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TUESDAY: Bowl Season
College Bowl Returns Out of AGT
From Variety

Reimagining a classic TV format is difficult under any circumstances. But the creative team behind NBC’s new primetime take on “College Bowl” had to do it in the middle of a pandemic. Premiering June 22 at 10 p.m. ET, the new “College Bowl” is hosted by Peyton Manning, along with brother Cooper serving as sidekick.

Based on an idea by Don Reid, the original “College Bowl” first aired on radio, then moved to CBS in 1959 and later ran on NBC from 1963 to 1970. The student quiz show continued as a non-televised national competition, under the oversight of College Bowl president Richard Reid, and also spawned several international editions, as well as a championship devoted to Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs).

The NBC revival, which includes a title sponsorship from Capital One (which is why the full title is “Capital One College Bowl”), comes from Village Roadshow Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio. The 10-episode series features college students competing for a share of $1 million in scholarship money, with participating schools including University of Alabama, Auburn University, Columbia University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Ole Miss, Morehouse College, University of Tennessee, University of Southern California, UCLA, University of Virginia and Xavier of Louisiana.

“’College Bowl’ is meant to engage these incredible kids that are brilliant around the country, and they’re out there getting their education,” said Shannon Perry, senior VP of reality and production services at Village Roadshow Television. “In this situation, they were out there getting their education in the worst possible time. They lost everything that’s great about college. It was kind of diminished at the point of filming ‘College Bowl’ for the first season, and we wanted to reinvigorate that feeling for them.”

In shooting the game show, including a bracket and winner ladder during the pandemic, producers had to safely travel and quarantine 15 teams of four college students each to the Los Angeles “College Bowl” studios. (While 12 teams competed on the show, three more teams were on standby in Los Angeles and also under quarantine, while an additional two teams were in their home cities, also under quarantine, as additional standbys.) While under quarantine, the students were stationed in hotel rooms, with under-the-door meal service, but otherwise were not allowed any human contact until they made it to the stage. Perry saluted the fortitude of the students, who “had to quarantine in their hometowns, or wherever they were, before we traveled them.”

She added: “They had to do remote COVID testing and send in tests for us, multiple times. And then they had to travel from everywhere around the country that was snowed in and miserable, to L.A., where it was sunny and gorgeous and amazing — but they had to stay locked up in their hotel rooms because we couldn’t allow them to break quarantine.

“It was absolutely inspiring and incredible and we just couldn’t be prouder of the students that came out to do it, who came out to participate in College Bowl,” she said. “I think that’s really important for anybody that watches the show to understand what these students were going through in order to participate in the show.”

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s America’s Got Talent this week drew 6.6 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, down a tick from its last regularly scheduled episode but still dominating Tuesday in both measures.

Leading out of that, NBC’s College Bowl revival debuted to 2.8 mil and a 0.5, tying for second in the demo for the night.

Over on Fox, LEGO Masters (1.6 mil/0.5) was steady, while Mental Samurai (1.1 mil/0.2) dipped.

The CW’s The Flash (810K/0.2) and Superman & Lois (830K/0.2, read post mortem) were both steady in the demo; the former gained some viewers while the latter lost a few.

TV Insider
WDSU New ORleans
TV Line
Sporting News

posted 6/23/2021

You Bet 98% of Your Life
New Fall Offering Almost Clears Entire Country
From TV Newscheck

You Bet Your Life, hosted by Jay Leno, is sold in 98% of the country in advance of its debut on Sept. 13. Launching on the Fox Television Stations, the return of the classic game show is sold in 190 U.S. markets from various station groups, including Sinclair, Nexstar, Scripps, Tegna, Meredith, Gray, Hearst, McKinnon, Standard Media, Block, Lockwood, Mission and Sun Broadcasting.

In making the announcement, Stephen Brown, executive vice president of programming and development, Fox Television Stations and Fox First Run, said: “Our broadcast and advertising partners recognize what we do: America needs to laugh again. And there’s no one better to do that than Jay Leno.”

Hosted by Jay Leno, this new incarnation of the legendary game show will preserve the show’s trademark humorous interviews and unpredictable banter with each contestant, famously originated by Groucho Marx. For this reboot, the game will couple two strangers together for the opportunity to win prize money by correctly answering questions about pre-determined categories. Each episode will present two pairs of contestants.

Tonight Show band leader, Kevin Eubanks, will share hosting duties. Tom Werner (The Conners, That ’70s Show) will serve as the executive producer, along with showrunner and executive producer, David Hurwitz (Ellen’s Game of Games and Fear Factor).

You Bet Your Life is cleared in all of the top 100 markets, as well as in Canada; 80% of the 190 cleared markets have double runs and the program is primarily running in key early fringe and access time periods between 5 and 8 p.m.

One hundred eighty episodes of You Bet Your Life will be distributed by Fox First Run. The international format rights for You Bet Your Life are represented by NBCUniversal Formats, a division of Universal Studio Group. Tapes of the produced shows will be available for international distribution through Propagate Content.

Tom Werner added, “We are thrilled that the reaction from the stations has been so positive. We can’t wait till the launch in September!

TV Newscheck

posted 6/23/2021

Friday Night is Daytime's Biggest Night
Awards to Honor, Celebrate Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek, Larry King
From DEadline

The 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will include tributes to TV icons Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek and Larry King, with Kathy Lee Gifford, Ken Jeong, Martha Stewart and Robin Roberts making special appearances to honor their late colleagues.

Presenters for this year’s awards — hosted by The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood and set to air Friday, June 25, on CBS — were announced today, along with the special tribute appearances. Among the presenters: Al Roker, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, Drew Barrymore, Tamron Hall and The Young and the Restless actors Bryton James and Brytni Sarpi, among others.

The awards ceremony will feature talent appearing from the Emmy stage in Los Angeles, individual show studios and homes to accept their awards. Diamond White from The Bold and the Beautiful will score and sing the song for an “In Memoriam” segment.

Daytime Confidential

posted 6/23/2021

Simon Cowell Walks a Line
"AGT" Judge Returns to ITV with New Series
From World Screen

Syco Entertainment and Lifted Entertainment are co-producing and co-developing Walk the Line, a new musical game-show format for ITV.

The six-part series will give musical variety acts a chance to win a life-changing prize pot. In addition to talent, contestants will need nerves of steel to determine whether to cash out or physically “walk the line” and risk it all to stay in the competition.

Walk the Line will debut on ITV and ITV Hub later in the year, with Simon Cowell heading up the panel of judges.

The TV event format sees musical acts (soloists, duos, bands or choirs) take to the stage to perform for the viewers and the panel of judges. The top two performers of the evening then face a decision in their bid to be crowned champion—to either cash out with a tempting cash prize or walk the line and play on. If they stay in and top the leaderboard, they will then progress to the next show, facing a different cast of performers. The longer the performers can stay in the contest, the bigger the prize pot, with a stay-or-play moment at the end of each show. Each night, the reigning champion will be offered an even higher cash-out prize.

Cowell said: “I am thrilled to be working with Lifted Entertainment and ITV on this new project. We wanted to develop a show that will give the contestants a life-changing cash prize if they win. Each show, there will be a champion who must make a vital decision: either cash out then and there or stay in the contest to compete again the following night and have a chance to claim the huge prize. It’s the kind of decision that will have viewers on the edge of their seats—real event TV. I’m very excited at giving musical talent the opportunity to transform their lives like never before.”

Katie Rawcliffe, ITV’s head of entertainment, said: “The format Syco and Lifted Entertainment have created has all the makings of quintessential game-show entertainment, but with a compelling twist thrown in each show. It’s great to be continuing our working relationship with Simon and I look forward to introducing this edge-of-your-seat musical game show to viewers later in the year.”

