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TUESDAY: Clean Sweep
"Got Talent", "Songland" Win Night for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.195 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) resumed its reign on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.868 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Songland" (4.850 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

The silver then went to CBS (4.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.477 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "FBI" (4.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) followed by a new "Blood & Treasure" (3.787 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was ABC (1.879 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and its all-repeat lineup of "The Conners" (2.895 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "American Housewife" (1.988 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Modern Family" (1.822 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (1.555 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), another "Modern Family" (1.608 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Black-ish" (1.405 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.439 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up encores of "First Responders Live" (1.540 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "9-1-1" (1.338 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.658 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a new "The 100" (0.731 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.695 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable....
- Chopped (Food): 880k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 637k


The Futon Critic

The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/19/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "House Calls"

  • James Holzhauer donates part of winnings to Alex Trebek's fight (Yahoo!)

  • Todrick Hall joins the cast of "Waitress" (Broadway World)

  • BIG BROTHER is coming... here's how the house is refreshed (Reality Blurred)

  • Carrie Underwood "got real with God" after a miscarriage (Reality TV World)

  • Ben Higgins doesn't know Lauren anymore (Reality TV World)

  • Songland is cranking out hits week after week. Really (The Wrap)

  • FIRST LOOK: "Wild'n Out" (The Wrap)

  • BETTER BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Press Your Luck (Distractify)

  • Bob Barker's perimeter just been breached (TMZ)

  • John Cena makes good on a $1 bet (SI)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dax Shepard (USA Today)

posted 6/19/19


Sony Pictures Television

SYNDIES: Week 36
Results for the Week Ending June 9
From various sources

When Jeopardy! contestant James Holzhauer ended his record-breaking run on the popular game show, his appearance also set another record for the show as it was the highest rated episode in 14 years.

His record-breaking streak on June 3 triumphed across key breakouts including the highest rated show in 14 years among homes (9.0, since May 25, 2005 with a 9.2) and in total viewers 14.5 million, since November 30, 2004 with 18.0 million).

Across all entertainment programming this season, Jeopardy! holds four of the top ten's highest audiences which includes episodes of 60 Minutes and Big Bang Theory finale as well as the Game of Thrones series finale...

- The Big Bang Theory (series finale 5/16/19, 18.5 million total viewers)
- 60 Minutes (12/16/18, 14.6 million)
- Jeopardy! (final day of the streak 6/3/19, 14.5 million)
- The Big Bang Theory (2/7/19, 14.2 million)
- Jeopardy! (becomes the second winningest player 5/2/19, 14.1 million)
- 60 Minutes (10/21/18, 14.1 million)
- Jeopardy! (5/28/19, 13.8 million)
- Big Bang Theory (13.7 million)
- Jeopardy! (5/29/19, 13.6 million)
- Game of Thrones (series finale 5/19/19, 13.6 million)

As previously reported, Holzhauer's highest-rated week remains Week 5, just before the two-week break, which posted 14-year highs. With help from Holzhauer's streak, which ended June 3, Jeopardy! climbed to the No. 1 spot season-to-date among all syndicated shows in total viewers, averaging 10.1 million viewers. Holzhauer's 32 episode winning streak came to an end on June 3 when Emma Boettcher took the game. He went on to win more than $2 million, coming in second to Jeopardy!'s winningest contestant, Ken Jennings, who earned $2,522,700 in a 74-game winning streak in 2004.

- Week 1 (week of 4/1/19, James competed Thu-Friday only) – 9.6 million viewers
- Week 2 (week of 4/8/19) – 10.1 million
- Week 3 (week of 4/15/19) – 10.7 million viewers
- Week 4 (week of 4/22/19) – 12 million viewers
- Week 5 (week of 4/29/19) – 13.3 million viewers
- Week 6 (week of 5/20/19) – 12.4 million viewers
- Week 7 (week of 5/27/19) -- 12.6 million viewers
- Week 8 (week of 6/3/19) -- 10.8 million viewers


In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from May 2018; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 -14%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -3%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Deadline

Vulture
B+C
TV Newscheck

posted 6/18/19

MONDAY: ABC Checks In
... but Viewers Check Out of "Grand Hotel"
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.928 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) scored top honors on Monday thanks to a new "The Bachelorette" (5.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the debut of "Grand Hotel" (3.717 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

NBC (4.504 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two draw with the Monday premiere of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.752 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.010 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.145 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (2.223 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.066 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.323 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (3.810 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "The Neighborhood" (3.548 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "God Friended Me" (2.743 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Bull" (3.545 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.167 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the returns of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.318 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.100 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.932 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable...
- Best Baker in America (Food): 1.166m
- Wedding Cake Championship (Food): 721k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 707k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/18/19

WEEKEND: No Feud, Big Problem
Fox Wins on Golf, ABC News Special Damages Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (6.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) got another boost on Sunday thanks to its primetime coverage of the "U.S. Open Championship: Final Round" (6.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

ABC (3.600 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then claimed the silver with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.497 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) followed by "President Trump: 30 Hours - A Special Edition of 20/20" (3.914 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.443 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.546 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was CBS (4.465 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.052 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), another "60 Minutes" (4.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8), "The Good Fight" (3.519 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and another "The Good Fight" (3.616 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.500 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up its mix of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.525 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "America's Got Talent" (3.188 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "New Amsterdam" (2.097 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) repeats.

And finally, a new "Burder of Truth" (0.443 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.434 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.550 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.468 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 849k
- BEst Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 460k

On cable Sunday...
- The Great Food Truck Race (SP/Food): 1.138m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/17/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Not Ignore This"

  • CASTING COUCH: Don't (Broadway World) PLUS the Wheelmobile heads to Maine (The Maine Edge)

  • LIST ABUSE: 26 reality shows you forgot existed... some we wish we could forget again (The Wrap)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: "Colton Underwood jumps fence" wins a major award (The Wrap)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Holey Moley (Newsday)

posted 6/18/19


CBS/EndemolShine North America

Meet the "Big Brother" Class of 2019
Catch It on CBS June 25
From TV Line

It's time to meet the next group of Big Brother houseguests who have signed up for a summer of paranoia.

