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May Is About to Get Miserable
Season 2 of "The Misery Index" to Air May 14
From Deadline

The Misery Index TBS has set Thursday, May 14, for the Season 2 premiere of its comedy game show The Misery Index.

Hosted by Jameela Jamil with comedy group the Tenderloins as panelists, The Misery Index debuted in 2019 with strong ratings, reaching more than 38 million viewers across linear, VOD, and digital platforms.

Inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens, The Misery Index features teams competing against each other by attempting to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events based on the "misery index," a ranking system created by a team of psychologists.

This season will feature special themed episodes including dueling grandmothers, a visit from one of the Tenderloins' family members and a showdown between motherlands.

The Misery Index was developed by comedy writer Andy Breckman, along with Ben & Dan Newmark for Grandma's House Entertainment. The series is executive produced by Breckman, the Newmarks, Michael Bloom for Bongo Pictures, Howard Klein for 3Arts Entertainment and Jack Martin, who also serves as showrunner..

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posted 4/7/2020

SYNDIES: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending March 29
From TV Newscheck

Now you know what everyone ordered to stay home was actually doing — they were watching Live with Kelly and Ryan, which rocketed 18% week to week and easily topped the talk shows in the session ending March 29, drawing a daily crowd of 3.7 million viewers.

Each of the game shows has either matched or beat its season best.

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) 7.3 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.2 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1* +10%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.3* +18%
- America Says (Sony) 0.9* +13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6* +20%


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The Hollywood Reporter

posted 4/7/2020

More on "Jedi Temple Challenge"
Details from the Host Himself, Ahmed Best
From /FILM

Last December, Lucasfilm revealed that the first Star Wars-themed game show was in the works and that it would be arriving on Disney+ this year. It's called Jedi Temple Challenge, and it's hosted by former Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best.

In a new interview, Best says that production has been completed on the first season of the show, and while we await a more specific release date, he explained what he feels is missing from Star Wars these days and how this show aims to restore those aspects to the franchise.

Think "Legends of the Hidden Temple, but Star Wars-themed," and you have the basic idea of what this new show will be. But instead of a khaki-clad Kirk Fogg explaining the rules, Best will play a Jedi Master who guides the kid contestants through challenges, and he's joined by "a hilarious humanoid droid companion, voiced by Mary Holland (VEEP, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre)."

In a new interview with Jamie Stangroom on YouTube, Best confirmed his Jedi master is a character within the Star Wars mythology, and not meant to simply be the actor dressed up in robes.

"There are a lot of things I think missing from Star Wars nowadays, but a big part of it is folding into the mythology in a way where the mythology is the star, and being able to tell a story and get out of the way of it being Star Wars," he said. "I like the mythology of Star Wars more than anything else, so I like the fact that I get to be this Jedi master and not me, because I am not, as Ahmed Best, a part of the Star Wars universe. And the suspense of disbelief doesn't really happen for the kids if me, Ahmed Best, is the host."

Best went on to point out the biggest flaw he sees in the current Star Wars landscape: "This is the thing I think Star Wars is falling short of now: there really isn't very much to believe in anymore. The lack of faith in the mythology is really the thing I find to be missing. We don't talk about the Force anymore in the Star Wars movies. We're really about lineage and legacy and line and technology. But the thing that made Star Wars work was the Force. There were two sides: the light side, and the dark side. But we all believed in the Force…that's what worked in the Lucasverse when it came to Star Wars."

/FILM

BingePost

posted 4/7/2020

MONDAY: This Is the Loudest Voice
NBC Wins the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (9.493 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the season finale of "Manifest" (4.583 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

CBS (6.722 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) was the silver draw with its mix of "The Neighborhood" (7.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (6.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "All Rise" (6.078 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Bull" (7.132 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.321 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with repeats of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.106 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), another "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.884 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and the special "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises" (2.972 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.848 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for encores of "9-1-1" (2.357 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America" (1.340 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.765 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.969 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.881 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.605 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Spring Break Championship (Food): 1.373m/0.30
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 907k/0.22
- Master Minds (P/GSN): 583k/0.08


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/7/2020

WEEKEND: CBS Says Aloha
ABC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.422 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) took home top honors on Friday with its combination of "MacGyver" (7.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), the series finale of "Hawaii Five-0" (9.349 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.806 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

ABC (3.968 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a close second with originals from "Shark Tank" (5.226 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "20/20" (3.340 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was NBC (4.031 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with its duo of "The Blacklist" (4.706 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (3.693 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.374 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up "WWE SmackDown" (2.374 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.469 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "Charmed" (0.619 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Dynasty" (0.320 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 708k/0.36
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 560k/0.28


ABC (6.470 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was still the demo champ on Sunday with its trio of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "American Idol" (6.905 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "The Rookie" (5.846 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

A close second was CBS (7.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with its mix of "60 Minutes" (9.855 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "ACM Presents: Our Country" (7.727 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and a repeat "Garth & Trisha: Live!" (4.689 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Next up was NBC (2.493 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its original quartet of "Little Big Shots" (3.081 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Wall" (3.080 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.009 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Good Girls" (1.804 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.147 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) served up repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.109 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), "Bob's Burgers" (0.985 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), another "The Simpsons" (1.314 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Duncanville" (1.041 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.137 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Family Guy" (1.297 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, second runs of "Batwoman" (0.398 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Supergirl" (0.345 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the evening on The CW (0.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Buddy vs. Duff (Food): 1.134m/0.31
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 893k/0.26


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/7/2020


Sony Pictures TV/ABC

Millionaire 20th Anniversary: Everything You Need to Know
From the Special to the App to the Stars
From the Futon Critic

THE STARS: "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet and actor Will Forte jump in the hot seat for the 20th anniversary of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Jimmy Kimmel will host the special run of episodes, featuring a lineup of celebrity contestants, in celebration of the anniversary.

"Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did," Jimmy Kimmel previously said in a statement released by the network. "I had little choice but to say yes."

Stonestreet and Forte will each be playing for a charity of their choice: Stonestreet will raise money for Building Hope For Autism and Forte will play to benefit The Pangea Network. Other celebrities playing include Kaitlin Olson, Lauren Lapkus, Nikki Glaser, Ike Barinholtz, Dr. Phil McGraw, Catherine O'Hara, and Anthony Anderson.

This special run of celebrity episodes isn't the only thing "Millionaire" is doing to mix things up for their anniversary. For the first time ever, the celebrities will have a chance to invite a guest to help them answer questions. The guest could be anyone from a relative, to a friend, or even a famed trivia expert to help them win money for their charity of choice.

THE SPECIAL: Before Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? returns later this week, fans will get some rare insights into Regis Philbin's time on the iconic show in a one-hour special, "Secrets & Surprises," which airs tonight, Monday, April 6, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Fans can live stream this episode with Hulu + Live. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the game show, Regis Philbin, the man who first asked the million-dollar questions, opens up for a rare interview. Meredith Vieira, who also hosted the show, is also interviewed. The pair looks back at the show and what made it so groundbreaking. In addition to looking back, the special will also give fans a glimpse into the future of the game show. Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting a special celebrity edition this season, with winnings going to the charity of the celebrity's choice. Kimmel gives ABC a tour of the set and some hints as to what they can expect when Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? returns Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET.

THE APP: "Millionaire Live," an app created as a companion to ABC's celebrity-filled return of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be available for download today ahead of the series premiere on Wednesday, April 8. Kay Adams, who currently serves as host of "Good Morning Football" on the NFL Network, will be hosting the app which offers America the chance to play in a live game beginning five minutes after the end of each episode (ET time). Starting at 11:05 p.m. EDT/8:05 p.m. PDT, on evenings of new episodes of "Millionaire," America will compete to win the same amount that the celebrities won for charity, and the grand prize will be split among all winners in each game. This live, play-along app will be available for download beginning today and will feature three lifelines for competitors at home, including 50/50, Go With The Audience and Double Dip, a lifeline which allows players to choose two answers.

"Millionaire Live," published by Sony Pictures Television Games, is available for download on iOS and Android devices. The app is powered by Monterosa with real-time streaming provided by Phenix. The "Millionaire Live" game for the chance to win a cash prize is open to legal U.S. residents, 18 or older. No purchase is necessary. For official game rules, restrictions and full details on how to play, visit https://sites.sonypictures.com/millionairelive/. .

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posted 4/6/2020

#Fab15
Jeopardy! College Championship Begins Today!
From IBT

On Monday night, "Jeopardy!" fans will be able to tune in to see the beginning of the 2020 College Championship. Each year, the Alex Trebek-hosted trivia show invites a group of deserving students to appear and compete for the $100K grand prize.

According to the official "Jeopardy!" website, the 15 students competing this year will come from a variety of schools, including Princeton University, Florida State University, Penn State, and others.

Over 100 schools have been featured in the tournament throughout its 30-year history. Harvard students made the most appearances with 15 contestants, which is followed by a three-way tie between Stanford, University of Michigan, and Northwestern. Even though Harvard has had the largest amount of students make their way onto the "Jeopardy!" stage, they fell short of having more than one winner among their alumni. That honor currently goes to Stanford as they are the only college to take home more than one title.

As for what viewers can expect to see this year, executive producer Harry Friedman shared that they selected a group of students from "a wide variety of colleges and universities — big and small, public and private, from different areas of the country." He then added that there will be "a mix of standard 'Jeopardy!' material and categories or clues that are geared more toward their demographic" when it comes to the questions themselves.

IBT
TV Insider

posted 4/6/2020

Quibi Is On the Air!
On Tap - Three New Game Shows
From Vox

The easiest question to answer about Quibi is the one I'm most frequently asked: Just what is Quibi, anyway?

Quibi is short for "quick bites" — though you don't pronounce it "quih-bye" (to rhyme with "rib-eye") but, instead, "quih-bee," to rhyme with the name "Libby." It's a new streaming service built from the ground up for mobile devices, and some of the names behind it include media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg (who worked at Disney Animation during its renaissance, then started Dreamworks Animation and was instrumental in making such films as Shrek and Prince of Egypt) and CEO Meg Whitman, who is the former CEO of eBay.

There's a lot of money behind Quibi: As The Verge pointed out just last month, the service had raised nearly $2 billion in seed money before anybody saw a single frame of programming. With that much cash in its coffers and with folks like Katzenberg and Whitman involved, you'd expect Quibi to be new and original, wildly innovative, or at least stuffed full of great programming.

