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THURSDAY: You Are Watching Foxx
"Beat Shazam", "Love Connection" Sampled

Nobody could Beat Shazam in the demo on this first post-season Thursday, as the Fox game show debuted to a 1.2 rating (along with 3.6 million total viewers).

Leading out of that, Andy Cohen’s Love Connection reboot retained 3.4 mil and a 1.1.

Both episodes are now available on, the Fox Now app, Hulu, and On Demand.

Over on NBC, the celeb edition of American Ninja Warrior drew 4.2 mil/1.1, followed by Running Wild With Julia Roberts‘ 4 mil/0.9. Come 10 pm, the Peacock’s Red Nose Day special proper (2.7 mil/0.7) rose 23 percent and a tenth from last year. This year, over $35 million was raised for children in need.

Fox and NBC ran total viewers to a dead heat, but CBS’ Big Bang Theory rerun drew Thursday’s largest audience, with 6.4 million viewers.

TV Line
Broadway World
Broadway World
Philadelphia Tribune
Vibe - FIRST LOOK at "Beat Shazam"
Entertainment Weekly

TV Insider
Salt Lake Tribune
New York Post


posted 5/26/17

Your First Look at "The Crystal Maze" with Richard Ayoade
Catch It June!
From Metro

Rejoice Crystal Maze fans, the game show’s revival is at hand and it’ll be coming in June.

Like the original show, teams of five contestants will take on a series of challenges and games across four different zones: Aztec, Future, Medieval and Industrial.

They will face a range of skill, mystery, physical and mental challenges to win crystals that equate to time in the final test – the legendary Crystal Dome. A number of celebrity specials will also air in aid of Stand Up 2 Cancer later this year, after proving a hit with viewers following its revival last year.

The series is filmed at a swanky purpose-built maze in Bristol that spans over 30,000 square feet, and it’s being created by original Crystal Maze designer, James Dillon (The Royle Family).

Meanwhile we’ve just been given a first glimpse of Richard Ayoade in his new role as the presenter this series. The actor and funnyman will be bringing his witty charm to your screens when he officially joins the show this year as presenter.

In the first official pics showing off the new host, Richard is seen donning a slick, red blazer combo which screams ready for business.

Oh, and a white shirt that has insects on it.

The IT Crowd star will front 20 hour-long episodes on Channel 4 which are due to air later this year.

The List
Evening Standard
Telly Mix
ATV Today


posted 5/26/17

American Ninja vs. the World
Catch It June 4
From Broadway World

NBC will present its annual high-stakes international competition "American Ninja Warrior: USA VS. THE WORLD" on Sunday, June 4 at 8-11 p.m. ET/PT. Three separate teams of six from North America, Europe and Latin America will compete in Las Vegas on the first three stages of Mt. Midoriyama, the famed four-stage finals course featured in "American Ninja Warrior." Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila are set to host and Kristine Leahy will co-host.

The audience will be in for a surprise as one of the ninjas makes history.

Team USA features several members hoping to make a big impression, including veteran competitor Brian Arnold and six-time repeat competitor Drew Drechsel, both of whom have nearly made it to stage four in Las Vegas in years past.

Also joining the team this season will be Daniel Gil and Los Angeles stuntwoman Jessie Graff, who wowed audiences last September with her stunning appearance in the Las Vegas finals. Rounding out Team USA are Josh Levin and Jake Murray.

Team Europe features several all-stars, including returning ninjas Stefano Ghisolfi (Italy), Alexander Mars (Sweden), Sean McColl (France) and Tim Shieff (England). McColl and Ghisolfi are world-class rock climbers and Shieff is a world champion free runner and the top performer in the U.K.'s version of "Ninja Warrior," while Mars is a top finisher in the Swedish version. Two new team members include England's Owen McKenzie and Denmark's Bjarke Tonnesen.

For the first time, this season's "USA vs. the World" will feature competitors from Latin America. The intrepid ninjas include Santiago de Alba (Mexico), Wid Eriksen (Mexico), Karl Fow (Venezuela), Diego Gonzalez (Mexico), Danee Marmolejo (Mexico) and David Saikin (Argentina). De Alba and Gonzalez are both highly decorated Mexican climbing champions, Eriksen is an acrobat by trade, Fow and Marmolejo are both world renown freerunners and stuntmen, and Saikin is an Argentinean climbing champion.

Contestants will tackle "American Ninja Warrior's" punishing Las Vegas finals course in a head-to-head format that pits members from each team against one another.

