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Back to Work?
Gavin Newsom's Latest News: Guidelines to Come... After Consult with Guilds & Producers
From Deadline

On Friday, Chair of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors Kartheryn Barger announced progress in the Economic Resiliency Task Force's work on restarting film and TV production. She said the task force had "gone above and beyond" to try and get key sectors of the county's economy restarted, singling out NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell and Casey Wasserman for their contributions.

Barger said that, on Tuesday of next week, the task force will release guidelines for immediately reopening sectors such as film and digital media and theme parks. Earlier Friday, the same task force's Sports and Large Venue Entertainment sector, led by Wasserman, sent its plans for the phased reopening of sports and concert venues in the county, laying out guidelines for pro sports and concerts to possibly return as early as July.

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posted 5/29/2020

AMC Gets Ready to "Quiz"
Catch It Sunday Night
From Den of Geek

Some ideas are so simplistically brilliant there's no way they can fail. Such is the case with the now classic quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? When the game show first premiered on British television on ITV in 1998, it quickly became a big hit. Big enough to launch a franchise of similar shows across the world, including the Regis Philbin-hosted American version that launched in 1999.

The very premise of the contest is cooked into the show's name. Like a benevolent bridge troll, the show asks the viewer, "would thee like to be a millionaire? Then answer these questions 15." Simple enough. After all, who doesn't think they can correctly answer 15 consecutive multiple choice questions. If not, then what was the whole point of school? Still, some contestants may not have wanted to take that chance. And that's how just a few years into its existence, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was rocked by a cheating scandal.

This is the story that AMC's excellent miniseries Quiz sets out to tell. The show first aired on ITV (hey that network sounds familiar!) in the United Kingdom in April. You can check out our reviews here. Now Quiz's three episodes are set to premiere for American audiences on AMC Premiere on May 31 (AMC will broadcast the three episodes weekly as well, beginning on May 31 at 10 p.m. ET). As crafted by British playwright James Graham, Quiz tells the story of Charles and Diana Ingram (played by Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford), two middle class Britons who found themselves at the center of a media firestorm and high profile court case when it was discovered they may have cheated on the game show with a rudimentary coughing system.

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Boston Globe
The Hollywood REporter
USA Today

posted 5/29/2020

Nice One!
Quibi Sets Premiere Dates
From Realscreen

Short-form mobile streamer Quibi has set June premieres for the Blumhouse Television- and The Mighty Networks-produced documentary Ten Weeks and comedy game show Nice One! from Free 90 Media.

Nice One!, hosted by comedian Ron Funches, sees comedians compete to cleverly "out-compliment" one another in a showdown of "sweetness and consideration."

The eight-episode game show is executive produced by Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack of Free 90 Media, as well as Evi Regev, Melanie Truhett and Funches. It premieres June 8..

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posted 5/29/2020

THURSDAY: Three Games... One Wild Night.
ABC Wins with Game Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with its trio of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (6.065 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1), "Holey Moley" (4.029 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.657 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

CBS (4.210 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was the silver draw with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (5.258 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), a new "Man with a Plan" (5.005 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Mom" (4.643 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), a new "Broke" (4.467 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "SWAT" (2.944 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.122 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with fresh installments of "Council of Dads" (2.744 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Blindspot" (1.820 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.802 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.355 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up originals of "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.582 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Labor of Love" (1.129 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10). And finally, The CW (0.496 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Burden of Truth" (0.545 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "In the Dark" (0.448 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

Cable numbers for THursday...
- Top Chef: All-Stars LA (Bravo) 901k/0.29
- The Misery Index (TBS) 865k/0.28
- Master Minds (GSN): 476k/0.05


THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/29/2020

Spain Gets Blocked
"Block Out" Goes to Spain, Holland
From C21 Media

Spanish pubcaster RTVE and Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS have both commissioned local adaptations of gameshow format Block Out.

Originally created by Nippon TV in Japan and Germany's Red Arrow Studios, Block Out sees two teams of four players, each with their backs literally against a wall, battle it out in a variety of physical games, combining trivia, strategy and chance. The walls behind the teams are built of blocks that fall out each time a wrong answer is given, forcing contestants into crazy positions to try to avoid being knocked into the pit below.

RTVE has commissioned a domestic adaptation of the show which will be produced by Endemol Shine Iberia-owned Gestmusic and is scheduled to air on its La 1 channel later this year.

AVROTROS has commissioned the format for the Netherlands, to be produced by Tin Can. Red Arrow Studios International holds the format's worldwide rights, excluding Asia, and secured the two deals.

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TBI

posted 5/29/2020

Re-Dishmantled
Quibi Renews Its First Series
From Deadline

Quibi has made its first series-renewal announcement. The weeks-old shortform digital outlet has ordered up a second season of Dishmantled, its Tituss Burgess-hosted cooking-competition show from Chopped creator Linda Lea, Good Egg Entertainment and Propagate-owned Electus.

Each episode of Dishmantled starts with the cannon-blasting of a mystery food dish into the faces of two blindfolded chefs. They use their culinary prowess to identify the exploded dish and then race against the clock to re-create it to pocket a cash prize. A panel of celebrity judges determines the winner.

"The first season of Dishmantled was ludicrous,' Lea said. 'We had so much fun making this crazy show and can't wait to get back in the studio with Tituss for another season. It's going to be a blast."

Drew Buckley serves as exec producer for Electus.


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THe Futon Critic

posted 5/29/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Did You See That?"

  • VIDEO WALL: Last night's To Tell the Truth was one for the history books (TV Line)

  • Stop us if you've heard this one... Colton Underwood, Cassie Randolph broken up. (Gold Derby)

  • Bryton Coverdale (The Chase Australia's Shark) sells up (NEws.com.au)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alec Baldwin (Lethbridge Herald)

posted 5/28/2020

More on "Tough As Nails"
Meet the Challenges for CBS' New Series
From the Futon Critic

Meet the 12 TOUGH AS NAILS challengers competing on the new reality series that celebrates everyday Americans who get their hands dirty while working long, hard hours to keep the country running. The cast includes a welder, firefighter, farmer, roofer and a Marine Corps veteran, among others. The series premieres Wednesday, July 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan is the host and executive producer.

These competitors, who get their workout on the job rather than the gym, wear work boots instead of workout shoes and consider the calluses on their hands a badge of honor, will be tested for their strength, endurance, life skills and, most importantly, mental toughness in challenges that take place at real-world job sites. One competitor will be crowned the TOUGH AS NAILS champion, but nobody will go home. Even after they "punch out" of the individual competition, they will have the opportunity to win additional prizes in the team competitions that continue throughout the season.

"I was inspired to create TOUGH AS NAILS almost a decade ago because of my working-class family of farmers, gold miners, builders and coal miners," said host and executive producer Phil Keoghan. "I'm proud of my family and wanted to shine a light on people who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty to do a hard day's work. Now, more than ever, it is important for all of us to recognize this country's 'essential workers,' real people in real life who are real tough."

The TOUGH AS NAILS competitors are:

- Name: Linnett Key Job: Welder Age: 34 Hometown: Lecanto, Fla. Instagram: @LKeyFit and @LoveLinnett
- Name: Danny Moody Job: Drywaller Age: 33 Hometown: Spokane, Wash. Instagram: @drmoody22
- Name: Melissa Burns Job: Farmer Age: 27 Hometown: Milford Center, Ohio Instagram: @farm_fit_wife
- Name: Lee Marshall Job: Roofer Age: 61 Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
- Name: Kelly "Murph" Murphy Job: Marine Corps Veteran Age: 47 Hometown: Paragon, Ind. Instagram: @kwmurph72
- Name: Linda Goodridge Job: Deputy Sheriff Age: 29 Hometown: Marion, N.Y.
- Name: Luis Yuli Job: Scaffolder Age: 35 Hometown: The Bronx, N.Y. Instagram: @luispyuli
- Name: Michelle S. Kiddy Job: Gate Agent Age: 62 Hometown: Alexandria, Ky. Name: Callie Cattell Job: Fisherman Age: 28 Hometown: Bend, Ore. Instagram: @calliecattell
- Name: Young An Job: Firefighter Age: 36 Hometown: Alexandria, Va. Instagram: @boomer.3000
- Name: Tara Davis Job: Ironworker Age: 30 Hometown: Elk Plain, Wash. Instagram: @thatonebatmom
- Name: Myles V. Polk Job: Forestry Tech Age: 28 Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala. Instagram: @priimal

TOUGH AS NAILS is produced by Raquel Productions Inc. in association with Tough House Productions Inc. Phil Keoghan, Louise Keoghan and Anthony Carbone are executive producers.

THe Futon critic

posted 5/28/2020

UPFRONT: CBC
"Family Feud Canada" to Return
From Realscreen

CBC's 2020 Virtual Upfront saw the public broadcaster program 3,600 new hours of TV for its 2020/21 slate – greenlighting new seasons of Family Feud Canada and Battle of the Blades.

Battle of the Blades (Insight Productions) and format adaptation Family Feud Canada (Zone 3/Fremantle) hosted by Gerry Dee are also set to return. According to a press release, the re-emergence of Battle of the Blades saw the competition show reach over 1.5 million Canadians each episode last year, while the inaugural season of Family Feud Canada reached 2.6 million viewers each week. Family Feud Canada will return for four nights per week this fall with 104 new episodes. A nationwide virtual search for new families is now underway.

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posted 5/28/2020

Total Wipeout Totally Rebooted
BBC To Bring Back Big Balls
From What's on TV

Total Wipeout is reportedly set to return to BBC1 with some famous faces taking the reigns.

