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Who You Callin' a Yahoo?
Tom Cavanagh to Host GSN/Yahoo! Series
From the Futon Critic

Today, Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, and Yahoo have announced a new series, "Hey Yahoo!" hosted by actor and director Tom Cavanagh. The half-hour original series is scheduled to premiere early this summer.

In "Hey Yahoo!" two teams of three players each compete to guess what millions of people are searching for on Yahoo Search. Contestants are given the first half of a search, and then have to fill-in-the-blank based on what they think America is searching for. For each correct answer, the dollar value of that answer is added to the team's bank. At the end of three rounds of play, the team with the most money wins and will go on to the bonus round for a chance to add an extra $10,000 to their winnings.

Since 2014, Tom Cavanagh has acted & directed the Superhero show "The Flash" on which he plays the archenemy "Reverse Flash." Although he also directs on "Superman & Lois", television audiences may be more familiar with him from shows such as "Ed", "Scrubs", "Trust Me", "Love Monkey", "Eli Stone", "Blue Bloods" and others, while Broadway audiences may know him from the Tony Award winning "Urinetown." Cavanagh recently completed the film "Corrective Measures" alongside Michael Rooker and Bruce Willis, and he is currently producing the upcoming musical "MoviePass!"

"With 'Hey Yahoo!' we're bringing together friends and family to fill in the blank with a modern twist, based on the billions of searches a year happening on Yahoo Search. Game Show Network and I invite you to join the search and share the fun," said Tom Cavanagh.

"Hey Yahoo!" is produced by Game Show Enterprises Studios for Game Show Network with Rane Laymance serving as executive producer and Brian Provost as executive producer for Yahoo. Al Hassas of Sweet Lemons, LLC and Dean Tempest of Big Potato Limited also serve as executive producers.

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posted 3/21/2023


HGTV to Reconstruct Barbie's Dream House
Ashley Graham to Host
From the Futon Critic

One of the world's most iconic toys will become reality when HGTV taps into the zeitgeist of Mattel's Barbie(R) in its new competition series, Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge, set to premiere on HGTV this summer.

Inspired by the singular, enduring popularity of the global icon herself and by the excitement surrounding the upcoming release of the Warner Bros. Pictures film, Barbie, HGTV will harness the unmatched power of its corporate siblings to support four nostalgia-filled episodes and execute Barbie-themed cross-network content and promotions. Punctuated by celebrity guests, pop culture history and a plethora of Barbie surprises, Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge will be hosted by supermodel, designer, author and entrepreneur Ashley Graham and feature eight teams of HGTV superstars as they transform a Southern California home into a real-life Barbie Dreamhouse. In the end, one passionate Barbie fan will get the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime stay in a home created for dreamers.

"By aligning two admired brands - HGTV and Mattel's Barbie - and mobilizing the power of the best-in-class portfolio of Warner Bros. Discovery, Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge will deliver a unique, visually stunning payoff for millions of fans who want to see their favorite HGTV stars bring a treasured childhood icon to life," said Loren Ruch, Head of Content, HGTV.

"I cannot wait to see Barbie's signature style get the life-sized treatment in an actual home," said Ashley. "She holds such a special place in my heart, especially since Mattel created a one-of-a-kind doll of me back in 2016. It feels like such a full circle moment now that I have a hand in the creation of her real-life Dreamhouse."

During the series, 15 talented HGTV home design and renovation experts and one celebrated Food Network chef will participate in the creation of Barbie's Dreamhouse, including: Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson (Married to Real Estate); Jasmine Roth (Help! I Wrecked My House) and Antonia Lofaso (Beachside Brawl); Ty Pennington (Rock the Block) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab); Jonathan Knight and Kristina Crestin (Farmhouse Fixer); Christina Hall and James Bender (Christina on the Coast); Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas (Bargain Block); Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt (100 Day Dream Home); and Michel Smith Boyd and Anthony Elle Williams (Luxe for Less). Teams will overhaul areas of the home with an era-specific style, such as an early 1960s atomic age kitchen, a '70s disco vibe for Ken's Den and a main bedroom decked out in '80s glam.

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posted 3/21/2023

Stephen Fry to Host "Jeopardy!"... in the UK... AND Australia?!
ITV Announces Reboot of Classic Quiz Show
From Deadline

TV Tonight reports Stephen Fry is set to host a new version of Jeopardy for the Nine network - but with a twist. The quiz will be filmed in the UK with Australian expat contestants.

Nine is planning 6 specials - not a full series - with Fry as host, to screen in 2023 or possibly 2024.

Filming will take place in Manchester in May produced by Whisper North Limited.

Aussie applicants must be aged at least 18 years of age, and a current legal resident in the United Kingdom. Entries close May 12, 2023.

Fry is already lined up to host an ITV reboot of iconic gameshow Jeopardy!.

The show, which will air as a 20-part order in the daytime, sees contestants using general knowledge skills to win rounds and amass winnings. In each round, contestants are presented trivia clues phrased as answers, to which they must respond in the form of a question that correctly identifies whatever the clue is describing. An extra round is being forged for the rebooted UK version.

The American classic first appeared in the UK in the late 1980s on Channel 4 and was also on ITV and Sky in the 1990s. ITV said Fry will "bring a modern twist to the cult classic."

Paramount Global Content Distribution handles format rights and Sony-backed Whisper North is producing in the UK. Jeopardy! has aired on US screens for nearly 60 years. The show will be filmed at dock10 studios and is set to air this Autumn.

