Canada... Get Ready...
The Test Is Coming Back
"Jeopardy!" in Process of
Complying with Canadian Standard
From the Province
What is online privacy for
Earlier this year, Canadians were told they could no
longer apply to be contestants on America’s most famous
It wasn’t clear why. The show’s organizers alluded to
Canadian digital privacy laws, but didn’t go into
The show’s host, Alex Trebek, hails from Canada. In
February, he told the Ottawa Citizen, “it is true that
for the most recent Jeopardy contestant tryouts,
Canadians were precluded from taking the online test,
since the show must now comply with new rules set down
by the Canadian government.”
“We look forward to having more try out as soon as we
are sure we can comply with all Canadian online privacy
What those issues were has never been explained, but
most speculation centers around anti-spam and digital
privacy laws, both of which have been updated in the
past two years.
On Tuesday morning, an update: The doors are going to
swing back open from Trebek.
"To all our fans in Canada,
We are actively in the process of bringing our online
test site into compliance with all Canadian online
privacy laws and as soon as all issues have been
addressed – later this year – we plan to host an online
test and follow-up auditions with a focus on Canada.
You’ll hear more about this, and I hope that when the
time comes, you’ll try out. Stay tuned."
SYNDIES: Week 32
Results for the Week Ending
Headed into the TV season’s
final ratings period, the May sweeps, many shows turned
to repeats and were flat to down, with only a few
exceptions in the week ending April 24.
One notable exception was Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly
and Michael, which has been steadily in the news since
Disney announced on April 19 that co-host Michael
Strahan would be decamping for ABC’s Good Morning
America come fall.
The games were all down. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded
5% to a 6.3. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud fell 6% to a
6.1. CTD’s Jeopardy! slumped 2% to a 5.9. Debmar-Mercury’s
Celebrity Name Game softened 7% to a 1.3, tying
Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which was
unchanged for the week but down 24% from last year.
MONDAY: When 10 and 6
Equals a Tie
NBC, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.412 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the demo champ on
Monday with its pairing of "The Voice" (9.846 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Blindspot"
(5.545 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).
ABC (9.841 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2)
then took home the silver with its duo of "Dancing with
the Stars" (11.645 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49:
1.8, #2) and "Castle" (6.232 million viewers, #7; adults
18-49: 1.0, #10).
Next up was CBS (7.161 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.4, #3) and its lineup of "Mike & Molly" (6.966
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), another
"Mike & Molly" (7.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.4, #4), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (6.995 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "The Odd Couple"
(5.976 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and
the season finale of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.913 million
viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).
Meanwhile, FOX (3.114 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.9, #4) offered up a new "Gotham" (3.612 million
viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and the debut of
"Houdini & Doyle" (2.617 million viewers, #11; adults
18-49: 0.7, #11).
And finally, originals from "Reign" (1.001 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Jane the
Virgin" (0.903 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3,
#T12) on The CW (0.951 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 718,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 454,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 358,000
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo): 115,000
WEEKEND: Dead Heat
"Race", "Shark Tank" Help CBS,
ABC Tie in the Demo
From the Futon Critic
CBS (7.928 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched network
on Friday with its usual mix of "The Amazing Race"
(5.551 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7),
"Hawaii Five-0" (8.292 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Blue Bloods" (9.944 million
viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).
ABC (5.089 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1)
however shared in the demo honors with a repeat "Shark
Tank" (4.075 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9)
followed by originals from "Shark Tank" (5.636 million
viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "20/20" (5.558
million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).
Next up was NBC (3.967 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Caught on Camera with
Nick Cannon" (3.687 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49:
0.7, #10), "Grimm" (4.007 million viewers, #8; adults
18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.207 million
viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).
Meanwhile, FOX (2.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.7, #4) served up an encore "Hell's Kitchen" (1.832
million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) alongside
the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.074 million
viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).
And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries"
(1.055 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12)
and "The Originals" (0.932 million viewers, #13; adults
18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (0.993 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.
On cable Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.494 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.259 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 899,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/8p):
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/SP):
Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Round One! Ready! GO!"
Superman. Captain America vs. Iron Man... Bobby Flay vs.
Gordon Ramsay (Refinery29)
to host National Geography Bee (Broadway
Loser: why the weight keeps coming back. Short answer:
named honorary head of Royal Canadian Geographic Society (The
Daytime Emmys: Winning
Apparently Takes Care of Everything
"The Price Is Right", Craig
Ferguson, "Jeopardy!", Michael Strahan Among Winners
From CBS News
Soap stars and talk show
hosts gathered for the Daytime Emmys on Saturday and
"General Hospital" won big at the Daytime Emmys with
Outstanding Drama Series, while Kelly Ripa and Michael
Strahan won Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show host
amidst a tumultuous time for their show. Both CBS and
ABC took home the most awards, with six Emmys each.
