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Answer: This Jeopardy! Host Turns 79 Today...
Question: Who Is Alex Trebek?
From Yahoo!

Question: Beloved game show host born this day in 1940. Answer: Who is Alex Trebek?

To celebrate his 79th birthday on Monday, the Jeopardy! host rang in his special day at a bash alongside family and friends.

In photos shared by the show's official social media accounts, Trebek appeared to celebrate in a ballroom, which was adorned with multicolored balloons and filled with multiple tables. In one photo, he posed alongside his wife, Jean Currivan Trebek, and their kids: Emily, 26, and Matthew, 29.

"Today is Alex's birthday! �� Send him your wishes in the comments below!" Jeopardy!'s Instagram post said in the caption. And fans readily complied.

"HBD to the ��! ��" one fan said, with the goat emoji referencing the "greatest of all time" phrase.

"Alex!! You are an institution! I've been watching you host Jeopardy since I was a toddler. Many happy returns, thank you for enriching all of our lives," another fan said in a touching comment.

"I wish nothing but health and happiness for you Mr Trebek! Thank you for all of the love you give us through your fascinating show. Lots of love and happy birthday!" added another.

Trebek's birthday comes after he wrapped Jeopardy!'s 35th season, and nearly two months since he shared that some of his tumors have shrunk by 50 percent.

Yahoo!

CBC

posted 7/22/19

WEEKEND: Nothing New to Report
ABC Wins Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.493 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its usual mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.194 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.502 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.659 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.616 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

CBS (4.231 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.451 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "Instinct" (3.341 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "The Good Fight" (2.777 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

Next up was NBC (2.342 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with encores of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.507 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "America's Got Talent" (2.931 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Bring the Funny" (1.996 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.024 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.945 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), another "Last Man Standing" (1.075 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "The Simpsons" (1.117 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.000 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.295 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) plus a new "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.715 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

And finally, the season finale of "Burder of Truth" (0.612 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and an encore of "Pandora" (0.424 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.518 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/22/19

Here's a Story... About a House of Bradys...
Discovery Networks Plan Crossovers
From the Futon Critic

HGTV's September 2019 premiere of A Very Brady Renovation, where the world-famous Brady Bunch house located in Los Angeles is perfectly replicated, is wildly anticipated by HGTV and Brady Bunch fans around the globe. Now, Discovery Channel and Food Network are getting in on the action with special Brady-inspired episodes of Fast N' Loud, Chopped, Worst Cooks in America, The Kitchen and The Pioneer Woman. Various cast members from The Brady Bunch, Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy), will appear in Brady-themed episodes to support the HGTV series and build on the fever-pitch excitement around all things Brady. Discovery Channel and Food Network will premiere their themed episodes in August or September.

They also will cross promote to A Very Brady Renovation on-air beginning in August, as will other networks in the Discovery, Inc. portfolio.

"From the start, we knew that the Brady Bunch house - and The Brady Bunch series - are pop culture phenomena that transcend time, yet evoke a nostalgic feeling about family and home that is completely relevant today," said Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brand officer, Discovery Inc. "We imagined many ways to bring the Brady Bunch lifestyle to life under the Discovery umbrella - from replicating the television house and souping up the family station wagon to inviting cast members to serve as guest judges for '70s-themed food competitions or reminisce about their early years together as TV icons. We've been able to do all of that on HGTV, Food Network and Discovery Channel as only the Discovery family of networks can."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/22/19

Who the (BLEEP) Turns Down Semi-Free Money?!
HQ, That's Who.
From Digiday

Some companies announce subscription products through press releases. Others have them tweeted out by the CEO.

Last month, HQ Words — HQ's third game following HQ Trivia & HQ Sports — tweeted about a future $9.99 per month subscription product. In response, HQ Words players scoffed at the high price. Sources say the external response was just one facet: HQ employees had no idea about the new initiative, leading to confusion internally.

That's just one example of the internal confusion at HQ Trivia, which in October 2017 was heralded as the future of TV.

A few months short of two years later, the company's future is in question, and the company has now turned down a new funding round from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Digiday has learned.

To its credit, HQ did become a viral sensation and made millions of dollars in revenue over the last year, unlike many consumer app startups that leave that for much later in their history. HQ had made $15 million since the company's inception to February, the Wall Street Journal reported at the time. It launched sponsored games with Nike and Warner Brothers and later secured other big-name advertisers like NBC, ABC and CBS. This month, HQ's sponsored show for "The Lego Movie 2" was nominated for an Emmy.

