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Quizzing Is Magic
Tournament of Houses Begins Sunday
From AP

Helen Mirren is oddly absent from the Harry Potter film franchise that proved close to a full-employment act for Britain’s acting greats. But she’s found her own path into its magical world.

Dame Helen, as the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning actor is properly addressed, makes her debut as a quiz host with “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses.” The weekly, four-part series begins 8p EST Sunday on TBS and Cartoon Network.

In episode one, contestants representing the Gryffindor and Hufflepuff houses field trivia questions about J.K. Rowling’s novels-turned-films in a bid to claim a championship trophy and prizes.

Mirren left the cramming to the players and is unworried about being a novice game show emcee.

“I can certainly play a strict host,” she said, drolly. Mirren’s willingness to take on something different shouldn’t raise eyebrows. She’s celebrated for her regal roles — including “The Queen,” “Elizabeth I” and “Catherine the Great” — but also counts the Fast & the Furious movie franchise among her varied credits.

Her return to a comic book-based project is upcoming: She plays a mythological goddess in “Shazam! Fury of the Gods.” Mirren’s baptism in the genre came with the film “Red” and its sequel.

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posted 11/24/2021

Chocolate Goes to School
New Series Launches on Netflix Friday
From Fansided

If you’re looking to indulge in a new baking competition series then School of Chocolate is the upcoming Netflix original for you!

The eight episode series is one you can binge over the long holiday weekend with its runtime falling at under six hours. You’ll be dropped into world class chocolatier Chef Amaury Guichon‘s competition kitchen as he teaches the contestants the methods he’s developed to create the exceptional pastries and chocolate showpieces that have made him famous.

No one is a newcomer in School of Chocolate but experience is a key component to success in Guichon’s challenging course. For each test there is a new technique he wants them to try and by the end of the competition, he will decide who is Best in Class. That student will not only win the life-changing $50,000 grand prize, but they’ll also have the opportunity to teach an international master level class at Guichon’s pastry academy in Las Vegas. It’s a chance to get their name out there and establish the foundation of their business-owning dreams.

Of course, there will be blood, sweat, and tears along the road to victory even if there’s camaraderie among the students initially. With their futures on the line, learning and growing is important but so is coming out on top!

School of Chocolate premieres Friday, Nov. 26 at 12 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET. If you plan to shop until you drop on Black Friday, this baking competition will be home waiting for you to settle down and unwind with as it’s series all about sweet and decadent creations.

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posted 11/24/2021

TUESDAY: Taking a Dive
NBC Wins with "The Voice"
From Deadline

Julianne Hough is returning to the Dancing With the Stars ballroom after four years away.

The Voice was Tuesday’s highest-rated primetime show again this week, earning a 0.7 demo rating and 6 million viewers, per Nielsen fast affiliates. However, NBC’s singing competition fell a tenth in the demo from last week and lost about 9% of its viewership.

Wendy Moten, a contestant on the NBC singing competition, took a scary tumble following a live performance on Tuesday’s show. The Team Blake member tripped over a speaker on stage after a group song, landing pretty hard. Her teammates — and eventually Blake Shelton — attended to her.

Coming in second ratings-wise was the latest installment of ABC’s The Bachelorette (0.6, 2.6M), which was steady with its previous episode. Last night featured Michelle Young’s young students, who helped her pick her final four.

Deadline
TV Line

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posted 11/24/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 9
Results for the Week Ending November 14
From TV Newscheck

The three top talk shows — Dr. Phil, Live with Kelly and Ryan and Ellen DeGeneres — all enjoyed rating records and were syndication’s loudest voices in the session ending Nov. 14.

Turning to access time periods, Jeopardy narrowly led the game shows and all of syndication with a flat 5.6. Family Feud climbed 4% to a 5.4.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.1 -4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 11/24/2021

A Very Draggy Christmas
"Drag Race" 2022 Class to Be Named December 2
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced it will air an epic holiday event giving fans a televised first look into the "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 14 cast "Ruveal" at 8pm ET/PT, alongside a special presentation of Paramount+'s international drag singing competition, "Queen of The Universe" and the debut of VH1's original holiday film starring RuPaul, "The Bitch Who Stole Christmas" at 9 pm ET/PT.

All the Queens from "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 14 will be announced on VH1 during the linear sneak peek of the "RuVeal." Fans will see their looks showcased as reigning Queen, Symone, announces them walking down the runway.

"Queen of the Universe" brings together fourteen of the world's fiercest queens as they vie for the title of "Queen of the Universe" and a cash prize of $250,000. Each episode will showcase the contestants' vocal prowess as they debut a new musical performance in front of a live audience and a "Pop Diva Panel" of judges which include, multi-Emmy and GRAMMY(R) nominee Vanessa Williams; platinum-selling recording artist, three-time Emmy(R) Award-winning producer and judge of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Michelle Visage; American drag superstar Trixie Mattel; and three-time GRAMMY(R)-nominated global songstress Leona Lewis. Five-time BAFTA TV Award-winner Graham Norton serves as host, with global drag icon RuPaul as an Executive Producer.

In the draggiest Christmas movie ever made, a workaholic big-city fashion journalist is sent to a Christmas-obsessed small town to dig up a story when she finds herself in the middle of cut-throat housewives, a high-stakes "Winter Ball" competition, and a sinister plot that could destroy Christmas fore-evah! Starring RuPaul, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Ridings, Michelle Visage, Ginger Minj, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Peppermint, Jan, Jaymes Mansfield, Latrice Royale, Gottmik, Morgan McMichaels, Porkchop, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews, Chad Michaels, Heidi N Closet, Kelly Mantle, Kimora Blac, Laganja Estranja, Manila Luzon, Mayhem Miller, Pandora Boxx, Raven, Rock M. Sakura, Kylie Sonique Love, Kim Petras, Charo, and Anna Maria Horsford.

A premiere date for "RuPaul's Drag Race" will be announced at a later date.

THe Futon Critic

posted 11/23/2021

Nightbirde Flies Again
AGT Favorite Recovering from Cancer Treatment
From Deadline

Jane “Nightbirde” Marczewski, a singer who received the Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell on America’s Got Talent, provided an update on her cancer treatment after she withdrew from the talent competition in August.

The singer said that treatment has been going well, if not a bit slowly.

“It’s happening slow little by little, day by day. I’m getting a little better,” she said in a recent interview. “I did get a scan result back and a bunch of stuff that was there disappeared. A bunch of the big stuff has gone down in size so we’re on the way.”

In June, the Ohio native made a splash with her AGT audition, where she performed her original number “It’s Okay.” Cowell honored the singer with the highly-sought after Golden Buzzer and his fellow panelists honored her with a standing ovation. Months after her audition, Nightbirde dropped from the NBC show sharing that her “fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention.”

Now making some positive headway in her treatment, Marczewski reflected on battling cancer in the public eye and how her experience with her rare illness has given her a new perspective on life, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner.

“Life is so imperfect and there’s so much hard stuff and unfair stuff mixed in, sometimes we don’t recognize that our dreams are happening and miracles are happening,” she reflected. “The miracle I wanted – I wish I could skip the pain, that this would go away super fast.” She continued: “There’s 100 different miracles in the fight. If I only take the ones that taste sweet I won’t get any miracles at all. So I’m grateful for whatever I have.”

Deadline

posted 11/24/2021

Anne Burrell Signs for More "Worst Cooks"
New Season Premiere January 5
From the Futon Critic

Anne Burrell, star of Food Network's primetime franchise Worst Cooks in America, has signed an exclusive multi-year deal inclusive of at least two more cycles of the popular series she has headlined since it began, it was announced today by Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. The next Worst Cooks in America cycle is set to premiere early next year.

In the upcoming season, Anne is joined for the first time by Chef Cliff Crooks to lead the newest batch of twelve culinary nightmares though a rigorous boot camp in their quest to become kitchen masters. While some recruits are total strangers, this time there are married couples, long-lost cousins and a pair of drag artist best friends among those battling to improve their horrific cooking skills. With the red team led by Anne and blue by Cliff, this season begins in a twilight zone dimension of overcooked food, bad knife cuts and atrocious flavors - but the journey to kitchen success kicks off as soon as the recruits walk through the doors. The challenges are bigger and bolder than ever, from an outrageous culinary warriors game to a beach-themed cooking relay to a dessert wonderland scavenger hunt. In the end, only the most improved recruit is awarded a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their mentor.

In 2021, Worst Cooks reached more than 7 million P2+ viewers and the series is currently ranked among Food Network's top five programs of the year. Worst Cooks in America premieres Wednesday, January 5th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) with a super-sized 90-minute episode on Food Network and streaming on discovery+. In addition, discovery+ subscribers can access the premiere episode a week earlier on December 29th.

"Anne has been an integral part of the success of Worst Cooks from the very beginning. She is an exceptional talent - in the kitchen and onscreen - and we are thrilled to continue working together," said White. "And we knew pairing Anne with newcomer Cliff Crooks would make for one of the freshest and most fun seasons yet."

Added Burrell, "I am super excited to announce my multi-year deal with Food Network, which has been my extended family for almost two decades. I have the greatest time hosting Worst Cooks in America and look forward to teaching our contestants and viewers on this show, as well as other series, how to cook like rock stars. There is so much incredible content in the works - stay tuned!".

THe Futon Critic
THe Wrap

posted 11/24/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Thanksgiving"

  • Katie Thurston waited a month before going back into the "Bachelor" pool... (Vulture)

  • Dani & Dominic Briones welcome a new baby girl (Us Magazine)

  • Dan Gheesling welcomes baby girl (Reality TV World)

  • Richard Osman writes a new novel (The Times)

  • #ICYMI History was made AGAIN on Jeopardy! (Decider)

posted 11/24/2021

MONDAY: That's What Siblings Do, They Watch Out for Each Other
Julianne Hough to Judge Finale of "Dancing"
From EW

Julianne Hough is returning to the Dancing With the Stars ballroom after four years away.