Quibi is none of those things. Its central aim is to present short-form programming, so every episode of every one of its shows is under 10 minutes long, and many are quite a bit shorter than that. (I watched a couple in the five-minute range.) Quibi's embrace of short-form content is supposed to be its killer new idea, the must-see that will compel you to pony up $5 a month to watch with ads and $8 a month to watch without.

So what does the service have to offer game show fans?
- DISHMANTLED: a show in which contestants have to try and recreate a dish after having it blasted at their faces via an explosive food cannon. (Tempting the collapse of the singularity even further, "Dishmantled" is also hosted by former "30 Rock" guest star Tituss Burgess.)
- SINGLED OUT: a reboot of the MTV original series from the 90s, hosted by Keke Palmer & Joel Kim Booster. Instead of casting a wide net for singles who just want to be on camera, the unwitting contestants have to whittle down a group of people they already have familiarity with through some social media connection, which makes for some genuine moments of surprise when they're finally revealed.
- GAYME SHOW!: Comedians Matt Rogers & Dave Mizzoni host as two straight-identifying contestants go head-to-head with a celebrity "life partner" as they face a series of physical and mental challenges. The winner of each round is given the tongue-in-check title of "Queen of the Straights."

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The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
Huffington Post

posted 4/6/2020

James Taylor to Take on Mega Mentor
Knockouts Begin on "The Voice" April 13
From The Futon Critic

Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning music icon James Taylor will serve as the Mega Mentor on Season 18 of NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."

As "The Voice" Mega Mentor, Taylor will join the coaches to mentor the artists remaining from the Battle Rounds and prepare each team for the Knockout Rounds, which will begin airing Monday, April 13 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).

During the Knockout Rounds, the artists will be paired against a teammate once more, but this time they will each select their own song to perform individually while their direct competitor watches and waits. The coaches alone will choose the winner from their team to advance. Each coach will have one steal in the Knockouts.

In a new twist for the show this season, the four artists that were saved by their individual coaches during the Battle Rounds will not automatically advance in the competition. Instead, those artists will compete in the first Four-Way Knockout. Each of the four artists will receive individualized coaching and rehearsals with their coach and Mega Mentor James Taylor in preparation for the Four-Way Knockout. However, the winner will ultimately be chosen by America. At the top of the final Knockouts episode, voting will open for America to choose which of the four artists moves forward in the competition after their performances. Then, at the beginning of the first Live Show, host Carson Daly will reveal which of the four artists was voted through by America, and that artist will continue to the Live Shows with their original team. .

The Futon Critic

posted 4/6/2020


Mirror

JAMES DRURY: 1934-2020
"The Virginian" Played "Hollywood Squares" Among Others
From the Wrap

James Drury, who starred in one of the longest running Westerns in TV history, "The Virginian," has died. He was 85.

His assistant, Karen Lindsey, shared the news on Facebook Monday, writing that he "passed away this morning of natural causes."

While his most famous role was "The Virginian," Drury also starred in Westerns on the big screen, including 1959's "Good Day for Hanging," 1960's "Ten Who Dares" and "Ride the High Country." His other credits include "Love Me Tender," alongside Elvis Presley, and "Bernardine," opposite Pat Boone.

"The Virginian" was based on Owen Wister's 1902 novel of the same name and ran on NBC for nine seasons, from 1962 to 1971. It was launched by executive producer Roy Huggins ("Maverick," "The Fugitive") and his father-in-law Frank Price, who would go on to run Columbia and Universal Pictures. Drury, along with co-star Doug McClure, was the only cast member to appear on all 249 episodes.

Drury was born on April 18 in New York City and, at the age of 10, contracted polio. Just two years later, he began his professional acting career in a tour company of "Life With Father." He then signed a contract with MGM in 1954, where he had roles in "The Tender Trap" with Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds and the sci-fi classic "The Forbidden Planet."

In the game show realm, he spent time playing "The Hollywood Squares", "It's Your Bet", "It Takes Two", "Name Droppers", and "You Don't Say"..

The Wrap

posted 4/6/2020


NBC NEws

HONOR BLACKMAN: 1925-2020
Bond Girl, "Avengers" Star Played Games in the UK
From the Wrap

Honor Blackman, the British actress best known for her roles in the '60s TV series "The Avengers" and as Pussy Galore in the James Bond film "Goldfinger," has died at the age of 94.

Blackman died of natural causes and surrounded by loved one at her home in Lewes, Sussex, her family said in a statement to The Guardian. They added that she "will be greatly missed by her two children Barnaby and Lottie, and grandchildren Daisy, Oscar, Olive and Toby."

The family added: "Honor was an actor of hugely prolific creative talent; with an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess, along with her unique voice and a dedicated work ethic, she achieved an unparalleled iconic status in the world of film and entertainment and with absolute commitment to her craft and total professionalism in all her endeavours she contributed to some of the great films and theatre productions of our times."

Blackman's decades-long career included film, television and theater work. Her roles as Cathy Gale in "The Avengers" series, which ran from 1962-1964, and Pussy Galore in the 1964 "Goldfinger" film earned her particular notoriety, along with her roles as Hera in 1963's "Jason and the Argonauts" and Laura West in "The Upper Hand," which ran from 1990-1996 on ITV.