CBS on Monday unveiled the 16 cast members who will compete on Season 21, including a Broadway dancer, a college soccer star and — most intriguing of all — a "wine safari guide."

This summer's houseguests are also quite young: With the exception of petroleum engineer Cliff Fogg III, who is 53 years old, the entire cast is comprised of 20- and 30-somethings. (That includes model Jessica Milagros, whose age is described as "30-ish.")

The three youngest contestants — college student Ovi Kabir, public health analyst Isabella Wang and the aforementioned Analyse — clock in at just 22 years old.

The players...

- Analyse Talavera (22; Northridge, CA; college soccer star)
- Christie Murphy (28; Staten Island, NY; boutique owner)
- Cliff Hogg III (53; Houston; petroleum engineer)
- David Alexander (29; Atlanta, photographer) (C-Note: No relation)
- Holly Allen (31; Lander, WY; wine safari guide)
- Isabella Wang (22; Mount Olive, NJ; public health analyst)
- Jack Matthews (28; Chicago; fitness trainer)
- Jackson Michie (23; Nashville; server)
- Jessica Milagros ("30ish"; Chicago; model)
- Kathryn Dunn (29; Irving, TX; digital marketing executive)
- Kemi Faknule (25; Elkridge, MD; marketing strategist)
- Nick Maccarone (27; Sewell, NJ; therapist)
- Nicole Anthony (24; Long Island, NY; preschool aide)
- Ovi Kabir (22; Oakridge, TN; college student)
- Sam Smith (31; West Nanticoke, PA; truck driver)
- Tommy Bracco (28; Staten Island, NY; Broadway dancer)

As previously announced, Big Brother will return with a two-night event, airing Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26, at 8/7c. It will then add Sunday broadcasts starting June 30. Then, beginning July 10, the show will switch to a Wednesday-Thursday-Sunday schedule, with the weekday airings moving to 9 pm and the Sunday installment staying put at 8.

Netflix has released a trailer for the first season of 'Awake'. The short preview showcases some of the most trying tasks that contestants will go through on the show's shiny studio stage while struggling to keep their eyes open and on the ball (or egg as the task may be). There are bound to be some exciting successes and hilarious fails once 'The Million Dollar Game' arrives on screens..

TV Line

Reality TV World
Us Magazine
EW
The Futon Critic

posted 6/17/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Blockt, What?"

  • Safaree Samuels, Erica Mena engaged. Buried lede: they're taping Hip Hop Squares (Atlanta Black Star)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Press Your Luck (Washington Post)

  • Bachelor in Paradise married... in paradise (People)

  • Tyra Banks brings "Beauty" to Quibi (Deadline)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Voice" returns September 23 (The Futon Critic)

  • EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Why "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" was canceled (Looper)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Barrymore (Yahoo!)

posted 6/17/19


Netflix

More on "Awake"
Catch It on Netflix Today!
From Meaww

What if you were forced to go without sleep for 24 hours and then take part in a series of mental and physical challenges? As insomniacs, students and serial binge-watchers would agree, this is not a good idea even at the best of times. But what if the prize was a million dollars? This is the premise of Netflix's brand new game show 'Awake: The Million Dollar Game', coming on the heels of the streaming platform's success with reruns of 'Jeopardy' and the introduction of their original game show 'Flinch'. Here's everything you need to know about the show:

Release Date: Details have been scarce about the new show with Netflix keeping production tightly under wraps. Reports in January 2019 revealed that the show was set to be launched this year. A placeholder page on the Netflix website has announced that the studio game show would arrive on June 14.

Premise: Each episode of the show will feature contestants who are forced to go 24 hours without rest before being subjected to grueling mental and physical tasks which promise to be as difficult as they are ridiculous. At the end of the episode, the last man (or woman) standing gets to go home with a million dollar jackpot. And with a prize like that at stake, there is bound to be no end of contestants ready to rise to the challenge. The Game Show Network's 'Cram' (2003), which ran for two seasons, is the only notable earlier game show to be built around sleep-deprivation as a premise, although many have tried and failed.

Host: The game will be hosted by actor, writer, and stand-up comic James Davis. He is best known for his show 'Hood Adjacent with James Davis' on Comedy Central. He has previously performed at multiple comedy and rap shows including big names like Drake, J. Cole and Big Sean.

Netflix has released a trailer for the first season of 'Awake'. The short preview showcases some of the most trying tasks that contestants will go through on the show's shiny studio stage while struggling to keep their eyes open and on the ball (or egg as the task may be). There are bound to be some exciting successes and hilarious fails once 'The Million Dollar Game' arrives on screens..

Meaww

Newsweek
Decider
Bustle

posted 6/14/19


ITV/Digital Spy

Paul Sinha Diagnosed with Parkinson's
"Chase" Comedian Shared News Online
From Huffpost

The Chase star Paul Sinha has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Paul disclosed his diagnosis in a blog post he published on Friday, writing: "On the evening of Thursday May 30th, an experienced consultant neurologist calmly informed me that I had Parkinson's disease.

"It was a devastating denouement to a medical odyssey that began in September 2017 with a sudden-onset, frozen right shoulder, and took in an unexpected diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, a lifestyle transformation that enabled me to lose two stone, and a shoulder operation in January this year."

The 49-year-old added that having now been diagnosed he felt "far more prepared for the new challenges ahead", continuing: "I have an amazing family, no strangers to serious medical illness, I'm blessed to have a fiancé who is there for me, and I have a multitude of friends and colleagues whom I consider to be exceptional human beings.

"I don't consider myself unlucky, and whatever the next stage of my life holds for me, many others have it far worse."

"In the time since my Parkinson's started I have been ludicrously busy, and fully intend to keep Chasing, keep writing and performing comedy, keep quizzing and keep being hopeless at Tasks," he added, before adding: "Dancing on Ice is, I suspect, out of the question."

He also noted: "A lot of people have asked 'What can I do to help?' The answer is to treat me exactly the same as before."

