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TCA: BYUtv
Wayne Brady, Queen Latifah Lined Up for Series
From various sources

Today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, family entertainment network BYUtv announced its new comedy competition series "Wayne Brady's Comedy IQ," created and hosted by multiple Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated Wayne Brady and his producing partner, Mandie Taketa. The show, which counts Queen Latifah among its executive producers, will premiere on April 6, 2020.

Talented young people from across the country compete in a one-of-a-kind performers' bootcamp to demonstrate the highest "comedy IQ." Each new challenge teaches them to be multi-faceted in writing, directing, performing and creating comedic and musical content. Along the way, the teens learn universal skills that can bring them success in the real world.

"I'm so grateful to BYUtv for giving me the chance to pass on my 30 years plus of comedy and performing knowledge," said Wayne Brady. "It means so much to me to help the next generation of funny along. I get to give the comedy guidance I never had at that age!"

The 10-episode unscripted series has completed production in Los Angeles and was executive produced by Wayne Brady, Mandie Taketa, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Mechelle Collins and Kevin Dill of Intuitive Entertainment (Bravo's "The Millionaire Matchmaker," Lifetime's "The Rap Game") and BYUtv.

"The brilliant Wayne Brady and his producing partner, Mandie Taketa, came to us with a passion and plan for finding and nurturing young artists that we were delighted to make a reality," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "What's special about 'Wayne Brady's Comedy IQ' is that it guides the contestants in navigating achievement, rejection and resiliency both in the entertainment industry and in everyday life. It's a positive show about the human side of humor and reaching our own potential." .

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THe Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 1/17/2020

Alex Trebek Will Have Little Say in a Successor...
... and That's Just The Way He Likes It
From TV Line

In the recent primetime ABC special What Is Jeopardy!? Alex Trebek and America's Most Popular Quiz Show, Trebek — who is 79, and since March has been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer — said that whenever his final episode rolls around, his 30-second farewell message to viewers will include the advisory, "Don't ask me who's going to replace me, because I have no say in that whatsoever."

But the reason why he won't have any input, even after hosting Jeopardy! for well over three decades, lies within Trebek himself.

"It's not a decision that would be up to me. And I would not make myself available to presenting an opinion," Trebek explained to TVLine at the TCA winter press tour, following a panel Q&A for the well-watched Greatest of All Time tournament. "I would leave it up to the people in charge."

Speaking of whom, TVLine in turn asked Jeopardy! executive producer Harry Friedman about Trebek's role (or lack thereof) in helping scout out the game show's next host. "[Alex] really has no interest in being involved in that process," said Friedman. "We would welcome his opinion, obviously, but he feels like it's really not up to him. And he has said that for a long time."

So, outside of tendering a formal recommendation, who is Trebek's dream pick? "When people ask me who I'd like to see replace me, I say, 'Well, it's probably going to be a woman, and she'll have to be bright, she'll have to have a good sense of humor…' Uhhhh, let's see…. Betty White! Betty White is my choice.".

TV Line

New York Daily News
Yahoo!

posted 1/20/2020

THURSDAY: CBS/Fox Video
Two Networks Draw to Dead Heat
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.170 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) claimed the adults 18-49 honors on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (4.618 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), another "Last Man Standing" (4.877 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Deputy" (3.593 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (5.393 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was a close second with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "The Unicorn" (5.695 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (6.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Evil" (3.310 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Sharing the silver was ABC (3.383 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with repeats of "Mixed-ish" (2.840 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Black-ish" (2.305 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) alongside the two-hour special "The Last Days of Richard Pryor" (3.788 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up fresh installments of "Superstore" (2.661 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Good Place" (1.926 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Will & Grace" (2.105 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Perfect Harmony" (1.341 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.589 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.939 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with the return of "Supernatural" (1.154 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Legacies" (0.723 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18).

On Thursday cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.174m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 792k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 556k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 479k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 421k
- America Says - 4:30p (GSN): 405k
- Ex on the Beahc: Peak of Love (MTV): 374k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/20/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Life Before Trebek"

  • Jeopardy!: a look at the Art Fleming era (Ultimate Classic Rock)

  • Bradley Walsh is traveling America with his son.... No, not Tosin Cole... silly Whovians. (Radio Times)

  • Liza Koshy, her job finished on Nick, is going back to YouTube for season 3 (Deadline)

  • Behind Jeopardy!'s greatest ratings of all time (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 1/20/2020

Happy Birthday Betty!
Living First Lady of Game Shows Turns 98
From Billboard

With the boundless energy that Betty White exerts, it's hard to believe the actress turned 98 years old on Friday (Jan. 17).

To celebrate the big birthday, her friends Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock took to Twitter to share a sweet and funny video in celebration.

The clip shows the duo singing the "Happy Birthday" song on their own, as they dive into some beef over who loves White more.

"From Sandy, who loves you more than Ryan," Bullock sings, before Reynolds chimes in, "From Ryan, who loves you so much more than Sandy." But he didn't stop there. "What does Sandy do you for you every year?" the actor inquired, before joking, "Does she, like, show up and hand deliver flowers to you wearing nothing but black socks and a dozen gold bracelets just like you requested? Doubt it.".

Billboard

USA Today
Screen Rant
Metro
WSAW Wausau
WIBW Topeka

posted 1/17/2020

Dancing... Disney Style
Catch "Fam Jam" February 23
From Broadway World

Disney Channel's first family dance competition series, "Disney Fam Jam," will premiere on SUNDAY, FEB. 23 (8:25 p.m. EST/PST), on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. "Disney Fam Jam," is inspired by choreographer Phil Wright's "The Parent Jam™" dance classes, which are streamed online and have become a viral sensation. Ariel Martin and Trevor Tordjman, stars of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie "ZOMBIES 2," will co-host the half-hour Multicam series.

Each episode of the competition series will feature two families with kids hitting the floor to see which will be crowned "Disney Fam Jam" champions. At the end of each episode, the studio audience will vote for their favorite dance family, resulting in the winners taking home a $10,000 prize along with a "Disney Fam Jam" trophy.

Wright will take the audience behind the scenes as he gets to know each family and how dance plays a part in their lives. The families will learn choreography from Wright and master their special moves during the rehearsal of their big stage performance. Martin and Tordjman will join Wright on the electrifying "Disney Fam Jam" stage, where the families come together to compete in front of the studio audience.

Phil Wright is a world-renowned dance teacher and choreographer. He created and founded "The Parent Jam™." He travels the world bringing families and students together to provide encouragement and positivity in each dance class. Wright has worked with some of today's top artists including Lil Nas X, Will Smith, MC Hammer, TLC and G-Eazy ft. Cardi B.

At just 18 years old, Ariel Martin is an accomplished actress, singer, entrepreneur and author. In addition to starring in the Disney Channel Original Movie "ZOMBIES 2," Martin is a social media sensation, having over 40 million followers across platforms.

Trevor Tordjman most recently reprises his role as Bucky, Seabrook High's head cheerleader, in the Disney Channel Original Movie "ZOMBIES 2," the highly anticipated sequel to "ZOMBIES." An accomplished dancer, Tordjman is best known for his role as a series regular on five seasons of the dance drama "The Next Step," the highest-rated teen show on Canada's Family Channel.

"Disney Fam Jam" is a production of Matador Content. The series is executive produced by Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and James Sunderland ("Lip Sync Battle"), Irene Dreayer ("The Suite Life of Zack & Cody") and Phil Wright.

Broadway World

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The Futon Critic

posted 1/17/2020

Sandi Toksvig to Exit "British Baking Show"
Host to Concentrate on Other Projects
From TV Line

Sandi Toksvig is leaving the Bake Off tent: The Great British Bake Off host has confirmed that she is departing after three years to focus on other projects, including hosting duties on Channel 4's The Write Offs, a new series that examines adult literacy.

"When stepping down from a job it is quite common for people to say they are doing so in order to spend more time with their family. Unusually I am departing from the Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time with my other work," Toksvig said in a statement.

"As my waistline will testify, Bake Off is an all-consuming show. Spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life. These are friendships which I know will continue beyond the confines of television.

"Bake Off is a wonderful program which has already proved it can happily withstand a change of hosting personnel," she continued. "The reason for that, of course, is that the true stars of the show are the bakers themselves. I wish everyone well."

Toksvig first joined Bake Off in Series 8, when the former BBC program made the jump to Channel 4. She stayed on through Series 10 (which is dubbed The Great British Baking Show "Collection 7" on U.S. Netflix)..

TV Line

Deadline
Spire FM
The TImes
The Takeout
Vulture

posted 1/16/2020

WEDNESDAY: Chicago Strong
NBC Wins with Trio of Dramas
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.752 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) claimed top honors on Wednesday thanks to its trio of "Chicago Med" (8.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1), "Chicago Fire" (8.125 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "Chicago PD" (6.762 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

CBS (4.199 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a distant second with its trio of "Undercover Boss" (4.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Criminal Minds" (4.557 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "SWAT" (3.636 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was ABC (2.960 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.607 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Schooled" (2.873 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.835 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Single Parents" (2.484 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Stumptown" (2.482 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.261 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up the Saturday-bound "Flirty Dancing" (1.507 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Almost Family" (1.015 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.617 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed the evening with "The CW Dog Honors" (0.567 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and the return of "Nancy Drew" (0.668 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable...
-
America's Top Dog (A&E): 1.160m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 675k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 438k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 389k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/16/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "HAtchlings"

  • Peacock releases everything available from day one (The Wrap)

  • IN MEMORIAM: Rocky Johnson, WWE Hall of Famer and father of "Titan Games" host Dwayne Johnson (The Wrap)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Jackson Michie & Holly Allen move to LA (Us Weekly)

  • Why Ali Fedotowsky left the "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast (Us Weekly)

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY Alex Trebek was a "snack" back in the day (O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine)

  • Millionaire story "Quiz" gets a premiere date (The Futon Critic)

  • Merv Griffin's former townhouse up for bids (Los Angeles Times)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Brfad Rutter (Lancaster Online)

posted 1/16/2020


Sony Pictures TV

TUESDAY: Simply the Best
"Jeopardy!" Wins on the Night Ken Jennings Claims the GOAT
From the Futon Critic

Frasier Crane. Kurt Cobain. Ken Jennings. Only one of these Seattle icons just won Jeopardy!'s Greatest of All Time tournament, with KJ transforming into his final initialed persona, GOAT, with a formidable win over fellow contestants James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter. And he only needed four matches (with a healthy dosage of amusing tweets) to do it!