Total Wipeout, which was axed back in 2012, used to be a regular on TV screens for its out-there tasks that made the daredevil in all of us crave to appear on the show. And now, to try and raise all of our spirits during the coronavirus-imposed lockdown and get us all in the mood for adventure, the action-packed series is coming back to screens.

However, the show will not be returning with the former hosts Amanda Byram and Richard Hammond, who fronted the original series.

The presenting duo will be replaced by Top Gear hosts former cricket player Freddie Flintoff and gameshow host Paddy McGuinness.

As they host the show, Freddie and Paddy will be displaying some of the most-loved video clips that aired during the three years that the show was running.

Officially named Total Wipeout: Freddie and Paddy Takeover, the show will last for six episodes, and will hopefully hit screens later in the summer.

"Now more than ever we need to laugh at people bouncing off those big red balls," presenter Paddy recently said to The Sun. "I'm so happy to be involved in bringing this classic show back."

Freddie also seemed keen for the show to go ahead, adding "I can't wait to be involved with this brilliant show and to have a laugh watching people fumble with those balls."

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C21 Media

posted 5/28/2020

Happy Birthday Mr. Chasemaster
ITV to Celebrate Bradley Walsh's 60th June 4
From Entertainment Daily

Bradley Walsh will have his 60th birthday celebrated with a special ITV show looking back over the entertainer's long TV career.

Bradley Walsh: Happy 60th Birthday will take us back to his first TV appearance in the 80s to today. The one-off hour long special will be narrated by Jason Manford and takes a look a Bradley's varied career spanning four decades.

Bradley has done everything from stand up comedy and presenting, to quiz shows and acting.

Bradley Walsh: Happy 60th Birthday will take us back through the telly archives, showing us some of Bradley's best moments, which have made him one of the country's most loved stars."

Entertainment Daily

Entertainment.IE

posted 5/28/2020

I've Got a ... Different Feeling About This
"Jedi Temple Challenge" Relocating to YouTube
From iO9

Next week, every Star Wars fan will wish they were a kid again.

That's because on June 3, Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge will finally be released to the world.

Hosted by Ahmed Best (aka Jar Jar Binks himself), the show is very much like the kids' game shows many of us grew up with: Double Dare, Endurance, Guts, etc. Except this time, it's all Star Wars.

The show was supposed to debut on Disney+ but those plans clearly changed. It actually works out better though, because Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge will instead live on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel, which is free and available to all. No subscription required.

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Vanyaland
Attractions Magazine

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Twinfinite
CBR
Nerdist
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ET Canada

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The Mary Sue

posted 5/28/2020

TUESDAY: Talent on Top
NBC Wins Night on 1-2 Talent
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.254 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) cruised to victory on Tuesday with the return of "America's Got Talent" (9.808 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "World of Dance" (5.146 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

CBS (4.868 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.659 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "FBI" (4.974 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.970 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.868 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "The Conners" (2.993 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and another "The Conners" (2.607 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) followed by the special "Our New Reality: A Diane Sawyer Special" (2.589 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) plus the debut of "The Genetic Detective" (3.214 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.394 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.447 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.342 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.975 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with week two of "DC's Stargirl" (1.180 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and the penultimate "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.770 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 914k/0.26
- Chopped (Food): 857k/0.24
- Master Minds (GSN): 530k/0.06
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 365k/0.18

The FUton Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/28/2020

THursday Lightning Round
... or "A-Maze-Ing"

  • Richard Ayoade to host the BAFTAs (Deadline)

  • Going from Shop 'til You Drop to "Survivor" (Parade)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Don't (TV Insider)

  • Caelynn disappointed she was passed up for "The Bachelor" (Reality TV World)

posted 5/28/2020

HBOMax Invades Bachelor Nation
Streamer to Broadcast International Versions
From Deadline

HBO Max is to air a slew of international adaptations of The Bachelor and its spin-off for the first time in the U.S. as the digital platform unveils which seasons of the dating franchise will debut at launch.

The WarnerMedia-backed service, which launches May 27, will launch with over 20 seasons of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad and Bachelor in Paradise. This includes seasons 20 through 23 of The Bachelor featuring Ben Higgins, Nick Viall and Colton Underwood, seasons 11 through 14 of The Bachelorette featuring Kaitlyn Bristowe, JoJo Fletcher and Becca Kufrin, three seasons of Bachelor Pad and seasons 4 through 6 of Bachelor in Paradise.

It will also air international remakes from the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

For The Bachelor, it will air seasons 1 and 2 from the UK, season 2 and season 5 of The Bachelor Australia, season 3 in Canada and the first season of The Bachelor New Zealand. The first season of the Canadian version of The Bachelorette and the third season of The Bachelorette Australia will air alongside the first season of the Australian remake of Bachelor in Paradise.

Elsewhere on this All HBO Max's Eve...

- Craftopia is an epic kids crafting competition show hosted and executive produced by YouTube influencer Lauren Riihimaki aka (LaurDIY). Creating and demonstrating crafts to over 8.9 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, LaurDIY has been deemed the "millennial Martha Stewart" by Forbes. On Craftopia, 9 to 15-year old contestants put their imaginations to the test and make their crafting dreams come true in a magical studio. After racing to fill up their carts with inspiring materials from the studio "store," crafters meet larger-than-life challenges, making truly inventive and amazing creations in order to take home the 'Craftrophia.' Craftopia is executive produced by Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher for B17 Entertainment.
- Pulling directly from the underground ballroom community, voguing teams (aka "houses") must compete in unbelievable balls and showcase sickening fashion in order to achieve "Legendary" status. The cast includes MC Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ as well as celebrity judges Law Roach, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado, and Megan Thee Stallion. From Scout Productions, Emmy Award ® winners David Collins (Queer Eye), Rob Eric (Queer Eye) and Michael Williams (Queer Eye) serve as executive producers. Jane Mun (People's Choice Awards, MTV Music Awards, America's Best Dance Crew) and Josh Greenberg (Lip Sync Battle, Sunday Best, America's Best Dance Crew) serve as executive producers and showrunners.


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Deadline

Gold Derby
Salon

posted 5/27/2020

SYNDIES: Week 46
Results for the Week Ending May 17
From TV Newscheck

CBS Television Distribution's Dr. Phil finally found the cure for its ratings ills, improving 10% to an eight-week high 2.2 live plus same day national household rating in the week ended May 17, according to Nielsen Media Research. That gave Phil the talk lead for the time since the week ended March 22, which included the first week of stay-at-home orders in most states.

All of the games lost ground. Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud fell 3% to a 6.5. CTD's Wheel of Fortune slowed 3% to a 6.0. CTD's Jeopardy! downticked 2% to a 5.8.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.0 -3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 -9%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 -11%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 -17%


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The Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/27/2020

"Got Talent" Investigation Findings
Gabrielle Union's Firing Not a Result of "Race or Gender"
From TV Line

The results of the investigation into workplace practices at America's Got Talent are in.

To quickly recap, NBC announced in December that it had commissioned a third-party investigation in response to ousted panelist Gabrielle Union's claims that America's Got Talent was a hotbed of racial insensitivity and sexism. Union went public with her concerns after news broke that she and Julianne Hough — who'd both joined AGT as judges in Season 14 — would not be returning for the recently launched 15th cycle. Variety reported at the time that the pair had been subject to a "toxic culture" at the show, including excessive notes on their appearance (including a specific critique that Union's hairstyles were "too black"). Union also reportedly clashed with producers about a contestant whose material she found racially insensitive. (Said performer ultimately was allowed to try out, though his audition was later cut from the final broadcast.)

Union, who is severely allergic to cigarette smoke, also claimed she was repeatedly rebuffed when she asked other staff members to request that judge and EP Simon Cowell stop smoking indoors. On Wednesday, NBC, along with series producers FremantleMedia and Syco, put out the following statement based on the findings of the independent investigation, which concluded that "no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union's appearance, and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor in the advancement or elimination of contestants at any time." That said, the investigation "highlighted some areas in which reporting processes could be improved."

"We have a shared passion to make America's Got Talent a positive, inclusive and diverse show that is open to all individuals from any country or background. We are proud and grateful that our contestants and audiences support our ongoing mission, which is represented in the incredible people who participate in the show each year. We have heard from contestants and talent alike that their experience on AGT has had a positive impact on their lives. When we heard Ms. Union had concerns about her time on the show, we took them extremely seriously.

"NBC, Fremantle and Syco immediately engaged an outside investigator who conducted more than 30 interviews to review the issues raised by Ms. Union. While the investigation has demonstrated an overall culture of diversity, it has also highlighted some areas in which reporting processes could be improved. Through the investigation process, it has been revealed that no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union's appearance, and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor in the advancement or elimination of contestants at any time. The investigation has shown that the concerns raised by Ms. Union had no bearing on the decision not to exercise the option on her contract.

"NBC, Fremantle and Syco share Ms. Union's dedication to diversity and inclusion in the industry. We continue to remain committed to having an inclusive environment for everyone associated with the show, and to upholding AGT as one of the most diverse programs on television."

TV Line
Deadline

The Daily Beast
Variety

posted 5/27/2020

MONDAY: If You Smell What Season 2 Is Cooking
"Titan Games" Kicks Off Summer Season on Demo Top
From the Wrap

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "The Titan Games" debuted its second season Monday, an installment that features former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz among the six pro-athlete competitors that the show's "everyday" contestants go head-to-head with in hopes of winning the "Titan Champion" title and a $100,000 prize.

