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Nickelodeon/Hollywood Reporter

Meet Liza Koshy: The New Sultaness of Slime
Catch Her, Marc Summers on "Double Dare" June 25!
From Den of Geek!

NNickelodeon has tapped a host to help reboot Double Dare for a new generation. The network announced on Tuesday that Liza Koshy, best known for her YouTube videos and Instagram presence, will take over hosting duties.

Koshy will get some help from a familiar face: Marc Summers, who hosted Double Dare from 1986-1993, will return as a color commentator.

The broadcast team will preside over the new episodes of Double Dare, which are set premiere on Monday, June 25th at 8:00 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon.

The revival takes on the classic Double Dare format with two teams answering trivia questions, bracing slimy stunts, and taking on the obstacle course, which includes the boogery Double Dare nose.

In a statement, Koshy said: "This is a dream that I have been dreaming to live! From watching Double Dare to hosting it!? I am ready for a summer of slime and nose picking."

Fans will get a chance to live their Double Dare dream this summer as well. The network is bringing the show out of the studio and into the wild at VidCon in Anaheim, Calif. and at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America in Minneapolis for fans to watch and participate in person.

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posted 5/23/18


MarbleMedia/BYUTV

"Mom & Dad" And Another Season
Catch Her, Marc Summers on "Double Dare" June 25!
From Canada Newswire

Award-winning global media production and distribution company marblemedia is thrilled to announce that Just Like Mom and Dad has been officially greenlit by YES TV in Canada and BYUtv in the US for the production of 22 new episodes slated to launch in Fall 2018.

The first 20 episodes of the series still continues to rollout, and since the launch in January 2018 Just Like Mom and Dad has become North America's new favourite family game show, and is the highest rated family game show in Canada!

Just Like Mom and Dad is a hilarious and fun-filled game show that celebrates and rewards families for how well they know each other. Each episode features three teams of parent-kid pairs that are all trying to accumulate the most points after three rounds of family fun.

New episodes will feature more amusing questions and questionable baking, older kids between 8 and 15, more spectacular prizes and even crazier Bake Off recipes. marblemedia is currently seeking fun, energetic families to compete on new episodes, and interested parent-kid pairs can visit www.JustLikeMomandDad.com to apply.

"We've had tremendous support from YES TV and BYUtv and are thrilled that we will have 22 new episodes to continue to build on our success," says Mark Bishop, Co-CEO of marblemedia. "We cannot wait to serve up more family fun - and lots of surprises - to Just Like Mom and Dad's growing North American fan base."

"Creating moments of togetherness and family fun are at the core of YES TV's values." says Lorna Dueck, CEO of YES TV®. "Just Like Mom and Dad nestles in to our schedule perfectly, bringing a joyful mix of laughter, fun and family values to our stations. We could not be more excited to share new episodes with our viewers, on YES TV® this fall."

"BYUtv is excited to be working with marblemedia's remarkable team on a second season of Just Like Mom & Dad," says Michael Dunn, Managing Director, BYutv. "The first season has been a big hit in the U.S., and we have some ideas for season two that will be very exciting for our viewers. This show is a treasure throughout Canada, and we are thrilled to be part of the effort to make it available to families across the United States."

To accompany the launch of the new block of episodes, the mobile Just Like Mom and Dad game (iOS, Android), created by marblemedia, will also see new updates to build upon its current success. New updates include the introduction of an 'in-game announcement system' which alerts players of poignant game and brand information, a new block of challenges and additional prizes for winners. .

Canada Newswire

posted 5/23/18

June Wedding... Cakes
Catch It on Food Network June 25
From the Futon Critic

Food Network rings the wedding bells on Monday, June 25th with a primetime lineup celebrating the season with a lush stack of wedding cake-themed episodes along with exciting new hosts and a bevy of special guests. The all-new competition series, Wedding Cake Championship, premieres at 9pm ET/ PT, hosted by the dynamic Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, and features six teams of elite wedding cake makers vying for the grand prize and Wedding Cake Champion title. Judging the action are baking extraordinaire Kimberly Bailey, Chopped's Maneet Chauhan, and celebrity wedding planner David Tutera, who are joined on the premiere by special guest Randy Fenoli, host of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress. Before the bakers get baking, don't miss the all-new special Wedding Cake Countdown with Drew and Linda premiering at 8:30pm ET/PT featuring Drew Scott, of HGTV's Property Brothers, and Linda Phan as they hunt for the wedding cake of their dreams.

"Wedding season is in full swing this time of year and Food Network is the perfect place to spotlight all the wedding cakes and cake makers baking dreams come true with their incredible creations,' said Courtney White, Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. "With Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir at the helm of Wedding Cake Championship adding flavor, fun and flair to the competition, and Drew Scott and Linda Phan giving us a firsthand look at their wedding cake pursuit, viewers will be in love at first sight with all the incredible wedding cake designs on Food Network's night of cake."

Wedding Cake Championship, hosted by Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, gives six baking duos a chance to show off their skills as they whisk through two rounds of challenges. First, they must tackle wedding cake toppers, where one team will earn a special advantage in the next round when the bakers must design a personalized wedding cake for a real-life couple!Special guest Randy Fenoli helps set up the first challenge in the premiere on Sunday, June 25th at 9pm ET/PT and judges Kimberly Bailey, Maneet Chauhan and David Tutera determine which teams move on and which will be eliminated from the competition. The action continues week to week, all leading up to the grand finale, when the pressure is on for the three remaining teams as they are challenged to create the most over-the-top, impressive cake for Tara Lipinski and husband Todd Kapostasy for their first wedding anniversary. The team on top will win a $25,000 grand prize and the title of Wedding Cake Champion! Catch competition highlights, meet the competitors, and exclusive videos of the hosts and judges decorating their own cakes at Foodnetwork.com/WeddingCakeChampionship, and weigh in on your favorites using #WeddingCakeChampionship.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/23/18

TUESDAY: This Is the Finale!
"The Voice" Fuels an NBC Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.831 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday with its "The Voice Recap" (6.078 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and the season finale of "The Voice" (8.707 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

ABC (5.575 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with the respective finales to "Roseanne" (10.330 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), part one of "The Middle" (7.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), part two of "The Middle" (6.599 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Splitting Up Together" (4.058 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "For the People" (2.452 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was CBS (7.559 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the season finale of "NCIS" (11.795 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) followed by a repeat "NCIS" (6.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and the return of "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.190 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.549 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) offered up the feature "Hancock" (1.549 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.540 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) rounded out the night with the season finale of "The Flash" (2.118 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) plus a new "The 100" (0.963 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

On cable...
- Forged in FIre (History): 1.061m
- Chopped (Food): 882k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (SF/History): 880k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 564k
- Ink Master: Angels (SF/Paramount): 419k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/23/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "RIP 2017-2018 SZN"

posted 5/23/18


CBS

Eye on the Summer
Big Brother, TKO Get Release Dates
From The Futon Critic

CBS today announced premiere dates for its summer schedule, including the obstacle course challenge TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT hosted by global superstar Kevin Hart; the 20th season of perennial summer favorite BIG BROTHER; and the return of thriller SALVATION.

BIG BROTHER, hosted by Julie Chen and celebrating its 20th season, will once again have three weekly episodes. The hit reality series debuts with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday, June 27 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the Thursday episode on June 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) and the Sunday broadcast on July 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). On Wednesday, July 4, the show moves to 9:00 PM for the remainder of its Wednesday run. Last summer, all three editions of BIG BROTHER ranked in the summer's top 10 in viewers and all key demos.

Beginning Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), CBS will present a remarkable new obstacle course challenge hosted by Kevin Hart, TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT from executive producer Mark Burnett. The game features one player racing through daunting obstacles while the other contestants are determined to knock them off course with huge projectiles.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World
B&C
Deadline

posted 5/22/18

MONDAY: Idol Comes with the Knockout
ABC Wins Over "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (8.658 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) snapped the Peacock's 10-week winning streak on Monday with the season finales of "Dancing with the Stars" (8.669 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "American Idol" (8.652 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

NBC (6.774 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then had to settle for the silver with new episodes from "The Voice" (8.607 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.107 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Next up was CBS (5.009 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.304 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), the season finale of "Man with a Plan" (5.660 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.459 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Mom" (4.328 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and a new "Elementary" (4.151 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.354 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up its presentation of "Miss USA 2018" (2.354 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, originals from "Supergirl" (1.770 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "iZombie" (1.078 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.424 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable..
- Best Baker in America (Food): 1.007m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/22/18

SYNDIES: Week 33
Results for the Week Ending May 13
From TV News Check

Judge Judy opened up a commanding lead over all syndicated shows at the mid-point of the May sweep and appeared to light a fire under most of the other court shows in the session ending May 13.