NBC (5.278 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) pulled in front among adults 18-49 on Tuesday thanks to a new "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.233 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and the return of "This Is Us" (6.635 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (4.967 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

ABC (6.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) was a close second with the finale to "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" (13.511 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by new episodes of "Mixed-ish" (3.662 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.430 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Emergence" (2.129 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

Next up was CBS (8.356 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and originals from "NCIS" (10.002 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "FBI" (8.582 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.485 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.021 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Resident" (3.923 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.119 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night with its crossover conclusions from "Arrow" (1.392 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.361 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

The Jeopardy! GOAT viewership was so successful that each of the first week's episodes outranked Game 1 of the most recent NBA Finals, World Series, and NHL Stanley Cup Finals, according to Sports Illustrated. The show also reportedly outperformed every 2019 game of "Monday Night Football" — one of the costliest cable empire darlings — in viewership. The first Jeopardy! GOAT episode on Tuesday, January 7 attracted 14.4 million viewers; the Wednesday episode drew 14.8 million million viewers; and the Thursday episode clocked 15.4 million viewers, according to Sports Illustrated. The show concluded on Tuesday, January 14.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 750k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 483k
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 431k
- America Says - 4:30p (GSN): 404k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 393k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 390k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 379k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 499k


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Washington Post
Vulture
Showbuzz Daily
Now This
Screen Rant
PopCulture
Sporting News
Huffpost

posted 1/15/2020

He's On Fire!
"Hot Ones" to Bow on TruTV February 18
From the Futon Critic

truTV's fiery new series Hot Ones: The Game Show is set to make its debut on Tuesday, February 18 at 10:00pm ET/PT. This hilarious half-hour game show is based on the hugely popular Hot Ones web series created by Complex Networks' First We Feast. In each episode, host Sean Evans welcomes fans into the "Pepperdome" to compete against one another by answering trivia questions and eating increasing mouth-scorching hot wings for $25,000 and the chance to become Hot Ones legends. The series has wrapped production on its 20-episode order and the network has also licensed the rights to 20 episodes of the original web series, which will air after each episode of Hot Ones: The Game Show, as part of a Hot Ones hour on truTV.

Hot Ones: The Game Show joins truTV's line-up that's bold and fresh, showcasing audacious content with relatable characters and laugh-out-loud moments. Hot Ones has become a global phenomenon, with more than one-billion views over ten seasons, and now fans have been invited to join in the fun.

Each week, two teams compete in a battle of gastrointestinal fortitude through three rounds of trivia while chowing down on blazing hot wings slathered in sauces so fiery, contestants start to lose control of their senses. Each team will become completely disoriented while they try to battle the insane heat of each sauce and make it through to the next round. With EMTs standing by, reactions range from tears, sweat, vomit and in one case, a panic attack, as their mouths melt from the intense heat of the sauce. After three rounds the team with the most cash will enter the Ring of Fire where they must work together to win the grand prize and the soothing milkshake antidote to their burning mouths.

This season, teams feature grandmothers, drag performers, firefighters, engaged couples, father/daughter pairs, among many more. Fans have no idea what they are in for, as these are all new blazing sauce recipes from around the country, bringing the heat along with the tears.

For the "Spice Lords" looking to get their Hot Ones fix sooner, the interview show returns for an all-new Season 11 on Thursday, February 6 at 11 a.m. ET on First We Feast's YouTube channel.

Hot Ones: The Game Show is produced by DIGA Studios. Sean Evans is executive producing, with Scott St. John serving as showrunner and executive producer, and DIGA's Tony DiSanto, Tommy Coriale and Nick Rigg executive producing as well. Michael Bloom also serves as executive producer for Bongo Pictures while Chris Schonberger and Justin Killion serve as executive producers for Complex Networks.

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TV Line
Complex

posted 1/15/2020

The Winners At War
More on "Survivor's" New Twist
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced the 20 legendary winners of SURVIVOR who will return to compete against each other on the 40th season of the Emmy Award-winning series SURVIVOR. The special two-hour premiere airs Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst hosts.

The 20th anniversary edition of the groundbreaking series, themed WINNERS AT WAR, unites the most memorable, heroic and celebrated champions from the past two decades in the biggest battle in the show's history, as the series' best strategists of all time fight to earn the title of Sole Survivor again.

The following are the 20 returning winners competing in "Winners at War":
- Adam Klein (28) Winner of "Millennials vs. Gen-X" (2016)
- Amber Mariano (40) Winner of "All-Stars" (2004)
- Ben Driebergen (36) Winner of "Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (2017)
- Danni Boatwright (43) Winner of "Guatemala" (2005)
- Denise Stapley (48) Winner of "Philippines" (2012)
- Ethan Zohn (45) Winner of "Africa" (2001)
- Jeremy Collins (41) Winner of "Second Chance" (2015)
- Kim Spradlin-Wolfe (36) Winner of "One World" (2012)
- Michele Fitzgerald (29) Winner of "Ka�h Rong" (2016)
- Natalie Anderson (33) Winner of "San Juan del Sur" (2014)
- Nick Wilson (28) Winner of "David vs. Goliath" (2018)
- Parvati Shallow (36) Winner of "Fans vs. Favorites" (2008)
- Rob Mariano (43) Winner of "Redemption Island" (2011)
- Sandra Diaz-Twine (44) Winner of "Pearl Islands" (2003) & "Heroes vs. Villains" (2010)
- Sarah Lacina (34) Winner of "Game Changers" (2017)
- Sophie Georgina Clarke (29) Winner of "South Pacific" (2011)
- Anthony "Tony" Vlachos (45) Winner of "Cagayan" (2014)
- Tyson Apostol (39) Winner of "Blood vs. Water" (2013)
- Wendell Holland (35) Winner of "Ghost Island" (2018)
- Yul Kwon (44) Winner of "Cook Islands" (2006)


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TV Line

posted 1/15/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday Grace"

  • Grace VanderWaal goes from "America's Got Talent" to the stars (Collider)

  • VIDEO WALL: "Next In Fashion" (Deadline)

  • "The Circle" is a big fat phony (Vice)

  • Alex Trebek is the GOAT. Fight me. (Uproxx)

posted 1/15/2020


MovieDB

"Cannonball" Picks the Miz
Mike Mizanin to Host USA Game Summer 2020
From the Futon Critic

USA Network today announced hosts for its upcoming splashy, new competition series CANNONBALL: WWE(R) Superstar "The Miz(R)" Mike Mizanin, Emmy Award(R)-winning host Rocsi Diaz, and sideline reporter, Simon Gibson. Mizanin also stars in MIZ AND MRS, USA Network's #1 returning unscripted series of 2019. The 10-episode CANNONBALL is set to premiere on USA in Summer 2020, featuring contestants from all across America who face off in the biggest, wettest, slippery-est water sports competition ever created. From sliding off a 100-foot waterslide to rocketing off one of the world's fastest drop towers, CANNONBALL contestants will battle a variety of water obstacles to win a $10K cash prize.

CANNONBALL is produced by ITV America's ITV Entertainment, based on the original format by ITV Studios Netherlands Content B.V. and licensed by ITV Studios. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Shye Sutherland, Keith Geller, Bernie Schaeffer, Stijn Bakkers and Kevin Wehrenberg. "

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Deadline
The Wrap
Ringside News

posted 1/14/2020


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TCA: Amazon Prime
Date Set for "Making the Cut"
From the Futon Critic

Amazon Original series Making The Cut, hosted and executive produced by Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, will premiere on Prime Video on Friday March 27, 2020. The 10-episode fashion competition series, which brings together a diverse group of 12 talented entrepreneurs and designers, will premiere two new episodes each week, culminating in an epic finale on April 24, 2020.

In this first-ever global and instantly shoppable series, limited editions of the winning look from each episode will be available for purchase exclusively on Amazon Fashion in the "Making the Cut" store. During the course of the season, those who do not "make the cut" will be eliminated, with the winning designer from the finale receiving one million dollars to invest in their brand and the opportunity to create an exclusive line available on Amazon Fashion.

The dozen designers featured on Making the Cut will visit three of the world's fashion capitals - New York, Paris, and Toyko - and face challenges and assignments that will test not only their design skills but also their ability to run all aspects of a business. Judging their looks and industry acumen are some of fashion's most recognizable and influential names, including Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Joseph Altuzarra, Carine Roitfeld and Chiara Ferragni. The series is executive produced by Sara Rea, Page Feldman, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and Jennifer Love, directed by Ramy Romany and produced by Amazon Studios and SKR Productions.

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Deadline
The Wrap

posted 1/14/2020

SYNDIES: Week 27
Results for the Week Ending Janaury 5
From TV Newscheck

Ratings for the entertainment magazines sparkled in the week leading up to the Golden Globe Awards. In the session ending Jan. 5, four of the top five strips scored double-digit improvements with previews of the first of Hollywood's highly anticipated annual award shows.

