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Spike Tries "Caraoke"
Craig Robinson to Host Game Show Special
From Splitsider

Spike is looking to expand its huge success from Lip Sync Battle with a series that sounds a lot like James Corden’s popular Late Late Show segment “Carpool Karaoke.” The network has ordered a half-hour game show called Caraoke Showdown, which will be executive produced by Howie Mandel and hosted by Craig Robinson:

Set to debut as a half-hour special later this year, Caraoke Showdown will feature The Office alum Robinson picking up unsuspecting contestants who realize they are on a karaoke-inspired game show. During various rounds of game play, contestants must belt out their favorite tunes, finish the lyrics or act out songs for cash. Celebrity guest appearances will add surprise as the contestants never know what to expect next.

The project is being planned as a one-off special, but it’s expected to be picked up to series should the episode do well — and considering how Lip Sync Battle has brought the network its highest ratings ever, chances are good Robinson will stick around for more.

Splitsider
The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
UPI
USA Today
Multichannel News
AV Club

posted 2/4/16


Behind the Voice Actors

JOE ALASKEY: 1952-2016
Voice Actor Neighborly Announcer on "Couch Potatoes"
From Deadline

Joe Alaskey, a successor to Mel Blanc who for years voiced iconic cartoon characters Joe Alaskey 5such as the modern Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety Bird and others from the classic Warner Bros cartoons, has died. The news was confirmed by his family on Alaskey’s Facebook page. He was 63.

Alaskey’s prolific decades-long career included voicing Grandpa Lou Pickles on Rugrats, inheriting the role after David Doyle’s death in 1997. He also voiced the character again in the Rugrats spinoff series All Grown Up!, along with all three films. He also voiced Stinkie in Casper as well as that film’s 1996 animated spinoff, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper. He also was the voice of President Nixon in 1994 feature Forrest Gump.

Outside of cartoons, he acted as a crazy neighbor type - as Uncle Beano on "Out of This World" and as the announcer of Marc Summers' "Couch Potatoes".

Alaskey also had been narrating the Investigation Discovery series Murder Comes to Town. The cable net said today that he recorded the latest episode just last week, which will air as its season finale on March 14.

Deadline
AV Club
The Guardian

posted 2/4/16


AP
DAVE MIRRA: 1974-2016
BMX Legend Hosted 2 Seasons of "The Challenge"
From
Entertainment Weekly

Dave Mirra, the BMX champ and former host of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge, has died of an apparent suicide, police in Greenville North Carolina said in a statement. He was 41 years old.

Mirra won 24 X Games medals — the most ever for any competitor until skateboarder Bob Burnquist passed him in 2013. He nabbed the first of his 14 gold medals in 1996 and his final one in 2005. Mirra’s success as a biker led to a BMX videogame series, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX. He also raced for Subaru’s rally car racing team.

Mirra was born in New York on April 4, 1974. His career began in 1992 and was almost ended a year later, when he was hit by a drunk driver, according to his website. But he still was able to compete in the inaugural X Games in 1995.

That same year, he followed in his brother’s footsteps and moved south to Greenville, which eventually became a hotbed for bikers, earning the nickname “Pro-Town, USA” for its high concentration of BMX pros living there.

“We mourn the loss today of a great friend and wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift,” Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said in a statement. “He called Greenville, North Carolina home and was as humble a guy talking with kids on a street corner about bikes as he was in his element on the world stage. A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon.”

In 2004 and 2005, Mirra hosted two seasons of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge series: The Challenge: The Inferno and The Inferno II. His hosting successor was fellow biker and friend T.J. Lavin, who on Thursday shared an Instagram photo of himself, Mirra, and two other friends, paired with the caption “Really love you guys.”