Elsewhere, rookie leader Daily Mail TV faded 10% to 0.9, matching its season low in households, while top game show Family Feud fell 2% to a 6.2.

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. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 -2%
- 3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -2%
- 4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- 5.
Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 5/22/18

More on "The Great British Baking Show"
New-To-US Season to Air June 22
From Broadway World

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW,the delectable baking competition that has grown into a beloved international phenomenon, returns for a fifth season this summer, premiering Fridays at 9:00 pm beginning June 22 (check local listings) on PBS.

Featuring the original cast of Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, this season has never before been seen in the U.S.

Once again, viewers will meet twelve of Britain's best amateur bakers who will don their aprons, enter the iconic tent and tackle culinary trials that increase in difficulty as the competition unfolds. Vying to be crowned star baker, challengers prepare three creations in each episode: a signature bake, which tests their creative flair and baking ability; the devilishly difficult technical challenge, in which contestants have to bake creations using only ingredient lists and minimal instruction; and finally the showstopper, designed to fully showcase each baker's skill and creativity.

Contestants face the demanding but endearing judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, two icons of British baking who are now household names in America. Comedy duo Sue Perkinsand Mel Giedroyc are the series hosts, providing the bakers with much-needed emotional support and comic relief. Offering viewers the perfect sweet summer escape, Season 5 features unforgettable contestants attempting some of the series most difficult challenges, from bagels to strudel, treacle tarts to choux gateaus.

Season 5 will be available to stream the morning after broadcast on PBS.org. It will also be available on PBS station-branded digital platforms such as ROKU, Apple TV and Google Chromecast, as well as on PBS iPad and iPhone apps. All four previous seasons of THEGREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW are available via Passport, a benefit for local PBS station donors, offering extended access to a rich library of public television programming (contact your local PBS station for details). All ten episodes will also be available for binge-viewing on Passport on premiere night, June 22. Throughout the season, fans can visit PBS Food to learn more about the contestants and get exclusive content from the program.

Braodway World

posted 5/22/18

More on "MasterChef"
Get Ready for Judge vs. Judge!
From The Futon Critic

In a MASTERCHEF kitchen first, the judges will do battle when Season Nine of MASTERCHEF premieres Wednesday, May 30 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. For the first time ever, the judges - host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich - will choose their favorite home cooks and mentor them throughout the competition.

Another all-new two-hour episode of MASTERCHEF airs Wednesday, June 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Then, the series makes its time period premiere on Wednesday, June 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the series premiere of GORDON RAMSAY'S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

In the season premiere, the nation's best home cooks travel to Los Angeles to compete for a spot in the Top 24. That's when the twist kicks in: the judges each will have eight aprons to hand out to the home cooks whom they deem worthy - and they will then mentor those contestants throughout the competition. However, as in all prior seasons, only one home cook will claim the MASTERCHEF title and the $250,000 grand prize.

Hopefuls auditioned at MASTERCHEF's open casting calls in Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Raleigh, NC; Phoenix, AZ; New York, NY; Miami, FL; Houston, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Las Vegas, NV; Nashville, TN; and Los Angeles, CA, to prove they have the culinary skills to be the next MASTERCHEF. Only one talented home cook will join MASTERCHEF winners Dino Luciano (Season Eight); Shaun O'Neale (Season Seven); Claudia Sandoval (Season Six); Courtney Lapresi (Season Five); Luca Manfe (Season Four); Christine Ha (Season Three), the first-ever blind contestant; Jennifer Behm (Season Two); and Whitney Miller (Season One) in the elite group of MASTERCHEF titleholders.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/22/18

WEEKEND: ... And Now We Wait...
Sunday Belongs to BMAs
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.488 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) rose to the top spot on Sunday with "Dateline NBC" (4.996 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its inaugural telecast of the "2018 Billboard Music Awards" (6.985 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (5.869 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.303 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "American Idol" (7.431 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Deception" (3.314 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Next up was CBS (7.480 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its finale lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.197 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.489 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), another "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.059 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Madam Secretary" (6.175 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, FOX (1.677 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.066 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15), a new "Bob's Burgers" (1.595 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and the season finales of "The Simpsons" (2.066 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.805 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Family Guy" (1.888 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.641 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (SF/Food): 1.342m
- Iron Chef America (SP/Food): 762k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 707k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 498k

On Friday... FOX (3.271 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) took home the demo crown on Friday thanks to a new "MasterChef Junior" (2.984 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) followed by the season finale of "MasterChef Junior" (3.559 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

NBC (4.186 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with the season finale of "Blindspot" (3.290 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) plus a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.635 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.614 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with its mix of a new "Undercover Boss" (4.638 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), the season finale of "Hawaii Five-0" (6.578 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.626 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.275 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the series finale of "Once Upon a Time" (2.322 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), the season closer to "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.858 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and a new "20/20" (2.644 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, the special "Harry and Meghan: A Love Story" (1.652 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "Life Sentence" (0.978 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.315 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable..
- Battlebots (Discovery): 1.022m
- Taskmaster - 11p (Comedy Central) - 186k
- Taskmaster - 11:30p (SF/Comedy Central) - 143k

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/22/18

"Games" Without Frontiers
Ten to Replace Feud with Local "Game of Games"
From Mediaweek

Network Ten has commissioned a new family entertainment series, Game Of Games, which will premiere on TEN and WIN Network later this year.

Game Of Games was a success when it launched in the US in January this year, attracting a weekly audience of more than eight million and ranking #1 in its timeslot in people 18 to 49.

The US series is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television in association with Telepictures and A Very Good Production, which is owned by Ellen DeGeneres, who is the host and executive producer of the show in the US.

DeGeneres said: "I'm thrilled that Game Of Games is making its way to Australia on TEN. "And I'm already thinking of ways to make it better. For instance, in the US we drop contestants into vats of mashed potatoes, but in Australia it's gonna be 100% Vegemite."

Each hour-long episode of Game Of Games includes supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from the award-winning daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Contestants are pulled direct from the audience and have to manoeuvre massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown – all in a quest to win a big cash prize.

Network Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: "Game Of Games is a big new show that is light, fun and engaging. It's a blast of great family entertainment that is perfect for the back half of the year.

Mediaweek

posted 5/21/18


Wikipedia

RICHARD N. GOODWIN: 1931-2018
Speechwriter, Presidential Advisor Played Special Counsel During Game Show Scandals
From NPR

Speechwriter Richard Goodwin, a driving force in American politics during times of upheaval in the 1960s and the husband of presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, has died at age 86.

Goodwin was a key aide and speechwriter for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, crafting messages about civil rights and equality and challenging America to live up to its ideals.

Goodwin died of cancer, the Associated Press reports, citing a statement from his wife. Doris Kearns Goodwin says her husband died on Sunday at their home in Concord, Mass.

"Dick Goodwin led an extraordinary life," former President Barack Obama said on Monday. "He was a clerk on the Supreme Court, a Congressional aide who helped lay bare a national scandal, a speechwriter to President Kennedy – and that was all before his thirtieth birthday." Obama added, "Michelle and I will always be grateful for our friendship with Dick and his wife Doris, and we offer our most sincere condolences to her, their children, and their grandchildren."

Goodwin's first brush with the national spotlight came in the 1950s, when he helped the Legislative Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives that investigated a scam behind a quiz program called Twenty One. That incident became the genesis for the 1994 movie Quiz Show — which Goodwin produced and which was also criticized at the time for overstating his role in breaking news about the rigged show.

NPR
Washington Post

New York Times

posted 5/21/18

More on "Crystal Maze" Season 2
Derry Girls Cast, Comics to Play
From Chortle

As do the cast of Derry Girls Joe Wilkinson and the cast of Derry Girls are to take part in the next batch of Crystal Maze celebrity specials.

Richard Ayoade returns for a new series of celebrity editions of the challenging gameshow next month, and Channel 4 has just released the teams.

