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June 22, 2017


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Beat Shazam
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Family Feud
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Love Connection
Wheel of Fortune
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

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Hollywood & Wall

The Gong Show Premiere
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ABC: 10p/9C
Host: Tommy Maitland with Wilder Zoby & the Gong Show Orchestra
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  From Hollywood, where lives can change in a day and then change back, it's the return of a classic... It's "The Gong Show"! And here's the host, a guy who may or may not be Mike Myers under a whole lot of prostheses (C-Note: if he isn't, he's been doing his homework).
Will Arnett
Ken Jeong
"Dr. Ken"
Zach Galifianakis

FUN FACT: Zach & Ken starred in "The Hangover" together. Zach & Will starred in "The Lego Batman Movie" together.

The rules? Heh. What rules? All you have to do is show up and show out. If the judges give you the full ride, they score you on entertainment value from 0-10. If the judges give you the Gong, there's the door. The act with the highest score out of 30 will win the astronomical amount of 2000 big ones... and 17 little ones.

And as always, a disclaimer: both contestant and non-contestant acts may appear on this show. Any act not given the opportunity to be judged and scored featured non-contestant talent.

TONIGHT'S SHOW (with judges' scores)
- Tom Franek, Piano Sutra - he plays the piano... in various poses... (Will: 3... which becomes a 4, Ken: 10, Zach: 10) - 24
- Mary Bleeds: Mary plays the harmonica... with her friend Midas in her mouth. Did we mention that Midas is a Chaco golden knee tarantula? She beats the Gong by YEA much (Zach: 8, Ken: 0, Will: 1 million... shortened to 10) - 18
- The Unipiper: a Scottish sasquatch who performs the 1812 Overture (complete with pyrotechnics) and Ode to Joy on a set of bagpipes while riding a unicycle (Will: 6, Ken: 6, Zach: 4) - 14
- Married with Bananas: a married couple who do ... very interesting things with bananas. (Will: 10, Ken: 10, Zach: 10) - PERFECT 30!
- The Sensei: an elderly black belt who combines martial arts with disco dancing. Will combines a mallet with a GONG!
- Sal Strange: a Coney Island singer who sings "Tip Toe Through the Tulips". Ken tip toes to the GONG.
- Uncle Clutch: a "WWE reject" that sings a shock-rock lullaby on the ukulele (Will: 0, Ken: 0, Zach: 10... he'll give a 10 to anything) - 10
- Kevin & Elaine: they sing an original song, "Never Gong an Asian"... with a rap interlude. A very BAD rap interlude. Ken dances... to the whole song... and right under the wire... here comes the GONG. I made a funny.
- The Buddy Lee Experience: a 58-year-old whose jump rope skills pay the bills (Will: 10, Ken: 10, Zach: 10) - ANOTHER PERFECT 30!
- Albert (Bill Lewis): he leads the audience, the judges, and the host in a round of "Shaving Cream" (Non-contestant talent)
- April Hava Shenkman's Pig vs. the World: She sings... very FAST. Too fast for the music, believe it or night. (Will: 8, Ken: 9, Zach: 10) - 27
- The Devoted Diva: sings an ode to Will Arnett to the tune of "O Mio Babbino, Caro" (Will: 10, Ken: 10, Zach: 0) - 20

And we end tonight's show with a TIE between The Buddy Lee Experience and Married with Bananas. And in the event of a tie, the judges have always chosen the winner. This time, the conference is done in the open, and the winner... MARRIED WITH BANANAS! They get the check for $2000.17 and the always coveted never duplicated Gong Show Trophy!

Hollywood Game Night Season Premiere
by Chico Alexander & Jason Huhn
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: 8p/7c
Host: Jane Lynch with Dean Butterworth & the Scorekeepers
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Kayla Hilton
San Francisco
game operation coordinator for the Golden State Warriors
Brent Labounty
San Diego
trading analyst
Tony Hale
Christian Serratos
"The Walking Dead"
Anna Chlumsky
Josh McDermitt
"The Walking Dead"
Matt Walsh
Lauren Cohan
"The Walking Dead"

This season, we're moving some of the games out onto the lawn!