She also added singer to her resume in the '60s, recording and releasing music through the early 2000s.

Blackman was born in 1925 in east London and went on to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1940. She was married and divorced twice, adopting two children with her second husband.

In the game show realm, she featured on "Blankety Blank", "Celebrity Ready Steady Cook", "Masterchef", "Give Us a Clue", "Winner Takes All", "Whodunnit?", "Going for a Song", "The Movie Quiz", "Call My Bluff", "The Golden Shot", and "Juke Box Jury".

The Wrap

posted 4/6/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Ellen's Game of Ninjas"

  • Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila will guest on "Ellen's Game of Games" (ANW Nation)

  • Nick Cannon is set to start his talker this fall (Deadline)

  • Brian Stokes Mitchell diagnosed with COVID-19 (Deadline)

  • So what is Regis up to now? (Distractify)

  • Seeing less of Sherry Pie on "Drag Race"? You're not the only one. Here's why that will continue to the best of VH1's ability (Gold Derby)

  • Michelle Money thanks Bachelor Nation for support during a family crisis (Gold Derby)

  • VIDEO WALL: We THOUGHT Makayla Phillips looked familiar (Gold Derby)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Lowe (Deadline).

posted 4/6/2020

Nippon TV Puts the World on Mute
Worldwide Rights Available for "Mute It!"
From TBI

Japan's Nippon TV is offering worldwide format rights to its new primetime gameshow Mute It!, which recently aired on the network.

The family-friendly studio-based format was created for and produced by Nippon TV and is available in 30-to-120-minute episodes. It sees contestants play four stages of game in the 'hall of silence', a custom-built studio filled with difficult challenges for the players to accomplish, along with numerous sound straps. Players must pass these challenges without making any sound louder than 50db – or else the 'sound watchman' will take them away. Those that make it to the end, however, are in with the chance of winning a cash prize.

"Given our prior success with the enormously popular Silent Library, we are pleased to be presenting Mute it!, a game of silence, unlike any other game show,:" said Atsushi Sogo, president of international business development at Nippon TV. "[The format] pushes the limits of human concentration and balance whereby if a contestant makes any sound at all they are immediately disqualified from the game. Mute It! brings a breath of fresh air to a world normally filled by loud game shows."

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posted 4/3/2020

THURSDAY: Return of the Samurai
Second-Run for Fox Game Left at the Starting Gate
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.820 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held off the demo competition on Thursday with originals from "Station 19" (7.290 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "Grey's Anatomy" (7.139 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) plus the return of "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

CBS (7.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was a close second with its debut lineup of "Young Sheldon" (9.992 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Man with a Plan" (7.137 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Mom" (7.622 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Broke" (7.050 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Tommy" (5.510 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was FOX (2.667 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "Last Man Standing" (4.105 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) followed by repeats of "Last Man Standing" (2.795 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Mental Samurai" (1.884 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.565 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up its mix of "Superstore" (3.291 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.203 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), a repeat "Will & Grace" (1.510 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), "Indebted" (1.358 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.513 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.333 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for repeats of "Katy Keene" (0.413 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) and "Legacies" (0.254 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.0, #18) to close out the night.

Thursday cable numbers are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/3/2020

Tag... You're It!
"Ultimate Tag" Gets May 20 Date on Fox
From Deadline

Fox has dropped its first teaser trailer for physical competition format Ultimate Tag and has set its premiere launch for May 20.

The show, which launches at 9pm, was also designed for a summer run, and with all episodes in the can, it is one of the few non-scripted shows that hasn't been interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ultimate Tag is hosted by NFL players J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt and is based on a classic playground game.

The high-octane series follows competitors who must vault, dodge, tumble and dive their way through several different three-dimensional courses. All the while, the contestants will be chased by resident Taggers.

Produced by Znak & Co, the production company run by Masterchef exec producer Natalka Znak, it is hosted by the Watt brothers; J.J. plays for the Houston Texans and has been AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year a number of times in his first five seasons, Derek plays for the Los Angeles Chargers and T.J. plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers Fox Alternative Entertainment co-produces, continuing its plan to co-produce series through its own production unit. Znak will exec produce with Conrad Green, who used to showrun Dancing with the Stars and exec produced Fox's My Kitchen Rules, Dancing On Ice exec producer Glenn Coomber and J.J. Watt.

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The Futon Critic
The Toro Times

posted 4/3/2020

BYUTV Adjusts Premiere Dates
"Wayne Brady's Comedy IQ" to Premiere April 6
From Yahoo!

BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and streaming, today announced the spring premiere dates of a slew of unscripted shows, including a comedy bootcamp, an animal prosthetics series, a housebound game show and a kids' cooking competition.

The spring premiere schedule of new and returning shows is as follows:
Monday, April 6:
- "Wayne Brady's Comedy IQ" (season 1) at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)
Tuesday, May 12
- "Best Cake Wins" (season 3) at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT
- "Step Up to the Plate" (season 1) at 8:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)
- "Jeff's Homemade Game Show" (season 1) at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT (SERIES PREMIERE)

BYUtv's new comedy competition series "Wayne Brady's Comedy IQ" was created and hosted by multiple Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated Wayne Brady and his producing partner, Mandie Taketa. 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. The 10-episode unscripted series 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.