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 (CTD) 6.0 +25%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 +19%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0* +11%
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C
Mediapost

posted 1/14/2020


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Pat Sajak Is Back!
"Wheel of Fortune" Host Returns After Medical Leave
From PopCulture

Pat Sajak had his triumphant return to Wheel of Fortune this evening, and fans couldn't be happier.

Last month, the long-running host had to temporarily step down from hosting duties for an emergency surgery he needed due to a blocked intestine.

While he was gone, resident letter-turner Vanna White took over hosting duties, while his daughter, Maggie, filled in for her. Now that he's back, the game show's fans were more than thrilled to welcome him back to the Wheel of Fortune helm.

As the credits started to roll, Sajak thanked everyone for their well wishes, while joked that he'll try "not to do that again" anytime soon. White, standing at his side as usual, jokingly threw him a "please!"


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PopCulture
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posted 1/14/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bigger Than Sports"

  • Jeopardy!'s Greatest of All Time officially bigger than sports. Here's how. (Quartz) PLUS how it's turned quizzers into reality stars (Slate) and it almost didn't happen (WSFX Wilmington)

  • Julianne Hough reportedly has martial problems (Us Weekly)

  • Chris Harrison must really want Hannah Brown back as "The Bachelorette" (Us Weekly)

  • Heidi Klum has words about Gabrielle Union (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joey Fatone (Billboard)

posted 1/14/2020

What Is a Fumbled Clue?
Jeopardy! Airs a Clue It Shouldn't Have, Chalks It Up to Human Error
From Deadline

The producers of Jeopardy! said today that a "human error" in post-production was responsible for a contestant's answer being ruled incorrect in Friday's episode.

The show created an uproar on social media after a $200 "answer" in "Where's That Church?" category that read, "Built in the 300s A.D., the Church of the Nativity." Contestant Katie Needle buzzed in first and replied, "What is Palestine?" Host Alex Trebek said that was incorrect. Another contestant then rang in and answered "What is Israel?," and that was affirmed.

The Church of the Nativity, a World Heritage Site, is located in Bethlehem in the Israeli-controlled West Bank. Many countries including the U.S. and most of the European Union do not recognize Palestine as a state.

Here is the producers' statement, which was posted in the show's official website:

In the process of taping this clue, "BUILT IN THE 300s A.D., THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY" we became aware that the clue was flawed as written and that determining an acceptable response would be problematic. In accordance with our rules and in the interest of fairness, we voided the clue and threw it out. We restored Katie's and Jack's scores to what they were prior to the clue. The outcome of the game was not affected. We then continued the game with this replacement clue:

"BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE" (Correct: what is Mexico?)

Unfortunately, through human error in post-production, the uncorrected version of the game was broadcast. We regret the error and we will make every effort to ensure this never happens again.

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posted 1/13/2020

WEEKEND: Prelude to a Championship
Fox Wins Thanks to NFC Divisional
From the Futon Critic

FOX (29.928 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.6, #1) surged to the top spot on Sunday with its coverage of the "NFC Divisional Game: Seahawks at Packers" (31.048 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.9, #1) followed by a special "Bob's Burgers" (29.042 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 8.4, #2) and the season finale of "Bless the Harts" (26.330 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 7.7, #3).

Second place then went to CBS (6.696 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with its mix of "60 Minutes" (10.110 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "God Friended Me" (6.174 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.298 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and a repeat "FBI: Most Wanted" (4.200 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.153 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.324 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (2.881 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Shark Tank" (2.778 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (2.628 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.137 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (2.134 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.913 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and another "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.369 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.191 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) wrapped the evening with "The 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards" (1.191 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 549k


Sunday cable numbers are forthcoming.

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posted 1/13/2020

Gary Lineker Looking to Host
Million-Pound Deal Could Have Leicester City Striker "Going for a Fortune"
From Leicestershire Live

Leicester football legend Gary Lineker is thought to be on the verge of signing a million-pound deal with ITV to present a new Sunday night quiz show.

News of the former Leicester City and England striker's latest megabucks contract comes just three months after the 59-year-old revealed he had taken a pay cut with the BBC.

The Match of the Day presenter filmed the show's pilot — with a working title of Going For A Fortune — in September.

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posted 1/13/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Take Care of Your Chicken"

  • Popeye's expected to honor its deal with "Family Feud Canada" player, who in response says, "I never thought that me just simply saying 'chicken' and doing a little dance would go this crazy." Eve... Do yourself a favor and get the sandwich. Then it will make perfect sense. (Newsweek)

  • Dwayne Johnson's LATEST latest entry into the pop culture pantheon is just.... all the no (NSFW) (Metro)

  • Rachel Riley's first birthday as a mom (Hello)

posted 1/13/2020


CBS

TCA: CBS
Network Orders More "Price Is Right" Specials, "Survivor" Retrospective
From various sources

CBS has picked up three celebrity specials of The Price Is Right, the network announced Sunday during its TCA winter press tour session.

The Price Is Right at Night episodes will air in primetime in spring 2020.

In December, the game show aired two holiday primetime specials with actor Seth Rogen and David Boreanaz and the cast of CBS military drama SEAL Team.

The Price Is Right, hosted by Drew Carey, airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. The long-running game show is produced by Fremantle with Evelyn Warfel serving as executive producer.

Elsewhere...
- SURVIVOR celebrates its upcoming 40th season with a new one-hour special, SURVIVOR AT 40: GREATEST MOMENTS AND PLAYERS, to be broadcast Wednesday, Feb. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The milestone 40th edition of SURVIVOR, hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst, premieres with a special two-hour episode one week later, on Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The retrospective features new interviews with unforgettable players from the past two decades of the groundbreaking series who discuss their biggest moves and favorite moments of the game, including previous winners Rob Mariano ("Redemption Island"), Amber Mariano ("All-Stars"), Jeremy Collins ("Second Chance"), Parvati Shallow (Fan vs. Favorites), and Ben Driebergen ("Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers"). "We had so much fun putting together 20 years of amazing moments that will remind everyone of why SURVIVOR is so addicting to watch and so fun to play," said executive producer and host Jeff Probst.


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posted 1/12/2020


NBC

TCA: NBCUniversal
Updates on "Biggest Loser", "AGT"
From various sources

NBC is to launch Jimmy Fallon's comedy variety series That's My Jam after this summer's Olympic Games.

The network is gearing up for the launch, which is based on the celebrity-fueled musical segments from The Tonight Show, after the Tokyo Olympics, which runs from July 24 to August 9.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy revealed the scheduling during his exec session at the Winter TCA press tour. "If you love music, you love dance and you love pop culture… [Jimmy's] turned it into a primetime spectacular for him and some of his closest friends, and so we're really, really excited."

It marks Fallon's first venture into primetime. Based on the Wheel of Musical Impressions segment from The Tonight Show, it was brought to Universal Television Alternative Studio by Fallon, longtime Tonight Show producer Jim Juvonen and writer Josh Knapp.

Elsewhere...
- NBC is expected to finish its investigation into Gabrielle Union's firing on America's Got Talent by the end of the month and network boss Paul Telegdy said it would put new practices in place "if necessary". This comes after Union departed the long-running entertainment format in controversial fashion. She is thought to have voiced concerns about a "toxic" culture on the show.
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Here's some crafty news: NBC has renewed the craft competition series Making It, hosted by Parks and Rec alums Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, for Season 3. The show features craft makers from across the country who bring their handmade creations to be judged by Poehler and Offerman, along with expert judges Simon Doonan and Dayna Isom Johnson. Season 2's binge-like broadcast last December averaged 2.6 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating with Live+7 DVR playback factored in.
- USA Network reality chief Heather Olander has outlined the challenges of launching new adaptations of classic formats as it prepares to reboot The Biggest Loser. Olander, who is senior vice president, alternative series development and production, USA Network & Syfy, has admitted that there is a challenge to overcome the perception of previous versions of formats but said familiar titles are valuable in a world where it is very hard to launch new unscripted shows. This comes as The Biggest Loser launches on the cabler on January 28 and follows the reboot of Temptation Island, which aired two seasons in 2019. "What's great about both Temptation Island and The Biggest Loser is that they're both well known formats, The Biggest Loser even more so because it's had 17 seasons. It does help in the marketplace, where it is very hard to launch new shows, having a built in familiarity with the title. The downside is that there's a perception coming in of what the old versions might be and both shows have that. Times have changed, both those shows launched over a decade ago. Overcoming those is probably the challenge," she said.

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posted 1/12/2020


Sony Pictures TV

THURSDAY: Gains for the GOAT
"Jeopardy! GOAT" Wins Night 3
From the Futon Critic

ABC (9.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday thanks to night three of "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" (15.377 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and the special "Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein" (6.240 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Thursday night's third installment of the event drew a massive same-day audience of 15.4 million viewers, more eyeballs than watched the first five games of last year's NBA Finals or World Series, and a bigger number than any regularly scheduled series broadcast so far during the 2019–20 television season..