The longtime pro, two-time champion, and former judge is stepping in as a guest judge for Monday's season 30 finale to replace her brother, Derek Hough, who is still in quarantine after testing positive for breakthrough COVID-19 last week.

A show spokesperson tells EW that while Julianne will guest-judge the finale, Derek will still be part of the show, appearing in a pretaped skit as well as virtually. Entertainment Tonight first reported the news.

Filling in as guest judge should be easy for Julianne, who not only won DWTS in back-to-back seasons but also served as a judge for several seasons before eventually leaving the show in 2017. She'll join judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli for the finale.

The season finale of DWTS went head-to-head against The Voice, snagging the night’s highest demo rating. Per fast affiliates, Dancing With The Stars earned a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.41 million viewers. In final numbers it jumped up to a 0.9 demo rating and 5.64 million viewers. While the dancing competition topped Monday night, it was down from last season, which earned a 1.0 demo rating in final numbers. The Voice (0.7, 6.13M) won the night’s viewership, dipping from the previous week.

Beyond Dancing with The Stars and The Voice, Monday primetime took it easy leading into the Thanksgiving holiday.

EW
The Wrap

Deadline
REality TV World
Deadline
TV Line

posted 11/23/2021

Guy Fieri Has a Chance of a Lifetime
Catch It on Food Network January
From the Futon Critic

Guy Fieri is expanding his successful restaurant empire and is searching for one talented food entrepreneur to run their own Chicken Guy! franchise on Guy's Chance of a Lifetime, premiering on Sunday, January 2 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, and available a week earlier to discovery+ subscribers on Sunday, December 26.

Guy was flooded with applications from all over the country and chose the seven top candidates to participate in the most intense, high stakes job interview they could ever dream of, to become the owner of the newest location of the Chicken Guy! franchise. The candidates must prove they can successfully lead every aspect of the food business, from culinary, to marketing, and to front of house hospitality. Over the course of the six hour-long episodes, there is unexpected drama and a surprising turn of events when one of the candidates breaks under the pressure. Only one will have their destiny changed forever when they win the ultimate chance of lifetime.

"I'll tell you right now, this is NOT your every day, run-of-the-mill competition show. No eliminations, no meaningless cook-offs each week. It's a real deal job interview for a life-changing opportunity," said Fieri. "The candidates on Guy's Chance of a Lifetime have to prove that they are the best all-around talent in the food business and if they can do that, we're in business... together."

"We rolled cameras around the clock on Guy's Chance of a Lifetime documenting every aspect of this unprecedented, grueling, 24/7 job interview. To win, these applicants study through the night, then rise at dawn to apply their new skills on the real-life restaurant line with Guy assessing their every move. The pressure and stakes couldn't be higher. It's an intense journey and thrilling to watch," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc.

To up the difficulty of the toughest interview in America, Guy and business partner Robert Earl have hand selected a panel of experts consisting of business and food professionals to help mentor the candidates each week and determine the winner, including: Maneet Chauhan, Hunter Fieri, Anthony Hoy Fong, Antonia Lofaso, Christian Petroni, and John Thall.

THe Futon Critic

posted 11/23/2021

Chocoholics Rejoice!
CW Acquires "The Great Chocolate Showdown" from Food Network Canada
From the Futon Critic

Making its U.S. debut this winter, the hit dessert competition series GREAT CHOCOLATE SHOWDOWN is slated to begin its eight-episode run starting Saturday, January 29, 2022 (8:00-9:00pm ET) on The CW Network.

A top 10 cooking-competition series on Food Network Canada, GREAT CHOCOLATE SHOWDOWN featuring 10 bakers taking on creative and complex chocolate-based challenges, where they must create delicious desserts that impress even the most discerning of tastes. The esteemed judging panel includes television personality and best-selling cookbook author Anna Olson ("Junior Chef Showdown"), award-winning British cake designer Cynthia Stroud and prominent pastry chef and chocolatier Steve Hodge ("Project Bakeover").

GREAT CHOCOLATE SHOWDOWN is produced by Nikki Ray Media Agency in association with Corus Studios. For Corus Studios, Lisa Godfrey is Senior Vice President of Original Content and Corus Studios, Krista Look is Director, Original Lifestyle Content and Debbie Brown is Executive in Charge of Production. For Nikki Ray Media Agency, Tanya Linton and Mike Sheerin are Executive Producers and Jen Pratt is Series Producer. .

THe Futon Critic

posted 11/23/2021

International Emmys: And The Awards Went to...
"Masked Singer" Wins for Unscripted
From Deadline

The French comedy Call My Agent and Israeli drama Tehran took the top prizes at the 49th annual International Emmys, which here handed out Monday night during an in-person ceremony in New York.

The UK boasts both top acting honors David Tennant for crime thriller Des and Hayley Squires for porn drama Adult Material — as well as winning the Non-Scripted Entertainment prize for The Masked Singer.

Deadline

posted 11/23/2021

Banijay Dropping In Spain
Atresmedia to Reboot "Money Drop"
From C21 Media

Spanish broadcaster Atresmedia is bringing back the local version of Banijay format The Money Drop after a seven-year hiatus.

Getmusic, a Banijay Iberia company, will produce the series which is known locally as Atrapa un millón. The gameshow sees contestants start with an amount of money they have to gamble through eight rounds of multiple choice questions. It originated on Channel 4 in the UK as The Million Pound Drop..

C21 Media

posted 11/23/2021

Christmas, Take the Wheel
Celebrity Special to Air on BBC One
From Telly Mix

Michael McIntyre's The Wheel will air a Celebrity special this Christmas on BBC One.

The game show features contestants hoping to answer their way to a fortune with the help of seven celebrity experts.

The Celebrity special festive episode of The Wheel will see three celebrity contestants taking part - actor Danny Dyer, Radio and TV presenter Zoe Ball and comedian, actor and writer David Walliams. They will be competing to complete The Wheel, in an attempt to win money for their chosen charities this Christmas with the help of some fellow famous faces.

The celebs on The Wheel for the Christmas special are choirmaster and broadcaster Gareth Malone, actress Martine McCutcheon, presenter Alex Scott, comedian Jason Manford, EastEnders actress Tameka Empson, comedian Julian Clary and presenter Gregg Wallace.

A teaser for the one-off episode shares: "They will take their turns to help answer questions on everything from Christmas movies to festive food But whose help will be a gift and who has got their traditions in a twist? Full of laughs and festive spirit, The Wheel promises to get celebs and viewers alike in a spin in this special yuletide edition."

An air date for the Christmas special is to be confirmed.

Telly Mix

posted 11/23/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Space Pyramids"

  • Michael Strahan to blast off in Blue Origin rocket (Deadline)

  • Alesha Dixon walks the line remotely (MSN)

  • Anthony Anderson rejoins LAw & Order. Doink doink (Deadline)

posted 11/23/2021

Bobby Flay Signs On For 3 More Years
Chef Was to Leave Food Network Before New Deal
From TV Insider

Bobby Flay will be staying with the Food Network for at least three more years as the celebrity chef signs a new deal with the Discovery-owned channel following back-and-forth negotiations.

News of the deal was first revealed by Variety, who last month reported that talks between Food Network executives and Flay’s representatives at WME had broken down. However, a new three-year agreement has now been reached, keeping Flay on the network up to his 30th on-air anniversary with the cabler.

According to Variety, the new deal will offer further content opportunities for Flay’s Rock Shrimp Productions, the company behind most of his Food Network shows.

“We are thrilled to continue Bobby Flay’s long-standing relationship with Food Network. He captivates our audience with his incredible culinary skill, fierce competitive spirit and his trademark ability to share a deep passion for food,” said Courtney White, president of Food Network and food streaming content for Discovery.

Flay joined the Food Network in 1994 in its first year on the air and has fronted several series and specials on the channel, including the recent Beat Bobby Flay and Brunch at Bobby’s, as well as classics like Grillin’ and Chillin’. He’s also featured on the network’s various competition shows, including Chopped, Iron Chef, and The Next Food Network Star.

“I have an amazing family at Food Network and a great foundation. And I have a sizable library of food television here,” Flay said. “I’m a lucky person. I grew up in a time when this country finally decided that food was important.”

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posted 11/22/2021

SUNDAY: I'm An Award Show. AMA!
NBC Wins with SNF
From Deadline

ABC brought together a handful of music’s most notable personalities, ranging from Cardi B to BTS, for the 2021 American Music Awards. While the BTS, Taylor Swift and Megan Thee Stallion were among the musicians walking away with honors, the annual awards ceremony failed to top Sunday primetime.

Going against NBC’s coverage of the Steelers-Chargers game, the AMAs drew in a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.77 million viewers. Marking the night’s fifth-highest-rated program of the evening, the 2021 AMAs were stable from last year’s ceremony (1.0, 3.80M). Like most awards shows this year and last, the ABC ceremony was behind its latest pre-pandemic iteration in 2019 (1.8, 6.73M) by a good margin.

NBC took the night with the Steelers-Chargers showdown, which saw the Los Angeles team win 41-37. The latest installment of Sunday Night Football was down from the previous week (3.4, 12.60M), which also dropped from the week before that.

Among the non-sports and awards fare, The Simpsons (1.1, 3.88M) on Fox got a nice boost from football programming, earning the night’s top scripted spot. The Great North (0.6, 2.09M), Bob’s Burgers (0.6, 1.75M) and Family Guy (0.6, 1.63M) were all up from last week.

CBS’ night peaked with The Equalizer (0.6, 6.37M), which returned after a week off for the Adele One Night Only special concert last week, which has since surpassed the 2021 Oscars in viewership.

