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June 19, 2017


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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
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@midnight with Chris Hardwick
by Chico Alexander
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Comedy Central: 11:30p/10:30C
Host: Chris Hardwick
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Alaska Thunder**** 5000

While you were busy canceling any plans to visit Cuba any time soon because the president doesn't like his predecessor... Beyonce gave birth to TWINS! And here to report: three all-stars from "RuPaul's Drag Race". Tonight's #HashtagWars: #AddAWomanImproveASong. Shared points put the panel at 600-700-800 going into the first break.

In act 2, we get to play Intermission Impossible (fails on the stage) and tonight's Live Challenge, Apologize and Dolls. Building on the last game, apologize to your audience for the theatre for the worst show-stopping problem you can imagine. Alaska gets 1000 from "A funny thing happened... to the lead of 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'... on the way to the theatre this evening. He had a massive heart attack."

On our way to FTW, we find Re Pub's Drag Race. Katya, despite giving a clutch answer to the final question, is told to sashay, away.

FTW: low-brow T-shirt with "We came for the The War Against Terrorism." Think about that. Come up with your own acronym-based novelty T-shirt. The winner: "I only drink Certified Unpasteurized Milk"... which is the cleanest we can present it. The winner: ALASKA THUNDER**** 5000!

Another set of comics clown on the news tomorrow. Continue the game online @midnight.

American Ninja Warrior
by Chico Alexander
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NBC: 8p/7C
Hosts: Matt Iseman & Akbar Gbaja-Biamila with Kristine Leahy
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  Everything's bigger in Texas. Is the ninja scene bigger? The road to the final course runs through Bexar County Courthouse in SAN ANTONIO. The Qualifier course consists of...

- Floating Steps
- Tic Toc
- Spinning Bridge - making its Qualifier debut
- SKY HOOKS - Using a series of rings, fly through a series of hooks.
- Pipefitter
- Warped Wall - this year, it's 14.5 feet high.

For this year, a twist. In addition to the top 30 finishers (to include the ninjas who go the furthest the fastest should 30 people fail to qualify), the top five women will also get a pass to the Qualifier.

TOP 30
- Daniel Gil (Houston; gym owner): 1:43.24 - POM Wonderful Crazy Healthy Run of the Night
- Thomas Stillings (San Antonio): 1:45.76
- Josh Salinas (26; Houston; ninja coach): 2:10.29
- Brian Burkhardt (22; San Antonio; law student): 2:20.61
- Karsten Williams (McKinney, TX; personal trainer): 2:23.29
- Nicholas Coolridge (Venice, CA; acrobat): 2:33.21
- Kevin Klein: 2:55.51
- Grant Clinton (Cypress, TX; mortgage banker): 2:56.63
- Jody Avila (31; Sugar Land, TX; HVAC technician): 3:02.59
- Andrew Lowes: 3:10.98
- Brent Steffensen (San Antonio; gym owner): 3:20.38
- Victor Juarez: 3:23.68
- Abel Gonzalez (Texas gym owner): 4:12.63
- Jonathan Horton (31; Cypress, TX; former Olympic gymnast): 4:27.28
- Tanr Ross: 4:35.91
- Jonathan Parr (physical therapist): 4:39.09
- Will Smithee: FAIL Pipefitter
- Kye Ackel: FAIL Pipefitter
- David Yarter: FAIL Pipefitter
- Cass Clawson: FAIL Pipefitter
- Kenny Niemtalo: FAIL Pipefitter
- Nate Burkhalter (Norway): FAIL Pipefitter
- Blake Devine (New Orleans): FAIL Pipefitter
- Brandon Pannell (Wichita Falls, TX; barback): FAIL Pipefitter
- Matt Holt: FAIL Pipefitter
- Damir Okanovic: FAIL Pipefitter
- Tremayne Dortch (31; Houston; gym owner): FAIL Pipefitter
- Sam Ballard (Oklahoma): FAIL Pipefitter
- Jared Bandy: FAIL Pipefitter
- Barclay Stockett (22; Dayton, TX; gymnastics coach): FAIL Pipefitter

1) Barclay Stockett
2) Kacy Catanzaro (27; San Antonio; gym owner): FAIL Sky Hooks
3) Sherrie Laureano (44; flight test engineer): FAIL Spinning Bridge
4) Kaiti Haymaker (22; College Station, TX; engineering student) - twin sister Cara failed to qualify
5) Brittany Hanks: FAIL Tic Toc

Notable: Nico Gentry is legally blind. He ends up at the Sky Hooks. Michael Moore, at 59, is the oldest tonight. He too fell at the Sky Hooks. Max Soria traded the rings in the Sky Hooks for a ring on his fiancée's finger.

