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Tuesday: Not A Good Idea to Take on the King Of Summer
"Talent", "I Can Do That" Gives NBC The Win
From The Wrap

NBC (9.455 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with the return of "America's Got Talent" (10.928 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and the premiere of "I Can Do That!" (6.511 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

FOX (3.301 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with the season premiere of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (3.311 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and the relocated "Hell's Kitchen" (3.292 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3). Both shows outperformed last year's duds "Riot" & "I Want to Marry 'Harry'".

Next up was CBS (7.219 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.459 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "48 Hours" (5.617 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.501 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up a new "500 Questions" (4.731 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and the return of "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.887 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.669 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and a new "iZombie" (1.848 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) closed out the evening on The CW (1.758 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

The Wrap
Broadway World
New York Daily News
New York Post
The Futon Critic

posted 5/27/15

Syndies: Week 34
Results for Week Ending May 17
From The Futon Critic

CBS Television Distribution’s aptly named Hot Bench hit a new series high in the week ended May 17, which included the third week of the May sweep, running April 23 through May 20.

CTD’s Judge Judy rose 3% to a 6.7, tying CTD’s Wheel of Fortune for the overall syndication lead.

In access, most game shows played well. Wheel led the pack, accelerating 5% to a 6.7. CTD’s Jeopardy! gained 7% to a 6.5. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 5.9 but up 13% from last year at this time, making it the category’s only game to show an annual increase. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire remained at its all-time low 1.6 for the fourth time in five weeks and lost 27% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s rookie Celebrity Name Game picked up 8% to a 1.4.

TV by the Numbers

posted 5/27/15

Guest Judges? Iiiiiiiiiiit's TRUE!
They Begin Judging July 14
From TV by the Numbers

Stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris, Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé, former “America’s Got Talent” star Piers Morgan and actor, comedian and producer Marlon Wayans will serve as guest judges on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” joining judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel to determine which 36 acts will move on to the live performance shows at Radio City Music Hall. The four week long Judge Cuts will premiere Tuesday, July 14 (8-10 p.m. ET) and will lead into the live performance shows beginning Tuesday, Aug. 11 (8-10 p.m.).

A Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominee for Best Reality Competition Series, the 10th anniversary season of “America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesdays (8-10 p.m.).

Each week beginning Tuesday, July 14, a guest judge will join the regular panel to help decide which acts have what it takes to perform live for America’s vote. Howard Stern will invite Neil Patrick Harris, Heidi Klum will bring Michael Bublé, Mel B will work with Piers Morgan, and Howie Mandel will call on Marlon Wayans to serve as the fifth judge on the panel. The guest judges will also have an additional advantage: they can use the Golden Buzzer for their favorite act, sending them to Radio City Music Hall without any consultation from the “AGT” judges.

Tickets are available to be part of the Judge Cuts tapings in Bethpage, N.Y. on May 27 and May 29. Visit for tickets and more information.

TV by the Numbers

posted 5/27/15

Seventh Scar
"Ink Master" Renewed for 2016
From The Futon Critic

Coming off its most-watched season to date, Spike TV has picked up a seventh season of "Ink Master," the network's hit, original tattoo-competition series. Season seven will feature 16 one-hour episodes, slated to debut in spring 2016. In addition, the network has announced a spin-off series, "Ink Master: Redemption," which offers disgruntled former human canvases of "Ink Master" a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last. The announcement was made by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike TV.

The network will launch the newest installment of "Ink Master" - season six - on Tuesday, June 23 at 10pm ET/PT.

In "Ink Master: Redemption," human canvases from previous "Ink Master" seasons, who left unhappy with their tattoos, return to the shop for a chance at new ink. The spinoff series, featuring six half-hour episodes, goes into production this summer and will debut in September.

Season 5 of "Ink Master," which delivered an average 2.2 million viewers, was the show's highest-rated season among Adults and Women 18-49. In its Tuesday 10-11 PM ET/PT slot, the series ranked in the top five among Persons 18-49, Men 18-49 and Men 18-34, and is currently one of Spike's most gender-balanced programs. "Ink Master" generated 11.8 million total cross platform video views during the season, and the LIVE finale was ranked #1 on cable based on twitter activity.

