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Nick Cannon Hospitalized
"The Masked Singer" Host Being Treated for Pneumonia
From CNN

Nick Cannon is getting some rest after coming down with pneumonia.

"The Masked Singer" host and comedian, who has previously shared that he has lupus, posted images of himself in a hospital bed in an Instagram post on Friday.

"Okay, so I guess I'm not Superman ... I promised myself I would never be back at this place again ... But this is a great lesson to take care of YOU or YOU won't be able to take care of everyone else," Cannon wrote.

The busy dad of 11 said he was feeling positive. "I don't need any well wishes or prayers , just some solid rest and I will be back on the journey to becoming stronger than ever... it's just pneumonia, nothing I can't handle."

Before his hospitalization, Cannon performed with his "Wild'N Out Live" tour on Thursday in New York City. "Crazy thing is, last night we was just rocking a sold out crowd at Madison square garden in front of thousands of fans, now I'm all alone in a tiny hospital room," Cannon concluded his post. "Life is definitely a rollercoaster! #LupusWarrior.".

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posted 12/4/2022

Robot Fighting Time Returns 2023
"Battlebots" to Air on Discovery January 5
From the Futon Critic

In the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, the most competitive field of combat robots ever assembled have come to wage war with one goal in mind: to qualify for the BattleBots World Championship VII. Featuring 50 teams from across the globe, sparks fly and robots die in the iconic BattleBox arena at Caesars Entertainment Studios as teams vie for the sports top prize: The Giant Nut. Wielding ever more lethal weapons and upgraded hardware, this year's elite bots will face their most grueling test as, for the first time, all teams will complete a predetermined four-fight qualifying season. Also, for the first time, all teams' full fight schedules will be released prior to the start of the World Championship VII qualifying rounds. BattleBot's ever expanding, rabid fanbase can now look forward to more fights, more strategy, and more destruction as season long "live tracking" of results and standings are enabled thru these format changes. The world's premiere robot competition series, "BattleBots," returns Thursday, January 5th at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

This year's select field features a host of brilliant new teams with meta breaking designs eagerly attempting to stand shoulder to shoulder with the returning legends of the sport. Tensions will soar as fan-favorites including Witch Doctor, SawBlaze, Hydra, Hypershock, Minotaur, past champion and current Golden Bolt winner, End Game, and reigning World Champion Tantrum, take on the fiercest teams from Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South America, all slugging it out in a series of battles to the death.

Will End Game or Tantrum keep their winning streaks alive against the deepest field in BattleBots history or will they end up in pieces? Will Riptide and Glitch extend their epic freshman runs, or will they suffer the dreaded sophomore slump? Sportscaster Chris Rose, and former UFC Fighter Kenny Floria are back to lead the action, giving their famous play-by-play and color analysis, while Faruq Tauheed returns as the Ring Announcer to get everyone in the arena, and at home, into the fighting spirit..

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posted 12/4/2022

THURSDAY: Take a Bow, Leslie...
NBC Wins with Dolly Parton, The Wall
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, the NBC TV-movie Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas dominated a quiet-ish Thursday in total viewers (with 6 million) and is currently tied for the nightly demo win (with a 0.5 rating).

Leading out of that, a holiday edition of The Wall retained just 2.1 mil and a 0.2.

Elsewhere, with CBS in rerun mode….

FOX | Pending certain adjustment due to NFL preemptions, Hell's Kitchen (2.5 mil/0.5) and the late Leslie Jordan's final Call Me Kat appearance (1.7 mil/0.4) are both currently up. But again, NFL preemptions.

THE CW | The Freddie Mercury: The Final Act special drew 860K and a 0.1.

ABC | This year's airing of Frozen II drew 2.2 mil and a 0.4.

CBS | A Young Sheldon rerun delivered the night's second-largest audience, with 3.9 million viewers.

Thursday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49) are forthcoming.