Fans could smell the new level of intensity The Rock was cooking up for Season 2 of his NBC competition series when he announced the addition of elite athletes — including Cruz, Claressa Shields, Joe Thomas, Cruz, Hannah Teter, Jessie Graff and Tyron Woodley — as an obstacle for "The Titan Games'" amateur contestants. And if the everyday people vs. pros aspect, a pro-wrestling legend as host, and a humongous set piece for the final challenge made you draw a comparison between The Rock's series and the network's short-lived Hulk Hogan-hosted "American Gladiators" reboot, Cruz is here to vouch for how different the two are. "

I remember [the 'Gladiators' reboot] being awful. I remember that. I remember not having the same feeling that I had as a kid watching 'American Gladiators,'" Cruz told TheWrap. "I think the difference in this is that The Rock has a certain brand about him. His brand is always about toughness, hard work, blood, sweat and tears. Those are all the things that he embodies. And I think when you put a show together like "Titan Games"…it has no choice but to be top-notch and above and beyond."

NBC (3.061 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the demo champ on Memorial Day thanks to the two-hour season premiere of "The Titan Games" (3.422 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) plus a new "Songland" (2.337 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

ABC (3.092 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) claimed the silver with repeats of "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.554 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and another "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.462 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) alongside a new "The Baker and the Beauty" (2.261 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "9-1-1" (2.409 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.197 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

CBS (3.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) likewise served up second runs of "The Neighborhood" (3.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.187 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "All Rise" (2.696 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Bull" (3.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Howie Mandel's 5th Annual All-Star Comedy Gala" (0.766 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.558 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.714 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart (Food): 793k/0.18
- Master Minds (GSN): 491k/0.07

The Wrap
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/27/2020

WEEKEND: Game Night Prelude
Fox Wins with NASCAR Return
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its primetime coverage of the "NASCAR Cup Series Racing: Charlotte" (3.734 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

A close second was ABC (3.098 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) with its repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.431 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Press Your Luck" (2.526 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Match Game" (2.496 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.661 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the feature "Titanic" (3.661 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.935 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up a new "Little Big Shots" (2.014 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9), the season finale of "Little Big Shots" (1.686 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9), a new "The Wall" (2.007 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and another new "The Wall" (2.033 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, second runs of "DC's Stargirl" (0.595 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Supergirl" (0.345 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) on The CW (0.470 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race: Alone Together (S/VH1): 597k/0.25
- Master Minds (GSN): 513k/0.03

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.181m/0.30
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 789k/0.19

THe Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/27/2020

MEanwhile in Australia... MasterChef Returns With Social Distancing
Production Offers Hints on How to Proceed During Pandemic
From Deadline

MasterChef Australia, one of the biggest non-scripted formats down under, aired its first episode produced under COVID-19 safety protocols last night. The show, which airs on ViacomCBS-owned Network Ten, offered a glimpse of how reality producers in the U.S. may be able to get their unscripted projects back up and running under social distancing-friendly circumstances.

The show, which is now in its 12th season and features a number of former winners of previous seasons, came back with social distancing measures across every facet of production, including the judges, contestants and crew.

This comes as the U.S. version of the show, which airs on Fox, had production suspended earlier this year due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

In the Australian version, additional hand sanitizing stations were put in across the set, while the cooking benches were spaced out further to keep contestants further away from each other and gloves were provided for team challenges where equipment was shared as well as when contestants went to get food from the store cupboards. Extra sinks were also added as well as dedicated hand washing stations.

Deadline

posted 5/26/2020

Jeopardy! Teachers Becomes a Tribute
Catch It on Monday!
From Business Insider

Every year, "Jeopardy!" celebrates America's educators with its Teachers Tournament.

In the two-week event, 15 teachers from schools across the US compete for $100,000 and a spot in the Tournament of Champions.

This year's Teachers Tournament was taped back in February, weeks before the coronavirus pandemic closed schools and moved classroom learning onto Zoom. In light of the pandemic, this year's competition has taken on a new significance.

In the lead-up to the premiere, "Jeopardy!" followed up with the teachers who competed on the show to recognise their important work with the hashtag #AppreciateTeachers.

"You have to throw out the playbook when you have to shift to an online method of teaching," said Sam Matson, a high school English teacher from Cookeville, Tennessee.

"I miss my students. I don't get to see their faces as much," said Katie LeBarge, a high school science teacher from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek also praised the contestants' endeavors. "That's why we have the Teacher's Tournament – to honor the men and women who spend so much quality time with us and with our children," he said in the clip.

The "Jeopardy!" Teachers Tournament airs May 25 through June 5. You can watch the full promotional video below.

Business Insider

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posted 5/26/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Sure... Blame the Lead-In"

  • Richard Osman says that the ratings for "Pointless" depend on who did the COVID briefing before (Huffpost)

  • Watch the first 11 minutes of "World of Dance" (Gold Derby) PLUS a few good minutes with Derek Hough (Gold Derby)

  • Phyllis George remembered (WAVE Louisville)

  • Rachel Lindsay is disappointed in Hannah Brown (Gold Derby)

posted 5/26/2020

Netflix Plays with Lava
"Floor Is Lava" Plays in June
From the Tab

Netflix has just announced it is releasing a new competition show called "Floor Is Lava" which is based on the game you used to play as a child.

Netflix revealed the show on Twitter today, saying: "We just announced a new competition series called Floor Is Lava (inspired by the game where kids jump from furniture to furniture) and this picture from the show is SENDING ME."

Not much is known about the show, other than that it will see teams play the game we all used to, and navigate the floor as if it were lava. Assumably there will be some sort of way to "win" at the end and there will be a prize for the winning team members. The show is being released next month, on June 19th.

THe Tab

posted 5/25/2020

"Feud" to Return to Australia
All-Star Edition on Tap This July
From the Daily Telegraph

One of Australia's most beloved gameshows Family Feud is coming back to TV, with some big changes for a very good cause.

Channel 10 has announced Family Feud will be back on our screens later this year, with Grant Denyer again in the hosting role. The network said the show has been enjoying "a rest" as the country battles the coronavirus.

However from July, Channel 10 and Fremantle will begin production of the show for "a special prime-time television event".

It's the first time the show will return to screens since it was axed by 10 in 2018. "The Feud's back baby!" Denyer exclaimed. "I can't wait to run amok with more nervous and excited Australian families, to have lots of laughs, forget our troubles and have a damn good time giving away record amounts of cash."

THe Daily Telegraph

posted 5/25/2020

Memorial Day Lightning Round
... or "Some Gave All..."

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Hollywood Game Night" returns June 7 (The Futon Critic)

  • When did "Drag Race" reunions become shade fests? Oh... since ever (TV Line)

  • J-Lo vs. J-Fall in the ultimate World of Dance-Off.... (The Wrap)

  • Arie Luyendyk argues "Bachelors" are set up to fail (Gold Derby)

  • Betty White ain't afraid of staying home, and neither should you be. (Meaww)

  • Alex Trebek has two rules when it comes to who replaces him (Cheat Sheet)

posted 5/25/2020

Daytime's Biggest Night Goes Virtual
Awards to Air on CBS, Nominees Announced
From TV Line

The Daytime Emmy Awards are making their triumphant return to broadcast television. The 47th annual salute to pre-dusk programming — which was originally expected to be canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic — will air Friday, June 26 at 8/7c on CBS.

According to CBS, the broadcast will only include leading categories, with recipients and special guests appearing virtually from home. Additional categories will be announced on Twitter (@DaytimeEmmys) during the broadcast, while others are being held for a separate ceremony happening in July.

This announcement marks a major win for the Daytime Emmys, which have been relegated to an online live stream for the past four years. The ceremony last aired on television in 2015 via Pop TV.

Nominations for the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday and ABC's General Hospital led the soapy pack with 23 total nods, edging out Days of Our Lives' 22. The Young and the Restless followed with 21, while CBS sister series The Bold and the Beautiful netted 13.

Game show nominations follow...

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW HOST
- Wayne Brady, Let's Make a Deal (CBS)
- Steve Harvey, Family Feud (Syndication)
- Alfonso Ribeiro, Catch 21 (Game Show Network)
- Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune (Syndication)
- Alex Trebek, Jeopardy! (Syndication)

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Nickelodeon)
- Double Dare (Nickelodeon)
- Family Feud (Syndication)
- Jeopardy! (Syndication)
- The Price Is Right
(CBS)

TV Line

Deadline
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The Wrap
TV Line

Deadline
Gold Derby

The Wrap

Yahoo!
The Hollywood Reporter

Daytime Confidential

AOL

posted 5/22/2020

THURSDAY: Game Night Rules
ABC Game Shows Win the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a new "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (5.979 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) alongside the returns of "Holey Moley" (4.439 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.769 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

The silver went to CBS (4.385 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (5.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a new "Man with a Plan" (5.350 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (4.832 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a new "Broke" (4.317 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "SWAT" (3.175 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.561 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with its specials "Celebrity Escape Room" (3.803 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and "Red Nose Day" (1.940 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.409 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and the debut of "Labor of Love" (0.909 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

And finally, closing out the night were the season premiere of "Burden of Truth" (0.619 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a new "In the Dark" (0.535 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.577 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable THursday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Top Chef All-Stars LA (Bravo): 842k/0.27
- The Misery Index (TBS): 791k/0.29
- Master Minds (GSN): 486k/0.05

- Ultimate Tag (R/FS1): 110k/0.04

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/22/2020

"The Wall UK" Is Moving
Production to Head to Britain from Poland
From Deadline

BBC One's Danny Dyer-fronted game show The Wall is set to be filmed in the UK instead of Poland, as a growing number of British producers look to switch to domestic production to keep shows on track during the coronavirus crisis.

Deadline reports that Endemol Shine Group producer Remarkable Television is drawing up plans to shoot Season 2 of The Wall at a studio in the UK, rather than at the group's production hub in Warsaw where the first series was made. I

t comes as the UK government is warning against "all but essential international travel," while Poland is restricting the number of people allowed to enter the country and new arrivals are expected to quarantine for two weeks.

