC (1.732 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with encores of "Cannonball" (1.754 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "The Titan Games" (1.299 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "America's Got Talent: 15th Anniversary Special" (1.937 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.688 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up its own repeat mix of "Last Man Standing" (0.864 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15), "Duncanville" (0.488 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15), "The Simpsons" (0.672 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (0.564 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (0.711 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Family Guy" (0.831 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, week two of "Fridge Wars" (0.396 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.253 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.324 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- The Sims: Spark'd (SF/TBS): 205k/0.06

On cable Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 328k/0.08

On cable Sunday...
- Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 992k/0.29
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 894k/0.22

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posted 8/11/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Swaggy Out"

  • Swaggy C is done with reality TV (Us Magazine)

  • Where in the world is Michael Strahan? (Distractify)

  • Joe Moravsky has a baby ninja (ANW Nation) plus, if you notice that there's a lot of ANW on the air right now and think it could be leading to something.... you're not exactly wrong there (ANW Nation)

  • Witney Carson is having a.... human. She's having a human. (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Howie Mandel (Esquire)

posted 8/11/2020

DWade Enters "The Cube"
NBA Legend to Host, Produce American Version for WarnerMedia
From The Futon Critic

WarnerMedia is bringing the adrenaline-fueled, award-winning British game show reboot of The Cube stateside with a series order, executive produced and hosted by NBA legend Dwyane Wade.

The show features pairs of contestants who must demonstrate skill, nerve and determination by braving The Cube, where they attempt seemingly simple physical tasks within the nerve-wracking confines of a glass box in the hope of winning a major cash prize. Working against the clock, each pair has nine lives to complete seven games, each worth an increasing amount of money, as they move closer to the jackpot. The ten-episode, 60-minute series is slated to premiere next year.

"The Cube is a massively popular national treasure in the U.K. Honestly, I can't believe it hasn't been snapped up here in the U.S. before now," said Corie Henson, EVP and head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV. "It is a visually stunning, but super simple game that everyone can play and almost no one can win. Stepping into The Cube takes focus, determination and calm under pressure, and I can't think of anyone who demonstrates those qualities more than Dwyane Wade. Dwyane is a legend who sets the standard on and off the court, and now Americans will have the once in a lifetime chance to compete with him by their side."

"I'm excited to join my WarnerMedia family in bringing this exciting and entertaining game show to the U.S.," said Dwyane Wade. "As a former athlete, I enjoy competition and I appreciate the skill set needed to compete in high-tension and fast-paced environments. As executive producer and host, I'm looking forward to teaming up with contestants to embark on a quest that is both physical and mental, as well as adding my own flavor to the show that will make this a fun family viewing event."

Building upon the existing U.K. fan-favorite format, the game show will include new twists and turns to keep the contestants on their feet and allow Dwyane to show his own skills. The updated series will introduce a "helping-hand" component, a call-to-action for our sports phenom host to enter The Cube and lend his athletic prowess and compete on behalf of the contestant. Additionally, the series will have an elevated feel, launching with the latest augmented GFX and camera technology.

"We are hugely proud of The Cube - it is a game show like no other. With Dwyane at the helm this series promises to be high-octane and jaw-dropping," said Layla Smith, Objective Media Group CEO. "It's very exciting to be bringing it to the WarnerMedia family, and we know viewers are going to be on the edge of their seats watching it." .

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posted 8/7/2020

"Pyramid" Returns to the Studio
Sony Eyes August Start Date for New Season Production
From Deadline

ABC gameshow The $100,000 Pyramid is returning to the studio in the last week of August.

The Michael Strahan-hosted series shoots in New York and it is thought that it is one of the first major non-scripted entertainment shows to return to the studio in New York, where Strahan films Good Morning America.

It comes after The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon moved back into 30 Rock a couple of weeks ago with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert planning to return to the studio next week.

The show, which is based on the Bob Stewart-created 1973 format, is a word-association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winner's circle and take home $100,000.

Heading into its fifth season on ABC, the series was originally set to start production in June but was hit by the COVID-19 production shutdown. It is produced by Strahan's SMAC Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and exec produced by Strahan, Constance Schwartz-Morini and Vin Rubino.

The series will be shot with all of the usual health and safety protocols with crews and contestants having their temperatures tested, with PPE equipment and social distancing measures. While the show usually shoots with a studio audience, as you can imagine, there won't be any in the studio this time around.

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posted 8/7/2020

THURSDAY: Truth Be Told
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.787 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) remained the demo champ on Thursday with its trio of "Holey Moley" (2.951 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Don't" (2.447 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.962 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

CBS (2.940 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) then was the most-watched network with its all-repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (4.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "The Unicorn" (2.825 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Mom" (3.013 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), another "Mom" (2.880 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Bull" (2.458 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was NBC (2.161 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and its second run mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.485 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.877 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.120 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.605 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) served up the primetime portion of "MLB on FOX" (1.605 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, a new "Killer Camp" (0.465 million viewers, #T13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.465 million viewers, #T13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.465 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday...
- Alone: Million Dollar Challenge (History): 1.237m/0.19

- Cannonball (USA): 570k/0.16

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posted 8/6/2020

"All-Round Champion" Returns for Second Round
BYUTV Renews Competition Series
From the Futon Critic

BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and free streaming, today announced at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour that "All-Round Champion" season two will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT.

The inspirational unscripted series, co-produced by BYUtv and marblemedia, assembles ten of North America's most decorated young winter athletes to compete in the ultimate winter sports competition. The catch? They won't be competing in their own sports; they'll be competing in each other's. Scored on skill, sportsmanship and improvement, the athlete with the most points at the end will be crowned the All-Round Champion.

Two-time Olympian and two-time world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien returns to host the series, which also features internationally renowned guest mentors, including Olympic gold and silver medalist Derek Parra in speed skating, Olympic gold and silver medalist Jennifer Heil in freestyle skiing, two-time Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Lawes in curling, Olympic gold medalist Jamie Salé in figure skating, Olympic gold medalist Beckie Scott in cross-country skiing, Olympic silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace in skeleton, Olympic silver medalist Max Parrot in snowboarding, Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin in luge, world champion Sarah Hendrickson in ski jumping, two-time North American champion Gordon McArthur in ice climbing and three-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey in dog mushing.

"The first season of 'All-Round Champion,' featuring summer sports, was one of our bright stars this past spring," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "As one of our top-rated shows in linear, since the season one finale in May it's found even more viewers on digital as families binge the entire season on the free BYUtv streaming app. Not only are these talented, young athletes the future of their individual sports, but they are also role models of sportsmanship and respect for their competitors."

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posted 8/6/2020

"I'm a Celebrity" Heads Home
New Season to Shoot in the UK
From Deadline

ITV is moving its celebrity reality show I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! from Australia to the UK after staging the show in its usual New South Wales home proved too challenging amid coronavirus.

Ant and Dec will host Season 20 as usual, but it will be set in the ruins of a countryside castle, rather than the tropical jungle of Australia. Celebrities will undergo all the usual grueling challenges and one will be named King or Queen of the Castle.

Richard Cowles, director of entertainment at ITV Studios, said: "We pulled out all the stops to try and make the series happen in Australia. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and despite us looking at many different contingencies, it became apparent that it just wasn't possible for us to travel and make the show there.

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posted 8/7/2020

More on "Rolling In It"
Catch It on ITV
From the Newsletter

Stephen Mulhern knows a thing or two about gameshows. Over the course of his TV career, he's hosted a lot of them, including Magic Numbers, Catchphrase, Big Star's Little Star and Pick Me. His In for a Penny segment on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway proved so popular, it became a series in its own right and saw Stephen roaming the streets of Britain, challenging members of the public to take part in a series of silly (but sometimes unexpectedly tricky) tasks.

So, it's easy to see why he's been entrusted with ITV's new gameshow Rolling in It, as he's definitely a safe pair of hands. But even this genre veteran has been surprised by the series. That's because Rolling in It finds members of the public teaming up with celebrities, and while you might expect the virtual strangers to be almost painfully polite with each other, apparently that hasn't always been the case.