Broadway World

posted 5/26/17

WEDNESDAY: And All Was Quiet...
CBS Wins the Final Night of the TV Season
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) edged out the competition with the finale of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) followed by "Survivor: Game Changers Reunion" (6.214 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

FOX (5.161 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with the season finales of "Shots Fired" (3.410 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Empire" (6.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

Next up was ABC (6.588 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its feature "Dirty Dancing" (6.588 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.348 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.031 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.797 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and the season finale of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

And finally, The CW (1.332 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night with the season finales of "Arrow" (1.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "The 100" (0.982 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 687k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (SP/Food): 557k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 380k
- Are You The One: Second Chances (MTV): 344k
- Are You The One: Beyond the Boom (S/MTV): 223k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 147k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/26/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Remember Why We Have Memorial Day"

  • VIDEO WALL: Jamie Foxx lets the dogs out (Broadway World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Houston (KHOU Houston)

  • Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst reflect on 34 seasons of a show neither one of them technically created (Hollywood Reporter)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Plinko Ryan" (CBC News)

posted 5/26/17

India Looks Out Below
"Still Standing" Drops on MMTV
From C21 Media

Indian broadcaster MMTV has commissioned a local version of primetime gameshow Still Standing from Israel’s Armoza Formats.

The 60-episode first season will run twice a week from next month on Mazhavil Manorama, MMTV’s regional entertainment channel. The deal was made in collaboration with Endemol Shine India, which will produce the series locally.

In related news, Canale 5 in Italy has started airing its version of the show after commissioning a further 70 episodes recently.

Still Standing, originally created by Israel’s Channel 10 and July-August Productions, offers contestants the chance to win US$1m by out-guessing 10 opponents in 10 fast-paced trivia battles.

C21 Media
Rapid TV News

posted 5/25/17

TUESDAY: And Then There Was One
"The Voice" Beats "Dancing" For the Finale Crown
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.081 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to a new "Great News" (3.133 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), the season finale of "Great News" (3.074 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and of course the finale to "The Voice" (9.071 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

ABC (8.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with week two of "Downward Dog" (5.717 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and the expanded season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (8.839 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (7.112 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a repeat "NCIS" (8.310 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) followed by the season finale of "Bull" (8.353 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and another edition of "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.675 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) served up the season finale of "The Flash" (2.973 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) plus a new "iZombie" (1.045 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, a new "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.819 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), the season finale of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.554 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and the penultimate "Prison Break" (1.918 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) rounded out the night for FOX (1.802 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

On cable...
- The Dunk King (SF/TNT): 1.729m
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.182m
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 813k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 749k
- Chopped (Food): 727k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (MTV): 535k
- The Challenge (S/MTV): 247k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/25/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Two and Two"

  • #TBT: five of the 80s-est Love Connections ever (TV Line) PLUS the origin of the phrase, "two and two", but if you're reading this, you probably know by now (2paragraphs)

  • Babushka isn't faring any better in its final week (Telly Mix)

  • Britt Nilsson gets engaged (Reality TV World)

  • Tyra Banks, "AGT" being sued for physical and verbal abuse (Deadline)

  • "Dancing with the Stars" live tour is set with the champ taking part (The Futon Critic)

  • ICYMI: If you saw TPIR today, someone lost it over this (USA Today/FTW)

  • CASTING COUCH: Jeopardy!. Test. NEXT WEEK. Effing register! (Travel+Leisure)

posted 5/25/17

New "Bakers", More Fakers
Lorraine Pascale Graduates to Host Tonight on Food Network
From Broadway World

Professional chefs and home bakers compete for bragging rights and a cash prize in a new season of BAKERS VS. FAKERS , premiering Wednesday, May 24th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode four competitors battle it out through two rounds of culinary challenges, as thy are tasked with creating delectable desserts that need to impress host Lorraine Pascale and a rotating panel of guest judges, including Sunny Anderson, Damiano Carrara, Amanda Freitag, Paulette Goto, Alex Guarnaschelli, Daphne Oz, Damaris Phillips, Aarti Sequeira, Sherry Yard, and Zac Young. A blind taste test determines the best dessert in each round, and with no higher standards for the professionals and no sympathy for the amateurs, it is only after the final winner is selected that the true identities are revealed. Will the professional be victorious, or can an amateur beat the odds and take down the pros? Catch all the fun and surprises over 13 episodes to see if the pros or amateurs reign supreme and take home the $10,000 cash prize.

Can you tell a professional baker from an amateur? Visit Food relive the highlights and get tips to up your baking game. Join the conversation using #BakersvsFakers.

Broadway World

posted 5/24/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "And... Exhale"

  • Jamie Foxx welcomes a special guest on tomorrow's Beat Shazam premiere (Billboard)

  • Paul Sinha plays Derbyshire (Derbyshire Times)

  • Love Connection launches an app in advance of tomorrow's premiere (Digital Journal) plus a BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW (Newsday)

  • Marc Summers plays Philly with Dunkle Dare (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Hey Ben Higgins... I don't recall saying anything about you dating Ashley Iaconnetti dating (Reality TV World)

posted 5/24/17

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