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Farewell.... and Hail
Ken Jennings Thanks Everyone, Mike Richards Takes Over
From Deadline

Friday’s show marked the last Jeopardy! appearance by guest host Ken Jennings, the first replacement since the death of longtime moderator Alex Trebek. Trebek was not forgotten as Jennings’s stint drew to a close.

“That’s a wrap on my six weeks of @Jeopardy guest hosting,” Jennings wrote in a tweet. “Thanks for watching, thanks for your patience with a tough learning curve…and, as always, thank you Alex.”

Trebek died on Nov. 8, and all-time Jeopardy! champion Jennings was the first of several guest hosts to take over the quiz show while a permanent replacement is sought. Future guest hosts include Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards - who takes the helm tonight - journalist and author Katie Couric (March 8), Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (April 5), 60 Minutes Correspondent Bill Whitaker and actress and neuroscientist/actress Mayim Bialik.

On Monday Richards made a heartfelt on-air tribute to late host Alex Trebek. At the beginning of the episode, his first as interim host, Richards explained that due to a large number of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles where the show tapes, future guest hosts have been "understandably a little reticent to shoot. "So, as the producer, my job is to quite literally live the mantra 'the show must go on,'" Richards said. "So let’s do what Alex Trebek did 8,244 times: Let’s play Jeopardy! and prove that nothing can stop this show."

During the closing of the episode, Richards looked toward the camera and paid homage to Trebek, saying, "I just want to say, as Alex said, we’re trying to build a kinder and gentler society. And if we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re going to get there. See you next time." This was in reference to a powerful speech Trebek gave during one of his final Jeopardy! episodes. The episode then closed with a graphic that read, "Dedicated to Alex Trebek. Forever in our Hearts, Always our Inspiration."

It’s goodbye but not adieu for the 46-year-old Jennings, who will serve as a consulting producer on the show. He revealed in a tweet on Friday that guest hosts of the future include Dr. Oz, NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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posted 2/25/2021


RuPaul's "All-Star" Heads to the Mountain
Paramount+ Outlines Projects
From TV Line

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is sashaying from VH1 to Paramount+ for its upcoming sixth season, TVLine has reported, joining a few other familiar reality titles. Though neither a cast nor premiere date are known at this time, whomsoever wins All Stars 6 will join previous winners Shea Coulee (Season 5), Monet X Change and Trinity the Tuck (Season 4), Trixie Mattel (Season 3), Alaska (Season 2) and Chad Michaels (Season 1).

Here’s a breakdown of the other reality titles Paramount+ has in the works:
* A reboot of the classic MTV reality competition Road Rules will introduce viewers to a new roster of “Road Warriors.” Per the synopsis, “these strangers will be abandoned in a far-flung location and stripped of their modern-day luxuries by boarding a restricted life in an RV, traveling from location to location. They will be guided by a set of clues, odd jobs, and missions for money. If they last to the end of the trip, they walk away with the life changing prize.”
* MTV fans can also get pumped for The Challenge: All Stars, which will bring back the “most iconic, boldest, and fiercest Challenge all stars from the original Real World and Road Rules” for a second chance at glory — and a $500,000 grand prize.
* And The Real World‘s original seven strangers will return, as previously reported, for The Real World Homecoming: New York. The multi-episode docuseries, which takes everyone back to the NYC loft where it all began, premieres on Thursday, March 4.
* A new series titled Queen of the Universe will pit drag queens from all around the world against one another in a musical melee. Per the release, we can expect “high heels, high octaves and high competition.”

* Long-running reality series Ink Master was cancelled last year at Paramount Network as the cable network refocused its strategy on television movies and mini-series. However, Paramount+ revealed that it is looking to bring back the tattoo format, which was previously hosted by Dave Navarro, and build on its 186 episodes. The show, which launched in 2012, sees tattoo artists compete in challenges assessing their tattoo and other artistic skills. Produced by Truly Original, it has had a number of spin-offs including Ink Master: Grudge Match. Library seasons of Ink Master will also be available on the service.
* Separately, Dating Naked, which ran for three seasons on VH1, is also set for a return after its cancelation in 2017. The dating format, which was hosted by Amy Paffrath and Rocsi Diaz, sees contestants search for a mate while naked. The show was produced by Lighthearted Entertainment.

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posted 2/25/2021

WEDNESDAY: All Quiet in Chicago
ABC Wins Absent NBC Competition
From Deadline

It was a fairly quiet Wednesday in primetime, with ABC leading the way and NBC’s Chicago trio in repeats.

The Goldbergs kicked the night off for ABC delivering a 0.6 in the adults 18-49 demographic and 3.66 million viewers, steady with last week’s numbers. American Housewife (0.6, 3.13M) ticked up in the demo, while The Conners (0.6, 3.70M) returned higher and delivered the night’s largest audience of the night with 3.70 million viewers. Call Your Mother (0.5, 2.79M) also rose in the demo. The comedy block led into the Season 2 finale of For Life (0.3, 1.75M), which was on par with last week as it now waits for news on a Season 3 renewal.

ABC led the night overall in audience and tied in the demo with NBC and Fox; Univision meanwhile beat out CBS and the CW in 18-49s.

Elsewhere, it was fairly quiet. Fox’s double helping of Name That Tune (0.5, 2.43M at 8 p.m., 0.6, 2.56M at 9) was fairly steady. At CBS, Tough As Nails (0.5, 3.25M) ticked up and was followed by repeats of SEAL Team and S.W.A.T. The CW’s Riverdale (0.1, 618,000) dipped in the demo and Nancy Drew (0.1, 543K) was steady while adding some eyes to its audience.

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- Design Star: Next Gen (P/HGTV): 909k/0.12
- Forged in Fire (History): 830k/0.17
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 756k/0.44
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 632k/0.22
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (SP/INSP): 524k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 495k/0.06
- Master Minds (GSN): 485k/0.03
- Chain Reaction (P/GSN): 461k/0.04
- Tooned In (Nick): 339k/0.08

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posted 2/25/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Going to the Dogs"

  • Rebel Wilson responds to Lady Gaga's dognapping (Deadline)

  • Rachel Lindsay reminds us all that we should never say things couldn't possibly get worse. Because they always do. (Us Magazine)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Gordon Ramsay's Bank Balance (LADBible)

  • LEGO Masters moves to Atlanta for season 2 (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

posted 2/25/2021

TUESDAY: Up Up and Up Some More
CBS, NBC Split
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Superman & Lois‘ 90-minute premiere event averaged 1.71 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating — with its first hour delivering The CW’s largest audience in that time slot (1.71 mil) in two years, since The Flash 5×12. And while it was not quite a Walker, which debuted last month to 2.44 mil and nearly a 0.4, it did deliver The CW’s second-largest season or series premiere audience since Batwoman circa Fall 2019.

