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SIR BRUCE FORSYTH: 1928-2017
From Deadline

Bruce Forsyth, the veteran British entertainer and game show host who BBC director general Tony Hall called “one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known,” died today. He was 89. He had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year with a severe chest infection. His manager confirmed the news on Friday.

“It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children,” said his manager Ian Wilson in a statement to the BBC. “A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months. With a twinkle in his eye, he responded ‘I’ve been very, very busy…being ill!”

Forsyth’s long career in show business began when he was just 14, onstage at his local theater. The multihyphenate, who sang, danced and coined the catchphrase “nice to see you, to see you nice,” became well known for hosting a raft of game shows in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price Is Right. His sole US credit comes from the short-lived "Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak" in 1986.

His prolific work saw him become, at one time, Britain’s best-paid TV star.

He also hosted BBC One’s biggest show Strictly Come Dancing with Tess Daly from 2004-14. In 2011, he was knighted after a huge campaign from friends.

“Sir Bruce was one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known,” said BBC director general Tony Hall. “He has delighted millions of people and defined Saturday night television for decades with shows like The Generation Game and, most recently Strictly. His warmth and his wit were legendary.

“I’ve never seen anyone quite like him when it comes to performing in front of a crowd. He had a remarkable chemistry with his audience – that’s what made him such an amazing professional and why he was so loved. He has been part of all of our lives, and we’ll miss him dearly.”

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posted 8/18/17

Brace Yourself: Season 2 Is Coming
Discovery Family to Air Second Season of "Game of Homes" September 4
From the Futon Critic

The competition renovation series GAME OF HOMES returns to Discovery Family on Monday, September 4 at 10p/9c for an eight-episode second season featuring new homes, new contestants and a brand-new host. This season, Dave Salmoni (Pet Nation Renovation) guides four teams of amateur home renovators as they attempt to save dilapidated houses that are destined for the wrecking ball and revive them room by room into their dream homes. But before the competition even begins, the houses are ripped from their foundations and ceremoniously transferred to the epic 70,000-square-foot GAME OF HOMES arena. Here, the teams will completely renovate the run-down structures while living inside their slowly improving homes for eight weeks where they must cope with small budgets, tight deadlines and even tighter living spaces!

In each hour-long episode, two expert judges along with celebrity guest judges including Cheryl Torrenueva (Discovery Family's Reno, Set, Go!) and Jillian Harris (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette), vote for their favorite room renovations based on design and workmanship. At the end of the series, the winning couple is awarded with the house they have painstakingly renovated with all the furniture inside and a plot of land to put it on!

This season, the competitors must deal with hidden surprises, lack of sleep and mounting frustrations as they tirelessly renovate every room in the house -- from kitchens to bathrooms and even exteriors. With action-packed design challenges, amidst timelines spanning from just 24 to 72 hours to complete, GAME OF HOMES pits each team's skills, ingenuity and teamwork against each other in the name of crafty design.

GAME OF HOMES is produced by Great Pacific Media and distributed exclusively worldwide by Beyond Distribution. For Great Pacific Media, Blair Reekie is the series producer. To learn more, go to http://www.discoveryfamilychannel.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DiscFamily and on Twitter @DiscoveryFamily.

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posted 8/18/17

THURSDAY: Doubled Over
CBS, NBC Battle to a Dead Heat
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.968 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.326 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.829 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Big Brother 19" (6.560 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Zoo" (2.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

NBC (4.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "The Wall" (5.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update" (5.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Great News" (3.135 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "The Night Shift" (3.960 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.425 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.517 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Love Connection" (2.333 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.617 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes from "Boy Band" (2.660 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.711 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Gong Show" (2.481 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.896 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.586 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.580 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

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posted 8/18/17

WEDNESDAY: The Next Stage
NBC Wins Against Fierce CBS Competition
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.090 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the competitive on Wednesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.710 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), the premiere of "Marlon" (5.415 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), a second "Marlon" (4.144 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.781 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

ABC (5.712 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its annual "CMA Fest 2017" (5.712 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with new episodes of "Big Brother 19" (6.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Salvation" (3.116 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and another "Salvation" (2.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.404 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "MasterChef" (3.045 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) alongside the season finale of "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (1.764 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.703 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.647 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night for The CW (0.675 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 785k
- Signed (VH1): 658k
- Idiotest - 10:30p (GSN): 275k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 263k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 236k
- Emogenius - 9:30p (SF/GSN): 180k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 162k

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posted 8/18/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Who is Jeffrey Glaser?"

  • Jeffrey Glaser elevated at Sony Pictures TV (Deadline)
     

  • Peter Kraus probably isn't going to be "The Bachelor" any time soon (The Wrap)
     

  • Val Chmerkovskiy, "SYTYCD" contestant's on-again, off-again relationship... on again (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anthony Anderson (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 8/18/17

TUESDAY: 13 in a Row
NBC Wins with "Talent", "Game Night"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the top draw for the 13th consecutive week thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (13.159 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and the relocated "Hollywood Game Night" (5.375 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

ABC (3.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with night two of "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.846 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a new "Somewhere Between" (1.692 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.346 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.817 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bull" (4.906 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.316 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.737 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "The Mick" (1.256 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.080 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise closed out the night with repeats of "The Flash" (1.152 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.009 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

On cable...
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 1.027m
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 839k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 877k
- Face Off (Syfy): 701k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 521k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 472k
- Snap Decision - 9p (GSN): 307k
- Divided - 10p (SP/GSN): 265k
- Divided - 10:30p (GSN): 226k
- Snap Decision - 9:30p (GSN): 201k
- 100 Mexicanos Dijieron (Galavision): 191k

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posted 8/17/17

MTV Crashes Karaoke
Network Orders Pop-Up Music Show
From the Hollywood Reporter

MTV International has ordered 10 episodes of a pop-up music game show called Crash Karaoke.

