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Nickelodeon

Adam Conover Is A-"Maze"-ing!
Nick Slots Premiere of "The Crystal Maze" January 24
From the Futon Critic

Comedian/writer Adam Conover is the new host of Nickelodeon's upcoming family game show, The Crystal Maze, an all-new version of the legendary UK hit series, premiering Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

The Crystal Maze will feature Conover as the Maze Master, charged with guiding one family team through physical and mental challenges set within an elaborate labyrinth of four giant and immersive themed zones: Aztec, Eastern, Futuristic and Industrial.

Said Conover, "As the Maze Master, the only thing that gives me greater joy than tormenting our adventurers with devious games is handing out giant cash prizes to the lucky few who manage to escape the challenges inside the crystal maze. This show is the ultimate challenge for families, proving that you have to work together if you want to win, and that's a fact."

"We are delighted to welcome Adam Conover into the Nickelodeon family as our first Maze Master. His wit, warmth and pizazz are the perfect attributes to guide families through the exhilarating adventure that is The Crystal Maze," said Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Unscripted Content.

The premiere episode of The Crystal Maze will feature a family from Houston, Texas, tackling a range of challenges in the maze for the first time ever for U.S. audiences. This season will feature families from: Scottsdale, Ariz; Lake Forest, Calif; Eastvale, Calif ; St. Augustine, Fla; Windemere, Fla; Chester, Va; Germantown, Tenn; Carollton, Texas; and Wheaton, Ill.

In each episode, the youngest family member takes on the role of team Captain. The successful completion of escape-room style challenges are rewarded with a "time crystal" granting the family five seconds in the centerpiece final zone called the Crystal Dome. The more crystals gathered throughout the game, the more time each family has for a dramatic clock countdown challenge inside the iconic Dome for a chance to win up to $25,000. .

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posted 12/11/19

Vanna White... Also an Icon, but For Purposes Of This Story
Catch Her "Wheel" Hosting Debut This Week!
From PopCulture

Viewers of Wheel of Fortune saw quite the strange sight on their television screens on Monday night. For the first time in 37 years, someone other than Pat Sajak was hosting the iconic game show.

In his place was Vanna White, who went from turning the letters to being at the forefront. She admitted before the episode airing that she was "nervous" about the situation. She ended up being thrust into the position after Sajak had to undergo emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine. Taking her place in controlling the board was Minnie Mouse.

"I've never even thought of that in 37 years," White said to The New York Times in an interview. "And to be asked almost on the spot, 'How do you feel about hosting the show?' Like, what... I was very nervous."

White will host the special "Secret Santa Holiday Giveaway" episodes without Sajak, reports PEOPLE. The 2019 edition of the annual promotion will run through Dec. 20, and gives every at-home viewer with a Wheel Watchers Club SPIN ID the chance to win everything a contestant wins in an episode.

This year, Disney is joining as a promotional partner for the first time. Since the "Secret Santa" promotions began, more than $2.5 million has been awarded to at-home viewers. This year's prizes will include trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Disney Cruises vacations and Disney Store gift cards."

Meanwhile, Pat Sajak is back at work after his emergency surgery, and fans are delighted. The longtime Wheel of Fortune host made headlines last month after a medical emergency took him off the show for a few weeks, leading Vanna White to take over hosting duties on the show. With the episodes hosted by White set to begin airing next week, Sajak took to Twitter to celebrate his return to the studio. He admitted that while his break to recover from the surgery was only four weeks, it felt a lot longer for the television personality.

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posted 12/11/19

SYNDIES: Week 22
Results for the Week Ending December 1
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan was the No. 1 talker for the Thanksgiving holiday session ending Dec. 1, holding steady week to week at its season-high 2.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. That marks the first time usually unbeatable Dr. Phil did not finish atop the talk shows in 169 weeks.

But it was close. Many shows were able to exclude the very low-rated Thanksgiving and Black Friday from their averages. Those shows that were not able to do so were saddled with abnormally low numbers for the week.

Dr. Phil, which took a major ratings hit by having to include both lightly viewed holidays in its average, was only a tenth of a point off the lead, flipping 13% to a new season-low 2.0 to tie Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen, which did not count the low-rated days in its average, rose 18% to a 2.0.

Elsewhere, game shows did not have much fun. Jeopardy slid 6% to a 5.9; Family Feud faded 10% to a new season-low 5.3; and Wheel of Fortune fell 17% to a new season-low 5.2.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (ViacomCBS) 5.9 -6%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 -10%**
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2 -17%**
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 12/11/19

Simon Cowell Lawyers Up, Gets Paid
ITV Set to Reup BGT as Investigation Continues
From Deadline

Simon Cowell has put pen to paper on a new five-year deal for Britain's Got Talent with UK broadcaster ITV.

It represents ITV's longest commitment to the variety show since it launched in 2007 in the UK, and comes as America's Got Talent is mired in controversy amid an NBC investigation into working conditions.

Britain's Got Talent will remain on British television until 2024, while the deal also guarantees another season of The X Factor in 2020. Both shows are made by Cowell's production outfit Syco Entertainment and Fremantle's Thames Television.