TVLine readers gave Superman & Lois‘ launch an average grade of “A-,” with 93 percent planning to stay tuned when it lands in its regular Tuesdays-at-9 slot next week; read our post mortem.

Elsewhere: NBC | Young Rock (3.5 mil/0.7) and Kenan (2.7 mil/0.5) were both down sharply from their premieres, while This Is Us dipped to what just might be series lows (5 mil/0.9) but still led Tuesday in the demo. Nurses (2.2 mil/0.3, TVLine reader grade “A-“) was steady with its freshman finale.

ABC | To Tell the Truth (3.8 mil/0.5) and black-ish (2.4 mil/0.5) dipped, mixed-ish (2 mil/0.4) was steady.

CBS | An NCIS rerun drew Tuesday’s biggest audience: 5.3 mil.

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 1.056m/0.30
- The Misery Index (TBS): 780k/0.30
- Master Minds (GSN): 497k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 470k/0.05
- Temptation Island (USA): 457k/0.18
- Chain Reaction (P/GSN): 438k/0.03
- Tooned In (Nick): 270k/0.06

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posted 2/24/2021

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SYNDIES: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending February 7
From The Wrap

The Trump impeachment trial did a number on daytime syndication in the session ending Feb. 14, a week in which many shows were broken out.

Among the game shows, Jeopardy ceded the lead to Wheel of Fortune, which held steady at a 5.8. Jeopardy dipped 8% to a 5.6, landing in a tie with Family Feud for second, which inched ahead 2% to a 5.6.

Jeopardy! has yet to name a permanent new host. In the interim, a series of guest hosts will fill Trebek's shoes, including Jennings, Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whittaker and Mayim Bialik.

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.

- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.8 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 65.6 -8%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%

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posted 2/24/2021


Frogger The Game Show.... No Kidding.
Peacock Greenlights Project Based on Arcade Classic
From the Futon Critic

Peacock leaps into extreme fun and nostalgia with a series order of FROGGER, a larger-than-life physical competition series based on the iconic 1980's video game.

A worldwide phenomenon since its introduction by Konami in 1981, Frogger has remained one of the most classic and beloved video game franchises of all time with a library spanning more than 30 titles across various platforms. The show FROGGER brings to life this popular franchise and supersizes it on an epic course! Audiences and contestants alike will be transported into a wild, whimsical FROGGER world, filled with all the simple but challenging elements of the mega-hit from Konami.

A fierce and ridiculously fun competition, FROGGER will feature twelve outrageous obstacle courses or "crossings." These physically demanding challenges will see contestants dodge treacherous traffic, leap over snapping gators and hop over hungry hippos to conquer the course.

Contestants from across the country will test their talent in a competition requiring skill, strength, strategy and problem-solving smarts. Who will have what it takes to be America's finest FROGGER and jump away with a massive cash prize?

13 hour-long episodes of FROGGER have been ordered to be filmed in Australia.

To apply to be a contestant of FROGGER please visit www.froggercasting.com.

FROGGER, based on the Konami-owned IP, is produced by Eureka Productions in partnership with Konami Cross Media NY, Inc. Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin will executive produce for Eureka Productions. The FROGGER competition show is an original format created by Chris Culvenor of Eureka Productions.

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posted 2/24/2021

Back to Talent...
Judges, Host to Return to AGT
From the Futon Critic

"America's Got Talent" judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara are all returning for season 16 set to air this summer on NBC. Terry Crews will return as the show's host.

To celebrate the return of America's favorite judging panel, "AGT" will be hosting one final nationwide "Last Chance Audition" for the upcoming season on Saturday, March 6.

Interested acts can register now at www.AGTAuditions.com for a virtual audition slot where they will perform live for show producers.

The best acts discovered that day will then go on to perform for the "AGT" judges.

The Season 16 premiere date will be announced at a later time.

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posted 2/22/2021

Can't Beat a Byte of Bully
Bullseye Takes Aim at Apps
From License Global

Classic gameshow brand "Bullseye" makes its way to the small screen thanks to a deal between Sabec and Bulldog Licensing.

"Bullseye is the perfect fit for digital gaming," says Rob Corney, managing director, Bulldog Licensing. "The show's format is loved nationwide and is a firm family favorite, so we're thrilled to have Sabec on board to bring the experience into people's homes with innovative gaming concepts."

The evergreen darts and catchphrase-powered gameshow "Bullseye" first aired in 1981 and peaked at 19.8 million viewers on Boxing Day 1989. This year marks the IP's 40th anniversary, and with it comes renewed energy for the brand, which has kept its viewers and loyal fans engaged since re-airing on Sky Challenge in 2006 – quickly becoming the top-rated show at the time.

"Bullseye has such heritage in the U.K., we know the game will be a sure-fire hit, not just with the fans that remember Bullseye but for the younger generation who enjoy darts too," says Trudi Hayward, co-founder, Brand-Ward Services, who brokered the deal on behalf of Sabec.

The unique mixture of competitive darts and general knowledge was the foundation of a beloved brand. With darts facing something of a resurgence in popularity, the new app will add a new digital face to the IP. Bulldog's existing consumer products for the brand currently consist of pub quizzes, scratch cards and the European agency is working on apparel and leisurewear lines, toys and housewares – proving that there is something for "two in a bed" when it comes to brand partnership.

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posted 2/24/2021

.... Four.
"Holey Moley" Renewed to 2023
From Deadline

ABC is doubling down on putt-putt.

Deadline reports that the Disney-owned network has handed a bumper two-season renewal order for mini-golf competition Holey Moley, taking it through to a fourth season.

The nonscripted series has performed well for the network during the summer; the second season increased ratings from its first and has been a useful co-viewing show for the broadcaster. ABC also increased the run for the second season to 13 episodes, up from 10 in Season 1.

The Stephen Curry-exec produced show features self-proclaimed mini-golf lovers from around the country as they compete head-to-head through an epic obstacle golf course. The second season, which premiered in May, saw a bigger course with new holes, more drama, trick shots and wipeouts.

Hosts Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore will return alongside sideline correspondent Jeannie Mai as well as executive producer and resident golf pro Curry.


