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Alex Scott Questions Sports
BBC Names New "QS" Host
From Metro

Television favorites have been expressing their delight at reports that former footballer Alex Scott will be the new host of A Question Of Sport.

Alex, a contestant on last year's Strictly Come Dancing, is reportedly set to replace 64-year-old Sue Barker, who is leaving the BBC One quiz show after 24 years.

The 35-year-old ex-England international is said to have impressed Beeb bosses with her guest appearances on the show.

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posted 9/17/2020

Moving House
CBS Revives Sunday Night Movies, Moves "Big Brother" to Mondays
From Gold Derby

"Big Brother 22" may be unfolding predictably, but at least its TV schedule is keeping us on our toes: The show's Sunday's episodes will move to Mondays at 8/7c starting on Oct. 5.

The all-stars installment is on the move because CBS is reviving CBS Sunday Night Movies on Sunday, Oct. 4 after a 14-year break, likely due to coronavirus-related production delays for its prime-time shows. The lineup will feature "six fan-favorite films from the Paramount Pictures library," with the three of them "back to school"-themed and a horror night in advance of Halloween. Five of them will air on consecutive Sundays, and the sixth, "Coming to America" will air on Nov. 29.

Since "Big Brother's" season finale is scheduled for Oct. 28, that means its nomination ceremony episodes — the Sunday episodes (for now) — will be on Mondays the rest of the season after the switch. "Big Brother's" timeslots for its other two weekly episodes remain unchanged (after a one-week only Tuesday broadcast this week due to Wednesday's ACM Awards): The Veto episodes are still on Wednesdays at 8/7c and the live evictions, with Julie Chen Moonves, remain on Thursdays at 8/7c. The two-hour season finale will air Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 9/8c.

Gold Derby

TV Line

posted 9/17/2020

WEDNESDAY: ACMs Give CBS The Night
Got Talent a Strong #2
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.589 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to its presentation of "The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards" (6.589 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

NBC (3.113 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) settled for second with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (5.092 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.367 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (1.880 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was FOX (1.563 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with repeats of "MasterChef" (1.461 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and a second "MasterChef" (1.664 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.544 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) served up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Black-ish" (1.634 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) alongside the special "Notre-Dame: Our Lady of Paris" (1.362 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments from "The 100" (0.683 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Coroner" (0.754 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.719 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4).

On cable Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 862k/0.25
- Dodgeball Thunderdome (Discovery): 352k/0.08

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/17/2020

So How Does This Superfan Contest Work?
Details on the 25 Words or Less Promotion
From WTVM Columbus

'25 Words or Less' is honoring 'Super Fans' with a chance to win $1,000.

Fans can enter the shows 'Super Fan' contest online and if selected, they will be paired with a contestant on the show. If that contestant wins their bonus round, the 'Super Fan' wins $1,000.

Hosted by Meredith Viera, 25 Words or Less kicked off it's second season on Monday, September 14th with a new virtual format, due to COVID-19.

WTVM Columbus

posted 9/17/2020

Space.... the Final Frontier of Reality TV
TV Series Wants to Send a Civilian to Space in 2023
From Deadline

Following the success of SpaceX's Crew Dragon mission, which marked the return of the U.S.' capability for manned flights and the first private company to get people into orbit, a reality series wants to send a civilian into space.

Space Hero Inc., a U.S.-based production company founded by Thomas Reemer and Deborah Sass and led by former News Corp Europe chief Marty Pompadur, has secured a seat on a 2023 mission to the International Space Station. It will go to a contestant chosen through an unscripted show titled Space Hero. Produced by Ben Silverman and Howard Owens' Propagate, the series will launch a global search for everyday people from any background who share a deep love for space exploration. They will be vying for the biggest prize ever awarded on TV.

Deadline

posted 9/17/2020

CBS Wins the SEason in All Dayparts
Fox Claims Season for the Demos
From the Futon Critic

CBS is once again "America's Most-Watched Network" across primetime, daytime and late night, earning a ratings trifecta for the second consecutive time during the 2019-2020 broadcast year from September 2019-September 2020.

According to Nielsen NPower (6+ minute qualifier), CBS has also reached 228 million viewers this season across all dayparts, nearly 75% of all persons 2+ in the television ratings universe. CBS

For the year, CBS Primetime averaged 6.32 million viewers, beating its closest competitor (NBC) by over +700k viewers. This marks the 11th year in the last 12 that CBS has been the most-watched network for the full television year.

THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT beat "The Tonight Show" by +1.52 million viewers (3.46m vs. 1.94m, +78%). This marks CBS' fourth consecutive late night win - the program's longest winning streak and the largest margin of victory for CBS over "The Tonight Show" since 1993-1994. THE LATE SHOW also finished +48,000 viewers ahead in adults 18-49 (532k versus 484k), after winning by +20,000 last year. The combination of THE LATE SHOW and THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN easily wins late night by +620k viewers (CBS, 2.30m viewers versus NBC, 1.62m and ABC, 1.68m).

CBS has dominated the daytime landscape for the past 34 years, and this season was no exception. CBS beat its closest competition in daytime by +1.25 million viewers (3.46m versus ABC's 2.21m).

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 9/17/2020

Bradley Walsh Down to (BLANK)?
"The Chase" Host Tipped to Reboot "Blankety Blank"
From Radio Times

The classic celebrities-meet-the-public game show Blankety Blank is reportedly being lined up for a return by the BBC, with the ever-popular host of The Chase, Bradley Walsh, tipped to be host.

The Sun reports that Walsh is in the frame to be presenter for a show that last screened for one year on ITV in 2001 after previously screening for 15 series on the BBC, starting in 1979.

The British version of "Match Game", Blankety Blank featured a celebrity panel, one of whom would read out a question with a key word left blank, which the contestant, a member of the public, would try to answer and match as many of the answers of the other celebrities' guesses as possible.

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posted 9/17/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Emmy Pre-Show"

  • VIDEO WALL: Before the Emmys, watch the REAL competition on "Celebrity Family Feud" (TV Line)

  • Warn the town, The Beast is loose (Fife Today)

  • Memphis Garrett accused of saying... THAT ... word (News Lagoon)

  • Nick Viall buys a house (Reality TV World)

  • FIRST LOOK: I Can See Your Voice (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Gino D'Acampo (What's on TV)

posted 9/17/2020

Here. We. Go!
Game Shows Return Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
From various sources

And away we go! The fall season begins amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Some things will look familiar, but indeed some changes are in the offing.

JEOPARDY!: Jeopardy! has just unveiled the design of its new set for the upcoming season, which premieres tonight, September 14. In a short promo video for the popular quiz show, you can see that instead of a bank of podiums for the contestants, they're now separated and six feet apart due new filming protocols in the pandemic era. Another change you'll see in the visual is that there is a skeleton staff and no audience. Not even Johnny Gilbert, who announces the contestants and introduces host Alex Trebek is in the studio. In addition, Ken Jennings is brought on to deliver clues as a consulting producer. The show insists that he is not Alex's replacement.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE: For its 38th season starting Sept. 14, 2020, "Wheel" updated the half wall that host Pat Sajak and contestants stand behind to be much wider, allowing for six feet between everyone. The result is an almost half circle installation. The expanded structure also required the show to expand the size of the LED panels that front the half wall and that display various graphics, including, during normal gameplay, the "Wheel" logo, color coded contestant scoreboards and flashing indicators to show whose turn it is. In addition, the white arrow "flippers" that help point to the wedge a contestant lands on remain installed in the half wall. In addition, every contestant is given a grip to spin the Wheel safely.
DANCING WITH THE STARS: The Season 29 premiere will air live from the "Dancing with the Stars" set but won't feature a live audience due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Judge Bruno Tonioli said the series will instead show projected images on large panels. "It's gonna be fantastic. The set will literally transform with every performance," Tonioli said.


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posted 9/15/2020

SYNDIES: Week Zero
Results for the Week Ending September 6
From TV Newscheck

It looks like Judge Judy is planning to show rivals no mercy in the upcoming final year for syndication's dominant court show. For the week ending Sept. 6, the between-season session leading into Labor Day weekend, Judy rose 2% to a four-week high 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and crushed the other court shows for a remarkable 1,250th week in a row — or every week for the past 24 years. The iconic courtroom strip, which was in repeats on all five days, was also the week's highest rated first-run syndicated show of any type as it has been in every season for the past 11 years.

