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SIEGFRIED FISCHBACHER: 1939-2021
With Partner Roy, "Masters of the Impossible"
From Deadline

Siegfried Fischbacher, who teamed with partner Roy Horn to become Siegfried & Roy, among the most famous magicians in the world and one of Las Vegas’ biggest draws, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Las Vegas. He was 81.

Fischbacher’s death was announced by his sister Dolore, who lives as a nun in Munich, Germany, to the German newspaper Bild. The news subsequently was confirmed by his publicist, Dave Kirvin.

“He fell asleep gently and peacefully,” Dolore told Bild. She said Fischbacher had been in the care of hospice nurses at his home.

Known for their flamboyant, Liberace-style costumes and the use in their act of “big cats” — lions, leopards, jaguars and, most famously, rare white tigers — Siegfried & Roy were partners in life as well as onstage who carved out a 40-year career with elaborate, large-scale illusions. The headlining duo became synonymous with Vegas glitz and over-the-top showbiz glamour.

In game shows, Siegfried & Roy appeared on an episode of "Wetten, dass...?", the original German version of "Wanna Bet?".

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posted 1/14/2021


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ANGIE JAKUSZ: 1980-2021
"Survivor Palau" Contestant Succumbs to Cancer
From People

Angie Jakusz, a contestant on Survivor: Palau, died on January 8 after a lengthy battle with cancer, PEOPLE confirms. She was 40. Born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Jakusz attended Mukwonago High School. She then spent time in San Francisco and New York before moving permanently to New Orleans. When she was cast on Survivor in 2005, Jakusz worked as a bartender and an artist. After arriving in Palau, Jakusz was targeted as the first boot, partially due to her unconventional looks and colorful tattoos. But Jakusz -- 25 at the time -- surprised her tribe by performing well in challenges.

Soon, Jakusz found herself ingratiated with her tribe -- and became popular with the viewing audience. After her tribe went on a losing streak, she survived several tribal councils before eventually being voted off in 13th place.

"People have to remember back in 2005 women weren't cast on Survivor with dreads and tattoos," Survivor: Palau contestant Coby Archa tells PEOPLE. "She broke the casting barrier. Fans related to her story so much. And a lot of people wanted to see her play again for her strength."

"We had heard from her family 3 years ago that she was battling cancer," Archa continues. "We raised some money for her treatments. She wasn't into the fame, just the experience of Survivor. She came, she played, and she went back to her life in New Orleans. She liked her life that way.".

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posted 1/14/2021

WEDNESDAY: Chicago Returns
NBC Wins Night, Games Tie in the Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday thanks to the return of "Chicago Med" (7.414 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "Chicago Fire" (7.063 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "Chicago PD" (6.397 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

FOX (2.924 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) had to settle for second with its duo of "The Masked Dancer" (2.912 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Name That Tune" (2.936 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.970 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its lineup of "The Price Is Right at Night" (4.810 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "SEAL Team" (3.901 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "S.W.A.T." (3.199 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.863 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up the 2021 premieres of "The Goldbergs" (3.720 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "American Housewife" (3.048 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Conners" (3.767 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) followed by the launch of "Call Your Mother" (3.227 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and a repeat "The Chase" (1.709 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, repeats of "Riverdale" (0.333 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.203 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.0, #15) on The CW (0.268 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.0, #5) closed out the night.

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- Forged in Fire (History): 891k/0.26
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 768k/0.42
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 643k/0.24
- Master Minds (GSN): 416k/0.03

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posted 1/14/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

More Guest Hosts Announced
Mayim Bialik, Bill Whitaker, Mike Richards to Guest Host Jeopardy!
From the Wrap

“Jeopardy!” has revealed the next four guests hosts who will follow Ken Jennings at the podium.

“Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards will serve as host for two weeks after Jennings’ run, with Katie Couric then set to become the first woman host in the quiz show’s 50-year history. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik will host later in the season.

The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

“Alex was a legend, revered by all of us,” “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement. “I want to thank our guest hosts, who will not only help all of us celebrate his great legacy, but also bring their own touch to the show.”

“Jeopardy!” recently concluded its final string of episodes with Alex Trebek at the podium, with the beloved host’s final outing airing last Friday. The episodes featuring Jennings are airing this week.

“Sharing this stage with Alex Trebek was one of the greatest honors of my life,” Jennings told the audience at the top of his first episode. “Not many things in life are perfect, but Alex did this job pretty much perfectly for more than 36 years, and it was even better up close. We were dazzled by his intelligence, his charm, his grace really. There’s no other word for it.”

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posted 1/13/2021


Amazon Studios

Packing It In
Amazon Cancels Series After One Season, PETA Complaints
From TV Line

The Pack is packing it in. Amazon’s adventure-series-with-dogs has been cancelled after one season, TVLine has confirmed.