The Viacom network has given the green light for the show that will see hosts Hannah Rad and Dylan Landon “crash" what a series description calls "unsuspecting locations and challenge people to karaoke battles for cash."

They will disrupt "business as usual" at such locations as fast-food restaurants and "attempt to charm two volunteers into a head-to-head karaoke showdown for a cash prize," MTV said. "Contestants will be asked to spin the Crash Wheel to randomly select a style of music to perform. A mix of hit songs serve as the soundtrack for the series, from current tracks and global anthems to the most iconic karaoke throwbacks from the '80s."

There are no judges on the 30-minute show as the crowd ultimately decides who wins.

"Crash Karaoke is an innovative twist on the traditional game show that’s anchored in music and embodies MTV’s bold, unpredictable personality," said Bruce Gillmer, head of music and music talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom. “We’re excited to disrupt everyday life in some of the most unlikely locations and pass the mic to the most fearless performers — from the great, to the outrageous, and cringe-worthy — and bring our audience along for the ride.”

The show's international rollout is set to begin later this year. Executive producers are Adam Dolgins, Brian Flanagan, Anthony Amoia, Mike Amoia and Sean Lee of Switchblade Entertainment, and Gillmer, Jennifer Demme Harris and Adriana Cornejo for MTV International.

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posted 8/17/17

Cheating On "Genius"?
Channel 4 Addresses Scandal
From Digital Spy

Channel 4 has hit back at cheating claims circling the new series of Child Genius.

During the first episode, on Tuesday (August 15), 12-year-old contestant Olivia hesitated after she was asked to complete the station name that began with "Kensal" – she then seemed to look towards her mum who appeared to make an 'up' hand gesture.

Olivia then correctly answered "Kensal Rise" and viewers accused Olivia's mum Susan of cheating by raising her hand.

But Channel 4 has denied that any cheating took place during the episode. "The independent adjudicator is satisfied there was no cheating taking place," a spokesperson for the channel told Digital Spy.

The story doesn't end there though, with last night's (August 16) episode showing Susan airing her own accusations of cheating.

"There were a few family members who were mouthing the answers. I'm saying to you with two eyes, two glasses, that's what I saw," she was seen telling adjudicator Olivia van der Werff.

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posted 8/17/17

Technical Difficulties in "Paradise"
Last Night's Episode Addressed the Controversy
From Reality TV World

Bachelor in Paradise's two-night premiere continued with the events that transpired after production's temporary shutdown -- including a candid conversation among the returning cast members in Mexico -- due to the DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios scandal.

After airing Season 3 Bachelor in Paradise couple Carly Waddell and Evan Bass' spectacular wedding that was filmed in Mexico this past June, the entire cast was shown returning to Paradise after a halt in production for a Warner Bros. investigation into allegations of misconduct. (No evidence of sexual assault or wrongdoing on the cast and staff was discovered).

The entire original Season 4 cast was present, except for DeMario and Corinne. Bachelor in Paradise host Chris Harrison thought it was necessary to have a group discussion before filming resumed about how everyone was feeling as well as the incident itself and what allegedly did or did not happen.

Chris explained Warner Bros. had hired an outside firm to look into Bachelor in Paradise footage as well as conduct interviews with witnesses. Since the show, its staff and cast were all cleared of misconduct allegations, everyone agreed they were happy with the results of the investigation.

The cast seemed to agree that nothing serious even happened between DeMario and Corinne, suggesting the Bachelor in Paradise producer who initially filed the complaint had blown the situation out of proportion.

ABC has opted not to air footage of the incident in question, and no specifics were shared about what actually happened between the two cast members, who did not return.

Instead, the episode featured Harrison asking the cast if they agreed with Warner Bros.’ call to resume production, and everyone did. Raven Gates said that nothing “bad” happened between Olympios and Jackson, and that she hopes the scandal doesn’t deter “actual victims” from speaking out.

The conversation also included a debate on whether race was a factor and whether those who supported Jackson were implicitly “slut-shaming” Olympios.

As might be expected, plenty of fans took to Twitter to weigh in about the episode.

“You can practically see the cast reading the ‘ABC isn’t liable’ cue cards the lawyers are holding up behind the cameras,” one user wrote.

“They literally discussed everything BUT what happened between Corinne and DeMario,” another viewer tweeted.

Chris Harrison appeared on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, where he was asked about the much-debated sexual encounter between contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.

“You will see that Corinne and DeMario, other than the fact that they were very involved in this, had very little to do with the entire incident as far as filing a complaint or allegations against one another,” Harrison said. “And that’s what created this frustrating situation.”

“It was someone who really wasn’t there and didn’t see or hear anything that kind of got this ball rolling, and so it was kind of this domino effect that I guess led to us having to finally say, ‘Look, we need to take everybody’s safety, and that is the utmost importance,'” the franchise mainstay continued.

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posted 8/17/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Wedding Yet?"

  • JoJo & Jordan... still together (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alton Brown eats his science in Boston (Eater)
     

  • Philip Schofield admits to drinking and Snapping (Digital Spy)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Hegerty (BT)

posted 8/17/17

"In It to Win It" Out
BBC Cancels National Lottery Game Show
From the List

Dale Winton's 'In It To Win It' has been dropped.

Fans were hoping the well-loved game show would survive the axe after the BBC decided to pull the plug on the 'National Lottery Live' draw at the beginning of the year, but bosses have decided have decided to scrap the series for good.

A spokesperson told The Sun newspaper: "With the Saturday 'National Lottery' draws no longer broadcasting on BBC1, there are no plans for 'In It To Win It to return'. We would like to thank Dale and 12 Yard Productions for all their hard work over the years."

The show ran for 172 episodes over 14 years and saw five contestants compete in a general knowledge quiz for a chance to win up to £100,000.