Deadline

News Lagoon

posted 5/22/2020

3 Ball Containerizes
Americans Pick Up Belgian Format
From TBI

3 Ball Productions has secured the US format rights to Belgian outfit Woestijnvis' 'Covid-19-safe' competition series The Container Cup.

The original version of the show, which premiered on Belgium's Vier network last month, puts athletic celebrities to the test against professional athletes in a variety of physical challenges – with all the action taking place inside two massive shipping containers.

The format is sold by Benelux distributors Primitives and was put together by Woestijnvis – which originated the reality-game show The Mole in 1998 – in six weeks specifically as an "exciting" and "noisy" offering that could be produced safely under Covid-19 restrictions. During the run of the series,

Vier's average market share improved by 230% and within the first week, the format was optioned to Germany, France and the Netherlands, with further deals currently pending in Spain, Italy, UK and other territories. The series was also designed to help support first responders and others during the pandemic, with athletes competing for the charity of their choice.

3 Ball Media Group's Reinout Oerlemans said: "So much of regular life has been upended during this crisis and so to be able to find and act on the bright spots, as creatives, is extremely gratifying. "We know athletes live to compete and that they haven't been able to during the Covid lockdowns. We also know that audiences are clamouring for fun and exciting content that can feel inspirational.

"This show can rally the whole family around a unique and positive entertainment experience that blends serious athleticism with fun and feel-good humour – all done in a way that is safe and COVID-compliant for all involved, and culminates with a significant donation on behalf of the winning athlete."

TBI

posted 5/22/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Small Guitars"

  • Sofia Vergara is not a fan of ukuleles (The Wrap)

  • Lindsay Arnold announced that she was taking season 29 of "Dancing" off... here's why (Gold Derby)

  • Tom Bergeron is HOPING that "Dancing" returns in the fall (Gold Derby)

  • Hell's Kitchen serving up leftovers (Gold Derby)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Todd Tilghman (Gold Derby)

posted 5/22/2020


ABC

Upfronts 2020: ABC
"Dancing", "Millionaire", "Bachelor" Expected to Return
From various sources

ABC has renewed 13 more series for 2020-21, eight of them scripted, including freshmen Stumptown and mixed-ish.

The broadcast network has picked up American Housewife, black-ish, The Conners, The Goldbergs, A Million Little Things, mixed-ish, The Rookie, Stumptown; reality stalwarts The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars and Shark Tank; as well as the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire revival and newsmagazine 20/20.

They join previously renewed flagship Grey's Anatomy, which is in the middle of a two-season pickup, spinoff Station 19, The Good Doctor, American Idol, America's Funniest Home Videos, as well as newly picked up scripted series Big Sky, from David E. Kelley, and Kari Lizer's Call Your Mother and the recently ordered Supermarket Sweep reboot. This takes it to a total of 22 shows confirmed for the upcoming season.

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posted 5/21/2020

WEDNESDAY: You're It, Fox
"Ultimate Tag", "Masked Singer" Puts Fox at First
From Deadline

The team behind Fox's Ultimate Tag hope that NFL stars JJ Watt and his brothers TJ and Derek fronting a physical competition format will sate viewers missing out on live sports.

FOX (6.643 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) closed the May sweeps period on top with the season finale of "The Masked Singer" (8.721 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and the launch of "Ultimate Tag" (4.565 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

NBC (3.262 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "Chicago Med" (3.316 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Chicago Fire" (3.083 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (3.386 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.045 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with "The Wonderful World of Disney: Moana" (3.436 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) plus a repeat "Holey Moley" (2.264 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.705 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "NCIS" (4.883 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "FBI" (4.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) alongside the season finale of "SWAT" (4.777 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

And finally, the return of "The 100" (0.835 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and a repeat "Bulletproof" (0.297 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.566 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Wednesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 1.015m/0.60
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 916k/0.26
- Master Minds (GSN): 463k/0.04
- Cash Cab - 12:30a (Bravo): 202k/0.06

- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 195k/0.06
- Cash Cab - 1a (Bravo): 177k/0.04
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 168k/0.06

Deadline

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/20/2020

More on "Drag Race All-Stars"
Guest Judges Announced
From Deadline

The fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars is about to serve some "La Vida Loca" realness with its slate of guest judges. Ricky Martin will kick things off as a guest judge for the premiere episode of the reality drag race competition which will premiere on June 5 at 8pm ET/PT on VH1.

The star-studded lineup of guest judges does not stop with the "She Bangs" singer. Joining RuPaul on the mainstage are Tessa Thompson, Jane Krakowski, Nicole Byer, Bebe Rexha, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Sam Richardson, Madison Beer, Sarah Hyland, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Tommy Dorfman and Drag Race regular Todrick Hall.

In the premiere, Martin will help judge the all-star queens for seasons past as they partake in a reading mini-challenge and hit the runway for a "Werq the World" variety extravaganza.

On top of that, the fifth season has thrown traditional elimination rules out the window.

Mama Ru has shaken things up and has "Ru-vealed" that each week she will name a top all-star and that queen will lip sync for her legacy against a mysterious lip sync assassin, chosen from the most iconic performers in Drag Race "herstory". If the top all-star of the week wins the lip sync, she wins a $10,000 tip and the power to eliminate the bottom queen of her choice. If the lip sync assassin wins, a bottom queen selected from a secret group vote gets the chop, and the money rolls over until a top all-star wins — now that is a gag!

Deadline

posted 5/20/2020

More on "The Big Fib"
Catch It on Disney+ May 22
From WDW News Today

Ever thought you could spot a fib better than a kid? Find out on The Big Fib.

A new Disney+ game show, hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown and featuring Rhys Darby as her robot sidekick, C.L.I.V.E. In each episode of this comedy game show, a kid starts by playing a warm up round where a silly liar and an authentic expert share fabulous fibs and fun facts.

Starring up and coming comedic talent, this round is played for laughs as well as always having a nugget of real information about the topic be it ice cream, tree climbing or toy design. Next our kid contestant plays the main round where they question an expert who's paired with a really good liar on the same topic. It's up to our kid to find the fibber.

There are visual clues, fascinating props, a hot seat round of rapid fire questions and various topics, including jellyfish, venom and killer plants. The show culminates with the expert and liar standing under the Fib Foam machine to await their fate. If our kid chooses correctly, the liar gets foamed. The Big Fib is full of outrageous truths that sound like lies and audacious lies that sound like the truth.

Season 1 is available May 22..

WDW News Today
TV Guide

Laughing Place
Checkersaga
WGN-TV Chicago
KXTV-TV Sacramento
Coming Soon
Black Girl Nerds

posted 5/21/2020

Chase at Home
A New Twist on an Old Favorite
From Irish Mirror

The Chase fans have been given a gift to lift the lockdown blues.

For the next couple of weeks, the hit quiz show will be airing an online lockdown edition, in which fans are asked 10 questions by the Chasers themselves. That means fans can head to YouTube, Instagram or Facebook, and have questions put to them by Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan, Paul "The Sinnerman" Sinha, Shaun "The Dark Destroyer" Wallace, Mark "The Beast" Labbett, or Anne "The Governess" Hegerty.

Released at 6pm local time, the episodes last 15 minutes, with Jenny currently on question-posing duty. Next week, Shaun will be the one to beat.

Irish Mirror

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Extra.ie

posted 5/21/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Forgiving and Forgetting"

  • Chrissy Teigen wants the Old Grey Lady to reinstate a young not-so-grey lady (Deadline)

  • Lindsay Arnold taking season 29 of "Dancing" off (Gold Derby)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Labor of Love (TV Line)

  • Nick Viall not here for Hannah Brown's mediapology (Gold Derby)

  • VIDEO WALL: Venus and Gronk on "Game On!" (Baseline)

  • VIDEO WALL #2: The stuff they should have shown on "Ultimate Tag" (247 Sports)

  • Tony Slattery's documentary released today (iNews)

posted 5/21/2020

Anne's Latest Challenger Is a Woman of Iron
Alex Guarnaschelli Joins "Worst Cooks" June 21
From The Futon Critic

Iron Chef and Supermarket Stakeout host Alex Guarnaschelli enters Worst Cooks in America boot camp as a mentor for the first time this summer, joining Anne Burrell to whip a cast of cooking-challenged recruits into culinary shape during a new season of the fan-favorite series.

The two teams of atrocious cooks, one mentored by Alex and the other by Anne, need all the help they can get as they stumble their way through outrageous challenges designed to improve their kitchen skills. In the end, the one recruit who makes the biggest culinary transformation wins a $25,000 cash prize and bragging rights for their team leader.

The seven-episode season premieres on Sunday, June 21st at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network.

"Worst Cooks is always filled with unexpected hilarious and inspirational moments, and Alex joining Anne as a mentor really brings the humor and expertise to the next level," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Viewers are in for a fun ride with these two chefs in charge at boot camp."

This season's recruits are: Dolores Aguilar-Fernandez (Cypress, Texas); Evan Baker (Bismarck, North Dakota); Darian Barnes (Rahway, New Jersey); Holly Brooks (Lancaster, Pennsylvania); Zack Ignoffo (Chicago, Illinois); Domaine Javier (San Gabriel, California); Jewels McIlroy (Syracuse, New York); Johannes "Yo" Phelps (Davenport, Iowa); Ari Robinson (Simpsonville, South Carolina); Denise Schroder (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma); Louisa Sharamatyan (Glendale, California); Eric Smart (Los Angeles, California); Erin Sullivan (Mayfield, Kentucky) and Brianna Weidenbach (Martin, Tennessee).