"In the United States, Jeopardy! is a phenomenon like no other," said Fry. "Whenever I'm in America, I do my damnedest to catch it every weekday. The idea of hosting it here in the UK makes me dizzy with delight. Such a dedicated quizzing nation as ours will, I hope, welcome this uniquely beguiling and endlessly rewarding game."

ITV Head of Entertainment Katie Rawcliffe said: "There is no one better to host this classic game show than Stephen, bringing knowledge and entertainment to all of our viewers."

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posted 3/21/2023

WWEel of Fortune
America's Game Looking for Wrestling Fans
From eWrestling

A handful of WWE Superstars will take time out of their busy schedules this week to film episodes of "Wheel of Fortune" that will air during WWE Week, the week leading up to WrestleMania 39. 

According to PWInsider, former "SmackDown" Women's Champion Liv Morgan, Damage CTRL's Bayley, and former WWE Champion Big E will participate. After The New Day's Xavier Woods appeared on the show's spin-off, "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune," last October, it was announced that WWE had teamed up with the popular TV game show to produce a week of shows set to broadcast prior to WWE's biggest show of the year. The first episode is slated to air on Monday, March 27. 

Late last year, WWE released details about how individuals could apply to be contestants on these unique episodes, which will see fans team up with WWE Superstars on the show. It was confirmed that the "winning teams will secure fabulous rewards such as a trip to WrestleMania and other exclusive WWE prize packages."

Each star will team up with a 'Superfan' in an attempt to win the "ultimate WrestleMania VIP experience". The trio's appearing include:
- Monday (27): Xavier Woods, Drew McIntyre and Carmella.
- Tuesday (28): Sonya Deville, Austin Theory and Bianca Belair.
- Wednesday (29) Big E, Bayley and Liv Morgan.
- Thursday (30): Natalya, The Miz and Kofi Kingston.

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posted 3/21/2023


Out of Retirement
"Egghead" Judith Keppel to Return for 2000th Episode
From Cambridgeshire Live

Original Eggheads star Judith Keppel is to come out of retirement to appear in the 2,000th episode of the popular quiz show.

The program began in 2003, first screening on the BBC before moving to Channel 5 in 2021, with current host Jeremy Vine joining in 2008.

The milestone episode, which airs on March 22, will follow the famous format with a team of contestants attempting to beat a panel of specialist quizzers in a test of their general knowledge.

TV quiz royalty Keppel, who was catapulted to fame as the first UK winner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? in 2000, retired from Eggheads at the end of the last series after 19 years on the hit show but returned for the special episode.

The 80-year-old told the PA news agency: "It's amazing. It's lovely to be able to be doing that. Eggheads obviously has been a great success over the years because we've gone on such a long time."

Explaining the success of the show, she added: "I think people love bringing teams. What Eggheads has become is what I call wallpaper TV. Students have their TV on all the time, so they see Eggheads and then they bring a team because they think it'd be a laugh.

"And then we have families who come on, and we have pub teams, because they always have quiz teams, and work teams and also charity teams.

"All sorts of people seem to enjoy bringing teams and participating. I think that's the secret to it really. It's not University Challenge, which absolutely bamboozles most people… the science questions on University Challenge, I don't know what they're talking about.

"It's possible to beat us."

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posted 3/21/2023

MONDAY: Deadlock
NBC Wins Totals, Big Four Tie in Demo
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Fox's 9-1-1, NBC's The Voice and ABC's The Bachelor tied for the Monday demo win, while CBS' NCIS led the night in total viewers — but just barely!

The Voice (with 6.3 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating) was down a tick week-to-week. Quantum Leap dipped to one of its smaller audiences thus far (1.9 million) while posting its sixth 0.3 rating out of the past eight episodes.

9-1-1 (4.3 mil/0.6) ticked up in the demo.

The Bachelor (3.1 mil/0.6) also was up in the demo, while The Good Doctor (3.4 mil/0.3) was steady.

CBS's The Neighborhood (5.6 mil/0.5), NCIS (6.4 mil/0.4) and Hawai'i (4.8 mil/0.3) were all steady in the demo, though the NCISes both lost some eyeballs. Bob Hearts Abishola (5 mil/0.4) was down a tenth in the demo.

The CW's All American (480K/0.1) slipped to its smallest audience since Jan. 30 and tied its demo low. Homecoming (370K/0.1) drew its smallest audience since Jan. 23.

Monday cable numbers...
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.370m/0.20
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.027m/0.15
- Easter Basket Challenge - 10p (Food): 586k/0.11
- Master Minds (GSN): 513k/0.04
- Switch (GSN): 503k/0.07
- Easter Basket Challenge - 9p (Food): 494k/0.07
- People Puzzler (GSN): 453k/0.04

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posted 3/21/2023

SUNDAY: On to the Sweet 16
CBS Wins on Not-Round 2 Coverage
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' 60 Minutes clocked in with Sunday's biggest audience, while the night's demo winner is, at this point, TBD.

60 Minutes is reporting the night's largest audience (with 8.5 million viewers, per CBS). The Equalizer drew 6.1 mil, East New York did 4.8 mil and NCIS: Los Angeles delivered 3.9 mil. 60 MINUTES benefitted from afternoon NCAA TOURNAMENT games at 1.43/2.40/2.64 and rose four-tenths to 0.93. THE EQUALIZER gained 0.09 to 0.49, EAST NEW YORK climbed 0.06 to 0.36, and NCIS: LA ticked down to 0.31 (compared to its last new episode 2 weeks ago).

Leading out of a Dateline rerun on NBC, Magnum P.I. dipped to a new audience low (2.9 mil) while posting its fifth straight 0.3 rating. The Blacklist (1.7 mil/0.2) was also down in audience/steady in the demo.