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posted 12/4/2022

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "The Password Is... Preggers"

  • Keke Palmer took her hosting gig on SNL to make a big announcement (Deadline)

  • Jirard Khalil reportedly wanted to reboot "Starcade" at G4 before it went under (PopCulture)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Prue Leith & Paul Hollywood (TV Line)

posted 12/4/2022


Game SHow Network

People Watching People in Syndication
Debmar Mercury to Shop Game Show Network Hit for 2023
From Deadline

Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury has picked up for distribution Game Show Network's People Puzzler, hosted by Leah Remini, with the goal to launch the game show in broadcast syndication in fall 2023.

Debmar-Mercury is shopping 325 episodes of People Puzzler, which combines pop culture with fun facts, as a back-to-back Monday-Friday strip. It will be sold on an all-barter basis, with the syndicator splitting the national advertising time with stations. The 325 episodes include all of Seasons 1 and 2, as well the current third season.

This marks a rare broadcast syndication offering for fall 2023 in a tight marketplace with no known first-run shows targeted for next fall yet.

Based on the crossword puzzles in People, People Puzzler, which returned for its third season in August, has been a solid performer for GSN. It is produced by Game Show Enterprises, Start Entertainment and People's parent company, Dotdash Meredith. Remini also executive produces with Rane Laymance, along with Scott St. John and Neal Konstantini for Start Entertainment and Rachel Feinberg for Dotdash Meredith.

"We believe People Puzzler's proven ad-friendly format, strong household and adult 25-54 demo performance will attract an entirely new audience to broadcast, while giving stations a tested alternative to pair with originals in this dominant syndication programming genre," said Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein.

The King Of Queens alumna Remini, a two-time Emmy winner and Daytime Emmy nominee for Outstanding Game Show Host, most recently appeared as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance.

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TV Newscheck

posted 12/1/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 20
From TV Newscheck

Several syndicated shows surged in the post-election session ending Nov. 20, with Jeopardy, Judge Judy, Hot Bench and Entertainment Tonight among the heavyweights hitting new season highs.

Jeopardy elevated 11% from the week before to a season-best 6.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, as the final round of its annual Tournament of Champions got underway.

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.

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 6.1 +11%*
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.4 +13%*
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.0 +4%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

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posted 12/1/2022

WEDNESDAY: Lighting Up the World... Part 2
NBC Wins with Rockefeller Tree Lighting
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center averaged 6.1 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, leading Wednesday in both measures and adding viewers versus last year.

Elsewhere…. CBS | Survivor (5.1 mil/0.7) ticked up to a season high in audience and was steady in the demo. The Amazing Race (3 mil/0.3) dipped on both counts.

FOX | The Masked Singer (4 mil/0.6) was steady with its season finale.

THE CW | Stargirl's mind-blowing penultimate episode ever (437K/0.1) dropped some eyeballs, while Kung Fu (390K/0.1) added some.

ABC | The Conners (4 mil/0.6), Home Economics (1.9 mil/0.3) and Big Sky (2.3 mil/0.2) were all steady in the demo, while The Goldbergs (2.4 mil/0.3) and Abbott Elementary (2.4 mil/0.4) dipped.

Wednesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49) are forthcoming.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/1/2022

Pluto TV Arrives in Canada
Canadian Content Curated in Paramount Global's FAST Streamer
From the Wrap

Pluto TV, Paramount Global's free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) service, officially made its debut in Canada on Thursday.

Pluto will offer more than 20,000 hours of free programming to Canadians, introducing a diverse lineup of over 110 thematic and single-series channels curated from a library of thousands of titles from Paramount and more than 100 third-party partners.

Through a partnership with Corus Entertainment, Pluto TV now offers Canadian audiences a wide spectrum of free programming, including iconic TV and film franchises across popular genres such as drama, comedy, lifestyle, kids, movies, around-the-clock news and more.

Notable Pluto TV programming includes shows like "Happy Days," "The Ed Sullivan Show," "Elementary," "Hawaii Five-O," "NCIS," "Beverly Hills 90210," "South Park" and "Cheers," along with films like "Mission Impossible," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and "Gladiator."