HOLD MY BALLS!: One team member holds two balls. A wrong answer means another ball must be added. If the balls drop, the opponents score 5 bonus points. Questions relate to answering the last name and what clue rhymes with the last name.
- At the end of one round of play, Brent leads, 9-2.

- A perfect stack gives Kayla the lead, 15-14.

SMASH THE BUZZER! This season, we've moved the game to the new outdoor set - with a pool of balls.
- Kayla still leads, 23-20.

- Team Kayla gets I Touch Myself and Natural Woman for 4 more, 27 total. Team Brent gets Midnight Train to Georgia, Locked Out of Heaven, I Kissed a Girl, and Sorry for 8 more, 28 total.

WHERE YA GOIN'? Each destination is worth 5 points. 
- Lauren gets Super Bowl, tattoo parlor, car wash, Target, Dairy Queen, bathroom, and Notre Dame for 35 points and a total of 63 for Brent. Kayla's team needs eight to win. Matt gets zoo, Neverland, Costco, earth, Cheers, Tiffany & Co., liquor store, and summer camp for the win, 67-63!

CELEBRITY NAME GAME with Tony (International Justice Mission) and Lauren (Good Plus)
- Simon Cowell, Kevin Bacon (pass), Diana Ross (pass), Anderson Cooper, Faith Hill, James Franco (pass), Carson Daly, Kristen Bell, Charles Barkley, Iggy Azalea (pass), Lindsay Lohan (TIME). She ends up with $6000, while the charities get $6000 as well.

The Wall Season Premiere
by Chico Alexander & Chris Wolvie
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NBC: 9p/8c
Host: Chris Hardwick
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  After a brief preview earlier this summer, The Wall is back with more money for more deserving teams... like Aaryn & Milton of Baltimore. Aaryn & Milton are looking for money for him to live the rest of his days and for her to pay off her medical school loans.

After the Freefall round, they end up with $65,004 after running out the last three questions, and Milton is taking that money behind the Wall, while Aaryn plays the balls.

ROUND 2: Freebies drop from #5 and #7, giving her another $125,001 for a total of $190,005.
- Q1 (1): a) Bradley Cooper b) Ed Helms c) Zach Galifianakis: in "The Hangover Part II", which actor played a character who got a face tattoo similar to Mike Tyson's? Milton goes with B... and he's right for another... dollar.
- Q2 (DOUBLE 5): a) Arizona b) Colorado c) New Mexico: featuring over 500 launchings over the course of nine days, the world's largest hot air balloon festival takes place every October in which US state? Milton takes a guess on A... but it was C, so we're going to see money go away... $175,000 worth.
- Q3 (TRIPLE 4): a) Pasta Fazool b) Pizza c) Fettuccine: Which of the following dishes was not mentioned in "That's Amore"? Milton goes over the song and goes with C... RIGHT for $55,100, putting their round total at $70,106.

But as you know, the Wall gives, and the Wall takes away. The two Reds drop... $1... and $100 for a final halftime take of $70,005.

ROUND 3: Free Greens go in #7, #6, #2, and #5... $100... $1 MILLION... $50,000... and $400,000 for a total of $1,520,105.
- Q1 (2): a) Sapporo b) Okinawa c) Nagano d) Kyoto: An annual tradition in Japan is gathering to watch the blooming of the sakura, or cherry blossoms. A popular viewing spot is Maruyama Park, located in what city that served as Japan's capital for over 1000 years? Milton tries A... but it was D, and back comes... $300,000.
- Q2 (DOUBLE 6): a) Ford b) Dodge c) Toyota d) Pontiac: Oprah Winfrey famously kicked off the 19th season of her talk show by giving everyone in the studio audience their own car. The model audience members received was a G6 from which make of car? Milton ruminates about Dodge Caravans before locking in D... and he's right for $400,010!
- Q3 (3): a) Latin b) Greek c) Hebrew d) Aramaic: Currently housed at the British Museum, the Rosetta Stone is an artifact inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphics in two different forms & words in which other language? Milton went with C... but it was A. Good move in holding out the triple balls. She only loses $100,000. ... Heh... only $100,000.

The contract is for $125,004 - the original $65,004 plus $20,000 for each correct answer. It's jet-tubed to Milton before we drop these Reds...

