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NANETTE FABRAY: 1920-2018
Stage, Screen, TV Star a Frequent Gamer
From TV Line

Celebrated actress Nanette Fabray, who won three Emmys during television's Golden Age and played the grandmother on CBS' One Day at a Time, has passed away; she was 97 years old.

Fabray died Thursday at her Palos Verdes home, according to Variety. Her performing career spanned seven decades: She started out as a studio ingenue in 1930s Hollywood films, and made her last television appearance as Fern in a 1993 episode of Golden Girls spinoff The Golden Palace.

Working alongside legendary comedian Sid Caesar on the NBC sketch show Caesar's Hour, Fabray won three Emmys in 1956-57. She later resurfaced as Mary Richards' mother Dottie on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and as Ann Romano's mother Katherine on the original One Day at a Time, where she appeared in a total of 42 episodes.

Fabray was also a familiar face to '70s game-show fans, often popping up as a celebrity panelist on Hollywood Squares and Match Game.

Fabray had a long career on the stage as well, winning a Tony Award in 1949 for her lead performance in the musical Love Life. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1987.

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posted 2/23/18

THURSDAY: Night 15
"Bachelor Winter Games" Isn't Even Close
From The Futon Critic

NBC (14.889 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) entered the home stretch with its "2018 Winter Olympics" (14.889 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) coverage, again winning primetime by a wide margin.

Second place then went to CBS (5.684 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.899 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Young Sheldon" (7.013 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), another "The Big Bang Theory" (6.324 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Mom" (4.920 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "SWAT" (3.974 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7).

Next up was ABC (3.011 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with the finale to "The Bachelor Winter Games" (3.181 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) followed by the reunion special "The Bachelor Winter Games: World Tells All" (2.673 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.700 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) again opted for repeats of "Gotham" (1.418 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "9-1-1" (1.982 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, The CW (0.840 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise served up second runs of "Supernatural" (0.965 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Arrow" (0.714 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 915k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 809k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 736k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 732k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 634k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 403k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Paramount): 399k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (S/MTV): 324k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 213k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/23/18

Stream On Has a Go-Live Date
Catch It on Twitch March 8 at 6p ET!
From Engadget

Last December, Twitch announced that it would be making a live-streaming reality show, Stream On. In it, Twitch creators who need a boost to make streaming a full-time gig compete against one another in a series of challenges, Survivor-style, for a grand prize of $60,000, delivered across 12 months. Now the details are out, with the live game show set to debut with 14 competitors on March 8th at 3:00 pm PST (6pm ET)

With Stream On, you'll get to see up-and-coming Twitch Partners judged on their ability to perform various essential skills for streaming, like motivating viewers with a call to action. You'll also be able to take part via a custom interactive overlay, which will let you vote on who to eliminate after each round. The 14 participants include competitive gamers, of course, but also chefs, musicians and other creative artists, including 88bitmusic, Banzaibaby, CiraCorellia. CookingforN00b, FerociouslySteph, GlanFM, Koibu, MajinTaj, Suchikuchi, thaButtress, TheOnlyRyann, TheStaceyRoy, Wavy and Xmiramira.

Engadget
TechCrunch

posted 2/23/18

WEDNESDAY: Night 14
"Big Brother" a Close-ish Second
From The Futon Critic

NBC (13.984 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) took home gold on Wednesday with its primetime coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (13.984 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

CBS (4.698 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "Celebrity Big Brother" (5.548 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "The Amazing Race 30" (4.482 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and the season finale of "The Amazing Race 30" (4.066 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was FOX (2.939 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "The Resident" (2.571 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "9-1-1" (3.307 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.433 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "The Goldbergs" (3.256 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Speechless" (2.399 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.428 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "American Housewife" (2.141 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) plus the winter finale of "Match Game" (2.188 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Riverdale" (0.619 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.815 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.716 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 804k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/23/18


NBC/FremantleMedia North America

America's Got MORE Talent!
Tyra, Judges Will Be Back This Summer
From the Futon Critic

NBC has renewed its summer staple for a 13th season, a spokesperson confirmed this afternoon. Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B are all returning as judges while Tyra Banks is also due back as the show's host.

A premiere date will be announced shortly.

The Peacock also offered the following ratings highlights:
· Last summer, "America's Got Talent" averaged a 3.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 16 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" averages for original Tuesday telecasts, according to Nielsen Media Research. That made it the most-watched season in its 12-year history. "AGT" was easily the #1 summer show in both measures and provided a strong lead-in to the #2 show of the summer, NBC's "World of Dance."
· In addition to seeing tremendous ratings growth, "AGT's" 12th season also set massive records across digital platforms, garnering more than 2.6 billion views across Facebook (1.9 billion), YouTube (630 million) and Twitter (81 million) combined.
· Season 12 winner was 12-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer from Oklahoma City. Farmer received the most votes ever for a finale show and dazzled audiences with her performances featuring puppets Oscar and Petunia.
· Season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal continues to excel. The 14-year-old singer-songwriter announced today she will be joining Imagine Dragons as special guest on their U.S. tour. Since winning "AGT," she released her debut album "Just the Beginning" and launched her first-ever sold-out headline tour.
· Auditions for season 13 of "AGT" are still underway, with open calls being held in Phoenix, Ariz., on Saturday, Feb. 24. In addition, online auditions are open through March 9. Interested acts can submit a video at www.AGTAuditions.com.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 2/21/18

SYNDIES: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending February 11
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy rocketed into the Nielsen stratosphere in the first full week of the sweep, soaring to its highest rating in two years and easily beating all syndicated shows in the session ending Feb. 11.

Game show champ Family Feud inched up 1% and was the runner-up to Judy at a 7.2.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.2 +1%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 NC
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 -1%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 NC
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5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 2/21/18

TUESDAY: Night 13
NBC's PyeongChang Coverage Earns the Gold
From The Futon Critic

NBC (16.839 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) took home another victory on Tuesday with the primetime portion of its "2018 Winter Olympics" (16.839 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) coverage.

The silver then went to ABC (2.676 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with the penultimate "The Bachelor Winter Games" (3.241 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and a new "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (1.546 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

Next up was CBS (5.934 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with repeats of "NCIS" (7.145 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Bull" (5.415 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.241 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

FOX (2.058 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) likewise opted for second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (2.551 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "LA to Vegas" (1.707 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "The Mick" (1.423 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (0.887 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Black Lightning" (0.972 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.929 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

The Futon Critic

posted 2/21/18

MONDAY: Night 11
"Bachelor", "Big Brother" Holds Its Own Against PyeongChang
From the Futon Critic

NBC (15.715 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was the network to beat on Monday as its "2018 Winter Olympics" (15.715 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) coverage entered its final week.

ABC (5.554 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with a new "The Bachelor" (6.231 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (4.201 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.956 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with "Celebrity Big Brother" (5.088 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) followed by repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (3.680 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Young Sheldon" (3.771 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) and "Bull" (3.054 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.830 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "Lucifer" (1.896 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "The Resident" (1.765 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, a new "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.430 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and second runs of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.674 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.660 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (1.048 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.385m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/21/18

WEEKEND: NBC Continues Dominating the Medal Chart
CBS Takes Silver on "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was of course the network to beat on Friday with its primetime coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (16.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

The silver medal then went to CBS (3.963 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with a new "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) followed by a second hour of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.157 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and a repeat "Hawaii Five-0" (3.236 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6).

Next up was ABC (2.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the feature "A Bug's Life" (2.402 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and its mainstay "20/20" (3.216 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a repeat "The X-Files" (1.476 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and a second "The X-Files" (1.251 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, the season finale of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.610 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.683 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) rounded out the night on The CW (0.646 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

NBC (15.686 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) cruised to another victory on Sunday with its coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (15.686 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) in primetime.

ABC (3.884 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.030 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "Shark Tank" (3.094 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) bookending repeats of "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and a second "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.669 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) adn its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.465 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.861 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), repeats of "SWAT" (2.729 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.276 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, FOX (1.437 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) rounded out the night with repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.483 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Bob's Burgers" (1.306 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Simpsons" (1.510 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Ghosted" (1.034 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Family Guy" (1.230 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "LA to Vegas" (1.059 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.256m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 956k

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/21/18


CNS News
THE REV. BILLY GRAHAM: 1918-2018
"America's Pastor" Played "What's My Line?"
From TV Line

The Reverend Billy Graham, a pioneer of TV evangelism who was known as "America's pastor," has died at the age of 99.

According to the Associated Press, Graham's death followed battles with cancer, pneumonia and other various illnesses. He passed away on Wednesday morning in his North Carolina home.

Graham was regarded as one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century. He began hosting the Billy Graham Crusades in 1947. The annual event was broadcast on television through his retirement in 2005.

In 1950, Graham launched the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, as well as his weekly radio show Hour of Decision, which aired internationally for more than 50 years. The BGEA also produced a series of mission TV specials which aired across the U.S. and Canada.

In addition to his work as a televangelist, Graham was a spiritual adviser for every sitting president, beginning with Harry Truman. He was also friends with Queen Elizabeth, and was recently portrayed by actor Paul Sparks (House of Cards) in Season 2 of Netflix's The Crown.

Graham made time to play "What's My Line?" in 1960.

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USA Today

posted 2/21/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Insert Obvious Jeopardy! Joke Here"

  • Alex Trebek to emcee Pennsylvania's gubernatorial answer to the Tournament of Champions (NPR)
     
  • Wayne Brady to play Syracuse (Syracuse.com)

  • RuPaul goes from Snatch Game to Match Game (NewNowNext)

  • Mark Labbett is half the Beast he used to be... well, not exactly half. (LAD Bible)

  • Chris Hardwick explain why @midnight had to be deleted (Insider)

posted 2/21/18


MGM Television

CBS Scores "TKO"
Obstacle Course Series from Mark Burnett Coming This Summer
From Deadline

CBS has ordered 10 episodes of TKO (working title), an obstacle course competition reality series with a twist, from Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett and MGM Television, for premiere this summer.

TKO joins CBS' recent series order to The World's Best, a global talent competition series from Burnett and fellow reality heavyweight Mike Darnell as the network, home of long-running hits Survivor, Big Brother and The Amazing Race, clearly is ramping up its unscripted portfolio.

TKO (wt) is an original format created by Steve Hughes and Sean Kelly of Shaggy Entertainment that is reminiscent of Legoland water rides. It features one player racing through daunting obstacles while the other contestants are manning battle stations along the course, firing over-the-top projectiles in an attempt to knock them off and slow them down. It's a physical and funny "us versus them" scenario, with the top two players advancing to the final showdown to face off for a cash prize.

"Mark Burnett is a master at creating exciting competitions that make for entertaining television," said Sharon Vuong, SVP, Alternative Programming for CBS. "We are thrilled to partner with him and his team on this wild and fun summer series."

Last summer, CBS launched game show Candy Crush, which is not expected to come back.

TKO will be produced by MGM Television and distributed internationally by MGM. Burnett, President MGM Television Group and Digital, and Barry Poznick, President, Unscripted Television, MGM, are executive producers. "TKO is unlike any other competition show on television. It's an obstacle course meets dodgeball. It will create amazing viral moments," said Burnett. "I've got a great history with CBS, and I'm excited to be premiering this summer."

Deadline
The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 2/20/18

Canadian "Idol"
CTV Picks Up ABC Broadcast
From Deadline

CTV has acquired the new season of American Idol from FremantleMedia International for a midseason premiere. The new iteration of the singing competition with host Ryan Seacrest and judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan will anchor CTV Two's schedule Sundays and Mondays at 8 PM ET/ 9 PM MT, beginning March 11, the same date it premieres on ABC in the U.S.

American Idol joins the previously announced pickup of three new CTV Two midseason comedies – Living Biblically (Feb. 26), Splitting Up (March 27), and Alex, Inc. (March 28).

CTV Two also announced today the addition of two more series to the network: Gotham, moving to a new Thursday at 8 PM ET / 9 PM MT time slot beginning March 1, and Masterchef Junior, returning to CTV Two Fridays at 8 PM ET / 9 PM MT with a two-hour premiere on March 2.

American Idol is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

"American Idol is a historic franchise," said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming. "We are looking forward to reintroducing the series and its star-studded judging panel to Canadians as a new anchor for CTV Two."

Deadline

posted 2/20/18

ITV2's CelebAbility2
Civ vs. Celeb Playoff Renewed
From Telly Mix

CelebAbility will return to ITV2 for a second series later this year.

After a successful first series last year, the second run will be an extended run of 8 episodes. Hosted by the voice of Love Island, Scottish stand-up comedian Iain Stirling who is joined again by his trusted adjudicator Marek Larwood.

Hoping to win £5,000, a group of friends will go head to head with celebrities in a series of uniquely crazy rounds. All of which are based on the unusual skill or ability that the celebrities believe they naturally possess.

Telly Mix

posted 2/20/18

More Fun with Celebrities
BBC Signs on for "!mpossible Celebrities"
From Telly Mix

!mpossible Celebrities is coming to primetime BBC One with a celebrity series.

It follows three successful series of the !mpossible quiz show on daytime.

Hosted by Rick Edwards and produced by Mighty Productions for BBC ONE, !mpossible Celebrities will see 18 celebrity contestants begin their !mpossible journey and compete across six-episodes to give themselves a chance of winning £10,000 for a charity of their choice.

Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment Commissioning, said: "Viewers will find it impossible not to love this show which has had great success under Dan McGolpin in BBC Daytime. I can't wait to see the celebrities commence brainy battle as they try to avoid that impossible answer!" Lynn Sutcliffe, Mighty Productions Managing Director, added: "We are totally delighted to be bringing the excitement and humour of !mpossible to a Primetime audience - and are very much looking forward to seeing a group of famous faces take up the !mpossible challenge."

!mpossible Celebrities is the quiz with the third dimension: as well as right answers and wrong answers there are also impossible answers – they are not just wrong, they couldn't possibly be right. In each episode, the celebrities must avoid giving impossible answers as they battle it out across three rounds of !mpossible style multiple choice questions. Every right answer takes them a step closer to a shot at that jackpot – but a single !mpossible answer will knock them out for that episode.

!mpossible Celebrities will film later this year with those all star guests still to be announced.

Meanwhile, a fourth series of !mpossible for daytime has also been commissioned.

Telly Mix

posted 2/20/18

"The Wall" Heads to ANZ
Axel Whitehead Hosts Version from ... Poland?
From Stuff

He may have been playing the away game for the past five years, but former Home And Away bad-boy Axle Whitehead is reaffirming his roots to help good-hearted Australians give back to the community.

Despite working and living in Los Angeles, the actor could not sound more at home as he sits in Sydney musing about beers, barbecues and Australia Day, prefacing his excitement for his new 'gig' hosting game show The Wall.

"The philosophy behind the show is about giving good opportunities to good people," he says. "These are people that give back to their communities, inspirational people, people who deserve a crack at this big money we're offering."

And "big money" is no understatement with the show putting a potential $12 million pay day on the table – the largest sum of money up for grabs in TV history.

"It was designed by LeBron James (the basketballer)," says Whitehead. "It's exciting, it's engaging, you see people win millions, you see people lose millions."

Sold to about 15 countries, The Wall has been a hit overseas with three, roughly 14-metre-high sets built in LA, France and Poland.

"When I got the gig, they (production) said, 'So ... you'll be going to Poland'.

"It was more cost effective to fly the contestants and production team over rather than building another ginormous set in Australia."

Stuff

posted 2/20/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Tough Crowd, Tougher Announcer"

posted 2/20/18


ABC/BBC Worldwide

"Dancing" in Iceland
BBC Worldwide Sells International Super Format PLUS...
From Variety

"Dancing With the Stars" is set to debut in Iceland after BBC Worldwide sold the format to Icelandic broadcaster Stod 2, it was announced Monday. The local version is set to premiere March 11.

The deal marks the first partnership between BBC Wordwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and Stod 2. BBC Worldwide will produce the show alongside RVK Studios.

"We have had an eye on this format for quite some time and are very excited to finally bring the amazing energy, entertainment and of course glitter finally to Iceland," said Johanna Gisladottir, head of acquisitions and programming at Stod 2.

The format, broadcast as "Strictly Come Dancing" in the U.K., has now sold to 55 countries. Other recent sales of the format have included to Brazul and Belgium. In the U.K. it saw its most successful season in 2017.

BBC Worldwide is currently hosting its annual showcase event, which runs Feb. 18-21 in Liverpool.

It also announced the sale of gameshow format "You're Back in the Room" to Poland and Portugal. The format is already in production by ATM Grupa for free-to-air channel TVN in Poland, which will launch the show March 3. The Portuguese version, set to air in spring 2018, will be produced by by Shine Iberia for commercial broadcaster SIC.

The gameshow sees five strangers, who are hypnotised with specific triggers designed to interfere with the games, take on a series of seemingly simple tasks for cash prizes. The show premiered in the U.K. in 2015 with a peak audience of 5.2 million viewers. The format has already been sold in nine other markets including the U.S., French Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Netherlands, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Colombia. .

Variety
TBI Vision

posted 2/19/18

"The Wall" Built in the Middle East
NBC Takes Format Overseas
From TBI Vision

Game show The Wall, a US format created and produced by Glassman Media, SpringHill Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio, will be heading to the Middle East.

MBC has acquired the rights to broadcast local versions of the format in Arabic. The news arrives after the format has already aired in 16 territories worldwide.

The format sees a pair of teammates attempt a quiz in order to win a life-changing cash prize. This is set behind an interactive set piece, which highlights their successes and failures.

The Wall has already seen international success, it will now go into its second season on NBC. It's distributor, Endemol Shine, also claims that the format's Colombian launch reached a 40.2% audience share, winning over its timeslot.

Marina Williams COO of Endemol Shine International Operations says: "We are very happy to bring The Wall to the Arabic viewers across Middle East and proud of MBC's choice, as one of the leading broadcasters in the region. "MBC and Imagic production house will deliver top quality and thrilling entertainment to the millions of viewers across the region."

TBI Vision

posted 2/19/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "President's Day... Here's a First Lady"

  • Vanna White celebrated a birthday. Betcha can't guess which one. (Parade)
     
  • HQ has some new competition... with DEEPER POCKETS! (Pocket Gamer)

  • Jenna Morasca revived thanks to Narcan... bites. (WNCN Goldsboro)

  • Fergie... National Anthem... there's a "The Four" joke somewhere. (TV Line)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Before LSB, before Snack-Off, before John Legend, Chrissy Teigen was also a DOND model. With Meghan Markle (Marie Claire)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with... Ben Bailey (AZCentral.com

posted 2/19/18


Fox

SYTYCD Returns Summer
Fox Greenlights Season 15
From the Futon Critic

FOX has renewed the Emmy Award-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for a 15th season.

From 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will return this summer on FOX. Emmy Award winner Nigel Lythgoe, award-winning choreographer Mary Murphy and award-winning actress, singer and dancer Vanessa Hudgens will return as resident judges on the series, hosted by Emmy Award nominee Cat Deeley.

"I am always blown away by the sheer level of raw talent on this show," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. "These are real people - unknown stars in their own right. And each week, they tell compelling, emotional stories through their craft. We can't wait for Nigel, Mary, Vanessa and Cat to hit the road once again and uncover the phenomenal talent that's out there."

"It's incredible to make it to 15 seasons, which just speaks to the impact this program has had, not only on the world of dance, but also on our loyal fans and viewers, to whom we are most grateful," added executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.

Auditions for the 15th season kick off next month. All potential contestants should register online at soyouthinkyoucandance2018.castingcrane.com/ and upload a video or provide a link to a video of their performance. If selected, producers will reach out to schedule the contestant for an in-person audition in one of the two audition cities: New York or Los Angeles. Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check soyouthinkyoucandance2018.castingcrane.com/ and/or fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules, official rules and additional details.

During the audition rounds, the most talented dancers will compete in front of the judges for a coveted spot at "The Academy" callback rounds in Los Angeles. At the end of "The Academy" callback rounds, the judges will choose this season's top dancers to move on in the competition. Those that are selected to move on to the SYTYCD studio will work with world-renowned choreographers and compete LIVE each week for America's votes in a variety of styles. Contestants will be eliminated weekly until a winner is named on the season finale.

Last September, Lex Ishimoto was named the winner during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. Ishimoto, 19, danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and the title of America's Favorite Dancer. During the 2017 Summer season, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE garnered more than 190 million video views and social engagements on leading social platforms last season.

THe Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 2/16/18

"Drag Race" to Return March 22
VH1 Series to Enter Historic 10th Season
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of VH1's industry leading ten consecutive quarters of YoY ratings growth (P18-49) - the best streak across broadcast and cable - and following the three-time Emmy(R) Award-winning season nine of "RuPaul's Drag Race," the fiercest competition on primetime returns with a historic 10th season.

Each supersized, 90-minute episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race" will give fans more fashion, lip-syncs and drag than ever before. The new season premieres on VH1 on Thursday, March 22, followed by the popular, Emmy(R) Award-nominated after-show "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked."

"To celebrate a decade of Drag Race we've pulled out all the stops. The queens, the challenges and the shenanigans are off the mother-tucking charts," said executive producer and two-time Emmy(R) Award-winning host RuPaul. "And I'm thrilled that Untucked is back on VH1. 'Cause, henny, if you ain't watching Untucked, you're only getting half the story. Okurrr?"

"RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" gives viewers an uncensored, behind-the-scenes look at each episode of the main competition. During "Untucked," cameras reveal conversations not seen on the main show as the queens anxiously wait to learn their fate and who will need to lip sync for their life to avoid the week's elimination.

Fans craving more RuPaul can check out "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars," which premiered to record-breaking ratings and is currently airing on Thursdays at 8:00pm ET/PT on VH1. The season follows legendary queens as they return to the mainstage to battle it out for the crown and a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.

THe Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 2/16/18

GGG Meets DDD. Again.
Food Network Slots Tournament Event
From the Futon Critic

On this epic four-part tournament, Guy Fieri brings back the best chefs from Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, who have previously competed on Guy's Grocery Games, for another chance at victory, beginning on Sunday, March 18th at 9pm ET/PT.

In each episode of Guy's Grocery Games: DDD All-Star Tournament, four veteran chefs will put their shopping and cooking skills to the test in three rounds of the hardest games the Flavortown Market has ever seen. At home, viewers can test their supermarket smarts at FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames, and can share their results on social media using #GroceryGames.