They are:

- A Derry Girls special, with cast members Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Dylan Llewellyn and captain Saoirse Monica Jackson.
- Tennis ambassador Judy Murray captaining Paralympic medalist David Weir, former-England international Wayne Bridge, Countdown's Rachel Riley and reality star Charlotte Crosby.
- Katie Price, Happy Mondays maracas shaker Bez, presenter Roman Kemp, Made in Chelsea's Binky Felstead in a team led by former England midfielder Dennis Wise.
- Double Olympic champ Dame Kelly Holmes captaining MC Big Narstie, actress Jorgie Porter, internet star Alfie Deyes and long jumper Greg Rutherford
- Joe Wilkinson, Blue Peter's Radzi Chinyanganya, broadcaster Kate Garraway and Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts in a team captained by broadcasting legend Richard Madeley.

Chortle
Joe

posted 5/21/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Kindler, Gentler Love"

  • FIRST LOOK: Love Connection promises more love, less.... money. (TV Line)

  • GSN Casino hit with a lawsuit (Geekwire)

  • Kelly Clarkson makes a statement at the BBMAs on the heels of the Texas tragedy (TV Line)

  • Could the new Amazing Race season be Big Brother vs. Survivor? (Us Weekly)

  • Chrissy Teigen has a new lip sync battler (Reality TV World)

  • Christina Aguilera denies that Gwen Stefani had anything to do with her leaving "The Voice" (Reality TV World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Half of "Friendzone Couple" from LMAD blames Wayne Brady for not getting any (TMZ)

posted 5/21/18

THURSDAY: Game Night on NBC
... No Match for Finale Night on ABC, CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.118 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Thursday thanks to the season finales of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Station 19" (5.112 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) plus the return of "What Would You Do?" (2.705 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

CBS (6.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.127 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Young Sheldon" (7.049 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) followed by a new "Life in Pieces" (5.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and the season finales of "Life in Pieces" (4.943 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "SWAT" (6.059 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.555 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with an encore of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.925 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) alongside the "American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars Special" (3.371 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.392 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the season finale of "Gotham" (2.198 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and the penultimate week of "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.586 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, the season finales of "Supernatural" (1.607 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "Arrow" (1.347 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (1.477 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable..
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.132m
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 845k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 698k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 154k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/18/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "I Now Pronounce You Prince & Case #24"

posted 5/18/18


CW

UPFRONTS: The CW
For Sake of Completeness... CW Adding Sundays
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network presents its 2018-19 primetime schedule to advertisers, affiliates, and press today, at the New York City Center in New York City, with the platinum-selling American rock band 30 Seconds to Mars opening the show with a performance of their new hit songs "Rescue Me" and "Walk on Water." Expanding to a six-night, Sunday-Friday schedule this fall, The CW will have 12 hours of original scripted series across the week in primetime this fall, more than ABC, NBC or Fox.

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posted 5/17/18

WEDNESDAY: Survive This...
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.489 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) claimed the top crown on Wednesday with new episodes of "Empire" (5.103 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Star" (3.875 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3).

The silver then went to CBS (6.478 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with a new "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.446 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), the season finale of "SEAL Team" (6.145 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and a new "Code Black" (5.845 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was ABC (4.113 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its finale lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.142 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Alex, Inc." (3.346 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Modern Family" (4.960 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "American Housewife" (4.114 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "Designated Survivor" (3.559 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.712 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up the season finale of "The Blacklist" (5.129 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.277 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and the special "Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan" (3.729 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.053 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with the season finale of "Riverdale" (1.294 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) plus a new "The Originals" (0.813 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable..
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 945k
- Hip Hop Squares - 10:30 (SF/VH1): 605k
- Hip Hop Squares - 10p (VH1): 554k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 176k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 175k

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posted 5/17/18


CBS

UPFRONTS: CBS
"Survivor" Comes This Fall; "Amazing Race", "Celeb BB" to Follow
From Reality TV World

The Amazing Race and Celebrity Big Brother won't debut as part of CBS' Fall 2018 schedule, but will air later in the TV season.

CBS unveiled its Fall 2018 schedule on Wednesday and Season 31 of The Amazing Race and Season 2 of Celebrity Big Brother were not part of the broadcast lineup, with the network announcing both shows will air later in the 2018-2019 television season.

The news isn't unexpected given the most recent 2017-2018 season of The Amazing Race didn't premiere until January 2018 and Celebrity Big Brother's debut season aired in February.

CBS's other big reality competition series, Survivor, however, will air this fall in its usual time period of Wednesday nights at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

Reality TV World
Deadline

posted 5/16/18

TUESDAY: The Goodbye Girl
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.939 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) edged out the demo competition on Tuesday with its lineup of "Roseanne" (10.643 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "The Middle" (6.325 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), the season finale of "Black-ish" (5.008 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Splitting Up Together" (3.648 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "For the People" (2.004 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

CBS (10.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then remained the most-watched draw with a new "NCIS" (12.531 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.946 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and the season finale of "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.985 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Next up was NBC (5.920 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with a new "The Voice" (8.039 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), the departing "Rise" (4.227 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and the season finale of "Chicago Med" (5.494 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for the special "MasterChef Junior: The Road to the Finale" (1.731 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) alongside a new "New Girl" (1.536 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and the series finale of "New Girl" (1.517 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.507 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "The Flash" (1.911 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "The 100" (1.103 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.182m
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 885k
- Chopped (Food): 835k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 509k
- Ink Master: Angels (Paramount): 345k

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posted 5/16/18


NATAS

America Loves John Michael Higgins
Catch "America Says" on GSN June 18
From the Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has added actor John Michael Higgins ("Great News," "Pitch Perfect") as host of its new survey-matching game show, AMERICA SAYS. The new half-hour series will premiere June 18 at 5 pm ET and will air Monday through Friday.

AMERICA SAYS is a fast-paced studio game show where two teams of friends and family face off to guess America's responses with fill in the blanks to survey questions covering every topic under the sun. They'll have to be quick when trying to think of what America says, as time is always ticking and the team with the most money banked after three rounds will head to a bonus round to see if they can guess even more survey responses to win up to $15,000.

Recognized for his iconic roles in films like "Pitch Perfect," "The Break-Up" and "Best In Show", Higgins is also known for providing voices for characters in popular animated series "Bob's Burgers" and Nickelodeon's "The Legend of Korra."

AMERICA SAYS is based on a format by Keller/Noll. John Quinn serves as executive producer. Tara Long and Mark Herwick of Entertainment One (eOne) and Dave Noll and Cleve Keller of Keller/Noll serve as executive producers.

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posted 5/16/18

SYNDIES: Week 32
Results for the Week Ending May 6
From TV Newscheck

Newcomer Page Six TV made news after having tried out new hosts for seven weeks when it went without any official host in the session ending May, 6 and allowed its regular talent to carry the show. The result was a double-digit increase in both ratings and demographics in the otherwise quiet frame that included the first full week of the May sweep.

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) 6.3 -6%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 NC
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

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posted 5/16/18

A Second "Wish"
Gino D'Acampo to Reboot "Win Your Wish List"
From Realscreen

British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has tapped Belfast-based Stellify Media to produce Gino's Win Your Wish List (w/t), hosted by Italian celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo.

Channel 5 acquired the rights of the primetime game show, previously titled Win Your Wish List, which features contestants asking each other questions while a giant digital timer on the studio floor tracks their progress. The 7 x 60-minute entertainment series, airing this summer on C5, will supersize that format with more players and physical rounds.

In Gino's Win Your Wish List, five members of a family compete to win their perfect prize, bringing in their own sofa from home.

Stellify will produce and film the series in Manchester.

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posted 5/16/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "And America's Most Watched Network Is..."

  • Richard Hammond: Chris Tarrant is better than Jeremy Clarkson (Lancashire Evening Post)

  • Ken Jennings offers tips for winning HQ (Deseret News)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Patti LaBelle, Iron Chefs, and Martha Stewart... It's Food Network in June! (Broadway World)

  • Add James Huling, Corey Brooks to the "Race" pool (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jamie Foxx (Broadway World) ... and Howie Mandel & Heidi Klum (GoldDerby)

  • And to answer the titular question, America's most watched network this season is.... (Broadway World)

posted 5/16/18


ABC

UPFRONTS: ABC
"DWTS: Juniors" Joins Returning Games
From TV Line

Upfronts Week 2018 is underway, and ABC is the third broadcast-TV network (following NBC and Fox) to announce its schedule for the fall TV season.