The broadcaster decided to drop the National Lottery, which they've aired on the small screen since 1994, after it struck up a new three-year deal with Lotto operator Camelot, which allows viewers to see if their numbers come up on a digital platform.

The big move means players, who take part in the game from next year, will need to check iPlayer or the bulletins, which will air after the news on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, to find out whether they have become millionaires.

'The National Lottery Live' - which included the Lotto and Thunderball draws - was hosted by Gaby Roslin, while Nick Knowles presented the show's spin-offs 'Who Dares Wins', 'Break the Safe' and '5-Star Family Reunion'.

Camelot's digital director Tim Copper said: "We're delighted to have signed this contract extension, maintaining the strong relationship that has flourished between 'The National Lottery' and the BBC since 'The National Lottery's launch 22 years ago."

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posted 8/16/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sashaying to an Emmy?"

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul (The Wrap)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay's secret to scoring an Emmy nom: watching the language (The Wrap)
     

  • Anne Robinson links up with Tinder (The List)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Crystal Maze opens to civilians August 25 (Telly Mix)
     

  • Bill Engvall plays Zanesville (Zanesville Times Recorder)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul (Deadline)

posted 8/16/17

Charges Dropped
Verdict In for Top Chef/Teamsters Trial
From Deadline

After deliberating for more than 19 hours, a jury has acquitted all four Boston Teamsters who were accused of attempting to extort driving jobs from the producers of Top Chef three years ago. The not-guilty verdicts come a day after the jury forewoman sent a note to U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock that one of the jurors “is assuming guilt over innocence” and that the jurors “are not sure how to proceed from here.”

The jury of nine women and three men were deciding the fate of Local 25 Teamsters John Fidler, Daniel Redmond, Robert Cafarelli and Michael Ross, who were charged with attempting to shake down the show for unwanted, unneeded and superfluous services under the threat of violence and the fear of economic harm. Defense attorneys counter that the men’s actions on the picket line that day in June 2014 were part of a legitimate labor dispute.

As first reported by Deadline, the Teamsters had set up a picket line on June 10, 2014, outside the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, a suburb of Boston, where the show was filming. When Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi tried to cross their picket line, several Teamsters rushed her minivan, and according to testimony during the trial, one of the Teamsters leaned into her passenger-side window “so close she could smell him” and threatened to “smash her pretty face in.” Lakshmi testified that she was terrified and thought he was going to punch her. The Teamsters kept at it for hours, showering cast and crew with racist, sexist and homophobic slurs, and slashing the tires on nine production vehicles.

Even so, police were present and made no arrests, and the jury decided that no federal crimes had been committed either.

“We are disappointed in today’s verdict,” said acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb. “The government believed, and continues to believe, that the conduct in this case crossed the line and constituted a violation of federal law. The defendants’ conduct was an affront to all of the hard-working and law-abiding members of organized labor. We will continue to aggressively prosecute extortion in all its forms to ensure that Boston remains a safe and welcoming place to do business.”

The defense team didn’t put on a single witness, but in closing arguments, their lawyers told the jury there was no evidence that the accused had knowingly tried to extort the show for no-show jobs and that their actions that day on the picket line were part of a legitimate labor dispute. The proof of that, they argued, came from one of the prosecution’s own witnesses, Bravo executive David O’Connell, who offered to pay them just to go away. “I didn’t want them on the set,” he testified. “I offered to pay them double to go away.” The Teamsters, however, “rejected” that offer, he testified. “They wanted to be paid under a legitimate collective bargaining agreement. … I knew they wanted to get into reality television.”

In the end, that might have won the case for the defendants. “If the Teamsters had this bad purpose — to extort in order to get no-show jobs — that would have been the place for it to happen,” defense attorney Kevin Barron said in his closing argument. “But it didn’t. It was money offered, money refused.” And that, he said, is “the gaping hole in the government’s case.”

O’Connell’s testimony about offering to pay the Teamsters double to go away “was one of a handful of surprises that came out in our favor,” Carmine Lepore, attorney for Cafarelli, told Deadline after the verdict. “That’s traditional extortion, but it couldn’t have been more clear that what they were seeking by refusing that offer were legitimate jobs.”

And that clearly undercut the prosecution’s theory that the defendants had been trying to force the production company, Magical Elves, to hire Teamsters to perform superfluous services – a key element to the attempted extortion charge.

Lepore said the jury “got it right. The government didn’t have anything to support their theory of extortion. The linchpin was whether they were seeking additional services or replacement services” by pressuring the company to replace nonunion drivers with union drivers, which is perfectly legal.

“From the onset,” he said of the defense team, “we were scratching our heads, wondering, ‘Why are we here? How is this a federal crime? What do they have besides some name calling and bad behavior?’”

The four men had been charged with attempted extortion and conspiracy to extort. If convicted, each had faced a maximum of 20 years in prison. A fifth Teamster, Mark Harrington, the local’s former secretary-treasurer, pleaded guilty to the same charges in December and was sentenced to six months of home confinement.

Deadline

posted 8/15/17

SYNDIES: Week 47
Results for the Week Ending August 6
From TV Newscheck

As the dog days of August began in the sluggish session ending Aug. 6, leader Entertainment Tonight was the only one of the eight magazine shows moving up.

Back in access, Family Feud added 2% to a 6.2 and blew away the game shows for the 67th straight week. Wheel of Fortune fell 2% to a 5.4 and Jeopardy sank 7% to a 5.1, matching its season low.

