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August 4, 2020


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Meet the AGT Class of 2020

America's Got Talent
by Chico Alexander, Jason Block & Gordon Pepper
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NBC: 8p/7c
Host: Terry Crews with Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel & Sofia Vergara
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This week, AGT aired its 15th anniversary retrospective. In lieu of a recap of that, here is a list of the 44 acts vying for the $1 million & headlining show in Las Vegas (along with their Instagram handles).

- Alan Silva @alanjonessilva Aerial Act
- Alex Hooper @hooperhairpuff Comedian
- Alexis Brownley @puppypalsshow Animal Act
- Annie Jones @anniejonesau Singer
- Archie Williams @ArchieWilliamsOfficial Singer
- BAD Salsa @badsalsagroup Dance Act
- Bello & Annaliese Nock @bellonock Online Audition/No Link Available Daredevils
- Bello Sisters @BelloSisters Hand Balancing
- BONAVEGA @Bonavegamusic Singer/Musician
- Bone Breakers @bonebreakersofficial Variety
- Brandon Leake @brandon_leake_ctm Variety
- Brett Loudermilk @Loudermilk Danger Act
- C.A. Wildcats @CA_Wildcats94 Cheerleaders
- Celina Graves @Celinagravesofficial Singer
- Cristina Rae @CristinaRaeSing Singer
- Dance Town Family @dancetownfamily Online Audition/No Link Available Dance Act
- Daneliya Tuleshova @tuleshova_daneliya Singer
- Divas & Drummers of Compton @divasofcompton Music Act
- Double Dragon @doubledragontwins Singer/Dancer
- Feng E @fengeofficial No Link Available Music Act
- FrenchieBabyy @FrenchieBabyy Bone Breaking
- Jonathan Goodwin @jonathangoodwinofficial Daredevil
- Kameron Ross @KameronRoss Singer
- Kelvin Dukes @kelvin.sings Singer
- Kenadi Dodds @KenadiDoddsMusic Singer
- Lightwave Theatre Company Projection
- Malik Dope @malik.dope Music Act
- Max Major @itsmaxmajor Mentalist
- Michael Yo @MichaelYo Comedian
- Noah Epps @n0ahsart Dancer
- Nolan Neal @nolanneal Singer
- Pork Chop Revue @porkchoprevue Animal Act
- Resound @Officialresound Singers
- Roberta Battaglia @RobertaB.Official Singer
- Shaquira McGrath @ShaquirabbySings Singer
- Sheldon Riley @SheldonRiley Singer
- Simon and Maria @SimonyMariaDance Kid Salsa Duo
- Spyros Brothers @SpyrosBros Diablo Duo
- The Shape @whoistheshape Online Audition/No Link Available Dance Crew
- Thomas Day @ThomasDayMusic Singer
- Usama Siddiquee @UsamaStandsUp Comedian
- Vincent Marcs @VincentMarcus Impressionist
- Voices of our City Choir @VoicesOfOurCityChoir Choir
- W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew @WaffleNYC Dance Group

The Live Shows begin with Archie Williams, Bello & Annaliese Nock, Divas & Drummers of Compton, Double Dragon, Feng E, FrenchieBabyy, Michael Yo, Pork Chop Revue, Golden Buzzer Roberta Battaglia, Shaquira McGrath, and Simon and Maria NEXT WEEK!

by Chico Alexander
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Food: 9p/8C
Host: Ted Allen
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Melissa McMillan
Portland, OR
chef/owner, Sammich

Matt Safarowich
Katonah, NY
chef/partner, Whitlock

Jackie Rothong
New York City
chef & food stylist

Greg Coccio
Cranston, RI
executive chef, Avvio

It's game day in the Chopped Kitchen! Joinig Scott Conant & Geoffrey Zakarian on the Chopping Block is retired NFL center Nick Mangold of the New York J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets.

APPETIZER: First up out of the Yetis are... gameday subs, tri-color peppers, potato tot skewers, and coconut hot sauce.
- Mel: Fried Potato Cake with Tri-Color Pepper Giardinera
- Matt: Gameday Slider with Coconut-Chorizo Hot Sauce & Provolone
- Jackie: Loaded Potato Tot Crisp with Salami-Poblano Filling
- Greg: Italian Grinder Bruschetta with Potato-Bacon Cheese Sauce

ENTREE: Next for our surviving tailgaters are... chicken wings, spinach artichoke dip, tomatillos, and edible beef shooters.
- Mel: Chicken & Beef Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa
- Matt: Spinach & Artichoke Pasta with Beef Meatballs
- Jackie: "Grand Slam Pizza"

DESSERT: Time for the 30-minute warning with... a watermelon helmet, game day cookies, a strawberry daiquiri, and spiced cereal mix.
- Mel: Cake with Fried Pineapple & Watermelon Daiquiri Sauce
- Jackie: Fried Taco with Watermelon Gelato & Strawberry Margarita Sauce

And the final score... $10,000 to... JACKIE!

