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Sweeps Was Kind of a Big "Deal"
CBS Breaks Records
From TV by the Numbers

CBS’ “The Talk” and “Let’s Make a Deal” continue showing ratings growth based on the just completed 2015 February Sweeps period. According to Nielsen Media Research data, both programs delivered their largest audiences ever during a February Sweep. The period also happened to be a good one for the network’s “The Bold and the Beautiful,” which attracted its largest February Sweeps audience since 2008. The daytime drama series averaged 3.97 million viewers, up 2% compared to last year’s February Sweep.

“Let’s Make a Deal,” which is broken into two parts, averaged 3.39 million for “Deal 1″ and 3.92 million for “Deal 2.” The game show was up 5% (vs. 3.23 million) compared to last February, while “Deal 2″ was up 3%.

“The Talk” averaged 2.96 million viewers, up 1% compared to last February Sweep when it averaged a then record 2.94 million viewers.

TV by the Numbers
Soap Opera Network

posted 3/5/15

Wednesday: Live vs. Live to Tape
"The Voice" Ties "Idol" with Clip Show
From the Futon Critic

FOX (11.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with new episodes of "American Idol" (8.751 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T7) and "Empire" (14.185 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

ABC (7.180 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home the silver with its combination of "The Middle" (8.304 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "The Goldbergs" (7.897 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "Modern Family" (9.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2), "Black-ish" (6.748 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T4) and "Nashville" (5.281 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11).

Next up was CBS (10.205 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and fresh installments from "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.869 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T4), "Criminal Minds" (10.450 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #9) and the premiere of "CSI: Cyber" (10.296 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (7.248 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) served up a special two-hour "The Voice" (8.441 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T7) and a new "Chicago PD" (4.861 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12).

And finally, a repeat "Arrow" (1.437 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and a new "The 100" (1.475 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.456 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...

- @midnight with Chris Hardwick: 529,000
- Best New Restaurant (Bravo): 227,000

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posted 3/5/15

Tuesday: Voices Carry
"The Voice" Wrests Tuesday Crown for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (13.274 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) dominated the competition on Tuesday with a two-hour "The Voice" (15.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1) and a new "Chicago Fire" (9.137 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2).

ABC (4.614 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.983 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Repeat After Me" (4.041 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), the returning "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.464 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Forever" (4.365 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.202 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and the season premiere of "Hell's Kitchen" (4.082 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) followed by new episodes of "New Girl" (2.498 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "The Mindy Project" (2.145 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.354 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (10.747 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.796 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Person of Interest" (5.519 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.490 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Supernatural" (0.866 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.178 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...

- Chopped (Food): 1.351 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 1.153 million
- The Chase (GSN): 613,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central): 363,000

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posted 3/5/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "This. Is. The Rematch."

  • Barker. Sandler. This time... It's charitable (Zap2it)
     
  • Noel Edmonds plays his own game on a new app (Gizmodo)
     
  • BURIED LEAD?: Melissa Peterman to host "Dreamer Dinner" in LA this weekend (Brroadway World)
     
  • SPOILER ALERT: the Mystery Star on this upcoming DWTS is... or is not, source considering...  (Us Magazine)
     
  • Jeff Probst. Nudity. You've already clicked the link, haven't you? (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • The Great White Way will light up for Polly Bergen March 26 (Broadway World)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Wheel Disney Week is off to a rip-roaring start... (Perez Hilton)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Food Fighters heads to Atlanta (WXIA Atlanta),
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Marc Price (Naples News)

posted 3/5/15

Upfronts: Fuse/NUVOtv
In Development: Dance Competition from Wilmer Valderrama
From TV by the Numbers

Fuse Media, Inc., parent company of Fuse and NUVOtv networks, announced today that Fuse (www.fuse.tv) is kicking off the upfront season with a line-up of new and returning original programming that will roll out throughout 2015, leading up to the launch of a new look and feel this fall. Designed to appeal to New Young Americans (NYAs) – the fast-growing, culturally-diverse audience defined as influencers and tastemakers, ages 18-34 – this programming will extend beyond music to reflect a new attitude that is sexy, edgy, relevant and honest.

Among the new programming premiering throughout the next few months is White Guy Talk Show, a daily pop culture talk show featuring a diverse cast and writing staff. Debuting this week, the show is hosted by comedians Grace Parra and Saurin Choksi and executive produced by Brian McCann (Conan). White Guy Talk Show celebrates music, movies, TV and all things pop culture from a point of view that's 100% new to the talk show world and will air weeknights at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Also green-lit for 2015 is SKEE TV, a new series starring award-winning DJ, producer, digital media pioneer and entrepreneur DJ SKEE. Premiering on April 9 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, SKEE TV will air weekly on Thursdays and provide insider access into the world of music with interviews and live performances as well as cover the trends in tech, culture and style.

Returning to the Fuse line-up is Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, the best-rated original series in Fuse history, which Slate recently called “genuinely charming” and “the sweetest 22 minutes on television.” The third season, bringing viewers into the New Orleans underground hip hop scene, debuted on February 25 at 11 p.m. ET/PT as the most watched original series premiere in the 12-year-history of Fuse. Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce airs new episodes weekly on Wednesdays, and season four is premiering this fall.

Also this fall, and to further target the New Young American audience, Fuse Media, Inc. will launch a new network, named FM. The cable and digital media brand will deliver an innovative programming line-up with music at its core and a focus on up-and-coming, young, diverse talent. Linear and digital programming plans for FM will be announced at a later date.

“From the biggest events and festivals that make the music landscape so compelling, to unique looks at artists and performers pushing boundaries in comedy, fashion, digital and beyond, Fuse will bring New Young Americans the content that fuels their passion, and converts fans into influencers,” said Fuse Media, Inc. President Bill Hilary. “Our new line-up reflects the interests and diversity of a Millennial generation who set their own trends and whose tastes know no cultural boundaries."