Reports on the two storms, along with updates on the pandemic, blistered numerous daytime shows with preemptions. On top of that, many programs were bumped for four days of coverage of the Republican National Convention coverage.

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) 5.4 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.6 +2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.3 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony): 0.8 NC - FINAL RATING
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


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The Wrap

posted 9/16/2020

A Second Set of Fibs
"The Big Fib" Returns to Disney+ October
From The Futon Critic

As the weather chills and leaves begin to change, grab your favorite blanket and curl up with Disney+ for "It's Fall on Disney+," featuring exciting and heart-warming new original movies and series and many of your favorite movies premiering this season.

Disney+'s first original game show, "The Big Fib," is back for another 15 episodes. Hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown and featuring Rhys Darby as her robot sidekick, C.L.I.V.E., each episode puts kid contestants in the hot seat as they question adults to find the real fibber.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/16/2020

TUESDAY: America's Got... a Draw!
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.011 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was once again the most-watched network on Tuesday with fresh installments of "America's Got Talent" (5.713 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and "Transplant" (3.607 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

CBS (2.498 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a special "Big Brother 22" (3.962 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by a new "Love Island" (1.894 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and a repeat "FBI: Most Wanted" (1.639 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Next up was ABC (2.934 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "Modern Family" (2.292 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), another "Modern Family" (1.986 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "'The President and the People' a '20/20' Special Event" (3.809 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and "The Conners" (1.901 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up second runs of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.251 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Prodigal Son" (0.767 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, "Dead Pixels" (0.419 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12), a repeat "Dead Pixels" (0.262 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.303 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.322 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 829k/0.20
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 635k/0.15
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (SF/truTV): 143k/0.05

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/16/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sing On, America"

posted 9/16/2020

MONDAY: Mission Accomplished
"Dancing" Gives ABC the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.398 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) surged to the top spot on Monday thanks to the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" (8.098 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and its special "VOMO: Vote or Miss Out" (2.998 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

NBC (2.972 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) had to settle for the silver with its duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.051 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (2.815 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was CBS (2.181 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its mix of "The Neighborhood" (2.941 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Young Sheldon" (2.447 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), a new "Love Island" (1.640 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Bull" (2.207 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.344 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up the feature "Patriots Day" (1.344 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.116 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.081 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.949 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (1.024 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/15/2020

Survivor Delayed Until 2021... AT LEAST.
Report: Government Safety Measures Force Hand Until Spring
From TV Line

The country of Fiji has spoken.

Despite many U.S.-based productions heading back to work following March's coronavirus-prompted production shutdown, Survivor may not resume filming until spring of 2021, according to a report by Inside Survivor.

The show, which films in Fiji's Mamanuca Islands, had hoped to begin filming Season 41 this fall, but due to the Fijian government's new COVID-19 safety measures, the country's borders remain closed to non-citizens.

Production is now said to be returning to its regular schedule, with a possible plan to film seasons 41 and 42 back-to-back between April and July of 2021. This would likely delay new episodes of the CBS reality staple until this time next year, which would result in the longest wait between seasons in franchise history. But even an April start date is, of course, contingent on the state of the pandemic and the Fijian government.

TV Line
Inside Survivor

Deadline

posted 9/15/2020

Wheel Spins with Cookie Jam
Cross Promotion Begins Today
From the Gamer

Jam City is teaming up with the Wheel of Fortune game show for a special event. Within the mobile game Cookie Jam and the TV show, the developer is giving players and viewers of the series cash prizes of up to $15,000.

Most core gamers have probably never heard of the mobile game Cookie Jam before, but it has amassed an overwhelming 134 million downloads since its launch, so it must be doing something right. The generic puzzle game has been transformed with a Wheel of Fortune facelift that includes the logo, the wheel, and the iconic sounds of the show like the wheel spin and buzzers. The in-game giveaway will give players a chance to win $15,000 until September 25, 2020.

The Gamer

posted 9/15/2020

WEEKEND: Football Is Back
SNF Gives NBC a W-I-N
From the Futon Critic

NBC (12.644 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) got a big boost on Sunday from the season premieres of "Football Night in America #1" (5.260 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (6.996 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.168 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.9, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.146 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1).

FOX (7.036 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) likewise got a bump from a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (14.744 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.5, #2) followed by "The Masked Singer: Special Season Four Sneak Peek" (4.680 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "The 2020 FOX Fall Preview" (2.052 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and a repeat "Family Guy" (1.316 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (3.930 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.712 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Big Brother 22" (4.379 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and a two-hour "Love Island" (1.815 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10). Meanwhile,

ABC (2.634 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.380 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.845 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Press Your Luck" (2.303 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Match Game" (2.008 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

And finally, the season finale of "Fridge Wars" (0.310 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and a repeat of "Supernatural" (0.311 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.311 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue (VH1): 219k/0.09

And Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 369k/0.10

... and Sunday!
- Halloween Wars (SP/Food): 882k/0.23
- Halloween Wars (S/Food): 879k/0.20

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/15/2020

A Question of Sue
Sue Barker to Leave "A Question of Sport" after 24 Years
From the Guardian

The tennis and broadcasting star Sue Barker is to leave A Question of Sport after 24 years as its host in a big shake-up of the BBC quiz show.

The program's team captains, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell, former professional rugby and cricket players respectively, have also been axed as part of the overhaul, which comes weeks after the BBC's director general, Tony Hall, was succeeded in the role by Tim Davie, the former chief executive of the corporation's commercial arm, BBC Studios.

Barker, 64, who took over as host from the commentator David Coleman in 1997 and earns up to £199,000 a year with the BBC, over $250,000, said: "I've absolutely loved my 24 years fronting A Question of Sport, it's been my dream job. But I understand the BBC want to take the show in a new direction and I'm sad to say goodbye."

Barker's departure threatens to reignite a row about ageism, of which the broadcaster has been accused before. In 2011, the former Countryfile presenter Miriam O'Reilly successfully sued the corporation for age discrimination, and in 2007, Moira Stuart quit the BBC amid allegations of ageism.

Dawson, 47, a former England rugby player, and Tufnell, 54, a former English international cricketer, have led their teams on the show for 16 and 12 years respectively. Tufnell tweeted he was "going to miss it hugely", adding: "thanks so much for all the lovely messages!!" Dawson said: "Thanks for all the lovely messages. I'm not sure how to respond so I'll have a think. Needless to say I will miss Question of Sport immensely...."

Their final series together will be broadcast next year and a new lineup is yet to be announced. A BBC spokeswoman said: "We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show's longest-reigning host over the last 24 years, and Matt and Phil for their excellent team captaincy over 16 and 12 years respectively.

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posted 9/14/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Bit Slack"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: the new season of "The Great British Baking Show" drops stateside September 25 (The Futon Critic) but Sandi Toksvig won't be watching (What's on TV)

  • Erin Andrews admits she felt feelings after "Dancing" firing (TV Line)

  • CBS All Access is dead. Long live Paramount+ (TV Line)

  • James Corden returns to quarantine (Deadline)

  • Clare Crawley says she "blew up" the Bachelorette... we'll see... (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: British game show secrets revealed (LADBible)

posted 9/15/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Final Answer"

  • #ICYMI: Relive Donald Fear's epic stack (Indy100)

  • This week's Nostalgia Is Not a Substitute for Plot Development Award goes to... Steph Curry? (THe Futon Critic)

  • I guess that's a no for reconciliation, Cassie Randolph? (Hollywood Life)

  • FIRST LOOKS: Millionaire season 2 (TV Insider) and The Masked Singer season 4 (TV Line)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 actors who make darn good game show hosts (Screen Rant)

posted 9/14/2020


ITV

More on "Bank Balance"
Gordon Ramsay to Produce, Host Game Show
From various sources

Gordon Ramsay will host new BBC game show Bank Balance, the U.K. public broadcaster said Friday.

He will be "stepping into his first-ever role as host" for the primetime show, produced by his Studio Ramsay, for flagship network BBC One, it said.

Bank Balance is described as "a high-stakes, high-pressure, game show where contestants test their poise, precision, knowledge and nerve to succeed to build themselves a fortune, or see it come crashing down in an instant."