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The Wrap

posted 5/27/15

More on Wild'n Out Season 7
Catch It on MTV2 June 10!
From The Futon Critic

Bringing fresh energy to the monumental tenth anniversary of "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out," are six new cast members: DC Young Fly, Matt Rife, Darren Brand, Aarona Lopez, TattooManPaige and Hunter Stiebel. Fans can get a taste of what the new cast members bring to the stage in this special trailer of the new season of "Wild 'N Out." Perennial favorites Conceited, Emmanuel Hudson, Chico Bean, Karlous Miller, King Bach, Lauren Flans, Tim Delaghetto, Blair Christian, Corey Holcomb, Doboy, Hitman Holla, Jon Gabrus, DeRay Davis, Jacob Williams, B Daht, Shak Standley, Rip Michaels, Akaash Singh, Shawty, Jack Thriller, and Kojo are all returning for more lightning fast comedic improv, head-to head competition and cutting edge entertainment where only the funniest survive. MTV2 previously announced that "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out," will return to the network for a seventh season summer run with 12 all-new episodes beginning Wednesday, June 10 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

"'Wild 'N Out' has helped launch some of the biggest names in stand-up - everyone from Katt Williams to Affion Crockett to Mike Epps, and Kevin Hart," said Nick Cannon. "You can be sure that with the tremendous talent of this new cast you'll be witnessing the making of the next big names in comedy."

"With the returning stars and new cast members that Nick and his team have assembled, this is hands down the most talented and hilarious cast yet," said Paul Ricci, Senior Vice President of Programming and Head of Development for MTV2. "After eight consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth on MTV2, we're aiming even higher as 'Wild 'N Out' kicks off our 'Non Stop Summer.'"

Newbies like supreme social media standout DC Young Fly, who has over 4 million followers across his social media and young, rising stand-up star, Matt Rife, who has opened for such comedy luminaries as Mike Epps, will take the stage with the previously announced roster of incredible celebrity guests and performers that includes Kevin Hart, Jordin Sparks, Shaquille O'Neal, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, Zendaya, Fabolous, Pete Wentz, Fetty Wap, T-Pain, A$AP Ferg, Nick Young, French Montana, Fat Joe, Rae Sremmurd, Ty Dolla $ign, Migos, Mack Wilds, DJ Drama, Ray J, Lil Duval, O.T. Genasis, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Dej Loaf, K Camp and the hosts of Power 105's The Breakfast Club.

Also returning to complete out the "Wild 'N Out" party are the "Wild 'N Out Girls" Lauren Wood, Brittney Duet, Rosa Acosta, Jacky Oh, Amber Diamond and Vivian Kindle.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/27/15

Monday: Ikimashou!
"Ninja Warrior" Helps NBC to First Summer Win
From Deadline

Summer started with a lot going on this Memorial Day on television, both on broadcast and cable with a lot of drama. The 10-hour Texas Rising debuted on History, while the NBA Playoffs provided even more court action drama on ESPN — on a number of levels. The CW showed a movie last night, and CBS and Fox were all encores, but taking the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 1.6/5 was NBC, which was all about the unscripted debuts on the holiday Monday.

There were new obstacles on the Season 7 debut of American Ninja Warrior (1.8/6) last night, but the ratings didn’t seem to be one of them. Starting off with Venice qualifiers, the competition show saw a rise of 13% over its Season 6 premiere back on May 26 last year. With 5.9 million watching, ANW was also up 27% viewership-wise from its 2014 debut. That, however, did not translate into a strong start for The Island (1.2/4). The 10 PM Bear Grylls survivalist series slid 14% among the key demo from what the 8 PM debut of Running Wild With Bear Grylls drew on July 28, 2014.