Paul is best known as one of the quizzing experts – dubbed The Sinnerman by host Bradley Walsh – on the ITV game show The Chase, but he's also a doctor and successful stand-up comedian.

He's been with the show since 2011, having previously appeared as a contestant on shows like The Weakest Link and University Challenge.

Huffpost
RTE
Joe
iNews
Gay Star News
Newshub
TVNZ
British Comedy Guide

posted 6/14/19

THURSDAY: Dinos Rule!
Raptors Championship Run Fuels ABC
From The Futon Critic

ABC (12.493 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) took home top honors on Thursday with its final mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.161 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3), "NBA Countdown" (10.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and the "NBA Finals, Game 6" (13.923 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1).

A distant second then went to CBS (4.494 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.424 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Young Sheldon" (5.028 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Mom" (4.553 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) plus new episodes of "Life in Pieces" (4.313 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Elementary" (3.823 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was FOX (2.217 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its primetime coverage of the "U.S. Open Championship: First Round" (2.217 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was NBC (1.755 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) with a repeat "Superstore" (2.190 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) alongside the penultimate "AP Bio" (1.718 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), the finales to "AP Bio" (1.414 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Abby's" (1.249 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.980 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "iZombie" (0.748 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and "In the Dark" (0.638 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) concluded the night on The CW (0.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (SF/Bravo): 1.307m
- Alone (History): 1.281m
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 818k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 769k
- A Double Shot at Love (MTV): 750k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/14/19

Tickets to Paradise
ABC to Announce "Bachelor in Paradise" Contestants Monday
From The Futon Critic

Breakout fan favorites from "The Bachelor" franchise are back and ready for a second (or third or fourth) chance at finding love, as the hit series "Bachelor in Paradise" returns for Season 6 on a newly announced premiere date, MONDAY, AUG. 5 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app or Hulu.

Starting the following week on Monday, Aug. 12, the show will air on both Mondays (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT) and Tuesdays (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). Tune in to ABC's "Good Morning America" on MONDAY, JUNE 17 (7:00-9:00 a.m. EDT), on ABC for the very first announcement of some of the most beloved members of Bachelor Nation who will hit the Mexico beach resort this summer.

The Futon Critic

Reality TV World

posted 6/14/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Hour"

  • Alec Baldwin knows who gets riggedy-riggedy-WRECKED on the Match Game set (The Press of Atlantic City)

  • Michael Strahan, Erin Andrews take the high(wire) road (Deadline)

  • Project Runway to begin production on the new season this summer. (THe FUton Critic)

  • Zach Sherwin may be out of the "Arena", but he's not out of the game (Vanyaland)

posted 6/14/19




ABC/Fremantle

WEDNESDAY: No Blues for St. Louis
Fun & Games Hold Its Own for ABC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and St. Louis Blues were the big winners on Wednesday with the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 7" (8.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

ABC (4.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its game show lineup of "Press Your Luck" (4.883 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Card Sharks" (4.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Match Game" (3.883 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

All told, last night was ABC's most-watched summertime Wednesday with regular programming in five years.

Next up was FOX (2.436 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "MasterChef" (2.758 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and the debut of "First Responders Live" (2.114 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.727 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals of "The Amazing Race 31" (4.616 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget" (3.425 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) plus a new "SWAT" (3.139 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.866 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.655 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.761 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 942k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 735k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 714k
- Best Room Wins (Bravo): 414k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 410k
- Deal or No Deal - 9p (CNBC): 328k
- Deal or No Deal - 10p (CNBC): 325k

The Futon Critic

The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 6/13/19

"Worst Bakers" Returns
Catch It on Food Network July 22
From The Futon Critic

Lorraine Pascale and Jason Smith have their work cut out for them on the new season of Worst Bakers in America, as they try to transform eight kitchen disasters into baking masters. The intense five-week baking bootcamp begins on Monday, July 22nd at 10pm ET/PT, as Jason and Lorraine attempt to mold these masters of cake-wrecks and colossal cookie-fails into one vastly-improved pastry expert. Based on the recruits' performance and progress in a series of fast-paced baking challenges, they will be narrowed down each week until only two are left standing to face off in an intense battle. Only one will be the most improved and will rise to the top and earn the $25,000 grand prize.

"The baking blunders and mishaps of the recruits add dramatic comedy to the competition as they struggle to become better bakers on the new season of Worst Bakers in America," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "It's no cakewalk for Lorraine Pascale and Jason Smith, but they are determined to whip the recruits into baking masters, teaching them the skills and techniques required to succeed in each of the difficult challenges."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/13/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Everything Else"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor premieres September 25 on the traditional Big Brother move-out day (TV Line)

  • Ace Young, Diana DeGarmo take their musical love story on the road. In other news: they're still a couple (Deadline)

  • Dwayne Johnson to receive MTV's "Generation" Award (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: 8 other shows that need to be revived according to... (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Phil Keoghan (Goldderby)

posted 6/13/19


ABC/Fremantle

TUESDAY: No Whammies
"Press Your Luck" Scores in Demos; Night Belongs to "AGT"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.691 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the competition on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.335 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Songland" (4.404 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

ABC (4.209 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second with a special "The Bachelorette" (4.713 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and the premiere of "Press Your Luck" (3.201 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

The Elizabeth Banks-hosted game show landed ABC's best summertime numbers in the hour in almost three years.

Next up was CBS (4.441 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.069 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "FBI" (4.491 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) plus a new "Blood & Treasure" (3.764 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.808 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "9-1-1" (1.935 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and another "9-1-1" (1.680 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.855 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The 100" (0.902 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the evening over on The CW (0.879 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 846k
- Chopped (Food): 760k
- Ink Master (SP/Paramount): 545k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 477k

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BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Pajiba
Showbuzz Daily
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 6/12/19


Game Show Network

America "Says" Syndication
Game Show Network Clears 85% for Fall
From Deadline

GSN's hit game show America Says is heading into syndication. Sony Pictures Television, co-owner of GSN, has partnered with the network to launch the game show in syndication nationwide this fall.