Said Ramsay: "This is going to be truly epic. It is such an intense game with so much jeopardy to win big and lose even bigger, where the difference between failure and success is always in the balance. I'm so happy to be working with the fantastic team at the BBC and cannot wait to get in the studio and start stacking those gold bars!"

Said Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning at the BBC: "Bank Balance is a great format where contestants need to balance nerve with knowledge. And Gordon will be a formidable and unforgettable host."

Filming will start later this year. Jo Wallace will serve as the show's executive producer for the BBC. For Studio Ramsay Fernando De Jesus, Tom Day, Sam Smaïl and Bronson Payne will produce, with Ramsay and chief creative officer Lisa Edwards as executive producers.

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posted 9/13/2020


Bravo
AARON GRISSOM: 1986-2020
"Top Chef" Season 12 Contestant Perishes in Motorcycle Accident
From TV Line

Chef Aaron Grissom, who competed in Season 12 of Bravo's Top Chef, has died at the age of 34 in a fatal motorcycle accident, the network confirmed on Friday.

Grissom passed away after crashing his motorcycle in his native Tacoma, according to the News Tribune. His death was ruled an accident by the local medical examiner.

"Bravo and the Top Chef family are saddened to learn about the passing of Chef Aaron Grissom from Season 12: Boston," a Bravo spokesperson said in a statement. "Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends."

Grissom competed in the twelfth season of the Bravo cooking competition, which was set in Boston and aired in 2014.

Grissom was known for his confident, confrontational style; he finished 11th out of 16 contestants. (Mei Lin won the title of Top Chef in the season finale, defeating runner-up Gregory Gourdet.) A year earlier, he was featured in an episode of the Food Network travel show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, hosted by Guy Fieri.

Prior to appearing on Top Chef, Grissom worked as a chef at Bow & Truss in North Hollywood. In his native Tacoma, he worked in the kitchens of Dirty Oscar's Annex and ramen bar Moshi Moshi. He also worked as a private chef for musicians including Billie Eilish.

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posted 9/13/2020

THURSDAY: Football Is Back
TNF Gives NBC a W-I-N
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) was of course the top draw on Thursday thanks to "NFL Kickoff 2020 / Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (14.007 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2) and the annual Thursday launch of "Sunday Night Football" (16.886 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1).

CBS (2.492 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) claimed a distant second with its mix of "Big Brother 22" (3.918 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Love Island" (1.684 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and a repeat "Bull" (1.875 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with the season finale of "Holey Moley" (2.899 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) followed by "Holey Moley II: The Sequel: The Special: Unhinged, Part One" (1.709 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Shark Attack: The Paige Winter Story with Robin Roberts" (1.727 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.140 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up repeats of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.161 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Last Man Standing" (1.031 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and another "Last Man Standing" (1.206 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.752 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Mysteries Decoded" (0.821 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.682 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

On cable THursday...
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 247k/0.08

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posted 9/11/2020


ABC/Endemol Shine North America

John Cena, Nicole Byer "Wipeout"
Veteran Hosts Join TBS Reboot
From various sources

Multifaceted megastar John Cena (Fast & Furious 9, The Suicide Squad) and Emmy-nominated comedian and actress Nicole Byer (Nailed It!, Girl Code) have signed on to host TBS' revival of the adrenalizing and outrageous physical competition series Wipeout. Cena and Byer will command the hysteria of the fan-favorite series by serving up commentary tailored to the all-around hilarity and thrill of the heart-pumping competition, with Camille Kostek (I Feel Pretty) complementing their presence by serving as the entrenched Host in the Field, covering the contestants' progress throughout each intense round.

The re-imagined series will feature new twists and elements that will push contestants' athleticism, approach, and determination to even greater extremes, all while delivering some wildly epic fails! Each game is three rounds with each round featuring a jaw-dropping, multi-stage obstacle course with numerous strategy and decision points designed to further challenge the stamina of the competitors and deliver even more hilarious and surprising wipeouts! And of course, the iconic staple of the show - the big balls! - are returning with a vengeance.

"I couldn't be more excited for what's in store for this radically absurd show that has its own fair share of legendary faceplants." said John Cena. "The power of Wipeout is its ability to gather people of all backgrounds for fast paced, physical FUN! I look forward to seeing fan responses both new and existing. This'll be a hosting experience unlike anything I've ever done! I can't wait to get started in rooting for our contestants!"

"Now more than ever we need a ton of fun and laughs," said Nicole Byer, "and there's nothing funnier than people falling over giant red balls. Wipeout is truly insane, and I'm tickled to be a part of this beloved show's comeback."

"We couldn't be more excited to have John, Nicole and Camille take charge of this outrageously unpredictable, family-friendly competition series, said Matt Kunitz, Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer of Wipeout. "Having a sports titan and movie star next to an Emmy-nominated comedy star, alongside a seasoned co-host, they'll complement one another with their own fantastic qualities and humor while livening the already extreme setting of Wipeout."

"Wipeout has always delivered a great deal of light and laughter in dark times - whether that was in 2008 when it first premiered in the midst of a massive recession or now again, in 2020," said Corie Henson, EVP, Head of Unscripted for TNT, TBS and truTV. "This is one show that brings people together - regardless of age, race or politics. With megastar John Cena and hilarious Emmy nominee Nicole Byer, and with the help of rising star, Camille Kostek, as our host in the field, Wipeout is going to be bigger, badder and ballsier than ever before."

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posted 9/9/2020


BBC
Dame DIANA RIGG: 1938-2020
Legendary Actress Played "Call My Bluff", "Hollywood Squares"
From TV Line

Dame Diana Rigg, an Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress best known to TV audiences as Game of Thrones' Lady Olenna Tyrell and The Avengers' Agent Emma Peel, has died at the age of 82.

"She died peacefully early this morning," her agent said in a statement to the BBC. "She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time."

Rigg made her debut as Thrones' feisty, cunning Queen of Thorns in Season 3's second episode, "Dark Wings, Dark Words." All told, she appeared in 18 episodes throughout four seasons, with her final appearance in Season 7's third installment, "The Queen's Justice." The role earned her three consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, from 2013 through 2015.

Her breakout role came in 1965 when she was cast as the aforementioned Agent Peel on the British espionage drama The Avengers, appearing in Series 4-6. Her performance earned her a pair of Emmy nominations for Best Actress, in 1967 and 1968. She finally grabbed Emmy gold in 1997 for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV movie for her part as Mrs. Danvers in the PBS limited series Rebecca.

Additional accolades included a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her work in the 1990 BBC miniseries Mother Love, and a Tony Award for Best Actress for the 1994 Broadway play Medea.

In addition to GoT, Rigg's recent TV credits include Detectorists, Victoria and You, Me and the Apocalypse. She'll last appear in the BBC/FX miniseries Black Narcissus (based on the 1939 novel by Rumor Godden), which is set to premiere later this fall (exact date TBA).

She was no stranger to game shows, appearing in "Masterchef" & "Call My Bluff" in her native UK, and "The Hollywood Squares" stateside.

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posted 9/10/2020

WEDNESDAY: Inspiring Change?
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (2.665 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) led the demo race last night thanks to a new "Big Brother 22" (3.935 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) alongside the Wednesday premieres of "Love Island" (1.666 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "48 Hours Suspicion" (2.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

NBC (2.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) was the most-watched network with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (5.217 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), "Inspire Change" (1.384 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a repeat "Chicago Fire" (1.536 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

Next up was FOX (1.460 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) with repeats of "MasterChef" (1.418 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a second "MasterChef" (1.502 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.609 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.278 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Black-ish" (1.602 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "The Conners" (1.789 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "American Housewife" (1.511 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), another "The Goldbergs" (1.261 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and another "The Conners" (1.212 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "The 100" (0.589 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Coroner" (0.891 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) on The CW (0.740 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

Wednesday cable numbers are...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 830k/0.25
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 660k/0.18
- Dodgeball Thunderdome (Discovery): 529k/0.14

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posted 9/9/2020

Go Big Goes Big on Judges
TBS' New Talent Contest to Launch 2021
From the Futon Critic

TBS has ordered a full season of Go-Big Show, an hour-long extreme talent competition starring celebrity judges Snoop Dogg, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles and "The American Nightmare" Cody, and hosted by popular comedian Bert Kreischer. The show's pick-up was announced by the host and judges this evening from the set in Macon, GA and broadcast simultaneously across TBS, TNT and truTV, marking the three networks' inaugural roadblock announcement.

