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Ken Jennings Tapped to Be First of Many Guest Hosts of Jeopardy!
Also: Alex's Final Episode Will Broadcast in January, Two Weeks After Original Date
From Deadline

Former champion Ken Jennings will be the first of several guest hosts on Jeopardy! when it resumes production at the end of the month. It will be the first episodes shot on the game show since longtime host Alex Trebek died earlier this month at age 80 after a long fight against pancreatic cancer.

Jennings, who will begin season 2 of "Master Minds" in December and the reboot of "The Chase" in January, earlier this year claimed the title of Jeopardy!'s "Greatest of All Time" in a series of primetime matches. The record-holder for the most consecutive games won (74) and biggest winnings in regular-season play ($2,520,700) has been tipped as a front-runner to take over for Trebek, who had been the host since 1984.

Producer Sony Pictures Television said Monday that a permanent host has not been named; rather, a series of interim guest hosts "from within the Jeopardy! family" will take the podium, beginning with Jennings when shooting resumes November 30. Other hosts have not yet been announced.

Meanwhile, Jeopardy! will air 10 of Trebek's best episodes during the weeks of December 21 and December 28, with the last week of episodes that Trebek shot before his death (they were filmed in October) now set to air beginning January 4. They had been planned to air during the week of December but were shifted to avoid holiday-season pre-emptions.

The first week of guest-hosted shows featuring Jennings will air the week of January 11.

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posted 11/23/2020

ITV Teams with NTV
UK to Import Japan's "Red Carpet Survival"
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Global producer-distributor ITV Studios has struck a co-development deal with Japanese multi-platform entertainment company Nippon TV to create a new international format, expected to launch in 2021.

The two companies will work together on a number of development ideas before deciding which to produce in their respective territories and take to the global market. Nippon TV will subsequently manage the distribution of the new format across Asia, with ITV Studios representing the show globally.

The agreement follows an announcement earlier this year that ITV Studios had acquired the international production rights for Nippon TV's gameshow format Red Carpet Survival in territories where it had an unscripted production base.

Mike Beale, MD, Global Creative Network at ITV Studios, said in a statement: "With this deal, our relationship with Nippon TV goes from strength to strength. It combines both the creative and distribution resources from each of our businesses, allowing us to make the very best of our respective expertise. We are confident this will produce a number of exciting ideas and look forward to launching the brand new format in 2021."

Mikiko Nishiyama, MD, international business development, Nippon TV added: "Our paths crossed with Mike and his team through our format, Red Carpet Survival, at MIPTV 2019. Since then, our partnership has evolved into this co-development partnership, and we are now on the same boat, creating new ideas to ride the next wave of international formats together."

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posted 11/23/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Holding Out for Hope"

  • Melissa Rycroft doesn't think Clare, Dale will last. (Us Magazine)

  • Nikki Bella will claim "Dancing" is rigged if Artem (her fiance) doesn't win... (Us Magazine)

  • LIST ABUSE: 11 careers saved by "Dancing" (The Wrap)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: "GBBO" finalist doesn't have to answer for your BS, Twitter. (The Wrap)

  • Don't call it a comeback: John Barrowman to return for "Doctor Who" Christmas episode (TV Line)

posted 11/23/2020

Wipeout Contestant Dies
Player Suffers Cardiac Arrest After Completing the Course
From ComicBook

A contestant on the TBS reboot of gameshow Wipeout passed away after completing the obstacle course, according to a report from TMZ.

The male contestant was hospitalized after participating on the show, receiving medical attention once completing the elaborate obstacle course.

The Wipeout reboot was announced earlier this year, hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena and comedian Nicole Byer. Reports state that the contestant later passed away after police received a call to respond to an incident of cardiac arrest.

The contestant has not been identified, but TBS confirmed the news. According to sources close to the production, the contestant completed the course but shortly after required medical attention, then they were later admitted into a nearby hospital where they passed.

Production company Endemol Shine North America issued a statement in response to the news: "We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at this time."

TBS also issued a statement in response to the news: "We are devastated to have learned of his passing and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family."

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ALEX TREBEK: 1940-2020
From Deadline

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek's final resting place was revealed in his death certificate. The beloved game show host's body was cremated and his wife, Jean Trebek, kept his ashes. Trebek died on Nov. 8 following a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 80.

The death certificate, obtained by The Blast, shows Trebek's occupation as "quiz show host" and said he worked in the entertainment business for 60 years. It also confirmed Jean asked for his remains to be cremated and his ashes are kept in their Studio City, California home. Pancreatic cancer was listed as the cause of death. It also lists Trebek's full name, George Alexander Trebek.

Following Trebek's death, Jean shared a wedding photo on Instagram and thanked Trebek's millions of fans for their support and condolences. "My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity. Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much," she wrote. "Many Blessings to all, Jean Trebek."

Trebek is survived by his two children with Jean, Matthew, and Emily. He also adopted first wife Elaine Callie's daughter, Nicky.

A lifetime as a quiet conservationist has come to light in the days after Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek's death. Trebek donated 62 acres of land in the Hollywood Hills to the city of Los Angeles in 1998.

The Trebek Open Space runs into Runyon Canyon Park. The Mountains Recreation & Conservation authority describes the land as "a sunny, well-established network of fire roads" that "provide trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians."

The Laurel Canyon Land Trust remembered Trebek's donation with a Facebook post on the day of his death.

"Today Alex Trebek passed away. Did you know that he was generous conservationist in addition to being a famous game show host? He donated 62 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountains in Nichols Canyon to create the Trebek Open Space," the Facebook post stated. "This was not only a gift to urban Angelinos who thirst for open space and outdoor activity, but a gift to native animals such as our local Mountain Lions that require large amounts of open space in order to survive, and a gift to future generations who will have to reckon with climate change in the years to come," the statement said. "Thank you Alex Trebek and may you Rest in Peace."

Elsewhere, Thursday marks World Pancreatic Cancer Day, the same disease Trebek passed away from at the age of 80, with the host offering a special message before the show. While Trebek never mentioned his own plight with pancreatic cancer in the message, he urged all of his fans to heed the warning signs.

Trebek-hosted episodes will air through December 25th. His last day taping in studio was October 29.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada in 1940 (he became an American citizen in 1998), Trebek also hosted such shows as The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration and To Tell The Truth. He also was an actor, frequently appearing as himself in many TV and film spots.

Trebek hosted more than 8,200 Jeopardy! episodes, setting a Guinness World Record for hosting the most episodes of a single game show. He won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host seven times, and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He received the Order of Canada honor from his native land in 2017.

"This is an enormous loss for the Jeopardy! staff, crew and all of Alex's millions of fans," said Mike Richards, the Jeopardy! executive producer. "He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years. Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host Jeopardy! was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever."

"Today we lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family," said Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. "For 37 amazing years, Alex was that comforting voice, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world. He was the heart and soul of Jeopardy! and he will be deeply missed by everyone who made him part of their lives. Our hearts go out to Jean, Matthew, Emily, and Nicky."

"We join our colleagues at Sony Pictures in mourning the passing of Alex Trebek," said Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. "Alex was an extraordinary talent whose intelligence, wit and comforting presence appealed to millions of people around the world and made Jeopardy! the outstanding show it is today."

Steve LoCascio, President of CBS Television Distribution, called Trebek's death "a tremendous loss" for the Jeopardy! family. "Not only was Alex a television icon, but he was one of the most genuine, kind, caring people you could ever know," LoCascio said. "The way he openly and bravely battled cancer, while continuing to host the show, was a true inspiration. He has brought joy to the millions of fans – including generations of families — who have welcomed Alex into their living room each night. Our hearts go out to Alex's wife and children. We have truly lost a legend."

Shortly after the news broke, American Idol's Ryan Seacrest paid tribute via Twitter, writing, "Alex Trebek was like a family member who I watched every night. I remember going to the set to watch him tape a show before I started my TV career. He was a big influence and one of a kind. Rest In Peace, Alex."

"Couldn't we have one nice weekend?" tweeted Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! "A kind gentleman whose excellence was so consistent, it was easy to take for granted. Rest well, Mr. Trebek."

"Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy for 36 years. What an incredible career and remarkable life," commented Ellen DeGeneres. "I'm sending love to his family and fans."