Pluto TV will also offer more than 30 channels of Canadian-specific content, including six channels for home and DIY entertainment, four food channels, five kids channels and 14 national and local news/opinion channels delivering Canadian newscasts from coast to coast.

Canadian specific programming will include "Bryan Inc.," "Sarah Off the Grid," "Chopped Canada," "Bake with Anna Olson," "Carnival Eats," "Iron Chef Canada," "Max and Ruby" and "Franklin." Pluto TV in Canada will also offer channels entirely in French, including "Dora TV FR," "Tortues Ninja TV," "South Park FR," "Doctor Who FR," "Degrassi FR," "Alerte à Malibu (Baywatch)" and "Les Nouveaux Détectives (CSI)."

The WRap

posted 12/1/2022


Fox/ABC/NBC
Let's Talk About Midseason!
Familiar Faces in New Places!
From Entertainment Weekly

The new year is almost here, and with that, the inevitable glut of midseason replacement programming. We'll try our best to give you what's in store on the Big Four, though CBS has yet to release any formal plans...

- AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: ALL-STARS (NBC, January 2): "America's Got Talent: All-Stars," a new extension of the powerhouse hit series featuring winners, finalists, fan favorites and viral sensations from previous seasons of "America's Got Talent" and "Got Talent" franchises around the world. The contestants will take the stage once again, but this time to compete for the ultimate All-Star title. "Got Talent" creator and executive producer Simon Cowell will judge alongside global fashion icon Heidi Klum and renowned comedian Howie Mandel. "America's Got Talent" host Terry Crews will serve as host.

- SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD'S TOUGHEST TEST (Fox, January 4): FOX's ultimate celebrity social experiment, Special Forces: World's Toughest Test, will make its series premiere, a two-hour special event, Wednesday, Jan. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The all-new series features household names who endure some of the harshest, most grueling challenges from the playbook of the actual Special Forces selection process. There are no votes, and no eliminations - just survival. These celebrities, who are so used to being in the spotlight, quickly learn the meaning of "no guts, no glory" - and no glam. The 16 celebrity recruits are Danny Amendola, Mel B, Hannah Brown, Tyler Florence, Kate Gosselin, Dwight Howard, Montell Jordan, Gus Kenworthy, Nastia Liukin, Carli Lloyd, Beverley Mitchell, Kenya Moore, Mike Piazza, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Anthony Scaramucci and Jamie Lynn Spears. The series is produced by Minnow Films. Sophie Leonard, Alicia Kerr and Becky Clarke serve as executive producers.

- CELEBRITY NAME THAT TUNE (Fox, January 11): Beloved one-hour musical game show Celebrity Name That Tune returns for Season Three on Wednesday, Jan. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the time period premiere of Special Forces: World's Toughest Test (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Celebrity Name That Tune tests contestants' music knowledge, as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging musical games for cash and prizes. Tony Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Jane Krakowski hosts, and Grammy Award-winning producer Randy Jackson serves as band leader. Season Three will feature competitions with Olympians, former WNBA, NBA and NFL athletes, WWE wrestlers, Emmy-nominated actors, Grammy nominated musicians, Broadway performers, former American Idol, and Glee stars as well as former Housewives, talk show hosts, comedians and more. The series is produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment, Prestige Entertainment and BiggerStage. On behalf of BiggerStage, Sean O'Riordan serves as executive producer and Shane Byrne serves as the series' showrunner. Ralph Rubenstein and Noah Rubenstein also are executive producers.