Entertainment Weekly
Fox Sports
MTV
AV Club

posted 2/4/16

WEDNESDAY: Singing Your Hump Day Off
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.916 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held onto the demo crown on Wednesday with new episodes of "American Idol" (9.148 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Hell's Kitchen" (4.684 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Second place then went to NBC (7.071 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) with originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.795 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.249 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Chicago PD" (7.169 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.382 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (6.386 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "Mike & Molly" (6.856 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.747 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and a new "Code Black" (6.780 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the debut of "Madoff, Part 1" (7.029 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and a new "American Crime" (3.806 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.487 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Supernatural" (1.881 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) on The CW (2.184 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.515 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 980,000
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV): 791,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 451,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 289,000
- MTV2's Joking Off (MTV2): 239,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/4/16


Wikipedia

BOB ELLIOTT: 1923-2016
Hosted "The Name's the Same" with Partner Ray
From Variety

Bob Elliott, half of the famed radio and television comedy team of Bob and Ray, died Tuesday from throat cancer, the New York Times reports. He was 92.

Elliott and his comedy partner Ray Goulding performed unique skits, as they took turns playing the jokester or straight man, while most comedy duos had one permanent person for each role. Soft-spoken Elliot and rambunctious Ray hosted the TV sketch show “The Bob and Ray Show” from 1951-1953. The pair also hosted "The Name's The Same" in 1955.

The duo recorded comedy albums and frequently appeared on “The Tonight Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and were seen in Norman Lear’s “Cold Turkey” and Arthur Hiller’s “Author! Author!” Staring in 1970, they starred in “Bob and Ray: The Two and Only” on Broadway.

“I like jokes, but Ray and I, we never did jokes,” Elliott said in a 2011 interview with the Archive of American Television. “We weren’t in that line of humor. We each contributed our own kind of observations. I’m glad to have people look at, and laugh at, and respect, and get some creative juice out of what we did by observing.”

The patriarch of a comedic family, Elliott had two family members who were on “Saturday Night Live”: actor-writer son Chris Elliott and actress-comedian granddaughter Abby Elliott.

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posted 2/3/16


IMDb

Syndies: Week 19
Results for the Week Ending January 24
From B&C

Steve Harvey was a double winner in the week ending January 24, with both NBCUniversal’s The Steve Harvey Show and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud hitting all-time highs. CBS Television Distribution’s Hot Bench also hit a series high during the week.

The Steve Harvey Show saw strong viewer response to two episodes that aired on Jan. 18 and 19 featuring Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and first runner-up Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez. On Dec. 20, Harvey hosted The Miss Universe Pageant and incorrectly announced Gutierrez as the winner, creating a social-media storm.

Steve Harvey saw the biggest weekly increase of any talker, surging 21% to a series-high 2.3 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. It also improved 10% over last year at this time.

Among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, the show improved 22% to a 1.1. The Jan. 18 episode rated the highest, hitting a 2.7, followed by the Jan. 19 episode with Miss Colombia, which was, like its guest, the runner-up at a 2.6.

Another feather in Harvey’s cap was the sky-high performance of Family Feud, which added 7% for the week to a 7.5, a series high for the current edition of the show, which began this run in 1999. The series had its first syndicated run from 1977 to 1985, and then returned for a second stint from 1988 to 1995.

All of the games hit or held season highs. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune rebounded 7% to a new season- high 7.8. Following second place Family Feud, Jeopardy! added 9% to a new season-high 7.2.
Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game rebounded 7% to match its season-high 1.5, tying Disney-ABC’s recently renewed Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which grew 7% to a new season high.

B&C
The Futon Critic
Rapid TV News

posted 2/3/16

TUESDAY: And Now These Messages...
CBS Wins for Super Bowl Commercials
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.081 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday with its two-hour special "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2016" (11.389 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and a repeat "NCIS" (7.466 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

NBC (6.724 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second place with its trio of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.324 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Chicago Med" (7.649 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "Chicago Fire" (8.200 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

Next up was FOX (2.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and its combination of "New Girl" (2.980 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Grandfathered" (2.568 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.220 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "The Grinder" (1.650 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up originals from "The Flash" (3.668 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "iZombie" (1.460 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, ABC (3.018 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.197 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "The Muppets" (2.725 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) plus new episodes from "Marvel's Agents Carter" (2.788 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (2.306 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.433 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.106 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 283,000
- Team Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 217,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/3/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Yes Chairman"

  • Les Moonves gets a BIG TIME promotion at CBS (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Scotty McCreery parts ways with Universal Music (Billboard)
     