Additionally, Fuse is announcing several series in development, including an unscripted show from Jennifer Lopez’ Nuyorican Productions and a scripted, animated comedy from the mind of comedian Gabriel Iglesias. Meanwhile, NUVOtv’s new 2015 programming will include a new season of docu-series boxing competition Knockout along with several comedy specials. Full descriptions can be found below.

“Fuse is well positioned for growth heading into the upfront season, with a clear vision that will take the brand to new heights in 2015/16,” said Fuse Media, Inc. EVP, Advertising Sales & Integrated Marketing Jason Miller. “With our expanded content lineup, influential talent and must see live events, Fuse is providing more Touch points than ever before to engage and connect with this generation of New Young Americans everywhere they are. We look forward to drilling deeper into this vision as we begin meetings with the top agencies and clients in the coming weeks.”

FUSE 2015-16 SLATE

In development:

· Hey! It’s Fluffy (new series) – A scripted series from the mind of comedian Gabriel Iglesias, the hottest and fluffiest Latino comic touring the world today. Take a stroll down memory lane and a walk on the wild side as this irreverent animated comedy goes way back to the young adventures of this larger than life comic. Produced by The Fluffy Shop (The Fluffy Movie).
· King of the Floor (new series) – Hosted and executive produced by Wilmer Valderrama, King of the Floor is a competition series that seeks to find the best street dancer in America. Produced by Electus Productions (Marco Polo, Jane the Virgin).

· Rell Roast Battle (new series) – With mentoring from The Roast master General Jeffrey Ross, two comics go head to head for three rounds in a boxing-style no holds barred battle of insults. The show is hosted by Rell Battle. Produced by 3 Arts Entertainment.

NUVOTV 2015 SLATE

Additionally, the NUVOtv brand will continue to premiere new original programming throughout most of 2015, before being phased out this fall. This programming will include:

· Knockout (Season 2) – In this returning weekly competition docu-series like no other, rookie boxers will come to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut and train with legends of the ring. Floyd Mayweather Sr. and “Sugar” Shane Mosley will test their limits and show them what it takes to be a champion. Premieres Wednesday, June 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Produced by Steve Marcano Holdings. Directed by Benny Boom (BET’s Music Video Director of the Year).

TV by the Numbers

posted 3/4/15

Syndies: Week 22
Results for the Week Ending February 22
From B&C

Six of the top eight talk shows saw ratings spikes and several others clocked double-digit, year-over-year improvement in the session ending Feb. 22, which marked the third full week of the February sweep.

Among the freshman field, all of which have been greenlit for year two, CTD’s Hot Bench was tops in households for the 23rd consecutive week with a steady 1.8. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game was second with a 7% rally to a new season-high 1.5. NBCU’s Meredith Vieira rose 9% to a 1.2, tying Warner Bros.’ The Real, which was flat at a 1.2.

Among women 25-54, however, The Real was first with an unchanged 1.0 demo rating followed by Celebrity Name Game, which was up 13% to a new high 0.9 and Hot Bench at a steady 0.8. Meredith ballooned 40% in the key demo to a 0.7, matching its season high. Trifecta’s Judge Faith, meanwhile, fell 11% to a 0.8 household rating and lost 20% to a 0.4 in the demo.

In game show action, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune inched up 3% to a 7.6. CTD’s Jeopardy! edged ahead 4% to a 7.4. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud spurted 11% to a 7.2, matching its series high set three weeks ago. While Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, devalued 5% to a 1.8.

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TV NewsCheck
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Variety

posted 3/4/15

Can Do
NBC Greenlights Israeli Format
From People

Can Cheryl Burke do that? And what about Joe Jonas, or maybe Ciara?

That's the question NBC will ask as part of its new variety show tentatively eyed for summer called I Can Do That! The network announced today that it has ordered six hour-long episodes of a new comedy variety series that will pit six celebrities against one another while they perform skills that they never knew they had.

Marlon Wayans will host the weekly competition, on which the former Dancing with the Stars pro Burke will join Jonas and Ciara, as well as Nicole Scherzinger, stand-up comedian Jeff Dye and actor Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).

I Can Do That! was developed by an Israeli production company and is currently in production in more than 15 countries, including Italy, Brazil, Spain, Finland and Mexico.

People
TBI Vision

posted 3/4/15

Brain Vision
CBBC Reups "Ultimate Brain" for Season 3
From Kidscreen

UK pubcaster CBBC has ordered another two seasons of London-based Zig Zag Productions’ game show format Ultimate Brain.

Zig Zag is on deck to produce a second and third season, each 10 x half hours. The quiz show, which focuses on science, is filmed in a giant brain-shaped studio set.

Originally a popular family game show on Japan’s NTV, the kid-focused remake sees Dr. Brain pit children and CBBC celebrities against one another in a series of science-based tasks designed to find the Ultimate Brain.

Having acquired the UK rights for the format directly from NTV, Zig Zag also holds the US and Canadian rights to remake Ultimate Brain in those territories.

The deal is the prodco’s latest commission in the kids space, having previously sold 15 episodes of slow-motion, physical game show Split/Second to Nickelodeon.

Commissioned by CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor, Ultimate Brain is executive produced by Danny Fenton and Peter Wyles for Zig Zag and Hugh Lawton for CBBC.