He says: "It's really weird when you see a relationship of a celebrity with a contestant – they don't know each other, have only met that morning and they argue like they are family."

Perhaps it's the pressure that's causing the bickering as there's a big cash prize at stake.

Rolling in It is a game of chance, where three teams – each made up of a player and their celebrity partner – roll coins down a moving conveyor belt towards slots which are labelled with large cash sums to win. But there are also 'Bankrupt' slots which mean the player loses everything.

As the game progresses, the prizes get bigger, but so do the potential losses. And by the end, the roll of one final coin could decide whether a member of the public goes home 'rolling in it' or not.

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posted 8/7/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Back in the Cube"

  • Philip Schofield returns to "The Cube" to a rousing applause (Entertainment Daily)

  • Is Jenny Ryan heading to the jungle... of England... in "I'm a Celebrity"? (Brinkwire)

  • Rachael Ray safe after fire engulfs her home (Deadline)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Sing On! Germany (Techquila)

  • Sasha Velour's Quibi doc renewed (Deadline)

posted 8/10/2020

Paul Telegdy Out at NBC
Entertainment Chief Out Amidst Company Restructuring
From the Wrap

Paul Telegdy is out as NBC Entertainment chairman amid an investigation into multiple accusations of workplace misbehavior. His exit comes as part of a larger reorganization under Mark Lazarus, NBCUniversal's chairman of television and streaming.

The new structure involves three new business units: Direct to Consumer, Entertainment Programming and Entertainment Business.

Peacock chief Matt Strauss will be in charge of the Direct-to-Consumer unit, while continuing to lead Peacock, which will maintain its own separate team within the division. International Networks, run by Ken Bettsteller, and Fandango, run by Paul Yanover, will report to Strauss. Francis Berwick will head up the Entertainment Business unit, which will be in charge of programming strategy and content spend across all of NBCU's networks. Berwick most recently ran NBCU's lifestyle networks. The Entertainment Programming unit have oversight of all original programming on the broadcast and cable networks; NBCU is currently searching for an executive to run this division.

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posted 8/6/2020

WEDNESDAY: Big Return
CBS Smashes Middle of the Week with Big Brother, Tough as Nails
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.673 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled in front on Wednesday thanks to a new "Tough as Nails" (3.692 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and the two-hour launch of "Big Brother 22" (3.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

FOX (1.538 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was the silver draw among adults 18-49 with repeats of "MasterChef" (1.558 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and a second "MasterChef" (1.517 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.136 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its trio of "Chicago Med" (2.970 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Chicago Fire" (3.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (3.415 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.855 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a new "United We Fall" (3.292 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) followed by repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.046 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "The Conners" (1.772 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "American Housewife" (1.492 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.263 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.612 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with a new "The 100" (0.505 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and the debut of "Coroner" (0.719 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

On cable Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 908k/0.30

- Forged in Fire (History): 889k/0.24
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 778k/0.28
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 267k/0.06
- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 258k/0.05

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posted 8/6/2020

I Can See Your Voice Returns to the Studio
Ken Jeong-Hosted Fox Series Begins Production under COVID Guidelines
From DEadline

Fox's I Can See Your Voice, the mystery singing game show based on a Korean format, has resumed production. It is Fox's first major non-scripted series to resume after filming was hit by the COVID-19 production shutdown in March.

The show, which is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment, had filmed one episode before the shutdown.

The broadcaster is employing all health and safety protocols with the LA shoot including social distancing and PPE equipment. Contestants on the show will stand six feet apart and wear a face covering when they are not on camera.

Fox is working closely with local and state officials, including the Health Department, as well as the unions on protocols to make sure that the production environment is as safe as possible.

Deadline

posted 8/6/2020

Hey Remember the American Song Contest?
Eurovision Offshoot Eyes Holiday 2021 Premiere
From Deadline

The long-gestating American Song Contest series is getting close to fruition and is now targeting a debut during the holiday season 2021. There is no network yet.

American Song Contest was announced in May 2019 when Nordic Entertainment Group-backed Brain Academy struck a deal with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for the format rights.

The American Song Contest project had been developed by Brain Academy's Anders Lenhoff and Peter Settman alongside Christer Björkman and Ola Melzig, who have worked on over 20 Eurovision Song Contests between them. They are now joined by Ben Silverman of Propagate Content.

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posted 8/6/2020

Lindsay Vonn Plays with Her Dog
Amazon Greenlights "The Pack"
From Deadline

Olympic gold medalist skier Lindsey Vonn and her dog, Lucy, are set as the co-hosts of "The Pack," a new Amazon competition series about the special bond between man (and woman) and man's (and woman's!) best friend, the streaming giant announced Thursday during a virtual CTAM panel.

The new unscripted show "features twelve teams of dogs and their humans on an epic adventure across multiple continents," per Amazon. "The Pack" was filmed earlier this year and will launch on Amazon Prime Video later in 2020.

Here's Amazon's description for how the competition will work:

"At stake is a life-changing monetary prize for the winning duo ($500,000) and the animal charity of their choice ($250,000). Additionally, 'The Pack' donated $250,000 during filming to multiple charities and animal rescue organizations in each country, helping to pay it forward to dogs and those who love them around the world. To win the monetary prize for themselves and their charity, the teams will have to depend on their understanding of one another's strengths and weaknesses and prove to have the strongest bond in the pack. In each locale, the human and dog duos will face fun and exciting challenges, designed in concert with a team of accredited veterinarians and certified dog experts that also accompany the group on their exciting journey, making sure it is a positive experience for everyone."

"The Pack" is produced by Amazon Studios and Renegade 83, an Entertainment One company. Jay Bienstock with Jay Renfroe and David Garfinkle of Renegade 83 serve as executive producers..

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posted 8/6/2020

Love Island 2: August 24
Season 2 Begins Production... in Las Vegas
From The Futon Critic

CBS announced today the second season of LOVE ISLAND will kick off with a two-hour premiere Monday, August 24 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Following the premiere, episodes will air nightly* (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), including a two-hour episode each Saturday (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), featuring the best moments of the week, exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage. The season will be available to stream live and on-demand on CBS All Access.

Host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman will return with an all-new cast of Islanders for the U.S. version of the international reality sensation that will shoot its second season in Las Vegas sequestered in a "bubble" at Caesars Entertainment's boutique hotel, The Cromwell. The cast will be announced closer to premiere.

LOVE ISLAND is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company. As the health and safety of everyone involved in LOVE ISLAND is the highest priority, ITV will follow specific health and safety protocols for COVID-19. All Las Vegas staff and crew working on the production and all cast participating will be within quarantined "bubbles" where they will undergo isolation before production begins and be tested prior to beginning work, and the cast will be tested prior to their participation. They will also all be regularly tested throughout the season, as well as screened daily for symptoms. Crew and staff will be required to wear PPE and work in pods to enhance social distancing. Stringent and ongoing cleaning and disinfecting protocols in filming and production areas will be in place. In addition, COVID-19 compliance officers will be on staff to monitor and enforce all health and safety COVID-19 protocols.

Season 1 aired last summer with contestants on an island in Fiji, and filming was set to begin in May on Season 2, but an international location was scrapped this time around due to coronavirus concerns. (CBS renewed the series for Season 2 last August.)