On the tournament premiere, the competitors John Conley (Flagstaff, AZ), "Panini" Pete Blohme (Fairhope, AL), Louis Remilliard (Las Vegas, NV), and Jazz Singsanong (Los Angeles, CA) must race the lunch rush to deliver a signature burger in only 15 minutes. In the second round, Guy challenges their abilities to recreate top-selling dishes from their restaurants, with only an extreme budget to spend on their ingredients. Last, it is comfort food favorites, where the chefs must mash up diner classics into one finished plate. The one that wins will move on to the finale on Sunday, April 8th at 9pm ET/PT, featuring three new rounds of nail-biting aisle challenges.

John Atkinson (Manhattan Beach, CA), Sam Auen (Des Moines, IA), Aristo Boutsikakis (Salt Lake City, UT), Peter Campbell (Minneapolis, MN), Domenica Catelli (Geyservill, CA), Crystal De Luna Bogan (Nashville, TN), Jay Hajj (Boston, MA), and Bobby Marcotte (Raymond, NH) are also put to the test in grueling aisle games. Throughout the tournament the rotating panel of judges, including Troy Johnson, Aaron May, Carl Ruiz, Aarti Sequeira, and Justin Warner will decide who will take home $10,000 each week and earn a coveted spot in the grand finale for a chance to earn an additional $20,000 and become the Triple-D, Triple-G, Triple Threat!

THe Futon Critic

posted 2/16/18

THURSDAY: Night 7
NBC Wins on Olympic Coverage
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.032 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) continued its reign on Thursday with its primetime coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (16.032 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

CBS (5.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.319 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Young Sheldon" (7.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), another "The Big Bang Theory" (6.075 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Mom" (4.911 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "SWAT" (3.906 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.259 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with night two of "The Bachelor Winter Games" (3.015 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) plus the special "20/20: Roseanne - The Return" (3.747 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.494 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "Gotham" (1.282 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "9-1-1" (1.708 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, second runs of "Supernatural" (0.852 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Arrow" (0.612 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) likewise rounded out the night on The CW (0.732 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 842k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 827k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 713k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p (MTV): 460k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 440k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11:30p (S/MTV): 353k
- Black Card Revoked (BET): 353k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Paramount): 349k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 247k

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/16/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "What Kind of Week Has It Been"

  • Daniele & Dominic Briones are having a Big Brother baby (Reality TV World)
     
  • Cody Nickson & Jessica Graf engaged (Reality TV World)

  • Corinne Olympios, DeMario Jackson spend Valentine's Day together (Reality TV World)

  • Wayne Brady isn't the only game show alum to go to "Kinky Boots". Hi David Cook (Reality TV World)

  • Wondering who that new model was on TPIR? Say hello to "Y&R" actress Mishael Morgan (SoapHub)

  • Steve Harvey won't face his ex-wife in court (HelloBeautiful)

  • Bill Anderson to be inducted to Songwriters' Hall of Fame (Billboard)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with... Corinne Foxx (The Hollywood Reporter

posted 2/16/18

WEDNESDAY: Night 6
NBC Wins on Olympic Coverage
From the Futon Critic

NBC (17.119 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) was the top Valentine's Day draw last night with its primetime coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (17.119 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1).

CBS (4.430 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then led the leftovers with its mix of "Celebrity Big Brother" (5.188 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "The Amazing Race 30" (4.272 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and another "The Amazing Race 30" (3.830 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.701 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with repeats of "The Resident" (2.330 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "9-1-1" (3.073 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

ABC (2.459 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) likewise opted for second runs of "The Goldbergs" (3.217 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Speechless" (2.346 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Modern Family" (2.544 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "American Housewife" (2.168 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) plus a new "Match Game" (2.238 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.730 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with its specials "Relationships Just for Laughs" (0.788 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "The Top 14 Greatest Valentine's Day Movies of All Time" (0.672 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 671k

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/15/18


Las Vegas Weekly
MARTY ALLEN: 1922-2018
Bug-Eyed Comedian a Game Show Mainstay
From the Wrap

Marty Allen, a beloved comedian and staple for TV variety shows and game shows, has died. He was 95.

Allen's spokeswoman Candi Cazau confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Monday. He died of complications from pneumonia in Las Vegas with his wife and longtime performing partner, Karon Kate Blackwell, by his side.

Best known for his greeting and catchphrase "hello dere," Allen shared the stage with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Elvis Presley, among others.

Allen served in Italy in the Army Air Corps in World War II — earning a medal for valor — before turning to entertainment. He first found success in the duo Allen & Rossi with late partner Steve Rossi. They were favorites on "The Ed Sullivan Show" before breaking up in 1968.

Described as "baby-faced, bug-eyed comic," he later became a regular on "The Hollywood Squares" and other popular game shows.

His first wife, Lorraine "Frenchy" Allen, died in 1976 and he went on to marry singer-songwriter Blackwell in 1984..

The Wrap
CBC News
Variety

Inquisitr

Page Six
PopCulture
The Hollywood Reporter

TV Line

TV Guide
Victoria Times Colonist

posted 2/14/18


CW

With Six You Get CW
CW Reclaims Sundays Fall 2018
From the Futon Critic

For the upcoming 2018-2019 season, The CW Network will expand its primetime schedule to include Sunday night, growing its line-up of original first-run programming from five nights to six nights, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. When the new season launches in October 2018, The CW will offer 12 hours of primetime series each week, Sunday-Friday (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).

Leading The CW's efforts to expand into Sunday primetime were Chris Brooks, Executive Vice President, Network Distribution, and Ann Miyagi, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, who worked closely with all of the network's key affiliate partners to secure clearances across the country, including the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Broadcasting, CBS Television Stations and Nexstar Media Group.

"By expanding to six nights, The CW is now able to give our fans even more of the series they're so passionate about. Broadcasting remains the foundation of our multi-platform approach to bringing our programming to viewers. Over the past seven years, The CW has added more than 80 hours of original scripted programming to its schedule - now that number can continue to climb, as we grow our broadcast line-up, and continue to add content on every platform," said Pedowitz. "I'd like to thank Chris and Ann for being instrumental in making this happen, and to thank all of our station groups for being such terrific partners as we add Sundays to our primetime schedule this fall on all our affiliates across the country."

Chris Ripley, President and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., commented, "As one of the largest CW affiliate groups, we are excited to see The CW Network reaffirm its commitment to broadcasting by expanding its schedule to Sunday night. We value our relationship and look forward to an even stronger audience following with more of The CW's popular primetime programming."

"We are very pleased with the growth and success of The CW over its 12-year history and look forward to welcoming the expansion of the network's primetime schedule to 12 hours," said Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations. "Mark and his team have done a tremendous job of putting together a terrific Monday-Friday schedule. We are excited to partner with them to grow our ratings and revenue by adding original series programming on Sunday nights."

"Through our station affiliations, Nexstar and The CW have built a deep and successful long-term relationship based on a shared commitment to the growing number of viewers and markets we serve throughout the country," said Perry A. Sook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. "We are delighted that The CW is adding a sixth night of its unique brand of acclaimed programming, as when combined with Nexstar's high quality, original, local news and other exclusive local content, we are delivering great entertainment and information to viewers and an excellent marketing solutions platform for local and national advertisers."

THe Futon Critic
Broadway World
TV Line
Deadline

posted 2/14/18

TUESDAY: PyeongChang Beasts Bachelor. Like Heavy
The Olympics Take It for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (20.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) paved the way to victory on Tuesday thanks to its coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (20.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

ABC (2.726 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a distant second with the launch of "The Bachelor Winter Games" (3.003 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and the special "20/20: Lights, Camera, Romance!" (2.174 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Next up was CBS (5.813 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.857 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Bull" (5.529 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.055 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

FOX (1.982 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise opted for second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (2.428 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "LA to Vegas" (1.671 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "The Mick" (1.400 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.089 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "Black Lightning" (1.784 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) on The CW (1.436 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV): 834k
- Chopped (Food): 809k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 788k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 675k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/14/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sashaying to Netflix"

posted 2/14/18

SYNDIES: Week 20
Result for the Week Ending February 4
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil widened its lead among the talk shows as the February sweep got underway in the week ending Feb. 4.

Phil jumped 12% from the prior frame to a 12-week-high 3.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, easily leading the talkers for the 74th week in a row. Ellen DeGeneres, which featured an appearance by former First Lady Michelle Obama, rose 12% to a second-place 2.8. That was almost a two-year high for Ellen, but the show still finished a full point behind Phil.

The show with the biggest ratings in syndication was Judge Judy, which grew 4% to a stellar 7.6 and was the No. 1 program overall for the 22nd time in 25 weeks (with one tie).

Family Feud was second to Judy among all syndies, slipping 4% to a 7.1. Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune both fell 1% and tied for third at a 6.8.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1 -4%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.8 -1%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 -1%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 NC
 
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 2/13/18

MONDAY: Night 4
The Olympics Take It for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (20.459 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) was of course the top draw on Monday with its primetime coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (20.459 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

ABC (5.505 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with a new "The Bachelor" (5.884 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (4.746 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.941 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Celebrity Big Brother" (5.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) alongside second runs of "The Big Bang Theory" (4.080 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (3.260 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "SWAT" (3.011 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.829 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) opted for repeats of "Lucifer" (1.875 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Resident" (1.784 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, the return of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.497 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) led into repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.829 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.815 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (1.159 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.294m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/13/18

WEEKEND: Let the Games Begin
NBC Wins on Olympic Coverage. But You Knew That Was Going to Happen
From The Futon Critic

NBC (23.690 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1) claimed top honors on Friday thanks to the formal start of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (23.690 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

CBS (3.952 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.556 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), a second hour of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.098 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and a repeat "Bull" (3.204 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.763 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with its lineup of "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" (2.769 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), the season finale of "Child Support" (2.202 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "20/20" (3.319 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.803 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up an encore of "Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?" (1.803 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.705 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.616 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.794 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 866k

NBC (21.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) took home another victory on Sunday with its primetime "2018 Winter Olympics" (21.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) coverage.

ABC (3.825 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.040 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), repeats of "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.621 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), another "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and a new "Shark Tank" (2.885 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.491 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.484 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.738 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.560 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.183 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (0.881 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15), "Bob's Burgers" (1.009 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Simpsons" (1.542 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Ghosted" (1.075 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.326 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "LA to Vegas" (1.124 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) rounded out the night on FOX (1.160 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.414m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.036m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 756k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/13/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Going to Carolina"

  • Bob Eubanks brings his Not-So-Newlywed Game to North Carolina (Hickory Daily Record)
     
  • Wayne Brady to put on his "Kinky Boots" again (Broadway.com)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? They're never going to say what HQ stands for. (Money

posted 2/13/18

Wild'n All That
"All That" Cast Reunites for "Wild'n Out"
From Digital Spy

It's been 18 years since Kenan & Kel last graced TV screens, and 13 years since Nickelodeon's much-loved sketch show All That ended... And after all that time, we're finally getting an All That reunion in an upcoming episode of MTV's comedy gameshow Wild 'n Out.

One of the show's original cast members Kel Mitchell has shared various snaps from the taping of the Wild 'n Out season 11 reunion episode.

Alongside Kel and Kenan, or Kenan & Kel, are fellow cast members Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server. "Kenan game face is epic in this pic!! #wildnout," Kel wrote alongside one image. "#allthatreunion on @mtvwildnout," he captioned another.

Kel shared a number of other photos and videos, including one with Wild 'n Out host Nick Cannon, where he wrote: "With my Brothers! I got to frame this picture! "Yo Lil bro @nickcannonyour staff and crew was awesome today! Thanks for putting this all together and congratulations on filming season 11 of @mtvwildnout.

"And I enjoyed the prayer you did with the cast before we all hit the stage! #teamJesus Continued success bro! Blessings!"

Back in November, Kenan revealed Kel really does love orange soda as the pair 'reunited' again on MTV's TRL. Prior to that, the duo joined forces for a TV advert for movie ticketing app Fandango, and previously got back together with the cast of All That to celebrate its 22nd anniversary..

Digital Spy
Joe

posted 2/12/18

MasterChef Junior: March 2
Joe Bastianich Returns to Join Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi
From the Futon Critic

The kids are back for Season Six of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, featuring award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi, as well as the return of fan-favorite judge Joe Bastianich.

The all-new season of the hit culinary competition series debuts with a special two-hour premiere Friday, March 2 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, and makes its time period premiere on Friday, March 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

After a nationwide search, 40 of the best young home cooks between the ages of eight and thirteen have been given the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen. Only the best 12 female and 12 male junior chef-testants will move forward and earn a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR white apron.

This season, the kids will face exciting challenges, including a mystery box challenge with 26 ingredients, each representing a different letter of the alphabet, and a test during which they'll cook a dish that represents their family heritage. Additionally, the young home cooks will prepare a meal for one lucky couple and their guests at their wedding reception, create the perfect chicken-and-waffle dish, compete in a Blue Apron mystery box challenge and power through the fan-favorite pop-up restaurant challenge, until one talented kid is named America's next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and $100,000 grand prize.

In the special, two-hour season premiere, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun/The Boys Are Back In Town," 40 junior home cooks come to Los Angeles ready to compete for a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR apron. The junior home cooks are split up into two groups - girls and boys. All 20 girls are tasked with making a flawless medium-rare filet mignon dish, while the boys must create the perfect chicken breast dish. Only 12 winners from each group will earn an apron and a chance to move on. The competition is tougher than ever as the judges separate the best junior chefs from all the rest. The Top 24 contestants begin their quest for the title of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR in the series' time period premiere, airing Friday, March 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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posted 2/12/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "You're Fired"

  • Viacom continues layoffs (The Wrap)
     
  • Omarosa Manigault-Newman spends some time in the hospital after challenge (TV Line)

  • Steve Harvey, in what may be the oddest family feud ever, reportedly had his daughter's fiance followed (Ebony

  • Rachel Riley says the outtakes from "8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown" would end her career. No such clips on this site, but still NSFW (Buzz.ie)

  • FIRST LOOK: Genius Junior (NBC, March 18) (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sharon Carpenter (The Guardian)

posted 2/12/18


Netflix
REG E. CATHEY: 1958-2018
"The Wire" Actor Announced Game Shows for "Square One Television"
From Screen Rant

Emmy-winning actor Reg E. Cathey has passed away at the age of 59, possibly from lung cancer.

Cathey was born in Huntsville, Alabama on August 18, 1958. He spent much of his childhood in West Germany before returning to America and studying theater at both The University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.

Cathey's career began on the series Square One, a mathematics based educational children's show. He was the announcer for most of the game shows that were incorporated into the series. He followed with more traditional acting roles, making his film debut as a reporter in the Chevy Chase comedy Funny Farm. Cathey kept busy through the 90s with roles in the movies What About Bob, The Mask, Clear and Present Danger, and Se7en.

He was working just as much on TV, playing a klingon in a later episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and appearing in the made for TV movie And the Band Played On about the early days of the AIDS epidemic. He also appeared on ER and in an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street – as a character he brought back for the Homicide movie two years later.

In 2000 he was in the movie American Psycho and following that he was in the movies Pootie Tang and S.W.A.T. Around the same time he wound up doing an eight-episode run on the HBO series Oz. He's also guest starred on three different series in the Law & Order franchise.

In 2006 Cathey was cast as Norman Wilson on The Wire, appearing in 23 episodes over the course of the show's final two seasons. The Wire creator David Simon announced Cathey's death in a heartfelt tweet earlier today.

Cathey appeared in several more films after this, including St. Vincent and The Fantastic Four. But the majority of his career remained on television. He followed The Wire with three episodes of Grimm before being cast as restaurant owner Frank on House of Cards. Cathey popped up repeatedly during the first three seasons of the Netflix show and was nominated for the Outstanding Guest Star in a Drama Series Emmy every year he was on the show – winning in 2015.

He continued to guest star on various shows, including The Good Wife, The Blacklist, and Inside Amy Schumer. Cathey's last leading role on a TV series was on the horror series Outcast and his final role was in the Oprah Winfrey-starring TV movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

His fans will miss the actor's deep baritone voice and the beautiful intensity he brought to every role he played.

Screen Rant
BBC News
CNN

posted 2/9/18


Fox

Shazam! Another Season!
Catch New Season of "Beat Shazam" This May!
From The Futon Critic

Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx ("Ray," "Django Unchained") returns as host and executive producer for Season Two of BEAT SHAZAM. Actress, model and writer Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, joins BEAT SHAZAM as the new deejay. BEAT SHAZAM is a unique and interactive game show in which teams of two race against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time. In the end, the team with the highest score will outlast the competition and go against Shazam, the world's most popular song identification app, for the chance to win up to one million dollars. Executive-produced by Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice") and Jeff Apploff ("Don't Forget the Lyrics!"), Season Two is scheduled to premiere in May 2018 on FOX. BEAT SHAZAM was created by Jeff Apploff and Wes Kauble and is produced by Apploff Entertainment and MGM Television in association with Shazam. Mark Burnett, Jeff Apploff, Barry Poznick, Rich Riley, Lauren Zalaznick and Jamie Foxx serve as executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/8/18


Fox

THURSDAY: Speaking Of New Seasons...
Fox Greenlights "The Four" Season 2 Before Season 1 Finale
From The Futon Critic

FOX has renewed its new music competition series, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM, for a second season, to premiere this summer, it was announced today by Rob Wade, President, Alternative Series & Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company.

"THE FOUR is truly a next-generation show," said Wade. "It has pushed past the boundaries of traditional music competition series by focusing on recording artists in an epic battle to become a superstar. And for the winner, guided by music giants Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Kahled, Meghan Trainor and Republic Records, this is just the beginning. We'd like to thank our panel, our ringleader, Fergie, the contestants and our incredible production team for delivering concert-quality shows every week. And we look forward to pushing the boundaries even further in Season Two."

NBC (14.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) was of course the network to beat with the start of its "2018 Winter Olympics" (14.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) coverage.

ABC (5.063 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and FOX (4.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) shared a distant silver with the latter served up a new "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.726 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and the season finale of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (4.327 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

Next up was the Alphabet and originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.295 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (4.631 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.263 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.188 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up night two of "Celebrity Big Brother" (5.597 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) alongside repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.583 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Young Sheldon" (5.448 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "SWAT" (4.452 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, new episodes from "Supernatural" (1.818 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Arrow" (1.295 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (1.556 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 990k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 852k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 797k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 738k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 440k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Paramount): 334k
- Black Card Revoked (BET): 272k
- Talk Show the Game Show (TruTV): 184k

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posted 2/9/18

WEDNESDAY: Redefining "Celebrity"... Again.
Here Are the Celebrity Big Brother Houseguests... and How They Rated
From the Futon Critic

CBS has announced the 11 Celebrity Houseguests who will star in the first-ever Celebrity edition of BIG BROTHER in the U.S. This season's accomplished cast includes an NBA champion, a UFC legend, a Tony Award-winning actress, a chart-topping musician, a model, a television personality and a TV host, among others. BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION launches with a three-night premiere event airing Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live eviction show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen returns as the host of the hit series.

CBS (5.758 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and FOX (5.163 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) shared the demo crown on Wednesday as the latter served up new episodes of "The X-Files" (3.741 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "9-1-1" (6.585 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

The Eye then bowed the launch of "Celebrity Big Brother" (7.253 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) followed by a new "The Amazing Race 30" (5.435 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and a second "The Amazing Race 30" (4.587 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was NBC (6.737 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "The Blacklist" (6.345 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Chicago PD" (7.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for the feature "Inside Out" (3.103 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and a new "Match Game" (2.561 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, fresh installments of "Riverdale" (1.290 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Dynasty" (0.662 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.975 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 814k

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posted 2/8/18


ABC

It's Robot Fighting Time! Again!
Discovery, Science to Reboot "Battlebots"
From The Futon Critic

The epic robot-fighting series BattleBots is making its triumphant return with all-new episodes set to premiere this spring on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. BattleBots features the biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots from all over the world as they duke it out for supremacy in the rapidly exploding world of Robot Combat Sports.

The metal munching mayhem is back, from the bots to the builders, the flames, the spark and all the robot guts and glory. Each match consists of two robots competing in a single, three-minute bout in which the goal is to destroy or disable their opponent. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel of judges will declare a victor.

"BattleBots is the perfect union between cutting-edge science and entertainment," said Marc Etkind, General Manager Science Channel. "Having heard the call from robot fans clamoring for more action, we are thrilled to bring back this iconic series."

"In BattleBots, anyone can be the champ, and all are welcome to apply," said Ed Roski, BattleBots Co-founder. "This is a sport for smart people where it's all about ideas and building something cool. BattleBots is a fight to the death, but no one gets hurt. It's the place to show-off your imagination, your engineering prowess and art, and your ability to make it survive - and we couldn't be happier bringing BattleBots to Discovery." He added: "In my opinion, Discovery is the TV network where BattleBots has always belonged."

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posted 2/7/18

SYNDIES: Week 19
Result for the Week Ending January 28
From TV Newscheck

Most syndicated shows declined amid a severe drop in PUT levels (persons using television) in the last full week before the February sweep. For example, none of the 15 talk shows was able to improve from the week before in the session ending Jan. 28.

Judge Judy, which has dominated the court shows for an astounding 1,114 straight weeks, scored a strong 7.3 and landed in a photo finish for the overall syndication lead with Family Feud, with the advantage going to the latter by a tenth of a rating point. Feud was the only game show not to decline, remaining at a 7.4 and easily beating the quiz and giveaway strips for a ninth straight week.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.4 NC
2T. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.9 -3%
2T. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.9 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 -5%.

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC.

TV Newcheck
B&C

posted 2/7/18

TUESDAY: Games Go Out on Top
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) rode the demo wave on Tuesday with the season finale of "Ellen's Game of Games" (7.669 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) followed by new episodes from "This Is Us" (10.066 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Chicago Med" (7.373 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

CBS (10.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the silver draw with its mainstays "NCIS" (13.595 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Bull" (10.675 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.214 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.319 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.376 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "LA to Vegas" (2.509 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "The Mick" (2.017 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.385 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its lineup of "The Middle" (5.621 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.792 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Black-ish" (3.696 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.625 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.288 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Flash" (2.262 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (1.876 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (2.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.012m
- The Challenge: Vendettas - 9p (MTV): 824k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 776k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 723k
- The Challenge: Special (MTV): 268k

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posted 2/7/18

Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell Look For "The World's Best"
CBS Greenlights Global Talent Search
From The Hollywood Reporter

CBS has picked up a new competition series called The World's Best, which hails from Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell.