"Step Up to the Plate" is a 15-episode competitive cooking series that aired on CBBC, the British children's channel owned by the BBC. In the energetic show, a "Kitchen Crew" made up of children ages 10 to 14 runs a busy restaurant, dealing with obstacles they would face in the real world. Themed menus, including diner, zombie, tropical, medieval and magical, stretch their imaginations. "Step Up to the Plate" was acquired from Cineflix (HGTV's "Property Brothers," History's "American Pickers").

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posted 4/3/2020

The Bachelor Summer Games Canceled
Reason? Take Your Pick
From Gold Derby

File this under "Completely Expected": "The Bachelor Summer Games" will not happen this summer due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.

As first reported by "The Hollywood Reporter" on Monday, ABC and Warner Bros., which produces the "Bachelor" franchise, have halted development on the new spin-off, which was supposed to serve as counterprogramming to the Summer Olympics, just like "The Bachelor Winter Games" did for the Winter Olympics in 2018.

As noted last week, it was unlikely "The Bachelor Summer Games" would go forward this summer after the International Olympic Committee postponed the Tokyo Olympics until 2021, never mind the fact that the pandemic has already forced film and TV productions to go on indefinite hiatus.

According to "THR," it's unclear if "The Bachelor Summer Games" will air next summer opposite the Olympics. Earlier on Monday, the IOC announced that the new Olympic dates are July 23-Aug. 8, 2021, which are the same two weeks over which the games were supposed to take place this year.

Meanwhile, Chris Harrison addresses the lack of update on when production will resume on season 16 of the ABC dating series amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While production of her season was scheduled to begin earlier this month, it was indefinitely postponed due to the virus' outbreak.

"Until we can do this show and do it safely, we won't do it," Harrison told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. "Right now we are just on hold and it's being postponed. But we're all chomping at the bit to get back to it and to have Clare be our Bachelorette."

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posted 4/3/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Tea Party"

  • Colton Underwood is officially off of the cone of silence for the Bachelor, so... here comes the tea. (Los Angeles Times)

  • FIRST LOOK: Quiz (AMC) (Radio Times)

  • Howie Mandel plays with ePlay to play games for charity, masks, frontline help (MENA FM)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Ricci Jr. (Yahoo!).

posted 4/3/2020

"Daily Draw" Returns
Game Show Network Taps Rob Belushi to Host
From Broadway World

Short-form sweepstakes program Game Show Network DAILY DRAW, which turns network viewers into winners, will return to Game Show Network on Monday, April 6 within the 4:30pm airing of GET A CLUE. Hosted by Rob Belushi, actor and host of Game Show Network's word giving and guessing game, GET A CLUE, the one-minute interstitial will give viewers the opportunity to win up to $500 each weeknight.

"We love our audience and wanted a way to connect with them and their families while they, like us, are stuck at home," said Fran Shea, executive vice president of marketing. "The team at Game Show Network is a community of people who care about our viewers, and we thought this was a great way for folks to win some money they might be able to really use while engaging in our family-friendly content."

All viewers need to do is go to www.gsntv.com every day to enter and play. The sweepstakes will run for six weeks and winners will be announced by Belushi every weekday on Game Show Network.

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posted 4/2/2020

More on "Secrets & Surprises"
ABC to Air Special in Advance of "Millionaire" Premiere
From The Futon Critic

It's been 20 years since Regis Philbin first asked "Who wants to be a millionaire?" Now a one-hour, prime-time special goes behind the scenes to look at how the show captured the attention of a worldwide audience and became a pioneer in live appointment television. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises" features a rare interview with Philbin and past host Meredith Vieira, who both open up about their time at the show. The prime-time special also includes interviews with Michael Davies, the original executive producer, who explains what made "Millionaire" a hit and gives a tour of the new set as well as Jimmy Kimmel, who's slated to host a limited series of "Millionaire" this April. Kimmel shares what will be new about his upcoming celebrity version and how stars will donate their winnings to their favorite charity. The prime-time special also looks at some of the greatest winners of all time, how they've used their money and more. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises," airs Monday, April 6 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises" is produced by ABC News. David Sloan is senior executive producer. Janice Johnston is executive producer, and Ann Reynolds is senior producer. "

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posted 4/2/2020

WEDNESDAY: Total Madness
MTV Breaks Records with "The Challenge"
From The Futon Critic

MTV's The Challenge: Total Madness' Season 35 premiere Wednesday saw its highest ratings in years in two key demos. The hit athletic competition show, which pits 28 cast members against one another in a quest for a $1 million prize, drew a 1.14 rating in P18-49, its best premiere showing in eight years, and a 1.27 rating in P18-34, the highest in seven years, in Live+SD. The premiere episode at 8 PM ET saw its biggest lifts in M18-49 (+71%) and M18-34 (+69%), perhaps reflecting a void in sports programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. Total viewers were 1.06 million, up 47% from last season's average (726k). Wednesday's night's episode also had a strong showing on social, trending No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 5, worldwide, to rank as the No. 1 most social reality cable series for the night, according to the network.

