On the Menu: October 3
Hungry for a Lineup?
From the Futon Critic
TNT has unveiled the 10
restaurant chains that have signed on for the first
season of On the Menu, the network's revolutionary new
cooking competition show. Host Ty Pennington (Trading
Spaces, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) and legendary
Chef Emeril Lagasse (Emeril Live, Top Chef, Emeril's
Florida) headline the series in which everyday cooks
will vie for the chance to have their own dishes served
in major restaurant chains across the country. On the
Menu is set to premiere on TNT Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.
TNT's On the Menu is the first cooking competition show
ever to give viewers the chance to taste the winning
dish after every episode. Each weekly competition will
challenge a group of passionate home cooks to create a
new signature dish for that week's featured restaurant.
Eateries participating in On the Menu cover a wide range
of cuisines, from traditional barbecue to modern fusion.
Here's the lineup for season one:
· Chili's - Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Denny's - Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· California Pizza Kitchen - Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m.
· Planet Hollywood - Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Emeril's Restaurant - Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m.
· The Cheesecake Factory - Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m.
· Cabo Wabo/Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill - Friday, Nov. 14,
at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Outback Steakhouse - Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m.
· Buca di Beppo - Friday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.
Each episode of On the Menu opens with four cooks who
must face a series of elimination challenges in order to
make it to the final round. First up, they must
demonstrate their understanding of that week's featured
restaurant through an intense preliminary challenge. In
the second round, the three remaining cooks must each
create their own new dish for the restaurant and serve
it to a room full of hungry diners and super fans of the
featured eatery, whose votes will determine who moves on
to the final round. After refining and perfecting their
dishes based on the comments they receive from the
diners in round two, the last two cooks serve their
creations to Ty, Emeril and representatives from the
featured restaurant, in whose hands the final decision
rests. In a first for television cooking competitions,
the winning contestant's dish will then appear on the
restaurant's menu the very next day.
As host of On the Menu, Ty Pennington leads competitors
through each of the elimination challenges, while Emeril
Lagasse provides his expertise as a seasoned chef and
industry insider, using his vast knowledge of cooking,
branding and sales to help the contestants shape their
On the Menu comes to TNT from One Three Media. Emmy(R)
winner Mark Burnett (The Bible, The Voice, Survivor) and
Dean Houser (The Sing-Off, Stars Earn Stripes, Rock 'N'
Roll Fantasy Camp) serve as executive producers on the
Poker Night Is Back....
For One Night Only
Discovery Lines Up Gaming
From the Futon Critic
Shark Week may be over, but
several more (card) sharks are making their way onto
Discovery. On September 10th, Discovery will up the ante
with three brand new specials as a part of poker themed
"All-In, All-Night." HUSTLING THE HOUSE premieres at 8pm
ET/PT. CASINO SECRETS premieres at 9pm ET/PT.
UNDERGROUND POKER premieres at 10pm ET/PT.
Casinos, lotteries and bookies all use math and science
to stack the deck against you. Now you can fight back.
In HUSTLING THE HOUSE, airing at 8pm ET/PT, get the
scoop that the House does not want you to have.
Next up is CASINO SECRETS at 9pm ET/PT. Every single
detail in a casino is designed to keep the gambler from
leaving. The longer than gambler stays, the more likely
that gambler is to lose money. In CASINO SECRETS,
insiders reveal the hidden world of high rollers. From
the true odds of roulette, to the inner workings of a
slot machine, the truth is about to come out.
Finally, UNDERGROUND POKER premieres at 10pm ET/PT. Phil
Laak and Antonio Esfandiari are two of the most feared
and successful players on the poker circuit today. Phil
holds a World Poker title, a World Series of Poker
bracelet, and owns the world record for the longest time
spent playing poker in a single session, lasting 115
hours at the Vegas Bellagio in 2010. Antonio's won two
World Poker Tour championships and three World Series of
Poker bracelets, including the "Big One for One Drop" in
2012, where he took home the largest cash prize ever
awarded at a single poker event - in excess of eighteen
But though it's the tournament circuit that made them
famous, their bread-and-butter venues are the ones that
average Joes never see - ultra-exclusive and closely
guarded underground games where fortunes are won and
lost and won again, all in the course of a single night.