Jeopardy's GOATs were also quick to share thoughts, starting with Ken Jennings. "Alex wasn't just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I'm grateful for every minute I got to spend with him," Jennings wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of the two men taking a selfie. And in a follow-up tweet: "Thinking today about his family and his Jeopardy! family — which, in a way, included millions of us." Alex wasn't just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I'm grateful for every minute I got to spend with him"

"It was one of the great privileges of my life to spend time with this courageous man while he fought the battle of his life," James Holzhauer, another of the show's GOATs tweeted. "You will never be replaced in our hearts, Alex. "Alex was so much more than a host. He was an impartial arbiter of truth and facts in a world that needs exactly that. He was someone you could count on to entertain you every weekday, even when his health barely allowed it. And he was an underrated rapper," Holzhauer wrote.

The last of Jeopardy's greatest, Brad Rutter, shared: "Just gutted. There will never be another. RIP, Alex, and thank you so much for everything."

"My heart is so sad over the passing of the classiest game show host of all time!!!" tweeted Family Feud host Steve Harvey. "His style was real to me … condolences to his entire family and fans #AlexTrebek."

The Bachelor's Chris Harrison added: "We lost a hosting legend today and a real gentleman Alex Trebek. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his Jeopardy family."

Access Hollywood anchor and Saved by the Bell actor Mario Lopez shared, "An inspiring, strong, distinguished legend of a man. What is Alex Trebek? #RIP."

THe Television Critics Association has released the Jeopardy! host's acceptance speech from earlier this year, when he received the group's Career Achievement Award for 2020. According to a new post on the TCA website, the association "voted overwhelmingly" to honor Trebek with this year's award, citing "his unparalleled legacy as one of television's most enduring and best-loved personalities."

In his acceptance speech at the September ceremony, which was held virtually, Trebek named several previous recipients of the award, which dates back to 1985: "People like Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley, my good friends Lucille Ball and Betty White, Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Fred Rogers, Sid Caesar, Carol Burnett, Oprah Winfrey — and now, Alex Trebek," he said. "I am truly humbled and most appreciative. Thank you so very much."

Trebek is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jean, and children Matthew, Emily, and Nicky. The family has announced no plans for a service, but gifts in his memory can go to World Vision, a humanitarian charity focused on aiding those in poverty.

The hometown of Alex Trebek is planning on celebrating the gameshow's life in a big way. Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger says the city is asking its residents for ideas on how to adequately pay tribute to the late Jeopardy! host, and the city is willing to shell out some serious cash for it. As the mayor told TMZ, the city is willing to erect a statue or craft a massive mural linking to the city's library should Trebek's family approve. Bigger expects to "get the ball rolling" on an idea at the city's next city council meeting.

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WEEKEND: Sharks Beats Smackdown
ABC, Fox Tie Demo
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ABC (3.288 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and FOX (2.215 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared the demo crown on Friday as the former served up new episodes of "Shark Tank" (4.080 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "20/20" (2.892 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) while the latter offered up a new installment of "WWE SmackDown" (2.215 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

Next up was NBC (3.615 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its duo of "The Blacklist" (3.424 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Dateline NBC" (3.710 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "MacGyver" (2.803 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (2.720 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (3.167 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.584 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its mix of "Masters of Illusion" (0.603 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), "Masters of Illusion" (0.503 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), a new "World's Funniest Animals" (0.613 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "World's Funniest Animals" (0.617 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

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posted 11/22/2020

THURSDAY: Twas the Week Before Thanksgiving
Fox Wins Night on NFL
From the Futon Critic

FOX (9.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) continued its Thursday reign thanks to its latest installments of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.750 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

ABC (5.069 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was the number two draw with new episodes of "Station 19" (5.485 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Grey's Anatomy" (5.747 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) plus the return of "A Million Little Things" (3.975 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Next up was CBS (4.104 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (7.077 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "B Positive" (5.138 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Mom" (4.935 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "The Unicorn" (3.822 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.825 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "Superstore" (2.216 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), a repeat "Superstore" (1.198 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.877 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (2.380 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.297 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with its special "Supernatural: The Long Road Home" (1.201 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and the finale of "Supernatural" (1.393 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12)

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posted 11/22/2020

NBC 2021
Fan Favorite Games Return for Mondays
From the Futon Critic

NBC is starting the new year on a high note with the launch of the new Robert Carlock and Tina Fey-created and produced comedy "Mr. Mayor," the time period premiere of new medical series "Nurses" and the highly anticipated season two return of critically acclaimed "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist."

In addition, just when we need it most, a new season of frivolity is in the air with the return of "Ellen's Game of Games." And when it comes to making its players happy, no show can turn anyone's financial fortunes around faster than "The Wall," back for more of its anxiety-inducing ball drops.

"This schedule represents the best of what broadcast has to offer in any season - high quality new and returning dramas, ground-breaking comedy, and family-friendly gameshows," said Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks. "We know how much our viewers are looking forward to devouring new episodes and new shows, and we are particularly proud, along with all our production partners, to bring these to life in the current environment."

Starting Jan. 4, Mondays will be a night of fun and games with the season premieres of hit gameshows "Ellen's Game of Games," which reached more than 57 million viewers last season, and "The Wall," which was undefeated in its timeslot last summer. A week later on Jan. 11, "Weakest Link" and host Jane Lynch join the party. "The Weakest Link" has been the most-watched series premiere on the Big 4 networks through the season's opening eight weeks.

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posted 11/22/2020

How to "Stakeout" During a Pandemic
Food Network Show Returns for Season 3 December
From the Futon Critic

Food Network's hit primetime series Supermarket Stakeout, where the action starts as customers exit the aisles, is back with a brand-new season of fresh fast-paced outdoor cooking battles on Tuesday, December 29th at 10pm ET/PT.

Hosted by Iron Chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli, each episode features four talented chefs who must be strategic and persuasive in negotiating items out of exiting customers' carts with a budget of only $500 and then turn those ingredients into culinary magic in a pop-up kitchen setup. A rotating panel of judges, including Eddie Jackson, Antonia LoFaso and Aarti Sequeira, determine each week which chef made the most successful menu and is awarded enough cash for a year's worth of groceries.

"Our viewers have been craving more Supermarket Stakeout and this new season delivers all the fun game play and culinary action the show is known for," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "With Alex at the helm, there are laugh-out-loud moments and unexpected results in each episode."

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posted 11/22/2020

Jeannie Mai to Return for the Finale
Catch It on ABC Tomorrow Night!
From the Wrap

Jeannie Mai will return for Monday's "Dancing With the Stars" finale after being forced to withdraw from the show in early November after being hospitalized and diagnosed with epiglottitis, her reps confirm to TheWrap exclusively.

Epiglottitis is a potentially life-threatening condition where the tissue protecting the windpipe becomes inflamed. Mai learned that 60% of her airway had closed and she had developed a dangerous throat abscess. "It saddens me that I will not be able to continue with the competition on DWTS. My doctors discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery," Mai wrote in a statement at the time. She successfully underwent emergency surgery for her condition and has been resting at home for the last two weeks — including no talking.

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posted 11/22/2020

Buzzr Enters the Cloud
Amagi Transfers Broadcasts to the Cloud
From TV Technology

SaaS provider Amagi recently concluded a project with the Freemantle-owned Buzzr, a vintage game show network, to transition its broadcast operations to a fully cloud-managed setup. Using Amagi's cloud platform, Buzzr integrated its broadcast workflows across over-the-air, cable and digital OTT operations to a single unified platform.

This was done with Amagi's cloud playout SaaS platform CLOUDPORT. With Buzzr moving its content library of old game shows to the AWS cloud, CLOUDPORT helped the network create, deliver and manage the channel for both OTT and broadcast.

CLOUDPORT gave Buzzr real-time access to all parts of its broadcast workflow, as well as provider greater transparency and flexibility to check for potential issues and to fix them, said Mark Deetjen, general manager for Buzzr.

Buzzr has a portfolio of more than 40,000 episodes of iconic game shows. It is broadcast in 67 broadcast markets, and is available on Dish and OTT platforms, as well as for streaming over its own website.