Traditionally, Cowell has packaged up Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor in three-year ITV deals, the most recent of which was signed in 2016. But the diverging fortunes of the shows has meant a new approach to the latest agreement.

The five-year Britain's Got Talent deal is one of the biggest commitments to an entertainment show on British television and will take the brand — co-produced by Fremantle's Thames TV — into its 18th season.

Cowell serves as a judge on the format, which is hosted by British duo Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

Deadline

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posted 12/11/19

TUESDAY: Masked Rider the First
Fox Ties NBC in the Demo with "The Masked Singer"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and FOX (3.841 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) shared the adults 18-49 crown on Tuesday as the latter served up a special "The Masked Singer" (5.757 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) followed by a new "The Moodys" (2.231 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and the season finale of "The Moodys" (1.619 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

The former then offered up the premiere of "Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways" (6.806 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) followed by fresh installments of "The Voice" (8.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Making It" (3.089 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was ABC (3.455 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the fall finales to "The Conners" (5.700 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Bless This Mess" (3.613 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mixed-ish" (2.939 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Black-ish" (2.990 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Emergence" (2.744 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.072 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "NCIS" (7.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "FBI" (6.097 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.719 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.222 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with part three of its crossover with "The Flash" (1.712 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a special "Crisis Aftermath" (0.733 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

ON cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 705k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 674k
- The Misery Index (TBS): 642k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 421k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 285k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 205k
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The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/11/19

Buddy vs. Duff II: This Time, It's Personal
Food Network Reups Rivalry Competition
From the Futon Critic

Food Network has ordered a new season of Buddy vs. Duff, the network's highest-rated series of 2019, it was announced today by Courtney White, President, Food Network. The high-stakes freshman series reached over 14 million viewers in its premiere season and grew ratings more than 40% for its timeslot vs. YAGO for P25-54.

On the series, elite bakers Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman face-off in an epic baking battle for the chance to be crowned the undisputed king of cake. Production begins this week on the eight-episode second season of the competition will challenge every aspect of what it means to be a true pastry artist and cake master. The series is scheduled to return in March 2020. "Audiences were captivated by the real-life rivalry between Buddy and Duff, the extraordinary intensity of the competition and the exquisite works of art created by these two titans of baking," said White. "As the biggest names in cake, they have a lot at stake in the competition and will lay it all on the line to prove they are the best in the business." .

The Futon Critic

The Wrap

posted 12/11/19

Place! Bets! Now!
Bleacher Report to Launch Betting Game Show
From Casino City Times

Bleacher Report is continuing its mission to deliver premium sports betting content for its B/R Betting brand with the debut of a new live interactive game show from the B/R Studio at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas Sports Book. The weekly B/R Betting Game Show will be shot in front of a live audience with content distributed across the B/R app and B/R Betting social handles throughout the week. It will feature a rotation of guest hosts starting with former NFL superstar Chad Ochocinco, who will lead the audience in games and contests immediately following the NFL's Thursday Night Football broadcast for its debut.

The B/R Betting Game Show puts fans at the center of the action by inviting them to participate in a series of fun, interactive games with the chance to win cash and prizes. The repeatable segments include 'Win or Destroy' where fans have to show how well they know a celebrity guest for a chance to win valuable memorabilia or watch it be destroyed by an industrial shredder, 'Champ or Chump' betting challenges where participants try to predict outcomes of celebrity challenges and athletic contests, and regular on-the-spot challenges within the Caesars Palace Sports Book like 'Get the Picture' or 'Over/Under.'

The addition of a new show to the B/R Betting portfolio comes as video views have increased by four times over the past two months, averaging 13.3 million views per month across all platforms. It will join other series' including Your Fantasy Fire Drill and the B/R Betting Show, and will be hosted by Kelly Stewart and Cabbie Richards.

"When we launched our partnership with Caesars Entertainment almost a year ago, it was with this type of content in mind. Something that can engage fans at the most iconic sports book in the world, while providing B/R Betting compelling programming that can be distributed to our hyper-engaged fanbase," said Sam Toles, chief content officer of Bleacher Report. "The B/R Betting Game Show reflects the B/R voice in a unique format that we know audiences will love.".

Casino City Times

Las Vegas Review Journal

posted 12/11/19


The Wrap

PHILIP McKEON: 1964-2019
"Alice" Actor Played "Hollywood Squares", "Pyramid"
From Deadline

Philip McKeon, the former child actor who played young Tommy Hyatt on the 1976-1985 CBS sitcom Alice, died today in Texas after a long illness. The elder brother of Facts of Life actress Nancy McKeon was 55.

His death was announced by family spokesman Jeff Ballard.

"We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil's passing," Ballard said in a statement. "His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life."

McKeon would go on to appear in such TV series as The Love Boat, Amazing Stories and Favorite Son but is best known for his first role as the precocious son of the title character in Alice. Linda Lavin starried as a recently widowed mother who relocates with her son from New Jersey to Phoenix and makes ends meet as a waitress while trying to launch a singing career. The series bounced around the CBS schedule during its first two seasons but became a hit as the lead-out of All in the Family on Sunday nights in October 1977. It was among primetime's top 10 series in four of the next five seasons, falling to No. 13 overall in 1978-79 but climbing to No. 4 the following year. It wrapped in 1985, having endured more than a dozen time-slot changes.

