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ABC Not Letting a Little Thing Like a Pandemic Get In the Way of True Love
Producers Mulling a Social Distancing "Bachelorette"
From Deadline

The Bachelor franchise has been hit hard by the COVID-19 production shutdown.

The Bachelorette was days away from starting production with a Clare Crawley-fronted season and The Bachelor: Summer Games was cancelled, in part due to the postponement of the Olympics.

Despite this, ABC is resolute that Crawley will eventually get her shot at love when production can resume and the network is also mulling a potential quarantine-themed spin-off.

ABC alternative boss Rob Mills told Deadline that internally it has thrown around the title, Bachelor In Quarantine.

"The best thing about The Bachelor is its willingness to evolve as a format so if we need to shoot a cycle that reflects these times, that's what we're going to look at doing," he said.

Music spin-off The Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart is currently on air, having been filmed before the virus. Next up would have been The Bachelorette in mid-May, followed by Bachelor In Paradise in early August. However, if ABC did move with a quarantine-themed season, it would unlikely be as simple as retooling Bachelor in Paradise.

There have been discussions as to whether the summer series could be shot in its secluded location in Mexico. However, host Chris Harrison played this down last week, calling that a bit "premature".

"Getting 20 cast members is one thing, getting 100 to 180 crew members and putting a director in a truck next to the producers, where you've got 30 people in a trailer next to each other is another thing. There's a lot of logistics that go into it," he told The Bill Simmons Podcast. However, he added, "We are on it, we're chomping on the bit to produce content."

Deadline

posted 4/20/2020

Miss "Millionaire"?
ABC to Rerun First Three Episodes in Advance of Move
From the Futon Critic

As we continue to social distance at home, ABC keeps bringing the entertainment with their star-studded revival of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

In this week's installment, Grace and Frankie's Jane Fonda takes the hot seat as a first-time contestant across from host Jimmy Kimmel, playing to raise money for Fire Drill Fridays, her organization supporting the fight against global warming.

As she and Kimmel enter the stage and take their seats, the late night personality says, "Jane, I still do your workout every afternoon," winning a laugh from Fonda and the crew of onlookers as the show was taped without an audience. The actress then tells Kimmel, "I'm excited to be here, I've never quite done anything like this." Excited about the first-time nature of Fonda's appearance, Kimmel questions if she's ever done a game show in the past, to which she replies, "Not where money is involved." Ha!

Fonda's run, as well as that of Eric Stonestreet, Will Forte, Nikki Glaser, and Anthony Anderson, will repeat the next week, April 29, in advance of the show moving to Thursdays beginning April 30.

TV Insider

THe Futon Critic

posted 4/20/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Saving Ourselves"

  • Anthony Anderson to host COVID-19 relief effort for BET (The Futon Critic)

  • VIDEO WALL: The complete Charles Ingram run undoctored (Tyla)

  • Bookies have tipped Chris Tarrant's return to "Millionaire" at a 4:1. Why? Who knows. (Brinkwire)

  • Lego Masters Jr.... should that be a thing? (TV Overmind)

  • Drew Carey "forgives" the man who murdered his ex (Deadline)

  • Richard Quest tests positive for COVID-19 (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mark Labbett (Radio Times)

posted 4/20/2020

THURSDAY: Let's Have a Proper Singalong!
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.783 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) got a huge boost on Thursday thanks to "The Disney Family Singalong" (10.303 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) followed by new episodes of "Station 19" (6.994 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.051 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

CBS (6.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a distant second with originals from "Young Sheldon" (9.321 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Man with a Plan" (6.571 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Mom" (7.123 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Broke" (5.582 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Tommy" (5.202 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Next up was NBC (2.831 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of a repeat "Superstore" (2.714 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) alongside new episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.214 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Will & Grace" (2.456 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Indebted" (1.567 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.019 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.465 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "Last Man Standing" (3.824 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) plus repeats of "Last Man Standing" (2.696 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "Mental Samurai" (1.669 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15).

And finally, a new "Katy Keene" (0.526 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and the return of "In the Dark" (0.411 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.469 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Thursday (total numbers/A18-49)...
- Top Chef All Stars LA (Bravo): 822k/0.30
- Master Minds (GSN): 545k/0.03

The Wrap

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/17/2020

More on "The Big Fib"
Catch It on Disney+ May 22
From WDW News Today

Ever thought you could spot a fib better than a kid? Find out on The Big Fib.

A new Disney+game show, hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown and featuring Rhys Darby as her robot sidekick, C.L.I.V.E. In each episode of this comedy game show, a kid starts by playing a warm up round where a silly liar and an authentic expert share fabulous fibs and fun facts.

Starring up and coming comedic talent, this round is played for laughs as well as always having a nugget of real information about the topic be it ice cream, tree climbing or toy design. Next our kid contestant plays the main round where they question an expert who's paired with a really good liar on the same topic. It's up to our kid to find the fibber.

There are visual clues, fascinating props, a hot seat round of rapid fire questions and various topics, including jellyfish, venom and killer plants. The show culminates with the expert and liar standing under the Fib Foam machine to await their fate. If our kid chooses correctly, the liar gets foamed. The Big Fib is full of outrageous truths that sound like lies and audacious lies that sound like the truth.

Season 1 is available May 22..

WDW News Today

posted 4/17/2020

CBS Reality Chief Exits
Sharon Vuong to Leave Post
From C21Media

CBS Entertainment is looking for a new senior VP of alternative programming after Sharon Vuong's decision to leave at the end of her contract this week.

Vuong became the unscripted boss at CBS in 2017, having joined the Eye network as a director of alternative in 2011 before rising to become VP of alternative series development.

The exec, who said she was leaving to spend more time with her family, has overseen a slate of unscripted shows at CBS that have included gameshows and reality series such as Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Survivor and Love Island. News of Vuong's exit was first reported by Deadline.

In an internal memo, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said: "Sharon has been an invaluable member of CBS Entertainment, leading the alternative team with creativity, energy and a collaborative, talent-friendly style that our producers have always greatly appreciated."

C21 Media

posted 4/17/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Putting the 'News' in 'News Dump'"

  • Ellen DeGeneres' game of ... being a bad boss, apparently (Paper)

  • Amie Harwick's ex pleads not guilty (Deadline)

  • Hannah Ann Sluss' epic shade trip over Peter Weber's face continues (iHeartRadio)

  • Lego Masters announced the winners... and then the Internet of gatekeepers happened. (GeekWire)

  • Jeremy Clarkson dunked on Charles Ingram. (Metro)

  • David Briggs, who created "Millionaire" with Mike Whitehill & Steve Knight, dunked on Charles Ingram (Metro)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 things you absolutely DID know about Jeopardy!, but CONTENT, YOU GUYS! (ScreenRant) PLUS a few good minutes with Ken Jennings (Fox News)

posted 4/17/2020


ABC News

BRIAN DENNEHY: 1938-2020
Character Actor Played "Celebrity Jeopardy!"
From the Wrap

Brian Dennehy, the Golden Globe- and Tony Award-winning actor who appeared in big-screen hits like "Cocoon" and "Tommy Boy," died late Wednesday in New Haven, Connecticut, at the age of 81, his representatives told TheWrap.

He died of natural causes says his family who was by his side.

Best known for playing the overzealous Sheriff Will Teasle in "First Blood" (1982) opposite Sylvester Stallone, Dennehy went on to have a prolific acting career that included roles in such films as "Gorky Park" (1983), "Silverado" (1985), "Cocoon" (1985), "F/X"(1986), "Presumed Innocent" (1990), "Romeo + Juliet" (1996), and "Knight of Cups" (2015). He appeared as the superior officer of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the 2008 cop drama "Righteous Kill" and as the father of Russell Crowe in the 2010 suspense film "The Next Three Days."

His earlier films included several comedies, like "Semi-Tough" with Burt Reynolds, "Foul Play" with Chevy Chase, and "10" with Dudley Moore. He portrayed a corrupt sheriff in the Western "Silverado" and an alien in "Cocoon," both released in 1985. One of his best well-known roles came in the 1995 Chris Farley-David Spade comedy "Tommy Boy" as Big Tom Callahan, the father of Farley's misfit. Dennehy also had a voice role in the animated movie "Ratatouille" as Django, father of the rat chef Remy.

Dennehy was a fixture on the stage as well, winning two Tony Awards. He first won in 2000 for playing Willy Loman in a revival of "Death of a Salesman" — a role that earned him a SAG Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for a subsequent filmed version. A second Tony Award came in 2003, for his lead performance in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" opposite Vanessa Redgrave, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Robert Sean Leonard. In 2010, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

In his long career, Dennehy won a Laurence Olivier Award for his work on the London stage and six Primetime Emmy nominations for TV movies, including two in 1992 alone: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for his performance as John Wayne Gacy in "To Catch a Killer," and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie, for "The Burden of Proof."

In the game show world, he played "Celebrity Jeopardy!" in 1999.

A native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Dennehy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1958 and served on Okinawa until 1963. He has been married twice and has five children, including actress Elizabeth Dennehy.

The Wrap
Deadline
TV Line

posted 4/16/2020


Teller Report

ADAM ALSING: 1958-2020
Swedish Broadcaster Hosted Versions of "Jeopardy!", "Big Brother"
From Expressen

Adam Alsing, a popular Swedish broadcast with NRJ, died yesterday of complications from the novel COVID-19 at the age of 51.

Alsing was the program manager for the NRJ morning program since last year. Prior to that, he had hosted localized versions of "Win Ben Stein's Money", "Jeopardy!", "Ninja Warrior" and "Big Brother".

NRJ decided to cancel NRJ Morning, which is also presented by Klara Doktorow and Messiah Hallberg.

"All of us colleagues are obviously in great sadness and therefore we will not broadcast our morning program until further notice," says Richard Mazeret, CEO of NRJ. "We will pay tribute to Adam in different ways over the next few days at NRJ and we will also have a moment of silence at 12 noon today. It is a very heavy time for all of us and of course we think of Adam's friends and immediate family. He was an incredibly appreciated and nice colleague and friend."

Alsing is survived by his wife Annette & their two children.

Expressen
SVT

posted 4/16/2020

Fox Sports Enters the Game
Catch the Quickly Turned Around "Fox Sports The Home Game" Tonight on FS1
From Awful Announcing

Having zero sports makes things quite difficult for sports television networks during the COVID-19 pandemic (to go with stay-at-home orders, making it difficult to produce shows even if there's actually content).

In need of ways to be creative and fill time slots (without going to the archives, and while being able to produce remotely), Fox Sports is giving a sports trivia game show a shot. Fox Sports announced on Wednesday that Fox Sports: The Home Game will premiere Thursday, April 16 at 11:00 p.m. ET (just over 24 hours after the announcement, which tells you how quickly this thing came together). The Home Game will be hosted by longtime Fox Sports play-by-play man and former SportsCenter anchor, Chris Myers.

Awful Announcing
Fox Sports

posted 4/16/2020

Darragh Ennis Gets a Promotion
"The Chase's" Fearsome Five Gets a Sixth
From the Huffington Post

ITV is welcoming a new member to one of its most exclusive clubs, with the introduction of a brand new quizzing expert on teatime gameshow The Chase.

On Thursday, The Mirror reported that former contestant Darragh Ennis has been invited into the fold, as the first new addition to the Chasers since 2015.

This appeared to be confirmed by a tweet posted by Darragh, which read: "I'm really excited to be the 6th chaser on #TheChase. "I've been working hard on this for a while now and can't wait for my episodes to air. Well the ones I win anyway."

ITV has confirmed to HuffPost UK that the Twitter account in question does belong to Darragh, meaning we should expect his episodes to air in the coming months. Darragh first appeared on The Chase in 2017, scooping an impressive £9,000 for his team (around $11,200), who later all took minus offers from the Chaser, meaning his overall total was depleted.

Huffington Post
Entertainment.ie
RTE
Reality Titbit

posted 4/16/2020

WEDNESDAY: Block Party
"Masked Singer" Clipper, "LEGO Masters" Win Demos for Fox
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.316 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to a new "The Masked Singer" (6.663 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and the season finale of "LEGO Masters" (3.968 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

The silver draw was NBC (8.817 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its season finales of "Chicago Med" (9.215 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (9.333 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (7.902 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was ABC (3.528 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with fresh installments from "The Goldbergs" (4.441 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7), "Schooled" (3.346 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "American Housewife" (3.157 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Single Parents" (2.521 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (3.850 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "Survivor: Winners at War" (8.039 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (3.687 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "SWAT" (2.755 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, a new "Riverdale" (0.553 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and the season finale of "Nancy Drew" (0.489 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) closed out the night on The CW (0.521 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total numbers/A18-49)...
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 921k/0.52
- Forged in Fire (History): 916k/0.27
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 908k/0.31
- Master Minds (GSN): 560k/0.03
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 220k/0.07
- BLind Date - mid (Bravo): 138k/0.05
- The Funny Dance Show (E!): 97k/0.04

The Wrap

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/16/2020

TUESDAY: Someone Call the FBI
CBS Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (9.810 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to the season finale of "NCIS" (13.183 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) alongside a new "FBI: Most Wanted" (8.976 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and a second "FBI: Most Wanted" (7.271 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

NBC (4.871 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was the silver draw with its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.965 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), the season finale of "New Amsterdam" (5.932 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "NBC News Special Report: Coronavirus Pandemic" (3.715 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its lineup of "The Conners" (5.992 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Bless This Mess" (3.547 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Mixed-ish" (2.563 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Black-ish" (2.291 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "For Life" (2.209 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.648 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) opted for a repeat "The Masked Singer" (2.584 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and the penultimate "Empire" (2.712 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7).

And finally, closing out the evening were second runs of "The Flash" (0.449 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.297 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.0, #15) on The CW (0.373 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total numbers/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 969k/0.26
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 966k/0.27
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 666k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 602k/0.04
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 299k/0.14
- Hot Ones The Game Show (truTV): 147k/0.06


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/16/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "It's All Right"

  • Mario Lopez, John Michael Higgins go (back) to Bayside (TV Line)

  • James Holzhauer approves of collegians using the J-Rock Shove. (Uproxx)

  • #ICYMI: Nikki Glaser has split the Millionaire fandom (Popculture)

  • Howie Mandel to the rescue over small business (KSDK St. Louis)

  • CASTING COUCH: Jeopardy! heads to Sacramento (KXTV Sacramento)

  • ACTUAL HEADLINE: "The Masked Singer" was never meant to be watched in global isolation (Collider)

posted 4/16/2020

Daytime Emmys Noms on Hold... For Now.
Academy Shoots for Early to Mid-May
From Soaps.com

At the start of 2020, the National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences had big plans: a revamp of the Emmy logo and the start of its "over-the-top" digital streaming channel, which was all part of a big push to modernize the awards and the Academy itself. CEO and President of NATAS Adam Sharp was one of the key minds behind all that. But then the world's current state of health struck, and everything flew up in the air again.

Sharp has come on record to outline a timeline that would see the nominations for the annual awards be delivered in May.

Sharp said to Soaps.com, "We are going to be announcing them early – to mid-May, because we extended our judging window somewhat to account for [the current health concerns]. We're still figuring out how it'll be presented; obviously it'll be virtual, so a mix of press release and social media."

Soaps.com

posted 4/15/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "All Things Quiz"

  • Charles & Diana Ingram want to have their day in court... 20 years after the fact. And also 20 years after their first day in court. (Chronicle Live) PLUS that time they were on "Weakest Link" (The Tab)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (The Ringer)

  • Guy Fieri orders takeout (Deadline) while playing Animal Crossing (The Gamer)

  • It took a while, but first ever GBBO champ Nadiya Hussain is getting a Netflix spinoff. (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sean Evans (The AV Club)

posted 4/15/2020

ABC Lines Up Summer Fun & Games
Feud, PYL, MG Play Sundays; Holey Moley, TTTT Go Thursdays
From The Futon Critic

After earning the title of summer's No. 1 network for the first time in 24 years in 2019, ABC will once again kick off "Summer Fun & Games" with the premieres of returning series "Holey Moley II: The Sequel," "To Tell the Truth," "Celebrity Family Feud," "Press Your Luck" and "Match Game." The network also announced the premiere date for the farewell season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and a new series from ABC News, "The Genetic Detective."

"HOLEY MOLEY," the 13-episode extreme mini-golf competition series, swings into season two as "HOLEY MOLEY II: THE SEQUEL" on THURSDAY, MAY 21 (9:00 - 10:00 p.m. EDT). The sophomore season will showcase self-proclaimed mini-golf lovers from around the country as they compete head-to-head through an epic obstacle golf course. In each episode, eight contestants will put their miniature golf - and physical - skills to the test as they face off in out-of-this-world challenges on the supersized course. The winners of each episode will return to the "Holey Moley" course for the all-star grand finale, where only one will be crowned winner and claim the $250,000 prize. "Holey Moley" is produced by Eureka Productions and Unanimous Media. Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening, Charles Wachter, Michael O'Sullivan, Jeron Smith, Erick Peyton and Stephen Curry serve as executive producers. Rob Riggle, Joe Tessitore and Jeannie Mai are featured as on-camera commentators and sideline correspondent, respectively. "Holey Moley" is an original format created by Chris Culvenor of Eureka Productions. Beginning JUNE 11, the series will shift its time slot to 8:00 p.m.

Hosted by "black-ish" star Anthony Anderson, "TO TELL THE TRUTH" will debut its fifth season on THURSDAY, MAY 21 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m. EDT). The funny reimagination of the beloved game show, featuring prominent pop-culture icons and unique commentary and banter from Anderson's mother, Mama Doris, will bring the excitement to another level. In each round, the panel is presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is sworn to tell the truth while the other two use every trick they can to deceive the panel. The panel of celebrities has a chance to grill each participant before taking turns deciding who they think is telling the truth. Additional celebrity panelists this season include Ashanti, Brad Garrett, Michael Strahan, Mark Duplass, Mike Tyson, Patti LaBelle, Rita Moreno, Yara Shahidi, and many more. "To Tell the Truth" is produced by Fremantle. Alycia Rossiter is showrunner and executive producer, and Jennifer Mullin, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll and Anthony Anderson are also executive producers.

"CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD," hosted by stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy(R) Award winner Steve Harvey, will be kicking off its sixth season on SUNDAY, MAY 31 (8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EDT). The iconic game show features celebrities, along with their immediate family members or their extended TV families, going head-to-head in a contest to name the most popular responses to survey-type questions posed to 100 people for a chance to win money for a charity of their choice. This season's high-energy matchups include the casts of "Queer Eye" vs. "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," "Jersey Shore" vs. "The Hills" and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" vs. "Andy Cohen," among others. "Celebrity Family Feud" is produced by Fremantle. Jennifer Mullin is an executive producer, along with Gaby Johnston who also serves as showrunner.

"PRESS YOUR LUCK," a game of wits and strategy hosted by Elizabeth Banks returns for its season two debut on SUNDAY, MAY 31 (9:00 - 10:00 p.m. EDT). The stakes have never been higher as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes. During each game of "Press Your Luck," three contestants compete against each other answering questions to earn spins on the Big Board. Contestants then use their spins to win cash and prizes while trying to avoid the WHAMMY, who could take all of their winnings and leave them with nothing. The winning contestant moves on to the all-new bonus game to face the WHAMMY in a final battle for the opportunity to win $1 million. "Press Your Luck" is produced by Fremantle. John Quinn is showrunner and executive producer; and Jennifer Mullin, Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman are also executive producers.

Golden Globe(R) and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin is back and ready to BLANK when "MATCH GAME" returns for season five this summer on SUNDAY, MAY 31 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m. EDT). Produced by Fremantle, the bawdy panel game features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000, as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-blank. Upcoming celebrity panelists include Amy Sedaris, Angie Harmon, Bob Saget, Christie Brinkley, Fred Armisen, Jane Krakowski, Padma Lakshmi and Vivica A. Fox, among many others. "Match Game" is executive produced by Scott St. John, Alec Baldwin, Mallory Schwartz and Fremantle's Jennifer Mullin.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

Deadline
Laughing Place
WBND Elkhart South Bend
Gold Derby
B&C

posted 4/14/2020

Alex Trebek... This Is Your Life
"The Answer Is" to Hit Bookshelves July
From The Wrap

Alex Trebek's new memoir, "The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life," comes out July 21.

Simon & Schuster confirmed the release Tuesday, giving the forthcoming book a landing page on its website, which announces, "For over three decades, Trebek had resisted countless appeals to write a book about his life."

In the book, the longtime "Jeopardy!" host writes about how the outpouring of love and support after his 2019 announcement of a cancer diagnosis changed his mind: "I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering on for the past year."

The book will feature anecdotes along with Trebek's own musings, which will provide insight into the life and thoughts of the man who has appeared in American homes five nights a week since 1984.

The Wrap
Los Angeles Times

MSN
Hollywood Reporter

The Hill

posted 4/14/2020

SYNDIES: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending April 5
From TV Newscheck

Although most daytime shows were shredded by massive preemptions for coronavirus news coverage throughout the session ending April 5, Live with Kelly and Ryan was a standout, holding on to almost all of its large increase in the previous frame and easily topping the talkers for a second 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
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.2 -1%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 -1%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -19%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.3 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.9 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6 NC


TV Newscheck

B&C
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 4/14/2020

MONDAY: Voice Louder Than Heart
"Voice" Wins Night, "Bachelor" Spinoff Falls Flat
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.079 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the network to beat on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (9.755 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and the return of "Songland" (4.728 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

FOX (5.615 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) shared in the demo honors with an original "9-1-1" (7.353 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) followed by the special "TMZ Investigates: Tiger King - What Really Went Down?" (3.878 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.748 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and fresh installments from "The Neighborhood" (7.155 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (6.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), "All Rise" (6.003 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Bull" (7.292 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.865 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up the premieres of "The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart" (2.974 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "The Baker and the Beauty" (2.648 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.760 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed the evening with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.963 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.808 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.634 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

Cable numbers for Monday (total numbers/A18-49)...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.197m/0.26
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 635k/0.16
- Master Minds (Food): 612k/0.05


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posted 4/14/2020

More "Factorious" Coming
Matt Iseman to Host Podcast Game Show
From Endeavor Content

Endeavor Content and production company Keller/Noll launched "Factorious" on Tuesday, a game show podcast led by television host Matt Iseman. The trivia series offers contestants clues and relevant facts to win cash prizes, with guidance from Iseman, of "American Ninja Warrior," and a previous winner himself of "The Celebrity Apprentice." He's a four-time Emmy nominee, "Today" contributor and the host of "Live Rescue" on A&E, about first responders.

Endeavor Content serves as executive producer alongside Cleve Keller and Dave Noll, who are behind projects as the "Chopped" franchise on Food Network, CBS syndication's "Face the Truth," Fox's "Punchline" and the game show "America Says." The company recently reached 3,300 episodes of produced content.

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posted 4/14/2020

It's a Dog Eat Dog World
Two Rivers Media to Import "America's Top Dog"
From Deadline

A+E Networks' canine competition America's Top Dog has been optioned in the UK and Ireland by Two Rivers Media.

America's Top Dog premiered last year on A&E in the U.S., with four police K9 teams competing against a civilian team on a big obstacle course each episode for the title of Top Dog.

The show was created by MGM's Big Fish Entertainment and hosted by Fox NFL Sunday's Curt Menefee and former Secret Service member Nick White.

Two Rivers Media, run by former STV Productions boss Alan Clements, will take the show out to UK broadcasters. Its option was supported by the National Lottery through Screen Scotland's Broadcast Content Fund.

Mirella Breda, Two Rivers' head of entertainment, said: "As soon as we saw America's Top Dog, we knew that this was a fresh and exciting way to celebrate the unique bond between dogs and their owners. I can see why it's been such a huge hit in the States – it's got that magic combination of high octane challenges and big emotional stories."

Robyn Hurd, VP of content sales EMEA at A+E Networks International, added: "We are so excited to be working with the wonderful team at Two Rivers and excited to bring Top Dog to screens in the UK and Ireland."

Deadline

posted 4/14/2020

Deal or No Deal Heads to Lottery
Lottoland to Make Game in the UK
From iGB

Lottery betting operator Lottoland has launched a new online lotto game based on hit UK television game show 'Deal or No Deal'.

'Deal or No Deal Lotto' challenges players to select six numbers from 1 to 49 and match as many as possible via Lottoland's instant win draw. Should players match any numbers, they will progress to the next round where they will have the chance to multiply their win by playing against the 'banker', like contestants on the television show.

"Deal or No Deal was an iconic game show presented by the legendary Noel Edmonds and we are thrilled to be able to offer this as our latest TV-branded lotto game," Lottoland chief executive Nigel Birrell said. "We are always trying to find new ways to innovate in the sector and bring more choice to our customers – we plan to have a lot of fun with this lotto game and look forward to seeing how our customers get on when trying to beat the banker themselves."

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posted 4/14/2020

WEEKEND: This Is Me
"Idol" Tops the Night, CBS Wins Totals
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.536 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) led the demo race on Sunday with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.716 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) followed by "American Idol" (5.826 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "The Rookie" (4.776 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

CBS (7.041 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was the number two draw with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (9.560 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "God Friended Me" (5.847 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.715 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.041 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.010 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with a rebroacdast of "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" (3.170 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and a special "Dateline NBC" (2.744 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.154 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) opted for repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.100 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), "Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade" (1.035 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), another "The Simpsons" (1.256 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Duncanville" (1.065 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (1.163 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Family Guy" (1.305 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, second runs of "Batwoman" (0.488 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and "Supergirl" (0.315 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.402 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Sunday (total numbers/A18-49)...
- Buddy vs. Duff (Food): 1.386m/0.38
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.007m/0.26

On Friday, ABC (3.941 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) pulled in front on Friday with a new "Shark Tank" (4.826 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and a repeat "20/20" (3.499 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (6.379 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was the most-watched broadcaster with a new "MacGyver" (6.374 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), the return of "Magnum P.I." (7.213 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.551 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8).

Next up was NBC (3.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its duo of "The Blacklist" (4.834 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.361 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.304 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) offered up its weekly "WWE SmackDown" (2.304 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.555 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Charmed" (0.727 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9) and "Dynasty" (0.384 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10).

Cable numbers for Friday (total numbers/A18-49)...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 731k/0.34
- Master Minds (GSN): 651k/0.08
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 560k/0.27
- American Ninja Warrior Junior (Universal Kids): 62k/0.02

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posted 4/14/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "All Things Quiz"

  • Michael Sheen is starring in "Quiz". You'd think ITV would get his name right (Digital Spy) He also wants to host, so... (Metro)

  • Jeremy Clarkson gives his verdict on "Quiz" (Digital Spy)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: See how it all went down 19 years to the day after it did (The Mirror)

  • If you're reading this, you're not an idiot, and you know Jeopardy! tapes episodes well in advance. This is for the benefit of those who don't know that. (Distractify)

  • Lady Gaga gets an invite to "Listen to Your Heart" (Gold Derby) plus more episodes may be on the way (Gold Derby) and Tyler Cameron shades Jed Wyatt on Twitter and why is this even. (Reality TV World)

  • Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel, Alicia Keys, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, Pharrell Williams, Usher, and... some other people are putting on a show together. At home (Deadline)

  • Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani perform together (apart) on "The Tonight Show" (Reality TV World)

  • Val Chmerkovskiy & Jenna Johnson celebrate 1 year (Reality TV World)

  • Songland hasn't been back 24 hours, and Lady Antebellum has already charted on it (The Wrap)

  • Eamonn Holmes can't stop running his mouth about COVID-19 conspiracies. So naturally, Ofcom comes knockin' (Deadline)

posted 4/14/2020


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TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR: 1940-2020
"The Goodies" Comedian Hosted "Beat the Nation"
From the Wrap

Tim Brooke-Taylor, star of the hit 70s BBC comedy show "The Goodies," died on Sunday after contracting coronavirus, according to his agent. He was 79.

Brooke-Taylor got his start at the famous Cambridge University theatre club Footlights, where he performed alongside future "Goodies" co-stars Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden and "Monty Python" legends John Cleese and Graham Chapman. He then transitioned into radio, appearing on multiple BBC shows including the comedy program "I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again," where he worked again with his fellow Footlights performers.

But it was in 1970 when Brooke-Taylor, along with Oddie and Garden, got his big break with "The Goodies," a hit sketch/sitcom show that ran for 12 years on BBC. Many of the episodes featured the trio as a group of oddjob workers that declared in a slogan that "We Do Anything, Anytime." The show was one of the first to use stop-motion animation and frequently used parodies of pop songs that ended up ranking on the U.K. charts.