Meanwhile, it also was an all unscripted start to summer on ABC last night, with 500 Questions (1.1/4) kicking off the night and The Bachelorette (1.6/5) seeing it to its end. Show 4 of the seven-night game show saw 500 Questions rise 38% among the demo from its previous original on May 22. However, even with Amy Schumer showing up and sending Twitter wild, The Bachelorette did not have a good night at all with a 24% drop from its Season 11 debut last week, which had Dancing With The Stars as a lead-in.

On cable:
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 229,000

TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/27/15

Weekend: Shark Jumps
ABC, CBS Splits Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.592 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to night three of "500 Questions" (4.019 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), a repeat "Shark Tank" (4.974 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and a new "20/20" (4.783 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

CBS (5.089 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its all-repeat trio of "Undercover Boss" (4.717 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.710 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (5.841 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was NBC (4.026 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with repeats of "The Blacklist" (2.862 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (4.608 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.682 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up encores of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.693 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Bones" (1.670 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.041 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.112 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a new "The Messengers" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.946 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On Food...
- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games: 1.173 million
- 9p: Spring Baking Championship: 1.474 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen: 1.159 million

The Futon Critic

posted 5/27/15

Knock Knock! Who's There? Ryan. Ryan Who?
Ryan Seacrest, That's Who.
From The Futon Critic

From acclaimed live television producers, Simon Fuller's (AMERICAN IDOL, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) XIX Entertainment and dick clark productions (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE), comes new unscripted series KNOCK KNOCK LIVE, a can't-miss, life-changing weekly television event packed with unpredictable and thrilling surprises that enlists friends, families, neighbors and celebrities to help grant wishes with one simple knock on the door. Hosted by iconic TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest, who also will serve as an executive producer, KNOCK KNOCK LIVE premieres Tuesday, July 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

KNOCK KNOCK LIVE features Seacrest in a Los Angeles-based studio, while the KNOCK KNOCK LIVE team travels across the country, to any city at any time, surprising unsuspecting people at their front doors with a chance to win big cash prizes, meet their favorite celebrities and turn their wildest dreams into reality. What if someone knocked on your door and offered you thousands of dollars for naming nine kids who live on your block? Could you do it? A knock at someone else's door and it could be their favorite professional basketball player who challenges them to a game of H-O-R-S-E, with a chance to win courtside seats. KNOCK KNOCK! Who's there? It could be the biggest pop star in the world performing a concert on your front lawn! This series will take an ordinary day and make it unforgettable.

If you would like to nominate a special person or a family deserving of an unforgettable moment, or you yourself want to be a part of KNOCK KNOCK LIVE, visit for an opportunity to receive the "knock" of a lifetime.

The Futon Critic
Digital Spy
Unreality TV

posted 5/27/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Hear My Voice!"

  • Ben Taub is a singer. As of this coming edition of The New Yorker, he's also a published journalist (New York Magazine)
  • Jeff & Jordan are going to Marriage Boot Camp... You know, Jeff, if you wanted to be on TV, you could just get a hosting gig... (Entertainment Weekly)
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Bullseye (TV Insider)
  • VIDEO WALL: Bachelorette, shmachelorette (Daily Mail)
  • Miranda Hart is downplaying "Generation Game" rumors FOR NOW (Digital Spy)
  • Networks are gambling on game shows again (The Guardian)
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Christina Tosi (TV Insider), Dick DeBartolo (WGN-AM Chicago), and a former Acme Crimenet Agent (AV Club)

posted 5/27/15

Buzzcocks Minded
BBC Cancels Music Panel Show
From the Drum

The BBC has called time on comedy quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks after an impressive run spanning 18 years and 28 series.

Following a 2014 revamp with comedian Rhod Gilbert as presenter, the show failed to pick up on slumping figures.

A BBC spokesperson said: "After 28 series we've decided not to bring Never Mind the Buzzcocks back to the BBC, this will create space for new entertainment formats in the future.

"We'd like to thank the team at Talkback, Rhod Gilbert, all the brilliant hosts over the years and of course Noel and Phill for the years of enjoyment they've given BBC Two viewers."