Go-Big Show showcases supersized talents on a scale never before seen on television. Featuring monster trucks, alligator trainers, stunt archery and other radical feats, the program celebrates daring acts alongside personal, behind-the-scenes stories from the challengers as they battle head-to-head to impress the judges and advance toward the finale's ultimate $100,000 prize.

Go-Big Show has begun production on 10 episodes at the Macon Coliseum, where contenders and staff are operating under strict Covid-19 safety protocols and isolating together for the duration of production. TBS is producing this series in consultation with local authorities, the unions and medical experts. The network's first priority is the health and safety of employees, production partners, cast and crew.

While the 7,000 seats within the arena will remain empty during tapings, the show's lively indoor festivities will extend outdoors to TV's first-ever, interactive drive-in audience. Spectators will cheer for their favorite competitors in real time during a socially-distanced tailgate party just outside the venue which follows Macon-Bibb County Commission's Covid-safety mandates.

"Go-Big Show celebrates unique, untraditional and unforgettable American talent," said Corie Henson, EVP and head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV. "Each contestant brings tremendous heart and swagger, which also perfectly describes Bert and our judges, a dream team of larger-than-life talent."

"We are going bigger and bolder with our unscripted line-up at TBS to provide more of the content that viewers love from our platform," said Brett Weitz, General Manager, TNT, TBS and truTV. "Go-Big Show not only delivers on this promise with a thrilling new take on talent competition, but it's also another example of our innovative spirit as we continue to create brand-defining, must-watch television."

Debuting on TBS in 2021, Go-Big Show is produced by Propagate and Matador Content, a Boatrocker Company. The series is executive produced by Todd Lubin and Jay Peterson of Matador Content; Howard T. Owens, Ben Silverman, and Greg Lipstone of Propagate Content; showrunner Conrad Green; Bert Kreischer, Snoop Dogg and Ted Chung for Snoopadelic Films.

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posted 9/10/2020

Long Game's Journey Into Night
Richard Osman Moves to BBC1 Primetime
From C21 Media

UK celebrity gameshow Richard Osman's House of Games is moving to BBC1 primetime after a successful run on BBC2.

The series, retitled Richard Osman's Games Night, has been commissioned to air later this year, after House of Games aired for three seasons on BBC2 in an 18.00 slot.

Each week a group of four celebrities test their general knowledge skills in a variety of games. Jennifer Saunders, Jermaine Jenas, Roisin Conaty and Jason Manford will take part in the BBC1 run.

The series includes all the games from the BBC2 series plus some new additions, including a house band and special guests.

Banijay-owned Remarkable Television produces the show. Tamara Gilder, the firm's creative director, said: "House of Games is a total joy to make and we can't wait to share these special episodes with a primetime audience. It has everything you love about the 6pm show with some extra quizzing silliness thrown in for good measure."

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posted 9/10/2020

More on "Wheel's" Return
Catch It Monday!
From TV Line

This is not spin: Wheel of Fortune is returning with new episodes — imminently. Following a months-long coronavirus-imposed production hiatus, the venerable syndicated game show will be back on the air with original episodes beginning Monday, Sept. 14. Wheel is entering Season 38.

As previously reported, fellow syndicated quiz show Jeopardy! is also back with original episodes on Sept. 14.

Among the COVID-related changes: The show's signature Wheel has been redesigned to allow for six feet of space between host Pat Sajak and each contestant. Additionally, each player is given their own spinning cap — which Sajak has apparently dubbed, "The White Thing." The cap fits over each spoke so contestants can spin the Wheel without actually touching it.

Wheel resumed production in early August, five months after shooting was suspended due to COVID-19. Reruns have been filling the airwaves throughout much of the summer.

"Our challenge was not unique, to get back up and running in a way that is safe for everyone involved while making subtle improvements to make America's Game even better," said Wheel's new EP Mike Richards. "I think we have accomplished that in a big way, and our fans can be comfortable knowing that they're going to tune in to see the Wheel of Fortune they love."

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posted 9/10/2020

TUESDAY: America's Got Transplant
NBC Wins Again on a Tuesday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.082 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was still on top last night thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (5.780 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and week two of "Transplant" (3.685 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

CBS (2.773 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) claimed the silver with its mix of "NCIS" (4.765 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Love Island" (1.730 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (1.824 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Next up was ABC (1.774 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and repeats of "Modern Family" (1.957 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), another "Modern Family" (1.597 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), the penultimate "What Would You Do?" (1.869 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and the season finale of "What Would You Do?" (1.676 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.178 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) served up second runs of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.424 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "FOX NFL Sunday 2020 Season Preview" (0.932 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, "Dead Pixels" (0.428 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12), a repeat "Dead Pixels" (0.280 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.427 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.390 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Tuesday cable numbers...
- Chopped (Food): 771k/0.17
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 624k/0.16
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (truTV): 162k/0.07

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posted 9/10/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Single in LA"

  • Becca Kufrin moves to Los Angeles after a breakup... (Reality TV World)

  • Speaking of breakups, who had Victoria Fuller? (Reality TV World)

  • TBT: Alex Trebek inherited the podium of Art Fleming 36 years ago (Deseret News)

posted 9/10/2020


NBC

Jay Leno Bets His Life
"Tonight Show" Host to Front Reboot of "You Bet Your Life" for Fox Television Stations
From various sources

FOX Television Stations has announced the return of "You Bet Your Life," set to debut in Fall 2021. The half-hour comedy game show will be hosted by Jay Leno and broadcast on the FOX owned-and-operated stations, as well as syndicated nationally. Tom Werner will serve as the executive producer, along with showrunner and executive producer, David Hurwitz.

"We need a familiar face to make us laugh and we are incredibly proud and excited to reinvent this renowned franchise with the enormously talented Jay," stated Jack Abernethy, CEO, FOX Television Stations.

Jay Leno added, "I'm thrilled to be hosting the latest version of 'You Bet Your Life.' One of my favorite things to do is talk to regular people and draw humor out of them. This is a comedy show wrapped in a game show that allows me to do just that."

Hosted by Jay Leno, this new incarnation of the legendary game show "You Bet Your Life," will preserve the show's trademark humorous interviews and unpredictable banter with each contestant, famously originated by Groucho Marx. For this reboot, the game will couple two strangers together for the opportunity to win prize money by correctly answering questions about pre-determined categories. Each episode will present two pairs of contestants.

180 episodes of "You Bet Your Life" will be distributed by FOX First Run.

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SYNDIES: Week 52
Results for the Week Ending August 30
From TV Newscheck

Only two of the top 10 talk shows — Live with Kelly and Ryan and Tamron Hall — were able to overcome the headwinds of Hurricanes Laura and Marco and swirl into positive territory in the sleepy, late summer session ending Aug. 30.

Reports on the two storms, along with updates on the pandemic, blistered numerous daytime shows with preemptions. On top of that, many programs were bumped for four days of coverage of the Republican National Convention coverage.

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) 5.5 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.5 +2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.1 +5%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony): 0.8 NC - FINAL RATING
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 9/1/2020

Misery Will Return Sooner Than You Think
October 20... That Soon Enough For Ya?
From the Futon Critic

Beginning Tuesday, October 20, at 10:30pm ET/PT on TBS, host Jameela Jamil joins the stars of truTV's Impractical Jokers - Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano - for all new episodes of the comedy game show The Misery Index. Inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens, teams compete against each other by attempting to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events based on the "misery index", a ranking system created by a team of therapists. The series return will feature themed episodes including a twins-centric battle, a dare to regret, and a special holiday episode with the final round worth $50,000.

Ranked as one of the top 10 cable comedies of 2020, The Misery Index was recently renewed for a third season.

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posted 9/9/2020

Robin Thede to Join "Haute Dog"
Matt Rogers to Host HBOMax Series September 24
From the Wrap

Robin Thede will judge HBO Max's dog grooming competition series, "Haute Dog."

Thede will join celebrity dog groomer Jess Rona to judge the competition, while Matt Rogers will serve as the host.

The series will debut Sept. 24 with the first six episodes.