The CW’s Sunday evening stayed quiet with a new episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple (0.0, 0.32M) and repeats of Masters of Illusion.

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TV Line

posted 11/22/2021

Blowing Christmas Away
Bobby Berk Hosts Special Seasonal ... Season on Netflix
From Distractify

With similarities to reality shows like The Great British Bake Off and The Great Pottery Throw Down, Netflix's competition series Blown Away showcases the ins and outs of the fiery art of glassblowing.

Some of North America's most talented glass artists compete in a variety of creative challenges for a chance to win a prize package worth $60,000, as well as an artist residency at New York's Corning Museum of Glass. The successful competition reality series spawned a four-episode holiday spinoff, Blown Away: Christmas, which was released on Nov. 19, 2021.

Queer Eye's interior design expert, Bobby Berk (who arguably does the most out of the Fab Five), guest hosts the holiday-themed glassblowing contest. The spinoff series sees five returning non-winning Blown Away contestants inflate and manipulate molten glass to fulfill the merriest of challenges. The artists are competing to win a cash prize of $10,000 and an additional $10,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice. But with a theme that boasts Christmas lights in the hot shop and glass candy cane creations, when was the show filmed?

Just like many films and television shows, the COVID-19 pandemic caused filming for Blown Away: Christmas to start quite late. According to The Seattle Times, filming for the holiday spin-off didn't start until January 2021, right after Blown Away Season 2 premiered on Netflix.

The pandemic affected much of the series, as Blown Away: Christmas only features four episodes and five contestants instead of the usual 10 episodes and 10 contestants. And due to said tight restrictions and scheduling, Bobby Berk was unable to make a glass creation of his own!

“Glass-blowing as a whole wasn’t really anything that I’d thought about,” Bobby told Canada.com. “I think in this day and age of machines and computers you just assume everything is made by a machine. I didn’t even think about the fact that all drinking glasses are still blown by a person.”

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posted 11/22/2021

More on "I Can See Your Voice" Season 2
New Elements Coming, Plus Holiday Special December 14
From TV Insider

Fox’s music challenge series I Can See Your Voice returns soon, with a holiday special in December, and the Season 2 premiere to kick off the new year.

It all begins with the holiday special on Tuesday, December 14 at 8/7c. Joining host Ken Jeong and permanent panelists Cheryl Hines and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton are Debbie Gibson, Nicole Byer, and Paula Abdul. Then, as seen in a promo already out (and below), Jewel, Bow Wow, and Cheyenne Jackson will be appearing in the January 5 premiere.

In I Can See Your Voice, the panel of celebrity detectives help contestants tell the difference between good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note. It’s up to the contestants to weed out the bad “Secret Voices” from the good, based on clues, interrogation, and lip synch challenges. In the end, the singer chosen by the contestant performs a duet with a top musical star to reveal if they can sing.

And in Season 2, there are a couple new game play elements. Each episode features a “Golden Mic” celebrity that the contestant can call on to give their opinion on one of the secret voices without having heard the opinions from the rest of the panel. Plus, each round is now worth $15,000 instead of $10,000, so each correct guess that the contestant makes for a bad singer can win them $15,000 along the way.

TV Insider

posted 11/22/2021

More on "Finding Magic Mike"
Catch It on HBO Max December 16
From EW

Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh want to help men rediscover their "magic."

The star and director of the original Magic Mike film are producers on a new HBO Max competition series, Finding Magic Mike, which assembles 10 men from across the country who feel like they've lost their, well, magic. The show puts these men through the wringer of a Magic Mike-style boot camp, where they learn sexy and daring dance routines in search of being crowned "the real Magic Mike." The winner receives a cash prize.

Tatum may have made those kinds of dances look easy in the two Magic Mike movies, but clearly there are growing pains involved.

The new trailer for Finding Magic Mike finds one guy getting his shirt stuck on his head in the middle of a strip tease, and others learning how to pull off dance moves. The most outrageous bit comes at the end, when one contestant starts unleashing his moves on an older woman on stage.

"Yo, that's somebody's grandma, bro!" Someone shouts at them.

All seven episodes of Finding Magic Mike land on HBO Max Dec. 16.

EW

posted 11/22/2021

Do Not Pass Go, Go Directly to CBS?
Hasbro Currently Developing "Monopoly" Game Show, REport.
From Complex

Michael Lombardo, eOne’s President of Global Television, said in an interview with Deadline that a Monopoly game show is in early stages of development for CBS.

“We have a Monopoly game show in development at CBS in addition to the feature adaptations in the works. It’s a great fun-time game which felt like it made sense as a game show. It is a moment right now where primetime games work,” the exec shared. “So, we’re continuing full-steam ahead in the Hasbro stuff and at the same time we’re trying to pace it out so we don’t go out all at once with everything. This is a long strategy, but Dungeons I think is the next big thing from that.”With similarities to reality shows like The Great British Bake Off and The Great Pottery Throw Down, Netflix's competition series Blown Away showcases the ins and outs of the fiery art of glassblowing.

The Monopoly brand has been adapted as a game show twice.

In 1990, ABC aired 13 episodes of "Monopoly" from Merv Griffin Entertainment with former "Jeopardy!" champion Mike Reilly hosting. The show blended the iconic board game with a word game/trivia format. The second game to bear the "Monopoly" name, "Monopoly Millionaires Club", was a national lottery tie-in game show from 2015 that blended game elements with games of chance. Billy Gardell hosted two seasons.


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Deadline

posted 11/22/2021

The Chase Is On... in Eastern Europe
Bulgaria, Slovakia Sign on For Local Versions
From TBI

Bulgarian broadcaster Nova and Markiza in Slovakia have ordered local versions of ITV Studios (ITVS) quizshow format The Chase.

The show was created by ITVS’s UK production outfit Potato and requires a team of four strangers to face tough, quick-fire questions individually to build up their team’s prize money. To make it back to their team, they must go head-to-head with quiz experts ‘the Chasers’ and beat them to the finish line.

The Slovakian and Bulgarian commissions follow the format’s recent launch in Czech Republic, where it has recently been extended.

The show has also been a hit in Serbia, where a 10th season has been ordered, while the show is also into its sixth run in Israel and a second in the US, where it airs on ABC.

The format, which is sold by ITVS, has also spawned a raft of spin-offs including The Celebrity Chase, The Family Chase, The Chase: Kids and it’s latest addition, Beat The Chasers.

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posted 11/22/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then..."

  • VIDEO WALL: This year's "Great British Baking Show Holidays" (The FUton Critic)

  • Tayshia Adams calls it quits with Zac Clark (EW)

  • Astrid Loch, Kevin Wendt welcome baby (EW)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Great Christmas Light Fight to air over a week (Reality Blurred)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the latest J! champ who made a bit of history (Newsweek)

posted 11/22/2021


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LeVar Burton in a Trivial Pursuit
"Jeopardy!" Fan Favorite Teams with eOne
From The Hollywood Reporter

LeVar Burton may not be the next host of Jeopardy!, but his love for quiz shows has landed him another gig: Trivial Pursuit.

The Star Trek and Reading Rainbow favorite will host a new Trivial Pursuit TV game show that is being produced by the game's maker Hasbro and its entertainment division Entertainment One.

A network is not yet attached. Burton’s involvement, however, should make the series easy to sell.

“LeVar Burton has been an iconic member of American pop culture for decades from Roots to Reading Rainbow to Star Trek and beyond. His love for intellectual curiosity paired with his ability to connect with audiences worldwide make him the perfect partner to bring Hasbro’s beloved trivia game to households in a new and exciting way,” said Tara Long, president of global unscripted television at eOne.

Burton will exec produce the series via his LeVar Burton Entertainment banner. Hasbro, which owns the rights to the iconic board game, will exec produce the series. EOne’s Long and Geno McDermott as well as LBE’s Sangita Patel will also be credited as exec producers.

“Trivial Pursuit is one of the best-known brands in the gaming universe. I am thrilled to have partnered with Hasbro and eOne to bring this beloved game to market as a premium show for television,” Burton said.

Trivial Pursuit is available in more than 26 countries in 17 languages. More than 100 million copies of the game have been sold worldwide since it was created in 1979. Multiple TV adaptations have come before the Burton-hosted edition, including one in the early 1990s that was hosted by Wink Martindale and a syndicated version that aired in 2008-09 and was hosted by Christopher Knight.

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posted 11/18/2021

"Kids Baking Championship" Returns
Catch the New Season on Food & Discovery+ December 27
From the Futon Critic

On Monday, December 27th at 8pm ET/PT the family-favorite dessert competition series returns for a new season as Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman welcome a dozen of the youngest bakers ever to the Kids Baking Championship. The ten-week competition will test the kid contestants, ages 8-11, in difficult themed challenges. From kitchen sink sweets, to cream puffs, and to dessert imposters, they must showcase their impressive baking skills and techniques. Only one incredible young baker will rise to the top to earn the sweet grand prize, including a spot in Food Network Magazine and the title of Kids Baking Champion.

"This youngest kid bakers season of Kids Baking Championship is the most adorable and impressive yet. These tiny kids show off their outsized baking skills far beyond their years," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. "I was stunned to see what an 8-year-old can create and know viewers will be too."

The ten-episode season is filled with new challenges featuring the latest dessert trends, as well as innovative twists on the most popular sweets. On the premiere, the kid contestants pay homage to the brilliant transformation of the butterfly by making colorful carved butterfly cakes. Throughout the season the bakers show off their abilities and creativity as they whip up irresistible sweets, from cosmic pull apart cupcakes, to zebra cakes, and kitchen sink desserts full of salty and sweet snacks.