Kidscreen
Prolific North
World Screen
C21 Media

posted 3/4/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Quite Interesting Show"

  • Alan Davies plays the Sands Centre in Cumbria (In Cumbria)
     
  • Bob Barker is looking to stop another Seattle-based team (of elephants) from relocating to Oklahoma City (NewsOK)
     
  • Drew Carey opposes medical marijuana "monopoly" in Ohio (Columbus Dispatch)
     
  • Craig Ferguson adds another show in Philadelphia (Broadway World)
     
  • Food Network's getting into the shark tank with "Food Fortunes" March 9 (AM New York)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Family Cookoff (Reality Wanted)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: ABC to devote the entire night to the countdown to the next "Bachelor" breakup March 9 (TV by the Numbers),
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Colby Burnett (CarterMatt.com)

posted 3/3/15

Upfronts: Spike
New Logo, New Shows, New Approach
From various sources

Spike TV’s logo and tagline have gotten a makeover. The network unveiled the new network identifiers today at its upfront in New York. The network says its new tagline “Spike: The Ones to Watch” reflects Spike’s strategic shift to a general entertainment network, “delivering compelling original entertainment with an edge and a distinctive point of view,” adding, “It speaks to the network’s bold personalities and a brand pushing the boundaries of the unexpected.”

Among the new offerings...

SWEAT, INC. Jillian Michaels, one of the nation's leading health and wellness experts, is partnering with Spike TV to find the next big fitness craze in the non-scripted original series, "Sweat Inc." Over the last decade, the fitness industry has exploded with over 30,000 fitness clubs around the country and over 58 million memberships. Fitness enthusiasts are always on the lookout for next big thing. Whoever creates the next Soul Cycle(R), Zumba(R), or Crossfit(R) could be sitting on new billion dollar idea. In the new Spike reality-competition series "Sweat Inc," twelve aspiring fitness entrepreneurs compete to prove they've developed the next groundbreaking exercise program. Michaels serves as host and judge for "Sweat Inc," utilizing her vast knowledge of the fitness industry along with her keen business sense, in deciding which workout program might very well be the next new phenomenon.

LIP SYNC BATTLE: Spike TV has green lit an additional eight episodes of the highly-anticipated new, original series, "Lip Sync Battle." The series is based on the cultural phenomenon of lip sync battling seen by millions on television and online. Featured performers for the new eight episodes include Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, Justin Bieber, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Mike Tyson, and Terry Crews.

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The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
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The Hollywood Reporter

posted 3/3/15

Monday: ... Um, Okay, So That Happened...
HGTV Finale Breaks Records with CONTROVERSY!!!
From various sources

There’s no doubt that the first season finale of Ellen DeGeneres’s reality competition show was bizarre. But the questions it raises are even stranger, along with the weird and frustrating way the network chose to handle a controversial situation.

At first, things were going merrily along on “Ellen’s Design Challenge” finale Monday night, a six-week series that featured furniture designers competing for $100,000 and a spread in HGTV Magazine. Finalists Katie Stout (a 26-year-old from Brooklyn) and Tim McClellan (a 44-year-old from Colorado) presented their respective final table designs to the judges, who were impressed by Stout’s execution and McClellan’s technical skill.

After some debate, they declared McClellan the winner. Hugs everywhere as confetti rained down. “My life just changed even beyond what I can imagine,” said McClellan, sounding emotional.

Then, the screen went dark with the message “ONE WEEK LATER.” A voiceover narrator jumped into explain.

“After the finale, it was discovered there was an existing piece of furniture designed by European designer Simon Schacht that resembles Tim’s,” the narrator said. “That led to the conclusion that Tim did not fulfill the requirement of the final challenge, which was to create an original piece.”

The narrator continued, a bit mischievously: “Unfortunate for Tim, but good news for someone else!”

Cut to Stout, on set of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She thought she was there to do an interview with a journalist about the show, but then DeGeneres appeared. And she had some good news! McClellan was disqualified, and she was a winner! After making sure this wasn’t a prank, Stout was thrilled. Her brother and boyfriend appeared from backstage, and more hugs. More confetti rained down. End of show.

The first season of Ellen's Design Challenge now ranks as one of the highest-rated series in HGTV history. The finale on Monday, March 2, which was the highest-rated show of the night on HGTV, averaged a .86 P25-54 rating -- making HGTV a top 10 rated cable network in primetime among viewers P25-54. Averaging a .83 P25-54 rating this season, the six-episode furniture design competition grew 48% versus the prior 13 week average. Since its premiere on Monday, January 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Ellen's Design Challenge consistentlyranked as a top 10-rated cable program for the Monday 9P-10P time period among P25-54.

NBC (11.633 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was the evening's top draw thanks to week two of "The Voice" (14.280 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) and "The Night Shift" (6.338 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

ABC (6.781 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "The Bachelor" (8.057 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and a rebroadcast of "Secrets & Lies" (4.231 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was FOX (5.421 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a new "Gotham" (6.054 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) and the return of "The Following" (4.789 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (7.834 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (8.613 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) followed by a new "Mike & Molly" (9.466 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) and second runs of "Scorpion" (7.465 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.999 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

And finally, repeats of "The Originals" (0.763 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.603 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.683 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

Elsewhere on cable...

- @midnight with Chris Hardwick: 352,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo) (premiere): 348,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/3/15

Weekend: It's Funny After The End
CBS Takes Totals, Fox Takes Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.078 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Sunday with its mix of a "The Simpsons" (2.511 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T14) repeat followed by new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (2.979 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9), "The Simpsons" (3.973 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.635 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), the premiere of "The Last Man on Earth" (5.702 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1) and a second "The Last Man on Earth" (5.667 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1).

ABC (5.705 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with fresh installments from "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.379 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "Once Upon a Time" (6.552 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) followed by the launch of "Secrets & Lies" (5.829 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and a second hour of "Secrets & Lies" (6.062 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (10.362 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (13.310 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Madam Secretary" (11.417 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "The Good Wife" (8.917 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13) and the debut of "Battle Creek" (7.805 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T14).

And finally, an encore of "The Voice" (5.115 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (3.851 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #16) closed out the evening on NBC (4.483 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

On cable...

- Nuestra Belleza Latina (Univision): 3.2 million
- All-Star Academy (Food) (premiere): 1.661 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.631 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.489 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 542,000

On Friday...