McKeon appeared in more than half of the 202 episodes of Alice, which was the TV adaptation of Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974). The Tommy Hyatt role was played in the film by Alfred Lutter, who reprised the role in the Alice pilot before being replaced by McKeon.

He also appeared on TV game shows including The Hollywood Squares and The $100,000 Pyramid and later worked for 10 years in the news department at Los Angeles radio outlet KFWB-AM. He then moved to Wimberly, Texas, where he spent the past several years hosting a local radio show.

McKeon also had small roles on the big screen in films including Sandman, Red Surf and 976-EVIL II.

He is survived by mother, Barbara, and sister, Nancy..

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The Wrap

posted 12/11/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Race of Their Own"

  • The Vivienne, Baga Chipz get their own "Drag Race UK" spin-off (Digital Spy)

  • VIDEO WALL: The Usos get "Wild'n Out" (The Wrap)

  • Tyler Crispen & Angela Rummans are moving... just a couple counties over (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: 2019's most watched cable networks. Comedy.TV is dead last. (The Wrap)

  • Old and busted: Trivia apps. New hotness: puzzle books (iNews)

  • Joel McHale is made of Star stuff (TV Line)

  • Would you like Meghan Markle's briefcase? (Insider)

  • For the last, final, and ultimate time, Alan Bersten and Hannah Brown ARE NOT HAPPENING (Us Magazine)

  • Nick Cannon just needs to put the beef all the way away.(The Wrap).

  • JP Rosenbaum diagnosed with Guillan-Barre Syndrome (Reality TV World)

  • Hannah Brown says.... words. (Entertainment Tonight)

posted 12/11/19

MONDAY: Merry Bleeping Christmas...
"The Voice" Beats "Shazam" for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.298 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held off the competition on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (8.156 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Making It" (2.582 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

ABC (4.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was a close second with originals from "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (4.719 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), another "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (4.454 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (3.980 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.241 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (6.129 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.948 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "All Rise" (5.228 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) followed by a repeat "Bull" (4.456 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) offered up a special "Beat Shazam" (1.998 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), night two of "The Moodys" (1.327 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and another "The Moodys" (1.196 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.294 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) closed out the night with part two of its crossover on "Batwoman" (1.685 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and the fall finale of "Black Lightning" (0.903 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Cable numbers...
- Holiday Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.596m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.095m
- Wrap Battle (SF/Freeform): 297k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 185k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/10/19

Netflix Has a Passion for "Fashion"
"Next in Fashion" Launches January 29
From Broadway World

Next In Fashion is a high-stakes competition series debuting January 29, 2020 featuring some of the world's best and quietly innovative designers who compete for a chance to become the next big name in fashion.

Hosted by fashion designer and TV personality Tan France (Queer Eye) and designer, model and global style icon Alexa Chung, Next in Fashion begins with eighteen designers who face challenges centering on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses. These talented contestants have worked for major brands and dressed A-list celebrities, and will now compete head-to-head to see who has the skill, originality and determination to win the grand prize: $250,000 and an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.

Next in Fashion is created and produced by theoldschool and is Executive Produced by Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton with co-Executive Producer Adam Cooper.

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posted 12/10/19

WEEKEND: Touchdown NBC
NBC Wins Sunday on SNF, While "Crisis" Doubles "Supergirl" Numbers
From the Futon Critic

NBC (12.465 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.520 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.108 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (14.266 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.1, #T2) and "Sunday Night Football" (13.566 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.1, #T2).

CBS (11.722 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then got a huge spark from its "NFL Overrun" (26.924 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.4, #1) followed by a new "60 Minutes" (16.515 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), the fall finales of "God Friended Me" (7.824 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.423 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) plus the series finale of "Madam Secretary" (5.331 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Next up was FOX (3.815 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its presentation of "Miss Universe 2019" (3.815 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.798 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.893 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), the special "America's Funniest Home Videos: This Is You!" (3.990 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Shark Tank" (2.639 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and the fall finale of "The Rookie" (3.669 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.184 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with its crossover premiere of "Supergirl" (1.673 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) followed by "Crisis Aftermath" (0.695 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Holiday Wars (Food): 1.089m
- Kids Baking Championship (S/Food): 1.052m
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 981k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/10/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Watching Steve"

  • Steve Harvey returns his talk show on Facebook Watch (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Next week, TPIR brings back the pets (YouTube)

  • FIRST LOOK: The Circle (Netflix, January 1) (The Futon Critic)

  • Old and busted: Trivia apps. New hotness: puzzle books (iNews)

  • Katie & Chris (Reality TV World)... Corinne & some guy (Us)...they're all over.

  • FIRST LOOK: "Masked Singer" season 3 is going to be... appealing? (The Wrap).