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posted 2/24/2021

Corona Can't Keep "Drag Race" Down
VH1 Lines Up New Docuseries on Production During the Pandemic
From Deadline

From slaying homophobia to slaying fierce looks, drag queens are tough — and the 13 seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race are a testament to that. However, the 13th season of the Emmy-winning reality competition was a different experience for RuPaul and the queens as it was filmed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

VH1 and World of Wonder will give audiences a look at the challenges and the triumphs of taping the new season in the documentary RuPaul’s Drag Race: Corona Can’t Keep a Good Queen Down. Airing February 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on VH1, the stand-alone special displays World of Wonder’s documentary skills as it captures the emotions surrounding the experience. From the combination of hope and anxiety of the early days to creative challenges prepping and executing the show, the docu shows the resilience of Drag Race as it found ways to safely produce the show.

In addition, the new production showed ingenuity of this season’s queens as it made herstory as one of the very first productions to be shot during the pandemic. The docu features interviews with the queens, never-before-seen footage and casting reels. With the new protocols in place, the judges panel welcomed guests from its extended Drag Race family including actress Cynthia Erivo, Jamal Sim, Nicole Byer, Loni Love, as well as remote appearances from Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson..


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posted 2/24/2021

Tom Allen Down with the "Quizness"
Comic to Host for C4
From MSN

Tom Allen is to front a new Channel 4 quiz show.

The 37-year-old comedian took inspiration from late comic legends Larry Grayson and Sir Bruce Forsyth for his role as quizmaster in the upcoming 'Quizness'.

He said: "I’m so excited to be doing this quiz show. "I grew up loving Larry Grayson and Bruce Forsyth and I love a show that tests the players abilities and their ability to answer a complicated question."

The six-part series has been described as “an entertaining twist on TV quiz shows”, as the contestants will have to look daft to prove they know the answers to the questions for a chance to win the £25,000 cash prize.

The rounds include Subbly Jubbly, in which those taking part must substitute nonsense words for the correct answers, and a quick-fire round in which nearly every question has the same answer. It also features a multiple-choice section where contestants must answer a different question to the one they have actually been asked.

Tom added: "I think audiences will love how this one challenges people’s knowledge to be bright and then translate their answers in a bizarre way for the sake of the game. "I mean it’s hilarious and so much fun. The whole family will love it!"

Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events at Channel 4, added: "'Quizness' really stood out when we were piloting ideas. "It’s such a strong new format that’s funny, fast-paced and brilliantly play-alongable, I think families will have a lot of fun joining in and seeing who comes up with the silliest correct answers."


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posted 2/24/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "RIP Fry's"

  • Rachel Lindsay has a favorite for someone to host the "After the Final Rose" (Reality TV World)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Design Star: Next Gen (discovery+/HGTV) (Reality Blurred)

  • Pat Sajak invites the ire of Wheel Twitter. Again. (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Paul Franklin, on rebooting Name That Tune (Reality Blurred)

posted 2/24/2021

Bar Fight
truTV Greenlights "Backyard Bar Wars"
From the Futon Critic

truTV announced today that it has greenlit "Backyard Bar Wars," a new home reno series with a comedic spin - each episode pits two neighbors against each other in the ultimate backyard build-off to see who can create the buzziest at-home bar on the block.

Hosted by self-described "unhandy-man" comedian Chris Distefano, the 10-episode half-hour competition series from 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, will be filmed in and around Los Angeles and will premiere in July 2021.

Said Corie Henson, EVP/Head of Unscripted Development, TNT, TBS, truTV: "It's not what you drink, it's where you drink it and who you're drinking with. 'Backyard Bar Wars' is an ambitious twist on your favorite neighborhood bar, and a custom bar in your own backyard is one of the coolest and most creative prizes ever."

Said series host, Chris Distefano: "I'm so excited to be a part of this show; it was a blast shooting the pilot and I can't wait to get out there and get drunk and build stuff. Hope this show has insurance! Finally, I can show my girlfriend and my father that I am a real man! I am Chrissy the Tool!"

"Backyard Bar Wars" is not your average build show. Based on the rising trend of DIY at-home bars, "Backyard Bar Wars" is a send-up of the classic home reno show combined with hilarious moments of comedian and host, Chris Distefano, roasting the builders in a way that only he can. The one thing that's not a joke are the bars themselves - viewers can expect jaw-dropping reveals that will leave everyone watching thirsty for a second round.

"Backyard Bar Wars" is executive produced by Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, David Hale and Dan Snook of 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, for truTV. The showrunner is Reno Camozzi. Chris Distefano is represented by Rick Dorfman, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, UTA and Cohen Gardner Law.

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posted 2/23/2021

Andy Lee Enters The Cube
Australian Version to Play on 10
From B&T

The Cube is really quite a literal name – the game show takes place in a 4m x 4m x 4m Perspex cube, where contestants complete a range of tasks for the chance to win $250,000. While the tasks seem simple, like bouncing a ball into a bucket or walking in a specific pattern along a light up floor, both stakes and stress levels are high.

The Cube’s combination of skill and memory games is what sets it apart from other game shows according to Andy Lee, who is both host and executive producer on the show. “Most game shows are about general knowledge – really, trivia – or chance. I can’t think of too many shows that are testing every skill set. It’s not something you can overly train for.”

“They’re all very doable games, it’s just whether you can do them in the moment. I think the show is more about the pressure, and how people cope.”

Part of the appeal is the inherent accessibility of the show, Lee says. “The game is designed so you can sit at home and go: “I could do that.” And you could, it’s just whether you could do it with a quarter of a million dollars on the line.”

“You don’t have to be able to sing, you don’t have to be able to cook, you don’t have to build anything – but you’ve still got just as good a chance to make a quarter of a million bucks.”

The show is Lee’s first solo hosting gig after almost 20 years of radio work with The Hamish & Andy Show co-host and best friend Hamish Blake. The duo has also worked in TV since 2004 and is particularly known for the Caravan Of Courage and Gap Year series.

Lee described the role of executive producer as one he loves returning to. “I like seeing all the nuts and bolts of these sorts of things…It was also a chance for me to put my tone into the show from the outset.”

While hosting alone “didn’t feel too foreign”, he found that he felt the absence of Blake most during the downtime. “Normally Hamish and I are mucking around…or in the ad breaks making each other laugh. So yeah, not having my best mate around during that was definitely different.”

The Cube is based on a British show called The Million Pound Cube. There are a number of international versions, including Chinese, Russian, and Ukrainian.