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posted 8/5/2020

TUESDAY: It's Our Anniversary
NBC Wins Night on "AGT" Retrospective
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.355 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was once again the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to the "America's Got Talent: 15th Anniversary Special" (6.083 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and a new "World of Dance" (3.900 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

CBS (3.998 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was a distant second with its mix of "NCIS" (4.941 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3), "FBI" (4.055 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) and the special "John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero" (2.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Next up was ABC (1.830 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with repeats of "Modern Family" (2.235 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), another "Modern Family" (1.719 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), "Black-ish" (1.405 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Mixed-ish" (1.386 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) plus a new "What Would You Do?" (2.117 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.084 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Prodigal Son" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.623 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its duo of "DC's Stargirl" (0.841 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.406 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 833k/0.23

- Chopped Sweets (SP/Food): 636k/0.20
- Celebrity Show-Off (TBS): 399k/0.13
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (TBS): 126k/0.06

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posted 8/5/2020

The Netflix Teamup No One Saw Coming!
Alums of "Love Is Blind", "The Circle" Feature on New Series
From Entertainment Weekly

A virtual dating game show is here, featuring two of your Netflix reality favorites: The Circle's Joey Sasso and Love Is Blind's Diamond Jack. In the trailer below, Sasso explains the premise (while going through multiple wardrobe changes).

Basically, Diamond needs a date — and she needs it now. Faraway Bae premieres Sunday, Aug. 9 on a new social media app called TVCO. Sasso will act as Diamond's friend throughout the process as she goes on six dates with six contestants over the course of one week. It's a total dating marathon.

TVCO is an app billed as an "interactive social destination for television content." With the app, Faraway Bae viewers will be able to ask the host questions live — and even have the power to select dates!

"As everyone knows, I'm all in favor of unconventional dating experiences and I have seen firsthand that they can work," Diamond said in a statement. "I can't wait for Joey and the live audience to help me find my soulmate."

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posted 8/5/2020

More Misery!
TBS Renews "Misery Index"
From Deadline

WarnerMedia continues to build on the strength of truTV's flagship franchise Impractical Jokers. The company has ordered a third season of TBS' The Misery Index and 10 additional episodes of truTV's remotely shot Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party. Additionally, truTV's first feature length film Impractical Jokers: The Movie will make its streaming premiere on HBO Max on September 1.

"The Impractical Jokers franchise continues to deliver each and every time," said Brett Weitz, General Manager of TNT, TBS and truTV. "The plan is continue to grow their business from an incredibly solid foundation and deliver to a passionate fanbase that's second to none."

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posted 8/5/2020

DWTS Offers First Look of Tyra
Things Are Changing... and Not
From TV Line

ABC is pulling the ballroom curtain back on its Tyra Banks-ized revamp of Dancing With the Stars, releasing the first promo for the creatively overhauled Season 29.

However, the new 15-second spot appears to suggest that the show's mass exodus will not extend beyond ousted hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. In addition to offering a first look at enthusiastic new host Banks, the promo — which can be viewed below — includes veteran judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

The trio's involvement in Season 29 has yet to be officially confirmed by ABC, although Inaba recently hinted that their return was, for all intents and purposes, a fait accompli.

"I just want everybody to know… the plan that we're coming back," Inaba said last month. "They're going to make the official announcement in a few weeks. They're just going to keep letting us know all the details. I don't want people to worry. It seems like everything is OK."

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posted 8/5/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Less Entertaining"

  • E! cancels "E! News" (TV Line)

  • NBC makes Drew Drechsel vanish next season on ANW (TV Line)

  • Jeff Foxworthy puts up an estate sale (WSB-TV Atlanta)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: the "Friends" reunite on "The Chase" (Daily Star)

posted 8/4/2020

The Most Shocking "Bachelorette" Twist EVER
Clare Crawley Reportedly Replaced Midseason
From ET Canada

"The Bachelorette" is getting an unprecedented shakeup. The ABC reality show has cast a new lead for season 16, roughly two weeks into filming. Clare Crawley, who was announced as the Bachelorette in early March (before production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic), has been replaced with Tayshia Adams, ET reports.

As ET previously reported, Crawley's journey will "still be a part of" this season of the show. Fans will have to tune in to watch what happens with Crawley and the contestants, but ET has learned that the 39-year-old did fall for one of her men, which is why her time with the show came to an end.

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posted 8/4/2020

Dodge This
David Dobrik to Host "Dodgeball Thunderdome" August 19
From Dexerto

David Dobrik is one of YouTube's biggest stars, best known for his hilarious, fast-paced vlogs — but now, he's taking his talents to reality television with a brand-new competition show centered around the classic schoolyard game of dodgeball.

Yep, you read that right; David Dobrik will soon become a television game show host for none other than the Discovery Channel, where he will pit groups of players against each other in an extreme version of dodgeball. The show, titled "Dodgeball: Thunderdome," will throw down on a 13.8-acre arena, and its competitors will include both professional athletes and contestants who may not be so sports-savvy.

The first episode of Dodgeball: Thunderdome (hearkening back to the Mad Max title of Hollywood fame) will air on Wednesday, August 19 at 9 PM. Although Dobrik is a YouTuber first and foremost, fans will have to catch the action on TV via the Discovery Channel.

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posted 8/4/2020

SYNDIES: Week 46
Results for the Week Ending July 26
From TV Newscheck

Courtroom titans Judge Judy and Hot Bench ate everyone's lunch in daytime and ranked as the big daypart's two highest rated shows for the seventh week in a row, as syndication entered the dog days of summer in the session ending July 26.

In access, the big game shows headed south. Family Feud fell 2% to a 5.7, although that tied daytime dynamo Judge Judy for the overall syndication lead. Wheel of Fortune faded 4% to a 4.8, while Jeopardy slid 6% to a new season low 4.7.

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.

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- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.8 -4%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.7** -6%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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MONDAY: Wrath of the Titans
NBC, CBS Split
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.005 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) maintained the demo crown on Monday thanks to a new "The Titan Games" (3.714 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and a rebroadcast of "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World" (2.650 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2).

CBS (3.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was a close second with its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.716 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "All Rise" (2.725 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Bull" (3.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.022 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with second runs of "9-1-1" (2.178 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (1.866 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.724 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a new "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (1.724 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.941 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.926 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.900 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (0.917 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

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Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Rallying Cry"

  • Ellen DeGeneres gets a vote of confidence from Kevin Hart (TV Line) .... and Katy Perry (The Wrap) ... AND Portia de Rossi. (The Wrap)

  • Courtney Hope no longer bold, beautiful (TV Line)

  • Philip Schofield lobbies for "Strictly"... and a male partner (The Sports Mole)

  • VIDEO WALL: Netflix hams it up (CBR)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mike Mizanin (Sportskeeda)

posted 8/4/2020


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REGIS PHILBIN: 1931-2020
From TV Line

After years of support to the university, Regis Philbin was laid to rest this week at his alma mater the University of Notre Dame, a final tribute to the legendary broadcaster.

On Wednesday, a funeral was held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart with burial following afterward at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the Notre Dame campus.

"The Philbin family wanted to bring Regis back to the place he loved so much for a private funeral and burial," said university spokesman Dennis Brown in a statement.

Philbin had a close relationship with the school. After graduating in 1953 with a degree in sociology, he supported the university in various ways -- most notably when he donated $2.5 million to the school in 2001 to create the Regis Philbin Studio Theatre. "He likewise was generous with his time and talent in support of South Bend's Center for the Homeless and other worthy causes," said the Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, in a statement remembering Philbin.

Philbin, best known for hosting Live With Regis and Kathie Lee and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, died at the age of 88.

"We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday," his family shared in a statement with People Saturday. "His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss."

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a Navy veteran, Philbin entered showbiz in 1955 as a page for The Tonight Show. He worked as an announcer and host before becoming Joey Bishop's sidekick on ABC's The Joey Bishop Show in 1967. After hosting a number of local and national daytime shows, Philbin joined Cyndy Garvey on what was then titled The Morning Show in 1983.

In 1985, Kathie Lee Gifford took over co-hosting duties, and the New York-based talk show went into national syndication in 1988 under the title Live With Regis and Kathie Lee. The pair became a daytime staple, hosting together until Gifford's departure in 2000. Following a search for a replacement, Philbin was paired with Kelly Ripa, and the show was retitled Live With Regis and Kelly until Philbin exited the series in 2011.