Comedian Phill Jupitis featured in almost every one of the show’s 270 episodes as a team captain.

The Drum
ATV Today

posted 5/26/15

ANNE MEARA: 1929-2015
Wife, Mother of Comedy Royalty; Game Show Regular
From eCanada Now

Comedy legend Anne Meara, one half of the comedy team “Stiller & Meara,” died at 85 on Saturday.

Meara and her husband, Jerry Stiller, were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long, the family said in a statement. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, comic actor Ben Stiller, daughter Amy Stiller and grandchildren.

“Anne’s memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne,” the family statement said.

Meara was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York. In his autobiography, “Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara,” Jerry Stiller describes meeting his future wife at a casting call in 1953.

“She looked sort of puritanical and smelled nice,” he said of the “angel-faced” aspiring actress.

They eventually teamed up for a comedy act in New York’s Greenwich Village coffeehouses, playing exaggerated versions of themselves: self-deprecating, kvetching New Yorkers. Before long, they were performing as comedy team “Stiller & Meara” on popular TV shows of the 1960s including “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”

They became become regulars on the game show circuit appearing on shows such as every version of “Hollywood Squares” and “$25,000 Pyramid” before Meara landed the role of Sally Gallagher on the TV series “Rhoda.”

Notable game show appearances also include "Match Game", "Celebrity Sweepstakes", "Shoot for the Stars", "Jeopardy!" in 1973; "Password Plus"; and "Super Password".

Tributes poured in from fans and celebrities spanning generations, from Patty Duke to Sandra Bernhard.

“My heart and prayers go out to Jerry and Ben for the loss of their beloved Anne Meara,” Duke said.

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

eCanada Now
Chicago Tribune
Washington Post

posted 5/26/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Tonight Tonight"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS of the new series of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (tonight) (TV Insider) and "I Can Do That" (tonight) (TV Insider)
  • Another "X Factor" reject blames the editing, sues everyone involved. And their mother. (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • VIDEO WALL: Ninja Warrior issues a challenge to Tom Cruise (TV Insider)
  • Cat Deeley returns to not-talk to the dead in season 3 of "Deadbeat" (The Wrap)
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! ABC's reality head is making the offer to Amy Schumer to be the next "Bachelorette" (Twitter: @Millsy11374)... and Amy has a response (Twitter: @amyschumer)
  • Piers Morgan says he's returning to the AGT panel... if you can squeeze the original four PLUS him and that ego of his. (RadioTimes)
  • VIDEO WALL BONUS: A pair of so-bad-they're-brilliant answers on "Jeopardy!" (KSWB San Diego) and "Pointless" (Digital Spy)
  • Trista & Ryan Sutter move into HGTV (US Magazine)
  • Marc Summers goes back to his roots (
  • WWE releases "Tough Enough" app (TV by the Numbers)
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Andrew Haringer (Squamish Chief), Loni Love (Atlantic City Weekly), and Billy Gardell (Beliefnet)

posted 5/26/15

Thursday: Summer Summer Summer Time
CBS Wins the Night, While "500 Questions" Remains Constant in Total Viewers
From Deadline

The first night after the 2014-15 season, which of course ended Wednesday, was packed with encores, but there was also some very good intentions and a couple of second chances as well. The first of those second chances was the second week of Wayward Pines (1.2/4), which had a double-digit good night.

Without the dramatic competition of the Scandal and The Blacklist season finales its premiere faced, the second episode of Fox’s 10-episode limited series saw a rise of 20% among adults 18-49 compared with last week. The Matt Dillon-led ensemble series based on Blake Crouch’s novels and adapted for TV by Chad Hodge also saw a viewership jump of 21% over its admittedly soft premiere to 4.6 million.