In Lee’s opinion, the chaos of the last year also had an impact on the players. “Something interesting I found is that in a post-COVID climate, the money certainly meant more to people. I think people were far less flippant with their decisions, which we found interesting – and nice.” “I certainly found myself really barracking hard for people to win. Five grand, and ten grand, generally isn’t normally a lot in gameshow type speak, but it feels like a lot in this game.”

The Cube will premiere on Channel 10 at 7.30 on Wednesday.


posted 2/23/2021

MONDAY: Game Night on NBC
Yet the Night Goes to ABC
From Deadline

ABC and Fox maintained their top spot on Monday night with The Bachelor and 9-1-1 respectively. The Bachelor on ABC dipped a tenth in the adults 18-49 demographic to a 1.2 rating and netted 5.23 million viewers. Even though the reality dating competition dipped in the demo, it still had a strong grasp on the top spot. This led in to The Good Doctor which also took a one-tenth hit from last week to earn a 0.5 in the demo while 3.80 million viewers tuned in to the new episode.

At Fox, 9-1-1 held steady in the demo to earn a 1.0 and took in 6.54 million viewers, the largest audience of the night. 9-1-1: Lone Star climbed to a 0.8 in the demo and netted 5.23 million viewers.

CBS saw the return of their Monday night lineup with The Neighborhood (0.8, 5.74M), Bob Hearts Abishola (0.6, 5.41M) and All Rise (0.4, 4.23M) wavering in the demo. Bull (0.5, 5.14M) bookended the night, holding steady with last week.

NBC served a double helping of Ellen’s Game of Games (0.5, 2.96M; 0.6, 2.66) while The Wall (0.5, 2.37M) was on par with last week.

The CW’s All American (0.2, 751,000) slipped a tenth and Black Lightning (0.1, 379,000) was steady in the demo but hit a new viewersip low.

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Spring Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.020m/0.25
- Chain Reaction (P/GSN): 568k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 541k/0.04
- Master Minds (GSN): 517k/0.03
- Geta Clue (GSN): 399k/0.03
- Tooned In (Nick): 347k/0.11

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posted 2/23/2021

WEEKEND: Blink and You Missed It
Cherries Wild Fails to Juice, Plus...
From The Futon Critic

When is a slot machine not a slot machine? When it’s… not a slot machine.

Fox on Sunday night debuted Cherries Wild, a primetime game show that had already set itself apart from the pack by way of its clear Pepsi (but not Pepsi Clear) branding. Midway through the half-hour, the players (in the premiere, a married couple) reach for a giant lever and pull it back to get the 30-foot-tall slot machine’s five reels spinning, hoping to rack up dollars, Wild Cherries or any number of other winning symbols, while avoiding the whammy of a Cash Stash-draining “X.”

Given the fact that it’s a video slot machine — meaning, no actual reels are being sprung into motion — a viewer already had cause be a bit removed from the drama of where they land.

But a disclaimer that appeared at the end of the premiere made the lever-pulling portion of the show even more inconsequential, revealing that, to put it simply, the slot machine outcomes are determined well beforehand.

“The program does not use a real ‘slot machine,’” the disclaimer starts, explaining: “Each spin in a particular game is the product of a game play combination that is determined in advance…. On each tape day, an independent compliance company randomly assigns those predetermined combinations to the teams taping that day.”

Perhaps to reassure that the “predetermined combinations” are not being compiled in such a way as to keep Fox flush, the disclaimer makes clear, “At least one of the teams on each tape day will receive a combination that has the potential to lead to the Grand Prize” — $250,000, as oft touted by host Jason Biggs — “if the game is successfully played to its conclusion.”

In the early rounds, players do answer a series of themed trivia questions that can win them Wild Cherries (to later use to improve a slot machine pull) or cash (to buy additional spins). So, there is some “skill” involved (as the promos claim), and a half of a whiff of strategy. It’s only the outcome of the slot machine pull, using the comically ginormous lever, that apparently is pure theater.

There is no correlation between the force or duration with which one pulls the lever and how the reels spin, as is the case with, say, The Price Is Right‘s wheel, the titular Wheel of Fortune, or even the strategic placement of the balls atop The Wall. Rather, it’s more akin to Fox’s own, still-on-hiatus Spin the Wheel, in which the length and speed of each spin is determined at random and not by the player’s tug (though the wedge on which the ball eventually settles is pure physics).

ABC’s American Idol scored a 1.0 in the adults 18-49 demographic and netted 6.51 million viewers on Sunday night, down a tenth from last week’s Season 19 premiere but enough to top primetime in the demo. The network also aired an episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos (0.8, 5.18M), which climbed two tenths in the demo, and The Rookie (0.5, 3.92M), which dipped. ABC won the night overall in the 18-49 demo.

CBS won the night overall in viewers with an all-originals lineup led by 60 Minutes (0.7, 9.30M), which held steady in the demo and earned the night’s largest audience. The Equalizer (0.7, 7.88) took a two-tenths hit from last week’s strong time-slot premiere, while NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6, 5.74M) also dipped. NCIS: New Orleans (0.5, 4.82M) held steady.

After Fox’s Sunday night lineup was derailed last week due to NASCAR weather delays, things were back on track starting with the debut of Cherries Wild (0.2, 698,000). It was followed by a heartfelt Marcia Wallace tribute episode of The Simpsons (0.5, 1.38M) along with freshman series The Great North (0.4, 1.16M), Bob’s Burgers (0.5, 1.21M) and Family Guy (0.5, 1.26M).

At NBC, reruns of Weakest Link and The Wall were followed by Dateline (0.3, 2.72M), which wrapped its run of “The Widower.” Meanwhile, the CW’s Sunday was practically a Xerox copy of last week’s Nielsen Live+Same Day fast affiliates with Batwoman (0.1, 507,000) and Charmed (0.1, 316K).