♦ ABC will have new episodes of Roseanne ready for fall (vs. holding the sitcom for midseason again).
♦ With The Good Doctor holding tight onto Castle's old time slot, Nathan Fillion's The Rookie has copped the quasi-cursed Tuesday-at-10 perch.
♦ The previously announced Dancing With the Stars: Juniors spinoff will keep American Idol's Sunday time slot warm until the singing competition returns at midseason. ABC's all-reality Sunday lineup will conclude with The Alec Bladwin Show (the talker previewed last March following the Oscars). Shark Tank is also returning, as is the mothership series.
♦ Possibly in an effort to blunt the impact of Last Man Standing's arrival on Fox, ABC is moving Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless to Fridays. The last time ABC led off Friday with a comedy was the 2016-17 season with… Last Man Standing.
♦ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which scored an 11th-hour, shortened-season renewal, is being held until Summer 2019.

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Variety

posted 5/15/18


NBC/EndemolShine North America

More on "Deal or No Deal"
Production Begins in Orlando
From the Futon Critic

CNBC today announced the network's all-new "Deal or No Deal" with original host Howie Mandel will be taped at Universal Orlando Resort.

CNBC's "Deal or No Deal" will consist of 30 original one-hour episodes and will join the network's primetime lineup in fourth quarter 2018.

Guests of Universal Orlando Resort -- the family vacation destination with three theme parks, six on-site hotels and a nighttime dining and entertainment complex all within walking distance of each other - will have the opportunity to be part of the studio audience and experience the high energy and excitement of the high stakes game show.

The series also returns with all-new contestants.

"Deal or No Deal" is currently hosting open casting calls:

- Wednesday, May 16 - Jacksonville, Florida - 2pm - 7pm Location: River City Brewing Company, 835 Museum Circle
- Saturday, May 19 - Orlando, Florida - 9am - 2pm Location: Universal CityWalk, Soundstage 19, 6000 Universal BLVD.
- Sunday, May 20 - Miami, Florida - 11am - 4pm Location: Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL

Individuals can also apply online at: https://dealornodeal.castingcrane.com


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posted 5/15/18

MONDAY: No Sympathy For the Devil
NBC Wins the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.832 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) continued its reign on Monday with fresh installments of "The Voice" (8.627 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.241 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

ABC (6.330 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the number two draw with new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (7.643 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "The Crossing" (3.705 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was FOX (3.741 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with the departing "Lucifer" (3.234 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and the season finale of "The Resident" (4.249 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.833 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its mix of a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (6.048 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), a new "Man with a Plan" (5.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), the finale of "Superior Donuts" (4.589 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), another repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (4.152 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and an original "Elementary" (4.422 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.549 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "iZombie" (0.732 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Best Baker in America (Food): 915k
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 739k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/15/18

WEEKEND: Time Runs Out?
ABC Still the Demo Leader to Beat
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.212 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the demo champ on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.711 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "American Idol" (7.838 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Deception" (3.460 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

CBS (7.279 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was likewise the most-watched network once again with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.502 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), a second "60 Minutes" (7.451 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.270 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Madam Secretary" (5.896 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Next up was FOX (1.748 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (0.973 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) alongside new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (1.548 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "The Simpsons" (2.087 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.756 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Family Guy" (2.252 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and a second "Bob's Burgers" (1.873 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

And finally, a new "Genius Junior" (3.073 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), the season finale of "Genius Junior" (2.811 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16), a new "Timeless" (2.542 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and the season finale of "Timeless" (2.276 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) likewise rounded out the night on NBC (2.675 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.223m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 954k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 818k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 574k

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posted 5/15/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Always Read the Contract"

  • Two "Survivor" contestants just finished taping the season... then posted pictures of each other on the internet, which may have violated their NDA (TMZ)

  • LIST ABUSE:14 game shows from the 80s & 90s that need to come back (Gamespot)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Reggie Yates (Splitsider)

posted 5/14/18


Fox

UPFRONTS: Fox
"Hell's Kitchen" to Return
From B&C

Fox shared its fall schedule in advance of its upfront presentation May 14. Fox welcomes Thursday Night Football to its lineup in the fall.

The Resident and 9-1-1 share Mondays.

Tuesdays offer The Gifted and Lethal Weapon, now with Seann William Scott in the cast.

Wednesdays have Empire and Star.

Thursdays feature Thursday Night Football and the pre-game show.

Fridays are Last Man Standing, new comedy The Cool Kids, about a group in a retirement community who are willing to break every rule, and Hell's Kitchen. The Cool Kids cast includes Martin Mull, David Alan Grier and Vicki Lawrence.

Saturdays show college football.

Sundays offer NFL on Fox, The OT, The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy and new comedy Rel, based on the life of Lil Rel Howery. He plays a loving husband who finds his wife is having an affair.

"This year, we launched four of the Top 10 new shows on broadcast, which led to a very strong roster of young series returning for their sophomore seasons," said Gary Newman and Dana Walden, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. "That gives us tremendous momentum heading into the fall. With our increased investment in football, we're going to use the powerful platform of the NFL to launch our new comedies. We'll then take some big swings with dramas at midseason, which is a proven strategy for Fox."

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posted 5/14/18


NBC

UPFRONTS: Winter's "Got Talent" and More from NBC
Two New Reality Series Join Returning Favorites
From TV Line

NBC is aiming to use its summertime hit to warm up the winter, by expanding the America's Got Talent franchise with a first-ever all-stars edition.

The Peacock network has greenlit America's Got Talent: The Champions, which will not only bring back fan favorites from past seasons of AGT, but include popular acts from other global editions of the franchise, all of whom will compete against one another.

It is set to premiere during the winter of 2018-19.

"I have always wanted to have a competition show for the very best of the best Got Talent acts from around the world," series creator Simon Cowell said in a statement. "The variety and the talents of the acts who enter Got Talent globally are incredible and unbelievable. Since America's Got Talent was where it all started, I'm absolutely delighted to be launching this on NBC."

Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment's reality-TV chief, added, "Bringing the best Got Talent competitors together for this winter edition will have these favorites elevating their acts to awe and inspire audiences like never before."

AGT: Original Flavor returns for its 13th season on Tuesday, May 29 at 8/7c.

Following a triumphant 2017-18 season with an outstanding 38% 18-49 lead and a win in entertainment programming (even when Olympics and Super Bowl are factored out), NBC unveils a new year-round lineup that adds fresh voices, top talent and superb storytellers to an already thriving roster. The new schedule, which will add five first-year dramas and two new comedies (and one transplant) over the course of the 2018-19 season, features a robust fall lineup that paves the way for a blockbuster midseason roster anchored by powerhouse alternative franchises.

Emmy-winning "The Voice" will return to its Monday-Tuesday rotation in the fall.

"Once again, we are coming into the season from a place of strength and stability, which makes us bullish about a scheduling strategy that delivers top-notch original programming not just in the fall, but year round," said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "We have a very strong fall schedule, as always, but winter, spring and summer are every bit as important to us, and this year we're putting our talent and our money where our mouth is. This schedule builds on the type of programming that makes NBC #1 year after year: bold, humanistic, compelling dramas; an unmatched collection of the highest-quality unscripted shows for the entire family; and one of the strongest comedy lineups on television that is unique to the legacy of the NBC brand."

"I continue to be proud of the pedigree of talent on both sides of the camera, from global superstars and producers like Dwayne Johnson, Jennifer Lopez and Simon Cowell, to comedy legends like Amy Poehler and the cast of 'Will & Grace' and the many others who call NBC their home," continued Greenblatt.

Joining "America's Got Talent: The Champions" at midseason: bona fide new hit "Ellen's Game of Games" will make midseason Tuesdays at 8 P.M. just as strong. Furthermore "The Titan Games" - a high-octane competition series from Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and producers of "American Ninja Warrior" that offers everyday people a chance to achieve the impossible - blasts onto Wednesdays for a limited run at 8 P.M. this winter.

Also, "World of Dance" will launch season 3 in the winter.

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posted 5/13/18


Discovery/USA Today

"Cash Cab" Back on the Road for the Summer
Catch Season 2 of the Reboot (Season 11 Total) on Discovery
From AM New York

New Yorkers once again have the chance to end their commutes a little bit richer with the return of the Discovery competition series "Cash Cab."

The Ben Bailey-hosted game show will return this July, the network announced Monday.

"Cash Cab" was rebooted by Discovery last summer after five years off the air.

The revived 11th season featured the same premise — New Yorkers and tourists are offered the chance to win big bucks by correctly answering trivia questions — with a few new twists, like allowing stumped passengers to reach out for help through a text or tweet.