Angela Jain, managing director of Lifted Entertainment, said: “It’s hugely exciting to be partnering with Syco on this terrific yet simple to understand and dramatic idea. We have spent some months developing the idea with them and have had a blast. We want to produce a show that looks and feels different and cannot wait for viewers to see it.”

World Screen
Pennsylvania News Today
Radio Times
C21 Media
Digital Spy

posted 6/23/2021

The Masked Daters
Netflix Greenlights "Sexy Beasts", a Dating Series with a Twist
From Screen Crush

Netflix has revealed the first trailer for its bizarre new dating show, Sexy Beasts. The series is a remake of the high concept BBC reality show of the same name. Narrated by Catastrophe star Rob Delaney, Sexy Beasts puts blind date chemistry to the test by having contestants sport elaborate makeup prosthetics upon meeting.

At first glance, Sexy Beasts appears to be a cross between The Masked Singer and Love Is Blind. Each participant is given a serious makeover that transforms them into a panda, dolphin, scarecrow, alien, or another anthropomorphized creature. The looks range from well-made Halloween costume to frightening nightmare fuel. While these costumes are supposed to level the dating playing field, some contestants get the upper hand. It’s easier to be sexy dressed as a gray fox than as a grasshopper.

Once contestants choose one "sexy beast" to continue dating, they’re allowed to see their true faces underneath their costumes. And of course, because this is a reality dating show, they’re all hot. Despite the show’s aim to have players focus on each other’s personality, they’ll also be able to make judgements off of their date’s overall physique. As the beaver-man not-so-subtly puts it, “Ass first, personality second.”

Sexy Beasts made its debut back in 2014 on the BBC, but Netflix is revamping the show for a new audience. It was filmed last year amidst the Covid-19 pandemic in between the U.K. and the U.S. If you're wondering why none of them are wearing masks, keep in mind that many of these prosthetic looks are full-on facial coverings — especially that dolphin snout.

Screen Crush
Reality Blurred
The Wrap
TV Line

posted 6/23/2021

"Wheel Slots": 26 Letters, 25 Years
Slot Machine Celebrates Silver Anniversary
From PR Newswire

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PR Newswire

posted 6/23/2021

Crossing a Bridge
STV to Produce New Series for BBC One
From MSN

STV Studios has been commissioned to produce an “innovative” new quiz show The Bridge of Lies for BBC One.

The show, which will be broadcast on weekday afternoons, promises “both high drama and high stakes that will keep the contestants on their toes and their eyes on the prize as they risk losing it all with each step they take”.

It will see teams compete for cash by crossing a bridge made up of stepping stones across the studio floor. Each stepping stone has a different option, and the players must try to get from A to B by stepping on the truths and avoiding the lies in order to cross the floor safely, or risk falling off the bridge and out of the game.

The Bridge of Lies was commissioned by BBC Daytime & Early Peak as part of a competitive initiative to find new quiz formats made in Scotland. It was ordered by Carla-Maria Lawson, head of daytime and early peak, and the commissioning editors are Alex McLeod and Neil McCallum, based in Glasgow, for BBC Daytime.

The series will be produced by STV Studios, makers of BBC Daytime’s Antiques Road Trip and ITV’s Catchphrase, and will be filmed and produced in Glasgow.

Gary Chippington, STV Studios’ creative director of entertainment, will serve as executive producer. He said: “We’ve worked hard to develop an innovative format which will stand out in such a popular genre and it’s great that the BBC has as much confidence in it as we do. “We can’t wait to get into the studio to make what we’re confident will become a new daytime favorite.”

C21 Media

posted 6/23/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Here's the Story of a Lovely Lady"

  • "The Brady Bunch" gets dragged. In a good way (TV Line)

  • John de Mol's Talpa merges with RTL Group (Deadline)

  • Luke Bryan brings his "Dirt-Road Diary" to IMDB TV (Deadline)

  • "Too Hot to Handle" season 1: where are they now? (The Wrap) PLUS what is Jeff Dye doing there? (Radio Times)

  • #ICYMI: Simon Cowell pulls one on Sofia... (WLS-TV Chicago)

posted 6/23/2021

Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 36
Results for the Week Ending June 13
From TV News Check

Judge Judy, which is preparing to recuse itself from first-run syndication after 25 years on the bench, is going out with a flourish. In the face of daytime preemptions for nearly four hours of French Open tennis on June 10 and more than six hours of match coverage on June 11, Judy jumped 6% to a 5.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in the session ending June 13.

The winning score sent the judicial juggernaut to a record 1,290 straight weeks at the very top of the syndicated court shows while demolishing everything else in the daypart. Season-to-date in the most current live-plus-7 household ratings, the iconic courtroom strip is the No. 1 program in all of syndication and has led all of first run every year since 2009.

For the frame ending June 13, Judy finished second on the chart behind only the access game Family Feud. Feud added 9% to a live-plus-same-day 5.9, outplaying all rival quiz and giveaway strips.

Jeopardy was next in the category, growing 4% to a 5.1 with a second stint for guest host Mayim Bialik.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include "Today Show" anchor Savannah Guthrie, journalist David Faber, actor LeVar Burton, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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.

- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 +9%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.1 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.8 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

TV Newscheck
The Wrap

posted 6/22/2021

MONDAY: A Better Second Date?
NBC Wins with Olympics, ANW
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s The Bachelorette drew 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, ticking up in the demo week-to-week and dominating Monday in that measure.

A far better, second installment of The Celebrity Dating Game (2.2 mil/0.5) rose a tenth in the demo.

Over on NBC, the latest coverage of the U.S. Olympic trials delivered Monday’s biggest audience (3.8 mil) along with a 0.6 rating. Airing an hour later, American Ninja Warrior (2.8 mil/0.5) was steady.

Elsewhere: FOX | Hell’s Kitchen 2.5 mil/0.6) dipped in the demo, while Housebroken (1.1 mil/0.3) and Duncanville (760K/0.2) were steady.

TV Line

posted 6/22/2021

Broadway Shows

Fox, CBS Hopes to Draw Interest in "Pictionary"
Jerry O'Connell to Host Test Run
From Deadline

Fox is going back to the drawing board.

Jerry O’Connell is set to host Pictionary, a new game show based on the popular Mattel game that will get a four-week tryout on select Fox stations next month.

The broadcast version of Pictionary will follow the rules of at-home play of the game launched in 1985. Two teams of three will consist of two players led by a celebrity captain. One player from the team will draw images that depict a word or phrase found on a card chosen at random, in an effort to have their fellow teammates guess the correct word or phrase on the card. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to an exotic destination.

Distributed by CBS Media Ventures, the half-hour show will air weekdays starting July 12 on Fox outlets including KTTV Los Angeles and WNYW New York. It’s a rollout strategy Fox has used many times before, recently with Ice-T’s The Mediator and GSN’s Common Knowledge and dating back to The Wendy Williams Show in 2008.

“Ever since my failed drawing of a koala bear, lost my mom and me our household Pictionary crown, I’ve wanted to prove myself on the Pictionary stage,” O’Connell said. “I’m so happy to be working with this team from Fox and CBS. Sharpen your pencils, it’s going to be a fun summer.”

Veteran actor O’Connell has a regular voice role on Star Trek: Below Decks and stars in WGN America’s Canadian comedy Carter. The Stand by Me and Jerry Maguire actor also hosted Jerry O, a daytime talk show that aired on the Fox Television Stations in 2019. He is repped by ICM Partners, 3 Arts and Ziffren Brittenham.

“We’re sure a lot of families got much better at Pictionary over the last 15 months, so we think the timing is perfect for a fun, innovative TV version, and to have Jerry O’Connell as host is a real bonus,” said Frank Cicha, EVP Programming at Fox Television Stations. “We’ve loved working with him in the past, and are fortunate he chose to do this with us.”