- NEXT LEVEL CHEF (Fox, February 12): Gordon Ramsay's Next Level Chef returns for Season Two on Sunday, Feb. 12, following Super Bowl LVII. The series will have its time period premiere Thursday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Produced by Studio Ramsay Global and FOX Alternative Entertainment, Next Level Chef is the next evolution in cooking competitions, as Ramsay has designed a one-of-a-kind culinary gauntlet, set on an iconic stage like you've never seen. Over three stories high, each floor contains a stunningly different kitchen. From the glistening top floor to the challenging bottom of the basement, the ingredients match the environment, because Ramsay believes the true test of great chefs is not only what they can do in the best of circumstances, but what kind of magic they can create in the worst! Joined by two elite names in the food world, chefs Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais, Ramsay and his co-mentors leave no stone unturned, as they each recruit a group of the talented chefs and take them under their wings. Ramsay, Lisa Edwards and Matt Cahoon serve as executive producers.

- THE VOICE (NBC, March 6)/THAT'S MY JAM (NBC, March 7): The Voice" returns March 6 with new coaches Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan alongside Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. A day later, first-year hit "That's My Jam," with host Jimmy Fallon, returns for more games, performances and musical impressions, expanding to 10 episodes in season two..

As always, dates and times are subject to change without prior notice.

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posted 12/1/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Love and Other Dances"

  • What happens when you find a dancer and a wrestler in love? Give them a reality show. Just ask Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev (The Futon Critic)

  • Mel B has some very unkind words about James Corden (The Wrap)

  • Al Roker to miss 30 Rock tree lighting due to ongoing health issues (TV Insider)

  • Todd, Julie Chrisley speak out for the first time since being sentenced (TV Insider)

  • LIST ABUSE: What do the champs stream? (TV Insider)

  • Gwen Stefani opens up about why Blake Shelton is quitting "The Voice" (YouTube @ExtraTV)

  • Elizabeth Banks' "Cocaine Bear" trailer just dropped and oh my God that's a lot of... that's a lot. (Celebitchy)

  • #ICYMI: Steve Harvey won the Daytime Emmy this year. Not to sound like a clickbait article, but what he did next was simply amazing. (Digg)

posted 12/1/2022

TUESDAY: And a Reindeer Shall Lead Them
CBS, NBC Split on The Voice, Rudolph
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and NBC's The Voice tied for the nightly demo win, with the latter also delivering Tuesday's largest audience.

CBS | Rudolph drew 4 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, up versus last year. The new animated special Reindeer in Here retained 2.8 mil/0.4.

NBC | The Voice (6.6 mil/0.6) added viewers week-to-week while holding steady in the demo.

FOX | The Resident (3.2 mil/0.4) hit and tied season highs, while Monarch (1.8 mil/0.2) delivered a best-since-(Sunday)-premiere audience.

ABC | That Love, Actually anniversary special did 3 mil/0.3, followed by a 20/20 episode's 3.3 mil/0.3. The Rookie: Feds (2.4 mil/0.3) hit and tied series highs with its fall finale.

THE CW | Leading out of a Winchesters rerun, Professionals (300K/0.0) lost a few viewers.

Tuesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Beat Bobby Flay: Holiday Throwdown (Food): 948k/0.18
- Chopped (Food): 751k/0.15
- People Puzzler (Food): 474k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10:30p (GSN): 376k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10p (GSN): 370k/0.06
- Love at First Lie (MTV): 96k/0.04

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posted 11/30/2022

MONDAY: Light Up the World
The Voice Leads NBC to the Win
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's The Voice led Monday both in total viewers and in the demo.

NBC | The Voice drew 6.4 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, ticking up week-to-week. A special broadcast sampling of Peacock's Bumper in Berlin pilot retained 2.2 mil and a 0.4.

ABC | The Great Christmas Light Fight returned to 2.7 mil and a 0.4, improving in viewers vs. its year-ago season premiere and up in both measures from last season's finale. The Good Doctor was steady with 3.2 mil and a 0.3.

FOX | 9-1-1 (4.8 mil/0.6) dipped with its fall finale; The Cleaning Lady (2.2 mil/0.3) held steady.

THE CW | Pending adjustment due to preemptions, the fall finales for All American (574K/0.1) and Homecoming (4230K/0.1) are both currently up in audience.