The reality program followed a dozen dogs and their owners as they went on an Amazing Race-like, international adventure. The winning human-canine pair took home $500,000 and a $250,000 donation to the animal charity of their chocie.

Olympic gold-medal skier Lindsey Vonn hosted alongside her Cavalier King Charles pup, Lucy.

The Wrap first reported The Pack‘s cancellation.

In December, animal-advocacy group PETA wrote a letter to Chris Castallo, head of unscripted programming at the streamer, about leaked footage that appeared to show some of the dogs in distress during a challenge.

Prior to The Pack‘s debut, executive produce Chris Bienstock told Variety that the team of animal-safety experts that worked on the show had “absolute power” to stop anything they deemed unsafe. “Like in the first show in Los Angeles on the beach, I’ve gone to the beach with my dog a zillion times without a leash, but they said if there’s no leash, you need a fence, so we built a fence,” he said. “Their input was so valuable.”

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posted 1/13/2021

SYNDIES: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending January 3
From TV Newscheck

Well-reviewed talk newcomer Drew Barrymore had a big week in the new year holiday session ending Jan. 3. Despite losing its primary run to football games at least 19 times in the metered markets alone, Barrymore battled to a 25% increase, scoring a 0.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, even with repeat telecasts on all five days.

That was a better percentage increase than any talk show in the top 10. Jimmy Fallon, Norah O’Donnell, Neal Patrick Harris and Ken Jeong were among Barrymore’s guests.

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) 5.3 +2%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.1 +11%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.1 +11%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 -11%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 1/13/2021

Rebel Wilson Goes to the Dogs
ABC Greenlights "Pooch Perfect"
From The Wrap

ABC has given an eight-episode series order to the Rebel Wilson-hosted dog-grooming competition show “Pooch Perfect,” the actress announced Wednesday.

The show will pit “10 of the best dog groomers in the country, along with their assistants” against one another in a series of themed challenges. They will be judged by former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump, celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky and veterinarian Dr. Callie Harris.

Here is ABC’s full pun-filled description: Each week on “Pooch Perfect,” teams will compete in two challenges: the Immunity Puppertunity challenge and the Ultimutt Challenge showdown. In these challenges, the teams face off in epic grooming trans-fur-mations and showcase their incredible creations on the illustrious “dogwalk.” There will be one dramatic elimination every week up until the season finale, where the top three teams will compete for a giant cash prize and the coveted “Pooch Perfect” first place trophy.

A previous version of the show aired last year on the Seven Network in the “Pitch Perfect” star’s native Australia. The original also featured Wilson as host, alongside “international styling experts” Amber Lewin and Colin Taylor as judges.

The ABC version is produced by Beyond Media Rights Limited.

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posted 1/13/2021

TUESDAY: Extraordinary Split
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) led the tight demo race on Tuesday with its trio of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.580 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "This Is Us" (5.313 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "Nurses" (2.600 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

CBS (4.461 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the most-watched network despite its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.120 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "FBI" (4.347 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.917 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with the return of "The Resident" (3.772 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) and "Prodigal Son" (2.304 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) followed by the feature "The Wonderful World of Disney: Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2.226 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) on ABC (2.226 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

And finally, rounding out the night was the return of "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.576 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), a second "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.474 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and the premiere of "Trickster" (0.441 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) on The CW (0.483 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped: Grudge Match (Food): 959k/0.28
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 553k/0.15
- Master Minds (GSN): 506k/0.05
- Get a Clue (GSN): 312k/0.03
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 260k/0.09

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posted 1/13/2021

"Spring Baking Championship" Returns
Catch It on Food, discovery+ February 22
From the Futon Critic

The country's most talented bakers take on springtime treats in a new season of Food Network's hit culinary competition Spring Baking Championship, premiering with a special two-hour super-sized episode on Monday, February 22nd at 9pm ET/PT. Fans can also stream the series on discovery+ with new episodes weekly beginning February 22nd. Host Ali Khan returns to present 11 competitors from across the country with spring-themed baking challenges for a chance to take home the $25,000 grand prize and a spot in Food Network Magazine. But in order to win this competition the bakers must show off their superb baking skills each episode over two rounds, including a pre-heat test which gives a baker an advantage during the main heat. Through 10 episodes the competitors must prove they can create and elevate tasty springtime desserts to impress judges Kardea Brown, Nancy Fuller, and Duff Goldman to make it to the finale and kick off their spring in the sweetest way.

"With last season having the series' highest ratings, it is clear viewers can't get enough of Spring Baking Championship which features incredible baked masterpieces," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "With ten episodes of action-packed artistry and challenges, fans are in for a treat with a new season of edible, spring-themed creations that celebrate the change of seasons."