- #7: $10
- #6: $500,000
- #2: $10
- #5: $500,000

So the Wall this episode is worth $520,095. Will they take the sure thing of a quarter of that money or go with the value of the Wall? Milton... RIPS UP THE CONTRACT! They have $520,095!

@midnight with Chris Hardwick
by Chico Alexander
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Comedy Central: mid/11C
Host: Chris Hardwick
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Dolph Ziggler
WWE Superstar
Emma Willmann
Jordan Morris
cohost, "The Jordan! Jesse! Go! Podcast"

While you were busy trying to help your significant other play your Switch games, we were gearing up for the long summer @midnight recess. Tonight's #HashtagWars: #SummerAMovie. Jordan has 1200 to the others' 800.

Onto He Rassle Good (indie wrestlers) and tonight's Live Challenge, Shout, Shout, He Might Have Gout. Cut your own wrestling promo for your day job. Everyone gets 5000.

Luke, I Am Your HR Department (Phil Lord/Chris Miller leaving the Han Solo Star Wars anthology film) rounds out the week. Dolph, who's been playing the game since the beginning, gets a stay.

FTW: Amazon Prime wardrobe. Label the box so that no one will want to steal it. The winner: "Merry Christmas from the Rattlesnakes with AIDS Foundation!" And Emma gets the Internet for the next fortnight.

@midnight will return in two weeks. Continue the game online @midnight.

Beat Shazam
by Chico Alexander
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Fox: 8p/7C
Host: Jamie Foxx with October Gonzalez
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Clark & Joey
band mates
Christina & Steve
couple for 2 years
Shannon & Bobby
New York City
friends for over 30 years

Note about Team #3. Bobby is the former drummer for Stetsasonic, and Shannon... well, she sang a relatively quiet dance hall favorite, you may have heard this one (

- "I Want to Know What Love Is", Foreigner (Shannon/Bobby)
- "Alone", Heart (Christina/Steve)
- "Sister Christian", Night Ranger (Clark/Joey)
- FAST TRACK for $2000: "When I See You Smile", Bad English (Clark/Joey)

Clark & Joey end up on top with $3000. Everyone else is on the board with $1000.

$2000: 2010s
- "Moves Like Jagger", Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera (Christina/Steve)
- "I Love It", Icona Pop (Christina/Steve)
- "All About That Bass", Meghan Trainor (Christina/Steve)
- FAST TRACK for $4000: "Riptide", Vance Joy (Christina/Steve)

That round put Christina & Steve in the lead with $11,000 to $3000 for Clark & Joey. Shannon & Bobby are in the danger zone with $1000.

$3000: HIP-HOP. Look for the MC Hammer cameo appearance in this round...
- "Hip Hop Hooray", Naughty by Nature (Christina/Steve)
- ... there it is! "U Can't Touch This" (Christina/Steve)
- "Milkshake", Kelis (Shannon/Bobby)
- FAST TRACK for $6000: "Ride Wit Me", Nelly featuring City Spud (NOBODY)

Christina & Steve hold the lead with $17,000. Shannon & Bobby are back in it with $4000. Clark & Joey with $3000... time to sign out.

$5000: U2
- "With or Without You" (Christina/Steve)
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (Christina/Steve)
- "Beautiful Day" (Christina/Steve)
- FAST TRACK for $10,000: "Where The Streets Have No Name" (Christina/Steve)

Christina & Steve are owning this game with $42,000 to $4000 for Shannon & Bobby. They're going to need to run out to win the game.

$10,000: TV THEMES
- "I'll Be There For You (Theme From "Friends")", The Rembrandts (NOBODY)
- "I Don't Want to Wait", Paula Cole (Shannon/Bobby, who surprisingly can still win)
- "Love and Marriage", Frank Sinatra (Christina/Steve)
- "Unwritten", Natasha Bedingfield (Christina/Steve)

EASY WIN for Christina & Steve, as they take it and $72,000! Shannon & Bobby leave with half their bank, or $7000.