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Jeopardy: GOAT" (Good Morning America)

  • CUE ZOMBIES: TPIR Bingo is going bye bye (Facebook)

posted 12/10/19


Today Show

CAROLL SPINNEY: 1933-2019
Actor/Puppeteer Brought Characters to Games
From The Wrap

Caroll Spinney, the man who played "Sesame Street" icon Big Bird for 50 years, died on Sunday at his Connecticut home at the age of 85.

His passing was announced by Sesame Workshop.

"Caroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving view of the world helped shape and define 'Sesame Street' from its earliest days in 1969 through five decades, and his legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending," The Sesame Workshop said in lengthy statement on their website. "His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world, and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while."

Spinney received five Daytime Emmy Awards during his career on "Sesame Street," where he played the shy but curious Big Bird in a full-body puppet suit and performed more traditional puppeteering as the trashcan denizen Oscar the Grouch. He also received a lifetime achievement award in 2006 from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a U.S. postage stamp, and named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress..

Spinney retired from "Sesame Street" in October 2018, having been previously diagnosed with dystonia, a movement disorder in which a person's muscles contract uncontrollably. He handed over Big Bird's role to puppet captain Matt Vogel, who also now provides the voice of Kermit the Frog.

During his tenure, Big Bird appeared on "What's My Line?" and "The Hollywood Squares" among others. Oscar the Grouch was a Mobster on the original "1 vs. 100" for NBC.

Spinney is survived by his wife, Debra, three children and four grandchildren.

The Wrap
Detroit Free Press

posted 12/6/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Year in Jeopardy!"

  • From Alex's diagnosis to James Holzhauer: 2019 was the year of Jeopardy! (B&C)

  • Nick Cannon released a diss track... and Eminem is not having any of it (Page Six)

  • Steve Harvey had TWO missteps last night... One was the jacket. (The Wrap)

  • T-Pain to return to "The Masked Singer" unmasked (GoldDerby)

posted 12/3/19


Page Six

RON LEIBMAN: 1950-2019
"Friends" Actor Was on "Hollywood Squares"
From TV Line

Emmy and Tony-winning actor Ron Leibman, who played Rachel's father Dr. Leonard Green on Friends, has died at the age of 82.

Leibman won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for playing the title role in the CBS crime drama Kaz, which he co-created as well. He also originated the role of lawyer Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner's Broadway play Angels in America, winning a Tony in 1993.

But he may be best known to TV audiences as Rachel's dad Dr. Green on Friends, a role he played in a total of four episodes. Dr. Green was a wealthy, surly man who divorced Rachel's mother (played by Marlo Thomas) in Season 2 and delighted in antagonizing his daughter's boyfriend Ross. His last appearance on the series was in 2004's "The One Where Joey Speaks French," during the tenth and final season.

Leibman went on to play physician Dr. Plepler on HBO's The Sopranos in a pair of Season 6 episodes. He also lent his voice to the character of Ron Cadillac on FX's Archer, playing the husband of his real-life wife Jessica Walter. His other TV credits include Law & Order: SVU and Murder, She Wrote.

In the 1980s, he guested on "Hollywood Squares".

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The Wrap
Deadline

posted 12/6/19

THURSDAY: More TNF, More Wins
Fox Wins, "Making It" Modestly Holds
From the Futon Critic

FOX (13.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) got another boost on Thursday with its presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (14.049 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

ABC (4.124 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a distant second with its annual telecast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (4.954 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) followed by the original movie "Same Time, Next Christmas" (3.709 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.263 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.390 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "The Unicorn" (5.832 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mom" (5.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.685 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Evil" (3.346 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.651 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (3.125 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a new "Making It" (1.702 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with new episodes from "Supernatural" (1.066 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Legacies" (0.857 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Cable numbers...
- Project Runway (SP/Bravo): 867k
- Santa's Baking Blizzard (Food) : 831k
- Temptation Island (USA): 601k
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (SP/MTV): 404k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 380k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 364k
- America Says - 4:30p (GSN): 323k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 174k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/6/19

Together Again for the First Time
Viacom, CBS Close on Merger
From The Wrap

CBS and Viacom are finally, really, back to together. Less than four months after announcing their intentions to rejoin as one company, the companies closed their merger on Wednesday, beginning the new ViacomCBS era.

The merger took effect following the closing bell on Wednesday.

ViacomCBS Inc. will begin trading on the Nasdaq on Thursday under ticker symbols VIACA and VIAC.

The move puts the CBS broadcast network, Viacom's stable of cable channels like MTV and Nickelodeon, and the Paramount film and TV studio under one roof.

The two companies agreed in August to an all-stock deal that valued Viacom at roughly $12 billion. CBS shareholders will own approximately 61% and Viacom shareholders will own approximately 39% of the new company. In making the announcement, ViacomCBS touted an annual revenue of $28 billion.

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posted 12/5/19

Alex Trebek Is An Icon
"Jeopardy!" Host to Receive Award at Canadian Screen Awards
From the Hollywood Reporter

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek is set to receive the Icon Award at the Canadian Screen Awards.

The 79-year-old Canada-born game show host, as he battles stage IV pancreatic cancer, will be honored for his contribution to the media industry after returning to host the show in August.

Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy since its current iteration debuted in 1984. He has won five Daytime Emmys for outstanding game show host and received a lifetime achievement award in 2011.

In its 35th season, Jeopardy remains one of the most popular shows in syndication.

Canada's national film and TV awards, produced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, in March 2020 will also give its Radius Award to Schitt's Creek showrunner and star Dan Levy, while The Good Doctor showrunner David Shore will be honored with the Margaret Collier Award.

Other 2020 Special Award winners announced Wednesday include David Suzuki to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award; streaming service Crave to get an Industry Leadership Award; Tina Keeper picking up The Earle Grey Award; and Nathalie Younglai to receive a Humanitarian Award.

The Canadian Screen Awards are set to run March 23-29 in Toronto."

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posted 12/5/19

SYNDIES: Week 21
Results for the Week Ending November 24
From TV Newscheck

Ratings for daytime shows in the week ending Nov. 24 were dramatically skewed by massive preemptions for the impeachment hearings on three of the five weekdays.

In fact, the preemptions were so extensive that some programs counted only two days — Monday and Friday — in their weekly averages.

In access, Jeopardy, without super contestant James Holzhauer competing, declined 13% to a 6.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and landed in a three-way tie for first place with Wheel of Fortune and season-to-date leader Judge Judy, although Judy was tops in the key women 25-54 demo..

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.3 -13%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 NC
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 +13%
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 12/5/19

More on the Gabrielle Union/Julianne Hough "AGT" Departure
Pair of Judges Will Not Return for Season 15
From the Wrap

Julianne Hough is breaking her silence on her and Gabrielle Union's sudden departures from America's Got Talent.

In an appearance on Today's third hour Thursday, Hough did not respond directly when asked by host Craig Melvin what her own experience was as a judge on NBC's hit summer competition series.

"I commend Gabrielle for speaking her truth and starting a conversation," said the Dancing With The Stars judge, who is set to star with her brother Derek in two NBC Christmas specials. "I'm also really proud of NBC as well for showing up and starting a narrative, and that's what's going to change the workplace and the paradigm that we've been working in for many, many years, and it's shifting, and I think that's really, really exciting."

Hough's comments refer to a sit-down Wednesday between NBC and Union to address her departure and to look at ways to improve the culture and atmosphere on the show. Both sides called the meeting "candid and productive."

Hough added that, "Life is crazy and sometimes you can't control things, and when obstacles come your way you have to be graceful about it and have integrity. I think that people with authenticity and integrity will create change."

Hough said she hasn't spoken to Union since they left the show. "I have reached out. I think we both have been very busy," she said. "Hopefully, when I get back to LA later this afternoon we can have a conversation."

Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough will not be returning as judges for Season 15 of "America's Got Talent," an individual with knowledge of the situation confirms. Shortly after, sources told entertainment news site LoveBScott that there was a racist and sexist culture behind the scenes, alleging that Union was fired for bringing "problematic" on-set situations to light.

Variety also published follow-up reports about a toxic culture at the show.

NBC, Fremantle and production company Syco released the following joint statement on Sunday, Dec. 1: "We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture. We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate."

No word yet as to their replacements, although executive producer and judge Simon Cowell is expected to return, as well as long-time judge Howie Mandel and host Terry Crews.

Both Union and Hough joined the show in January 2019 when former judges Heidi Klum and Mel B exited due to other commitments.

Time's Up, the women's advocacy network, has weighed in on the much-talked-about and controversial dismissal of Union from NBC's America's Got Talent after she called out incidents of workplace toxicity she encountered and witnessed while she was a judge on the reality competition series.

"Gabrielle Union's experience at America's Got Talent is exemplary of the double bind that black women face at work," said Tina Tchen, president and CEO of Time's Up Now in a statement. "Not only did Union reportedly endure and witness racist and inappropriate behavior – including racially-insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her physical appearance – but it also appears she was punished for speaking out: the company labeled her as 'difficult' before ousting her from the show altogether."

Interestingly, despite reports of a negative work environment at AGT, Hough denied to Variety that she had experienced toxic behavior while on the show: "I had a wonderful time on America's Got Talent… working with the cast, crew and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC."

Elsewhere, NBC now has a potential labor landmine under its feet with Union's forced-march exit from America's Got Talent. Just hours after the Comcast-owned network finally put out a statement that seemed to recognize the gravity of the situation and the allegations of racial and other discriminatory practices at work on the Simon Cowell-created competition series, SAG-AFTRA has turned a new spotlight on the matter."

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WEDNESDAY: Return of the Mask
Fox Wins Demo with Return of "The Masked Singer"
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was back on top in adults 18-49 thanks to a new "The Masked Singer" (6.507 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) followed by the premiere of "The Moodys" (3.288 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and a second "The Moodys" (2.386 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Second place then went to NBC (5.533 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with the "87th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (6.885 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a new "Making It" (2.829 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was CBS (5.498 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.861 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "SEAL Team" (5.429 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) plus a repeat "SWAT" (4.203 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.234 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Goldbergs" (4.081 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Schooled" (3.106 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.789 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Single Parents" (2.581 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Stumptown" (2.922 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.694 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.702 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.685 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

Cable numbers...
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 816k
- Man vs. Bear (P/Discovery): 952k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 759k
- The Great Food Truck Race: Holiday Hustle (Food): 685k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 258k .

