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Fantasy Becomes Reality

America's Got Talent: Fantasy League Premiere
by Chico Alexander, Jason Block & Gordon Pepper
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NBC: 8p/7c
Peacock: streaming Tuesday
Host: Terry Crews with Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, & Howie Mandel
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Mel B is back... for now. It's another spinoff where the judges will be competing against each other for the first time.

Each judge has chosen 10 acts to assemble their Dream Team of talent. Over eight weeks, the teams will be narrowed to one act who wins $250,000. One act per night will receive a Golden Buzzer and advance straight to the finals round on THAT person's team. The others will compete for the audience's vote, and five will advance.

- SIMON's team: Billy & Emily England, Kodi Lee
- MEL's team: Jon Dorenbos, Maria Seiren, Tape Face
- HEIDI's team: Hans
- HOWIE's team: Kristy Sellars, Kseniya Simonova, Shadow Ace, V.Unbeatable.

Tonight, the advantage is with Mel, who controls the Golden Buzzer.

- Team Howie: KRISTY SELLARS (Australia) - She returns to her pole dancing ways. Simon thinks she's completely changed the way he thinks about pole dancing. Mel thought it was an intense journey. Howie thought it was a winning performance.
- Team Mel: JON DORENBOS (Huntington Beach, CA) - He opens up with some up-close card magic that he draws from his being a "family man with family values". Simon thought he was an amazing performer. Howie thinks he's "truly a champion". Heidi is mad he's not on her team. Mel thought it was "incredible".
- Team Heidi: HANS (Germany) - The self-proclaimed international superstar is back with one mission - impress Simon. He performs "The Bitch Is Back" by Elton John. Mel thought they bring so much joy to the stage. Simon reminded him that he can't sing or dance.
- Team Howie: KSENIYA SIMONOVA (Ukraine) - Her latest piece is about following your dreams. Howie thought it was emotional artistry. Heidi thought it was "incredible". Mel was not as taken as the others, while Simon says that no one else does what she does.
- Team Howie: V.UNBEATABLE (India) - Tonight, they'll be dancing... with motorscooters. Heidi thought it was incredible. Mel was screaming a lot. Simon thought it was a step up and that they were "world class".
- Team Mel: MARIA SEIREN (Japan) - The first champion of Japan's Got Talent sings "Time To SAy Goodbye" by Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman... both octaves. Simon thought it was a surprise. Howie thought it was "Good but not great".
- Team Simon: BILLY & EMILY ENGLAND (LAs Vegas) - They return with an increased-danger skating act. Simon says "this is what this show is about." Howie thought Simon was lucky because they are one of the more dangerous, exciting, stand out acts. Mel thought it was spectacular. She HITS THE GOLDEN BUZZER, stealing them from Simon and advancing them to the finals.
- Team Mel: TAPE FACE (New Zealand): Mel just told TF to make Simon look silly. Mel thought it was brilliant because Simon was standing there looking pointless.
- Team Howie: SHADOW ACE (Philippines) - His hand puppet act became the most talked about act with a quarter of a billion views online. Simon thoght it was genius to use Howie's head. Mel couldn't stop laughing.
- Team Simon: KODI LEE (Temecula, CA) - The season 14 winner performed a new single, "Change". Mel regrets not saving her Golden Buzzer for him. Heidi thought it had a different vibe. Simon says he performed with "such passion".

As a reminder, Billy & Emily England are through to the finals. The other nine acts must fight it out for the audiences' vote.

- V.Unbeatable
- Kodi Lee
- Shadow Ace
- Kseniya Simonova
- Kristy Sellars

That puts the score at...

NExt week, Adrian Stoica & Hurricane, Drake Milligan, Grace Good, MerseyGirls, Piff The Magic Dragon, Preacher Lawson, Ramadhani Brothers, Sheldon Riley, Vardanyan Brothers, and Wes-P.

Family Feud Canada
by Jason Huhn
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CBC: 7:30p ET
Host: Gerry Dee
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Steve, Holly, Kathy, Janna, Eric

Marwah, Jafar, Noor, Anisah, Mina

SINGLE: something of yours that's cuter than anyone else's.
1. Precious pet 33 5. Partner/Spouse 4
2. Fresh face 26 6. Winning personality 3
3. Baby/Kids 13 7. Snatched hairdo 3
4. Style/Wardrobe 5

SINGLE: something you might get asked to stop doing at a pool party.
1. Peeing in pool 19 5. Splashing people 12
2. Skinny dipping 15 6. Running 4
3. Drinking 14 7. Eating 3
4. Cannon balls/Diving14

DOUBLE: something you might turn down on a date.
1. Sex 23 5. The bill 4
2. More drinks 17 6. Second date 4
3. Dessert/Seconds 10 7. Ride home 2
4. Big smooch 8

TRIPLE: someone who gets a lot of mail from strangers.
1. Santa Claus 31
2. Celebrities 30
3. Politicians 12
4. Postal worker 7

SUDDEN DEATH: Name something you might see on a circus themed birthday cake. Abbas wins the game with a Clown (56).