Monday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.248m/0.21
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.062m/0.25
- Kids Baking Championship (S/FooD): 937k/0.12
- Beat Bobby Flay: Holiday Throwdown (Food): 948k/0.18
- Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 698k/0.10
- The Big Bake Holiday (Food): 528k/0.09
- People Puzzler (Food): 458k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (GSN): 319k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10:30p (GSN): 308k/0.05


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posted 11/30/2022

THANKSGIVING: Not a Turkey in Sight
The Masked Singer Semi Wins for Fox
From Deadline

Fox has a lot to be thankful for this week.

After three days of delayed viewing, The Masked Singer's Thanksgiving episode drew the network's highest-rated Thursday original telecast in over six years. The episode, which was the Season 8 semifinals, scored a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic, according to Live+3 Day Nielsen data.

A Thursday program hasn't scored that well for Fox since the finale of American Idol in April 2016.

It's also the highest rating a regular Thursday primetime entertainment telecast has received in L+3 across all of cable and broadcast since the series finale of The Big Bang Theory on CBS in 2019.

It's worth noting that the episode had a lead in from the Dallas Cowboys win over the New York Giants, which drew an NFL viewing record of its own with a massive 42 million people watching that game.

About 8.7M people tuned in to watch Harp and the Lambs advance to the finals in the three days since the episode aired live, which is up almost a million viewers from its live number. It marks the most-watched episode of The Masked Singer since the Season 4 finale. The episode also scored the highest demo rating in two years for the series.

The Thanksgiving episode of LEGO Masters also performed quite well in L+3, with a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.4M total viewers. That the highest-rated and most-watched episode since the Season 1 finale in April 2020.

The Masked Singer Season 8 finale Wednesday night from 8-10 p.m. will see Harp and the Lambs go head-to-head for the crown, and all the remaining contestants will be unmasked.

Thursday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 375k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 286k/0.04

- People Puzzler (GSN): 256k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 119k/0.01

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posted 11/30/2022


NBCUniversal

A Wheel-y Big Play
NBC to Launch New Series Daily December 19
From the Futon Critic

NBC rounds out the year with a two-week takeover of the UK's smash hit game show "The Wheel," hosted by renowned British comedian Michael McIntyre. The all-new U.S. version showcases a colossal spinning wheel of celebrity guests who help everyday contestants win life-changing money.

The takeover begins Monday, Dec. 19 with new episodes airing nightly at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and continues the following week with new episodes airing at 8 p.m. The series features suspenseful high-stakes trivia, laugh-out-loud moments and more than 50 all-star guests seated on a spectacular 42-foot-wide spinning wheel.

The all-star lineup includes Clay Aiken, Carole Baskin, Brie Bella, Tom Bergeron, Bobby Berk, Bre-Z, Jaime Camil, Christine Chiu, Margaret Cho, Deepak Chopra, Cat Cora, Victor Cruz, Ester Dean, Russell Dickerson, Taye Diggs, Sheila E., Shawn Johnson East, Josh Flagg, Kate Flannery, Vivica A. Fox, Debbie Gibson, Todrick Hall, Tony Hawk, Matt Iseman, JoJo, Chris Kattan, Steve Kornacki, Ricki Lake, Lyric Lewis, Loni Love, Judge Greg Mathis, Mark McGrath, Chrissy Metz, Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, Terrell Owens, Kyla Pratt, Christina Ricci, Andy Richter, Amber Riley, Adam Rippon, Captain Lee Rosbach, Jalen Rose, Sanya Richards Ross, Amber Ruffin, Mark Sanchez, Tori Spelling, Curtis Stone, Raven-Symone, Jackie Tohn, Bruno Tonioli, John Urschel, Buddy Valastro, Kym Whitley, Justin Willman, Carnie Wilson and Captain Sandy Yawn.