Over on broadcast, FOX (8.749 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) overshadowed the competition on Wednesday with hour one of its "The Masked Singer" (8.312 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) stunt and hour two of "The Masked Singer" (9.185 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (5.661 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was a distant second with its mix of "Survivor: Winners at War" (8.150 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Garth & Trisha: Live!" (5.653 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and a repeat "SWAT" (3.181 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

Next up was ABC (3.745 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.443 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Schooled" (3.250 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Modern Family" (4.290 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "American Housewife" (3.139 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) plus "David Blaine: The Magic Way" (3.673 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.717 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "Chicago Med" (5.349 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Chicago Fire" (4.533 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (4.268 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.871 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with encores of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.905 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a second "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.836 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Tournament of Champions (SF/Food): 1.549m/0.48
- Forged in Fire (History): 815k/0.21
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 179k/0.07
- Blind Date - mid (Bravo): 139k/0.06


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posted 4/2/2020

Live from the UK, It's Game Night
"MTV Game Night with Charlotte Crosby" Premieres on YouTube
From The Hollywood Reporter

MTV International on Thursday said that it has commissioned a new live and interactive digital game show series featuring British reality TV star Charlotte Crosby (Geordie Shore) "live from her home, as she seeks to entertain fans in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic."

The series, titled MTV Game Night With Charlotte Crosby, will stream weekly on MTV International's Facebook and YouTube channels, starting Thursday at 8:30 p.m. U.K. time. It will consist of six 30-minute episodes.

"The series will be remotely produced by ViacomCBS Digital Studios International using cloud-based Grabyo and Zoom," the network said. In the coming weeks, MTV International said it will also be commissioning other "fast turnaround" programming, mainly shortform series with five-minute episodes, "featuring a variety of well-known reality TV faces."

MTV Game Night With Charlotte Crosby will see the host "film herself live from home, conducting a string of activities, including quizzes, games and challenges that fans can play along with at home for fun."

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posted 4/2/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Love in the Time of COVID-19"

  • Chris Harrison will address coronavirus... when and if "The Bachelorette" returns (Gold Derby)

  • HAnnah Brown leaves her crew behind to return home.... she doesn't know about ohana (Reality TV WOrld)

  • Karina Smirnoff welcomes a baby boy (People)

  • FIRST LOOK: this season's Snatch Game! (Digital Spy).

posted 4/2/2020


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CW: Summer
"Penn & Teller" to Return
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network today announced premiere dates for four of its summer series, including scripted dramas BULLETPROOF and BURDEN OF TRUTH, as well as the magical MASTERS OF ILLUSION and PENN & TELLER: FOOL US. The new season of The CW's hit summer series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US debuts on Monday, June 22 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT), following an hour of improv from WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?.

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "How I Met Your Mother"), is created and executive produced by Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden ("Penn & Teller's BS - Showtime," "Penn & Teller Tell A Lie") and Andrew Golder ("Win Ben Stein's Money," "Solitary"), in association with 1/17 Productions and September Films (part of DCD Media).

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posted 4/1/2020

Not So Fast, Quibi.
Days Before Launch, Israeli Firm Files Suit
From Deadline

"Plaintiff JBF Interlude 2009 Ltd. – Israel seeks a preliminary injunction enjoining Defendant Quibi Holdings LLC from misappropriating Eko's proprietary technology for mobile device optimized 'Real Time Switching'," says a filing made Wednesday in federal court on behalf of Eko, the tech company trying to hit the brakes on the launch of heavily hyped Quibi, the Jeffrey Katzenberg- and Meg Whitman-shepherded mobile streaming service that goes live in five days with a plethora of short-form programming.

"This trade secret technology, which is a critical part of Eko's technology platform, had been shared with Quibi employees under multiple non-disclosure agreements," Eko claims via its lawyers at Goodwin Procter, in language and desired outcomes echoing its March 10 lawsuit that came a day after Quibi first took Eko to court.

If that whirlwind doesn't give you some corporate flop sweat, today's obviously intentional jacking up of the stakes might in this time of the COVID-19 crisis.

"In reality, Eko owns the technology and promptly asked Quibi to cease and desist," an accompanying flourish filled memorandum of points (read it here) from Eko's parent company says of the slow-burn confrontation between the parties over the past few months. "In response, Quibi sent an untruthful letter and then filed a declaratory judgment action," according to the 30-page paperwork submitted to U.S. District Court in California.

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posted 4/1/2020

TUESDAY: CBS Wins Absent "Ellen"
NBC's All-Repeat Lineup Fails to Score Split
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.809 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) scored the top spot on Tuesday with its mix of a new "NCIS" (13.434 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), the season finale of "FBI" (10.810 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and a new "FBI: Most Wanted" (8.184 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

NBC (3.767 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was the silver draw with repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "New Amsterdam" (2.921 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) plus the "NBC News Special Report: Coronavirus Pandemic" (3.560 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.653 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with second runs of "The Conners" (4.131 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bless This Mess" (2.612 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Mixed-ish" (2.301 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Black-ish" (2.105 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) alongside a new "For Life" (2.383 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.390 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up a repeat "The Resident" (2.191 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and a new "Empire" (2.589 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.462 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed the evening with repeats of "The Flash" (0.564 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.359 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- The Biggest Loser (SF/USA): 881k/0.23
- Chopped (Food): 810k/0.27
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 771k/0.23
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 707k/0.24
- Get a Clue (GSN): 398k/0.04
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 326k/0.16
- Hot Ones The Game Show (truTV): 247k/0.12


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posted 4/1/2020

"Got Talent" To Reopen Online Auditions
NBC Moves to Hedge After Live Auditions Canceled
From Deadline

NBC's America's Got Talent is looking to find more contestants for its upcoming season, possibly those who have honed a craft during coronavirus quarantine, after re-opening its online auditions.