ABC's AFV (4.2 mil/0.4) and American Idol (4.7 mil/0.6) were down, while The Company You Keep (2.2 mil/0.3) was statistically steady in audience and is currently up a tenth in the demo.

Fox's The Simpsons drew 830,000 and a 0.2, followed by The Great North's 600K/0.2 and Bob's Burgers' 740K/0.2.

Sunday cable numbers...
- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.170m/0.19
- MILF Manor (SF/TLC): 696k/0.15

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posted 3/21/2023

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She's Katie Nolan, and She's "Got a Secret"
Sony, GSN to Pilot Classic Panel Series
From Forbes

Classic game shows never officially conclude; they come back in revivals. And the latest potential entry is I've Got a Secret, which first launched in 1952.

Embassy Row, Werner Entertainment and Game Show Enterprises Studios, GSN's production arm, will co-produce a pilot of this potential modern day version of I've Got a Secret, hosted by sports television personality Katie Nolan.

Pitched as an hour, either for network or syndication, and positioned as a game show with comedic overtones, four celebrity panelists will try and figure out each contestant's "secret," drawn from pop culture both past and present, by asking them a series of yes or no questions.

The scoop: One contestant might be the billionaire creator of an app you use every day. Another might be the parent of a chart-topping pop star. Or one could be the voice of one of your favorite cartoon characters or a person who made national headlines as a famous baby. Celebrity panelists for the pilot are comedians Nikki Glaser, Colton Dunn, Cristela Alonso and Matteo Lane.

"I've Got a Secret is a foundational format in the history of game shows," said Michael Davies, Embassy Row founder and Jeopardy! executive producer in a statement. "To get to reinvent it with a young host of such immense talent as Katie Nolan, and to populate the studio with such a desirable panel of comics is a testament to its natural and modern appeal."

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posted 3/21/2023

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Julianne Hough Returns Home
"Dancing with the Stars" Alum to Co-Host with Alfonso Ribeiro
From TV Insider

Dancing With the Stars judge and long-time pro dancer Julianne Hough will now return to the competition series as co-host with Alfonso Ribeiro in Season 32, replacing Tyra Banks.

Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough are confirmed as judges on the next season of the Disney+ show, marking a Dancing With the Stars reunion for the Hough siblings, who together have won more seasons of the series than any other pro. Season 32 also marks the first without Len Goodman, who announced his retirement in the Season 31 finale.

Banks,who announced her exit on Thursday, March 16, joined Dancing With the Stars as host while it was still on ABC in 2020, replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. She stayed as host through its final seasons on ABC, making the switch to Disney+ in 2022 where she was joined by new co-host Ribeiro.

Banks opened up about her departure from the competition series to TMZ. "I feel it's really time for me to focus on my business and my entrepreneurship, and also producing more TV — but behind the scenes," she said. "I think it's time to graduate from the dance floor to the stock market floor… from the ballroom to the boardroom."

Hough first appeared on Dancing With the Stars Season 4 as a professional dancer in 2007, winning the season with amateur partner Apolo Ohno. At the time, she was the youngest professional dancer to win the mirrorball trophy. She won again in Season 5 with partner Hélio Castroneves. Hough remained in the professional cast through Season 8, and then left to pursue other career opportunities.

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posted 3/20/2023

Drag Race vs. Politics
"Drag Isn't Dangerous" Campaign Launched
From Entertainment Weekly

RuPaul's Drag Race winners and queer icons are teaming up to make a high-heeled stand against anti-drag politics with a high-profile telethon.

Amid a rise in U.S. state legislation that limits drag as well as gender-affirming healthcare for transgender children, EW reports that drag management firm Producer Entertainment Group has partnered with GLAAD, Queerty parent company Q.Digital, OUTtv, Obsessed, Trixie Cosmetics, SERV Vodka, and to launch the Drag Isn't Dangerous campaign, including a one-night-only streaming telethon that will divide proceeds among charities that support LGBTQ causes and drag performers in need.

Featuring a wealth of talent — none of whom are taking a fee for the event — from numerous RuPaul's Drag Race winners to community staples, the Drag Isn't Dangerous telethon will include a mix of live and pre-taped sets as well as testimonials from LGBTQ people as well as straight celebrity allies.

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posted 3/20/2023

Super-Second Super Season of Superchefs
Food Network Gives Greenlight
From The Futon Critic

Food Network has ordered an eight-episode season two pickup of primetime series Superchef Grudge Match, it was announced today by Betsy Ayala, Head of Content, Food, Warner Bros. Discovery. In each episode, host Darnell Ferguson settles two long-standing personal and professional food feuds in one-round, one-dish winner-takes-all heavyweight battles. The series has reached more than 8M P2+ viewers to-date and is currently Food Network's highest-rated freshman launch of the year, outperforming prior six-week timeslot benchmarks by +57% among P25-54 and +72% among W25-54.

Season two production is scheduled to begin later this year, with new episodes slated to premiere early 2024. Superchef Grudge Match currently airs Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and streaming on discovery+.

"Our viewers love seeing these chefs settle their real-life conflicts and Darnell is the perfect host to lead all the action," said Ayala. "Superchef Grudge Match has quickly become a fan favorite and we are thrilled to announce more culinary feuds will be resolved in season two."

"Season one of Superchef Grudge Match was an amazing experience and only just the beginning, I cannot wait to settle more food rivalries in season two," said Ferguson.

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posted 3/20/2023

FRIDAY: More Madness!
CBS Wins on Round 1 Coverage
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' coverage of the NCAA men's basketball tournament dominated Friday in the demo, and veritably tied ABC's Shark Tank for the night's biggest audience.