Along with "The Goodies" Brooke-Taylor was known as a panelist for the show "I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue," which he appeared on regularly dating back to its debut in 1972. He also reunited with Garden in 2014 for the Channel 4 daytime game show "Beat the Nation."

Brooke-Taylor, who is survived by his wife and two sons, was honored by many famous legends in the British comedy scene including actor Stephen Fry, as well as his fellow "Goodies."

"Fifty years and he only got cross with me once… well maybe twice… no quite a lot actually!" tweeted Bill Oddie. "No one could wear silly costumes or do dangerous stunts like Tim. I know it hurt cos he used to cry a lot. Sorry Timbo. A true visual comic and a great friend."

"Thank you everyone who has sent kind messages about the loss of Tim," added Graeme Garden. "It's devastating to lose a friend and colleague of 50+ years. Fun, sociable and adorably silly, Tim was a class act. Our thoughts are with his family."

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posted 4/13/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "One Build to End Them All"

  • VIDEO WALL: A preview of the season finale of "LEGO Masters" introduces a twist (TV Line)

  • Katy Perry admits "Idol" live shows will have to be VERY CREATIVE. (Reality TV World)

  • Bob Iger returns to Disney in the wake of the pandemic (The Wrap)

  • "The Bachelorette" looking at filming an entire season in a single location (Us) plus Chris Harrison on why "Listen to Your Heart" didn't film in the mansion (Reality TV World)

  • Scott Rogowsky's second second chapter - as the "COVID Letterman" of "IsoLate Night" (Forbes)

  • Okay so Kelley Flanagan was NOT locked in a closet... (Entertainment Tonight)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (WTSP Tampa)

posted 4/13/2020

Queens in Secret
VH1 Sets "Secret Celebrity Drag Race" for May
From The Futon Critic

VH1 today announced that "RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race," an expansion of the Emmy(R) award-winning franchise, will premiere on Friday, April 24th at 9:30pm ET/PT following an all-new episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race."

"Untucked" will move to 11:00pm ET/PT to make room for the fierce stars. During this four-part event series, the audience must tune-in to find out which film, music, television, and comedy stars will be featured in the competition.

Each week, a trio of celebrities open up their heart and mind to the transformative power of drag, embracing the inner fierce queen inside of them. They all step onto the runway feeling beautiful, powerful and inspired in their own way, realizing that drag doesn't change who they are, but reveals who they are.

With the help of beloved "Queen Supremes" Alyssa Edwards, Asia O'Hara, Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, Monét X Change, Monique Heart, Nina West, Trinity the Tuck, Trixie Mattel and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, the celebrities undergo a drag transformation and compete in fan-favorite challenges to win prize money for the charity of their choice. At the end of every episode, RuPaul will crown "America's Next Celebrity Drag Race Superstar."

"RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race is a blast," said four-time Emmy(R) Award-winning host and Executive Producer RuPaul. "We put these celebrities through it! Because no matter how famous your charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent is, you still put your pantyhose on one leg at a time."

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posted 4/102020

Bobby Bones: The Game Show
"Super Easy Trivia" To Air on His Social Channels
From TV Line

Bobby Bones is livening up fans' self-quarantines with the premiere of his game show, Super Easy Trivia. The show airs on Bones' IGTV, YouTube Channel and Facebook every Tuesday and Friday at 10:00am CT and features special guests including celebrities, Bones' friends and The Bobby Bones Show listeners. Guests have included Jake Owen, Andy Roddick, Travis Denning and more, and each guests video chats in from their homes to play. The show is hosted by Bones and is formatted in multiple knock-out rounds of "easy" rapid-fire trivia and the final contestant earns themselves $100.

"I've always loved game shows and thought this would be a fun way for us all to connect while we're home and take a break from the nonstop tough news we're constantly being given," Bones said in a statement. "Share with your friends and join us!"

Bones started the show on April 3, and the third episode on Friday, April 10 includes Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus, Denning, Matt Jones from Kentucky Sports Radio, several of Bones' friends and a few listeners. "This is the newest, hottest game show sweeping the Internet," Bones said during the most recent episode's intro. "So new and so hot that Leonardo DiCaprio has already tried to date it. I'm your host and I may be wearing a suit on the top half, but trust me friends, I'm full Winnie the Pooh from here down," he continued, pointing to his waist and describing the situation of the majority of people taking Zoom calls while working from home.

Each episode is between 15 and 20 minutes long and is the perfect amount of time to get your brain moving during the long days of quarantine, with questions including "What breed of dog is commonly associated with firehouses" and "If you wanted to make syrup, what kind of tree would you tap." When a contestant missed a question, Bones let her stay in the game if she revealed an embarrassing fact about herself. Bones chooses a few lucky listeners to participate along with his friends and celebrities through email — he asks fans to send in an email on his Instagram Story on Tuesdays and Fridays to choose the contestants for what he calls "The easiest and dumbest game show on the internet." Try your hand at entering or play along from home — Friday's episode is above and the next one will be here on Tuesday.

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posted 4/10/2020

PK Subban: The Game Show
NHL to Carry Homebrew Game Show
From CBS SPorts

While the season is on pause, the NHL decided to find a new way to get their big-name athletes on television with fresh new content: a trivia game show. New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban is the host of "NHL Hat Trick Trivia," a weekly, 30-minute program where contestants answer up to three questions for a chance to win prizes like two tickets to any game next season.

Subban is hosting the show out of his Los Angeles home, while contestants will be filmed from their respective homes. There will even be a guest player every week. Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Pat Maroon filled that role this week.

"For me, it is exciting to help during this time," Subban said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "I know how tough it is not only for the NHL, but all the professional sports leagues out there. I think when players can step up and show they care about the league - we can be divided a lot of times - but I think this is a great time for us to show people how much we care about the game and care about the fans."

The prizes will be on a tiered scale. One question right gets the contestant a free hat, two gets them a jersey and a third gets them the tickets. However, they lose everything with just one wrong question.

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posted 4/10/2020

THURSDAY: Grey's Checks Out for the Season
ABC Wins Outright
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday thanks to a new "Station 19" (7.510 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), the season finale of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.314 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and a new "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.972 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

CBS (5.703 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was the silver draw with a repeat of "Young Sheldon" (6.872 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) followed by new episodes of "Man with a Plan" (6.031 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), another "Man with a Plan" (5.586 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Broke" (5.220 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Tommy" (5.253 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was FOX (2.495 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "Last Man Standing" (4.066 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) alongside repeats of "Last Man Standing" (2.610 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Mental Samurai" (1.651 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.362 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up a repeat "Superstore" (2.661 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), new episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.121 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Will & Grace" (2.673 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Indebted" (1.409 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.653 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, special encores of "Arrow" (0.579 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.471 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.525 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.001m/0.25
- Top Chef All-Stars LA (Bravo): 911k/0.29
- Master Minds (P/GSN): 521k/0.05


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posted 4/10/2020

Good Friday Lightning Round
... or "Goodnight"

  • Matt ISeman reads you a bedtime story... Ninja Warrior style (ANW Nation)

  • Temptation Island couple Morgan & Evan break up. Shocker. (Reality TV World)

  • Chris Harrison is not going to film "The Bachelorette" "unless it's safe" (Glamour)

  • UPDATE: Federal judge to MGM: No seriously... HAND OVER THE APPRENTICE TAPES! (Deadline)

posted 4/10/2020


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WEDNESDAY: Hello, Goodbye
"Masked Singer" Gives Fox the Win, "Modern Family" Scores High, "Millionaire" Shows Up
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.797 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held off the demo competition on Wednesday with originals from "The Masked Singer" (7.695 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "LEGO Masters" (3.898 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

ABC (6.817 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) had to settle for second despite its mix of "Modern Family: A Modern Farewell" (6.717 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), part of the "Modern Family" (7.575 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) finale, part two of "Modern Family" (7.293 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and the return of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (6.298 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Next up was NBC (8.575 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with fresh installments from "Chicago Med" (8.953 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Chicago Fire" (8.919 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (7.853 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "Survivor: Winners at War" (7.784 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "SEAL Team" (4.991 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "SWAT" (3.899 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a special repeat of "The Flash" (0.461 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a new "Nancy Drew" (0.554 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.507 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.006k/0.31
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 927k/0.53
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 838k/0.27
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 793k/0.27
- Master Minds (P/GSN): 534k/0.03
- The Funny Dance Show (E!): 123k/0.05

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posted 4/9/2020

Cirque du Netflix
French Version Premieres
From Bustle

People usually don't admit out loud that they want to be perceived as cool online, but Netflix's reality TV show/game show The Circle unabashedly embraces the desire for digital popularity. What began as a 2018 British show has since turned into a series of successful Netflix spin-offs, first starring an American and then a Brazilian cast. Now that a French version is making its debut April 9 The Circle France cast Instagrams are a great way to get an early glimpse at who we can expect to see vying for €100,000 and the title of top influencer.

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posted 4/9/2020

Not So Fast, Quibi.
Days Before Launch, Israeli Firm Files Suit
From Deadline

Quibi launched earlier this week with its much hyped Turnstyle feature, but Eko will get their day in court for a preliminary injunction over the motion flipping technology sooner rather than later, it seems.

"Based on a review of Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for Accelerated Hearing Date and Briefing Schedule and the opposition filed by Defendant, sufficient good cause has been shown for the relief requested by the Application," U.S. District Court Judge John A. Kronstadt said in a curt order made public today.

With the Jeffrey Katzenberg founded mobile platform given until April 15 to reply with an opposition motion, the hearing is now presently set for May 4 in DTLA.

"Plaintiff JBF Interlude 2009 Ltd. – Israel seeks a preliminary injunction enjoining Defendant Quibi Holdings LLC from misappropriating Eko's proprietary technology for mobile device optimized 'Real Time Switching'," says a filing made Wednesday in federal court on behalf of Eko, the tech company trying to hit the brakes on the launch of heavily hyped Quibi, the Jeffrey Katzenberg- and Meg Whitman-shepherded mobile streaming service that goes live in five days with a plethora of short-form programming.

"This trade secret technology, which is a critical part of Eko's technology platform, had been shared with Quibi employees under multiple non-disclosure agreements," Eko claims via its lawyers at Goodwin Procter, in language and desired outcomes echoing its March 10 lawsuit that came a day after Quibi first took Eko to court.

If that whirlwind doesn't give you some corporate flop sweat, today's obviously intentional jacking up of the stakes might in this time of the COVID-19 crisis.

"In reality, Eko owns the technology and promptly asked Quibi to cease and desist," an accompanying flourish filled memorandum of points (read it here) from Eko's parent company says of the slow-burn confrontation between the parties over the past few months. "In response, Quibi sent an untruthful letter and then filed a declaratory judgment action," according to the 30-page paperwork submitted to U.S. District Court in California.

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posted 4/9/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Idol Chef"

  • Kelly Clarkson to visit "Top Chef" (Gold Derby)

  • Tyler Cameron meets someone with a dog and her luggage. We are not kidding. (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: 5 reasons why Survivor must continue (and 5 reasons why Survivor must end) (Screen Rant)

  • Joel McHale channels his inner Tiger King (The Wrap)

  • Whatever happened to Chris Tarrant (iNews)

  • Kelley Flanagan was trapped in a closet on "The Bachelor". We are not kidding. (Gold Derby)

  • a federal judge to MGM: hand over the Apprentice tapes (The Wrap)

posted 4/8/2020

TUESDAY: CBS Skews Old. Again
Fox Wins Demo, New "Game of Games" Competes
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.922 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) pulled in front among adults 18-49 on Tuesday with the season finale of "The Resident" (4.918 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and a new "Empire" (2.925 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

NBC (3.782 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) was a close second with a new "Ellen's Game of Games" (5.387 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), a repeat "New Amsterdam" (2.640 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and another "NBC News Special Report: Coronavirus Pandemic" (3.319 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

ABC (3.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) likewise shared the silver with its mix of "The Conners" (6.226 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Bless This Mess" (3.901 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Mixed-ish" (2.954 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Black-ish" (2.734 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "For Life" (2.344 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.587 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "NCIS" (7.785 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "FBI" (6.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (5.075 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.551 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with special repeats of "Supergirl" (0.619 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Batwoman" (0.484 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Chopped (SP/Food): 1.145m/0.33
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 864k/0.28
- Ink Msater: Turf War (PAramount): 632k/0.19
- Master Minds (P/GSN): 534k/0.03
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 329k/0.16
- Hot Ones The Game Show (truTV): 197k/0.11


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/8/2020

The Aftermask
Fox, Nick Cannon to Host Virtual Aftershow
From Deadline

Nick Cannon will host an upcoming aftershow "on a virtual stage" for Fox's hit series The Masked Singer.

Beginning April 22, The Masked Singer: After The Mask will air immediately following the singing competition at 9/8c, continuing on the following three Wednesdays, April 29, May 6 and May 13, at the same time.

Fox says the aftershow will feature major celebrity guests discussing that night's best moments, stunts, games, along with impromptu musical performances. After the Mask will fill Lego Masters' timeslot, which wraps its first season on April 15.

The Masked Singer, down to its final eight contestants, continues tonight with a one-hour episode.

Deadline
The Wrap
The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 4/8/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Strange Days at the Sony Lot"

  • Wheel's returning contestant explained (Cinema Blend)

  • Ellen DeGeneres compares quarantine to prison, and then the internet happened (WGNO New Orleans)

  • Yvette Nicole Brown calls Ken Jeong bubby (The Wrap)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Hot Ones the Game Show (Detroit News)

  • An episode of Jeopardy! did not predict COVID-19 no matter what Twitter says (The Daily Dot)

  • Shawn Wallace takes on Kiwis during quarantine (New Zealand Herald)

  • VIDEO WALL: Relive Regis on the first episode of "Millionaire" (Primetimer)

posted 4/8/2020


TBS

May Is About to Get Miserable
Season 2 of "The Misery Index" to Air May 14
From Deadline

The Misery Index TBS has set Thursday, May 14, for the Season 2 premiere of its comedy game show The Misery Index.

Hosted by Jameela Jamil with comedy group the Tenderloins as panelists, The Misery Index debuted in 2019 with strong ratings, reaching more than 38 million viewers across linear, VOD, and digital platforms.

Inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens, The Misery Index features teams competing against each other by attempting to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events based on the "misery index," a ranking system created by a team of psychologists.

This season will feature special themed episodes including dueling grandmothers, a visit from one of the Tenderloins' family members and a showdown between motherlands.

The Misery Index was developed by comedy writer Andy Breckman, along with Ben & Dan Newmark for Grandma's House Entertainment. The series is executive produced by Breckman, the Newmarks, Michael Bloom for Bongo Pictures, Howard Klein for 3Arts Entertainment and Jack Martin, who also serves as showrunner..

Deadline
The Futon Critic
Cadillac News

posted 4/7/2020

SYNDIES: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending March 29
From TV Newscheck

Now you know what everyone ordered to stay home was actually doing — they were watching Live with Kelly and Ryan, which rocketed 18% week to week and easily topped the talk shows in the session ending March 29, drawing a daily crowd of 3.7 million viewers.

Each of the game shows has either matched or beat its season best.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.3 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.2 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1* +10%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.3* +18%
- America Says (Sony) 0.9* +13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6* +20%


TV Newscheck

B&C
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 4/7/2020

More on "Jedi Temple Challenge"
Details from the Host Himself, Ahmed Best
From /FILM

Last December, Lucasfilm revealed that the first Star Wars-themed game show was in the works and that it would be arriving on Disney+ this year. It's called Jedi Temple Challenge, and it's hosted by former Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best.

In a new interview, Best says that production has been completed on the first season of the show, and while we await a more specific release date, he explained what he feels is missing from Star Wars these days and how this show aims to restore those aspects to the franchise.

Think "Legends of the Hidden Temple, but Star Wars-themed," and you have the basic idea of what this new show will be. But instead of a khaki-clad Kirk Fogg explaining the rules, Best will play a Jedi Master who guides the kid contestants through challenges, and he's joined by "a hilarious humanoid droid companion, voiced by Mary Holland (VEEP, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre)."

In a new interview with Jamie Stangroom on YouTube, Best confirmed his Jedi master is a character within the Star Wars mythology, and not meant to simply be the actor dressed up in robes.

"There are a lot of things I think missing from Star Wars nowadays, but a big part of it is folding into the mythology in a way where the mythology is the star, and being able to tell a story and get out of the way of it being Star Wars," he said. "I like the mythology of Star Wars more than anything else, so I like the fact that I get to be this Jedi master and not me, because I am not, as Ahmed Best, a part of the Star Wars universe. And the suspense of disbelief doesn't really happen for the kids if me, Ahmed Best, is the host."

Best went on to point out the biggest flaw he sees in the current Star Wars landscape: "This is the thing I think Star Wars is falling short of now: there really isn't very much to believe in anymore. The lack of faith in the mythology is really the thing I find to be missing. We don't talk about the Force anymore in the Star Wars movies. We're really about lineage and legacy and line and technology. But the thing that made Star Wars work was the Force. There were two sides: the light side, and the dark side. But we all believed in the Force…that's what worked in the Lucasverse when it came to Star Wars."

/FILM

BingePost

posted 4/7/2020

MONDAY: This Is the Loudest Voice
NBC Wins the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (9.493 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the season finale of "Manifest" (4.583 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

CBS (6.722 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) was the silver draw with its mix of "The Neighborhood" (7.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (6.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "All Rise" (6.078 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Bull" (7.132 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.321 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with repeats of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.106 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), another "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.884 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and the special "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises" (2.972 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.848 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for encores of "9-1-1" (2.357 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America" (1.340 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.765 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.969 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.881 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.605 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Spring Break Championship (Food): 1.373m/0.30
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 907k/0.22
- Master Minds (P/GSN): 583k/0.08


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/7/2020

WEEKEND: CBS Says Aloha
ABC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.422 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) took home top honors on Friday with its combination of "MacGyver" (7.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), the series finale of "Hawaii Five-0" (9.349 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.806 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

ABC (3.968 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a close second with originals from "Shark Tank" (5.226 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "20/20" (3.340 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was NBC (4.031 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with its duo of "The Blacklist" (4.706 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (3.693 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.374 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up "WWE SmackDown" (2.374 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.469 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "Charmed" (0.619 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Dynasty" (0.320 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 708k/0.36
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 560k/0.28


ABC (6.470 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was still the demo champ on Sunday with its trio of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "American Idol" (6.905 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "The Rookie" (5.846 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

A close second was CBS (7.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with its mix of "60 Minutes" (9.855 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "ACM Presents: Our Country" (7.727 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and a repeat "Garth & Trisha: Live!" (4.689 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Next up was NBC (2.493 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its original quartet of "Little Big Shots" (3.081 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Wall" (3.080 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.009 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Good Girls" (1.804 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.147 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) served up repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.109 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), "Bob's Burgers" (0.985 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), another "The Simpsons" (1.314 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Duncanville" (1.041 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.137 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Family Guy" (1.297 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, second runs of "Batwoman" (0.398 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Supergirl" (0.345 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the evening on The CW (0.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Buddy vs. Duff (Food): 1.134m/0.31
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 893k/0.26


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/7/2020

#Fab15
Jeopardy! College Championship Begins Today!
From IBT

On Monday night, "Jeopardy!" fans will be able to tune in to see the beginning of the 2020 College Championship. Each year, the Alex Trebek-hosted trivia show invites a group of deserving students to appear and compete for the $100K grand prize.

According to the official "Jeopardy!" website, the 15 students competing this year will come from a variety of schools, including Princeton University, Florida State University, Penn State, and others.

Over 100 schools have been featured in the tournament throughout its 30-year history. Harvard students made the most appearances with 15 contestants, which is followed by a three-way tie between Stanford, University of Michigan, and Northwestern. Even though Harvard has had the largest amount of students make their way onto the "Jeopardy!" stage, they fell short of having more than one winner among their alumni. That honor currently goes to Stanford as they are the only college to take home more than one title.

As for what viewers can expect to see this year, executive producer Harry Friedman shared that they selected a group of students from "a wide variety of colleges and universities — big and small, public and private, from different areas of the country." He then added that there will be "a mix of standard 'Jeopardy!' material and categories or clues that are geared more toward their demographic" when it comes to the questions themselves.

IBT
TV Insider

posted 4/6/2020

Quibi Is On the Air!
On Tap - Three New Game Shows
From Vox

The easiest question to answer about Quibi is the one I'm most frequently asked: Just what is Quibi, anyway?

Quibi is short for "quick bites" — though you don't pronounce it "quih-bye" (to rhyme with "rib-eye") but, instead, "quih-bee," to rhyme with the name "Libby." It's a new streaming service built from the ground up for mobile devices, and some of the names behind it include media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg (who worked at Disney Animation during its renaissance, then started Dreamworks Animation and was instrumental in making such films as Shrek and Prince of Egypt) and CEO Meg Whitman, who is the former CEO of eBay.

There's a lot of money behind Quibi: As The Verge pointed out just last month, the service had raised nearly $2 billion in seed money before anybody saw a single frame of programming. With that much cash in its coffers and with folks like Katzenberg and Whitman involved, you'd expect Quibi to be new and original, wildly innovative, or at least stuffed full of great programming.

Quibi is none of those things. Its central aim is to present short-form programming, so every episode of every one of its shows is under 10 minutes long, and many are quite a bit shorter than that. (I watched a couple in the five-minute range.) Quibi's embrace of short-form content is supposed to be its killer new idea, the must-see that will compel you to pony up $5 a month to watch with ads and $8 a month to watch without.

So what does the service have to offer game show fans?
- DISHMANTLED: a show in which contestants have to try and recreate a dish after having it blasted at their faces via an explosive food cannon. (Tempting the collapse of the singularity even further, "Dishmantled" is also hosted by former "30 Rock" guest star Tituss Burgess.)
- SINGLED OUT: a reboot of the MTV original series from the 90s, hosted by Keke Palmer & Joel Kim Booster. Instead of casting a wide net for singles who just want to be on camera, the unwitting contestants have to whittle down a group of people they already have familiarity with through some social media connection, which makes for some genuine moments of surprise when they're finally revealed.
- GAYME SHOW!: Comedians Matt Rogers & Dave Mizzoni host as two straight-identifying contestants go head-to-head with a celebrity "life partner" as they face a series of physical and mental challenges. The winner of each round is given the tongue-in-check title of "Queen of the Straights."

Vox
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
Huffington Post

posted 4/6/2020

James Taylor to Take on Mega Mentor
Knockouts Begin on "The Voice" April 13
From The Futon Critic

Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning music icon James Taylor will serve as the Mega Mentor on Season 18 of NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."

As "The Voice" Mega Mentor, Taylor will join the coaches to mentor the artists remaining from the Battle Rounds and prepare each team for the Knockout Rounds, which will begin airing Monday, April 13 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).

During the Knockout Rounds, the artists will be paired against a teammate once more, but this time they will each select their own song to perform individually while their direct competitor watches and waits. The coaches alone will choose the winner from their team to advance. Each coach will have one steal in the Knockouts.

In a new twist for the show this season, the four artists that were saved by their individual coaches during the Battle Rounds will not automatically advance in the competition. Instead, those artists will compete in the first Four-Way Knockout. Each of the four artists will receive individualized coaching and rehearsals with their coach and Mega Mentor James Taylor in preparation for the Four-Way Knockout. However, the winner will ultimately be chosen by America. At the top of the final Knockouts episode, voting will open for America to choose which of the four artists moves forward in the competition after their performances. Then, at the beginning of the first Live Show, host Carson Daly will reveal which of the four artists was voted through by America, and that artist will continue to the Live Shows with their original team. .

The Futon Critic

posted 4/6/2020


Mirror

JAMES DRURY: 1934-2020
"The Virginian" Played "Hollywood Squares" Among Others
From the Wrap

James Drury, who starred in one of the longest running Westerns in TV history, "The Virginian," has died. He was 85.

His assistant, Karen Lindsey, shared the news on Facebook Monday, writing that he "passed away this morning of natural causes."

While his most famous role was "The Virginian," Drury also starred in Westerns on the big screen, including 1959's "Good Day for Hanging," 1960's "Ten Who Dares" and "Ride the High Country." His other credits include "Love Me Tender," alongside Elvis Presley, and "Bernardine," opposite Pat Boone.

"The Virginian" was based on Owen Wister's 1902 novel of the same name and ran on NBC for nine seasons, from 1962 to 1971. It was launched by executive producer Roy Huggins ("Maverick," "The Fugitive") and his father-in-law Frank Price, who would go on to run Columbia and Universal Pictures. Drury, along with co-star Doug McClure, was the only cast member to appear on all 249 episodes.

Drury was born on April 18 in New York City and, at the age of 10, contracted polio. Just two years later, he began his professional acting career in a tour company of "Life With Father." He then signed a contract with MGM in 1954, where he had roles in "The Tender Trap" with Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds and the sci-fi classic "The Forbidden Planet."

In the game show realm, he spent time playing "The Hollywood Squares", "It's Your Bet", "It Takes Two", "Name Droppers", and "You Don't Say"..

The Wrap

posted 4/6/2020


NBC NEws

HONOR BLACKMAN: 1925-2020
Bond Girl, "Avengers" Star Played Games in the UK
From the Wrap

Honor Blackman, the British actress best known for her roles in the '60s TV series "The Avengers" and as Pussy Galore in the James Bond film "Goldfinger," has died at the age of 94.

Blackman died of natural causes and surrounded by loved one at her home in Lewes, Sussex, her family said in a statement to The Guardian. They added that she "will be greatly missed by her two children Barnaby and Lottie, and grandchildren Daisy, Oscar, Olive and Toby."

The family added: "Honor was an actor of hugely prolific creative talent; with an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess, along with her unique voice and a dedicated work ethic, she achieved an unparalleled iconic status in the world of film and entertainment and with absolute commitment to her craft and total professionalism in all her endeavours she contributed to some of the great films and theatre productions of our times."

Blackman's decades-long career included film, television and theater work. Her roles as Cathy Gale in "The Avengers" series, which ran from 1962-1964, and Pussy Galore in the 1964 "Goldfinger" film earned her particular notoriety, along with her roles as Hera in 1963's "Jason and the Argonauts" and Laura West in "The Upper Hand," which ran from 1990-1996 on ITV.

She also added singer to her resume in the '60s, recording and releasing music through the early 2000s.

Blackman was born in 1925 in east London and went on to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1940. She was married and divorced twice, adopting two children with her second husband.

In the game show realm, she featured on "Blankety Blank", "Celebrity Ready Steady Cook", "Masterchef", "Give Us a Clue", "Winner Takes All", "Whodunnit?", "Going for a Song", "The Movie Quiz", "Call My Bluff", "The Golden Shot", and "Juke Box Jury".

The Wrap

posted 4/6/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Ellen's Game of Ninjas"

  • Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila will guest on "Ellen's Game of Games" (ANW Nation)

  • Nick Cannon is set to start his talker this fall (Deadline)

  • Brian Stokes Mitchell diagnosed with COVID-19 (Deadline)

  • So what is Regis up to now? (Distractify)

  • Seeing less of Sherry Pie on "Drag Race"? You're not the only one. Here's why that will continue to the best of VH1's ability (Gold Derby)

  • Michelle Money thanks Bachelor Nation for support during a family crisis (Gold Derby)

  • VIDEO WALL: We THOUGHT Makayla Phillips looked familiar (Gold Derby)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Lowe (Deadline).

posted 4/6/2020

Nippon TV Puts the World on Mute
Worldwide Rights Available for "Mute It!"
From TBI

Japan's Nippon TV is offering worldwide format rights to its new primetime gameshow Mute It!, which recently aired on the network.

The family-friendly studio-based format was created for and produced by Nippon TV and is available in 30-to-120-minute episodes. It sees contestants play four stages of game in the 'hall of silence', a custom-built studio filled with difficult challenges for the players to accomplish, along with numerous sound straps. Players must pass these challenges without making any sound louder than 50db – or else the 'sound watchman' will take them away. Those that make it to the end, however, are in with the chance of winning a cash prize.

"Given our prior success with the enormously popular Silent Library, we are pleased to be presenting Mute it!, a game of silence, unlike any other game show,:" said Atsushi Sogo, president of international business development at Nippon TV. "[The format] pushes the limits of human concentration and balance whereby if a contestant makes any sound at all they are immediately disqualified from the game. Mute It! brings a breath of fresh air to a world normally filled by loud game shows."