But HQ needs money, not just Emmy nominations. TechCrunch reported in April that HQ was burning through $1 million a month. The games may be free to play — for now — but they're far from free to produce. To keep existing, HQ is looking beyond advertising to monetize its user base with more in-app purchases like gaming apps have done. (For HQ Trivia, extra lives go for $3.99 for one and $9.99 for three.)

An HQ spokesperson told Digiday that the company has made $5 million from in-app purchases alone.

Simultaneously, HQ is working on programmatic advertising, the spokesperson said. HQ also sought to cut costs through layoffs.

On July 1, HQ laid off 20% of its staff, shrinking to under 30 employees. It's another step in low morale that has pushed other HQ employees to voluntarily leave for new positions, including its marketing manager and two brand partnership leads, per LinkedIn. HQ is hiring for engineering roles, according to LinkedIn. All these efforts come as HQ recently turned down a term sheet of new funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners.

The new funds could have helped HQ make some big hires in charge of making more shows or be put toward marketing to boost its declining viewerships. But the deal came with a caveat. In February 2018, HQ raised $15 million at a $100 million post-money valuation, led by Founders Fund with participation from Lightspeed. This round would have been a down round, sources say.

Digiday

posted 7/22/19

Misery Loves Company October 22
Jameela Jamil to Host, Tenderloins to Play Panel
From the Futon Critic

TBS' new comedy game show The Misery Index will premiere on Tuesday, October 22nd at 10pm ET / PT. Inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens, The Misery Index is the only game show where contestants can make a fortune out of other people's mis-fortune. 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.

The Misery Index trailer debuted this evening to a room full of fans at the first-ever Impractical Jokers San Diego Comic-Con(R) International panel. The game will feature two teams, each consisting of one contestant and two Tenderloins.

Teams will compete in a game of stakes ranking hysterically miserable real-life experiences - from getting stuck overnight in an elevator to walking in on your grandparents having sex - on a scale of 1-100 based on our Misery Index, a ranking system created by a team of therapists.

The Misery Index was developed by comedy writer Andy Breckman, along with Ben & Dan Newmark of Grandma's House Entertainment. The series is executive produced by Breckman, the Newmarks, Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment and Vin Rubino.

The Futon Critic

Broadway World
AV Club
Deadline
Deadline

posted 7/22/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Holey Moley, Somebody Wants Money"

  • Chris Harrison says he gave Luke every chance to redeem himself... and he blew it (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: the evolution of the Hollywood Game Night set (TV Overmind)

  • Lindsay Lohan takes on an Australian accent for "The Masked Singer" and... uh... no, just.... no. (Yahoo!/Elle)

  • Adriana Xenides' last ever text to Burgo (News.com.au)

  • The Pyramid set... revealed... circa 1973 (Comic Book Resources)

  • "Love Island" looks like it's heading into the sunset (Variety)

  • We don't know what an "intimate tour" is, but Alan Carr is setting to go out on one (Chortle)

  • Holey Moley, someone's either looking for a cash grab, or ABC's in trouble (Lexology)

  • Alex Trebek heads out on a cruise. (Newsday)

  • Sean Hayes is going to do what many of us wish we could... and insult Alec Baldwin for money (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/22/19

Eurovision Finds New US Home
2019, 2020 Contests to Broadcast on Netflix
From Deadline

The Eurovision Song Contest has a new U.S. home. Netflix has picked U.S. VOD rights to the 2019 and 2020 installments of European Broadcasting Union's international musical competition. The three 2019 telecasts, two semi-finals and a final, which aired live May 14-18 from Tel Aviv, Israel, will be available Monday, July 22. The 2020 semi-finals and final also will launch at once on a date TBD after the live competition concludes.

Viacom's Logo broadcast live the final only for the last three years.The cable network opted not to carry the show in 2019. Netflix, which is not in the live programming business, has no plans for live Eurovision broadcasts; its rights are for VOD only.

Deadline

The Wrap
The Wrap

posted 7/19/19

THURSDAY: THe Comeback
CBS Wins Atypically Slow Night
From Deadline

CBS' Big Brother (1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, 3.79 million viewers) was Thursday's highest rated and most watched show on the Big 4, helping the network win overall in both metrics on a night when ABC's lineup touched season lows. The latest Love Island (0.5, 2.34M) dipped a tenth for CBS, which also had a new Elementary (0.5, 2.82M), up a tenth.