Kids Baking Championship competitors include: Nadya Alborz (Knoxville, TN; age 10), Joseph Bostick (San Diego, CA; age 10), Lucia Calonge (Cincinnati, OH; age 10), Santiago Corso (Huntington Beach, CA; age 11), Caroline Gross (York, PA; age 10), Summer Haque (Yorba Linda, CA; age 10), Ellora Martinez (Yorba Linda, CA; age 9), Sarah Patel (Knoxville, TN; age 10), Riya Shah (Fort Meyers, FL; age 11), Finley Sheers (McLean, VA; age 10), Benjamin Steinhauser (Hillsborough, NJ; age 8), and Ava-Leigh Wright (Atlanta, GA; age 10)..

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posted 11/18/2021

Order Up!
Season 2 of "Fast Foodies" Launches on truTV January 27
From the Futon Critic

truTV is cooking up savory guilty pleasure eats for the second season of the hit cooking reality series, "Fast Foodies," returning on Thursday, January 27, 2022. The 12-episode season brings a raucous slew of fresh celebrity guests with fast food cravings, including Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family") Nikki Glaser (" FBOY ISLAND"), Reggie Watts ("The Late Late Show with James Corden"), Chris Jericho ("AEW"), Natasha Leggero ("The Honeymoon Stand Up Special"), Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live"), Baron Davis and more.

In "Fast Foodies," "Top Chef" winners Kristen Kish, Jeremy Ford and "Iron Chef" winner Justin Sutherland compete to perfectly recreate and then skillfully reimagine a celebrity guest's favorite fast-food dish. These culinary masters come prepared to showcase their love of pop culture, fast-food legends and their expert skills to win the "Chompionship Trophy."

The inaugural season reached over 20 million viewers across linear and digital platform to date and featured Joel McHale ("Community"), James Van Der Beek ("Bad Hair"), Andy Richter ("Conan"), Amanda Seales ("Insecure"), Ron Funches ("Top Secret Videos"), Charlotte McKinney ("Fantasy Island"), Kevin Heffernan & Steve Lemme ("Tacoma FD"), Fortune Feimster ("Sweet & Salty"), GaTa ("Dave"), and Bobby Lee ("Splitting Up Together")

. From Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, "Fast Foodies" is produced by Shed Media for truTV, with Dan Peirson and Lisa Shannon serving as executive producers, along with Michael Rucker. Rucker also serves as showrunner.

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posted 11/18/2021

WEDNESDAY: The Best You Can Do Is Tie
Survivor, Masked Singer Draw
From Deadline

The demo rating standoff between Survivor and The Masked Singer carried over to a second week as the two competition series tied to top Wednesday. Survivor and The Masked Singer remained steady from last week’s episodes to earn a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo.

The former attracted more viewers, 5.63 million to be exact, marking the night’s most-viewed program. The Masked Singer drew in 4.39 million viewers.

Both rose from the previous week, where they went up against the 55th annual CMA Awards on ABC.

Competition wasn’t all that stiff for the two networks as NBC saw repeats of the entire Chicago trio.

In ABC’s sitcom slate, The Goldbergs (0.5,3.27M) and The Conners (0.5, 3.36M) both marked demo highs for the network’s Wednesday. The Conners rose from the latest new installment two weeks ago, as did Home Economics (0.3, 2.17).

CBS’ Tough as Nails (0.4,2.80M) stayed stable, and in the 10 p.m. hour CSI: Vegas (0.4, 3.75M) remained steady in demo rating and rose in viewership.

The CW peaked with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (0.1, 0.52M) and Batwoman (0.1, 0.41M) matched last week’s numbers to a tee.

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posted 11/18/2021

"Eggheads" Gets Another Serving
C5 Renews The Quiz Series
From C21 Media

ViacomCBS-owned UK terrestrial Channel 5 has renewed its classic quizshow Eggheads for another season, produced by 12 Yard Productions.

The show originally aired for 18 years and 21 seasons on rival terrestrial BBC2 before switching to Channel 5 at the start of 2021. Hosted by Jeremy Vine, the show sees teams take on some of Britain’s most experienced quizzers. The broadcaster has upped its order from 40 episodes to 60 for its second season.

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posted 11/18/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Dad Jokes Will Continue Until Morale Improves"

  • Ken Jennings finds himself apologizing for making a very bad pun. Or a very brilliant pun, we don't know. (Deseret News)

  • Jeremy Clarkson makes a joke about Sean Lock on "Millionaire" and the Internet happens (Huffpost) PLUS check out the new home game (Seenit)

  • Leah Remini, Michelle Visage to guest host Wendy Williams (People)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: Someone unfollows someone else on social media (Us Magazine)

  • HAnnah Brown regrets getting with Peter Weber (Reality TV World)

  • Twitter starts beef between Cody Rigsby fans and the DWTSverse ... Okay. (Cosmopolitan)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the latest J! champ who made a bit of history (Decider)

posted 11/18/2021

More on "Baking It"
Catch It December 2 on Peacock
From TV Insider

Emmy Award winners Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg are set for a mini Saturday Night Live reunion as the pair will host Peacock‘s upcoming holiday culinary competition series, Baking It and viewers are getting their first look with a newly-released trailer, below.

Fellow SNL alum Amy Poehler is executive producing the series under her Paper Kite Productions banner with Nicolle Yaron. Poehler and her production company were also behind the popular crafting competition show Making It, which currently airs on NBC and is hosted by Poehler and her Parks & Recreation co-star Nick Offerman.

Baking It is a six-episode competition series that will see eight teams of two talented home bakers join Rudolph and Samberg’s winter cabin for a celebration of culinary holiday traditions. The show is described as “a heartfelt and joyful celebration” that will honor these traditions while also indulging in excessive baked goods.

The contestant duos will be made up of spouses, siblings, best friends, and more. Their aim is to work together to create outstanding savory and sweet creations for themed challenges with the hopes of winning a cash prize. Rudolph and Samberg will provide comedic commentary on the action before the bakers’ treats are judged by tough critics — four opinionated real-life grandmothers, who happen to be fantastic bakers themselves!

Baking It is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. In addition to Poehler and Yaron, Pip Wells, Kate Arend, and Dave Becky will also serve as executive producers.

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posted 11/17/2021

MONDAY: FBI Files Away "The Voice"
NBC, CBS Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW’s The Flash kicked off its season-opening “Armageddon” arc with 764,000 total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating, on par with both its Season 7 averages (820K/0.2) and its July finale (700K/0.2).

Riverdale (344K/0.1) in turn nearly matched its (very!) recent finale (360K/0.1) with the launch of “RiverVale”.

Elsewhere:
- NBC | The Voice (6.6 mil/0.8), the recently renewed La Brea (4.6 mil/0.6) and New Amsterdam (3.2 mil/0.4) were all steady, with The Voice topping Tuesday in the demo.
- CBS | FBI (7.4 mil/0.6) hit a season high in audience/led Tuesday in that measure but dipped in the demo. International (5.8 mil/0.5) was steady, while Most Wanted (5.4 mil/0.5) ticked up.
- ABC | The Bachelorette (2.8 mil/0.6) and Queens (1.2 mil0.3) were steady.
- FOX | The Resident (2.9 mil/0.4) ticked down. Our Kind of People dipped to a new audience low (1.3 mil) but posted its sixth straight 0.3 rating.


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posted 11/17/2021

Dawn French Joins "The Line"
Comedian to Join Simon Cowell's Singoff
From Cornwall Life

Comedian Dawn French has been announced to be part of the new ITV musical game show, Walk the Line. The 64-year-old will be part of the judging panel alongside Alesha Dixon, Gary Barlow and Craig David.

The show will give music acts the opportunity to win a life-changing sum of money.

Speaking about her new role, Dawn said: "I'm far too excited to be part of this show - I've decided to wear double knickers at all times.'"

All the judges will head into the studio together this month to film the show but we'll have to wait until later this year to see it.

Former Radio 1 presenter Maya Jama will be hosting the new show which was created by Simon Cowell.

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posted 11/17/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with the Puzzlers"

  • Cheryl Burke & the Chmerkovskiy Brothers play "People Puzzler" TOMORROW! (Feeling the Vibe)

  • Hannah Brown admits that she hooked up with another "Bachelor" (People)

  • Aaron Sanchez's memoir in development as a scripted at EndemolShine North America (Deadline)

  • Jane Lynch, Kate Flannery bringing the holiday spirit to Jersey (Broadway World)

posted 11/15/2021

Derek Hough Tests Positive for COVID
"Dancing" Judge Quarantines After Breakthrough Case
From TV Line

COVID-19 has upended Dancing With the Stars‘ 30th season yet again. Derek Hough, who currently serves as a judge on the ABC competition series, announced in an Instagram video on Tuesday that he has contracted a breakthrough case of the virus.

“I have some news to share, and I wanted you to hear it straight from me,” Hough began. “Even though I’ve been fully vaccinated, I’ve just been diagnosed with a breakthrough case of COVID. I just found out. I feel OK. I feel strong. I’m currently taking advice from medical professionals, doing everything I can to get better as fast as I can.”

Hough’s diagnosis comes less than a week before Dancing With the Stars airs its live Season 30 finale, and just hours after Hough appeared in the ballroom for the semifinals broadcast. He is currently quarantining, but ABC had no additional details regarding how Hough’s positive test results could impact the finale.

Back in September, less than two weeks after Dancing‘s new season had begun, professional dancer Cheryl Burke revealed she had contracted COVID-19, and her partner, Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby, also tested positive days later.

The pair remained in the competition during their quarantine period, first getting judged on a taped rehearsal of their salsa in Week 2, then remotely performing a jazz routine from separate homes in Week 3..

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posted 11/16/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending November 7
From TV Newscheck

After more than 25 years of ruling daily TV, Judge Judy, the current People magazine cover girl, still swings daytime syndication’s biggest gavel. The judicial juggernaut was the only courtroom in positive territory, racing to a four-week high 4.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in the session ending Nov. 7. That was a greater rating than all of the other six court shows added together.