Pictionary has been made for TV twice before, with a kid-centric 1989 syndicated series and a 1997 syndie version with adults hosted by Alan Thicke. Fox’s Pictionary will be executive produced by David Hurwitz, Noah Bonnett and Richard Brown. Fred Soulie, SVP & GM of Mattel Television and Adam Bonnett, serve as co-EPs for Mattel..

TV Newscheck
TV Insider

posted 6/22/2021

Germany Names That Tune
"Let the Music Play" to Return After 20 Years
From World Screen

Banijay Productions Germany will produce Let the Music Play—Das Hit Quiz (Name That Tune) for SAT.1.

Making a comeback after 20 years, the German adaptation will be hosted by Amiaz Habtu, and Wolf & The Gang will perform the music.

Songs from any genre and any decade are played live in the studio on this musical game show.

Let the Music Play—Das Hit Quiz sees three contestants battle it out across five rounds to see who can correctly name the song the quickest. Only one contestant will go through to the final and be in with the chance of walking away with €10,000.

The Name That Tune format has already traveled to 26 markets to date. Banijay Rights distributes the format outside of the U.S., Canada, Australia, Russia and Poland, where rights are held currently by Prestige Entertainment Group.

Carlotta Rossi Spencer, head of format acquisitions at Banijay, commented: “Having recently added this format to our catalog, it is great to secure another commission. The format taps into what audiences love about gameshows, whilst the live music brings a celebratory, fun atmosphere, both for the contestants and those playing along at home.”

World Screen

posted 6/22/2021

"Hot" (and Bothered) In Brazil
Netflix to Air Brazilian Version of "Too Hot to Handle"
From the Futon Critic

What's going to be: a money prize or a new crush? Find out in Too Hot To Handle. The Brazilian version of one of the most successful reality shows on Netflix, produced by Fremantle, premieres on July 21st!

Five men and five women with too much beauty and too little responsibility together on a paradisiacal beach share the chance to take a prize even more attractive than them, in what may be the biggest challenge of their lives: half million reais, but only if they manage to control their desires.

The rules are set by the bossy virtual assistant Lana: for each infraction (even a little kiss) an amount of money is deducted from the total prize. With sex out of the game, will they be able to create deeper connections?

In addition to Lana's tight pressure, the comedian Bruna Louise comments the show with a mocking analysis of our guests.

THe Futon Critic

posted 6/22/2021

HQ Seeds Into Pakistan
"Jeeto Naye Andaz Say" Raises $400,000
From EIN Newswire

HQ Trivia is an extremely popular live interactive mobile game show in the United States. The app has become a cultural sensation in the past few years of its presence allowing the entire nation to participate in the game. In Pakistan, HQ Trivia’s local variant, Jeeto Naye Andaz Say is now gaining speed and is set to become “the disrupter” of Pakistan’s game show industry as it has raised $400,000 in its seed round lead by 47 Ventures Investment.

Holding a strategic geographical region in South Asia, Pakistan is a massive emerging market with an estimated population of 225 million as of 2021. The country’s demographic is dominated by youth making around 63% of the country’s overall population. Internet users in the country are growing at a mammoth 17% each year adding around 11 million to the market. These conditions made it inevitable for an application like Jeeto Naye Andaz Say to step in and dominate the mobile game show industry, which is still in its early growth phase.

Jeeto Naye Andaz Say follows the same format as HQ Trivia airing at the specified time of 10 PM PKT every night through its dedicated smartphone application. Every citizen from across the country can participate in the game. The entire show comprises of 10 questions that can be answered through the application’s interface. There is a timeframe of 10 seconds to answer each question correctly. The cash pool decided for the day gets evenly split between all the winners at the end of the day. Adding a cherry on top of this, people who stick till the end of the show become eligible for a lucky draw and win additional prizes. The entire experience gets wrapped up in a mere half an hour. The cash transfer takes place through local e-wallets provided by several telecommunication giants in the country.

EIN Newswire

posted 6/22/2021

Time Out
MARK PEEL: 1954-2021
LA Chef Judged "Top Chef"
From Deadline

Mark Peel, the influential Los Angeles chef who founded Campanile with his ex-wife Nancy Silverton, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 66.

Peel died on Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital, nine days after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, his daughter Vanessa Silverton-Peel, told the Los Angeles Times.

Peel appeared on Top Chef Masters and as a judge on Top Chef in 2009 and 2010. Peel also made appearances on Hell’s Kitchen, Knife Fight and Kitchen Nightmares.

Peel is also survived by four other children, Benjamin and Oliver Silverton-Peel, and Vivien and Rex Peel.

Regarding his passing, Peel’s family offered the following statement: “He was a husband, partner, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle with so much joy and aplomb. We will miss him and his cooking with all our hearts (and stomachs).”

Los Angeles Times

KTLA Los Angeles

posted 6/22/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A FAmous Hollywood Sidewalk... The Night Sky.... A Movie... The US Flag..."

  • Michael Strahan among notables getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame (Giants Now) as is Byron Allen (Hollywood Walk of Fame)

  • Ciera Eastin reveals tick bite from her Survivor caused Bell's palsy (The Wrap)

  • Jeopardy! given the business (And rightly so) about a clue from last night (Decider) The show has since apologized. (TV Line)

posted 6/22/2021

Soaps in Depth
JOHN GABRIEL: 1931-2021
"Ryan's Hope" Actor Played "Pyramid"
From EW

John Gabriel, the actor and singer known for his long-running role as Dr. Seneca Beaulac on the ABC soap opera Ryan's Hope, has died at 90.

His daughter Andrea Gabriel, a fellow actor whose credits include Lost and The Twilight Saga, announced Gabriel's death Sunday on Instagram.

"It is with an unspeakably heavy heart that I share the news of my father's passing," she wrote. "John Gabriel was my hero, my role model, and my champion, but above all, my daddy. I will love you forever."

Born Jack Monkarsh in New York, Gabriel enjoyed a long career of film, TV, and stage roles, but he was best known for his work on Ryan's Hope. He appeared on the show from 1975 to 1985, and returned from 1988 to 1989. Gabriel was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the role in 1980.

In the game show realm, he was a player on two runs of "The Pyramid" franchise.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Gabriel, and daughters Andrea and Melissa.

TV Overmind

posted 6/21/2021

RuPaul's Drag Race Sweeps the CCAs
Jeopardy! Also WIns Award for Best Game Show
From Deadline

VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race took home multiple awards and Netflix was the winningest network at the Critics Choice Real TV Awards, which unveiled winners Monday for its third annual edition.

The competition featured ties in three of the marquee categories: Best Competition Series (RuPaul’s Drag Race and Netflix’s The Great British Baking Show), Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety (Fox’s The Masked Singer and NBC’s The Voice) and Best Structured Series (Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Apple TV+’s The Oprah Conversation).

Netflix’s Deaf U alone took the other top category, Best Unstructured Series. The streamer, which led all platforms coming in with 22 nominations, finished with a leading six wins overall. It was HBO Max, however, that won for overall Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Programming By a Network or Streaming Platform.

Drag Race was the only show to take more than one award in the online presentation today, also winning for Best Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series.

Other notable awards included Jeopardy! taking the Best Game Show prize, while Alex Trebek was posthumously given the Impact Award, recognizing career excellence and the positive impact made on the world of nonfiction content. His kids Matthew and Emily Trebek accepted on behalf of the longtime host, who died in November after battling pancreatic cancer.

The Critics Choice Association and nonfiction producers’ organization NPACT team to present the Critics Choice Real TV Awards, which recognize excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming. Winners were chosen by a vote of the TV branch of the CCA membership.