Philbin was also the original host of ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, an adaptation of the British game show that debuted here in 1999. The multiple-choice trivia game became a national sensation, airing five nights a week at the height of its popularity. The ratings buzz faded, though, and Millionaire's primetime version hosted by Philbin was cancelled in 2002. But it did live on in syndication, with Meredith Vieira taking over hosting duties from Philbin.

After leaving Live, Philbin served as a recurring guest host on the daytime cooking show Rachael Ray and hosted Crowd Goes Wild, a daily sports talk show on Fox Sports. He also reunited with Gifford on Today With Kathie Lee and Hoda, occasionally co-hosting alongside Gifford when Hoda Kotb was absent. In addition, the New York City native's hosting credits include Million Dollar Password, the first season of America's Got Talent, as well as a reoccurring co-host seat on Rachael Ray. He was also the host of the reunion/finale of season 2 of "The Apprentice" as well as "The Neighbors" and "Almost Anything Goes", where he served as a field reporter.

The list of game shows that have featured Philbin is long and fruitful - from playing roles in Password Plus, The Marriage Ref, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Win with the Stars, The Hollywood Squares, and Jeopardy!, to making cameos on Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild, Wheel of Fortune, Deal or No Deal, 2-Minute Drill, and You Don't Know Jack.

"Regis's family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love we've received," a family spokesperson said Monday. "If you'd like to honor Regis's memory, we kindly ask that you make a donation to http://foodbanknyc.org/, to help people in need in his beloved New York, especially his home borough of The Bronx. Thank you."

The news comes after Notre Dame confirmed Sunday that it will host the memorial service for its famous alum, who touted the university over his long career. The service will be held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and Philbin will be buried on campus at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. A date is pending.

"In many ways, Regis was the last great broadcaster," says Michael Davies in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. "He was the last person who came from a time and place where the job was to appeal to everyone — and he did it without being soft or corny or anybody but himself. The man who crossed Columbus Avenue to come to work from his condo on 67th Street was the same man who sat in that chair. It sounds easy, but you can count the people on one hand who are truly capable of doing it. I might have gotten Millionaire on the air without Regis. It could have gone 10 episodes, but we certainly wouldn't have made 400 primetime episodes in three seasons. No one but Regis could have done that..

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"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" Eye a Return
Sets Reworked for Social Distancing
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Two of America's longest-running game shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are heading back to the studio. Both shows were hit by the COVID-19 production shutdown, but Deadline reports that both syndicated shows, which come from Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Distribution, are set to start filming this week and next.

There will, however, be a few adjustments. In Wheel of Fortune, the wheel has been redesigned to provide proper social distancing between contestants.

Over on Jeopardy!, the stage has been slightly redesigned to allow for more space between the three contestant podiums. The contestants will also be at a safe distance from host Alex Trebek at his lectern.

As you can imagine, both shows have taken health and safety precautions as they return to production in Culver City, California. Only essential staff and crew will be allowed on stage, PPE will be provided for everyone behind the scenes and all staff and crew will be tested on a regular basis, while contestants will also be tested before they come to the studio before they tape. Social distancing measures will also be rigorously enforced both on-stage and off.

Jeopardy!, which is set to film five episodes a day, two days a week, is expected to be back in the studio this week, while Wheel of Fortune is aiming to return to filming next week.

Wheel of Fortune, which is hosted by at Pat Sajak and Vanna White, is entering its 38th season, while Alex Trebek-hosted Jeopardy! is going into its 37th season. Both shows, created by Merv Griffin, are contracted through to the 2022-2023 season and are exec produced by Mike Richards, who replaces the retiring Harry Friedman.

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China Races Around the World
Huanxi Media Picks Up All3Media Format
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Race Across The World, the Studio Lambert reality competition series that won a BAFTA last week, is heading to China as part of a raft of finished tape sales clinched by All3Media International.

The All3Media-owned distributor has inked its first deal with Chinese streamer Huanxi Media, which encompasses 110 hours of factual programming. This includes Season 1 and 2 of BBC show Race Across The World. Other shows featuring in the deal include three seasons of Fox's Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours To Hell And Back, as well as Our Guy in Japan (North One Productions), Kevin McCloud's Escape To The Wild (Optomen Television) and Bear's Wild Weekend With Stephen Fry (Betty V)..

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posted 8/3/2020

"Big Brother" All Stars: August 5
Report: Contestants to Quarantine Before Rolling
From TV Line

Big Brother's latest season hasn't even begun, but there's already a major twist. In a departure from previous seasons, the long-running summer staple will announce its Season 22 cast live on the premiere, rather than revealing the houseguests days in advance per tradition.

The announcement was made Thursday in a post on Big Brother's social media accounts.

Though it's not yet clear how many houseguests will live in the BB house this summer, we do know Season 22 will serve as the show's second all-stars edition, following Big Brother 7 in 2006.

According to CBS, the cast will include "winners, finalists, legends, memorable personalities and some of the best to never win the game."

One Big Brother veteran who won't be back for the newest cycle is two-time runner-up Paul Abrahamian, who shared in a Twitter post earlier this month that the show's "hefty amount of emotional and mental stress" has made him wary of "going from one stressful quarantine to another."

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, houseguests will be tested on a weekly basis once the season begins, and they will have no contact with any crew members. The live eviction shows will also forgo a studio audience. The season's two-hour launch airs Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 9/8c, followed by thrice weekly episodes on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Monday Lightning Round
... or "Nobody's Going Off The Air..."

  • Ellen DeGeneres' talker on notice (Deadline) .... then Ellen apologizes... (TV Line) and the producers say no one's going off the air. (TV Line)

  • Dwayne Johnson smells what the XFL is cookin' (ESPN)

  • Gabrielle Union has more words for AGT, Terry Crews has another apology. (Deadline)

  • Mark Labbett credits weight loss to battle with suspected COVID (LADBible)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joey Fatone (WLTW-FM New York)

posted 8/3/2020

The Market Is... Open?
"Supermarket Sweep" Begins Production
From Deadline

Supermarket Sweep is back in the shopping aisles.

Deadline reports that ABC's reboot of the classic game show, starring SNL alum Leslie Jones, is now back in production.

It becomes the latest high-profile non-scripted entertainment series to resume shooting after the COVID-19 production shutdown. Shooting started Friday in California with rigorous health and safety protocols put in place by producer Fremantle. The show is being shot with minimal crew and no audience. It is adhering to all of the union and industry production guidelines, as well as state and local requirements, and as you can imagine crew will be wearing PPE equipment, masks and having their temperatures taken regularly.

One positive note to emerge from the production resumption is that all of the edible produce and grocery items that you'll see on screen – a show essentially filmed in a mock-up of a supermarket – will be donated to various charities including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

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Idol Goes Virtual
Audition "Tour" Begins August 10
From Deadline

In its historic third season on ABC, "American Idol" became the first reality competition series to air remotely with the unprecedented season dominating Sunday nights, claiming the No. 1 position for broadcast series among Adults 18-49 as well as the night's No. 1 most social show. As previously announced, the star-maker series will return with an all-new season premiering spring 2021. During this season's first round of auditions, "American Idol" will continue to break new innovative boundaries with custom-built Zoom technology to host "Idol Across America," its first-ever live virtual nationwide search for the next superstar.

Beginning Aug. 10, "Idol Across America" remote auditions will take place across all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., for the first time since the show's inception, making auditions easier than ever. The kickoff to season four will give hopefuls the chance to showcase their talents from anywhere in America, across any official audition date and face-to-face with an "American Idol" producer, staying true to its roots by providing aspiring Idols real-time feedback on their journey to being crowned the next American Idol.

To sign up for "Idol Across America" and a chance to virtually audition in front of an "American Idol" producer, please visit www.americanidol.com/auditions. There you will find more details on specific dates, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions. You must be between 15 - 28 years old to audition and may do so on any "Idol Across America" date regardless of your location.

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"Feud" Returns to Atlanta
Season 22 to Shoot with COVID Precautions
From Deadline

Syndicated gameshow Family Feud is the latest production set to get back up and running.