FAST MONEY: Mina gets two #1s for 123. Anisah rounds it out for $10,000.
- On average, how many meatballs come in a plate of spaghetti?: 5
- A province or territory that starts with the letter N: Nunavut (Anisah)
- Something that is yellow: Banana (Anisah)
- A piece of hockey equipment: Hockey stick (Mina)
- An animal you associate with wisdom: Owl (Mina)

Jeopardy! Second Chance
by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7:30p/6:30c; also check listings
Host: Ken Jennings
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Friday, Christopher Pennant, Xanni Brown, and Greg Czaja played the first half of their final.

Greg Czaja
San Diego


Xanni Brown
orig. Cincinnati
postdoctoral researcher

Christopher Pennant
sports journalist & announcer

The winner of this match will return to the Champions Wild Card.

JEOPARDY! ROUND: Haunting Literature, Native Americans, Movies by Google Search, People, It's an Ex-Car for a Reason, Crossword Clues "C".

Greg starts with $800 Native Americans. At the TV timeout, Christopher leads with $4600 to $3800 for Xanni. Greg is on the board with $1200.

Out of the break, Xanni finds the Daily Double under $400 Crossword Clues "C". She bets the nut on this...
- CROSSWORD CLUES "C" for $3800: Ohio hoopster or offhand attitude (8 letters).
"What is cavalier?" FOR THE DOUBLE, $7600! She ends up with $8200 to $5000 for Christopehr. Greg on $3000 will get the first pick in...

DOUBLE JEOPARDY!: Religion, Tough 7-Letter Words, Retired, Misheard Lyrics, Long Time, Know Sea.

… with $1600 Know Sea, where he finds the first Daily Double under $800. He goes all-in on this...
- KNOW SEA for $6200: There are 19 active volcanoes in this sea, including ones on Saba & Montserrat.
"What is the Caribbean Sea?" RIGHT FOR THE DOUBLE, $12,400! Then he found the other under $800 Religion. He wagers $3000 on this...
- RELIGION for $3000: Perun was the thunder god of the ancient Slavs, Perundan was this day of the week.
"What is Saturday?" No, it was Thursday, dropping him back to second with $9800. HE ends up with $10,600 to Xanni's $13,800. Christopher is on $8600.

Christopher is all but out of it. If Greg doubles up and is correct, that puts him at $56,400. If Xanni bets nothing, that still puts her at $43,600. She will need to wager at least $12,801 and be correct in order to advance to the Champions Wild Card.

- LANDMARKS: 213 feet wide, this late 18th c. European structure has 5 portals, the middle of which was--at first--for royals only
Correct response: what is the Brandenburg Gate?
Greg is right... but so is Xanni. Wagering becomes important... and she doesn't waste any time. She bets everything to win!

Greg Czaja
San Diego



Xanni Brown
orig. Cincinnati
postdoctoral researcher


Christopher Pennant
sports journalist & announcer

Another 9 former players get their second chance next time.

by Chico Alexander
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Syn: Check local listings
Host: Jerry O'Connell
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Jonathan & Zaria
engaged couple
Todd & Chad
best friendws
Gabrielle Ruiz
"Spidey & His Amazing Friends"
"The Best Podcast Ever with Raven & Miranda"

QUICK DRAW: Raven gets DIAMOND for 100.

- WET & WILD. Team Raven gets the pen first and gets waterfall and waterslide for 300. Team Gabrielle gets water bottle, water balloon, and water ski to tie it up at 300.
- SITE FOR SORE EYES: Team Gabrielle gets walking stick, hiking books, bear, and firewood to go to 1100. Team Raven gets smores... and that's it for 500.

CHOOSE YOUR WORDS category: Popular chain restaurants.
- TEAM RAVEN gets Macaroni Grill and California Pizza Kitchen for 2000, 2500 total.
- TEAM GABRIELLE gets IHOP & Cracker Barrel to win, 3100-2500! Team Raven leaves with their own copy of Pictionary Air.