The show is described as a "first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable" from around the world. They will have to impress a group of American judges as well as 50 of the world's most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment. Only one act will ultimately be crowned the winner.

"This is a unique, original format with global scale led by two of the most accomplished producers on television," said Sharon Vuong, senior vp alternative programming at CBS. "Mike and Mark are not only the very top producers in the genre, but they also understand how to create compelling competition and build enduring franchises."

The series is produced by MGM Television and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Burnett and Darnell are executive producing with Alison Holloway, Brooke Karzen, Barry Poznick and Dan Sacks.

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 2/7/18

Truck!
History Greenlights "Truck Night in America"
From The Futon Critic

It's truck versus terrain, as 50 truck owners from across the United States compete in grueling challenges that test their ingenuity and driving ability in HISTORY's new ten episode nonfiction competition series, "Truck Night in America" premiering on Thursday, March 8 at 10PM ET/PT.

With the assistance of four experts, owners will compete for the chance to drive the toughest, most arduous truck obstacle course ever built, and drive away with $10,000 prize. "Trucks have a true place in American history, both past and present, and as the most widely sold vehicle with 133 million currently on U.S. roads there is an appetite for this genre of programing," said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President of Programming, HISTORY. "Since 1925 when the first American factory-produced truck rolled off the line, owners have been devising ingenious ways to make them faster, stronger and better and this can be seen with the tough competitors in our new series."

Each episode of this self-contained competition series features five drivers in their personal customized trucks and jeeps going head to head in three challenges, each testing a different vehicle attribute: speed, strength and handling. Between each challenge competitors demonstrate their craftsmanship by re-engineering their trucks for the next round. The last two finalists standing then take on a three-mile, truck killing obstacle course known as "The Green Hell," which challenges trucks and drivers to fly off jumps, climb a mountain of crushed cars, and tear through a snake-infested swamp. Five trucks will enter to compete, but only one can win and take home the prize money and the title of "Truck Night Champion."

Helping the competitors are four expert coaches: desert racing champion and track builder, "Pistol" Pete Sohren; extreme sports pioneer and dirt track racer, Glen Plake; truck builder and master fabricator, Abe Wine and rock crawling champion and master fabricator, Rob "Bender" Park. These four experts offer tough love and their professional perspective on each contender's strategy and performance.

"Truck Night In America" is produced for HISTORY by 51 Minds. Christian Sarabia and James Patrick Costello II are executive producers for 51 Minds. Bert Klasey, Mike Stiller, Dolores Gavin and Mary Donahue are the executive producers for HISTORY. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for "Truck Night In America."

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posted 2/7/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Have You Seen These Hosts?"

  • Alec Baldwin exits ABC pilot (TV Line)
     
  • Gordon Ramsay now available as a (BLEEPING) Amazon Alexa skill, you (BLEEPING) donkey! (Broadway World)

  • Olly Murs challenges the X Factor judges to a sing-off. (Telly Mix

  • Apolo Ohno goes from speedskating... to "Minute to Win It"... to "Spartan"... to cooking? (Bustle)

  • Arielle Kebbel (you remember her, right?) is freed in "Fifty Shades"... plus other things you may not know about the "Perfect Score" host (TV Overmind)

  • Chris Hardwick bringing his balls to Phoenix (Phoenix New Times)

  • How Mark Labbett got his nickname. It's not news, it's... (LADBible)

  • CASTING COUCH: The $100,000 Pyramid (Casting Duo)... AND Jeopardy! (Jeopardy!)

  • The Bachelor: "Will you accept these slots?" (Casino Journal) ... "Okay, how about this bingo?" (Ontario Lottery)

posted 2/7/18

Time to Meet "The Clock"
Catch It on Universal Kids Today!
From Staten Island Live

Set your alarms! FremantleMedia North America's newest game show BEAT THE CLOCK premieres this Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30/6:30c on Universal Kids, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's network for kids 2-12.

Hosted by Paul Costabile, this classic 50's game show is back and this time kids and their adult relatives are the contestants using skill, strategy, teamwork, and a bit of luck to pull off wacky and hilarious challenges while racing against the clock in hopes to win BIG.

Kids everywhere are sure to become Clock enthusiasts after they catch this half-hour series filled with family-friendly competition and exciting games.

Costabile was born and raised in New Jersey, but you wouldn't know that from the affectionate way he talks about the Island.

Detailing his rise in the entertainment industry, Costabile explains that he had an Internet talk show for a couple of years after college. Despite some success, he didn't gain the attention he had hoped.

The kid-friendly program has families compete in crazy games to win prizes and money. Simply put by Costabile, the show is "old-fashioned fun."

Costabile and his wife, platinum recording artist Christina Perri, welcomed a daughter, Carmella Stanley Costabile, on Jan. 17 and, as a first-time dad, Costabile credits his work on Beat the Clock for helping to prepare him for fatherhood.

"It's reminded me to have fun with everything, which I believe is important in family and in life," he said. "Because it is such a family-orientated show, it's just been the best timing for me to start my own family."

Costabile says he hopes the spirit of "Beat the Clock," which is nothing but fun, becomes the spirit of his family.

Staten Island Live
Broadway World
Cheddar
NorthJersey.com

posted 2/6/18


New Yorker
JOHN MAHONEY: 1940-2018
Frasier's Martin Crane Played "Celebrity Jeopardy!"
From
TV Line

Actor John Mahoney, most fondly remembered for playing Frasier's Martin Crane for 10 years on NBC, died Sunday in Chicago, TMZ reports. He was 77.

Prior to his illustrious Frasier run, which earned him two Golden Globe nominations and two Primetime Emmy nominations, the British actor guested on myriad TV series including Chicago Story, Cheers (though not as Frasier's "dead" dad but playing a jingle writer named Sy), Becker and 3rd Rock From the Sun. He also costarred on the 1990 ABC drama H.E.L.P. and the 1992 CBS medical drama The Human Factor.

Since Frasier wrapped, he had appeared on series such as ER, In Treatment (in a recurring role), Burn Notice and a half-dozen episodes of Hot in Cleveland. Most recently, he guested in a 2015 episode of the ITV drama Foyle's War. Mahoney's film credits, meanwhile, included Moonstruck, Say Anything, Eight Men Out and The American President.

During his time on "Frasier", he played "Celebrity Jeopardy!".

GSNN's Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

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Reality TV World

posted 2/6/18

MONDAY: ABC In Love
"The Bachelor" Leads ABC to Monday Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.671 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) continued its demo reign on Monday with new episodes from "The Bachelor" (6.751 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (9.509 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Second place then went to NBC (4.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with its mix of "The Wall" (6.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Better Late Than Never" (5.292 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and the special "The Best of U.S. - The 2018 Winter Olympics" (2.585 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Sharing the silver was FOX (4.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with originals from "Lucifer" (3.735 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Resident" (4.813 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was CBS (5.791 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Man with a Plan" (6.360 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Superior Donuts" (5.614 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), the season finale of "9JKL" (4.849 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "Scorpion" (5.511 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, the winter finale of "Supergirl" (2.123 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) as well as repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.007 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.028 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.570 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.314m
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 939k

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posted 2/6/18

FRIDAY: The One Before the Big Game
Hell's Kitchen Ends Steady
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.308 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its dramas "MacGyver" (7.208 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.501 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.216 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

FOX (3.322 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) however shared in the demo crown with the penultimate "Hell's Kitchen" (3.235 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.410 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was NBC (3.256 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with new episodes from "Blindspot" (3.290 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Taken" (2.518 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (3.960 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.157 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) served up fresh installments of "Child Support" (3.930 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.186 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "20/20" (3.354 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.656 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.674 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (0.665 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 939k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 968k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 764k

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posted 2/6/18

Dwayne Johnson Gets Titanic
NBC Greenlights "Titan Games"
From the Futon Critic

NBC has partnered with Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia to produce a new large-scale physical competition series "The Titan Games," which will feature Johnson. The 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio ("World of Dance"), A. Smith & Co. Productions ("American Ninja Warrior") and Seven Bucks Productions ("Rock the Troops") will offer everyday people the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in epic head-to-head challenges designed to test mind, body and heart.

Inspired by Johnson's desire to motivate global audiences to reach their potential for greatness, the competition welcomes men and women who are strong enough to believe in themselves and simultaneously confident enough to test their own abilities by taking on physical challenges of epic proportions. "The Titan Games" will not only test the competitors' physical strength, but also their mental and emotional endurance. Taking place in a thrilling arena, determination will be rewarded as a new breed of heroes will emerge.

The announcement was made today by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment and Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio.

"Dwayne's passion and drive for excellence, coupled with his inherent knowledge of all things physical, make him uniquely qualified to partner with us for "'The Titan Games,'" Telegdy said.

Added Ahr: "As master of ceremonies, Dwayne's contagious and uplifting energy will motivate and inspire our competitors as they get their own moments in the sun and unearth their inner champions."

"We wanted to create a new kind of athletic competition unlike anything ever attempted before," said Johnson, co-founder of Seven Bucks Productions. "'The Titan Games' will challenge competitors to succeed in ways no one thought possible while entertaining the whole world at the same time."

"With 'The Titan Games,' we wanted to create a platform that would allow competitors of the highest caliber to be tested on multiple levels, to grow, to battle for success and ultimately be given their moment in the spotlight," said Garcia, co-founder of Seven Bucks Productions. "We have found the perfect collaborators in NBC, Universal Television Alternative Studio and A. Smith & Co. Productions to bring this all to life."

"'The Titan Games' will not only be an athletic spectacle, but will intertwine compelling storylines with new heroes that viewers will fall in love with," said Arthur Smith, CEO of A. Smith & Co. Productions. "We're looking forward to working with our long-time collaborators at NBC and teaming up with the one and only Dwayne Johnson and Seven Bucks Productions team to bring this unparalleled television series to life."

In each episode, competitors from across America will step inside an electrifying arena and put themselves to the ultimate test by facing one of six reigning Titans. They will battle their opponents in remarkable feats that will require both mental stamina and physical strength. If a contender can defeat one of the existing Titans, they will take their place as a member of the elite Titan group. However, winning is just the start in this arena. Once one becomes a Titan, they will need to be victorious every week to remain at the top. The season finale will end with an epic battle where the Titans compete against one another in hopes to become the last male and female standing. The nationwide search has begun.

If you're motivated, athletic and willing to push yourself beyond your limits, you could have the opportunity of a lifetime, courtesy of Dwayne Johnson. For those who think they have what it takes, visit nbc.com/Titans.

"The Titan Games" is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Seven Bucks Productions. Dwayne Johnson, Arthur Smith, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Toby Gorman will serve as executive producers for the series.

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posted 2/5/18

Saturday Night with John Davidson
GSN's Block Has a Host
From Broadway World

John Davidson, former host of Hollywood Squares, That's Incredible! and The $100,000 Pyramid, will present a night of classic game shows on Saturday, February 10 at 8 p.m. ET. The three-hour retro block will begin with MATCH GAME and end with two episodes featuring Davidson as a contestant on What's My Line? and I've Got A Secret. And for even more John, you can watch him co-host Game Show Network's daily lottery giveaway, Daily Draw, every weeknight at 7 p.m. ET leading up to Saturday.

SATURDAY NIGHT CLASSICS SCHEDULE
8 - 9 PM Match Game
9 - 10 PM Dawson Family Feud
10 PM What's My Line?
10:30 PM I've Got a Secret
.

Broadway World

posted 2/5/18

HQ's Blink-and-You'll-Miss-It Super Bowl Ad
How Much of the $100 Million Valuation Did They Spend? Not a Cent.
From Bloomberg

HQ Trivia, the fast-growing and controversial interactive game-show app, edged further into the mainstream on Sunday, airing a commercial on NBC just three minutes before the Super Bowl broadcast began.

The spot, in keeping with the online game's off-kilter aesthetic, featured a 12-second clip of a woman screaming in excitement followed by a screen showing the app's logo. The source: a video, posted on Twitter last month, featuring Lauren May, a young woman who won $11.30 playing the trivia game and celebrated with disproportionate gusto.

Though HQ's parent company, New York-based startup Intermedia Labs Inc., has already raised $8 million and is in negotiations to raise additional capital at a valuation of about $100 million, the company didn't dip into its cash reserves to pay for the ad.

Super Bowl commercials have been going for around $5 million this year for 30 seconds, but this one cost HQ nothing at all. NBC gave the spot to Intermedia for free. When asked about the price of the ad, an Intermedia spokeswoman indicated that no money had changed hands for the spot. "HQ Trivia does not do any paid advertising or marketing," she said. She declined to comment on how the company got the ad for free.

Why would NBC give away valuable ad time to a startup with only about 30 employees, especially one it competes with? Comcast Corp., parent company of NBCUniversal, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but the surprise freebie gives credence to speculation that the two companies may be pursuing a possible partnership, an investment deal, or both.

HQ's host, comedian Scott Rogowsky, appeared this afternoon during the network's pregame coverage, and earlier this week, Intermedia hired Brandon Teitel, a former NBCUniversal executive, as the company's head of programming and partnerships.

A deal with Intermedia would be an enticing prize for Comcast, which, like all big media companies, has been looking for ways to reach millennials. In the span of just a few months, HQ has managed to attract live audiences each night that are on par with the biggest online broadcasts. HQ's shows, which air weekdays at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. New York time, have been routinely attracting more than 1 million concurrent viewers. At the end of last month, it attracted its largest audience to date: 1.6 million viewers. (For a sense of why that's impressive, consider that last year's Super Bowl broadcast on Fox attracted an average online audience of 1.7 million viewers.)

Intermedia Chief Executive Officer Rus Yusupov told Bloomberg Businessweek in January that the company plans to eventually create an interactive streaming television network on mobile phones.

HQ's Super Bowl coup came just days after a controversy over the company's other co-founder, Colin Kroll, flared up on Twitter. After Recode reported that Intermedia was close to raising money from Founders Fund, the venture capital firm started by Peter Thiel, the hashtag #deleteHQ was briefly trending on Twitter, as activists reacted to the possible involvement of a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump and the fact that Kroll had been accused of "creepy" behavior while he worked at Twitter. In December, Lightspeed Venture Partners, HQ's first investor, said it had investigated the behavior but didn't find evidence of any wrongdoing.

According to a person familiar with the negotiations between Intermedia and Founders Fund, Thiel has had no personal involvement in the deal, which would include a $15 million investment, led by Founders Fund partner Cyan Banister. The person, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private, said that Banister conducted her own investigation and came away satisfied. On Twitter Friday, Banister implied it was unfair to assume that Thiel was directly involved in the deal. "Throughout my career journalists have on the one hand decried the lack of females in VC/tech and on the other consistently attributed my work, as a female VC, angel and entrepreneur, to my male colleagues," she wrote.

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posted 2/5/18


Games Gone By: Break the Bank (1985)
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

So...over a decade after the last version of it wowed America, "Break the Bank" returns in 1985. Only...no boxes, no celebrities, no money bags of "wild cards"...in fact, nothing even REMOTELY to do with the 70s version aside from the name. Yeah, it's just as complicated as the 70s version but...c'mon, if legend Gene Rayburn decided it stunk, how could it POSSIBLY survive. Chris Wolvie shows how this "Games Gone By..." DIDN'T survive.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 2/5/18


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LIN BOLEN: 1941-2018
Legendary Producer, Executive
From
GSNN

Lin Bolen, whose stint as head of daytime programming for NBC was both revolutionary and controversial, died Friday, January 19.

Bolen became one of the first female heads of programming on television when she was appointed vice president of daytime programming for NBC in 1972. Her tenure was marked for increased emphasis on color and youth in game shows in order to court the women 18-34 demographic, a move that propelled the network to first place during that time frame.

One of her most remarkable moves involved moving away from sepia-toned & older-skewing but long-running & still-popular game shows "Concentration" and "Jeopardy!", moving toward brighter fare such as "Baffle" and "The Magnificent Marble Machine" and installing hosts that were termed "studs" - younger-skewing and in bright leisure suits. One such host, Chuck Woolery, hosted a show greenlit as a stipulation of Merv Griffin for canceling "Jeopardy!" - "Wheel of Fortune". Still another was "The Wizard of Odds", a year-long entry that introduced America to a Canadian newsman by the name of Alex Trebek. He would go on to host another Bolen-greenlit project, Heatter-Quigley's longer-running "High Rollers".

Outside of game shows, Bolen was also responsible for expanding the network's soap operas to an hour, concentrating on long-form storylines.

Bolen left the network while the daypart was still at the top of its game to focus on her own production company. She created the show "Stumpers!" for NBC, a 13-weeks-and-out entry hosted by Allen Ludden.

For her Lin canceled Concentration, and Jeopardy! despite their overall success. Out were old faces, and in came her "studs," including Geoff Edwards, Jim MacKrell, Tom Kennedy and Alex Trebek. When the cancellation of Jeopardy! triggered the requirement to replace it with another show from Merv Griffin, Lin helped develop the original Wheel of Fortune, and was delighted with Merv's casting of the studly Chuck Woolery.

The news was first reported by friend of the site Randy West.

"Both loved by some, and reviled by others, Lin's success is undeniable as she broke through the glass ceiling and took control of a daypart that had languished and was becoming irrelevant to its target demographic," West posted.

Bolen, 76, is survived by her stepson Jordan Wendkos, son of her husband Paul Wendkos, and a granddaughter.

The New York Times

posted 1/24/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Fly Eagles Fly"

  • Jon Dorenbos is getting a ring. How's THAT for magic? (NFL)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Don't call it a comeback, because he never left. Except when he did. (Broadway World)

  • SPOILER ALERT: And the winner of "Top Chef Junior" is ... PLUS a buried lede: SEASON 2 drops this summer (Broadway World

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: "Price" makes it right for an Alaskan winner (KFQD Anchorage)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Dan Patrick was not talking to ESPN about a return. (New York Daily News)

  • THE ACTUAL RETAIL PRICE IS...: $6.399 million. You want to buy Monty & Marilyn Hall's house? Better pay up. (Los Angeles Times)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 greatest Nickelodeon game shows (The Young Folks)

  • Vicki Lawrence brings her two-woman show to Ohio (New Philadelphia Times Reporter)

posted 2/5/18

"Ninja vs. Ninja": March 1
Spinoff to Air on USA
From the Futon Critic

USA Network's epic competition series AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR: NINJA VS. NINJA will premiere on Thursday, March 1st at 9/8c.

WHAT: AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR: NINJA VS. NINJA pits top ninjas from the hit "American Ninja Warrior" franchise against each other in a nail-biting head-to-head competition. The 16-episode series is hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, with in-the-moment sideline reporting from FOX Sports' Alex Curry. The obstacles will showcase the ninjas' agility, athleticism and meticulous skill - all in a side-by-side battle to the finish. In the end, there will be one champion. AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR: NINJA VS. NINJA is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders, Arthur Smith and Kent Weed ("Hell's Kitchen," "American Ninja Warrior," "NFL Pro Bowl Skills Showdown"), along with Brian Richardson as executive producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/2/18

THURSDAY: Steady As She Goes
ABC Dramas Win Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.347 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) inched past the competition on Thursday with new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.462 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "Young Sheldon" (12.880 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2), "Mom" (9.236 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Life in Pieces" (7.082 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "SWAT" (6.211 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

ABC (6.037 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a tight second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.847 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2), "Scandal" (5.602 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.662 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

Next up was FOX (3.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.420 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (4.047 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.183 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up its mix of "Superstore" (3.460 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), the season finale of "The Good Place" (3.172 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Will & Grace" (4.066 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), a preview of "AP Bio" (3.178 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.611 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.688 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) and "Arrow" (1.235 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.461 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 974k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 932k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 881k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 777k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 469k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 460k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Paramount): 360k
- Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid (Lifetime): 343k
- Talk Show the Game Show - 10:30p (SP/truTV): 296k
- Black Card Revoked (BET): 240k
- Talk Show the Game Show - 11p (truTV): 143k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/2/18

More on "The Bachelor Winter Games"
Catch It on ABC February 13
From the Hollywood Reporter

Chris Harrison is no stranger to hyping up moments on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

Known for his go-to tease about the "most dramatic" episode ever — a promise he has consistently made across the ABC franchise's 20-plus seasons — Harrison, as both the host and a producer, relies on the upcoming show being able to one-up the drama each season so his phrase continues to hold weight.

With the forthcoming Bachelor Winter Games spinoff, Harrison has perhaps made his biggest promise yet.

"The whole show overall, I could not have been happier the way it turned out," he said on Thursday during a press call. "I’ve seen the first couple of episodes. It may be some of the best television we’ve ever produced — which scares me because now, instead of a one-off, we might be doing this every winter now."

He later doubled down, saying to those who don't tune in: "You will probably miss out on the best television of the year."

Winter Games will unite American and international stars of the Bachelor franchise when it launches Feb. 13 on ABC. The Olympics-timed spinoff will air across two weeks, running simultaneously with the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, which will be airing over on NBC, and will finale Feb. 22. In total, 26 eligible singles will be competing for love in winter-themed challenges, trading in the sunny California Bachelor mansion, hopefully, to bundle up together at a Vermont ski resort. Of the cast, 12 recognizable stars hail from the U.S. franchise; the other 14 participants are stars in their own Bachelor outposts of Switzerland, Japan, Australia, China, Canada, Sweden, Finland and the U.K. Despite the competition aspect, Harrison assured The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday: "One thing that we agreed is that no matter what we do, Bachelor Winter Games has to be about relationships at the end of the day."

The Hollywood Reporter
Reality TV World
The Futon Critic

posted 2/2/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Here Comes the Mallet!"

  • Snoop Dogg faces the devil... in a gospel rap album (Complex)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: The Gong Show (The Futon Critic)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS S#*! UP!: A "Bachelor" contestant was a missing person... until she showed up on "The Bachelor" (People)
     

  • THE ACTUAL RETAIL PRICE IS...: $3000. Watch Thursday's Jeopardy! contestants completely whiff a category about football (TV Line)

posted 1/31/18


Fox/Deadline
"The Four's" Charlie Walk Excused from Finale
The Story Will Be Addressed Next Week
From Deadline

It’s official: Charlie Walk will not appear in the finale of Fox’s musical competition show The Four. His attorney Patricia Glaser released a statement on Walk’s behalf confirming the news Deadline heard was coming:

"Out of respect for the contestants, my fellow judges and everyone involved with the show, I have made the decision not to attend the finale of The Four. I do not want my presence to be a distraction. Needless to say this is very upsetting. Although I continue to support the ‘Me Too’ movement, there has been an extreme rush to judgment against me in this particular case which is unfair and inconsistent with anything that even actually happened. I welcome any investigation so that in short order these unfounded and hurtful accusations can be put to rest.” – Charlie Walk

Walk will be in tonight’s episode, which was pretaped, but he won’t appear on the show’s season finale, which airs February 8 at 8 PM.