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 832k/0.22

CBS (4.964 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to originals from "MacGyver" (4.839 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Magnum P.I." (5.780 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (4.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

ABC (3.540 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) shared in the demo honors with "Shark Tank" (4.438 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and "20/20" (3.092 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) as did FOX (2.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "WWE SmackDown" (2.071 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was NBC (3.081 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) with a new "The Blacklist" (3.258 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) alongside night two of "The Widower" (2.992 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, The CW (7.220 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.836 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.696 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.679 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Cable numbers for Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (GSN): 605k/0.25
- Master Minds (GSN): 544k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 496k/0.05
- Get a Clue (GSN): 380k/0.05

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/23/2021

THURSDAY: Logjam at the Top
Three-Way Split Among CBS, Fox, ABC
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on a competitive Thursday with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (7.484 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), "B Positive" (5.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (5.241 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Unicorn" (3.725 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Clarice" (4.011 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Sharing the demo crown was FOX (2.434 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with "Hell's Kitchen" (2.643 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Call Me Kat" (2.158 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Last Man Standing" (2.290 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) as well as ABC (4.192 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and its lineup of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (5.845 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), "The Chase" (4.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "The Hustler" (2.581 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.139 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "Mr. Mayor" (2.635 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), an encore of "Young Rock" (1.803 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.995 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and part one of "The Widower" (3.204 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments from "Walker" (1.667 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and "Legacies" (0.531 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.099 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Thursday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 828k/0.20
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 797k/0.21
- Go-Big Show (TBS): 785k/0.23
- Master Minds (GSN): 558k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 490k/0.05
- Tooned In (Nick): 430k/0.11
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 323k/0.07
- Fast Foodies (truTV): 201k/0.11

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/23/2021

"MS5" Preview!
Watch Clip of Niecy Nash Hosting in Teaser!
From Deadline

The Masked Singer teases a “game-changing” season five in the latest promo for the popular singing series.

From new contestants in more original costumes to Niecy Nash as new guest host, The Masked Singer stage is set to feature an impressive showing of Masked Singer performances.

While the latest teaser unveils all things new, original host Nick Cannon remains unseen as he continues to deal with the coronavirus, after contracting the infectious disease earlier this month.

Nash makes her The Masked Singer debut arriving in a sedan chair supported by formally dressed and masked men, keeping in line with the show’s infectious, kooky style.

“Welcome to the new guest host – me,” Nash says in the teaser.

The Masked Singer will also bring in a host of new celebrity singers. In the teaser judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke attempt to identify the stars behind the vibrant costumes – from Nick Lachey to Jenny Slate to Jamie Foxx. Season five also has bigger, dramatic spectacles and creative characters in store, one of which Scherzinger can only describe as “so creepy but so magical."

“The Masked Singer” is shaking things up for its forthcoming Season 5. For the first time ever, surprise contestants will compete in “Wildcard” rounds to try to steal a slot from an existing masked singer. The fifth season of the Fox singing competition will feature 10 scheduled competitors, who will be broken up into two groups of five (Groups A and B). Then, masked “Wildcards,” as Fox has dubbed them, will crash the stage at the end of “several” episodes for a chance to unseat another contestant in the group and join the race for the golden mask trophy. Fox isn’t yet revealing the costumes of the Wildcard contestants, but it has unveiled six of the 10 regulars competing this season: Phoenix, Grandpa Monster, Chameleon, Piglet, Porcupine and Black Swan.”

The Masked Singer season 5 will premiere at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday, Mar. 10. Fox Alternative Entertainment produces The Masked Singer with James Breen, Craig Plestis, Rosie Seitchik and Nick Cannon serving as executive producers. James Breen showruns. The series is based on the South Korean format created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp.

TV Line


The Wrap

posted 2/23/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "First Jeopardy!, Now This"

  • Shailene Woodley can now say she's engaged to a Jeopardy! host (ESPN)

  • "Remote Control": an oral history (The AV Club)

  • Betty White's Pet Set arrives on DVD (Chicago Sun-Times)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Chrissy Teigen wanted the President to stop following her on Twitter. So he did. (Deadline)

posted 2/23/2021

The Chase Is On for Larry Emdur
Australian Version Names New Host
From 7News

Australia’s #1 game show has a brand-new host, with the Seven Network today announcing that Larry Emdur is taking the helm at The Chase Australia.

One of the country’s most experienced and loved television presenters, Emdur will film his first episodes of The Chase Australia next month, to be broadcast later this year.

Emdur’s exciting new role is in addition to his day job on Seven’s top-rating The Morning Show where he has been co-host alongside Kylie Gillies since 2007.

Emdur said: “I’ve had a love affair with quiz shows for most of my working life and the opportunity to host one of the TV world’s greatest formats is incredibly exciting.

“I’ve always enjoyed watching The Chase Australia and I can’t wait dust off my shiny gameshow shoes, apply some ‘game show’ grade teeth whitener and learn how to say words like pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

Seven’s Network Programming Director, Angus Ross, said: “Everyone at Seven is delighted that Larry has agreed to take on this new role.

“He is the ideal host for The Chase Australia. Australians love Larry. Australians love the show. Together, they are the perfect combination.”.

TV Blackbox


posted 2/22/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Matt Tells All"

  • Matt James has his say about.... well, everything up to this point. (Deadline)

  • Aisha Tyler signs with CAA (Deadline)

  • Guy Fieri goes ghost.... kitchen, that is. (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: From Golden Buzzer to Golden Ticket, reliver Amanda Mena's rise (GoldDerby)

  • THE FOURTH JUDGE (tm): American Idol sent home the wrong standout (GoldDerby)

  • Tom Bergeron doesn't want to see a 65-year-old guy host "Jeopardy!" (Heavy)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Meanwhile on the Icelandic version of "College Bowl".. (WHTZ New York)

posted 2/22/2021

WEDNESDAY: Sweet As Cotton Candy
NBC Wins, "Masked Dancer" Lands on the Map
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.727 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.377 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1), "Chicago Fire" (7.089 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Chicago PD" (5.715 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

FOX (2.856 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) claimed the silver with "The Masked Dancer: Road to the Finals" (2.637 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and the season finale of "The Masked Dancer" (3.076 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.315 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with originals from "Tough as Nails" (3.343 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "SEAL Team" (3.671 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "S.W.A.T." (2.931 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.921 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) opted for repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.876 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "American Housewife" (1.997 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "The Conners" (2.054 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Call Your Mother" (1.706 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) plus a new "For Life" (1.447 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.617 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.418 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) on The CW (0.517 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 891k/0.43
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 584k/0.23
- Master Minds (GSN): 563k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 450k/0.05
- Tooned In (Nick): 242k/0.06

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/19/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "... Unless You're Kanye"

  • Kim Krdashian files for divorce. (The WRap)

  • Jamie Foxx is the "Dad" who won't "Stop Embarrassing Me" on Netflix (The Futon Critic)

  • Drag Race family hits back (The Gay Times)

  • Detroit Youth Choir to be documented by Disney+ (Deadline)

posted 2/19/2021


"The Dating Game" to Return... with a Twist
ABC's Latest Retro Reboot to Feature Celebs, Hosted by Zooey Deschanel & Michael Bolton
From the Wrap

ABC is reviving “The Dating Game” with a new celebrity twist and Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton at the helm, the network announced Thursday.