Chopped Sweets Season Premiere
by Chico Alexander
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Food: 10p/9C
Host: Scott Conant
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Ruthann Malsch
executive pastry chef, Vallozzi's

Rod Tyler
Stockton, CA
owner/pastry chef, House of Ice Cream

Katherine Sprung
New York City
founder/owner, Squash Marshmallows

Mike Guasta
Amityville, NY
owner/baker, Pure Sugar

Today, we're dealing with some savory sweet mashups. On the panel for the premier match of season 2... Zac Young and Maneet Chauhan.

ROUND 1: First challenge is to make something FRIED with... a sloppy Joe donut, candy-coated sunflower seeds, tamarillos, and edamame hummus.
- Ruthann: Sloppy Joe Fritter & Edamame Ice Cream
- Rod: Edamame-Funnel Cake Taco "Funnel-aco"
- Katherine: Tamarillo-Raspberry Cheesecake Spring Roll with Chocolate Soil
- Mike: Edamame-Hummus Empanada with Candied Tamarillo
CHOPPED: Ruthann

ROUND 2: Next up, something fruity with ... turducken, confetti cookie dough, blood oranges, and kalimotxo.
- Rod: Pineapple-Blood Orange Sorbet with Turducken Cookie Dirt
- Katherine: Vanilla & Blood Orange Cake with Cookie Dough Buttercream
- Mike: Kalimotxo Profiterole with Cookie Dough Fries

ROUND 3: For the $10,000, we need something ?? with ... brownie tacos, cotton candy art, plums, and pickle potato chips.
- Katherine: Pickle-Brownie Cookie Baked Alaska
- Mike: Brownie Taco Ice Cream Cupcake

And the first $10,000 of season 2 goes to.. Katherine!

Hot Ones The Game Show
by Chico Alexander
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truTV: 10p/9c
Host: Sean Evans with Chef Willie Wallace
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Emergency Spicy Grandmas
Kelly & Belinda
The Flaming Tail Feathers
Zac & Moose
best friends

BRAIN BURNER (at 112,000 SHU and a 7/10 on the Hot Ones Heat Index): Today, it's "Get organized". These questions are about organizations. The Flaming Tail Feathers sweep for $600.

EYE OF THE SCORPION (at 676,000 SHU and a 9/10 on the Hot Ones Heat Index): We're playing "You Know You You Look Like...?". Identify the famous sibling of the not-so-famous faces shown. Flaming Tail Feathers continue to sweep, $1800 to zip.

THE CONSTRICTOR (1.4 million SHU and a 10/10 on the Hot Ones Heat Index) is a blistering climb up MT. SCOVILLE. Answer the questions right, you bank the cash... and you get another bite of the Constrictor.
- $1000: I started off in California in 2006... The franchised expanded to another location 2 years later... One of its locations in Atlanta had some Leakes, Nene Leakes... Is it "Chipotle?" Nope. Beverly Hills & New Jersey are other hot spots for this reality show. The Grandmas... nothing. It was the "Real Housewives".
- $2000: You shouldn't do this in a relationship... You shouldn't do this in school... You shouldn't do this on a diet. The Flaming Tail Feathers chime in with "cheat" for $2000 and game. Let's just get this over with...
- $3000: I am a term used for bowling...I'm also a country whose flag depicts a crescent moon & a star.... Kids can draw me by tracing their hand. That's "turkey" for the win, $6800-ZERO!

THE RING OF FIRE: Zac will be shown a list of answers that he must communicate to Moose. They can pass if they want, but they'll have to come back to those words eventually. Land 5 in 60 seconds, and you win $25,000... AND "The Antidote", a plate of milkshakes.  But if they fail... no milkshakes. "Milkshakes are for winners ONLY!" AND TO MAKE IT INTERESTING, they'll take on a shot one final sauce made of the previous 3 sauces AND... "The hottest $#*! you will ever have in your life", measuring 2 million SHU and an 11/10 on the Hot Ones Heat Index... a drop of "The Last Dab XXX". - They get slurpee, treadmill, flash, Destiny's Child, and baby shower for the $25,000 AND the Antidote! Tastes so good!