Just to sit at these tables takes a lot of nerve, and a
LOT of cash, but first you have to get in the door, and
that means knowing the right people.
Luckily that's not a problem for Phil and Antonio - they
know everybody who knows anybody in the poker world. In
this special, they head to New Orleans, home to some of
the most coveted underground games in the nation, and
use their connections to hone in on the action, whether
it's at a luxurious loft on Bourbon Street or in the
back room of seedy, swamp-side dive. Down in the Big
Easy, high stakes and danger preside with every raise
and every call, and that's why it's exactly where Phil
and Antonio want to be.
HUSTLING THE HOUSE is produced for Discovery Channel by
MY Entertainment, where Michael Yudin, Joe Townley, Matt
Maranz and Dave Swartz serve as Executive Producers.
CASINO SECRETS is produced for Discovery Channel by
Peacock Productions, where Colleen Halpin serves as
UNDERGROUND POKER is produced for Discovery Channel by
Matador, where Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and Jon Bulette
serve as Executive Producers and by Appian Way, where
Jennifer Killoran serves as Executive Producer.
Monday: A Night for
NBC, Fox Split Night for Demo,
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (5.138 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and FOX (4.667 million
viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) shared the demo
crown on Labor Day as the latter served up new episodes
of "MasterChef" (5.443 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "Hotel Hell" (3.891 million
viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).
The Peacock then offered up originals from "Running Wild
with Bear Grylls" (3.894 million viewers, #9; adults
18-49: 0.9, #7) and "American Ninja Warrior" (5.760
million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1).
Next up was ABC (4.284 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.1, #3) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.655
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and the
season finale of "Mistresses" (3.541 million viewers,
#11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).
Meanwhile, CBS (5.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49:
1.0, #4) went with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory"
(5.973 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4),
"CBS Fall Preview" (4.688 million viewers, #6; adults
18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.693 million viewers,
#5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Two and a Half Men" (4.287
million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Under
the Dome" (6.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2,
And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
(1.429 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12),
another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.464 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a new
"America's Next Top Model" (1.275 million viewers, #14;
adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (1.361 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the
TV3 Finds Algorithm
All3Media Sells Game to
From TBI Vision
All3Media International is
set to launch new gameshow Algorithm internationally
after its commission by Ireland’s TV3.
The free-to-air broadcaster has said it will launch the
new 10x60mins show next spring, and All3 will handle
sales of the format and finished series.
Billed as a man versus machine contest as players take
on a computer – The Algorithm – over rounds of
questions, the gameshow is produced by TV3’s in-house
3Studios and fledgling North American indie Soshefeigh.
Radio and TV presenter Ray Foley will host the Irish
All3Media part-funded the show and will now launch it
Nick Smith, VP format sales at All3Media International
said: “We have already grabbed the interest of several
leading broadcasters from Europe and Australia – all of
whom visited the shoot in August and have expressed keen
He added: “All3Media International is confident that the
show will be very well received at MIPCOM and ATF this
year at its launch.”
Will The Real Tenant
Please Move In?
Red Arrow Options Israeli Show
"Are You For Real"
Israeli gameshow Are You For
Real? is set to be remade in the UK after Red Arrow
International optioned the format.
The global arm of the German broadcaster and production
group struck the deal with Israeli indie Gil Productions
to license the format for the UK, Germany, Denmark,
Norway, Belgium and Holland.
Are You For Real? challenges contestants to meet the
occupants of three flats before guessing who is the
actual owner and who is is posing under a fake identity.