Primetime March Madness coverage averaged 3.35 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, on par with Thursday's Night 1 tallies.

Shark Tank (3.37 mil/0.4) was steady.

Fox's Friday Night SmackDown (2.1 mil/0.5) ticked down.

NBC's Lopez vs. Lopez (1.9 mil/0.2) and Grand Crew (1.2 mil/0.1) were steady in viewers yet dipped in the demo.

The CW Whose Line Is It Anyway? (570K/0.1) surged in viewers.

Friday cable numbers...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV): 510k/0.20
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (MTV): 222k/0.10

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posted 3/20/2023

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Back to Vegas"

  • Game Show Boot Camp returns August 5 (Wheatridge Foundation)

  • JeoparDAY! returns March 30 (

  • Jackie Lamatis moves on from Wheel's contestant office (Twitter @PatOnWheel)

  • We'll see Terry Crews in the funnies... or on a pilot based on the funnies (Deadline)

  • Gino D'Acampo walks out of chef road trip (Deadline)

  • Gabby Windey goes on a date with Alan Bersten (People)

  • Nick Wilson cast his vote... and Survivor nation is not happy (Reality Blurred)

  • Marc Summers to 90s Con: "They will never ever do (Double Dare) again" (ComicBook)

posted 3/20/2023


Alison Hammond Heads to the Tents
"This Morning" Host Joins Noel Fielding on "Great British Baking Show"
From Deadline

Alison Hammond has been confirmed as the new host of The Great British Bake Off.

Hammond, who co-hosted the BAFTA Film Awards last month, will replace Matt Lucas on Channel 4's baking competition. The show has a loyal following on Netflix in the U.S. as "The Great British Baking Show".

The Daily Mirror first reported the news on Thursday and Hammond confirmed it on TikTok this morning.

Hammond first graced British television screens as a contestant on Big Brother in 2002. She has gone on to become a much-loved presenter, hosting ITV's This Morning, where she has become known for viral celebrity interviews. This included an encounter with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling in 2017, in which she admitted to having never watched Blade Runner.

Hammond has appeared on the celebrity version of The Great British Bake Off, in which she captured the show's essence by telling viewers: "Good baking comes from the heart and I have got a lot of heart."

Hammond will co-host with Noel Fielding, while Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will return as judges.

Commenting on Hammond's casting, Channel 4's Chief Content Officer Ian Katz said: "Alison is much loved, effortlessly funny and the owner of the best laugh in Britain. She was a huge hit when she appeared on Celebrity Bake Off and we're thrilled to have her back in the tent."

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posted 3/17/2023


"Lingo" Ends Season Early
Four Remaining Season 1 Episodes to Air As Part of Season 2
From TV Line

Lingo is Lingoing away... but only for the time being.

CBS has announced that the RuPaul Charles-hosted game show will be replaced on Wednesday nights at 9/8c with drama series reruns, starting with FBI: Most Wanted on March 22. Survivor opens CBS Wednesdays, while the freshman caper series True Lies closes out the night at 10 pm.

Lingo was recently ordered for a second season, and the remaining four original episodes will be scheduled for next season.

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posted 3/17/2023

THURSDAY: Come On and Watch Some Basketball
CBS, ABC Split
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' March Madness coverage tipoff dominated Thursday in the demo, while ABC's Station 19 fired up the largest audience.

Primetime coverage of the NCAA men's basketball championship tournament averaged 3.2 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating.

Station 19 (4.2 mil/0.5), Grey's Anatomy (3.4 mil/0.4, read recap) and Alaska Daily (2.9 mil/0.2) all added viewers and were steady in the demo, with Alaska Daily matching its best audience since Episode 2.

Fox's Next Level Chef (1.9 mil/0.4) was steady, while Animal Control (1.4 mil/0.3) and Call Me Kat (1.3 mil/0.3) both ticked up.

Thursday cable numbers...
- Top Chef: World All-Stars (Bravo): 658k/0.14
- People Puzzler (GSN): 514k/0.04
- Switch (GSN): 477k/0.04
- Master Minds (GSN): 454k/0.03

- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 122k/0.04

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posted 3/10/2023

"Feud" Contestant Charged with Murder
Joke Emerges from 2020 Episode
From Entertainment Weekly

Former Family Feud contestant Timothy "Tim" W. Bliefnick has been charged with the murder of his estranged wife three years after joking about their marriage on the popular game show.

On Monday, Illinois' Quincy Police Department announced in a press release that the 39-year-old is facing two counts of first degree murder and home invasion in connection with the murder of Rebecca Bliefnick, 41, who was found shot to death in her home on Feb. 23.

Bliefnick and his family members — not including his wife — appeared on the popular game show in 2020, per the Kansas City Star.

His lawyer insists his client his innocent. "It's a game show. A silly answer to a silly question on a silly show doesn't make one a murderer."

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posted 3/17/2023

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Full Circle"

  • Dwayne Johnson reunites with Brendan Fraser after he wins an Oscar (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: The brand new for 2023 LEt's Make a DEal slot (YouTube @BrianChristopherSlots)

  • Chloe Veitch moves on from her "Perfect Match"... after two weeks... while living with him for over two months. Something doesn't add up. (E!)

  • FIRST LOOK: a split second... of "Split Second" (YouTube @GameShowNetwork)

  • Banijay goes on a spending spree (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ally Love (Variety)

posted 3/17/2023

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Sweet Charity
Charity Lawson Picked as New "Bachelorette"
From The Futon Critic

Following her heartbreaking departure after her hometown date on Zach Shallcross' season of "The Bachelor," Charity Lawson's journey to find love will continue when she steps in as the leading woman for the upcoming 20th season of "The Bachelorette." The captivating 27-year-old will begin handing out roses when the series returns this summer. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.