Deadline reports that the Steve Harvey-fronted show is returning to the studio in Atlanta on Tuesday, August 4. The show is set to start airing original episodes for its 22nd season on September 14.

While the show will look and feel the same as the one viewers recognize, slight adjustments have been made to the set so that Harvey, the contestants and the crew are able to maintain the required social distancing measures.

As with other production resumptions, the show will be shot with minimal crew and no audience with crew wearing personal protective equipment and masks with regular temperature checks and all of the other rigorous health and safety protocols put in place to adhere to all state and local requirements as well as union and industry guidelines for production.

Production on season 22 has been split between LA and Atlanta with early episodes, some of which were filmed behind closed doors, shot in California before the crew moved back to Georgia.

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posted 7/31/2020

Naya Rivera to Make One Final "Sugar Rush"
Season 3 LAunches on Netflix
From TV Line

Naya Rivera will appear as a guest judge during Season 3 of Netflix's Sugar Rush baking competition, which premieres this Friday, July 31.

Rivera taped her appearance back in February in Los Angeles, Deadline reports, just weeks before the coronavirus pandemic swiftly but surely shut down all TV, film and stage productions.

Sugar Rush is described as a "relentlessly fast-paced competition that challenges bakers to create treats that look beautiful and taste amazing – all against the clock."

Per Deadline, the Glee grad served on a judging panel alongside series host Hunter March and professional chefs Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo.

The episode featuring Rivera will be dedicated to the late actress, with an on-screen remembrance preceding the opening credits..

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posted 7/31/2020

THURSDAY: The Hole Shebang
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.713 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) took home the demo honors on Thursday with originals from "Holey Moley" (2.915 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Don't" (2.309 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.913 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

CBS (3.166 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.388 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1), "The Unicorn" (3.042 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Mom" (3.292 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), another "Mom" (2.979 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.648 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was FOX (1.958 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and the Thursday debut of its "MLB on FOX" (1.958 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) coverage.

Meanwhile, NBC (2.175 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.403 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.784 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.338 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, a new "Killer Camp" (0.520 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a rebroadcast of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.544 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.532 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Thursday...
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posted 7/31/2020

The Chase Is On... ITV's Fall Schedule
New Chaser to Headline New Season
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ITV has unveiled a slew of returning and new gameshows for its autumn schedule, headlined by brand new episodes of The Chase with a brand new chaser.

With the TV industry having been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the broadcaster has turned to gameshows as a fast, cheap and COVID-safe way of filling the schedules.

Popular teatime quiz show The Chase has been stuck on repeats since March 23 but is expected to return with new episodes - and new chaser Darragh Ennis - in September.

Also back in the daytime schedule is Ben Shephard's Tipping Point and a rebooted Supermarket Sweep with Rylan Clark-Neal, which will be stripped over five weeks and include six celebrity editions.

Omid Djalili is to host a new show for teatime, Winning Combination, which will see contestants combine to win a cash prize equivalent a random four-digit number. Phillip Schofield will host The Million Pound Cube - including a celebrity edition - and 5 Gold Rings, while Stephen Mulhern also has two gameshows in the schedule, Celebrity Catchphrase and Rolling In It.

Family Fortunes will return to primetime with Gino D'Acampo as host and there will be a new stripped run of Jeremy Clarkson's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, with the 'Ask The Audience' lifeline being replaced with a second 'Phone A Friend'.

A second series of Beat The Chasers is also expected following its successful debut run earlier this year, although it has yet to be announced by the broadcaster.

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  • Clare Crawley reportedly is ready to stop tape having found The One (Life & Style)

  • Rachel Lindsey has a few words for Garret Yrigoyen (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with an ultimate tagger (Ozarks First)

posted 7/31/2020

Leah Remini Gets Puzzled
Game Show Network Show to Air in Early 2021
From the Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced Emmy(R) Award winner Leah Remini as host of new pop culture crossword game show, PEOPLE PUZZLER. The half-hour original series is anticipated to premiere in early 2021.

In PEOPLE PUZZLER, three lucky contestants will put their pop culture knowledge to the test to complete iconic, PEOPLE PUZZLER crosswords. The player who has won the most points after three rounds will move on to the Fast Puzzle Bonus Round where they will have the opportunity to win a cash prize.

Actress, author, producer, and television personality Leah Remini is perhaps most recognized as Carrie Heffernan on the long-running CBS comedy, "The King of Queens." She was recently seen in the romantic comedy, "Second Act," with Jennifer Lopez. In 2015, Remini released her New York Times Bestselling memoir "Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology." Following the book's successful release, in 2016 she created, produced and hosted the critically acclaimed A&E documentary series "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath," which won the Primetime Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special. In Summer of 2020, she reunited with her docuseries co-host (Mike Rinder) to launch their audio follow-up to the series, a podcast for iHeart Radio - "Scientology: Fair Game," streaming on Tuesdays on all platforms.

Remini recently signed a production deal with Critical Content where she will continue to produce projects for television and film.

PEOPLE PUZZLER is produced by Meredith Corporation and Start Entertainment, LLC for Game Show Network. Executive Producers are Scott St. John and Neal Konstantini for Start Entertainment, LLC. Jeff Krask also serves as executive producer.

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posted 7/30/2020

Meet the AGT Class of 2020
Live Shows Begin August 11
From the Futon Critic

"America's Got Talent," summer's #1 show, has revealed the top 44 acts headed to the season 15 live shows, which premiere Tuesday, Aug. 11 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) from Universal Studios Hollywood.

This season's live shows will also feature an AGT "first," with several of the acts having initially auditioned online during the remote auditions due to stay-at-home orders now coming to Los Angeles to perform in the live shows.

In the first four weeks of the live quarterfinals, 11 acts will perform each Tuesday and viewers can vote at NBC.com/AGTVote and via the "AGT" App (available through Google Play and on the App Store). In addition, Xfinity X1 customers will be able to vote via their set-top box during the live broadcast by saying "vote for AGT" into the X1 voice remote. Results will be revealed during a one-hour telecast each Wednesday (8-9 p.m. ET/PT) with five acts going through each week to the semifinals. During the Wednesday night show, fans will have a chance to save an act in jeopardy during the telecast, via the "Dunkin' Save."

The acts appearing in the first live show on Tuesday, Aug. 11 are Archie Williams, Bello & Annaliese Nock, Divas & Drummers of Compton, Double Dragon, Feng E, FrenchieBabyy, Michael Yo, Pork Chop Revue, Golden Buzzer Roberta Battaglia, Shaquira McGrath, and Simon and Maria.

"America's Got Talent" is once again dominating the summer ratings landscape, with original "AGT" episodes aired to date averaging 10.7 million viewers per episode in "live plus seven day" Nielsens and accounting for television's six most-watched primetime programs since the end of the May sweep. With the addition of delayed viewers via DVR and digital platforms, the show's May 26 season premiere has grown to 14.9 million viewers. In total, last summer's 14th season of "America's Got Talent' reached more than 86 million viewers.

The "Got Talent" format has had more than a billion global viewers since it began airing in 2006 in America and has aired in 194 territories worldwide. "Got Talent" holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history with more than 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. .

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posted 7/30/2020

WEDNESDAY: Nailed It?
NBC, CBS Split Night
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NBC (3.366 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) was the top draw for the 10th consecutive Wednesday with its lineup of "Chicago Med" (3.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (3.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (3.256 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

The silver went to CBS (2.879 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) with a new "Tough as Nails" (3.490 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) followed by rebroadcasts of "The Price Is Right Primetime Special - Big Brother Edition" (2.992 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "SEAL Team" (2.157 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was FOX (1.281 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) with a repeat "MasterChef" (1.423 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) alongside the season finale of "Ultimate Tag" (1.139 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up a new "United We Fall" (3.532 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1), repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.164 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "The Conners" (1.989 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "American Housewife" (1.568 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.323 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with a repeat "The 100" (0.403 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and the season finale of "Bulletproof" (0.352 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable Tuesday...
- Forged in Fire (History): 841k/0.22
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 829k/0.25
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 657k/0.18
- The Challenge: Behind the Total Madness (S/MTV): 487k/0.28
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 201k/0.05
- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 190k/0.04.