FOX (4.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) had to settle for the silver with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (4.354 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), another "Last Man Standing" (4.393 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Deputy" (3.972 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.901 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with originals from "Young Sheldon" (7.488 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "The Unicorn" (4.809 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Mom" (5.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Evil" (3.139 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.708 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up the return of "Superstore" (2.695 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "The Good Place" (2.198 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Will & Grace" (2.378 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13), "Perfect Harmony" (1.601 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.688 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.634 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and "Legacies" (0.379 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) closed out the night on The CW (0.507 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.173m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 771k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 499k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 453k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 370k
- Ex on the Beach: The Peak of Love (MTV): 367k

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posted 1/12/2020

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Jeopolitical"

  • Jeopardy! gets into hot water over the location of the Church of the Nativity (NBC News)

  • Dwayne Johnson's childhood is next in the sitcom fodder cannon (TV Line)

  • Brad Rutter's record is not in any danger of being broken (The Wrap)

  • Remember when Jillian Michaels was talking about Lizzo? Yeah, Bob Harper is staying out of that (The Wrap), but he and USA are getting grilled at TCA (The Wrap)

  • The GOAT will be crowned next week, but Rob Mills is thinking about the future (Deadline)

  • Kenan Thompson's sitcom delayed to 2020-21 (The Wrap)

  • Amy Poehler returning to Golden Globes with Tina Fey (Deadline)

  • Mario Lopez returns to the Max (Instagram @MarioLopez)

posted 1/12/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Greatest of Everything Else"

  • KenJen & J-Rock exchange barbs via Twitter. As you do when you're two of the three stars of the week. Kingslayer unavailable for comment (The Wrap) PLUS Jeopardy!'s legacy as "the importance of knowledge" (Japan Today)

  • "Flirty Dancing" to be ghosted to Saturdays (The Futon Critic)

  • #ICYMI: "Family Feud Canada" contestant Eve DuBois may have lost the Feud, but she won something else... America's hearts ... and chicken (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Belushi (WSFX Wilmington)

posted 1/10/2020


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EDD BYRNES: 1932-2020
"77 Sunset Strip's" Kookie Hosted "Wheel of Fortune" Pilot
From the Hollywood Reporter

Edd Byrnes, who gained fleeting fame as Kookie, the ultra-hip, wisecracking parking attendant on the jazzy 1950s-'60s ABC detective series 77 Sunset Strip, has died. He was 87.

Byrnes, who years later played the smooth-talking Vince Fontaine, a Dick Clark-like dance contest host, in Grease (1978), died unexpectedly Wednesday of natural causes at his home in Santa Monica, his son, San Diego TV news anchor Logan Byrnes, said on Twitter.

"It is with profound sadness and grief that I share with you the passing of my father Edd Byrnes. He was an amazing man and one of my best friends," he wrote.

On 77 Sunset Strip, Kookie parked cars at Dino's Lodge, a Hollywood nightclub that was owned by Dean Martin and served as a backdrop on the show. The club was next door to the private detective agency run by the suave duo of Stuart Bailey (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) and Jeff Spencer (Roger Smith).

When he wasn't "piling up the Z's" (that would be sleeping), the finger-snapping Kookie was running a comb through his wavy ducktail, and Byrnes became one of television's first heartthrobs, in an Elvis kind of way.

He elicited shrieks of delight from young female fans everywhere and parlayed that teen-idol fame into a gold record, "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb." Recorded with actress Connie Stevens, the song (on Warner Bros. Records) made it to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1959.

At the peak of his popularity, Byrnes received more than 15,000 fan letters a week, exceeding the record that Warner Bros., the studio behind 77 Sunset Strip, had ever received for any star (yes, more than even Errol Flynn and James Cagney). The actor said he once appeared on 26 magazine covers in one week alone.

"As Kookie, I was one of the first young fellows on television, one of the first that the young could identify with," he said in 1969.

His contract prohibited Byrnes from accepting plum roles in such movies as Ocean's Eleven, North to Alaska and Rio Bravo, and John F. Kennedy was said to have objected to having someone known as Kookie play him in the 1963 film PT 109. The role went to Cliff Robertson. At one point, Byrnes walked off the show and retreated into a heavy drinking period.

He returned in an "upgraded" role in May 1960, with Kookie now a partner in the agency and sporting a coat and tie.

After 77 Sunset Strip ended its six-season-run in 1963, Byrnes moved to Europe to star in a string of spaghetti Westerns and spy thrillers. He sporadically returned to Hollywood to capitalize on his Kookie notoriety.

In 1975, Merv Griffin signed Byrnes to host a new game show, and two half-hour pilots were filmed. NBC liked it but insisted on another host, and so Chuck Woolery got the gig on Wheel of Fortune. Edd would ultimately put in work as an announcer on the show.

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posted 1/9/2020


Twitter

ALEXIS EDDY: 1996-2020
"Are You The One" Contestant
From Deadline

Alexis Eddy, an MTV reality contestant whose history with drug addiction became part of her onscreen persona on Are You the One?, died today, reportedly after a cardiac arrest at her home in Mannington, WV. She was 23.

"MTV is deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Alexis Eddy," the network said on Are You the One's official Twitter page today. "Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this difficult time."

Eddy appeared on the reality series' Season 6 in 2017.

On her Twitter page, where she described herself as "just a washed up MTV reality star wondering why people still care what she's up to….," she announced her sobriety in September.

With accompanying photos of herself and her father taken two years apart, Eddy wrote, "Guuuuuys look at this pic of me n my daddio finally sober together." The post continued, "So very blessed today. #RecoveryRocks".

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posted 1/9/2020


Sony Pictures TV

WEDNESDAY: Still the GOAT
"Jeopardy! GOAT" Wins Night 2
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.483 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) got another boost on Wednesday thanks to night two of "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" (14.824 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by the return of "Modern Family" (6.399 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Single Parents" (3.400 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and "Stumptown" (2.727 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

NBC (7.449 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) took home the silver with its mainstays "Chicago Med" (7.409 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (7.910 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (7.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.517 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with the season premieres of "Undercover Boss" (4.233 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Criminal Minds" (4.843 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) alongside a second "Criminal Minds" (4.475 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.217 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up fresh installments of "Flirty Dancing" (1.420 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Almost Family" (1.014 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.417 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Riverdale" (0.414 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and "Nancy Drew" (0.420 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

On cable...
- America's Top Dog (P/A&E): 1.184m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 814k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 207k

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posted 1/9/2020

Image Award Nominations
Wayne Brady, Steve Harvey, Others Nominated
From the Hollywood Reporter

The 51st NAACP Image Awards — recognizing the achievements of people of color in TV, music, literature and film and those who promote social justice through creative endeavors — will air live on BET on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. ET.

Nominations of note in the game show world include...

Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show
- Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN)
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)
- Rhythm + Flow (Netflix)
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Sunday Best (BET Networks)
- The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) - Individual or Ensemble
- Iyanla Vanzant - Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN)
- LL Cool J - Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)
- Regina Hall - 2019 BET Awards (BET Networks)
- Steve Harvey - Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
- Wayne Brady - Let's Make A Deal (CBS)

Other award nominations:
- Anthony Anderson - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Black-ish)
- Terry Crews - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
- Cedric the Entertainer - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (The Neighborhood)
- Fantasia - Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Song - Traditional ("Enough")
- Jamie Foxx - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture ("Just Mercy")
- Dwayne Johnson - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Ballers)
- Alicia Keys featuring Miguel - Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration ("Show Me Love")
- Jennifer Lopez - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture ("Hustlers")
- Donnie McClurkin - Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album - Traditional or Contemporary (Not Yet)
- Normani - Outstanding Song - Contemporary ("Motivation")
- Gabrielle Union - Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special (Being Mary Janes)


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posted 1/9/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Like Father, Like Daughter"

  • Pat Sajak doesn't care who replaces him as host (ComicBook.com) PLUS Maggie Sajak had her father in mind this week (WSFX Wilmington)

  • Dan Patrick surprised with a Hall of Fame nomination (Awful Announcing)

  • Alex Trebek thinks the Jeopardy! Legends are like family (TMZ)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Fremantle's Vasha Wallace (TBI)

posted 1/9/2020


Sony Pictures TV

TUESDAY: ABC's the GOAT
"Jeopardy! GOAT" Helps Alphabet to Split Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) soared to the top spot on Tuesday thanks to the launch of "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" (14.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) alongside the return of "Mixed-ish" (4.780 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Black-ish" (3.182 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Emergence" (2.274 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

CBS (8.923 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) was the number two draw with its trio of "NCIS" (10.279 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "FBI" (9.300 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (7.190 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Sharing the silver was NBC (3.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with the season premiere of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.347 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), another "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.654 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and a sneak preview of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.690 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.132 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "The Resident" (3.724 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and the return of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.541 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.513 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Batwoman" (0.647 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and "Black Lightning" (0.379 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 730k
- Ink Master: Turf War (SP/PAramount): 519k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 436k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (SP/VH1): 408k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 170k

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posted 1/8/2020


ABC

TCA: ABC
Network Nabs "Supermarket Sweep", "Millionaire 20th Anniversary", "Bachelor" Spinoff
From various sources

ABC is bringing back the classic TV game show "Supermarket Sweep," hosted and executive produced by Emmy(R) Award-nominated comedienne and actress Leslie Jones. Produced by Fremantle, the fast-paced and energetic series follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes.

The original format aired on ABC from 1965-1967 and went on to become a global sensation. It was adapted in 13 international territories and, most recently, relaunched in the UK.

Production on the 10-episode order is set to begin this spring. An airdate will be announced at a later date.

"I've always dreamed of being on 'Supermarket Sweep,'" said Leslie Jones. "Seriously, I tried out for the show years ago; and after getting turned away, I knew I'd have to take matters into my own hands. Being able to bring the iconic game show back to life on ABC is my ultimate redemption story!"

"'Supermarket Sweep' is the perfect addition to ABC's strong lineup of classic game show revivals, and we struck gold having Leslie Jones as the host and executive producer," said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. "The original version was one of my all-time favorites. I can't wait for it to be reintroduced with Leslie's fresh and unique take on the classic supermarket race, which will undoubtedly appeal to an entirely new generation of viewers."

"We are beyond excited to bring back one of TV's most beloved game shows," said Jayson Dinsmore, president, Alternative Development and Programming, Fremantle. "'Supermarket Sweep' is a fan favorite; and with the addition of genius Leslie Jones, a new generation will be introduced to this truly special series."