Critics Choice Association
The Wrap

posted 6/21/2021

WEEKEND: The Golfers Are Golfing
NBC Wins with Olympics, Golf
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s Bless the Harts ended its two-and-done run with 380,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating, hitting and tying series lows. Elsewhere on Fox, the recently cancelled The Moodys (560K/0.2) ticked up with its own series finale.

Elsewhere: NBC | U.S. Open golf championship coverage led primetime with 7.4 million viewers and a 1.3 demo rating in the 7 o’clock hour. Leading out of that, the latest U.S. Olympic trials did 4.9 mil/1.0 (at 8 pm) and then 3 mil/0.6 (in the 9 pm hour).

ABC | Celebrity Family Feud (5.1 mil/0.7) was steady, The Chase (4 mil/0.6) ticked up and To Tell the Truth (3.1 mil/0.4) dipped.

THE CW | Legends of Tomorrow (470K/0.1) and Batwoman (450K/0.1) each added a few eyeballs.

TV Line

posted 6/21/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Late Father's Day?"

  • Nick Cannon going to be a dad... again (People)

  • Jamie Foxx no longer to embarrass his kid on Netflix (Deadline)

  • Rachel Lindsey writes an op-ed for New York Magazine (Deadline) ... and the copy writer gets the business for it. (The Wrap)

  • "Gladiators UK" to reunite (Metro)

  • Nicky Trebek's Father's Day tribute (WMAZ Macon)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Chasers (WLS-TV Chicago)

posted 6/21/2021

Strike in the Kitchen
ITV Workers Strike for Healthcare Coverage
From Deadline

A handful of crew of TBS’ upcoming cooking competition series Rat In The Kitchen have gone on strike over healthcare benefits.

The series, which is produced by ITV America’s Thinkfactory Media, has been shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, but certain members of the IATSE crew downed tools this week. They say that they are not being provided healthcare benefits.

Crew stood down on Thursday saying that producers have been “unresponsive” for requests for recognition.

Deadline reports that the crew is a mix of ITV America staff and folk from the Warner-owned studio complex, understanding that around 10% of staff are striking but production is continuing.

The series, which is based on a buzzy British format, is fronted by Natasha Leggero. The ten-part series, which also features celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre as a judge, follows a group of cooks competing to win a cash prize across a series of challenges. However, all the while, one of them is trying to sabotage their efforts – the rat in the kitchen..


posted 6/18/2021

THURSDAY: That's a One Stroke Penalty
"Holey Moley" Leads Night, But Far from the 2020 Bow
From Deadline

Mini-golf reality competition Holey Moley returned with a two-hour premiere that drove ABC to a ratings win on Thursday night.

Hosted by Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore, Holey Moley’s junior season opened to a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.05 million viewers, per Nielsen Live+Same Day fast affiliates. Ratings for the series remained steady with a new follow-up episode, but dropped slightly from the previous hour (0.5, 2.57M).

While Holey Moley returned with new contestants and even more trick shots and holes, its 2021 debut was far from on par with its 2020 premiere (0.8, 4.44M).

Thursday also saw the season 2 premiere for The Hustler on ABC (0.3, 2.00M). Host Craig Ferguson returned to welcome contestants with mysterious trivia questions. Thursday’s premiere was down two tenths in ratings from its debut in January (0.5, 1.99M), but viewership remained nearly the same.

CBS’s Young Sheldon was the most-watched program Thursday night, raking in 3.69M viewers and a 0.4 rating. CBS’s Thursday consisted of a number of reruns, but also saw new episodes for United States of Al (0.4, 3.85M) and Clarice (0.3, 2.19M), with the latter’s fate still yet to be determined by network.

It was a sports takeover for NBC, with the two-hour U.S. Open Golf Championship (0.3, 2.05M) from 8-10 p.m. and the U.S. Olympic Trials (0.4, 1.86M). Ratings and viewers for these two events will adjust in later numbers.

Fox’s Thursday featured a rerun of Lego Masters (0.3, 1.02M) and a new episode of Beat Shazam (0.4, 1.75M). Over at The CW, Walker brought in a 0.1 rating and 0.97M viewers and Legacies the same rating but 0.52M viewers.

The Programming Insider

posted 6/18/2021

THe History of Game Shows Has a Home
Strong Museum of Play Launches National Archives of Game Show History
From Variety

This TV genre suffered a scandal in 1950s that nearly wiped it off screens, but endures as one of the most popular programming types today. Now, the history of these shows finally has a physical home of its own.

What is… the game show?!

The first quiz show launched on radio in 1923; now, nearly 100 years later, the National Archives of Game Show History has launched at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y. Veteran TV producers Bob Boden (“Funny You Should Ask”) and Howard Blumenthal (“Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”) have co-founded the archives and will curate the collection. Boden and Blumenthal are aiming to acquire materials and records from game show professionals, such as producers, performers, directors, designers, writers, executives, and staff members. They’re looking for items like scripts, set designs, props, technical plans, marketing materials, creative plans, production plans, and more. The duo already own a rich personal collection, such as Boden’s vast, colorful stockpile of tickets from game show tapings over the years.

Heavy hitters who have thrown their support behind the effort include “Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time” winner Ken Jennings.

“I’ve often said that game shows, like jazz and comic books, are one of the great American art forms,” he says, “but they have always been considered by many to be a disposable genre. I am delighted by this new effort to take game shows seriously and to archive and preserve their history. I grew up watching game shows as a daily ritual. They’ve shaped who I am as a person, as well as our cultural landscape.”

The only collections-based museum in the world devoted to the history and exploration of play, The Strong is also home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play.

“Game shows are a part of American popular culture,” said Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections at The Strong. “Game shows are also a form of play for both the participant and viewer, reaching hundreds of millions of viewers. It’s only natural that the museum at the forefront of preserving play history takes on the challenge of preserving the history of television game shows.”

The Strong also plans to produce new video interviews with some of the creators, producers, hosts, and iconic contestants from game shows. “It is wonderful to hear about the National Archives of Game Show History stepping up to capture and preserve the legacy of game shows,” says legendary host Wink Martindale (“High Rollers,” “Tic Tac Dough”). “Without this initiative, many primary resources relating to these shows, as well as oral histories of their creators and talent, risked being lost forever. I am very excited to see this launch and grow to become the primary destination for game show information in the country.”

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posted 6/18/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Father's Day/Juneteenth Weekend!"

  • Chrissy Teigen apologizes, then threatens legal action (Deadline)

  • "Nailed It!" shares the story of "Double Trouble" (The Wrap)

  • Twitter goes low, DWade goes high (HeatNation) PLUS 10 things you need to know about "The Cube" (TV Overmind)

  • LIST ABUSE: 15 outrageous game show moments (The Wrap)

  • Chris Harrison paid $10 million to walk (The Wrap)

posted 6/19/2021

FRANK BONNER: 1942-2021
"WKRP's" Herb Tarlek Played the Feud
From The Hollywood Reporter

Frank Bonner, the actor and TV director best known for his portrayal of the tactless radio-station sales manager Herb Tarlek on the admired 1978-82 CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, has died. He was 79.

Bonner died Wednesday at his home in Laguna Niguel, California, of complications from Lewy body dementia, his wife, Gayle, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Bonner also appeared as Father Hargis, headmaster at the fictional St. Augustine’s Academy, on the 1988-90 ABC show Just the Ten of Us, a spinoff of Growing Pains (both series starred stand-up comedian Bill Kirchenbauer).

Bonner played the inept but lovable Tarlek, who was quite fond of polyester, plaid and station receptionist Jennifer Marlowe (Loni Anderson), on 88 episodes over all four seasons of WKRP in Cincinnati. He then returned for The New WKRP in Cincinnati, which ran from 1991-93.

In the game show realm, he was a player on two "All-Star Family Feud" specials.