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posted 12/5/19

A Long Time Ago in a Game Show Far Far Away
Ahmed Best to Host "Jedi Temple Challenge" for Disney+
From the Verge

Hot off the success of Baby Yoda, Disney has ordered a new Star Wars show for its Disney+ streaming service, but this one seemingly shares more in common with American Ninja Warrior than The Mandalorian.

Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge is described by Disney as a test of "strength, knowledge, and bravery" as contestants face off in a series of different obstacles "in an attempt to achieve the rank of Jedi Knight."

Hosted by Ahmed Best, best known for playing Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels, the show will pit players against different challenges in three different locations: a forest planet, a Jedi star cruiser, and inside a Jedi temple.

"A game show set in the Star Wars galaxy is a perfect fit for Disney+," said Dan Silver, vice president of unscripted originals at Disney+, in a press release.

Disney+ currently has a number of unscripted original series, including The World According to Jeff Goldblum and Kristen Bell's Encore. Jedi Temple Challenge will mark the first kid-focused game show on the platform.

Adding the show to Disney+'s catalog comes at a time when competitors like Netflix are trying to find more game shows for its streaming services. There still aren't many details about how the show will operate — for example, Disney hasn't said how many contestants will participate — but the show will premiere in 2020."

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TUESDAY: You're a Mean One...
NBC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.546 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on a competitive Tuesday with its mix of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (5.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming" (3.873 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "The Voice" (6.390 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Making It" (2.660 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

ABC (5.485 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was a close second with its duo of "Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special" (6.292 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "CMA Country Christmas" (5.082 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

FOX (3.396 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) shared the silver with fresh installments of "The Resident" (4.237 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Empire" (2.554 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "NCIS" (7.110 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "FBI" (5.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.464 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.082 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night with a new "The Flash" (1.334 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and the fall finale of "Arrow" (0.831 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Cable numbers...
- Chopped (Food): 709k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 686k
- The Misery Index (TBS): 650k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 424k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 351k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 244k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 224k .

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posted 12/4/19

MONDAY: Happy December
NBC Wins December on "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.081 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to the fall finales of "9-1-1" (6.742 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Prodigal Son" (3.420 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

The silver then went to NBC (6.307 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with a new "The Voice" (7.989 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and the return of "Making It" (2.943 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was CBS (5.408 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its repeat lineup of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (7.042 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "All Rise" (4.557 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Bull" (4.624 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season premiere of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (4.050 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), another "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (3.553 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and the fall finale of "The Good Doctor" (6.066 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

And finally, The CW (0.657 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the fall finale to "All American" (0.735 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "Black Lightning" (0.579 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

Cable numbers...
- Christmas COokie Challenge (Food): 1.032m
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 821k
- Wrap Battle (Freeform): 424k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 379k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 285k

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posted 12/4/19

WEEKEND: Thanksgiving Leftovers
NBC Wins on TNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) cruised to another Sunday victory thanks to its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.263 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (11.766 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.450 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.920 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1).

CBS (9.527 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (18.784 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.5, #3) followed by its combination of "60 Minutes" (12.288 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "60 Minutes Presents" (8.135 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.191 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Madam Secretary" (4.208 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18).

Next up was ABC (3.720 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.476 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" (3.119 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) followed by originals of "Shark Tank" (2.959 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "The Rookie" (3.325 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.566 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.400 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.395 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), a new "The Simpsons" (2.037 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), an encore of "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" (1.433 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), a new "Bob's Burgers" (1.599 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and a repeat "Family Guy" (1.532 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, originals from "Batwoman" (1.011 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.3, #20) and "Supergirl" (0.884 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.2, #21) rounded out the night on The CW (0.948 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

FOX (2.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) won the demo race on Friday with its telecast of "WWE SmackDown" (2.336 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1).

CBS (3.839 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its mix of "Frosty the Snowman" (4.043 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1), "Frosty Returns" (3.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (3.405 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Blue Bloods" (4.365 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.336 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with originals from "American Housewife" (2.873 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.080 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "20/20" (3.766 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.175 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) offered up highlights from "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina" (3.305 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) plus a new "Dateline NBC" (2.916 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, a repeat of "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" (0.941 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and the new special "Penn & Teller: Merry Fool Us" (0.834 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.887 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 589k
- Top Elf (P/Nick): 445k
- Double Dare (Nick): 401k

Cable numbers for Sunday..
- Holiday Wars (Food): 1.014m
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 976k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 329k

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posted 12/4/19

Company Loves "Misery"
TBS Renews Quiz for Season 2
From the Hollywood Reporter

TBS is happy with its Misery.

The WarnerMedia-owned cable network has renewed the comedic game show The Misery Index for a second season. The pickup comes as the series has seen its ratings grow over the course of its six weeks on air.