In access time periods, Jeopardy inched up 2% to lead the game shows — and all of syndication — with a 5.6.

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:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.3 +6%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 11/16/2021

MONDAY: The Voice Rises
NBC Wins with "The Voice"
From Deadline

After last week’s three-way tie for the top demo rating with 9-1-1 and Dancing with the Stars, The Voice reclaimed its spot at the top of Monday primetime snagging both the highest rating and viewership. The latest episode of the NBC competition series rose from the previous week to earn a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.41 million viewers, per fast affiliates.

Though Fox’s 9-1-1 (0.5, 4.91M) and ABC’s DWTS (0.6, 4.57M) didn’t tie for the top demo this time around, they were also among the higher demo ratings of the evening, despite dropping a good amount from previous weeks. DWTS will return next week for its Season 30 finale.

In addition to winning the night’s top demo, The Voice also snagged the most viewers – an honor that typically goes to NCIS. However all of CBS’ Monday night programming consisted of repeats. That said, it was a pretty tame night for CBS with The Neighborhood (0.5, 3.91M) earning its highest demo rating and viewership. The Big Leap (0.2, 1.39M) rose slightly in viewers, but retained its demo rating from last week.

Fellow newbie Ordinary Joe returned to Monday primetime after last week’s The Lost Symbol NBC premiere slightly down in its viewer count from its last airing.

The CW saw both All American (0.2, 0.61M) and 4400 (0.1, 0.45) stay steady in demo ratings and tick up slightly in viewers.

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posted 11/15/2021

"Raid the Fridge" Gets a Date
Catch It on Food Network December 28
From The Futon Critic

Chefs must use their instincts and test their luck in choosing mystery refrigerators based only on the photos, magnets, recipes and art on their doors in the new fast-paced competition series Raid the Fridge, hosted by food writer and restaurateur Dan Ahdoot. In each episode, four competitors can use only the ingredients from their chosen mystery fridge to create top-notch dishes. But looks can be deceiving, so there is always an element of surprise - sometimes a refrigerator that appears to belong to an avid home cook is filled with takeout, while a crayon art decorated fridge seemingly owned by a family with toddlers could contain high-end gourmet items. Over the course of three rounds, each with a new cooking challenge and a whole new batch of fridges to raid, chefs must impress judges Jordan Andino and Jamika Pessoa with dishes worthy of the grand prize - a fridge full of cash. Raid the Fridge premieres Tuesday, December 28th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network.

"Our audience will have so much fun playing along with Raid the Fridge - guessing what's in each fridge and deciding which one they would choose makes this show an interactive experience," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. "They may even be inspired by the creativity of these chefs to experiment with what's in their own refrigerator."

Dan Ahdoot, a regular on Cobra Kai, is passionate about the culture of food. He is a restaurateur, creator, comedian and host of the popular food podcast Green Eggs and Dan and recently signed a book deal with Crown Publishing for a comedic food memoir entitled Undercooked.

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posted 11/16/2021

CBS Studio Center to Be Sold
Report: Studio to Go for $1.8 Billion
From The Wrap

A pair of real-estate firms have come together to buy CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles for more than $1.8 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Hackman Capital Partners and Square Mile Capital Management LLC posted the (gigantic) winning bid.

While the deal is not yet signed, the agreed-upon price was more than $500 million beyond what the studio was projected to sell for just a few months ago.

CBS Studio Center includes 18 sound stages and more than 210,000 square feet of office space. “Seinfeld” and “Gunsmoke” are among the classic series that were shot there. Game shows that shot there include "American Gladiators", "Big Brother", "The Chase", "Double Dare", "Press Your Luck", and "To Tell the Truth".

CBS appears to be having an everything-must-go sale on real estate. In 2019, CBS Corp. sold Television City to Hackman Capital for $750 million. CBS recently agreed to sell its Black Rock headquarters in New York City for $760 million to Harbor Group International (HGI).

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posted 11/16/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bootleg Christmas"

  • RuPaul knows she made it when they're selling bootleg Christmas ornaments (EW)

  • Jenny Ryan talks about her doctor's lack-of-bedside manner (Chronicle Live)

  • Ken Jennings loves hosting, probably too old to play (CNN)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dwyane Wade (Today)

posted 11/15/2021

Strike Averted
IATSE Ratifies New Agreement By Thin Margin
From Deadline

IATSE members have ratified their new film and TV contracts, averting a showdown with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after contentious negotiations that began six months ago. However, union leadership suffered a harsh rebuke as L.A. locals rejected the deal in the popular vote.

“From start to finish, from preparation to ratification, this has been a democratic process to win the very best contracts,” said IATSE International President Matthew Loeb in a statement today. “The vigorous debate, high turnout, and close election, indicates we have an unprecedented movement-building opportunity to educate members on our collective bargaining process and drive more participation in our union long-term.”

In a statement, the AMPTP said: “We congratulate IATSE President, Matt Loeb, the IATSE Bargaining Committee and Board for their leadership in achieving ratification of the new contracts. Throughout the negotiations, IATSE leadership advocated changes to improved quality of life for those they represent. These agreements meaningfully reflect the industry’s endorsement of those priorities and keep everyone working.”

Under the electoral college system the union uses for such ratification vote the much closer that usual vote was 359 (56%) to 282 (44%), out of 641 total delegate votes from the the grand total of 36 local unions nationwide that were eligible.

Among Hollywood locals, the Basic Agreement was rejected in the popular vote with 49.6% voting yes to 50.4% voting no. On the non-LA Area Standards Agreement the popular vote stands at 52% yes to 48% no.

Overall, 50.3% voted yes to 49.7% voted no for both contracts. For the Basic Agreement, eight of the 13 LA-based locals voted yes with a stunning five locals rejecting the deal. Among the Area Standards local unions, 14 locals voted yes and nine voted no.

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posted 11/15/2021

WEEKEND: Back to the Wall
NBC's Game Bumps Friday
From Deadline

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s The Wall resumed Season 4 on Friday with 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating — on par with its previous, September airings and improving on what Home Sweet Home had been averaging in the time slot (1.4 mil/0.2).

ABC’s Shark Tank (3.5 million/0.5) and 20/20 tied Fox’s SmackDown for the nightly demo win, while CBS’ Blue Bloods copped Friday’s largest audience.

ABC’s Sunday night peaked with Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (0.5, 3.40M), which was also up from last week. The Simpsons (0.5, 1.57M) led the night for Fox. CW had a quiet evening with a new Legends of the Hidden Temple (0.1, 0.26M) and reruns of Masters of Illusion.

Supermarket Sweep (2 mil/0.4) ticked up, and The Rookie (2.5 mil/0.3) was steady.

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Jeopardy! Reveals "Professors Tournament"
New Event Launches December 6
From Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! has a new tournament lined up. Starting December 6 and running weekdays through December 17, the show will launch a Professors Tournament. The winner will receive $100,000 and an automatic berth in the next Tournament of Champions.

The participants are...
- JP Allen (San Francisco; professor of business & innovation at University of San Francisco)
- Hester Blum (University Park, PA; English professor at Penn State)
- Sam Buttrey (Monterey, CA; operations research professor at the Naval Postgraduate School)
- Marti Canipe (Flagstaff, AZ; elementary science education professor at Northern Arizona)
- Lisa Dresner (Hempstead, NY; writing studies professor at Hofstra)
- Ramon Guerra (Omaha, NE; English American literature & Latino studies professor at Nebraska-Omaha)
- Gautam Hans (Nashville; law professor at Vanderbilt)
- John Harkless (Washington, DC; chemistry professor at Howard)
- Ed Hashima (Sacramento; history professor at American River College)
- Gary Hollis (Salem, VA; chemistry professor at Roanoke College)
- Alisa Hove (Asheville, NC; botany professor at Warren Wilson College)
- Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders (Boulder, CO; US & African-American History professor at University of Colorado-Boulder)
- Katie Reed (Fullerton, CA; musicology professor at Cal State Fullerton)
- Deborah Steinberger (Newark, DE; French literature professor at Delaware)
- Julia Williams (Terre Haute, IN; English professor of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)

Mayim Bialik, who was emceeing the show since Mike Richards was fired, will host the event.

“It was an unbelievable thrill to see so many brilliant professors from all kinds of schools and backgrounds come together on the Jeopardy! stage,” Bialik said in a statement. “There was a sense of kinship and academic camaraderie among the group, along with a healthy dose of competitiveness. That energy made this inaugural Professors Tournament incredibly special.”

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posted 11/15/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Very Masked Christmas"

  • Fox slots "The Masked Singer Christmas Singalong" (The FUton Critic)

  • Mayim Bialik is about to be reunited with her "Blossom" castmates. WHOA! (TV Line)

  • Greg Grippo wants to play "The Bachelorette" again (Us Magazine)

  • Chris Daughtry's daughter dies (Today)

  • Simon Cowell wants "The X Factor" to win (The Sun)

  • Get paid to watch Betty White? ... Okay. (WJBK Detroit)

posted 11/15/2021


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NBC Midseason
"AGT: Extreme" Not Yet Slotted After Delays
From the Hollywood Reporter

Riding the momentum of a record-breaking premiere week and top-rated fall, NBC rings in the new year with a prestigious lineup of new series and returning favorites, all amplified by the spectacle of the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics. In a season that finds NBC #1 in total viewers and #1 in 18-49 for entertainment programming, the upcoming schedule features a pair of freshman comedies, a trio of gripping new dramas and a duet of big new unscripted series, along with the final chapter of the award-winning series "This Is Us."

"Our goal in the fall was to engage and grow the NBC audience with hallmark dramas, building momentum through the holidays and into the Olympics, all of which will work in concert to provide the best possible launch pads for our new and returning midseason shows," said Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "After a premiere week win and tremendous success this season to-date, we're well-primed to deliver on that promise and continue this winning trend through the remainder of the season."