In addition to his wife of nearly 15 years — they were high school sweethearts before they reunited — survivors include his daughters Desiree (and her wife, Mona) and DeAndra (and her husband, Matt); sons Justin and Matthew; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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posted 6/17/2021

HBO Max Renews the Contest for Third Season
From Deadline

HBO has renewed its ballroom competition series Legendary for a third season. MC Dashaun Wesley and judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, Law Roach and Megan Thee Stallion will be back for the series, from Queer Eye producer Scout Productions.

It comes a week after the finale of the second season, which saw a performance from Megan Thee Stallion.

Legendary features a group of voguing houses, each featuring five performers and a leader called the house mother. The teams compete in a competition that documents a themed ball every episode from start to finish. Throughout each episode, we learn more about each house and their performers as they tell us their moving and inspirational backstories..

The Futon Critic

posted 6/17/2021

Next Stop: Croatia
MTV Renews "The Challenge" for Season 37
From Deadline

MTV has renewed The Challenge for season 37.

The latest season of the MTV competition series will take place in Croatia, long-time host T.J. Lavin revealed in a teaser, which you can watch in the links.

Contestants must go through extreme challenges and avoid eliminations to walk away the winner.

“This is going to be the most epic season yet,” Lavin teased in the brief video.

Season 36, The Challenge: Double Agents, saw Amber Borzotra and Chris “CT” Tamburello walk away victorious in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The latest iteration also earned a .94 full season average, making Double Agents one of the highest rated season of the series in years. Throughout the season, Double Agents was the most-watched program in its time period in the 18-34 demographic, among others.

MTV will unveil the full cast list and premiere date for The Challenge Season 37 at a later date.

The Challenge was created for MTV by Bunim/Murray Productions. Julie Pizzi, Emer Harkin, Ryan Smith and Danny Wascou serve as executive producers and James Rodriguez is co-executive producer. Dan Caster serves as Executive Producer with Leanne Mucci as co-executive producer for MTV..

TV Line

posted 6/17/2021

Shooting Your Shot
RTG to Develop Pop-a-Shot Game
From Broadway World

Global content studio and financier RTG Features has signed with ICM Partners for representation in non-scripted television and film it was announced TODAY by the agency.

With basketball storytelling as its priority, RTG (which stands for "Respect the Game") focuses on original development, along with adapting articles from SLAM's 230-plus magazine issues into both scripted and unscripted multimedia projects ranging from feature films and television to documentaries and podcasts.

Headed by COO Aron Phillips and founded in 2019, RTG has become the 'go-to' feature film and TV production company for everything basketball. The first project represented by ICM is a partnership with the iconic basketball shooting game Pop-A-Shot® to develop an unscripted competition show for television.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2021, Pop-A-Shot® is the great equalizer, lending itself perfectly to the competition format as anyone can play the game. RTG is set to bring Pop-A-Shot® to life in a variety of different ways, with competitors ranging from professional athletes to celebrities to the world's foremost amateurs racking up points at local arcades and views on TikTok and YouTube. .

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posted 6/17/2021

WEDNESDAY: Low Rated Night Goes to ABC, Fox
Fox Wins Demo, ABC Wins Total
From The PRogramming Insider

Needless to say, there is very little you can say with the most-watched network of the night (ABC in this case) averages under 3-million viewers. On a night of all game shows, ABC featured “Press Your Luck” (Viewers: #1, 3.08 million; A18-49: #1t, 0.5 rating/4 share) and “The $100,000 Pyramid” (Viewers: #1, 3.13 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.4/ 3) from 8-10 p.m. into an encore telecast of “Celebrity Dating Game” at 10 p.m.

On NBC, tired drama “The Blacklist” moved into the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour with a mere 2.28 million viewers (#2) and a 0.3/ 2 in the demo (#1t). The lead-in was U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming, which was slightly stronger at 2.75 million viewers (#2) and a 0.5/ 4 (#1t) in adults 18-49. One of the problems the broadcast networks face next season is the lack of lead-in support for its affiliated stations’ late local news.

Fox was also all original last night with its pairing of “MasterChef” (Viewers: #4, 2,37 million; A18-49: #1t, 0.5/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and recent entry “Crime Scene Kitchen” (Viewers: #4, 1.62 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.4/ 3 at 9 p.m.).

Elsewhere, CBS featured the unnecessary reboot of “Kids Say the Darndest Things” (Viewers: 2.74 million; A18-49; #4, 0.3/ 2 at 8 p.m.) into two repeat episodes of crime solver “S.W.A.T.”

And an encore telecast of “Kung Fu” on The CW led into a repeat of new TBS series “The Cube” (Viewers: #5, 318,000; A18-49: #5, 0.1/ 0).

The Programming Insider

posted 6/16/2021

More on "The Real Magic Mike!"
Adam Rodriguez Joins HBO Max Series as Mentor
From Deadline

Magic Mike star Adam Rodriguez is returning to the world of male strippers. Rodriguez, who played Tito in both the 2012 and 2015 films, has joined The Real Magic Mike! (working title), HBO Max’s upcoming unscripted competition series, as mentor and executive producer.

The series, from the producers behind the Magic Mike franchise and live shows, begins production next month in Las Vegas and is set to debut on HBO Max later this year. Channing Tatum, who starred in the titular role in both Magic Mike films, and director Steven Soderbergh, are among the series’ executive producers.

The competition series will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes. Ten men who have “lost their magic” will come together, baring their souls and more as they learn to perform routines with one being crowned the Real Magic Mike. The winner will pocket a cash prize and an opportunity to perform on the Magic Mike Live stage in Las Vegas.

The Real Magic Mike! (wt) is produced by Eureka Productions and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon. In addition to Rodriguez, Tatum and Soderbergh, executive producers include Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Vincent Marini, Alycia Rossiter, Cassie Lambert Scalettar, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and David Tibballs. Kevin Boyer and Jenny Chan co-executive produce.

In addition to his role as Tito in both Magic Mike feature films, Rodriguez starred as Eric Delko in CSI: Miami and as Luke Alvez in Criminal Minds. His other recent TV credits include Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, Jane the Virgin and Empire, among others. He’s repped by Global Artists Agency and A Management Company..


posted 6/16/2021

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New Week, New Host
"Today Show" Anchor Savannah Guthrie Takes the Ledger
From PopCulture

Monday's episode of Jeopardy! brings a new guest host — Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie, who shared Monday morning on the NBC News morning show how she prepared for filling the shoes of the legendary Alex Trebek. Calling the hosting stint one of the most challenging things she has ever done, Guthrie said she "watched a lot of Alex's episodes. If you want to learn how to be good at something, you watch a person who is the absolute best."

"The thing about watching someone host Jeopardy!, when you see Alex Trebek, he made it look easy," she said. "Once they gave me the clues, I read them over and over again and made little notes and practiced my pronunciation with mixed results, let's just say." She also said she gained a whole new appreciation for the type of person Trebek was when the cameras weren't rolling.

"I knew Alex was an icon before I came here and guest-hosted Jeopardy!," Guthrie said. "But what I didn't know or couldn't really feel was how much he is loved and missed in these halls. I'm more in awe of him. I'm in awe of his skill, but I'm mostly in awe of his goodness, and it's so reflected in the people who worked with him."

Just as with previous guest hosts of Jeopardy!, including former Today anchor Katie Couric, Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings, NFL star Aaron Rodgers, and The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik, Guthrie selected a charity that will benefit from her appearances on the show. The game show will match the cumulative winnings of all the contestants from the episodes she hosts with a donation to The Bowery Mission, an organization dedicated to fighting hunger and homelessness in New York City.