- The Amazing Race (CBS): 6.148 million
- Shark Tank (ABC) (R): 5.912 million
- Whose Line Is It Anyway? (CW) (R, 9p): 881,000
- Whose Line Is It Anyway? (CW) (R, 9:30p): 862,000
- King of the Nerds (TBS): 856,000

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posted 3/3/15

Wheel Plays "Secret Santa"
The Rewards of the CMN Partnership
From Sony PR

It may be March, but Wheel of Fortune is playing “Secret Santa” to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. For the first time in Wheel of Fortune’s 32 seasons, the popular game show produced two weeks of shows that directly benefitted one charity through its fourth annual “Secret Santa Sweepstakes.”

During the 10-day sweepstakes last winter, more than 10 million viewers tuned in nightly and a total of $435,655 will be distributed among a group of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.

Each weeknight, from Dec. 8-19, Wheel of Fortune Wheel Watchers Club members watched to see if their Special Prize Identification Number (SPIN) ID was revealed, making that viewer the winner of the same prizes as the show’s in-studio contestants. Whatever the viewer won has been matched in cash and a minimum of $10,000 is being donated to a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of that winner’s choice.

“What an amazing opportunity for Wheel of Fortune’s viewers to support kids in their communities,” said Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO John Lauck. “Every dollar from these donations will allow our hospitals to continue providing critical treatments and services for sick and injured kids in their area. We feel so fortunate to have been a part of this program.”

Pat Sajak will visit Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Md. to present a check in the amount of $20,000. Vanna White will be on hand to present a check in the amount of $18,300 to Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital in Charleston, S.C.

Other hospitals receiving donations are:
· Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Ill. - $10,000
· Arnold Palmer Medical Center, Orlando, Fla. - $40,750
· Beaumont Children’s Hospital, Detroit, Mich. - $71,200
· Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Mass. - $10,000
· Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga. - $14,150
· Children’s Hospital Foundation, Oklahoma City, Okla. - $10,000
· Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah, Ga. - $10,000
· Children’s Hospital of Richmond VCU, Richmond, Va. - $10,000
· Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Norfolk, Va. - $10,000
· Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis. - $25,450
· Children’s National Health System, Washington, D.C. - $10,000
· Children’s Specialized Hospital, New York, N.Y. - $10,900
· Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio - $10,000
· Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, Conn. - $11,650
· Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Austin, Tex. - $10,000
· Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, Maine - $18,150
· Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Minneapolis, Minn. - $28,655
· Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, R.I. - $10,000
· Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich. - $10,000
· St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Las Vegas, Nev. - $10,000
· Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Tex. - $10,000
· University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. - $10,000
· Valley Children’s Hospital, Fresno, Calif. - $10,000
· West Virginia University Children’s Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. - $14,500
· Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y. - $11,950

posted 3/3/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Just Duet"

  • Kelly Clarkson plays History of Duets with Jimmy Fallon. No, not the failed ABC series from a few years back (Us Magazine)
     
  • Jane Lynch is an angel from Hell... in a CBS pilot (Variety)
     
  • Carrie Underwood births a half-Canadian half-Okie baby Idol. Welcome Isaiah Michael Fisher (People)
     
  • Looking for the Daily Double? Check out the $800 or the $1600 clue (Vox)
     
  • Food Network's getting into the shark tank with "Food Fortunes" March 9 (AM New York)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with a former "Family Feud" host (Huffington Post), a present "Family Feud" host (Huffington Post), and Nathan Odom... a guy who's probably watched "Family Feud" in between winning "MasterChef Junior" and spending his cash money (TV Insider)

posted 3/3/15

Daytime Emmys Pop Back on TV
Catch Them on Pop April 26
From the Hollywood Reporter

After a one year exile to digital-only carriage, the Daytime Emmy Awards are returning to television Sunday April 26 as part of a new two-year deal with the recently re-branded Pop cable channel (formerly the TV Guide Network).

Bob Mauro, who has been president of the New York-based National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences since November, announced the agreement Monday along with Brad Schwartz, who became president of Pop on Feb. 23.

“We have this opportunity to bring back its glory,” said Mauro, “and bring it back to television and have fun with it and really champion it.”

“In some ways we’ve got to save the Daytime Emmys,” added Schwartz, “reinvent it. Even if you don’t watch daytime TV, you’re going to love this show.”

The two-hour show which honors programs including soap operas, talk shows, game shows, morning news programs and children’s programming will air live nationwide (8 pm EST and 5 pm PST).

This will be the 42nd edition of the Daytime Emmys and the 24th year in primetime (it was on in daytime before that). In an earlier era when there were three major networks and more than a dozen daytime dramas, the awards program could pull seven million viewers. In recent years, with only four daytime dramas still on the air, the show on The CW fell to under three million and then on HLN, to under one million viewers.

The Hollywood Reporter
TV Insider
The Futon Critic

posted 3/2/15

A Scandal in the Making
GSN Plots Another Celebrity "Chase" March 10
From the Futon Critic

Stars from the hit ABC drama series SCANDAL will be featured in a special winter finale of GSN's Emmy(R)-nominated THE CHASE, airing Tuesday, March 10 at 8:00pm ET/PT. Actors Joe Morton, Kate Burton and Brian Letscher will face-off against British trivia master Mark Labbett (aka "The Beast") in the ultimate trivia challenge, attempting to raise money for their respective charities.

Hosted by Brooke Burns, THE CHASE is one of GSN's most popular original series, attracting more than 18 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013. The season four premiere on January 27 saw its highest rating ever for a premiere. Throughout its season three run, the series posted impressive ratings growth among P18-49 (+52%), P25-54 (+56%), W25-54 (+36%), W18-49 (+30%), with total viewership up 37%, vs. GSN's year-to-date time period average.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/2/15

Altered Beast
Golf Channel Signs Up for New Series, Kristen Kenney to Host
From the Futon Critic

Golf Channel announced today a new reality competition series, Altered Course, currently in production that combines golf, speed, fitness, teamwork and decision-making as teams navigate re-imagined and extreme golf holes in excess of 700 yards, traversing the natural obstacles and challenging terrain as fast as possible.