Hosted by The Good Place's Jameela Jamil and inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens, The Misery Index asks contestants to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events based on a "misery index," a ranking system devised by a team of therapists. The comedy troupe The Tenderloins — the stars of Impractical Jokers on TBS' sister network TruTV — are regular panelists.

"Jameela and The Tenderloins have wholeheartedly translated the most miserable of mishaps into absolute amusement, giving the audience and contestants permission to be entertained by these misfortunes," Brett Weitz, general manager for TNT, TBS and TruTV, said Tuesday in a statement. "We couldn't be more excited to continue our relationship with these five brilliantly talented comedians."

The Misery Index averaged 606,000 same-day viewers over its first six regular episodes on TBS (not including a late-night preview following a baseball playoff game on Oct. 15). After hovering just below 500,000 viewers for its first two episodes, the show grew for three straight weeks to a high of 745,000 on Nov. 19 before retreating some to 624,000 a week ago. Nonetheless, the show has grown by 21 percent over its premiere so far; delayed and multiplatform viewing will push those numbers substantially higher.

TBS says The Misery Index ranks among the top five new cable comedies of 2019.

Andy Breckman (Monk, Saturday Night Live) developed the show with Ben and Dan Newmark of Grandma's House Pictures. The trio executive produces with former TNT and TBS executive Michael Bloom of Bongo Pictures and Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment.

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posted 12/3/19

Andy Samberg Thinks Small
"Biggest Little Cook-Off" Heads to Quibi
From the Wrap

Andy Samberg is going meta with Quibi. The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star will host a cooking competition about bite-sized foods on the tech platform that plans to roll out its series in morsels.

Samberg will host "Biggest Little Cook-Off," which Quibi describes as "a comedic competition series where the stakes are big and the plates are small."

In an absurd showdown, two top chefs will battle to create the most delicious, salivating, mouth-watering, scrumptious … single bite of food," according to the mobile-first media technology platform. It continued: "Can these highly skilled chefs make spaghetti and meatballs on a plate the size of a dime? Sushi on a single grain of rice? Find out in 'Biggest Little Cook-Off.'"

"Anyone who knows me knows I love dinky stuff. So when this show about dinky food came my way I said, 'I like the dinky food,'" Samberg, who is also an executive producer, said in a statement. "I'm excited to bring my expertise in dinky things to the dinky cooking arena, and I'm also excited to bring a bag lunch, because the food is so dinky I'm for sure going to still be hungry after the shows."

Michael Rosenstein, Stephen Kroopnick and Stu Schreiberg will executive produce alongside Samberg. The series is produced by Triage Entertainment, a Levity Live company.

Quibi launches on April 6, 2020.

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Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Unreality TV"

  • Cheryl Burke believes "Dancing" lost its authenticity (TV Line)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Flirty Dancing (Fox) previews after football (Reality TV World)

  • Silas Gaither charged with rape (Jezebel)

  • Joel McHale returning to "Card Sharks" (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Austin Rogers (The AV Club)

posted 12/3/19

WEDNESDAY: Game of Sweeps
CBS Wins Final Night of Sweeps
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.826 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday with its trio of "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.465 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.807 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "SWAT" (5.205 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

NBC (3.612 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with its specials "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special" (3.413 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.412 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and encores of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (5.519 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Modern Family" (2.861 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "Modern Family" (2.350 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Stumptown" (2.112 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.068 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for a repeat "The Masked Singer" (2.770 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a new "Almost Family" (1.367 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.829 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with a rebroadcast of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1" (0.829 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12.

Cable numbers...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.042m
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 801k
- The Great Food Truck Race: Holiday Hustle (SP/Food): 749k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 718k
- America Says (GSN): 485k

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AP

GARY RHODES: 1950-2019
British Chef Hosted "Hell's Kitchen UK", "MasterChef USA"
From Deadline

British TV chef Gary Rhodes has died aged 59 during a break in filming on a new show for UK broadcaster ITV.

Rhodes's death was confirmed in a statement issued by his family, who said: "The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE. "Gary passed away last evening, Tuesday 26 November 2019, at the age of 59, with his beloved wife Jennie by his side. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time."

Rhodes presented the BBC version of MasterChef in 2001, MasterChef USA for PBS and featured on the British edition of Hell's Kitchen for ITV in 2005. He also hosted a number of his own series for the BBC, such as Gary Rhodes' Cookery Year and Gary Rhodes At The Table, as well as appearing as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.

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SHELLEY MORRISON: 1936-2019
"Will & Grace" Actress Guested on "Hollywood Squares", "Pyramid"
From Deadline

Actress Shelley Morrison, best known for playing maid Rosario Salazar on Will & Grace, died of heart failure on Sunday, her publicist confirmed to the Associated Press. She was 83.

Though Morrison was only intended to appear in one Will & Grace episode, Rosario quickly became a fan-favorite character, and Morrison went on to play Karen Walker's housekeeper for 68 episodes of the show's original run. During the run, she appeared on "Celebrity Blackjack", "Hollywood Squares", and "Pyramid".

She did not reprise the role for NBC's revival of the sitcom; rather, Rosario passed away off-screen in a November 2017 installment.