"Following a fall that launched a pair of dramas and saw huge success from so many returning series, we're excited to really pull back the curtain in January with big swings across genres that provide something for everyone," said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "Over the past year, our programming team has been vigorously chasing down the best content out there, and it's really exciting to start to see some early fruits of our labor join the longtime fan favorites on the NBC schedule."

A duet of unscripted series will hit the stage midseason, beginning Jan. 3 when Jimmy Fallon expands his network footprint onto the primetime schedule as the executive producer and host of music and comedy variety game show "That's My Jam." Then on Feb. 21, the all-live event series "American Song Contest" debuts, featuring original musical performances representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and our nation's capital, with artists competing to win the country's vote for the Best Original Song in a grand spectacle.

Amidst an ever-increasing competitive TV landscape, NBC has maintained a winning fall, as home to eight of the top 20 programs in the key 18-49 demo, the most of any network. "Saturday Night Live" is the #1 comedy in the demo and "La Brea" is the #1 new program. Perennial powerhouse "The Voice" is the most-watched unscripted series. In addition to their curated linear timeslots, all new shows will be available to stream on Peacock.

Previously announced shows that have been ordered to series but not yet dated include "The Wheel" "L.A. Fire and Rescue," "AGT Extreme" and "Night Court."

AGT: Extreme, the spinoff of the long-running NBC hit, is expected to air in midseason despite a pause in production after a horrifying on-set accident. The series shut down filming in Georgia after stuntman Jonathan Goodwin was crushed between two cars in a daredevil stunt that went wrong.

Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said the broadcast network still expects to be able to air it in a midseason slot, potentially on Sunday nights. “We have an investigation ongoing into what actually happened but we do anticipate the show coming back in midseason. We have a lot of safety protocols in place and we have to conclude the investigation but we have certainly paused production for the time being,” she said.

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posted 11/12/2021

"Great British Bake Off" Renewed
C4 Deals for Three Seasons
From Deadline

Channel 4 has renewed its Great British Bake Off deal and will run the show for another three years. The agreement keeps Love Productions’ beloved factual entertainment format on screens until at least 2024, at which point it will enter its 15th season, along with companion offerings Bake Off: An Extra Slice, Junior Bake Off, Bake Off: The Professionals, The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer and The Great Pottery Throw Down, also produced by Sky Studios-owned Love.

The show, airing internationally as "The Great British Baking Show" on Netflix, is by far Channel 4’s most successful, currently averaging 8.7M viewers per episode, according to C4, placing it only behind BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing as the most-watched non-scripted show of 2021.

“We are thrilled that Channel 4 will continue to serve up Bake Off’s unique combination of warmth, humour and soggy bottoms for years to come,” said C4 chief content officer Ian Katz. “Bake Off is all about optimism, celebrating eccentricity and bringing the nation together – precisely what a publicly owned Channel 4 is here to do.”

Love CEO Richard McKerrow added: “Love Productions’ long-term commitment with Channel 4 illustrates a deep, warm, mutual respect and partnership which enables us to bring Bake Off to the widest audience possible.”

GBBO aired its first seven series on BBC1 before moving to Channel 4 following an acrimonious split between Love and the BBC.

The renewal of C4’s top-rated show comes with the prospect of Channel 4 privatization looming large. If the UK government chooses to sell the broadcaster, any new buyer will take on a small portion of the IP of a format that sells all around the world.

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posted 11/12/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "THe Last Dance?"

  • Val Chmerkovskiy hints that this may be his final season on "Dancing" (Deadline)

  • Jane Krakowski has breakthrough COVID (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nick Cannon (TV Newscheck)

posted 11/12/2021

WEDNESDAY: Award Season Already?
ABC Wins with the CMAs
From Deadline

The best and the brightest of country music gathered Wednesday for the 2021 Country Music Association Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan. The ceremony, which honored Luke Combs, Carly Pearce and more, earned a 1.1. rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.56 million viewers, per Nielsen fast affiliates, topping all of primetime.

The CMA numbers were steady compared with last year’s ceremony (1.1, 6.82M). In final numbers the CMA Awards brought in 6.9 million viewers, up in audience from 2020.

It’s worth noting that the 2020 CMA Awards were down sharply from the pre-pandemic ceremony in 2019 (2.0, 11.27M).

The CMA festivities may have topped primetime, but just by a slim margin above CBS’ Survivor and Fox’s The Masked Singer, which both earned a 0.9 demo rating.

NBC’s Chicago Fire drew in 6.41 million viewers. Survivor (0.9, 5.36M) and The Masked Singer (0.9, 3.82M) stayed steady from their tie last week.

Also staying stable in the 9 p.m. hour were Chicago Med (0.7, 6.25M) and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (0.1, 0.51M). Chicago Fire (0.6, 6.41M), meanwhile, was down from the previous wee to touch season lows. Similarly, Chicago P.D. (0.6, 5.41M) dropped to season lows in both rating and viewership.

Also seeing lows was Fox’s Alter Ego (0.4, 1.73M), which continues to drop in viewership.

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posted 11/11/2021

Adam Adler Shows Potato His Gameface
"The Cube" Creator Rolls Into Shingle
From Deadline

Adam Adler, creator of global hit format The Cube, has joined ITV Studios non-scripted label Potato as creative director, as the label is rolled in with Adler’s former employer Gameface.

ITV Studios-backed Gameface’s IP including ITV format The Void and Britain’s Brightest Family will integrate with The Chase producer Potato’s roster, with Adler joining Potato creative directors Martin Scott and Phil Mount and reporting into Managing Director Michael Kelpie. Gameface is one of three subsidiary labels of ITVS-backed Cats on the Roof, with Crook Productions and Second Act Productions also set to close.

During his stint as Creative Director of Objective Productions, Adler created The Cube, which has sold to multiple territories including TBS in the US with Dwayne Wade hosting and was recently rebooted by ITV. He also created BBC1’s The Reflex and is a former Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, where he oversaw Derren Brown’s The Heist, 8 out of 10 Cats, and Russell Brand’s Ponderland.

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posted 11/11/2021

Return of the Mob
Microsoft Reportedly Bringing Back 1 vs. 100
From Video Games Chronicle

A new 1 vs 100 game is “definitely” in development at Microsoft, it’s been claimed.

That’s according to journalist Jeff Grubb, who claimed on his Giant Bomb show that the game is currently in active development at Altspace VR, which is part of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality division.

The original 1 vs 100 was an online show that ran weekly on Xbox 360 in 2009, with one player placed as “The One” against a group of 100 others that made up “The Mob”, with the rest making up “The Crowd”.

The One had the opportunity to win 10,000 Microsoft Points, while the remaining members of The Mob split the winnings and each received a free game if they were able to defeat them.

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posted 11/11/2021


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CBS Midseason
"Amazing Race" Makes Long-Awaited Return PLUS...
From the Hollywood Reporter

CBS will introduce a handful of shows at midseason but is mostly sticking with what worked in the fall. The lone new entry for the network is Good Sam, a medical drama starring Sophia Bush and Jason Isaacs.

The first quarter of 2022 will also bring premieres of unscripted shows The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss, and the third Celebrity Big Brother will run on multiple nights in February as counter-programming to the Winter Olympics.

SWAT, which has had a resurgence on Fridays in the fall, will move to 10 p.m. Sundays to fill the spot vacated by SEAL Team, which moved to Paramount+ after a brief run on the network to start the fall.

The Amazing Race will open its 33rd season with a two-hour premiere Jan. 5, leading into the debut of Good Sam. The latter is taking over the 10 p.m. Wednesday spot from CSI: Vegas, which had just a 10-episode order for this season (though it will be in the mix for a possible return in 2022-23).

Undercover Boss will take over SWAT‘s 8 p.m. Friday berth beginning Jan. 7. Primetime editions of game shows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal will help fill out the Wednesday slate later in January, and Celebrity Big Brother will debut Feb. 2 and air 14 episodes over the course of three weeks. The spring edition of Survivor is set to premiere March 9
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posted 11/10/2021

Paramount+ Looks for the "Queen of the Universe"
Global Competition Slots Judges, Host
From the Futon Critic

Paramount+ today revealed the cast for its highly anticipated new global singing competition, QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE, and announced that global drag icon and multi-Emmy Award winner RuPaul will serve as an executive producer on the series. QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE will be available to stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and also in the Nordics, Latin America, Australia and Canada.

For its inaugural season, premiering December 2, the series will bring together 14 of the world's fiercest queens, as they vie for the title of "Queen of the Universe" and a cash prize of $250,000. Each episode will showcase the contestants' vocal prowess as they debut a new musical performance in front of a live audience and the series' previously announced "Pop Diva Panel" of judges, which include multi-Emmy and GRAMMY(R) nominee Vanessa Williams; platinum-selling recording artist, three-time Emmy(R)-winning producer and judge of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE Michelle Visage; American drag superstar Trixie Mattel; and three-time GRAMMY-nominated global songstress Leona Lewis. Five-time BAFTA TV Award-winner Graham Norton will serve as host.