TBI Vision
C21 Media

posted 4/3/2020

THURSDAY: Return of the Samurai
Second-Run for Fox Game Left at the Starting Gate
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.820 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held off the demo competition on Thursday with originals from "Station 19" (7.290 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "Grey's Anatomy" (7.139 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) plus the return of "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

CBS (7.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was a close second with its debut lineup of "Young Sheldon" (9.992 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Man with a Plan" (7.137 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Mom" (7.622 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Broke" (7.050 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Tommy" (5.510 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was FOX (2.667 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "Last Man Standing" (4.105 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) followed by repeats of "Last Man Standing" (2.795 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Mental Samurai" (1.884 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.565 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up its mix of "Superstore" (3.291 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.203 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), a repeat "Will & Grace" (1.510 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), "Indebted" (1.358 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.513 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.333 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for repeats of "Katy Keene" (0.413 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) and "Legacies" (0.254 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.0, #18) to close out the night.

Thursday cable numbers are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/3/2020

Tag... You're It!
"Ultimate Tag" Gets May 20 Date on Fox
From Deadline

Fox has dropped its first teaser trailer for physical competition format Ultimate Tag and has set its premiere launch for May 20.

The show, which launches at 9pm, was also designed for a summer run, and with all episodes in the can, it is one of the few non-scripted shows that hasn't been interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ultimate Tag is hosted by NFL players J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt and is based on a classic playground game.

The high-octane series follows competitors who must vault, dodge, tumble and dive their way through several different three-dimensional courses. All the while, the contestants will be chased by resident Taggers.

Produced by Znak & Co, the production company run by Masterchef exec producer Natalka Znak, it is hosted by the Watt brothers; J.J. plays for the Houston Texans and has been AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year a number of times in his first five seasons, Derek plays for the Los Angeles Chargers and T.J. plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers Fox Alternative Entertainment co-produces, continuing its plan to co-produce series through its own production unit. Znak will exec produce with Conrad Green, who used to showrun Dancing with the Stars and exec produced Fox's My Kitchen Rules, Dancing On Ice exec producer Glenn Coomber and J.J. Watt.

Deadline
The Futon Critic
The Toro Times

posted 4/3/2020

BYUTV Adjusts Premiere Dates
"Wayne Brady's Comedy IQ" to Premiere April 6
From Yahoo!

BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and streaming, today announced the spring premiere dates of a slew of unscripted shows, including a comedy bootcamp, an animal prosthetics series, a housebound game show and a kids' cooking competition.

The spring premiere schedule of new and returning shows is as follows:
Monday, April 6:
- "Wayne Brady's Comedy IQ" (season 1) at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)
Tuesday, May 12
- "Best Cake Wins" (season 3) at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT
- "Step Up to the Plate" (season 1) at 8:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)
- "Jeff's Homemade Game Show" (season 1) at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)

BYUtv's new comedy competition series "Wayne Brady's Comedy IQ" was created and hosted by multiple Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated Wayne Brady and his producing partner, Mandie Taketa. Talented young people from across the country compete in a one-of-a-kind performers' bootcamp to demonstrate the highest "comedy IQ." Each new challenge teaches them to be multi-faceted in writing, directing, performing and creating comedic and musical content. Along the way, the teens learn universal skills that can bring them success in the real world. The 10-episode unscripted series was executive produced by Wayne Brady, Mandie Taketa, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Mechelle Collins and Kevin Dill of Intuitive Entertainment (Bravo's "The Millionaire Matchmaker," Lifetime's "The Rap Game") and BYUtv.

"Step Up to the Plate" is a 15-episode competitive cooking series that aired on CBBC, the British children's channel owned by the BBC. In the energetic show, a "Kitchen Crew" made up of children ages 10 to 14 runs a busy restaurant, dealing with obstacles they would face in the real world. Themed menus, including diner, zombie, tropical, medieval and magical, stretch their imaginations. "Step Up to the Plate" was acquired from Cineflix (HGTV's "Property Brothers," History's "American Pickers").

Yahoo!

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The Salt Lake Tribune

posted 4/3/2020

The Bachelor Summer Games Canceled
Reason? Take Your Pick
From Gold Derby

File this under "Completely Expected": "The Bachelor Summer Games" will not happen this summer due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.

As first reported by "The Hollywood Reporter" on Monday, ABC and Warner Bros., which produces the "Bachelor" franchise, have halted development on the new spin-off, which was supposed to serve as counterprogramming to the Summer Olympics, just like "The Bachelor Winter Games" did for the Winter Olympics in 2018.

As noted last week, it was unlikely "The Bachelor Summer Games" would go forward this summer after the International Olympic Committee postponed the Tokyo Olympics until 2021, never mind the fact that the pandemic has already forced film and TV productions to go on indefinite hiatus.

According to "THR," it's unclear if "The Bachelor Summer Games" will air next summer opposite the Olympics. Earlier on Monday, the IOC announced that the new Olympic dates are July 23-Aug. 8, 2021, which are the same two weeks over which the games were supposed to take place this year.

Meanwhile, Chris Harrison addresses the lack of update on when production will resume on season 16 of the ABC dating series amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While production of her season was scheduled to begin earlier this month, it was indefinitely postponed due to the virus' outbreak.

"Until we can do this show and do it safely, we won't do it," Harrison told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. "Right now we are just on hold and it's being postponed. But we're all chomping at the bit to get back to it and to have Clare be our Bachelorette."

Gold Derby
The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
People

posted 4/3/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Tea Party"

  • Colton Underwood is officially off of the cone of silence for the Bachelor, so... here comes the tea. (Los Angeles Times)

  • FIRST LOOK: Quiz (AMC) (Radio Times)

  • Howie Mandel plays with ePlay to play games for charity, masks, frontline help (MENA FM)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Ricci Jr. (Yahoo!).

posted 4/3/2020

"Daily Draw" Returns
Game Show Network Taps Rob Belushi to Host
From Broadway World

Short-form sweepstakes program Game Show Network DAILY DRAW, which turns network viewers into winners, will return to Game Show Network on Monday, April 6 within the 4:30pm airing of GET A CLUE. Hosted by Rob Belushi, actor and host of Game Show Network's word giving and guessing game, GET A CLUE, the one-minute interstitial will give viewers the opportunity to win up to $500 each weeknight.

"We love our audience and wanted a way to connect with them and their families while they, like us, are stuck at home," said Fran Shea, executive vice president of marketing. "The team at Game Show Network is a community of people who care about our viewers, and we thought this was a great way for folks to win some money they might be able to really use while engaging in our family-friendly content."

All viewers need to do is go to www.gsntv.com every day to enter and play. The sweepstakes will run for six weeks and winners will be announced by Belushi every weekday on Game Show Network.

Broadway World

posted 4/2/2020

More on "Secrets & Surprises"
ABC to Air Special in Advance of "Millionaire" Premiere
From The Futon Critic

It's been 20 years since Regis Philbin first asked "Who wants to be a millionaire?" Now a one-hour, prime-time special goes behind the scenes to look at how the show captured the attention of a worldwide audience and became a pioneer in live appointment television. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises" features a rare interview with Philbin and past host Meredith Vieira, who both open up about their time at the show. The prime-time special also includes interviews with Michael Davies, the original executive producer, who explains what made "Millionaire" a hit and gives a tour of the new set as well as Jimmy Kimmel, who's slated to host a limited series of "Millionaire" this April. Kimmel shares what will be new about his upcoming celebrity version and how stars will donate their winnings to their favorite charity. The prime-time special also looks at some of the greatest winners of all time, how they've used their money and more. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises," airs Monday, April 6 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises" is produced by ABC News. David Sloan is senior executive producer. Janice Johnston is executive producer, and Ann Reynolds is senior producer. "

The Futon Critic
Newsday

posted 4/2/2020

WEDNESDAY: Total Madness
MTV Breaks Records with "The Challenge"
From The Futon Critic

MTV's The Challenge: Total Madness' Season 35 premiere Wednesday saw its highest ratings in years in two key demos. The hit athletic competition show, which pits 28 cast members against one another in a quest for a $1 million prize, drew a 1.14 rating in P18-49, its best premiere showing in eight years, and a 1.27 rating in P18-34, the highest in seven years, in Live+SD. The premiere episode at 8 PM ET saw its biggest lifts in M18-49 (+71%) and M18-34 (+69%), perhaps reflecting a void in sports programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. Total viewers were 1.06 million, up 47% from last season's average (726k). Wednesday's night's episode also had a strong showing on social, trending No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 5, worldwide, to rank as the No. 1 most social reality cable series for the night, according to the network.

Over on broadcast, FOX (8.749 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) overshadowed the competition on Wednesday with hour one of its "The Masked Singer" (8.312 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) stunt and hour two of "The Masked Singer" (9.185 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (5.661 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was a distant second with its mix of "Survivor: Winners at War" (8.150 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Garth & Trisha: Live!" (5.653 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and a repeat "SWAT" (3.181 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

Next up was ABC (3.745 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.443 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Schooled" (3.250 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Modern Family" (4.290 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "American Housewife" (3.139 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) plus "David Blaine: The Magic Way" (3.673 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.717 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "Chicago Med" (5.349 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Chicago Fire" (4.533 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (4.268 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.871 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with encores of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.905 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a second "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.836 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Tournament of Champions (SF/Food): 1.549m/0.48
- Forged in Fire (History): 815k/0.21
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 179k/0.07
- Blind Date - mid (Bravo): 139k/0.06


The Futon Critic
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/2/2020

Live from the UK, It's Game Night
"MTV Game Night with Charlotte Crosby" Premieres on YouTube
From The Hollywood Reporter

MTV International on Thursday said that it has commissioned a new live and interactive digital game show series featuring British reality TV star Charlotte Crosby (Geordie Shore) "live from her home, as she seeks to entertain fans in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic."

The series, titled MTV Game Night With Charlotte Crosby, will stream weekly on MTV International's Facebook and YouTube channels, starting Thursday at 8:30 p.m. U.K. time. It will consist of six 30-minute episodes.

"The series will be remotely produced by ViacomCBS Digital Studios International using cloud-based Grabyo and Zoom," the network said. In the coming weeks, MTV International said it will also be commissioning other "fast turnaround" programming, mainly shortform series with five-minute episodes, "featuring a variety of well-known reality TV faces."

MTV Game Night With Charlotte Crosby will see the host "film herself live from home, conducting a string of activities, including quizzes, games and challenges that fans can play along with at home for fun."

The Hollywood Reporter
Realscreen
TechZimo

C21 Media

posted 4/2/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Love in the Time of COVID-19"

  • Chris Harrison will address coronavirus... when and if "The Bachelorette" returns (Gold Derby)

  • HAnnah Brown leaves her crew behind to return home.... she doesn't know about ohana (Reality TV WOrld)

  • Karina Smirnoff welcomes a baby boy (People)

  • FIRST LOOK: this season's Snatch Game! (Digital Spy).

posted 4/2/2020


CW/WarnerMedia/ViacomCBS

CW: Summer
"Penn & Teller" to Return
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network today announced premiere dates for four of its summer series, including scripted dramas BULLETPROOF and BURDEN OF TRUTH, as well as the magical MASTERS OF ILLUSION and PENN & TELLER: FOOL US. The new season of The CW's hit summer series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US debuts on Monday, June 22 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT), following an hour of improv from WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?.

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "How I Met Your Mother"), is created and executive produced by Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden ("Penn & Teller's BS - Showtime," "Penn & Teller Tell A Lie") and Andrew Golder ("Win Ben Stein's Money," "Solitary"), in association with 1/17 Productions and September Films (part of DCD Media).

The Futon Critic
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 4/1/2020

TUESDAY: CBS Wins Absent "Ellen"
NBC's All-Repeat Lineup Fails to Score Split
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.809 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) scored the top spot on Tuesday with its mix of a new "NCIS" (13.434 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), the season finale of "FBI" (10.810 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and a new "FBI: Most Wanted" (8.184 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

NBC (3.767 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was the silver draw with repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "New Amsterdam" (2.921 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) plus the "NBC News Special Report: Coronavirus Pandemic" (3.560 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.653 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with second runs of "The Conners" (4.131 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bless This Mess" (2.612 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Mixed-ish" (2.301 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Black-ish" (2.105 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) alongside a new "For Life" (2.383 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.390 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up a repeat "The Resident" (2.191 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and a new "Empire" (2.589 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.462 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed the evening with repeats of "The Flash" (0.564 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.359 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- The Biggest Loser (SF/USA): 881k/0.23
- Chopped (Food): 810k/0.27
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 771k/0.23
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 707k/0.24
- Get a Clue (GSN): 398k/0.04
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 326k/0.16
- Hot Ones The Game Show (truTV): 247k/0.12


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/1/2020

"Got Talent" To Reopen Online Auditions
NBC Moves to Hedge After Live Auditions Canceled
From Deadline

NBC's America's Got Talent is looking to find more contestants for its upcoming season, possibly those who have honed a craft during coronavirus quarantine, after re-opening its online auditions.

The NBC show has made the move following the scheduling changes brought on by the production shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Given that many people are at home perfecting new skills, learning dance moves and starting family bands, there's the hope that new challengers could decide to throw their hats in the ring and audition for the show.

The Fremantle-produced show had been taping auditions with judges in Los Angeles since March 2 with filming supposed to continue through March 20 but was shut down on March 14.

Deadline

posted 4/1/2020

"Millionaire" UK To Launch Another Celebrity Edition
Richard Osman, Charlotte Church, John Barnes to Play
From Radio Times

ITV has confirmed that a new celebrity special of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire will air on Sunday 12th April. The participants in the quiz show will be Pointless co-host Richard Osman, former Liverpool and England footballer John Barnes and Welsh singer Charlotte Church, with Jeremy Clarkson returning to the presenter's chair.

Osman is well known as something of a general knowledge aficionado thanks to his role on Pointless alongside Alexander Armstrong, while he is also the host of quiz shows Two Tribes and Richard Osman's House of Games. He's also a producer on a range of other shows.

Barnes was regarded as one of the finest English footballers of his generation — winning 79 international caps and winning two league titles at Liverpool as well as playing for Watford, Newcastle United and Charlton Athletic.

Church rose to fame as a child classical music singer and later branched into pop music, while she has also worked as a television presenter.

All three celebrities will be aiming to win as much money as possible for a charity of their choice by answering 15 multiple choice questions — up to the highest possible amount of £1,000,000.

Radio Times

posted 4/1/2020

Germany Switches
Belgian Format Sold
From Videoage

Lineup Industries confirmed a German commission for its gameshow format Switch. Produced by Riverside for broadcaster WDR, the local version will be titled Quizz Dich Auf 1.

Originally produced for VRT in Belgium, Switch is a game show played without a points system. The winner is determined from among five contestants, who are competing for positions in a line. German TV presenter Guido Cantz will host the German local adaptation. The series will launch in April.

Julian Curtis, co-founder of Lineup Industries, commented, "Studio-based game shows continue to be appealing for both audiences who are looking for event television the whole family can enjoy together, and for broadcasters who are seeking dynamic programs to boost their primetime schedules.".

VideoAge
C21Media

posted 4/1/2020


Intermedia Labs

EXTRA LIFE!
HQ Trivia Returns
From Game Rant

In February, the live mobile game show HQ Trivia shut down after months of dwindling interest and behind the scenes drama. Then on March 29 with no prior announcement, HQ Trivia returned out of nowhere, bringing back popular host Matt Richards and letting over 100,000 players compete for a $1,000 cash prize by answering trivia questions. HQ Trivia will air again on March 30 at 9pm ET and is seemingly here to stay.

However, there are some slight changes to HQ Trivia. For one, the cash prize is much smaller than it was in the past, and for two, there are new gimmicks to keep people playing the game even after they miss a question. HQ Trivia has added random bonuses that players can get throughout a quiz, which include things like extra lives or coins (which will presumably be used to buy power-ups).

HQ Trivia is also donating money to COVID-19 relief efforts, with every cash prize matched and donated. With more people stuck at home than ever before due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps HQ Trivia will be able to bring back some of its lapsed players who are looking for something to pass the time.

HQ Trivia host Matt Richards also promised that players who cashed out prior to the game show shutting down will get their cash soon. This would likely also convince some lapsed players to return to the game, especially since HQ failing to pay winners was one of the big controversies surrounding the original iteration of the show.

The Verge
Engadget
Today
Business Insider
Game Rant
Forbes
Wall Street Journal
Yahoo!
BGR
Distractify

posted 4/1/2020

Love in Lockdown
"Let's Make a Deal" Logs in Record Week
From Entertainment Weekly

That's one heckuva deal for Wayne Brady and CBS: Let's Make a Deal scored a major milestone during the week ending March 27 by attracting its largest audience ever.

Nielsen reports that the longtime game show lured a whopping 4.29 million viewers — no doubt because of the self-quarantining happening nationwide in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Brady's colleagues in daytime had an equally good week for ratings: The Price Is Right scored its biggest audience in more than four years (5.62 million), while The Bold and the Beautiful played to its largest audience in two years (3.66 million).

The Young and the Restless also has some bragging rights to share: The sudser lured 4.21 million eyeballs — its best performance in 11 months. The Talk was in repeats last week, but the gals began shooting originals from their homes Monday.

Daytime shows on CBS had anywhere between four to six weeks of originals in the can before the lockdown began. It's unclear how the network will proceed if the production shutdown extends into May and June.

Entertainment Weekly

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The Hill
Shoot

posted 4/1/2020


NJ Center for PErforming Arts

ADAM SCHLESINGER: 1967-2020
Fountains of Wayne Lead Singer Penned "I Hate My Job" Theme
From NPR

Adam Schlesinger, one of the most prolific and decorated songwriters of his generation, died Wednesday from complications caused by COVID-19. He was 52.

His death was confirmed to NPR by his lawyer, Josh Grier.

With former songwriting partner Chris Collingwood, Schlesinger enjoyed his greatest commercial success as a musician with Fountains of Wayne, which released five studio albums between 1996 and 2011. In 2003, "Stacy's Mom" was a hit for the band; that song later helped Fountains of Wayne land a pair of Grammy nominations.

But Schlesinger also kept busy outside of Fountains of Wayne, even during its commercial peak: He played in Ivy (whose six albums came out more or less concurrently with Fountains' output), Tinted Windows (a short-lived power-pop project with Taylor Hanson of Hanson, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick and James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins) and the synth-pop group Fever High. He also produced albums for many other artists.

Schlesinger's career extended well beyond his work in bands. He had a hand in many of the songs that populated the critically beloved TV series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and he won three Emmys — one for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and two, both with David Javerbaum, for co-writing songs performed in Tony Awards telecasts.

With Javerbaum, Schlesinger was nominated for two Tonys (both for 2008's Cry-Baby) and won a Grammy for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! A versatile songwriter with a gift for straddling genres and musical eras, Schlesinger wrote frequently for film, with credits ranging from three songs in the romantic comedy Music and Lyrics to the Oscar-nominated title track to Tom Hanks' 1996 film That Thing You Do!

Schlesinger's Fountains of Wayne song "Bright Future In Sales" was used as the theme music for the short-lived then-Spike Network series "I Hate My Job"..

NPR
Rolling Stone

The New Yokr Times

posted 4/1/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "April Fish"

  • Regis Philbin returns to ABC... on "Single Parents" (TV Insider)

  • Ryan Seacrest is determined to hold live shows on Idol (Gold Derby)

  • The Hamiltons sign with an agent. Love is blind, but so is free press (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Colton Underwood (The Wrap).

posted 4/1/2020

Prelude to the Super Nine
Two-Hour Episode Tomorrow, PLUS Schedule Changes
From TV Line

The Masked Singer is entering the homestretch — and soon, you'll be able to play along at home, too.

Fox's singing competition returns this Wednesday, April 1 at 8/7c with a special two-hour episode that unveils the "Super Nine," aka Season 3's nine finalists from all three qualifying groups.

In the below-linked sneak peek, the Super Nine — including Banana, Frog, Astronaut and more — team up for a group rendition of the Jackson 5 classic "ABC," only with Masked Singer-themed lyrics: "We must sing for that masked trophy, yeah!"

And take note of those captions at the bottom: The Masked Singer will be offering up its first-ever sing-along special on Wednesday, April 15 at 8 pm, with a round-up of Season 3's best performances so far with the lyrics shown on-screen, so you can croon along as you watch.

Plus, the Season 3 finale, with the top three singing celebs getting unmasked, is now set to air Wednesday, May 27 at 8 pm, Fox confirms.

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Gold Derby

posted 3/31/2020

SYNDIES: Week 38
Results for the Week Ending March 22
From TV Newscheck

Breaking news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic ignited the big entertainment magazines for a second straight week in the session ending March 22.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.3* +12%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.2* +16%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6* +10%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 +10%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 3/31/2020

MONDAY: "The Voice" That Screams the Loudest
NBC Wins Night Less Competition from CBS, ABC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.877 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Monday thanks to a new episodes of "The Voice" (9.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Manifest" (4.266 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

FOX (5.301 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) took home the silver with its duo of "9-1-1" (6.994 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Prodigal Son" (3.608 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.948 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) followed by "America Rising: Fighting the Pandemic - A Special Edition of '20/20'" (4.901 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and the season finale of "The Good Doctor" (7.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.948 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its repeat mix of "The Neighborhood" (5.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.278 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "The Neighborhood" (3.929 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and yet another "The Neighborhood" (3.771 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) plus "HomeFest: James Corden's Late Late Show Special" (3.312 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.944 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.805 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.614 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.311m/0.30

- Chopped Sweets (Food): 787k/0.20


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/31/2020

WEEKEND: Aloha ABC
ABC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.299 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held onto the demo crown on Friday with its duo of "Shark Tank" (5.279 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "20/20" (3.809 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Second place was shared by CBS (7.041 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and FOX (2.374 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) as the latter served up "WWE SmackDown" (2.374 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

The Eye then aired new episodes of "MacGyver" (6.784 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "Hawaii Five-0" (8.219 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (6.120 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.151 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Blacklist" (4.766 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (3.844 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.475 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Charmed" (0.632 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9) and "Dynasty" (0.318 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10).

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 630k/0.29

- The Crystal Maze (Nick): 524k/0.13
- Get a Clue (GSN): 461k/0.04


On Sunday, ABC (5.968 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) led the demo race with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.539 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "American Idol" (7.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and a repeat "The Rookie" (2.802 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

CBS (7.494 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) was the most-watched network overall with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (10.219 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "God Friended Me" (6.373 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.839 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.544 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.400 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with repeats of "Last Man Standing" (1.264 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15), "Outmatched" (0.841 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16), "The Simpsons" (1.430 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.718 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) plus the special "FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America" (4.572 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.472 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up originals from "Little Big Shots" (2.970 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "The Wall" (3.070 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.913 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Good Girls" (1.936 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Batwoman" (0.481 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Supergirl" (0.350 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) on The CW (0.416 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Buddy vs. Duff (Food): 1.128m/0.33

- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 965k/0.33


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Showbuzz Daily

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/31/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Missing Link"

  • ICYMI: An unaired "Survivor" challenge (Gold Derby)

  • Matt Lucas' love song to a potato to benefit NHS (The List)

  • Wheel Watchers fuming over preemption... of a rerun. (Pop Culture)

posted 3/31/2020


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JOHN CALLAHAN: 1953-2020
"All My Children" Actor Played "Pyramid", "Hollywood Squares"
From TV Line

All My Children and Santa Barbara vet John Callahan died on Saturday morning after suffering a massive stroke at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 66.

"May flights of angels wing you to your rest, my dear friend," Callahan's ex-wife and former AMC screen partner, Eva La Rue, shared on Instagram. (The two were wed from 1996 to 2005, and have an 18-year-old daughter, Kaya McKenna.) "Your bigger-than-life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever.

"Kaya and I are beyond broken-hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess," La Rue continued in her remembrance, shown in full below. "You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest fan."

Best known to daytime-TV audiences for his 1992-2005 run as AMC's enigmatic and dashing Edmund Grey, Callahan's soap opera credits also included Santa Barbara (where he played Craig Hunt), Days of Our Lives, General Hospital (as Leo the shady masseur) and the web series The Bay.

His primetime TV credits meanwhile included Falcon Crest, where he played Eric Stavros. plus Watch Over Me and the 2016 miniseries Ladies of the Lake (opposite fellow daytime-TV vets Martha Madison, Lilly Melgar, Marie Wilson and Jessica Morris).

His game show credits include "Pyramid" and "Hollywood Squares", both in 2004.

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Deadline

The Wrap

posted 3/30/2020

Conceited Gets Into "Sneaker Wars"
MTV Releases Competition on Wild'n Out YouTube Channel
From the Source

Few people can boast that they took their skills as a champion underground battle rap emcee, catapulted their notoriety as a gif to the world virtually, secured himself into the heart of pop culture as a comedian on the longest-running show in the history of MTV and then secured his own TV show.

But Conceited can.

Brooklyn's own Conceited (whose real name is Reggie Sergile) has been a cast member of Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out for 9 seasons, most noted for his signature 'Cut the Beat' during the 'Wildstyle' round that combines freestyle rapping with jokes. He cuts the beat because, in the battle rap culture, where he made his name before the show, he rhymed acapella.

Now in addition to his ensemble work, he has been pegged to be the host of the new show, Sneaker Wars. An online digital show, the game show series combines the ingenuity of the Food Network's Chopped or Beat Bobby Flay with the fashion-forward creativity of Project Runway.

On the show, two sneaker customizers go head-to-head to see who can make the most fire kick using the secret material or accent, within the time perimeters, and with the most creativity.

You can catch the show on the Wild 'N Out YouTube channel every Tuesday.

Conceited is a host and a judge and two of his co-judges are influencer and sneaker designer Sean Wotherspoon and Brittney Elena, NBA correspondent and pop culture fly girl.

The winner of Sneaker Wars gets a special 'Sneak Awards' trophy, basically stating that their skills are better than ever… making them like the "Iron Chef of Sneaks."

The Source

posted 3/30/2020

ITV Unveils New Schedule
Game Shows to Feature Heavily
From the Liverpool Echo

ITV has revealed its new spring schedule after the coronavirus pandemic saw a major shake up to many of its most loved shows.

In a statement, the broadcaster said it was adapting programming to "bring bags of drama and entertainment to lift viewers' spirits." ITV's spring schedule features new programming and returning favourites in a bid to bring together audiences and keep people informed while offering them "some escape from the impacts of the crisis". ITV's schedule is built around several pillars which include daytime live, afternoon shows, national and regional news, Saturday night entertainment, drama, the soaps, factual entertainment and more.

ITV is well known for its popular quiz shows and aims to continue offering quizzes throughout the lockdown. Afternoons of well-loved quiz shows, Tenable, Tipping Point and The Chase, presented by Bradley Walsh, will continue to air. In addition to that, viewers will be able to see how famous people quiz in new early evening series Britain's Brightest Celebrity Family. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is also set to return in spring.

Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow will see some of the nation's favourites "supersized and reinvigorated", bringing them up-to-date for 2020. Lucky contestants can win either big money jackpots or top-of-the-range prizes in one of the five games - two of which Alan has already been involved in. Top of the list is Play Your Cards Right, formerly fronted by the great Bruce Forsyth. The Chatty Man presented a non-broadcast pilot of the higher-or-lower format last year. Also back is The Price Is Right - which Channel 4 last rebooted just two years ago. Alan fronted a one-off festive edition of the price-matching game, but the broadcaster did not pick up a full series. The line-up also features Take Your Pick, Strike It Lucky and darts favourite Bullseye. While they remain the "nail-biting contests viewers know and love", producers are refreshing all five formats with brand new endgames. Epic Gameshow will run for seven episodes, including a celebrity edition of Play Your Cards Right, and another Price Is Right Christmas special. The series will begin on TV in April on ITV, with an exact start date yet to be confirmed..

The Liverpool Echo
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Telly Mix

Metro

posted 3/30/2020

"Idol" Adjusts Schedule Amid COVID-19 Crisis
ABC Pulls Monday Episode
From Gold Derby

The producers of ABC's "American Idol" have given up hope that the popular singing contest would be able to produce the show in a studio, given that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic doesn't allow for large gatherings in many states. But don't worry, "American Idol" has not been canceled.

As previously reported, the network will air on Sunday, April 5 the final pre-taped episode that was filmed in Hawaii when the last 10 performers to make the Top-20 will be announced. "Idol" was scheduled to broadcast the usual live shows starting on April 6, but that is no longer the case. The following Sundays, April 12 and 19, will feature brand new "American Idol: This is Me" episodes that will focus on the lives of the finalists featuring unseen footage and performance highlights.

As for the all-important "American Idol" live shows for Season 18, ABC is still "monitoring the situation and exploring multiple options within statewide guidelines." Gossip website TMZ suggested that there was a possibility that judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will be in their homes and the viewers would decide who would go on and who would be cut. But the network has yet to confirm any such measures and has said previously, "We will share a production plan as soon as it's in place."