"Athleticism and fitness have taken on a much greater emphasis in golf in recent years, and as a result we are seeing more athletes coming up in the ranks of men's and women's golf," said Keith Allo, Golf Channel vice president of programming development and original productions. "Altered Course is taking this trend to a whole new level, rewarding teams that are the most physically fit and play the best golf. The terrain and re-imagined golf holes will test their golf skills and challenge them both mentally and physically. Pace of play will not be an issue on Altered Course."

The tournament-style competition series will feature eight two-person teams racing against the clock as they take on the twists and turns of these extreme golf holes - one Altered Course hole can incorporate upwards of three traditional golf holes - in an alternate-shot or scramble format. Teams will be scored on both shots taken as well as time, with weekly eliminations leaving one team left standing as the champion of Altered Course. To capture the action of this innovative format, Golf Channel will utilize Sony Action cameras and aerial footage to track the teams' progress on each challenge, providing rarely-seen golf course camera angles.

Altered Course's inaugural season will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Filming will commence at the all-new Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort, with the competition staged at two of Montego Bay's premier courses, White Witch and Cinnamon Hill. Kristen Kenney, pit reporter for the Red Bull Global RallyCross series on NBC and NBCSN, has been tabbed to host the inaugural season. Altered Course Montego Bay presented by Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva will premiere in summer, 2015.

For the series inaugural season, additional sponsors include Skechers GO GOLF as the official footwear provider, MusclePharm as the official nutritional supplement and Bushnell as the official range finder.

Follow Altered Course on Twitter @GCAlteredCourse

Become a fan of Altered Course on Facebook at: GCAlteredCourse

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posted 3/2/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Cuban Shark Crisis"

  • Get ready for President Mark Cuban in "Sharknado 3" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Vanna White heads to South Carolina to hand over check to children's hospital (WLTX Columbia)
     
  • Crackle drops Newfronts for traditional upfronts in April (Tubefilter)
     
  • Jerry Springer hopes to give away baggage as host of "The Price Is Right Live!" March 6 & 7 in Midland (Midland Daily News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with a former "Family Feud" host (Huffington Post), a present "Family Feud" host (Huffington Post), and Nathan Odom... a guy who's probably watched "Family Feud" in between winning "MasterChef Junior" and spending his cash money (TV Insider)

posted 3/2/15


LEONARD NIMOY: 1931-2015
"Star Trek's" Spock Was Also a Game Show Veteran
From NBC News

Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing the emotionless, pointy-eared Spock on the "Star Trek" television series, died on Friday. He was 83.

His granddaughter, Dani, confirmed the death on Twitter. She called him "an extraordinary man." Nimoy revealed a year ago that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

As the half-human, half-alien chief science officer for the Starship Enterprise, Spock gave the world the indelible blessing "Live long and prosper" and his familiar split-fingered Vulcan salute. He was second in command to William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk, his stoicism the perfect counter to Kirk's fiery personality.

"I loved him like a brother," Shatner said in a statement. "We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love."

Word of his death inspired expressions of respect not just from his fellow actors and from "Star Trek" fans but from NASA. A tweet from the agency read, "RIP Leonard Nimoy. So many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek. Boldly go..."

"Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy," President Barack Obama said in a statement. "Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek's optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity's future."

"I loved Spock," he said.

Nimoy's career boldly went beyond television. He was also a poet, a photographer, a director and a singer. And a decade after the series went off the air, he breathed new life into the brand by appearing in a series of blockbuster movies.

"The word extraordinary is often overused, but I think it's really appropriate for Leonard," the actor George Takei, who played Sulu on the series, told MSNBC. "He was an extraordinarily talented man, but he was also a very decent human being."

When he was not aboard the Enterprise, Nimoy was also a talented game player, counting appearances on "What's My Line?", "You Don't Say!", and a memorable turn against his costar Shatner for a week on "The $20,000 Pyramid".

Nimoy invoked his best-known line in his last tweet, posted Monday: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP."

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posted 2/27/15

Challenge Accepted... for the 27th Time
MTV Renews Reality Game Show Long Runner
From the Futon Critic

MTV President of Programming Susanne Daniels announced today the renewal of "Are You The One" for a third season, "The Challenge" for season 27 and greenlit two new pilots to series: "Girl Code Live" a live weekly talk show from the popular "Code" franchise; and "Greatest Party Story Ever" a half-hour weekly that will showcase peoples' most outrageous epic tales.

MTV's 'The Challenge' returns with the most mind-blowing season yet, placing contestants in exotic locations to compete in extreme challenges that test their physical, mental and emotional strength in the hope of winning a massive cash prize.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV Insider
The Wrap

posted 2/27/15

Thursday: Getting Away With Murder
CBS Ekes Total Win, ABC Takes the Demo
From the Futon Critic

ABC (8.472 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to a new "Grey's Anatomy" (7.472 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) followed by part one of the "How to Get Away with Murder" (8.673 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4) season finale and part two of the "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.272 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) season finale.

CBS (8.740 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (16.333 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1), "The Odd Couple" (11.040 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (8.879 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6), the relocated "Mom" (8.155 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6) and its special "Victoria's Secret Swim Special" (4.018 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was FOX (6.516 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with fresh installments from "American Idol" (9.269 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6) and "Backstrom" (3.763 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.029 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "The Slap" (3.624 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13), "The Blacklist" (7.854 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #9) and "Allegiance" (3.609 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.761 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.669 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.715 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...