In the premiere, bakers are welcomed to the Spring Baking Tent and kick off the season by whipping up tasty farm stand inspired breakfast treats. For the main heat, the bakers strut their skills in a dessert challenge that celebrates spring's happy, dancing cows. Other episodic challenges include the bakers making beautiful proposal-plate desserts that celebrate springtime romance; the competitors baking outdoor treats to enjoy around the campfire; and the bakers taking on a classic summertime treat by creating their own springtime delight featuring cookies, ice cream and fruit. The three finalists who make it to the finale must hit a high note with songbird-themed desserts in the pre-heat. Then, in the main heat it's all about celebrating the joys of the garden, and the critters within, as the competitors make lush spring garden cakes with a surprise design element inside.

To find even more baked bites, recipes, tips and video content, visit FoodNetwork.com. Plus, meet the bakers, check out highlights throughout the season, and get behind-the-scenes photos on Food Network's social platforms using #SpringBakingChampionship.

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posted 1/13/2021

Lightning Strikes the BBC
New Quiz Show to Premiere
From TellyMix

Lightning is the new BBC Two game show hosted by Zoe Lyons - here's all you need to know.

Comedian Zoe Lyons presents the electrifyingly fast new quiz which offers contestants a £3,000 jackpot.

Six plucky contestants compete across six rounds testing their general knowledge, quick thinking and speedy reactions whilst our ruthless spotlight patrols the studio. The contestants’ motivation in each round is simple: stay out of the light and you’ll be alright!

The BBC explain: "In each nerve-shredding round, contestants aim to pass the dreaded light from themselves onto a rival of their choice by correctly answering a question or completing a physical task.

"Only viewers at home can see the ticking clock and whoever gets caught in the light when time runs out at the end of the round is struck by lightning and eliminated from the game."

Each week of five shows starts with six contestants who, whenever they are knocked out, return to play again on the next episode.

The contestant who manages to make the endgame in a show plays for the chance to win up to £3,000.

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posted 1/13/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "99"

  • Betty White details her life on the verge of her 99th birthday (Daily Mail)

  • Ellen DeGeneres details COVID-19 life (Deadline)

  • Anne Hegerty isn't leaving "The Chase" any time soon (Digital Spy)

  • Dean Unglert, Caelynn Miller-Keyes moving to Vegas (People)

posted 1/13/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

Aaron Rodgers Hits the Discount Daily Double Check
Green Bay Packers QB Reported to Be Third Guest Host
From ESPN

Aaron Rodgers is making a return to "Jeopardy!" This time, however, the Green Bay Packers quarterback will be the host instead of a contestant. He revealed Tuesday that he has been asked to be a guest host for an episode of his favorite game show -- one he appeared on in celebrity edition of the show in 2015.

Rodgers, who is preparing for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams, first mentioned it during his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. He later apologized for letting the news out.

A representative from "Jeopardy!'' declined to comment and said no announcement has been made about future guest hosts.

"I may have jumped the gun a little bit, so I apologize to 'Jeopardy!' if they wanted to announce it," Rodgers said. "I just got so excited on the show earlier. It just went down the last couple of days, us figuring it out. It is very exciting. It's for the offseason. We'll be even more excited when that opportunity gets a little closer, but, man, the show has been so special to me over the years.

"It's been a staple at my house here in Green Bay for the last 16 years -- 6 o'clock watching Alex [Trebek] and trying to get as many questions as I can."

Trebek, the show's longtime host, died of cancer at age 80 on Nov. 8.

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posted 1/12/2021


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Ken Jennings Guest Hosts "Jeopardy!"
A New Era Begins for the Venerable Quiz
From The Wrap

GOAT Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings took the guest-hosting reins in Monday’s episode of the iconic game show, filling the gargantuan void left by the late Alex Trebek.

At the top of the broadcast, Jennings addressed the elephant in the room, assuring fans that he is fully aware that Trebek is irreplaceable.

“Sharing this stage with Alex Trebek was one of the greatest honors of my life,” Jennings said. “Not many things in life are perfect, but Alex did this job pretty much perfectly for more than 36 years, and it was even better up close. We were dazzled by his intelligence, charm and grace.

“Like all Jeopardy! fans, I miss Alex very much,” he continued, fighting back tears. “And I thank him for everything he did for all of us. Let’s be totally clear: No one will ever replace the great Alex Trebek. But we can honor him by playing the game he loved.”

The ascension of Jennings to guest host was foreshadowed last September when he joined the show as a consulting producer. In that new role, he presented his own special video categories, developed projects, assisted with contestant outreach, and served as a general ambassador for the show.

Just prior to Monday’s show, Jennings acknowledged the uphill battle he faces winning over viewers.

“Honestly, I’m with the audience, I don’t want me out here — I want to see Alex out here. I know exactly how they feel when they see anybody else behind this lectern. But there are tens of millions of people who love this show. We love this show. Alex loved the show. I’m just happy to fill in and help out.”