At the top of the overall chart, Judge Judy eased 3% to a 6.2 with a week of repeats and finished in a dead heat with Family Feud. This marks the ninth week in a row in which Judy was No. 1 or tied for No. 1 in syndication.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 -7%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +7%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 8/15/17

MONDAY: Paradise Restored
"Bachelor in Paradise" Propels ABC to First
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.319 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top demo draw on Monday with the return of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.018 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and a special "The Gong Show" (2.920 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

NBC (4.977 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (5.859 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Midnight, Texas" (3.214 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with another two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.813 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.470 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.156 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Superior Donuts" (3.721 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Mom" (3.963 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Life in Pieces" (3.293 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) plus a new "CBSN: On Assignment" (2.843 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.161 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "Hooten & The Lady" (0.953 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (1.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

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posted 8/15/17

"Project Runway" Spins Off Accessories
Four Digital Series to Play on MyLifetime.com
From The Futon Critic

With the season 16th premiere of Project Runway this Thursday, August 17 at 8pm ET/PT, A+E Networks' in-house digital agency, 45th & Dean, launches three new digital series, Behind The Seams, The Project Runway Make Up Challenge - sponsored by Avon, and Project Rewind, as the perfect accessories for the Emmy(R)-nominated show. Fan favorite digital series Project Sammy's Way, which debuted with season 15, also returns this year. New episodes of each series are available on Lifetime's YouTube channel, MyLifetime.com and the official Lifetime Facebook page.

The Project Runway Makeup Challenge (New Series - 13 episodes)

Premieres: August 18

Posts: Fridays at 1pm ET

With help from Avon, the official makeup sponsor for season 16 of Project Runway, makeup maven Christen Dominique takes on makeup challenges inspired by the design challenge in each episode of Project Runway. Viewers will see the befores and afters and learn to do it themselves at home. At the end of each video, audiences can weigh in on Christen's work and submit videos of themselves taking on the Runway Beauty Challenge.

Behind The Seams (New Series - 14 episodes)

Premieres: August 19

Posts: Saturdays at 1pm ET

Fashionista Katie Sturino of 12ish Style, got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of season 16. Katie recaps each episode of Project Runway, and shares her first hand experience from the set. Special guests will appear each week!

Project Sammy's Way (Season 2 - 14 episodes)

Premieres: August 20

Posts: Sundays at 1pm ET

The always hilarious scripted/comedy recap show, Project Sammy's Way, returns for a second season following the clueless Sammy Samantha as she attempts the weekly Project Runway challenges. Using footage from each episode, Sammy intercuts her own design attempts and commentary to create her version of the episode. Sammy's Way is written by and stars Lily Sullivan as Sammy.

Project Rewind (New Series - 13 episodes)

Premieres: August 24

Airs: Thursdays on Lifetime before new episodes of Project Runway

Posts: Wednesdays at 12pm ET

Project Rewind counts down the best moments in Project Runway history for the ultimate trip down fashion memory lane.

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posted 8/15/17

Lifetime Gets Beautiful
"American Beauty Star" Plays September 21
From The Futon Critic

Glam reaches a whole new level in Lifetime's new competition series, American Beauty Star, hosted and executive produced by international icon Adriana Lima. Premiering Thursday, September 21 at 10:30pm ET/PT following new episodes of Project Runway, twelve hair or make up mavens must become 'beauty directors,' responsible for creating the overall look of their models. Paired with a teammate who is a master of the opposite craft, together they will compete in a series of beauty challenges each week, from creating high-end editorial looks to the most current glam creations for red carpets and runway shows. At the end of the season, only the contestant who proves they have what it takes to revolutionize what's to come in beauty will be named American Beauty Star. The series comes from executive producer Norton Herrick and Herrick Entertainment and marks their first venture into reality TV.

Celebrity makeup artist Sir John serves as the contestant mentor and award-winning writer and Vogue's former Beauty Director Sarah Brown and world renowned photographer Russell James serve as the judges. Special beauty industry influencers and celebrity guests join the panel of judges each week including YouTube beauty sensation Michelle Phan; models Behati Prinsloo, Christie Brinkley and Camilla Alves; make-up bloggers and beauty influencers The Kattan Sisters Huda and Mona; singer Michelle Williams, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth and Empire actress Ta'Rhonda Jones.

The American Beauty Star contestants are:
- Amanda Terry, Special EFX and Beauty Makeup Artist- Los Angeles, California
- Andrew Velazquez, Makeup Artist - Los Angeles, California
- Catherine Shim, Social Media Makeup Influencer - New York, New York
- Corey Ford, Hair Stylist - Houston, Texas
- Danny Jelaca, Hair Stylist - Miami, Florida
- Jenny Strebe, Social Media Hair Influencer, Educator, Author - Scottsdale, Arizona
- John Blaine, Hair Stylist - Los Angeles, California
- Kym Nicole Oubre, Makeup Artist - Los Angeles, California
- Mitchell Halliday, Social Media Makeup Influencer - Manchester, U.K.
- Sandy Poirier, Hair Stylist - Boston, Massachusetts
- Silvia Reis, Social Media Hair Influencer - San Francisco, California
- Tyme The Infamous, YouTube Beauty Guru - Las Vegas, Nevada

The winner of American Beauty Star will receive a $50,000 cash prize, and coveted spot on the beauty team for a Teen Vogue editorial spread. The prize package also includes $10,000 worth of product from Glamcor Mirrors and Jewelry TV, a year supply of Ardell Lashes, and $2,500 worth of FHI Tools. Individual episode prizes include opportunities creating an American Beauty Star branded capsule collection for Orly Nail polish, collaborating on a Color Wow photo shoot, $10,000 worth of jewelry from Jewelry TV and $5,000 worth of product from Huda Beauty.

American Beauty Star is created by and produced by Herrick Entertainment with Norton Herrick and Ross Elliott executive producing. Adriana Lima also executive produces along with Christian Murphy and Colleen Conway Grogan of A+E Networks.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/15/17

"Cheap Cheap Cheap" Is A Flop Flop Flop
New Noel Edmonds Series Attracts 270K
From the Mirror

Noel Edmonds' new quiz show Cheap Cheap Cheap is a flop flop flop – just 270,000 viewers tuned in to watch the opener.