Last season also featured a few celebrity passengers, including "Friends" star Matthew Perry and Brooke Shields. Discovery has not yet announced the return of surprise guests, though.

An exact release date hasn't yet been announced. But, it'll coincide with the 30th anniversary of the network's fan-favorite Shark Week special. So, the premiere "Cash Cab" episode is sure to feature some fishy video clips and questions.

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posted 5/14/18


FremantleMedia North America/ABC

Get Your BLANK! On This Summer!
More on ABC's Summer Offerings
From the Futon Critic

Ten eligible women selected by a blue-ribbon panel of matchmakers vie for a chance at love with mystery suitor Mike, a police officer from Bakersfield, California, in search of his soul mate. By the end of the night, Mike will propose to one of two remaining women. Then, the newly acquainted couple will trust fate and exit the stage possibly engaged to be married, on the series premiere of "The Proposal," MONDAY, JUNE 18 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Hosted by former NFL quarterback and Season 5 Bachelor Jesse Palmer, each episode will feature 10 eligible daters competing in four pageant-style rounds to win the heart of a mystery man or woman whose identity is concealed from them. The male or female daters will attempt to woo the mystery suitor with their words in a first impressions round; bare their souls in a beachwear round; answer the mystery suitor's most pressing romantic questions; and strive to receive a seal of approval from the mystery suitor's most trusted family member in the final round. After each phase, the daters who fail to connect with the mystery suitor are whittled down, leading to the dramatic and highly anticipated reveal, when the two remaining daters finally meet the mystery suitor for the first time, just in time for a romantic proposal.

"The Proposal" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, James Breen and Jason Ehrlich serve as executive producers.

Meanwhile, ABC brings back the shag carpet and the skinny microphone for some summertime "Match Game" BLANK!, as Season 3 continues on THURSDAY, JUNE 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT).

"Match Game" will once again be hosted by Emmy(R)- and Golden Globe(R) Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin and is produced by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA).

The hilarious panel game features two contestants as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-missing-blank. Baldwin received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Host in 2017.

A fantastic lineup of celebrities are in store this summer including Laverne Cox, David Arquette, James Van Der Beek, Amy Sedaris, Jenifer Lewis, Anthony Anderson, Christina Ricci, ICE-T, Yvette Nicole Brown, Kenan Thompson, Niecy Nash, Tom Lennon, Caroline Rhea, Mark Duplass, Constance Zimmer, Joel McHale, Michael Ealy, Mario Cantone, Adam Pally, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Cheryl Hines, Ellie Kemper, John Early, Donald Faison, Kate Flannery, Nikki Glaser, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess and Jack McBrayer.

Executive producers include Alec Baldwin, FMNA's Jennifer Mullin, Scott St. John and Mallory Schwartz.

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posted 5/14/18


Magical Elves

Apparently You CAN Go Home Again
Project Runway Returns to Bravo for Season 17
From TV Line

Project Runway is going home.

The hit reality-TV competition series is returning to its original basic cable stomping ground, Bravo. The move was first announced by network ringleader Andy Cohen at NBC Universal's Upfronts presentation on Monday.

Runway first premiered on Bravo back in 2004 and aired there for five seasons before relocating to Lifetime, where it recently concluded its 16th season. There, it spawned a number of spinoffs, including Project Runway: Junior and Project Runway All-Stars.

"Project Runway" returns to Bravo through an agreement between Bravo Media LLC and Lantern Entertainment LLC, whose bid to acquire the assets of The Weinstein Company (which includes "Project Runway"), was approved by the Delaware bankruptcy court on May 8. The deal is subject to Lantern closing that acquisition.

"As we anticipate formally completing the acquisition process, the opportunity to return 'Project Runway' to its original home at Bravo and foster a long-term and productive partnership with NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment is an exciting first step for Lantern Entertainment," said Co-Presidents Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic. "We share Bravo's enthusiasm to reinvigorate the series and are incredibly grateful for everyone who has had a hand in making 'Project Runway' the flagship franchise that it is today."

In addition, Bravo and Lantern have agreed to develop other unscripted projects for Bravo and other networks in the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment portfolio.

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posted 5/14/18

Back to the (Celebrity) House
CBS Renews "Celebrity Big Brother"
From Reality TV World

Celebrity Big Brother's first season on CBS will not be its only season!

Celebrity Big Brother has been renewed for a second season by CBS.

"Did you like #BBCeleb? Well it's coming back!!!" Big Brother franchise host Julie Chen tweeted on Saturday.

CBS has not specified whether Celebrity Big Brother's second edition will air during the regular 2018-2019 season, however, it's likely the series will have another winter run.

The show's first installment premiered in January 2018 and aired for about six weeks as counter-programming to the Winter Olympics on NBC. The finale aired on February 25. Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur was crowned champion of the first season of Celebrity Big Brother in America, as she defeated entertainment reporter Ross Mathews for the $250,000 grand prize. (Ross received $50,000 for finishing in second place).

Ross was also named "America's Favorite Houseguest" over actress Shannon Elizabeth and Big Time Rush singer James Maslow.

Celebrity Big Brother is produced by Endemol Shine North America.

Reality TV World

posted 5/14/18

"The Voice" Gets Down to the Nitty Gritty
NBC Teams with HQ for Special $50K Game Tonight
From The Futon Critic

NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" will team up with interactive global game show sensation HQ Trivia for a first-of-its-kind partnership on Monday, May 14, giving fans and viewers a chance to watch and play for a $50,000 cash prize and a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend "The Voice" live season finale performance show on Monday, May 21.

During the Monday May 14 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) live telecast, Rogowsky will make a special guest appearance live from "The Voice" stage at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Viewers are encouraged to tune in to the telecast and watch for hints to be ready for the special edition of HQ later that night.

The special HQ game will be co-hosted by "Voice" coaches Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton and HQ Trivia host Scott Rogowsky live at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, giving viewers and "Voice" fans the opportunity to play and win.

"I'm excited to co-host the first-ever 'Voice' HQ game with my very chatty friend Kelly Clarkson on Monday," said Shelton. "Don't get up to go to the fridge during the show because the only way to win is to watch closely!" Clarkson added, "For once, Blake and I will be on the same team, and we will be rooting for you all to win!"

"We are thrilled to be at the forefront of such an innovative and interactive television-gaming experience that will give our fans the opportunity to win a huge prize by simply watching the show," said Audrey Morrissey, "Voice" showrunner and executive producer. "We can't wait to bring the HQ 'Voice' game to our fans and have the winner join us at the finale!"

"HQ and 'The Voice' are fortunate to have passionate, engaged fans. Our players have certainly made HQ what it is today, and have been such an integral part of shaping the HQ experience," said Brandon Teitel, Head of Programming and Strategic Partnerships at HQ. "We are so excited to welcome 'Voice' fans to our 'HQuniverse.'"

The Futon Critic

posted 5/14/18


GAMES GONE BY: Merv Griffin's Crosswords
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Hmm...a ten-letter word for "a game show that's the last hurrah for a decent talk-show host". Ah, that would be "Merv Griffin's Crosswords"..."C-R-O-S-S-W-O-R-D-S". Chris Wolvie gets out his pencil and his dictionary to show you a "Games Gone By..." that gets you neither "down" nor "a-cross".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 5/14/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "I Don't Remember Season 2"

posted 5/14/18

Joni Day Called Up
FremantleMedia Promotes "Beat the Clock" Producer
From Realscreen

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has expanded its unscripted executive team with the promotion of industry veteran Joni Day, and the addition of Colin Nash and Jean Shi.

Day has been lifted to SVP of alternative programming and development. In her new executive role at FMNA, she will focus on finding global formats for broadcast. Day currently serves as an executive producer for FMNA's kids' game show The Noise and the game show reboot of Beat the Clock, both on Universal Kids.

Day has been with FremantleMedia since 2013 and has previously served as VP of alternative programming and development. In that role, she managed development and production of reality competitions, game shows and other unscripted television programming.

During her five-year tenure at FMNA, the executive has also helped develop and launch series such as The Great Christmas Light Fight, Match Game and To Tell the Truth. Day has also received Emmy Award nominations for her work on both ABC's Shark Tank and NBC's The Voice.

Additionally, FMNA has named Colin Nash as SVP of alternative programming and development, and Jean Shi as VP of alternative programming & development. Under the new title, Nash will focus on streaming and digital partners to expand FremantleMedia's portfolio.