  • Another Presidents' Day, another CNN Quiz Show (CNN)
     

  • Miley Cyrus named key adviser on the next "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)

posted 2/3/16

Queen #100
Catch "Drag Race" Season 8 March 7!
From the Futon Critic

RuPaul is back to light up the runway with the highly anticipated new season of the groundbreaking series, "RuPaul's Drag Race." Logo revealed the eagerly awaited cast comprised of the nation's 12 drag elite tonight during the "New Now Next Honors." In a nod to superfans, Logo also launched a week-long social scavenger hunt via Dubsmash and Instagram that culminated in the announcement of Kim Chi as a competing queen earlier today. The season premiere also marks a drag milestone as it features the 100th episode and 100th drag queen to sashay into the work room.

"This is an amazing time to be producing television," said executive producer RuPaul Charles. "The fact that 'RuPaul's Drag Race' is celebrating its 100th episode is undeniable proof that there is an insatiable hunger for authentic, unfiltered and ribald voices that not only challenge the norm, but help redefine mainstream media."

The new season will premiere on Monday, March 7th at 9:00 PM ET/PT with a supersized 90-minute episode that unveils a court of cut-throat Queens each competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." Along the way, they'll face an unpredictable competition and deliver gag-worthy and jaw-dropping moments as these talented ladies of drag join the fabulous 88 Queens who fought for the crown before them.

The 12 Queens who will compete in the pop culture phenomenon that has taken the world by its weave include:

· Acid Betty Brooklyn, NY TW: @acidbettyrocks, IG: @acidbetty
· Bob The Drag Queen New York, NY TW: @thatonequeen, IG: @bobthedragqueen
· Chi Chi DeVayne Shreveport, LA TW: @ChiChiDeVayne, IG: @cheechdevayne
· Cynthia Lee Fontaine Austin, TX TW: @lee_fontaine, IG: @cynthialeefontaine
· Dax ExclamationPoint Savannah, GA TW: @Daxclamation, IG: @daxclamation
· Derrick Barry Las Vegas, NV TW: @DerrickBarry, IG: @derrickbarry
· Kim Chi Chicago, IL TW: @KimChi_Chic, IG: @kimchi_chic
· Laila McQueen Gloucester, MA TW: @LailaMcQueen, IG: @misslailamcqueen
· Naomi Smalls Redlands, CA TW: @naomismallsduh, IG: @naomismalls
· Naysha Lopez Chicago, IL TW: @nayshalopez, IG: @nayshalopez
· Robbie Turner Seattle, WA TW: @TheRobbieTurner, IG: @therobbieturner
· Thorgy Thor Brooklyn, NY TW: @ThorgyThor, IG: @thorgythor

The Futon Critic

posted 2/2/16

A Real Game Show... in a Sitcom
NBC Greenlights Pilot for Sitcom/Game Show Hybrid
From Splitsider

NBC also ordered a game show/multi-cam comedy hybrid called Crunch Time from Betsy Thomas (Whitney, Guys With Kids), which “intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host.” David Janollari will co-executive produce alongside Thomas.

Game show veteran Phil Gurin is also on board as an exec producer.

Said hybrid would not be the first of its kind. GSN produced a season of "Burt Luddin's Love Buffet", a "Newlywed Game" knockoff with sitcom elements with "Love Connection" announcer John Cervenka playing the titular host.

Splitsider
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 2/2/16

MONDAY: X Marks The Spot
Fox Wins the First Night of Sweeps
From The Futon Critic

FOX (7.179 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was still the top draw on Monday with new episodes from "The X-Files" (8.360 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Lucifer" (5.998 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

ABC (6.300 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the number two network with fresh installments of "The Bachelor" (7.438 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "The Bachelor Live" (4.024 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was CBS (7.052 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Supergirl" (6.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) followed by repeats of "Scorpion" (7.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.468 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up originals from "Superstore" (4.865 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Telenovela" (3.047 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "The Biggest Loser" (3.225 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (1.039 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.030 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.034 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.827 million
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.860 million
- Paradise Run (Nick/P): 1.462 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.382 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 348,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/2/16

WEEKEND: You're the One That We Want
Fox Wins Sunday on "Grease"
From TV by the Numbers

FOX’s “Grease Live” musical scored strong ratings, drawing a 4.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.18 million viewers to give the network a big win. The musical out-rated NBC’s “The Wiz Live” (3.4) earlier this season and came close to the 4.6 for “The Sound of Music Live” in 2013.

NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World” (1.4) was the No. 2 show on Sunday. “Madam Secretary” (1.1) was up a tenth from its last episode without an NFL lead-in, while “The Good Wife” (1.0) fell a tenth. “Galavant” finished its second season with a 0.6, up 0.1.

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.714 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.302 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.115 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 446,000

ABC (6.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.838 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Dr. Ken" (5.133 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Shark Tank" (6.779 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "20/20" (5.410 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

CBS (7.189 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with a new "Undercover Boss" (7.276 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) alongside repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (6.528 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (7.765 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.829 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with a new "Undateable" (3.029 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), the season finale of "Undateable" (2.468 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), the return of "Grimm" (3.794 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (4.944 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.477 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up the season finale of "MasterChef Junior" (4.726 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and the relocated "Second Chance" (2.228 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its new Friday lineup of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.236 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The Originals" (0.930 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

On cable Friday:
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8p): 516,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8:30p): 495,000
- Easiest Game Show Ever (Pop): 104,000

TV by the Numbers
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Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/2/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Spoiler Alert"

  • LIST ABUSE: The 37 POCs in the history of "The Bachelor" franchise (contains results from last night!)  (Fusion)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Jack Black on a Korean game show IS EVERYTHING (Zap2it)

posted 2/2/16


The Guardian
SIR TERRY WOGAN: 1938-2016
"Blankety Blank" Host for the BBC
From the Hollywood Reporter

Terry Wogan, whose warm Irish brogue and sly, gentle humor made him a star of British television and radio for decades, has died. He was 77.

Wogan died Sunday surrounded by his loved ones "after a short but brave battle with cancer," his family said in a statement.

The disc jockey and presenter was a staple of British broadcasting, best known for his long-running BBC radio morning show "Wake Up To Wogan," his annual hosting duties for Britain's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest and his longstanding association with the Children in Need telethon.

Born in Limerick, Ireland in 1938, Wogan began his broadcasting career on Irish network RTE before moving to the U.K. and the BBC, for whom he hosted quiz programs, game shows and a 1980s television talk show.

His strengths were a deep, buttery voice, dollops of Irish charm and a wry sense of humor. His Eurovision commentary affectionately mocked the kitsch pop music competition, at which Britain generally fared badly.

He hosted "Wake Up To Wogan" between 1972 and 2009 - with a break from 1984 to 1993 - and made the show the most popular on British radio, with 8 million listeners. Wogan called his fans TOGS, for "Terry's Old Geezers or Gals."

Prime Minister David Cameron said "Britain has lost a huge talent - someone millions came to feel was their own special friend."

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said "Wogan occupied a special place in British listeners' hearts and he acted in no small way as a bridge between Ireland and Britain."

Former CNN talk-show host Piers Morgan tweeted that Wogan was a rare broadcaster to excel on both radio and television: "A legend of all airwaves."

Fellow BBC broadcaster Jeremy Vine said someone once asked Wogan how many listeners he had. Wogan replied: "'Only one.'"

"And it was this approach that made him one of the greatest broadcasters this country has ever seen," Vine said. "He only ever spoke to one person."

Wogan, who had joint Irish and British citizenship, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

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Metro
Metro

posted 2/1/16

So You Think You Can Dance... The Final Frontier
Fox Reups Dance-Off with Kids Teaming with All-Stars
From TV by the Numbers

FOX has given new life to “So You Think You Can Dance,” but with a twist: The show will now focus on kids. Think “Masterchef Junior,” but with dancing and Nigel Lythgoe instead of Gordon Ramsay.

The new season, officially called “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation,” premieres May 30. The show will feature dancers ages 8-13 and pair each finalist with an “SYTYCD” all-star who will serve as a mentor and coach.

Lythgoe (who also executive produces), Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will return as judges, and Cat Deeley will continue as host.