Fox's MasterChef (0.7, 2.94M) topped Love Island as 8 PM's top-rated show; viewership honors in the hour went a repeat of The Wall on NBC.

ABC's Holey Moley (0.6, 3.17M) dropped two tenths to a season low, and Family Food Fight (0.3, 1.77M) fell by the same amount at 9 PM. At 10 PM, Reef Break (0.3, 1.83M) also fell back a tenth.

Among other fresh episodes Thursday, Fox's Spin the Wheel (0.5, 2.46M) and NBC's Hollywood Game Night (0.5, 2.41M) battled for second behind Big Brother at 9 PM. The CW was even with iZombie (0.2, 730,000) and The Outpost (0.1, 0.56M).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.168m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 779k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 474k

Deadline

Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/19/19

WEDNESDAY: Welcome Back, Fun & Games
ABC Wins Totals, Fox Wins Demo
From The Futon Critic

FOX (2.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday for the first time this summer with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.041 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "First Responders Live" (2.304 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

ABC (3.409 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then had to settle for second with its trio of "Press Your Luck" (3.929 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Card Sharks" (3.171 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Match Game" (3.129 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was CBS (2.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with new episodes of "Love Island" (2.510 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Big Brother 21" (3.963 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) plus a repeat "SWAT" (2.516 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.579 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Songland" (2.068 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) alongside a new "The InBetween" (2.283 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.858 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.624 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.741 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.115m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 907k
- Are You the One: Come One Come All (MTV): 515k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 355k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 340k .


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

 

posted 7/19/19

Fox Is Building a Better Reality Show
EndemolShine, Brad Pitt to Develop American "Lego Masters"
From TV Line

Everything is awesome over at Fox: The network has handed a series order to LEGO Masters, a LEGO-building competition that counts Brad Pitt among its producers.

Based on the UK format of the same name, LEGO Masters pits 12 pairs against each other in a series of block-building challenges. In each episode, one pair will advance to the next round, before the top three teams meet in the finale and compete for the ultimate LEGO trophy.

The series hails from Endemol Shine North America (which produces Fox's The Masked Singer and MasterChef franchise) and Pitt's Plan B.

"LEGO Masters has everything you want in a reality-competition: an incredibly quirky and unique twist on a brand revered by billions of people, exciting team-based battles driven by creativity, and a premise that's ultra-family friendly," Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials for Fox Entertainment, said in a statement. "It's bold, fun and unlike anything else on television, and we're thrilled to bring LEGO Masters to American fans."

LEGO Masters first debuted on the UK's Channel 4 in August 2017. To date, it has aired two seasons and spawned equally successful adaptations in Australia and Germany.

TV Line
The Wrap

Exclaim
The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/19

Cannonball!
USA Signs Off On Talpa Format
From The Wrap

USA Network has picked up "Cannonball," a competition show that pits contestants against one another in "splashy" challenges for a cash prize, to series, the network announced on Wednesday.

According to USA, "the series features 16 larger-than-life personalities willing to jump into the deep end and compete in four rounds of physical challenges – from the speed slide Mega-Ramp to a thrilling Drop Tower to the explosive Air Cannon and more. Each round eliminates more hopefuls, until finally one champion remains."

"'Cannonball' is pure fun in the sun for the whole family to enjoy," Heather Olander, senior vice president of alternative development and programming for USA Network, said. "Filled with splashes, laughs and friendly competition, we are all thrilled to add such an energetic series to our schedule."

The Wrap
Deadline

The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/19

WEDNESDAY: Welcome Back, Fun & Games
ABC Wins Totals, Fox Wins Demo
From The Futon Critic

FOX (2.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday for the first time this summer with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.041 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "First Responders Live" (2.304 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

ABC (3.409 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then had to settle for second with its trio of "Press Your Luck" (3.929 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Card Sharks" (3.171 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Match Game" (3.129 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was CBS (2.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with new episodes of "Love Island" (2.510 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Big Brother 21" (3.963 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) plus a repeat "SWAT" (2.516 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.579 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Songland" (2.068 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) alongside a new "The InBetween" (2.283 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.858 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.624 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.741 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

 

posted 7/18/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "How's That Working For You?"

posted 7/19/19

More on "Hypnotize Me"
Catch It on the CW August 7
From Broadway World

Contestants put their skills to the test and take a trip Around the World as they are challenged to complete simple tasks all while being hypnotized by Hypnotist Keith Barry.