Earlier today, the record company exec was suspended by his Universal Music Group label Republic Records as Deadline reported a second woman has came forward with claims of inappropriate conduct by Walk. The music giant had conducted an investigation after Life Lab founder Tristan Coopersmith went online earlier this week to describe an escalating pattern of alleged inappropriate behavior by Walk when he was at Sony Music.

The Four winner will still be rewarded a record deal with Republic Records as previously announced. The executives assigned to work with the winner will be determined by the label. The winning singer also will get career guidance from the other three experts, Sean Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor.

The Huffington Post
Billboard
Just Jared
TV Line
Deadline
TV Line

posted 2/1/18


Atlanta Journal Constitution
LEAH LABELLE: 1986-2018
"American Idol" Finalist Killed in Car Crash
From Entertainment Weekly

Singer Leah LaBelle and her husband, former NBA player Rasual Butler, were killed in a car crash early Wednesday morning.

LaBelle, 31, was a contestant on the third season of American Idol when she was just 17 and eventually placed 12th in the competition in 2004. Following reports of her death, the “Idol Family” — including that season’s winner, Fantasia Barrino — paid tribute on social media.

“This just doesn’t seem right even saying right now but Rest In Peace Baby Girl 😢💔 @leahlabelle I will never forget you,” penned Barrino on Instagram. “Idol Family Forever. RIP Angel 😇 I’m sitting here STUCK LIKE NOOOOOOO WAYYYYYYY!!!”

LaBelle, born Leah Labelle Vladowski in Toronto & raised in Seattle, was the only child of Troshan and Anastasia Vladowski who’d immigrated from communist Bulgaria where they were members of famous rock/pop bands. LaBelle, whose uncle is a Bulgarian rock star, started out singing in a local choir before appearing on Idol at age 16.

Deadline
NBC News
Entertainment Weekly

posted 2/1/18

Going Ghost
Survivor Reveals 20 Castaways Vying for $1M on Ghost Island
From the AV Club

CBS announced today the 20 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 36th season with a special two-hour premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

This edition, themed "Ghost Island," features 20 new castaways divided into two groups of 10, and centers around the bad decisions of past players. In a new twist, players may be sent to a separate haunted island filled with Survivor relics from the previous 35 seasons of the show. The question is: will these new players be able to learn from the past mistakes of others and "reverse the curse," or will the past come back to haunt them? Showcasing the series' extensive history, Ghost Island is filled with real idols and advantages from previous seasons, including from Brazil, China, Africa and Australia, serving as a haunted graveyard for unfortunate choices made by former players.

"SURVIVOR continues to be a complicated game of social politics and everything rests on one's ability to make the right decision at the right time," said Executive Producer and Host Jeff Probst. "This season, Ghost Island serves as a constant reminder that one bad decision can haunt a player forever."

These new castaways will be forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other in an attempt to become the Sole Survivor. The show is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst. This season's castaways include an Army veteran, a social media strategist, an emergency medical technician and a marine animal trainer.

The following are the 20 castaways competing this spring.

"NAVITI" TRIBE (Purple)
- Angela Perkins, 42 Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Army Veteran
- Chelsea Townsend, 24 Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah EMT
- Desiree Afuye, 21 Hometown: Newark, N.J. Student
- Kellyn Bechtold, 31 Hometown: North Manchester, Ind. Career Counselor
- Morgan Ricke, 29 Hometown: New Albany, Ind. Marine Animal Trainer
- Bradley Kleihege, 26 Hometown: Haslett, Mich. Law Student
- Chris Noble, 27 Hometown: Florida Keys, Fla. Male Model
- Domenick Abbate, 38 Hometown: Nesconset, N.Y. Construction Supervisor
- Sebastian Noel, 22 Hometown: Melbourne, Fla. Fishing Guide
- Wendell Holland, 33 Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa. Furniture Designer

"MALOLO" TRIBE (Orange)
- Jenna Bowman, 23 Hometown: Detroit, Mich. Account Executive
- Laurel Johnson, 29 Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa. Financial Consultant
- Libby Vincek, 24 Hometown: Houston, Texas Social Media Strategist
- Stephanie Gonzalez, 26 Hometown: Ocala, Fla. via Puerto Rico Graphic Sales
- Stephanie Johnson, 34 Hometown: Boise, Idaho Yoga Instructor
- Brendan Shapiro, 41 Hometown: Herndon, Va. Physical Education Teacher
- Donathan Hurley, 26 Hometown: Phelps, Ky. Caretaker
- Jacob Derwin, 22 Hometown: Merrick, N.Y. Music Teacher
- James Lim, 24 Hometown: Los Angeles Business Analyst
- Michael Yerger, 18 Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn. Real Estate Agent

SURVIVOR is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst and produced by S.E.G. Holdco., LLC. Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst are executive producers.

For more detailed information on SURVIVOR and the castaways, log on to www.cbs.com/survivor.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
TV Line
Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

posted 1/31/18


Strong Museum of Play
Get Ready for Pong... the Game Show
Atari, Scott Sternberg to Develop Million Dollar TV Version
From the AV Club

Pong—the groundbreaking electronic table tennis game that’s been known to remain absolutely riveting for upwards of seven minutes at a time—is about to get the TV game show treatment. Not just any Pong, though; Variety reports that the famously minimalist Atari title is being spruced up with the addition of big ol’ stacks of money, in the form of Million Dollar Pong.

It’s not clear which network the show—produced by prolific reality TV creator Scott Sternberg—will land at. More importantly, though, we also have no idea what its take on Pong will look or feel like. Will it be as visually stimulating as watching a pair of ’70s teenagers twiddling their knobs and occasionally loudly swearing? Or will it embrace all the grandeur that the name Million Dollar Pong implies, and hot-glue a couple of diamonds onto the paddles, too? We’ll just have to wait and see how this one bounces out.

The AV Club
Variety
SYFY Wire
Den of Geek!
The Sixth Axis
Digital Spy
The Interrobang
Realscreen

posted 1/31/18

SYNDIES: Week 18
Results for the Week Ending January 21
From TV Newscheck

Daily Mail TV, the top-rated first-run freshman strip celebrated the Martin Luther King holiday session with its best ratings ever. Already renewed for a second season, it delivered a new series-high 1.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, up 9% from the week before in the frame ending Jan 21.

Fellow newcomer Page Six TV, which has also earned a year-two renewal, remained at its series record 0.8 and outperformed the next two new entries by 60% and 167%, respectively.

Family Feud climbed 1% to a 7.4 and was the overall runner-up to Judy while topping the game shows for the eighth straight week.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.4 +1%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.1* +3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 7.1* +1%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.9 +6%
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/31/18

TUESDAY: The State of the Game
"Game of Games" Night's Most Watched Show, NBC Most Watched Network
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top broadcaster on Tuesday with a new "Ellen's Game of Games" (7.727 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) followed by its State of the Union coverage on its "NBC News Special" (6.132 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (6.581 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the silver draw with its annual special "Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2018" (7.431 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and a "CBS News Special" (6.156 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was ABC (4.220 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a new "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.171 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), a second "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.682 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and its "ABC News Special" (4.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.393 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up originals from "The Flash" (2.565 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Black Lightning" (2.222 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

And finally, FOX (3.019 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night with a repeat "Lethal Weapon" (2.903 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) plus its "FOX News Special" (3.136 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/31/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Get Down to the Nitty-Gritty"

  • Live with Kelly & Ryan & Scott Rogowsky (Jambase)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Mel Giedroyc looking for players for "Letterbox" (Glasgow Live)
     

  • Bill Wright retells the story of how "Mastermind" was created. Hint: the Gestapo was involved (Daily Express)
     

  • Bob Saget plays the Poconos (NEPA Scene)
     

  • THE ACTUAL RETAIL PRICE IS...: 5. Chrissy Teigen says she's five months along (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dale Winton (What's on TV)

posted 1/31/18

MONDAY: The Bachelor Holds Off Competition
ABC Wins First Monday of the Sweep
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the top draw on Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (6.295 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (5.010 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Second place then went home with CBS (5.973 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.176 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Man with a Plan" (6.559 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Superior Donuts" (5.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "9JKL" (4.813 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Scorpion" (5.752 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was NBC (4.698 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with originals from "The Wall" (5.415 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Better Late Than Never" (4.785 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and the season finale of "The Brave" (3.895 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.148 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up fresh installments from "Lucifer" (3.621 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "The Resident" (4.676 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, a new "Supergirl" (2.088 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and the season finale of "Valor" (1.120 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.604 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.425m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/30/18


The Wrap
MARK SALLING: 1982-2018
"Glee" Actor Found Dead of Apparent Suicide
From
CNN

Actor Mark Salling, best known for his role as Noah "Puck" Puckerman on Fox's musical comedy-drama "Glee," has died, according to his attorney. He was 35.

"I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning," attorney Michael Proctor said in a statement to CNN. "Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment."

"Glee," created by Ryan Murphy, ran on Fox from 2009-15.

Salling came into the show with few other television or film credits to his name. The overnight success of the high school-set musical series turned much of the original cast into overnight sensations.

The original cast included Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith. Salling joined them on the spinoff series "The Glee Project" and for performances on "The X Factor".

Salling was a regular on "Glee" for the first four seasons. He was a recurring cast member during the last two seasons, as characters began to age out of storylines.

"It's a painful loss, again," director Paris Barclay, who worked on "Glee," wrote on Twitter, accompanied by a picture of himself with Monteith and Salling. "Two young actors, lost too soon. RIP #marksalling."

Salling is survived by his mother and father, and his brother.

"The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected," Proctor added.

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NPR
TV Line
TV Line

posted 1/24/18

WEEKEND: Tie Ball Game
CBS, Fox Tie for Demos Friday, But CBS Claims Victory Sunday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.698 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on a competitive Friday despite an all-repeat lineup of "Bruno Mars: 24k Magic Live at the Apollo" (4.518 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.677 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (6.899 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

Sharing the demo crown however was FOX (2.751 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.425 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and an encore of "The Resident" (2.078 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Next up was NBC (3.724 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with originals from "Blindspot" (3.738 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Taken" (3.167 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "Dateline NBC" (4.268 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.101 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up new episodes of "Child Support" (4.072 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.245 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "20/20" (2.985 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, a new "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.678 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and the return of "Jane the Virgin" (0.664 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.671 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 1.033m
- Paradise Run (SF/Nick): 1.011m
- Amazingness (SF/MTV): 389k

CBS (16.684 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) rocketed to the top spot on Sunday with its coverage of the "Grammy Red Carpet Live" (9.960 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "The 60th Annual Grammy Awards" (17.645 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1).

ABC (4.829 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.172 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), another "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.761 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and originals from "Shark Tank" (4.474 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a second "Shark Tank" (3.908 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was NBC (2.546 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "Dateline NBC" (3.701 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) alongside the feature "Neighbors" (1.392 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, FOX (1.170 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the night with repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.090 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14), "Bob's Burgers" (0.933 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Simpsons" (1.309 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Ghosted" (1.014 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.382 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "LA to Vegas" (1.293 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.735m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.231m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 843k

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Showbuzz Daily
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/30/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Moving Onto Harder Reality Shows"

  • Having dated her way through "The Bachelor", Danielle Maltby is moving on to Big Brother alums (Us Magazine)
     

  • Only Connect writer hosts quiz night (In Your Area)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? "The Wall" is full of good people, because TV is full of bad people (Boston Globe)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Last Commanders" (CBBC) (Den of Geek!)
     

  • THE ACTUAL RETAIL PRICE IS...: 262. The number of people who wanted "Harry Potter" as their specialty subject on "Mastermind". It, along with "Fawlty Towers", "Blackadder", and "Father Ted", have been unofficially banned due to lack of material (Digital Spy)

posted 1/30/18

"Fear Factor" to Deliver "Season from Hell"
Season 2A Bows February, Season 2B Hits This Summer
From the Futon Critic

"Fear Factor" returns with a new season of physical and psychological challenges that will push contestants to their limits like never before. The news comes on the heels of MTV's second consecutive quarter of YoY ratings growth - the best streak in six years. Global superstar Ludacris returns to host and executive produce. The first ten, one-hour episodes will debut on Sunday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT with the remaining ten episodes slated for this summer. Internationally, the new season will begin airing in March.

Dubbed the "season from hell," contestants must conquer insane challenges like escaping from a haunted house and freeing themselves from a buried coffin. Team pairings will consist of families, students, twins and ex's who'll tackle a "date from hell." Only the bravest (and craziest) will walk away with the $50K cash prize and "Fear Factor" bragging rights.

Keep up to date with all things "Fear Factor" with @FearFactor on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Anthony Carbone, Kevin Wehrenberg, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg serve as Executive Producers for Endemol Shine North America. Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges also serves as Executive Producer. Nina L. Diaz, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for MTV.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/29/18

Hollywood Comes to India
CBS Exports "Hollywood Squares"
From TBI Vision

Indian on-demand service and affiliate pay TV network Star MAA are working up a local version of classic CBS gameshow format Hollywood Squares.

Hollywood_SquaresThe series is hitting the localmarket through boutique content house Morris Street Advisors, which acquired the format from distributor CBS Studios International.

The Indian version, shot in the Telugu language and which will be known as Tollywood Squares, debuts locally on January 27. It will run to 26 episodes.

The news is a boon for Morris Street, which recently saw another US client, Lionsgate, end their relationship ahead of the launch of Lionsgate India.

Asian VOD service Viu, meanwhile, is hungry for international formats. In December, it commissioned an adventure reality series, I Can You Can, from BBC Worldwide India.

GroupM-owned Motion Content Group is also attached to the project.

The Hollywood Squares format dates back to 1965 and is based on the game of Tic-tac-toe. It features a 3×3 vertical stack board of open-faced cubes, each of which a celebrity facing contestants occupies.

The stars answer questions from a host and the contestants have to decide if they are telling the truth. The player that gains squares in the right pattern wins the contest.

US broadcaster CBS has often delved into its classic TV catalogue as an option for international networks. It 2015, it sold rights to scripted series I Love Lucy to MTG’s Latvian broadcast arm in one recent example.

“At Viu, our constant focus is to bring refreshing narratives and exciting new formats that appeal to the millennials,” said Vishal Maheshwari, country head of Viu India. “Our insights gave us the belief that a format like this, which is iconic in its own right globally, would be a timely new addition to our bouquet of differentiated content.”

Rohit Tiwari CEO, Morris Street Advisors, said: “This is a milestone moment for Morris Street Advisors. As a leading provider of entertainment content, we are now placing more focus on producing popular programming that captivates Indian viewers.”

Roxanne Pompa, VP of international formats at CBS Studios International, said: “Hollywood Squares has had success in many countries around the world, and we’re convinced it will appeal to viewers in India. We are thrilled to be working with Morris Street Advisors to bring this iconic game show format to Indian audiences.”

TBI Vision
BizAsia
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
C21Media

posted 1/29/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "60 And Still Kicking"

  • Having just celebrated her birthday, Ellen DeGeneres shows no signs of stopping (People's Choice)
     

  • Todd Newton brings TPIR Live! to Grand Island (The Grand Island Independent)
     

  • Jennifer Hudson to play the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in a biopic (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen hosting for two again (Reality TV World)
     

  • THE ACTUAL RETAIL PRICE IS...: 46% - the percentage of European TV premieres that originated abroad (TBI Vision)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici... still married (Reality TV World)

posted 1/29/18

Hopefully, It's A Pay Day for You, CHA-CHING!
HQ Waives Off Cashout Limit
From Bustle

The HQties have spoken, and creators Rus Yusupov & Colin Kroll have listened.

As Just Jared reported on Friday, HQ Trivia has made two major rule changes, modifying how the cash prizes and the extra lives work.

According to Just Jared, the live quiz game will now allow anyone and everyone to cash out their winnings, no matter how much money they’ve earned playing the app. As HQ Trivia announced on Twitter on Friday, “It's payday, baby! We've removed the minimum balance required to cash out your HQ winnings. Put that money in the bank today!”

Before this new rule existed, players could only cash out if they had a balance of $20 or more in their banks, and winnings would be forfeited if they were not claimed within 90 days. As the HQ Trivia terms of service put it,

“You will need a minimum Prize balance of $20 in your account to cash-out via PayPal, a third party service.”

And:

“The winner must cash-out the Prize within 90 days after the date of notification of such Prize. A Contest winner's failure to cash-out the Prize within the specified 90 days will be considered such Contest winner's forfeiture of the Prize and Sponsor may, at its option and sole discretion, choose not to award the Prize at all. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, Sponsor may, at its option and sole discretion, choose not to award the Prize at all.”

And as for the second brand new HQ Trivia rule? Players now have more freedom when it comes to using their extra lives. You know how the game would make you spend your extra life if you missed a question, whether you liked it or not? Well, from now on, you can decide if you actually want to use an extra life, or if you'd rather save it for later. So, if and when you earn some bonus lives, don't worry: You can do whatever you want with 'em.

Bustle

posted 1/26/18

MasterChef Junior Cooks March 2
Fox Slots New Season
From the Futon Critic

Season Six of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, featuring award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi, as well as the return of fan-favorite judge Joe Bastianich, debuts with a special two-hour premiere Friday, March 2 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

The following week, the hit series makes its time period premiere on Friday, March 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), and will be followed by encores of FOX's newest hit drama, 9-1-1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

The Futon Critic
TV Series Finale

posted 1/26/18

Who's The Master Now?
Richard Blais to Host New Culinary Cookoff for FYI
From the Futon Critic

In "Man vs Master," unknown chefs working in the trenches of the food industry compete for the opportunity of a lifetime - a coveted apprenticeship with a world-renowned celebrity chef - but in order to win, they will have to beat the master in a face-off first. A rotating roster of culinary masters, such as; Art Smith, Elizabeth Falkner, Jonathan Waxman, Ming Tsai and Rick Bayless, will be featured in each episode. Richard Blais, an American chef, successful restauranteur and James Beard-nominated author hosts.

In each episode, three new emerging chefs will go head-to-head in challenges related to a master chef's specialty. After two intense rounds, only one chef will remain and face the same culinary icon whose dishes they have been emulating in a third and final challenge. The master and their potential protégé will compete in a final challenge, to be evaluated in a blind taste test by the one person that an executive level chef must still impress, an acclaimed food critic.

The premiere episode features the pioneer of California cuisine, Master Jonathan Waxman, as he puts three potential protégés; Chef Conner, Chef Tiffany and Chef Michael to the test. They're tasked with elevating ground meat to a delicious dish and making a meal with as little ingredients as possible. In order to win, the final chef standing has to impress food critic Simon Majumdar with their mastery of four essential tastes; sweet, salty, bitter and sour.

"Man vs Master" is produced for FYI by Kinetic Content. Executive producers for Kinetic Content are Chris Coelen, Katie Griffin and Molly O'Rourke. Executive producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Jordan Harman.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/26/18

THURSDAY: MVP Is DOA
ABC Gets the WIN
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.749 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday with new episodes from "Grey's Anatomy" (8.506 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "Scandal" (5.201 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.541 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

FOX (3.631 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then moved up to second with a new "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.370 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.893 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2).

Next up was NBC (4.105 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "Superstore" (4.216 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "The Good Place" (3.612 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), a repeat "Will & Grace" (2.563 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), the season finale of "Great News" (2.189 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and a new "Chicago Fire" (6.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.101 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for the special "MVP: Most Valuable Performer" (4.212 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) followed by repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.855 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "Young Sheldon" (6.518 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "SWAT" (4.405 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.949 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Arrow" (1.386 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) on The CW (1.667 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.125m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.077m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 973k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (SP/VH1): 895k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 806k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 590k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 554k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Paramount): 496k
- Black Card Revoked (BET): 448k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/26/18

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
Belgian Game Exported to The Netherlands
From World Screen

Switch, a game-show format created by Panenka and represented by Lineup Industries, is getting a local version in the Netherlands that will be produced by Tuvalu Media.

Switch sees contestants solve word puzzles and answer trivia questions for the chance to win a cash prize. The format will be stripped daily on AVRO Tros on NPO3 in the Netherlands starting January 29. This Dutch commission follows the show’s success in Belgium, where it has just been ordered for a third season on VRT.

Julian Curtis, co-founder of Lineup Industries, commented: “Game shows are perennially popular and we are seeing strong demand for daytime quiz formats as well as access prime-time shows that the whole family can enjoy. Switch is both—it is compelling but simple—and ideal programming to strip across the week with increasing risk and reward!”

The accompanying app, in which you can play against friends or other SWITCH fans to win prizes from game sponsors, has been downloaded by over half the viewership in Belgium alone, with one in six of the Flemish-speaking population joining the playing community. Lineup Industries represents global rights to the format.

SWITCH is the first quiz in the world that is played without points – the gameshow so simple and so visual, you don’t need a score. Five contestants stand side by side. Their position in the line is determined by their answers: the one furthest on the left is in first place, the one furthest to the right is in last place. By solving word puzzles and trivia questions, contestants can Switch places.

The goal is to stay in the game with increasingly high stakes and be in first place before the final. If a contestant wins the final, they are awarded €1,000. If they lose, the money rolls over until it’s won. The same five contestants return throughout the week and if a contestant wins all five days, their prize fund is doubled.