In announcing Jennings’ promotion to guest host last November, EP Mike Richards said, “Alex believed in the importance of Jeopardy! and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him. We will honor Alex’s legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved with smart contestants and challenging clues. By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers.”.

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posted 1/12/2021

MONDAY: Lovely
ABC Takes It on "The Bachelor"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.354 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Monday thanks to a new "The Bachelor" (4.581 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and the return of "The Good Doctor" (3.901 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

The silver went to NBC (2.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) with its game show lineup of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.048 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "The Wall" (2.744 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Weakest Link" (2.392 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was CBS (3.037 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with repeats of "The Neighborhood" (4.027 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "All Rise" (2.507 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Bull" (2.948 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.146 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up second runs of "9-1-1" (2.170 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.121 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.405 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) served up the premiere of "All American Stories" (0.376 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and a repeat of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.435 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 918k/0.24
- Master Minds (GSN): 547k/0.05
- Get a Clue (GSN): 415k/0.04

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posted 1/12/2021

More on "Temptation Island"
USA Sets Date for New Season
From the Futon Critic

"Temptation Island" returns for season three on Tuesday, February 16 at 10pm ET/PT on USA Network.

Mark L. Walberg returns as host.

Four new couples are packing up their emotional baggage and heading to Maui, Hawaii for the ultimate test of their relationship. Joined by 24 sexy single men and women looking to find everlasting love, these couples must decide whether to commit to a lifetime together - or if they will ultimately give in to the temptation from the singles looking to find "the one."

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posted 1/12/2021

WEEKEND: A Change Will Do You Good
ABC Wins Super Wild Card Weekend, "Millionaire" Gets a Bump
From the Futon Critic

NBC (17.336 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) surged to the top spot on Sunday with its mix of "Mr. Mayor" (6.086 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Football Night in America" (7.791 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "NFL Playoff Game: Cleveland at Pittsburgh" (20.801 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.0, #T1).

CBS (11.977 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) took home the silver with a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (25.180 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #T1) followed by originals from "60 Minutes" (13.048 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.578 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.102 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.552 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.068 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), a repeat "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (3.150 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (2.976 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Rookie" (3.015 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.773 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its second run lineup of "The Simpsons" (0.651 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17), "Bob's Burgers" (0.617 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), another "The Simpsons" (0.921 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Family Guy" (0.865 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), another "Bob's Burgers" (0.771 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and another "Family Guy" (0.814 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.261 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.0, #5) closed out the night with "Critics Choice Super Awards" (0.261 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.0, #18).

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food) 907k/0.21
- Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes (Food): 627k/0.15

CBS (5.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to the return of "MacGyver" (5.062 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Magnum P.I." (5.662 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (6.410 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

ABC (3.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared in the demo honors with its own return of "Shark Tank" (4.440 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and "20/20" (3.591 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was FOX (2.003 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its latest installment of "WWE SmackDown" (2.003 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.558 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up encores of "Mr. Mayor" (2.874 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), another "Mr. Mayor" (2.191 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (2.571 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.795 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the season premiere of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.849 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.818 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and the return of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.757 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Cable numbers for Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 634k/0.28
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 463k/0.18
- Master Minds (GSN): 462k/0.04

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posted 1/12/2021


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THURSDAY: "The Chase" Is (Back) On
ABC Wins with Game Lineup
From TV Insider

ABC kicks off its new game show series The Chase by dedicating its first episode to the memory of Alex Trebek.

The new series host Sara Haines opened the show with a statement in honor of Trebek saying, "Before we launch this exciting new game show, we at ABC thought it was only fitting that we dedicate this show to the memory of Alex Trebek, the beloved host of Jeopardy! from 1984 until his recent passing." The late game show host died in November after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

"We all stand on the shoulders of his legacy and hope that The Chase will do him proud," she continued. "And what better way to honor his legacy than to launch a show that stars Jeopardy!'s greatest champions of all time?... As Alex himself might say, 'What is The Chase?'"

ABC (5.951 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to the debut of its game show lineup of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (7.831 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "The Chase" (6.203 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "The Hustler" (3.819 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

FOX (2.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) took home the silver among adults 18-49 with the return of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.670 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) followed by the formal debuts of "Call Me Kat" (3.203 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Last Man Standing" (3.254 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.381 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with the premiere of "Mr. Mayor" (4.917 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a second "Mr. Mayor" (4.293 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), the return of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.770 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (1.768 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.619 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "Young Sheldon" (4.278 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "B Positive" (3.003 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Mom" (3.054 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "The Unicorn" (2.186 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) plus "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.596 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2 2020" (0.411 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.411 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

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- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 983k/0.25
- Battlebots (Discovery): 832k/0.20

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... or "Baby Brother"

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  • LA film permits down ... guess why. (The Wrap)

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posted 1/12/2021

RTE Launches Kids Slate
On Deck, "Squad Goals" Game
From C21 Media

The distribution arm of Irish public broadcaster RTÉ has launched its first ever kids slate for the international market.