Fox, Sinclair, CBS, Cox Media, Tegna, Nexstar, Mission, Gray and Lockwood station groups have agreed to carry the show. With that, the half-hour survey-matching game show is now sold in 85% of the country.

America Says, which premiered on June 18, 2018, is Game Show Network's No. 1 new show among W25-54, according to Nielsen.

Deadline

THe Hollywood REporter

posted 6/12/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "World of Derek"

posted 6/11/19


Nickelodeon/MGM Television

MONDAY: Summer School
1.1 Million for the Reboot
From The Wrap

Nickelodeon's revival of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, with new host John Cena, got off to an OK start in its Monday night premiere, drawing 1.1 million total viewers.

The viewership total is up double digits over the prior four-week averages with kids and adults in the 7 PM time slot where the network most recently aired repeats of The Loud House, TV's No. 2 animated kids show.

Numbers are up 21% among kids 6-11 and up 34% in 18-49. In Kids 6-11, 5th Grader scored a 2.3/540,000, on par with last year (-4%), while jumping 33% in adults 18-49 to .4/338,000, an indication of more parents watching the show with their children.

Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader is part of the programming strategy of new Nick president Brian Robbins for a content slate, which focuses on co-viewing among kids and parents. Also falling in that category are new British family game show The Crystal Maze, and All That, Nick's new sketch-comedy series revival which premieres this Saturday, June 15.

Elsewhere on cable...
- Best Baker in America (Food); 1.273m
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (P/Nick): 1.122m
- Wedding Cake Championship (Food): 800k

ABC (12.640 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) was of course the network to beat on Monday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.168 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and the "NBA Finals, Game 5" (14.344 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

NBC (3.268 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the number two draw with a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (3.249 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and a new "Dateline NBC" (3.306 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.529 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.581 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.478 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for the all-repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (4.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (3.564 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), "Magnum P.I." (3.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "Bull" (3.662 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

And finally, encores of "Masters of Illusion" (0.829 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), another "Masters of Illusion" (0.767 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "The Big Stage" (0.564 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and another "The Big Stage" (0.479 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.660 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

The Wrap

The Wrap
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 6/11/19


Sony Pictures Television

SYNDIES: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending June 2
From various sources

Jeopardy! enjoyed another No. 1 weekly finish in syndication during James Holzhauer's last full week of play. The quiz show earned a 7.9 household rating from May 27-31, up a tenth from the previous week and beating its nearest competitor by 1.4 ratings points.

Jeopardy! also continued to dominate in total viewers, averaging 12.6 million, also up from the previous week. Holzhauer's highest-rated week remains Week 5, just before the two-week break, which posted 14-year highs.

With help from Holzhauer's streak, which ended June 3, Jeopardy! climbed to the No. 1 spot season-to-date among all syndicated shows in total viewers, averaging 10.1 million viewers. Here is the Jeopardy! viewership average for Holzhauer's weeks.

- Week 1 (week of 4/1/19, James competed Thu-Friday only) – 9.6 million viewers
- Week 2 (week of 4/8/19) – 10.1 million
- Week 3 (week of 4/15/19) – 10.7 million viewers
- Week 4 (week of 4/22/19) – 12 million viewers
- Week 5 (week of 4/29/19) – 13.3 million viewers
- Week 6 (week of 5/20/19) – 12.4 million viewers
- Week 7 (week of 5/27/19)- 12.6 million viewers

Knowledge of what transpired on Monday was made available on Sunday thanks to an unscrupulous leaker.

Executive producer Harry Friedman told the Washington Post in an interview published Tuesday that while he "can't say at this point" who released the footage that featured Holzhauer being bested by Emma Boettcher after a 32-game winning streak, the "Jeopardy!" producers "think we know where and who and how" and plan to take "very, very, very appropriate" against the responsible party.

"Somebody alerted us that they had seen it on YouTube. By the time we saw it, it already had 2,000 views," Friedman told the Post of the leak, which first surfaced online Sunday and spread quickly via social media and media outlets.

"I feel bad for the viewers. It's not fair," he added. "I'm not sure what's gained by doing something like that, other than some malicious intent. It doesn't really benefit anybody."

Holzhauer also set a new Jeopardy! single-game record of $110,914, topping Roger Craig's previous mark of $77,000.

"I had one specific goal, which was to win an episode with exactly $110,914, because that's my daughter's birthday," Holzhauer told New York.

Ken Jennings still holds Jeopardy!'s longest winning streak, with 74 games and $2.5 million in winnings, but Lancaster native Brad Rutter (who played when the rules limited win streaks to five games) is still the game show's all-time money winner with nearly $4.7 million, thanks to tournament winnings.

It turns out that James Holzhauer not only lost to Emma Boettcher, he also lost to CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy since the skyrocketing numbers for CTD's Jeopardy! were not enough to topple syndication's highest rated show in the important May sweep (April 25-May 22), the results of which were released Wednesday.

Although most strips were down from last May, the declines were relatively minor compared to the steep drops for the networks, which, for example, reportedly saw average losses of 27% among adults 18-49 over the past two years due mainly to heated competition for viewers from streaming video services.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from May 2018; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.9 +1%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -3%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC.


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TV Insider
TV Newscheck

posted 6/11/19

Another One...
Jeopardy! Plays "Teen Tournament B" June 17
From ComicBook.com

With summer now in session, the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament is set to return. The new tournament begins Monday, June 17th and features fifteen of bright, American students in the 14-17 age range.

The contestants will compete over the course of two weeks to try to take home the event's grand prize of $100,000.

Jeopardy! is the quiz show that tests contestants by offering them answers for which they must form a question. While it's normally a show featuring adult contestants, the Teen Tournament shines the spotlight on a younger generation, giving them the chance to steal the show and earn a cash prize.