The deal was struck between Tim Gerhartz, senior
acquisitions and sales manager at Red Arrow
International and Gil Productions chief executive Assaf
Red Arrow operates a number of UK production companies
including A League of their Own producer CPL
Productions, Nazi Quest for the Holy Grail producer Nerd
and Hilar Bevan Jones’ drama indie Endor Productions.
It is thought that Red Arrow-indies CPL or Nerd will
adapt the show in the UK.
Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "3 Million Drop"
Thursday: Falsely NFL-evated
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.125 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) claimed the top spot on
Thursday with its mix of "Two and a Half Men" (6.489
million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The
Millers" (6.308 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6,
#2), "Big Brother 16" (7.496 million viewers, #1; adults
18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Elementary" (4.480 million viewers,
#7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).
FOX (4.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2)
then took home the silver with repeats of "Sleepy
Hollow" (4.462 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2,
#7) and "Bones" (4.993 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 1.3, #T5).
Next up was NBC (4.874 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 1.2, #3) and its combination of "Hollywood Game
Night" (5.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5,
#3), "Welcome to Sweden" (4.895 million viewers, #6;
adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), another "Welcome to Sweden"
(4.399 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and
"America's Got Talent" (4.115 million viewers, #11;
adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).
Meanwhile, ABC (3.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.0, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (4.108 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), a second "The
Quest" (3.715 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9,
#T11) and its special "World's Wildest Commercials"
(4.169 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).
And finally, The CW (1.327 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with repeats of
"The Vampire Diaries" (1.375 million viewers, #14;
adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "The Originals" (1.279
million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).
Due to significant NFL preemptions, results are
inflated, as every team was in action last night.
Speaking of football, ESPN's broadcast of Texas A&M vs.
South Carolina topped the charts in cable. Second:
"Project Runway" with 2.237 million. "Snack-Off" dropped
to 584,000, but continued to register in adults 18-34.
Catch All-Female "TUF"
September 10 on FS1
From the Futon Critic
The 16 women who comprise
the first all-female cast of The Ultimate Fighter(R): A
Champion Will Be Crowned train, kick and punch harder
than most men their size. But several of these 115-pound
ladies, whose fierce battle for the first-ever UFC
women's strawweight championship belt premieres on
Wednesday, Sept. 10 on FOX Sports 1 (10:00 PM ET),
possess a softer side many would have thought impossible
a few years ago given their backgrounds.
Several have overcome unthinkable tragedies and
struggles, but strip away the gloves and game faces, and
standing at the center of the Octagon are tenderhearted
individuals using their experiences and their love of
mixed martial arts (MMA) to help others, guiding
troubled youth through some of their darkest moments.
Among the cast is a therapeutic wilderness guide for
teens; a childhood bullying victim who now works with
troubled youth; a former Russian orphan whose adopted
father died one year after bringing her to America; and
a fighter born addicted to heroin, who later shattered
her spine, skull and shoulder after falling down three
stories, prompting doctors to predict she'd never walk
While their life stories vary greatly in origin and
specific challenges, each woman emerged triumphant and
stronger than ever, able to transform the negative hand
life had dealt into a helping hand for others.
BBC Links for Two
45-Episode Order Comes Down,
STV Productions and LTV have
been commissioned to make another 40 episodes of quiz
show The Link for BBC One daytime.
The show is presented by actor Mark Williams (Father
Brown, Blandings and the Harry Potter franchise) and
over the course of 45 minutes, The Link sees three teams
race against time to find the link between questions.
Andrew Robertson is executive producer for STV
Productions and Jo Street is executive producer for BBC.
Gary Chippington, head of entertainment for STV
Productions, said: “We’re thrilled that the addictive
gameplay of The Link, combined with Mark’s fantastic
stewardship, proved such a hit with the daytime
audience, and are thrilled to be making another series
for BBC One.”