The RTÉ Programme Sales line-up includes four projects by Irish prodco Stop.watch: Wonder What (29×6’), Let’s Find Out (20×15’), Insiders (10×11’) and Body Brothers (30×11.5’). Wonder What and Let’s Find Out try to answer questions about how things work and satisfy the curious young mind, while Insiders explores the science behind things kids enjoy and Body Brothers features dances that educate children about different parts of their bodies.

Also on the slate are Wild Kids (15×15’), from GMarshTV, and Squad Goals (26×24’), from Kite Entertainment.

Wild Kids asks the audience to join ‘Wildlife Warriors’ as they explore different habitats up and down the country, from the coast to the city, while Squad Goals is a sport/challenge-based quizshow.

In addition, kids’ educational programming blocks Home School Hub and After School Hub have today returned to RTÉ2 and on-demand service RTÉ Player.

This totals three hours of content per day, with a blend of new material and previous shows. The blocks are also being sold internationally as formats..

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posted 1/11/2021


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More on "Celebrity Wheel"
ABC Spins Eight-Week Event
From WPVI Philadelphia

On Thursday night, the stars take "the wheel" for a special new spin on the iconic game show "Wheel of Fortune."

Expect big fun as 24 stars from film, television, sports and beyond compete in "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune." The first of eight, one-hour episodes kicks off tonight at a special time - 8 p.m.

Vanna White has been a staple on the show for almost four decades and says the celebrities really show up.

"They bring lots of laughs lots of fun and they win lots of money for their favorite charities," White says. "I was amazed at how well they did. I didn't realize that a lot of them are fans of the show, and have watched it for years. I think that probably helped because they knew how to play the game."

Big personalities and big money at stake, up to one million dollars for great causes. Vanna says that while she and Pat got a little star struck, so did the stars! "One of the celebrities said, 'This is on my bucket list. I can't believe that finally, I get to meet you and Pat. This is so awesome!'" she says.

Thursday's show features Leslie Jones, Chandra Wilson, and Tony Hawk.

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Alex Trebek's Final "Jeopardy!"
Special Jeopardy! Week to Begin, End with Tribute
From The Wrap

An emotional tribute to Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek dropped on Friday ahead of the airing of his final episode of the game show, where the tribute will play.

To the sound of Peter Allen's "Once Before I Go," the tribute shows archival footage of Trebek's early days on Jeopardy!, in which he is seen reminding viewers and contestants that he "doesn't write the clues" and bringing his loved ones to the studio on "family visiting day." Toward the end of the piece, multiple shots of Trebek waving his hand and extending a "So long" goodbye are cut together and followed by the game show host walking away from the studio.

Trebek, whose career began in broadcasting at CBC Radio while he was still a senior at college, hosted Jeopardy! for nearly four decades and appeared as himself on numerous TV shows including Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Orange is the New Black and How I Met Your Mother.

At age 80, the longtime television host died on Nov. 8, 2020, after battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer since early 2019. He had been working in the studio just days before his death, completing his final day on Oct. 29.

Also on Friday, the Canadian Screen Awards on Friday released Trebek's icon award acceptance speech, in which the late host praised the accomplishments of his home country.

"I guess I'm being honored as a sort of goodwill ambassador, you know that's not a tough gig — you host a popular show for 36 years, you get to be known, you get to be liked," said Trebek. "Maybe people think you're a nice guy, they know you're Canadian, ergo Canadians are nice people, and the country must be a special place. Well, it is, and not just because we're nice. It's a special place because we are a country of accomplishments. In education, in business, science, the arts and entertainment."

Trebek also noted during the speech that Canada is known for being a "welcoming society." He explained, "It has expanded that welcome to go beyond the level of tolerance to one that I believe is even better. I think the essence of Canada now is acceptance, and long may it continue." Trebek accepted the award with "gratitude, humility, and pride."

Trebek’s final “Jeopardy!” episode was originally supposed to air on Christmas Day, but “due to anticipated preemptions” around the holidays, his final week of episodes was pushed back “in order to give his millions of fans a chance to see his final appearances,” according to Sony.

“Jeopardy!” will continue airing new episodes on Monday, Jan. 11 with interim host Ken Jennings behind the podium. “A long-term replacement host will not be named at this time,” the Sony series said last month. All future guest hosts will come from “within the ‘Jeopardy!’ family,” the quiz show said.

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BGT Delayed
Britain in the Midst of Another COVID Surge
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ITV has delayed production on its blockbuster entertainment show Britain’s Got Talent as coronavirus rampages across the UK.

The Simon Cowell-created Syco Entertainment and Fremantle talent show was due to commence filming later this month, but this has now been postponed indefinitely amid a Covid-19 surge that has forced England into a third national lockdown.