ABC has announced the altered schedule for the current 2020 season of "American Idol," in response to the deadly coronavirus pandemic that's crippling the entertainment industry. The Hawaii-set "final showcase" episodes will now air Sunday, March 29 and Sunday, April 5 — that's right, no more Monday episodes from here on out.

The live shows were set to air on Monday April 6 but instead will be replaced by two repeats of Celebrity Family Feud, followed by primetime special, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises, produced by ABC News..

Regarding the all-important "American Idol" live shows for Season 18, ABC is still "monitoring the situation and exploring multiple options within statewide guidelines." As soon as a production plan is in place the network will share the details. Obviously the safety and health of the contestants, judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan and host Ryan Seacrest are of utmost importance in these trying times.

The pre-recorded Aulani episodes in Hawaii are when the Top 40 singers perform in front of an audience for the first time. Expect many fan favorites to advance to the next round, while others will be dramatically cut. In fact, the number will decrease from 40 to 20 over these two weeks.

Gold Derby
The Wrap
Deadline
The FUton Critic
Gold Derby

posted 3/30/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Show Must Go On"

  • Andy Cohen recovering from COVID-19, will begin hosting "WWHL @ Home" (TV Line)

  • "The Masked Singer" prelude to the Super Nine (TV Line)

  • Sue Perkins travels for Netflix (Deadline)

  • Ben Higgins engages someone outside of Bachelor Nation (Reality TV World)

  • FIRST LOOK: Gayme Show (Quibi) (Vulture)

  • "The Circle" in the time of COVID-19 (The New Statesman)

  • VIDEO WALL: What manner of sorcery is this? (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vin Scully (Deadline).

posted 3/30/2020

THURSDAY: Alphabet Soup
ABC Sweeps the Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.046 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday thanks to "Station 19" (7.292 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Grey's Anatomy" (6.507 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and the season finale of "A Million Little Things" (4.340 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

CBS (5.025 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was the silver draw with its repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (6.668 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), another "Young Sheldon" (6.283 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Mom" (5.447 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "The Neighborhood" (4.232 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Bull" (3.762 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Next up was FOX (3.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a new "Last Man Standing" (4.494 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) followed by the season finales of "Outmatched" (2.626 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Deputy" (3.909 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.768 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) served up orginals from "Superstore" (3.636 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.339 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Indebted" (1.626 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15), another "Indebted" (1.497 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.756 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, fresh installments from "Katy Keene" (0.549 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18) and "Legacies" (0.626 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) closed out the night on The CW (0.587 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- The Great Food Truck Race (SP/Food): 1.007m/0.25
- Vegas Chef Prizefight (Food): 849/0.24
- Top CHef: All Stars LA (Bravo): 821k/0.29
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 990k/0.30
- Forged in Fire (History): 991k/0.27

- Get a Clue (GSN): 390k/0.03
- The Funny Dance Show (E!): 195k/0.07
- Blind Date - 11:30p (E!): 184k/0.06
- Blind Date - mid (E!): 155k/0.04

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/27/2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Forces More Changes
"Got Talent", "Card Sharks", "Bachelorette" Join Ranks of the Affected
From Variety

As the novel COVID-19 coronavirus spreads, and states & nations issue mandates to try to contain the pandemic, individual film and television productions — which can be the size of villages — are shutting down across the globe. These shutdowns will have untold financial and cultural impact, and may reshape popular culture and its economic model for years to come.

The shows that have been affected as of Friday:
- THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW (C4/Netflix): Love Productions has said that it is going to delay filming on the 11th season of as the UK grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. The Channel 4 show was due to go into production next month in its famous tent at Welford Park in Newbury, but producers want to make sure that the presenters, bakers and crew are safe to film. A Love Productions spokeswoman said: "We continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of Public Health England and we will delay filming on Bake Off until it is safe to proceed."
- AMERICAN IDOL (ABC): American Idol is supposed to begin airing live performance shows in just a few days. But last week, prep work, including rehearsals with the finalists, was suspended, and the contestants were sent home to be with their families amid the escalating coronavirus pandemic.
- THE BACHELORETTE (ABC): "The Bachelor" may have just ended, but fans could have to wait a little longer than usual to see the next season of "The Bachelorette," given that the competition series has suspended production. Host Chris Harrison has admitted that the show may be recast due to the epidemic and the delay.
- CARD SHARKS (ABC): Production has halted on the hit primetime game show reboot, Fremantle announced, because the company is taking measures to minimize the risk of exposure. "Card Sharks" was originally supposed to return to ABC's lineup this summer.
- AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (NBC): Fremantle's America's Got Talent, which also went audience-less Thursday, has been taping auditions with judges in Los Angeles since March 2. Filming was supposed to continue through March 20 but will be cut short as of March 14. The show is wrapping up a few things today, utilizing minimal staff who are working a very abbreviated schedule before going on hiatus for the time being. If conditions improve, there is an option for some or all of the remaining auditions to be taped in April.
- FAMILY FEUD (Syndication): Fremantle's syndicated game show Family Feud has become the latest entertainment TV program to suspend production in response to the fast growing coronavirus pandemic. The Fremantle series had switched to tapings without an audience Thursday.
- LOVE ISLAND FRANCE (Prime Video): Amazon has wrapped Love Island France weeks early after South Africa declared a national disaster as a result of the coronavirus crisis. South Africa has imposed travel bans, barred public gatherings of more than 100 people and shut some schools as a result of the disease. An ITV Studios France spokeswoman said: "Following the announcement by the South African president that the country is now in a 'state of disaster,' Amazon Studios' production of Love Island France will end early."
- AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (NBC): As announced last night on Instagram, and confirmed this morning with NBC, the Washington D.C. taping of American Ninja Warrior has been postponed. This comes just a few days after the news that the Los Angeles taping, scheduled for March 13 and 14, was also postponed. That location was intended to be the start of season 12.
- ANT & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY (ITV): Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is still going to continue, but without an audience. Some 'adaptations' will be made to the show this weekend, but staff will aim to air the entire 90-minute episode live. The episode set to air on 28 March will be a shorter, hour-long instalment. An ITV spokesperson told Variety: 'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway will go ahead this weekend without a studio audience. Our priority is safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved.
- THE VOICE UK (ITV): The Voice UK knockouts, which are pre-recorded, will continue to be broadcast this weekend and the Britain's Got Talent audition shows are due to be broadcast in the next few weeks as planned. We have, however, taken the difficult decision to postpone until later this year The Voice UK's live semi final and final, which were due on air on the 28th March and 4th April, and are working to replace them in the schedule with some bespoke Voice specials.
- COUNTDOWN (C4): Countdown will reportedly be filmed 'behind closed doors' as production continues to run despite the coronavirus outbreak. The Channel 4 show will continue to film as usual, although it will be the first time in 38 years that they will record without a studio audience present.
- WINNING STREAK (RTE): the National Lottery confirmed that 'Winning Streak' is being postponed until further notice, with the winners expected for this week's show being invited for a rescheduled show once restrictions on indoor gatherings are lifted. On top of this, 'Winning Streak' scratch-cards are being removed from sale from outlets for the time being, with those who scratched three stars being added to a draw once the show's back on the air. As it stands, nobody's really sure when the restrictions will be lifted so best to just hold on to the scratch card for the time being until everything's back to normal.
- SWAGBUCKS LIVE: Since last week, the show has been operated by the producer Hal Lublin. With the recent shelter-in-place order given to the state of California, where the show is produced, it is now producing a "Work from Home Edition" at the usual time.
- REWARD THE FAN: With many venues canceling shows, the show has decided to hold off on play for the time being.

The shows join "The Price Is Right", "Jeopardy!", "Wheel of Fortune", "Survivor", and "The Amazing Race" in being called off while the world addresses the pandemic.

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Metro
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Metro
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posted 3/27/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Show Must Go On"

  • The Emmys are scheduled to go as scheduled, but the show must go on. (TV Line)

  • Colton Underwood comes out with a book (People)

  • Chris Harrison clarifies the whole recasting thing (Gold Derby)

  • Alex Trebek recites Lizzo lyrics... and it. Is. Everything. (KFI Los Angeles)

  • Cameron Boyce Foundation donates to the Actors' Fund (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: What manner of sorcery is this? (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (The Stranger).

posted 3/27/2020

Eric Stonestreet, Will Forte to Take the Hot Seat First
Catch "Millionaire 20th Anniversary" in April on ABC
From KGO-TV San Francisco

"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet and actor Will Forte jump in the hot seat for the 20th anniversary of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Jimmy Kimmel will host the special run of episodes, featuring a lineup of celebrity contestants, in celebration of the anniversary.

"Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did," Jimmy Kimmel previously said in a statement released by the network. "I had little choice but to say yes."

Stonestreet and Forte will each be playing for a charity of their choice: Stonestreet will raise money for Building Hope For Autism and Forte will play to benefit The Pangea Network. Other celebrities playing include Kaitlin Olson, Lauren Lapkus, Nikki Glaser, Ike Barinholtz, Dr. Phil McGraw, Catherine O'Hara, and Anthony Anderson.

This special run of celebrity episodes isn't the only thing "Millionaire" is doing to mix things up for their anniversary. For the first time ever, the celebrities will have a chance to invite a guest to help them answer questions. The guest could be anyone from a relative, to a friend, or even a famed trivia expert to help them win money for their charity of choice.

Could we see "Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time" contestants Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer or Brad Rutter return to the screen for a good cause? We'll just have to wait and see who Stonestreet and Forte enlist for their helpers.

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posted 3/25/2020

WEDNESDAY: Building Up
Fox, NBC Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.784 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) once again scored the demo crown with fresh installments from "The Masked Singer" (7.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "LEGO Masters" (3.748 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

NBC (8.813 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) remained the silver draw with its trio of "Chicago Med" (9.512 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Chicago Fire" (9.104 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Chicago PD" (7.822 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.723 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "Survivor: Winners at War" (8.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.233 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "SWAT" (3.804 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.157 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its mix of "The Goldbergs" (4.724 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Schooled" (3.263 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.701 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "American Housewife" (2.820 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and the season finale of "Stumptown" (2.715 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.828 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) again opted for repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.903 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.741 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.764 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) to close out the night.

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.260m/0.34
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 990k/0.30
- Forged in Fire (History): 991k/0.27

- Get a Clue (GSN): 390k/0.03
- The Funny Dance Show (E!): 195k/0.07
- Blind Date - 11:30p (E!): 184k/0.06
- Blind Date - mid (E!): 155k/0.04

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/26/2020

Status Update on Three Productions...
... and Others in the Can
From DEadline

ABC's American Idol is supposed to begin airing live performance shows in just a couple of days. But last week, prep work, including rehearsals with the finalists, was suspended, and the contestants were sent home to be with their families amid the escalating coronavirus pandemic.

Imagine a world where talent show contestants have to perform in front of their mirrors rather than live audiences, or where a bachelorette can only speak to potential suitors via teleconferencing – these are some of the potential fallouts of the COVID-19 crisis on non-scripted television.

In much the same way as their scripted siblings, non-scripted buyers and producers are fighting to adapt to a new normal to ensure that holes in the schedule are kept to a minimum and that the (reality) show can go on.

Almost all of the big tentpole formats, from American Idol and Survivor to American Ninja Warrior and The Bachelorette have been hit by the production shutdown, as has Fox's Masterchef, which was forced to shutter in the middle of its Season 11 shoot.

The reality pipeline is, however, not running completely dry. Shows such as NBC's World of Dance and Songland, Fox's Hell's Kitchen and Ultimate Tag and ABC's The Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart are shot and in the can, ready to be slotted into schedules, while there's the potential for major formats such as Big Brother and Love Island to get up and running once the worst of the crisis dissipates.

ITV America, which had to shut down filming on shows such as Netflix's Queer Eye, is confident that CBS' version of British dating reality hit Love Island will still go ahead this summer. CEO David George said the show, which was moved up from July to May this year, can be turned around in less than 48 hours. "Once the switch is turned on, we can get it to air very quickly. As of right now, we're not particularly worried, because it's quick turn, it makes sense. We're trying to get it as ready as possible so when [CBS] says 'go', we're ready, location-wise, build outs, casting."

Meanwhile, while Fox has had to suspend work on shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, its forthcoming Korean mystery music game show I Can Be Your Voice and the second season of Rob Lowe-fronted Mental Samurai, it can take solace in the fact it has seen ratings bumps for the likes of The Masked Singer and Lego Masters, while it also has episodes of Beat Shazam and its new competition format Ultimate Tag completed.

ABC is dealing with challenges on American Idol and Bachelorette, but the network also has some non-scripted shows in the can. In addition to the musical spinoff of The Bachelor, it has Jimmy Kimmel's celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? banked for April and mini-golf competition format Holey Moley ready for a likely early summer bow. It will, however, need to make decisions soon on shows such as The Bachelor In Paradise, Shark Tank and Dancing With the Stars, which traditionally air in late summer and early fall.

NBC has had to deal with losing the Summer Olympics but has already worked out some contingencies. Although America's Got Talent cut short its audition tapings, losing a day of production, the network is expecting to run one original episode of the show each week, rather than doubling up episodes during the Olympics as had been planned. American Ninja Warrior taping was postponed but will run specials as they wait for the show to get back up and running. It is also confident that the The Voice's live shows, once its pre-taped episodes run out at the end of April, will go ahead in some form.

Rival networks are also now reevaluating summer plans, particularly weighing whether they now try to schedule shows during the period when the Olympics were set to be on after many had decided not to counter-program against NBC during the games. International formats, particularly finished British shows, are also expected to find their way onto American schedules in a way that has never been seen before outside of a few experiments on the CW.

Elsewhere, streamers are also hoping to keep up momentum on their non-scripted efforts. Netflix's documentary series Tiger King, about wild animal keeper Joe Exotic, was well timed, dropping the weekend that most major cities in the U.S. went into lockdown. Apple launched Oprah Talks COVID-19 with Idris Elba last week, and Amazon's fashion series Making the Cut, starring Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, launches Friday.

Deadline

posted 3/25/2020

A Bright Spot on the Other Side of All This?
Reality Formats Look for Buyers
From DEadline

During the 2007-2009 recession, shows like CBS' Undercover Boss and History's Pawn Stars launched, striking a chord with viewers. There is, once again, optimism in the unscripted community that they can help lift the nation's spirits during the current global pandemic, which also could throw the U.S. into recession.

Additionally, reality is more nimble than drama and comedy in getting original programming on the air. "I think there's going to be a ton of opportunity for non-scripted," David George, CEO of ITV America, tells Deadline. "If you go back to the last economic downturn, you saw unscripted pop out of that and even going back to the writers' strike, there was a non-scripted boom out of that. The ability to get stuff on air quicker is going to see increased demand and we're already deep in discussions with what we're developing at the moment, what we'll take out once this lifts and what we're doing long-term."

Eli Holzman, CEO of Industrial Media, previously ran Studio Lambert USA, which first aired Undercover Boss on CBS in 2010, not long after the Great Recession. Although the show, developed by Stephen Lambert and first commissioned by Channel 4 in the UK, was developed pre-crash, Holzman says it struck the right tone to become a hit. "It was optimistic; it was a time when we were seeing CEOs getting berated in front of Congress and here was some execs interested in what their staff were doing. I absolutely think we will see that sort of thing – uplifting, heart-warming formats – emerge now, whether it's silly memes that we're all sending each other or looking for light fare to watch at night, we all need a bit of that. All we've been doing is dreaming up ideas that we can film under these conditions, things that might work right now and would be ready to go, that's our focus," he says.

The coronavirus is a very different beast compared with the last financial crash, but many are hoping something good comes out of this chaos. Znak & Co. founder Natalka Znak (Fox's Ultimate Tag) says her team is figuring out what kind of social experiments might work when this clears up and that tone is particularly important. "Everybody is trying to work out what that interesting, hit show that comes out of this or a new way of making shows. All fear aside, given that it feels like the end of the world, something interesting is going to come out of this," she adds.

ITV America, similarly, is looking at what shows might appeal to broadcasters when the epidemic is over. It is hoping to secure a U.S. remake of British physical quiz show Catchpoint, and is considering bringing U.S. contestants over to film on the BBC set once allowed. It also going to take another stab at 5 Gold Rings, which was piloted at NBC, and has seen Stateside interest in Rat in the Kitchen, a cross between The Masked Singer and Hell's Kitchen, which is in development with the BBC..

Deadline

posted 3/25/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Love Delayed"

  • JoJo Fletcher, Jordan Rodgers' wedding is going the way of their Paramount series... Delayed. (Reality TV World)

  • FIRST LOOK: Making the Cut (TV Line)

posted 3/24/2020


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FLOYD CARDOZ: 1960-2020
"Top Chef Masters" Winner Succumbs to COVID-19
From NPR

Floyd Cardoz was an influential chef who married regional Indian cuisine with French and new American flavors. He died Wednesday morning of complications from the coronavirus in New Jersey, at age 59.

He opened a string of acclaimed restaurants in both New York and Mumbai — and became a TV star along the way.

Cardoz was born in what was then Bombay, India, and grew up between that metropolis and his ancestral state of Goa. He took up cuisine against the wishes of his father. After training in Bombay and later in Switzerland, he came to New York. In 1998, he opened an influential fusion restaurant in Manhattan called Tabla with restaurateur Danny Meyer — the first in a string of innovative dining spots in both New York and Mumbai. In her review of Tabla for the New York Times, critic Ruth Reichl wrote: "This is American food, viewed through a kaleidoscope of Indian spices. The flavors are so powerful, original and unexpected that they evoke intense emotions."

He also became a television favorite. In 2011, he won Bravo's "Top Chef Masters." Earlier this month, he was traveling in India to film an episode of the Netflix program "Ugly Delicious" with actor Aziz Ansari — a journey that he joyfully began chronicling on his Instagram account.

On Mar. 17, however, he shared that he returned to the U.S. for medical treatment on Mar. 8, writing that he was "feeling feverish." In a statement to several media outlets including CNN and the Washington Post, Cardoz' company in India, Hunger Inc. Hospitality, announced that he died from complications from COVID-19 on Wednesday at Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, N.J.

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posted 3/25/2020

TUESDAY: Split Decision
CBS, NBC Claim Victory
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.030 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) led the demo race on Tuesday with its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (6.292 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), the season finale of "This Is Us" (7.850 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and the launch of "Council of Dads" (3.947 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

CBS (11.116 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) was a close second with its trio of "NCIS" (13.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "FBI" (10.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (9.484 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

Next up was FOX (3.610 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "The Resident" (4.427 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "Empire" (2.793 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.483 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Conners" (6.399 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Bless This Mess" (4.078 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Mixed-ish" (2.991 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Black-ish" (2.637 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "For Life" (2.396 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.479 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) went with repeats of "The Flash" (0.546 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.413 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 903k/0.19
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 834k/0.21
- The Biggest Loser (USA): 784k/0.22

- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 666k/0.22
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 317k/0.14
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (truTV): 156k/0.07

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posted 3/24/2020

Tom Chef: All Stars
New Online Spinoff for Top Chef
From GoldDerby

Fans of the reality cooking show "Top Chef" know when a new episode is over, they can go to the Bravo site and watch the web-only "Last Chance Kitchen," where eliminated contestants can try to battle back into the competition by defeating other dismissed players each week.

But now they have added another component of the "Top Chef" experience with an after-show aperitif, if you will, served by head judge Tom Colicchio. A five-time recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award who has been on the show since it began in 2006, he usually delivers the most spot-on criticism as well as sincere compliments while sampling the dishes that are put in front of him. This no-nonsense guy and his taste buds are almost always right. But while we often get to see Tom eating, we rarely if ever see this culinary superstar behind a stove.

But that is about to change with a digital series,"What Would Tom Do?" It reveals how the "Top Chef" top judge would have handled the challenges attemped by contestants. The first episode (watch below) features Tom skipping the windy and sandy conditions that the 15 returning All Stars faced when they cooked on an open wood fire while on the beach on the Season 17 premiere.

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posted 3/24/2020

Andy Cohen, Colton Underwood Test Positive
Celebrities Go Public Amid COVID-19 Crisis
From ABC News

After having a rough couple of days, Colton Underwood's coronavirus symptoms have improved and he now sees the "light at the end of the tunnel."

In a Instagram post Tuesday night, the former "Bachelor" star, who revealed his diagnosis last Friday, shared that he had the "best sleep in more than a week and feel closer to my normal self." Some of his symptoms — fever, body aches — have subsided, though he still has a mild cough, shortness of breath and a little fatigue.

"I'm just feeling grateful right now that I still have a life. I realize that my case was not as severe as others and I am lucky we managed it at home," Underwood wrote, before thanking medical professionals, grocery store workers, truck drivers and others on the frontlines. "We've learned that superheroes are real, not just in the movies. I never thought I'd know as much about supply chains or use the phrase 'flatten the curve' when not referring to my stomach after a big meal," he joked.

On Thursday, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams called on Kylie Jenner and other influencers to encourage their social media followers to observe safety guidelines set by officials, including staying home to avoid spreading the virus.

"Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen also revealed in an Instagram post Friday that after days of self-quarantine and "not feeling great," he has tested positive for coronavirus. "As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we're putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better," he wrote. "I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves."

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posted 3/25/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Love in the Time of COVID-19"

posted 3/24/2020


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RICHARD S. KLINE: 1940-2020
Producer Left Barry & Enright to Form Kline & Friends
From The Hollywood Reporter

Richard S. Kline, an Emmy-nominated producer and director of news and game shows, died Saturday in Connecticut following a long illness, his wife, Annabelle, tells The Hollywood Reporter. He was 79.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Kline served in the U.S. Army reserves in the '60s before embarking on a career in television. He started at CBS in New York, working as a production supervisor on soap operas and CBS News broadcasts including coverage of Apollo 9 at Cape Canaveral with Walter Cronkite.

Kline left CBS to become associate producer on The Dick Cavett Show and Betty White's Pet Set and then a director, producer and eventually partner at Barry & Enright Productions, which specialized in game shows. There, throughout the '70s, he directed and/or produced a wide variety of programming, from The Joker's Wild and The New Tic Tac Dough to a live international broadcast of the presidential inauguration in 1981.

After the company's eponymous Jack Barry (and Joker's Wild host) died unexpectedly in 1984, Kline started his own shingle, Kline & Friends, with Barry's sons Jon & Doug. The company was behind Break the Bank, Strike It Rich, Win, Lose or Draw, The Marsha Warfield Show and Pictionary, among many other programs. Along the way, Kline accrued six Daytime Emmy nominations: for Win, Lose or Draw, outstanding game/audience participation show and outstanding directing in a game or audience participation show in 1988 and 1989, and outstanding game/audience participation show in 1990; and for Pictionary, outstanding audience participation show/game show in 1998.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his 15 children, Staci, Jenifer, Kim, Beau, Jeremy, Jordan, Miguel, Korell, Samantha, Sasha, Logan, Cameron, Tatiana, Amy and Emily; his brother, Dr. Larry Kline; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and in-laws..

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posted 3/24/2020

Netflix Renews Three
Two-Season Deals Inked for "Love Is Blind", "The Circle"; "Rhythm+Flow" Gets Another One
From TV Line

A lot more pod-versations and catfishing are on tap at Netflix, where both Love Is Blind and The Circle have been renewed for Seasons 2 and 3, it was announced on Tuesday. Also on the reality-TV front, Rhythm + Flow has been picked up for a second season.

Given that TV production is at a standstill during the coronavirus pandemic, the three series will not return with their sophomore runs until 2021, though online casting and auditions are now open.

"It's been incredible to see Netflix members everywhere respond to the raw, authentic stories of real people and real stakes," Netflix VP of Nonfiction Series Brandon Riegg said in a statement. "We pride ourselves on creating a favorite show for any taste, and we're thrilled fans embraced all of these series with such enthusiasm and shared passion. We look forward to sparking more joy for our members."

Season 2 of Love Is Blind is currently casting in Chicago, with Season 3 to follow; casting for The Circle is open at TheCircleCasting.com; and auditions for Rhythm + Flow are now open at RhythmAndFlow.com.

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posted 3/24/2020

SYNDIES: Week 37
Results for the Week Ending March 15
From TV Newscheck

Extra, which featured tons of breaking coronavirus coverage each day, was the standout in the session ending March 15, skyrocketing 22% from the week before to a new season high. Although the series which is fronted by the popular Billy Bush, was the only strip anywhere in syndication to clock a new season record, other entertainment magazines lit up the frame with double-digit increases as many viewers turned to high credibility sources for virus updates.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.5 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 -9%
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 3/24/2020

MONDAY: Battle Back
NBC Holds Off ABC for the Win
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held off the competition on Monday with its duo of "The Voice" (9.502 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Manifest" (4.383 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

ABC (6.912 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) was a close second with fresh installments from "American Idol" (6.976 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "The Good Doctor" (6.783 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was FOX (5.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals of "9-1-1" (6.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Prodigal Son" (3.604 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.407 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) went with repeats of "The Neighborhood" (5.497 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.770 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "All Rise" (3.668 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Bull" (4.420 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) wrapped the evening with new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.074 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.850 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.336m/0.30

- Chopped Sweets (Food): 848k/0.22
- Get a Clue (GSN): 396k/0.03

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posted 3/24/2020

WEEKEND: Sharkbait
ABC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.073 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled in front on Friday with its duo of "Shark Tank" (5.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "20/20" (4.626 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

FOX (2.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) had to settle for second with its weekly "WWE SmackDown" (2.563 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was NBC (4.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with the return of "The Blacklist" (5.391 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) plus a new "Dateline NBC" (3.997 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.316 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "MacGyver" (5.388 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.410 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.148 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

And finally, The CW (0.756 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) likewise served up second runs of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.871 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.619 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.665 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 678k/0.33

- The Crystal Maze (Nick): 562k/0.15
- Common Knowledge (SF/GSN): 514k/0.04
- Get a Clue (GSN): 462k/0.05


On Sunday, ABC (6.823 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) paved the way to another demo victory with its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.741 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "American Idol" (7.681 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "The Rookie" (5.188 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

CBS (7.848 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) took home the silver with its mix of "60 Minutes" (10.749 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), a special repeat "NCIS" (6.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.356 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.521 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7).

Next up was NBC (3.148 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its revised lineup of "Little Big Shots" (5.161 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "The Wall" (3.583 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.965 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "Good Girls" (1.883 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.328 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.466 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.067 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.659 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Duncanville" (1.068 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.359 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) plus a second run "Family Guy" (1.352 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.724 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments of "Batwoman" (0.797 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18) and "Supergirl" (0.651 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18).

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Buddy vs. Duff (Food): 1.197m/0.31

- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 741k/0.18
- Disney Fam Jam (Disney): 389k/0.08
- Get a Clue (GSN): 462k/0.05


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posted 3/24/2020

"Britain's Got" A Delay
Got Talent to Premiere As Scheduled, but Finals Will Be Postponed
From Deadline

Coronavirus has forced Simon Cowell to change his plans for Britain's Got Talent on ITV.

Fresh from signing a new five-year deal in 2019, the variety format is due to return for its 14th season next month. ITV has confirmed that it will begin broadcasting the audition rounds "in the next few weeks," but said that May's live finals have been postponed.

The finals are broadcast live from Elstree Studios, but the studio last week banned live audiences from attending TV shows, while the country has since been placed on lockdown.

An ITV spokesman said: "The Britain's Got Talent audition shows will broadcast on ITV in the next few weeks. We have been working with the brilliant production teams at Thames and Syco to find a way of making the live finals work, which were due to be broadcast at the end of May.

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posted 3/24/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Ten Minutes to Love"

  • FIRST LOOK: Singled Out (Quibi, APril) (TV Line)

  • "Drag Race"posts largest audience EVER (Deadline)

  • The Vivienne to take Hollywood (Deadline)

  • Hannah Brown posted a smiling selfie in a bikini saying "What's more contagious than a smile?" And then the internet happened (Reality TV World)

  • Wheel & Jeopardy! arrive on Xbox One... in the UK (The Xbox Hub)

  • Eggheads to return after "a break" (Metro)

  • Paul Sinha's quizmate dies of complication from COVID-19 (Liverpool Echo).

  • Jeff Foxworthy shaved his moustache for COVID-19 and AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! (PopCulture)

posted 3/24/2020

Buzzr Goes Remote
Classic Games to Continue to Run, but Don't Expect Newer Episodes for a While
From Facebook

Pursuant to shelter-in-place orders, Buzzr, the digital subnet devoted to game shows from the Fremantle library, has been left to run remotely.

The network shared the announcement on its social media feeds.

"For the next few weeks, due to state and local government recommendations, our team will be operating BUZZR remotely," the post reads. "We will continue to broadcast daily and maintain our regular schedule. As you can imagine, working remotely presents some new challenges for us. We are ready to take them on, but you may notice fewer new episodes in the weeks ahead.