A child and family therapist from Columbus, Georgia, Lawson earned a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Auburn University. She stole America's heart on season 27 of "The Bachelor" with her confidence, compassion for helping others and magnetic smile. Audiences saw Lawson open herself up to finding love by taking risks, all while supporting those around her. After her emotional exit, she solidified Bachelor Nation's trust in her genuine desire to find love.

As the Bachelorette, Lawson is searching for a life partner who loves dogs, thrifting and a good tailgate; but, above all else, is honest, empathetic and values her for who she is. With parents who have been married over 47 years, Lawson has been instilled with the confidence of knowing what she deserves and is eager to find a lasting love matching their example.

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posted 3/16/2023

WEDNESDAY: Survivor Surviving
CBS Wins the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, with NBC's #OneChicago in rerun mode: CBS' Survivor easily led Wednesday in both the demo and in total viewers.

Survivor (with 4.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating) was up in viewers and steady in the demo. Lingo (2.1 mil/0.3) and True Lies (2.5 mil/0.3) were also steady.

Fox's The Masked Singer (3.8 mil/0.6) and Farmer Wants a Wife (2.3 mil/0.3) both dipped.

The CW's The Flash (570K/0.1) inched up to match its best audience of the farewell season.

ABC's The Conners (3.8 mil/0.5), The Goldbergs (2.4 mil/0.4) and Abbott (2.7 mil/0.5) all rose in the demo, while Not Dead Yet (2 mil/0.3) and Million Little Things (1.9 mil/0.2) were steady.

Wednesday cable numbers...
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 460k/0.07
- Master Minds (GSN): 443k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 442k/0.04
- Switch (GSN): 430k/0.06

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posted 3/16/2023

Saved by CW
"FBoy Island" Un-cancelled, Spun Off
From TV Line

FBoy Island is getting another shot at love: Following its cancellation by HBO Max, the dating show has landed at The CW for a third season, according to Deadline. What's more, The CW is also poised to pick up a spinoff titled FGirl Island, a gender-swapped version of the original.

FBoy Island, a tongue-in-cheek reality series created by The Bachelor producer Elan Gale, sees three women choose from a field of potential mates in a tropical locale, with the men secretly divided between "Fboys" who are superficial and commitment-phobic and "nice guys" who are ready for an adult relationship. (When "Fboys" are eliminated, they are condemned to a sparse, Survivor-like shelter, while eliminated "nice guys" are given luxury accommodations and lavish meals.) Comedian Nikki Glaser hosts and adds lots of snarky one-liners to the proceedings, including the immortal kiss-off line: "Fboy? F-bye."

Fboy Island premiered on HBO Max in July 2021 with a 10-episode freshman season. It was renewed the following month, and Season 2 debuted this past July. HBO Max then cancelled the series in December, amid a reported move away from unscripted content. It remains to be seen, though, how airing on a broadcast network like The CW will affect FBoy Island's more adults-only elements.

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posted 3/16/2023

Chopped Salutes the Military
New Tournament Premieres April 25
From The Futon Critic

From the front lines to the Chopped kitchen, sixteen military chefs are ready to put their culinary skills to the test in the new five-part tournament Chopped: Military Salute hosted by Ted Allen and premiering Tuesday, April 25th at 8pm on Food Network. With precision, speed, and persistence, chefs from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines will cook their hearts out in preliminary heats as they vie for the chance to compete in the final showdown. The chefs must bring their culinary arsenal as they showcase their cooking knowledge and techniques over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - while using the mandatory basket of mystery ingredients to create delicious dishes to impress a rotating panel of judges, including Air Force veteran Sunny Anderson, Scott Conant, Cliff Crooks, Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Murphy. Then, it's a twist in the grand finale, as the finalists, each representing their branch of the military, join forces as a team to cook against a different Chopped judge in every round including, Eric Adjepong, Tiffani Faison and Amanda Freitag, for a chance to win up to $75,000 for a charitable cause and the title of Chopped Champion. Commemorating this spectacular final showdown, a special VIP guest visits the Chopped kitchen to surprise and celebrate the competitors.

"Chopped is a battle of precision and skill and in Chopped: Military Salute we celebrate the men and women who put their precision and skill to the test every day and who have devoted their lives to their country," said Betsy Ayala, Head of Content, Food, Warner Bros. Discovery. "With increased stakes and a finale twist, this tournament will have the audience on the edge of their seats as the best of the best bring their passion, pride and prowess to the Chopped kitchen."

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posted 3/16/2023

More "Taskmaster", More Often
Six Seasons, Junior Edition Forthcoming
From UPI

British game show Taskmaster will return for six more seasons. Channel 4 announced in a press release Wednesday that it renewed the series and is also developing the spinoff Junior Taskmaster.

Taskmaster is a comedy panel show created by Alex Horne and hosted by Horne and Greg Davies. Each episode features a group of five celebrities as they attempt to complete challenges, with Horne acting as umpire and Davies as "taskmaster."

The series originally premiered on Dave in 2015 and started airing on Channel 4 in 2020.

Junior Taskmaster "will see young people aged 9 to 11 bring their fledgling wiles, athleticism and creativity to the game that recognizes genius at any age." Hosts for the spinoff will be announced soon.

"I've watched many, many comedians flounder when given simple instructions over the past few years and I fully expect the competitors in Junior Taskmaster to be both more competent and just as funny. For that series, I will be handing over my assistant's clipboard to someone equally as efficient and persistent as myself because I have a lot more admin to do with six further handfuls of supposedly talented adults. I live for bureaucracy so this is all excellent news," Horne said in a statement.