Woodoku FINAL DRAW for a European Princess cruise: Zaria draws iceberg and flea collar for $2000.

Split Second
by Chico Alexander
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GSN: 7:30p/6:30c
Host: John Michael Higgins
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ROUND 1: Casey gets the singleton on this...
- Answer each clue with the title of a song by Beyonce: angelic ring of light, sequence heard before blastoff, wall that divides. Casey gets "Halo" to go to 125. The others: "Countdown" and "Partition".
At the end of the round, Casey leads with 300 to 250 for Skyler. Alexis is on 200.

ROUND 2: CAsey gets another singleton with...
- Yes or no, are these everyday items toxic to cats & dogs: raisins, lillies, onions? Raisins ARE to go to 600. The others are as well. CAsey follows that up with...
- Answer these clues about trains around the world: Japan's high-speed commuter rides, Famed luxury line between Paris & Istanbul, Train service for Chunnel foot passengers. Casey gets bullet trains for 800. The others: The Orient Express and Eurostar. Casey ends the round with...
- Who delivered these famous speeches: "We Choose to Go to the Moon", "On Women's Right to Vote", "I've Been to the Mountaintop". Casey gets JFK to go to 1250 to Skyler's 500 and Alexis' 450. The others: Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King.

COUNTDOWN ROUND: Casey's in the lead for 4 to win. Skyler needs 6. Alexis needs 8.
- In a standard deck of cards, what is the suit of the king that this describes: has no moustache, only one looking to his left, the faces are in profile? Alexis gets no moustache heart and looking to left spade. She needs 6. The other one was diamond.
- What continent is the native habitat of this animal: ostrich, alpaca, wombat? Skyler gets wombat Australia and alpaca South America to go to 4. The other was Africa.
- Who had a hit with this song: "Paparazzi", "Papa Don't Preach", "Pop Life"? Skyler gets Lady Gaga to go to 3. The others were Madonna and Prince.
- Here's a Q&A about words starting with Q & ending with A. What are they: fried cheese tortilla, share of something, trendy superfood? Casey sweeps with quesadilla, quota, and quinoa to go to 1.
- This Woody Harrelson movie was about what sport: "White Men Can't Jump", "Play It to the Bone", "Kingpin"? Skyler gets basketball to go to 2. Casey gets bowling to win! "Play It to the Bone" was about boxing.

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN: Casey only gets to 4.

Wheel of Fortune
by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7p/6C
Hosts: Pat Sajak & Vanna White with Jim Thornton
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HAPPY NEW YEAR from Wheel of Fortune! Welcome to 2024, day 1.

Jonathan Peletis
Des Moines, IA
comic book collector
married 20 years

Rachel Dixie
Los Angeles
preschool special education assistant
mother of four

Jason Smith
Paris, TX
psychiatric nurse practicioner
adoptive father of two
pizza tour of Chicago (Staypinepple)

TOSSUP #1: PHRASE. Jason gets to RING IN THE NEW YEAR! for $1000.

TOSSUP #2: OCCUPATION. JP times out. Rachel spits out FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR to win $2000 and the first spin of the night.

ROUND 1: PLACE. Rachel buys a bad O. Jason spins Bankrupt. JP solves AN ISLAND PARADISE for the house minimum of $1000.

Eggland's Best MYSTERY ROUND: SAME NAME. Jason spins... Bankrupt. JP misses an E. Rachel spins Bankrupt. Jason loses his turn. JP calls a bad P. Rachel runs out the vowels and solves ZODIAC & DOLLAR SIGN for $1950, giving her $3950 for the night.

PRIZE PUZZLE/EXPRESS ROUND: THING. JP loses $1550 on a Bankrupt. Rachel calls a bad S. Jason calls a bad P. Jason knocks out two $3500 Ms and solves REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT for $7550 and a trip to New York (Westgate New York City Grand Central) with tickets to "A Beautiful Noise"! In total, he is up $17,080!

- ... but zigs when he should've zagged. Rachel gets SLICED TOMATO.

So far, JP has $21,080. Rachel has $5950. Jason is on $1000.

BIG MONEY ROUND: WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? Rachel gets some action in before a FINAL SPIN of $1650. JP wins with WINTER WOOL SOCKS for a total of $24,380. Rachel and Jason leave with their sum totals to this point.

BONUS WHEEL: JP's choices: Thing, Living Things, or Phrase. JP goes for PHRASE. With the A in GAME, the standard package, and MFD O....

O N / T _ E _ R
_ E _ _ L F

JP's all around it, but doesn't get ON THEIR BEHALF to lose out on $40,000.