Nash formerly served as SVP of unscripted development and series at MTV, where he oversaw some of the Viacom youth network's biggest series, such as True Life, The Real World and The Challenge. He also shepherded MTV's first investigative series, Unlocking the Truth, the docuseries comedy Buckwild, and the behind-the-scenes music documentary with Rory Kramer, Dare to Live. Nash's career has led him to produce for a variety of networks including ABC, The CW, VH1, TLC and The WB.

Rounding out the team as VP of alternative programming and development, Shi will be tasked with developing and selling original unscripted series, with a particular focus on global formats for cable. Shi joins FMNA from Invent Media where she most recently served as SVP of development. The executive also spent three years in the NBCUniversal Group at Oxygen Media where she shepherded such series as Pretty.Strong., Douglas Family Gold, Strut, Battle of the Ex-Besties, Last Squad Standing and Three Days to Live, among others. Shi has previously held a variety of titles at GRB Entertainment, Lion Television (All3Media) and Painless Productions.

Realscreen
Deadline

posted 5/13/18

Third "World"
NBC Renews "World of Dance" For Season 3 Ahead of Season 2 Premiere
From TV Line

NBC is World of Dance-ing as fast as it can.

The Peacock network on Thursday announced that its summertime dance competition series has been renewed for Season 3, weeks ahead of its Season 2 premiere (airing Tuesday, May 29 at 10/9c).

"We set out to make World of Dance a competition series of the highest caliber — every act that hits the stage gives their all and challenges themselves against the most elite athletes in the world," Jennifer Lopez said in a statement. "As an executive producer and judge, I'm constantly reminded of the heart and determination it takes to rise to the challenge and become the best of the best. I can't wait to see the talent that comes across our stage for Season 3."

In its first season, World of Dance averaged 7.7 million total viewers and a 1.8 demo rating, making it last summer's most watched and top-rated new program, and broadcast-TV's No. 2 summer show overall (trailing only its lead-in, America's Got Talent).

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 5/10/18

WEDNESDAY: Midweek Split. Again
CBS Wins Totals, Fox Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.412 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Empire" (5.010 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Star" (3.815 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

The silver then went to CBS (6.285 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and its trio of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.616 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "SEAL Team" (6.224 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "Code Black" (5.016 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was NBC (5.622 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and its mix of "The Blacklist" (4.896 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and the season finale of "Chicago PD" (6.286 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.853 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Goldbergs" (4.748 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Alex, Inc." (3.039 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Modern Family" (4.677 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "American Housewife" (4.104 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Designated Survivor" (3.274 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, rounding out the night were new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.008 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "The Originals" (0.762 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (0.885 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (SP/Food): 1.082m
- Hip Hop Squares - 10p (VH1): 739k
- Hip Hop Squares - 10:30p (VH1): 673k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 207k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/10/18

Phone a Friend
Update HQ Before Friday's Game for Help!
From 9to5 Mac

After gaining a handful of new social features earlier this year, live game show HQ Trivia is getting even more social beginning this week.

The company announced today that starting this week, users will be able to see their friends' answers during Friday games.

The new answer sharing feature is based around last month's announcement of adding friends in the HQ Trivia app, which can be done either via connecting your address book or searching by username.

Once a user has added friends on HQ Trivia, they will be able to see their answers during games. Essentially, this means that as the 10 second clock ticks down, you can see your friends' answer choices in real-time, which could be a major help if you happen not to know the answer to a question.

HQ Trivia explains that this feature will only be available during games on Fridays, however, so you won't be able to rely on your friends all of the time.

In addition to answer sharing, HQ Trivia is adding a new Nearby Friends feature that will allow users to see players physically around them who are in the same game as them. This means that if you're playing in a public place, you can see other HQ Trivia players who are physically near you.

9to5 Mac

posted 5/10/18

The Four for Round 2
Singers Revealed for Summer Run
From the Futon Critic

These Season Two Vocal Gladiators are Ready to Defend their Seats!

- Carvena Jones
Jackson, Mississippi
Twitter: cardazzle
Instagram: cardazzle
Facebook: carvena.jones.1

- James Graham
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Twitter: itsjamesgraham
Instagram: itsjamesgraham
Facebook: JGrahamOfficial

- Stephanie Zelaya Guatemala City, Guatemala
Twitter: zelayasteph
Instagram: zelayasteph
Facebook: ZelayaSteph

- Sharaya J.
Atlanta, Georgia
Twitter: Sharaya J
Instagram: banjiraya Facebook: banjiraya

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM Season Two Premieres Thursday, June 7 @ 8/7c on FOX After a worldwide search, FOUR fierce recording artists have been chosen to enter the competition of a lifetime on THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM, hosted by Fergie. These four recording artists, spanning all music genres, will fight to defend their coveted spots on the stage, as newcomers challenge them and try to knock them out of the competition. Each week, if any of the four are outperformed, they'll go home and their challenger will take their place. The recording artist who is the last standing at the end of the competition will earn the ultimate prize: the panel of industry experts - Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor - become key players on their team. Additionally, as part of the grand prize, the winner will be named an iHeartRadio "On The Verge" artist. iHeartRadio's "On The Verge" program provides artists with unparalleled national reach through on-air radio exposure, as well as digital and social support across iHeartMedia's powerful range of music and entertainment platforms.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 5/10/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Bad News for Fans of Micks, Men, and Brooklyns"

posted 5/10/18

Payment Becomes Due July 10
TruTV Gives Drop Date for "Paid Off with Michael Torpey"
From The Wrap

TruTV has unveiled its 2018-19 programming slate ahead of the Turner upfront presentation next week, including renewals for "Adam Ruins Everything" and "Hack My Life," and new projects from Ken Jeong and "Super Troopers" duo Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme.

Also set to premiere is "Paid Off with Michael Torpey", due up at 10p ET July 10.

The student loan crisis is ridiculous, so comedian Michael Torpey ("Orange is the New Black") is solving it in the most ridiculous way possible – a comedy game show. "Paid Off with Michael Torpey" gives three lucky college grads – all saddled with student debt – the chance to test the depth of their degrees with fun, fast paced trivia questions. In the end, one lucky winner will get the chance to have their student debt paid off. The series is co-created by Torpey and Cowboy Bear Ninja, who also produces. Michael Melamedoff and Adrian Selkowitz serve as executive producers for Cowboy Bear Ninja alongside executive producers Torpey, Ethan Berlin and Leigh Hampton..

The Wrap

posted 5/9/18

From "Feud" to "Pointless"?
Channel 10 Cancels "Family Feud" After 4 Years
From Sydney Morning Herald

Grieving Family Feud fans have something to look forward to.

Australia will soon get a new quiz show straight from the shores of the United Kingdom. That is, if the producers at EndemolShine get their way. Loading

The production company behind some of Network Ten's biggest reality TV shows – including MasterChef and The Bachelor – is on the hunt for people based in New South Wales for a local version of British game show Pointless.

Over the years, similar formats have been developed in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. In Australia, the ABC currently airs the British format.

On Tuesday, Network Ten revealed it was putting Grant Denyer's Family Feud on ice after 1200 episodes. A spokesman said it would be announcing "an exciting new game show" taken from a successful overseas format shortly.

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Mediaweek

posted 5/9/18

SYNDIES: Week 31
Results for the Week Ending April 29
From TV Newscheck

Syndication leader Judge Judy's ratings were on fire in an otherwise tepid session ending April 29, easily outperforming all shows in a frame that included the first two weekdays of the important May sweep.

Judy was the only member of syndication's 7-rating club, jumping 6% to a four-week high 7.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, and blowing away all rivals for the 10th week in a row.

In access, game shows stalled. Family Feud was flat at a 6.5, but led the category. Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune each fell 5% to 5.9 and 5.8, respectively.