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posted 11/22/2020

Ennis the Menace
New Chaser Darragh Ennis Premieres
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ITV has unveiled a brand new Chaser on quiz show The Chase, having debuted newcomer Darragh Ennis on today's show. Ennis joins fellow Chasers Mark 'The Beast' Labbett, Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty, Jenny 'The Vixen' Ryan, Shaun 'The Dark Destroyer' Wallace and Paul 'The Sinnerman' Sinha on the game show.

Fans of the show may recognize him from another episode from 2017, in which Ennis featured as a contestant.

According to The Express, he won £9,000 in total during the money building round, but his fellow contestants decided to accept lower offers from The Chaser, taking home £1,575 each. As Ennis walked out to make his first appearance as a Chaser, host Bradley Walsh said: "Ooh, no, no, no! Not Shaun, not The Sinnerman, not The Vixen, not The Beast or The Governess - it's our brand new Chaser.

"Ah, the Dublin Dynamo all the way from the Emerald Isle, it's Darragh Ennis. D-Ennis the menace!"

Addressing his contestant, Ennis said: "Welcome Clint! Very nice to see you. I'll always remember you as the first contestant I ever faced - and the first one I ever caught, as well."

Speaking about his previous stint on the show, he continued: "I'm the only one who knows what it's like to be down there, and how intimidating it really is.".

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posted 11/19/2020

Wayne Brady Plays "Game of Talents"
Fox Orders Adaptation of Spanish Series
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FOX has ordered GAME OF TALENTS, an all-new unscripted variety show in which contestants must guess the performers' hidden talent, based only on their first impressions and a few wily clues. Emmy Award winner Wayne Brady ("Let's Make A Deal," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?") is set to host and executive-produce the program.

Produced by Fremantle and based on its hit international format, GAME OF TALENTS will premiere on FOX in 2021. The series is currently in production in Los Angeles.

"GAME OF TALENTS represents everything we here at FOX endeavor to bring to viewers," said Rob Wade, President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials, FOX Entertainment. "It's a chance for families to gather for magnetic gameplay, a fun peek into extraordinary skills of ordinary people and a friendly, spirited variety competition."

"GAME OF TALENTS is a dynamic combination of talent and game shows, and is destined to be the country's next big family entertainment format," said Jayson Dinsmore, President of Alternative Programming and Development, Fremantle. "Fremantle is home to the most renowned competition formats from across the globe and we can't wait to, with the help of our partners at FOX and the extraordinarily talented Wayne Brady, bring our latest international hit to America."

"What excites me about this series and this concept is every week we get to show off talents that will amaze, inspire and, in some cases, make your jaw-drop," said Brady. "As someone who loves games and loves all types of talent, this was a perfect fit for me and I'm thrilled to be a part of the creative team bringing it to life. I also get to give away someone else's money, which I always enjoy doing!"

From the producers of "America's Got Talent," comes the international hit variety show GAME OF TALENTS. Taking the awe, wonder and spectacle of a large-scale variety show and infusing it with a clue centered, high-intensity investigative game, GAME OF TALENTS is a new hybrid series like you've never seen before. The series pits two teams of contestants against each other as they attempt to figure out the surprising - and sometimes bizarre - hidden talents of the mystery performers. With more than $200,000 on the line, can the contestants spot the fire dancer from the spider wrangler or the chainsaw juggler from the contortionist? Can you?? This is GAME OF TALENTS!

GAME OF TALENTS is a rapidly expanding global success that originated from Fremantle's team in Spain in conjunction with Mediaset España and is now entering into its third season there. In addition to the upcoming U.S. production for FOX, the format is also set to launch in the U.K. on ITV, Sweden on SVT, and Holland and Belgium on RTL4 and VTM in 2021.

GAME OF TALENTS is produced by Fremantle. Executive producers include Jeff Apploff (BEAT SHAZAM, MENTAL SAMURAI) and Wayne Brady ("Let's Make A Deal," "Whose "Line Is It Anyway?").

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posted 11/19/2020

"Name That Tune": Fox January
Jane Krakowski, Randy Jackson Sign On
From TV Tonight

Fox is adding another music-centric game show to its lineup, and this one is a revival of a classic. The broadcast network has ordered an updated version of "Name That Tune," which will be hosted by Tony-winning actress Jane Krakowski with Grammy Award winner and former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson serving as band leader.

Based on the original series created by Harry Salter, the "Name That Tune" revival will test contestants' music knowledge as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging games for cash and prizes.

The new series will premiere Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 9/8c, immediately after the time-period premiere of "The Masked Singer" spinoff series "The Masked Dancer."

Each one-hour episode of "Name That Tune" is comprised of two stand-alone half-hour contests, each pitting two players against each other as they race against the clock to test their knowledge of songs, performed by the live band. Each contest features a rotating variety of games from the original format, before the iconic Bid-a-Note round. The player with the most money at the end of Bid-a-Note wins the game and takes his or her bank into the Golden Medley bonus round, for a chance to win additional cash and potentially the $100,000 grand prize.

"We're thrilled to bring the iconic musical game show 'Name That Tune' back to television with this updated revival. It's been beloved the world over for decades and we can't wait for a new generation of families to get to play along with the classic series at home," Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment & specials at Fox Entertainment, said. "With the captivating Jane Krakowski as host alongside band leader Randy Jackson the Big Dawg himself, this surely will be a harmonious pairing."

"Name That Tune" hails from Fox Alternative Entertainment, Prestige Entertainment and Eureka Productions ("Holey Moley," "Dating Around," "Full Bloom"). Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin will serve as executive producers for Eureka Productions. Ralph Rubenstein and Noah Rubenstein are also executive producers, along with Janine Cooper, who also serves as showrunner.

The original "Name That Tune," created by orchestra conductor Salter, premiered on NBC Radio in 1952 and was adapted for the NBC broadcast network in 1953. "Name That Tune" later moved to CBS and eventually aired as a syndicated series.

Filming begins on Friday on at the Aware Theatre, Sydney International Convention Centre, with US expats as contestants.

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posted 11/19/2020

WEDNESDAY: Pilot Light
Fox, NBC Split Midweek
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.924 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (6.162 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "I Can See Your Voice" (3.685 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

NBC (7.122 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) took home the silver with week two of "Chicago Med" (7.623 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (7.550 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Chicago PD" (6.194 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

Next up was CBS (2.996 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its mix of "The Amazing Race 32" (3.729 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "The Amazing Race 32" (3.065 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "S.W.A.T." (2.193 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.597 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.854 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "The Conners" (3.581 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Black-ish" (2.333 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus the return of "For Life" (1.909 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.430 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with its duo of "Devils" (0.319 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Coroner" (0.541 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (SP/History): 986k/0.32
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 824k/0.28

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posted 11/19/2020

More on "Kids Baking Championship"
Food Network REturns Competition DEcember 28
From the Futon Critic

On Monday, December 28th at 9pm ET/PT Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman welcome a dozen new talented young bakers into the Kids Baking Championship to see whose skills will measure up in difficult baking challenges, including rainbow cupcakes, dessert imposters, and more! For the first time, the bakers' parents are backstage watching and reacting to the ups and downs of the ten-week competition. Only one will take the cake and the sweet grand prize of $25,000, a spot in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion!

All the flavor and fun kicks-off on Monday, December 28th at 9pm ET/PT with an added new element to the series as the bakers' parents are there reacting to every twist and turn of the competition. On the premiere, the bakers show off their brushstroke decorating skills with colorful and delicious mini cheesecakes. One baker will surpass the rest with flying colors. Then, at 10pm ET/PT it's another new episode as the young competitors must create garden cakes decorated with actual fruits, herbs, and other ingredients from the garden.

The ten-episode season is filled with exciting new challenges, the latest dessert trends, and lots of irresistible sweets. One challenge, celebrating Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl, has each baker paired up with an adorable, adoptable puppy and they must create a birthday cake that envisions their four-legged friend's life after adoption. In another challenge the kid competitors must make a giant cookie face with 3D features that communicate an assigned expression. Each week one baker will be surprised to land at the bottom of the bunch. On Monday, February 15th it's the final two episodes of the competition. At 9pm ET/PT, Valerie and Duff task the bakers with creating a sheet pan pie, with two delicious pie fillings, a tasty crust, and great decorations. Three bakers earn spots in the grand finale at 10pm ET/PT and must bake their most impressive desserts yet in order to rise to the top and be crowned the winner.