“The filming for the 15th series of Britain’s Got Talent has been postponed from its proposed record dates in late January,” an ITV spokesman said. “With the announcement of the latest Government health guidelines and with our priority of safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved in our programmes we, together with the production teams at Thames and Syco, have taken the decision to move the record and broadcast of the forthcoming series.”

Although production is continuing across the UK despite the lockdown, Britain’s Got Talent producers decided it would be impossible to stage the show in the current conditions. They are taking a safety-first approach given that hundreds of people are involved in making the series, and that acts travel from all over the world to take part.

It is not the first time coronavirus has derailed Britain’s Got Talent. Last year’s live finals had to be pushed back from spring to fall because of the pandemic, while the Christmas special was also delayed after members of the team tested positive.

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posted 1/8/2021

WEDNESDAY: Tuned In
Catch It on Fox Tonight!
From The Wrap

Fox’s reboot of “Name That Tune” premiered Wednesday, bringing the classic game show with a very simple premise — it’s right there in the title — back to broadcast television. But as anyone who has ever had an answer stuck on the tip of their tongue can probably imagine, naming those tunes is easier said than done.

“You’ll see it when you’re watching the show, people are singing the lyrics in their own head to themselves, hoping the the title comes out. But the tough part about the show is you’ve got to name the title correctly, exactly,” the rebooted “Name That Tune’s” band leader, Randy Jackson, told TheWrap. “It can’t be a roundabout, adding a word here. It’s got to be the exact title or it’s wrong.”

NBC (5.422 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on a news-driven Wednesday with its full night of "NBC News Special" (5.422 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

ABC (4.210 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) claimed the silver with its own night of "ABC News Special: Storming Capitol Hill: Democracy Under Fire" (4.210 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

FOX (2.913 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then offered up the official premieres of "The Masked Dancer" (2.790 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "Name That Tune" (3.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

Next up was CBS (2.509 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) with repeats of "Young Sheldon" (3.662 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) and "The Neighborhood" (2.874 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6) followed by its "CBS News Special" (2.129 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #7).

And finally, repeats of "Riverdale" (0.311 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T8) and "Nancy Drew" (0.261 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T8) on The CW (0.286 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers for Wednesday.
- Forged in Fire (History): 922k/0.20
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 598k/0.17
- Master Minds (GSN): 378k/0.04

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TOMMY LASORDA: 1927-2021
Dodgers Legend Featured on Many Games
From the Wrap

Tommy Lasorda, two-time World Series champion manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers, died Thursday of a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest. He was 93.

Lasorda’s death was announced Friday morning by the Dodgers. It comes less than three months after the Dodgers won their first World Series since the manager led the team to a title in 1988.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement: “Tommy Lasorda was one of the finest managers our game has ever known. He loved life as a Dodger. His career began as a pitcher in 1949 but he is, of course, best known as the manager of two World Series champions and four pennant-winning clubs. His passion, success, charisma and sense of humor turned him into an international celebrity, a stature that he used to grow our sport. Tommy welcomed Dodger players from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea and elsewhere — making baseball a stronger, more diverse and better game. He served Major League Baseball as the Global Ambassador for the first two editions of the World Baseball Classic and managed Team USA to gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Tommy loved family, the United States, the National Pastime and the Dodgers, and he made them all proud during a memorable baseball life.”

Born in Pennsylvania to Italian immigrants, Lasorda got his start in baseball as a free agent signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945. Four years later, his pitching got the attention of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who signed him to a minor league contract. He only made one start for the Dodgers in May 1955, getting hooked after one inning in which he threw three wild pitches. But while his career as a player was full of struggles, his legacy truly began once he hung up his glove. In 1960, the newly minted Los Angeles Dodgers hired him as a scout, and he began working his way up the ranks and developing his skills as a manager in the minors and in overseas leagues. In 1973, Dodgers manager Walter Alston hired him as the team’s third base coach, grooming him to be his replacement. Sure enough, four years later, Lasorda became the manager of the Dodgers following Alston’s retirement.

Lasorda would go on to win four National League pennants and two World Series championships during his 20-year career as Dodgers manager. His first championship came in 1981, after he and his scouts discovered a Mexican wunderkind pitcher named Fernando Valenzuela, who became the only pitcher to win Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award in the same season. Alongside catcher Steve Yeager and eventual World Series MVP Ron Cey, Lasorda and Valenzuela’s team came back after losing two road games to the New York Yankees to win the title.

Seven years later, Lasorda won his second World Series against the Oakland Athletics, thanks in part to his decision to send in an injured Kirk Gibson as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning of the first game of the series. In one of the most famous moments in World Series history, Gibson hit a walk-off home run to claim victory for the Dodgers.

In game shows, Lasorda was a guest on "Hell's Kitchen", "The Bachelorette", "Just Men!", and "Hollywood Connection".