The NBC show has made the move following the scheduling changes brought on by the production shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Given that many people are at home perfecting new skills, learning dance moves and starting family bands, there's the hope that new challengers could decide to throw their hats in the ring and audition for the show.

The Fremantle-produced show had been taping auditions with judges in Los Angeles since March 2 with filming supposed to continue through March 20 but was shut down on March 14.

Deadline

posted 4/1/2020

"Millionaire" UK To Launch Another Celebrity Edition
Richard Osman, Charlotte Church, John Barnes to Play
From Radio Times

ITV has confirmed that a new celebrity special of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire will air on Sunday 12th April. The participants in the quiz show will be Pointless co-host Richard Osman, former Liverpool and England footballer John Barnes and Welsh singer Charlotte Church, with Jeremy Clarkson returning to the presenter's chair.

Osman is well known as something of a general knowledge aficionado thanks to his role on Pointless alongside Alexander Armstrong, while he is also the host of quiz shows Two Tribes and Richard Osman's House of Games. He's also a producer on a range of other shows.

Barnes was regarded as one of the finest English footballers of his generation — winning 79 international caps and winning two league titles at Liverpool as well as playing for Watford, Newcastle United and Charlton Athletic.

Church rose to fame as a child classical music singer and later branched into pop music, while she has also worked as a television presenter.

All three celebrities will be aiming to win as much money as possible for a charity of their choice by answering 15 multiple choice questions — up to the highest possible amount of £1,000,000.

Radio Times

posted 4/1/2020

Germany Switches
Belgian Format Sold
From Videoage

Lineup Industries confirmed a German commission for its gameshow format Switch. Produced by Riverside for broadcaster WDR, the local version will be titled Quizz Dich Auf 1.

Originally produced for VRT in Belgium, Switch is a game show played without a points system. The winner is determined from among five contestants, who are competing for positions in a line. German TV presenter Guido Cantz will host the German local adaptation. The series will launch in April.

Julian Curtis, co-founder of Lineup Industries, commented, "Studio-based game shows continue to be appealing for both audiences who are looking for event television the whole family can enjoy together, and for broadcasters who are seeking dynamic programs to boost their primetime schedules.".

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posted 4/1/2020


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EXTRA LIFE!
HQ Trivia Returns
From Game Rant

In February, the live mobile game show HQ Trivia shut down after months of dwindling interest and behind the scenes drama. Then on March 29 with no prior announcement, HQ Trivia returned out of nowhere, bringing back popular host Matt Richards and letting over 100,000 players compete for a $1,000 cash prize by answering trivia questions. HQ Trivia will air again on March 30 at 9pm ET and is seemingly here to stay.

However, there are some slight changes to HQ Trivia. For one, the cash prize is much smaller than it was in the past, and for two, there are new gimmicks to keep people playing the game even after they miss a question. HQ Trivia has added random bonuses that players can get throughout a quiz, which include things like extra lives or coins (which will presumably be used to buy power-ups).

HQ Trivia is also donating money to COVID-19 relief efforts, with every cash prize matched and donated. With more people stuck at home than ever before due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps HQ Trivia will be able to bring back some of its lapsed players who are looking for something to pass the time.

HQ Trivia host Matt Richards also promised that players who cashed out prior to the game show shutting down will get their cash soon. This would likely also convince some lapsed players to return to the game, especially since HQ failing to pay winners was one of the big controversies surrounding the original iteration of the show.

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posted 4/1/2020

Love in Lockdown
"Let's Make a Deal" Logs in Record Week
From Entertainment Weekly

That's one heckuva deal for Wayne Brady and CBS: Let's Make a Deal scored a major milestone during the week ending March 27 by attracting its largest audience ever.

Nielsen reports that the longtime game show lured a whopping 4.29 million viewers — no doubt because of the self-quarantining happening nationwide in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Brady's colleagues in daytime had an equally good week for ratings: The Price Is Right scored its biggest audience in more than four years (5.62 million), while The Bold and the Beautiful played to its largest audience in two years (3.66 million).

The Young and the Restless also has some bragging rights to share: The sudser lured 4.21 million eyeballs — its best performance in 11 months. The Talk was in repeats last week, but the gals began shooting originals from their homes Monday.

Daytime shows on CBS had anywhere between four to six weeks of originals in the can before the lockdown began. It's unclear how the network will proceed if the production shutdown extends into May and June.

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posted 4/1/2020


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ADAM SCHLESINGER: 1967-2020
Fountains of Wayne Lead Singer Penned "I Hate My Job" Theme
From NPR

Adam Schlesinger, one of the most prolific and decorated songwriters of his generation, died Wednesday from complications caused by COVID-19. He was 52.

His death was confirmed to NPR by his lawyer, Josh Grier.