- Wizard Wars (Syfy) - 997,000
- Duff til Dawn (Food) - 849,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV) - 585,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/27/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Who Cares About the Dress?!"

posted 2/27/15

CBSummer
Big Brother Returns June 24
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced premiere dates for its lineup of original summer programming that includes the new drama ZOO, returning event series UNDER THE DOME and EXTANT, and the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER.

ZOO, a new drama based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson, will premiere Tuesday, June 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). In the series, a wave of violent animal attacks against humans begin taking place across the globe. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist (James Wolk) is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic's mystery before there's no place left for people to hide.

BIG BROTHER debuts with a special two-night premiere on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25, both at 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT. The Thursday edition, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen, moves to its regular time period on July 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). The Sunday broadcast premieres June 28 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Last summer, all three editions of BIG BROTHER regularly won their time periods in key young demographics and ranked among the summer's top 10 programs in both adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.

UNDER THE DOME returns for its third season with a special two-hour premiere on its new night, Thursday, June 25 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). It moves to its regular time period on Thursday, July 2 (10:00-11:00 PM), following BIG BROTHER, forming a strong two-hour block of established summer hit shows. Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, UNDER THE DOME tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. This season, Emmy Award winner Marg Helgenberger will guest star in an extended story arc, beginning with the premiere episode, as the town's inhabitants figure out the Dome's purpose and what it wants from them. UNDER THE DOME was last summer's most-watched (11.32m) and highest-rated scripted program in adults 18-49 (2.8/09) and adults 25-54 (3.7/10).

EXTANT, a serialized mystery thriller starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry, makes its sophomore debut Wednesday, July 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). This season, astronaut Molly Woods (Berry) discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and mysterious stranger J.B. Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be the only hope for survival. In its first season, EXTANT was the most-watched new scripted program of the summer, winning its Wednesday 10:00-11:00 PM time period in viewers (8.65m) and key demographics.

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TV Insider

posted 2/26/15

Wednesday: Musical Youth
Fox Wins Night on "American Idol", "Empire", Holding Off CBS
From the Futon Critic

FOX (11.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) claimed another victory on Wednesday thanks to a new episodes of "American Idol" (10.179 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) and "Empire" (13.753 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) - another series high.

ABC (6.772 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home a distant second with its mix of "The Middle" (7.393 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7), "The Goldbergs" (7.459 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4), "Modern Family" (9.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2), "Black-ish" (6.724 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T5) and "Nashville" (4.875 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (7.973 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its 90-minute season openers to "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.884 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T5) and "The Amazing Race" (6.061 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (7.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.645 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Chicago PD" (7.347 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.866 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and "The 100" (1.786 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (2.326 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable...

- Best New Restaurant (Bravo): 305,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/26/15

Take Notes, ABC...
CBS Once Again the Daytime Lineup to Beat
From TV by the Numbers

All of CBS's daytime shows posted year-to-year growth in viewers, with several delivering their biggest audiences in more than a year, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Feb. 22.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 4.25 million viewers, its largest audience ever, and was up +13% in women 18-49 (0.9/06 from 0.8/06) from a year ago.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 3.66 million viewers, up +14% from a year ago.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 5.71 million viewers, up +7% from last year.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 averaged 6.65 million viewers, a gain of +9% from the same week a year ago in both viewers and women 18-49 (1.2/08 from 1.1/07).

TV by the Numbers

posted 2/26/15

ITV Studios Going Global
Among MIPTV Offerings: "Money Where Your Mouth Is"
From World Screen

At this year's MIPTV, ITV Studios plans to present 14 new formats spanning such categories as reality, entertainment, factual entertainment, quiz shows and factual.

The company's slate is led by 10,000 BC, a Group M Entertainment/The Garden co-production that looks on as 20 men and women give up modern-day luxuries to experience what life was like during the Stone Age, and ITV Studios' Get Your Act Together, which sees celebrities master variety acts with assistance from experts in the field.

There are also Seven Days With... (Shiver), which explores the lives of celebrity couples; Bargain Battle (ITV Studios Nordic), in which two hosts compete to find the best deals; My Child, Your Child (Imago), spotlighting the different ways children are raised today; Go Mad In... (Potato), which challenges a boy band to take over a popular beach bar; Judge Rinder (ITV Studios), focused on a variety of court cases; and My Body Shock (UNITED), which looks at a country's aesthetic trends.

Additional formats include Trading Tables (ITV Studios Germany), which sees contestants try to convince others that their favorite restaurant is the best; Saved (The Garden), a factual program that tells the stories of ordinary people who have saved lives; Money Where Your Mouth Is (Believe Entertainment Group), a comedy quiz show; The Nation's Favourite (Shiver), a celebratory countdown format; I Shot (Shiver), which examines the impact of camera phones; and Darkest Taboos (Shiver), centered on families affected by crimes.

Mike Beale, ITV Studios' executive VP of global development and formats, commented: "The rich diversity of our MIPTV slate spans formats across a variety of genres, originating from our producers around the world. We are excited to be bringing to market a portfolio of formats that will suit a wide range of slots and broadcasters."

World Screen
C21 Media

posted 2/26/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Curses"

  • Is "America's Next Top Model" cursed? Our better nature says no, but this article says yes (The Daily Beast)
     
  • Vanna White to v_s_t MUSC Ch_ldr_n's H_sp_t_l (Moultrie News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Marc Summers (WGN Radio), "American Idol" EP Trish Kinane (TV Line) and Vernon Kay (The Bolton News)

posted 2/26/15


GSN Wants a Millionaire (So Freakin' Bad)
Network Picks Up Same-Week Runs Starting March 31
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it has acquired the new nationally-syndicated game show "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB." GSN will air new episodes of the series, Tuesday at 8:00 PM ET beginning Tuesday, March 31.