Created and hosted by McIntyre, each hourlong episode follows six celebrity guests spinning, advising and supporting charismatic contestants as they endeavor to be the last one standing. As the contestants vie for the chance to win over $100,000, the celebrities lend their expertise in a variety of hilarious and outrageous categories from candy and comedians to poker and politics.

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posted 11/30/2022

Israel Feels the Love
New Version of Love Island Forthcoming
From Deadline

Israel has become the latest destination to embrace Love Island, with ITV Studios-backed Armoza Formats set to produce a local version for new Keshet streamer Free TV. Filming will take place in May for a summer air date, as Israel becomes the 26th territory to commission a version following the announcement of Malta and Albania last week. Avi Armoza's ITV Studios-backed The Four creator Armoza Formats is producing the local version. The company, which was acquired by ITV Studios in 2019, pivoted earlier this year to become ITV Studios' production arm in Israel and has already produced two local versions of Come Dine with Me for Kan 11 along with the likes of The 1% Club and The Chase. The show will air on Free TV, Keshet and RGE's streamer that is set to launch early next year. "Since establishing Armoza Productions and producing hits in the Israeli market such as Come Dine with Me, The 1% Club and The Chase, it was the natural progression of the company to bring the next big prime time reality competition to Israel," said Armoza. In the UK, the entertainment juggernaut remains a lucrative performer for ITV and is soon to air both a winter and summer season (seasons nine and 10). The U.S. version was originally ordered for CBS but has been airing on Peacock since last year and versions are also made across Europe and other territories.

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posted 11/30/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Will Lana Get Broken?"

  • VIDEO WALL: Trailer drops for "Too Hot to Handle" season 4 (The Futon Critic)

  • Manila Luzon gags on "Drag Den" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Al Roker to miss 30 Rock tree lighting due to ongoing health issues (TV Insider)

  • Kendall Long engaged to Mitchell Sage (REality TV World)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Snack vs. Chef (Netflix) (Leisure Byte)

  • Anne Hegerty has nothing but love for Bradley Walsh (Daily Express)

  • Warwick Davis' "Tenable" back in the news because his "Willow" series just dropped on Disney+ (Den of Geek)

  • OTD: 2004 - the longest streak in game show history came to an end. At least Ken Jennings got a solid gig out of it. (UPI)

posted 11/30/2022


CW

CW Midseason
Favorites to Return January
From Deadline

The CW has set its midseason premiere dates. The Winchesters is on the move to a new permanent timeslot, returning at 9 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, and will be preceded by an encore episode at 8.

The third season of Kung Fu returns at 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 8. Its 8 p.m. lead-in is still TBD, with more midseason dates coming in the next few weeks.

Return dates for The Flash, Superman & Lois and the fourth and final season of Nancy Drew are TBD as well. The network's hit drama Walker will premiere its third season at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 12, followed at 9 with the midseason premiere of spinoff Walker Independence.

All American resumes its fifth season at 8 p.m. Monday, January 23, followed by All American: Homecoming at 9 p.m.

The CW's most-watched alternative series of the fall, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, continues its ninth season at 8 p.m. Friday, January 20, followed by new episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? at 9 ..

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posted 11/29/2022

USA Gets The Big D
Canceled TBS Series Finds a Home
From Deadline

The Big D, the dating competition hosted by The Bachelorette alums JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers, has found a new home after its surprising cancellation at TBS.

Deadline reports that USA Network is picking up the ten-part series, saying that a deal is on the verge of closing. It comes after the entertainment format was one of the higher profile shows to be axed at the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned cable network, weeks ahead of its premiere.

The show, which comes from Lighthearted Entertainment, the company behind Are You The One? and Dating Naked, had finished production and the network was running promos ahead of its planned July 7 premiere. But it was pulled in June with the company preferring to essentially take a tax write-off rather than air it as part of broader cost-cutting measures across the David Zaslav-run company.