THe Futon Critic

posted 5/20/2020

TUESDAY: "Voices" Carry
NBC Wins on "The Voice" Finale
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.665 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held off the competition on Tuesday thanks to its "The Voice: Live Cutdown Show" (5.134 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and the two-hour season finale of "The Voice" (7.431 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1).

FOX (3.067 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a close second with a special "The Masked Singer" (4.165 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) followed by a repeat "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.968 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its repeat trio of "NCIS" (6.715 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (5.623 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (4.482 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.231 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) offered up its specials "After the Dance with Stephen A. Smith: A SportsCenter Special" (2.633 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and "The Story of Soaps" (2.030 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, the linear debut of "DC's Stargirl" (1.207 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a new "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.803 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) rounded out the night on The CW (1.005 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

On cable Tuesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 922k/0.27
- Chopped (Food): 850k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 496k/0.05

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 407k/0.19

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/20/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Laugh Riot"

  • VIDEO WALL: First look at "LOL: Last One Laughing" (Prime Video; June 19) (The Futon Critic)

  • Kristin Cavallari "Very" canceled (The Wrap)

  • Rob Riggle channels Walt Disney previewing "Holey Moley II" (Paste Magazine)

  • HQ Trivia's rise/fall chronicled on "Boom/Bust". Rebirth suspiciously absent (The Ringer)

  • Howie Schwab signs with Clickstream (TV Insider)

posted 5/20/2020


CW

Upfronts 2020: CBS
"Amazing Race" on the Fall Schedule
From various sources

CBS today unveiled its new 2020-2021 primetime programming lineup featuring one new comedy, two new dramas and 23 returning series. Additional new series will be announced at a later date.

For 2019-2020, the Network finished #1 for the 12th straight season, winning 17 of the past 18 seasons. The two new shows for fall include the comedy B POSITIVE, from award-winning executive producer, writer and creator Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette, starring Emmy Award nominee Thomas Middleditch and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford, and the drama THE EQUALIZER, starring Academy Award nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah.

The shows debuting later in the season include the new drama CLARICE from acclaimed executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, starring Rebecca Breeds in the title role, and returning favorites S.W.A.T. and UNDERCOVER BOSS.

In addition, CBS will broadcast SUPER BOWL LV on Feb. 7, 2021.

"We're excited to come off another season as America's Most Watched Network and, despite the obvious challenges around us, put together another winning lineup," said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. "Next season, we'll have five breakout returning freshman series and three compelling new shows placed into a schedule with the incredible stability for which CBS is so well known. Couple that with our broadcast of SUPER BOWL LV next February, and CBS is simply loaded with a lineup that will clearly appeal to both our advertising partners and our loyal viewers."

Wednesday's solid schedule adds more reality and adventure. SURVIVOR hosted by Jeff Probst, again starts off the night at 8:00 PM, where it was watched this season by nearly 10 million viewers and is CBS' #1 broadcast in key demos. At 9:00 PM, a fall edition of the multiple Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE hosted by Phil Keoghan begins another trek around the world. Then at 10:00 PM, the fourth season of military drama SEAL TEAM, starring David Boreanaz, returns to close out the night.


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posted 5/19/2020

Speaking of CBS in the Summer...
NEtwork Hopeful for "Love Island", "Big Brother"
From TV Line

CBS is hoping to have one of the most socially un-distanced reality-TV shows back on the air as soon as this summer.

The Eye network on Tuesday unveiled a fall schedule that was indeed labeled "fall" and features 17 returning scripted series, in the event that production in Hollywood and elsewhere resumes by as late as late August.

"We're excited to come off another season as America's Most Watched Network and, despite the obvious challenges around us, put together another winning lineup," CBS Entertainment chief Kelly Kahl said in a statement.

CBS' bullish attitude extends even to this summer, where it hopes to air new seasons of both Big Brother (which usually premieres in late June or early July) and Love Island (which airs episodes practically live, with a lightning-fast turnaround time).

"It could be a little later than usual but we're still optimistic about getting those on. Those shows turn around pretty quickly," Kahl told Deadline. "Big Brother has live shows every week, and Love Island literally airs the night after it shoots. Those shows do not have long post processes."

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posted 5/19/2020

SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending May 10
From TV Newscheck

Two of the top three magazines made significant ratings moves in an otherwise sluggish session ending May 10, which was marked by declining PUT levels and day-after-day preemptions for news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Entertainment Tonight grew 4% for the week and 8% for the past two weeks to a three-week high 2.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, tying sister show Inside Edition for the category lead. Next in line, Access Hollywood, was also a force, surging 8% for the week and 18% for the past two weeks to an eight-week high 1.3.

On the other hand, the top three game shows in access all lost ground.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -5%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 -16%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.9 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6 NC


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The Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/19/2020

MONDAY: Going Out on a HIgh
NBC Wins on "The Voice"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with fresh installments of "The Voice" (7.553 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Songland" (3.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

Second place went to ABC (2.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with the season finale of "The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart" (2.996 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and a new "The Baker and the Beauty" (2.289 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.043 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (4.871 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.230 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), "All Rise" (3.361 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Bull" (4.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.796 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up encores of "The Masked Singer" (1.918 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and a second "The Masked Singer" (1.674 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.731 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the special "Penn & Teller: Try This at Home" (0.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.622 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

On cable Monday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart (Food): 852k/0.20
- Master Minds (GSN): 506k/0.04


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/19/2020

More on "Hosts at Home"
More Hosts Coming to YouTube
From C2 Media Relations

Brand new YouTube series, Hosts At Home, announces star-studded lineup for debut season. Hosted by national television personality Adam Wurtzel, Hosts At Home takes viewers up close and personal with iconic hosts who made cult classic television shows famous. Season 1 guests include Bob Eubanks, David Ruprecht, Chuck Woolery, Kirk Fogg, and more. The season will conclude with a very special guest who continues to grace your screens on one of the most successful shows in television history.

Episodes debut every Friday where these famed personalities share an intimate look into their personal lives and never before heard encounters while on the sets of beloved shows.

Adam Wurtzel is a CMA Media Achievement nominated host and reporter, who's love for television started earlier than most. Before he could talk, he became infatuated with classics like "Card Sharks" and "Wheel of Fortune," and even taught himself how to timer record on a VCR at the age of 3! (He recorded his favorite shows while in preschool!).

After hosting a game show in college, Wurtzel's dream came true in 2009, when he won a national competition to host "GSN Live" for Game Show Network alongside TV veteran/host Fred Roggin. Shortly after that, he was named the backstage correspondent for CBS's "The Early Show," where his "full circle moment" occurred backstage at "The Price is Right."

You can currently watch Adam Wurtzel on the Nationally Syndicated TV series, "Nashville Insider," on Sir Elton John's "CountryLine" app and LIVE on stage on "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows," hosting with game show legend Bob Eubanks.

YouTube

posted 5/19/2020

Taking Over the World... One Queen at a Time
"Canada's Drag Race" Coming
From Entertainment Weekly

In fitting Canadian fashion, Brooke Lynn Hytes kicks off her latest interview by apologizing. "Oh, I'm soar-y," the (super polite) queen of the north tells EW with regards to an adorably inconsequential matter, in advance of spilling exclusive details about her upcoming stint as a permanent judge on Canada's Drag Race.

"I don't even know I do it. I apologize for everything, all of the time. It's in my blood."

One thing the Toronto native doesn't have to apologize for, however, is mercilessly gagging us with her history-making gig presiding over the RuPaul's Drag Race spin-off's panel alongside equally powerful co-judges Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (UnREAL actor) and Stacey McKenzie (international supermodel).

After finishing in second place on the American version's 11th season last year, Brooke holds the distinction of being the first Drag Race alum to hold down a fixed gig as a panelist on any of the series' four international editions, which McKenzie says, at long last gives Canada a major voice in the ever-expanding mainstream drag industry.

"Canada's got it going on. We're a sleeping beauty, and we're waking up. Everybody is going to be like 'Oh s—, you're here!' We're the quiet storm," McKenzie says of the show's soon-to-be-revealed cast of competing queens, who will receive further tips and guidance from resident "Squirrel Friend" and TV personality Traci Melchor. "I can't wait for the world to see the next Drag Race. It's unapologetically Canadian!"

Canada's Drag Race will exclusively make its U.S. debut on July 2. It will air day-and-date with its international airings on World of Wonder's SVOD Service WOW Presents Plus.


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Deadline

posted 5/19/2020

The Math Behind Game Shows
Virtual Talk Coming
From Patch

Many game shows have a rich mathematical foundation, drawing on topics in probability, game theory, and decision theory. Join Paul Dreyer, President of the American Regions Mathematics League, in an exploration of the mathematics behind a number of shows on which he worked, including The Wall, Million Second Quiz, and Spin the Wheel. Some participants will also have opportunities to win prizes, because what good is a game show without prizes?

Special introduction by George Reuter, President of the NY State Math League, lecturer at SUNY Geneseo, and Regional Co-Director of the NYS Master Teacher Program.

Patch

posted 5/19/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Another Modern Family"

posted 5/19/2020


Madison Courier

INDIA COOPER: c.1953-2020
Jeopardy! All-Star
From Louisville Courier Journal

India Cooper, one of "Jeopardy!'s" earliest female five-time champions and a fixture on the quizzing circuit, has died after a brief illness. She was 67 years old.

An freelance copy editor and actress with credits in the movie "Above the Law" and an episode of "Law & Order", Cooper went five-and-out in 1991 with a total of $68,400, which include a one-day total of $24,001 - a total that stood at 13th all time before the board values doubled. Her performance earned her a berth in the 1992 Tournament of Champions, where she was a semifinalist.