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posted 11/19/2020

MotorTrend Greenlights "Hooptie Challenge"
Catch It November 27
From the Futon Critic

MotorTrend's talented personalities are celebrating the holiday season the only way they know how in the all-new special HOLIDAY HOOPTIE CHALLENGE streaming Friday, November 27 only on the MotorTrend App.

One part white elephant gift exchange, one part driving competition, one part chaos and all parts merriment, HOLIDAY HOOPTIE CHALLENGE is like your typical holiday celebration but with burnouts and drag racing.

In HOLIDAY HOOPTIE CHALLENGE hosts David Freiburger and Brian Lohnes trade in the classic winter wonderland for a vehicular paradise where they invite Faye Hadley (ALL GIRLS GARAGE), Fred Williams (DIRT EVERY DAY), Steve Dulcich (ROADKILL GARAGE), Eric Malone (FASTEST CARS IN THE DIRTY SOUTH), Lucky Costa (HOT ROD GARAGE) and Tony Angelo (HOT ROD GARAGE) to the party. Freiburger and Lohnes challenge their counterparts to drive, or shall we say thrash, some low-buck junk from MotorTrend shows in several holiday inspired racing competitions.

Over the course of multiple events Hadley, Williams, Dulcich, Malone, Costa and Angelo will push themselves and their hoopties to the brink. The drivers will test their handling skills, speed and lack of self-preservation. In the spirit of the season Freiburger and Lohnes have surprises to bestow upon the unsuspecting competitors who will be forced to drive different vehicles for each challenge. Once they get used to one vehicular gift they'll have to "white elephant" swap their ride and will truly learn if it is better to give than to receive.

HOLIDAY HOOPTIE CHALLENGE premieres Friday, November 27 on the MotorTrend App, the leading subscription streaming service dedicated entirely to the motoring world.

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posted 11/19/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Apology Not Excepted"

  • Dani Briones apologizes for her actions inside the BB House (Reality Blurred) and the Internet is not having any of her War & Peace-sized missive (Cheat Sheet)

  • Nina West channels her inner John Waters (The Wrap)

  • Cris Abrego to head up Banijay Americas (Deadline)

  • Will Buddy Valastro ever bake again? (Deadline)

posted 11/19/2020

John Quinn Says "Uno!"
Mattel Teams with "LMAD" Producer
From Deadline

Card game Uno is set to be adapted as a television game show after toy company Mattel teamed with Propagate Content and Let's Make a Deal showrunner John Quinn.

The Uno Game Show is part of a new slate of unscripted shows being developed by Mattel Television, the production arm of the toy manufacturer.

Mattel Television is best known for producing series such as Thomas & Friends and Netflix's Barbie Princess Adventure as well as Masters of the Universe series.

It is the latest attempt to turn the card game into a television series after Mattel had previously partnered with the Gurin Company in 2013.

The series will turn the card game into a larger-than-life competition of four teams vying to become the ultimate Uno champion. It will feature audience participation, over-the-top physical challenges and trivia.

The card game, developed in 1971 by Merle Robbins, sees players compete to become the first to score 500 points, achieved over several rounds by being the first to play all of one's own cards and scoring points from those of your rivals. Each deck of cards consists of red, yellow, green and blue cards as well as Wild and Wild Draw Four cards.

The game is celebrating its 50th anniversary next year.

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posted 11/18/2020

25 Words... to 2023!
Fox TV Stations Renew Puzzle for Two More Seasons
From Deadline

Fox Television Stations has renewed syndicated mainstays 25 Words or Less, Divorce Court and Dish Nation through the 2022-2023 season.

In announcing the two-year renewals, Fox stations programming chief Stephen Brown said the company sees "nothing but growth ahead" for the slate of what he called "reliably strong, feel good programming."

In addition to the three shows being re-upped, Fox's portfolio also includes the forthcoming new version of You Bet Your Life hosted by Jay Leno.

Hosted and executive produced by Meredith Vieira, 25 Words or Less had a successful test in summer 2018 before entering syndication in fall 2019. The half-hour game show is cleared in 98% of the U.S. and its ​executive producers include Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Mary McCormack, Michael Morris, showrunner Michael Canter and Bruce Sterten, creator of the 25 Words or Less and Taboo board games. The show is produced by Dino Bones Productions and distributed by Fox First Run.

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posted 11/18/2020

Of Two "Minds"
Game Show Network Drops New Season December 7
From the Futon Critic

Season 2 of MASTER MINDS will premiere on Monday, December 7th at 4 p.m. ET on Game Show Network and air weekdays.

In MASTER MINDS, three contestants square off against three trivia Master Minds - including "Jeopardy!" GOAT Ken Jennings - in multiple rounds of intense trivia competition. The lowest scoring player on each side is eliminated until the top competitor and top Master Mind are left standing and now must face off, head-to-head, in the Ultimate Trivia Challenge. If the contestant can get more questions correct than the Master Mind, they will win $10,000 and come back to challenge the Masters again. If they win three games in a row, they join the ranks of the Master Minds and will appear in future episodes.

Joining Jennings as Master Minds are quiz experts Ryan Chafee, Jonathan Corbblah, Arianna Haut, Muffy Maracco, and LaKedra Pam.

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posted 11/18/2020

TUESDAY: The Returns Are Returning
CBS Splits with ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 thanks to a new "The Bachelorette" (4.394 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and the launch of "Big Sky" (4.033 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

NBC (5.725 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) had to settle for second with its trio of "The Voice" (7.345 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "This Is Us" (6.382 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Transplant" (3.446 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8).

Next up was CBS (7.803 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the season premieres of "NCIS" (10.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "FBI" (8.047 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (5.301 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.201 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up its duo of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.400 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "Next" (1.001 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.540 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Swamp Thing" (0.673 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.406 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 988k/0.25
- The Misery Index (TBS): 752k/0.24
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make (Food): 621k/0.16

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posted 11/18/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Recovery"

posted 11/18/2020

2021 Is Going to Be Miserable
Season 3 of "Misery Index" Premieres January 26 PLUS...
From Seat42F

Ringing in the new year with outrageous talents, delicious eats, extreme temperatures and more, TNT, TBS and truTV unveil premiere dates for new and returning shows in January and February. The programming slate includes TNT's top-rated drama series "Snowpiercer" (January 25); TBS' new extreme talent competition series "Go-Big Show" (January 7) and comedic game show "The Misery Index" (January 26); and truTV's tentpole franchise "Impractical Jokers" (February 4), "Impractical Jokers: After Party" (February 4) and new cooking competition series "Fast Foodies" (February 4).

"At a time when we're all craving shared experiences and connecting with friends, our shows in January and February help fulfill that need. Our diverse lineup leans into the comradery of friendship, fun escapism, and critically acclaimed dramas that bring people together," said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS and truTV. "Across all three networks, we continue to push the boundaries of storytelling to entertain audiences around the country with compelling characters and outstanding series from the industry's best creators."

GO-BIG SHOW – Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 7 "Go-Big Show" showcases supersized talents on a scale never before seen on television. Featuring monster trucks, alligator and snake trainers, stunt archery, world record holders and other radical feats, the program celebrates daring acts alongside personal, behind-the-scenes stories from the challengers as they battle head-to-head to impress the judges and advance toward the finale's ultimate $100,000 prize. Bert Kreischer hosts "Go-Big Show" with celebrity judges Snoop Dogg, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles and AEW's Cody Rhodes.

THE MISERY INDEX (SEASON 3) – Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 26 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 therapists. Jameela Jamil stars as the show's host with The Tenderloins comedy troupe and stars of truTV's "Impractical Jokers" – Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano – starring as recurring panelists. This season will feature special appearances from celebrity guests including Travis Kelce, Joel McHale and All Elite Wrestling's Jon Moxley.