PJ Johnson, executive producer for LTV Productions,
said: “We hope the second series for The Link will build
and further expand our loyal BBC One audience in the UK;
while further creating more excitement with all our
Warner Bros International TV Distribution broadcast
partners as well.”
Warner Bros. International Television Production is the
global distributor of The Link format.
STV Productions developed the format in partnership with
LTV. LTV was created by PJ Johnson and Angela Johnson
from Tuvalu Entertainment Ltd and game developers
Tristan Hyatt-Williams, Ben Drummond and Dean Tempest –
the team behind board game, Linkee.
Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Back September 2!"
- First comes love: did
the three-way really happen in paradise? Short answer: no. (New
- Then comes marriage:
"Dating Naked" couple gets married (People)
- Then come two babies and
a baby carriage: In case you missed Family Feud
Australia this week... (Camden-Narellan
Live at 25
Meet the New Breed of Amazing
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 11
teams racing around the globe for the opportunity to win
the $1 million dollar prize, on the new season of THE
AMAZING RACE. The show premieres on its new day and
time, Friday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS
Television Network. Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the
This season of THE AMAZING RACE, which marks the 25th
edition of the 10 time Emmy Award-winning series, will
feature 11 new teams, including professional surfer
Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks, Boston
firefighters Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo and
professional wrestlers Robbie E. Strauss and Brooke
The Race kicked off in May with the first-ever public
start from Times Square in New York City where Phil
Keoghan introduced a new game-changing element, "The
Save." The team that finishes first in the premiere
episode will be awarded "The Save," which they can use
to rescue themselves if they come in last on a leg and
Teams this season will be put to the test as they travel
through eight countries and 20 cities, spanning more
than 26,000 miles. For the first time in the show's
history, the Race will visit St. Thomas, Virgin Islands,
where teams will fly high in the sky; Valletta, Malta,
where they'll rappel 200 feet into a breathtaking Blue
Grotto sea cave; and the Shetland Islands, Scotland, to
test their sheep-herding skills.
Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular
- Adam Dirks & Bethany Hamilton (26/24; Princeville, HI;
- Maya Warren & Amy DeJong (29/24; Madison, WI; food
- Dennis Hour & Isabelle Du (30/28; Tustin, CA; dating)
- Brooke Adams & Robbie Strauss (29/30;
Houston/Woodbridge, NJ; dating/Impact wrestlers)
- Whitney Duncan & Keith Tollefson (29; Nashville;
engaged country singers)
- Kym Perfetto & Alli Forsythe (30/26; Brooklyn;
- Lisa & Michelle Thomson (28/22; Miami; sisters)
- Michael Ward & Scott Strazzullo (40/39; Boston;
- Misti Raman (36/37; Columbia, SC; married)
- Shelley & Nici Porter (42/24; Detroit; mother &
- Timothy Tsao & Te Jay McGrath (23/24; Pasadena, CA;
Race" returns September 26
Photo courtesy CBS
We're Gonna Play Again,
Catch Season 16 of the Feud
From the Futon Critic
It's time to play the Family
Feud! Producer FremantleMedia North America and
distributor Debmar-Mercury today announced the hit
nationally syndicated game show "Family Feud" - coming
off its fourth straight year of growth since the arrival
of Steve Harvey as host in September 2010 - will return
for a new, side-splitting season on Monday, September
15, 2014 (check local listings).
During the nearly concluded 2013-14 season, "Family
Feud" is averaging a 5.0 household rating to date
nationally, putting it 9% over a year ago and making it
the fourth highest-rated first-run strip. It scored an
all-time high mark of 6.3 in late January.
In the key demos of women (2.5) and adults (2.1) ages
25-54, the game show - which tied top-rated "Wheel of
Fortune" last season - is up year-to-year by 4% and 5%
respectively, and is poised to finish this season as the
No. 1 game show and No. 2 first-run daily series in
In the upcoming season, families from across the U.S.
will be joined by Steve Harvey as they compete for the
chance to win up to $20,000 by guessing the most popular
answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed.