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posted 6/17/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Hollywood Extension"

  • "Hollywood Museum Squares" gets extended through August 10 (Broadway World)

  • Zooey Deschanel doesn't know which "Property Brother" she's dating (The Wrap)

  • Don't close the book on Carly Waddell with Evan Bass, says her brother (Us Magazine)

  • HAPPY FUN: what your favourite British game show says about you (The Tab)

  • James Holzhauer's first article for... (The Athletic)

  • MOMENT OF AWESOME: Katie Sekelsky saw a win coming. We wish we were kidding, we're not! (Decider)

posted 6/17/2021

It's Getting Hot in Here...
Season 2 of "Too Hot to Handle" Begins on Netflix Next Wednesday
From TV Line

“Yo, we’re on Too Hot to Handle?!?”

That’s right, beefy bro featured in the Season 2 trailer. You auditioned for a dating series set at an exotic resort, knowing full well that Too Hot to Handle exists, and yet somehow the no-sex twist still snuck up on you.

In the trailer below for Season 2 of the Netflix series, a bevy of hard bodies — whose mission statement perhaps best can be summed up by the one saying, “Usually what I look for in a guy is a one-night hangout” — just starts to warm up to each other when the omniscient, cone-shaped digital assistant LANA informs them of the temperature-tempering rules.

“There is to be no kissing, no heavy petting, and no sex” — as well as no self-gratification of any kind.

“That bitch!” one lovely lass exclaims in response.

In what Netflix dubs “the world’s hottest ‘no dating’ dating show,” the 10 preternaturally attractive players are invited to mix and mingle — but to do anything more will chip away at the $100,000 prize they could ultimately split up.

Season 2 launches Wednesday, June 23 (with the first four episodes), followed by another six on June 30..

TV Line
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posted 6/16/2021

TUESDAY: America's Got Talent After Dark.... Not in That Way. Geez, Guys...
Later, Shorter AGT Wins Demo for NBC; CBS Reruns Take Totals
From The PRogramming Insider

Normally dominant NBC came in well below average as a result of the ongoing U.S. Olympic Trials (swimming) at 2.90 million viewers (#2) and a 0.5 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 (#1) in the Tuesday 8-10 p.m. ET block. That led into a one-hour edition of “America’s Got Talent” with a diluted 4.03 million viewers (#1) and a 0.5/ 4 in the demo (#1) in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour. And “AGT” faced repeats of “To Tell the Truth” on ABC and “NCIS: New Orleans” on CBS.

Also original last night, and both airing from 8-10 p.m., was Fox’s combination of “LEGO Masters” (Viewers: #4, 1.56 million; A18-49: #2, 0.4/ 3) and “Mental Samurai” (Viewers: #3t, 1.35 million; A18-49: #2, 0.3/ 2), and The CW’s pairing of dramas “The Flash” (Viewers: #5, 806,000; A18-49: #5, 0.2/ 1) and “”Superman & Lois” (Viewers: #5, 921,000; A18-49: #3t, 0.2/ 1). The remainder of the evening was repeats.

The Programming Insider

posted 6/16/2021


More on "Drag Race All STars"
Catch It on Paramount+ June 24
From TV Line

Today, Paramount+ announced the lineup of guest judges joining RuPaul Charles, Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, and Carson Kressley on the sixth season of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS. The new season will premiere on Thursday, June 24, with two episodes exclusively available on the service with subsequent episodes dropping every Thursday.

Viewers will get a chance to see franchise favorites return for a spot in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame" and a cash prize of $100,000.

The lineup of guest judges includes: Aisha Tyler, Big Freedia, Charli XCX, Emma Roberts, Jamal Sims, Justin Simien, Tia Mowry, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Emmy(R)-award winning fashion designer Zaldy, plus special appearances by Alec Mapa, Angela Bassett, Cheyenne Jackson, Fortune Feimster, Jermaine Fowler, Miss Piggy and Tanya Tucker.

Plus, this season, fans of the show will have to forget everything they know about ALL STARS, because a new twist has the queens playing a game within the game. Ahead of the highly anticipated launch of ALL STARS 6, a full season five marathon of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS will air on Logo, Monday, June 21 at 6 PM, ET/PT. Viewers can also watch VH1's "The Queens of The Screen" movie marathon hosted by Shea Coulee (ALL STARS 5 winner) and Symone (Season 13 winner), on Thursday, June 24 starting at 12 PM, ET/PT - featured titles include: "Just Go With It," "Mean Girls" and "Legally Blonde."

All Stars‘ move from VH1 to sister streaming outlet Paramount+ was announced back in February.

And now for the news you’re really interested in; scroll down to see which 13 Drag Race MVPs will be vying for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame:
- A’Keria C. Davenport (Season 11)
- Eureka! (Season 9, 10)
- Ginger Minj (Season 7, All Stars 2)
- Jan (Season 12)
- Jiggly Caliente (Season 4)
- Pandora Boxx. (Season 2, All Stars 1)
- Ra’Jah O’Hara (Season 11)
- Scarlet Envy (Season 11)
- Serena ChaCha (Season 5)
- Silky Nutmeg Ganache (Season 11)
- Kylie Sonique Love (Season 2)
- Trinity K. Bonet (Season 6)
- Yara Sofia (Season 3, All Stars 1)

But only one of these queens — or possibly two, depending on RuPaul’s mood — will earn a spot in the coveted Drag Race Hall of Fame alongside the franchise’s previous winners: Chad Michaels (All Stars 1), Alaska (All Stars 2), Trixie Mattel (All Stars 3), Trinity the Tuck and Monet X Change (All Stars 4), and Shea Coulee (All Stars 5).

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posted 6/16/2021

An Academic Sponsor
Longtime DC Quiz to Be Sponsored by Local Philanthropist
From WTOP Washington

There’s Saturday morning cartoons, but for the D.C. area, there’s also “It’s Academic,” which has been showcasing smart kids from local high schools for over 60 years. And with new sponsors, it hopes to keep on doing just that.

D.C. philanthropist David M. Rubenstein is the show’s title sponsor and Virginia-based MITRE is the Platinum sponsor.

“Mr. Rubenstein and MITRE’s sponsorship make possible another season of Washington’s beloved high school quiz television show broadcast on WRC- TV (NBC 4),” a news release said.

The show has been in search of a new sponsor after earlier this year, Giant, which has sponsored the show for more than 50 years, said that it is shifting their sponsorships to food insecurity causes.

Producer Robin Trepanier, whose grandmother started the show in 1961, said the new sponsors align with the show’s mission of educating and investing in young people. “They’re sending a message, too, about how they value education. That’s what we’re all about,” Trepanier said.

Rubenstein said in a statement that he remembered watching the show growing up. “I realized how I had better study harder if I was going to get anywhere. Valuable lesson then and now,” Rubenstein said.

Trepanier said that what’s so nice about the show is how it gives a chance to showcase teenagers who work so hard in school. “Usually those accolades are saved for the athletes, and this shows kids who have worked so hard in school, are so serious about their education. And it’s just wonderful to be able to show them off,” Trepanier said.

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posted 6/16/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Kenny's Gold Medal"

  • Kenny Mayne, Cari Champion join Peacock for Olympic coverage, deadpan or otherwise (New York Post)

  • Bradley Walsh sheds a tear for his son's birthday gift (My London News)

  • In news that should come as a shock to absolutely NO ONE, Ken Jennings hopes he gets the job (WGN-AM Chicago)

  • Bullseye heads to the Switch. Sure it's a British show, but the Switch is region-free, so.... (Nintendo Life)

  • Jeopardy! is giving away 10 Amazon Echo Shows. Here's how to win one. (Instagram @jeopardy)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peyton Manning (Today)

posted 6/16/2021

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SYNDIES: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending June 6
From TV News Check

The week beginning with Memorial Day was a session most of syndication would like to forget.