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Weekend Lightning Round
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  • Nadiya Hussain narrates COVID-series for CBeebies (Deadline)

  • Michael Strahan to produce "Game Time" sitcom for CBS (Deadline)

  • Mark Labbett is half the Beast he used to be (Heart)

  • Ken Jennings: a preview (Sports Illustrated)

posted 1/10/2021

Roku Acquires Quibi
Streamer to Offer Library Lineup
From The Futon Critic

Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) announced today that The Roku Channel will become the exclusive place to stream more than 75 premium shows and documentaries that Quibi created in conjunction with Hollywood's leading studios and production companies.

Roku acquired the exclusive global distribution rights to Quibi's award-winning shows and will make the content available for free on an ad-supported basis in 2021 to all Roku users.

The Quibi content includes Emmy award-winning scripted series, alternative and reality programming and documentaries featuring stars such as Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Liam Hemsworth, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Richie, Chrissy Teigen, and Lena Waithe.

In addition to the full range of titles that had previously premiered on Quibi, more than a dozen new programs will make their exclusive debut on The Roku Channel.

The Roku Channel is the home for free and premium news and entertainment and in Q4 2020 reached U.S. households with an estimated 61.8 million people. The Roku Channel experienced rapid growth in Q4 2020 doubling household reach year over year and was a top 10 channel in both streaming hours and active accounts.

"The Roku Channel is one of the largest and fastest growing channels on our platform today and we are consistently expanding the breadth and quality of our free, ad-supported content for our users," said Rob Holmes, Vice President of Programming at Roku. "Today's announcement marks a rare opportunity to acquire compelling new original programming that features some of the biggest names in entertainment. We're excited to make this content available for free to our users in The Roku Channel through an ad-supported model. We are also thrilled to welcome the incredible studios and talented individuals who brought these stories to life and showcase them to our tens of millions of viewers."

"The most creative and imaginative minds in Hollywood created groundbreaking content for Quibi that exceeded our expectations," said Quibi Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg. "We are thrilled that these stories, from the surreal to the sublime, have found a new home on The Roku Channel."

"Quibi championed some of the most original ideas and inventive storytelling, and I'm so proud of what I was able to create for the platform," said Veena Sud, creator, writer, director and executive producer of the popular Quibi series The Stranger. "I'm so excited to now be able to share this thriller with millions of streamers on The Roku Channel."

The transaction will deliver a distinctive array of premium content geared towards the highly coveted 18-35 age demographic, further building out The Roku Channel's diverse lineup of more than 40,000 free movies and programs and 150 free live linear television channels.

Following an internal restructuring by Quibi, Roku acquired Quibi Holdings, LLC, the company that holds all of Quibi's content distribution rights. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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TPIR, LMAD on Hold
CBS Daytime Series to Pause Production Until End of Month
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Fremantle is the latest company to extend the holiday production hiatus on a number of its shows to protect against the latest surge in Covid-19 numbers.

Daytime gameshows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make A Deal have extended their breaks coming out of the Christmas holidays.

Both were originally set to return to production in the first two weeks of January but will now not start back until the end of the month.

Following the initial pandemic lockdown, The Price Is Right returned to filming at the start of October. The CBS show went back to its studio at Television City with a redesigned, Covid-friendly set and all of its usual rounds but without an audience.

Similarly, long-running daytime format Let’s Make A Deal, which is also getting its first primetime specials on CBS, returned to production towards the end of October with a mix of virtual and in-person contestants.

The RTL-owned producer joins the likes of CBS Studios, Warner Bros. TV, Universal TV, Sony Pictures TV, Lionsgate TV and Disney TV Studios’ ABC Signature and 20th Television and Netflix with regards to pausing production.

It comes after the LA County Department of Public Health urged the film and TV industry to consider pausing for a few weeks during the surge in Cornavirus cases across the region.

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Katie Couric to Be Put in "Jeopardy!"
Show Names Second Guest Host
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“Jeopardy!” has lined up its next guest host, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.

Katie Couric has signed on to host the popular quiz show for a week’s worth of episodes, making her the second guest host after Ken Jennings, according to the paper.

“Jeopardy!” is currently airing its final string of episodes with Alex Trebek at the podium, with his final turn as host to air on Friday, Jan. 8. The episodes were taped last October, before Trebek died of pancreatic cancer.

As previously announced, Ken Jennings, probably “Jeopardy’s” most well-known star contestant, will serve as the first guest host after Trebek’s final episodes finish airing. Sony Pictures Television has not announced plans to name a permanent replacement for Trebek, the show’s host of 37 seasons. Back in November, the studio said it would rotate through a series of “interim guest hosts” from “within the ‘Jeopardy!’ family.”