1) MOTOWN: "What's Going On", Marvin Gaye ($25,000)
2) ALTERNATIVE: "Hey There Delilah", Plain White Ts ($25,000)
3) TAYLOR SWIFT: "Blank Space" ($25,000)
4) ONE-HIT WONDERS: "Breakfast at Tiffany's", Deep Blue Something ($25,000)
5) OLDIES: "Hound Dog", Elvis Presley ($25,000)

Someone call the janitor, because that is a clean sweep! BUT Will they take the bank, which is now at $197,000, or go for the MILLION DOLLAR SONG? If they beat Shazam, Christina & Steve are this show's first millionaires. If Shazam beats them, they leave with $98,500. The category: 1980s. They're going to play... and Christina is going to play it. Here. We. Go.


6) 1980s: "Shout", Tears for Fears. ... no tears for this team, only DOLLAR SIGNS! STEVE & CHRISTINA BEAT SHAZAM for $1 MILLION!

by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7:30p/6:30c; also check listings
Host: Alex Trebek with Jimmy McGuire, Kelly Miyahara & Sarah Whitcomb-Foss
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  Holy smokes, did Lisa get paid yesterday or what? She'll try and keep the momentum going against....
Lisa Evans
Easthampton, MA
office manager
Natasha Baker-Bradley
appellate attorney
Daniel Esch
San Bruno, CA
editor & writer

JEOPARDY! ROUND: Languages of Europe, Questioning Movie Titles, A Cheesy Category Gun Talk, Recent History & Biography, Low Tech.

Lisa starts with $200 Recent History & Biography, finding the Daily Double under $1000 Gun Talk. She bets $1200 on this: today meaning a short-lived success, it refers to a misfire in a flintlock's powder. "What is a flash in a pan?" RIGHT for $4400! She ends up with $5400 to $3600 for Daniel. Natasha is on $2800, giving her freedom of the board to start...

DOUBLE JEOPARDY!: The Young Pope, 1990s Emmys, Diseases Named After People, "W"ords, Playwrights, High Tex.

.. with $1200 Playwrights, finding the first Daily Double under $1600. She wagers $3500 on this: the part of a vessel shown or an area of the strike zone where a battle hits the ball best. She blanks on the wheelhouse, leaving her with $1700. She can make up for it with $1600 Diseases Named After People. She bets $2500 on this: in Wilson's disease, this metallic element collects in tissues & can be detected by a brownish ring around the cornea. "What is mercury?" No, it was copper, leaving her with $1200. She ends up with $2800, but with Lisa on $15,800 to Daniel's $14,000, she can very well spoil.

FINAL JEOPARDY! in "Europe 1962": Rudolf Abel & this American are most associated with Germany's Glienicke Bridge on February 10, 1962. Correct response: who was Francis Gary Powers?

Lisa is right to win another $28,001, giving her $62,402 for two!

Love Connection
by Chico Alexander
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Fox: 9p/8C
Host: Andy Cohen
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  After a brief respite for golf, friends, we're back at the giant heart stage with ANDY, a 29-year-old video production manager from New York who happens to share his name with our intrepid host. In addition to being the most right-swiped person in New Jersey on Tinder, he was offered People's Sexiest Man Alive. His three, with scores on first impressions (his score on her/her score on him):
- Meghan: 26-year-old hair stylist from Cinnaminson, NJ who is about as far from the Jersey Shore as you can get. (3/7)
- Chelsea: 25-year-old marketing coordinator from New York City who is a self-describe "Irish-Italian meatball" (9/3)
- Madison: 29-year-old attorney from NYC who is a former member of the US Gymnastics Team (7/7)

That date in the shark tank seemed to do it for MADISON, but the audience went another way. They went with... CHELSEA. So will Andy pick the $10,000 OR another date with Madison? He picks... Chelsea and the $10,000. This is ... not going to end well. But we'll get to that. Right now, though...

... we meet CHERESE, a 33-year-old HR generalist from San Diego who likes to date artists, but has an issue with getting them to commit. Her three, with scores on first impressions (her score on him/his score on her):
- JP: 32-year-old pharmacist from Los Angeles who's attracted to three B's - brains, booty, and belief. He likes dating African-Americans & Latinas (4/9)
- Jeff: 27-year-old entrepreneur from San Diego who is a self-proclaimed geek who likes gold spelunking (8/10)
- Ricky: 31-year-old marketing specialist from Los Angeles who's in no hurry to be a "sugar daddy" (10/10)

Cherese picks... RICKY! The audience picks... Somebody else! It was JEFF. So how do we make this decision even more awkward? We'll get there, but first, Cherese picks... another date with RICKY! Ricky, on the other hand, wants something a little more permanent. He gets down on one knee and proposes! "Yes?!" It isn't $10,000, but someone just won this show!