Based on the iconic MONOPOLY brand, this groundbreaking show is a companion to the multi-state lottery of the same name. Hosted by popular comedian and actor Billy Gardell ("Mike & Molly"), the show is taped in front of a live studio audience comprised of lottery game winners who have won a trip to Las Vegas to participate in a taping, and who will have the chance to win $1 million.

In a unique twist for a game show, the studio audience of "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" will be divided into groups corresponding to classic MONOPOLY game tokens, such as the shoe, wheelbarrow, etc. Each player on stage will split their winnings with members of the audience who share their same game token. Every contestant chooses to keep their winnings or risk losing it all in the exciting final round where they will attempt to land on "GO" to win $1 million.

Executive produced by Scott St. John ("Celebrity Name Game," "Deal or No Deal," "America's Got Talent") and Kevin Belinkoff ("Family Game Night," "Game of Life," "Scrabble Showdown"), every episode of "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" will feature five members of the audience selected at random to play games derived from a popular MONOPOLY theme, such as Electric Company, Community Chest, etc. and will offer up to $100k in each game. "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" is taped at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (a Caesars Entertainment property) in Las Vegas.

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photo courtesy Las Vegas Sun

posted 2/25/15

Syndies: Week 21
Results for the Week Ending February 15
From B&C

None of the 15 talk shows showed gains in the week ended Feb. 15, the second full week of the February sweep.

Among the first-run rookies, all of which will return next season, CTD’s Hot Bench led the way for a 22nd straight week in households at a steady 1.8. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game was unchanged at a 1.4. Warner Bros.’ The Real retreated 8% to a 1.2.

Among women 25-54, however, The Real led the pack at a 1.0, followed by Hot Bench and Celebrity Name Game, which tied at a 0.8.

Remaining in access, the game shows were down or flat.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune faded 5% to a 7.4. CTD’s Jeopardy! also softened 5% to a 7.1. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud slipped 4% to a 6.5. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.9.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 2/25/15

Tuesday: Knope... No Win for You
"Parks & Recreation" Ends Quietly; NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.611 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 with night two of "The Voice" (13.822 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) followed by part one of the "Parks & Recreation" (3.594 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) finale and part two of the "Parks & Recreation" (4.785 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) finale.

CBS (13.577 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "NCIS" (17.427 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.839 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "Person of Interest" (9.466 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6).

Next up was FOX (3.716 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and the season finale of "MasterChef Junior" (4.802 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) alongside new episodes of "New Girl" (2.905 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "The Mindy Project" (2.356 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.496 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.786 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), "Repeat After Me" (3.894 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), the season finale of "Marvel's Agents Carter" (4.003 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "Forever" (4.646 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13).

And finally, the special "TV's Hottest Commercials Countdown" (1.395 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and a repeat "The Flash" (1.119 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.257 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable:

- Chopped (Food): 1.304 million
- Child Genius (Lifetime) (season finale): 1.013 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 1.009 million
- The Challenge: Battle of the Exes (MTV): 755,000
- The Chase (GSN): 600,000

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posted 2/25/15


MIRJANA PUHAR: 1995-2015
"America's Next Top Model" Contestant Murdered
From CBS Los Angeles

A young man has been charged with killing a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model.”

Police in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., said in a statement Wednesday that 19-year-old Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Mirjana Puhar and two other victims. The victims’ bodies were found Tuesday in a Charlotte home. Police did not reveal how they were killed.

TMZ reported Puhar was killed along with boyfriend Jonathan Alvarado, 23, and Alvarado’s roommate, Jusmar Gonzaga-Garcia, 21.

Tyra Banks and Ken Mok, co-producers of the reality TV show “America’s Next Top Model,” confirmed Wednesday in a written statement that Puhar appeared on the show last year.

Police say Rangel-Hernandez is also charged in connection with a murder at a motel Sunday.

The suspect is being held at a local jail. Online records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney.

CNN reported Puhar was a Serbian refugee who came to the United States along with her family when she was 5. She began modeling at 12.

Puhar finished in eight place and was eliminated in episode 10. Tattooed former pro football player Keith Carlos, 26, was cycle 21’s winner, the first male to ever win the top spot.

Sources told TMZ Puhar only had been dating Alvarado for a couple of months and that they believed the murders were drug-related and that the victims knew their killer.

CBS Los Angeles
E!
TV Line
WCNC Charlotte
TMZ

photo courtesy Paddylast Inc.

posted 2/25/15


Dancing with a Surprise!
Stars Announced for 10th Anniversary Season
From the Futon Critic

The 10th anniversary celebrity cast of "Dancing with the Stars" is strapping on their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. This 20th season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes a television icon, a party rocker, a football star and a Shark, to name a few. The reigning Mirrorball champion, Witney Carson, will be partnered with a surprise celebrity to be announced at a later date, completing the cast of twelve celebrity dance couples.

This season of "Dancing with the Stars" will be filled with surprises as we celebrate the last 10 years. The show will bring back fan favorite theme nights including Disney and Latin night and also introduce new themes, including Spring Break Night. Viewers will also have more access to the show than ever before with #DWTSAllAccess offering viewers a behind the scenes look with six live stream videos from key positions in the ballroom. Additionally, viewers will have access to the DWTS rehearsal studio like never before, with live streaming videos available throughout the week on ABC.com.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities with their professional partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are:

· Iraq War veteran Noah Galloway partnered with Sharna Burgess
· Entrepreneur Robert Herjavec ("Shark Tank") partnered with Kym Johnson
· Legendary singer Patti LaBelle partnered with Artem Chigvintsev
· Ace gymnast Nastia Liukin partnered with Derek Hough
· Singer-songwriter Riker Lynch (R5) partnered with Allison Holker
· Model Charlotte McKinney partnered with Keo Motsepe
· Hip-hop artist Redfoo (LMFAO) partnered with Emma Slater
· Former NFL player Michael Sam partnered with Peta Murgatroyd
· Actress Willow Shields ("The Hunger Games") partnered with Mark Ballas
· Actress & entrepreneur Suzanne Somers ("Three's Company", "Step By Step") partnered with Tony Dovolani
· Actress Rumer Willis ("Pretty Little Liars") partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