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) 6.5 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 -5%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -5%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -NC

TV Newscheck
B&C
Screener

posted 5/9/18

TUESDAY: Godspeed Abby
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (11.572 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Tuesday thanks to a new "NCIS" (14.792 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), the season finale "Bull" (11.802 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and a new "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.123 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

ABC (4.687 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its mix of "Roseanne" (10.185 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "The Middle" (5.849 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Black-ish" (4.364 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Splitting Up Together" (3.544 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "For the People" (2.091 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Next up was NBC (5.601 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "The Voice" (7.196 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Rise" (3.838 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Chicago Med" (5.767 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.277 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season finale of "Lethal Weapon" (3.103 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) plus a new "New Girl" (1.531 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and a second "New Girl" (1.370 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Flash" (1.716 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "The 100" (1.114 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.415 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.123m
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 929k
- Chopped (Food): 898k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 518k
- Ink Master: Angels (Paramount): 312k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/9/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Second Beat"

  • FIRST LOOK: Beat Shazam season 2 (The Futon Critic)

  • Jennifer Lopez to bring her world of song to the Billboard Music Awards (The Futon Critic)

  • EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Idol was built on "moments". This season is fast-forwarding through all of them (TV Line)

  • Caleb Reynolds, Rachel Reilly lend more credence to the "Big Brother Amazing Race" crossover theory (Reality TV World)

  • Katy Perry ready to bury the bad blood between her and Taylor Swift (Reality TV World)

  • ICYMI: Andy Daly crashes Conan as an 80s game show host (Splitsider)

posted 5/9/18

MONDAY: This Is The Win
NBC Wins on "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) cruised to another victory on Monday with a new "The Voice" (8.301 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) followed by the season premiere of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.680 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

ABC (6.378 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the number two draw with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (7.644 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "The Crossing" (3.847 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

Next up was FOX (3.419 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with fresh installments of "Lucifer" (2.857 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "The Resident" (3.980 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.695 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season finale of "Kevin Can Wait" (5.418 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) alongside new episodes of "Man with a Plan" (4.939 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "Superior Donuts" (4.351 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) plus a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (4.338 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and a new "Elementary" (4.561 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.585 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "iZombie" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.200 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Best Baker in America (SP/Food): 910k
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 712k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/8/18

WEEKEND: Upshot
CBS, ABC Split Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.164 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held onto the demo crown on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.527 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "American Idol" (7.870 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Deception" (3.391 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

CBS (7.375 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) however claimed the most-watched network with its mix of "60 Minutes" (8.913 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Instinct" (6.975 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.695 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Madam Secretary" (5.921 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

Next up was FOX (1.656 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and its combination of a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.034 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) alongside originals from "Bob's Burgers" (1.515 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "The Simpsons" (2.098 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.654 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Family Guy" (1.928 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) plus the season finale of "The Last Man on Earth" (1.708 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, NBC (2.741 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Dateline NBC" (3.167 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Genius Junior" (2.790 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14), a second "Genius Junior" (2.749 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Timeless" (2.259 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.301m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.142m
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS) : 754k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 598k

CBS (6.937 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the most-watched broadcaster on Friday with the season finale of "MacGyver" (6.097 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) followed by originals from "Hawaii Five-0" (6.983 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (7.732 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1).

NBC (3.670 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "Blindspot" (2.636 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.187 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1).

Next up was FOX (2.797 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (2.621 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a second "MasterChef Junior" (2.974 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.923 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its trio of "Once Upon a Time" (2.030 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.623 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "20/20" (2.116 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Dynasty" (1.097 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Life Sentence" (0.907 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (1.002 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Taskmaster - 11p (Comedy): 185k
- Taskmaster - 11:30p (Comedy): 158k

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/8/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Monday Babies"

posted 5/8/18

Alone... Together
History to Launch All-Star Edition June 14
From the Futon Critic

Second chances don't come often, but this season on "Alone" it's all about redemption as former participants of HISTORY's hit nonfiction survival series return in season five premiering Thursday, June 14 at 10PM ET/PT.

Dropped off in Northern Mongolia, the most remote location yet, the ten survivalists will be separated by miles and endure brutal, subzero temperatures, deadly predators and punishing isolation, as they push themselves once more to their limits. After coming up short in their respective seasons, these men and women have even greater motivations and well-planned strategies for survival. They must build their own shelters, hunt their own food, and overcome numerous deadly obstacles - such as the venomous Siberian Pit Viper and feral wolves - if they want to be the last person standing. With ten survival tools each, enough camera gear to self-document their experiences and a cash prize of $500,000 on the line, season five will bring higher stakes, impressive levels of ingenuity and a greater desire to succeed than ever before. No camera crew. No gimmicks. "Alone" is the utmost test of human will and fierce determination to overcome the elements. This season, who will have the strength to endure the longest and win the ultimate prize?

The Futon Critic

posted 5/7/18

Would You Look at a Stranger's Phone for a Date?
Fox TV Stations Option Snapchat Series
From Broadway World

According to Deadline, Snapchat series PHONE SWAP is moving from its mobile environment to television. FOX signed a deal today to have the reality show, currently on Snapchat, to air on the network this summer.

The series involves individuals having the chance to trade phones with a stranger and look through it before deciding if they want to go on a date with them. Each half hour episode airs twice a week on Snapchat, where it is currently on its second season.

Broadway World

posted 5/7/18

Catch... If You Can
Armoza Format Heads to Ireland
From Realscreen

Irish prodco ShinAwil has taken the local format rights to Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats' game show Catch.

The winner of Armoza's 2012 Formagination format competition, Catch (30 x 60 minutes) pits contestants against one another in trivia gameplay where competitors don't answer questions – they catch them.

The show revolves around a touch-screen LED floor that reacts to the competitors' steps as they make their way through three rounds of trivia and physical challenges where the fastest answers will catch and eliminate the competition until the last contestant is standing. The last round sees a chance for the finalist to double their winnings again or leave empty-handed.

"We are fans of Catch as an exciting, cutting-edge show that could entertain British viewers, bringing both entertainment, skill and suspense to a great gameshow format," said Larry Bass, CEO of ShinAwil, in a statement.

Realscreen

posted 5/7/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Monday Babies"

posted 5/7/18


ABC/FremantleMedia North America

Let's Idol Again
ABC Gives Greenlight on Season 17 of Rebooted "Idol"
From TV Line

After the nationwide vote, ABC is staying in the music business, renewing American Idol for a second season on the network (and the show's 17th overall).

In addition to hiring new judges — Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie — ABC's revamped Idol also introduced a new voting system, allowing viewers from all across these United States to cast their ballots live, with performances and eliminations being squeezed into one live show per week.

Seven weeks into its ABC revival run, Idol is averaging 7.6 million total viewers and a 1.6 demo rating. In the two-hour Sunday slot — in recent years a weak spot for the network — it has given ABC its biggest audiences in four years and its best demo number in three.

Before its run on ABC, Idol aired for 15 seasons (2002–2016) on Fox, launching the careers of superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood.

TV Line
Broadway World

posted 5/4/18

It's On This Saturday! Final Answer.
"Millionaire" Returns to ITV This Weekend
From ITV Press Centre

To mark the 20th anniversary of the global hit game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, the iconic program will return to ITV for a week of celebratory episodes, starting this Saturday.

Airing as a stripped event across the week, the 7x60 minute episodes will play out every night and will be hosted by brand new presenter, Jeremy Clarkson.

The show will offer members of the public the chance to win £1,000,000. Each contestant will have the opportunity to answer 15 questions on their way to hopefully winning this life changing prize. The contestants will be helped along the way by familiar lifelines of 'Ask The Audience', 'Phone a Friend' and '50:50', plus a brand new fourth lifeline; 'Ask The Host'.

This brand new, additional lifeline allows the contestant to 'Ask The Host' if he [Jeremy Clarkson] knows the answer or if he has an opinion on what it might be. Jeremy never sees the questions ahead of the contestants so there is no guarantee he will know the answer. Will Jeremy be able to help someone along the way to winning one million pounds or will it cost them everything?

In another twist, contestants will be able to set their own second safety net amount. There is a fixed safety net at £1,000, meaning once a contestant has successfully answered Question 5 and won £1,000, that's the minimum they will take home. Traditionally, the second safety net was automatically set at £32,000. However, in these seven celebratory episodes, this new twist will allow the second safety net to be set by each contestant. Once they have banked £1,000, they will be given the opportunity to set their safety net ahead of the next question being asked. They can set their safety net only once and anywhere from £2,000 to £500,000. Will contestants be brave enough to risk losing big money in the hope to go all the way?

Jeremy Clarkson said "If the contestant chooses that lifeline [Ask The Host], they get to ask me if I know the answer. God help them. Anyone who doesn't win £1,000,000 is bound, at some point, to ask me if I know the answer. And if it's 1970's prog rock music, I probably will. If it's anything other than that, I probably won't."