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posted 11/17/2020

SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending November 8
From TV Newscheck

Ratings for most syndicated shows slipped as the attention of many viewers was riveted on election results in the session ending Nov. 8. For example, all of the most popular games lost ground, with Family Feud falling 9% from the previous frame to a 5.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating; Wheel of Fortune fading 6% to a 5.0, and Jeopardy sliding 9% to a 4.9.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 -9%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 -6%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.9 -9%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 11/17/2020

Nick Jonas Returns to The Voice 2021
Gwen Stefani Gets the Annual Cycle-Out Treatment
From the Futon Critic

Multi-award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and producer Nick Jonas will be returning to "The Voice" for the show's 20th season, which will begin in spring 2021.

He will be joined by John Legend, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson, who are the current season 19 coaches along with Gwen Stefani.

Jonas first joined "The Voice" as a coach in season 18 (spring 2020). During that season, he brought Thunderstorm Artis to the show's finale.

The series has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality Competition Program.

So far season this season, "The Voice" is averaging a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers in "live plus seven day" Nielsens, making it television's #1 most-watched alternative series. Counting all digital and linear delayed viewing, this season's Oct. 19 "Voice" premiere has grown to a 2.4 rating in 18-49 and 11.8 million viewers overall.

"The Voice" is a presentation of MGM Television, Warner Horizon Unscripted Television and ITV Studios The Voice USA, Inc. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as an executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson and Adam H. Sher.

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posted 11/17/2020

MONDAY: Draw Game
Tie Ball Game Between ABC, NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.516 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and ABC (5.117 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) shared the top honors on Monday as the former served up originals from "The Voice" (6.775 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Weakest Link" (2.999 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) while the latter presented fresh installments from "Dancing with the Stars" (5.577 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "The Good Doctor" (4.197 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

CBS (5.111 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) was the bronze draw with the season premieres of "The Neighborhood" (6.018 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.595 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "All Rise" (4.621 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) and "Bull" (4.906 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.312 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its duo of "LA's Finest" (1.523 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Filthy Rich" (1.100 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.233 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) wrapped the night with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.184 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.250 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and the season finale of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.248 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.296m/0.25
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.009m/0.16
- The Big Bake Holiday (Food): 534k/0.12
.

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posted 11/17/2020

WEEKEND: Shopping
ABC's GamesTick Up
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Sunday with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (4.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (6.805 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4), "Football Night in America #3" (11.139 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (12.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

FOX (4.488 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) got a boost from a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (9.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) followed by originals from "The Simpsons" (3.390 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Bless the Harts" (1.756 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.713 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.691 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was CBS (7.336 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments of "60 Minutes" (12.380 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.451 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.050 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) plus a repeat "NCIS" (3.461 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.302 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.029 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Supermarket Sweep" (3.264 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (2.945 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "Card Sharks" (1.969 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2 2020" (0.438 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18) on The CW (0.438 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

ABC (3.735 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) scored top honors on Friday thanks to fresh installments of "Shark Tank" (4.322 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "20/20" (3.441 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3).

Sharing in demo crown was FOX (2.141 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with its latest edition of "WWE SmackDown" (2.141 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

Next up was NBC (3.323 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the return of "The Blacklist" (3.599 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (3.186 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.642 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its mix of "MacGyver" (2.570 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), a new "Undercover Boss" (2.398 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (2.956 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1 2020" (0.508 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #9) on The CW (0.508 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On Sunday...
- Holiday Wars (Food): 1.146m/0.32
- Candy Land (P/Food): 1.125m/0.32
- Candy Land (S/Food): 746k/0.24 .

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posted 11/17/2020


New York Daily News
BEN WATKINS: 2006-2020
"MasterChef Junior" Alum Succumbs to Rare Form of Cancer
From TV Line

Fox and the producers of MasterChef Junior are paying tribute to former contestant Ben Watkins, who died Monday after battling a rare cancer. He was 14.

In a joint statement, Fox and EndemolShine North America said, "It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Ben Watkins, a beloved member of the MasterChef Junior family. Ben overcame so much in his life with a remarkably positive attitude. He was a tremendous role model for chefs of all ages and will be dearly missed by everyone at EndemolShine North America and Fox Entertainment."

In 2019, Watkins — who appeared in MasterChef Junior's sixth season — was diagnosed with Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma, an extremely rare soft tissue tumor. His death comes three years after his parents were killed in a domestic violence incident.

"Despite all the pain and sickness Ben went through, he never complained, not once," Watkins uncle/guardian Anthony Edwards told the Chicago Tribune. "We were praying for a different outcome. But Ben's lungs could no longer give him the air he needed to breathe. It's been devastating.".

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posted 11/17/2020

"Millionaire" UK Remembers the Big Winners
ITV to Broadcast Special November 22
From Telly Mix

ITV will revisit some of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire's iconic wins in a brand new series.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: The Million Pound Question is a new six-part series starting on Sunday, 22 November.

The first episode revisits the iconic win of Judith Keppel, the first UK millionaire from the world-famous gameshow. Judith looks back at her memorable time in the hotseat with Chris Tarrant, taking us step by step through her jaw-dropping journey up the question ladder.

She is joined by celebrities who have also sat in the famous hotseat, such as Naga Munchetty and Catherine Tyldesley, while the archives deliver some gold from former contestants including Jonathan Ross and wife Jane..

Telly Mix

posted 11/17/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Recovery"

  • Al Roker heads home to recover post-op (Deadline)

  • Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold host baby showers for each other (Reality TV World)

  • "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" now available on consoles (Gamasutra)

  • Ryan Reynolds recalls his final conversation with Alex (USA Today)

  • LIST ABUSE: The many openings of Alex Trebek (Primetimer)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Supermarket Sweep. (NPR)

posted 11/17/2020

Drag Me to Spain
World of Wonder Greenlights "Drag Race Espana
From Deadline

Drag Race has brought its fabulous brand of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to different parts of the world including Thailand, the United Kingdom, Holland, Chile and Canada. Now, World of Wonder is looking to further the global reach of the reality drag queen competition with Drag Race Spain.

World of Wonder, the production company behind the Emmy-winning RuPaul's Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing, has set Drag Race Spain which will stream exclusively on WOW Presents Plus in the US and other international markets, day-and-date with the Spanish airing on ATRESplayer Premium.

"It is such an honor to welcome Spain to the Drag Race family, partner with Atres, and bring the fierce fabulous glamour of Spanish queens to new audiences around the world on WOW Presents Plus," said World of Wonder co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. "In these dark and challenging times we believe people need Drag Race's joy, laughter, and heart now more than ever."

The host, judges, cast, and premiere date of Drag Race Spain will be "Ru-vealed" in the months to come.

Drag Race Spain is produced by Atresmedia TV in collaboration with Buendía Estudios and executive produced by World of Wonder. Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, and Tom Campbell are executive producers.

The deal with ATRESplayer PREMIUM was brokered by Nick Tanner, Director of Sales and Co-Productions and Eliana Barbosa, Senior Sales Manager for Passion Distribution. Passion Distribution will distribute the series globally in line with Passion Distribution and WOW's distribution strategy..

Deadline

posted 11/16/2020

Sinbad Suffers Stroke
Comedian, Star Search Alum in Recovery
From Deadline

Sinbad, the comedian and actor who is known for his stand-up and his role in the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World, has suffered from a stroke and is currently recovering. In a statement submitted to the Associated Press, his family said "It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband and father, is recovering from a recent stroke. Sinbad is a light source of love and joy for many generations. While he is beginning his road to recovery, we are faithful and optimistic that he will bring laughter into our hearts soon." His family continued, "Our family thanks you in advance for your love and support and ask for continued prayers for his healing. We also ask that you please respect our privacy during this time."

Born DAvid Adkins, Sinbad first came into prominence as a grand champion on "Star Search" in 1985. He has since been on numerous game shows including Jeopardy!, THe Hollywood Squares, Chopped, and The Celebrity Apprentice.