On the game show front, Craig Ferguson repeated as
Outstanding Game Show Host for "Celebrity Name Game",
while "The Price Is Right" won its seventh trophy as
Outstanding Game Show, the second since Drew Carey
inherited the mic from Bob Barker in 2007.
The most honored game show
in Emmy history collected another trophy, as "Jeopardy!"
won for Outstanding Direction in a Game Show for Kevin
Los Angeles Times
How Many Can Ken
Find Out When "500 Questions"
Returns May 26
From TV Line
“Game Show History” for
This Jeopardy wunderkind will attempt to make lightning
strike twice as a contestant on ABC’s 500 Questions.
Who is… Ken Jennings?
Correct! Congratulations! Well done! Now, keep reading
for the full story behind that painfully cheesy lede
(C-Note: from TV Line, not from us).
TVLine has confirmed that Jennings — whose 74-game
winning streak remains a Jeopardy record — will appear
as a contestant in 500 Questions‘ two-hour Season 2
premiere on Thursday, May 26. (Season 2 will air as a
five-night event, beginning May 26 and concluding
Wednesday, June 1.)
Nightline‘s Dan Harris will serve as the show’s new
host, replacing CNN’s Richard Quest.
Quick 500 Q refresher: The show tasks contestants with
answering 500 general knowledge questions. The catch? If
said player answers three questions incorrectly in a row
he/she is eliminated. New to Season 2: a bonus
two-minute lightning round.
During his 74-episode Jeopardy rout in 2004, Jennings
pocketed a then-record $2,520,700.
On Second Thought...
"Think Tank" to Return
From Malton & Pickering Mercury
Bill Turnbull's quiz show,
Think Tank, will be returning for a second series.
The BBC One show will be back later this year with the
former BBC breakfast host as its presenter.
The new series will consist of thirty episodes, which is
an increase from the twenty episodes featured in the
Turnbull said: "I'm very happy to be going back to the
studio for another series of Think Tank. We had a lot of
fun first time round, and I'm sure the next series will
be even better."
Commissioning editor, Jo Street, said: " Bill and his
highly entertaining colleagues in the Think Tank kept
our audiences entertained in the afternoon and we are
very pleased to bring the team back together from all
across the UK to help even more contestants in the next
The quiz show sees a group of regular contributors from
across the nation answering general knowledge questions.
Their answers aim to help contestants through a series
of questions, with the final aim of getting to the final
round to tackle the 'Question: Impossible' - the
question the Think Tank hasn't been able to answer.
& Pickering Mercury
So This Weekend Was A
"Britain's Got Talent" Drops
to 9.3 Million
From Telly Mix
Ratings for Britain's Got
Talent 2016 took a dip last night but the show was still
the most watched of the day.
The Bank Holiday weekend may have had an impact on
figures but none the less a strong audience of 9.3
million viewers tuned in.
It's well down on last weekend's number of 10.1 million,
the same figure that 2015's equivalent show had.
The episode peaked with 10.3 million viewers as the
latest auditions took place with acts ranging from the
usual singers and dancers to a cross bow performer and a
dodgy pole dancing duo.
Once again the shows either side of ITV didn't do much:
Gameshow Bang On The Money was down 200,000 viewers week
on week to 2.3 million while Play To The Whistle sunk to
2.5 million, down from last week's 3.1 million viewers.
On BBC One, Michael McIntyre's Big Show recorded a
series low as 4.5 million viewers watched before BGT,
down 600,000 viewers on last Saturday.
Pointless Celebrities returned with 3 million viewers
while Casualty had 3.9 million.
Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Past Becomes the Future"
winner of "Hell's Kitchen" is... (The
Futon Critic) PLUS a preview of Masterchef (June
REVIEW: Mastermind New Zealand (New
Keith Chegwin &
give an incorrect answer to a Pointless (Celebrities)
question... and then the Internet happened (The
Media North America/Net-Biographies.com
The BLANK Is Coming
"Match Game" Launches on ABC
June 26; Alec Baldwin to Host
From the Futon Critic
"Match Game," produced by
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), returns to
primetime and will be hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy
Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin. "Match Game" is a
panel game show that features two contestants as they
attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a
game of fill-in the missing blank. Executive producers
include Alec Baldwin and FMNA's Jennifer Mullin. The
10-episode series will air 10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT as part
of ABC's Sunday Fun & Games block, alongside "Celebrity
Family Feud," with Steve Harvey, and "The 100,000
Pyramid," with Michael Strahan, beginning on SUNDAY,
JUNE 26 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television
"I am beyond grateful to ABC and FremantleMedia for the
chance to host a summer series of the legendary 'Match
Game,'" said Baldwin. "Hilaria and I are thrilled to
donate this fee to arts related charities. And we look
forward to having a lot of fun."