"We take great care to ensure BUZZR is a place for you and your families to find some entertainment during this time. We appreciate your understanding while we adjust. The latest schedule can be found here: BUZZRtv.com/schedule."

It is understood that this will not affect the upcoming debut of "Concentration" with Jack Narz next Monday.

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posted 3/23/2020

Big Brother Canada in the Middle of a Lockdown
Ontario Puts Much of Province on Orders While Production Remains Fluid
From CarterMatt

We are living in very uncertain times, and the current health crisis has impacted television shows all over the globe. Now, there is a good chance of it working its way into Big Brother Canada 8.

Today, Ontario decided to put much of the province on lockdown save for all "essential" establishments, meaning everyone is trying to stay indoors in order to stop the spread of anything dangerous. These are drastic moves, but also important ones.

Yet, this is where things become a little bit more mysterious when it comes to Big Brother Canada.

Nobody has commented as of right now from the show, but there are of course questions already about where the production would fall amidst the new rulings.

The house lies within the Greater Toronto Area, and while the cast are exhibiting no symptoms, the larger concern may be the crew. They are the ones still working on the show, and they are also the ones who stand the most risk of being infected.

Over the weekend, Insight Productions issued a statement making it clear that they were taking precautions behind the scenes for all parties involved:

"Insight is taking every precaution to keep our crew and house guests safe on Big Brother Canada while delivering programming to audiences across the country when they need it most … The safety of the crew and house guests is paramount to Insight and as such we are taking every precaution to ensure a healthy set and workplace. Many additional practices have been implemented including, but not limited to, placing sanitizers at every entrance; daily professional cleaning and disinfection of all edit suites, control rooms, studio spaces, and offices; elimination of the live audience; adjusting the creative so that more staff can work from home, etc."


Yet, this statement was issued prior to Ontario's decision, and earlier today a report from The Logic noted that crew members have already resigned from the show this past weekend, and that others have stayed on in fear of losing employment-insurance benefits.


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posted 3/23/2020

SCOTUS Tells Byron Allen He Must Meet Higher Threshold
Unanimous Decision Puts Case Against Comcast on Hold
From Deadline

The Supreme Court sided with Comcast over Byron Allen in his racial discrimination case against the cable giant, ruling that in order for his lawsuit to survive, he bears the burden of showing racial discrimination was the "but for" cause in the cable giant's refusal to carry his entertainment channels.

The justices, in a unanimous decision, ruled that to prevail, "a plaintiff must initially plead and ultimately prove that, but for race, it would not have suffered the loss of a legally protected right," according to the opinion.

The decision means that Allen's lawsuit will go back to the lower court, where he can again try to prove his case, but he will have a much greater threshold to meet for his case to survive.

At issue was whether Allen's $20 billion lawsuit should have survived beyond the pleading stage by merely proving that, in Comcast's decision to deny carriage of his Entertainment Studios' channels, his race was a "motivating factor" or whether it was the sole cause, also known as "but for" in legalese.

In a statement, Comcast said, they "are pleased the Supreme Court unanimously restored certainty on the standard to bring and prove civil rights claims. The well-established framework that has protected civil rights for decades continues. The nation's civil rights laws have not changed with this ruling; they remain the same as before the case was filed. They added, "We now hope that on remand the 9th Circuit will agree that the District Court properly applied that standard in dismissing Mr. Allen's case three separate times for failing to state any claim." The company has defended its diversity record, and said that "we will continue to look for ways to add even more innovative and diverse programming that appeals to our diverse viewership and continue our diversity and inclusion efforts across the company."

In a statement, Allen decried the decision. "Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has rendered a ruling that is harmful to the civil rights of millions of Americans," he said. "This is a very bad day for our country. We will continue our fight by going to Congress and the presidential candidates to revise the statute to overcome this decision by the United States Supreme Court, which significantly diminishes our civil rights."

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The Wrap

posted 3/21/2020

Live (to Tape) Takeaway with No Audience
ITV Makes History
From Telly Mix

The latest episode on Saturday (March 21) was the first in the show's history to without an audience due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. And while SNT will be back next Saturday, the reduced hour-long episode will be pre-recorded.

Hosts Ant and Dec announced at the end of last night's episode: "We will be back next Saturday at 7pm, we wont be live."

Speaking on This Morning on ITV last week, the Geordie duo revealed their decision to continue on with the show without an audience. They said: "We wanted to do the show to put a smile on people's faces, we might not be able to do another one.

"We don't know, we just want to get on air, have some fun, and hope that you'll all enjoy it too."

The pair added: "For as long as we are allowed, and as long as we are able, we will try to bring you a show."

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posted 3/23/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Game Night?"

  • Missed "Let's Make a Deal" this week? Episodes are still available for 7 days after their airdate on CBS.com & the CBS app... or for longer on CBS All Access. (CBS)

  • Michael Barrymore wants to bring "Strike It Lucky" back... even if he has to host it himself over the web (Metro)

  • Drew Carey gets himself tested, which may have led TPIR to suspend (AceShowbiz)

  • Paul Sinha says he may have COVID-19, but hasn't been tested yet. He is a doctor... (Chortle)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 most shocking Survivor blindsides (TV Line)

posted 3/23/2020


The Boot

KENNY ROGERS: 1932-2020
Crossover Country Legend Played "It's Your Bet", "American Idol"
From TV Line

Kenny Rogers, country music icon and three-time Grammy Award winner, has died at the age of 81.

The singer "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family," Rogers' representative said in a statement.

Due to the national coronavirus pandemic, the family is planning a small private service. A larger-scale public memorial will be planned at a later date.

Rogers' career spanned more than six decades and held 24 number one hits including "The Gambler," "Lady," "Islands In The Stream," "Lucille," "She Believes In Me," and "Through the Years." He was a forefather of country-pop crossovers, and had been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. In addition to his Grammys, he was awarded six CMA Awards. In 2018, his song, "The Gambler," was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.

"I came into country music not trying to change country music, but trying to survive," he said in a 2016 interview with CMT.com. "And so I did songs that were not country but were more pop… But I told somebody the other day, country music is what country people will buy. If the country audience doesn't buy it, they'll kick it out. And if they do, then it becomes country music. It's just era of country music we're in."

Rogers' farewell tour ran through early 2018 until he called off the remaining dates in April of that year due to unspecified "health challenges."

"I didn't want to take forever to retire," Rogers said in a statement. "I've thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on 'The Gambler's Last Deal' tour. I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they've given me throughout my career and the happiness I've experienced as a result of that."

Rogers appeared in TV series like Touched By An Angel, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and served as a narrator for an episode of How I Met Your Mother. His list of TV-movies includes Christmas in America and Wild Horses..

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posted 3/21/2020

Game Called
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" Suspend Production Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
From PopCultire

The coronavirus has created a nightmare for film studios and television productions alike. The outbreak has caused yet another issue for syndication's two flagship game shows, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

On Monday night, the two shows notified their social media followers that both shows would be taking a hiatus with the growing threat.

"With the increasing concern surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to temporarily suspend production on @Jeopardy! and @WheelofFortune", the tweet read. "The health and well-being of our contestants, staff, and crew are our top priority, and we will continue to monitor the situation as it develops."

The producers have posted an update: "The episodes that are currently airing were taped several weeks ago – well before concerns about the coronavirus. Any interactions between contestants, Alex or the studio audience took place when such actions were considered safe. We take the well-being of our staff, crew, contestants, audience guests and host very seriously, and will not resume taping until it is completely safe. Similarly, all previously scheduled contestant searches have been postponed. We will not resume contestant tryouts until it is safe to do so. However, please note that if you have not taken the Jeopardy! Anytime Test online, you may now do so whenever it is convenient for you from your home computer or mobile device."

Less than a week ago, both shows announced that they would be removing the live audiences from their filming due to the coronavirus.

Both of the shows' hosts have also had health issues recently. Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is currently battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, while Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak went into emergency surgery this past November for an intestinal blockage. Current understanding and data has found that older people, men, and those with immunocompromised systems have higher risks for COVID-19.

This news comes after a statement on Monday from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which warned U.S. citizens that "many will become sick" as the outbreak continues to spread domestically.

"It's fair to say that as the trajectory of the outbreak continues, many people in the United States will at some point—either this year or next—be exposed to this virus. And there's a good chance that many will become sick," said Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

The game show tapings are attended by many people from out of town, especially an older demographic -- those considered most vulnerable to the virus.

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posted 3/20/2020

THURSDAY: Order Up!
ABC Wins, "Top Chef" Premiere
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.277 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was sparked to another victory on Thursday with its trio of "Station 19" (7.528 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Grey's Anatomy" (7.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (4.200 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

The silver went to NBC (3.232 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with its mix of "Superstore" (3.750 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.468 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Will & Grace" (2.763 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Indebted" (1.931 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "NBC News Special Report: Coronavirus Pandemic" (4.241 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was FOX (3.786 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with fresh installments from "Last Man Standing" (4.645 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Outmatched" (2.585 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Deputy" (3.958 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.095 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "Young Sheldon" (6.703 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), another "Young Sheldon" (6.162 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Mom" (5.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.344 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "Tommy" (3.914 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, originals from "Katy Keene" (0.515 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18) and "Legacies" (0.642 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.579 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- The Great Food Truck Race (SP/Food): 874k/0.24

- Top Chef All-Stars LA (SP/Bravo): 768k/0.26
- Vegas Chef Prizefight (Food): 680k/0.16
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 491k/0.05
- Get a Clue (GSN): 392k/0.04


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posted 3/20/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Glam Up"

  • Missed "Let's Make a Deal" this week? Episodes are still available for 7 days after their airdate on CBS.com & the CBS app... or for longer on CBS All Access. (CBS)

  • "Drag Race" alums re-doing a town on "We're Here" (The Wrap)

  • Christian Siriano to make masks for hospitals (ScreenCrush)

  • "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me" taping canceled in Buffalo (Buffalo News)

  • Clare Crawley's "Bachelorette" season may turn out to be radically different (The Wrap)

  • Joel McHale returns to The Masked Singer (The Wrap)

  • Christian Dixie is the hero we need right now. (Decider).

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 things you didn't know about "Sugar Rush" host Hunter March (TV Overmind)

posted 3/20/2020

Daytime Emmys Postponed
COVID-19 Brings June Show to a Standstill
From The Hollywood Reporter

The Daytime Emmys won't be happening this summer, having been postponed to a later date in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has brought similar events to a standstill.

The ceremony, which is unrelated to the glossier Primetime Emmy Awards or the TV Academy, was set to take place in June — though it has been without a broadcast partner for some time.

"Given our concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that we will not be staging the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena this coming June," National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chairman Terry O'Reilly said Thursday in a statement. "As there are so many unknowns right now with the flow of information changing on a daily, almost hourly, basis, it would simply be irresponsible to move forward with our annual celebration of excellence in daytime television at this time."

The Academy had previously announced postponements for its Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards and the Sports Emmy Awards.

The Daytime Emmys are best known for honoring soap operas, daytime talk shows and game shows.

Added Daytime Emmy executive director Brent Stanton: "While we realize this is disappointing, this does not mean we will not be celebrating the work selected for recognition in our Awards judging processes. Judging continues, and we look forward to announcing our incredibly talented nominees later this spring. We are working on some interesting alternative ideas for how to best recognize the honorees later this year and will share more details in the weeks ahead."

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posted 3/19/2020

"100 Latinos Dijeron" to Return March 23
Mau Nieto to Return as Host for EstrellaTV
From Yahoo!

EstrellaTV, a leading Spanish-language broadcasting network in the U.S., announced today that it will premiere the third season of "100 Latinos Dijeron" on March 23, 2020. Mau Nieto, one of Mexico's top standup comedians will reprise his role as host of the Spanish-language version of Fremantle's American classic game show Family Feud.

The show has been picked up for a third season and will premiere on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 7PM/6PM CT.

Nieto, who is better known for his 2018 Netflix special "Living Sober… From the Bar," has been a key figure in the ratings success of the show. He launched his entertainment career in 2012 doing standup in Mexico City's comedy circuit. He recently completed a national Mexican tour titled "I'm Never Getting Married."

"The first season I hosted was a very fun experience for me. I adapted quite well to the format and I enjoyed it very much. For the third season, I just hope that our viewers have as much fun watching as we had making the show," stated Nieto.

In 2018, EstrellaTV and Fremantle entered a multiyear co-production agreement to produce and air "100 Latinos Dijeron" on EstrellaTV. The series premiered for the first time on EstrellaTV in February 2019 and originally featured actor-comedian Armando Hernandez, which can still be seen on EstrellaTV weekdays at 11AM/10AM CT.

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posted 3/19/2020

How Big Brother Told The World...
COVID-19 Affected Nations Weigh Isolation Against Need to Know
From Deadline

As people around the globe enter periods of self-isolation in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, there are small pockets of TV contestants who are, serendipitously, ahead of the curve.

The Big Brother format has been isolating people for decades, and seasons are in the midst of filming in numerous countries.

For the cast of the 13th edition of the German version of Big Brother, that statement had an ironic twist, as they've just now learned what the rest of the world has known for several months – there's a deadly pandemic changing the way we live. After more than a month of sequestration inside their reality series house, the producers broke the news to the 14 guests. They entered the home early in February, just as the virus started to gain worldwide traction outside of China. On March 9, four guests were added to the house, but were not allowed to mention what was going on in the outside world. The producers vowed to let their house guests know if a loved one was infected, but then took a further step, having show host Jochen Schropp and a doctor explain what was going on.

In Australia, where Big Brother began three weeks ago in Sydney, housemates have recently been updated of the coronavirus situation. The Aussie show is atypical in that it is not broadcast live, but 7News reported that producer Edemol Shine Australia has now informed participants of the situation.

Big Brother Canada is another iteration currently running and housemates have now also been told about the virus. The Toronto-shot show typically has a live audience, which was stopped last week, leaving housemates questioning why they couldn't hear an audience reaction when one contestant was evicted at the weekend. According to Canada's Global News, they have now been filled in by production co Insight Productions. Broadcaster Corus said it had no confirmed cases of the virus to date on any of its productions, but was monitoring the situation as filming continues. Canada has had fairly minimal COVID-19 spread to date, with 441 confirmed cases and four deaths.

One of the longest-running Big Brother shoots on which contestants remain unaware of coronavirus is in Brazil, where the housemates have been in isolation since January. According to local news sources including GZH, network Globo has confirmed it will now employ an expert to get the participants up to date, and will also reassure them that their families are all unaffected. Globo, like Corus, has suspended audiences on elimination days. The Brazilian broadcaster has also increased the limit on daily water consumption in the house 20-fold, so that contestants can wash their hands frequently.

Enhanced sanitation measures are being taken across Big Brother productions, though arguably the contestants could hardly be in a safer spot to wait out the pandemic.

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posted 3/18/2020

WEDNESDAY: Chicago Owns the Night
"Masked Singer" Helps Fox, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.853 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) continued its seven-week win streak with new episodes of "The Masked Singer" (7.856 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "LEGO Masters" (3.849 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

NBC (8.526 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Chicago Med" (9.120 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (8.896 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (7.561 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its mix of "Survivor: Winners at War" (7.704 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.013 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "SWAT" (4.097 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.554 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up its new lineup of "The Goldbergs" (4.937 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Schooled" (3.503 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Modern Family" (4.300 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), the relocated "American Housewife" (3.177 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Stumptown" (2.704 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.957 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.044 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.897 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.845 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) to close out the night.

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)

- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.111m/0.30
- Forged in Fire (History): 867k/0.27
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 846k/0.25
- America's Top Dog (SF/A&E): 838k/0.26
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 611k/0.05
- Blind Date - mid (Bravo): 231k/0.08
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 220k/0.08
- The Funny Dance Show (E!): 94k/0.04


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posted 3/19/2020

GSN Offered for Free
Network to Forego Fees Until April
From Multichannel News

Game Show Network said it has offered distributors a free preview of the service through April, charging no additional license fees for incremental customers gained in that period.

"Game Show Network is offering its family friendly programming in free preview in an effort to support our clients at a time when more of their customers are at home and need entertainment," said Tim Carry, executive VP of distribution at the network, which is in about 64 million homes and is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

A network representative said affiliates had responded positively to the offer, and the network expected to gain about 10 million homes during the preview.

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posted 3/19/2020

A Way Forward
WGA, AMPTP Seek Labor Peace Amid Epidemic
From Deadline

As the escalating coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc in Hollywood, the WGA and AMPTP are frantically trying to figure out as we speak how to conduct upcoming contract talks next week – and if they should even happen at all for the foreseeable future. Everything is in flux right now, but it looks like a consensus is emerging that the March 23 start of negotiations on a new film and TV contract will be pushed, at least for a couple of weeks.

Whether that sees discussions over a new deal paused for the time being or the May 1 expiring current contract itself extended as the essentially shuttered industry continues to deal with COVID-19 consequences is what guild and producer representatives are trying to figure out Thursday. As of this afternoon, there had been no official change in the announced plan for the two sides to meet Monday, but there had been flurry of activity. We have reached to the WGA and AMPTP for comment.

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posted 3/19/2020

"Idol" Sends Everyone Home
A Decision on Live Shows Is Pending
From TV Line

American Idol is the latest TV show to shut down in light of the coronavirus outbreak: The ABC singing competition is suspending production, effective immediately.

Filming has been halted to ensure that contestants can get home to their families, according to a source; the rest of the production is working remotely, and has been since last week. For now, episodes will continue to air as scheduled through the beginning of the live shows, which were slated to kick off in mid-April, but producers will continue to evaluate things on a week-to-week basis. (Idol currently airs Sundays and Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.)

NBC and Warner Bros. Alternative TV will have to make a similar decision this spring on The Voice. They have a little more time — the first live show of the singing competition is scheduled for May 4.


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posted 3/18/2020

How Big Brother Told The World...
COVID-19 Affected Nations Weigh Isolation Against Need to Know
From Deadline

As people around the globe enter periods of self-isolation in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, there are small pockets of TV contestants who are, serendipitously, ahead of the curve.

The Big Brother format has been isolating people for decades, and seasons are in the midst of filming in numerous countries.

For the cast of the 13th edition of the German version of Big Brother, that statement had an ironic twist, as they've just now learned what the rest of the world has known for several months – there's a deadly pandemic changing the way we live. After more than a month of sequestration inside their reality series house, the producers broke the news to the 14 guests. They entered the home early in February, just as the virus started to gain worldwide traction outside of China. On March 9, four guests were added to the house, but were not allowed to mention what was going on in the outside world. The producers vowed to let their house guests know if a loved one was infected, but then took a further step, having show host Jochen Schropp and a doctor explain what was going on.

In Australia, where Big Brother began three weeks ago in Sydney, housemates have recently been updated of the coronavirus situation. The Aussie show is atypical in that it is not broadcast live, but 7News reported that producer Edemol Shine Australia has now informed participants of the situation.

Big Brother Canada is another iteration currently running and housemates have now also been told about the virus. The Toronto-shot show typically has a live audience, which was stopped last week, leaving housemates questioning why they couldn't hear an audience reaction when one contestant was evicted at the weekend. According to Canada's Global News, they have now been filled in by production co Insight Productions. Broadcaster Corus said it had no confirmed cases of the virus to date on any of its productions, but was monitoring the situation as filming continues. Canada has had fairly minimal COVID-19 spread to date, with 441 confirmed cases and four deaths.

One of the longest-running Big Brother shoots on which contestants remain unaware of coronavirus is in Brazil, where the housemates have been in isolation since January. According to local news sources including GZH, network Globo has confirmed it will now employ an expert to get the participants up to date, and will also reassure them that their families are all unaffected. Globo, like Corus, has suspended audiences on elimination days. The Brazilian broadcaster has also increased the limit on daily water consumption in the house 20-fold, so that contestants can wash their hands frequently.

Enhanced sanitation measures are being taken across Big Brother productions, though arguably the contestants could hardly be in a safer spot to wait out the pandemic.

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posted 3/18/2020

TUESDAY: A Split Decision
Audiences Grow as Social Distancing Takes Hold
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.044 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was back in front on Tuesday with originals from "Ellen's Game of Games" (5.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "This Is Us" (6.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.198 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

The silver draw was CBS (6.999 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) despite repeats of "NCIS" (7.459 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "FBI" (6.990 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) plus a new "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.703 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with new episodes of "The Resident" (4.708 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Empire" (2.698 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.528 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "The Conners" (6.580 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Bless This Mess" (4.126 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Mixed-ish" (2.994 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.747 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "For Life" (2.361 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.259 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.674 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) closed out the night on The CW (0.967 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 1.105m/0.28
- Chopped (Food): 913k/0.25
- Supermarket Stakeout (SP/Food): 881k/0.24
- The Biggest Loser (USA): 792k/0.23
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 588k/0.22
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 531k/0.06
- Get a Clue (GSN): 419k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 373k/0.16


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posted 3/17/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Flip Flop"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Wall" flips with "Little Big Shots" effective this Sunday (THe Futon Critic)

  • VIDEO WALL: "Dishmantled" (Quibi) (The Futon Critic) and "Nailed It!" season 4 (Netflix, April 1) (The Futon Critic)

  • "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me" taping canceled in Buffalo (Buffalo News)

  • Clare Crawley's "Bachelorette" season may turn out to be radically different (The Wrap)

  • Joel McHale returns to The Masked Singer (The Wrap)

  • Christian Dixie is the hero we need right now. (Decider).

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 things you didn't know about "Sugar Rush" host Hunter March (TV Overmind)

posted 3/17/2020


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LYLE WAGGONER: 1935-2020
"Carol Burnett Show" Regular Hosted "It's Your Bet"
From TV Line

TV veteran Lyle Waggoner, a key cast member on The Carol Burnett Show who also co-starred with Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman, has died at the age of 84.

Waggoner died on Tuesday after battling cancer.

The actor landed early roles on shows like Gunsmoke and Lost in Space — and was even a finalist for the role of Batman before losing out to Adam West — before beginning a seven-year run on CBS' The Carol Burnett Show as an announcer and performer.

After leaving Carol Burnett in 1974, he took on the role of Steve Trevor opposite Carter's Diana Prince on Wonder Woman, playing Steve Trevor Jr. in Seasons 2 and 3 after a time jump.

Waggoner was a frequent guest star on '70s and '80s TV shows, appearing on Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Happy Days, Mork & Mindy and The Golden Girls. In the '90s, he appeared on Ellen and That '70s Show. His final TV credit is a guest spot on the Fox sitcom The War at Home in 2005.

In the game show realm, he appeared on several game shows - "Super Password", "Family Feud", "The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour", "Dance Fever", "Battle of the Network Stars III", "The Cross-Wits", "Don Adams' Screen Test", "Tattletales", "The Hollywood Squares", and "Celebrity Bowling" among them - and hosted one - 1969's "It's Your Bet".

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posted 3/17/2020

BBC Keeps Calm & Carries On
Studio Shows to Continue Rolling... Without the Audience
From Deadline

The BBC is drawing up plans to persevere with some of its most famous studio shows during the coronavirus crisis — even though it will have to sacrifice a live audience to make them happen.

Deadline reports that QI, the Fremantle-produced panel show, will record this week at BBC Television Centre without an audience, while similar ambitions are in place for Hat Trick Productions show Have I Got News For You — which goes back into production next month — and Endemol Shine Group's Would I Lie To You?.

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posted 3/17/2020

SYNDIES: Week 36
Results for the Week Ending March 8
From TV Newscheck

Jeopardy, with longtime host Alex Trebek, clocked a steady 6.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and was the top game show for the 10th week in a row in the session ending March 8.

The frame was a challenging one for most syndicated programs as it included Super Tuesday, the biggest day of the 2020 primaries with one-third of all delegates awarded in 14 states and one territory.

Running just behind Jeopardy was Family Feud, which fell 3% to a 6.1, and Wheel of Fortune, which was flat at a 6.1.

Season-to-date, Jeopardy is the second-highest strip overall behind only the seemingly unbeatable Judge Judy. For the current stanza, Judy averaged a daytime-leading 6.4, even though it was partly in reruns and continued to slaughter the court shows for the 1,224th consecutive 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
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 3/17/2020

MONDAY: The Voice Grows Opposite Idol...
Audiences Grows as Social Distancing Takes Hold
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.086 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) surged to the top spot on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (9.874 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Manifest" (4.509 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

ABC (6.268 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) was the silver draw with a new "American Idol" (6.292 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Pandemic: What You Need to Know - A Special Edition of 20/20" (6.221 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was FOX (5.098 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with the return of "9-1-1" (6.793 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Prodigal Son" (3.404 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.687 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (7.373 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (6.816 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "All Rise" (5.854 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Bull" (7.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, the relocated "Supernatural" (1.014 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and the season premiere of "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.769 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (0.891 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Spring Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.187m/0.24
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 738k/0.18
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 528k/0.06


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/17/2020

WEEKEND: Idolized
Demos Continue to Rule Sunday, While "The Wall" Comes Tumbling Down
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.577 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat in demos with its trio of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.196 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "American Idol" (7.483 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Rookie" (5.145 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

The silver went to CBS (7.131 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (10.277 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "God Friended Me" (6.028 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.326 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a second "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.891 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was NBC (2.438 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with the return of "The Wall" (3.271 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) followed by "Little Big Shots" (2.653 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.981 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Good Girls" (1.849 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.468 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up an encore of "The Masked Singer" (1.325 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) plus originals from "The Simpsons" (1.688 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Duncanville" (1.198 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), "Bob's Burgers" (1.562 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Family Guy" (1.707 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, fresh installments of "Batwoman" (0.783 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) and "Supergirl" (0.663 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) on The CW (0.723 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Buddy vs. Duff (SP/Food): 1.191m/0.32
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 921k/0.26

- Disney Fam Jam (Disney): 360k/0.07
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 183k

CBS (7.000 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its trio of "MacGyver" (5.816 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.032 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (8.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

ABC (4.501 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) shared in the demo honors with fresh installments from "Shark Tank" (4.706 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and "20/20" (4.398 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

FOX (2.588 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) likewise split the adults 18-49 crown with "WWE SmackDown" (2.588 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2). Meanwhile, NBC (3.481 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the penultimate "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector" (3.823 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), the season finale of "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector" (3.426 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Dateline NBC" (3.194 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.852 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.014 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.707 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.674 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 542k/0.23
- The Crystal Maze (Nick): 458k/0.13


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posted 3/16/2020

Beat Your Host Takes the Mideast
Banijay Format Picked Up by MBC
From C21Media

Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC has picked up Banijay Rights format Beat Your Host for adaptation.

MBC has commissioned local prodco Cedars Art Production (Sabbah Brothers) to produce the gameshow under the title Beat the Star, which will mark the format's first appearance in the Middle East.

Beat the Star will see Arabic celebrities compete to beat Egyptian action movie star Ahmad El Sakka in a series of challenges. It will debut on MBC on April 23.

Beat the Host has been adapted in 10 countries so far and has been running in Germany on Pro7 for more than a decade. In the original version from Brainpool, the host makes a cash wager with a contestant on a challenge, which could be anything from playing football underwater to racing around a BMX course.

C21 Media

Rapid TV News

posted 3/17/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "#AloneTogether"

  • ViacomCBS launches new social distancing initiative (Deadline)

  • Jamie Foxx to topline "When We Pray" (Deadline)

  • Ninja Warrior all-stars are livestreaming talent (ANW Nation)

  • Billy Eichner turns "Billy on the Street" into a guide to survive the coronavirus outbreak (Cheat Sheet)

  • Vanessa Hudgens should not have pushed send (TV Line).

  • "Let's Make a Deal" breaks a Guinness record (UPI)

posted 3/17/2020

Heidi Klum Sidelined on AGT
Eric Stonestreet to Pitch-Hit When Judge Falls Ill
From TV Line

Heidi Klum has finally obtained a coronavirus test. But out of an abundance of caution, she is staying away from husband Tom Kaulitz, whose Tokio Hotel band just ended its tour. Klum said on Instagram they would stay apart until they each obtain the results of coronavirus tests. Klum has been absent from the AGT panel because she has shown symptoms of the coronavirus infection. She previously complained she was unable to find a place that would administer a test for the virus.

"Hi, everyone, I just wanted you to know why I have not been sitting in my America's Got Talent seat, said Klum in the video. "It started all with like a chill, feeling feverish, cough, runny nose. I'm just not feeling good, so that's why I've stayed home, to not infect any other people. I hope it's just a cold. I would love to do the corona test, but there just isn't one here," she continued. "I tried with two different doctors and I just can't get one. Stay safe, everyone. Stay home if you don't feel good."

Emmy winner/Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet will fill in for the missing model alongside Season 15 judges Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell and Stonestreet's Modern Family co-star Sofia Vergara, who joined the talent competition in February.