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Gordon Ramsay... Quiz Show Host?
Report: Format Created by STudio Ramsay
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Gordon Ramsay is reportedly in line to host a new ITV gameshow that has nothing to do with cookery or food.

Bank Balance is a new format created by the hot-tempered chef's own production company Studio Ramsay and is thought to have been snapped up by ITV.

Gameshows are enjoying a renaissance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as they are relatively cheap to produce, lend themselves to social distancing and have quick turnaround times from filming to transmission.

"This is a big, glitzy, primetime project which isn't his normal type of show, but that's just the point," a source told The Sun. "Viewers would be curious to see how fiery Gordon performs as a gameshow host and tune in to see if he gets frustrated with the contestants in the same way he did with competitors on Hell's Kitchen.

"The creators hope this will be a concept similar to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? which can be sold around the globe."

Ramsay is also said to be in talks about hosting a revived version of Hell's Kitchen for ITV..

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posted 7/30/2020

"Masked Singer" Eyes September Return
Clue-Laden Trailer Released
From Deadline

Fox is plotting a September bow for mystery singing competition format The Masked Singer. This comes despite the fact that the show, which entered the Emmys race yesterday, scoring a nomination for Outstanding Competition Program, has not yet begun production.

The network has posted a teaser clip (link is below) promoting the fourth season, which will also air during tonight's season finale of Ultimate Tag, highlighting its September return.

Deadline reports the broadcaster is hoping to get the show back in the studio over the next six weeks so it can hit the September deadline, but obviously, as with all things coronavirus-related, the situation remains fluid.

Fox handed The Masked Singer an 8 p.m. slot for its fall schedule in May, running before the return of MasterChef Jr.

The show, which features celebrities in crazy costumes singing as judges guess their identity, was renewed back in May ahead of the finale of Season 3. Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch revealed the renewal during the company's investors earnings call.

At the time, he said that "should conditions allow for it," it was planning to start production in early August.

The reality series is hosted by Nick Cannon, who will continue in the role after issuing a lengthy apology over controversial comments he had made recently on his podcast. Judges include Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke.

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posted 7/29/2020

TUESDAY: Talent Returns Tops
NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.283 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with fresh installments from "America's Got Talent" (6.058 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "World of Dance" (3.734 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

ABC (3.494 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) took home the silver with its special mix of "Regis Philbin: The Morning Maestro - A Special Edition of 20/20" (3.705 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "American Catastrophe: How Did We Get Here? - A Special Edition of 20/20" (3.736 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and "What Would You Do?" (3.043 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with second runs of "NCIS" (5.051 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (4.012 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.304 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.959 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) likewise served up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.152 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Prodigal Son" (0.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.605 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "DC's Stargirl" (0.754 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and the broadcast debut of "Tell Me a Story" (0.456 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 675k/0.15
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 647k/0.18
- Celebrity Show-Off (TBS): 386k/0.13
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (truTV): 138k/0.07.


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posted 7/29/2020

"Millionaire" Goes Home Again
Consoles Pick Up Release for US, UK
From Destructoid

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is getting a rerelease on home consoles.

The quiz game will be adapted into another video game in 2020 with an online mode "where up to 100 players can compete simultaneously." It's coming to Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One from developer Appeal Studios and publisher Microids.

Aside from over 3000 questions, there will also be local multiplayer with co-op (where players have to reach a consensus) and free-for-all (where wrong answers knock players out), plus a single-player mode designed "especially for kids."

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? will launch on October 29 in Europe and November 17 in the US

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posted 7/29/2020


Legacy
OLIVIA de HAVILLAND: 1916-2020
Oscar Winner No Stranger to Games
From TV Line

Two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland, one of the last remaining stars from Hollywood's golden age, died Sunday. She was 104.

The news came from the actress' publicist, Lisa Goldberg, who announced her death of natural causes at her home in Paris, where she lived for more than 60 years.

de Havilland's Oscar wins were for 1946's To Each His Own, where she played an unwed mother forced to give up her child, and 1949's The Heiress, where she starred as a woman who falls for a handsome beau against the wishes of her emotionally abusive father. Across her career, she held a total of five Oscar nominations. Of course, one of her most notable roles was Melanie Hamilton, Scarlett O'Hara's sister-in-law, in Gone With the Wind, which earned de Havilland her first Oscar nod in the Best Supporting Actress category; she ultimately lost to her fellow cast member Hattie McDaniel.

On the TV side of things, de Havilland appeared in the occasional TV-movie during the '80s, including Murder Is Easy and The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana. She also held roles in several miniseries such as Roots: The Next Generations and the second installment of the North and South miniseries trilogy. Her last credit was the 1988 TV-movie The Woman He Loved.

de Havilland had time for game shows, appearing in game shows that included Play Your Hunch in 1961, The Price Is Right in 1964, I've Got A Secret, Password and as a mystery guest on a few occasions on What's My Line?

In addition, de Havilland was portrayed by Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones in the first season of FX's Feud, which focused on the rivalry between Hollywood icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. At the time, de Havilland was displeased with the show's portrayal of her and filed a lawsuit against the show, which was ultimately dismissed by a California appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

de Havilland was also the older sister and occasional rival of fellow Academy Award winner Joan Fontaine. Until her death, de Havilland had been the oldest surviving Oscar-winning actor.

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posted 7/29/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Beauty and the Beast"

  • Mark Labbett is a fraction of the man he used to be (Us Magazine)

  • LIST ABUSE: 20 Easter eggs in "Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge (StarWars.com)

  • How Derek Hough reacted to Tom Bergeron's firing (Gold Derby)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the panelists from "Nickelodeon's Unfiltered" (BSC Kids)

posted 7/29/2020

EMMYS: And the Nominees Are...
Congratulations Around!
From TV Newscheck

The Television Academy revealed nominations Tuesday for the 72nd Emmy Awards, with Netflix dominating the field with 160 nominees led by its drama Ozark. HBO was second overall with 107 as both networks again lapped the field.

HBO's Watchmen was the overall leader in nominations with 26, followed by Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with 20. Both were nominated in their respective Best Limited Series and Best Comedy categories, the latter looking for a repeat of its win in 2018.

Leslie Jones hosted the announcement event this morning, with Laverne Cox, Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany doing the honors of presenting nominations in the primetime categories. They were joined by Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma.

Nominees in our field....

OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION
- The Masked Singer (Fox)
- Nailed It! (Netflix)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- The Voice (NBC)

OUTSTANDING REALITY HOST
- Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness ("Queer Eye"; Netflix)
- Nicole Byer ("
Nailed It!", Netflix)
- Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O'Leary ("Shark Tank", ABC)
- Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio ("Top Chef", Bravo)
- Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman ("Making It", NBC)
- RuPaul ("RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1)


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posted 7/28/2020

SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending July 19
From TV Newscheck

Magazines were the hot performers in the otherwise tepid summer session ending July 19, and the only category in which every one of the strips was steady to higher.

The No. 1 show in all of first run remained Family Feud with a 5.8, down 2% from the previous frame.

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%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.0 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 -9%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 7/28/2020

MONDAY: The Titans Reign
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.152 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) remained the demo champ on Monday thanks to a new "The Titan Games" (3.682 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) followed by repeats of "The Wall" (2.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (2.830 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

CBS (3.198 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) was the most-watched broadcaster with its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.901 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.446 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "All Rise" (2.630 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Bull" (3.289 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.045 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with second runs of "9-1-1" (2.049 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.042 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.377 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) opted for a repeat of "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (1.377 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.820 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) rounded out the night with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.001 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.921 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and the special "Penn & Teller: Try This At Home Too" (0.680 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

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WEEKEND: All Replays, All the Time
ABC's Reruns Win the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.481 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) led the repeat competition on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.014 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.383 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1), "Press Your Luck" (3.132 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Match Game" (2.396 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

CBS (3.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) was a close second with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (6.462 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4), "Tough as Nails" (2.026 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.384 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.675 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Next up was NBC (1.557 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with encores of "Cannonball" (1.829 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), "The Titan Games" (1.169 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "America's Got Talent" (1.615 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.745 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.905 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Duncanville" (0.500 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17), "The Simpsons" (0.814 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), "Bless the Harts" (0.621 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Bob's Burgers" (0.713 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Family Guy" (0.917 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.432 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with rebroadcasts of "DC's Stargirl" (0.395 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.468 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17).