The 14 queens from around the globe competing for the crown include:
- ADA VOX (San Antonio, Texas, U.S.) Instagram: @adavox, Twitter: @adavox
- ARIA B CASSADINE (Atlanta, Ga., U.S.) Instagram: @ariabcassadine, Twitter: @ariabcassadine
- BETTY BITSCHLAP (Copenhagen, Denmark) Instagram: @betty_bitschlap
- CHY'ENNE VALENTINO (Chicago, Ill., U.S.) Instagram: @chyennev, Twitter: @ChyValentino
- GINGZILLA (Sydney, Australia) Instagram: @Gingzilla, Twitter: @Gingzilla
- GRAG QUEEN (Canela, Brazil) Instagram: @gragqueen, Twitter: @gragqueen
- JUJUBEE (Boston, Mass.) Instagram: @jujubeeonline, Twitter: @jujuboston
- LA VOIX (London, England) Instagram: @lavoixtheshow, Twitter: @lavoixtheshow
- LEONA WINTER (Paris, France) Instagram: @iamleonawinter, Twitter: @OfficielLeona
- MATANTE ALEX (Montreal, Canada) Instagram: @matante.alex, Twitter: @matantealex
- NOVACZAR (New York City, N.Y., U.S.) Instagram: @novaczar
- RANI KO-HE-NUR (Mumbai, India) Instagram: @sushantdivgikr
- REGINA VOCE (Mexico City, Mexico) Instagram, Twitter: @reginavocedrag
- WOOWU (Guangzhou, China) Instagram: @woowu_eli.

Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and World of Wonder, the producers of the Emmy(R) Award-winning franchise RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE, this new series inspired by international singing competitions will follow the world's most talented drag queens as they battle it out for global domination, and countries go head to head spotlighting their top talent

. Each episode will feature the world's fiercest queens as they debut a new musical performance in front of a live audience and the "Pop Diva Panel" of judges in the hopes of being crowned the "Queen of the Universe."

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posted 11/10/2021

HBO Max Gets Hype... Again
Host, Judges to Return
From the Futon Critic

The Max Original streetwear competition series THE HYPE has been renewed for a second season. THE HYPE features fashion visionaries who compete in challenges that elevate their designs and entrepreneurial sense in order to avoid elimination while remaining authentic to their style. Every episode offers a unique perspective about the intricacies of designing streetwear, the business of fashion and the savvy to identify the latest trends, while also providing mentorship to the contestants. Season one featured special guest appearances from A$AP Ferg, Cardi B, Dapper Dan, and Wiz Khalifa. In addition, the winning designs from the first season were featured on StockX - with all items selling out within 24 hours of the episode's release. The complete first season of THE HYPE is now streaming on HBO Max.

Host Speedy Morman returns with co-signers GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist and designer, Offset, creative director and founder of Bephies Beauty Supply, Bephie Birkett; and Emmy(R) Award-nominated costume designer and renowned stylist, Marni Senofonte. The panel of judges critique the competing streetwear designs' unique DNA, combining fashion, music, art and lifestyle to refine the idea of a "runway" and the balance between art and commerce.

THE HYPE is produced by the Emmy(R) Award-winning team at Scout Productions led by executive producers David Collins, Rob Eric and Michael Williams, the team behind the Emmy(R) Award-nominated and critically acclaimed Max Original series LEGENDARY. Collins and Eric developed the series with Emmy(R) winner Emmy Award(R)-winner and executive producer Rachelle Mendez ("Undercover Boss," "Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath.") Emmy(R) and Grammy(R)-winning producer Rikki Hughes ("The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Reunion Special") returns as executive producer and showrunner. Jay Brown and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith also executive produce the series.

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Deadline

posted 11/10/2021

TUESDAY: Fly High, Supergirl
NBC, CBS Split Night
From Deadline

A week after the Atlanta Braves won the 2021 World Series championship, Tuesday primetime returned to its normal programming with The Voice and FBI leading the pack.

After understandably losing out to the 2021 World Series last week, The Voice reclaimed the night’s top demo with an 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.67 million viewers.

Though the highest-rated program of the evening, NBC’s singing competition came in second viewership-wise to CBS’ FBI (0.7, 6.96M). Obviously, without a major sports event in the spotlight, the two titles rose from last week.

Unlike the two top titles of Tuesday evening, The Bachelorette (0.5, 2.46M) actually fell from the previous installation in both demo rating and viewership. Tuesday saw the ABC series’ lowest night since its season premiere in October.

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Deadline

posted 11/10/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Confusing One Thing for Another"

posted 11/10/2021


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Ken Jennings Returns to Jeopardy!
"GOAT" to Swap wity Mayim Bialik for the Rest of the Year
From TV Insider

Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings returned for another guest host stint on the iconic quiz show on November 8, the first anniversary of original host Alex Trebek’s passing. However, Jennings wasn’t aware his first episode back would coincide with the special date, making his return all the more bittersweet.

“Apparently, everyone was aware that we were going to air [my first episode] on the anniversary and nobody told me,” Jennings said in an interview with USA Today. “They didn’t want to put that in my head. So, I was not told until after that it was the Nov. 8 show.”

Because of this, the episode did not mention the date’s significance, given its advanced filming, but did end with a special credits message similar to that of previous episodes, reading “Forever in our Hearts. Always our Inspiration.”

Despite being left in the dark on his first episode’s air date, Jennings felt Trebek’s presence while filming the episode, as he wore a pair of the host’s cuff links gifted to him by his wife, Jean. He described receiving the gift in a video on the show’s social media networks, saying, “The first day I came in to guest host was just a few weeks after Alex had passed and it was a really rough time. I got to the studio and one of the producers handed me a little box and Alex’s wife Jean had given me a pair of his cuff links that he had worn on the show.”

Jennings was the first in a long lineup of guest hosts following Trebek’s final episodes, and he certainly felt the pressure of filling in the legendary host’s shoes. “I knew that it was going to be a very difficult task … much less the idea that you’re trying to step into the shoes of Alex Trebek, which is impossible. This time, we’re kind of a year removed or more from all that, so I’ve had every possible emotion now related to ‘Jeopardy!’”

He and frequent guest host Mayim Bialik will continue to trade off hosting duties through the end of the year as the search for a permanent host continues.

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posted 11/9/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 7
Results for the Week Ending October 31
From TV Newscheck

Determined to go out on a high note, Ellen DeGeneres was the only top 3 talk show moving up in the session ending Oct. 31, darting ahead 11% to match its strongest ratings of the year while attracting an additional 149,000 daily viewers from the previous week for an average crowd of 1,472,000. Over the past 13 weeks the long-running daytime favorite has had the most improved ratings in talk, surging 150% to a 1.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in its 19th and final season.

Game show leader Jeopardy slipped 2% to a 5.5 in its second full week without super-contestant Matt Amodio, but was still No. 1 in syndication overall.

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:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.5 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 +33%


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Decider

posted 11/9/2021

MONDAY: The World (Series) Can Wait
Split Night with The Voice, Dancing
From Deadline

Monday night, post-2021 World Series, saw not just one but three titles take home the top demo rating spot. The Voice, Dancing with the Stars and 9-1-1 all drew in a 0.7 rating int he 18-49 demo, making for a three-way tie for Monday’s top show.

9-1-1 (0.8, 4.90M), which ruled last Monday’s demo, dropped slightly in both rating and viewership to level out with The Voice and DWTS. The Voice (00.7, 5.98M) remained steady from last week in rating, but dropped in viewers. Same was the case for Dancing with the Stars (0.7, 4.79M) Additional titles in the 9 p.m. hour, The Neighborhood (0.6, 5.19M) and All American (0.2, 0.57M) stayed steady..

Deadline
TV Line

posted 11/9/2021


The Hollywood Reporter
DEAN STOCKWELL: 1936-2021
"Quantum Leap" Actor Played "Celebrity Jeopardy!"
From TV Line

Veteran actor Dean Stockwell, best known for playing Admiral Al Calavicci opposite Scott Bakula’s Dr. Sam Beckett in NBC’s sci-fi dramedy Quantum Leap, died Sunday of natural causes. He was 85.

Airing from March 1989 to May 1993, Quantum Leap starred Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who in testing out a time travel theory “leapt” into the body of an Air Force pilot 50 years in the past. In trying to return home, Sam realized he could only randomly leap into other people, in other times. Stockwell played Sam’s womanizing, cigar-smoking hologram of a BFF/companion.

The role of Admiral Al Calavicci earned Stockwell four Emmy Award nominations for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, as well as one Golden Globe award.

He later recurred as Brother Cavil in Syfy’s reboot of Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009).

Additional TV credits included JAG and 1998’s short-lived Tony Danza Show.

Born in North Hollywood in 1936, Stockwell was on Broadway by the time he was age 7, and his career as a child star began. As a child actor of the 1940s, his credits included the films Song of the Thin Man, The Boy with Green Hair, Kim and Gentleman’s Agreement (for which he won a Golden Globe).

His later big-screen credits included David Lynch’s Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986), as well as To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), The Player (1992) and Air Force One (1997). Stockwell scored an Oscar nomination for his supporting performance in the 1998 comedy Married to the Mob.

Stockwell played against Emma Samms and Andrew Shue on a special episode of Celebrity Jeopardy! in 1992.

Stockwell is survived by his wife, Joy, and their two children, Austin and Sophie.

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posted 11/9/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Seeing Into Next Week"

posted 11/9/2021

Fox Midseason
"I Can See Your Voice" Returns January 5
From The FUton Critic

FOX is announcing premiere dates for 9-1-1: LONE STAR (Jan. 3), THE CLEANING LADY (Jan. 3), I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE (Jan. 5) and JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER (Jan. 6), as well as time period premieres for series already announced, including NEXT LEVEL CHEF (Jan. 5), CALL ME KAT (Jan. 13) and PIVOTING (Jan. 13). As previously announced, MONARCH will have a special two-night premiere event (Jan. 30 & Feb. 1).