Even though they played nothing but repeats last night, CBS won Thursday’s primetime with a 1.1/4 rating and 5.73 million viewers. Didn’t hurt that the highest-rated and most-watched show of the night was a The Big Bang Theory encore that drew a 1.5/6 among the 18-49s and 8 million viewers.
For NBC it was all laughs and doing the right thing last night as the network gave over its whole primetime to the first Stateside Red Nose Day (0.8/3) benefit to help children living in poverty. Imported from the UK, NBC’s Red Nose Day had a superstar cast of Julia Roberts, Ed Sheeran dueting with Kermit The Frog, this year’s Best Actor Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, the cast of Game of Thrones, Gwyneth Paltrow, a tea lady Helen Mirren, Billy Eichner and Martin Short taking to the streets, Anna Kendrick as Indiana Jones, Simon Cowell showing he has a heart, and the dancing Nick Cannon to name but a few highlights.

With about 3.2 million watching the live broadcast, Red Nose Day raised more than $21 million for a number of children’s charities internationally, with donations still open for the next 30 days.

Going head-to-head with Wayward Pines in the 8 PM slot and with Red Nose Day for two hours, ABC’s 500 Questions (1.0/4) took a hit on its second night. The game show was down 17% among adults 18-49 from its one-hour debut May 20.

On cable, ESPN saw a big NBA Playoffs ratings surge as the Golden State Warriors eked out a 99-98 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The sports giant dunked a 5.6 overnight rating from the matchup, a 47% rise over the last time ESPN had the Western Conference finals back in 2013, when Game 2 between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies drew a 3.8 rating. Last night’s game was also up 27% from Game 2 of the 2014 NBA Western Conference finals when the Spurs played the Oklahoma City Thunder on TNT.

CMT's "Pontoon Payday" remained a dud with 164,000.

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/22/15

Wednesday: Question #501: How Did It Do?
CBS Takes the Final Night of the Season
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on the final night of May sweeps with the season finale of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) followed by the "Survivor: Worlds Apart Reunion" (6.890 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

ABC (4.871 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then fell to second place despite the premiere of "500 Questions" (5.031 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), the season finales of "Modern Family" (7.114 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "Black-ish" (5.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) plus the return of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.329 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was NBC (7.227 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with the season finales of "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.235 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (7.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.335 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up the season premiere of "MasterChef" (3.335 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

And finally, a repeat "Supernatural" (1.074 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and the season finale of "Supernatural" (1.782 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) on The CW (1.428 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1): 340,000

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The Wrap

posted 5/21/15

House of DVF to Reopen
CBS Takes the Final Night of the Season
From the Futon Critic

Pop culture powerhouse E! today unveiled its "E! Summer Here" programming line-up, including a dynamic slate of new series premieres and popular returning franchises that will continue to sizzle all summer along. Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend is the return of fan favorite "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" on Sunday, May 24 at 10pm, following a new episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" at 9pm, which will air its mid-season finale on Sunday, May 31. The WWE Divas are back for a new season of "Total Divas" beginning Tuesday, July 7 at 9pm, followed by new series "Hollywood Cycle" airing at 10pm. Then reality TV star Brody Jenner will make summer nights even hotter when "Sex With Brody" debuts Friday, July 10 at 10:30pm. Later in July, Bruce Jenner's new documentary series following his life as a transgender woman will premiere on Sunday, July 26 at 9pm, along with new series "Stewarts & Hamiltons," featuring a complicated family tree that only Hollywood could produce at 10:00pm.

On the stiletto heels of the "House of DVF" first season finale, E! announced the original series will return for its second season with eight new episodes, which will also premiere on E! in 100 countries. In addition to Diane von Furstenberg, iconic designer and champion of women's rights, familiar faces Jessica Joffe (DVF's Style Editor) and Stefani Greenfield (DVF's Creative Brand Director) return to dole out professional guidance and insight to the new crop of contenders eager to earn the job of a lifetime. While working in different areas of Diane's empire, the new group of fashionistas will be tasked with various challenges that organically play into DVF's business affairs and busy schedule, and may include PR, marketing, sales and events. The candidates will get a taste of the position through current DVF Global Brand Ambassador Brittany Hamtpon, as she trots around the globe for Paris Fashion Week, styles celebrities for awards shows, and makes store appearances. With a high-profile mentor like Diane, the girls can only hope for an invite that will either make or break their chances to advance towards the series finale and the start of an amazing career.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/21/15