Jeopardy!: The Vault
by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7:30p/6:30c; also check listings
Host: Alex Trebek
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- Claudia Perry: $17,400
- Rachael Schwartz: $12,401
- Frank Spangenberg: $6799
Yesterday, Bob Harris secured season 1 in the 2002 Million Dollar Masters tournament semi. Now we return to 2002 New York City for the next one...

Claudia Perry
Jersey City, NJ
sports copy editor
Brad Rutter
Lancaster, PA
network administrator
Kate Waits
law professor

JEOPARDY! ROUND: Art & Artists, My Favorite Films, Big City Life, Discovery Channel, World War I Vets, I'm in "Seventh" Heaven

Claudia drew the first position, so she goes with $200 Art & Artists. Kate finds the Daily Double under $600 My Favorite Films. She blows the whole nut on this: when you rent this 1970 biopic, watch for Tim Considineas the soldier who gets slapped. "I was watching it the other night. What is 'Patton'?" FOR THE DOUBLER, $2400! She ends up with $3800. With Claudia on $4400 to $5800 for Brad, Kate gets the board to start...

DOUBLE JEOPARDY!: The New York Times Magazine, Literary Movements, Middle Age Folks; Oh, No, It's Opera!; Monsters, Inc.; Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

... with $1200 Literary Movements. Brad finds the first Daily Double under $1200 Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid. He wagers the level on this: she could hae called her 1973 bestseller "Aviophobia". "Who is Erica Jong?" RIGHT for $13,000! Claudia finds the other under $800 Middle Age Folks. She goes for $2000 on this: his brothers Thorvald & Thorstein & half-sister Freydis also traveled to Vinland. "Who is Leif Ericsson?" RIGHT for $13,200! She ends up with $12,400 to $17,800 for Brad. Kate can spoil or perhaps go for wild card with $4200.

FINAL JEOPARDY! in "2001 News": in 2001 the zinc industry was up in arms over Rep. Jim Kolbe's bill calling for the phasing out of these. Correct response: what are pennies?

Claudia is right... but so is Brad to win with $24,801. "See you in the semis!" Hey, spoilers, Brad!

Sugar Rush: Extra Sweet
by Chico Alexander
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Netflix: season 3 available
Host: Hunter March with Candace Nelson & Adriano Zumbo
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  We're keeping it in the family for this MAGIC-themed edition of Sugar Rush. Our guest judge is the host of "Magic for Humans" on Netflix, comedian & magician Justin Willman.

Tony & Vincent
San Francisco
Tom & Caty
married owners/bakers
Seema & Deb
Solon, OH
Ingrid & Ryan
married bakers

CUPCAKES (3 hours): Optical illusions. EXTRA SWEET CHALLENGE: they need to look like a real version of something you'd find in the Extra Sweet box.
- Tony & Vincent: Lemon Pistachio Madeleine Cupcakes with Pistacio Paste & Raspberry Jam. EXTRA SWEET: Rose (DONE: 1:46:51)
- Tom & Caty: Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Mousse, Pean Soil & White Chocolate Carrot. EXTRA SWEET: Terra cotta pot (DONE: 2:07:39)
- Seema & Deb: Vanilla Chai Spice Cupcake with Cherry Compote Filling & Cream Cheese Buttercream. EXTRA SWEET: Baseball (DONE: 1:41:10)
- Ingrid & Ryan: Coconut Cupcakes with Guava Filling & Coconut Cream Cheese Swiss Meringue Buttercream. EXTRA SWEET: Candle (DONE: 1:35:37)
WINNER: Tony & Vincent ($1500)
ELIMINATED: Ingrid & Ryan.

CONFECTIONS (remaining time): Create an interactive confection. EXTRA SWEET CHALLENGE: Use magic ingredients from the Extra Sweet Box.
- Tony & Vincent: Blown Sugar "Egg" with Coconut Lime Mousse, Mango Passion Fruit Sorbet & Coconut Chocolate Nest. EXTRA SWEET: Magic Shell Egg with Chocolate Wand (DONE: :14:07)
- Seema & Deb: Chocolate Flower with Honey Pistachio Cheesecake & Indian Ghevar. EXTRA SWEET: Rosewater (DONE: :00:05)
- Tom & Caty: Isomalt Crystal Ball with Fudge Brownie, Coffee-Infused Ice Cream & Cinnamon Chip Smoke. EXTRA SWEET: Coffee Beans (DONE: :23:39)
WINNER: Tom & Caty ($1500)

CAKES: Create a magic themed cake. EXTRA SWEET CHALLENGE: Part of the cake must levitate via a magnet.
- Tom & Caty (3:23:39): Magician Suitcase Dark Chocolate Spice Cake with Dark Chocolate Buttercream, Strawberry Comporte, and Vanilla American Buttercream. EXTRA SWEET: Floating Magicians' Hat
- Tony & Vincent (3:14:07): Steamer Trunk/Box of Swords Devil's Food Cake in Raspberry Syrup with White Chocolate Mousseline with Raspberries & Dark Chocolate Crisp Pearls. EXTRA SWEET: Floating book

And the magical recipient of $11,500... by a vote of 2-1... TOM & CATY! That gives them a total of $11,500!