Billed as "the most adorable competition series ever created," each episode features three dog groomers facing off over two rounds. Rogers will provide comedic commentary and Rona will lead the judging panel with her "extensive knowledge of breeds and proper grooming techniques."

Thede will serve as the "haute" expert and evaluate the outrageous and jaw-dropping transformations. The judges determine who wins Best in Show and the lucky groomer will walk away with $10,000 and a first place rosette.

The series was inspired by celebrity dog grooming expert Jess Rona's social media presence and coffee table book "Groomed."

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posted 9/9/2020

WEEKEND: Come On And Watch Some Basketball
ABC Wins with NBA Coverage
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.804 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) claimed top honors on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.576 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "NBA Countdown" (2.813 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "NBA Playoffs: Houston at Los Angeles" (3.694 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

CBS (3.313 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was the silver draw with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.128 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Big Brother 22" (3.523 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Love Island" (1.724 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (1.877 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9).

Next up was NBC (1.389 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with its combination of "Cannonball" (1.575 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) and "NHL Playoffs: Dallas at Vegas" (1.326 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.904 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T4) served up "FOX NFL Sunday 2020 Season Preview" (0.824 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "FOX PBC Fight Night" (0.944 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

And finally, a new "Fridge Wars" (0.349 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.327 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) on The CW (0.338 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T4) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 315k/0.07

Cable numbers Sunday ...
- Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 984k/0.23
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 846k/0.20

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Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Comeback"

  • Nick Cannon quietly returns to radio... (THe Source)

  • VIDEO WALL: Ellen's Game of Games promises "more fun" (TV Insider)

  • FIRST LOOK: Key art released for "Supermarket Sweep" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Kevin Hart to relaunch MDA telethon (TV Line)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Weakest Link moves premiere to Tuesday, September 29. (THe Futon Critic)

posted 9/9/2020


ABC

Derek Hough to Judge New Season of "Dancing"
Changes Also to the Dance Floor
From various sources

Emmy(R) Award winner and six-time Mirrorball champion dancer Derek Hough joins "Dancing with the Stars" in a new capacity as a judge when the show kicks off its new season live on MONDAY, SEPT. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

Derek Hough said on his return, "This show has been and will always be incredibly special to me. Coming back feels like coming home and I couldn't be more excited to be back in the ballroom."

Hough joins Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli at the judges table in the ballroom. Meanwhile, in light of current circumstances, Len Goodman will be unable to judge this season live in the ballroom, though he will still be a part of the show in a different capacity sharing his ballroom expertise from the UK.

The producers of the show have had six months to figure out how to make it happen in a time of uncertainty. Llinares said, "The challenge for us is that we still want to do what we normally do on the show and bring it back better than ever and evolve it but now we have this whole additional prism to look at it through. We want to make sure from a COVID point of view that we're bringing it back safely for everyone in the cast and crew and have a show that we can all get really excited about."

All of the celebrities, including Tiger King's Carole Baskin, rapper Nelly, Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause, former NBA star Charles Oakley, Anne Heche and Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean, have relocated to LA for the entire season in order to avoid travel. The judges' desk will be widened to maintain eight feet between each judge and dancers will be asked to stand at a distance of at least eight feet from the judges during the judging process.

Also, there will also be no audience for the show, which will still be produced and aired live, or band, and the team at BBC Studios have redesigned the studio as a result. Llinares said, "What we didn't want to have in the ballroom was loads of empty seats, we wanted it to look like there was a purpose to it so we're redesigning the ballroom. We're going to put in some extra screens, it's going to look like the show was always designed to look this way."

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posted 9/8/2020

MONDAY: Even a Small-Scale Midoriyama Will Climb to the Top
NBC Wins with "ANW" Season Premiere
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.202 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with the formal return of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and a repeat "Dateline NBC" (2.607 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

CBS (2.350 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) took home second with its mix of "The Neighborhood" (3.185 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Young Sheldon" (2.799 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Love Island" (1.660 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Bull" (2.398 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Next up was FOX (1.364 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with the feature "Draft Day" (1.364 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.392 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up the finale to "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (1.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8). And finally,

The CW (0.655 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with rebroadcasts of "Penn & Teller: Try This at Home" (0.676 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Penn & Teller: Try This at Home Too" (0.633 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

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"Bachelor" to Tape in a Bubble
ABC Buoyed by "Bachelorette" Taping
From DEadline

The Bachelorette is successfully in can ahead of its October 13 premiere as ABC gets ready to start production on its parent show The Bachelor later this month.

Rob Mills, SVP, Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming, ABC Entertainment, told Deadline that The Bachelor will start production at the end of September with a view to airing in January as per previous years.

While the show will run on a similar timeline to previous seasons – the last 12 seasons of the show began airing at the start of the new year, production will be in a pandemic-proof bubble, similar to The Bachelorette, to ensure that one of its biggest non-scripted series can get on the air.

Mills said he was buoyed by the fact that The Bachelorette, which wrapped on September 1, was able to finish production without any COVID-19 related incidents.

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posted 9/8/2020

More Golf & Don't? More Golf & Don't.
ABC Wants to Renew Pair for Next Summer
From DEadline

ABC non-scripted boss Rob Mills would be "shocked" if summer game show Holey Moley doesn't return for a third season next summer.

Mills has also opened talks with the team behind Don't, including Ryan Reynolds, about what a second season of the Adam Scott-hosted format looks like.

Mini-golf competition series Holey Moley has been a strong performer for the Disney-owned network this summer, up from its first season, with the broadcaster teeing up two special episodes of the show after it ends its run. The Steph Curry-exec produced show features self-proclaimed mini-golf lovers from around the country as they compete head-to-head through an epic obstacle golf course. The second season, which premiered on July 20, saw a bigger course with new holes, more drama, trick shots and wipeouts. Hosted by Rob Riggle and Monday Night Football's Joe Tessitore, the show is produced by Eureka Productions and Unanimous Media.

ABC launched Don't in June; the show, hosted by Parks and Recreation and Big Little Lies star Scott and EP-ed by Deadpool himself, Reynolds. Produced by Banijay Studios North America and Maximum Effort, the show sees contestants attempting not to do a slew of crazy challenges in order to win money.

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posted 9/8/2020

A Pointless Addition
New Round Premieres to Mixed Reaction
From Digital Spy

Pointless viewers were surprised this evening (September 7) when a seemingly unseen episode of the BBC One quiz show introduced a brand spanking new round.

The new round, entitled Jackpot Jumper, which was slotted in between the elimination rounds and the head-to-head, was described as an "opportunity to add a little bit more money" to the winnings by Richard Osman, creator & co-host of the show.

This time around, the contestants were shown six 'Greek Islands' – two of which were Pointless, two were correct and two were incorrect, and they just had to pick the right ones.

"I don't like that new round in Pointless. I remembered that Zagorakis played for Leicester though! I think they had a similar round in one of the early series," one viewer wrote on Twitter..

Digital Spy

posted 9/8/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Kept Off"

  • "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" will keep its last in 2021 after 20 seasons over 14 years. (THe FUton Critic)

  • VIDEO WALL: What's better than one Masked Singer? TWO. Meet the Snow Owls (TV Line)

  • Ellen DeGeneres will return this fall, and she will be talking about... well, you know. (Deadline)

  • Thomas Day, who pulled himself from AGT to play football... is back in AGT. (Gold Derby)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! KFC is in 11 herbs & spices of trouble over Family Feud SA (ZAlebs)

  • Reg Grundy's estate will pay you $50,000 Australian if you have the next great game show idea. (4BC)

posted 9/8/2020


Cards Chat
MIKE SEXTON: 1947-2020
"World Poker Tour" Host & Commentator, Poker Hall of Famer
From Yahoo!

Mike Sexton, a member of the Poker Hall of Fame who was a longtime TV commentator for World Poker Tour events, died Sunday at age 72.

Linda Johnson, a fellow Poker Hall of Fame member who had been authorized to speak on his behalf, disclosed the news on Twitter. Last week, she said that Sexton had entered hospice care last month after his prostate cancer had spread to other organs.

Sexton earned $6.7 million in live tournament earnings, according to the Hendon Mob Poker Database. His honors included a World Series of Poker bracelet in 1989 and a WPT event in Montreal in 2016.

Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour, said, "It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of my friend and the greatest ambassador in poker, Mike Sexton. Mike served as a WPT commentator for 15 seasons and spent a lifetime growing the game of poker around the globe. His glowing presence resonated with players and fans of poker alike, who will all miss him onscreen and at the table. Mike's legacy will forever be a part of poker's history. The WPT Family joins the entire poker community in sending our thoughts and deepest condolences to the Sexton family, including his young son Ty."

But he is perhaps best remembered as the color commentator for televised WPT events from its inception in 2003 to 2017, where he helped popularize the game and explain it to Americans previously unfamiliar with the strategies and gamesmanship of Texas Hold'em.

After stepping down from his WPT gig, he became chairman of the online poker site partypoker.

He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009.

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posted 9/7/2020


The Hollywood Reporter
KEVIN DOBSON: 1943-2020
"Knots Landing" Actor Played "Tattletales", "Catch 21"
From TV Line

Kevin Dobson, best known to TV audiences as Mack MacKenzie on the long-running Dallas spinoff Knots Landing, has died at the age of 77.

Dobson's passing was confirmed by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County, on which he previously served as chairman. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

His big break came in 1968, when he was cast as Gov. Harrison Brooks on the daytime soap One Life to Live. He followed that up with episodes of The Doctors, Emergency, Ironside, Mod Squad, Police Story and The Rookies. In 1973, he was cast in the series-regular role of Det. Bobby Crocker on the police drama Kojak, opposite Telly Savalas. More than a decade after the procedural wrapped, he reprised his role in the 1990 TV-movie Kojak: It's Always Something.

In 1982, Dobson joined Knots Landing's fourth season as the aforementioned MacKenzie, a federal prosecutor who eventually wedded Michele Lee's Karen Fairgate. He appeared in nearly 300 episodes, and stayed with the series for the duration of its 14-year run.

After Knots Landing, Dobson headlined the short-lived Canadian drama F/X: The Series, which ran for two seasons between 1996 and 1998. He also had brief stints on both CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful and NBC's Days of Our Lives, and guest-starred on select episodes of FX's Anger Management, Showtime's House of Lies, and CBS' Cold Case, Hawaii Five-0 and CSI.

In the game show world, he was seen on a special celebrity "Catch 21" and on the panels of "The Hollywood Squares" and "Tattletales". .

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posted 9/7/2020

Ken Jennings Returns to "Jeopardy!"... as Consulting Producer
The Mike Richards Era Begins September 14
From TV Line

The waiting game is over: After an unprecedented three-month coronavirus-imposed hiatus, Jeopardy! will be back on the air with fresh episodes beginning Monday, Sept. 14.

"I feel good, and I feel excited because once again Jeopardy! has demonstrated that it's at the forefront of television programming," host Alex Trebek said in a statement. "I believe we are the first quiz show to come back on the air in the COVID-19 era. On a personal level, I'm excited because it gets me out of the house. It gives me something to do on a regular basis, and I was missing that."

Newly-minted Jeopardy! G.O.A.T. contestant Ken Jennings, meanwhile, is joining the show as a consulting producer. In his new role, Jennings will present his own special video categories, develop projects, assist with contestant outreach, and serve as a general ambassador for the show. Viewers can see the first of his video categories in the second episode of the season, airing Sept. 15.

Jeopardy! — which ran out of original episodes in early June — resumed production in late July, albeit with a slightly altered set designed to keep contestants and crew safe in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, producers added additional space between the contestants' podiums (and between the contestants and Trebek).

Jeopardy's return comes nearly two years into Trebek's battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The TV icon recently shared that an experimental immunotherapy treatment has been "paying off," adding, ""My doctor has told me that he is counting on me celebrating two years of survivorship past the diagnosis of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and that two years happens in February. So I expect to be around — because he said I will be around — and I expect to be hosting the show if I am around." .

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posted 9/4/2020

Dance Town Family Gets Wild
AGT Announces Semifinal Wild Card Act
From TV Line

And then there were… 21!

America's Got Talent on Friday announced its first Wild Card pick for Season 15, bringing back Dance Town Family for next week's semifinals. The Miami-based dance group was eliminated during the quarterfinals on Aug. 26.

Dance Town Family joins the 20 previously announced semifinalists: aerialist Alan Silva, singer Archie Williams, dancing duo BAD Salsa, acrobatic trio Bello Sisters, spoken-word poet Brandon Leake, sword swallower Brett Loudermilk, singer/guitarist duo Broken Roots, singer Celina Graves, singer Cristina Rae, singer Daneliya Tuleshova, song-and-dance duo Double Dragon, daredevil Jonathan Goodwin, musician Kenadi Dodds, drummer Malik DOPE, magician Max Major, singer Roberta Battaglia, singer Shaquira McGrath, diabolo duo Spyros Brothers, vocal group Voices of Our City Choir, and dance group W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew.

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posted 9/4/2020

THURSDAY: Big Brother Sucks
ABC Games Drop Post-Convention Weeks
From the Futon Critic

CBS (2.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) led the demo race on Thursday thanks to a new "Big Brother 22" (4.061 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by a special two-hour "Love Island" (1.551 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

ABC (2.882 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) was the most-watched network with its mix of "Holey Moley" (2.952 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2), the penultimate "To Tell the Truth" (2.877 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and the season finale of "To Tell the Truth" (2.818 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was FOX (1.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with repeats of "Beat Shazam" (1.354 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and a second "Beat Shazam" (1.253 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.177 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up second runs of "The Wall" (2.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Transplant" (1.996 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.000 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.697 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Mysteries Decoded" (0.811 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.582 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

On cable THursday...
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 127k/0.05

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posted 9/4/2020

That's a Wrap!
"Drag Race" Season 13 Wraps, Spinoffs In Production
From Variety

Coronavirus can't keep a drag queen down: The full "RuPaul's Drag Race" TV franchise is currently in production in Los Angeles, Variety reports.

The Emmy-winning flagship series wrapped its 13th season last week, and production is already underway on one of the franchise's spin-off titles.

The "Drag Race" franchise usually shoots in the summer and fall for premiere dates in the first half of the following year, but the COVID-19 pandemic has raised obvious questions about how any production involving regular interpersonal interaction could operate safely.

To that end, World of Wonder, the company that produces "Drag Race" for VH1, approved back-to-work plans with all the appropriate unions, according to a source with knowledge of the production. And the show's producers are following local, state and federal COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

All crew members are wearing masks. On-camera talent and any crew members interacting with talent are getting tested for COVID-19 three times per week. All other crew members are getting tested once a week.

In some ways, "Drag Race" was already set up to operate during a pandemic. The drag queens who compete on the show historically have been sequestered for the duration of their time on the series, and one of the bigger sticking points for COVID-safe production, hair and makeup application, is a non-issue, since the competing queens all do it themselves.

It's unclear whether guest judges will still appear for Season 13. But the production has altered the main stage set in order to incorporate concerns over social distancing, expanding the judges' table and placing glass panels between each judge.

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posted 9/3/2020

WEDNESDAY: Built Tough
CBS Wins on "Big Brother", "Tough as Nails" Finale
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.382 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 22" (4.070 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and the two-hour season finale of "Tough as Nails" (3.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

NBC (3.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) took home the silver with a new "America's Got Talent" (5.353 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) alongside repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.545 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Chicago Med" (1.985 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.493 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with repeats of "MasterChef" (1.552 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a second "MasterChef" (1.434 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.598 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up second runs of "The Goldbergs" (2.318 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Black-ish" (1.650 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "The Conners" (1.701 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "American Housewife" (1.491 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), another "The Goldbergs" (1.216 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and another "The Conners" (1.215 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, a repeat "The 100" (0.373 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and a new "Coroner" (0.680 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.526 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 751k/0.22
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 666k/0.16
- Dodgeball Thunderdome (Discovery): 495k/0.13

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posted 9/3/2020

Spain Gets "Divided"
Atresmedia Commissions ITV Format
From ITV News

ITV Studios' tantalizing game show Divided is traveling to Spain, as it has been commissioned by Atresmedia. The format has been around for many years and is still reaching new territories on a regular basis. Spain is the 24th country to license the format, following last months' commission in Cambodia. The Spanish version of this general knowledge show is expected to air later this year on Antena 3 and will be locally produced by Boomerang TV, one of the biggest producers of fiction and entertainment content in Spain.