Cable numbers for Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (SF/VH1): 567k/0.27
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Untucked (VH1): 353k/0.15
- The Sims Spark'd (P/TBS): 131k/0.05

Cable numbers for Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 357k/0.10

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.189/0.24
- Sunday Best (BET): 523k/0.11

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posted 7/28/2020

GSN to Test "Common Knowledge" in Syndication
Fox O&Os to Run Four Weeks of Episodes
From Deadline

Game Show Network's popular trivia-based game show Common Knowledge has been picked up by Fox Television Stations for a four-week test run next month.

Beginning on August 3, Common Knowledge, distributed by Sony Pictures TV, will air on Fox stations in eight markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando and Austin.

"This is the first time we have done a summer test, and we look forward seeing Joey Fatone host Common Knowledge on the Fox Television stations this August," said John Weiser, president, First Run Television, SPT.

Common Knowledge, which premiered on Game Show Network on January 14, 2019, is a game show that asks those practical, everyday questions that, in theory, everyone should know. Hosted by Fatone, Common Knowledge features two teams of three players consisting of friends, family and/or colleagues who compete to answer multiple-choice questions in three rounds of play. The winning team goes on to the bonus round to play for a $10,000 prize.

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posted 7/27/2020

Chrissy Teigen to Bring "Eye Candy" to Quibi
New Game Series Based on Japanese Show
From the Wrap

Chrissy Teigen and Quibi are teaming up to end our national crisis over what is a real object and what is a cake that looks like a real object with the new game show "Eye Candy."

Based on the popular Japanese game show "Sokkuri Sweets" from Nippon TV, "Eye Candy" is "centered around teams of celebrities and civilians who will attempt to identify outrageous edible creations designed to look like everyday ordinary objects," per Quibi's description. "With the objective to distinguish edible (and delicious!) creations from real objects, the suspense hilariously builds to when contestants must make their choice – and then take a bite!"

"Eye Candy" is executive produced by Teigen, Jimmy Fox, Linda Lea and Soichiro Shimada, with Tom Miyauchi executive producing for Nippon TV and Luke Dillon for 3 Arts Entertainment. Stephanie Valentin and Amy Stamford are co-executive producers.

The series hails from Main Event Media and All3Media America, Teigen's Suit & Thai Productions, and Good Egg Entertainment.

"I've been fascinated by all the mind blowing cake videos seen around the world and I'm thrilled to be a part of introducing 'Eye Candy' to many others," Teigen said in a statement. "Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any feelings of confusion, betrayal or cravings that may ensue from watching this program."

"When we first viewed the original Japanese series the closest reference that came to mind was 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,'" Jimmy Fox, president of Main Event Media, said. "Literally anything that appears on set could be made of chocolate or an undercover cake creation. The culinary artistry on display in the show is incredible and at the same time utterly ridiculous in all the right ways."

Atsushi Sogo, Nippon TV's president of international business development, added: "Congratulations to Chrissy, Jimmy and Quibi for finding our signature dish/format amidst the myriad of delicious plates/shows in the world! 'Sokkuri Sweets' airs each New Year's Day on our Nippon TV Network all throughout Japan to stellar ratings. Families watch the hottest and trendiest celebrities of the moment bite into a doorknob, a plant, or even a shoe, to find out if it was eye candy or an actual object! The pastry chef creates objects that are impossible to detect if it's real or a sweet confection; the suspense is immense, and the result is so satisfying. I am very confident that Quibi audiences will be glued to the screen to find out for themselves and look forward to many mouth-watering episodes.".

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posted 7/27/2020

"Drag Race" Races to Holland
Show to Stream on WOW Presents Plus
From Entertainment Weekly

RuPaul is about to introduce the fiercest flying Dutchwomen of drag to the global stage.

World of Wonder — the production company behind the Emmy-winning RuPaul's Drag Race series — has announced another international spin-off, Drag Race Holland, which is expected to pit 10 queens from the Netherlands against each other for the franchise's second European crown later this year.

Following other international iterations like RuPaul's Drag Race UK, Canada's Drag Race, Drag Race Thailand, and South America's The Switch Drag Race, Drag Race Holland's cast of 10 queens will compete in weekly challenges and lip-sync-for-your-life duels, with the full roster of competitors and the panel of judges to be announced in the weeks ahead.

RuPaul revealed the news in a video message on Sunday, telling fans: "I am proud to announce that my beloved Drag Race is coming to you — and with a brand-new host! More info coming soon, so you better watch!"

Outside of the Netherlands, where the series will air on RTL's Videoland, Drag Race Holland will be available on the WOW Presents Plus subscription streaming service, which also hosts the aforementioned global spin-offs of the series.

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posted 7/27/2020

India Beats the Grid
Frames to Adapt Armoza Formats
From C21Media

India's Frames Production Company has taken local adaptation rights to two shows from ITV Studios-owned Armoza Formats.

The Indian prodco is working on local versions of dance makeover format The Moves and CGI-based interactive gameshow Beat the Grid.

The Moves sees four dance coaches go head-to-head to train contestants to dance. Potential participants showcase their moves to the coaches, who then pick a contestant and train them over the course of the series.

Meanwhile, Beat the Grid tasks contestants with finding the answers to a question on a giant grid, on which some are right and some are wrong. Contestants must find a minimum number of correct answers in order to 'beat' each grid.

Ranjeet Thakur, founder of Frames Production Company, said: "The times are trying but our job is to keep people entertained and interested in the brighter things of life. It is great to be working with Armoza Formats and ITV Studios, and we look forward to continuing to work with them on many more interesting formats.".

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posted 7/27/2020

"Shark Tank" Swims to Vegas
New Season of ABC Series to Shoot in a Bubble
From DEadline

Another legacy broadcast reality series, ABC's Shark Tank, is heading back to production after a coronavirus-related shutdown.

The popular family-friendly unscripted show, which traditionally shoots on the Sony lot in Culver City, will film its upcoming 12th season in Las Vegas, reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva.

The show, already in pre-production at an undisclosed location in Vegas, is employing a quarantine bubble, keeping the stars and crew within a single facility with COVID-19 safety protocols, including testing, in place. "I hear a large portion of Shark Tank's LA-based crew members have made the trip to Las Vegas to work on the new episodes, set to begin shooting soon," writes Andreeva.

Shark Tank's regular production schedule lends itself to filming a season over a short period of time while in a quarantine bubble. Because of the Sharks' busy schedules, an entire season of 22 episodes is typically filmed in a pair of two-week "pods," one in June and one in September.

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posted 7/27/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Damn, Alfonso!"

  • Alfonso Ribeiro says that "Dancing" should have been canceled rather than recast (Us Magazine)

  • How "The Sims Spark'd" turned video games into competition... and art. (CNet)

  • Who keeps sliding into Dave Ruprecht's DMs? (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Shaun Wallace embraces his Dark Destroyer persona (Metro)

posted 7/27/2020


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"The Chase" Is On... Again
Jeopardy! GOAT Players in Talks to Be Chasers
From TV Series Finale

The Chase is one of the most consistent hits on British broadcaster ITV. The show is now finally coming to broadcast television in the U.S. with ABC remaking it with the stars of Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time. Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter are in talks to become "The Chasers" in the unscripted entertainment quiz.