"My long-term contempt for young people is a matter of record but other people here at Taskmaster HQ seem convinced that they have merit. I am thrilled that two new team members are putting this questionable hypothesis to the test and will take on the challenge of corralling and assessing them on television. I will be watching closely to ensure standards are met. I am also delighted that Alex and I return to test the intelligence of comedians in the most scientific of ways. I'll be pretty angry. It's not even an act anymore," Davies added.

Radio Times

C21 Media

posted 3/16/2023

More on "Love Is Blind" Season 4
Meet the Cast!
From the Futon Critic

We're ready! Meet the Love is Blind Season 4 singles who are looking to find the one. Get a glimpse into their personalities and what they're looking for in a potential partner before the new season premieres on March 24th only on Netflix.

Singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, have signed up for a less conventional approach to modern dating in Seattle where they hope to meet the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with...without ever having seen them. With no distractions from the outside world, the singles talk to a stream of potential love interests and when a meaningful connection is made, they propose and then lay their eyes on their fiancé for the first time. Engaged and back in the real world, as the couples plan their wedding day, they will quickly discover whether they can turn their emotional connection into a physical one before the fast-approaching ceremony. Hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, this addictive series will uncover whether looks, race or age do matter, or if love really is blind.

· Amber - 34, Flight Attendant
· April - 29, Sales & Marketing Coordinator
· Ava - 32, Communications Specialist
· Bill - 33, Real Estate Investor
· Bliss - 33, Senior Program Manager
· Brandie - 39, Real Estate Broker
· Brett - 36, Design Director
· Chelsea - 31, Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist
· Chris - 32, Technical Recruiter
· Conner - 28, Operations Manager
· Irina - 26, Business Owner
· Jack - 30, Software Sales
· Jackelina - 27, Certified Dental Assistant
· Jimmy - 29, Technical Product Manager
· Josh - 31, Project Engineer
· Josh "JP" - 30, Plant Operations Director
· Juan - 30, Mortgage Loan Officer
· Kacia - 31, Family Support Specialist
· Kendra - 33, Social Worker
· Kwame - 33, Sales Development Manager
· Marshall - 27, Marketing Manager
· Micah - 27, Marketing Manager
· Molly - 32, Marriage & Family Therapist
· Monica - 31, Elementary School Teacher
· Paul - 29, Environmental Scientist
· Quincy - 36, Gym Owner & Fitness Coach
· Ryland - 29, Commercial Insurance & Real Estate
· Tiffany - 37, Client Lead Recruiter
· Wendi - 28, Aerospace Engineer
· Zack - 31, Criminal Defense Attorney

The Futon Critic
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TV Insider

posted 3/16/2023

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Answering Back"

  • Physical:100 producers deny that the series was fixed (NME)

  • Damar Hamlin gives an update on his health on "The Masked Singer" (Gold Derby)

  • Witney Carson's moving her family to Florida (Reality TV World)

  • Tyler Cameron only had $200 when he was dating Gigi Hadid (Reality TV World)

  • Banijay goes on a spending spree (Deadline)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: meet the landmark first champ of Saudi Idol (Variety)

posted 3/16/2023

TUESDAY: Look Who's Back...
"The Voice", "FBI" Fuel Split Decision
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's The Voice led Tuesday in the demo, while CBS' FBI easily copped the night's largest audience.

FBI (with 7 million viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) and International (5.4 mil/0.3) both dipped in the demo, while Most Wanted (5 mil/0.3) was steady — and all three shows posted their best audiences since Jan. 24.

Night Court (3.4 mil/0.4) slipped to new lows, American Auto (2 mil/0.2) hit a demo low and The Voice (4.7 mil/0.5) was steady week-to-week. That's My Jam closed out the night with 2.5 mil/0.3.

The CW's Superman & Lois returned to 753K and a 0.1, off just a tick from its Season 2 averages. Gotham Knights debuted to 602K and a 0.1, which is on par with what Walker Independence opened with in the fall (615K/0.1, leading out of the network's other most-watched program).

Fox's 9-1-1: Lone Star (3.6 mil/0.4) dipped, while Accused (1.9 mil/0.3) was steady.

ABC's The Bachelor's "Women Tell All" special drew 2.6 mil and a 0.4.

Tuesday cable numbers...
- Chopped (Food): 603k/0.10
- Master Minds (GSN): 505k/0.05
- Superchef Grudge Match (Food): 497k/0.09
- People Puzzler (GSN): 460k/0.04
- Switch (GSN): 426k/0.05

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/15/2023

Let's Make a Deal Returns to Primetime
First of Four Specials to Air April 19
From The Futon Critic

LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME, hosted by Emmy Award winner Wayne Brady, is back this spring with four new specials, to be broadcast Wednesday, April 19, Wednesday, April 26, Wednesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

Beginning Wednesday, April 19, LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME returns with a salute to the military episode. The audience is filled with active and retired men and women who have served our country - some even playing virtually from around the world. To thank the service men and women, LET'S MAKE A DEAL is giving away the biggest amount of cash and prizes in the series' history! Plus, special guest Jordin Sparks shows her appreciation by singing a prize clue with Wayne.

On Wednesday, April 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME packs an entire week's worth of daily daytime episodes into one special night, starting with a Mega Money Monday $25,000 guaranteed win! Tiffany unveils her food truck to celebrate Taco Tuesday, complete with a special taco stuffed with a hidden prize. Luxury travel takes center stage on Worldwide Wednesday with a dream vacation to Japan, Thailand and Singapore. Then, Throwback Thursday honors the LMAD originals, with prize clues from clips featuring Monty Hall and Carol Merrill. Finally, on Fabulous Car Friday, one lucky trader can win a McLaren. Additional prizes include a Ford Mustang, a European cruise and a baby grand piano.