When they attempt to sculpt Greek pottery and make authentic Italian pizzas, their entranced state has them thinking they are Patrick Swayze and that everyone is naked, causing hilarious hurdles that unwittingly sabotage their success.

Watch as madness ensues as contestants believe that models are mannequins during Paris Fashion Week.

After each round of hypnoses, host Taye Diggs will inform the audience of the amount of money earned and later declare the ultimate amount won following the final group challenge.

"Hypnotize Me" premieres on the CW August 7.

Broadway World

posted 7/18/19

TUESDAY: Judge Cuts Give NBC the Win
"AGT"-Fueled Peacock Attracts More Viewers Than Rest of Broadcast Combined
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was back on top last night thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.388 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (4.989 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

ABC (2.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then claimed the silver with its special "The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts" (4.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) alongside repeats of "Modern Family" (2.350 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (1.722 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), another "Modern Family" (1.544 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Black-ish" (1.354 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (2.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with new episdoes of "Love Island" (2.333 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Blood & Treasure" (2.465 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus the special "Man on the Moon" (2.479 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.515 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) was back to repeats of "Spin the Wheel" (1.528 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "9-1-1" (1.501 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, the premiere of "Pandora" (0.736 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) and a new "The 100" (0.582 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

ON cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 855k
- Chopped (Food): 763k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 574k
- Ex on the Beach (SP/MTV): 547k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 466k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 383k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 178k .


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

 

posted 7/18/19

SYNDIES: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending July 7
From TV Newscheck

Syndication's traditional July 4 Nielsen nosedive was made even worse this year by preemptions and competition from the eagerly anticipated Women's World Cup semifinals in the holiday session ending July 7.

Among the games, the top four shows were all down, with three hitting new season lows. Leader Family Feud, the only one of the four not at a new season low, slipped 7% to a 5.7. Jeopardy, in its fourth full week without star attraction James Holzhauer, lost 9% to a 5.1. Wheel of Fortune slid 10% to a 4.7, and Who Wants To Be a Millionaire depreciated 7% to a 1.4.

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) 5.7 -7%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1** -9%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.7 -10%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B+C

posted 7/18/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Most Shocking Divorce Trial Ever"

  • Mike Fleiss Divorce Trial: she said (The Wrap), he said (The Wrap)

  • Gordon Ramsay f***s off of CAA, signs with WME (The Wrap)

  • EVERYBODY'S GOT ONE: the return of the game show classic (Reality TV World)

  • #TBT: Tami Roman (you know, the Card Sharks dealer from 2001?) returns to Basketball Wives (TV Overmind).

  • How Joel McHale learned to stop worrying and love classic game shows (Hollywood Outbreak)

posted 7/18/19

There's No Face Like (Daphne) Oz
Fox Renews MasterChef Junior, Adds The Chew Host to Judging Panel
From the Futon Critic

Daphne Oz, author, chef and entrepreneur, joins world renowned chefs Gordon Ramsay and Aaron Sanchez as a judge on the eighth season of the hit culinary competition series.

In the new season, the pint-sized contestants will cook a meal for diners at a historical renaissance fair and size up against monster trucks at a motocross track. The chef-testants also will welcome Gordon's daughter, Tilly Ramsay, back to the MASTERCHEF kitchen for a donut contest! With challenge after exciting challenge, one talented kid will be named America's newest MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the trophy and $100,000 grand prize.

Daphne Oz is an Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times-bestselling author, chef and entrepreneur focused on innovation in food and beverage, beauty, wellness, fashion and media. She was previously co-host of "The Chew" for six seasons. Now, as one of the co-hosts of "The Dish on Oz" (a weekly series on "The Dr. Oz Show"), she brings the latest in food news, family-friendly recipes, expert tricks and social media-worthy indulgence to the small screen. She also co-hosts the chart-topping podcast "Mom Brain," on which she shares candid conversations with trusted experts, doctors, celebrities and friends about parenting and how to raise happy, confident kids. Her delicious and refreshingly realistic approach to balanced living has made her an in-demand speaker on all things food, wellness, motherhood and lifestyle. A graduate of Princeton University, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Oz and her husband have three children and are expecting their fourth.