Deadline reports that ABC won the project in a competitive situation and was able to leverage ABC talent to sweeten the deal. The show, which was adapted by Game Show Network (GSN) in 2013, sees contestants competing against a professional quizzer, known as the Chaser, whose aim is to prevent the contestants from winning a cash prize. In the UK version, which has been running since 2009, there are six Chasers including Mark Labbett, who also appeared on the GSN version. It was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2014.

The contestants must answer general-knowledge questions in a series of cash-builder and head-to-head rounds before trying to win a cash prize in the final chase.

The series is set to be produced by ITV America label ITV Entertainment.

Jennings, Rutter and Holzhauer were the toast of television earlier this year thanks to primetime ratings hit Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time, which saw them compete in a first-to-three-wins series with a top prize of $1 million. That show was produced by Sony Pictures Television and hosted by Alex Trebek.

ABC's head of alternative Robert Mills told Deadline in January that he was keen to do more with the GOATs and wanted to find "something that taps into what these guys are."

"Whether it's something with Jeopardy! or not, certainly I would argue these three guys are the biggest stars in primetime right now, he said. "But you can't look at this and not acknowledge the impact that they have had over the 20 years and this past week without saying, 'OK. How do we tap into it'."

Details about the show and the casting process are available at TheChaseCasting.com. As always, contestants must meet eligibility requirements.

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posted 7/24/2020

"Tag"... You're It, Australia!
Seven Picks Up Australian Version of American Hit
From Realscreen

Australian commercial free-to-air broadcaster Seven Network has commissioned Endemol Shine Australia to produce the physical competition series Ultimate Tag.

Originally produced by Sky's Znak & Co. for Fox in the U.S., the format is based on the childhood playground game of tag and sees contestants running through a variety of indoor obstacle courses while professional "taggers" attempt to catch them.

"This is part of our tent pole strategy that delivers epic entertainment to all audiences," said Seven's network programming director Angus Ross in a statement. "Endemol Shine are the masters of supercharging shows to massive success in Australia, and with Ultimate Tag we know they will deliver a great show that our viewers will love, just as they have done with Big Brother this year. "We can't wait to bring Ultimate Tag to our audience next year and continue our content led growth story that has re-established Seven as the place for brands to reach key demographics."

"Ultimate Tag is a game that every kid and adult around the world knows and wants to play," added Znak & Co. founder and president Natalka Znak. "I am so excited to see Ultimate Tag being produced on Network 7 in Australia by the talented team led by Mark Fennesy.".

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posted 7/24/2020

Enmascaradas Musicales
Univision Picks Up Mexican Version of "The Masked Singer"
From the Wrap

A Mexican version of "The Masked Singer" is coming to Univision this August, the Spanish-language broadcast network announced Friday.

Hosted by Omar Chaparro, "¿Quién es la Máscara?" (The Masked Singer) will "capture the audience's hearts as it introduces 16 celebrities who will have to sing in creative costumes," according to Univision.

"Led by assorted clues, the 'investigators' will seek to guess what celebrity is hiding behind each mask. Among the famous participants there will be singers, actors, TV hosts and others playing the roles of characters, such as: Bumblebee, Eagle, Chameleon, Catrina or Fancy Skeleton, Zebra, Deer, Rabbit, Rooster, Cat, Owl, Martian, Minotaur, Monster, Panda, Fish and Fox."

The panel of investigators for "¿Quién es la Máscara?" includes Yuri, Carlos Rivera, Consuelo Duval and Adrian Uribe, with Kiara Liz set to "present exclusive content" on the show.

According to Univision, "In every episode, there will be duels between two or more contestants. The audience will choose the best performance each week and one celebrity will be at risk of elimination. Ultimately, the panel of 'investigators' will decide who will leave the show and take off the mask." "¿Quién es la Máscara?" first aired last year in Mexico and will premiere Sunday, Aug. 2 at 8/7c on Univision.

The series is based on the original South Korean format "The King of Mask Singer," created by Munhwa Broadcasting Corp. (MBC), which is also the inspiration for the U.S. version that airs on Fox. "¿Quién es la Máscara?" is produced by Televisa and Endemol Shine Boomdog..

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posted 7/24/2020


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"Dancing" Looks to Start Production in September
Tyra Banks to Host New Season
From Entertainment Tonight

Dancing With the Stars is looking to waltz into production in September as ABC and BBC Studios work through the health and safety protocols that will allow the competition format to light up the dance floor this year.

The show, which is based on the BBC format Strictly Come Dancing, is entering its 29th season with former America's Next Top Model host Tyra Banks now hosting and exec producing. In recent years, the series has traditionally aired around the middle of September, so the hope is that it won't be too delayed by COVID-19. The show has been lined up for an 8-10 p.m. slot on Monday nights in ABC's fall schedule.

However, sources close to ABC and BBC Studios warn that the schedule is fluid and continuously evolving with nothing set in stone as a result of the ongoing nature of the virus. These sources tell Deadline that they are still figuring out whether the show can go live.

ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke recently told Deadline that BBC Studios, the company that produces the show, had taken lessons from other territories. "I have seen the presentation from the Dancing with the Stars producers on how we are planning to produce this show, post-COVID and with the health regulations in place because they have the advantage of making it in other territories and I am blown away by the ingenuity and the care which they are producing it," she said. "We are bringing all of those innovations to the American broadcast. I'm really confident in their plan."

As for the judges, Carrie Ann Inaba notes that she and fellow original judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli will be back for the 29th season this fall.

"As of now, that is the plan," Inaba told her co-hosts in an episode of "The Talk" scheduled to air on Tuesday. "I just want everybody to know Len, Bruno and I — that is the plan that we're coming back. They're going to make the official announcement in a few weeks. They're just going to keep letting us know all the details. I don't want people to worry. It seems like everything is OK."

DWTS is set to return with Season 29 this fall in its traditional Monday perch.

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posted 7/24/2020

THURSDAY: Let's Play That Again
CBS Wins, Ties ABC with the Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.095 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday with its repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (4.042 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1), "The Unicorn" (2.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Mom" (3.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), another "Mom" (3.125 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.662 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

ABC (2.288 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) shared the demo honors with its own second run mix of "Holey Moley" (2.586 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1), "Don't" (1.948 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.330 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was NBC (2.085 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.716 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), the series finale of "Blindspot" (1.695 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.843 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.354 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up the season finale of "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.444 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a repeat "Beat Shazam" (1.263 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, week two of "Killer Camp" (0.430 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) alongside repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.366 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.358 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.396 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers for THursday...
- Alone: Million Dollar Challenge (History): 1.274m/0.25
- Cannonball (USA): 561k/0.17


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/21/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Catching for 2"

  • Witney Carson is dancing for two (Gold Derby)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Victoria Fuller is still in a loving relationship thanks to Bachelor Nation (People)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Sing On! Spain (Netflix). (Decider)

  • Chuck Woolery returns to Twitter... and clarifies his clarification. (Yahoo!)

  • LIST ABUSE: The best... and worst... video-game based game shows. (PC Magazine)

posted 7/24/2020

WEDNESDAY: Game Over
NBC Wins, "Game On" Ends Season Level
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with repeats of "Chicago Med" (3.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (3.576 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (3.764 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

ABC (2.035 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) shared in the demo honors with a new "United We Fall" (3.703 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) followed by repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.159 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "The Conners" (2.090 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "American Housewife" (1.666 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.297 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (2.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a new "Tough as Nails" (3.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), the season finale of "Game On!" (2.278 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a repeat "SEAL Team" (1.719 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.261 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a repeat "MasterChef" (1.383 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and a new "Ultimate Tag" (1.139 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.386 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for a repeat "The 100" (0.484 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) and a new "Bulletproof" (0.288 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.0, #15).

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 999k/0.30
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 867k/0.25
- Forged in Fire (History): 848k/0.25
- The Challenge: Total Madness Reunion (S/MTV): 784k/0.45
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 186k/0.04
- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 166k/0.04


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/21/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "And the Award Goes To..."

posted 7/23/2020


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