On talking about the safety net changes, Jeremy Clarkson added "They can choose where it goes. So they choose how much they are going to lose at any given moment, which is a very clever idea. That requires balls of steel. To go beyond, say £32,000, when you're going to drop back to £1,000 if you get it wrong. To say, 'no I'll set it at £64,000 and risk losing £63,000 if I get it wrong', balls of steel."

The series will be produced by Stellify Media with filming taking place in Manchester. Commissioned for ITV by Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment, with Ben Kelly Commissioning Editor, it will be executive produced by Fiona Clark and Stellify's joint managing directors Kieran Doherty and Matthew Worthy, with Julia Knowles as Director.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is a Sony Pictures Television format. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? starts Saturday 5th May at 9.15pm on ITV and continues nightly thorough-out the week at 9pm .

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posted 5/4/18

THURSDAY: The Beginning of the End
CBS Takes Night
From TV Line

Fox bubble drama Gotham this Thursday drew 1.92 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, ticking down on both counts to mark brand-new series lows. Leading out of that, Showtime at the Apollo (2.3 mil/0.6) was steady.

Elsewhere….

THE CW | Supernatural (1.4 mil/0.4) dipped. Arrow (1.11 mil/0.4) ticked up in the demo while rising to its best audience since March 29.

ABC | Grey's Anatomy (6.6 mil/1.6) ticked up, Station 19 (5.2 mil/1.1) grew two tenths and Quantico (2.2 mil/0.5) was steady in the demo while dipping to an audience low.

CBS | Big Bang Theory (12.6 mil/2.3) rose three tenths, while Young Sheldon (11.6 mil/1.9), Mom (8.8. mil/1.4) and Life in Pieces (6.3 mil/1.1) each ticked up. SWAT (5.1 mil/0.8) was steady.

NBC | Superstore's finale (3 mil/0.8, average reader grade "A-"), AP Bio (2.1 mil/0.6) and Chicago Fire (5.4 mil/1.) all ticked up while Champions (1.5 mil/0.4) was flat..

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 856k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 840k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 727k
- Talk Show the GAme Show (truTV): 237k

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posted 5/4/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "What Hath Cody & Jessica Wrought"

  • "The Amazing Race" reportedly going all Big Brother next season (TMZ)

  • Cheryl Burke gets the ring from Matthew Lawrence. Happy birthday indeed (Reality TV World)

  • BLIND ITEM: which Survivor Ghost Island castaways are now dating? (Reality TV World)

  • Scott Rogowsky has a new manager (Deadline)

  • So where is Chris Tarrant now? (TV Week)

  • ICYMI: Snatch Game (Decider)

  • Amanda Holden takes a nasty hit (Daily Express)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A Clipper's mother won "Price Is Right" (Click Lancashire)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jeremy Clarkson (What's on TV)

posted 5/4/18

Here's Your First Subject
Here's Your Celebrity Lineup for "The $100,000 Pyramid" this Summer
From the Futon Critic

The Pyramid is back! As part of ABC's "Sunday Fun & Games," the Emmy(R) Award-winning pop-culture phenomenon is reimagined and better than ever. Featuring an all-star cast of celebrities who take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country competing against each other with hopes of making it to the winners' circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000,

"The $100,000 Pyramid" premieres SUNDAY, JUNE 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Celebrity Guest Lineup:
- Anthony Anderson (ABC's "black-ish")
- Lauren Ash ("Superstore")
- Joy Behar (ABC's "The View")
- Julie Bowen (ABC's "Modern Family" and "Life of the Party")
- Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine")
- Mario Cantone (actor/comedian)
- Erika Christensen ("Parenthood")
- Terry Crews ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Sorry To Bother You")
- Taye Diggs ("Empire" and "Set It Up")
- Snoop Dogg ("Joker's Wild")
- Gabby Douglas (Olympic gold medalist)
- Jenna Fischer (ABC's "Splitting Up Together")
- Erin Foster ("Barely Famous")
- Sara Foster ("Barely Famous")
- Vivica A. Fox ("Everyday I'm Hustling," "Face The Truth")
- Bethenny Frankel ("The Real Housewives of New York City")
- Melissa Fumero ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine")
- Ana Gasteyer ("Lady Dynamite")
- Nicholas Gonzalez (ABC's "The Good Doctor")
- Darrell Hammond ("Mayhem Explained")
- Oliver Hudson (ABC's "Splitting Up Together")
- Ken Jeong ("Crazy, Rich Asians," "Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween")
- Leslie Jones ("Saturday Night Live")
- Gayle King ("CBS This Morning"; O, The Oprah Magazine)
- Nick Lachey (singer, television personality)
- Vanessa Lachey ("Top Chef Jr.")
- Jenifer Lewis (ABC's "black-ish," "Big Hero Six")
- Justina Machado ("One Day at a Time")
- Ross Matthews ("Celebrity Big Brother," "RuPaul's Drag Race")
- Ken Marino (ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat")
- Matt McGorry (ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder")
- Tim Meadows (ABC's "The Goldbergs Spinoff")
- Debra Messing ("Will & Grace" & "Searching")
- Rita Moreno ("One Day at a Time")
- Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt")
- Kathy Najimy ("Dumplin'," "Veep")
- Kelly Osbourne (author and television personality)
- Terrell Owens (ABC's "Dancing with the Stars")
- Kellie Pickler (recording artist, "Pickler & Ben")
- Questlove ("The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," The Roots)
- Andy Richter ("Conan")
- Rob Riggle (Rob Riggle's "Ski Master Academy")
- Adam Rodriguez ("Criminal Minds," "Magic Mike")
- Nico Santos ("Superstore," "Crazy, Rich Asians")
- Richard Schiff (ABC's "The Good Doctor")
- Kevin Smith (writer, director, podcaster)
- George Stephanopoulos (ABC's "Good Morning America")
- Johnny Weir (Olympic figure skater, "Wedding Cake Championship")
- Ali Wentworth ("Go Ask Ali: Half-Baked Advice (and Free Lemonade)")

"The $100,000 Pyramid" is the timeless word-association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winners' circle and take home $100,000. "Good Morning America"'s Michael Strahan hosts "The $100,000 Pyramid."

The Futon Critic

posted 5/3/18

WEDNESDAY: Renewed, But...
Fox Wins Demo, CBS Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.566 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ for the ninth consecutive week with fresh installments from "Empire" (5.252 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Star" (3.881 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

The silver then went to NBC (5.935 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with originals from "The Blacklist" (5.473 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (6.061 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was CBS (6.268 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.768 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.934 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Code Black" (5.104 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its mix of "The Goldbergs" (4.887 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Alex, Inc." (3.225 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Modern Family" (4.651 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "American Housewife" (3.746 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Designated Survivor" (3.578 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, new episodes from "Riverdale" (1.114 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.929 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.021 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food): 1.026m
- Hip Hop Squares - 10p (VH1): 742k
- Hip Hop Squares - 10:30p (VH1): 694k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 246k
- Comedy Knockout (SP/truTV): 157k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/3/18

Oh Man... Azteca Gets in the Game
Azteca Greenlights Version of "My Man Can"
From Deadline

Spanish-language broadcaster Azteca America unveiled its 2018-2019 programming line-up at its upfront presentation Wednesday in New York City. Its slate includes new reality series Lights, Phone Action, and horror show Mas Alla del Miedo (Beyond Fear), four specials, including the return of the Miss Universe pageant for the fourth consecutive year, new game show Mi Pareja Puede, based on the international format My Man Can, and boxing competition series Al Ritmo del Boxeo, hosted by Roberto Durán.

In addition, Azteca America announced the launch of AZ Corazon, a 24/7 telenovela channel.

The broadcaster's upfront comes on the heels of its acquisition by HC2 Holdings' subsidiary HC2 Network, which provides expanded distribution and scale across its linear and digital channels. Azteca America continues to have access to TV Azteca's current programming and library in Mexico, including top entertainment shows, talk shows, reality programs, network and local news, as well as telenovelas and other scripted series.

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posted 5/3/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Bringing Home the Bacon"

  • Steve Harvey sells his organic bacon business (Organic Authority)

  • Marc Summers brings "Double Dare" to Comedy Central's Clusterfest (Benzinga)

  • Pat & Vanna spotted shooting around Washington. (Washington Post)

  • TV Academy Hall of Fame to Bill Cosby: Boy, bye (TV Week)

  • CASTING COUCH: Match Game season 4 (TV Series Finale)

posted 5/3/18

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