Here is the complete roster of Teen Tournament contestants, in alphabetical order:
- Justin Bolsen, a freshman from Canton, Ga.
- Avi Gupta, a senior from Portland, Ore.
- Jackson Jones, a junior from Louisville, Ky.
- Rohit Kataria, a junior from Wheelersburg, Ohio
- Sreekar Madabushi, a junior from Basking Ridge, N.J.
- Lucas Miner, a junior from Miami, Fla.
- Hannah Nekritz, a senior from Stamford, Conn.
- Teagan O'Sullivan, a freshman from Charlotte, N.C.
- Stephanie Pierson, a junior from Macon, Ga.
- Ryan Presler, an eighth-grader from Sioux Falls, S.D.
- Alison Purcell, a senior from Bellaire, Texas
- Audrey Sarin, a senior from Redmond, Wash.
- Eesha Sohail, a senior from Bakersfield, Calif.
- Sophia Weng, a junior from Chevy Chase, Md.
- Shriya Yarlagadda, a sophomore from Grand Blanc, Mich.


ComicBook.com

posted 6/11/19

WEEKEND: It's Robot Fighting Game Time!
ABC Holds Its Own Against Stanley Cup Hockey, Tonys
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.446 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday thanks to a special "Deal or No Deal: Looking for Luck in All the Right Cases" (3.427 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6" (6.119 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

ABC (4.990 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.950 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) followed by the season premieres of "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (5.484 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "To Tell the Truth" (4.491 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its duo of "60 Minutes" (7.384 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "The 73rd Annual Tony Awards" (5.465 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.059 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up its all-repeat lineup of "Last Man Standing" (1.016 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14), "Bob's Burgers" (0.787 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13), "The Simpsons" (1.104 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.017 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.232 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and another "Last Man Standing" (1.198 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, a new "Burder of Truth" (0.492 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.447 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.470 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (SP/Discovery): 741k

On cable Sunday...
- The Great Food Truck Race (SP/Food): 1.101m

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/11/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Time for Bed"

  • Dan Harris is done looking for the 500th question on Nightline (Deadline)

  • Darci Lynne Farmer goes on tour (Goldderby)

  • Joel McHale calls "Card Sharks" "the best thing I've ever done for someone" (Parade)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alec Baldwin (TV Line)... and a few more (Los Angeles Times)

posted 6/12/19


Game Show Network

GSN's "Best Ever Trivia Show" Starts
Catch It Today at 4
From TV Insider

In this new entry of Best Ever Trivia Show hosted by Sherri Shepherd, everyday folks are pitted against a rotating roster of trivia titans who have dominated shows from Let's Make a Deal to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Among the brainiacs: Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings, who isn't a complete know-it-all. Alex Trebek's Perseverance Matters in Today's TV Game Show Landscape Alex Trebek's Perseverance Matters in Today's TV Game Show Landscape Find out why the 'Jeopardy' host is a quiz hero.

Ask Ken About...
• Fiction or nonfiction. "I'm always looking for a book question," the 74-time Jeopardy! champ admits.
• Cinema. Jennings describes himself as "a big movie buff."
• TV...with a few exceptions. "If it's a show I haven't binged yet or [one involving] the Kardashians," he says, "maybe not."

Avoid At All Costs...
• Sports. "That's trivia kryptonite for me," he confesses.
• One particular genre of music. "I'm not a little bit country," Jennings says with a laugh. "I'm a little bit rock 'n' roll."

Best Ever Trivia Show begins today, June 10, at 4/3c on Game Show Network. It moves to 10/9c on July 22.


TV Insider

WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth

posted 6/10/19


Amazon

ROBERT EARLE: 1926-2019
Second Host of "GE College Bowl"
From Washington Post

Robert Earle, the articulate and fast-talking host of one of television's most challenging and popular quiz shows of the 1960s, "General Electric College Bowl," died June 5 at a hospice facility in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 93.

The cause was cancer, said his son-in-law, Dave Maley.

"College Bowl" began on radio in the 1950s, then moved to television in 1959, as a clean-cut alternative to a game-show scandal exposed that year, when telegenic scholar Charles Van Doren, who died in April, was revealed to have been given answers when he appeared on the show "Twenty One."

On "College Bowl," two teams of four college students answered questions on science, history, philosophy, music, literature and other subjects. It combined elements of a team sport, high-speed oral examination and a football game. Each contest began and ended with a whistle. The theme music resembled a fight song, and the break in the middle of the program was called halftime.

"Live from New York City," an announcer intoned, "the intercollegiate battle of brains."

Before Earle took over as host of "College Bowl," he was working in public relations for GE's corporate office.

Mr. Earle took over the show in 1962, when the original host, Allen Ludden, left to launch a new game show, "Password." At the time, Mr. Earle, a onetime broadcaster and college professor, was working in public relations for GE's corporate office.

For his audition, he taped an episode of "College Bowl," then spliced in footage of himself as the host, reciting all of Ludden's lines in exact time, as if he were interacting with the two panels. He won the job and was the show's host from 1962 until it left the air in 1970.

"College Bowl" won an Emmy Award for best quiz show in 1963 and, at its peak, was seen by as many as 20 million viewers a week. The game moved so quickly, with such demanding questions, that it makes modern-day "Jeopardy!" look like a leisurely game of checkers on the village square.

Colleges from all over the country were represented on the show, often taking shape through months of intramural competitions. A college could win five games in a row before it was declared an undefeated "College Bowl" champion. When Bowdoin College in Maine won five matches in 1964, it received so many applications that the admissions office ran out of forms.

Robert Earle was born Jan. 5, 1926, in Baldwin, N.Y. His father sold linoleum, and his mother was a homemaker. After serving in the Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II, Mr. Earle attended Utica College, then a division of Syracuse University, in Upstate New York. He received a bachelor's degree in English in 1951. In college, he began working in radio and later in television. At a station in Utica, he mentored a young Dick Clark, later the host of "American Bandstand." From 1953 to 1959, Mr. Earle chaired the television and radio department at Ithaca College, before joining GE.