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posted 2/24/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Another Deal"

  • "Deal or No Deal" returns to the Philippines (Inquirer.net)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Broke A$$ Game Show (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Oso mudslide becomes the subject of a "Jeopardy!" clue. Social media + slow news day = OUTRAGE! (KCPQ Seattle)

posted 2/24/15

Monday: This Is A Drop!
NBC Reclaims Monday With "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic
NBC (10.903 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) pulled into the top spot on Monday thanks to the return of "The Voice" (13.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) and "The Night Shift" (5.486 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9).

ABC (8.489 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then had to settle for second place with its duo of "The Bachelor" (8.908 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Castle" (7.652 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Next up was CBS (9.584 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its combination of "2 Broke Girls" (8.457 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Mike & Molly" (8.828 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6), "Scorpion" (10.520 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.591 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (5.406 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) served up a new "Gotham" (6.459 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) and the season finale of "Sleepy Hollow" (4.353 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10).

And finally, the "World Dog Awards" (1.267 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (1.267 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...

- Kids Baking Challenge (Food) (season finale): 1.864 million
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.783 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central): 554,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/24/15

Sunday: And the Award Went to...
ABC... with a BUT.
From the Futon Critic
ABC (30.756 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.8, #1) was of course the top draw on Sunday with its primetime portion of "The 87th Annual Academy Awards" (34.628 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 10.3, #1). Leading off the night then were "Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet - Part 1" (19.311 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.6, #4), "Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet - Part 2" (23.589 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.1, #3) and "Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet - Part 3" (30.007 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 8.3, #2).

A year ago, "The 86th Annual Academy Awards" delivered 40.168 million viewers and a 12.1 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast nationals.

The silver went to FOX (2.139 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with its all-repeat lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (2.007 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.243 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), another "The Simpsons" (2.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.749 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.914 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and another "Bob's Burgers" (1.933 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.573 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and an expanded "60 Minutes" (6.518 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) followed by the feature "Act of Valor" (3.406 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Dateline NBC" (5.388 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and the crossover episodes of "Chicago Fire" (2.330 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.449 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Chicago PD" (2.756 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) closed out the evening on NBC (3.231 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable...

- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.510 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.058 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 593,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/24/15

One Job, Richard... You Had ONE.... JOB...
The Banker's Identity Revealed... Albeit By Accident
From the Daily Express
He is one of the most elusive personalities on television but the identity of the banker in Deal or No Deal has FINALLY been revealed.

Richard Osman, who hosts Pointless and Two Tribes for Endemol - where he got his start as a producer - confirmed many viewers' suspicions that the banker is in fact Deal Or No Deal's producer, Glenn Hugill.

The mysterious figure's identity has long been debated - with some even suggesting that there is in fact NO banker.

But Osman let slip the secret in an interview with Metro.

When asked how he comes up with ideas for new quizzes, Osman replied that his new show, BBC2's Two Tribes, "was an idea that Glenn Hugill - the Banker on Deal or No Deal - and I had been thinking about for a long time".

The former actor is responsible for calling presenter Noel Edmonds and making contestants offers at the end of each round.

Hugill previously appeared on screen as policeman Alan McKenna in Coronation Street in the mid-1990s. He also hosted two seasons of the UK version of "The Mole".

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posted 2/24/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Snow Delay"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CW delays "Cedric's Barber Battle", "Whose Line" a week to April 17 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Alton Brown returns to Salt Lake February 27 (Salt Lake Tribute) and to "Food Network Star" June 1 (Rockford Record American)
     
  • "Ellen's Design Challenge" promises a "huge surprise" for its March 2 finale (Broadway World)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 9 times Alex has been a bully on "Jeopardy!" (MTV)
     
  • Ever wonder how "The tribe has spoken" entered the game show vernacular? Wonder no more (TV Insider)

posted 2/24/15

CW Makes a Wicked Offer
Summer Offering Promises Couples Making "Faustian Bargains"
From the Futon Critic
Continuing its push to more year-round programming, The CW has ordered two series for summer 2015, including a new unscripted series called A WICKED OFFER, which will test how far couples will go for money, and acquired the scripted comedy from the United Kingdom called DATES, featuring Oona Chaplin and Ben Chaplin. Premiere nights and times will be announced at a later date.

In the outrageous, darkly comic one-hour series A WICKED OFFER, couples are presented with a series of Faustian bargains, as they must decide to complete a series of scandalous and controversial tasks involving their unsuspecting friends, families and co-workers for cash prizes. With each challenge testing the couple's moral and ethical boundaries, the couples must weigh the potential havoc wreaked on their relationship with each other and everyone involved. As each task is completed, the stakes and the cash value are raised, forcing the couple to decide how far they're willing to go for money. A WICKED OFFER is executive produced by Jenny Daly ("Storage Hunters," "Mystery Diners," "Container Wars," "Invention USA") through her T Group Productions, Inc production company.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/23/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Classic Snub"

  • Joan Rivers left out of the In Memoriam reel last night... and all she did was create the red carpet coverage as we know it (Us)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: 1000 Heartbeats (ITV1, Wednesday) (Stoke Sentinel) plus A Few Good Minutes with Vernon Kay (STV)
     
  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heads to New York City.... Okay, Newark. Happy, Truthy McGee? (NJ.com)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Jeff's favorite Survivors (TV Insider)
     
  • Ever wonder how many homes GSN is in? Wonder no more (TV by the Numbers)

posted 2/23/15

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