Cooper would ultimately be invited to participate in the 2002 Million Dollar Masters - pocketing $25,000 - the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions - winning $26,000 - and the 2014 Battle of the Decades - earning $5000.

After her appearances, she involved herself with the national trivia community both online and off, making rounds at Trivia Nationals in 2019.

On a personal note, many of us here at the site have had the pleasure of getting to know her. As personable and witty as she was on the show, she was even more of a bon vivant face to face. She was one of the best humans we have ever met, and she will be missed terribly.

Louisville Courier Journal

posted 5/18/2020


The Hollywood Reporter

KEN OSMOND: 1943-2020
"Beaver's" Eddie Haskell Played "Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour"
From TV Line

Ken Osmond, best known to TV viewers as Leave It to Beaver suck-up Eddie Haskell, has died, Osmond's manager reports. He was 76.

"He was an incredibly kind and wonderful father. He had his family gathered around him when he passed," his son, Eric, said in a statement. "He was loved and will be very missed."

Osmond originated the role of smart-aleck-next-door Eddie on the CBS sitcom and played him for the show's entire, six-season run. He later reprised the character in a TV movie (Still the Beaver), a sequel series (The New Leave It to Beaver) and a theatrical film (1997's Leave It to Beaver), as well as on the short-lived TV shows Parker Lewis Can't Lose and Hi Honey, I'm Home!.

In addition to playing Wally's slick scamp of a friend, Osmond held several other TV roles throughout his career. He started his Hollywood run as a child actor in films, eventually going on to have guest parts in Petticoat Junction, Lassie, The Munsters, Happy Days and Rags to Riches, among other series.

Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1970. He was shot multiple times during a foot chase in 1980 but was saved by both a protective vest and his belt buckle, off which the final bullet ricocheted. He retired in 1988.

In game shows, he spent two weeks combined on "Family Feud" and "The Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour".

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Deadline
The Wrap

CNN

Variety

posted 5/18/2020

Dealing with It Again
Israel's Keshet 12 to Reboot Hidden Camera Game
From C21 Media

Production on Israeli broadcaster Keshet 12's reboot of hidden-camera format Deal With It! will commence this week as lockdown restrictions in the territory ease.

Deal With It! is a prank show in which unsuspecting members of the public are secretly recruited to prank their unwitting companions for cash.

The show was first commissioned by Keshet 12 in 2010, following which it ran for two seasons. After a six-year hiatus, the channel recommissioned Deal With It! in January this year, but production was put on hold when Israel went into lockdown in March. United Studios is producing the 10×60′ series, which will feature some additional adaptations in order to ensure the safety of the contributors and crew. It is expected to premiere on Keshet 12 in the late summer.

Deal With It! has been distributed by Keshet International into 22 territories, most recently into Italy on Nove, Mexico on Televisa and Slovenia on Planet TV.

C21 Media

posted 5/18/2020

La Tribu Ha Hablado
"Survivor" Lands in Mexico
From C21 Media

Mexican broadcaster Azteca Uno has become the latest international channel to commission a local version of classic reality format Survivor.

Local prodco Acun Medya is working on the Mexican version, filming in the Dominican Republic, with the aim to launch the series later this summer. Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of European giant Banijay Group, holds the rights to the format and did the deal with Azteca Uno.

Acun Medya has already successfully produced 15 season of Survivor for broadcasters in Greece, Turkey and Romania. Since its launch in 1997 overseason before being acquired by US broadcast network CBS in 2000, the Survivor franchise has had multiple long-running series airing in Spain, Australia, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Benelux, Denmark and Hungary.

Elliott Chalkley, VP of sales at Banijay Rights, said: "Survivor is the original adventure reality gameshow and continues to be a big hit for international broadcasters. "Set in a beautiful and exotic location with an intriguing mix of contestants, the constantly changing, layered and complex challenges have strong appeal especially among the younger audience demographic."

C21 Media

TBI Vision

posted 5/18/2020


USA Today

PHYLLIS GEORGE: 1949-2020
Miss America, Trailblazing Broadcaster Played Games
From CBS Sports

Phyllis George, a pioneer in the sports broadcasting industry, died this week due to complications from a blood disorder. George first made her mark on the national stage by winning the Miss America pageant in 1971, which launched her into a broadcasting career with CBS in 1974, when she became the first female sportscaster to work at a major TV network. George worked on the prominent CBS pregame show "The NFL Today," appearing on-air alongside the likes of Brent Musburger, Irv Cross and Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus praised George's contributions to the industry in the following statement:

"The CBS Sports family is deeply saddened by the passing of Phyllis George, an icon in the sports broadcasting industry who contributed greatly to the rich history and tradition of CBS Sports. Phyllis was not only a key member of a show that remains the gold standard of NFL pregame shows, THE NFL TODAY with Brent, Irv and 'The Greek,' but also a pioneer for all women in broadcasting."


Musburger also released a statement on social media, saying, "Phyllis didn't receive nearly enough credit for opening the sports broadcasting door for the dozens of talented women who took her lead and soared."

Along with her position at "The NFL Today," George appeared as a co-host on "CBS Morning News" and also provided coverage of the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes over the course of her career.

Her ex-husband and former Kentucky Gov. John Brown Jr. confirmed the news to the Louisville Courier-Journal on Saturday, saying, "Phyllis was a great asset to Kentucky. We had a great partnership. I think we enjoyed every single day."

The Texas native is survived by her two children with the former governor, including CNN reporter Pamela Brown.

In game shows, she made stops at "Pyramid", "Hollywood Squares", and "I've Got a Secret".

CBS Sports
CNN
Awful Announcing

KSDK St. Louis
Deadline

B&C

posted 5/18/2020


Indian Express

FRED WILLARD: 1939-2020
Comedy Actor Did the Rounds, Hosted "Trust Us With Your Life"
From TV Line

Fred Willard, the Second City alum who delivered Emmy-nominated performances in Modern Family and Everybody Loves Raymond, has died of natural causes, reports THR. The actor was 86.

"My father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old," his daughter, Hope, said in a statement. "He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever."

Willard's recurring guest performances became some of his most acclaimed and celebrated television work. On Everybody Loves Raymond, he portrayed Hank MacDougall, Robert's conservative father-in-law, earning himself Emmy nominations for three consecutive years. He received another nomination in 2010 for his role in Modern Family as Frank Dunphy, Phil's dad.

The actor was also renowned for his many zany roles in Christopher Guest's films, alongside Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shearer and Eugene Levy, putting his quick-witted improv skills to the test. He played an Air Force colonel in This Is Spinal Tap, travel agent/amateur actor Ron Albertson in Waiting for Guffman, announcer Buck Laughlin in Best in Show, and the dyed-blonde music manager Mike LaFontaine in A Mighty Wind.

Other notable TV credits of Willard's include Back to You, The Bold and the Beautiful, Mad About You, Roseanne and Fernwood 2 Night. This month, he can be seen in a recurring role as Steve Carell's dad on the Netflix series Space Force. "How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard's gifts. He is with his missed Mary now. Thanks for the deep belly laughs Mr. Willard," actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Guest's wife, tweeted.

In game shows, He hosted the short-lived CW improv game show "Trust Us With Your Life" and announced "The Bachelorette". He was also a guest on "The $100,000 Pyramid", "Celebrity Food Fight", "Celebrity Family Feud", "Hell's Kitchen", "Hollywood Game Night", "Last Comic Standing", The 2009 Game Show Awards, "Dinner For Five", "Pet Star", "Hollywood Squares", "Win Ben Stein's Money", and "Battle of the Network Stars". .

TV Line
Deadline
KIMA Yakima

The New Yorker

posted 5/18/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "THe Most Shocking Greens... EVER"

  • Chris Harrison, Greg Louganis to take a stop at the Holey Moley course (Reality TV World)

  • Hannah Brown says the you-know-what word. (The Wrap)

  • So either Pat Sajak is decrying celebrities during COVID-19 or he's decrying himself. Either way... not a good look (Heavy)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 shows to watch if you're a fan of Jeopardy! (Cinema Blend)

  • Ryan Seacrest denies having a stroke during last night's "Idol" finale (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: A preview of "Legendary" (THe Wrap)

  • ICYMI: A contestant wanted Sinnerman to be funny, but the Governess had the last laugh. (Inside Survivor)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Watt Brothers (Wausau Daily Herald)

posted 5/18/2020


New York Times/University of Connecticut

JOEL KUPPERMAN: 1936-2020
Radio & TV "Quiz Kid"
From VOA

A retired university philosophy professor who was, at one time, one of the most famous children in the United States but was frustrated and torn by his fame, has died of the coronavirus.

The family of Joel Kupperman said Wednesday he died last month at a nursing home in Brooklyn at 83. He had been suffering from dementia for several years.

From age 6 to 16, Chicago-born Kupperman was a regular panelist on "The Quiz Kids," a radio game show in which a team of extraordinarily bright youngsters answered complex questions sent in by listeners. The audience won a prize if they stumped the panel and the kids were awarded savings bonds if they answered the difficult questions. The kids were dressed in robes and mortar boards. Kupperman spoke with a lisp and smiled brightly when reciting obscure facts and complicated mathematical equations, endearing him to the audience.

He and the rest of the kids became major radio personalities, hobnobbing with movie stars and politicians and appearing in films and on radio comedy shows. Kupperman was even invited to address the United Nations.

But when the show moved to television, Kupperman was no longer a cute little boy but a gangly and somewhat annoying teenager who was overshadowed by the younger panelists. He left the show when he was 16, entered the University of Chicago and was the target of bullies.

Feeling as if he had been exploited, he refused to ever talk about "The Quiz Kids" and warned his family against ever asking him about it.