It's understood that the producers were handed the rights back to the show so they could shop it elsewhere and have worked out a deal where Warner Bros. Discovery can share in the ancillary rights, particularly around international formats. It's understood that a number of global broadcasters were eyeing local remakes of the show.

While it's somewhat of a surprise that the series has landed a solid home, it should be noted that Corie Henson, who ran unscripted across the Turner channels TNT, TBS and truTV, left shortly after that decision and took up a new role running unscripted across NBC and Peacock.

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posted 11/29/2022


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More on "That's My Jam UK"
Meet the Stars Playing on the US Set
From Digital Spy

The BBC has announced a new music-themed game show with a line-up full of recognisable faces.

Mo Gilligan hosts the UK adaptation of That's My Jam (which Jimmy Fallon hosts in the US) with Britain's Got Talent's Alesha Dixon, RuPaul's Drag Race UK's Michelle Visage, and Glee's Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale kicking off the first episode.

In terms of guest stars, there'll be musicians, including Aloe Blacc, Becky Hill, Donny Osmond, Jason Derulo, Nsync's Joey Fatone, Pussycat Dolls Kimberley Wyatt and Nicole Scherzinger, Salt N Pepa's Sandra Denton and Cheryl James, Tom Grenna and Boyz II Men's Wanya Morris.

From the world of TV we've got: Glee's Amber Riley, The Lord of the Rings' Billy Boyd, Grey's Anatomy's Camilla Luddington and Chris Carmack, Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause and Mary Fitzgerald, Drag Race's The Vivienne and Courtney Act, The Office's David Koechner and Lucy Davis, comedians Gina Yashere and Reggie Watts, EastEnders actor and DJ Patsy Palmer, talk show legend Ricki Lake, rugby player Thom Evans, and Lucifer's Tom Ellis. The series was actually filmed out in Los Angeles, hence why there are more US names than you might expect.

In a press release, Mo stated that his favourite game on the show might be Wheel of Impossible Karaoke, and that the funniest moment from the whole series would be Salt N Pepa playing Catch the Mic, so keep an eye out for that one.

The eight-part series will be broadcast on BBC One from Saturday, December 17 at 9pm, following the Strictly Come Dancing final.

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posted 11/29/2022

Mark Burnett to Exit MGM
PLUS Orion to Fold Into TV Unit
From the Hollywood Reporter

Amazon has restructured leadership operations at MGM Television's scripted department amid a continuous overhaul of the studio, 10 months after the tech giant closed its $8.5 billion acquisition of the company.

Under the new organization chart, which was announced by Amazon TV chief Vernon Sanders to staff in a memo Tuesday, Rola Bauer, former president of international TV for MGM, will become head of pan-English scripted SVOD TV, development and series.

Meanwhile, Lindsay Sloane, the former senior executive vide president of MGM scripted TV will lead U.S. scripted television for MGM.

Additionally, Orion Television, a banner that was just revived two years ago by MGM, will be folded into the studio and its boss, Bradley Gardner, will be stepping down from his role. He is currently in discussions for a producing deal at MGM TV.

The restructuring news is a further shakeup to MGM under Amazon that comes one day after Mark Burnett, chairman of MGM's Worldwide Television Group, exited the company.

The executive and reality producer said he was stepping away from MGM TV's "day to day management" and returning to "independently creating and innovating" and plans to continue to oversee his legacy programs.

Burnett becomes the latest high-ranking MGM executive to exit following the retail giant/streamer's $8.5 billion deal to acquire the studio behind franchises including James Bond, Rocky/Creed and The Handmaid's Tale.

Motion picture group chairman Michael De Luca and motion picture group president Pam Abdy also exited their roles April 27.

The news comes after Amazon officially closed its acquisition of MGM.

Like De Luca and Abdy's exits, Burnett's departure was in some ways expected as industry observers questioned how the reality kingpin behind hits including Survivor, The Voice and Shark Tank would fit in with Amazon head Jennifer Salke. The latter exec has headed up Amazon since she departed as NBC Entertainment president in early 2018. Burnett, like Salke, reported to senior vp Mike Hopkins.