Leslie Jones is a three-time Emmy Award nominee and former SNL cast member. Her Netflix one-hour standup special, "Leslie Jones: Time Machine," launches on Jan. 14, 2020. She can be seen next on "Coming to America 2" for Paramount Pictures, set for a 2020 Christmas release. Jones is also set to shoot the film "Queenpins" later this year, opposite Kristen Bell, after having recently completed voicing the lead villain role in "Angry Birds 2" for Sony Pictures Animation.

"Supermarket Sweep" is produced by Fremantle. Executive producers include Leslie Jones, Hunter Seidman and Jennifer Mullin, Alycia Rossiter and Wes Kauble.

Elsewhere...
- In celebration of the 20th anniversary of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," which debuted in the U.S. as a prime-time series in January 2000, ABC's celebrated late-night staple and Emmy(R) Award-winning producer Jimmy Kimmel will be stepping into prime time as host of a special run of episodes featuring celebrity contestants playing for charity. In addition, a new interactive game will allow viewers to play along from home. "Millionaire" is set to premiere on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8. For the first time in the history of the U.S. franchise, celebrities playing on "Millionaire" can invite a guest in the hot seat to help them answer questions. It could be a relative, a beloved teacher or a famed trivia expert - anyone they want - to help them win as much money as they can for the charity of their choice. Additionally, this special run of shows will be introducing a revolutionary, live, play-along app which will allow America to compete to win the same amount of money that celebrities are playing for on the show. Celebrities confirmed to appear will be announced at a later date. "Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did. I had little choice but to say yes," said Jimmy Kimmel. The original executive producer of "Millionaire," multiple Emmy Award winner Michael Davies, returns to run the series. "My professional career has been inextricably linked with Jimmy's since the days of 'Win Ben Stein's Money,' and he was one of the first-ever celebrity contestants on 'Millionaire' in its original run. I can't wait to work with him on this dynamic new version of the show that changed my life and the fortunes of so many who benefitted from and simply loved the game." "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" will be executive produced by Michael Davies, Jimmy Kimmel and Mike Richards, the three-time Emmy Award-winning former executive producer of "The Price Is Right," who is set to take over the helm of "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" later this year. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television's Embassy Row, Kimmelot and Valleycrest Productions Ltd.
- Friday nights are about to see some shark-infested waters when "Shark Tank," the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy(R) Award-winning entrepreneurial-themed reality show currently in its 11th season, returns to its FRIDAY time slot on FEB. 28 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), while the hit comedy "American Housewife" moves to a new spot on the ABC comedy block beginning WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT).

- The power of love knows no bounds as ABC further expands its hit-making Bachelor franchise with an all-new Bachelor Nation series, "The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart," set to premiere MONDAY, APRIL 13 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). This new project is announced on the heels of a successful summer run, with "The Bachelorette" ranking as summer's No. 1 TV series among Adults 18-49, and "Bachelor in Paradise" finishing as Monday's No. 2 series of the summer, behind only "The Bachelorette." "The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart" unites two of the most emotionally powerful forces in human life: music and love, as 20 single men and women embark on an incredible journey to find love through music. Singing well-known songs, both individually and as couples, they will look to form attractions through the melodies, find and reveal their feelings and ultimately, fall in love.
- On the heels of Dancing With the Stars' most polarizing cycle yet, ABC boss Karey Burke has weighed in on the controversy that plagued Season 28. More specifically, the Sean Spicer of it all. "I do" stand by the decision to cast Spicer, Burke told TVLine on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. As for how Spicer (and some, ahem, well-placed conservative cronies) lobbied for him to stick around the show despite his lack of proficiency/improvement, Burke shrugged, "It's a ballroom dancing show, it is not a political show, and the contestants came with the spirit of that. Ultimately, this is a show in which the audience votes, and the audience voted [to keep Spicer week after week]. And ultimately the right person (former Bachelorette Hannah Brown) won." Burke admitted that it hadn't made a final decision to renew the BBC Studios-produced show, but told Deadline that she expected it to return. "The show had a terrific season, use the word resurgent for a reason," she said.

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SYNDIES: Week 26
Results for the Week Ending December 22
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Live with Kelly and Ryan celebrated the Christmas session ending Dec. 29 as the No. 1 talk show for the second time in five weeks. In a generally low-rated holiday frame where only a handful of shows were able to avoid often steep loses, Kelly and Ryan held its ground at its season-high 2.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and topped the talkers by open daylight. The program's ratings highpoint of the week was its holiday-themed "Kelly and Ryan's Christmas Eve Show."

Perennial ratings champion Judge Judy was mostly in repeats but still blew away all other court shows for the 1,214th consecutive week, and, even with the barely watched holiday pulling down its average, battled to an overall second-place 5.4 finish behind Family Feud. Feud topped the chart with a 5.6. Next in line, Jeopardy tumbled 25% to a new season-low 4.8, tying Wheel of Fortune, which skidded 23% to a new season-low.

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
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.8** -23%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.8** -25%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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A Health Update...
"Jeopardy!" Host Talks Retirement Rumors, Truths
From Deadline

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek gave a health update and revealed how he plans to end his run.

Trebek was at the TCA Winter Press tour to promote ABC special Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time alongside Jeopardy! champs James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

Trebek, who has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy since being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March, admitted that "some days are better than others".

"My resistance is lower because of the treatments I've been having and as you can tell I've got the cold that's going around but this is the second time I've had it in the last month and a half. They've got me off one of my chemo drugs, which was killing me and I won't know until tomorrow when I go in for some tests and then maybe a week or so when I know how things stand. I have good days and bad days," he added.

The presenter added that while he doesn't forsee saying a final goodbye to Jeopardy "in the near future", he has already figured out how he will go out. He will ask the director to give him 30 seconds at the end of his final show, but said that he will do it "on a whim".

The first night of Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time was the greatest on Tuesday in the ratings, scored 14.37 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, dominating a night where the broadcast networks began returning to regular programming after a holiday slumber. The faceoff of Jeopardy! champs Holzhauer, Jennings and Brad Rutter kicked off their best-of-3 showdown for a $1M prize. The special, which gave ABC the nightly win overall in the demo, continues tonight and Thursday, with Friday and next week in the works if necessary.

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Nick & Vanessa Lachey Prove "Love Is Blind"
Netflix Greenlights New Love-At-First-Sight Series
From the Wrap

Husband and wife duo Nick and Vanessa Lachey have been tapped to host a new dating show for Netflix, the streamer announced Wednesday.

Titled "Love Is Blind," the serialized dating show will follow singles as they date, form relationships and fall in love, all without ever having seen their dates.

The couples will see each other for the first time after getting engaged, and the cameras will continue to follow them as they attempt to form a physical connection to match the emotional one in the days leading up to their wedding. .

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posted 1/7/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Another GOAT"

  • Alex Jacob among the three finalists of season 1 of "The Big Blind" (CalvinAyre.com)

  • Wink Martindale offers Ravens tickets to.... Wink Martindale (WUSA Washington)

  • Tom Bergeron has a heck of a decade challenge (Inquisitr)

posted 1/8/2020


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TCA: Fox
On Tap: "Masked Dancer" from Ellen DeGeneres
From various sources

This really puts the "jig" in Thingamajig: Fox has ordered a dance-based spinoff of The Masked Singer.

The Masked Dancer will feature incognito, costumed celebrities performing choreography and having audiences guess their identities. Fox announced the series order at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Tuesday.

The idea grew from a segment on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show, in which guests like Will & Grace's Sean Hayes and America's Got Talent judge Howie Mandel dressed up and performed for the stymied crowd. DeGeneres will executive-produce the new series. Fox Alternative Entertainment and Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television will produce.

"This is gonna be just as fun and suspenseful as The Masked Singer, but with a lot more Krumping," DeGeneres said via statement. "And I cannot wait!"

Rob Wade, president of Alternative Entertaiment & Specials at Fox entertainment, added in another statement: "We're still blown away by The Masked Singer's massive impact on pop culture, but when Ellen debuted her own inventive segment, "The Masked Dancer," on her show, we were truly amazed… We are thrilled to partner with Ellen on this new format and take The Masked Dancer to a whole new creative level."

In related Masked news: Ken Jeong's dream is finally coming true, because Beat Shazam host/In Living Color alum/movie star Jamie Foxx will appear on Masked Singer's Season 3 premiere. Foxx will join the judges' panel for the episode, which will air on Fox after the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2

"We have added a lot more guest judges," Fox's Alternative Entertainment President Rob Wade told Deadline during TCA. The list includes Leah Remini and Jason Biggs, star of the new Fox comedy series Outmatched, who already have filmed their episodes. It is one of several tweaks planned for the upcoming season, which will feature four more hourlong episodes than Season 2, stretching over four more weeks.

Elsewhere...
- Fox is developing an adaptation of Korean mystery gameshow I Can See Your Voice as reality chief Rob Wade eyes bigger, broader formats. The network has piloted a U.S. adaptation of the show, which hails from Korea's CJ ENM, the company behind NBC's Better Late Than Never. It was fronted by Ken Jeong and comes on the back of The Masked Singer, which was also based on a Korean original. I Can See Your Voice, which was created by Lee Seon-young, sees a pop star try and guess the skilled vocalists from the tone-deaf singers without hearing them sing. With the help of a "tone-deaf detective team", they must eliminate one or two singers in each round before performing on the 'Stage of Truth' with the star. If the final singer can hold a tune, they will receive a special reward, but if the final mystery singer is tone-deaf they will receive a cash prize.