And worse still, some switched off before the end of the hour-long Channel 4 show. It had just over 4% of the available TV audience watching at tea time.

Noel did his best to explain the premise last week, describing it as “a gameshow that thinks it’s a sitcom”.

The gameshow was created by Noel and will also be fronted by him. It takes place inside "Noel's Store", "an eccentric general store filled with weird and wonderful items, and even quirkier staff".

Contestants on the show will try to win up to £25,000 while a variety of colorful store employees, including store manager Barry and a health and happiness guru called Marijana (YES, REALLY), try to sabotage their every move.

Digital Spy
Radio Times
The Guardian
On the Box
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Radio Times
NME

posted 8/15/17

SUNDAY: Dead Heat Scramble
"Big Brother", "Pyramid" Power Respective Schedules
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.881 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) continued its seven-week demo win streak on Sunday with its mix of "PGA Overrun" (6.615 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "60 Minutes" (6.890 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Big Brother 19" (5.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.491 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.931 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

ABC (4.346 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.654 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.608 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) alongside new episodes of "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (3.941 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.182 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.108 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with two-hour repeats of "Dateline NBC" (3.631 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.584 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.200 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Bob's Burgers" (2.151 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) led into "Teen Choice 2017" (1.936 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) on FOX (2.016 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (SF/Food): 1.994m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.100m

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/15/17


Games Gone By: Grand Slam
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Ever wondered what would happen if a "Jeopardy!" champion faced a "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" winner in a more unique trivia contest? Well, that's what GSN gave to us ten years ago in the form of "Grand Slam", a tournament to see who truly IS the greatest game show champ of all time! Chris Wolvie looks into this battle of the titans in this "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 8/15/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Truth"

  • Everybody is thinking it... but DeMario Jackson comes out and calls the media "piss poor"... He's not wrong. (Reality TV World)
     

  • Susan Calman fixing to be the boss of the dance floor (Good Housekeeping)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Len Goodman (BT)

posted 8/15/17


NBC/Universal Television
Australia Builds "The Wall"
EndemolShine, Universal Television Export LeBron James/Maverick Carter/Andrew Glassman Creation for 2018
From World Screen

Endemol Shine Group and Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS) have inked their first series deal for the game show format The Wall in Australia.

In each episode of The Wall, questions must be answered correctly and balls must bounce in the correct order for contestants to win a cash prize. Endemol Shine Australia has been commissioned by Seven to produce a local version of the hit format, which was originally made for NBC in the U.S. by Glassman Media and SpringHill Entertainment in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Meredith Ahr, the president of Universal Television Alternative Studio, said: “When we were envisioning the type of show we would want to develop with the launch of UTAS, we sought a dynamic, engaging and universally appealing format that could resonate across the world. The Wall has proven to be just that and we are thrilled that Australian audiences will get to experience this high-energy and completely original game show.”

Endemol Shine Australia CEO Mark Fennessy noted: “The Wall is a wildly unpredictable, fast and simple game show where fortunes are won and lost on the bounce of a ball. At four stories high, it’s big-time event television at its finest. We’re delighted to partner with Seven in bringing this huge international hit to life.”

Lisa Perrin, the CEO of creative networks, commented: “The Wall represents Endemol Shine Group at its best, working with creative teams around the world in bringing high-quality entertainment to global audiences. I’m thrilled to see this incredible format has now moved into Australia.”

Maverick Carter, the CEO of SpringHill Entertainment and creator/executive producer of The Wall, stated: “We’re proud to see our original format for The Wall making its way around the globe and being embraced by families in every corner of the world. For us it’s about creating a life-changing experience that can keep every member of the family on the edge of their seats, rooting together for good people with incredible stories.”

Glassman Media’s Andrew Glassman, creator/executive producer of The Wall, added: “When we created The Wall, it was always our dream to see it played and enjoyed by people all over the world. At the core of the series is a life-changing opportunity and the story of good things happening to good people. We are thrilled to be working with Brad and the team at Channel Seven in Australia.”

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Deadline

posted 8/14/17

THURSDAY: The Night Belongs to Big Brother
CBS Wins on Eviction Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.055 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.772 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Big Brother 19" (7.298 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Zoo" (3.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Silver then went to NBC (5.297 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its lineup of "The Wall" (6.170 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update" (6.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), a repeat "Great News" (3.865 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "The Night Shift" (4.523 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Next up was FOX (3.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (3.739 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "Love Connection" (3.520 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.130 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Boy Band" (3.435 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and the conclusion to "The Story of Diana - Part 2" (5.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (2.079 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.737 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.635 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.883 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 922k
- Project Runway: Road to the Runway (S/Lifetime): 876k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 724k
- SafeWord (MTV): 524k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 162k

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posted 8/14/17

Nippon TV Preps for MIP
Two Games on the Docket
From C21 Media

Japan’s Nippon TV has added six shows to headline its slate for the Mipcom market in October, including a scripted format and two dramas.

Nippon’s unscripted formats include studio-based gameshow Witness the Fitness, which sees people from different professions battling each other to test the skills of various body parts, and social experiment show Impress Us.

The latter requires participants to answer questions and create original performances that often lead to shocking revelations and embarrassing moments. Finally, reality format Yes Man requires participants to travel around the world only answering yes to any questions asked.

Nippon TV has been expanding its international operations over recent years, including launching GEM with Sony Pictures Television Networks in South-East Asia.

C21 Media

posted 8/14/17

ITV Divorces "Mr & Mrs"
All Star Version Pulled: Report
From Metro

ITV have reportedly cut their long running quiz show All Star Mr and Mrs from their 2017 schedule.