Next week, the course heads to Daytona.

by Chico Alexander
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Host: Alex Trebek with Jimmy McGuire, Kelly Miyahara & Sarah Whitcomb-Foss
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  Peter ran a clinic last Friday. How long into the week will he fare?
Peter Guekguezian
Fresno, CA
PhD student in linguistics
Jeremy Fassler
Barbara Fox
Tucson, AZ
history instructor

JEOPARDY! ROUND: Puzzlers, Who They Served; Rock, Paper, Scissors; Names You Should Know, House Full of Lit, The Fight of the Century

Peter starts with $200 Puzzlers. At the TV timeout, Jeremy is in front with $3600 to Peter's $2200. Barbara has $600.

Peter finds the Daily Double under $1000 Who They Served. He's going for it on this: in 1972 Nixon named L. Patrick Gray to replace a very big name as the head of this agency. "What is the CIA?" Nope, it's the other one, the FBI. He recovers to $1800 to Jeremy's $6000. Barbara, stuck for $200, will kick off...

DOUBLE JEOPARDY!: The Old Part of Town, An Avian Category, Weather, Music-"al"s, Easy Japanese, The Century of the Fight

... with $400 Music-"al"s. Peter finds the first Daily Double under $1200 The Century of the Fight. He wagers it all AGAIN (C-Note: here's hoping it works this time) on this: the Wars of the Roses. "That would be the 15th century." That WOULD be the 15th Century. BUT because it's Double Jeopardy! and you didn't phrase your response correctly... NO MONEY FOR YOU. Peter finds the last one under $2000 The Old Part of Town. He didn't bet everything this time, just $4800 on this: "Come with me to" this exotic old section of Algiers; its name is from the Arabic for "citadel". "What is Al Qibla?" Nope, it was the Casbah, leaving him rocked down to $2400. He recovers to $3600 to $6400 for Jeremy. Barbara had $1800.

In a word... Bizarre.

FINAL JEOPARDY! in "Airlines": on June 17, 1929 this airline's first passenger flight left Dallas, making stops at Shreveport, Monroe & Jackson. Correct response: what is Delta?

Peter ultimately came up with the correct response to win $7198, giving him a two-day take of $25,599.

Again... Bizarre.

The Price Is Right
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CBS: 11a/10C
Host: Drew Carey with James O'Halloran, Rachel Reynolds & George Gray
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Record today: 2-4
Record for week 40: 2-4
Record this season: 501-522-69
Total today*: $62,865
Total this week*: $62,865
Total this season*: $13,990,779
Perfect bids: 21/1002
Perfect Shows/Skunks: 0/3
DSWs/DOBs: 5/15
$11K/$26K SCSD Spins: 5/1
Best week: Week 6 - Big Money Week: $707,684
$13 million passed: 5/23/17

*totals are based on the MSRP of the prizes on the tape day and rounded to the nearest dollar.
Brand new week (and perhaps the last full week of regular episodes) begins with Olivina Avea, Harold Anderson, Cameron Eagleson, and Merilee Pierce bidding on a set of Kate Spade accessories. The $1255 accessories go to Merilee, who can get a washer/dryer and a 3D 4KTV if she can Do the Math. The money line: $902. She subtracts it to the washer/dryer (C-Note: I would've added). The washer/dryer... $2398 (C-Note: wait for it....) The TV... $3300 (C-Note: and boom goes the dynamite).

Cameron wins a $1799 exercise bike with Fitbits and a chance at a Hyundai Elantra in Money Game.

21 45 39
63 97 22
84 20 76

Middle number is 5. 21... money. 22... money. 20 is the front. 97... money. Last pick is the Easter egg.... why. He earns $185. The car was $20,563.

Olivina gets a $590 laptop. She'll buy all the accessories with $25,000 if she wins Punch-a-Bunch. She gets the full round with a $56 sealing system, a $100 electric juicer, a $40 hair curler, and a $70 electric toothbrush. First hit... Unbelievable... on the first hit... almost left of center in the second row... $10,000! She stops with that, and I don't blame her! The others: $1000, $250, and $2500.

Merilee would roll along to win the first Showcase Showdown, though. Meanwhile, Kathy Taylor would win a $1303 set of cookware with cutlery. Let's see her slice her way to a barbecue island with pool table in Pick-A-Number:

$_ 6 7 0
Numbers: 5, 7, 9.

She picks the 7... But it was the 9 that had the win.

Laura Brooks wins an $890 DSLR camera with SD card. She'll add a masasge chair with headphones and a trip to Arizona (5n @ Scottsdale Resort & McCormick Ranch) if she wins Grocery Game. We have Bibigo mini wontons, KitKat Minis, Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats, Snyder's mini pretzels, and Mission mini tortillas. She goes for the max on the cereal. Each one is $5.49. Four... ENOUGH. $21.96 is a win!