- Fox is weighing up the future of its non-scripted schedule as series including So You Think You Can Dance, Mental Samurai and First Responders Live remain on the bubble. The network is still plotting its summer schedule and President of Alternative and Specials Rob Wade is confident that the "right shows will come back". So You Think You Can Dance, which is hosted by Brit Cat Deeley, aired its 16th season in June 2019. Wade said that the future of the evergreen format has not been impacted by the order for The Masked Singer spin-off The Masked Dancer or Flirty Dancing. "The Masked Singer and Dancer feel like very different shows to the classic singing and dancing shows so there's enough room in the schedule. Look at how many police dramas and medical there are. There are certain genres like singing, dancing and cooking where you can have lots of different types of formats," he told Deadline.

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posted 1/7/2020

MONDAY: Dead Heat
NBC, ABC Split on "AGT", "Bachelor"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to the return of "The Bachelor" (6.033 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

NBC (6.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) settled for the silver with its season premieres of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (8.030 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Manifest" (4.765 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was CBS (6.303 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and originals from "The Neighborhood" (6.914 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (6.695 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "All Rise" (5.909 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and "Bull" (6.195 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.003 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up repeats of "9-1-1" (2.571 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and "Prodigal Son" (1.435 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

And finally, The CW (0.475 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with encores of "Supergirl" (0.668 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "Crisis Aftermath" (0.283 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Cable numbers...
- Kids Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.143m
- Food NEtwork Challenge (Food): 691k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 443k
- America Says - 4:30p (GSN): 431k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 372k
- Get a Clue (P/GSN): 366k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 341k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 227k .

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posted 1/7/2020

WEEKEND: 12th Man Problems
NBC Wins with Wild Card Football
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NBC (18.504 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) overshadowed the competition on Sunday with the primetime portions of the "NFC Wild Card Game: Seahawks at Eagles" (29.747 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.3, #1) and "The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards" (14.756 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2).

ABC (3.115 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a distant second with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.569 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (3.035 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Shark Tank" (2.856 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (1.999 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (5.600 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with originals from "60 Minutes" (7.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "God Friended Me" (5.370 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.661 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) plus a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.697 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.481 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up encores of "Last Man Standing" (1.258 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and another "Last Man Standing" (1.565 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11); originals from "The Simpsons" (1.869 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Family Guy" (1.893 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3); plus repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (1.319 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Bless the Harts" (0.981 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, second runs of "Batwoman" (0.470 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Supergirl" (0.359 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.415 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 648k
- America Says (GSN): 403k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 282k

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posted 1/7/2020

"Wheel" Keeps It In the Family
Pat's Youngest Daughter Maggie Sajak Plays Letter Toucher
From the Wrap

Vanna White is still filling in as "Wheel of Fortune" host in Pat Sajak's absence, so a special guest has been brought on as letter-turner. Pat's daughter Maggie Sajak will reveal the letters this week.

Next week, her father and White will return to their usual roles.

The official "Wheel of Fortune" Twitter account made the announcement Monday evening. "We're keeping it in the family — meet our special guest letter-turner, Maggie Sajak!" the post read, with the hashtags family and family time.

Maggie is Sajak's youngest daughter with wife Lesly. She turned 25 on Sunday, so she was 24 when these episodes were taped. He also has a son, Patrick Jr.

In an interview last month, Pat said that his emergency surgery due to an intestinal issue was "completely successful."

"I was back from surgery last week and had a wonderful time on the show," Pat in a special taped announcement. "I'm not going to be here this week. It's not that I've had a relapse, it's just because of the technicalities of the taping order." The Sajak-hosted episodes will start airing next week. White has been hosting episodes airing since Dec. 9, 2019.

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posted 1/7/2020

More on "LEGO Masters"
Meet the Celebrity Guest Judges
From the Futon Critic

New competition series LEGO(R) MASTERS has announced celebrity guests, including Mayim Bialik, Terry Crews, Nicole Byer and "The LEGO Movie" writers and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. These special guests will join host Will Arnett throughout the show's premiere season, debuting Wednesday, Feb. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), immediately following the Season Three time period premiere of THE MASKED SINGER (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX.

Actress and producer Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory") will help the contestants pair LEGO-building expertise with their knowledge of the universe in a space-themed episode. Terry Crews ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") steps in to help Arnett encourage the contestants in a "Good vs. Evil" challenge that has major implications on the competition moving forward, while Nicole Byer ("Nailed It!") comes to set to facilitate great LEGO storytelling in a "Story Book"-themed episode.

"Star Wars" fans will not want to miss some extra special guests in the "Star Wars"-themed episode of LEGO MASTERS, during which Arnett and guests BB-8, C3PO and R2-D2 challenge the contestants to build their own droids and replicate iconic scenes inspired by the beloved film franchise.

Additionally, renowned film and television writers, directors and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("The LEGO Movie"), who also are LEGO connoisseurs, provide an assist in a "Movie Genres"-themed episode.

Anthony Dominici will executive-produce the FOX series, along with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman from Endemol Shine North America; Karen Smith and Steph Harris from Tuesday's Child; and Jill Wilfert and Robert May from The LEGO Group. Will Arnett also serves as an executive producer. LEGO MASTERS will be produced by Endemol Shine North America, Plan B and Tuesday's Child, under license from The LEGO(R) Group, for The LEGO(R) Group.

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posted 1/7/2020

Food Network Is Sweet on "Chopped"
Network Orders Scott Conant-Hosted Spinoff to Series
From the Futon Critic

Food Network's celebrated culinary battle sweetens the competition with new primetime series Chopped Sweets, premiering Monday, February 3rd at 10pm ET/PT.

Hosted by Chopped judge Scott Conant, each episode features four bold chefs competing to take on the toughest test of their lives. Faced with baffling ingredients and an unrelenting clock, these sensational sugar-savvy chefs must utilize a sweet-themed ingredient within their mystery baskets through three rounds to create different dessert iterations to impress Scott and a rotating panel of culinary experts who determine which chef will be chopped, and who will achieve sweet success and walk away with $10,000!

"Chopped Sweets takes viewers on a sweet and exhilarating culinary ride, pushing some of the most talented chefs to their limits to create beautifully crafted desserts from eccentric mystery ingredients," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Scott Conant brings his culinary and judging acumen as host to all the action, making Chopped Sweets a welcome addition to the Chopped family."

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posted 1/7/2020

Oliver Peck Dismissed from "Ink Master"
Controversy Stems from Blackface Incident
From TV Line

Paramount Network's Ink Master and Oliver Peck have parted ways, just days after old photos of the reality-TV judge wearing blackface resurfaced via TMZ.

"After filming 13 great seasons of Ink Master, the producers and I have decided it's best to part ways," Peck said in a statement obtained by TVLine. "The offensive photos of me which recently surfaced from many years ago can only be a distraction to the amazing show I have loved being a part of and its many talented artists.

"I want to thank the show's cast, crew, contestants and awesome fans," Peck continued. "It's been a blast and an honor and I wish my friends and colleagues the very best in whatever the future holds." In a statement, Paramount Network said, "We, like many others, were appalled when we saw the photos of Oliver. We were glad to see his apology and accept that he is taking full responsibility for the damaging impact of his actions."

Ink Master's 16-episode Season 13, featuring Peck among the judges, is already taped and premieres this Tuesday night.

In personal photos that used to reside on Peck's old MySpace page, the onetime husband of Kat Von D is seen in brown face and arm makeup, dressed as a basketball player and as a superhero whose moniker includes a racist epithet.

"I want to profusely apologize for my completely inappropriate, insensitive, and immature behavior," Peck said in an Jan. 3 Instagram post. "I was 100% wrong to depict myself this way and I take full responsibility for my immature, misguided perspective, total lapse of judgement and insensitivity."

Ink Master in fact marks Peck's second gig lost due to the backlash. He was set to emcee the sixth annual Tattooed Gloves charity boxing tournament next month in Austin, Texas, but he was replaced after the aforementioned photos surfaced, with professional ring announcer/tattooer Dave Woodard.

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"Wheel" at 45
America's Game Premiered on NBC in 1975
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On January 6, 1975, the first episode of Wheel of Fortune hit the air waves. It would be a huge success, one of the most popular game shows in television history – although no one can explain exactly why.

Wheel of Fortune was the brainchild of Merv Griffin, the same television star who created Jeopardy more than a decade earlier. Encouraged by the success of this program, the media mogul considered other ideas for a game show. Griffin remembered long car journeys in his youth when he was playing with his sister Hangman and started developing a new word game concept.

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Masked Singer Launches in the UK
5.5M Britons Catch It on ITV
From Newsweek

After becoming a huge hit for Fox in the U.S. across two seasons, The Masked Singer finally landed in the UK on Saturday — and it performed well for commercial broadcaster ITV.

The celebrity singing contest, in which stars are disguised in elaborate costumes so that a panel of judges and the audience at home have to guess their identity, premiered with 5.5M viewers between 7PM and 8.30PM. It was the highest-rated show of the day on any channel, peaking with 6.5M as the identity of The Butterfly was revealed, according to BARB figures provided by overnights.tv.

Based on a format originally created by Korean broadcaster MBC and made by fledging Scottish producer Bandicoot, The Masked Singer beat the second season debut of Simon Cowell's show The Greatest Dancer on BBC One, which was watched by 3.2M in the same slot. This was well below its first season debut of 4.7M. The Masked Singer also outperformed The Voice UK later on ITV. The John de Mol-created singing contest, now in its ninth series, returned with an audience of 4.6M. In fact, The Masked Singer's 5.5M viewers made it ITV's biggest new entertainment launch since 2013, when celebrity diving contest Splash! debuted with 5.7M viewers, according to BBC journalist Lizo Mzimba. This does not include The Voice UK, which premiered on ITV in 2017 with 6M viewers, but brought with it an already established audience after moving over from BBC One.

The celebrity singing contest entertained an audience of 4.3M between 8PM and 9.30PM on Sunday night, which was down nearly 22% on its Saturday performance of 5.5M, according to BARB figures supplied by overnights.tv.