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posted 11/16/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "What Tom Bergeron Does with His Newfound Time Off"

  • Tom Bergeron endorses "Dancing with the Stars" drinking game (PopCulture), finds himself on somebody's short-list for the next Jeopardy! host (HEavy)

  • Alec Baldwin stays with ABC, goes to war with Kelsey Grammer (TV Line)

  • CASTING COUCH: Feud heads to Buffalo for families (WYRK Buffalo)

  • Claudia Jordan spilt tea about a guest banker who would ultimate become... well... yeah. Oh, and by the way... Ew? (Page Six)

  • Gleb Savchenko has been having issues for a while. (Reality TV World) Chrishell being around didn't help. (Us Weekly)

  • Jade Roper, Tanner Tolbert welcome their third child (Reality TV World)

  • Adam Thielen honors Alex Trebek with his cleats (TMZ Sports)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Byron Allen & Wayne Brady (Black Enterprise)

posted 11/16/2020


Radio Times
DES O'CONNOR: 1932-2020
"Ultimate Entertainer" Hosted Countdown, Take Your Pick
From Sky News

TV star Des O'Connor has died at the age of 88 following a fall at his home.

The all-round entertainer achieved a rare feat in the often fickle world of showbiz, heading up his own prime time TV shows for over 45 years and forging a successful musical career to boot.

O'Connor had been isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic, but had received visits, albeit from outside a window, from some of his children.

His agent Pat Lake-Smith said in a statement: "It is with great sorrow that I confirm that Des O'Connor passed away yesterday. "He had been admitted to hospital just over a week ago, following a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire.

"He was recovering well and had been in great spirits, visited by his family - in accordance with hospital lockdown regulations - and looking forward to going home.

"Unfortunately, yesterday evening his condition suddenly deteriorated and he drifted peacefully away in his sleep.

"Des, who was 88, was so well loved by absolutely everyone. He was a joy to work with - he was talented, fun, positive, enthusiastic, kind and a total professional. He loved life, and considered enthusiasm almost as important as oxygen.

"He adored his family - they were everything to him. He is survived by his wife Jodie, their son Adam and his four daughters, Karin, TJ, Samantha and Kristina.

"Jodie's world is shattered, she and Adam and Des's daughters are hurting more than you could possibly imagine.

"Des was the ultimate entertainer. He loved being on stage - entertaining a live audience. He always said the sound of laughter was like the sound of heavenly music.

"He had a fabulous international TV career, presenting his own prime time TV shows for over 45 years. On stage he starred at almost every leading venue throughout the world."

Born in Stepney, east London, on 12 January 1932 to a Jewish mother and Irish father, the comedian joked that he was the only O'Connor who ever had a bar mitzvah. As a young man, O'Connor briefly flirted with football as a career, playing professionally with Northampton Town, before serving his national service in the Royal Air Force, and then joining Butlin's holiday camp as a redcoat. He went on to perform in theatre variety shows in the mid 1950s, before getting his big screen break in 1963, when The Des O'Connor Show was commissioned on ITV.

Other bespoke shows followed, including Des O'Connor Tonight, An Audience With Des O'Connor and Today With Des And Mel. He also fronted several well-known game shows including Take Your Pick and Countdown.

Aside from his TV career, O'Connor regularly returned to his variety theatre roots, performing live in international venues including the Sydney Opera House, MGM Grand and over a thousand solo appearances at the London Palladium.

In 1969, he was surprised live on the Palladium stage by This Is Your Life, which paid tribute to his successful career. A regular guest on the Morecambe and Wise Show in the 1970s, he showcased his ability to laugh at himself as the fall guy to many of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise's disparaging jokes. Little did the audience suspect that O'Connor wrote many of the insulting gags himself. In 1970, a TV deal brought The Des O'Connor Show to the US, winning him an international audience, and live appearances in Las Vegas.

O'Connor also had a successful musical career, recording 36 albums and achieving four top 10 singles, including number one hit I Pretend. He toured with Buddy Holly when the rock and roll star came to the UK in 1958, and showcased his musical talents on Top Of The Pops in 1967. In later life, O'Connor also performed in musical theatre roles in the West End including the wizard in The Wizard Of Oz and multiple roles in Dreamboats And Petticoats.

O'Connor toured venues around the UK with his one-man show until 2019. In 2008, O'Connor was made a CBE for his services to entertainment and broadcasting in the Queen's birthday honours.

Married four times, O'Connor leaves behind his wife Jodie, one son and four daughters.

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posted 11/15/2020

Elf-Starters
Nick Slots SEason 2 of "Top Elf"
From the Futon Critic

It's beginning to look a lot like "Nickmas"! Nickelodeon is welcoming in the holiday with over 100 hours of seasonal content, featuring 21 holly jolly premieres of its live-action, animation and preschool series beginning Thursday, Nov. 19. Viewers will be treated to a joyous lineup including the season two premiere of original festive competition series, Top Elf.

In the second season of Top Elf, premiering on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), Santa (Tommy Snider) and Ms. Jingles (Samantha Turret) invite seven talented "Elf-testants" to the North Pole to compete in a series of holiday-themed challenges for the title of "Top Elf" and $25,000 to a charity on their Wish List. Each "Elf-testant" is paired with one of Santa's elves who are excited to help bring their holiday vision to life. The season will feature even bigger and messier challenges, including building a life size countdown calendar, designing sweet treat carts for the North Pole street fair, reimagining Santa's style for a high-tech makeover, creating a scenic 3D pop-up experience and producing and starring in their very own holiday-themed music video.

Each episode of Top Elf features a celebrity guest judge to help decide who will make it on to Santa's list and continue on in the competition. Joining as judges for season two are social media star Addison Rae, Nickelodeon's Unfiltered host Jay Pharoah, singer-songwriter Tori Kelly, social media sensation Guava Juice and global superstar JoJo Siwa. Top Elf will air regularly Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) through Dec. 17 on Nickelodeon.

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posted 11/13/2020

Raising Your "Voice" for the Holidays
NBC Plots Holiday Special
From the Futon Critic

NBC is sledding into the holiday season with a lineup full of extraordinary perennial and annual specials that only a broadcast network, with its ability and breadth to reach such a wide audience, can bring into the most festive months of the year.

The Voice Holiday Celebration · Thursday, Dec. 3, 8-9 p.m. (repeat Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.) · An array of "Voice" coaches past and present, some music superstars and many beloved artists from the "Voice" family perform holiday classics and popular modern favorites. Plus, Season 19 coaches, Blake, Kelly, John and Gwen share some of their favorite holiday traditions and memories.

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posted 11/13/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Holiday Rush"

  • VIDEO WALL: Sugar Rush Christmas (Netflix, November 27) (THe Futon Critic)

  • Al Roker home from the hospital (Deadline)

  • Bradley WAlsh wants to tell you how to win a game show (Telly Mix)

posted 11/13/2020

WEDNESDAY: A New Challenger Enters the Arena!
Fox Takes on PRemieres, Awards... Splits Night with NBC.
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.604 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held off the demo competition on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (5.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "I Can See Your Voice" (3.385 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

ABC (6.823 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) was a close second with its coverage of "The 54th Annual CMA Awards" (6.823 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

Next up was NBC (6.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and the return of "Chicago Med" (7.605 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (7.020 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "Chicago PD" (6.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.918 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "The Amazing Race 32" (3.594 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) followed by the season premiere of "S.W.A.T." (2.669 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and a second "S.W.A.T." (2.492 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.503 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) offered up its duo of "Devils" (0.452 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "Coroner" (0.554 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 823k/0.24


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posted 11/12/2020

It's Robot Fighting Time!
Battlebots Returns to Discovery December
From the Futon Critic

After production was halted due to COVID-19 earlier this year, BATTLEBOTS is back for a brand-new season of epic robotic combat. Sixty teams from across the globe have converged for the hardest hitting, unremitting, steel splitting tournament in combat robotics. Unproven rookies, up-and-coming stars and legends in the game will throw their fearsome fighting machines into the BattleBox for a chance to walk away with the preeminent prize in robotic sport: The Giant Nut.

The ultimate robot-fighting series, BATTLEBOTS returns for an all-new metal crunching season, premiering Thursday, December 3 at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

The action-packed metal madness kicks off with an epic main clash - former world champion Ray Billings with his lethal bot Tombstone faces Jack Barker's End Game from New Zealand. Other stars include Whiplash and SawBlaze, both with championship aspirations. Captain Shrederator, hoping to spin its way to a win against Lock-Jaw, and Bloodsport, who will be out for blood against Skorpios. This year's builders have put their robots to the ultimate test and will stop at nothing to take down the competition.