TV Line
Deadline
Deadline
Deadline

posted 3/16/2020

An Unforgivable Addition
Lou Sanders Joins Mel Giedroyc's Panel Show
From Digital Spy

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable is welcoming Taskmaster champion Lou Sanders to its line-up.

The series, which will air on Dave later this year, will comprise of eight episodes, each of which will see three celebrity guests divulge their darkest and most "unforgivable" secrets.

Lou will be joining the series as former Great British Bake Off host Mel's sinful sidekick, keeping score and causing delicious mischief as the celebrity guests battle it out to be declared the most "unforgivable" contestant of the episode.

Digital Spy

posted 3/16/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Supermarket Swept"

  • Grocery Store Joe gave Kendall Long an "ultimatum" before they broke up. In other news, Grocery Store Joe & Kendall were still together (YouTube)

  • Red Arrow off the block due to... yeah, you guessed it. (Deadline)

  • Big Brother Canadian houseguests are JUST learning of the outbreak (ScreenRant) while those in Germany still have no idea, reportedly (PopCulture)

posted 3/16/2020

Upfronts Called Off
Networks Making Plans to Reveal 2020-2021 Slates
From Deadline

A slew of networks canceled their upfront presentations that were set for May's "Upfront Week" amid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. CBS, NBCUniversal, The CW, Fox, WarnerMedia, Disney and Discovery all scrapped their in-person events on Thursday. The companies will now present their upcoming slates to ad buyers digitally.

NBCU's and Fox's upfront were scheduled for May 11, while Disney and Discovery's were supposed to be held on May 12. CBS and WarnerMedia were each set to go two days later on May 1, with The CW's upfront slatted to close out the week on May 14. Upfronts are a critical event on the industry calendar, when top advertisers get to see the upcoming fall television slates ahead of placing large advertising buys.

The group on Thursday join A+E Networks, AMC Networks and Fox News in canceling its annual presentation to advertisers.

As large swaths of Hollywood and America shut down or become shut-ins, Fox indicated that digital may be their next move too. "While we always look forward to seeing our brand and agency partners at the Beacon Theatre, the health and well-being of our clients, talent and colleagues is our top priority," Fox's Advertising Sales boss Marianne Gambelli stated on Thursday afternoon of the May event.

"We are reimagining our presentation to engage our clients using a new format that will highlight the quality content the industry expects from FOX," the exec added. "As the leading broadcast network this season, we have so much to build on and share, and we look forward to doing that in this new way."

The declaration by the Charlie Collier run net comes less than 20 minutes after the CW took its own live Big Apple Upfront event off the stage and headed digital. "In light of recent developments and the current guidelines being set by health officials regarding COVID-19, The CW Network has decided to forego its traditional live upfront presentation scheduled for Thursday May 14 at City Center Theater in New York, as we join the community's efforts to ensure that everyone's health and safety is our top priority," the ViacomCBS and AT&T co-owned outlet said Thursday. "As a result, we are currently exploring alternative and innovative ways of communicating The CW's overall strategy, showcase our new and returning programming and present our upcoming fall schedule to advertisers, press, the industry and our fans," the network also stated. "We will be sharing additional details as we move forward."

At this point, Disney-owned ABC still has their high wattage NYC gatherings in front of deep pocket advertisers on the calendar.

The CW announcement came not long after its corporate cousin went digital as Broadway begins to shut down and Gov. Andrew Cuomo today banned all gatherings of more than 500 people in the Empire State.

"The health and safety of the advertising community, our employees and production partners is our absolute priority, so we will alter our plans for this year's Upfront presentation," said Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Revenue Officer, WarnerMedia and Kirk McDonald, Chief Business Officer, Xandr. "We have the technological and creative means to showcase our unified WarnerMedia/Xandr message through a unique video experience and will do just that on May 13."

The CW and WarnerMedia moves follow on the heels on the two broadcast networks downsizing themselves, so to speak.

"We'll miss Carnegie Hall and our agency dinners this year, but the health and safety of our clients and the ViacomCBS team comes first," said Jo Ann Ross, President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer, ViacomCBS Domestic Advertising Sales today. "CBS has a very good story to tell, and this year we need a unique way to tell it," added the network's Entertainment boss Kelly Kahl as the company shifts from its usual Carnegie Hall shindig to a video Upfront special that will be posted to digital platforms on May 13. "We're confident that this alternate format for this year can deliver what we've come to expect from a CBS Upfront – entertainment, stars, strategy and the first look at our new primetime series," Kahl sought to assure advertisers.

Facing up to scientific reality and the bottom line, Comcast-owned NBCUniversal made a similar call almost simultaneously with their broadcast rival. "At this moment in time, we can embrace a new future that puts our audiences and our partners first," declared Linda Yaccarino, NBCUniversal's Chairman of Advertising & Partnerships Thursday too.

"This year's Upfront Presentation will ensure everyone's safety, while allowing us to give fans and marketers a preview of the upcoming season," Yaccarino noted, on what is also close to the scheduled time frame for the July 15 launch of the corporation's Peacock streamer. The broadcast Upfronts are a key forum for networks to showcase their upcoming fall schedules, and the strength of their lineup and their executive team to hundreds of advertising executives. It kicks off the upfront season where broadcasters sell most of their ad inventory. The tradition has been ongoing since the 1960s and became known for bell-and-whistles performance, talent and lavish parties after.

Deadline
Deadline
TV Line
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The Wrap

posted 3/13/2020

Wish We Could Say We Were Surprised, But We Don't Really
Peter Weber, Madison Prewitt Break Up After Contentious Finale
From The Wrap

We thought those crazy kids would stay together forever…said no one, ever.

Just two days after "The Bachelor" Season 24 finale, on which showed Peter Weber choosing to pursue a relationship with Madison Prewett, the pair have decided to call their very, very young relationship quits. Looks like Barb always gets her way. The former couple broke the news of their breakup to Bachelor Nation in separate Instagram posts Thursday night.

"I want to start by acknowledging the incredible group of women that I had the privilege of getting to know this season. Thank you for coming on this journey with me," Weber wrote. "I learned so many lessons from all of you that I will carry with me. Madi, thank you for your patience and unconditional love. You're the epitome of a woman who carries herself with grace, stands by what she believes in, and loves whole heartedly. That love is something I feel so grateful to have felt and will take a piece of that with me always going forward. Madi and I have mutually decided to not pursue our relationship any further. Believe me this was not easy for either of us to be ok with, but after a lot of honest conversations, we have agreed that this is what makes most sense for the two of us. The love and respect I have for Madi will continue to endure. Hannah Ann, you set an example for women everywhere a couple nights ago. You are such a strong, confident woman and you deserve all the love in the world. I accept full responsibility for my mistakes in our relationship and wish you only the best. This has been an emotional experience and I am so grateful for the outreach of support that I have received from friends, family, and Bachelor Nation in the last few days. Thank you to all of you! This is just a another chapter in my story. One I will never forget and one I will always cherish ❤"

Prewett's statement said: "So incredibly thankful for this amazing journey I've had the honor of being a part of. I have grown so much and am stronger than I was going in. I have learned the importance of acceptance, forgiveness, and grace. As Peter and I have decided to go our separate ways, I am confident that we will both move in the direction of our purpose and never forget that God has a plan in all things. I will always love and respect him. I am convinced our paths were meant to cross and we are both better because they did. @pilot_pete you are an amazing guy and I'm thankful for you. I will always be your biggest fan. And to the amazing women I met this season, I will love you for life. Thank you @abcnetwork for allowing me to embark on this journey. ❤️"

The breakup may feel like both an inevitability and a shock to Bachelor Nation, who watched Peter's mother Barb Weber berate him and Madison on national television during the finale of his season Tuesday, during which she expressed her belief that they weren't right for each other. Barb preferred Peter's ex-fiance, Hannah Ann Sluss, with whom he got engaged shortly after Madison left him over concerns that her Christian lifestyle wouldn't match up with Peter's free-spirited one. Peter Broke up with Sluss one month into their engagement because he still had feelings for Madison, prompting "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison to fly the Auburn-native back from Alabama to see if the two could work things out.

Guess not.

The Wrap
Deadline
Reality TV World
Reality TV World
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Reality TV World

posted 3/13/2020

THURSDAY: Make It Fashion
"Project Runway" Wraps Season
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.593 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) led the demo race on Thursday with its trio of "Station 19" (6.622 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Grey's Anatomy" (6.291 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.866 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

CBS (5.986 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) remained the silver draw with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.758 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), the season finale of "The Unicorn" (5.790 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Mom" (6.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), the season finale of "Carol's Second Act" (5.234 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Tommy" (4.894 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was FOX (3.179 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with originals from "Last Man Standing" (3.623 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Outmatched" (2.086 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Deputy" (3.503 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.238 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for a repeat "Superstore" (2.508 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) followed by new episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.275 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Will & Grace" (2.309 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Indebted" (1.552 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.391 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, fresh installments of "Katy Keene" (0.601 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18) and "Legacies" (0.511 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.556 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Project Runway (SF/Bravo): 1.424m/0.32
- Vegas Chef Prizefight (Food): 697k/0.19
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 427k/0.04


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/13/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "P-p-p-p-Please!"

  • Alex Trebek has fun with Jessica Rabbit. (PopCulture)

  • FIRST LOOK: AMC's "Quiz" (LadBible)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS planning on reruns (Deadline)

  • Daytime Emmys still on... for now (Deadline)

posted 3/13/2020

"Price Is Right" on Hold
COVID-19 Forces Two-Week Hiatus
From TMZ

"The Price is Right," one of the most enduring game shows in the history of TV is going dark for 2 weeks beginning Monday, with the hope the coronavirus will subside by then, TMZ is reporting.

The show is going the way of so many other entertainment shows. Some are shooting without audiences and some are going down altogether, at least for the time being.

Production sources say they are shutting the shown down for the obvious reasons -- protecting the crew, 61-year-old host Drew Carey, and the audience from contracting the disease.

"TPIR" joins "Jeopardy!," 'Wheel,' "The View," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," 'Ellen' and 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' among others in taking various precautions. Various sources at a number of entertainment companies are all telling the same story: they are struggling to find a balance between producing content and keeping staff safe.

As of right now, the next available date to buy tickets to a Price Is Right taping is March 30, but that is subject to change.

So, what does this mean in terms of tuning into The Price Is Right every weekday morning? It's possible that despite the production disruption, fans of the show will still get to watch new episodes. According to the show's calendar, March 16th's episode was filmed way back in December. What's more, TV Guide is still listing Monday's episode as "NEW."

Price Is Right episodes are typically taped months in advance of their airdates, with host Drew Carey and the rest of the Price Is Right crew filming two to three episodes per day. In other words, CBS probably has some episodes backlogged to air over the next two weeks. Just in case though, it's best to check your local listings to get the most up-to-date information on new episodes.

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Good Housekeeping

posted 3/12/2020

Game Also Called for "QI"... Sort of
BBC Curtails Audience
From Deadline

The BBC and Fremantle have cut the audience size at a recording of entertainment show QI tonight, while other live studio shows are also forging ahead as TV grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.

A source told Deadline that a QI recording at BBC Television Centre is taking place but the studio capacity is being reduced from 600 to 500 people, including crew members working on the show for Fremantle label Talkback.

Audience members were provided with government advice about coronavirus in an email accompanying their tickets, which recommended people "stay indoors at home" if they are experiencing symptoms. A source said audience members were not vetted about their health or travel history on entry to the studio..

Deadline
Deadline

posted 3/12/2020

NBC's New Game Show? It's a Secret
NBCUni, Asahi Team for New Format
From Deadline

NBCUniversal's formats sales arm, NBCUniversal Formats, and Asahi Television Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV) have struck a deal to co-develop unscripted shows for Japanese and international audiences — and their project is fresh out the traps.

Together, they have created The Secret Game Show, a show in which office workers compete to win cash prizes without their colleagues finding out what they are up to. The action is captured on secret cameras and relayed to a studio audience.

Ana Langenberg, SVP of format sales and production at NBCUniversal Formats, said: "We've already seen great success with our scripted format Suits in the territory. So, with ABC's unrivaled market know-how and expertise, we are excited to introduce what we hope to be a non-scripted hit for local and global audiences."

Deadline
Realscreen

posted 3/12/2020

Racing Around the World? Yeah, That's Not Happening Any Time Soon
.... Least of Which with Celebrities
From Deadline

Celebrity Race Across The World is the latest international format to have been hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Production has been postponed on the BBC One series, which was set to start filming next month. The show is produced by All3Media-backed Undercover Boss producer Studio Lambert.

The six-part global travel format is a celebrity spin-off of Studio Lambert's Race Across The World. The original show returned for its second season on BBC Two earlier this month as production had already finished before the virus hit.

Celebrity Race Across The World follows four celebrities who race with a family member or friend around the globe without the use of planes or any trappings of modern-day life. They are stripped of all mod-cons, including smartphones, the internet or credit cards, and have to rely on their own skills in order to succeed. The only thing they do have is the cash equivalent of a one-way airfare to their final destination..

Deadline

posted 3/12/2020

WEDNESDAY: Anything But Business As Usual
Fox, ABC Split Interrupted Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.450 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with its mix of "The Masked Singer" (7.219 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "FOX News Special/LEGO Masters" (4.169 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "LEGO Masters" (3.194 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

CBS (5.508 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was the silver draw with its combination of "Survivor: Winners at War" (6.943 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "CBS News Special/SEAL Team" (5.936 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "SEAL Team" (4.786 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "SWAT" (4.221 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its encore mix of "Chicago Med" (4.756 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "NBC News Special/Chicago Fire" (5.202 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Chicago Fire" (4.200 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (4.012 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

ABC (2.950 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) likewise opted for a marathon of "Modern Family" (3.460 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "Modern Family" (2.740 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), "ABC News Special/Modern Family" (4.273 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), even more "Modern Family" (2.824 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), yet another "Modern Family" (2.235 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) and a final "Modern Family" (2.168 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.703 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18) and "Nancy Drew" (0.681 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #19) on The CW (0.692 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.053m/0.27
- Forged in Fire (History): 823k/0.24
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 722k/0.22
- America's Top Dog (A&E): 572k/0.15
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 454k/0.05
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 137k/0.04
- Blind Date - mid (Bravo): 127k/0.04


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posted 3/12/2020

"Survivor" Delays the Next Two Seasons
COVID-19 Concerns Cited
From TV Line

The global coronavirus crisis has led CBS and the producers of Survivor to delay production on the next two cycles, Seasons 41 and 42.

In a letter to the show's crew, host Jeff Probst said, "Due to the growing short-term uncertainty surrounding the global spread of COVID-19 and the corresponding desire for the continued well-being of our amazing crew, we have decided to push back our start date for Survivor Season 41."

Production on Season 41, which was slated to commence in Fiji on March 24, is now scheduled to begin May 19. That, in turn, pushes production on Season 42 (slated to start on May 24) until later this summer. "Though Fiji has no reported cases and is beautifully remote, our crew numbers over 400 and are flying in from over 20 different countries, creating a need for more time to fully analyze and create our new production safety plan," Probst added. "This situation is unprecedented and we are learning more information every day. It is out of concern for the well-being of all of you that we have taken this step."

A CBS rep confirmed the delay, "Due to concerns and uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 globally, CBS and the producers of Survivor have taken the precautionary measure to delay production on the 41st season, which was set to begin filming later this month in Fiji. Pending worldwide events, the plan is to return to production on May 19th. The health and safety of the castaways and production members is our top priority."

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posted 3/11/2020

Harvey Weinstein Gets 23 Years
"Project Runway" Former EP Sentenced
From TV Line

Harvey Weinstein was sentenced on Wednesday to 23 years in prison, after being found guilty of multiple sexual assault charges, including rape.

Specifically, Weinstein last month was found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree (against a former production assistant, in 2006) and rape in the third degree (against an aspiring actress, in 2013). The former charge carried a possible sentence of five to 25 years in prison, while the latter carried a possible sentence of probation or up to four years in prison.

Prior to his sentencing, Weinstein said in the courtroom, "To all the women who testified, we may have different truths, but I have great remorse," our sister site Variety reports. But he then maintained, "I had wonderful times with these people" aka his many accusers.

"I am totally confused. I think men are confused about these issues," Weinstein said. "Thousands of men are losing due process. I'm worried about this country."

Though found guilty on three counts, Weinstein last month was acquitted of the two most serious charges levied against him, for predatory sexual assault. Had he been found guilty there, it would have confirmed a pattern of behavior that included allegedly forcing sex on actress Annabella Sciorra.

Among the wave of TV-related fallout for the allegations against Weinstein, Amazon scrapped its plans for a drama series that was to star Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, since it was produced by The Weinstein Company. (Amazon had already given the series a two-season order, with a $160 million commitment.) Additionally, Weinstein Company series in October 2017 removed the founder's name from credits, starting with Project Runway. The fallen titan was also expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

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posted 3/11/2020

Matt Lucas Joins "British Baking Show"
"Doctor Who", Bridesmaids Veteran Joins Netflix/C4 Series
From Deadline

Matt Lucas, the comedian, actor and writer who has starred in Bridesmaids, is to become the new co-host of The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4.

Lucas will replace Sandi Toksvig in the tent, hosting alongside fellow comedian Noel Fielding.

Filming on the 11th series of The Great British Bake Off begins in the spring, with Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith returning as judges. Lucas said: "I'm chuffed to bits to be joining the most delicious show on television. I can't wait to break bread with Noel, Prue and Paul and meet the brilliant bakers. And bearing in mind my love of cake, I've already ordered some much larger trousers in anticipation."

The Great British Bake Off executive producer Richard McKerrow added: "He's a phenomenal talent with a huge heart and we can't wait to enjoy the mischief and mayhem he and Noel will inevitably create in the tent. Our new batch of bakers will be in very safe hands."

Lucas has a distinguished career in film and TV, starring in shows such as Doctor Who and Shooting Stars, while his film work has included Paddington and Alice in Wonderland. Alongside David Walliams, he also co-created cult British sketch show Little Britain and later Come Fly With Me. The Great British Bake Off shows on Netflix in the U.S., where it is known as The Great British Baking Show.

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posted 3/11/2020

TUESDAY: ... So That Happened
ABC, CBS Split The Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.706 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) surged to the demo crown with the season finale of "The Bachelor" (8.483 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and a new "For Life" (3.153 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

The silver went to NBC (4.819 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and its trio of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.409 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "This Is Us" (5.576 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (4.471 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was CBS (8.279 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with new episodes of "NCIS" (10.428 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "FBI" (8.329 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Resident" (3.668 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Empire" (1.987 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9). And finally, The CW (0.920 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "The Flash" (1.066 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.774 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 946k/0.25
- The Biggest Loser (USA): 611k/0.17
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 431k/0.15
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 380k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 259k/0.11
- Hot Ones The Game Show (truTV): 182k/0.07


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posted 3/11/2020

Quibi Gets Its Clean Freak On
"Squeaky Clean" Gets the Greenlight
From The Futon Critic

Quibi has announced SQUEAKY CLEAN (working title), an eight episode cleaning and organization competition series produced by Authentic Entertainment and Shine TV, both part of the Endemol Shine Group.

In SQUEAKY CLEAN, Quibi is challenging three dirt-obsessed contestants over two competitive rounds ("The Scrub" and "The Shining"). Taking place on the shiniest-floor studio in competition history, contestants will clean against each other - with the winner of each episode determined by a signature white glove and blacklight test. Sometimes cleaning is serious business. Here's to a clean fight.

"Everyone swears by their own technique when it comes to cleaning" says Authentic Entertainment's Helga Eike. "For the first time ever, we'll challenge these self-proclaimed Heroes of Hygiene to put their skills to the test. What is more satisfying than a good before and after?"

Tanya Shaw, Managing Director, Shine TV said; "Cleaning is something we all do, some with more rigour than others, but what does it take to be the best? Working with Authentic for Quibi means we can answer this question on a global scale ... . and get some great tips along the way."

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Deadline

posted 3/10/2020

SYNDIES: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending March 1
From TV Newscheck

Talk titan Dr. Phil had the right medicine in the session ending March 1, uncorking the show's biggest rating of the season in a week peppered with preemptions for the Weinstein verdict, the Kobe Bryant memorial, the South Carolina Democratic debate, the Milwaukee brewery shootings and President Trump's coronavirus press conference.

While most strips were flat to down, Phil forged ahead 8% from the week before to a new season high 2.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, convincingly leading the talkers for the 178th times in last 182 weeks.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3* +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 3/10/2020

More on "Legends of the Hidden Temple"
Casting Underway
From Bustle

Calling all '90s kids: Quibi's Legends of the Hidden Temple reboot is holding an open casting call for competitors. Much like the original Nickelodeon game show, Quibi's Legends of the Hidden Temple will follow various teams of competitors as they traverse obstacles in order to win prizes.

While the Nickelodeon series occurred in a Mayan-themed temple setting and involved pre-teen contestants, Quibi's reiteration will take place in a jungle setting with much tougher challenges and adult contestants.

Per a press release from Quibi issued on Tuesday, the reboot is on the hunt for competitors. To get access to early casting details for Legends of the Hidden Temple, simply enter an email address at Quibi.com by Friday, March 13. Per marketing obtained by Bustle, the "Guide to Becoming a Legend" is as follows:
- "Level up your inner child and prepare for adult-sized challenges."
- "Pick your teammates wisely. You're in this together."
- "Accept and acknowledge that the choice is, in fact, yours and yours alone."

Quibi's press release cautioned to "enter at your own risk," and added that if you're cast, expect your adventure skills to be put to the true test.

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posted 3/10/2020

MONDAY: Pilot Light
ABC, NBC Split Reality Hours
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) cruised to the demo crown with night one of "The Bachelor" (7.590 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) finale followed by a new "The Good Doctor" (5.791 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

NBC (7.058 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) took home the silver with fresh installments from "The Voice" (8.658 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Manifest" (3.856 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

Next up was FOX (5.298 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with the penultimate "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.395 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and the season finale of "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.202 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.615 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "The Neighborhood" (6.217 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.728 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "All Rise" (4.577 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "Bull" (6.297 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, the season finales of "All American" (0.739 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.553 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (0.646 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Spring Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1131m/0.24
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 830k/0.19
- Get a Clue (GSN): 311k/0.03
- Spy Games (F/Bravo): 307k/0.09


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posted 3/10/2020

WEEKEND: Sharks Return on Top
ABC, CBS Split the Weekend
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.354 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) shared in the demo honors with new episodes from "Shark Tank" (4.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and "20/20" (4.345 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

FOX (2.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) likewise led the adults 18-49 race with "WWE SmackDown" (2.453 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

Next up was CBS (6.618 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its trio of "MacGyver" (5.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (6.905 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (7.304 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.743 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector" (3.709 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Dateline NBC" (3.760 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.711 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.843 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.543 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.614 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) to round out the night.

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 558k/0.24
- The Crystal Maze (Nick): 504k/0.14

ABC (6.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) led the demo race on Sunday with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.965 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) followed by new episodes of "American Idol" (7.196 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Rookie" (5.131 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

CBS (6.831 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the silver draw with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (9.251 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "God Friended Me" (5.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.449 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.677 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was FOX (1.657 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (3.439 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.069 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) alongside originals from "The Simpsons" (1.607 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Duncanville" (1.073 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.304 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Family Guy" (1.451 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.344 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up an encore of "Little Big Shots" (2.427 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) followed by fresh installments of "Little Big Shots" (3.106 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.950 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Good Girls" (1.895 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.725 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Batwoman" (0.774 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18) and "Supergirl" (0.676 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18).

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.153m/0.31
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 829k/0.25
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 246k/0.12


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posted 3/10/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Our Betty Is Okay"

  • Betty White, amidst this current crisis, is okay (Buzzfeed)

  • Kenny & Spenny bring live show to Sudbury. In other news, Kenny & Spenny are still a thing. (The Sudbury Star)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 celebs Alex Trebek is close to... and 5 he isn't (The Things)

  • LIST ABUSE #2: 10 things you didn't know about Fear Factor (Screen Rant)

  • Byron Allen makes a play for Tegna (Deadline)

posted 3/12/2020

GSN's Upfront: Expanding on What Works
Network to Double Output, Greenlight "Master Minds", "People Puzzler"
From Adweek

After reverting to traditional game show formats in 2018 and dropping the moniker GSN during last upfronts season, Game Show Network says it is done transforming. Now, the cable network is pushing further into what's working, and will double its output of original episodes this upcoming year.

This year's upfront conversations with buyers will focus on that expansion of programming, and emphasize that the network represents a "safe haven" for brands seeking an escape from off-putting or risky programming, said evp of ad sales John Zaccario.

"Our customers know what they get here: They get game shows," Zaccario said. "They can plan for it, it's predictable, and that's comforting for people who are buying media three or four months out."

Game Show Network plans to double the 550 episodes of original programming that it released last year. It has greenlit two new series: People Puzzler, based on the Puzzler crossword that runs in People magazine; and Master Minds, a celebrity trivia game show hosted by actress Brooke Burns.

Returning to the network this year are originals America Says, Catch 21, Common Knowledge and Get a Clue, as well as syndicated episodes of Family Feud hosted by Steve Harvey.

Those new and returning programs are in line with Game Show Network 's program definition, which pivoted away from modern formats to the traditional, comfort-food fare its audience was craving.

"We're not in a mode of transforming the audience and chasing hits that may be outside of our genre," Zaccario said. "We're chasing hits that are inside the program definition, and advertisers are responding to that.".

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posted 3/9/2020


Fox

DANNY TIDWELL: 1984-2020
"SYTYCD" Finalist Killed in Car Accident
From The Wrap

"So You Think You Can Dance" finalist Danny Tidwell died on Friday, according to his brother and fellow dancer Travis Wall. Tidwell was 35 years old.

"Yesterday I lost a brother," Wall wrote on Instagram on Saturday. "And we all lost a gift. I'm not ready. But I never think I will be. Because I can't believe this is real. I can't believe you're gone. You were more than my brother. You were my inspiration. I idolized you growing up. Wanted to dance just like you. Wanted to be you! I wish I could jump in your arms again like we used to when we were kids and onstage dancing."

Tidwell was the runner-up in the third season of "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2007, when he was 22. Wall danced in the season prior and was also a finalist.

Debbie Allen, who served as a judge on Tidwell's season, took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late dancer, calling him a "dancing genius" and a "prince amongst paupers."

Tidwell was born August 1, 1984 in Norfolk, Virginia, and began dancing as a child, first focusing on jazz before changing to ballet. He had worked at various elite companies, including the American Ballet Theatre, and he also performed the works of renowned choreographers like Allen, William Forsythe and Mia Michaels.

In 2005, he was featured in Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch and appeared on the cover, as well as in Pointe Magazine's Top 10 VIP. After his run on "So You Think You Can Dance," he performed during "American Idol's" second annual "Idol Gives Back" charity event in 2008, and he also had his Broadway debut in 2009 as a cast member in "Memphis.".

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posted 3/9/2020


Digital Spy

DAVE RAINFORD: 1968-2020
"Eggheads" Star Mourned by Quizzers the World Over
From the Liverpool Echo

One of the stars of BBC quiz show Eggheads has died.

Dave Rainford, 51, was a regular on the tea time quiz show but last year was forced to step down due to an unconfirmed illness.

The news of his death was confirmed by the show's host Jeremy Vine, reports Mirror Online.

Vine posted to Twitter : "I'm very sad to hear that one of the Eggheads has died. Dave "Tremendous Knowledge" Rainford, famous for being banned from pub quiz machines in Manchester, was the best company after a recording: always fun and sociable.

"I never saw him angry or ungenerous, not once."

Dave had spoken out to fans after they noticed his absence.

Dave tweeted: "Brand new Eggheads starting on Monday. "I was still recuperating when these programmes were recorded, but I can promise you that there are some great shows coming up with excellent challengers that will keep you on the edge of your seats. Keep watching."

Dave landed a part on the quiz show following an appearance on Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 2015, where he came away with £250,000. He was then asked to replace former Egghead star CJ de Mooi in 2012.

Dave was one of nine Eggheads alongside Kevin Ashman, Chris Hughes, Judith Keppel, Barry Simmons, Pat Gibson, David Rainford, Lisa Thiel, Steve Cooke and Beth Webster.

His former fellow quizzer Paul Sinha tweeted: "Devastated at the loss of my friend David Rainford. "Egghead, great bloke, great friend. We had blindingly good nights out mate X"..