Back to the Island... or to Cambodia... or Something
Survivor Reveals Results of Fan Voting
From The Futon Critic

The new cast of the fall edition of SURVIVOR CAMBODIA: SECOND CHANCE was revealed last night during the SURVIVOR: WORLDS APART live reunion show. In a SURVIVOR first, fans of the popular reality series chose the 20 castaways who will compete on the next season. Voting opened May 6 for the new "Second Chance" cast, and the results were revealed live by host and executive producer Jeff Probst.

Fans cast their votes over the two-week period, and the castaways who received the most now comprise the cast of SURVIVOR CAMBODIA: SECOND CHANCE. The newly announced contestants, 10 male and 10 female, immediately boarded a bus following the reunion show and began their journey to Cambodia, where the next season will film for 39 days. The original pool of 32 former players, ranging from Season 1 to Season 30, have never won the game and felt they deserved a second chance to compete for the $1 million prize and the title of Sole Survivor.

The cast:
- Joe Anglim (Worlds Apart)
- Vytas Baskauskas (Blood vs. Water)
- Spencer Bledsoe (Cagayan)
- Jeremy Collins (San Juan del Sur)
- Terry Deitz (Panama)
- Ciera Eastin (Blood vs. Water)
- Stephen Fishbach (Tocantins)
- Tasha Fox (Cagayan)
- Abi-Maria Gomes (Philippines)
- Woo Hwang (Cagayan)
- Kimmi Kappenberg (Australian Outback)
- Peih-Gee Law (China)
- Kass McQuillen (Cagayan)
- Keith Nale (San Juan del Sur)
- Shirin Oskooi (Worlds Apart)
- Monica Padilla (Samoa)
- Andrew Savage (Pearl Islands)
- Jeff Varner (Australian Outback)
- Kelley Wentworth (San Juan del Sur)
- Kelly Wiglesworth (Borneo)

The Futon Critic

posted 5/21/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Strip Search"

  • Today's installment of "I Was Only Doing What The Producers Told Me To Do!" comes courtesy of this "Bachelorette" castoff (TMZ)
  • Alex Trebek is also a noted conservationist, and he's taking a trip to the Arctic in August to prove as such. Is there anything he CAN'T do? (Jaunted)
  • Jeff Foxworthy plays "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" with Jimmy Fallon, Pitbull (KSDK St. Louis)
  • Don Lemon apparently lets slip the next CNN Quiz Show: the 70s (TV Newser)
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John de Mol (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 5/21/15

America's Most Watched Network Is....
CBS Takes Totals for the 7th Consective Year; NBC Wins the Demo Back-to-Back
From Deadline

The season is not officially over for another night but Comcast-owned NBC looks to have clinched the top spot among adults 18-49 for the second year in a row – by a Super Bowl XLIX hair. With the big NFL game on their schedule this year, NBC drew a 2.4/8 rating among adults 18-49 for the 2014-15 TV season compared to CBS’ 2.3/7 result as the latter network took the viewership championship again. It should be noted that without the Super Bowl this year, NBC would have gotten a 2.25 rating compared to CBS’ 2.34 result – so perhaps a flower basket is due to the now suspended Tom Brady, Mr. Greenblatt. With all the ratings and viewership numbers, it should also be noted that CBS will be broadcasting Super Bowl 50 on February 7 next year.

This year’s demo result is an 11% drop for NBC from last year’s season winning rating with a 4% dip for CBS as it moved up from third place to second among the 18-49s. Despite a blockbuster freshman run from Empire and good debuts for Gotham and The Last Man On Earth, Fox fell from second place to fourth, crashing 24% downward from last year. Looking to win its second May sweep in a row, ABC inched up 5% from the 2013-14 season and into third place. In fact, remove sports from the equation and ABC is top among the Big 4 demowise with a 2.2/7 to CBS’ 2.1/7, NBC’s 1.9/6 and Fox’s 1.8/6.