Auditions for the season were held in Chicago, Atlantic
City, Tampa, San Diego, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Charleston
TV by the Numbers
returns September 15
Photo courtesy FremantleMedia
Got A Split
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (6.074 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on
Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 16" (6.782
million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) alongside a
new "Extant" (5.830 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
1.1, #T5) and a second "Extant" (5.609 million viewers,
#4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).
NBC (6.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2)
then took home the silver with its mix of a "America's
Got Talent" (5.508 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49:
1.0, #T7) recap followed by new episodes of "America's
Got Talent" (9.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49:
1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.694 million viewers, #6;
adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).
Next up was ABC (4.043 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.125
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "The
Goldbergs" (3.804 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49:
1.0, #T7), "Modern Family" (4.482 million viewers, #7;
adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), another "Modern Family" (4.436
million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and the
season finale of "Motive" (3.704 million viewers, #11;
adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).
Meanwhile, FOX (3.582 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.1, #T3) offered up the penultimate week of "So You
Think You Can Dance" (3.582 million viewers, #12; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T5).
And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.719
million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a
repeat "The 100" (0.618 million viewers, #14; adults
18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.168 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.
TV by the Numbers
Meal of Fortune
Sony Teams with Banquet for
From EIN Presswire
Banquet®, a brand of ConAgra
Foods (NYSE:CAG) and Wheel of Fortune, America’s
most-watched game show*, announced a nationwide watch,
match and win sweepstakes today that will award cash and
other prizes to lucky winners. Consumers can enter
online/mail-in or by collecting game pieces found in
specially-marked packages of Banquet meals, pot pies and
“Since 1953, we’ve strived to deliver meals that provide
value to our consumers,” said John Plaso, vice president
and general manager, ConAgra Foods. “Our partnership
with Wheel of Fortune helps us further deliver on that
promise in a fun, engaging way.”
“This is a natural marriage of two of America’s biggest
brands, coming together for maximum impact,” said Harry
Friedman, executive producer of Wheel of Fortune. “With
our nationwide audience and Banquet’s tremendous
consumer base, people all over the country will have a
chance to win.”
The promotion features nearly 48 million
specially-marked Banquet frozen dinners, each with a
game piece and an online entry code. Consumers can visit
https://www.wheeloffortune.com/banquet to try and solve
a puzzle to win instant prizes such as free Banquet
foods or cash prizes. During ‘Meal of Fortune’ week,
September 29 through October 3, players will have the
chance to match their game pieces to one of the special
puzzles each night to win cash prizes. Official rules,
including how to enter and collect game pieces without
purchase, can be found here: https://banquet.promo.eprize.com/mealoffortune/public/fulfillment/rules.pdf
Blind Second Date
Sony Teams with Stellify for
New Version for TV3
Stellify Media, the
Belfast-based joint venture with Sony Pictures
Television (SPT), has picked up its first major
commission producing Blind Date (w/t) for national Irish
Presented by Lucy Kennedy (The Ex Files, The Podge &
Rodge Show), the new 8x60 series will be a “fresh, bold
and contemporary” adaptation of SPT’s dating format The
Dating Game. It will be produced by Stellify Media and
3Studios and air on TV3 later this year.
Executive producer and Stellify joint managing director,
Kieran Doherty, said: “Securing our first commission
just five months after launching Stellify Media is
fantastic. Blind Date (w/t) is exactly the type of
entertainment programming we want to produce - a
compelling mix of humor, love and jeopardy - making it
unmissable viewing for the whole family.”
Head of Development & Formats and Executive Producer for
TV3 / 3studios, Andrew Byrne, said: "We are delighted to
team up with Stellify Media on this exciting new
production. We have been working on a number of new
dating formats as part of our continued development of
3studios and when we were approached with The Dating
Game format, it was simply too hard to resist! For us
this is the ultimate global dating show and one that we
can bring a unique Irish flavor to.”