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"Get a Clue" Premieres
Catch It on Game Show Network Today at 4p ET
From First Coast News

The Game Show Network launches a new original show — "Get a Clue" with host Rob Belushi. The show is described as a high energy clue game in which two teams compete to see who can successfully guess the most answer words before time runs out.

Catch the all-new premiere Jan. 6 at 4pm ET.

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Monday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Be #TrebekStrong Together"

  • Alex Trebek to John Lewis: Let's beat cancer together (AL.com) PLUS 10 memes that prove how boss he is (Screen Rant) and 20 facts about the man himself (The Things)

  • Vanna White takes a much-needed vacation (Yahoo!)

  • Steve Harvey accused to stealing jokes from comic who hasn't been relevant since "Don't Forget Your Toothbrush" (Cinema Blend)

  • Remember Jade Roper Tolbert from "The Bachelor"? She won a mill off of fantasy football... and needless to say, some people had a problem with this (CBS Sports)

  • Gordon Ramsay produces what looks like a TV adaptation of Jon Favreau's "Chef", but is so obviously different (Deadline)

  • Oliver Peck offers the customary mediapology (Deadline)

  • Jameela Jamil throws Candace Owens Is Over party (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: Five things you didn't know you needed to know about Howie Mandel (Heavy)

  • You can't change Tyler Neasloney sucking... but you can make money off of it. (EW)

  • Bradley Walsh is talking about 500 "Chase" episodes and two spinoffs (Entertainment Daily)

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THURSDAY: Alex Trebek Opens Up
"Jeopardy!" Host Talks Retirement Rumors, Truths
From Deadline

Alex Trebek says fans have made him feel better as he battles pancreatic cancer.

In a new interview with ABC's Michael Strahan, the Jeopardy! host and his wife explained how the illness has affected their lives. Trebek said well-wishes from fans sometimes make him emotional. "I don't mind getting choked up. My oncologist told me one of the symptoms, if you will, of pancreatic cancer is that you get these moments of depression, sadness," he explained.

The longtime television host first announced he was battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March via a YouTube video.

He said he realized something was wrong and called his doctor after he began to experience severe stomach pain. "I knew as soon as the doctor came back and mentioned the pancreas. I said, 'Uh-oh, it's going to be cancer,'" Trebek explained to Strahan.

His wife of 29 years, Jean Trebek, was the first person he told about the diagnosis. She said in the interview that it's difficult to see her husband "in pain and I can't help him."

Alex Trebek's cancer went into remission several months ago, but he was forced to undergo another round of chemotherapy after a health downturn over the summer. Still, he continues to work around his house on construction projects and on TV.

Next month he'll host Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament, beginning January 7.

Despite his busy schedule, Trebek said he remains realistic about his health. "I have learned something in the past year and it's this: We don't know when we're going to die," he said. "Because of the cancer diagnosis, it's no longer an open-ended life, it's a closed-ended life because of the terrible … survival rates of pancreatic cancer. Because of that, and something else that is operating here, people all over America and abroad have decided they want to let me know now, while I'm alive, about the impact that I've been having on their existence."

Trebek is thinking about his departure from the game show. In a preview for the Thursday ABC special What is Jeopardy? Alex Trebek and America's Most Popular Quiz Show, the 79-year-old, who is currently battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, revealed that he has already rehearsed his final goodbye.

"It'll be a significant moment for me," he acknowledged. "But I've kind of, in my mind, rehearsed it already, and what I would do on that day is tell the director, ''Time the show down to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That's all I want.' And I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, 'Don't ask me who's going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I'm sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me... then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.'"

Despite this, the Jeopardy! host reportedly has "no plans" to retire from the iconic game show anytime soon, according to a coworker.

PEOPLE reports that an unidentified employee of Jeopardy! told CTV News in October, "He has no plans to quit, and is absolutely not announcing his retirement [anytime soon]." In the past, Trebek himself has also commented on the notion of leaving the show, at one point saying, "We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."

As for the special itself, it helped ABC win the night in total viewers.

FOX (4.919 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to the return of "Last Man Standing" (5.234 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1), a second "Last Man Standing" (5.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and the debut of "Deputy" (4.648 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

A close second was ABC (4.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with its special "What is Jeopardy!? Alex Trebek and America's Most Popular Quiz Show" (7.809 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) followed by the season finale of "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (3.545 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Next up was CBS (3.387 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (4.579 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), another "Young Sheldon" (4.579 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Mom" (4.182 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Carol's Second Act" (3.299 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Evil" (1.842 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.855 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) had its mix of a repeat "Superstore" (2.008 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), a second "Superstore" (1.396 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), the special "The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU" (1.680 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.182 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.553 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with second runs of "Supernatural" (0.629 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "Legacies" (0.477 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.155m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 788k
- America Says (GSN): 424k
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 393k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 328k

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posted 1/3/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Flashback Friday"

  • Alex Trebek: an abridged history (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Rip Torn: a memorial for a dodgeball commissioner (Deadline)

  • Noel Fielding wants you to come with us now on (another) journey through time and space... to the world of the Mighty Boosh (Deadline)

  • How "The Masked Singer" arrived in the UK (Deadline)

  • #ICYMI: That time some contestant threw THE FREAKING HOST under the bus on "Project Runway" (Mediaite)

  • Why Greta Thunberg changed her name to "Sharon" (Huffpost)

posted 1/3/2020

SYNDIES: Week 25
Results for the Week Ending December 22
From TV Newscheck

Hot newcomers Tamron Hall and rookie leader The Kelly Clarkson Show — both already renewed for year two — scored double-digit increases and were the only gainers among the rookies in the session ending Dec. 22, 2019.

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 (ViacomCBS) 6.4 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (ViacomCBS) 6.2 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C
Mediapost

posted 1/2/2020

WEDNESDAY: Welcome 2020!
NBC Wins, "Flirty Dancing" Takes a Tumble
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.083 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) opened 2020 on top with its crossover encores of "Chicago Fire" (3.702 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Chicago Med" (4.120 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (4.429 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

ABC (1.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) shared in the demo honors with its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.966 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1), "Schooled" (2.158 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Modern Family" (1.991 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Single Parents" (1.578 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Stumptown" (1.308 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (1.953 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its marathon of "Evil" (2.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), another "Evil" (1.937 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and yet another "Evil" (1.741 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.436 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up originals from "Flirty Dancing" (1.805 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Almost Family" (1.067 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, second runs of "Riverdale" (0.495 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.495 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.495 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/2/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Sashayed Away"

  • RuPaul's talker not moving forward (TV Line)

  • Oliver Peck in blackface. No... just... NO. (TMZ)

  • When it comes to Jeopardy!, Ken Jennings says age matters (Deadline)

posted 1/2/2020


Various sources

Saying Goodbye in 2019
A Final Roll Call for Those We Lost in the Game Show World
From various sources

They were part of our TV history, part of our community of professionals and fans, and part of our lives. As we close the book on 2019 and prepare to begin anew in the new year, let us always remember... They too walked among us.

- Fatima Ali, an unabashed talent in the kitchen who rose to the ranks of "Top Chef".

- Jed Allan, an actor who got the joke during his stint as host of "Celebrity Bowling".

- Rudy Boesch, a "Survivor" legend, a "Combat Missions" host, and an American hero.

- Al Burton, whose production credits run the gamut between the more memorable "Win Ben Stein's Money" and the more mundane "Hello Larry".

- Gay Byrne, Ireland's answer to Regis in both the celebrity interview and the asking of quiz questions and the all-important "Is that your final answer?".

- Randall Christensen, an astute designer who lent his talent to "Dancing with the Stars".

- Robert Earle, who had a lofty assignment, replacing Allen Ludden on "College Bowl".

- Grumpy Cat, whose scowl made us smile.

- Arte Johnson, a Laugh-In veteran who was "verrry interesting" as a celebrity judge or host of his own show, "Camouflage".

- Gershon Kingsley, who with his partner Perrey gave musical life to a classic game of knowledge and luck, "The Joker's Wild".

- Masahiko Kobe, a man of metal as the Italian-trained maestro of the original "Iron Chef".

- Jerry Kupcinet, a Daytime Emmy nominated director & producer who lent his talents to "Wild Animal Games" and "The Dating Game".

- Ashley Massaro, a professional wrestler who went into the ring with 19 others during her season of "Survivor"

- Walter Mercado, the flamboyant astrologer who lent his spiritual guidance on VH1's campy "Viva Hollywood".

- Gary Rhodes, the prototype of the cooking competition host as displayed on the PBS run of "MasterChef".

- Carl Ruiz, a Food Network regular who was just as at home judging as he was competing.

- Gavin Smith, a poker legend who made the rounds on the regular series of "Poker After Dark" and "High Stakes Poker"

- Haley Smith, who went for her dreams on "American Idol"

- Rip Taylor, the very definition of a camp character during his stint as host of "The $1.98 Beauty Show" and endless panels.

- Mike Thalassitis, the footballer who made waves during his season of "Love Island".

- Rip Torn, a respected actor who lent his credence to "Extreme Dodgeball".

- Charles van Doren, part of the greatest fraud ever perpetrated in the history of game shows.

- Cassandra Waldon, part of the first class of "Big Brother" in the US.

- Suzanne Whang, a live host on Game Show Network in between gigs as a "House Hunters" host.

- Jack Whitaker, the legendary voice of CBS Sports who was the face of "The Face Is Familiar".

- Daniel Wright, who made himself a winner at life in "The Biggest Loser".