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 7/17/19

Speaking of Tiny Food...
Quibi Buys Into "Biggest Little Cook-Off"
From Deadline

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's shortform video platform Quibi is cooking up a new non-scripted series titled Biggest Little Cook-Off.

The comedic miniature food competition series will offer an absurd showdown with two top chefs battling to create the most delicious, salivating, mouth-watering, single bite of food.

The series is produced by Levity Productions, a Levity Live Company, for Quibi. Judi Marmel, Johnny Milord and Aron Korney are executive producers on the show.

Deadline

posted 7/17/19

MONDAY: ABC Wins, No Thanks to "Grand Hotel"
"Bachelorette" Creams "Love Island"... and "Ninja Warrior" Helps
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.302 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.408 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (3.091 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

NBC (4.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.488 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.792 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.240 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with new episodes from "Beat Shazam" (2.523 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.958 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.903 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "Love Island" (2.107 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "The Code" (3.184 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a repeat "Bull" (3.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.195 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.944 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.860 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.049 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 854k
- Cupcake Championship (Food): 611k
- Worst Bakers in America (SP/Food): 575k .


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

 

posted 7/17/19

Chiara Ferragni Makes the Cut
Designer Joins Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn on Amazon Series
From Deadline

Fashion designer and influencer Chiara Ferragni has joined Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn's forthcoming Amazon series Making The Cut.

Ferragni, who appeared as a guest judge on season 13 of Klum and Gunn's former show Project Runway, has joined the competition series as part of the judging panel. This comes as the show brings the challenge to Tokyo.

The shoppable fashion series will air on the SVOD service in more than 200 countries next year.

Ferragni joins the judging panel, which includes supermodel Naomi Campbell, who also serves as a consulting producer, former EIC of Vogue Paris Carine Roitfeld, designer Joseph Altuzarra and fashion icon, actress Nicole Richie.

She made her name in New York with her blog The Blonde Salad before going on to model for Guess and a shoe collaboration with Steve Madden. She later went on to design her own line of footwear as part of her Chiara Ferragni Collection and run talent agency TBS Crew Srl.

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posted 7/17/19

More Faces for "Drag Race UK"
Twiggy, Cheryl Join Panel for BBC Three Series
From Deadline

The guest list for the BBC's remake of RuPaul's Drag Race keeps growing, with legendary supermodel Twiggy and ex-Girls Aloud pop star Cheryl joining the competition format.

The pair have been added as celebrity guest judges for RuPaul's Drag Race UK, which will launch on BBC Three later this year.

Twiggy was the face of the Swinging Sixties, while Cheryl has appeared as a judge on The X Factor and a dance captain on the BBC's The Greatest Dancer.

The pair join Game of Thrones' Masie Williams, Spider Man's Andrew Garfield, Chewing Gum's Michaela Coel and pop stars Geri Horner, Jade Thirlwall in the guest judge chair. They will work alongside Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr in the eight-part series.

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posted 7/17/19

Primetime Emmys: And the Nominees Are...
Race, ANW, Nailed It, Drag Race, Top Chef, Voice Up for Reality Show of the Year
From The Wrap

The 71st Emmy nominations are out, and yes, the final seasons for "Game of Thrones" and "Veep" are present and accounted for.

Ken Jeong and D'Arcy Carden had the honors this morning, rattling off the nominees on TV and via a livestream. In their favorite category, Outstanding Comedy Series, Carden's "The Good Place" will go up against "Barry," "Fleabag," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "Russian Doll," "Schitt's Creek," and of course, "Veep."

HBO earned the most total nominations with 137, reclaiming its (iron) throne. Netflix, which had the most nods last year, was second with 117 this time around.

The nominations of note...

Competition Program
- "The Amazing Race," CBS
- "American Ninja Warrior," NBC
- "Nailed It!," Netflix
- "RuPaul's Drag Race," VH1
- "Top Chef," Bravo
- "The Voice," NBC

Host for Reality or Competition Program
- James Corden ("The World's Best", CBS)
- Ellen DeGeneres ("Ellen's Game of Games", NBC)
- Marie Kondo ("Tidying Up with Marie Kondo", Netflix)
- Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman ("Making It", NBC)
- RuPaul ("RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1)

Directing for Reality Program
- "The Amazing Race", CBS
- "American Ninja Warrior", NBC
- "Queer Eye", Netflix
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1
- "Shark Tank", ABC