The long-running game show sees married celebrity couples pitted against each other in order to win £30,000 for charity.

A source revealed to The Sun that the show was taking a break, but admitted that there was a possibility that it will be axed from our screens entirely.

‘All Star Mr & Mrs has aired every year for almost a decade. So the fact that it is now taking a break doesn’t look good for the future,’ the source said.

‘Officially this is “a rest” and the bosses are adamant that the axe has not fallen. ‘But there are plenty of people who are convinced it won’t be back.’

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Her.ie

posted 8/14/17


NBC
It's Almost Time to Shuffle the (BLEEP) Up... Again
Poker After Dark Returns August 14 to PokerGO
From PokerNews

One of poker's treasured television programs returns next week, and with it returns one of its most celebrated high-stakes players.

Tom Dwan will take a seat with Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson and many others in the revival of Poker After Dark starting Monday, Aug. 14. Dwan, who mostly vanished from the poker spotlight outside of the occasional controversy, has been spending much of the last several years playing nosebleed games in Asia. Now he returns to Poker After Dark for the first time since the show was removed from NBC's programming in 2011.

"I travel around a lot to play poker, and in Manila and Macau people ask me about those shows," Dwan told PokerCentral on Thursday. "All over the world people liked watching those, and every time I get asked 'When will they be back?' I'm excited that now, after six years, they will be back."

Dwan was a regular in the cash game episodes of Poker After Dark, appearing in each of the four most recent seasons. His unpredictable style produced several of the most memorable clashes ever seen on the show, including one hand against Antonio Esfandiari that left 'The Magician' speechless and staring at nothing but empty felt in front of him. Esfandiari will go to battle with Dwan again when the show returns next week.

Where and When to Watch

The first new episode of Poker After Dark will air on Monday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. exclusively on PokerGo, with following episodes at the same time airing Tuesday and Wednesday. The show will continue to stream throughout the year on PokerGo, featuring the cash game and sit-and-go formats that fans will remember from years past.

Monday's premiere episode will feature Dwan, Negreanu and Esfandiari, along with Jean-Robert Bellande, Lauren Roberts and Bill Klein. All six players will sit down with a minimum of $100,000 with the blinds at $200/$400 plus a $400 button ante.

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posted 8/14/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Surf's Up"

  • Vanessa Hudgens gets Teen Choice #SeeHer surfboard. We see her. (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Sad news for Vienna Girardi, as she miscarries twins (Reality TV World)
     

  • One really dumb decision that set the Corinne Olympios episode into motion (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jesse Palmer to host DailyMailTV (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Top Chef/Teamsters trial: no verdict as of yet (Deadline)
     

  • Ben Higgins is... (checks watch) ... still not over his ex (Reality TV World)
     

  • Daphne Oz leaving "The Chew" (Deadline)
     

  • ABCDiscovers a winner (Deadline)
     

  • Anthony Anderson just lost $2000 to President Obama in a golf game (Washington Post)
     

  • VERSUS MODE: Love Connection original vs. reboot (TV Overmind)

posted 8/11/17


Fox
Fox Is Spreading the "Love"
Andy Cohen to Return for Season 2
From Deadline

Fox has ordered a second season of Love Connection, its dating show revival, with Andy Cohen set to return as host.

This is the second new Fox reality series which premiered this summer to get a renewal following Beat Shazam, its musical game show hosted by EP Jamie Foxx. Still pending are The F Word with Gordon Ramsay and American Grit, hosted by John Cena.

In addition to his hosting duty, Cohen will return for Seaosn 2 as co-executive producer along with executive producer Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor).

Love Connection revival sends hopeful singles on three dates in order to ditch the apps and find true love. Each hour of the show features single men and/or women in search of romance. They tell Cohen exactly what they’re looking for in a partner and why they’ve found it so hard to meet Mr. or Mrs. Right.

Love Connection is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television and NEXT Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions. In addition to Cohen and Fleiss, Martin Hilton, James Breen and Jason Ehrlich also serve as executive producers.

“Andy Cohen is a phenomenal host, not only because he has brought so much fun to the show but also because he truly wants these participants to find love, and that genuine level of interest enables him to elicit both touching and hilariously awkward dating moments from them,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials. “I’d also like to thank Mike Darnell and Mike Fleiss, who, along with Andy, have helped redefine this show.”

“We are excited for a second season of Love Connection,” said Mike Darnell President, Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television. “Andy Cohen is a natural provocateur and is beloved by so many for his uncanny ability to bring out the most revealing details about the couples and their dates.”

“This show fits like a glove and I can’t wait to make more love connections,” said Cohen.

Deadline
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 8/11/17

WEDNESDAY: America's Got Clips
NBC Wins on "Got Talent" Recap
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a two-hour "America's Got Talent" (7.236 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) recap followed by a new "The Carmichael Show" (3.128 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and the finale to "The Carmichael Show" (2.540 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

CBS (4.367 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Big Brother 19" (6.588 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Salvation" (3.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) plus a repeat "Criminal Minds" (3.074 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.215 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.553 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Speechless" (3.238 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) alongside the special "The Story of Diana - Part 1" (6.125 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.549 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.410 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (1.688 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.963 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Supernatural" (0.885 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.924 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 767k
- Idiotest - 10:30p (GSN): 313k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 272k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 199k
- Emogenius - 9:30p (GSN): 192k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/11/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Seacrest... IN"

  • Ryan Seacrest inks deal with ABC Studios (Deadline)
     

  • Anneka Rice awaits the challenge.... again (Entertainment Daily)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: Is it the end of "The Great British Baking Show" as we know it? (New York Times)

posted 8/11/17

Back Into "Hell"
New Season of "Hell's Kitchen" to Be an All-Star Edition
From Broadway World

After 16 seasons, Gordon Ramsay calls back HELL'S KITCHEN All Star Chefs, beginning September 29 on Fox.