World Screen
The Fan Carpet

posted 1/26/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Boardwalk Empire"

  • Gordon Ramsay opening a new steakhouse in Atlantic City (NorthJersey.com)
     

  • Rachel Lindsay is getting ready for a lot of things... a "Bachelorette" triple wedding is apparently not one of them (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • Ashley Iaconetti to host "The Story of Us" for Kinetic Content TV on YouTube (Reality TV World)
     

  • Meghan Trainor votes for a ring... from her now-fiancé Daryl Sabara. Yes, THAT Daryl Sabara (Reality TV World)
     

  • Six gentlemen hosts of the BBC agree to take a pay cut to address gender pay equity (CBS News)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Los Angeles players wanted (Reality Wanted) and Top Chef heads out on the road (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Guy Branum to play Atlanta (Project Q)
     

  • Remember Snoop Dogg's Twitch session? Turns out it was fake news... sort of. (ComicBook.com)

posted 1/26/18

WEDNESDAY: 9-1-1 Called to First
Fox, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.146 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) took home the demo honors on Wednesday with new episodes of "The X-Files" (3.862 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "9-1-1" (6.430 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

Second place then went to CBS (5.835 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with new episodes of "The Amazing Race 30" (6.707 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), another "The Amazing Race 30" (5.574 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Criminal Minds" (5.227 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Sharing the silver was ABC (4.364 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.061 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "American Housewife" (5.323 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), a repeat "Modern Family" (4.160 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), a second "American Housewife" (4.164 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Match Game" (3.240 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.802 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.513 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "Chicago PD" (5.053 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

And finally, originals from "Riverdale" (1.377 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.558 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.967 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 969k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 864k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/25/18

Penn & Teller Return to the Circle of Fire
"Millionaire" Has Celebrity Week Next Week!
From Broadway World

WHO WANTS TO BE MILLIONAIRE will present an entire week of special celebrity contestants during Las Vegas Celebrity Week, airing Jan. 29-Feb. 2. Each contestant will take on the classic 14-question game opposite host Chris Harrison for the chance to win $1 million for their favorite charity.

Robin Leach, Monday, Jan. 29:
Legendary television personality and entertainment reporter Robin Leach is a columnist at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Leach is playing for the Boys & Girls Club of America, which helps millions of kids develop essential skills.

Piff the Magic Dragon, Tuesday, Jan. 30:
America's favorite magical dragon, Piff the Magic Dragon, is performing his critically acclaimed show at Flamingo Las Vegas. His winnings will go to Feeding America, a hunger relief organization with a nationwide network of food banks.

Cindy Williams, Wednesday, Jan. 31:
Actress Cindy Williams most recently wrapped up a run in "Menopause the Musical" at Harrah's Las Vegas. Williams is playing for Operation Smile, which provides life-saving reconstructive cleft surgeries worldwide.

Penn & Teller, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1-2:
Comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller's long-running hit show is at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. They are playing for Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas-based organization serving adults with various disabilities.

Wayne Newton, Friday, Feb. 2:
Entertainment legend Wayne Newton currently is performing at Bally's Las Vegas. His winnings will go to the USO, which provides help and programs to military service members and their families.

Broadway World

posted 1/24/18

SYNDIES: Week 17
Results for the Week Ending January 14
From TV Newscheck

Fueled by heavy coverage of the 75th Golden Globe Awards, magazines were big winners in the session ending Jan. 14. In fact, every one of the top five shows hit or exceeded their highest ratings of the season.

Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition set the pace, with both scoring new season-best 3.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen ratings, up 3% from the prior frame.

Family Feud dipped 3% to a 7.3, but still led the other game shows for a seventh straight week and finished second to overall syndication champ Judge Judy.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.3 -3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 7.0* +4%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.9* +1%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 -5%
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 -17%

TV Newscheck
B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/24/18

TUESDAY: NBC, CBS Split Night
Demos Go to the Peacock, Totals Go to the Eye
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the top adults 18-49 draw on Tuesday with originals from "Ellen's Game of Games" (7.522 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "This Is Us" (9.329 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Chicago Med" (6.872 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

The silver then went to CBS (11.338 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with new episodes from "NCIS" (13.757 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Bull" (11.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.198 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Next up was FOX (3.426 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments of "Lethal Weapon" (4.568 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "LA to Vegas" (2.644 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "The Mick" (1.927 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.692 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) opted for repeats of "The Middle" (4.029 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.706 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), "Black-ish" (2.661 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Modern Family" (2.442 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Match Game" (2.158 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (2.072 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and week two of "Black Lightning" (1.942 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (2.007 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

On cable..
- Chopped Gold Medal Games (Food): 914k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 878k
- Paradise Run (Nick): 833k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 768k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/24/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Turn on the Fans!"

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: The Crystal Maze season 2 (Devon Live)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Drew Carey gets tackled... almost off the stage! (TV Line)

posted 1/24/18

Ant & Dec Clean Up at NTAs. Again.
Award Named for Sir Bruce Forsyth
From the Futon Critic

Ant and Dec swept the board at the National Television Awards, picking up 3 awards.

The pair arrived just in the nick of time to accept the Best Challenge Show award for I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Joining the cast of 2017 onstage the jubilant pair thanked everyone for voting.

Ant McPartlin, who made his first public appearance since he revealed he is splitting from his wife, said:

We love making I'm A Celebrity ... Get me Out Of Here! Thank you for loving it too. We want to make it forever!"

– ANT
Declan Donnelly said:

Just a huge, huge thank you to everybody who took the time to vote for us, to ITV for their continued support. But the biggest thanks is of course to the class of 2017 everybody!"

– DEC
Stars also paid tribute to the late all-round entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth at what was the first National Television Awards since his death.

The awards remembered the former presenter, singer, dancer and gameshow host as Ant and Dec took home the first prize in his memory for their Saturday Night Takeaway show.

Presenting the award, Sir Bruce's widow Lady Wilnelia Forsyth said she was "proud and honoured that this special award is named after my darling Bruce".

She added: "I know he would have loved it because show business was his life."

ITV News
STV News
Radio Times

posted 1/23/18

More on "MVP: Most Valuable Performer"
Katharine McPhee, Maz Jobrani, Brandon Marshall to Judge
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the celebrity judges and mentor for MVP: MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER, a new, live, one-hour interactive talent show hosted by LL COOL J. SCORPION actress and recording artist Katharine McPhee, SUPERIOR DONUTS actor and comedian Maz Jobrani, and New York Giants wide receiver and INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME analyst Brandon Marshall will judge the special on Thursday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. THE TALK host Sharon Osbourne will mentor the NFL players to ensure the transition from pro athlete to star performer goes off without a hitch.

During the special, NFL players will showcase their off-the-field talents, such as singing, playing instruments, dancing and more, live from the Avalon Hollywood. Then, the three judges will draw upon their unique backgrounds in musical theater, acting, hosting and sports to evaluate their performances and each choose one player to advance to the final three. During the broadcast viewers can vote from the final three at www.cbs.com/shows/most-valuable-performer with the MVP: MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER winner revealed live.

Katharine McPhee - Judge

Katharine McPhee is an accomplished actress and singer. She first burst onto the scene in 2005 on season five of "American Idol." McPhee boasts many television and film credits, including starring as Paige Dineen in the CBS drama SCORPION. McPhee has recorded five studio albums, including her self-titled debut album, which landed at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2007. Her most recent album, I Fall In Love Too Easily, on Nov. 17, 2017, went to #1 on the iTunes jazz charts and has been in the top 10 since its release. In her Café Carlyle debut, she sold out all five nights and received standing ovations and much fan praise.

Maz Jobrani - Judge

Maz Jobrani is a comedian, actor and author who currently stars at Fawz in the CBS comedy SUPERIOR DONUTS. Jobrani performs stand-up live around the world, including the Middle East where he performed in front of the king of Jordan, and at the White House in spring of 2016, where he had the privilege of introducing Michelle Obama. In addition to his television and film credits, Netflix premiered his latest comedy special, "Immigrant," last summer, and his book I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV was a Los Angeles Times bestseller.

Brandon Marshall - Judge

Current New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall is on his fourth year as an expert analyst on the weekly series INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME. He was nominated for a 2016 Sports Emmy in the category of Outstanding Sports Personality (studio analyst) for his work on the show. Marshall and his wife, Michi, are the co-founders of PROJECT 375, a non-profit foundation that aims to raise awareness to combat the stigma surrounding mental health disorders.

Sharon Osbourne - Mentor

Sharon Osbourne serves as host of THE TALK, CBS' Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show. Osbourne won the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts Daytime Emmy for the first time in 2017. In addition to her many television credits, including the cable reality series "The Osbournes," she has returned to her role as a judge and mentor on the U.K. version of "The X Factor." Osbourne's career in the music industry has spanned more than 30 years. In addition to managing the career of her husband, she has managed numerous artists, such as Black Sabbath, Electric Light Orchestra, Smashing Pumpkins, Motorhead and Slade. In 1996 Osbourne created and produced Ozzfest, the biggest hard-rock touring festival in America.

Due to their NFL obligations, Cody and Jacob Hollister (now playing in the Super Bowl) are not eligible to compete in MVP: MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 1/23/18

MONDAY: Good Doctors, Bad Walls?
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.378 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with new episodes from "The Bachelor" (6.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (9.493 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Second place then went to CBS (5.796 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with originals from "Kevin Can Wait" (7.290 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Man with a Plan" (6.631 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (5.699 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "9JKL" (4.733 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Scorpion" (5.212 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Sharing the silver was FOX (4.223 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with a new "Lucifer" (3.779 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and the time period premiere of "The Resident" (4.667 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.647 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Wall" (5.719 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Better Late Than Never" (4.835 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "The Brave" (3.387 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (2.031 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Valor" (1.048 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.539 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.434m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 944k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/23/18

The Panel Show of the Future Today!
Romesh Ranganathan Pilots "Look Back at the Future"
From Chortle

Romesh Ranganathan is piloting a gameshow for Sky One about predicting the events of 2018.

Romesh's Look Back To The Future will involve the comic asking three celebrities to guess what could happen in the coming year ahead.

It is being recorded at Sky Studios in Isleworth, West London, this Sunday.

The news comes on the day that the Dave channel announced Judge Romesh, in which the comedian would sit in judgement on real-life disputes.

Chortle can also reveal that Ranganathan's documentary about trying to crack America, Breaking Romesh, will air on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Chortle

posted 1/23/18

WEEKEND: Hell to Pay
CBS Wins, Hell's Kitchen Scores with Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.709 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was still the network to beat on Friday with originals from "MacGyver" (7.702 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.072 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.352 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

FOX (2.703 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.162 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and a repeat "9-1-1" (2.246 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.671 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "Child Support" (3.846 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.405 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "20/20" (4.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up new episodes from "Blindspot" (3.550 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Taken" (2.991 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (3.610 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.035 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) opted for encores of "Black Lightning" (1.055 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.016 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.124m
- Amazingness (MTV): 531k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.363m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 889k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 665k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/23/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Chris Knight Plays"

  • Chris Knight goes from "Make Me Rich, Make Me Famous" to make me a plate at "Dinner for Five" (The Desert Sun)
     

  • Snoop Dogg livestreamed SOS while lighting it up. And the result was wild (dot eSports)
     

  • Somebody put all of "High Stakes Poker" on YouTube (PokerSites.us)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Black Card Revoked (BET) (Ebony) ... and another (Black Enterprise)
     

  • HATERADE: Chances are you're not going to see a penny of the $8.15 you just won off of HQ (Vox)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Howie Mandel (Orange County Register)

posted 1/23/18


CBS
More on "Genius Junior"
NPH-Hosted Game to Join "Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World" March 18
From the Futon Critic

Looking to create strong family-friendly viewing on Sundays beginning March 11, NBC will air its annual three-hour "American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World" special at 7 p.m. ET/PT and conclude the night with the highly anticipated second-season premiere of "Timeless."

As previously announced, family viewing continues Sunday, March 18 with the second-season premiere of the hit alternative series "Little Big Shots," hosted by Steve Harvey, and the debut of the Neil Patrick Harris-led gameshow "Genius Junior." That will be followed by "Timeless," whose 10-episode season will air each week at 10 p.m. Sundays.

Last year's telecast of "American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World" ranked as the #1 non-sports-related show of the night on the broadcast networks in adults 18-49 and in "live plus seven day" figures, the special rose to a 1.4 rating in 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV Insider
B&C

posted 1/22/18


Channel 4
Fire Up the Fans!
"The Crystal Maze" to Return for Season 2
From C21Media

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) has ordered a new season of its rebooted gameshow The Crystal Maze from Fizz, part of RDF Television.

The new 12×60’ season includes six celebrity specials in aid of Stand Up to Cancer and the show will once again be presented by Richard Ayoade.

The Crystal Maze is executive produced by Neale Simpson for Fizz and has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Tom Beck, head of live events and commissioning editor for entertainment, and Ed Havard, head of entertainment.

The show is a Banijay Group format distributed by Banijay Rights, which the company acquired along with adventure reality format Survivor in October.

The new commission comes after C4 ordered a 20-part season of The Crystal Maze last January following a successful broadcast of a celebrity one-off special in 2016.

The show originally aired on C4 for six seasons between 1990 and 1995.

C21Media
Den of Geek!
Digital Spy
Radio Times

posted 1/22/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Play with Snoop"

  • CASTING COUCH: Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker's Wild: Season 2 (The Casting Firm)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen wants the gender of her baby to be a surprise (Reality TV World)
     

  • Steve-O gets engaged-O (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rachel Lindsay (Us Weekly)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: Does HQ have what it takes to become a TV show? (IndieWire)

posted 1/22/18

Drag Race Gets Guest Judges
Among the Names Listed... Nancy Pelosi?
From TV Line

Sure, Nancy Pelosi can speak… but can she read?

We’ll find out when RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars returns for its third season on Thursday, Jan. 25 (VH1, 8/7c). As Ru-vealed today, the former Speaker of the House is among the 15 celebrities guest-judging the latest crop of queens opposite regular judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews.

Other Season 3 guest judges include Vanessa Hudgens (Grease: Live), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Kristin Chenoweth (American Gods), designer Marc Jacobs, Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), Chris Colfer (Glee), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), Adam Lambert (Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show), Constance Zimmer (UnREAL), Spice Girl Emma Bunton, YouTuber Todrick Hall, Garcelle Beauvais (The Magicians), Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (UnREAL) and Nicole Byer (Loosely Exactly Nicole).

VH1 also released a special sneak peek of this season’s nine queens — Aja, BenDeLaCreme, Chi Chi DeVayne, Kennedy Davenport, Milk, Morgan McMichaels, Shangela, Thorgy Thor and Trixie Mattel — making their grand entrances into the workroom.

TV Line

posted 1/19/18

THURSDAY: All CBS All Night
CBS Sweeps the Night, "The Four" Holds Steady
From The Futon Critic

CBS (9.326 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with its combination of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.690 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1), "Young Sheldon" (13.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Mom" (9.259 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.787 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "SWAT" (5.991 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

ABC (5.705 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.178 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Scandal" (5.169 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.770 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.468 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with week three of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.159 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) plus another "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.779 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.180 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (3.709 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "The Good Place" (3.078 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Will & Grace" (4.493 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Great News" (2.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.645 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, the winter premieres of "Supernatural" (1.870 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) and "Arrow" (1.422 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17) on The CW (1.646 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.106m
- Lip Sync Battle (S/Paramount): 1.048m
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.021m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 998k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 864k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 450k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/19/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Reenlisted"

  • Drew Carey heads back to the Marines... for "NCIS" (Cinema Blend)
     

  • Snoop Dogg plays coach for Netflix (The Futon Critic)
     

  • MasterChef Latino leaves its mark for Telemundo (Broadway World)
     

  • Chris Tarrant banned from driving for his DUI (Digital Spy)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: Does HQ have what it takes to become a TV show? (IndieWire)

posted 1/15/18


Viacom
Spike Gets Paramount
Rebrand Kicks Off with Lip Sync Battle Tonight
From Broadway World

Paramount Network has set a date for its debut. The network will officially debut on Thursday, January 18 at 9:00pm ET/PT with a LIVE one-hour episode of "Lip Sync Battle" emanating from the Paramount lot in Hollywood. Details on this star-studded event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Spike TV is being rebranded as Paramount Network, a premium entertainment destination that pushes the limits of story-telling with bold original scripted and non-scripted series. Inspired by over a century of cinema, Paramount Network is where today's brightest stars bring the experience of the big screen to every screen with stories that are immersive, inclusive, and deeply personal.

Broadway World
New York Times

posted 1/18/18

SYNDIES: Week 16
Results for the Week Ending January 8
From TV Newscheck

The first week of 2018 was a hot one for Dr. Phil, which dominated the talk show field despite being in reruns on two of the five days. After being tied for the first time in over a year the week before, Phil surged 23% week to week to a first-place 3.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

In access, Family Feud had a monster week, rallying 10 to a new season-high 7.5, which ruled the games, and by a narrow margin topped all syndicated shows.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.5* +10%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.8* +15%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 +12%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.9* +12%
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.6 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C
Screener

posted 1/18/18


Disney/ABC Television
Question 17...
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" Renewed through 2019
From the Hollywood Reporter

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire isn't going anywhere.

The long-running game show has been renewed for a 17th season on ABC-owned stations. Also ordered is another season of viral video show RightThisMinute. The renewals will keep the pair of reality series on the air through 2019.

Millionaire, currently in its 16th season in national syndication, is hosted by The Bachelor's Chris Harrison. The series, produced by Valleycrest Productions, continues to be the only game show that offers a $1 million prize to each and every contestant. Since the program debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won more than $95 million. James Rowley serves as an executive producer.

According to ABC, both shows are posting year-to-year household ratings gains and are among only four out of more than 30 nationally syndicated first-run strips that have generated ratings increases this year.

The Hollywood Reporter
TV Newscheck
Deadline
The Futon Critic
Programming Insider
B&C

posted 1/18/18

WEDNESDAY: 9-1-1 Is No Joke
Fox Wins Midweek Demo, NBC Wins Totals; "Race" Tops the Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.047 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ in a tight demo race thanks to new episodes of "The X-Files" (3.938 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "9-1-1" (6.156 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1).

NBC (6.447 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was a close second with originals from "The Blacklist" (6.522 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.190 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.631 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Sharing the silver was ABC (4.849 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.472 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Speechless" (4.778 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Modern Family" (6.174 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1), "American Housewife" (4.993 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "Match Game" (3.339 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.356 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) was also in the hunt with new episodes from "The Amazing Race 30" (6.842 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "SEAL Team" (6.634 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Criminal Minds" (5.595 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

And finally, the return of "Riverdale" (1.447 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.643 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (1.045 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 870k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 736k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/18/18

The For-REAL Big Game
"MVP: Most Valuable Performer" to Launch January 25
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the NFL players who will compete to be crowned the MVP: MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER on a new, live, one-hour interactive talent show hosted by LL COOL J, to be broadcast Thursday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

After a nationwide vote, Brandon Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Justin Tucker, Alex Collins, Cody and Jacob Hollister (performing together), and Kevin Zeitler have been named the finalists who will compete in the talent show to find the current NFL player with the best off-the-field talent. If any player is unable to perform due to their football obligations, Domata Peko and Robert Nkemdiche have been named as alternates.

Players will perform their talent live from the Avalon Hollywood, and viewers can vote from the final three on CBS.com, with the winner revealed during the live broadcast.

"These six NFL player finalists are about to show viewers another side of their personalities and skillsets," said Bob Horowitz, JUMA Entertainment President. "As they prepare for next Thursday night's competition, it's impressive to watch these athletes focus and train in much the same way as they approach a game on Sunday. And just like their day job, their primetime performance will be LIVE!"

The NFL players competing for MVP: MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER are:

Brandon Williams Baltimore Ravens, Defensive Tackle Talent: Singing Thank you video Follow on Twitter and Instagram @BrandonW_66

Jonathan Stewart Carolina Panthers, Running Back Talent: Playing piano Thank you video Follow on Twitter and Instagram @Jonathanstewar1

Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens, Placekicker Talent: Opera singing Follow on Twitter and Instagram @jtuck9

Alex Collins Baltimore Ravens, Running Back Talent: Irish dancing Thank you video Follow on Twitter and Instagram @Budda03

Cody Hollister New England Patriots, Wide Receiver Talent: Singing **Competing with his brother Jacob Hollister Follow on Twitter @C_hollister81 Follow on Instagram @codyhollister

Jacob Hollister New England Patriots, Tight End Talent: Playing guitar **Competing with his brother Cody Hollister Follow on Twitter @hollister_jacob Follow on Instagram @jacobhollister

Kevin Zeitler Cleveland Browns, Guard Talent: Dog tricks Thank you video Follow on Twitter and Instagram @kzeit70

If any of the players are unable to perform due to their football obligations, the following have been named as alternates:

Domata Peko Denver Broncos, Nose Tackle Talent: Playing guitar Follow on Twitter and Instagram @DomataPeko

Robert Nkemdiche Arizona Cardinals, Defensive End Talent: Playing saxophone Follow on Twitter and Instagram @Thelegendmerlyn

The Futon Critic

posted 1/18/18

TUESDAY: This Is A Game
"Game of Games" Helps NBC to a Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) continued its reign on Tuesday with new episodes from "Ellen's Game of Games" (8.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "This Is Us" (9.774 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Chicago Med" (7.876 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Second place then went to FOX (3.754 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.973 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "LA to Vegas" (2.772 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "The Mick" (2.297 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Next up was ABC (3.623 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (6.114 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.873 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Black-ish" (3.758 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.874 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.560 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.073 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) served up repeats of "NCIS" (9.721 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.681 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Bull" (5.817 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

And finally, The CW (2.390 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night with the return of "The Flash" (2.474 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) plus the debut of "Black Lightning" (2.305 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

On cable...
- Paradise Run - 7p (Nick): 1.067m
- The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV): 1.023m
- Chopped: Gold Medal Games (Food): 984k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 960k
- Paradise Run - 7:30p (Nick): 917k
- Ink Master (Spike): 841k

The Hollywood Reporter
TV Newscheck
Deadline
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/18/18


Sony Pictures TV
Back to Work
Legendary Host Returns to Jeopardy! After Brain Surgery
From KARE Minneapolis

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is back and taping new episodes of his enduring game show following a serious head injury caused by a fall.

Trebek recently disclosed he had surgery in December for a subdural hematoma caused by a fall.

Laughing with the audience during Tuesday's taping, Trebek quipped “One good thing [came] from this: I’ve now had successful surgeries from head to toe.”

His injury sparked a social media outpouring of support from everyone from former contestants to concerned viewers.

"It was so nice to see the good wishes from so many of our former contestants... Watching the video overwhelmed me, as did all the thoughts and nice words that so many of our fans have posted."
– Alex Trebek http://bit.ly/get-well-Alex


Due to Jeopardy!’s aggressive taping schedule viewers will not notice an interruption in new episodes due to the host's injury.