Production Design for Variety, Reality, or Competition Series
- "At Home with Amy Sedaris", truTV
- "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver", HBO
- "Queer Eye", Netflix
- "The Voice", NBC

Casting for Reality Program
- "Born This Way", A&E
- "Queer Eye", Netflix
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1
- "Shark Tank", ABC
- "The Voice", NBC

Choreography for Variety or Reality Program
- "So You Think You Can Dance", Fox (2)
- "World of Dance", NBC (3)

Cinematography for Reality Program
- "Deadliest Catch", Discovery
- "Life Below Zero", NatGeo
- "Survivor", CBS

Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program
- "Dancing with the Stars", ABC
- "Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce", Netflix
- "The Masked Singer", Fox
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1
- "Saturday Night Live", NBC

Picture Editing for Structured Reality or Competition Program
- "The Amazing Race", CBS
- "Queer Eye", Netflix
- "RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars", VH1

Original Interactive Program
- "First Man VR", Universal Pictures
- "HQ Trivia x Warner Bros.: A Live and Interactive Animation First", HQ Trivia
- "NASA's InSight Mars Landing", NASA TV
- "Traveling While Black", Oculus
- "You vs. Wild", Netflix

Other nominations...
- Anthony Anderson (Lead Actor in Comedy Series, "Black-ish")
- Jane Lynch (Guest Actress in Comedy Series, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")
- "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" (Unstructured Reality Program, VH1)


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posted 7/17/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Mario Lopez Is No Longer Extra"

  • Mario Lopez joins "Access Hollywood" (Deadline)

  • Mike Fleiss experiences the most shocking cross-examination divorce hearing EVER (The Wrap)

  • Wells Adams engages into a modern family (Reality TV World)

  • John Cena has a new challenge... babysitting (Broadway World).

  • James Holzhauer's winning strategy? One word... Analytics. (UConn Today)... How is it helping him in the WSOP? (PopCulture)

  • "Family Food Fight" host Ayesha Curry given the business on Twitter for doing the Milly Rock for "Holey Moley" golf pro, and fan nation is having none of it. In other news, there's a thing called the Milly Rock (Hollywood Life)

posted 7/17/19

Evelyn Warfel, John Quinn to Run CBS/Fremantle Duo
Warfel Takes "Price", Quinn to Run "LMAD" from Mike Richards
From Deadline

There's a change at the helm of Fremantle-produced game shows The Price Is Right and Let's Make A Deal.

Evelyn Warfel has been elevated to Executive Producer/Showrunner of The Price Is Right, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the history of the series, and John Quinn serving as the new Executive Producer/Showrunner on Let's Make A Deal. They replace Mike Richards, who exited both shows earlier this year after signing a multi-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television.

"We are fortunate to have such creative and dedicated talent at the company," said Jennifer Mullin, CEO, Fremantle. "When looking to fill these roles, we didn't need to go far. Evelyn and John have been longtime valued members of our team and I can't wait to see how they will flourish in their new roles."

Warfel has been with Fremantle for the past 10 years, most recently serving as The Price Is Right's Co-Executive Producer. During her tenure, the series has won three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show, along with a total of seven nominations. Warfel has an extensive game show background having produced more than a dozen titles within this genre of entertainment, including previously serving as a Supervising Producer on Fremantle's Let's Make A Deal.

Additionally, Adam Sandler has been named The Price Is Right's new Co-Executive Producer, taking over for Warfel. Sandler has spent the past 25 years with the series, serving as the show's Director for the past six, and in numerous producing roles prior to then. Having won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Game Show, Sandler will continue on in this role, in addition to now serving as the show's Co-EP.

Veteran game show producer Quinn has been with Fremantle for the past six years, originally joining as an Executive Producer on Celebrity Name Game, which saw two Daytime Emmy wins for host Craig Ferguson, along with a nomination in the Outstanding Game Show category. He also served as an Executive Producer on Match Game, and is currently both an Executive Producer and Showrunner on the return of the classic game show, Press Your Luck, on ABC. Quinn will be joined by longtime Let's Make A Deal Co-EP's, Chris Ahearn and Graham Shaw, along with Jennifer Langheld who recently was tapped as Co-EP.

Both The Price Is Right and Let's Make A Deal will premiere their 48th and 11th seasons respectively this fall on CBS.