Season 3 is available in its entirety on Netflix. Another recap follows tomorrow.

Wheel of Fortune
Jason Block
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Syn/YesTV: 7p/6C
Host: Pat Sajak & Vanna White
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Total for Today - $44,198
Total for Week 32 - $126,359
Total for the Season: $8,309,539
Bonus Win Percentage: 56/157
Bonus Round Losses Cash: $2,861,000
Bonus Round Losses Cars: 2 Chevy Blazers, 3 Mazda CX-5s, 2 GMC Terrain SUVs, 1 Toyota RAV4, 1 Ford Edge, 3 Buick Encores, 2 VW Beetle Convertibles, 2 Ford Escape SUVs, 3 Mini Coopers. 2 Cadillac XT4s, 2 Mercedes SUV, 1 Jeep Compass SUV
Gooseeggs: 16
Toss Up Sweeps/Group Misses: 5/3
Mystery Round Prizes hit/won/lost: 34/10/25
Car Wins: 19
$100,000 Losses/Wins: 3/0
$1,000,000 Losses/Wins:
$1,000,000 Wedge Hit/Offered/Used/Lost: 40/157/12/25
Wild Cards Hit/Offered/Used/Lost: 81/157/22/42
Express Wedge Hit/Used/Crashes: 39/33/14
Bonus Prize Wedges hit/won/lost: 76/37/24
$2,500 Space Hit - 45
$3,500 Space Hit - 97
$5,000 Space Hit - 8
Bankrupt Space Hit - 427
Lose A Turn Hit - 108
Vowels Missed:
A -30 E- 32 I - 35 O- 26 U -5
Missed solves - 11
Repeated a letter/vowel - 23
Perfect Rounds: 77
House Minimums - 36
Gift Tags hit/won/lost: 85/42/38
Free Play Hit: 124
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 6/157
Best Week: America's Game(week 29) - $366,157
Best Player(s) - Dave Andrade - $113,055
Bankrupt Losses: $849,698 + 6 Trips of Unknown Value
Left on the Table: $2,045,422 + 15 Prizes of Unknown Value
Red Podium Win - 48
Yellow Podium Win - 59
Blue Podium Win - 48
Worst Week: Bed and Breakfast - $207,937
$8M Passed - 04/27/2020 - 151 Shows - (19 + 19 + 18 + 20 + 21 + 21 + 18 + 15)

A : 10
M : 11
E : 9
R: 8
I : 7
C: 8
A: 7
': 5
S: 2
G: 6
A: 8
M: 2
E : 9
S: 6
P: 6
I: 9
N: 4
& : 3
W: 5
I : 8
N: 7
* - 5
** - 6
*** - 5

BONUS CATEGORIES SELECTED:(offered/picked/win/lose)
WHAT ARE YOU DOING? -32/24/6/18
EVENT(s) -15/7/5/2
SHOW BIZ -2/1/0/1
LIVING THING(s) - 45/13/4/9
PHRASE -112/51/21/30
FOOD & DRINK -24/12/4/8
THING(s) -150/14/6/8
FUN & GAMES -13/7/2/5
ON THE MAP -1/1/1/0
PLACE(s) -26/10/4/6
OCCUPATION(s) - 1/1/0/1

One of the 2 Make Good weeks of Season 37 is here - it's Day 2 of UK Getaway Week!

The $1,000 Tossup is PLACES. Sarah Gillespie from Highland, NY solves ROYAL PALACES. She works for a credit union. She is married with 2 sons. Jeremy Glenn from West Hollywood, CA is a copier salesman. Jeff Baker from Hollister, CA is a Navy Vet who was a Military Policeman. He is in hospitality in a resort in Carmel, CA!