Hit competition show I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE returns for Season Two, kicking off with an all-new special holiday-themed episode on Tuesday, Dec. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the season premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Hosted and executive-produced by Ken Jeong, the music guessing game series marked one of the top-rated debuts of the 2020 season. The series also features Emmy Award-nominated actress Cheryl Hines and Daytime Emmy Award-winning television host and vocalist Adrienne Bailon-Houghton. All three join a rotating panel of celebrity detectives, comprised of comedians and pop culture experts and a musical superstar to help one contestant tell the difference between good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note. With $100,000 on the line, the contestant will attempt to weed out the bad "Secret Voices" from the good, based on a series of clues, videos and the infamous lip-synch challenges. In the end, the singer whom the contestant picks will reveal if they are good or bad in a duet performance with the musical superstar, resulting in an amazing musical collaboration or a totally hilarious train wreck. New this season, contestants are given one chance to use the "Golden Mic," which grants them advice from one secret mystery celebrity. I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE is produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment. James McKinlay, Craig Plestis and Ken Jeong serve as executive producers. The series is based on a South Korean format from CJ ENM.

As previously announced, Gordon Ramsay's new unscripted cooking competition, NEXT LEVEL CHEF, will premiere immediately after the NFL ON FOX doubleheader and THE OT in all time zones on Sunday, Jan. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET / 7:00-8:00 PM CT / 6:00-7:00 PM MT / 5:00-6:00 PM PT). The series then makes its time period premiere Wednesday, Jan. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE. NEXT LEVEL CHEF is the next evolution in cooking competitions, as award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay has designed a one-of-a-kind culinary gauntlet, set on an iconic stage like you've never seen. Over three stories high, each floor contains a stunningly different kitchen. From the glistening top floor to the challenging bottom of the basement, the ingredients will match the environment, because Ramsay believes the true test of a great chef is not only what they can do in the best of circumstances, but what kind of magic they can create in the worst! With a level playing field, Ramsay has opened up the competition and scoured the country for the very best line cooks, home chefs, social media stars, food truck owners and everything in between, all competing against one another with the goal of finding the food world's newest superstar! Joined by two elite names in the food world, chefs Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais, Ramsay and his co-mentors will leave no stone unturned, as they each recruit a group of the talented chefs and take them under their wings. Ramsay and his friends will attempt to bring out the very best in their cooks, as they all try to find "the one." Although he now sits unrivaled at the top of the culinary world, Ramsay started at the bottom, washing dishes in a local takeout restaurant. He firmly believes that as long as a chef has the drive, talent and perseverance, he or she can make that climb to the top. Creativity, consistency and cunning are the recipe for success to make it to the NEXT LEVEL, as the competitors adapt to the challenges waiting for them. Only one can walk away with a life-changing $250,000 grand prize and become a NEXT LEVEL CHEF! The project was developed by the Studio Ramsay Global team, led by Chief Creative Officer Lisa Edwards, Matt Cahoon and Creative Director of Development Fernando De Jesus, and is produced by Studio Ramsay Global and FOX Alternative Entertainment. Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Edwards and Matt Cahoon serve as executive producers.

Also as previously announced, JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER premieres Thursday, Jan. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), with a special two-hour event. It then makes its time period premiere the following Thursday, Jan. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). A fresh take on the original JOE MILLIONAIRE dating series that took the world by storm in 2003, JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER features two incredible single men... with one HUGE difference. One's a millionaire, and the other is definitely NOT. Twenty women will date both of them, but they will have no idea which Joe is rich. As love connections are made and each guy finds his perfect match, the women must ask themselves what is more important... Love or Money? JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER comes from FOX Alternative Entertainment and is executive-produced by SallyAnn Salsano and Sarah Howell ("Jersey Shore Family Vacation," "Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny").

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posted 11/8/2021


The BBC
LIONEL BLAIR: 1928-2021
Team Captain on "Give Us a Clue"
From Deadline

Lionel Blair, the UK TV star whose career spanned eight decades, has died aged 92, his agent has said.

Blair died peacefully early yesterday morning. No cause of death has been revealed. Tributes have poured in from the likes of UK stars Stephen Graham and Eddie Marsan for the entertainer, who made his name as team captain on ITV gameshow Give Us A Clue and in later years appeared in Ricky Gervais’ Extras.

“RIP you absolute showbiz god,” said Christmas Carol star Graham on Twitter.

Born in Canada in 1928, Henry Lionel Ogus moved to the UK as a young boy and started acting when he was just 14, immediately becoming a standout dancer. He took part in a comedic dance-off against Sammy Davis Jr at the Royal Variety Performance in 1961 and played the role of a choreographer in the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night.

Blair became a household UK name in the early 1980s when he was recruited to be team captain on ITV gameshow Give Us A Clue, for which he made more than 1000 episodes opposite Una Stubbs. He appeared on various other gameshows and TV formats throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

In 2007, he was lauded for his role in Ricky Gervais’ Extras Christmas special as one of the housemates in a fictional version of Celebrity Big Brother, and he went on to appear in other formats such as the real Celebrity Big Brother and BBC1’s Real Marigold Hotel.

Blair is survived by his wife Susan Blair, three children and three grandchildren.

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posted 11/5/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Wrapped in Red 2: Wrap Harder"

  • Kelly Clarkson has a new Christmas special coming out (The FUton Critic)

  • Byron Allen has your money, TEGNA (REuters), and sues McDonalds for amazingly enough the same amount (Deadline)

  • Aaron Rodgers apologizes to his family, his friends, the Packers organization, and the city of Green Bay.... JUST KIDDING! He blames woke cancel culture in a word salad on Pat McAfee (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jay Leno (On Air With Ryan Seacrest)

posted 11/5/2021

Fox Deals with "Masked Singer"
Wonwoo Park to Create, Produce "Lotto Singer"
From The FUton Critic

FOX Alternative Entertainment (FAE), FOX Entertainment's in-house unscripted studio, and Wonwoo Park, creator of the hit international format THE MASKED SINGER, have entered into an exclusive first-look development deal, it was announced today by Allison Wallach, Executive Vice President, Head of FOX Alternative Entertainment, and Park.

Under terms of the agreement, FAE and Park's Seoul-based production company, dI turn, will jointly develop series for global territories and the American market. The two companies are currently developing the international format for the hit Korean talent-competition series "Lotto Singer," in which viewers can win cash prizes by correctly betting on contestants' performances. Created by Park, and from Seoul Broadcasting System's content hub FormatEast, "Lotto Singer" aired on MBN last year, when it registered the network's highest viewer rating of 5.2%.

"Thanks to the creative genius and vision of Wonwoo Park, the success of THE MASKED SINGER and the impact it has had on FOX and numerous other networks throughout the world cannot be understated," said Wallach. "Wonwoo's ability to identify and develop concepts that are unique in premise and universal in appeal makes him one of the most innovative producers in the business, and we are excited to see where this partnership will take us."

Added Park, "Korea had long been an unnoticed market, but over the last few years formats such as "The King of Masked Singer" have been sold all over the world. Many K-POP singers are massively popular around the world, and Korean production companies clearly have the ability to produce high-efficiency programming. I expect this collaboration with FOX to create more hits; and our team here at dI turn is ready."

Park created THE MASKED SINGER, which is currently in its sixth season on FOX and the United States' #1 primetime entertainment series. Since its 2019 premiere in the U.S., THE MASKED SINGER has been formatted in more than 60 countries, including the United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Norway, Italy and others.

Park is CEO of dI turn and has been a series writer, creator and producer since 1997. In addition to The King of Masked Singer, his credits include CJ Entertainment & Media's "Top Gear Korea," "Mama" and "The Song Was Born"; "Million Seller," "The Hit" and "Singing Battle" for KBS; and "My Ranking" and "Dancing in the Box."

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posted 11/4/2021

WEDNESDAY: Back in the High Life
Fox Wins with Masked Singer, CBS, Survivor
From Deadline

After the hype of the 2021 World Series, which saw the Atlanta Braves take home the championship on Tuesday, primetime resumed regular programming with the usual suspects back at the top. CBS’ Survivor and Fox’s The Masked Singer, after losing out to the World Series last week, were the highest-rated programs of the evening, tying with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo.

The two competition programs went head-to-head in the 9 p.m. hour alongside ABC’s The Goldbergs (0.6, 3.12M), NBC’s Chicago Med (0.7, 6.43M) and the CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (0.2, 0.59M). While Fox and CBS made for the top demo, highest viewership belonged to NBC alone.

NBC’s Chicago trio remained steady in the demo from last week’s episode and saw more 6 million viewers each on Wednesday. Chicago Fire (0.7, 6.76M) was the big winner for NBC. Later in the evening, Chicago P.D. (0.7, 5.48M) won its time slot.

Before the World Series, Fox saw Alter Ego post its lowest viewership since its debut in September. Unfortunately, Alter Ego‘s latest episode barely brought in 2 million viewers (0.4, 1.96M). ABC’s The Wonder Years reached a viewership low a couple of weeks ago, and Wednesday night’s showing just saved itself from another low (0.4, 2.2M).

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TV Line

posted 11/4/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Love and Other Side Effects"

  • Guy Fieri has volunteered to host Kristen Stewart's wedding in Flavortown (CNN)

  • Steve Harvey to host 70th Miss Universe (The Futon Critic)

  • Aaron Rodgers tests positive and the Internet comes for him (The Wrap)

  • Sasha Farber explains Suni Lee's mysterious illness (Us Magazine)

  • Christian, Alyssa break up after 48 hours. In other news, Christian & Alyssa were together (Us Magazine)

  • Cherries Wild wins an award for.... advertising innovation. (NextTV)

posted 11/4/2021

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Syn

3p

Swagbucks Live Friday Flash

Live
Swagbucks

4p

Swagbucks Live Black Friday Special

Live
Swagbucks

Saturday

 

The Great Soul Food Cook-Off

Discovery+

Meet Your Makers Showdown

Premiere
Discovery+

mid

High Stakes Poker

Vice

Sunday

 

Table Wars

Discovery+

8p

Buddy vs. Duff

Season Premiere
Food

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses

Premiere
Cartoon
TBS

9p

The Great Christmas Light Fight

Season Premiere
ABC

Holiday Wars

Food

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**times approximate after football

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