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posted 7/16/19

WEEKEND: Game Shows Rule
ABC Wins Sunday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.450 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.716 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) followed by originals from "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (5.008 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "To Tell the Truth" (4.102 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (4.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.233 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.286 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Instinct" (3.581 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "The Good Fight" (3.076 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

Next up was NBC (2.307 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with encores of "America's Got Talent" (2.766 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Bring the Funny" (2.259 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "New Amsterdam" (1.437 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.011 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.902 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), another "Last Man Standing" (1.052 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), "The Simpsons" (1.126 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.103 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.143 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and a new "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.741 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.512 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) and a repeat "The 100" (0.252 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.382 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.103m
- SUnday Best (BET): 593k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 341k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 310k

NBC (2.850 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) claimed the demo honors on Friday thanks to an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.593 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) a new "Dateline NBC" (3.365 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

ABC (2.560 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) then was a close second with a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.301 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a repeat "20/20" (2.689 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Next up was CBS (2.873 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with an original "Love Island" (2.096 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) alongside repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (2.752 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (3.771 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.492 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up second runs of "First Responders Live" (1.736 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "MasterChef" (1.248 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.465 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) likewise opted for repeats of "The Outpost" (0.543 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), "The Big Stage" (0.399 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and another "The Big Stage" (0.375 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10). .

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 817k

NBC (1.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #1) was the network to beat on Saturday with its telecast of the feature "Furious 7" (1.941 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

Second place then went to CBS (1.435 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) with an encore of "Love Island" (0.885 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.1, #8) followed by a new "Million Dollar Mile" (0.978 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #7) and a repeat "48 Hours" (2.441 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Next up was FOX (1.924 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and its primetime portion of "FOX Sports Saturday Presents Major League Baseball" (1.924 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

And finally, ABC (1.838 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) closed out the night with its all-repeat lineup of "Shark Tank" (2.010 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), "The Good Doctor" (1.818 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and "The Rookie" (1.684 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

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posted 7/16/19

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posted 7/16/19

"Masked Singer" Heads Down Under
Judges Include Jackie O, Lindsay Lohan
From Yahoo!

A diverse cocktail of talent has been announced as the judging panel for a brand new reality series, and one prolific radio star is making her silver screen comeback. Jackie O has been announced as one of the panellists on upcoming singing game show, the appropriately titled, The Masked Singer.

Jackie O is returning to her roots with the gig, as she famously got her TV start judging Popstars in 2000 and then went on to host iconic early noughties reality shows, most famously Big Brother. The Kiss FM host might be better known for radio these days, but she's far from the most surprising personality in the fray.

Joining the Aussie personality will be none other than everyone's favorite former child star, Lindsay Lohan. The Mean Girls actress is fresh off the cancellation of her own reality show Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club, which tracked the opening of her Mykonos club, earlier this year, and confirmed the new project over the weekend.

"Look out Australia, I'm coming!" she told Confidential.

The full panel comprises of Lindsay, Jackie O, Dave Hughes and Dannii Minogue.

Dannii is of course a veteran of the judging game, judging on the X Factor UK and the show's Australian counterpart, as well as on Australia's Got Talent, and Hughes has a number of TV gigs under his belt.

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posted 7/15/19

THURSDAY: Game Show Battle Royale
CBS Takes Totals Thanks to "Big Brother"; Tied with Fox's "MasterChef"/"Spin the Wheel" for Demo
From The Futon Critic

CBS (3.165 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its original lineup of "Love Island" (2.613 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Big Brother 21" (3.989 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Elementary" (2.893 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

FOX (2.842 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors thanks to fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.040 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "Spin the Wheel" (2.644 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.869 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its trio of "Holey Moley" (3.946 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Family Food Fight" (2.401 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Reef Break" (2.260 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.822 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the return of "Hollywood Game Night" (2.647 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) bookended by repeats of "The Wall" (3.411 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.408 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a new "iZombie" (0.594 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and the season premiere of "The Outpost" (0.611 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.603 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.168m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 827k
- Double Dare (Nick): 758k


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posted 7/15/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Circle of Life"

  • Jamie & Corinne Foxx take a break from Shazam to attend "The Lion King" premiere (Business Times)

  • Billy Eichner on Timon (Exclaim)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Awake: The Million Dollar Game (Showbiz Cheat Sheet)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC opts for reruns of "The Wall" for the time being, putting the new season off until 2020 (Broadway World).

  • If you're a fan of Alton Brown, mark your calendar for August 25, and the return of "Good Eats" (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/15/19

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