The $2,000 Tossup is WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? Sarah has $3,000 with RAINCOAT AND RAIN BOOTS.  We start the next round, but we add this Collette Vacation to the wheel! It's a tour of Scotland worth $9,898! Sarah starts PHRASE. She misses a vowel - A. Jeremy picks up the $500 Pajamagram GC with $500 in cash with a $500 T. He solves THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS for a total of $4,050 in cash and GC. We move on to...

The Consumer Cellular mystery round which is started by Jeremy as well. It's BEFORE & AFTER. He Bankrupts. Jeff passes on a $4,700 Mystery round Risk(which was a good idea it was revealed to be $10,000). He would have been really mad because he would have lost that on his next spin. He loses $4,450 on Bankrupt. Sarah hits a Free Play A then Bankrupts. Jeremy misses on the $3,500 wedge. Jeff Bankrupts. Sarah risks $3,100 and nails the $10,000 mystery round prize with one letter left to fill in the puzzle. She solves TRAFFIC COURT JESTER for a total of $12,100 in cash! She has $15,100! And since she won the mystery round prize of $10,000 - someone at home does the same- it is the person with the SPIN ID number of TK2779808! We move on to...

The Prize Puzzle/Express Wedge Round which is started by Jeff. It's THING. He misses on the WC! Sarah hits 3 $1,000 Express Wedge N's and hops on. We start with 3 E's, 2 $1,000 S's, and Sarah makes a fatal mistake by called the T which was already called and missed. That means she loses $4,750 on the Express Wedge Bankrupt. Jeremy solves AWE-INSPIRING SCENERY for $2,250 and a Collette Tour of Austria, Bavaria and Switzerland worth $10,198! Jeremy has the lead now with $16,498 in cash and prizes!

The Triple Tossup category is IN THE KITCHEN. Jeremy has $2,000 with FOOD PROCESSOR. Jeff has $2,000 with COFFEE GRINDER. Jeremy starts the next round with his $2,000 quick solve of ICE CREAM MAKER. He has $20,498 in cash and prizes including his GC and tour of Austria, Bavaria and Switzerland! Sarah has $15,100 in cash. Jeff has $2,000 in cash! Jeremy starts WHAT ARE YOU DOING? and we go into a $1,650 a letter FINAL SPIN. Jeff is IMPRESSING MY FRIENDS for $6,600. He leaves with $8,600 in cash! Sarah leaves with $15,100 in cash! Jeremy hangs on with $20,498 in cash and prizes!

The pre-bonus round total is $44,198! Jeremy picks FOOD & DRINK over THING and WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?  Jeremy lands on the E in AMERICA'S wedge. With the RSTLNE and his choices of D M H I we have:

_ _ _ E T I _ I N _

He had the dish but it wasn't APPETIZING. He loses $37,000 but leaves with $20,498 in cash and prizes!

Oh, if you want to win $1,000 and $1,000 for a local food bank during this pandemic - take APPETIZING DISH  to and enter to win!

World of Dance
by Jason Block

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NBC: 10p/9c
Host: Scott Evans with Derek Hough, Jennifer Lopez & Ne-Yo
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The Duels are over - it's time for the Semi-Finals on the Main Stage.

We are down to 12 semi finalists - 6 will compete and 2 will move on to the FINALS. All three judges will score each act. The scores will be added together and divided by three for an average score. The top 2 scorers move on to the finals. They are graded in 5 categories on a 20 point scale including PERFORMANCE, TECHNIQUE, CHOREOGRAPHY, CREATIVITY and PRESENTATION.


THE YOUNG CAST are first. Ne-Yo grades them 89, J-Lo 90 and Derek 93 - for an average of 90.7.

SAVANNAH MENZEL gets and 89 from Ne-Yo and a 91 from both J-Lo and Derek. That averages to 90.3.

JEFFERSON AND ADRIANITA get 92 from Ne-Yo, a 95 from J-Lo and a 96 from Derek. That averages to a 94.3 which means Savannah Menzel is OUT.

Next is GRVMNT who get 89 from Ne-Yo and J-Lo and a 91 from Derek which puts them at 89.7. Not good enough.

KURTIS SPRUNG gets 89 from Ne-Yo, 92 from J-Lo and Derek gives him a 90. That averages to a 90.3. Close but he is out. We have one more act left.

At this point, JEFFERSON AND ADRIANITA are locked in for the finals.

Finally GEOMETRIE VARIABLE gets 95 from Ne-Yo, 94 from J-Lo and 93 from Derek which averages out to a 94.0.

That means GEOMETRIE VARIABLE and JEFFERSON and ADRIANITA move on to the World Finals in 8 days.

Next week, the other 6 semi-finalists perform for a shot at the $1 Million World Final!