Based in Northern Ireland, Stellify Media was launched
earlier this year by Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy as a
joint venture with Sony Pictures Television. Kieran
Doherty and Matt Worthy’s previous credits include the
international quiz format Secret Fortune (BBC One) and
the reality game show format Take the Money and Run (ABC
US). They also developed series and game shows including
Dara O Briain's School of Hard Sums (DAVE) and the magic
and mentalism series David Meade: Make Believe (BBC One
NI). Most recently, they developed quiz pilots You
Against The Nation for BBC One and Divide & Conquer for
If It's Tuesday, It's NBC
From various sources
NBC (7.843 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat
on Tuesday with new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.679
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and
"America's Got Talent" (9.425 million viewers, #1;
adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).
ABC (4.476 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2)
then claimed the silver with originals from "Bachelor in
Paradise" (4.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3,
#2) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.814 million viewers, #7;
adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).
Next up was CBS (6.771 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (8.902 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles"
(6.693 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and
"Person of Interest" (4.719 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.7, #T7).
Meanwhile, FOX (1.402 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.600
million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn
Nine-Nine" (1.370 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49:
0.5, #T9), "New Girl" (1.252 million viewers, #11;
adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.385
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).
And finally, The CW (0.641 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its special
"The iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Maroon 5"
(0.734 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12)
plus a repeat of "Supernatural" (0.549 million viewers,
#13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).
On cable, "Face Off" won over 1.236 million viewers for
Syfy, but it couldn't match the 1.453 million earned by
"Chopped: Ultimate Champions". "The Chase"
reached a series high with 651,000 viewers, followed by
"IdioTest" at 467,500 for the hour.
TV by the Numbers
Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Apptastic"
- CASTING COUCH:
"App Wars" (Reality
- Joan Rivers admitted
to hospital after respiratory arrest (E!)
- Enrique Iglesias, Sean
Paul to perform on "SYTYCD" finale (TV
by the Numbers)
- LIST ABUSE: "Dancing
with the Stars'" wish list (TMZ)
- "Ink Master"
gives you the power of choice for season 5's opener (The
- YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*!
UP!: Countdown "orgasms". This is not a repeat from
earlier this week (Independent)
- A FEW GOOD MINUTES with
Julia Collins (Kiplinger)
and Rick Harrison (Las
A Rocker, Two Racers &
A Spider Walk Onto an Island...
"Survivor San Juan del Sur"
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 18
castaways who will compete against each other on
SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for
its 29th season with a special 90-minute premiere,
Wednesday, Sept. 24 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS
Television Network. Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst is
This fall on SURVIVOR, the "Blood vs. Water" theme
returns as all-new castaways compete with - and
ultimately against - their loved ones who share the same
goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be
crowned Sole Survivor and winner of the $1 million
dollar prize. Alliances and relationships will be tested
and bonds will be broken when mothers, daughters,
brothers, spouses and partners vie against each other in
the ultimate competition, raising the question of which
is thicker: Blood or Water?
This season marks the return of Exile Island, where each
week two loved ones square off against one another in a
battle that will send the loser to isolation on Exile
Island, while the winner receives reward for his/her
Tribe. However, the winner will also have to choose a
tribemate to accompany their loved one to Exile Island.