Season 16 of HELL'S KITCHEN welcomes a new batch of ambitious chefs who will brave Chef Gordon Ramsay and his fiery command of THE KITCHEN as he puts them through an intense culinary academy.

The chefs will leave the pleasantries at the door as the pressure to impress Chef Ramsay will reach a boiling point. The contestants must prove their ability to work in teams before Chef Ramsay determines which chefs are worthy of a black jacket. The rewards for winners of upcoming challenges will be luxurious and extravagant, while the punishments will be strenuous, dull and repetitive.

Meet the 16 ALL-STARS who will go head-to-head for the chance to win a Head Chef position at the world's first Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen Restaurant at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

The Red Team (Women) includes:
- ROBYN ALMODOVAR Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL Previous Season: 10 (6th Place)
- DANA COHEN Hometown: Emerson, NJ Previous Season: 10 (3rd Place)
- ELISE HARRIS Hometown: Newburyport, MA Previous Season: 9 (3rd Place)
- BARBIE MARSHALL Hometown: Strasburg, PA Previous Season: 10 (4th Place)
- ASHLEY NICKELL Hometown: Orlando, FL Previous Season: 15 (3rd Place)
- JENNIFER NORMANT Hometown: Burlington, MA Previous Season: 9 (5th Place)
- AMANDA PALOMINO Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ Previous Season: 15 (5th Place)
- MICHELLE TRIBBLE Hometown: New York, NY Previous Season: 14 (3rd Place)

The Blue Team (Men) includes:
- JARED BOBKIN Hometown: Troy, MI Previous Season: 15 (4th Place)
- NICK PETERS BOND Hometown: Newburyport, MA Previous Season: 14 (5th Place)
- GIOVANNI FILIPPONE Hometown: Santa Rosa Beach, FL Previous Season: 5 (6th Place)
- VAN HURD Hometown: South Glastonbury, CT Previous Season: 6 (6th Place)
- BENJAMIN KNACK Hometown: San Antonio, TX Previous Season: 7 (3rd Place)
- MILLY MEDLEY Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Previous Season: 14 (4th Place)
- JOSH TROVATO Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Previous Season: 14 (6th Place)
- BEN WALANKA Hometown: Overland Park, KS Previous Season: 5 (4th Place)

HELL'S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions, Inc. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Gordon Ramsay, Kenny Rosen and David Eilenberg serve as executive producers.

Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 8/10/17

See Ya, Seeso
Comedy Streamer to Shutter
From the Wrap

Seeso, the comedy-centric streaming service that served as the home for original shows from comedians such as Dan Harmon and Jonah Ray announced Wednesday that it’ll be shutting its virtual doors.

The company made the announcement on its Facebook page, adding that its shows will be moving to a new home over at VRV, which also houses Crunchyroll, Funimation, Machinima and other online streaming channels.

“You can now find ‘HarmonQuest,’ ‘My Brother, My Brother and Me,’ ‘Hidden America with Jonah Ray’ and ‘The Cyanide and Happiness Show’ on VRV,” the company wrote.

It’s unclear what the status is of other Seeso shows like “Bajillion Dollar Propertie$.”

Seeso had one show in the pipeline waiting to air. “There’s…Johnny!” is a show starring Tony Danza, Ian Nelson and Jane Levy about a man from Nebraska and a talent coordinator as they work behind the scenes at “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” The show was created by Paul Reiser and David Steven Simon, who conceived of the show 17 years ago.

“There’s…Johnny!” was supposed to premiere in August, but now it’ll air at a later date, Seeso said. “We love this show and can’t wait for everyone to see it.” the statement said.

Seeso has been in trouble for a while, with chief Evan Shapiro parting ways with parent company NBCUniversal in May. NBCU digital enterprises president Maggie Suniewick took over his responsibilities.

Later in June, the company was hit with layoffs, with multiple employees getting reassigned to other departments at NBCUniversal.

Shows that were set to premiere or air new seasons on Seeso since the shakeups have been postponed. The second season of Dan Harmon’s animated “Dungeons & Dragons” comedy “HarmonQuest,” for example, was delayed the day before its scheduled July 27 premiere. It’s now premiering on Sept. 15 over on the VRV Select channel.

Though NBCUniversal does not release subscriber numbers, TheWrap was told in May that the paid-customer total for the still relatively young platform was in the low hundreds of thousands.

Before the announcement Wednesday, Decider reported that Seeso sold “HarmonQuest” and “My Brother, My Brother, and Me” to Otter Media, which operates VRV streaming services.

The Wrap

posted 8/10/17

TUESDAY: The One To Rule the "World"
NBC Wins on "World of Dance" Finale
From The Futon Critic

NBC (11.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) dominated the competition on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (13.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and the season finale of "World of Dance" (8.282 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2).

CBS (5.457 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then took home the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (6.018 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Bull" (5.022 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.333 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was ABC (1.945 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with repeats of "The Middle" (2.871 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.091 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Black-ish" (1.845 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and another "Black-ish" (1.817 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) plus a new "Somewhere Between" (1.524 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.772 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "The Mick" (1.335 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.167 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (0.806 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.664 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.734 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.288m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike):1.003m
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 932k
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 835k
- Face Off (Syfy): 630k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 570k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 521k
- Snap Decision - 9:30p (GSN): 233k
- Snap Decision - 9p (GSN): 230k

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posted 8/10/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Drag Me to Hulu"

  • RuPaul teams with JJ Abrams for Hulu pilot (TV Line)
     

  • Ben Higgins is still fixated on his ex (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tori & Dean: "Never say never" to a sixth child. The rest of us.... (Reality TV World)
     

  • The Chmerkovskiy honeymoon: A Russian & an Australian in Italy (Reality TV World)
     

  • The Top Chef/Teamsters trial goes to the jury (Deadline)
     

  • Richard Osman talks up the renewal of "Child Genius" (Buzz.ie)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with David Alan Grier (Page Six)

posted 8/10/17

Back to the Ranch for "Broken Skull"
CMT's Crash Course Returns September 26
From The Futon Critic

CMT today announced fan-favorite and award-winning series, "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge," the toughest competition series on television, returns for a punishing new season on Tuesday, September 26 at 10pm ET/PT. "Broken Skull Challenge" reached an average of two million weekly viewers during season four.