Entertainment Weekly
TMZ
PopCulture
CTV News
Deadline
Bustle
Rolling Stone
International Business Times
ABC News
The Wrap
KARE Minneapolis

posted 1/17/18

NATPE Announces Reality Breakthrough Winners
"Wall", "Drag Race" Get Honored
From Worldscreen

The winners of the fourth annual Unscripted Breakthrough Awards were unveiled at NATPE Miami during a ceremony hosted by Dan Abrams, chief legal analyst for ABC News and host of Big Fish Entertainment’s hit series Live PD on A&E.

The winners were revealed during a special luncheon ceremony at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. The NATPE Unscripted Breakthrough Awards honor programs and celebrate people that broke through the clutter and altered the expectations of what constitutes a reality program.

Awards were presented in the categories of innovation, competition, documentary, docusoap, factual and game shows. The winner in the competition category is RuPaul’s Drag Race, while the documentary award went to The Defiant Ones. In the docusoap area, the Real Housewives franchise took home the prize, while Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Wall won for factual and game shows, respectively. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath won for innovation, which was a new category this year.

Worldscreen

posted 1/17/18

MONDAY: ABC Gives Us A Rose
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.460 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Bachelor" (6.559 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "The Good Doctor" (9.261 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

CBS (5.984 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the number two draw with the return of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.119 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Man with a Plan" (6.648 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (5.891 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "9JKL" (5.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Scorpion" (5.557 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Next up was NBC (5.068 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with new episodes of "The Wall" (5.825 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Better Late Than Never" (5.474 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "The Brave" (3.905 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.392 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up a new "The Gifted" (3.397 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) followed by the season finale of "The Gifted" (3.387 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, the return of "Supergirl" (2.147 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and a new "Valor" (1.044 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.595 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.511m

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/17/18

WEEKEND: Black Jacket Affair
CBS Wins Night, Fox Comes Second in Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.126 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held onto the top spot on Friday with its mainstays "MacGyver" (8.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.264 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.023 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

FOX (2.902 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.560 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and a repeat "9-1-1" (2.245 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with the winter premieres of "Blindspot" (3.567 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Taken" (2.757 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (4.252 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up originals from "Child Support" (4.119 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.294 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "20/20" (3.263 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, a new "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.696 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.959 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.827 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (P/Nick): 1.112m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.070m
- Amazingness (MTV): 557k

On cable Sunday..
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.845m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.141m

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/17/18

Three Faces of Game
"Your Face or Mine" Renewed
From British Comedy Guide

Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan are set to film two more series of Your Face Or Mine, the TV comedy show in which couples must judge their own attractiveness.

Filming on the new batch of episodes is due to start in February, with Series 3 expected to be shown on Comedy Central from March. A fourth series will be shown at a later date.

In total, 22 more episodes will be recorded.

Producers confirm: "The smash hit game show, Your Face Or Mine, is back to put more relationships to the test once again. It's the cult-classic, couples-based comedy format in which your face can win you cash. Hosted by Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan, couples are forced to compare their looks with other people's - and ultimately with each other's - over a series of revelation-filled rounds."

The channel adds: "In addition to the audiences' favourite rounds, the two new series will also feature brand new rounds designed to ramp up the awkwardness even more. The new series will not only see more members of the public face Jimmy and Katherine's relationship-testing game but there will be even more celebrity couples putting their love on the line for a chance to win money for their chosen charity."

Comedy Central aired the first series of the format from May last year, with the second - which had been commissioned and filmed at the same time - starting in October. The channel has labelled the series a "huge success", with over 3.7m individuals calculated as having seen an episode.

Katherine Ryan comments: "Jimmy and I are back and we're fully committed to improving the lives of couples by handing them cash (and trying to break them up!). Some will tell the truth and risk being dumped and others will lie to save their relationship but either way we're in for more awkward encounters this series".

When it was launched, the format was described as a "Tinder-inspired" reboot of the E4 show that Carr hosted with June Sarpong in 2002 and 2003.

Speaking at the time of the first series, Jimmy Carr said: "I'm delighted to be bringing back Your Face Or Mine to Comedy Central. In an age when people are forever judging individuals on how they look, placing attractiveness on a pedestal above intelligence, and forcing others to fit societal norms of beauty, why not make them do all of those things, to their loved ones, on national television and for money?"

British Comedy Guide

posted 1/17/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Someone's Clock Was Ticking"

  • Three weeks before "Beat the Clock" premieres, Paul Costabile beat his own clock. The host & his new wife are new parents! (People)
     

  • Ellen's one-eyed monster meets the Internet (PopCulture)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Wave (W) (Radio Times)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Happy birthday Betty White! (WTSP Tampa St. Petersburg)
     

  • Anne Hegerty likes to play against herself in the Chase app (Mirror)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Padma Lakshmi supports "Top Chef" contestant's cancer battle (Reality TV World)
     

  • Kim Kardashian's a mom. Again. (Reality TV World)
     

  • SPOILERS AHEAD! "Bachelor" castoff from this week heading to the "Winter Games" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jey Uso heads from "Paradise Run" to a DWI charge (The Wrap)
     

  • RuPaul to star in "Drag Queens on a Plane" and expand "Drag Race" to Thailand (Broadway World)
     

  • Nick Viall dates upwards (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FINAL FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Rose Marie (Newsweek)

posted 1/15/18


Games Gone By: Temptation: The New Sale of the Century
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

What happens when you take one of the 80s most popular game shows, slap a "Price Is Right" pricing game title on it, get a young-ish host to control it all...and then make sure everyone has the chance to buy the most expensive prize available after just three or four visits? Why, you get "Temptation: The All-New Sale of the Century", the latest of the "Games Gone By..." that ruined the show it was mimicking. Chris Wolvie explains why...

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/16/18


TBS
We'd Tell You Nick's Newest Game Show Host, But We Can't See Him
John Cena to Host "Keep It Spotless"
From the AV Club

Nickelodeon’s Double Dare was probably the slipperiest, sloppiest, and slimiest game show in TV history, an iconic piece of the network’s identity that showed a generation of kids and families how much fun it can be to put on a jump suit, answer some trivia questions, and just dive headfirst into a big, snot-filled nose or whatever. Now, though, Nickelodeon has announced a new game show that is essentially a rejection of everything Double Dare and Nickelodeon itself once stood for. In other words, as horrifying as it sounds, it’s literally a show about staying clean.

Titled Keep It Spotless, the show will be hosted by difficult-to-see wrestling man John Cena, and a press release says it’ll be about “kids competing in a variety of physical and paint-filled challenges” where the goal is to not touch any paint. At the end of each round, some kind of machine will scan each kid and scientifically determine how much paint got on them, with the winners being the ones who stayed the cleanest. Clearly, “PC culture” has finally gone way too far.

In addition to hosting Keep It Spotless (which will premiere later this year, Cena will also appear on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a bad guy named Baron Draxum, and he’ll host the 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards in March.

The AV Club
Wrestling Inc.
Wrestling Observer

posted 1/15/18

THURSDAY: A Big Hit (and Not the Good Kind)
CBS Wins, "The Four" Takes a Dive
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.833 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was Thursday's top draw thanks to new episodes from "The Big Bang Theory" (15.649 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "Young Sheldon" (14.018 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), "Mom" (9.534 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Life in Pieces" (7.135 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "SWAT" (6.330 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Second place then went to ABC (5.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with an encore of "Child Support" (3.486 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) followed by "Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story" (6.627 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Next up was FOX (3.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with week two of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.088 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) followed by a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.462 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.987 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (3.853 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "The Good Place" (3.093 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "Will & Grace" (4.131 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Great News" (2.394 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Chicago Fire" (5.225 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.273 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with "The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards" (1.273 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.012m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 982k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 902k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 847k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 415k

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posted 1/15/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "On the Next Cover Story..."

  • GSN tries to stretch the story of how a former game show model turned respectable actress and a prince fell in love... in an hour... on the next "Cover Story" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Jojo Siwa takes on Nick Cannon on "LSB Shorties" (The Wrap)
     

  • Phil Keoghan is racing to NatGeo to host the new series of "Explorer" (The Wrap)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Gwendolyn Osborne Smith (Rare.us) and Keri-Anne Payne (BT)

posted 1/15/18


TBS
Joker... JOKER... RENEWED
"Joker's Wild" to Return for Season 2 This Spring
From the Futon Critic

Turner's TBS has renewed the hit unscripted series' Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild and Drop the Mic for second seasons. The network re-launched its unscripted business in 2017 with the re-imagined, classic game show reboot and the celebrity-led rap battle competition. They soon emerged as the top two unscripted cable comedies in 2017, reaching an average of 2.5M viewers per episode across TBS's linear, VOD, and digital platforms and have earned over 200 million social and Youtube views to date. Drop the Mic climbed digital audience score rankings week over week, holding the #1 spot three weeks in a row, based on all prime-time comedies that aired new episodes.

"Our relaunch of TBS' unscripted efforts hit the ground running with the series premieres of Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild and Drop The Mic, and we never looked back," said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. "And Season 2 is going to be filled with next-level celebrity beef under the guidance of Method and Hailey, and much, much higher stakes courtesy of some extra Snoop-a-fied gaming led by the Dogg himself."

Snoop Dogg, who counted The Joker's Wild as his favorite game show growing up, hosts the TBS version, Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild, set in his very own casino that includes an oversized slot machine, giant dice and playing cards. Snoop-a-fied questions and pop culture knowledge rule the floor with all the action controlled by the one and only Snoop D-O Double G. Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild is produced by Sony Pictures Television, in association with Turner's Studio T. Snoop Dogg serves as executive producer, along with two-time Emmy(R) winner, Super Bowl Champion and Good Morning, America co-host Michael Strahan. Also executive-producing are Vincent Rubino, Constance Schwartz-Morini for SMAC Entertainment and Ted Chung for Merry Jane.

Drop the Mic is based on the enormously popular segment from the Emmy(R) winning and viral hit The Late Late Show with James Corden. The TBS series is hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin and pits celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports and pop culture to face off against each other in a rap battle royale packed with lyrically creative genius and "I can't believe they just said that" moments. At the end of each head-to-head battle, the studio audience votes to determine the winner. Drop the Mic is produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73 Productions. James Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp serve as executive producers, with Joanna Gallagher as co-executive producer.

Both series will return in the Spring of 2018.

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Broadway World
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety

posted 1/11/18

TruTV Pays Off
Quiz Show to Launch Summer, Offer Paying Your Student Loans
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of a breakout year in 2017, truTV today announced 2018 greenlights, premiere dates and guest stars ahead of the network's panel at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. Being paneled today at TCA, Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters will welcome a crop of talented guest stars to the prolific director's scripted comedic anthology series. Bringing viewers twisted, darkly witty satirical tales, each episode mashes up two distinct genres and features characters who are misfits, monsters, or both, but with unexpected and fantastical turns. Joining Bobcat on today's panel are guest stars Bridget Everett, Seth Green and Danny Pudi with additional guest stars included in the description below. The show premieres in summer 2018 and a first look is available at http://bit.ly/2mswtRN.

The network also announced the series greenlight of Paid Off with Michael Torpey, a half-hour comedy game show where contestants compete for the chance to have their student debt paid off. In addition, truTV has ordered to pilot Tacoma FD (wt), a half-hour scripted comedy from Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, co-creators and stars of the cult classic film, Super Troopers.

Finally, truTV unveiled guest stars for returning series Talk Show the Game Show and premiere dates for Adam Ruins Everything and The Chris Gethard Show, which will return in spring 2018.

2017 marked the third full year since truTV's emergence as a comedy brand, and the network once again delivered on its promise to provide a wholly-original programming slate of premium comedic content with creators at the center. Driving this huge momentum and sustained ratings growth - truTV is one of only two networks with two consecutive years of growth in prime among adults 18-49 - is a mix of scripted, non-scripted and hybrid projects including: the breakout freshman series At Home with Amy Sedaris and I'm Sorry; one of cable's top 5 original comedies, Impractical Jokers; the inventive investigative comedy Adam Ruins Everything; and two series bringing the fun and spontaneity back into late-night, The Chris Gethard Show and Talk Show the Game Show, among others.

Below is a complete rundown of truTV's latest programming moves.

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Development:

Tacoma FD (wt)

Scripted Pilot Order

With their long-anticipated film Super Troopers 2 debuting this spring, co-creator and stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme are putting on new uniforms in Tacoma FD, a new half-hour comedy set in a firehouse in the wettest city in America. Light on blazes that need extinguishing, they are basically fire fighters who are always ready to fight fires... but in this wet city, they also have to fight their own boredom.

The series is co-created and executive produced by Heffernan and Lemme alongside David Miner and Greg Walter from 3 Arts Entertainment and Kyle Clark from Silverscreen Pictures.

New Series:

Paid Off with Michael Torpey

16-Episode New Series Greenlight Airing Summer 2018

The student loan crisis is ridiculous, so comedian Michael Torpey (Orange is the New Black) is solving it in the most ridiculous way possible, a comedy game show. Paid Off with Michael Torpey gives three lucky college grads - saddled with student debt - the chance to test the depth of their degrees with fun, fast paced trivia questions. In the end, one lucky winner will get the chance to have their student debt paid off.

The series is co-created by Torpey and Cowboy Bear Ninja, who also produces. Michael Melamedoff and Adrian Selkowitz serve as executive producers for Cowboy Bear Ninja alongside executive producers Torpey, Ethan Berlin and Leigh Hampton.

Returning Series:

Talk Show the Game Show

Back-to-Back Episodes Premiere Thursday, February 1 (10:30pm and 11:00pm ET/PT)

Comedian Guy Branum (The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately) is back with 16 all-new first season episodes of his outrageous mashup comedy series Talk Show the Game Show. Based on Branum's popular live comedy show, the series is a boisterous combination of two beloved television formats that pits celebrities against each other to vie for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Each week, guests square off, racking up points for the name drops, project plugs and political grandstanding that are the bread and butter of every talk show. The difference is that on this show it literally counts!

Also returning this year are the series' comedic panel of judges including Emmy(R) Award-winning writer and host of the popular podcast "My Favorite Murder," Karen Kilgariff, and author and journalist Casey Schreiner. The judges give the real-time reactions we all want during a talk show appearance: roasting mediocre guests and applauding what the best guests did right. Celebrity contestants and matchups featured in these new episodes include:

· Melissa Joan Hart; Caroline Rhea; Jared Logan
· Colin Quinn; Charles Barkley; Marissa Jaret Winokur
· Fortune Feimster; Reggie Bush; Nick Thune
· Cheryl Hines; Ron Funches; Michael Kosta
· Billy Eichner; David Koechner; Lauren Lapkus
· Tate Donovan; Kym Whitley; Cristela Alonzo
· Andy Richter; Sasheer Zamata; Nadia G
· Cynthia Bailey; Cole Escola; Andy Kindler
· Anders Holm; Lennon Parham, Seaton Smith
· Loni Love; Andy Bell; Nicole Sullivan
· Heather Dubrow; Tone Bell; Maribeth Monroe
· Wanda Sykes; Lauren Ash; Nico Santos
· Ileana Douglas; Arturo Castro; Alec Mapa
· Dave Holmes; Maria Thayer; Eliza Skinner
· Natasha Leggero; Cam'ron; Wilson Cruz
· Jill Kargman; Judah Friedlander; Joel Kim Booster

Following the two-episode premiere at 10:30pm on February 1, Talk Show the Game Show moves to its regularly scheduled 11:00pm timeslot beginning February 8.

The series is produced by Push It Productions with Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz, Anna Wenger and Branum serving as executive producers.

The Futon Critic
Splitsider
Deadline
Deadline

posted 1/11/18

WEDNESDAY: Midweek Split
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.690 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) edged out the demo pack with week two of "The X-Files" (3.893 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "9-1-1" (5.487 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

NBC (6.342 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with originals from "The Blacklist" (6.118 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.066 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Next up was ABC (4.565 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.005 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Speechless" (4.442 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Modern Family" (5.792 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "American Housewife" (4.562 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Match Game" (3.294 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.245 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Amazing Race 30" (6.939 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "SEAL Team" (6.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "Criminal Minds" (5.653 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with its specials "The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala" (1.178 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Animal Crackers" (0.627 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.104m
- Iron Chef Showdown (SF/Food): 778k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (SF/Food): 709k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/11/18


Entertainment Studios
"Funny You Should Ask"... for a Renewal
New Deal to Take Show Through 2021
From Deadline

What does one have to do to get a two-year renewal for their syndicated game show? Funny You Should Ask.

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios today handed just such an order to its daily series hosted by Jon Kelley. The move will keep the show on the syndie airwaves until at least the 2020-21 season, which will be its fourth. By then, the series will have produced 520 episodes.

“Funny You Should Ask is growing rapidly in all key metrics,” Allen said. “This comedy game show is perfectly positioned for long-term success.”

Executive produced by Scott Satin, the half-hour Funny You Should Ask features a panel of professional stand-up comics who interact with contestants for cash and prizes. The stakes increase in every episode as the game progresses. The strip is cleared in 93% of the country including the top three markets: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Deadline
PR Newswire
The Futon Critic

posted 1/11/18

More on "Lip Sync Battle Live"
Catch Special January 18 on Paramount!
From the Futon Critic

"Lip Sync Battle" has signed three of Hollywood's hottest superstars for its epic LIVE event.

Neil Patrick Harris, a 5-time Emmy(R) and Tony (R)Award winning actor; Taraji P. Henson, an Academy Award(R) nominated and Golden Globes(R) Award winning actress starring in Proud Mary (Sony Pictures) in theaters January 12; and Hailee Steinfeld, a Golden Globes (R) and Academy Award(R) nominated actress and a multi-platinum recording artist, will be featured participants in "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION."

The epic larger than life performances will showcase some of Michael Jackson's greatest hits.

The landmark television event celebrating the legendary entertainment icon, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, will take place LIVE from the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, January 18 at 9:00pm.

"Michael Jackson's groundbreaking sound and style changed the course of music, videos and Live performance forevermore," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "This line up of incredible superstar performers are inspired and ready to bring it LIVE on 1.18.18!"

This must-see special event will launch the Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV).

Additional participants will be announced shortly.

Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite performance on Twitter using talent specific hashtags.

Paramount Network is partnering with "VH1 Save The Music" to award the winner a grant to a school in the market of their choice. This grant will fund new music programs and support the foundations dedication to helping kids, schools and communities realize their full potential through the power of making music.

The one-hour special, produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador Content, in consultation with The Estate of Michael Jackson, will feature larger-than-life performances LIVE from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" will feature a special performance by Michael Jackson ONE(TM) by Cirque du Soleil, the critically acclaimed show in permanent residence at the Michael Jackson Theater at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The special is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson, James Sunderland, LL COOL J, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, and 8 Million Plus Productions, and directed by Glenn Weiss, and all songs performed during the special are featured in Michael Jackson ONE(TM).

The sponsors for "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" include Pepsi, SONIC(R) Drive-In and Volkswagen.

Season 4 kicks off on January 25 at 10pm ET/PT.

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posted 1/10/18

SYNDIES: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending December 31
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan came up big in the holiday session ending Dec. 31, scoring its best rating since Ryan Seacrest joined the program. Live unwrapped a new season high 2.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, surging 13% from the week before and tying usual leader Dr. Phil for first place in talk.

That was not an easy task, as no show has been able to tie Phil since the summer of 2016. Phil, which was the only talk show in the top 10 to include the very low-rated Christmas Day in its average, was in reruns all week and got penalized with massive preemptions from college bowl games, slipping 13% to a new season-low 2.6.

Elsewhere, Family Feud widened its margin over the game shows with a 3% boost to a 6.8, while Jeopardy was next at a 6.0, down 8%.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 +3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 -8%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.6* +20%

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posted 1/10/18


NBC
Game On for Season 2!
One Regular Episode in, and NBC Gives the Vote of Confidence
From the Futon Critic

Fresh off its stellar debut, NBC has ordered a 13-episode second season of its new hit alternative series "Ellen's Game of Games."

The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.

"I'm so excited to get to do another season because I'm not just the producer and host, I'm also a loyal viewer," said Ellen DeGeneres. "I hope this can continue to be a show that families can come together and enjoy watching as much as I enjoy hosting. I don't wanna say this next season is gonna be even messier, but I have invested heavily into a whipped cream company."

"Ellen's enthusiasm and energy is utterly infectious. It's been exciting to watch her antics supersized on a primetime stage," Telegdy said. "Audiences love spending time with her and we know she'll continue to raise the bar with even bigger games and more hilarity as the show continues to grow."

"Ellen is a comic genius and no one relates to their fans the way she does," said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. "With 'Ellen's Game of Games' she has yet another out-of-the-box hit and we are absolutely thrilled to start shooting our second season."

The Jan. 2 regular-slot premiere of "Ellen's Game of Games" averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers overall in "live plus three day" Nielsens, and then at 9 p.m., a second episode rose to a 2.7 in 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers overall, giving "Game of Games" the #1 and #2 ratings of the night in 18-49. The 8 p.m. "Game of Games" generated the highest in-season results for a regular-slot alternative series premiere since March 2016 in the "live plus same day" stream, as well as NBC's best in-season total-viewer performance in the time period with a non-"Voice" entertainment series in more than five years.

Last night, NBC (8.202 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the demo champ thanks to new episodes of "Ellen's Game of Games" (7.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "This Is Us" (9.700 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Chicago Med" (6.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Second place then went to CBS (11.058 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with its trio of "NCIS" (14.155 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Bull" (10.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.595 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its mix of "The Middle" (5.391 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.626 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Black-ish" (3.768 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.699 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.441 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.277 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.233 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "LA to Vegas" (2.634 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "The Mick" (2.010 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.885 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "The Flash" (0.890 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.880 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.030m
- Chopped: Gold Medal Games (Food): 1.010m
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 994k
- The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV): 872k
- America's Next Top Model (SP/VH1): 856k
- Ink Master: Return of the Masters (SP/Spike): 786k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (SF/MTV): 609k

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posted 1/10/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Quiz Mommy"

  • Sarah Pribis hosted the million-user HQ game on Sunday (USA Today) while a UK-centric version launches with sub-host Sharon Carpenter presenting (Evening Standard)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Love Connection (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Why did Kelly Clarkson choose "The Voice" over "American Idol"? (Reality TV World)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Britain's Brightest Family (Digital Spy)
     

  • Austin Rogers doesn't want to be the quiz guy (Bedford + Bowery)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 12 fun facts about the Feud (Mental Floss)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Davidson (Broadway World)

posted 1/10/18


IMDB
GRETA THYSSEN: 1927-2018
1950s, 1960s Sex Bomb Was Jan Murray's "Pirate Girl" on "Treasure Hunt"
From
the Hollywood Reporter

Greta Thyssen, the Danish beauty who doubled for Marilyn Monroe, dated Cary Grant and starred opposite The Three Stooges, has died. She was 90.