Kupperman later earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Cambridge in England and taught at the University of Connecticut for 50 years. He wrote several books.

In one of the rare moments when he did talk about his past, Kupperman told The New York Times that "being a bright child among your peers was not the best way to grow up in America."

"There's this weird notion that intelligence is a single thing, but people can be smart in some ways and stupid in others," he once told his son.

The New York Times reported that he is survived by his wife, Karen; son Michael; daughter Charlie; his sister, Harriet Moss, and a grandson.

VOA
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
The Washington Post

New Hampshire Union Leader

posted 5/16/2020


Deadline

JERRY STILLER: 1928-2020
Comedy Legend Made the Rounds with Anne Meara
From TV Line

Actor-comedian Jerry Stiller, arguably best known as the irritable Frank Costanza, father of Jason Alexander's George Costanza, on Seinfeld, has died. He was 92.

His actor-son Ben Stiller confirmed the news on social media early Monday, writing, "I'm sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes. He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad."

Stiller famously served as one half of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara opposite his wife, Anne Meara, who died in 2015. The pair were among the first graduates of the Second City comedy troupe.

In addition to his recurring gig on Seinfeld (in which he made 26 total appearances over the series' nine-season run), Stiller's other major TV credit was the series-regular role as Arthur Spooner — widowed dad of Leah Remini's Carrie — on CBS' The King of Queens. He also lent his voice to the Disney Channel animated series Fish Hooks.

Like his wife Anne, Jerry was no stranger to game shows, appearing on "Hollywood Squares", "The $10,000 Pyramid", "Tattletales", "Celebrity Sweepstakes", "I've Got A Secret", "He Said She Said", "You're Putting Me On", and "What's My Line?".

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Deadline
The Wrap

People
The AV Club

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Reuters

Variety
The Interrobang
Deadline

posted 5/16/2020

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Pushing Daisies"

posted 5/16/2020

THURSDAY: Misery Loves Company
"Millionaire" Fuels Win for ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.203 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to a new "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (6.484 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) followed by the season finale of "Station 19" (5.883 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and the final episode of "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.241 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (4.632 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) took home the silver with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (5.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), a new "Man with a Plan" (5.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Mom" (5.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), a new "Broke" (4.639 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "SWAT" (3.360 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.359 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with originals from "Council of Dads" (2.842 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Blindspot" (1.879 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.357 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.573 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a new "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.602 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) alongside a repeat "Mental Samurai" (1.543 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with the season finale of "Katy Keene" (0.464 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and a new "In the Dark" (0.341 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable THursday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Top Chef All Stars LA (Bravo): 899k/0.29
- The Misery Index (SP/TBS): 805k/0.29
- Master Minds (GSN): 458k/0.03


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/15/2020

Drag Race Virtual Finale... Here's the Tea
Catch It on VH1 May 22
From Deadline

The queens of RuPaul's Drag Race season 12 are ready to slay the stage and runway… virtually. The season finale of World of Wonder's Emmy-winning reality drag queen competition on VH1 will spill all the tea in a virtual reunion slumber party on May 22 at 8pm ET/PT.

The following week on May 29 at 8pm ET/PT VH1 will air the virtual grand finale where America's Next Drag Superstar will be crowned.

The virtual shows are the result of the current lockdown — but that won't stop the show from death dropping its way into your homes.

RuPaul will host the virtual slumber party and the queens will have the opportunity to "kiki" about everything and anything that has happened this season. This includes all the shade thrown in the "werkroom" and some of the most shocking eliminations (there are many). They will also answer questions from fans.

Last year, the finale was held at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles but now the Drag Race Gods will work their magic to bring a finale that is just as fierce and fabulous. RuPaul and the cast shot the finale virtually using innovative technology that highlights the creativity of the queens.

Deadline

Entertainment Weekly

posted 5/15/2020

And America's Most Watched Network is....
CBS Wins the Totals 12 Years Running, Fox Takes the Demo
From TV Line

With its lean and mean — and meaningfully unscripted — slate, Fox is on track to win the 2019-2020 TV season, topping the broadcast-TV pack for the first time in eight years.

All told, Fox is averaging a 1.8 demo rating in the coveted 18-49 demo (per "most current"/DVR-inclusive numbers), up 13 percent from last year. NBC places second with a 1.4 rating (down 18% YOY), followed by ABC (1.1, down 15%) and CBS (1.1, down 31%), and then The CW (0.3, down 25%).

If you exclude Fox's hosting of this year's Super Bowl as well as the well-watched NFC Championship game, it still retains its No. 1 spot. But if you subtract out all sports programming, ABC caught up to Fox for the top spot.

(Here is where it must be noted that sports occupies a lot of Fox's slate, including but not limited to Thursday Night Football, the WWE's Friday Night SmackDown and college football on Saturdays, whereas ABC, CBS and NBC schedule around 20 hours of in-season entertainment programming per week.)

Among Fox's superlatives, it boasted the season's No. 1 entertainment series (The Masked Singer) and the top four new series: LEGO Masters (aka the No. 1-rated new reality series), 9-1-1: Lone Star (the No. 1 new scripted show), The Masked Singer: After the Mask and Prodigal Son.

In Total Viewers, Fox is also the only network to be up year-over-year, but CBS still leads all in that measure. In fact, CBS was "America's Most Watched Network" for the 12th year in a row (and 17th out of the last 18) with an average audience of 7.7 million (down 13% YOY). NBC places second with 6.6 million (down 8%), followed by Fox (6.4 mil, up 19%), ABC (virtually steady with 5.5 mil) and The CW (1.1 mil, down 15 percent).

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Deadline

posted 5/15/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Not Ready to Make Nice"

  • Tyler Cameron still not ready for love, but hopes Clare & Matt are (E!)

  • The secret to Ken Jennings' success (CheatSheet)

  • Jeff Probst touts teenagers for some reason (Gold Derby)

  • Alex Trebek offers career tips from quarantine (SurvivorNet)

  • Amanza Smith goes from opening cases to closing houses (Distractify)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Horne (iNews)

posted 5/15/2020

WEDNESDAY: Next Stop... Who Knows?
"Survivor" Finale Wins Night for CBS
From The Wrap

CBS (7.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) pulled in front on Wednesday thanks to the full night season finale of "Survivor: Winners at War" (7.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

FOX (5.428 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) had to settle for second for the first time in 14 weeks with "The Masked Singer" (6.970 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "The Masked Singer: After the Mask" (3.886 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

Next up was ABC (2.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the season finales of "The Goldbergs" (4.185 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Schooled" (3.283 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "American Housewife" (3.092 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) and "Single Parents" (2.289 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus a special "Shark Tank" (2.291 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.045 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Chicago Med" (3.988 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Chicago Fire" (4.116 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (4.031 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, second runs of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.732 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Bulletproof" (0.343 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.538 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Wednesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 926k/0.29
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 847k/0.49
- Master Minds (GSN): 583k/0.05
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 210k/0.06
- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 195k/0.05
- Cash Cab - 12:30a (Bravo): 185k/0.05
- Cash Cab - 1a (Bravo): 173k/0.04


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/14/2020


CW

Upfronts 2020: CW
New Season on Hold Until 2021
From TV Line

The CW Network will officially launch its new season in January 2021 with its regularly scheduled series line-up, while loading up Fall 2020 with fresh original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The CW Network.

"This year, The CW has made the proactive strategic decision to launch its new season in January 2021, rolling out a line-up of our signature returning series which will be joined next year by our four new series, including the return of the DC's most iconic superhero in SUPERMAN & LOIS, the return of the Texas Rangers in WALKER, the reimagined KUNG FU and the rebellious drama THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH. And by moving our new season to January, we are stocking our fall with a balance of original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming that fits The CW brand and provides fresh programming through the fourth quarter," said Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CW. "In 2021, The CW will have more original scripted programming throughout the year, week in and week out, than we have ever had, fueling our multiplatform ecosystem, which combines linear TV, our best in class AVOD services and unparalleled reach on social media. Additionally, next year, The CW will have full stacking rights to eight series to stream on our free, ad-supported digital platforms." "As we manage the current crisis, we've developed a methodical programming strategy for this year and well in to next that we believe works for The CW, our advertisers, affiliates and audience, while keeping the health and safety of our productions and creative partners front of mind," Pedowitz added.

The magic is back with a new season of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US on Fridays (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by the hit improv series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9:00-9:30pm ET/PT and 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT).


With The CW's new season set for January 2021, The CW has crafted a line-up of fresh programming for the Fourth Quarter 2020, featuring a balanced mix of original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming, including SWAMP THING, TELL ME A STORY, CORONER, DEAD PIXELS, PANDORA, THE OUTPOST, TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES, WORLD'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS, MASTERS OF ILLUSION, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and PENN & TELLER: FOOL US.

The Futon Critic

TV Line
The Wrap

posted 5/14/2020

Food Network Hits the "Big Time"
Buddy Valastro to Host "Big Time Bake" June 8
From the Futon Critic

After winning the most recent season of ultimate baking brawl Buddy vs. Duff, Buddy Valastro is now judging some of the best bakers from across the country to the test in a nonstop dessert competition on Big Time Bake, premiering on Monday June 8th at 9pm ET/PT.

With only six hours, the competitors must bake creative cookies, decadent cupcakes and a showpiece cake all inspired by a surprise theme. The clock never stops, even during the judging, as Buddy and the guest judges visit each baker's station every two hours to taste and critique their sweets. Buddy and two rotating expert judges, including Nacho Aguirre, Ralph Attanasia, Zoe Francois, Tregaye Frasier, Dan Langan, Lorraine Pascale, Aarti Sequeira, Thiago Silva,and Kristen Tomlan will determine the baker's item on the bottom of the batch and will send them home without finishing their remaining items. It's a battle against the clock!