The return comes on the heels of strong growth for CMT, which just notched its highest-rated fiscal 3rd quarter since 2014 with 14% year-over-year growth among Adults 18-49.Furthermore, CMT has posted 35 consecutive weeks of year-over-year growth with Adults 18-49.Competitively for fiscal 3rd quarter, CMT ranks as the fastest growing Top 50 (non-news) channel with Women 18-49.

"Every season we've raised the bar and set new standards here at the 'Broken Skull Challenge.' And every season we've watched the finest athletes in America meet those challenges," said Steve Austin. "But I guarantee you haven't seen anything like the intensity of season five of 'Broken Skull Challenge.' And that's the bottom line".

"CMT is having a tremendous year and Steve Austin is an invaluable part of our continued growth and success," said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. " Broken Skull Challenge is a fan-favorite powerhouse and a principal component of our hit unscripted slate. This is the most hard-hitting season yet and I admire the grit and resolve of our competitors to take on Steve and his Skullbuster obstacle course."

This season, a new set of America's toughest individuals tackle the one and only Steve Austin's Broken Skull Ranch. Each week, "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" will feature world-renowned athletes and everyday heroes facing off against each other - and the desert heat -in a series of intense challenges with only one advancing to the dreaded "Skullbuster," personally designed by Austin.

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 8/9/17

SYNDIES Week 46
Results for the Week Ending July 30
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil was the only talk show in the top seven moving up week to week in the sleepy summer session ending July 30. Phil convincingly led the talkers, first-run syndication’s largest category, for the 47th consecutive frame even though it aired only repeat episodes on all five days.

Phil jumped 4% from the week before and surged 17% from last year to a 2.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its strongest numbers in nearly two months.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 -6%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 8/9/17


CNN
GLEN CAMPBELL: 1936-2017
Country Crossover Frequented "The Hollywood Squares"
From TV Newscheck

Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer whose dozens of hit singles included "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman" and whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 81.

Campbell's family said the singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville and publicist Sandy Brokaw confirmed the news. No cause was immediately given. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time.

"Glen is one of the greatest voices there ever was in the business and he was one of the greatest musicians," said Dolly Parton in a video statement. "He was a wonderful session musician as well. A lot of people don't realize that. But he could play anything and he could play it really well."

Tributes poured in on social media. "Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years May you rest in peace my friend You will never be forgotten," wrote Charlie Daniels. One of Campbell's daughters, Ashley, said she was heartbroken. "I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love," she wrote on Twitter.

In the late 1960s and well into the '70s, the Arkansas native seemed to be everywhere, known by his boyish face, wavy hair and friendly tenor. He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits, including No. 1 songs with "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights."

His performance of the title song from "True Grit," a 1969 release in which he played a Texas Ranger alongside Oscar winner John Wayne, received an Academy Award nomination. He twice won album of the year awards from the Academy of Country Music and was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Seven years later, he received a Grammy for lifetime achievement.

His last record was "Adios," which came out in June and features songs that Campbell loved to sing but never recorded, including tunes made famous by Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt and Johnny Cash. Ashley Campbell, also a musician, made a quest appearance and said making the album was "therapeutic."

Campbell was among a wave of country crossover stars that included Johnny Cash, Roy Clark and Kenny Rogers, and like many of his contemporaries, he enjoyed success on television. Campbell had a weekly audience of some 50 million people for the "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," on CBS from 1969 to 1972. He gained new fans decades later when the show, featuring his cheerful greeting "Hi I'm Glen Campbell," was rerun on cable channel CMT.

"I did what my Dad told me to do - 'Be nice, son, and don't cuss. And be nice to people.' And that's the way I handled myself, and people were very, very nice to me," Campbell told The Telegraph in 2011.

He released more than 70 of his own albums, and in the 1990s recorded a series of gospel CDs. A 2011 farewell album, "Ghost On the Canvas," included contributions from Jacob Dylan, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins.

The documentary "Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me" came out in 2014. The film about Campbell's 2011-12 farewell tour offers a poignant look at his decline from Alzheimer's while showcasing his virtuoso guitar chops that somehow continued to shine as his mind unraveled. The song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" won a Grammy for best country song in 2015 and was nominated for an Oscar for best original song.

Campbell was a fixture on the game show scene in the 60s and 70s, playing "The Hollywood Squares". He was also a guest on the 2006 edition of "I've Got a Secret".

GSNN's Chico Alexander and Doug Morris contributed to this report.

TV Newscheck
The Wrap

posted 8/9/17

MONDAY: The Final Rose
"Bachelorette" Finale Gives Night to ABC
From The Futon Critic

ABC (7.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was of course the network to beat on Monday with its full night "The Bachelorette" (7.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) season finale.

NBC (5.233 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.285 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Midnight, Texas" (3.131 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.659 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its expanded two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.659 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.238 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.110 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (3.484 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Mom" (3.724 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Life in Pieces" (3.179 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) plus a new "CBSN: On Assignment" (2.464 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a new "Hooten & The Lady" (1.100 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Snap Decision - 9p (P/GSN): 380k
- Snap Decision - 9:30p (GSN): 280k
- Snap Decision - 10:30p (GSN): 252k
- Snap Decision - 10p (GSN): 245k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 147k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/9/17

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