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The Second Round of "Tough as Nails"
Catch It On CBS February
From the Futon Critic

TOUGH AS NAILS, summer's #1 new reality series that celebrates everyday Americans who get their hands dirty while working long, hard hours to keep the country running, returns with 12 new competitors ready to test their strength, endurance, life skills and mental toughness, on the second season premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The cast includes a steelworker, pipe welder, travel nurse, UPS delivery driver, retired Air Force colonel who was a combat aviator for the Navy and Air Force, among others. Phil Keoghan is the creator, host and showrunner.

These competitors, who come from different walks of life but all roll up their sleeves every day to make an honest day's living, will compete in challenges that take place at real-world job sites including farms, construction sites, high rise buildings, fishing boats and a Pick-a-Part where they need to build a drivable car. One competitor will be crowned the champion and win the coveted TOUGH AS NAILS belt, but anybody that "punches out" of the individual competition still has the opportunity to win additional cash prizes in the team competition that continues throughout the season.

"TOUGH AS NAILS is a celebration of the hard working men and women who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty to do a hard day's work," said host and showrunner Phil Keoghan. "Over the past year, we have a renewed appreciation of the 'essential workforce' that keep the country running and I'm excited for viewers to meet the new crew members because this is a group of amazing folks who are real people in real life who are real tough!"

The TOUGH AS NAILS competitors are:
Name: Tara Alverson
Job: Mariner Age:
38 Hometown: Bothell, Wash.
Current Residence: Endurance, a tug boat in Alaska

Name: Sarah Burkett
Job: Pipe Welder
Age: 41
Hometown: Chesterfield, Va.
Current Residence: Petersburg, Pa.

Name: Angel Castillo
Job: Construction Foreman
Age: 29 Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Name: Aracelis "Celi" Garcia
Age: 31
Job: Travel Nurse
Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.
Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.

Name: Michael "Eyebrows" Guerriero
Job: Bricklayer
Age: 43
Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
Current Residence: Staten Island, N.Y.

Name: Patrick "Freight Train" Hargan
Job: UPS Delivery Driver
Age: 49
Hometown: East Greenville, Pa.
Current Residence: Flourtown, Pa.

Name: Scott Henry
Job: Construction Superintendent
Age: 40
Hometown: Orem, Utah
Current Residence: Ogden, Utah

Name: Iraida Mujica
Job: Transport Track
Repair Age: 43
Hometown: Miramar, Fla.

Name: Liz "Knuckles" Nichols
Job: Cement Mason
Age: 36
Hometown: Waltham, Mass.
Current Residence: Portland, Ore.

Name: Cyril "Zeus" Ontai III
Job: Lineman
Age: 29
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Name: Swifty Sanders
Job: Steelworker
Age: 43
Hometown: East Chicago, Ind.
Current Residence: Merrillville, Ind.

Name: Merryl Tengesdal
Job: Retired Air Force Colonel who was a combat aviator for the Navy and Air Force.
Age: 49
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Current Residence: Sacramento, Calif.


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posted 1/7/2021

SYNDIES: Week 14
Results for the Week Ending December 27
From TV Newscheck

Ratings were down almost across the board as many of syndication’s biggest shows took some time off for Christmas in the session ending Dec. 27, often airing reruns amid the numerous holiday preemptions.

Judge Judy celebrated being syndication’s No. 1 show overall in the household ratings for the 15th time in 19 weeks with a merry 5.4.

Following Judy was game show champion Family Feud, which dipped a minor 2% to a 5.2. Next in line at 4.6s were repeats of Jeopardy, which tumbled 16%, and Wheel of Fortune, which sank 12%.

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.

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- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.6 -16%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.6 -12%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 +13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


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TUESDAY: Roar
ABC, CBS Split
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ABC (3.335 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) claimed top demo honors on Tuesday with its telecasts of "The Wonderful World of Disney: The Lion King" (3.643 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and "Election Night: The Georgia Senate Runoffs - Your Voice Your Vote - An ABC News Special" (1.793 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

NBC (3.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a close second with the return of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.960 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "This Is Us" (5.050 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Nurses" (2.564 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

Next up was CBS (4.594 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its repeat trio of "NCIS" (5.570 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3), "FBI" (4.809 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.404 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its special "Gordon Ramsay's American Road Trip" (1.760 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, a new "World's Funniest Animals" (0.893 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and repeats of "World's Funniest Animals" (0.901 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), "Masters of Illusion" (0.538 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.456 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (0.697 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped: Grudge Match (P/Food): 1.022m/0.28
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 774k/0.22
- Master Minds (GSN): 500k/0.04
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 275k/0.10

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Live
Tetris

9p

HQ Trivia

Live
HQ

Sunday

7:30p

Tetris Primetime

Live
Tetris

8p

Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?

ABC

9p

Card Sharks

ABC

HQ Trivia

Live
HQ

Worst Cooks in America

Food

10p

Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes

VH1

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