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posted 3/9/2020

More on "Songland" Season 2
Meet the Guests for the New Sessions
From the Futon Critic

NBC's groundbreaking songwriting series "Songland" will return for a second season on Monday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series features a panel of the most sought-after songwriter/producers in music - Ester Dean, Shane McAnally and Ryan Tedder. Each week a superstar guest recording artist will come to "Songland" in search of their next hit song. Today NBC announced the full list of guest recording artists who will be featured on season two of the show, including Boyz II Men, Florida Georgia Line, Luis Fonsi, H.E.R., Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Julia Michaels, Ben Platt, Bebe Rexha and Usher. Below please find the video announcement, the full list of season-two guest recording artists and more info about "Songland."

'SONGLAND' SEASON-TWO GUEST RECORDING ARTISTS:
· Four-time Grammy Award-winning R&B supergroup Boyz II Men
· Eight-time ACM and seven-time CMT Award-winning country duo Florida Georgia Line
· Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Latin pop sensation Luis Fonsi
· Two-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer/songwriter H.E.R.
· Five-time Grammy Award-winning country-pop trio Lady Antebellum
· Five-time CMA-winning country superstar Martina McBride
· Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Julia Michaels
· Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter Ben Platt
· Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated pop singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha
· Multiplatinum, eight-time Grammy and American Music Award-winning R&B icon Usher


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posted 3/9/2020

Rylan's Getting Busy
"Supermarket Sweep UK" Host to Front "The Squeeze"
From Female First

The 31-year-old television presenter has made a name for himself with the BBC through presenting 'Ready, Steady, Cook' and 'Strictly Come Dancing' spin-off show 'It Takes Two'.

And he has now landed a new quiz show with the broadcaster, after recently filming the pilot in Scotland. 'The Squeeze' will reportedly see Rylan put contestants through their paces with a mixture of tough questions and physical challenges.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "Beeb bosses trialled the show a few years ago but they didn't find the right personality to carry it. "Now they know larger-than-life Rylan is perfect. Producers think he's just the guy for the show."

Whilst Rylan added: "I've just flown back from Scotland after filming it and it went really, really well. It's very early days."

Meanwhile, the former 'X Factor' star brought 'Ready, Steady, Cook' back to screens earlier this month, 10 years after the original show ended. The series will air through 20 episodes, with a focus on minimising food waste, reducing plastic, and budget cooking for the family. Rylan has taken to the show's eco-credentials with his very own important role.

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posted 3/9/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Group C Judges"

  • Yvette Nicole Brown, Sharon Osbourne join "The Masked Singer" (The Wrap)

  • Celebrity Circle? (Telly Mix)

  • Rob Beckett's pilot "Revolver" runs out of turns (Female First)

  • Danny Dyer launches a podcast (Metro)

  • ICYMI: Barbara Eden's Jeannie returns (TV Line) as does Gravedigger (TV Line)

  • LIST ABUSE: The craziest (read: worst) dating formats ever unleashed (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Meredith Vieira (Cheat Sheet)

posted 3/9/2020


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A Very Important Milestone
"Jeopardy!" Host Alex Trebek Celebrates One Year Since Cancer Diagnosis
From TV Line

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has good news to share regarding his health: He has defied the odds and survived one full year with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

"The one-year survival rate for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18 percent," he says in the above video, which was first shared on Wednesday. "I'm very happy to report that I have just reached that marker.

"Now, I'd be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one," he continues. "There were some good days, but a lot of not-so-good days. I joked with friends that the cancer won't kill me; the chemo treatments will. There were moments of great pain, days where certain bodily functions no longer functioned, and sudden, massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on. But I brushed that aside quickly, because that would have been a massive betrayal — a betrayal of my wife and soulmate, Jean, who has given her all to help me survive. It would have been a betrayal of other cancer patients who have looked to me as an inspiration and a cheerleader of sorts, of the value of living and hope. And it would certainly have been a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that have been said on my behalf."

Trebek goes on to share a reassuring anecdote from a recent doctor's visit. "You know, my oncologist tried to cheer me up the other day. He said, 'Alex, even though the two-year survival rate is only seven percent,' he was certain that one year from now, the two of us would be sitting in his office celebrating my second anniversary of survival. And you know something? If I, no, if we — because so many of us are involved in this same situation — if we take it just one day at a time, with a positive attitude, anything is possible," Trebek declares. "I'll keep you posted."

Trebek, who has hosted Jeopardy! since 1984, announced last March that he'd been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He returned to work in August after a successful round of chemotherapy, but suffered a setback in September and restarted chemotherapy. In January, he told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that he has no plans to sign off of the long-running quiz show "in the near future."

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posted 3/6/2020

Sherry Pie Pulled from "Drag Race"
Contestant DQed After Abuse Allegations
From Broadway World

RuPaul's Drag Race has disqualified season 12 contestant Sherry Pie over catfishing allegations, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The New York City-based performer, whose birth name is Joey Gugliemelli, has been disqualified after aspiring actor Ben Shimkus accused Gugliemelli of catfishing him, writing about his alleged experience with the drag performer in a post on Facebook.

"In light of recent developments and Sherry Pie's statement, Sherry Pie has been disqualified from RuPaul's Drag Race," VH1 and production company World of Wonder said in a statement to EW. "Out of respect for the hard work of the other queens, VH1 will air the season as planned. Sherry will not appear in the grand finale scheduled to be filmed later this spring."

She was set to make her debut tonight on the second half of season 12's two-part premiere, which was taped last year.

The statement comes two days after aspiring actor Ben Shimkus accused Sherry Pie of catfishing him in a lengthy statement posted to his Facebook. Shimkus alleges that after forming a friendship with the performer when they attended Cortland State University's Musical Theatre program, Sherry Pie created a fake persona as a casting director named "Allison Mossey."

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posted 3/6/2020

THURSDAY: Fashion
ABC, CBS Splits Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.379 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its drama mix of "Station 19" (6.089 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Grey's Anatomy" (6.308 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.741 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (5.623 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then edged the total viewer race with its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "The Unicorn" (5.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (5.794 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.678 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Tommy" (4.615 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was FOX (3.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with originals from "Last Man Standing" (3.533 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Outmatched" (2.062 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Deputy" (3.310 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for a repeat "Superstore" (2.062 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) alongside new episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.863 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Will & Grace" (2.089 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Indebted" (1.400 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.264 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

And finally, a new "Katy Keene" (0.515 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and a repeat "Legacies" (0.309 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.412 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.257m/0.25
- Vegas Chef Prizefight (P/Food): 653k/0.13


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/6/2020

Richard Bacon's House
BBC Greenlights New Series
From Metro

Richard Bacon is set to present his own BBC game show almost two years after he was left in a coma after falling ill with pneumonia.

The 44-year-old television and radio presenter, who was placed in a coma for six days as he battled the condition in both lungs, will front the new series titled This Is My House, according to reports.

The show will be part reality and part game show and will follow four contestants living under the same roof. One contestant will be the real homeowner, while the other players will also dress the same and claim the owner's identity in a bid to convince a celebrity panel the house actually belongs to them. The hopefuls will then be interrogated in the studio before the panel then pick who they believe the real homeowner is and cash prizes will be on the table.

Metro
Female First

posted 3/6/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Queen Is Dead"

  • RuPaul's "AJ & the Queen" canceled by Netflix, Twitter. (TV Line)

  • The POST-post-post-post-script on Love Is Blind ... now you can binge on Castlevania (The Wrap)

  • Bradley Walsh chases The Darling Buds of May (Radio Times)

  • Nikki Osborne slams "Quizmania" contestants. (ABC14 News)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THAT $#*! UP: Joel "Do A 180" Embiid (USA Today)

  • WGA, AMPTP still in talks (THe Wrap)

posted 3/6/2020

MIPTV Canceled
Organizers Cite Novel COVID-19 Concerns; Armoza Plans Virtual Event
From Deadline

MipTV, one of the leading international television conferences and markets, has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus.

The event was scheduled to take place March 30-April 2 in Cannes.

Organizers Reed Midem said Wednesday that all of the events surrounding MipTV, including Mip Formats, Mip Doc and Canneseries, have also been canceled.

The next edition of MipTV will take place April 12-15, 2021, while season 3 of Canneseries, the Cannes International Series Festival, originally scheduled to run parallel to MipTV, will now take place October 9-14, alongside Mipcom.

It comes after the French government banned gatherings of more than 5,000 people due to the global pandemic.

Armoza Formats, creator of Fox entertainment series The Four, is launching ArmozaFest, a virtual sales event, in the wake of the cancellation of Mip TV.

The company, which was acquired by ITV in July 2019, will launch the 'screen-to-screen' service for international buyers in order to showcase their upcoming formats. The event will last for two weeks starting March 23.

Deadline

Deadline

posted 3/5/2020

WEDNESDAY: Volcano Fizzles
Fox, NBC Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.876 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with fresh installments from "The Masked Singer" (6.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "LEGO Masters" (3.013 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

The silver draw was NBC (7.862 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its trio of "Chicago Med" (8.276 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (8.236 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "Chicago PD" (7.075 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.036 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and originals from "Survivor: Winners at War" (7.074 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "SEAL Team" (4.547 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "SWAT" (3.486 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.575 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for the special "Volcano Live! with Nik Wallenda" (4.165 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) followed by a new "Stumptown" (2.395 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.681 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Nancy Drew" (0.617 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) closed out the night on The CW (0.649 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Tournament of Champions (P/Food): 838k/0.24
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 835k/0.28
- America's Top Dog (A&E): 680k/0.18
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 241k/0.07
- Blind Date - mid (Bravo): 202k/0.05


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/5/2020

Sing Along with the Super 9
Fox Plots 2-Hour Special April 1
From The Wrap

"The Masked Singer" fans are getting a double dose of good news today. Fox has set the whacky singing competition's first-ever sing-a-long special and supersized the "Super Nine" episode in which Season 3's finalists from Groups A, B and C will come together for the first time. The sing-a-long event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 at 8/7c.

Here's Fox's description for the special: "Gather your friends and family, get your DIY costumes ready and sing along to your favorite season three performances."

Two weeks before the special, the two-hour episode that features Season 3's "Super Nine" contestants all competing against each other for the first time will air at 8 p.m. on April 1.

Now, we don't actually know who all nine of Season 3's "Super Nine" contestants are yet, seeing as Group C — which consists of Night Angel, The Bear, The Astronaut, T-Rex, The Rhino and The Swan — has yet to perform. Those six will be introduced during next Wednesday's hour, but you can get a taste of their antics via the teaser video below.

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 3/5/2020

Netflix Has All The Right Moves
Report: Studio Lambert Game for Dance-Off
From Deadline

The Circle and Undercover Boss producer Studio Lambert has cooked up its latest format for Netflix — a dance show that will aim to find the world's next superstar choreographer.

Deadline reports that Studio Lambert is about to begin production in London on the show, which has been given the working title All The Right Moves. It will be filmed across eight weeks.

The idea is that aspiring choreographers will compete over the course of a number of challenges to create iconic dance sequences using professional dancers.

Studio Lambert has been casting for dancers in the UK in recent weeks.

It follows All3Media-owned Studio Lambert remaking its Channel 4 show The Circle for Netflix in the U.S. last year. The Big Brother-meets-Catfish format was created by Studio Lambert creative director Tim Harcourt, who Deadline understands is also looking after All The Right Moves.

Deadline

posted 3/5/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Baby.... You're a Firework!"

  • Katy Perry's got a secret, but you can figure it out if you watch her new video. (PopCulture)

  • The post-post-post-script on Love Is Blind ... now you can binge on Castlevania (TV Line)

  • Derek Hough joins "High School Musical: The Series: The Musical: The Movie: The Series: The Movie: The Musical" (Deadline)

  • That's Ainsley Harriott, MBE to you (Metro)

  • 233 teams of six quiz vets each are going to Chicago for one reason (C-Note: myself included). (The Guardian)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THAT $#*! UP: Joel "Do A 180" Embiid (USA Today)

  • Fox makes alternate plans with novel COVID-19 looming (Deadline)

posted 3/5/2020

"Challenge 35" Is "Total Madness"
Big Brother Alums Join Challenge Veterans April 1 on MTV
From The Futon Critic

MTV celebrates the franchise that invented the reality-competition genre with the season 35 premiere of "The Challenge: Total Madness," kicking off on Wednesday, April 1st at 8:00PM ET/PT. The highly-anticipated hit series will feature 90-minute episodes and is set to roll out globally across MTV's international networks in 180+ territories in the coming months.

Following a successful season of "War of the Worlds 2," which scored the highest franchise premiere in six years, the explosive new season returns to a solo game format where no one is safe and it's every traitor for themselves. Twenty-eight players will face strenuous challenges in pursuit of the $1 million-dollar prize with a shocking twist, unleashing mental warfare like never before.

Meet the cast:

VETERANS:
- Ashley Mitchell - 7th Challenge Twitter: @mtvashleybrooke, Instagram: @mtvashleybrooke
- Aneesa Ferreira - 13th Challenge Twitter: @Aneesamtv, Instagram: @Aneesamtv
- Cory Wharton - 7th Challenge Twitter: @CoryWharton, Instagram: @CoryWharton_ig
- CT Tamburello - 17th Challenge Twitter: @TheOfficial_CT, Instagram: @_famous4nothing
- Dee Nguyen - 3rd Challenge Instagram: @deenguyen
- Kyle Christie - 5th Challenges Twitter: @KyleCGShore, Instagram: @kylecgshore
- Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio - 20th Challenge Twitter: @johnnybananas, Instagram: @realjohnnybananas
- Jenna Compono - 8th Challenge Twitter: @JennaCompono, Instagram: @JennaCompono
- Jennifer West - 2nd Challenge Instagram: @jenniferwestofficial
- Josh Martinez - 3rd Challenge Twitter: @JOSHMBB19, Instagram: @josh_martinez_
- Jordan Wisely - 6th Challenge Twitter: @JordanW_usa, Instagram: @jordan_wiseley
- Kailah Casillas - 5th Challenge Twitter: @Kailah_Casillas, Instagram: @Kailah_Casillas
- Mattie Breaux - 2nd Challenge Twitter: @MattieLBreaux, Instagram: @MattieLynnBreaux
- Melissa Reeves - 3rd Challenge Twitter: @DJMelReeves Instagram: @DJMelReeves
- Nelson Thomas - 6th Challenge Twitter: @MTV_NellyT, Instagram: @_NelsonThomas
- Nany Gonzalez - 9th Challenge Instagram: @nanycarmen
- Rogan O'Connor - 3rd Challenge Twitter: @Rogan_OConnor, Instagram: @roguesnaps
- Stephen Bear - 3rd Challenge Twitter: @stephen_bear, Instagram: @stevie_bear
- Tori Deal - 4th Challenge Twitter: @tori_deal, Instagram: @tori_deal
- Tula "Big T" Fazakerley - 2nd Challenge Instagram: @BigTFaz
- Wes Bergmann - 13th Challenge Twitter: @westonbergmann, Instagram: @westonbergmann

ROOKIES:
- Asaf Goren - "Big Brother Israel," "So You Think You Can Dance" Twitter: @asafgoren1, Instagram: @asafgoren1
- Bayleigh Dayton - "Big Brother" Twitter: BayleighDaily, Instagram: @Bayyday
- Christopher Jordan "Swaggy C" Williams - "Big Brother" Twitter: @SwaggyCTV, Instagram: @SwaggyCTV
- Kaycee Clark - "Big Brother" Twitter: @ThatStudMuffin, Instagram: @kcsince1987
- Faysal Shawn "Fessy" Shafaat - "Big Brother," "American Ninja Warrior" Twitter: @fessyfitness, Instagram: @fessyfitness
- Jay Starrett - "Survivor" Twitter: @Jay__Qs, Instagram: @jqskim
- Jennifer Lee - "Amazing Race" Twitter: @_jennlee_, Instagram: @jenleezy
.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/4/2020

TUESDAY: Super Tuesday.... for Fox, Anyway
Drama Beats Network Primary Coverage
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.628 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) held off its news competition on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Resident" (4.795 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and the return of "Empire" (2.461 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

In Super Tuesday coverage, NBC (2.814 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) led the way with "NBC News Decision 2020 Super Tuesday" (2.814 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) followed by "Super Tuesday: Your Voice Your Vote 2020" (2.719 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) on ABC (2.719 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and "CBS News Election Special Super Tuesday: High Stakes" (2.518 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) on CBS (2.518 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (0.644 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #6) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.497 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.1, #7) closed out the night on The CW (0.570 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- CHopped (Food): 846k/0.23
- The Biggest Loser (USA): 809k/0.23
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 483k/0.19
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 448k/0.04
- Hot Ones The Game Show (truTV): 266k/0.13
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 251k/0.11


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/4/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Graduate"

  • Ken Jeong tapped to give Duke's commencement. Let's hope his speech is better than his guesses. (C-Note: Dook still sucks) (WRAL-TV Raleigh)

  • FIRST LOOK: More queens! (TV Line)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The new series of "Ready Steady Cook" (The Guardian)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: SUPER JACKPOT! (The Mirror)

posted 3/4/2020

Red Nose Day 2020 Escapes
NBC Lines Up Programming Block
From The Futon Critic

NBC is once again partnering with Comic Relief US and Red Nose Day with a three-hour block of themed programming on Thursday, May 21 that will raise money and awareness for millions of children living in poverty across America and around the world.

Kicking off the night at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Ben Stiller is bringing the phenomenon of escape rooms to television in spectacularly over-the-top style with "Celebrity Escape Room." Stiller and Jack Black serve as executive producers and participants in the one-hour show featuring a cast of A-listers immersed in the hilariously high-energy, no-holds-barred escape.

Following "Celebrity Escape Room," the two-hour "Red Nose Day Special" will feature the biggest names across entertainment with a packed lineup of music, comedy and short documentary films that will educate and engage viewers.

Joining Stiller for the game-play are comedy stars Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Scott. Jack Black is host and the all-knowing "Game Master," who puts his celebrity friends to the test as they work together under intense pressure to beat the clock, unlocking a series of surprising puzzle rooms to ultimately engineer their great escape in this uproarious and heart-pounding adventure.

Tapping into the wildly popular escape room craze, "Celebrity Escape Room" combines the drama and tension of a real-life video game with the side-splitting allure of the ultimate party game. All highly competitive with killer instincts, Stiller, Cox, Kudrow and Scott will work together and channel their inner Sherlocks to decipher clues and solve puzzles, brainstorm for solutions and combine their comedic talents to ultimately gain their freedom before time runs out. When stumped they may only ask the Game Master for three clues to help them escape their complete isolation from the outside world. Each room that the players complete earns money to be donated to Red Nose Day.

In addition to Stiller, "Celebrity Escape Room" will be executive produced by Black, Christine Taylor, Nicky Weinstock, Amiira Ruotola and Lee Metzger ("The Voice"). The show is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and Red Hour Productions.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/3/2020

SYNDIES: Week 34
Results for the Week Ending February 23
From TV Newscheck

Jerry Springer's freshman hit Judge Jerry stood out as one of the few category-leading, double-digit gainers in the challenging session ending Feb. 23, a week that was clouded by numerous preemptions for a weather-delayed Daytona 500 and included the sparsely viewed Presidents Day holiday.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.3 -3%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 3/3/2020

MONDAY: The Women Tell All
"Bachelor" Fuels ABC Win
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.124 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to its duo of "The Bachelor" (6.367 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (5.639 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

The silver went to NBC (7.227 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with originals from "The Voice" (8.964 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Manifest" (3.754 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.705 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.518 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and a repeat "Prodigal Son" (1.892 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (5.121 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.418 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), "All Rise" (4.024 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Bull" (4.255 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the penultimate weeks of "All American" (0.772 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.627 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.158m/0.25
- Kids Baking Championship - 10p (SF/Food): 1.016m/0.25
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 517k/0.15
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 366k/0.03
- Get a Clue (GSN): 305k/0.03
- Spy Games (Bravo): 286k/0.09


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/3/2020

Quibi Gets Sauced
Usher to Produce Dance Off
From Deadline

Usher is bringing his moves to the upcoming Quibi dance competition series The Sauce. The Grammy award-winning R&B artist will serve as a judge and executive producer of the show.

The Sauce will be produced by Thalia Mavros' The Front. The new dance series will be hosted by brothers and Atlanta-based dancers Ayo and Teo as they explore the unique dance cultures in cities across the U.S., finding the freshest talent to compete head-to-head.

"Dance continues to drive much of our popular culture in increasingly more meaningful ways, and I can't wait to help these young dancers express their extraordinary talent and vision," said Usher. "I'm excited to be working with Quibi and The Front, who share my vision for cutting-edge, culture-forward content and have created an innovative platform to recognize incredibly gifted dancers from across the nation."

Deadline

posted 3/3/2020

Block Buster
"Block Out" Heads to Europe
From TBI

Producers in Iberia, the Netherlands and France have picked up rights to Nippon TV and Red Arrow Studios' gameshow format Block Out.

The show, which made its debut in Thailand on Channel 7 and has subsequently sold to VTV in Vietnam and ANTV in Indonesia, sees two teams attempting to remain on a wall while undertaking physical and mental challenges.

The format has been sold to Endemol Shine Iberia for Spain and Portugal, Tin Can for the Netherlands and GM6 for France. Red Arrow Studios International (RASI) holds global sales rights excluding Asia.

Bo Stehmeier, president at RASI, said: "Part of our formats strategy is creating and representing energetic, bold and hilarious studio-based shows like Block Out, which the whole family can enjoy together. We're looking forward to building on Block Out's success in Asia and introducing audiences across Europe to this engaging and colourful series."

The deals were struck by Tobias Schulze, VP of sales in France & German-speaking territories, and Maria Arroyo, senior sales manager in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Israel and Latin America.

TBI
Rapid TV News

C21 Media

posted 3/3/2020

WEEKEND: It's Off a Bit
ABC, CBS Split Sunday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) led the demo race on Sunday with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.143 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) alongside originals from "American Idol" (6.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Rookie" (4.526 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Second place went to CBS (6.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (9.160 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "God Friended Me" (5.998 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.479 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.555 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was FOX (1.382 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.373 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Duncanville" (1.062 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.692 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Duncanville" (1.238 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), "Bob's Burgers" (1.421 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Family Guy" (1.509 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.549 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up an encore "Little Big Shots" (2.941 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) plus originals from "Little Big Shots" (3.389 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.062 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Good Girls" (1.803 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.384 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Batwoman" (0.452 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) and "Supergirl" (0.315 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18).

FOX (2.716 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) led the Friday demo race with its weekly installments of "WWE SmackDown" (2.716 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1).

CBS (5.907 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the most-watched network with originals from "MacGyver" (5.606 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Hawaii Five-0" (6.800 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.315 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.621 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with the relocated "Shark Tank" (4.139 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and a two-hour "20/20" (3.361 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.405 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector" (3.509 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and "Dateline NBC" (3.353 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.523 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Charmed" (0.665 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9) and "Dynasty" (0.382 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10)..

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- The Crystal Maze (Nick): 523k/0.13

- RuPaul's Drag Race (SP/VH1): 504k/0.20

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.031m/0.28
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10p (Food): 734k/0.20
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10:30p (Food): 710k/0.20
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 333k/0.14
- Disney Fam Jam (Disney): 301k/0.05

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posted 3/3/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Super-ish Tuesday"

  • Tyler Cameron breaks his silence about his mother (Reality TV World)

  • FIRST LOOK: "Cannonball" (Ringside News)

  • Washington State Senate recognizes Ken Jennings as the GOAT (Newsweek)

  • Novel COVID-19 hits ITV studios where "Supermarket Sweep" runs wild. (Broadcast)

posted 3/3/2020


Los Angeles Times

Clare Crawley Sets a Record in Return to "Bachelor" Nation
"Bachelor in Paradise" Alum to Be the Oldest "Bachelorette"
From TV Line

When The Bachelorette returns to ABC for Season 16, Clare Crawley will be the one holding the roses. The highly anticipated announcement was made Monday during Good Morning America.

At age 38 (and turning 39 during production), Crawley is the oldest Bachelorette in the franchise's 17-year history.

Though ABC typically chooses a Bachelorette from the latest crop of Bachelor contestants, Crawley didn't compete for Peter Weber's heart on Season 24. Rather, she came in second place on Juan Pablo Galavis' season of The Bachelor in 2014 — and she memorably told Galavis off after he dumped her during the season finale, quickly making her a fan favorite.

Crawley later appeared on Seasons 1 and 2 of Bachelor in Paradise, as well as The Bachelor Winter Games, where she seemed to find love with Benoit Beauséjour-Savard. Shortly after Winter Games wrapped, however, the pair ended their engagement.

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posted 3/2/2020

Dealing Through the Decades
"Let's Make a Deal" Decades Week Begins March 9
From CBS

It's time for a walk down memory lane as Let's Make A Deal celebrates the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s during Decades Week!

Airing the week of Mar. 9-13, host Wayne Brady is joined by a slew of pop culture icons from across the years. Guest stars joining are Barbara Eden from I Dream Of Jeannie, Jimmy Walker from Good Times, Christopher Knight from The Brady Bunch, Joey Lawrence from Blossom, Joey Fatone of pop group 'N Sync, and Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men.

But it isn't just amazing outfits and fantastic guests that are worth tuning in for, Let's Make A Deal will also be breaking it's second Guinness World Record™ title in Friday's '90s episode when they feature the "Largest Water Pistol!

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posted 3/2/2020


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Sofia Vergara Gets Buzzed
"Modern Family" Alum to Join "America's Got Talent"
From TV Line

Sofia Vergara is going from one dysfunctional TV family to another. The Modern Family actress will join America's Got Talent as a judge in Season 15.

"I'm so happy to join my new family on AGT," Vergara said in a statement. "This is a new and exciting next chapter for me and I'm extremely proud to be the first Latin judge on the show. I can't wait to watch all the talent and have fun with all you guys!"

Additionally, Heidi Klum will return to fill the fourth seat on the panel. Though Klum served as a judge for Season 2 of America's Got Talent: The Champions earlier this year, she hasn't appeared on original flavor AGT since Season 13.

Also returning for Season 15 are judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, as well as host Terry Crews.

While this confirmation is still headline-making news for AGT, Vergara joining the panel isn't entirely surprising. It was reported back in Dec. 2019 that she was taking meetings with the show's producers to discuss becoming a judge.

Vergara and Klum are filling the seats left vacant by Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough, both of whom were let go from the show after just one season. Though Hough has remained relatively quiet about her departure, Union has been vigilant in speaking out against the unfair treatment she says she experienced and witnessed behind the scenes.

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posted 3/2/2020


WFAE

JAMES LIPTON: 1926-2020
"Inside the Actors Studio" Host Appeared on "Jeopardy!", "Apprentice"
From TV Line

James Lipton, best known for his many years as host of the interview series Inside the Actors Studio, died Monday at the age of 93. Lipton passed away at his home after a battle with bladder cancer.

"There are so many James Lipton stories, but I'm sure he would like to be remembered as someone who loved what he did and had tremendous respect for all the people he worked with," Lipton's wife, Kedakai Turner, told TMZ.

Lipton created Inside the Actors Studio in 1994, when it premiered on Bravo. The Q&A program — in which Lipton asked actors in-depth questions about their craft — ran for 22 seasons at that network, before moving to Ovation in 2019.

After moderating more than 250 conversations with thespians, Lipton stepped down as host when the show changed networks, and the program is now led by a series of guest hosts. "It's very gratifying to see the legacy of Inside The Actors Studio being carried forward for a new generation to appreciate and enjoy," Lipton said at the time. "I made a vow early on that we would not deal in gossip — only in craft, and Ovation, as a network dedicated to the arts, will continue that tradition with the next seasons of the series."

Ovation reacted to the news of Lipton's passing with the following statement: "We celebrate and honor the great legacy of James Lipton. James is beloved around the world for his passion, insight and dedication to the craft of acting. With Inside the Actors Studio, James has created a long-lasting impact on the acting world. Ovation mourns his loss and offers deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans."

Lipton also held guest roles on shows such as Arrested Development, Suburgatory and According to Jim, and he voiced himself on episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy. He also delivered clues on "Jeopardy!", performed on "America's Got Talent", and acted as an advisor on "The Celebrity Apprentice".

Behind the camera, Lipton served as a writer on several projects, including many episodes of Inside the Actors Studio. His credits also included Another World, The Best of Everything and Return to Peyton Place.

Ovation will air a two-part James Lipton remembrance block of Inside the Actor's Studio on Wednesday, March 4 beginning at 7/6.

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posted 3/2/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Spoilers!"