Harold is down to his last bid and his last chance. The prize: an Xbox One package. The price: $529. The winner: HAROLD on a dollar bid! He can truck it away in a Honda Civic LX if he knows when That's Too Much! He thinks $20,442 is too much, and that's... just short. It was $21,642; $21,840 was too much. He does win over Kathy, 75-50, in a Spin-Off.

First up in the Showcase... a trip to Chicago (6n @ Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel), a dining room with dinnerware & $2600 from Terra's Kitchen, and a Nissan Sentra S. Top winner Merilee bids $30,000. Harol gets a pair of crystal kayaks, a trip to the Galapagos Islands (6n @ Royal Palm Hotel), and a sailboat. He bids $32,000. Actual price... of Merilee's Showcase is $33,966, a difference of $3966. Actual price of Harold's Showcase... $32,.... 496 to win a total of $33,025!

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge
by Chico Alexander
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NBC: 10p/9C
Hosts: Kelvin Washington & Apolo Ohno with Nick Swisher & MJ Acosta
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  Last week, Heart of Texas, Little Giants, and wild card Commanding Officers were gifted with places in the next round. Another six are taking the field to see if they can join them.
Wall Street Warriors
corporate suits from New York City
CAPTAIN: Cassidy Watton
Saddle Up
a family of rodeo veterans
CAPTAIN: Nathan "Napalm" Palmer
American Dream Team
Latin American immigrants
CAPTAIN: Isaiah Vidal
"American Ninja Warrior" all-stars
CAPTAIN: Kevin Bull
Family First
family of Ben Greenfield
CAPTAIN: Ben Greenfield
Stunt Junkies
Hollywood stuntmen & stuntwomen
CAPTAIN: Matthew Kempson

As a reminder: three teams will compete in two heats. The winners of both heats will face the fastest runner-up in the next round. The team that survives through four rounds of competition wins the title and the cash.

The course:
- THE ARENA - Barrel Roll, Table Tilt, Mud Humps
- THE MACHINE YARD - Tire Swing, Car Crank, Sled Pull
- BACK TO THE ARENA - Dunk Walls, Slip Wall
- Each stage ends with a Shield Carry.

The American Dream Team went to the semifinals last season. Bethany Iles of Saddle Up is, at 18, the youngest Spartan in the competition.

- WINNER: Saddle Up
- RUNNER-UP: American Dream Team (18:27.54)

A note about the Ninja team: Kevin's leading a team that includes all-stars Lance Pekus, Meagan Martin, Michelle Warnky, and Maggi Thorne. Another notable Ninja, Luci Romberg, is on the Stunt Junkies team.

- WINNER: The Ninjas
- RUNNER-UP: Stunt Junkies (18:25.04)

The STUNT JUNKIES advance on a wild card by a mere two seconds!

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Fox: 9p/8C
Host: Kal Penn with Dr. Rahul Jandial, Christina Milian & Mike Tyson
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  Another five superhumans, another five tests of ability, and another $50,000 for the most amazing ability as determined by our judges AND by the audience.

1) DAVID MILLAR (Fort Worth): He says that he's literally a-maze-ing, because his superhuman ability is mazes. He has an impeccable sense of direction. He'll be tested in "Follow My Steps". He will have a moment to study the maze, and then, with his back to it, he'll have to direct KAL through the one -- and only one -- correct path from start to finish BY MEMORY ALONE.

2) ANDREW BODY (Zanesville, OH): A superfast mental math master, he'll have to prove himself in "Number Cruncher". Given a complex equation, you'll have to beat a calculator being operated by Dr. Jandial. Unfortunately, he misfires on the second one. He more than makes up for it on the third.

3) AMY RICE (Golden, CO): Amy calls herself a "super recognizer". She never forgets a face. She'll have to remember 40 of them, because her challenge will be "Doctor's Orders". She'll meet 20 pairs of doctors & nurses, then we'll split them up, mix them up, and you'll have to match them up. She does so without fail.

4) COURTNEY McCULLOUGH (Los Angeles): A traveler who is interested in geography and considers herself a resident of the world - she's half-Chinese, half-Mexican, can't speak neither Chinese nor Spanish, can speak Hebrew but isn't Jewish, and is the stepdaughter of a man named McCullough who isn't Isn't. Got all that? Good. She can recognize all the countries of the world. Her challenge: "All Over the Map". The board has numerous shapes - she'll have to identify the REAL countries.

5) ALEX MULLEN (Jackson, MS): He has a razor-sharp memory, and he uses it to get through med school. In the audience, his wife, who is also in med school. His challenge is "In the Cards". He will be shown an entire standard deck of 52 playing cards. He will have to memorize the cards AS THEY APPEARED on the board EXACTLY.

- Alex Mullen
- David Millar
- Courtney McCullough

And tonight's $50,000 Superhuman... is ALEX!