Carmen Ferreiro, Director of Programmes at Atresmedia said:

"Divided is a very original format, which definitely enriches Atresmedia's great catalogue of game shows." Recently, Global Entertainment, ITV Studios has expanded its production partnership with Boomerang TV. This partnership gives Boomerang TV the exclusive production rights to a large selection of the non-scripted ITV Studios formats catalogue. Boomerang TV has a longstanding relationship with Global Entertainment, ITV Studios. They have been producing multiple shows for the company for many years, including the international hit formats The Voice, The Voice Kids and The Voice Senior, and now adding Divided to its list.

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posted 9/3/2020

Mau Nieto Signs on For Season 4
"100 Latinos Dijeron" Returns to Estrella September 7
From Businesswire

EstrellaTV, a leading Spanish-language broadcasting network in the U.S., announced today that it will premiere the fourth season of its successful game show "100 Latinos Dijeron" on September 7, 2020.

Mau Nieto, one of Mexico's top standup comedians, will reprise his role as host of the Spanish-language version of Fremantle's American classic game show Family Feud. The show has been picked up for a fourth season and will premiere on Monday, September 7, 2020, at 7PM/6PM CT.

Nieto, who is widely known for his 2018 Netflix special "Living Sober… From the Bar" and his ongoing YouTube series "El Frasco en Vivo," has become a fan favorite on the show. He launched his entertainment career in 2012 doing standup on Mexico City's comedy circuit. His YouTube show commands an average of 500,000 views per episode and on various occasions has surpassed the one million mark.

"Mau has proven to be the perfect host for this show. He is a an incredibly talented improv comedian and working with him and Fremantle has been a great match for us," stated Ivan Stoilkovich, EVP of TV Programming for EstrellaTV. "As we do with all of our productions, we implemented strict safety protocols during the taping of the show and are extremely proud of our efforts and the outcome in this regard."

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posted 9/3/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Franchise"

  • Kevin Hart laughs the vote for ABC (THe FUton Critic)

  • VIDEO WALL: Netflix's "American Barbecue Championship" trailer (THe Futon Critic)

  • Dwayne Johnson recovering from COVID-19 (Deadline)

  • Becca Kufrin explains delaying her decision to break up (Reality TV World)

  • Richard Osman compares loneliness to quarantine (New Statesman)

  • Paul Sinha will leave "The Chase" when he's good and ready, by golly (Radio Times)

  • THomas Day reveals the reason he left "America's Got Talent" (TalentRecap)

  • Big Brother turning into a big disappointment (TV GUide)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ron FUnches (Vanyaland)

posted 9/3/2020

It's September... Let's Do Some Dancing!
Meet the DWTS Class of 2020!
From the Futon Critic

ABC announced today the "Dancing with the Stars" season 2020 celebrity cast, live on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The series, hosted by supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks, returns to the ballroom with a lineup of celebrities including a GRAMMY(R) winner, a Bachelorette, a big-cat lover-turned-reality TV star and a pro-football legend, to name a few. The new celebrity cast will add some glitzy bling to their wardrobe and break in their dancing shoes as the show kicks off live on MONDAY, SEPT. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are as follows:
· head coach Monica Aldama ("CHEER")
· animal activist Carole Baskin ("Tiger King")
· reality TV personality Kaitlyn Bristowe ("The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette")
· Super Bowl Champion Vernon Davis
· TV and film actress Anne Heche
· Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson
· actress Justina Machado ("One Day at a Time")
· Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean
· Emmy(R) Award-winning host of "The Real" and sideline correspondent on "Holey Moley," Jeannie Mai
· TV and film actor Jesse Metcalfe
· GRAMMY(R)-winning rapper Nelly
· TV host Nev Schulman ("Catfish")
· NBA superstar Charles Oakley ("The Last Dance")
· actress Chrishell Stause ("Selling Sunset")
· Olympic figure skater and on-air commentator Johnny Weir
.

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posted 9/2/2020

TUESDAY: America's Got... the NBA Playoffs
NBC, ABC Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.659 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled in front among adults 18-49 on Tuesday thanks to "NBA Countdown" (2.297 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "NBA Playoffs: Utah at Denver" (2.732 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

NBC (5.394 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) had to settle for second with a new "America's Got Talent" (6.112 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and the debut of "Transplant" (3.959 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was CBS (2.681 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "NCIS" (4.225 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), a new "Love Island" (1.720 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (2.098 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.946 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) served up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.173 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Prodigal Son" (0.719 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9).

And finally, The CW (0.312 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Dead Pixels" (0.442 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), a repeat "Dead Pixels" (0.229 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.0, #12) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.288 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

On cable Tuesday
- Chopped (Food): 848k/0.18
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 688k/0.16
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (truTV): 105k/0.14

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posted 9/2/2020

"Hot Seat" Heads to Another Studio
COVID Forces "Millionaire" to Queensland
From TV Blackbox

Production on the Eddie McGuire quiz show Millionaire Hot Seat is moving to Queensland this month in a move that will allow Nine to finally recommence filming new episodes.

The move to Queensland coincides with the AFL Finals Series and will allow McGuire to host Fox Footy coverage live from stadium venues. The Collingwood President will spend two weeks in a Queensland AFL quarantine hub before being allowed to work in the state.

Production of Hot Seat has been suspended due to COVID-19 for much of 2020 with the network now running low on new episodes. Next week will see Nine airing only one new episode on Monday, with the rest of the week scheduled with repeats. Producers had hoped to commence filming without a studio audience two ago.

But as TV Blackbox exclusively revealed, the outbreak of COVID-19 at The Masked Singer caused the Victorian Government to change its rules and prevent production until after the city moves out of Stage 4 restrictions.

The decision comes after rival Seven last month decided to pack up its studio set for The Chase Australia and move production from Melbourne to Sydney..

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posted 9/2/2020

CBS Dances with LL Cool J, Chris O'Donnell
"Come Dance With ME", Family Competition Series, Greenlit
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today it has ordered COME DANCE WITH ME (working title), a family dance competition series executive produced by NCIS: LOS ANGELES stars LL COOL J and Chris O'Donnell and produced by CBS Television Studios and 3 Ball Productions.

In the series, exceptionally talented young dancers from across the country will invite one inspirational, and untrained, family member or other adult who has supported their dance dreams, to become their dance partner for a chance to strut their stuff for a grand prize.

Each week, these aspiring kids will share their love of dance with their mother, father, grandparent or other hero on an uplifting and emotional journey to learn and perform challenging routines, with the assistance of professional choreographers, in a competition with other duos.

"We believe this concept is fun for the whole family, especially given the number of children we both have," said executive producers LL COOL J and Chris O'Donnell. "We reminisced about our kids' dance lessons and how it would look if they had to teach us how to dance. What we noticed was, aside from the two-left-feet element, like most parents, no one wants to let their kids down. The show is about being creative, having a good time and bringing families together through dance. It's a fun show with a big heart!"

"It's inspiring to see the positive connection that exists between adults and children play out through dance," added 3 Ball executive producer Reinout Oerlemans. "Shepherding this show has been a labor of love, and the fact that it comes to CBS at a time when families are hungry for fun, uplifting entertainment is especially gratifying."

COME DANCE WITH ME (working title) is produced by CBS Television Studios and 3 Ball Productions. In addition to LL COOL J and Chris O'Donnell, executive producers for 3 Ball are Reinout Oerlemans, Ross Weintraub and Jeff Altrock. .

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posted 9/1/2020

Netflix Sings On with Tituss Burgess
Here's the Trailer!
From Entertainment Weekly

On Tuesday, Netflix dropped the new trailer for its upcoming competitive karaoke show Sing On!, hosted by Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).

The eight-episode series sees six contestants grab the mic and belt out the biggest bops in a particular genre (each episode has its own theme). They are then judged by vocal analyzer comparing their performances to that of the original artist and the more they sing in tune, the more cash they add to a collective jackpot.

It's not as straightforward as it sounds, as lyrics are randomly assigned to the contestants, keeping them on their toes at all times. And it's not like the producers pick easy songs for the singers to tackle — the trailer sees them take on Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" among others. In each round, the highest scoring contestant moves on, while the remaining singers vote one fellow contestant out. Over the course of five more rounds, the stakes get higher as the jackpot grows, and finally the last two remaining contestants face off in a head-to-head battle to win the grand prize — and major bragging rights at their next office karaoke night.