FUN FACT: 27 couples on the original "Love Connection" ended up married.

The after-show...
- Cherese & Ricky are still engaged and getting ready for the next step - the parents.
- Andy fell for Chelsea, but Chelsea thought bringing a friend to the resort was a put awkard. She hasn't spoken to Andy or his friend since.

The Price Is Right
by Chico Alexander
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CBS: 11a/10C
Host: Drew Carey with Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, Rachel Reynolds & George Gray
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Record today: 4-2
Record for week 40: 13-9-2
Record this season: 512-527-71
Total today*: $101,981
Total this week*: $302,610
Total this season*: $14,231,524
Perfect bids: 21/1020
Perfect Shows/Skunks: 0/3
DSWs/DOBs: 5/16
$11K/$26K SCSD Spins: 5/1
Best week: Week 6 - Big Money Week: $707,684
$14 million passed: 6/20/17

*totals are based on the MSRP of the prizes on the tape day and rounded to the nearest dollar.
It's the final gateway to the weekend episode of the season (C-Note: again, not counting for two make-goods, the 4th of July special, and the Back to School special), and we have Pamela Ridge, Deshaun Garner, Kayla Fox, and Noah Huyler bidding on a DSLR camera. The $1199 camera goes to Pamela, who can take many pictures of her firepit table with chairs and a trip to Iceland (6n @ Centerhotel Thingholt) if she connects the Secret X. Freebie goes top left. She gets one extra from a $130 cooler/warmer. That goes bottom right. Secret X has to be in the middle.... it isn't. It's on top.

Pateeser Jackson goes down and up thanks to a $1264 set of small electrics and a kitchen island. Next up, a $2009 HP PC with VR headset and a $2515 set of Gucci shoes for him & her at the Bargain Game. Pateeser picks the PC. The shoes... $3715. The computer... $2509. $1200 beats $500.

Wesley Fent takes the hot route with a $900 elliptical trainer. He'll fly into the wild blue yonder (C-Note: because he's in the Air Force, you see) with a Ford Focus if he can rustle enough Pocket Change. The $20,843 car is $1.75 today. He has his initial quarter... he adds another 2... and then another two ... DOLLARS! $2.75 is MORE than enough!

But Pamela would go on to win $1000 on the Big Wheel. Meanwhile Noah breaks the skid with a $598 set of Gosia Meyer jewelry. He'll take it to Argentina (6n @ Auberge du Vin) if he wins Flip Flop. It isn't $6835. He flips... and $8635 is a winner!

Kayla gets off the schneid with an $800 Galaxy phone with car mount. If only she had a car to mount it to. She gets... an $865 car stereo, a $23 water bottle, $730 in car washes for a year... oh here's the car, it's a Toyota Yaris. Let's Line'em Up.

$865 - Car stereo
$23 - Water bottle
$780 - Car washes

She goes with $18,370.... WIN IN ONE!

Last chance junction awaits Deshaun, as does a wine fridge. The price: $1999. The winner... Lucille Banks. She'll make bank, $10,000 worth, if she beats Grand Game. Target: $3.50. Princella sweet potatoes... $1.99. Silk vanilla almondmilk... $2.99. Clabber Girl corn starch... 99c. She plays on with Cracker Jacks... $2.29!

But Kayla, not to be outdone, wins $1000 in her wheel spinning there.

First in the Showcase round, a home theater with 3D 4KTV, Blu-Ray player with Blu-Rays & sound system, a trip to Canada (6n @ The Westin Whistler), and a Mazda 3 Sport. Top winner Kayla bids $28,900. Pamela gets Cole Haan wardrobe & accessories and trips to Prague (6n @ Boutique Hotel Seven Days) & Tokyo (6n @ Shiba Park Hotel 151). She bids $21,000. Actual price: $27,421, a difference of $6421. Actual price of Kayla's Showcase... $33,566, a difference of $4666, and Kayla's the big winner today with $55,413! That's a lot of loot!