“The Celebrity Dating Game” has been picked up for eight one-hour episodes at the network, and is described as a “wry wink at modern dating with a star-studded roster of celebrity singles in their pursuit to find love.”

The new show will flip the format of the original 1960s series hosted by Jim Lange. Rather than having one contestant question three hidden suitors, the three suitors will be visible to the audience throughout the episode, and the identity of the celebrity they are attempting to woo will remain concealed until the end of the hour.

Per ABC, “suitors will have the opportunity to guess the secret identity based on clues, questions and special parody performances by host Michael Bolton.”

“The Celebrity Dating Game” is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Charles Wachter, Michael Bolton, Christina Kline and Wendi Wan serve as executive producers. No premiere date for the show has been scheduled.

The original “Dating Game,” created by “The Newlywed Game” executive producer Chuck Barris and hosted by Jim Lange, ran on ABC between 1965 and 1973 before going for one additional season in syndication. Though the show primarily featured everyday Americans, a number of celebrities appeared as special guest stars during the initial run, including Michael Jackson, Ron Howard and Sally Field. Reboots over the years have been hosted by Elaine Joyce, Jeff MacGregor, Brad Sherwood, and Chuck Woolery.

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TV Line
Cinema Blend
Entertainment Weekly
Screen Rant

posted 2/18/2021

More Guest Hosts Announced
Latest Entries Include Anderson Cooper, Dr. Oz, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Savannah Guthrie
From TV Line

A series of guest hosts comprised of award-winning journalists and distinguished figures are scheduled to fill in at the Jeopardy! host’s lectern this season. The big winner? Charity.

Starting the week of March 8, as a part of each guest host’s appearance, Jeopardy! will make a contribution to the charity of their choice. That amount will match the cumulative winnings of all contestants who compete during the guest host’s tenure. See the running show schedule below and tune in to cheer on the contestants as they play for a good cause:

- January 11-February 19: Ken Jennings - In 2004, Ken Jennings set the record for longest winning streak in Jeopardy! history after 74 consecutive wins, earning a total of $2.52 million. Since then, Jennings has competed in multiple Jeopardy tournaments including, the Ultimate Tournament of Champions in 2005, the Jeopardy!: IBM Challenge in 2011, Battle of the Decades in 2014, and the Jeopardy! All-Star Games in 2019. In 2020, Jennings went on to earn his coveted GOAT title after winning the Greatest of All Time tournament. Later that same year, he officially joined the Jeopardy! family as segment producer.
- February 22-March 5: Mike Richards - Mike Richards is the executive producer of Jeopardy! and “Wheel of Fortune.” Prior to his time on Jeopardy! and Wheel, Richards was the executive producer of “The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make A Deal” for over a decade. During his tenure, Richards earned 17 Daytime Emmy nominations and was awarded three. Richards also served as executive producer of the 2020 revival of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” In addition to his producing, Richards has hosted 5 series: two reality shows most notably Beauty and the Geek, a news program, and two game shows including Game Show Network’s Pyramid.
- March 8-19: Katie Couric - Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, presenter, author and the first woman to guest host Jeopardy!. She is the founder of Katie Couric Media (KCM), a multimedia news and production company, which produces documentaries, digital series and podcasts centered on social and cultural issues. Throughout her career, Couric has held multiple hosting positions at ABC, CBS and NBC. She also served as Yahoo’s Global News Anchor from 2013-2017.

Dates for Dr. Mehmet Oz, Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie, Aaron Rodgers, Bill Whitaker, Mayim Bialik, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be announced at a future time.

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CHEK Victoria

The Ringer
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WIVT Binghamton
WJLA Washington

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posted 2/18/2021

Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending February 7
From The Wrap

Daily Mail TV delivered an 11-week high and the biggest increase among all syndicated strips in an otherwise quiet session ending Feb. 7 in which dramatic moves were few and far between. Mail was the only gainer among the top five magazines, posting a 17% advance to a 0.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and matching its best showing of the season.

Elsewhere in access, Jeopardy edged up 2% to a 6.1 and held onto the game show lead for a fourth straight week with guest host Ken Jennings filling in for the late Alex Trebek. Next in line, Wheel of Fortune was flat at a 5.8 while Family Feud dipped 5% to a 5.5.

Jeopardy! has yet to name a permanent new host. In the interim, a series of guest hosts will fill Trebek's shoes, including Jennings, Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whittaker and Mayim Bialik.

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) 6.1 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.8 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 -5%
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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TV Newscheck
The Wrap

posted 2/18/2021

TUESDAY: Let's Rock
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.112 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) led the demo race on Tuesday with its debut lineup of "Young Rock" (5.034 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "Kenan" (4.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), "This Is Us" (5.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Nurses" (2.194 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

ABC (3.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) claimed the silver with its mix of "To Tell the Truth" (3.946 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.556 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Mixed-ish" (2.059 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Big Sky" (4.022 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was FOX (2.889 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with originals from "The Resident" (3.670 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Prodigal Son" (2.108 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for second runs of "NCIS" (5.628 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "The Equalizer" (4.227 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.463 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9). And finally, The CW (0.426 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with a new "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.490 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14), the season finale of "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.392 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and the final "Trickster" (0.412 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 917k/0.21
- The Misery Index (TBS): 544k/0.17
- Master Minds (GSN): 542k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 503k/0.07
- Temptation Island (SP/USA): 453k/0.15
- Get a Clue (GSN): 372k/0.04

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/18/2021

The Last "Dance"?
Report: "SYTYCD" Season 17 Will Not Go Forward in 2021
From Newsweek

So You Think You Can Dance has been one of the many shows affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with its summer 2020 season canceled just weeks before it was set to begin.

While the Fox show was expected to return in summer 2021, a new report has it that the show is still on hiatus, putting its future in jeopardy.

In June 2020, Fox released a statement reading: "Production on Season 17 of SYTYCD will not be moving forward due to health and governmental restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, while we were looking forward to its return this summer, we cannot meet the standards we've set for viewers and contestants in light of the show's unique format, intricate production schedule, and limited time."

Though the show was canceled for summer 2020, shows like Dancing With the Stars were able to go ahead in 2020, and Fox did manage to put out another dancing show, Masked Singer spin-off The Masked Dancer, leading to some hope that the show could return. However, per TVLine, the show's producers 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions are "not moving forward" with Season 17 at the present time. Newsweek has independently verified that claim.