With summer approaching, it's time to start thinking about tropical getaways, and LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME has got you covered with a Vacation! episode airing Wednesday, May 3 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), packed with all of the deluxe getaways, including luxury trips to the Maldives, Bora Bora, Bali, Ibiza, Hawaii, Jamaica and more. Then, everyone will feel those vacation vibes with a special performance from Shaggy! Plus, one trader will win $50,000 and another could win an unbelievable seven continent tour.

On Wednesday, May 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME celebrates its season finale with big prizes and even bigger winners in some of the show's most iconic deals and games, including Dr. Wayne, Accelerator and the new classic, Jewel Heist. Lucky traders could win $30,000 in cash, trips to Spain, Switzerland and the Dominican Republic, along with an electric Ford Mustang, a Genesis G70 and even a Bentley!

LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME is produced by Fremantle. John Quinn is the executive producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/15/2023

No Laughing Matter in Quebec
LOL: Quie Rira Le Dernier? Returns to Prime
From The Futon Critic

Prime Video today announced the green light of two new seasons of the hit series, LOL: Qui Rira Le Dernier?, with stand-up comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer Patrick Huard (Bon Cop Bad Cop, Starbuck) returning as host for both seasons of the Canadian Amazon Original series.

Featuring a cast of popular French-speaking comedic actors and stand-ups competing to make each other laugh first, the Quebec version of the global comedy format will be shot in Montreal by producers Attraction. LOL: Qui Rira Le Dernier? will be available exclusively on Prime Video in 240 countries and territories worldwide.

"That takes me back to when I was a teenager, to that adrenaline high of getting folks to laugh with the sole purpose of having fun! For weeks, people everywhere have been talking to me about it... laughing. And that really makes me happy," said Patrick Huard, host, LOL: Qui Rira Le Dernier?. "Those are the reasons it wasn't hard to persuade me to host seasons 2 and 3. Not to mention the pleasure of finding ideas to torture participants even more!"

"As we launch more content for our French language customers, we are delighted to see LOL: Qui Rira Le Dernier? connect and become a smash-hit for Prime Video in Quebec," said Magda Grace, head of Prime Video, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. "Having Patrick return to host two more seasons is a game-changer and we are excited to keep Quebec audiences laughing."

The Futon Critic

posted 3/9/2023

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "An Apology with the World Watching..."

  • Greer Blitzer obviously talked to a lawyer. Why else would she apologize on national TV? (Variety)

  • Gabby Windey hangs up her dancing shoes (Reality TV World)

  • "Taskmaster" up for an international award (Chortle)

  • You can fight the good fight (REality Blurred)

posted 3/14/2023

KENICHI CHEN: 1956-2023
Chinese "Iron Chef"
From Japan News

Chef Kenichi Chen, famous for his appearances on the popular TV series "Ryouri no Tetsujin" (Iron Chef), died in a Tokyo hospital on Saturday due to interstitial pneumonia. He was 67.

Chen was known as "Chyuka no Tetsujin," or the Iron Chinese, from the show's inception in 1993 to its finale in 2000.

Born in Tokyo in 1956, Chen's real name was Kenichi Azuma. His father was a chef from China who introduced Sichuan cuisine throughout Japan.

Chen was chairman of the Szechwan Restaurant group and also chaired The Japan Association of Chinese Cuisine from 2011.

Chen is survived by two sons, including noted Singaporean chef Kentaro Chen.

The Japan News
NHK (Japanese)

posted 3/14/2023

Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 23
Results for the Week Ending March 5
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan continued to top the talkers with an unchanged 1.6 Nielsen Syndication Service national rating for the week ending March 5. Soon to depart first-run Dr. Phil held on to second, but climbed 17% to a 1.4.

The three top game shows also took win, place, and show for all of syndication with Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune remaining at a 5.5 and 5.2, respectively, while Family Feud dipped 6% to a third-place 5.0. The top three outdistanced their competition by more than a factor of five.

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.

- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.5 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.2 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.0 -6%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- You Bet Your Life with Jay Leno (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Allen Media Group) 0.3 -25%

TV Newscheck
Daytime Confidential

Soap Opera Network

posted 3/14/2023

MONDAY: Springing Forward
NBC Wins Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, and with Daylight Saving Time now upon us/everyone ostensibly outdoors throwing a Frisbee at night: NBC's The Voice led Monday in the demo, while CBS' NCIS copped the largest audience. ]

The Voice (with 6.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating) added eyeballs week-to-week while steady in the demo; Quantum Leap (2.5 mil/0.3) did same.

Leading out of a dipping Bachelor (3 mil/0.5), ABC's The Good Doctor's planted The Good Lawyer spinoff pilot is on track to match the drama's best audience of 2023 (3.4 mil) while posting its eighth straight 0.3 rating.

Fox's 9-1-1 (4.3 mil/0.5) dipped to series lows.

The Neighborhood (5.4 mil/0.5), Bob Loves Abishola (4.9 mil/0.4), NCIS (7 mil/0.4) and NCIS: Hawaii (5 mil/0.3) all dipped in the demo, though NCIS was up in audience and Hawaii outperformed its season average.

The CW's All American (572K/0.2) and Homecoming (400K/0.1) each dropped some eyeballs.