Jennifer Mullin, co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America
said, "'Match Game' is one of the crown jewels in our
portfolio, and we're thrilled to be bringing it to
viewers in primetime. The team at ABC continue to be a
terrific partner for us as we expand our game show
slate, and with the charismatic and quick-witted Alec
Baldwin as our host, 'Match Game' has all the right
elements to be a fun and entertaining summer staple."
Since 1980, Baldwin has appeared in numerous productions
on stage, in films and on television. He has received a
Tony nomination ("A Streetcar Named Desire," 1992) an
Oscar(R) nomination ("The Cooler," 2004) and has won two
Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive
Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy
Series for his role on NBC-TV's "30 Rock." His films
include "The Hunt For Red October," "Glengarry Glen
Ross," "Malice," "The Edge," "It's Complicated," "Blue
Jasmine," "Still Alice," and "Mission Impossible: Rogue
Nation," among many others.
THURSDAY: Not Getting
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (7.668 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) claimed top honors on
Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.859
million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "The Odd
Couple" (8.401 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8,
#T3), "Mom" (8.410 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49:
1.8, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.618 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Rush Hour" (4.360 million
viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).
ABC (6.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2)
then took home the silver with its trio of "Grey's
Anatomy" (7.798 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9,
#2), "Scandal" (6.312 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49:
1.6, #T5) and "The Catch" (4.604 million viewers, #8;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).
Next up was NBC (4.147 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "STRONG" (2.688 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "The Blacklist"
(6.561 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and
"Game of Silence" (3.193 million viewers, #11; adults
18-49: 0.7, #T11).
Meanwhile, FOX (3.248 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Bones" (4.313
million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and
"American Grit" (2.185 million viewers, #13; adults
18-49: 0.7, #T11).
And finally, The CW (1.563 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening with fresh
installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.849
million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "The
100" (1.277 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5,
- Alone (History): 1.507 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.463 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.004 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 811,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 347,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 330,000
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 179,000
Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Train Is Leaving the Station"
Todd Newton, Korinna Rico, Paige Collings, everyone at MMC
thank everyone for the ride. Let's hope they find another
to check back into "Hotel Hell" May 24 (TV
Core Media Files for
"American Idol" Cited As a
Core Media Group, parent
company of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance
producer 19 Entertainment among other prodcos, has filed
for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York.
In a court filing, the company blamed its deteriorating
financial performance on the decline in ratings for, and
ultimate cancellation of, Fox reality singing
competition American Idol as well as declining revenues
from Idol-related broadcast fees, merchandise, tape
sales and touring fees.
The last episode of Idol aired on Fox earlier this month
after 15 seasons.
According to documents supporting the filing, “[T]he
Company’s unsustainable capital structure, inability
thus far to replace the American Idol revenue streams
and inability to consummate an out-of-court
restructuring with its primary creditor constituencies
ultimately gave rise to the Debtors’ decision to
commence these Chapter 11 cases.”
Nearly 50 affiliated debtors are registered in the
filing, according to BankruptcyData.com. The Chapter 11
petition lists total assets of $100 to $500 million.
Core Media was part of the joint venture between 21st
Century Fox and Apollo Global Management that merged
Apollo’s Endemol and Core with Fox’s Shine Group.
However, Core continued operating separately and did not
become part of Endemol Shine Group.
In addition to 19 Entertainment, Core’s roster of
prodcos also includes the unscripted companies Sharp
Entertainment and B-17, which are not part of the
In a statement, the company said it will undergo a
restructuring under CEO Peter Hurwitz, though management
changes or lay-offs are not expected. Core has 22
full-time employees, not including production staff and
“In June 2015, with the changing landscape and one of
our flagship shows in transition, we proactively engaged
in discussions with our lenders regarding balance sheet
optimization alternatives and a strategic
restructuring,” the statement reads. “The actions we are
announcing today will help best position the company for
the future, allowing for more flexibility and a platform
“We expect to move through Chapter 11 expeditiously and
have secured the support of our first and second lien
lenders,” it continued.
Fox Wins Middle of the Week
From the Futon Critic
FOX (7.312 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) held onto the top spot on
Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Rosewood" (4.780
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and
"Empire" (9.845 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7,
CBS (7.108 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2)
then was the number two draw with a new "Survivor: Kaoh
Rong" (9.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2)
followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.508 million
viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and an original
"Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.490 million viewers,
#4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).