Family Feud was one of the few success stories in the frame ending June 6, holding steady at a 5.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and leading the entire chart for the fourth week in a row. Feud also buried the rival game shows for a seventh straight week. Jeopardy had less buzz, slumping 4% to a 4.9, while Wheel of Fortune faded 2% to a 4.7.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include "Today Show" anchor Savannah Guthrie, journalist David Faber, actor LeVar Burton, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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.

- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.9 -7%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.7 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC

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posted 6/15/2021

Return to the Hidden Temple
CW Lines Up Premiere for October 10
From Deadline

As we head toward the first day of summer, the CW has set its plans for the fall.

The network today revealed premiere dates for a couple of reimagined new series and a dozen returning ones including Riverdale, The Flash, All American, Walker and Nancy Drew.

Joining the lineup in October are the new takes on Legends of the Hidden Temple and 4400, premiering at 8 p.m. October 10, and 9 p.m. October 25, respectively. T

he fall sked begins with the Season 8 bow of Penn & Teller: Fool Us at 8 p.m. Friday, October 1. Nancy Drew returns a week later for its third season, at 9 p.m.


posted 6/15/2021

Rollercoaster of Games
Remarkable TV Duo Sets Up Shop with ITV
From Televisual

ITV Studios is backing James Fox and Dom Waugh’s new entertainment label, Rollercoaster Television.

Currently heading up the entertainment division of Remarkable as Managing Director and Director of Content respectively, Fox and Waugh have been responsible for creating and producing formats including All Together Now, the singing competition which launched in 2018 and has now sold to over 20 countries globally, and the BAFTA-nominated Richard Osman’s House of Games which recently celebrated its 300th episode, as well as returning hits like Pointless and The Wall.

The pair are currently delivering Remarkable’s Starstuck for ITV, a new primetime entertainment series which sees ordinary members of the public team up to transform into the world’s biggest music icons.

James and Dom said: “From the joy of Saturday night entertainment like All Together Now and Starstruck, the fun of daytime quizzes like House of Games and Pointless to the exhilaration of big money gameshows like The Million Pound Drop and The Wall, we’ve had an amazing 10 years and more with the brilliant team at Remarkable.

“But now feels like the time for the next adventure and the chance to build a new slate of shows for the UK and beyond. We’re thrilled to be joining Julian and the team at ITV Studios and can’t wait to get started later in the year.”


posted 6/15/2021

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MONDAY: Live from the Dating Capital of the World...
ABC Launches "The Celebrity Dating Game"
From Boston Herald

If you think Michael Bolton will co-host “The Celebrity Dating Game” without crooning to the contestants, forget it.

The long-popular, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter starts a new chapter by joining “New Girl” alum Zooey Deschanel to host ABC’s new take on a classic game show premiering Monday.

The idea is the same, with someone choosing between three contenders … who won’t know the identity of their question-asker unless, or until, they can guess it from musical clues supplied by Bolton.

First up to do the picking: former “Bachelorette” Hannah Brown and actress-comedian Nicole Byer.

Also an executive producer of the show, Bolton said he wants to “connect the dots” between music and other kinds of entertainment now. “That was part of this offer, then the music became front-and-center. And I realized, as I was doing it, that I was accepting an invitation to bring bits and pieces of songs I’ve loved my whole life — and of a couple that I’ve written and produced, ones that were hits for me. It was a lot of fun doing it, with a lot of talented people to work with.”

“Celebrity Dating Game” posted a modest 2.64 million viewers (#2) and a 0.4 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 (#1) at 10 p.m. While the network will tout a time period victory in the demo, keep in mind it dipped by 50 percent in rating from the 0.8 for lead-in “The Bachelorette.”“The Bachelorette” won the Monday 8-10 p.m. in total viewers with 3.16 million.

Also debuting was The CW drama “The Republic of Sarah”, which was left at the starting gate with just 450,000 viewers (#5) and a 0.1/ 1 in adults 18-49 (#5) at 9 p.m. The lead-in, “All American”, had 796,000 viewers (#5) and a 0.1/ 1 in the demo (#5) at 8 p.m.

Competing with “The Bachelorette” on NBC was The U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming at 2.85 million viewers (#3) and a 0.5/ 3 in adults 18-49 (#1). That led into a mere 1.24 million viewers (#3) and a 0.3/ 2 in the demo (#2) for recent NBC game show entry “Small Fortune” at 10 p.m.

Also original last night was Fox’s combination of “Hell’s Kitchen” (Viewers: #4, 2.45 million; A18-49: #2, 0.7/ 5 at 8 p.m.) and animated comedies “Housebroken” (Viewers: #4, 978,000; A18-49: #3t, 0.3/ 2 at 9:30 p.m.) and “Duncanville” (Viewers: #4, 659,000; A18-49: #3t, 0.2/ 1 at 9:30 p.m.).

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posted 6/15/2021

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Countdown to the Change
Anne Robinson Takes On the Long-Running Quiz June 28
From Radio Times

Former Weakest Link host Anne Robinson is set to takeover Countdown from long-standing host Nick Hewer this month.

Robinson will be the first female host of the series – Channel 4’s longest running – and now the broadcast has released a first look image ahead of her first show on Monday, June 28.

Not only does it feature Robinson front and centre, but numbers whiz Rachel Riley and wordsmith Susie Dent are also in the image, making for a formidable trio.

Speaking of the all-female team, Robinson said: “Three Girls Do Countdown – who wouldn’t want to watch?”

Riley added: “It’s been really fun watching Anne very quickly find her feet in the Countdown studio and seeing the contestants in the new groove with her. She’s not shy of asking them funny questions and the responses have ranged from going into their own comedy routines to not looking directly at her and hoping she doesn’t see them – it’s been very lively!”

Susie Dent, who recently told RadioTimes.com she was “looking forward to [Countdown’s] new era” despite feeling really sad about Hewer leaving, said: “I’m so pleased to be able to work with Anne again. She has been a heroine of mine ever since she gently rescued me from an embarrassing moment on my first bit of live TV. With her flair and wit, she’s going to be a wonderful addition to the Countdown team.”

Hewer’s exit follows ten years on the job, which he took over from Jeff Stelling in 2012.

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posted 6/15/2021

"Ultimate Slip 'N Slide" Production Stops Because of...
From Primetimer

The Wrap reports that the reality competition series had to halt production indefinitely after 40 crew members fell violently ill with what a source calls “awful explosive diarrhea” with people “collapsing” on set and “being forced to run into port-o-potties.” One person on the set in Simi Valley, outside of Los Angeles, tested positive on June 3 for giardia, an intestinal infection caused by a parasite.

The show, filming in Simi Valley, California, shut down officially on June 2. A representative for Universal Television Alternative Studios, the company producing the show for NBC, told People they are “in the process of determining next steps in order to complete production.” “The health and safety of everyone on our set is our number one priority,” the representative said, “so out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to stop production of Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide at the current location.”

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posted 6/15/2021

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posted 6/15/2021

WEEKEND: Warn the Town...
ABC's Games Win the Night
From Primetimer

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud this week scored a 0.6 rating along with 4.6 million total viewers, slipping from its season opener yet still topping Sunday in the demo.

Leading out of that, The Chase (3.5 mil/0.5) was down a tick while To Tell the Truth (3 mil/0.4) was steady.

Over on CBS, 60 Minutes delivered Sunday’s biggest audience, with 6.2 million viewers (and a 0.4 rating). Elsewhere:

FOX | Westminster Kennel Dog Show coverage averaged 2.2 mil and a 0.3 (compared to The Moodys‘ most recent 550K/0.2).

NBC | U.S. Olympics trials coverage averaged 2.1 mil and a 0.4.

THE CW | Legends of Tomorrow (4600K/0.1) added some eyeballs, while Batwoman (410K/0.1) dropped a few.