The Cat Deeley-hosted show, however, has not been completely canceled, with the site reporting that the show could return at some point.

Just Jared

TV Line

posted 2/17/2021

WEEKEND: So... That Happened.
CBS, ABC Split Night; Fox's NASCAR Overrun Monopolizes
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.741 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) moved into the top demo spot on Sunday thanks to a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.703 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), the return of "American Idol" (6.685 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and an original "The Rookie" (3.893 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

CBS (6.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) claimed the silver with its new lineup of "60 Minutes" (9.059 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "The Equalizer" (7.976 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.915 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.926 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Next up was FOX (3.161 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a full night of "NASCAR Overrun" (3.161 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.377 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Weakest Link" (2.181 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "The Wall" (1.796 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) followed by the two-hour special "Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music" (2.765 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments from "Batwoman" (0.507 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Charmed" (0.371 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) on The CW (0.439 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 801k/0.19
- Love Games (S/TLC): 615k/0.12

Meanwhile, on Friday...
- Master Minds (GSN): 603k/0.05
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 500k/0.21
- People Puzzler (GSN): 390k/0.04

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/17/2021

Trivia Trap
Anita Rani to Host New British Series, "The Answer Trap"
From Telly Mix

Anita Rani will host a brand new game show called The Answer Trap on Channel 4.

The series, which will air as part of the day time schedule, sees two teams play against each other to secure as much prize money as they can.

Channel 4 explains: "Host Anita Rani will challenge the teams to place answers from a series of lists into their relevant categories. However not all the answers belong in the categories, some are devilish decoys - Answer Traps.

"The Answer Traps have been set by iconic quizzers Bobby Seagull and Frank Paul, with the brainiacs competing to see who can catch the most players in their traps.

"If the teams can assign the answers to the correct categories and avoid the traps, they get the opportunity to play for a £10,000 jackpot on the final question."

Anita said: “For as long as I can remember I have loved all the classic C4 daytime quizzes, I am actually quite obsessed with them! To be the host of their latest format is a dream come true and I cannot wait to welcome you all to The Answer Trap.”

Telly Mix
The Telegraph and Argus

C21 Media


posted 2/17/2021

Crashing the Game Show Party
Nippon TV to Develop Rage Room Game Show
From TBI

Japan’s Nippon TV has launched its new gameshow, Crush Park, as an international format.

The show, which debuted on Nippon TV in December 2020 requires contestants to literally crush various objects in their quest to win the prize.

The Covid-safe format sees players take on the challenges either solo or in small numbers, minimising the risk of contact during taping.

Each self-contained episode pits the contestants against three wacky obstacle courses in which they face obstacles ranging from water balloons to angry horned monsters. Armed with weaoons ranging from hammers and sword to a special explosive potion, they must destroy as many as possible and as fast as they can to reach the prize, with the lowest scorers disqualified after each round.

“As people try to overcome these stressful Covid-19 times, there is no better moment for Nippon TV to offer this new fun-filled, stress-busting game show format,” said Mikiko Nishiyama, MD of international business development at Nippon TV.

“With the pop look and feel of a theme park or arcade, Crush Park thrills viewers with an excitement far-removed from daily reality. Satisfaction is guaranteed for the show’s players and viewers in this family-friendly game show.”

TBI Vision

Video Age International

posted 2/17/2021

MONDAY: Anyone Else Find "The Bachelor" Awkward Now?
ABC, Fox Split
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.889 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top demo draw on Monday thanks to originals from "The Bachelor" (5.230 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (4.208 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

A silver medal went to FOX (6.107 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with fresh installments from "9-1-1" (6.626 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.588 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was NBC (2.766 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.197 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Wall" (2.768 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a second "The Wall" (2.332 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (4.404 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.902 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "All Rise" (2.612 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Bull" (2.912 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "All American" (0.773 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Black Lightning" (0.442 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) closed out the night on The CW (0.608 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.240m/0.32
- Kids Baking Championship - 10p (Food): 1.174m/0.35
- Master Minds (GSN): 622k/0.07
- People Puzzler (GSN): 488k/0.07
- Get a Clue (GSN): 442k/0.06
- Tooned In (Nick): 359k/0.08

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/16/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Unmasked"

  • Craig Robinson signs on for a sitcom at Peacock (TV Line)

  • Amanda Wilson & Elliot Johnson chase to BBC Studios.... because... they created The Chase (Televisual)

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posted 2/17/2021

ARI GOLD: 1973-2021
LGBTQ Artist, Activist Worked with "RuPaul's Drag Race"
From Billboard

Ari Gold, the New York City-based LGBTQ dance artist and DJ, died Feb. 14 after a long battle with leukemia, according to multiple reports. He was 47.

Gold’s death was confirmed by World of Wonder, the Los Angeles-based production company behind “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and other shows. "Deeply saddened over the passing of trailblazing queer artist Ari Gold," World of Wonder Productions tweeted Sunday, confirming his death. "Gold released 7 albums & paved the way for many out artists since the early 2000s." World of Wonder had worked with Gold and RuPaul on their collaborations.

RuPaul, as well as Laverne Cox, Peppermint, and more shared their condolences online as the news of Gold's death spread.

"So many people have come and gone from my life over the past 25 years but you have been a constant," Cox wrote in a tribute post on her Instagram. "I'm so utterly devastated that you've moved on today. But I know you'll be watching over me as you always have. I'm so grateful to have known you."

RuPaul added, "Until we meet again, dear friend."

Gold, who went by multiple stage names -- including Sir Ari and GoldNation -- throughout his career, was widely considered a queer pioneer in the dance music genre. In 2004, his music video for "Wave of You" became the first music video by an openly LGBTQ artist to premiere on Logo TV. The musician performed alongside stars such as Cyndi Lauper and Diana Ross, collaborated with Boy George on "Underneath This Earth — Jared Jones Culture Club Remix," and served as an opening act for Chaka Khan.

Over the course of his career, Gold released seven studio albums — Ari Gold (2001), Space Under Sun (2004), The Remixes (2005), Transport Systems (2007), Between the Spirit & the Flesh (2011), Play My F**kn Remix (2013)and Soundtrack to Freedom (2015) — and charted three entries on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, with his 2007 single "Where the Music Takes You" featuring Sasha Allen peaking at No. 10 on the chart dated Aug. 2, 2008.