“By evolving the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ format this season, we can showcase the very best junior dancers out there and open up the world of dance to a whole new generation,” Lythgoe says in a statement.

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The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 2/1/16

Top Chef Gets Another Course
Casting Call on Tour for Season 14
From The Futon Critic

This February, Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" is searching the country for the best up-and-coming chefs to compete on season 14 of the high-stakes culinary competition series. This year's casting calls will take place at restaurants from "Top Chef" alumni in Los Angeles, Portland, Las Vegas, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia and New York.

Currently in its 13th season and airing Thursday nights at 9pm ET/PT, "Top Chef" is the #1 food program on cable in 2016 among P25-54 with this season averaging 1.8 million total viewers and 1.2 million P25-54, up 5 percent and 6 percent respectively from the prior season (Source: Nielsen L3, #1 cable food program from 12/28/15-1/24/16).

Next week, the iconic Restaurant Wars is back and bigger than ever with a two-part episode airing Thursday, February 4 and 11 at 9 PM ET/PT. For the first time in "Top Chef" history, the Chefs are opening their restaurants for both lunch and dinner services. No one is safe as each chef must run front of house or act as the executive chef in one of the services. The pressure is on as two services means twice the drama. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-13/episode-9/videos/not-enough-bacon

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 2/1/16

Zig Zag, Yoshimoto Plays "PrankStars"
"Hawaii Five-0's" Masi Oka in Talks to Host
From Variety

Japan’s Yoshimoto Kogyo and the U.K.’s Zig Zag Productions are to co-produce in Japan “PrankStars,” a new game show format.

The two companies are in discussions with Masi Oka (“Heroes” and “Hawaii-5-0”) to host the show.

A broadcaster has not yet been announced.

The format sees four teams of experts, including comedians, special effects artists and magicians working together to help celebrities and members of the public prank their friends and loved ones. Winners are the teams which get the biggest reaction.

“Yoshimoto’s strength is in our amazing writers who invent the craziest elements for our game and variety shows… ‘PrankStars’ .. has a built in audience across the globe” said Aki Yorihiro, CEO of Yoshimoto subsidiary Yoshimoto Entertainment USA.

Executive producers for Zig Zag Productions are Danny Fenton and Andy Scott.Aki Yorihiro and Patrick Jager will executive produce for Yoshimoto.

The two companies previously coproduced ‘Time Out’ for KTV and slow motion format ‘Split/ Second’ for Nickelodeon.

Variety
TBI Vision

posted 2/1/16

Nick Has Two Tickets to "Paradise"
Catch It in February
From Nick Alive

Nickelodeon sets an intense, adventure competition against the lavish backdrop of Hawaii with the premiere of its brand-new daily series, Paradise Run, beginning Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT). Hosted by Daniella Monet (Victorious), the 20-episode series features three teams of kids racing across the grounds of an exotic resort, competing against one another in a series of heart-pounding challenges. The first team to cross the finish line wins the grand prize. Click here to check out a sneak peek.

In each episode, teamwork and physical stamina are tested through sets of fast-paced challenges, ranging from obstacle courses to water-based adventures in an ocean-fed lagoon. Whether teams are racing across the white-sand beach, navigating under thundering waterfalls or careening down a five-story waterslide, each challenge brings contestants closer to the finish line and the grand prize--a tropical vacation.

For bio information on Daniella Monet, click here. Fans can access exclusive photos and more at Nick.com.

Paradise Run is produced by Stone & Company Entertainment with Scott Stone (BrainSurge, Legends of the Hidden Temple TV Series) and Marcus Fox serving as executive producers.

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Hollywood Life

posted 2/1/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Be a Jerk"

  • Val Chmerkovskiy learns the hard way that it's all fun and games on the Internet until you get sued (TMZ)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Every "American Idol" finalist ranked. Mr. Irrelevant belongs to Danny Gokey (Vulture)
     

  • Jeff Probst could host "Survivor" in perpetuity if CBS will let him (People)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile wheels into Southern California (KABC Los Angeles)
     

  • "Family Feud" gets a Valentine's Day marathon... anything to play more Feud, huh? (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong's gig is anything but pointless (Chronicle Live)

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