Sportscaster Chris Rose and UFC fighter Kenny Florian return once again to provide play-by-play commentary, while Jenny Taft reports from the builder pits and Faruq Tauheed is the ring announcer. Also, a new expert will be joining the commentary team: the Bot Whisperer, aka BATTLEBOTS veteran and robot guru Peter Abrahamson.

Filming with cast, crew and bot builders was carried out under the strictest health and safety protocols, with constant supervision and regular testing, and without a live audience. Instead, the spectators were the teams themselves, watching all the action (and their competitors) from specially constructed "opera boxes" placed around the giant BattleBox arena.

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posted 11/12/2020

Double Dare
"The Challenge: Double Agents" Returns to MTV December
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced that the highly-anticipated new season of The Challenge: Double Agents will premiere on Wednesday, December 9th at 8:00pm ET/PT. Following The Challenge: Total Madness, which scored the highest-rated season in eight years, The Challenge: Double Agents returns to a partner format with 19 action-packed episodes.

Filmed entirely in Iceland, the frigid Arctic Island sets the scene for this espionage thriller featuring 30 of the strongest reality titans from around the globe, who are forced to outsmart each other in a game of secrets, spies and lies for their share of one million dollars.

Leading up to premiere, fans will get an exclusive sneak peek and meet the cast during MTV's The Challenge: Double Agents Declassified launch special airing on Monday, December 7th at 8:00pm ET/PT. Coinciding with the new season, MTV's Official Challenge Podcast will kick off on Thursday, December 10 through the iHeartPodcast Network. Hosted by fan favorite vets Tori Deal and Aneesa Ferreira, the audio show will recap each episode of the current season, reliving the drama of the series' biggest alliances, frenemies and feuds. New podcast episodes drop the day after and are available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard, offering The Challenge fanatics exclusive behind-the-scenes scoop, from how stunts are created to the food the cast eats and more. .

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posted 11/12/2020

Lee Mack Is The 1%
"The Chop" Host Bounces Back with New Quiz Show
From British Comedy Guide

Lee Mack has been announced as the host of new ITV game show The 1% Club. The comedian has filmed eight hour-long episodes of the new format, which "invites viewers to discover if they are in The 1% Club."

Producers Magnum Media explain the format "is the quiz show that everyone of all ages and backgrounds can take part in, because, unlike most quizzes, you don't need to swot up on general knowledge to do well. All you need is logic and common sense.

"In The 1% Club, 100 contestants begin every show - but to make it to the end and win the top prize of up to £100,000, contestants must correctly answer a question only 1% of the country would get right.

"Each contestant starts with £1000 and one free pass, but if they answer incorrectly, they are out and their grand goes into the prize pot. Beginning with questions that 90% of the country got right, based on a sample of answers given by 1000 people across Britain, and building up step by step to puzzlers smaller and smaller percentages answered correctly, each time contestants flunk their answers, the prize money swells.

"As the questions get harder and the contestants numbers dwindle, host Lee breaks the tension with his quick-fire wit, teasing the contestants as their brains do somersaults in the battle to make it to the end of the show and a shot at the prize pot."

Mack recently co-hosted woodworking show The Chop. However the series was taken off air when viewers pointed out the tattoos of one of the contestants appeared to be linked to far right ideologies.

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posted 11/12/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Putting the Rumors to Rest"

  • Alton Brown apologizes for flippant Holocaust remark (Deadline)

  • Jameela Jamil joins Power Women Summit (The Wrap)

  • Victor Arroyo, Nicole Franzel put off their wedding (Us Weekly)

  • Artem Chigvintsev calls Carrie Ann Ex Scoring Theory "hysterical" (Us Weekly)

  • Brenchel welcome their second child (Reality TV World)

  • Derek Peth puts a ring on a model (People)

posted 11/12/2020

"Wheel" Spins Into Primetime 2021... and That's Only the Beginnning!
ABC Greenlights Celebrity Edition PLUS Dates for Chase, IDol, Bachelor, Hustler
From Deadline

ABC has set early-2021 premiere dates for new seasons of its reality hits The Bachelor and American Idol, along with the return of To Tell the Truth and the debuts of three new game shows: Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, The Chase and The Hustler.

Matt James is the new Bachelor in Season 25 of the franchise-launching juggernaut, which returns on Monday, January 4. The fourth season of the ABC version of American Idol will tune up on Valentine's Day Sunday, February 14, with Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Ryan Seacrest and Bobby Bones.

The sixth primetime season of the game show stalwart To Tell the Truth, with Anthony Anderson and Mama Doris, kicks off on Tuesday, January 26. Three weeks before that, ABC will introduce three new hourlong game shows on Thursday, January 9. Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White, is a spinoff that marks the longtime syndie sensation's primetime debut. It'll be followed at 9 p.m. by The Chase, which has Jeopardy! GOATs James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter taking turns competing against regular contestants in the U.S. version of the British format. The night will wrap with The Hustler at 10 p.m., hosted by former Late Late Show frontman Craig Ferguson.

Here are details about the three new series, followed a rundown of ABC's unscripted lineup for the winter:

CELEBRITY WHEEL OF FORTUNE Celebrity Wheel of Fortune takes a new spin on the iconic game show Wheel of Fortune with the primetime debut of America's Game. Hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune welcomes celebrity contestants to come spin the world's most famous wheel and solve word puzzles for a chance to win up to one million dollars. All of the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice.

THE CHASE The Chase is a heart-racing quiz show where three competitors must pit their wits and face off against the Chaser, a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them from winning cash prizes. Each hourlong episode is a fast-paced battle of brainpower, where contestants are challenged to think faster than they ever thought possible to answer up to 166 questions across all topics.

THE HUSTLER Hosted by Emmy-winning host, actor, writer and comedian Craig Ferguson, The Hustler breaks the game show mold by featuring one player who secretly already knows the answers. Don't be fooled. Just because they have a leg up doesn't mean they'll be taking home the prize. Each episode of The Hustler follows five contestants as they collaborate to answer a series of trivia questions worth $10,000 each, with the goal of building a collective prize pot that increases with each correct answer. The catch? One of the five contestants, the Hustler, already knows the answers but must keep their identity a secret in order to have a shot at winning the grand prize. Throughout each episode, two contestants are anonymously eliminated by the Hustler, leaving three remaining contestants — the Hustler and two others, who must collectively decide who they think the Hustler is. If they are right, they share the prize pot that could be worth over $100,000. If the two contestants are wrong, the Hustler goes home with the full cash reward.
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posted 11/11/2020

Building a Second Season
Fox Greenlights New Batch of "LEGO Masters"
From Deadline

Fox has confirmed that it has renewed reality competition format Lego Masters – six months after Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch revealed that it had begun preparing for a second season.

The network has ordered a second run of the 10-part series with host and exec producer Will Arnett returning. It will air in 2021.

The show sees pairs of Lego enthusiasts facing off in brick-building challenges. It launched on Fox in February.

Murdoch revealed the second season preparations during the network's investor call in May, but it took a while for the deal to close. He said at the time that it was planning for another midseason launch..

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posted 11/11/2020

TUESDAY: New Bachelorette, Who Dis?
NBC, ABC's Reality Stalwarts in a Dead Heat
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.098 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) scored a rare demo victory on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Bachelorette" (5.056 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and the special "Country Strong 2020: Countdown to the CMA Awards" (2.183 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

NBC (5.988 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) had to settle for second despite its trio of "The Voice" (7.427 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "This Is Us" (6.669 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Transplant" (3.867 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (4.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "FBI" (4.332 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) alongside a new "The FBI Declassified" (2.771 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.163 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its duo of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.300 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Next" (1.027 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.561 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Swamp Thing" (0.752 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.369 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 925k/0.21
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Do? (SP/Food): 723k/0.18
- The Misery Index (TBS): 610k/0.22


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posted 11/11/2020

DAncing with More Stars
Craig Robinson to Host "The Masked Dancer" for Fox PLUS More Winter Dates
From the Futon Critic

This December, FOX takes TV's #1 show and adds a little twist. Based on the smash hit FOX series THE MASKED SINGER and inspired by a popular segment featured on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," all-new celebrity competition series THE MASKED DANCER will be hosted by comedian Craig Robinson. Joining the show as panelists are THE MASKED SINGER and I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE'S Ken Jeong, world-famous choreographer and singer Paula Abdul, actor and the former "Giraffe" Mask on THE MASKED SINGER Brian Austin Green and actress and singer Ashley Tisdale. THE MASKED DANCER will have a special premiere Sunday, Dec. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/5:00-6:00 PM PT, Live to all Time Zones), before having its time period premiere Wednesday, Jan. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)..