The battle unfolds when these 18 castaways compete on
- Drew Christy
Age: 25 Winter Park, Fla. Traveling Sales Rep
- Alec Christy
Age: 22 Winter Park, Fla. Student
- Jeremy Collins
Age: 36 Foxboro, Mass. Firefighter
- Val Collins
Age: 35 Foxboro, Mass. Police Officer
- Reed Kelly
Age: 31 New York, N.Y. Broadway
- Josh Canfield
Age: 32 New York, N.Y. Singer, Actor, Writer
- Jon Misch
Age: 26 Waterford, Mich. Financial Assistant
- Jaclyn Schultz
Age: 25 Las Vegas, Nev. Media Buyer
- John Rocker
Age: 39 Atlanta, Ga. Former MLB Player (Played for the
Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers
and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
- Julie McGee
Age: 34 Atlanta, Ga. Model/Owner of Spray Tan Business
- Natalie Anderson
Age: 28 Edgewater, N.J. Crossfit Coach and Student
- Nadiya Anderson
Age: 28 Edgewater, N.J. Crossfit Coach, Project
Coordinator at Bridge2Peace **Competed on seasons 21 and
24 of THE AMAZING RACE
- Keith Nale
Age: 53 Shreveport, La. Fire Captain
- Wes Nale
Age: 23 Shreveport, La. Firefighter
- Missy Payne
Age: 47 Dallas, Texas Owner of a Competitive
- Baylor Wilson
Age: 20 Nashville, Tenn. Student
- Dale Wentworth
Age: 55 Ephrata, Wash. Farmer
- Kelley Wentworth
Age: 28 Seattle, Wash. Marketing Manager
The Farmer Wants a Wife
Chris Soules Named New
From ABC News
After months of anticipation
and speculation, ABC announced today that Chris Soules
will star in the next edition of its hit reality series,
Soules, who made it to the final three men vying for the
affections of Andi Dorfman on “The Bachelorette,” before
being sent home before the final rose ceremony, says he
"absolutely" believes he can find love again on TV.
"That's why I'm doing it," Soules, 32, said today on
"Good Morning America." "I believe in the process. I
believe in what I went through on the previous show and
that's why I'm doing it."
"I wouldn't do it if I didn't feel like that was a
potential," he said.
Since his appearance on "The Bachelorette," Soules, a
farmer from Arlington, Iowa, has apparently been
besieged by female admirers, one of whom was so ardent
that she drove hundreds of miles just to knock on his
door. Another professed her love for him by taking out
an ad in Soules' local paper.
The Futon Critic
Halloween Wars Returns
Catch It on Food Network
From the Futon Critic
Halloween Wars returns to
Food Network for its fourth season, premiering Sunday,
October 5th at 9pm ET/PT. Witness five teams, consisting
of a pumpkin carving expert, a cake decorator, and sugar
artist, as they battle it out over four episodes to
create heart-stopping Halloween-themed displays,
guaranteed to scare the daylights out of viewers. Hosted
by Justin Willman (Cupcake Wars), each week the teams go
head-to-head to create different themed pumpkin
displays. One team is eliminated each episode by the
judging panel, made up of renowned cake decorator
Shinmin Li and Emmy(R)-nominated make-up artist Brian
Kinney, and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges,
including Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story:
Asylum), Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American
Teenager), Adi Shankar (film producer of The Grey and
Dredd), and Lew Temple (The Walking Dead and The Devil's
Rejects).The last team standing wins the title of
Halloween Wars champion and a $50,000 grand prize.
Big Break Heads to
Catch It on Golf Channel
From the Futon Critic
The cast for Golf Channel's
22nd season of its popular Big Break reality competition
series - Big Break Myrtle Beach - was revealed today,
featuring six men and six women hoping to take that next
step in their professional golf careers. They will
compete for a grand prize of more than $100,000 in cash
and prizes, including an exemption to either the 2015
Valspar Championship on the PGA TOUR or the 2015
Portland Classic on the LPGA Tour. Big Break Myrtle
Beach premieres Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf
Produced in partnership with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
and South Carolina Tourism and filmed at Barefoot Resort
and Golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Big Break Myrtle Beach
features a cast of 12 who are at different stages in
their professional golf careers. Several are playing
full time on the Symetra Tour and various mini tours
throughout North America, while others turned
professional solely to qualify for Big Break Myrtle
Beach. All 12 will compete against each other in hopes
of making their lifelong dream of walking the fairways
on the PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour a reality.
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