- Celebrities including Kaye Ballard, Cameron Boyce, Chuy Bravo, Diahann Carroll, Carol Channing, Jessi Combs, Tim Conway, Doris Day, Bob Einstein, Albert Finney, Peter Fonda, Godfrey Gao, Valerie Harper, Ken Kercheval, Ron Leibman, Peggy Lipton, Philip McKeon, Eddie Money, Louisa Moritz, Phyllis Newman, Shelley Morrison, Denise Nickerson, "Mean Gene" Okerlund, Luke Perry, Kristoff St. John, Caroll Spinney, Bart Starr, Brody Stevens, Russi Taylor, Peter Tork, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Witherspoon, and Max Wright who took time out of their busy schedules to play the games we know and love.

- And finally, to David Downs, a pillar of bringing game shows to the masses on YouTube. His wit was as quick, his candor as jovial, and his opinions as laser-focused to the unexpected end.

May they all rest in peace.

The Wrap
San Francisco Examiner
TV Insider
WWMT Kalamazoo

posted 1/1/2020

MONDAY: Life After Football
CBS Most Watched Network
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.529 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on an all-repeat Monday with its telecast of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2.529 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

CBS (4.204 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its mix of "The Neighborhood" (5.115 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.367 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "All Rise" (3.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Bull" (4.186 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was NBC (2.554 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with its combination of "Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways" (3.236 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Manifest" (2.503 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and another "Manifest" (1.925 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.670 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its duo of "9-1-1" (2.059 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Prodigal Son" (1.281 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.831 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1" (0.831 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11).

On cable...
- Chopped Sweets (S/Food): 865k
- America Says (GSN): 483k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 378k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 234k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/30/19

First & Last of 2020
Jason Manford to Host Comic Game for BBC One
From Beyond the Joke

Jason Manford is the host of First And Last, a brand new game show that will put contestants through a succession of ingenious rounds, all of which have one golden rule - players mustn't come first or last in any game. If they do, they will be eliminated.

Eleven contestants start each show and compete across a range of five downright daft, stupidly funny, play-along-at-home games that will see one of them leave with a cash prize of up to £10,000. The first and last players are eliminated from each round. To triumph, they'll need to judge every round to perfection and hold their nerve in the nail-biting endgame - contested by the remaining three players.

First And Last was created by Peter Holmes and has been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment. The Commissioning Editors for the BBC are Pinki Chambers and Katie Taylor. The Executive Producers for Zeppotron are Peter Holmes, Ruth Phillips and Karen Murdoch. The Series Producer is Keith Cotton.

First and Last, Saturdays from January 4, 8.15pm, BBC One.

Beyond the Joke

Telly Mix

posted 1/1/2020

£100K Dropped
Report: Channel 4 Cancels Quiz After a Decade
From Telly Mix

Channel 4 has axed The £100k Drop less than two years after the format moved to daytime, it's been revealed.

The gameshow, hosted by Davina McCall, began life as The Million Pound Drop at the start of the decade.

Last year, after a spell off-air, C4 bosses resurrected the show, but moved it from primetime to 4pm in the afternoon.

Contestants continued to gamble bundles of real cash on the answers to multiple choice questions, with money placed on wrong answers tumbling through trapdoors. However, the change in scheduling saw the top prize slashed to £100,000, a tenth of the original amount. While it was still a huge prize for daytime telly, rivalling amounts offered by The Chase, it seems viewers weren't impressed with the reduction.

According to The Sun, The £100k Drop has now been dropped itself by C4 after three series. A spokesperson for the broadcaster said: "There are no plans for The £100k Drop to return to Channel 4. "We'd like to thank Davina and all of the team behind the show for the numerous nail-biting moments."

Telly Mix

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posted 1/1/2020

New Year's Lightning Round
... or "The Doctor Is In"

  • Ken Jeong joins "The Masked Singer UK" (Radio Times)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Circle (Netflix) (Fast Company)

  • Even after all his success on "Jeopardy!", Austin Rogers hosting trivia nights at his home bar (ABC News)

posted 1/1/2020

WEEKEND: Flirting with Success?
Fox Entry Previews Okay
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.080 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1) closed its Sunday lineup on top with the finales to "Football Night in America #1" (9.376 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (12.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (19.558 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) and "Sunday Night Football" (17.350 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2).

FOX (5.835 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) was the distant silver with its mix of "The OT" (13.072 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3), the premiere of "Flirty Dancing" (3.167 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and repeats of "Bless the Harts" (1.330 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.204 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Next up was CBS (4.817 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its mix of "NFL Overrun" (11.506 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "60 Minutes" (7.614 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "The Unicorn" (3.151 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "The Unicorn" (2.465 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16), "Carol's Second Act" (2.198 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16), another "Carol's Second Act" (2.057 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18) and "All Rise" (1.931 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.996 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (2.730 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Shark Tank" (2.264 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and another "Shark Tank" (2.071 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "Batwoman" (0.565 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T20) and "Supergirl" (0.484 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T20) closed out the evening on The CW (0.524 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- America Says (GSN): 483k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 317k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/30/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Playing Around"

  • Hasbro closes on Entertainment One (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: Everything we know about Masked Singer season 3 (The Wrap)

  • Corrine Olympios is going out with why the hell is this news? (Reality TV World)

  • What we can learn from Vanna White hosting Wheel (Broadway World)

posted 12/26/19

THURSDAY: Boxed Out on Boxing Day
ABC Wins Thanks to "Baking Show"
From Deadline

NBC's re-airing of its Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors and the lone original of the Thursday, ABC's The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition, helped the networks tie for the night's top spot in the 18-49 demographic.

NBC edged repeat-filled CBS for the victory in total viewers.

The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition (0.5, 2.74M), which was even in the demo with last week's episode, followed the special Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (0.5, 2.96M) on ABC. The night of specials also included Nick Cannon's Hit Viral Videos: Holidays 2019 (0.4, 2.20M) on Fox and Best of iHeart Radio Festival (0.1, 790,000) on the CW.

The most-watched show of Thursday's primetime was a repeat of CBS' Young Sheldon.

On cable...
-
Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 847k
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10:30p (Food): 710k
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 312k

Deadline

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/27/19

TUESDAY: It's a Wonderful Christmas Eve
NBC Wins Thanks to "It's a Wonderful Life"
From Deadline

'Twas the night before Christmas and all networks delivered a merry slate of reruns while NBC topped Tuesday night ratings with its traditional airing of Frank Capra's 1946 holiday classic It's A Wonderful Life. This year, it earned a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 adult demographic and 3.61 million tuned in to watch George Bailey realize he has so much to live for. The ratings are down from last year by a tenth.

CBS aired reruns of NCIS and FBI while the other networks served up repeats of Yuletide-themed specials.

ABC aired the stop-motion animated classic Santa Claus is Coming' to Town (0.5, 2.63M) followed by CMA Country Christmas (0.4, 2.66M).

Fox put us in a musical mood with another helping of 2017's live musical event A Christmas Story Live! (0.3, 1.12) while The CW aired Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic 2019 (0.1, 840,000) and Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2019 (0.1, 740,000).

Deadline

Variety

posted 12/26/19

Midseason!
"Flirty Dancing" Kicks Off the Second Season
From Deadline

The 2019-20 TV season has hit the winter midway point, so here's our annual list of midseason premiere dates for new and returning series. It covers more than 200 broadcast, cable and streaming programs debuting from January 1 through March 31 and includes shows that were on hiatus and some one-off specials such as awards shows.

12/23 - Food Network Challenge (2019) (Food)
12/29 - Flirty Dancing (Fox)

1/1 - The Circle (Netflix)
1/2 - Swagbucks Live: Season 3 (Swagbucks)
1/3 - HQ: Season 13 (HQ)
1/5 - Worst Cooks in America: Season 18 (Food)
1/6 - Get a Clue (GSN)
1/6 - America's Got Talent: The Champions: Season 2 (NBC)
1/6 - The Bachelor: Season 24 (ABC)
1/6 - Kids Baking Championship: Season 8 (Food)
1/7 - Ellen's Game of Games: Season 3 (NBC)
1/7 - Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time (ABC)
1/7 - Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out: Season 14 (VH1)
1/7 - Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount) 1/8 - America's Top Dog (A&E)
1/10 - Zumbo's Just Desserts: Season 2 (Netflix)
1/20 - Spy Games (Bravo)
1/24 - The Crystal Maze (Nick)
1/29 - Next in Fashion (Netflix)

2/2 - The Masked Singer: Season 3 (Fox)
2/3 - Girl Scout Cookie Championship (Food)
2/5 - LEGO Masters (Fox)
2/12 - Survivor: Season 40 (CBS)
2/16 - American Idol (2018): Season 3 (ABC)
2/24 - The Voice: Season 18 (NBC)

3/19 - Top Chef: Season 17 (Bravo)
3/TBA - Supermarket Stakeout: Season 2 (Food)
3/TBA - Buddy vs. Duff: Season (Food)

Here are some higher-profile shows that are eyed for midseason or spring but don't have a premiere date:

- Ultimate Tag (Fox, new competition series)
- The Amazing Race (CBS, Season 32)


Deadline

The Wrap

posted 12/26/19

MONDAY: Feat of Strength
CBS Wins Thanks to "Price Is Right"
From Deadline

Most of the networks went with repeats Monday, but CBS shined bright like a star on Christmas Eve with another primetime edition of The Price Is Right: Holiday Extravaganza, where Seth Rogen was called upon to bid his heart out and participate in the showcase showdown. The special earned a 0.9 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 6.57 million viewers, up two-tenths from Sunday night's episode with the cast of SEAL Team.

The special was the night's top-rated and most-watched show, helping CBS win the won the night in both metrics. Some numbers, however, may be adjusted later on CBS and Fox due to NFL preemptions.

Monday cable numbers...
- Holiday Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.859m
- America Says (GSN): 357k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 339k

Deadline

Variety
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/26/19

Christmas Lightning Round
... or "Lifelines Into the New Year"

posted 12/26/19

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