Thyssen died Saturday night at her Manhattan apartment after a bout with pneumonia, her daughter, Genevieve Guenther, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Thyssen also starred in several "B" movies, including the horror pic Terror Is a Man (1959), a loose adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau. On a mystery island (it was filmed in the Philippines), the actress played the wife of a scientist (Francis Lederer) "tormented by unsatisfied desire, desperate to escape a loneliness and her fear," according to the film's trailer.

Unfortunately, Thyssen's character has more pressing issues to worry about, namely her husband's creation — a half-man, half-panther beast.

The movie incorporated a "warning bell" gimmick that would alert moviegoers when a particularly horrific sequence was about to take place so that they could hide their eyes. It would ring a second time when it was safe to look again.

Four of Thyssen's other best-known performances came in the Joseph Kane noir Accused of Murder (1956); The Beast of Budapest (1958); Three Blondes in His Life (1961), opposite Jock Mahoney; and as an enticing pin-up beauty on Uranus in Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962), shot in her native Denmark.

"She was always cagey about her acting career and its trajectory. My mother was a very clever woman and extremely well read. If she had been born in a different era, I think she could have been a lawyer or professor," Guenther said. "I think that she always felt a little bit embarrassed about the movie persona that she adopted as this kind of voluptuous, glamorous Danish pastry with nothing between her head except silk and feathers."

Born in Hareskovby, Denmark, Thyssen was named Miss Denmark in the early 1950s. She soon left Europe, via Paris, for Hollywood.

With measurements of 39-24-36 or 40-21-35 — depending on which men's magazine one came across — Thyssen was just right as a body double for Monroe during the filming of the romantic comedy Bus Stop (1956).

She then was seen as the "Pirate Girl" on the first three seasons (1956-58) of the game show Treasure Hunt, created by host Jan Murray.

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Inquisitr

posted 1/9/18

MONDAY: That Pesky Sexy Bachelor...
... is Beaten by a "Good Doctor" on the Same Network. ABC Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.410 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the top draw on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelor" (5.506 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "The Good Doctor" (8.218 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

CBS (5.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two network despite an all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.685 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.485 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Young Sheldon" (5.908 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (4.435 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "SWAT" (3.551 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with "The Wall" (5.042 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Better Late Than Never" (4.094 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and the return of "The Brave" (2.963 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.741 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Lucifer" (2.057 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Gifted" (1.425 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, second runs of "Supergirl" (1.053 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Arrow" (0.832 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.942 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.232m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.048m

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posted 1/9/18

Buzzr in 2018
"Supermarket Sweep" Next Week, "Celebrity Name Game" Next Month
From Broadway World

BUZZR is heading into the New Year giving game show fans across the country even more reason to celebrate. While the holiday shopping frenzy may be over, the network will have you GOING WILD in the aisles when Supermarket Sweep premieres on Monday, January 15th at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT; with a second airing at 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT. The party continues later in the year when for the first time BUZZR begins airing the fan favorite, Celebrity Name Game, with host Craig Ferguson. CELEBRITY NAME GAME will premiere on Friday, February 9th at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT, with a second airing at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT.

"We wanted to kick 2018 off in a big way by further expanding BUZZR's retro game show line-up," said Ron Garfield, executive vice president and general manager of BUZZR. "With the addition of both Supermarket Sweep and Celebrity Name Game, BUZZR will undoubtedly continue to broaden its fanbase in the New Year. The network has truly become the most comprehensive place for game show enthusiasts to experience the very best iconic content within this genre of entertainment."

Broadway World

posted 1/9/18

A Kinder, Gentler "Idol"
Look for More Humor, Less Exploitation in the Audition Rounds.
From AOL

What almost seemed like a hallucination in 2017 is now a fast-approaching reality. American Idol, the most popular show on television for a large chunk of this still-young century, is returning to the airwaves on March 11 on ABC two years after it was canceled by Fox. And, per producers and stars, it's not changing (with one small caveat).

ABC trotted out the cast of its revived Idol for the first time on Monday (Jan. 8) at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, posting up Ryan Seacrest and company for reporters — many of whom expressed skepticism about the timing of the reboot. Seacrest seemed to share their concerns. The returning host offered up his thoughts on why the last few seasons of the Fox version didn't produce any breakout talent and why that's such a priority this time around.

"What was important to me [about the reboot] was that there were going to be stars on the show that were going to come on to collaborate and take this seriously and give the franchise what it deserves," he told one TV critic. "The legacy of this franchise is important to me and to its fans."

The question of finding breakout talent, the way Idol did for so many years, was a more dominant thread in the conversation than ones about ratings and singing-show fatigue. Katy Perry, the show's $25 million marquee judge, referred to it as her top priority.

"Literally, we are wasting our time if we are not finding another star," said Perry. "I take it very seriously, sometimes to my detriment."

"That makes us work harder as a judging panel," added Luke Bryan, when no one onstage could immediately name an American Idol winner from its last few seasons on Fox. "Because there are a few years where you don't remember those contestants, we don't want it to go that way. We want it to go right back to what it was known for."

One thing Idol was known for was its mocking of bad singers during the early audition rounds, an aspect famously rebuked by NBC's The Voice when it premiered in 2011 and ultimately stole Idol's thunder. Showrunner Trish Kinane said that would no longer be the case, though she was also quick to note the original version of the show had leaned away from that in its later years.

"It doesn't feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up on stage and laugh at them," said Kinane. To her point, reality television has largely evolved past the kind of personality profiteering and audiences are savvier about how people get on camera.

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posted 1/9/18


Pinterest
JERRY VAN DYKE: 1931-2018
Comedian/Actor Hosted "Picture This"
From
Malvern Daily Record

Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke who struggled for decades to achieve his own stardom before clicking as the dim-witted sidekick in television's "Coach," died Friday in Arkansas, according to his manager. He was 86.

John Castonia said Van Dyke died at his ranch in Hot Spring County. His wife, Shirley Ann Jones, was by his side. No cause was immediately known.

Van Dyke had an affable, goofy appeal, but he spent much of his career toiling in failed sitcoms and in the shadow of his older brother, even playing the star's brother in "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

Until "Coach" came along in 1989, Van Dyke was best known to critics as the guy who had starred in one of television's more improbable sitcoms, 1965's "My Mother the Car." Its premise: A small-town lawyer talks to his deceased mother (voiced by actress Ann Sothern), who speaks from the radio of an antique automobile.

Other bombs included 1967's "Accidental Family," in which he was a nightclub comedian, 1970's "The Headmaster," in which he was a gym teacher and 1963's "Picture This," a game show that lasted only three months. He also joined "The Judy Garland Show" in 1963, to provide comic relief, but was fired at the end of the season.

"The show's writers wrote awful, awful, awful stuff," he recalled in a 1994 interview with The Associated Press, "and I was forced to do it. For instance, I had to come out and say to Judy Garland, 'What's a nice little old lady like you doing on television?'" He added: "And that was just the first week!"

In "Coach," he finally made it, playing assistant coach Luther Van Dam, comic foil to Craig T. Nelson's coach Hayden Fox. The two headed up a hapless Minnesota college football team, its follies aired from 1989 to 1997, and Van Dyke was nominated four times for an Emmy.

"I never knew what success was like, or having a hit series, or even doing something GOOD," Van Dyke told the AP. "Finally I got a job that I enjoy doing, that's not hard to do — and I get paid a lot of money."

Nelson, his co-star on the show, paid homage to his former onscreen partner Saturday: "I am incredibly sad to hear of Jerry's passing. He was such a brilliant comedian and we had a great time working together on 'Coach.' It is just devastating news."

Dawn Wells, an actress who starred with Van Dyke on an episode of "Fantasy Island," called him in a statement "one of Hollywood's funniest, kindest and personable comedians. He was a joy to work with. He will be missed."

Malvern Daily Record
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posted 1/8/18


Sony Pictures TV
Far from Gonged
ABC Renews "The Gong Show", Reveals Worst Kept Secret EVER
From the Futon Critic

ABC has announced that it won't be gonging its popular summer series "The Gong Show" and has renewed it for a second season. Celebrated film and television actor/comedian Mike Myers has finally confirmed the rumor that he is, indeed, the show's host - British comedic legend Tommy Maitland.

"Being the host of 'The Gong Show' is a blast! Pure fun," said Myers. "It is with great delight that I can finally admit that there is indeed a Tommy Maitland, and that I portray him."

"The Gong Show," which is executive produced by actor/comedian Will Arnett, will go into production later this year, and an airdate will be announced at a future date.

"I was just as surprised as the next guy when I heard 'The Gong Show''s host, Tommy Maitland, was a character portrayed by the insanely talented Mike Myers," Arnett revealed. "Despite this shocking news, I'm in total awe of the man, and we are so fortunate to have him as our brilliant host."

Last summer, the iconic and irreverent talent show competition made its way into the 21st century with a bang, celebrating unusually talented and unique performers on a primetime stage for 10 episodes. A revolving panel of judges featuring Hollywood's biggest stars, often including Will Arnett, praised, critiqued and gonged contestants in this revival of one of TV's all-time great variety shows. Most performers went home with their unique talent that only a mother can love, but the winning act with the highest judges' score received "The Gong Show" trophy and a check.

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posted 1/8/18


ABC
MIDSEASON: ABC
Dates for "Dancing: All-Athletes", "Idol", "Bachelor Winter Games"
From the Futon Critic

The ABC Television Network has announced midseason premiere dates for the new dramas "The Crossing," "Deception," "For The People" and the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff, as well as new comedies "Alex, Inc." and "Splitting Up Together." Additionally, "American Idol" will air Sundays and Mondays, beginning March 11. Dates have also been set for the premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" All-Athletes Edition and the return of "Quantico."

The "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff joins the TGIT lineup with a special two-hour premiere Thursday, March 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), before assuming its regular timeslot Thursday, March 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). The final four episodes of "Scandal" will air at 10 p.m., Thursdays, beginning March 29. The series finale airs April 19.

As previously announced, "Roseanne" kicks off with a special one-hour premiere on Tuesday, March 27 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT). Its regular timeslot will be 8:00-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, beginning April 3, followed by "The Middle" at its new time (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT).

The season finale episodes of "Fresh Off the Boat" and "Speechless" will air March 20 and March 21, respectively.

Below are ABC's midseason premiere dates (all times listed are EDT):

SUNDAY, MARCH 11
8:00-10:00 p.m. "American Idol"
10:00-11:00 p.m. "Deception"

MONDAY, MARCH 12
8:00-10:00 p.m. "American Idol"

TUESDAY, MARCH 13
10:00-11:00 p.m. "For The People"

THURSDAY, MARCH 22
9:00-11:00 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff (two-hour premiere)

TUESDAY, MARCH 27
8:00-9:00 p.m. "Roseanne" (one-hour premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. "Splitting Up Together"

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28
8:30-9:00 p.m. "Alex, Inc."

THURSDAY, MARCH 29
9:00-10:00 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff (time-period premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. "Scandal" (new time)

MONDAY, APRIL 2
10:00-11:00 p.m. "The Crossing"

TUESDAY, APRIL 3
8:00-8:30 p.m. "Roseanne" (time-period premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. "The Middle" (new time)

THURSDAY, APRIL 26
10:00-11:00 p.m. "Quantico" (Season 3 premiere)

MONDAY, APRIL 30
8:00-10:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars" All-Athletes Edition

"American Idol"

The iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre returns to airwaves at its new home on ABC. Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy(R) Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the beloved series. "American Idol" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America's Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin along with co-executive producer, Megan Wolflick. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

Facebook: @americanidol Instagram: @AmericanIdol Twitter: @AmericanIdol Hashtag: #americanidol

"The Bachelor Winter Games"

Is love the universal language? Find out as 14 international bachelors and bachelorettes from such countries as Switzerland, Japan and Australia compete and, hopefully, find love with 12 of America's Bachelor Nation favorites. These singles will go head-to-head in winter-themed challenges, including the toughest sport of all - love. Chris Harrison hosts this highly anticipated, four-episode series, complete with the usual dose of tears, drama, romance and laughter, as "The Bachelor Winter Games," a global celebration of unity and love, premieres on TUESDAY, FEB. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

The series will continue on Thursday, February 15; Tuesday, February 20, and will have its finale on Thursday, February 22. All episodes will air 8:00-10:01 p.m. EST.

For close to two decades, "The Bachelor," a pop culture phenomenon, has spawned international versions of the series. For the first time since its inception, 26 of the most eligible singles from around the world gather at the luxurious Vermont winter resort of The Hermitage Club.

"Dancing with the Stars" All-Athletes Edition

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" sets its sights on the sports world when it returns with a special all-athletes edition. Ten athletes from all corners of the sports world will be teamed up with the show's professional dancers and compete on the ballroom floor for a chance to win the coveted Mirrorball trophy. Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the special all-athletes edition of "Dancing with the Stars" will air live. The athletes will perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, as well as viewer votes. "Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers.

Facebook: @dancingwiththestars Twitter: @DancingABC Instagram: @DancingABC Hashtag: #DWTS

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posted 1/8/18


NBC
MIDSEASON: NBC
"Genius Junior" Gets a Date
From The Futon Critic

"Little Big Shots" will kick off its third season with a special two-hour premiere on Sunday, March 18 at 7:00/6:00c followed by the launch of "Genius Junior" at 9:00/8:00c.

"Shots" will then assume its regular 8:00/7:00c time period on Sunday, March 25. The Peacock has yet to reveal the 10:00/9:00c occupant.

No stranger to young geniuses, Neil Patrick Harris hosts an exciting new game show that celebrates the smartest kids in America. These talented "genius juniors" will team up in threes to take on mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more. Through escalating rounds leading to semifinals and a big finale, they will be tested in each area of the brain, culminating in an ultimate challenge to be crowned the smartest and brightest. The winning team will take home a life-changing prize - setting the stage for a big, bright future ahead.

Neil Patrick Harris, Pam Healey, John Hesling, Phil Parsons and Ed Egan executive produce. "Genius Junior" is produced by Shed Media in association with Prediction Productions.

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posted 1/8/18

WEEKEND: Kids Rule
"Child Support" Helps ABC; CBS Wins Friday
From The Futon Critic

CBS (9.212 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with the return of "MacGyver" (7.864 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.896 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.878 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

NBC (4.488 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the silver draw with its primetime coverage of the "U.S. Figure Skating Championships" (4.488 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.680 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with the launch of "Child Support" (4.394 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) alongside "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.477 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "20/20" (4.168 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.977 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) offered up a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.415 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and an encore of "9-1-1" (2.538 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, the winter premiere of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.703 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.947 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) closed out the night on The CW (0.825 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.052m
- Amazingness (MTV): 521k

FOX (12.652 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its mix of playoffs "NFL Overrun" (28.258 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.6, #1), "The OT" (28.108 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 8.5, #2), "The Simpsons" (9.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.4, #4), "Ghosted" (4.320 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Family Guy" (3.466 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "The Last Man on Earth" (2.723 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

The silver then went to NBC (14.456 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #2) with the "2018 Golden Globe Arrivals Special" (10.029 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) and "The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards" (15.932 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.2, #3).

Next up was ABC (4.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.497 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) followed by new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.044 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8), "Shark Tank" (4.677 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and another "Shark Tank" (3.843 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

And finally, CBS (6.873 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the night with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.794 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (5.788 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.839 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "Madam Secretary" (6.071 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 1/8/18

THURSDAY: CBS Challenges "The Four"
CBS Wins Night, "Four" Holds Strong
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was back on top last night thanks to the return of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "Young Sheldon" (14.672 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Mom" (9.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Life in Pieces" (7.409 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "SWAT" (6.174 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

FOX (3.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with the premiere of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.654 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) followed by a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.812 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Next up was NBC (4.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the 2018 premieres of "Superstore" (3.924 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Good Place" (3.079 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Will & Grace" (4.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Great News" (2.480 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.894 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.395 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.586 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "American Housewife" (2.771 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) alongside the special "Truth and Lies: Waco" (5.003 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (1.031 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "Arrow" (0.699 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) on The CW (0.864 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.052m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.048m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 957k
- Project Runway All-Stars (SP/Lifetime): 858k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 452k

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/8/18

WEDNESDAY: The Race, Match Are Back
Fox, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.999 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) took home top demo honors on Wednesday with the return of "The X-Files" (5.190 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) alongside the debut of "9-1-1" (6.809 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

NBC (6.358 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with the 2018 debuts of "The Blacklist" (6.006 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.287 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.781 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.662 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (5.843 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Speechless" (4.333 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Modern Family" (5.896 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "American Housewife" (4.774 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) plus the return of "Match Game" (3.563 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11). At 10:00 p.m., ABC's season premiere of "Match Game" shot up over its last telecast in May (on 5/14/17) by 38% in Total Viewers (3.6 million vs. 2.6 million) and by 50% in Adults 18-49 (0.9/4 vs. 0.6/2), topping its last 6 originals for its best numbers since February - since 2/22/17. "Match Game" tied CBS' "Criminal Minds" for No. 2 in the hour with Adults 18-49.

Meanwhile, CBS (6.186 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the opener to "The Amazing Race 30" (7.311 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) alongside originals from "SEAL Team" (5.867 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (5.380 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "Riverdale" (0.785 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.485 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) on The CW (0.635 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.055m
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 767k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 714k

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
Deadline
CTV News
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/5/18

TUESDAY: "Game" On for 2018
"Ellen's Game of Games" Helps NBC Draw a Demo Win, CBS Takes Top Viewers
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.177 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) got a big demo boost on Tuesday with the formal premiere of "Ellen's Game of Games" (8.763 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), a second "Ellen's Game of Games" (8.857 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and the return of "Chicago Med" (6.910 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

CBS (11.287 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "NCIS" (13.924 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Bull" (10.988 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

Next up was ABC (3.838 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and its 2018 debuts of "The Middle" (6.284 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.221 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Black-ish" (4.025 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) plus a repeat "Modern Family" (3.235 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and a new "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.632 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.803 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up the premiere of "LA to Vegas" (3.750 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) bookended by new episodes from "Lethal Weapon" (4.588 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "The Mick" (2.288 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (0.818 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.685 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) on The CW (0.751 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.166m
- Chopped Gold Medal Games (P/Food): 973k
- The Challenge: Vendettas (SP/MTV): 888k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 689k

The Futon Critic
The Wrap
Variety
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/5/18

MONDAY: "Bachelor" Wins... with a But
CBS Wins Total on First Monday of 2018
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.030 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) kicked off the new year on top with the return of "The Bachelor" (5.448 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (4.193 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Second place then went to CBS (5.340 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.592 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Young Sheldon" (6.248 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), another "Young Sheldon" (5.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), yet another "Young Sheldon" (6.034 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "SEAL Team" (3.588 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Next up was NBC (4.200 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with new episodes of "The Wall" (4.324 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), "Better Late Than Never" (4.195 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and a second "Better Late Than Never" (4.083 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.839 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the return of "Lucifer" (3.144 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "The Gifted" (2.535 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (0.896 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Valor" (0.792 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.844 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Champpionship (SP/Food): 1.232m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 938k

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/5/18

SYNDIES: Week 14
Results for the Week Ending December 24
From TV Newscheck

The traditionally slow week leading into Christmas made it extremely difficult for shows to gain ground. For example, the only Top 5 magazine to avoid any rating declines in the session ending Dec. 24 was Extra, which managed to hold steady week to week at its season high 1.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Among court shows, the only program to outperform last year was syndication champion Judge Judy, which rose 6% annually, beating its nearest judicial competitor by almost 5 rating points despite dipping 1% week to week to a still first-place 7.0.

Judy was also the top-rated strip in all of syndication for the 18th time in the past 19 weeks.

After Judy, game show leader Family Feud was No. 2 overall, while slipping 4% to a 6.6.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6 -4%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.5 NC
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4 +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 1/4/18

Jennifer Hudson Returns to "The Voice UK"
Coach Joins Olly Murs, will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones
From Broadway World

The search for a new vocal superstar begins as THE VOICE UK launches on ITV Choice within 24 hours of the UK premiere. Pop sensation Olly Murs joins global music legends Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson and Sir Tom Jones as they embark on their quest to uncover the best vocal talent that Britain has to offer with this year's winner scooping £100,000 (US $135,554) and a life changing record contract.

Emma Willis presents the action as the blind auditions kick off and the acts hope they have what it takes to get the coaches to hit their buttons and turn their famous red chairs.

Olly Murs, on being a new coach says: "I'm absolutely buzzing about being a coach on THE VOICE UK and can't wait to sit in the big red chair alongside Will, Jennifer and Tom. I'm excited to mentor new artists and without doubt, I'm in it to WIN!"

Singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur will.i.am returns for his seventh series - the only coach to appear on THE VOICE UK since the very beginning.

Broadway World

posted 1/4/18

Monopoly Becomes a Game Show. Again
Hasbro, Lucktastic Team for Game Show Experience in New York
From Business Insider

Lucktastic, a pure play, free app and entertainment destination that is reimagining winning experiences, rewards and discovery, together with Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) announced an exciting, Lucktastic Live MONOPOLY-themed game show event will take place in the Madison Square Garden Plaza (33rd Street between 7th and 8th) on January 5th from 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM ET. The event will highlight the company’s collaboration with Hasbro while broadcasting a live and engaging MONOPOLY-themed experience to its Facebook Live audience.

“Roll out the red carpet and set up the velvet rope, this is going to be an amazing event with a lot of fanfare and excitement right in the center of Madison Square Garden Plaza,” said Alex Tarrand, VP of Marketing for Lucktastic. “Our collaboration with Hasbro’s MONOPOLY brand has given our players hours and hours of playtime in the app as well as cash prizes for dozens of winners to date, so we thought it would be fun to bring the game to the people. Come one and come all and play for a chance to win!”

On the day of the event, pedestrians in Madison Square Garden Plaza will have the opportunity to play a MONOPOLY-themed dice game for prizes including Lucktastic merchandise and gift cards. Players will also gain special access to an unlock code for five chances to win $100. Viewers of the Lucktastic Live event will be able to watch and interact with the hosts in real time and will also receive the unlock code for more chances to win $100 prizes.