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posted 11/29/2022

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New Year, New Master Minds
Season 3 Launches on Game Show Network January 6
From Digital Spy

Season 3 of MASTER MINDS will premiere on Monday, January 9 at 6 p.m. ET on Game Show Network and air weekdays.

In MASTER MINDS, three contestants square off against three trivia Master Minds in multiple rounds of intense trivia competition. The lowest scoring player on each side is eliminated until the top competitor and top Master Mind are left standing and now must face off, head-to-head, in the Ultimate Trivia Challenge. If the contestant can get more questions correct than the Master Mind, they will win $10,000 and come back to challenge the Masters again. If they win two games in a row, they join the ranks of the Master Minds and will appear in future episodes.

Mark Labbett, the Beast from "The Chase", will join Muffy Marracco (The Historian), Jonathan Corbblah (The Chess Wizard), Arianna Haut (The Headmistress), Ryan Chaffee (The Scholar), and Lakedra Pam (The Doctor)

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posted 11/28/2022

Are You Ready for Some Football.... Food?
NFL, Food Network Team for "Tailgate Takedown"
From the Futon Critic

In a first-time partnership, Food Network and the National Football League have teamed up to celebrate the best tailgate chefs from around the country in the six-episode primetime event NFL Tailgate Takedown, premiering Wednesday, January 4th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and streaming on discovery+. Hosted by Food Network's Sunny Anderson and New England Patriots Hall-of-Famer Vince Wilfork, each one-hour episode's action takes place on-location at an NFL stadium tailgate just before the big game. From New England lobster rolls and Philly cheesesteaks to Green Bay deep-fried cheese curds and Buffalo chicken, each city's authentic tailgate dishes are front and center in this epic battle of hometown pride. Each team competing on the gridiron is represented by a team of tailgating duos who compete in three themed cooking rounds. A rotating panel of judges, including Kelsey Barnard Clark, Eddie Jackson, Ali Khan and Ian Rapoport, decide who will emerge victorious to win the grand prize - and in real-time, the winners are ushered straight from the tailgate to their VIP seats on the 50-yard line and receive their own "Yum-Bardi Trophy." The series also features guest appearances from NFL legends Carl Banks, Johnathan Joseph, Brandon Stokely, Thurman Thomas, Andre Tippett and mascot KC Wolf.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/28/2022


People

Cheryl Burke Stepping Off the Floor
"Dancing" Pro Exits After 26 Seasons
From Entertainment Weekly

Cheryl Burke is hanging up her dancing shoes.

The dance pro will depart Dancing With the Stars after the season 31 finale on Monday night, she revealed on Instagram. Burke, who joined the long-running ABC series in 2006 during season 2 at just 21 years old, said she was excited for the next chapter of her career in the post. "

This has been one of the absolute hardest decisions of my life and I am also confident that it is the right one," Burke wrote. "This show has been my second family since I was 21 years old. The cast, crew, and fans have seen me through my highest highs and some of my lowest lows, and I honestly don't know who I would be today without them."

While "dance will always be a part of me," Burke said, it's time "to begin the next phase of my career." The DWTS vet cited her commitment to mental health advocacy and newfound love for podcasting. "I'm ready to face the uncertainty (though it's scary as sh**) of what the future holds. I do have a few things up my sleeves though, so don't worry."

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CBS Sports
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Deadline

posted 11/28/2022

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  • Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov announce their own Mirror Ball coming May 2023 (Reality TV World)

  • Jay Leno performs for the first time since his accident (TV Insider)

  • Keke Palmer over the moon about hosting SNL this weekend (Deadline)

  • Matt Amodio's TOC Appreciation Post (Good Housekeeping)

  • CASTING COUCH: "Split Second" is coming back, and the company that will bring it to you? GSN (Game SHow Network)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mayim Bialik (TV Insider)

posted 11/28/2022

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