Next up was ABC (5.016 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (6.657
million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "The
Goldbergs" (5.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49:
1.6, #T3), a repeat "Modern Family" (4.947 million
viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Black-ish" (4.998
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and
"Nashville" (3.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49:
Meanwhile, NBC (4.093 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.8, #T4) offered up a new "Heartbeat" (4.690 million
viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) alongside second
runs of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.826
million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and
"Chicago PD" (3.765 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49:
And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.284 million
viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and
"Supernatural" (1.671 million viewers, #15; adults
18-49: 0.7, #T14) on The CW (1.977 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night.
- Skin Wars (GSN): 566,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 387,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 335,000
Are You the One Goes
for Love at First Sight
Catch the New Season on MTV
From the Futon Critic
MTV's hit matchmaking
experiment, "Are You The One?" (AYTO), returns on an
all-new night, Monday, June 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Meet
the cast now on the new, official "Are You The One?"
Snapchat account: AREYOUTHE1.
Building on AYTO's successful formula, season four will
feature a game-changing twist that for the first time
will truly test the theory, "If your perfect match was
standing right in front of you, would you even know it?"
On day one, immediately after meeting in a house in
Hawaii, 10 single women will line up across from 10
single men and the group will be asked who believes in
"love at first sight." The first three people to raise
their hands and acknowledge their belief in the notion
will be asked to walk over to their potential perfect
match. The three couples will then go on dates as the
rest of the cast deliberates which couple to send to the
first truth booth of the season. If the couple is
determined to be a match, not only will they prove that
love at first sight is possible but, $250,000 will also
be added to the million-dollar jackpot. The first
perfect match will then set off to spend the rest of
their time in the remote honey moon suite.
Throughout the season, the couples will be forced to
rule with both their heads and their hearts if they hope
to succeed in love and money. If at any point during the
weekly matchup ceremonies the singles fail to make at
least one perfect match (known in the game as a
"blackout"), the group will be penalized with the loss
of $250,000. What does that mean? Four blackouts means
no jackpot. If all 10 couples successfully find each
other, they'll walk away not only with love, but their
share of one million dollars.
Andy Richter Calls Food
Catch the New Series on Food
May 29 at 10 & 10:30!
From the Futon Critic
The best dinner parties are
filled with good food, great company, and lots of
laughs. That holds especially true when Andy Richter is
the host, famous foodies and chefs are on the guest
list, and crazy culinary games are on the menu. At this
ultimate dinner party, as each course is served, so is a
new round of the competition where stars are paired up
to compete in fast-paced trivia games and food-themed
challenges. The team that earns the most points will win
the coveted Golden Dinner Plate, while the losing team
will have to wash the dishes. Catch all the action
unfold on Celebrity Food Fight, with double episodes
premiering on Sunday, May 29th at 10pm & 10:30pm ET/PT
on Food Network.
"Celebrity Food Fight is a high-energy, hilarious
culinary game show unlike any other. Funnyman Andy
Richter is the perfect leader of the shenanigans, as
celebrities and chefs wine and dine their way through
classic trivia and outrageous guessing games with a
culinary spin," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President
Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.
Joining the fun in the 10 half-hour episode season are
Tom Arnold, Jonathan Bennett, Richard Blais, Anne
Burrell, Kim Coles, Scott Conant, Coolio, Andy Dick,
Graham Elliot, Bill Engvall, Jennie Garth, Duff Goldman,
Greg Grunberg, Alex Guarnaschelli, Penn Jillette,
Kristen Johnston, Kevin Jonas, Christopher Knight, Katie
Lee, Tara Lipinksi, Antonia Lofaso, Carlos Mencia,
Damaris Phillips, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Caroline Rhea,
Melissa Rivers, Aar�n S�nchez, Jean Smart, Ruben
Studdard, and Kendra Wilkinson. Two teams of two, each
consisting of a chef and a celebrity, will compete in a
variety of unique food-related games designed to test
their culinary knowledge. From Cooking The Books, where
the teams must find the fake cookbook title, to Talking
With Your Mouth Full, where contestants read the names
of entrées with their mouths full, while their teammates
must correctly guess what they said, to Finger Foods,
where the contestants must put their hands in a box and
use their fingers to correctly identify each edible
item, playing with food has never ever been this fun!
After the celebrities and chefs face off, fans can catch
highlights at FoodNetwork.com/CelebrityFoodFight, and
they can join the conversation on Twitter using #CelebrityFoodFight.
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