  • Bradley Walsh reportedly exiting the TARDIS and taking his son with him. Yeah, Tosin Cole, this time... (Bleeding Cool)

  • THe post-post-script on Love Is Blind (The Wrap)

  • Tyler Cameron mourns the loss of his mother (Reality TV World)

  • Alex Trebek donates $100,000 to homeless shelter (TMZ)

  • Katy Perry puts on a show for Aussie firefighters. (Billboard)

  • FIRST LEAK: "Beat the Chasers" (Chronicle Live)

  • Richard Ayoade piloting "Who's Asking?" (Chortle)

posted 3/2/2020


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Coronavirus Fears Hit The Game Show World
"Amazing Race" Production Temporarily Suspended
From TV Line

The Amazing Race just hit a serious roadblock: CBS has suspended production on Season 33 of the globe-trotting reality hit over concerns about the coronavirus.

"Due to increased concerns and uncertainty regarding the coronavirus around the world, CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race have taken the precautionary measure of temporarily suspending production on the 33rd season of the series," a network spokesperson said in a statement. "All contestants and production staff are in the process of returning home."

The statement also emphasized that "at this time, no Racers or anyone on the production team traveling with them have contracted the virus, or shown symptoms, and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it. Out of an abundance of caution, everyone involved in the show will continue to be monitored when they return home. The health and wellbeing of the Racers and the production team are our top priorities."

Production on Season 33 started a couple weeks ago, with three episodes filmed so far. There's no word yet on when production might resume again. The series, hosted by Phil Keoghan since its 2001 debut, sends pairs of contestants on a race around the world to compete in a series of international challenges. Season 32, which will air next, has already been filmed, but doesn't have a premiere date.

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posted 2/28/2020

More on "Listen to Your Heart"
Catch It on ABC April!
From Cheat Sheet

The Bachelor franchise has done it again with its latest iteration, The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart.

Instead of contestants earning roses by a not-so-intricate process of elimination, singles find love by connecting through each other's music. Couples make connections by performing individually and together all while living together to explore relationships. What is involved and who are the 23 singles looking for love?

According to Us Weekly, couples compete via "musical challenges." This includes performances in front of big-names from the industry. Couples who bring their A-game move on while others go home. After moving into the mansion, daily dates entice couples to commit. Once that happens, they move to the challenges.

"Contestants will be talented musicians and people whose lives and work revolve around music," ABC entertainment president Karey Burke told previously said, via Us Weekly.

"It's an attempt to capture what we all know, that love and emotion and music are inexplicably intertwined." Bachelor host, Chris Harrison, leads the show — because of course, he does — as well as alums, JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers who have cameos sometime throughout the season.

"I think you may see some [familiar] people and then maybe some of these people end up in the franchise elsewhere," Harrison said. "Who knows?".

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posted 2/28/2020

THURSDAY: A Million Little Viewers
ABC Wins Night Outright
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.415 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with originals from "Station 19" (6.549 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Grey's Anatomy" (5.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.724 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

FOX (3.461 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the silver draw with new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (4.093 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Outmatched" (2.480 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Deputy" (3.635 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.610 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with repeats of "Young Sheldon" (6.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "The Unicorn" (4.172 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Mom" (4.399 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Carol's Second Act" (3.748 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus a new "Tommy" (4.642 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.412 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up its mix of "Superstore" (2.597 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.765 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Will & Grace" (2.059 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Indebted" (1.489 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.281 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, a new "Katy Keene" (0.488 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and a repeat "Legacies" (0.304 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.396 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.198m/0.24
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (SF/MTV): 321k/0.18


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posted 2/28/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Condragulations!"

  • Michelle Visage gets her own show on BBC Three (Deadline) plus 10 Did-That-Really-Just-Happen? Eliminations from the mothership (TV Line)

  • THe post-script on Love Is Blind (The Atlantic)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The next "Bachelorette" will be announced on Good Morning America MONDAY (Reality TV World)

  • Tyler Cameron cancels on GMA due to a family emergency (Reality TV World)

  • Mike Myers explains Tommy Maitland (Screen Rant)

  • Steve Harvey meets his doppelganger (Good Housekeeping)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Belushi (WBTS Boston)

posted 2/28/2020

WEDNESDAY: Chicago Unmasks
NBC, Fox Split Night
From The Wrap

"The Masked Singer" was crowned No. 1 in TV ratings among the key demo Wednesday night, but couldn't best NBC's "Chicago" crossover in total primetime viewers, according to Nielsen.

While the audience for Fox's singing competition slipped double digits from the numbers put up by its week-ago episode, "Chicago Fire" saw its most-watched episode in a year.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/7 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., "The Masked Singer" scored a 1.7/9 and 6.7 million viewers. "Lego Masters" at 9 p.m. earned a 1.0/5 and 3.1 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.2/6 and first in viewers with 8.4 million. At 8 p.m., "Chicago Med" posted a 1.2/6 and 8.5 million viewers. At 9 p.m., "Chicago Fire" kicked off its crossover with "Chicago PD" with an episode that pulled in a 1.2/6 and 8.6 million viewers. "Chicago P.D." ended that crossover at 10 p.m. with a 1.2/7 and 8.2 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/4 and second in viewers with 5.2 million. At 8 p.m., "Survivor" landed a 1.4/7 and 7.1 million viewers. At 9 p.m., "SEAL Team" had a 0.6/3 and 4.4 million viewers. Another episode at 10 p.m. got a 0.5/3 and 4 million viewers.

ABC and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.5/3.

ABC was fourth in viewers with 2.6 million. Univision was fifth with 1.6 million.

For ABC, "The Goldbergs" at 8 p.m. opened primetime with a 0.8/4 and 3.8 million viewers. Following two repeats, "Single Parents" at 9:30 p.m. received a 0.5/3 and 2.3 million viewers. At 10 p.m., a special "Shark Tank" closed the night with a 0.5/3 and 1.5 million viewers.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 994,000.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 649,000. At 8 p.m., "Riverdale" had a 0.2/1 and 699,000 viewers. At 9 p.m., "Nancy Drew" settled for a 0.1/1 and 599,000 viewers.

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 723k/0.19
- America's Top Dog (A&E): 627k/0.16
- Common Knowledge (GSN) 461k/0.04
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 221k/0.05


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posted 2/27/2020

"Samurai" to Return Sooner Than You Think
Casting Continues as Season 2 Gets a Launch Date in April
From The Futon Critic

Competition series MENTAL SAMURAI has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, FOX Entertainment. Season Two of MENTAL SAMURAI will premiere Wednesday, April 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

"MENTAL SAMURAI is a one-of-a-kind show that brilliantly marries intellect and physicality, and we're so happy to partner with Warner Horizon Unscripted, Arthur Smith and Jeff Apploff to bring it back for a second season," said Wade. "Of course, at the heart of MENTAL SAMURAI is the incomparable Rob Lowe, who, between this and his fantastic work on 9-1-1: LONE STAR, has become such a key member of the FOX family."

"The show fires on every single level," added Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. "Rob Lowe, the producing team, the set, the technology and the network. We couldn't ask for a more perfect combination."

MENTAL SAMURAI is the perfect combination of game show, sporting event and thrill ride, in which everyday people from across the country battle each other and the clock, answering a wide variety of fun and interactive questions about topics ranging from the Hall of Presidents to Hall & Oates. If that wasn't enough, players must tackle these difficult questions while being whipped around the arena strapped into Ava, a high-speed capsule and robotic arm capable of twisting and turning a full 360 degrees! The stakes have never been higher this season, as players will earn money with each correct answer, but with even one mistake, the ride comes to a screeching halt. In the end, the player who correctly answers the most questions the fastest will enter the Circle of Samurai for a chance to win up to $100,000 and return the next night to face a new group of colorful competitors vying to win the title of MENTAL SAMURAI.

Since its debut on FOX in 2019, the format has produced multiple seasons in several territories around the world. MENTAL SAMURAI is casting our BIG Brains now! To apply, visit TINYURL.com/MENTALSAMURAI.

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posted 2/27/2020

"Love Is Blind": After the Final... Stream
Season Finale Airs Thursday
From Deadline

Fans of reality TV coupling competitions might be lamenting the fact that the final episode of Netflix's Love Is Blind premieres this week, but fear not: There's more drama ahead. The streamer said today that a reunion special will arrive next week.

"The final episode of Love Is Blind premieres tomorrow! But the story doesn't end there," Netflix tweeted. "On March 5, all your burning questions will be answered in a can't-miss reunion special hosted by Vanessa and Nick Lachey":

The final episode of Love Is Blind premieres tomorrow! But the story doesn't end there… On March 5, all your burning questions will be answered in a can't-miss reunion special hosted by Vanessa and Nick Lachey pic.twitter.com/6IImBYy3OB — Netflix US (@netflix) February 26, 2020


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posted 2/26/2020

TUESDAY: Nick Jonas vs. The Democrats
CBS Wins Debate Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.515 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) got a major boost on Tuesday thanks to its coverage of "CBS News Democratic Primary Debate" (13.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) followed by "CBS News: The Spin Room" (5.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

NBC (6.927 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) had to settle for the silver with night two of "The Voice" (8.531 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) alongside new episodes of "This Is Us" (7.074 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.176 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Next up was ABC (2.950 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its mix of "The Conners" (5.101 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Bless This Mess" (3.144 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Mixed-ish" (2.307 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Black-ish" (2.157 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "For Life" (2.494 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.077 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a new "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.133 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and the season finale of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.020 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Flash" (1.179 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.753 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.966 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 760k/0.21
- The Biggest Loser (USA): 595k/0.19
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 469k/0.20
- Ink Master: Turf War (PAramount): 435k/0.15
- Hot Ones the Game Show (truTV): 341k/0.18


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posted 2/25/2020

Dancing Funny
E! Greenlights Comedian Dance-Off
From the Futon Critic

"The Funny Dance Show" premieres on Wednesday, March 11 at 10:30pm ET/PT on E! during the new "Laughter Hours" programming block. Hosts and Judges include: Hosts, Creators and Executive Producers: Justine Marino and Heidi Heaslet Judges: Loni Love (comedian and co-host of "The Real"), Allison Holker ("So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars") and Justin Martindale (comedian and television personality)

Based off of Justine Marino and Heidi Heaslet's live show developed at The World Famous Comedy Store, "The Funny Dance Show" takes your favorite dance competitions and turns the genre on its head. The new series showcases what can happen when some of the funniest, and sometimes rhythmically challenged, comedians become dancing competitors. Regardless of whether they kill it on the dance floor, the end result is always a belly laugh of a story told through fancy footwork.

Each week two teams of comedians will work with professional choreographers and an entourage of backup dancers to try and perfect their steps ahead of a series of judged dance-offs. Come showtime, the comedians try not to literally break a leg while performing for a live club audience all in an effort to win $10,000 for a charity of their choice.

The teams taking to the stage include: Jessimae Peluso and Flula Borg vs. Candice Thompson and Maz Jobrani; Jade Catta-Preta and Marcella Arguello vs. Daniel Franzese and Irene Choi; Fortune Feimster and Willie Hunter vs. Fahim Anwar and Becky Robinson; Ron Funches and Blair Socci vs. Adam Ray and Brad Williams; Kel Mitchell and Carly Jibson vs. Yamaneika Saunders and Jeremiah Watkins, and more.

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posted 2/26/2020

Insert Zombies Here
BBC Two Cancels Sue Perkins Quiz Reportedly
From Metro

Sue Perkins' game show Insert Name Here has been axed by BBC Two.

The former Great British Bake Off host fronted the competition for four series and three Christmas specials, but it will not return this year.

The ill-fated format follows other works by the comic in the wake of her leaving GBBO to be cancelled, including her Generation Game reboot and The Big Spell, which aired on Sky One. Insert Name Here saw two teams of three players competing to answer questions based on celebrities that shared the same name.

The show's latest series averaged less than a million viewers for each episode, with its final instalment seeing just 520,000 viewers tune in. A source told The Sun that: 'Unfortunately, the ratings did begin to slide a bit for this so BBC bosses have decided to put it out of its misery.

'It had some good guests and a pair of good team captains in Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman, but unfortunately, poor ratings mean it's no more.'

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posted 2/26/2020

Higher!
TPIR, LMAD Reach Season Highs
From Broadway World

For the week ending Friday, Feb. 21, LET'S MAKE A DEAL (1&2) and THE PRICE IS RIGHT (1&2) all posted five-day weekly ratings highs for the 2019-2020 season, including:

LET'S MAKE A DEAL (one) attracted 2.95 million viewers, and LET'S MAKE A DEAL (two) reached 3.35 million viewers - both shows' largest five-day audience this season.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT (one) attracted an average of 4.61 million viewers, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT (two) scored 5.21 million viewers - also both programs' best five-day viewer numbers since the 2019-2020 season began.

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posted 2/26/2020

SYNDIES: Week 33
Results for the Week Ending February 16
From TV Newscheck

Even though ratings for this year's Academy Awards telecast sank to an all-time low, several heavyweight syndicated shows were able to score with coverage of Hollywood's biggest night in the session ending Feb. 16.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.5 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 +10%
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 2/26/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "THOMPSON TWINS TRIVIA!"

posted 2/26/2020

Reports of Jeopardy!'s Demise on Netflix Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
New Collections Drop Friday
From International Business Times

On Feb. 28, Netflix will add new episodes of "Jeopardy!" to the streaming platform. The newest additions will celebrate past winners and give fans a look back at some highs of the Alex Trebek-hosted trivia show.

According to TVInsider, the new episodes will feature the "Cindy Stowell Collection." Stowell, who was a science content developer from Austin, Texas, competed on the long-running game show in 2016. She passed away a week before her episodes aired, as she had been secretly battling stage 4 colon cancer, but prior to her death, she had donated $100,000 from her winnings to cancer research.

Seth Wilson's 2016 12-game streak will also be added to Netflix on Friday, along with a variety of episodes that focus on Trebek and his hosting skills.

The addition of the new material means that other shows will be removed from the streaming site. "The Buzzy Cohen Collection," "College Championship II," "Teachers Tournament II" and "Tournament of Champions III" are among the titles that will become unavailable in the near future.

This news follows the recent "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time" tournament, which began on Jan. 7. During the series, fan favorites James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter returned to compete for the impressive title. Ultimately, Jennings took home the $1M prize, while Holzhauer and Rutter each earned $250K.

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posted 2/25/2020

MONDAY: Nick Jonas vs. The Bachelor
ABC, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.383 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the network to beat in demos on Monday with fresh installments from "The Bachelor" (6.790 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (5.569 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

NBC (7.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) had to settle for the silver with the return of "The Voice" (8.959 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Little Big Shots" (4.900 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was FOX (3.744 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.602 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and a repeat of "Prodigal Son" (1.886 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (4.931 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.430 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7), "All Rise" (4.101 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Bull" (4.324 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with originals from "All American" (0.768 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.631 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.036m/0.23
- Girl Scout Cookie Championship (SF/Food): 733k/0.22
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 672k/0.19
- Spy Games (Bravo): 334k/0.11


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posted 2/25/2020

"The Bachelor" Now Looking for Seniors
Casting Begins for New ABC Project
From TV Line

Reality TV's next eligible bachelor could very well be a silver fox. ABC on Monday aired a casting announcement for a new reality dating show that would feature older contestants looking for love later in life. Here's the on-air announcement, as captured by Rob Mills, Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night Programming for ABC Entertainment:

#Bachelornation give us your Grumpiest Old Men, give us your Goldenest Girls. #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/ZYV3LouLdb — Robert Mills (@Millsy11374) February 25, 2020

As Mills later clarified in a tweet, ABC is looking for applicants over the age of 65. The announcement directed viewers to an official casting website, which offers a bit more information about the in-development project: "Are you entering your golden years and looking for romance? The Producers of The Bachelor are looking for active and outgoing single men and women in their golden years for a new exciting dating show!"

Of course, this older-skewing dating show isn't the only Bachelor offshoot on the horizon. Premiering on Monday, April 13 (8/7c), we also have The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart, in which 20 singles "embark on an incredible journey to find love through music," according to the official logline. By singing popular songs, both individually and as couples, the contestants will "look to form attractions through the melodies, find and reveal their feelings, and ultimately fall in love."

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posted 2/25/2020

WEEKEND: Go Ninja Go Ninja Go!
ABC, CBS Split Sunday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.499 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top demo draw on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.184 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "American Idol" (7.459 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and the return of "The Rookie" (4.894 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Second place went to CBS (6.665 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.961 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "God Friended Me" (5.964 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.179 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.556 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was FOX (1.622 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with an encore of "LEGO Masters" (1.669 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #v) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.828 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Duncanville" (1.440 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T), "Bob's Burgers" (1.571 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and "Family Guy" (1.556 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.138 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (2.382 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) alongside originals of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.975 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Good Girls" (1.810 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "Batwoman" (0.816 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "Supergirl" (0.667 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) closed out the night on The CW (0.742 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- The Crystal Maze (Nick): 702k/0.16
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 469k/0.04
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 366k/0.20m

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.050m/0.29
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10p (Food): 770k/0.20
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10:30p (Food): 746k/0.19


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/25/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The New King of the Mouse House"

  • Bob Iger, who was instrumental in bringing "Millionaire" to the US, steps down from Disney (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

  • As bad as you thought HQ's inner sanctum was... it was infinitely worse. (Crain's New York)

  • John Legend, The Voice teams with Lay's to offer trivia for a trip to see the show (Marketing Dive)

  • Chris Harrison appears to make an awkward living situation... even more awkward (The Wrap)

  • Speaking of awkward, Chad Johnson arrested on abuse charges (The Wrap)

  • BTS: How long did the couples of "Love Is Blind" have to keep their secret? (TV Line)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? The answer: the kind of people who have never seen or even heard of "Sexting in Suburbia" (Decider)

  • Kelly Clarkson returns to host Billboard Music Awards (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sean Evans (Fast Company)

posted 2/24/2020


Soundtrack Hitlist

BOB COBERT: 1924-2020
Composer of Many Game Show Themes Including "Pyramid", "Chain Reaction"
From Variety

Bob Cobert, the Grammy- and Emmy-nominated composer of television's "Dark Shadows" and "The Winds of War," died of pneumonia Feb. 19, in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 95.

Cobert's themes for the 1960s Gothic horror soap "Dark Shadows" – "great spook music," he once called it – were his most popular compositions, and "Quentin's Theme" (for the character played by David Selby) became a top 10 hit in 1969 as recorded by the Charles Randolph Grean Sound, earning a Grammy nomination as Best Instrumental Theme.

The "Dark Shadows" score, the first daytime soap to generate a best-selling soundtrack album, cemented Cobert's partnership with the series' creator-producer Dan Curtis, who continued to employ Cobert on nearly all of his television and film projects for the next four decades. They did four features and more than two dozen television films together. Their largest-scale project was "The Winds of War," the 18-hour 1983 miniseries based on Herman Wouk's World War II novel, and its 1988-89 sequel, the 30-hour "War and Remembrance," which brought Cobert an Emmy nomination for original score.

Curtis's penchant for producing successful horror projects led to other memorable Cobert scores including his detective jazz for Darren McGavin as reporter Carl Kolchak in the hugely popular "The Night Stalker" (1972) and its sequel "The Night Strangler" (1973); a Romanian music-box treatment for Jack Palance in "Dracula" (1974); and a terrifying theme for the notorious Zuni doll menacing Karen Black in "Trilogy of Terror" (1975).

Their features included two based on the "Dark Shadows" series ("House of Dark Shadows" in 1970 and "Night of Dark Shadows" in 1971), the Bette Davis haunted-house tale "Burnt Offerings" in 1976 and the Danny Aiello comedy-drama "Me and the Kid" in 1993. Their other 1970s collaborations, all for television, included the high-rated Depression-era FBI dramas "Melvin Purvis, G-Man" and "Kansas City Massacre" in 1974-75 and the Western "Last Ride of the Dalton Gang" in 1979.

Robert Cobert was born October 26, 1924 in Brooklyn. He studied composition and conducting at New York's Juilliard School during the war years and later studied composition at Columbia University with well-known classical composer Henry Cowell. During the '40s, he also played clarinet and saxophone at such famous venues as the Stork Club and the Copacabana. In the 1950s, his pop songs were recorded by such artists as Freddy Martin and Frances Wayne; his folk opera "Frankie and Johnny" and orchestral "Mediterranean Suite" were released on records. But television beckoned in 1960, as producer David Susskind hired Cobert to score such literary adaptations as "The Scarlet Pimpernel" and "The Heiress" and the short-lived CBS horror anthology "Way Out."

The New York-based composer also enjoyed great success with game-show themes including "Password," "To Tell the Truth" and "The Price Is Right" in the 1960s and the "$25,000 Pyramid" (later the "$100,000 Pyramid") and "Chain Reaction" in the 1980s. His other daytime TV credits included "The Doctors" soap and a "CBS Afternoon Playhouse," "I Think I'm Having a Baby," for which he received a 1981 Daytime Emmy nomination.

Variety

posted 2/24/2020

More on "Making the Cut"
Catch It on Amazon Prime March 27
From The Futon Critic

Amazon Original series Making The Cut, reveals its first official look at the upcoming season, hosted and executive produced by Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn. The series will premiere on Prime Video on Friday March 27, 2020.

The 10-episode fashion competition series, which brings together a diverse group of 12 talented entrepreneurs and designers, will premiere two new episodes each week, culminating in an epic finale on April 24, 2020. In this first-ever global and instantly shoppable series, limited editions of the winning look from each episode will be available for purchase exclusively on Amazon in the "Making the Cut" store.

During the course of the season, those who do not "make the cut" will be eliminated, with the winning designer from the finale receiving one million dollars to invest in their brand and the opportunity to create an exclusive line available on Amazon.

The dozen designers featured on Making the Cut will visit three of the world's fashion capitals - New York, Paris, and Toyko - and face challenges and assignments that will test not only their design skills but also their ability to run all aspects of a business. Judging their looks and industry acumen are some of fashion's most recognizable and influential names, including Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Joseph Altuzarra, Carine Roitfeld and Chiara Ferragni.

The series is executive produced by Sara Rea, Page Feldman, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and Jennifer Love, directed by Ramy Romany and produced by Amazon Studios and SKR Productions.

The Futon Critic

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 2/24/2020

Steve Harvey Takes Image Awards
NAACP Awards Handed Out Saturday
From The Wrap

The 51st NAACP Image Awards were handed out Saturday night, with rapper Lizzo taking home the prize for Entertainer of the Year.

Anthony Anderson hosted this year's event, which celebrated the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honored individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Anderson was also a winner for his work on ABC's "black-ish," which swept all the top honors for its stellar comedic cast.

Netflix's "Rhythm+Flow" took the top honors for Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series/Game Show, while Steve Harvey won Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble for his work on "Celebrity Family Feud".


The Wrap

CNN

posted 2/24/2020

Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein
Former "Project Runway" Producer Found Guilty
From TV Line

The jury in the Harvey Weinstein trial on Monday found the disgraced Hollywood mogul guilty on two counts, including rape in the third degree.

Jurors deliberated for more than 26 hours at the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, after listening to three weeks of testimony — including from 28 prosecution witnesses alone.

Specifically, Weinstein was found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree (against former production assistant Miriam Haley, in 2006) and rape in the third degree (against aspiring actress Jessica Mann, in 2013). The former charge carries a possible sentence of five to 25 years in prison, while the latter will hit the accused with probation or up to four years in prison.

Weinstein, however, was acquitted of the two most serious charges against him, for predatory sexual assault. Had he been found guilty there, it would have confirmed a pattern of behavior that included allegedly forcing sex on actress Annabella Sciorra. (Weinstein's alleged rape of Sciorra was itself not among the charges, since the incident happened too long ago under state law.)

Weinstein's conviction on the two counts is expected to be appealed, while he next faces charges of sex crimes in Los Angeles (filed the same day that his New York trial got underway).

Weinstein turned himself in May 2018, seven months after the New Yorker published the scathing accounts of 13 women who alleged that he had sexually harassed or assaulted them. His New York trial commenced on Jan. 22 with opening statements.

Among the wave of TV-related fallout for the allegations against Weinstein, Amazon months after the New Yorker story broke scrapped its plans for a drama series that was to star Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, since it was produced by The Weinstein Company. (Amazon had already given the series a two-season order, with a $160 million commitment.) Additionally, Weinstein Company series in October 2017 removed the founder's name from credits, starting with Project Runway. The fallen titan was also expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences..

TV Line

Deadline

posted 2/24/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Mamba Forever"

posted 2/24/2020

BBC Planning "The Next Stage"
Talent Competition Pilot Comes as "X Factor" Takes a Break
From Female First

The broadcaster is expected to film a pilot for 'The Next Stage' very soon, and the programme could fill the gap being left by 'The X Factor' as Simon Cowell's talent show is taking a break for 2020.

Producers are said to want "original and passionate singer/songwriters" to apply to "showcase their songs to the nation", with original material encouraged alongside "unique covers of their favourite hits".

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "The aim is find undiscovered talent who need a leg-up on their way to launching a music career. "It doesn't matter if they are a solo artist or a band, we're keen to hear from everyone from all musical genres and backgrounds." BBC Studios is planning the pilot, and if it is a success it is said the show could air on Saturday nights.

Female First

The Mirror

posted 2/21/2020

The Greatest Shark
ABC News Special to Air Wednesday
From the FUton Ciritic

The critically acclaimed, entrepreneurial-themed program "Shark Tank" has been on the air for 11 seasons and now, a one-hour, prime-time special reports on the most successful products, unforgettable pitches and clever entrepreneurs to appear over the years. "Shark Tank: Greatest of All Time" features interviews with iconic Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary who reflect on the show and its most memorable moments. The business moguls make startling admissions about the products that got away, deals they made with "Baby Sharks" who aren't yet old enough to vote and open up about one of the fiercest on-set battles when their playful business banter turned personal. ABC News cameras also follow show producers through an open-call audition in Dallas, where hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs, products in hand, tried to get into the Tank. The one-hour program looks back on top guest Sharks, features interviews with "Shark Tank" executives who recall the one pitch that brought all the sharks to tears, previews what's to come this season, and asks and answers the question "What is the greatest 'Shark Tank' product of all time?" "Shark Tank: Greatest of All Time" airs on a special edition of "20/20," Wednesday, Feb. 26 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.

"Shark Tank: Greatest of All Time" is produced by ABC News. David Sloan is senior executive producer, Matt Lombardi is executive producer, and Ann Reynolds is senior producer. .

The Futon Critic

posted 2/21/2020

The Bachelor Goes for Gold
ABC Plans "Summer Games"
From ET

Cancel your summer plans, because The Bachelor will be airing not one, not two, but three shows over summer 2020. Rob Mills, ABC's Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming, confirmed during an appearance on Monday's Bachelor Party podcast that The Bachelor: Summer Games was a go, following up Winter Games, which aired in 2018.

A nod to the Olympics, Winter Games aired four episodes over two weeks in February 2018, while Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s Bachelor season was still airing. The show featured a cast of Bachelor Nation favorites from around the world, competing in various winter sports challenges and trying to find love along the way.

Summer Games will overlap with the upcoming season of The Bachelorette, Mills said, noting that it won't replace Bachelor in Paradise, which usually films in June, and airs in August, after The Bachelorette's season finale.

"What's nice about Summer Games is when we did Winter Games, Bachelor was still airing, so it was a lot to... this is just Summer Games, and then Paradise will start," Mills said. "I think it's going to be really fun. We found a really great place to hold it... But I mean, it's going to be so fun seeing these people in these great [sports]. I mean, track and field, swimming... this is a real Olympics," he added, noting that he'd love to see Colton Underwood, Jordan Rodgers or JoJo Fletcher appear on the season.

ET

posted 2/21/2020

THURSDAY: TGIT
ABC, CBS SPlit Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.306 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) led the demo pack thanks to its trio of "Station 19" (6.265 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Grey's Anatomy" (5.994 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.660 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

CBS (5.908 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was the most-watched broadcaster with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (9.029 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "The Unicorn" (6.003 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Mom" (6.292 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.744 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Tommy" (4.689 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was FOX (3.070 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its lineup of "Last Man Standing" (3.616 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Outmatched" (2.062 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Deputy" (3.301 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.505 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) offered up originals from "Superstore" (2.678 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.919 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Will & Grace" (2.026 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Indebted" (1.555 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.425 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

And finally, a new "Katy Keene" (0.538 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and a rebroadcast of "Dogs of the Year" (0.536 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.537 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.364m/0.27
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 469k/0.04
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 366k/0.20m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/21/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Cracking the Code"

  • Netflix may have finally figured this whole reality TV thing out. (Vulture)

  • The Ringer to charge the rise & fall of HQ (THe Hollywood Reporter)

  • Colton Underwood mourns the lost of his best friend... his dog Sniper. (Reality TV World)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: A Q?! (AOL)

  • Chris Harrison vs. the volcano. (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sean Evans (Grub Street)

posted 2/21/2020


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