“Whether fans play face-to-face, on mobile or online, there is a MONOPOLY experience to fit every lifestyle,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President, Digital Gaming & Licensing, Hasbro. “We are excited to collaborate with Lucktastic on their interactive game show so that fans can connect with MONOPOLY in a fun, new way.”

Business Insider
PR Week

posted 1/4/18


Pro Wrestling Wiki
EMILY "MT. FIJI" DOLE: 1957-2018
One of the "Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling" Played on "Feud", "Card Sharks"
From
New York Daily News

Emily Dole, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling star known best as Mt. Fiji, died Wednesday.

She was 60.

Dole, on of the biggest star's during GLOW's run from 1986 to 1992, never lost a match during her wrestling career, which included feuds with villains like Matilda the Hun and Big Bad Mama.

"Rip Emily Dole ! WE LOST OUR GLOW SISTER THIS MORNING. We are very sad that she passed away," Patricia Summerland, who went by Sunny the California Girl, tweeted.

"We are the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. She was the CHAMP IN THE RING. Fly high Mountain Fiji."

She was also featured on the 1980s versions of "Card Sharks" (as the subject of a panel-of-10 question) and "Family Feud" (WCW vs. GLOW).

New York Daily News
TMZ
PopCulture
Uproxx

posted 1/4/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Wait! Wait!"

  • "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me" celebrates 20 years on NPR (The Ringer)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Child Support (Laughing Place)
     

  • Ellen DeGeneres has some fun with the latest word salad served to her from the family of the current President (TV Week)
     

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY: You ever wonder what happened to Joe Millionaire (Narrator: He's doing just fine) (Bustle)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alec Baldwin (People)

posted 1/3/18

Global Road Catches "Phrase"
Rights to ITV Classic Optioned for China, Americas
From Deadline

Global Road Entertainment has pacted with DRG for quiz show format, Catch Phrase. Under the deal, Global Road (formerly IM Global) has acquired an option for North and Latin America as well as China. Based on a property created by Pasetta Productions and Steven Radosh, Catch Phrase pits three contestants against each other, requiring them to identify well-known phrases and sayings contained in animated picture puzzles, in order to win big cash prizes.

It originally had a U.S. syndicated run in 1985-86 and has been a mainstay of ITV primetime in the UK for over 20 years. The recently re-booted version was renewed for a 6th cycle last month.

Global Road’s Phil Gurin calls it “a gem of a format. It is brilliantly simple, highly visual and has great play-along for the whole family.” Catch Phrase adds to the newly-rechristened Global Road’s development slate that also includes King Kong Skull Island; Cat’s Cradle; and I, Rebel as well as unscripted shows Oh Sit!, Grudge Match and Fittest Family.

Other producers to have licensed Catch Phrase include Shine in France, Endemol in Italy, Pernel Media for Switzerland and FremantleMedia for Australia. The UK version is produced by STV Productions.

Deadline
C21Media
Realscreen

posted 1/3/18

"Millionaire" Salutes Trivia
Win Prizes by Following Along on Social Media
From Broadway World

January 4 is National Trivia Day and iconic game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is celebrating in fitting style, with fans getting the chance to answer questions and win prizes all day long.

"Millionaire" will mark the occasion on the show's website and across all of the show's social platforms. On Jan. 4, fans can log onto Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to check out a special slate of questions. If they comment with the answer, using the hashtag #MillionaireSweepstakes, they'll be eligible to receive a $100 Visa ® gift card. Two winners will be selected by random drawing every two hours from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Broadway World

posted 1/3/18

There's More to the "Press Your Luck" Scandal?
GSN to Air New Documentary January 14
From Broadway World

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of its new documentary special, "COVER STORY: The Press Your Luck Scandal," premiering Sunday, January 14 at 7 pm ET. Additionally, the original scandalous Press Your Luck episodes featured in the special will air following the show at 8 and 8:30 pm ET.

The COVER STORY special will explore the story of Michael Larson, an air conditioning repairman from Ohio who cracked the game board algorithm and walked away with over $110,000 in cash and prizes. There was a one-in-six chance that each spin he took would erase his winnings, but Larson managed to evade the dreaded Whammy and accumulate the record breaking amount. Audiences went wild, but game show producers wanted to know how he did it. Had he cheated? Or did he simply outsmart the smartest minds in Hollywood?

"COVER STORY: The Press Your Luck Scandal" is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC for Game Show Network.

Broadway World

posted 1/3/18

Let's Make a Deal Ends 2017 a Winner
CBS Staple Sees Highest Ratings in Two Years
From Broadway World

LETS MAKE A DEAL 1 delivered 3.46 million viewers, and LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 delivered 4.02 million viewers for the week ending Dec. 29 - both episodes posting their best weekly live plus same day averages in almost two years (since the week ending Jan. 29, 2016 for LMAD1 and Jan. 22, 2016 for LMAD 2).

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 5.37 million viewers, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 scored 6.30 million viewers - both show's best weekly averages in a full year (since the week ending Dec. 30, 2016).

Broadway World

posted 1/3/18

More on "Britain's Brightest Family"
Catch It on ITV January 10!
From the Bite

The Chase’s Governess, aka Anne Hegerty, has been given her own family quiz show by ITV, which puts families to the test.

The brand new quiz show will see a range of families from across the country battle it out in a bid to be named Britain’s Brightest Family.

It’s not only about answering questions, though, as the families will have to know each other pretty well if they’re to correctly guess what their nominated family member answered.

Anne explains what the show is all about: “It’s a knockout competition to find Britain’s brightest family. Sixteen families going up against each other to face challenges including word and number puzzles, problem-solving and general knowledge skills.

“Each team has been selected by its teenage captain, so it’s a chance for the whole family to show what they know, and how well they know each other.”

On making the move to ITV prime time, she says: “It’s a bit of a responsibility being the filling in a Coronation Street sandwich [in the ITV evening schedule]. But it’s lovely to be trusted with such an amazing opportunity.”

The new series begins on Wednesday January 10 from 8pm on ITV.

The Bite
Digital Spy

posted 1/3/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Saying Prayers in the Street Light"

  • VIDEO WALL: 16 famous game show fails (The Wrap)
     

  • Carrie Underwood comes clean about recovery from her really bad accident (CNN)
     

  • Coolio weighs in on "Gangstergate" before the story gets old (Narrator: The story had already gotten old) (Vibe)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Phil Moore (WBAL-AM Baltimore)

posted 1/3/18


Various Sources
Saying Goodbye in 2017
Remembering the Names & Faces of Those We Lost in the Last Year
From
GSNN

They were part of our TV history, part of our community of professionals and fans, and part of our lives. As we close the book on 2017 and prepare to begin anew in the coming year, let us always remember... They too walked among us.

- Chuck Barris, whose zany antics slaughtered all sorts of sacred bulls, from the institution of marriage, to work-life relationships, to the amateur vaudeville hours of yesteryear.. and made the genre all the better for it.

- Chris Bearde, who assisted with the above-named bull-slaughterer in the bull-slaughtering before striking out on his own with a seminal 80s classic that was the forebear to the current lip-sync battle craze.

- Keith Chegwin, the plucky Briton whose boyish looks and charm made him a fit and fixture that spanned generations of television fans.

- Barry Dennen, who gave voice to the Maze in the search for their Masters.

- Patti Deutsch - in a world of ditzy Match Game panelists, she was in a class all by herself.

- Danny Dias, a musical student who helped take "Road Rules" to the extreme before devoting himself and his star power to better our world.

- Dick Enberg, who is on the Mount Rushmore of great sports announcers - and found success marrying the two worlds of sport and game with "Sports Challenge". His "Battle" and "The Perfect Match" showed the world he was just as at home with the common man.

- Sir Bruce Forsyth, a legendary talent with a mischievous grin, a razor-sharp wit, and legions of fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

- Albert Freedman, whose actions in helping to rig "Twenty One" almost doomed the medium, only to see it rise stronger than ever.

- Paul "Paulie G" Giganti, who had a flair and a flavor that attracted one of the industry's most demanding palates.

- Monty Hall, who had a prize in his pocket, a twinkle in his eye, and a come-hither fast-talking demeanor that endeared an army of would-be dealers - and he used it all for causes near and dear to his heart.

- John Harlan, who was "that voice" in a world where voices were attached to personalities instead of the other way around.

- Merrill Heatter, a giant whose larger-than-life creations - most notably "Hollywood Squares", "High Rollers", and "Gambit" - live on to this very day.

- Sean Hughes, who played comic foil to the likes of Phill Jupitus and Mark Lamarr while talking up pop music on "Never Mind the Buzzcocks".

- Dan Kay, a lawyer whose "early mid-life crisis" took him to Earth's Last Eden to compete for the title of Sole Survivor.

- Betty Kennedy, a pioneering Canadian broadcaster who became a pioneering Canadian lawmaker.

- Mychael Knight, a designer who made it work as a Project Runway designer... and as a son, brother, friend, and uncle.

- Patricia Llewellyn, who gave an above-mentioned sophisticated palate a platform and turned him into the Scottish firebrand we know today.

- Ralphie May, who may not have been "Last Comic Standing", but he was one of the greats that we will remember.

- Ashley McNeely, who took a shot at love with an Internet superstar.

- Michael Nance, a musician who took a pick and turned it into his character on "The Bachelorette".

- Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who... honestly, we can't name a single British reality competition she WASN'T on.

- Wendy Pepper, one of the earliest designers to play and slay "Project Runway", ultimately being the first to come in third.

- Jerry Perenchio, a daring executive who took the challenge of elevating Univision, and incorporated game shows into the fold in doing so.

- Pudsey, a border collie who won his forever family, then won a talent contest.... then won the hearts of millions.

- Dr. Brandon Rogers, the unlikeliest of individuals, a practicing doctor who sung on YouTube. He too won the hearts of millions before the unthinkable and untimely happened.

- Phillip Wayne Rossi, a visionary who put his stamp on a Bill Cullen classic and ended up turning it into a daytime mainstay.

- William G. Stewart, who took a nation from 15 to 1 with a combination of knowledge, speed, and strategy that continues forward.

- Jay Thomas, a diamond-in-the-rough actor who took a turn at broadcasting and found his niche.

- Celebrities including Richard Anderson, Shelley Berman, William Peter Blatty, Joseph Bologna, Glen Campbell, David Cassidy, Mike Connors, Bill Dana, Roy Dotrice, Miguel Ferrer, Neil Fingleton, June Foray, Stephen Furst, Dick Gautier, Robert Guillaume, Barbara Hale, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Hugh Hefner, Sir John Hurt, Al Jarreau, Anne Jeffreys, Martin Landau, Jerry Lewis, Rose Marie, Jared Martin, Heather Menzies-Urich, Dina Merrill, Mary Tyler Moore, Sir Roger Moore, Erin Moran, Charlie Murphy, Jim Nabors, Heather North, Della Reese, Don Rickles, Roger Smith, Mel Tillis, and Adam West - all of whom took time form their busy schedule to play the games we know and enjoy.

- And finally, we couldn't go without discussing our colleague and friend Jim Williams. His knowledge base of broadcasting is only rivaled by his infectious zest for life and his endearing spirit, which we all hope to carry with us in the years to come.

May they all rest in peace.

posted 1/2/18

Midseason Play
Here Are the Dates You Need to Remember
From various sources

We hope you enjoy this holiday week. We also want to remind you that as the ball drops to ring in 2018, it'll be time to get your DVR ready for game shows. Here are all the dates you need to remember.

JANUARY
- 1/1 - The Bachelor: Season 22 (ABC)
- 1/1 - Kids Baking Championship: Season 4 (Food)
- 1/1 - Paradise Run: Season 3B (Nick)
- 1/1 - The Wall: Season 2B (NBC)
- 1/2 - Airmageddon (US Premiere) (Universal Kids)
- 1/2 - The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV)
- 1/2 - Chopped Gold Medal Games (Food)
- 1/2 - Ellen's Game of Games (NBC)
- 1/3 - The Amazing Race: Season 30 (CBS)
- 1/3 - Match Game: Season 3 (ABC)
- 1/4 - The Four: Battle for Stardom (Fox)
- 1/4 - Project Runway All Stars: Season 6 (Lifetime)
- 1/5 - Child Support (ABC)
- 1/7 - Worst Cooks in America: Season 12 (Food)
- 1/8 - Just Like Mom and Dad (BYUtv)
- 1/9 - America's Next Top Model: Season 24 (VH1)
- 1/9 - Ink Master: Season 10 (Paramount)
- 1/9 - Trivial Takedown: Season 1B (Fuse)
- 1/11 - Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid (Lifetime)
- 1/12 - Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick)
- 1/18 - Black Card Revoked (BET)
- 1/18 - Lip Sync Battle: Season 4 (Paramount)
- 1/25 - RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Season 3 (VH1)

FEBRUARY
- 2/1 - Talk Show the Game Show: Season 2 (TruTV)
- 2/6 - Beat the Clock (Universal Kids)
- 2/7 - Celebrity Big Brother (CBS)
- 2/8 - Talk Show the Game Show: Season 2 (truTV)
- 2/26 - The Voice: Season 14 (NBC)
- 2/28 - Glam Masters (Lifetime)
- 2/28 - Survivor: Ghost Island (CBS)

MARCH
- 3/11 - American Idol (ABC)
- TBA: Ink Master: Angels (Paramount)

TV Line
Deadline
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

posted 1/2/18


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ROSE MARIE: 1923-2017
Star of Stage, Screen & "Squares"
From
Deadline

Actress Rose Marie, whose trademark hair bow is in the Smithsonian and who had a long career spanning TV, Broadway, films, nightclubs and as a Hollywood Square, has died. She was 94 and passed away in Van Nuys, CA.

She was best known for her role as comedy writer Sally Rogers on TV’s The Dick Van Dyke Show, trading barbs with the boys club in quick-witted fashion. After five seasons, she moved on to The Doris Day Show.

She later became an original member of the game show Hollywood Squares, working in all of its incarnations and with its various hosts.

She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October, of 2001, later releasing a best-selling memoir, Hold the Roses, in 2006.

Born Rose Marie Mazzetta on Aug. 15, 1923, the same day when Broadway musical Rose-Marie opened, she started her career at age 3 by winning an amateur talent show as Baby Rose Marie.

She later segued to radio, becoming a popular guest star and eventually getting her own program on NBC. She also was a recording artist for Mercury Records. The popularity led her to a film career, where she appeared in some of the earliest talkies, including the 1929 short Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder.

Marie appeared in several Paramount pictures, including International House and Big Broadcast of 1935.

In 1946, Rose Marie became a Las Vegas headliner, hired by Benjamin “Bugsy” Segal as one of the The Flamingo Hotel’s headliners, joining Jimmy Durante and Xavier Cugat.

But Broadway also beckoned, and she appeared in Top Banana with Phil Silvers and got a regular role in My Sister Eileen. One of her other career highlights was touring with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell & Margaret Whiting in the show 4 Girls 4.

Her life was later encapsulated in the film Wait For Your Laugh, directed by Jason Wise.

She is survived by daughter Georgiana Marie, aka Noopy, and her son-in-law Steven Rodrigues. Service announcements are pending.

Deadline
PopCulture
The Hollywood Reporter
Broadway World
Just Jared
WGHP Greensboro
Vanity Fair
Metro
International Business Times
Decider
Entertainment Weekly
CBC News
Time
The Guardian
The Globe and Mail

posted 1/2/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Saying Prayers in the Street Light"

  • VIDEO WALL: Apparently you have to be street to play Jeopardy! Do you agree with this call? (The Wrap)
     

  • Carrie Underwood's bad accident leaves her with "40 stitches". Feel better! (Reality TV World)
     

  • Arie Luyendyk insists he's nothing like Nick Viall. (Narrator: He was in all ways, shapes, and forms like Nick Viall) (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS: "Child Support" (ABC) (Pop Wrapped) and "The Price Is Right" (C4) (Digital Spy)

posted 1/2/18

THURSDAY: No Contests
CBS Wins with Comedy
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.889 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) led the final Thursday of 2017 with its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.610 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Young Sheldon" (8.535 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), another "The Big Bang Theory" (8.323 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Mom" (6.488 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "SWAT" (4.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

The silver then went to ABC (3.603 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with rebroadcasts of "To Tell the Truth" (3.963 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.736 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Match Game" (3.108 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8).

Next up was FOX (1.501 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its telecast of "Apple Music's Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story" (1.501 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.278 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "Superstore" (2.776 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Will & Grace" (2.146 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "Will & Grace" (2.269 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), a new "Great News" (1.696 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Chicago Fire" (2.391 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 1" (1.237 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.237 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 989k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 871k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 454k
- Divided (GSN): 354k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/28/17

SYNDIES: Week 13
Results for the Week Ending December 17
From TV Newscheck

After being known around the world as Access Hollywood for the past 21 years, the show changed its name to simply Access in the session ending Dec. 17, and immediately surged to its highest ratings in 41 weeks with more than 2 million daily viewers.

In fact, Access, which improved the most of any Top-5 magazine, surged 7% to a new season best 1.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and jumped into a tie with TMZ for third place behind Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition in the slow pre-holiday frame.

Next in line, game show behemoth Family Feud rose 3% to a new season high 6.9 and trumped the gamers for the third straight week.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.9* +3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.5 -2%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
Mediapost

posted 12/28/17

WEDNESDAY: Should Wall'd Acquaintance Be Forgot...
NBC Wins Final Midweek of 2017
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.782 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) led the final Wednesday of 2017 with a special "The Wall" (5.490 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by a rebroadcast of "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" (4.429 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

FOX (2.779 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with its annual telecast of the "Foster Farms Bowl" (2.779 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.850 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.532 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Speechless" (2.693 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.935 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "American Housewife" (2.658 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Match Game" (2.643 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.668 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise opted for repeats of "The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special" (5.275 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "SEAL Team" (3.455 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, the special "EA Madden NFL 18 Challenge" (0.671 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.974 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.822 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 949k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 829k
- Divided (GSN): 364k

The Futon Critic
Variety
The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/28/17

TUESDAY: Replay Value
NBC Wins Demo on Reruns of Game of Games
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with encores of "Ellen's Game of Games" (6.002 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "Better Late Than Never" (4.077 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Chicago Med" (2.848 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

CBS (6.502 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with a repeat "NCIS" (7.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by "The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (6.169 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.002 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" (4.080 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" (3.056 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (1.869 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.994 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (2.543 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), "The Mick" (1.493 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "The Mick" (1.397 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (0.814 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.810 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) likewise rounded out the night for The CW (0.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (SF/TBS): 1.105m
- Chopped (Food): 1.011m
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 811k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (SF/MTV): 529k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/28/17

ANW Puts "Ninja vs. Ninja"
More Info on Limited-Run Special Season This Spring
From the Futon Critic

Epic competition series American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja is bringing more heat to USA Network's spring line-up, pitting three-person athletic teams against one another on physically demanding, side-by-side obstacle courses that test endurance and speed. Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, the show will feature even more challenging obstacles than ever before - incorporating human agility, meticulous skill, and a whole new strategy of racing.

For the 16-part season, fan-favorite competitors from the primetime "American Ninja Warrior" franchise will form 36 teams, each with two men and one woman, all competing to become the ultimate champions. In addition to hosts Iseman and Gbajabiamila, FOX Sports' Alex Curry will serve as sideline reporter, rounding out the talent commentators.

American ninja warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (Hell's Kitchen, The Dunk King, Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge), along with Brian Richardson as executive producer. The show is a spinoff of "American Ninja Warrior" which is based on the "Sasuke/Ninja Warrior" format from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., and airs on NBC.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/28/17

More on "Vendetta"
Catch It on MTV January 2
From Broadway World

The Challenge: Vendettas is going to get personal, just like the cast's Twitter beef. The 31st season of The Challenge will burn it down. Premiering Tuesday, January 2nd.

MTV's "The Challenge: Vendettas" premieres with a vengeance on Tuesday, January 2 at 9pm ET/PT. Twenty-eight players including stars from MTV UK's "Ex on the Beach" and "Geordie Shore" along with contestants from "Big Brother" will join "The Challenge" fan favorites as they travel to Spain to pursue their personal vendettas against one another. And this season, for the very first time, every player is out solely for themselves not their team. Only one winner will come out on top, competing to win the final prize that has the potential to exceed $500,000.

Broadway World

posted 12/28/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hindsight Is 20/20"

  • If Emily Maynard knew then... what she knows now... she would not have had her daughter have ANYTHING to do with "The Bachelor" (People)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 formats to watch out for in 2018 (Deadline)
     

  • Iliza Shlesinger sued for banning men in her show (Broadway World)

posted 12/28/17

More Info on "Drag Race All Stars"
Catch It on VH1 January 25
From NASDAQ

After a three-time Emmy® Award-winning season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" left fans shook and grasping for their masks, fan-favorite queens from previous seasons will battle it out for their SECOND CHANCE at the crown on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS. The new season will return with an explosive 90-minute premiere on an all-new night, Thursday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on VH1. Watch all-new promo: http://www.vh1.com/preview/9lncw9/rupauls-drag-race-all-stars

"The rumors are 100% true, baby," said executive producer and host RuPaul. "The 'All Stars' three debut delivers my most legendary queens, and they're fired up and ready to take over the mother-tucking world. #RealNews #FakeEyelashes."

The nine queens competing for the gold and title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" were previously announced in an hour-long televised pre-season episode, and include: Aja (season nine; from Brooklyn, NY), BenDeLaCreme (season six; from Seattle, WA), Chi Chi DeVayne (season eight; from Shreveport, LA), KENNEDY Davenport (season seven; from Dallas, TX), Milk (season six; from New York, NY), Morgan McMichaels (season two; from Los Angeles, CA), Shangela (seasons two & three; from Los Angeles, CA), Thorgy Thor (season eight; from Brooklyn, NY), and Trixie Mattel (season seven; from Los Angeles, CA).

Broadway World

posted 12/27/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Cooking with Family"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Big Family Cooking Showdown" (Netflix) (Decider)
     

  • Eva Marcille gets a ring (Broadway World)
     

  • "The Chase": behind the scenes (Telly Mix)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen live-tweets after a stowaway forces her plane to do an about face (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Scott Rogowsky (Forward)

posted 12/27/17


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