With former songwriting partner Chris Collingwood, Schlesinger enjoyed his greatest commercial success as a musician with Fountains of Wayne, which released five studio albums between 1996 and 2011. In 2003, "Stacy's Mom" was a hit for the band; that song later helped Fountains of Wayne land a pair of Grammy nominations.

But Schlesinger also kept busy outside of Fountains of Wayne, even during its commercial peak: He played in Ivy (whose six albums came out more or less concurrently with Fountains' output), Tinted Windows (a short-lived power-pop project with Taylor Hanson of Hanson, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick and James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins) and the synth-pop group Fever High. He also produced albums for many other artists.

Schlesinger's career extended well beyond his work in bands. He had a hand in many of the songs that populated the critically beloved TV series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and he won three Emmys — one for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and two, both with David Javerbaum, for co-writing songs performed in Tony Awards telecasts.

With Javerbaum, Schlesinger was nominated for two Tonys (both for 2008's Cry-Baby) and won a Grammy for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! A versatile songwriter with a gift for straddling genres and musical eras, Schlesinger wrote frequently for film, with credits ranging from three songs in the romantic comedy Music and Lyrics to the Oscar-nominated title track to Tom Hanks' 1996 film That Thing You Do!

Schlesinger's Fountains of Wayne song "Bright Future In Sales" was used as the theme music for the short-lived then-Spike Network series "I Hate My Job"..

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posted 4/1/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "April Fish"

  • Regis Philbin returns to ABC... on "Single Parents" (TV Insider)

  • Ryan Seacrest is determined to hold live shows on Idol (Gold Derby)

  • The Hamiltons sign with an agent. Love is blind, but so is free press (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Colton Underwood (The Wrap).

posted 4/1/2020

Prelude to the Super Nine
Two-Hour Episode Tomorrow, PLUS Schedule Changes
From TV Line

The Masked Singer is entering the homestretch — and soon, you'll be able to play along at home, too.

Fox's singing competition returns this Wednesday, April 1 at 8/7c with a special two-hour episode that unveils the "Super Nine," aka Season 3's nine finalists from all three qualifying groups.

In the below-linked sneak peek, the Super Nine — including Banana, Frog, Astronaut and more — team up for a group rendition of the Jackson 5 classic "ABC," only with Masked Singer-themed lyrics: "We must sing for that masked trophy, yeah!"

And take note of those captions at the bottom: The Masked Singer will be offering up its first-ever sing-along special on Wednesday, April 15 at 8 pm, with a round-up of Season 3's best performances so far with the lyrics shown on-screen, so you can croon along as you watch.

Plus, the Season 3 finale, with the top three singing celebs getting unmasked, is now set to air Wednesday, May 27 at 8 pm, Fox confirms.

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Gold Derby

posted 3/31/2020

SYNDIES: Week 38
Results for the Week Ending March 22
From TV Newscheck

Breaking news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic ignited the big entertainment magazines for a second straight week in the session ending March 22.

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) 7.3* +12%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.2* +16%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6* +10%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 +10%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 3/31/2020

MONDAY: "The Voice" That Screams the Loudest
NBC Wins Night Less Competition from CBS, ABC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.877 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Monday thanks to a new episodes of "The Voice" (9.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Manifest" (4.266 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

FOX (5.301 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) took home the silver with its duo of "9-1-1" (6.994 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Prodigal Son" (3.608 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.948 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) followed by "America Rising: Fighting the Pandemic - A Special Edition of '20/20'" (4.901 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and the season finale of "The Good Doctor" (7.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.948 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its repeat mix of "The Neighborhood" (5.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.278 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "The Neighborhood" (3.929 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and yet another "The Neighborhood" (3.771 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) plus "HomeFest: James Corden's Late Late Show Special" (3.312 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.944 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.805 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.614 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.311m/0.30

- Chopped Sweets (Food): 787k/0.20


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posted 3/31/2020

WEEKEND: Aloha ABC
ABC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.299 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held onto the demo crown on Friday with its duo of "Shark Tank" (5.279 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "20/20" (3.809 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Second place was shared by CBS (7.041 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and FOX (2.374 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) as the latter served up "WWE SmackDown" (2.374 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

The Eye then aired new episodes of "MacGyver" (6.784 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "Hawaii Five-0" (8.219 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (6.120 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.151 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Blacklist" (4.766 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (3.844 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.475 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Charmed" (0.632 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9) and "Dynasty" (0.318 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10).

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 630k/0.29

- The Crystal Maze (Nick): 524k/0.13
- Get a Clue (GSN): 461k/0.04


On Sunday, ABC (5.968 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) led the demo race with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.539 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "American Idol" (7.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and a repeat "The Rookie" (2.802 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

CBS (7.494 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) was the most-watched network overall with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (10.219 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "God Friended Me" (6.373 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.839 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.544 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.400 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with repeats of "Last Man Standing" (1.264 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15), "Outmatched" (0.841 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16), "The Simpsons" (1.430 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.718 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) plus the special "FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America" (4.572 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.472 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up originals from "Little Big Shots" (2.970 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "The Wall" (3.070 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.913 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Good Girls" (1.936 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Batwoman" (0.481 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Supergirl" (0.350 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) on The CW (0.416 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Buddy vs. Duff (Food): 1.128m/0.33

- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 965k/0.33


The Futon Critic
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posted 3/31/2020

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