Monday cable numbers...
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.313m/0.19
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 938k/0.12
- Easter Basket Challenge (SP/Food): 614k/0.07
- People Puzzler (GSN): 527k/0.06
- Master Minds (GSN): 513k/0.04
- Switch (GSN): 499k/0.06

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/14/2023

Double the Alex
"Supermarket Stakeout", "Alex vs. America" Return April
From the Futon Critic

Chef Alex Guarnaschelli's hit primetime series Alex vs. America and Supermarket Stakeout return to Food Network with brand-new seasons this spring. Alex vs. America kicks off its season on Sunday, April 16th at 8pm ET/PT with Alex competing against three elite James Beard award-winning chefs, followed by Supermarket Stakeout premiere on Tuesday, April 25th at 9pm ET/PT.

In Alex vs. America, acclaimed chef and Food Network staple Alex Guarnaschelli competes against three culinary superstars at the same time over two rounds. The competitors hail from across the United States but share the same mastery of a culinary genre, one that they have spent endless hours in their own kitchens perfecting and which will be tested in an effort to take down Alex. At the start of each battle, host Eric Adjepong presents Alex and the competitors with the culinary theme for their dishes. In the first round, the competitors can work together to select ingredients and even decide how much time goes on the clock. Each dish undergoes a blind tasting from two judges well-versed in the episodic theme, with only the top three chefs advancing to the next round and the least successful challenger sent home - even if it is Alex. The chef who wins the first round earns the right to select all the variables for the second culinary challenge, with the remaining chefs' final plates determining who comes out on top, winning bragging rights and a cash prize.

Set in pop-up kitchens outside local supermarkets, each Supermarket Stakeout episode begins with host Alex Guarnaschelli giving four contestants $500 apiece - their whole budget to buy ingredients for the three-round cooking competition. In round one, the chefs can purchase ingredients only by blindly ambushing unsuspecting customers outside the store and negotiating for their grocery bags without knowing the contents. In round two, competitors can only purchase groceries from a single shopper, but may look through the bags before negotiating the price. In the final round, competitors may purchase five ingredients total, but can approach as many shoppers as it takes to get what they need. After each themed cooking round, the least successful chef is eliminated, leaving two competitors going head-to-head in the final round, vying for a cash prize.

The FUton Critic

posted 3/14/2023

"I Can See Your Voice" Travels Through Asia
A Slew of Pickups
From Prensario Internacional

CJ ENM's #1 most adapted format, is coming back with new seasons all across Asia in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Cambodia.

In the Philippines, the show's 8th season will first premiere on Kapamilya Channel, A2z on March 4th, followed by TV5 channel on March 11th. Regarding the new season in the Philppines, ABS-CBN head of non-scripted format Luis Andrada said, 'We are happy to bring another new season of fun and laughter to our audiences. The show continues to deliver strong ratings for its timeslot'.

Cambodia's season 3 will air in quarter 4 of 2023. 'I Can See Your Voice is an attractive family-friendly show loved by Cambodia. We are excited to see what new fun the new season will bring', said Eng Songliep, General Manager of Hang Meas HDTV.

Regarding the new season in Malaysia, Nini Yusof, Deputy CEO of Media Prima TV Networks, said 'The format has a strong branding and has been consistently reaching over 3 Million audiences weekly. We are pleased to be able to continue producing Season 6 of I Can See Your Voice Malaysia'.

Prensario Internacional

posted 3/14/2023

Lucky Seven for "CelebAbility"
ITV Renews Physical Comedy Game Show
From MSN

ITV has confirmed the fate of a popular game show after six series on screens.

CelebAbility will return for a seventh series on ITV, the broadcaster has confirmed. In a casting call, they said: "Iain Stirling's CelebAbility is BACK for another series and is on the huntfor teams of 3 to take part. This physical, comedy game show sees teams of 3 go up against a squad of celebrities in a series of hilarious games with the chance to win some fab prizes."


posted 3/14/2023

More on "Lucky 13"
Pilot to Shoot in Salford
From The Sun

A BRAND new game show is being piloted from the creators of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

The new series is due to record an episode in Manchester with a live studio audience.

Called Lucky 13, the new format sees 13 contestants answer 13 questions. They'll all be competing for a place on the 'hotspot' in a bid to win a cash jackpot. But in order to win anything, the contestants have to guess how many questions they managed to get correct.

American actor Kevin Bacon is executive producing the 60-minute show.

Adrian Wolfe, who is responsible for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Lucky 13 said: "Whilst I would not wish to make a direct comparison between the two formats, there's an engaging simplicity and magnetic tension to 'Lucky 13' that I hope will keep viewers hooked and on the edge of their seats.

"It's perfect for adaptation across markets and languages and we can't wait to launch 'Lucky 13' around the world."

Meanwhile, Kevin Bacon said: "I played the game and I was hooked. It's not only about how much you know, but it's also about how much you think you know. It's addictive fun!"

The pilot episodes are due to be recorded Sunday 2nd & Monday 3rd April in Salford - the home of a number of shows such as BBC Breakfast and Coronation Street.

The Sun

posted 3/14/2023

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Mark the Other Dates"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor season finale May 24 (The Futon Critic)

  • John Cena re: Vince McMahon's allegations... "We all make mistakes" (TV Line)

  • Fox calls on Gordon Ramsay to make bank (Variety)

  • The Boulet Brothers celebrate "Halfway to Halloween" (Variety)

  • The Bellas are dead, here are the Garcias. The Machine must be fed, all hail the Machine. (Variety)

  • Michael Davies addresses The Mistake (Cinema Blend)

  • Who's ready for the Richard Osman bus (Yahoo!)

  • University Challenge is looking for writers (Timeout)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: The world's first game show for the hearing impaired (

posted 3/14/2023

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