After "College Bowl," Mr. Earle did voice-over work for industrial films and commercials, including national campaigns for the Mercury Cougar and Liberty Mutual Insurance. He was vice president of marketing for a bank in Ithaca from 1971 to 1982.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, the former Marion Hanna of Ithaca; four children, Mary Maley and R. Brian Earle, both of Ithaca, Mark Earle of Orlando and Thomas Earle of Ossining, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Washington Post
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posted 6/10/18

"Wait Wait" to the Hall Hall?
NPR Quiz Panel Up for Radio Hall of Fame
From Robert Feder

"Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!," the popular NPR comedy-quiz show produced by Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5-FM, is among this year's nominees for the Radio Hall of Fame.

Hosted by Peter Sagal with resident scorekeeper Bill Kurtis, the program is competing with three others — "The Jim Rome Show," NPR's "All Things Considered" and "The Sounds of Sinatra" — in the Longstanding Network/Syndicated category.

The national shrine to notable radio personalities and programs is headquartered at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. No other home-grown talent made the list of 2019 nominees announced today.

Robert Feder

posted 6/10/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Never Keep a Baldwin Down"

  • Remember when Alec Baldwin was going to stop playing the President? Yeah... never mind. (TV Line) PLUS he wants Howard Stern for "Match Game" (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • LIST ABUSE: "The Masked Singer" was the #1 game show in primetime last year in the demo (TV Line)

  • Byron Allen's case heading to the Supreme Court (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Hegerty (Starts at 60)

posted 6/10/19

THURSDAY: Paradise Lost
NBC Wins with Stanley Cup Coverage
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.246 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 5" (5.246 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

ABC (4.659 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two network with its repeat lineup of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.516 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.909 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.322 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.089 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Young Sheldon" (4.928 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Mom" (4.404 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) followed by new episodes of "Life in Pieces" (4.188 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Elementary" (3.661 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.292 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up the penultimate "Paradise Hotel" (1.337 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and the conclusion to "Paradise Hotel" (1.247 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, fresh installments of "iZombie" (0.718 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "In the Dark" (0.613 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) on The CW (0.665 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.212m
- Alone (History): 1.153m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 741k
- A Double Shot at Love (MTV): 674k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 277k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/7/19

... Pants on Fire!
Emma Willis to Host James Corden-Produced Series
From Deadline

The Late Late Show with James Corden producer Fulwell 73 has scored in comedy entertainment for British broadcaster E4.

The producer is making Pants on Fire (w/t) for Channel 4's youth-skewing network. The show will see new and emerging faces from the world of comedy go head-to-head in an extreme bluffing show to try to impress a celebrity jury.

Hosted by former Big Brother host Emma Willis, who is also to front C4's reality format The Circle, each episode will see three teams of comics plot their own crazy and outrageous challenges. From swimming with sharks to winning a pro-wrestling battle royale, the teams must then prove to a studio audience and a celebrity jury that they completed their audacious stunts..

Deadline

posted 6/7/19

Taken Out
Australian "Take Me Out", "All Together Now" Canceled
From KIIS 101.1 3TTT Melbourne

It's a sad day for reality TV show fans!

Channel Seven have announced that the game show-style dating program, Take Me Out has been axed!

The show, which saw single men attempt to obtain a date with one of thirty women on a panel, premiered in Australia last year and was hosted by comedian Joel Creasey.

On it's first episode, the show only brought in 604,000 metro viewers according to OZTam's ratings as the show was competing with Nine's The Block and Ten's Survivor in the same time slot.

Announcing the cancellation of the show, Director of Network Programming Angus Ross also said that one of seven's new talent shows would also get the boot.

"Take Me Out and All Together Now will not return," he said in a statement to TV Tonight on Wednesday. Singing show All Together Now was hosted by Ronan Keating and Julia Zemiro and premiered with 813,000 metro viewers last year. But the comments online about the singing competition were far less positive.

Speaking with the Herald Sun last year, Ronan Keating said that he didn't think shows like X Factor interested viewers as much as they used to. "If I'm being honest I think we've had a brilliant run of great formatted entertainment shows like X-Factor and The Voice that do what they do," he said.

KIIS 101.1 Melbourne

posted 6/7/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Summer Break"

  • "Love Island" opens to killer numbers (Deadline)

  • James Holzhauer tweets during Warriors losses. Now he gets it (Larry Brown Sports)

  • John Cena: 5th grade teacher by day, "Fast & Furious 9" star by night (Deadline)

  • Howie Mandel has a word for people who want to bring kids to his comedy act.... Don't. (UPI)

  • Alec Baldwin is so over his Trump character (Deadline)

  • Tania Zaetta gives birth to twins. How she did it is a miracle (News.com.au)

  • Joey Fatone, wife files for divorce (UPI)

  • "Drag Race" has a very RuPaul FYC party (Deadline)

posted 6/7/19

Emma Willis Gets En-"Circle"-d
Former "Big Brother" UK Host to Front C4's "Circle"
From Digital Spy

Former Big Brother presenter Emma Willis has landed a new presenting role and is set to host another major reality competition.

Emma will become the host of the game show The Circle, taking over from series one presenters Maya Jama and Alice Levine.

The reality series has confirmed the exciting news on Twitter.

⭕ @EmmaWillis has joined #TheCircle pic.twitter.com/p7TgjsxfCb — The Circle (@C4TheCircle) June 4, 2019

The reality game show is based around social media, where contestants never meet face-to-face as they all live in separate flats. Instead, players talk to each other through a voice-activated app, and each one of them has the freedom to portray themselves in any way they want. They can either play it straight or pretend to be a completely different person.

Last year's winner Alex Hobern scooped a grand total of £100,000, leaving everyone in shock as he pretended to be a woman to fool the other players. .

Digital Spy

Deadline

posted 6/6/19

WEDNESDAY: Raptors 2, Warriors 1
ABC Beats "Ninja Warrior", "Amazing Race"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (9.195 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.027 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "NBA Countdown" (6.424 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and the "NBA Finals, Game 3" (10.430 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

NBC (3.912 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (4.341 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "The InBetween" (3.052 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Next up was FOX (2.334 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "MasterChef" (2.694 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and a repeat "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.974 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Amazing Race 31" (4.653 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget" (3.141 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) alongside a repeat "SWAT" (2.956 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.594 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the season finale of "My Last Days" (0.594 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.594 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History ): 994k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 768k
- Best Room Wins (Bravo): 424k
.