THE MASKED DANCER will feature celebrity contestants shaking their tail feathers, while covered from head-to-toe in elaborate costumes and face masks, leaving audiences to guess their identities. Costumed celebrities will be joined on stage by masked partners and back-up dancers, as they perform a series of dances together; spanning from hip-hop to salsa, jazz to tap dancing and more. When it comes to dance styles, the sky is the limit.

Each week, a series of clues will be sprinkled throughout packages, costumes and routines, leading the panelists one step closer to figuring out which famous faces are freestyling behind the masks. Between all of the celebrity competitors on the show, they've amassed more than 38 million albums sold worldwide, 20 Emmy(R) Award wins, 20 Grammy(R) Award nominations, 10 World Dancing titles, five New York Times Best-Selling Author titles, four Olympic gold medals and three Broadway show appearances. Guest judges and premiere date to be announced soon.

"We've begun filming THE MASKED DANCER with incredible new talent on both sides of the mask, and can't wait to share the series with viewers," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, FOX Entertainment. "Craig Robinson is hilarious as always in his role as host, and Ken, Brian, Ashley and Paula are the perfect blend of personalities to lead our awesomely weird world of masks into a whole new genre!"

THE MASKED DANCER is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment and Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television and is based on the South Korean format, THE MASKED SINGER, created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp. James Breen, Craig Plestis, Dan Martin and Ellen DeGeneres are executive producers of the series. Breen will serve as showrunner. "Like" THE MASKED DANCER on Facebook at facebook.com/maskeddancerfox. Follow the series on Twitter @maskeddancerfox and join the conversation using #TheMaskedDancer. Check out photos and videos on Instagram @maskeddancerfox.

Elsewhere, on Thursday, Jan. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), hit culinary competition series HELL'S KITCHEN returns for its 19th season in a flashy new setting, as Chef Gordon Ramsay takes the show to Las Vegas, the city that's home to the world's first Gordon Ramsay HELL'S KITCHEN restaurant at Caesars Palace. For the first time ever, 16 aspiring chefs from around the country will roll the dice and head to Sin City in the hopes of winning big. Each week, the competition will get hotter as the chefs are put through rigorous culinary challenges - reaping high stakes rewards and punishments, all with a Sin City flare. But only those who possess the right combination of ingredients will continue in the competition, until one is named winner. At stake is a life-changing grand prize, including a Head Chef position at Gordon Ramsay HELL'S KITCHEN Lake Tahoe at Harvey's Hotel and Casino, and the title of HELL'S KITCHEN winner. HELL'S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions, Inc. Gordon Ramsay, Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Kenny Rosen and Bernie Schaeffer serve as executive producers. .


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posted 11/11/2020

Catch This Spinoff
"Catchphrase" Spawns Clip Show
From Realscreen

British commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned STV Studios, part of the STV Group, to produce a three-part compilation spin-off of hit game show Catchphrase.

Catchphrase: Catchiest Moments (3 x 60 minutes) will feature regular host Stephen Mulhern looking back at some of the game show's best highlights from both the regular series and its celebrity counterpart, while also revealing "hilarious never-before-seen moments" that initially didn't make it to air.

Featured throughout will be celebrity contestants including Gemma Collins, Tim Vine, Ashley Banjo, David Walliams, Ruth Jones, Oti Mabuse, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, Alison Hammond and Jimmy Carr. Catchphrase: Catchiest Moments will premiere Saturday evenings across ITV and STV beginning Nov. 21.

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posted 11/11/2020

MONDAY: All Singing, All Dancing
NBC, ABC's Reality Stalwarts in a Dead Heat
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.920 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Monday thanks to new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (6.300 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "The Good Doctor" (5.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

NBC (5.863 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was a tight second with fresh installments from "The Voice" (7.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "Weakest Link" (3.394 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

Next up was CBS (2.461 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (2.792 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "All Rise" (2.134 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Bull" (2.262 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.387 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up its duo of "LA's Finest" (1.639 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Filthy Rich" (1.135 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.956 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.993 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.809 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.892 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.476m/0.35
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.046m/0.21
- The Big Bake Holiday (P/Food): 646k/0.13


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posted 11/10/2020

SYNDIES: Week 7
Results for the Week Ending October 25
From TV Newscheck

Court shows, led by Judge Judy, got the most favorable ratings verdicts in the Halloween week session ending Nov. 1 with all of the top four gavelers scaring up significantly higher numbers.

In access, game shows were lively with Family Feud, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune all winning new season highs. Feud led the quiz and giveaways with a 5.8, followed by Jeopardy, hosted by the late Alex Trebek, at a 5.4 and Wheel right behind at a 5.3..

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8* +9%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.4* +8%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3* +6%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 11/10/2020

WEEKEND: Runs
NBC Wins on SNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.469 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) scored another victory on Sunday with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (4.240 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (7.001 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (11.624 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (13.778 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2).

CBS (10.183 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) was the silver draw with its "NFL Overrun" (22.864 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (15.759 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4), the season premieres of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.786 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) plus a repeat "NCIS" (3.440 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was ABC (3.693 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with originals from "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.969 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Supermarket Sweep" (3.264 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (3.024 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) alongside the last minute special "Alex Trebek, Remembered: A '20/20' Special" (3.513 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.342 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.351 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.088 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.663 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (1.180 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Bob's Burgers" (1.333 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.438 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.294 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T21) and repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.283 million viewers, #22; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T21) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.330 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #20) rounded out the night on The CW (0.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.0, #5).

Cable numbers for SUnday...
- Holiday Wars (Food): 1.099m/0.27

FOX (2.209 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) held onto the demo honors on Friday with its weekly telecast of "WWE SmackDown" (2.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

NBC (2.552 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was a close second with the season finale of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.820 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) followed by "NBC News: Decision 2020: Election Special" (2.016 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.764 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with a two-hour special "Your Voice/Your Vote: Election 2020" (3.045 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) alongside a new "Shark Tank" (2.202 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.591 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its mix of "The Greatest #AtHome Videos" (3.113 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), a repeat "Magnum P.I." (2.475 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "CBS News 2020: America Decides" (2.184 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8).

And finally, The CW (0.559 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.565 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), another "Masters of Illusion" (0.425 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), a new "World's Funniest Animals" (0.624 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and a repeat "World's Funniest Animals" (0.621 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9)..

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posted 11/10/2020

CBS Pledges ITself to 50/50
Network to Cast 50% POC on "Survivor", "Amazing Race"
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today a target for all future unscripted programs to have casts with at least 50% of the contestants being Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), beginning in the 2021-2022 broadcast season.

The Network will also allocate at least a quarter of its annual unscripted development budget to projects created or co-created by BIPOC producers, also starting in the 2021-2022 season. In addition, the Network will develop future initiatives with its production partners to expand diversity in all of the creative and production teams involved in making an unscripted series.

"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling," said George Cheeks, President and Chief Executive Officer for the CBS Entertainment Group. "As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our Network."

The initiatives announced today build on the targets and commitments CBS unveiled in July for scripted programming. The Network announced it will allocate a minimum of 25% of its future script development budgets to projects created or co-created by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). CBS also set a target for its writers' rooms to be staffed with a minimum of 40% BIPOC representation beginning with the 2021-2022 broadcast television season, and a goal to increase that number to 50% the following season (2022-2023) .

The Wrap

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Deadline

posted 11/9/2020

Monday Lightning Round
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  • Chrishell Stause denies affair with her partner after his divorce (People)

  • ABC had zero plans ahead of replacing "THe Bachelorette" (Variety)

  • Pat Sharp surprised by the Fun House twins (ITV)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vernon Kay (Wales Online)

posted 11/9/2020

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