Here are the 2014-15 TV Season 18-49 results for all of the Big 4 plus The CW:

NBC: 2.4/8
CBS: 2.3/7
ABC: 2.2/7
Fox: 1.9/6
CW: 0.8/3

In terms of total viewers, Les Moonves and crew took the top spot for the seventh consecutive year with an average audience of 11.3 million. That’s actually a rise of 5% over what the network average last year. Of the Big 4, only ABC saw a viewership rise also with a move up of just under 500,000 watching over the 2013-14 season. In total average audience, NBC dipped 7% and Fox fell 21%.

Here are the average network viewership numbers for the 2014-15 season:

CBS: 11.3 million
NBC: 8.6 million
ABC: 8.0 million
Fox: 5.8 million
CW: 2.1 million


posted 5/20/15

Italy Trades Up
Discovery Italia Orders Keshet Format
From Variety

Discovery Italia has acquired Keshet International’s “Trade Up,” a trivia game show, in which families sit inside a series of cars and must answer trivia questions in order to find the keys and drive away with the prize.

The deal marks Discovery Italia’s first-ever collaboration with Keshet International, the global distribution and production arm of Israeli media company Keshet.

Keshet shopped “Trade Up” at last month’s Mip TV, promoting it as a family-friendly program that also offers a number of branding partnership opportunities.

“‘Trade Up’ was one of the most brilliant and original formats at the most recent MIP, and this is our first deal with Keshet, one of the most interesting creative houses,” said Laura Carafoli, SVP of content and programming for Discovery Italia.

Each episode of the show sees families arriving at a hangar filled with a number of different new cars. After selecting a car to sit in, the families must answer a trivia questions to get the car to start. Each time they manage to turn the key in the car’s ignition, though, they have a choice — do they drive away with the car, or do they hedge their bets and trade up?

The deal is exclusive to Discovery Italy and not connected to other Discovery channels across the globe. Keshet execs say they are currently developing and packaging a U.S. version of the program that they hope to shop soon.

“Trade Up” will begin airing in Italy in the fall.

C21 Media

posted 5/20/15

Tuesday: The Next to the Last Night
ABC, NBC Split Penultimate Night of 2014-2015 Season
From The Futon Critic

The winner’s circle was looking pretty packed on primetime last night as both The Voice (2.8/9) and Dancing With The Stars (2.3/7) crowned victors.

NBC (10.149 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its "The Voice Recap" (7.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) followed by the season finale of "The Voice" (11.357 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (11.220 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) with night two of "The Bachelorette" (7.046 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) alongside the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (13.307 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).

Next up was FOX (3.422 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.503 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) plus a second "Hell's Kitchen" (3.341 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (7.590 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) served up its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (9.075 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.260 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and another "NCIS" (6.434 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

And finally, the season finale of "The Flash" (3.706 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and a new "iZombie" (1.762 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) on The CW (2.734 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped All-Stars (Food): 1.166 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/20/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "You Got The Curse!"

  • Alton Brown's long-time marriage to his wife... done, meaning all three Food Network Star hosts are now exes (E!)
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Hell's Kitchen moves to Tuesdays @ 9 beginning THIS Tuesday (The Futon Critic)
  • Maks Chmerkovskiy quotes Taylor Swift to "Dancing": we are never ever ever getting back together. Like ever. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Kaitlyn's relations (The Daily Beast), and the double standard of game playing and slut shaming (Huffington Post)
  • Christina Aguilera impersonates Britney, Cher, Miley (New York Daily News)
  • Bob Barker wants Marineland orca included in whale ban (Toronto Star)
  • Alfonso Ribeiro catches 26... the 26th season of "America's Funniest Home Videos", that is. (The Futon Critic)
  • CASTING COUCH: Millionaire heads to Louisville (WDRB Louisville)
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RocKwiz host/creator Brian Nankervis (Sydney Morning Herald) and Wayne Brady (Press of Atlantic City)

posted 5/20/15

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