"The competitors must bake the best cookies, cupcakes, and cakes that not only taste delicious, but also impress Buddy Valastro with the technique and presentation," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "On top of preparing the desserts, the bakers must strategize to use their time wisely, making Big Time Bake one of the most difficult competitions."

In each of the six hour-long episodes, four bakers along with their assistants must complete cookies, cupcakes and an outstanding cake from scratch in only six hours. The baked goods must fit a special theme, from spellbinding magical confections, to tasty treats that transport the judges to another realm, and to desserts that dive deep into the blue seas. After two hours of the competition, Buddy and the guest judges visit each baker's station to taste the cookies, but time will still be running out so the bakers must continue working during the judging. One baker's cookies will leave them crumbled in the competition and will be eliminated without finishing their other items. At the fourth hour of the competition the cupcakes are due, and time in the competition will run out for the bottom baker. With two bakers remaining and two hours left until the six hours are up, they must rush to finish their masterpiece cakes.

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/BigTimeBake for a closer look at the over-the-top cakes, cookies and cupcake creations, as well as learn some of Buddy's best baking tips. Follow the competition and join in on the conversation on social media using #BigTimeBake.

THe Futon Critic

posted 5/14/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Game Night"

  • Ken Jennings' Half Truth now available at Target, Walmart, Amazon (CheatSheet)

  • Jonas Brothers, KAROL G, Bon Jovi, Lady Antebellum to perform on "The Voice" finale (THe Futon Critic)

  • Lindsay Arnold dancing for two (Reality TV World)

posted 5/14/2020

Big Brother Heads Back to 4, But....
10-Part Best-Of Series to Air
From Deadline

Channel 4 will relive some of Big Brother's greatest ever episodes in a 10-part celebration of the reality show's 20th anniversary in the UK.

The broadcaster's youth network E4 has commissioned Endemol Shine Group company Initial to make Big Brother: Best Shows Ever Show, in which original host Davina McCall and Rylan Clark-Neal will reflect on their favorite moments from the entertainment juggernaut.

Channel 4 premiered the British version of Big Brother in 2000, creating a cultural phenomenon, launching the careers of a new breed of celebrity and providing a training ground for some top UK television executives.

The show was axed by Channel 4 in 2010 and a year later it moved to ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5, where it ran until 2018, with Clark-Neal being part of the presenting line-up.

Deadline

posted 5/13/2020

Go To Sleep
YouTube Orders Sleeping Competition
From the Futon Critic

Today, YouTube Originals announced and debuted the trailer for "Sleeping with Friends," an all-new reality competition series about sleep hosted by BrainCraft's Vanessa Hill, which will be available to stream for free beginning May 20 only on YouTube.

The series arrives for Mental Health Awareness Month, which coincides with one of the most challenging periods our world has ever faced with the current pandemic. There is no health without mental health, and it's important to take notice and care of our emotional, psychological and social well-being. One major factor that contributes to mental health? SLEEP.

In this three part special, EduTubers will go head to head to see who can improve their own sleep using the latest techniques and products. Featuring Mitch and Greg from ASAPScience, Donna Yatz of PsychIRL, Melissa Maribel, judges and mental health professional Kati Morton, Dr. Ali Mattu, Trace Dominguez, and hosted by Vanessa Hill.

The series is produced by 96 Next.

Sleep is the ultimate performance enhancer and best preventative medicine. Yet, a 2018 CDC study revealed that every night, 35% of Americans don't get enough. We're in a cultural shift where more people are trying to reclaim sleep - and using YouTube for on-demand sleep aids and information. BrainCraft presents the world's first sleep competition series with "Sleeping with Friends!"

This month, YouTube will also be highlighting Well Being and Mindfulness content on the platform's Spotlight channel. Playlists on the channel will feature content from creators like Kati Morton who can speak to why getting support can help, and Jay Shetty on meditation.

THe Futon Critic

THe Wrap

posted 5/13/2020

Countdown to July?
Rachel Riley, Nick Hewer Gearing for a Return Sans Audience
From Digital Spy

Countdown star Rachel Riley has confirmed that the gameshow will 'provisionally' return to filming in July.

Like virtually every other TV show and movie, Countdown halted production in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the math expert has now revealed that she and host Nick Hewer are gearing up for a return, minus a live studio audience.

"There is a provisional date for July," Riley told The Mirror. "When we go back we won't have any audience unfortunately. But like the rest of the country we are just going to play it by ear.

"When we are in the studio, we should be able to socially distance as there is the space. The space in the studio is okay, we can mic ourselves up."

She added: "Nick is 76 so he has got to be a little bit careful."

Digital Spy

Yahoo!

posted 5/13/2020

TUESDAY: "Hollywood" Comes Home
Socially Distant Episode to Benefit Red Nose Day
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.585 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held onto the demo crown on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Voice" (6.972 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) followed by the season finale of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.085 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and a special "Hollywood Game Night" (2.698 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

CBS (5.765 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was the most-watched network despite its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (6.765 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "FBI" (5.736 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (4.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was ABC (4.719 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its special "The Happy Days of Garry Marshall" (5.617 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) alongside the season finale of "For Life" (2.923 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.317 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) offered up part one of its "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.403 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) special and part two of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.231 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

And finally, closing out the evening on The CW (0.872 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) was the season finale of "The Flash" (1.079 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) plus a new "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.665 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable Tuesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 893k/0.25
- Supermarket Stakeout: 793k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 530k/0.03

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 336k/0.15

THe Futon Critic

Mechanicsburg Patriot-News
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posted 5/13/2020

Karma Comes Back Around
"Endurance" Reboot to HBO Max
From the Futon Critic

HBO Max has revealed the second slate of premium Max Originals available to viewers after the streamer's May 27th launch. The next wave of titles coming to the platform begins Thursday, June 18th with the debut of the entire first season of the unscripted kids adventure competition series Karma, led by YouTube host Michelle Khare.

Karma takes sixteen contestants, ranging in age from 12 to 15, completely off the grid, away from parents and the normal comforts of home, to solve puzzles and overcome physical challenges, with the laws of karma setting the rules. This adventure competition series, led by YouTube host Michelle Khare, will test the mental and physical stamina of its young contestants as they unravel how their social actions impact their success in the game. Focus, giving, humility, growth, connection, change, and patience are the path to becoming the "Karma Champion." But more importantly, the players learn one of life's most profound lessons: "What you give out, you get back." Karma is executive produced by JD Roth, Adam Greener, and Sara Hansemenn for GoodStory Entertainment with Fred Pichel serving as showrunner and executive producer.

THe Futon Critic

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline

posted 5/13/2020

LA County May Be Staying Home Longer
Order Could Throttle Production
From Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County's stay-at-home orders will "with all certainty" be extended for the next three months, county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer acknowledged during a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Although county health officer Dr. Muntu Davis has not issued an official extension, Ferrer said that timeline would shorten only if there was a "dramatic change to the virus and tools at hand."

"Our hope is that by using the data, we'd be able to slowly lift restrictions over the next three months," she said. But without widely available testing for the coronavirus or rapid home kits that would allow people to test themselves daily, it seems unlikely that the social distancing directives and stay-at-home orders would be completely eased.

Neither Ferrer nor county health officials were immediately available to directly offer additional details.

However, the county has already started to ease some restrictions and reopen the local economy under a five-step plan.

"Additional restrictions may be lifted later this week to allow for reopening additional retailers for curbside pickup, select manufacturers, and additional recreational facilities," the county said in a statement Tuesday. "Until the final stage five is reached, Health Officer Orders and directives will continue to ensure the slow of spread of COVID-19 to prevent an overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases at healthcare facilities."

Beaches are set to reopen Wednesday, just days after officials also lifted restrictions on hiking trails, parks and golf courses and allowed curbside pickup at nonessential businesses. Ferrer's comments came shortly before Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he was modifying the state's stay-at-home orders to allow individual counties to approve the reopening of malls for curbside pickup service only. The order also allows for the reopening of some offices if teleworking is not feasible.

"We aren't out of the woods yet," Newsom reminded residents.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had to jump into damage control mode over confusing comments the top Public Health official in the county made about stay-at-home restriction going deep into the summer.

"I want to reassure people because I think there was a lot of panic suddenly the headlines said we're all going to stay exactly as we are for three more months when that is not the case," Garcetti told CNN's Jake Tapper. "I think quite simply she's saying that we're not going to fully reopen Los Angeles and probably anywhere in America without any protections or any health orders in the next three months," the Mayor told the anchor via phone, stressing he had spoken to L.A. County Public Health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer just before calling into the cable newser.

Los Angeles Times
Deadline

THe Wrap

posted 5/13/2020

Jeopardy! Will Be Back...
New Episodes Return May 18
From WWNY-TV Watertown

JEOPARDY!'s 36th season isn't over yet: after the conclusion of the "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time" encore event, America's Favorite Quiz Show™ will return with new episodes on Monday, May 18.

The updated programming schedule is as follows:
- May 18-22: New regular JEOPARDY! episodes
- May 25-29: Teachers Tournament quarterfinals
- June 1-5: Teachers Tournament semifinals and finals
- June 8-12: New regular JEOPARDY! episodes

The rest of JEOPARDY!'s summer schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. Follow JEOPARDY! on social media or visit Jeopardy.com for updates as they become available
.

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posted 5/13/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
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  • Sony TV to reair best of KBC (BizAsia)

  • Dick DeBartolo plays with trains (WGN-AM Chicago)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bobby Bones (247 Sports)

posted 5/13/2020

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