In 2018, Gold wrote an essay for NewNowNext, where he revealed that he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare form of blood cancer curable through bone marrow transplants, in 2013. In a 2019 episode of his podcast "A Kiki From the Cancer Ward," with RuPaul as a guest, he said he had been officially declared cancer-free.

"I was an out and proud gay pop music artist at a time when many feared that being open about their sexuality would ruin their careers," Gold wrote in his 2018 NewNowNext essay. "I made every attempt I could to wave the gay flag, from using male pronouns to men-on-men love scenes in my videos. I told stories from a pointedly gay perspective ... If you are a cancer warrior or a warrior of shame, don’t forget to treat yourself better than anyone else could ever treat you, tell your story proudly every day you walk this earth, and use that fucking cancer card, gay card, or any card that you’ve earned as if you have all the credit in the world."


posted 2/16/2021

Vernon Kay to Host "Game of Talents" UK
ITV to Air Its Own Version
From Radio Times

ITV has revealed that Vernon Kay will present its brand new primetime game show Game of Talents – which sees contestants attempt to uncover “the secret talents of the public”.

The show, which was originally announced last year, will feature teams comprising both celebrities and members of the public attempt to guess the bizarre hidden talents of eight mystery performers.

In an intriguing format, the teams will have to base their guesses solely on the appearances of the performers and a handful of clues – as they aim to separate “the opera singer from the weightlifter, or the acrobat from the fire eater”.

The series will mark a return to game show presenting for Kay, who previously fronted All Star Family Fortunes for nine years between 2006 and 2015 and has also hosted Beat the Star, Splash, and most recently 1000 Heartbeats.

Radio Times

posted 2/16/2021

"Game Face" Heads to UAE
E! Game Show Optioned for Abu Dhabi TV
From Gulf Business

A local version of popular US comedy game show, Celebrity Game Face, will debut on Abu Dhabi TV on February 17.

The virtual game show is being produced by In Media Plus under license from NBCUniversal Formats, a division of show creators Universal Studio Group. In Media Plus is behind shows such as The X Factor, Arab Idol, and Goul Waraya/Repeat After Me.

This marks the first international series adaptation of the show, with production on the local 13×60’ series already underway.

Hosted by Egyptian comedian Shaimaa Seif, the Arabic series will see local celebrities from all over the MENA region, including the UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon and Egypt, take part in a variety of trivia quizzes and physical challenges.

The original US version was created by Critical Content and is hosted and executive produced by Kevin Hart for E!.

Gulf Business
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posted 2/16/2021

More on "Cherries Wild"
Catch It on Fox NEXT Sunday
From The Wrap

PepsiCo is not the typical producer of entertainment content, apart from the Super Bowl halftime show, decades’ worth of commercials and the 2018 big-screen basketball comedy “Uncle Drew.”

But next Sunday, the soft-drink manufacturer will break into showbiz in a whole new way with the premiere of the Jason Biggs-hosted primetime trivia game show “Cherries Wild” on Fox.

Yes, that title is a very clear nod to Pepsi’s Wild Cherry flavor — but Fox promises that the 30-minute show is not going to turn out to be a 30-minute commercial for soda. And Rob Wade, Fox’s president of alternative entertainment and specials, insists that “Cherries Wild” originated as a show — not a Pepsi commercial.

The Wrap

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posted 2/16/2021

Chris Harrison "Steps Aside" from "The Bachelor"
After Racism Row, Host Will Not Appear in "Final Rose"
From TV Line

Following a controversy where host Chris Harrison admitted to “perpetuating racism,” The Bachelor host has decided to step aside from the franchise “for a period of time.”

In an Instagram post published Saturday, Harrison wrote, “The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special… I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.”

During a recent Extra interview hosted by Rachel Lindsay, the franchise’s first Black Bachelorette, Harrison and Lindsay discussed photos of Season 25 contestant Rachael Kirkconnell — currently vying for the heart of Matt James, the franchise’s first Black Bachelor — attending an Antebellum party three years ago. She has since taken the photos off of social media and disabled the comments option. Because of the painful and racist history the pre-Civil War Antebellum South and slavery triggers, many have shunned romanticizing the era and its images. (Kirkconnell has since apologized.)

Instead of commenting about the problematic nature that Kirkconnell’s past racial insensitivities create, Harrison defended her reputation and lambasted what he called “cancel culture.”

“This ‘judge, jury, executioner’ thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into her parents’ voting record … it’s unbelievably alarming to watch this,” a visibly frustrated Harrison told Lindsay. “You know, I saw a picture of her at a sorority show five years ago, and that’s it.”

In wake of the backlash, Harrison apologized on Twitter Wednesday writing, “I took a stance on topics about which I should have been better informed. What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry. I also apologize to my friend Rachael Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable. I promise to do better.”

Rachel Lindsay commended “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison Monday for temporarily stepping away from “The Bachelor” franchise following his defense of a current contestant in a way that “perpetuates racism” during an interview with Lindsay. However, the first black star of the “Bachelorette” isn’t sure if Harrison’s steps to make amends mean he should remain host of the ABC reality dating franchise.

“I think you have to see what happens,” Lindsay told her “Extra” colleague Billy Bush in an interview Monday. “I think I don’t want to play into things too quick to judge someone, right? Am I disappointed? Absolutely. Do I agree with what happened in that interview? No. But at the same time, he has taken the steps to not issue one, but two apologies. Let’s see what happens from there. Now I will say this, to see the contestants come together and speak out and to say what they don’t stand for, I don’t know how we continue in this way. How do you when people in Bachelor Nation are upset, the contestants of this very show, the leads of this show? How does he go on to represent the franchise when people are so upset by what they saw in that interview that we have?”

TV Line

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The Wrap

posted 2/16/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "It's Still Sweeps"

  • Tamron Hall had an interview that we have to attach a CONTENT WARNING to, so ... yeah, there's a thing. (TV Line)

  • Dwayne Johnson 2032? (The Wrap)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "All-Round Champion" begins season 3 on BYU March 30 (WFMZ Allentown)

  • A new season of "Tenable" is upon us, and the world is wondering what's eating Warwick Davis (Entertainment Daily)

  • LIST ABUSE: 25 greatest game shows of all time according to... (GoldDerby)

  • Gleb Savchenko is not opposed to same-sex DWTS couples (The Wrap)

  • Byron Allen said he bought The Weather Channel "to save your life". That's... a bit of a stretch? (The Wrap)

  • Ant & Dec look to rerack Poker Face (The List)

  • Drew Carey recalls the time that Plinko was rigged (ComicBook.com)

posted 2/16/2021

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