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posted 6/14/2021

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NED BEATTY: 1937-2021
Hollywood LEgend Played Games
From Deadline

Ned Beatty, a profilic, Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actor who did memorable turns in such films as Network, Deliverance and Christopher Reeve’s Superman and was an early regular on Homicide: Life on the Street, died Sunday in his sleep. He was 83.

Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, confirmed the news to Deadline, saying the actor died of natural causes, surrounded by his family and loved ones. No other details about his death were provided.

“Ned was an iconic, legendary talent, as well as a dear friend,” said Miller, “and he will be missed by us all."

In the game show realm, he was a panelist on "3rd Degree", "The New Hollywood Squares", and "Win Lose or Draw".

Born on July 6, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky, Beatty kicked off his career as an actor around the age of 19, when he appeared on stage in the play Wilderness Road. He spent his first 10 years in the profession working in theaters across Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana.

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posted 6/14/2021


THURSDAY: The Cube Awaits
Catch the Two-Hour Premiere Tonight on TBS
From Channel Guide

“I’m not here to make friends,” declares the cold, robotic voice of the Cube.

“To defeat me, you need nerves of steel.” And maybe a little assist from former NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Wade is the host, executive producer and occasional participant in The Cube, a game show format imported from the U.K. making its stateside debut on TBS.

Teams of two face challenges of nerve and skill inside a box of glass, steel and dazzling lights (the aforementioned Cube) with the ultimate goal of winning a $250,000 jackpot. Each team gets nine attempts at completing seven games with incrementally increasing prize value. If the contestants get stuck at some point, they can call D-Wade off the bench and into the Cube for a “One Shot” try at winning that particular game.

“As a former athlete, I enjoy competition and I appreciate the skill set needed to compete in high-tension and fast-paced environments,” Wade says. “As executive producer and host, I’m looking forward to teaming up with contestants to embark on a quest that is both physical and mental, as well as adding my own flavor to the show that will make this a fun family viewing event."

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Rebel — leading out of a 20/20 special about Erin Brockovich — wrapped its one-and-done run with 2.7 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating for both hours of its double-episode finale night, dipping to its second-smallest audience ever and hitting a demo low.

Over on NBC, bubble drama Manifest drew 2.8 mil/0.4 with its first hour, followed by 2.6 mil/0.4 for Part 2 of the Season 3 finale — both tying last week’s series lows in the demo and the latter marking an audience low.

Fox’s Beat Shazam (1.9 mil/0.5) led Thursday in the demo, while CBS’ United States of Al (3.7 mil/0.4) easily drew the night’s largest audience. (CBS’ Clarice was steady with 1.8 mil/0.2)

Over on The CW, Walker (1.04 mil/0.2) was steady, while Legacies (440K/0.1) shed some viewers.

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posted 6/14/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "College"

  • FIRST LOOK: Peyton & Cooper Manning on "College Bowl" (TV Insider)

  • Lauren Burnham welcomes twins (Reality TV World)

  • David Archuleta comes out as bisexual (The Wrap)

  • James Holzhauer chases his way to a gig with The Athletic (Awful Announcing)

  • VIDEO WALL: Backyard Bar Wars (truTV, July 8) (The Futon Critic)

  • Chrissy Teigen apologizes for cyberbullying (Medium)

  • Rachael Kirkconnel pitches a fit, Matt James does the worst possible thing... shares it on the internet. BRO. (E! Online)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "I Can See Your Voice" EP James McKinlay (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 6/14/2021

... I Don't Know, Can We Even SAY the Name of This Show?
HBO Max Greenlights "FBoy Island", Nikki Glaser to Host
From Deadline

HBO Max is looking for love in its latest reality order – the zeitgeist-y titled Fboy Island.

Comedian Nikki Glaser is hosting the 10-episode reality series, which comes from Elan Gale, former exec producer on The Bachelor, and Sam Dean, who was showrunner of Netflix’s Love Is Blind.

Created by Gale and Dean, the dating format follows three women who move to a tropical island where they’re joined by 24 men – 12 self-proclaimed “Nice Guys” looking for love and 12 self-proclaimed “FBoys,” there to compete for cold, hard cash. The women will navigate the dating pool together with the hope of finding a lasting love connection. By the finale, all will be revealed – who is a Nice Guy, who is an FBoy and who the women ultimately choose.

Fboy Island is a social experiment that asks the age-old question: Can FBoys truly reform, or do Nice Guys always finish last?

Dean, who has an overall deal with the streamer, is showrunner of the series, which filmed this year in the Cayman Islands and will debut this summer. It comes from STXalternative. Gale, Dean, Glaser, Jason Goldberg and Ben Bitonti exec produce.

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posted 6/11/2021

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posted 6/10/2021


Chris Harrison's Journey Ends
ABC, Warners Future Endeavor Host
From Deadline

It’s officially the end of an era for one of television’s most enduring — and prolific — reality franchises.

Following reports this morning that Chris Harrison has left ABC’s The Bachelor after reaching a settlement with producer Warner Horizon, Harrison posted a farewell message on his social media channels.

“I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”

His exit from the franchise was also confirmed in a joint statement by Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment. “Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise,” the companies said. “We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey.”

Harrison had fronted the Mike Fleiss-created The Bachelor and all its lucrative ABC spinoffs since 2002.

As part of the breakup deal Deadline reports that he will receive a mid-range eight-figure settlement.

The split comes after Harrison departed the shows amid controversy over comments he made during an Extra interview, in which he defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who had posted photos that she attended an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal.

The news comes after ABC aired the season premiere of The Bachelorette last night. Bachelor in Paradise is airing this summer. While the flagship The Bachelor is generally a lock for January, there’s had been no official word on whether it will be back at the start of 2022.

Although the Season 17 premiere bowed to 3.59M viewers and a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, per early Nielsen Live+Same Day numbers, it marked the lowest premiere in the series’ history. The top-rated program in the 8-10 p.m. time slot, The Bachelorette premiere fell from its previous bow in October 2020 (4.76M, 1.3) by 24% in viewers and four-tenths in rating.

The Bachelorette saw Katie Thurston in the spotlight and alums Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe taking up hosting duties in Harrison’s absence.

Following The Bachelorette‘s two-hour season premiere, The Good Doctor Season 4 ender (3.91M, 0.5) kept ABC at the top Monday evening. The episode, which bid goodbye to Antonia Thomas’ Dr. Claire Browne, also saw Lea’s (Paige Spara) marriage proposal to Shaun (Freddie Highmore).

The Good Doctor finale was up against a rerun of Bull on CBS and a new Small Fortune (1.21M/0.2) on NBC. Like other recent finales, The Good Doctor saw a drop in ratings and viewers from its previous season ender (1.1, 7.58M).

Going up against The Bachelorette season premiere from 8-10 p.m., NBC’s American Ninja Warrior held its own, raking in 3.07M viewers and a 0.5 rating. Fox’s Monday evening consisted of new Hell’s Kitchen (2.42M, 0.6), Housebroken (.97M, 0.3) and Duncanville (.70M, 0.2). The CW showed reruns of All American and Penn & Teller: Fool Us.


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posted 6/9/2021

WEDNESDAY: Ratings Say the Darndest Things
NBC Reruns Win the Night, Fox Wins the Demo
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s MasterChef: Legends drew 2.4 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, holding steady week to week to lead Wednesday in the demo.

Leading out of that, Crime Scene Kitchen (1.7 mil/0.4) was also steady.

Over on CBS, Kids Say the Darndest Things (3.1 mil/0.4) was steady and delivered the night’s (faint praise alert!) largest audience.

Leading out of Press Your Luck (which dipped to 2.9 mil/0.4), ABC’s A Million Little Things ticked up from last week with its first hour (2.5 mil/0.4) but returned to its series low demo with the actual finale (2.3 mil/0.3).

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posted 6/10/2021

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posted 6/10/2021

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