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/6/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Doing the Write Thing"

  • Anne Hegerty: quizzer... motivator... writer? (Metro)

  • James Holzhauer, when all is said and done, is only going to take about half of his winnings. Because America (USA Today) PLUS Ken Jennings sees a showdown between him & James as "inevitable (KFKA Greeley-Fort Collins)

  • LIST ABUSE: everything you've ever wanted to know about the current J! champ but was afraid to ask (Distractify)

  • Carrie Underwood wins big at the CMT Awards (Reality TV World)

  • Michael Strahan hosting Kids Choice Sports this year (The Futon Critic)

  • Alonzo Bodden hosting "Feud" on the road (The Virginian Pilot)

posted 6/5/19


Sony Pictures Television

So How Did James Affect the Sweep?
Record Ratings, Leaks, Math, Other Drama!
From various sources

James Holzhauer's "Jeopardy!" winning streak came to an end last night, but the game show's ratings bump lives on.

Monday night's episode, which ended Holzhauer's 32-game run and his chances of overtaking Ken Jennings' record, came in as the highest-rated episode of "Jeopardy!" in 14 years, according to Nielsen.

With a 10.1 rating overall and a 2.2 among adults under 50, the show also bested every program in broadcast primetime last night. In the demo, "Jeopardy!" beat Monday night's highest-rated broadcast show, ABC's "The Bachelorette," by more than double.

Holzhauer cemented himself in the "Jeopardy!" record books with winnings totaling $2,462,216 over 32 games, setting several single-game winnings records along the way. Prior to his loss to Emma Boettcher in Monday night's Final Jeopardy round, Holzhauer was just $58,485 shy of Jennings' record total of $2,520,700 over 74 games in 2004.

Turns out, Holzhauer missed out on beating Jennings in one other respect, too. That episode 14 years ago that rated higher than Holzhauer's? Jennings' final game from 2004.

Boettcher, a University of Chicago librarian, on Monday wagered a daring $20,201 during "Final Jeopardy" and walked away with $46,801, considerably ahead of Holzhauer's $24,799 final tally.

Four years ago, Boettcher was a grad student at the University of North Carolina, where she wrote an award-winning master's paper on "Jeopardy!" questions, NBC reported Monday night.

Titled "What is Difficulty?: Estimating the Difficulty of Fact-Finding Questions Using the 'Jeopardy' Archive," Boettcher looked at clue length, syntax and other factors in order to examine the difficulty of answers and questions, according to NBC. UNC's library school gave her the Elfreda Chatman Research Award for her work, NBC said.

Knowledge of what transpired on Monday was made available on Sunday thanks to an unscrupulous leaker.

Executive producer Harry Friedman told the Washington Post in an interview published Tuesday that while he "can't say at this point" who released the footage that featured Holzhauer being bested by Emma Boettcher after a 32-game winning streak, the "Jeopardy!" producers "think we know where and who and how" and plan to take "very, very, very appropriate" against the responsible party.

"Somebody alerted us that they had seen it on YouTube. By the time we saw it, it already had 2,000 views," Friedman told the Post of the leak, which first surfaced online Sunday and spread quickly via social media and media outlets.

"I feel bad for the viewers. It's not fair," he added. "I'm not sure what's gained by doing something like that, other than some malicious intent. It doesn't really benefit anybody."

Holzhauer also set a new Jeopardy! single-game record of $110,914, topping Roger Craig's previous mark of $77,000.

"I had one specific goal, which was to win an episode with exactly $110,914, because that's my daughter's birthday," Holzhauer told New York.

Ken Jennings still holds Jeopardy!'s longest winning streak, with 74 games and $2.5 million in winnings, but Lancaster native Brad Rutter (who played when the rules limited win streaks to five games) is still the game show's all-time money winner with nearly $4.7 million, thanks to tournament winnings.

It turns out that James Holzhauer not only lost to Emma Boettcher, he also lost to CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy since the skyrocketing numbers for CTD's Jeopardy! were not enough to topple syndication's highest rated show in the important May sweep (April 25-May 22), the results of which were released Wednesday.

Although most strips were down from last May, the declines were relatively minor compared to the steep drops for the networks, which, for example, reportedly saw average losses of 27% among adults 18-49 over the past two years due mainly to heated competition for viewers from streaming video services.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from May 2018; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

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- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.0 +19%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 -5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25% .


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posted 6/5/19

More Fremantle Scratchies!
SG Signs on for More Lottery Deals
From SBC Americas

Scientific Games Corporation has renewed its contract with Fremantle for the exclusive rights to use three iconic TV game show brands in lottery games through 2022. The firm will continue to create games for lotteries in the US and Canada featuring THE PRICE IS RIGHT and FAMILY FEUD and in the US featuring PRESS YOUR LUCK.

Rick Glankler, President of Commercial Operations for Fremantle, commented: "Fremantle's game shows and the lottery are the perfect match with Scientific Games. We cannot wait to see more exciting lottery games created around these three iconic game shows."

Scientific Games has created and launched more than 100 different lottery games featuring the three brands over the years.

"Our innovation teams are already at work creating new lottery games themed to these three Fremantle hit TV game shows," said Kyle Rogers, Executive VP of Lottery Licensing for Scientific Games. "Our goal is to offer the best portfolio of entertaining licensed properties to lotteries around the world and their players."

Originally making its TV debut in 1983 and returning to TV this summer, PRESS YOUR LUCK is a game of wits, strategy and high stakes, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT is Network television's number one rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history. FAMILY FEUD, first premiered in 1976 and has remained one of television's most popular and enduring game shows.