Tune in and sing along from your couch when Sing On! premieres Sept. 16 on Netflix..

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posted 9/1/2020

Holey Moley! More Holey Moley!
ABC Orders Two Specials to Air with Season Finale
From the Futon Critic

In celebration of its larger-than-life season finale set to air THURSDAY, SEPT. 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), ABC's hit mini-golf competition series, "Holey Moley," is teeing up to air two special episodes giving fans an inside look at the sizzling summer show. "Holey Moley II: The Sequel: The Special: Unhinged, Part One" will air immediately following the season finale on THURSDAY, SEPT. 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), and "Holey Moley II: The Sequel: The Special: Unhinged, Part Deux" will air THURSDAY, SEPT. 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

Hosted by commentating team Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore, the can't-miss special episodes will give viewers an inside look into the making of the world's craziest competition series, as they answer burning fan questions and share memorable on set moments straight from the iconic "Holey Moley" clubhouse. Viewers will relive the best and worst wipeouts, watch unforgettable never-before-seen putts, learn more about "Holey Moley" course favorites Course Marshall Joe and Sir Goph, plus check in on season one winners. Resident golf pro and executive producer Stephen Curry and sideline correspondent Jeannie Mai will also be featured.

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posted 9/1/2020

MONDAY: Hey Now, You're an All-Star
NBC Wins the Night on "Ninja Warrior"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.246 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday thanks to "American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Skills Challenge Special" (3.479 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) and a repeat "Dateline NBC" (2.782 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

CBS (2.330 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #2) took home the silver with its mix of "The Neighborhood" (3.424 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Young Sheldon" (2.943 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), a new "Love Island" (1.613 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) and "Bull" (2.193 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.509 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) offered up the penultimate week of "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (1.509 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) while FOX (1.140 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) opted for the feature "Love the Coopers" (1.140 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.879 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.931 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.868 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) and a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.859 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11).

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posted 9/1/2020

SYNDIES: Week 51
Results for the Week Ending August 23 PLUS The Season Champs
From TV Newscheck

Not even the coronavirus could stop Judge Judy.

As syndicated shows put the wraps on Nielsen's pandemic-plagued 2019-20 season, Judy has brought her gavel down on the year's household rating championship. The show's triumph came despite its airing in relatively lightly viewed daytime periods and being hit with months of massive coronavirus coverage preemptions.

It gave the wildly popular jurist first place in first-run syndication for a remarkable 11th year in a row with a 6.2 full-season rating as of the week ending Aug. 23, the latest for which national ratings are available. That was nearly triple the full-season rating of any other strip in the daypart.

The season's next highest rated programs — Family Feud, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, in that order — were all shows airing in highly rated prime access time periods.

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) 5.4 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.4** -6%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 3.9** -11%
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The Wrap

posted 9/1/2020

PlutoTV Gets "Survivor", "Amazing Race" Content
ViacomCBS Streamer Culls More Content
From CordCutters News

Pluto TV is once again adding to its free channel lineup. Eight new channels are now available, including a channel featuring season 1 through 10 of The Carol Burnett Show, another with over 135 episodes of Survivor, and a channel with season 1 through 7 of The Amazing Race.

Here are some of the recently added channels and where to find them on Pluto TV's lineup:
- Survivor (Channel 296): The reality competition series that revolutionized TV is now streaming 24/7 on Pluto TV. Relive the challenges, the alliances, and the Tribal Councils that made the show a phenomenon.
- The Amazing Race (Channel 297): Winner of 10 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, The Amazing Race has circled the globe and landed on Pluto TV. Grab a partner, pack a bag, and get ready to run any time of day.

The new channels join Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, Hell's Kitchen, American Gladiators, Game Show Central, and Buzzr.

Cord Cutters News
Cnet

posted 9/1/2020

A Tour of "25 Words" Season 2
Meredith Homecasts to LA
From Deadline

Meredith Vieira, host of Fox Television Stations' game show 25 Words or Less, offered viewers a tour of the show's COVID-ready set she will use for its upcoming second season.

As seen in the video linked below, Vieira will host the show solo from a set built out in the basement of her home outside of New York City. Wearing a mask, Vieira walks around the specially designed space, indicating an area for hair and makeup, wardrobe and, finally, a small studio room equipped with lighting, a camera, a background and a podium. ("This place where we would watch movies?" she says, gesturing toward the den-like studio. "Now it's where the magic happens.") A handful of crew members are seen in the video, keeping their distance and wearing masks.

Vieira is hosting solo from New York as part of a plan to get the new season under way safely during pandemic. The rest of the production is in LA, and contestants will be in separate pods on a single sound stage. Vieira will address a single camera instead of the multiple ones deployed in the show's first season, with shots of her combined with video of the players in LA.

"It's going to be wild," Vieira says, "But we rehearsed it last night, and you know what? We worked out a lot of the kinks. We feel really good about it."

Deadline

posted 9/1/2020

"Strictly" Names First Dancers
Comedia, NFL Player, Singer to Join Cast
From Deadline

Long-running UK talent show Strictly Come Dancing has named the first wave of contestants for its 18th series.

Actress and presenter Caroline Quentin, former NFL player and broadcaster Jason Bell, and The Wanted singer and actor Max George have all been confirmed for the latest series, with further names to be announced. BBC Studios produces the show, which will broadcaster this autumn on BBC One.

It pairs a celebrity with a professional dancer in a variety of dance contests covering numerous styles. Actor Kelvin Fletcher triumphed in the 17th series. .

DEadline

posted 9/1/2020

WGA at an Impasse
Agencies, Writer's Guild No Closer to a Peace
From the Wrap

In a memo to its members, the Writers Guild of America says it is not close to reaching a franchise agreement deal with Creative Artists Agency or William Morris Endeavor, who remain the two holdouts in the guild's attempts to phase out packaging fees.

"We've had cordial discussions with both WME and CAA," read the memo from the guild's negotiating committee. "We wish we could say we're close to a deal, but we're not." In the past few months, the WGA's efforts to limit agency ownership in affiliate production studios and to terminate packaging fees have taken a sudden turn in their favor.

While a federal judge dismissed several key claims in the guild's lawsuit against Hollywood's top agencies last spring, it has since signed landmark deals with United Talent Agency and ICM Partners, who have agreed to phase out packaging fees within the next two years in exchange for some concessions, particularly a larger allowable percentage of ownership in affiliate studios and agreements to maintain client-agent confidentiality.

Video Age

posted 9/1/2020

Japan Wins Award for "Mute It!"
ContentAsia Awards Crowns First Game Show to Win
From VideoAge

Nippon Television Network Corporation's game show Mute It! was honored at the first ContentAsia Awards.

Held on August 28, 2020, the inaugural awards ceremony was live streamed from Singapore. Mute It! won the award for Best TV Format Adaptation (Non-scripted). Coming from Nippon TV, the unique show features contestants who must compete in various challenges without making a sound.

Atsushi Sogo, president of International Business Development for Nippon TV, commented, "Thank you ContentAsia for this honor on your first ever awards. We would like to bring a new kind of joy and 'tranquility' from Nippon TV to the international content industry with this format."

Video Age

posted 9/1/2020

WEEKEND: Wakanda Forever
ABC Wins Night on Rebroadcast of "Black Panther", Chadwick Boseman Tribute
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.558 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Sunday with its last-minute lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.652 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Marvel's Black Panther" (6.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King - A Special Edition of 20/20" (4.724 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

CBS (3.340 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) had to settle for second with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Big Brother 22" (3.824 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Love Island" (1.470 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (1.971 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Next up was NBC (1.858 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its combination of "PGA Overrun" (3.745 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Cannonball" (1.751 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and the "NHL Playoffs: Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders" (1.562 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, The CW (0.758 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) offered up the "2020 MTV VMAs" (0.758 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, FOX (0.729 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) rounded out the evening with repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.913 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Duncanville" (0.575 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "The Simpsons" (0.809 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (0.626 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (0.680 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Family Guy" (0.774 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On Calbe Sunday....
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.023m/0.25
- Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.022m/0.25


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/1/2020

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