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posted 6/5/19

TUESDAY: Win, Place, and Show
NBC Wins with "Got Talent", MasterChef Junior Finale Holds Its Own for Fox
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.082 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with week two of "America's Got Talent" (9.752 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Songland" (4.742 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

FOX (3.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with the penultimate "MasterChef Junior" (2.918 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and the season finale of "MasterChef Junior" (3.197 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (5.135 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with second runs of "NCIS" (6.063 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "FBI" (4.994 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) plus a new "Blood & Treasure" (4.348 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.016 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "The Conners" (2.950 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "American Housewife" (1.958 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Modern Family" (1.958 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Goldbergs" (1.666 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "Modern Family" (1.854 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Black-ish" (1.709 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.440 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for repeats of "The Flash" (0.536 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "The 100" (0.345 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

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posted 6/5/19

MONDAY: Part 2
Stanley Cup Leads Non-Jeopardy! Action
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.001 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with its presentation of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4" (5.001 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

ABC (4.845 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a competitive second with a new "The Bachelorette" (5.490 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.554 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.772 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a new "Beat Shazam" (2.848 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by the return of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.696 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.493 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its mix of "The Neighborhood" (4.759 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (3.957 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), a new "The Code" (4.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Bull" (4.511 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.776 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with encores of "Masters of Illusion 21st Anniversary Special" (1.017 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Burden of Truth" (0.536 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11).

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(Food): 1.186m
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posted 6/4/19

Nick Is A-"Maze"-ing
British Favorite "The Crystal Maze" Heads Stateside
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Nickelodeon is bringing the legendary UK hit game show The Crystal Maze to the U.S. in an all-new version, co-produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (The Real World, The Challenge, Born This Way) and RDF Television (Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Wife Swap, Shipwrecked), all under the Banijay Group.

A longtime staple of British pop culture and family entertainment, The Crystal Maze--considered the forerunner to the current escape room craze--is a competitive challenge featuring a family team who must utilize physical and mental skills to successfully navigate an elaborate labyrinth of four giant and immersive themed zones.

Casting is underway on the new series (10 one-hour episodes) which begins production on the original set in Bristol, England, this summer. The show's host, who guides the family through each challenge and adventure, and the series premiere, will be announced at a later date.

"As Nickelodeon embraces co-viewing opportunities for every member of the family, The Crystal Maze brings a new type of action game and storytelling to audiences with its escape room-style gameplay and emphasis on collaboration and teamwork to win," said Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Unscripted Content.

"The Crystal Maze has long served as a staple of the UK entertainment landscape and we could not be happier to be reinventing the show for a younger demo alongside our sister companies, RDF and Stephen David Entertainment. Acting as the first series for BMP's Kids and Family Division, the show will build on our reputation in the competitive game space and we've no doubt by partnering with Nickelodeon, we can build a new audience for this brand in the U.S.," said Gil Goldschein, Chief Executive Officer, Bunim/Murray Productions.

Nickelodeon's version of The Crystal Maze will feature a team of family members tackling a range of challenges in zones collectively known as The Crystal Maze. Each successful game is rewarded with a 'time crystal' that equals five seconds in the centerpiece Crystal Dome. The adventure culminates in a spectacular finale, as the team enters the Dome to grab a cash prize as it flies around them during a dramatic clock countdown.

A current ratings smash in the UK, The Crystal Maze has been a beloved family and cult favorite since the mid '90s, with the current global popularity of the escape room phenomena reigniting interest further. The show was recently rebooted to great success with celebrity, charity and family seasons in UK, Australia and beyond.

The Crystal Maze is executive produced by Gil Goldschein and Maria Pepin from Bunim/Murray Productions, Neale Simpson from Fizz, part of RDF Television, and Stephen David from Stephen David Entertainment. Production of The Crystal Maze for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

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posted 6/4/19

India Is Ready to Confetti
Facebook to Launch Version in Asia
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Social networking giant Facebook on Tuesday announced its first interactive game show, titled "Confetti" in India.

Starting June 12, the interactive show will air from Wednesday to Sunday on Facebook's dedicated video platform - Facebook Watch, the company said in a statement.

First launched in the US, the interactive game will challenge participants to answer pop culture trivia questions for a chance to win ₹3 lakh (about $4300) as cash prize every day.

"This is our first official show in India and we are excited to see how it will enable users to engage better and bring communities together around exceptional, interactive video experiences on Facebook," said Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships, Facebook.

The announcement was made in Mumbai on the sidelines of Facebook's Social Entertainment Summit.

Exclusive to Facebook Watch, the show is already available in other parts of the world including Canada, the UK, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines..

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posted 6/4/19

Let's Try This Again...
Quibi Picks Up "Singled Out" Re-Reboot
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More from the "everything old is new again" file: A pair of bygone MTV favorites — dating game show Singled Out and the Ashton Kutcher-led prank series Punk'd — are being revived for Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg's new digital venture.

In a nod to "offering an optimal viewing experience for those on the go," per the press notes, each show will get 20 new episodes of 10 minutes or less. Singled Out & Punk'd revivals MTV Studios Here are loglines for the returning Punk'd, from STXtelevision in association with MTV Studios, and Singled Out, from MTV Studios:

The show that coined the verb "punk'd" dared to go where no show had gone before. Now that technology can really augment reality, we're back to pull the boldest pranks on the biggest stars in Hollywood. This time around, no one is safe.

While downloading a dating app has never been easier, sorting through the singles is harder than ever. Singled Out narrows down the dating field, as less choice means more real connections. In this reimagined version, anyone and everyone can find love no matter their sexual preference. Who will be swiped out and who will be Singled Out?

"This deal builds on MTV's strategy of reinventing our iconic shows to reach new audiences on pioneering new platforms like Quibi," MTV President Chris McCarthy said. "We are excited to be working with Jeffrey, Doug and the Quibi team to reinvent Punk'd and Singled Out for a new generation of fans."

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posted 6/4/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "There She Is..."

  • Elizabeth Banks, beefing up her resume further, will star, produce "Mrs. America" for FX (Deadline)

  • Gwen Stefani calls replacing Adam Levine "a shock" (Deadline)

  • Jane Lynch takes her "Game Night" to the beach (Cheddar)

  • LIST ABUSE: 16 game show fails (The Wrap)

  • Ninja Warrior UK finally finds its champion (Telly Mix)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (Deadline)

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