Morrison was also known for her work on The Flying Nun, where she co-starred as Puerto Rican nun Sister Sixto. But her showbiz career spanned more than 50 years, with television credits that included Gunsmoke, The Partridge Family, L.A. Law and Murder, She Wrote, among many others.

More recently, Morrison lent her voice to various projects, including episodes of the animated Disney Channel series Handy Manny.

The actress is survived by her husband, Walter Dominguez

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posted 12/2/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Not Helping"

  • Dancing: Now that the season is over... did the tweaks REALLY help? (TV Line)

  • Gordon Ramsay to pull back the doors, bust open the books, and make a call for help to... wait, that's another show (Deadline)

  • Rachel Lindsay & Vanessa Grimaldi are totally cool now. (Reality TV World)

  • Blake Shelton says a proposal to Gwen Stefani is coming "soon" (Reality TV World)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! A first on Cash Strapped (Radio Times)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Karen Maruyama (Broadway World)

posted 12/2/19


Twitter @GodfreyGao

GODFREY GAO: 1984-2019
Model/Actor from "The Mortal Instruments" Died on Chinese Reality Show
From WWD

Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning, his management Jetstar has confirmed, after falling while participating in a TV obstacle-course game show.

Gao, 35, was filming the show, Chase Me, which airs on the mainland Chinese channel Zhejiang Television, when he suddenly collapsed and died due to cardiac arrest. The show is an obstacle-course race similar to programs like American Ninja Warrior and involves a series of elaborate physical tasks for its contestants. For example, previous tasks have included jumping atop of rotating blocks positioned over a ball pit and scaling the sides of tall buildings while tethered by ropes.

A statement from Jetstar posted on Wednesday morning read:

"In the early hours of Nov. 27, our beloved Godfrey collapsed while filming on set. Unfortunately, following three hours of medical rescue efforts, he left us. We are very shocked and saddened and even until now find it impossible to accept. Thank you media friends and every fan of Godfrey's for their concern. His management and team were by his side and his family were urgently rushed to the location. Please respect Godfrey's family in this time of sorrow and refrain from disturbing them. We will accompany Godfrey's family to handle discreet funeral arrangements. Thank you, everyone."

Gao's body was to be transported back to Taipei from Ningbo in Zhejiang province where the show films.

A separate statement from the show, Chase Me, said Gao fell to the ground while running and that medical staff on site had attended to him immediately although he succumbed due to heart issues. The show expressed "incomparable pain and complete sorrow" over the incident.

Born Sept. 22, 1984, in Taiwan as Tsao Chih-Hsiang, Gao moved as a child to Vancouver and went on to study at Capilano University. He was known to be soft-spoken but athletic and with a big love of basketball. His big career break came when he became the first Asian model to be cast by Louis Vuitton, appearing in their 2011 advertisement campaign.

He later reached celebrity status in greater China and much of Asia thanks to his lead role in the television drama "Remembering Lichuan." His passing was the number-one trending topic on China's Sina Weibo on Wednesday and by the afternoon had also sparked a nationwide conversation under the hashtag #dontfilm, with many netizens questioning the difficulty of the physical challenges on the show.

Gao had also appeared in several movies including the 2013 Hollywood production The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and The Jade Pendant, as well as Chinese blockbusters like Shanghai Fortress..

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posted 11/27/19

SUNDAY: Stop the Damn Match!
The Ravens Win... So Does NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (15.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) scored another victory on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.588 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (11.357 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.441 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.978 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2).

FOX (8.749 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then got a boost from an hour of "The OT" (19.885 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1) alongside originals from "The Simpsons" (5.449 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Bless the Harts" (2.697 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "Bob's Burgers" (2.288 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Family Guy" (2.291 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was ABC (6.347 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.190 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) followed by the "2019 American Music Awards" (6.733 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.061 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.682 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "God Friended Me" (5.929 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.294 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Madam Secretary" (4.338 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

And finally, The CW (0.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for repeats of "Batwoman" (0.574 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and "Supergirl" (0.412 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) to round out the night.

On cable...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (SF/Food): 1.059m
- Blind Date (Bravo): 347k

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/26/19

FOr the Children!
Catch "Kids Baking Championship's" New Season on Food Network January 6
From The Futon Critic

Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman return to test the skills of twelve new talented young bakers to see who will measure up on the new season of Kids Baking Championship, premiering on Monday, January 6th at 9pm ET/PT. Over the course of ten weeks, the kid bakers, ranging in age from 10 to 13, will whisk through new confectionery challenges. The one with the most delectable desserts will rise to the top and earn $25,000, a feature in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion!

"The return of Kids Baking Championship is the sweetest way to kick off the New Year, as viewers delight in watching the competition together as a family," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "The new season promises more laughter and fun with Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli, as well as impressive desserts from the kid bakers."

Throughout the season, the kid contestants show off their creativity and baking talents in tough challenges that even seasoned experts would find difficult. From 3D dinosaur cookies, to Neapolitans desserts, to ice cream cone cupcakes, and trifles, they will be tested on their baking and decorating abilities to impress Duff and Valerie with the taste and presentation of their sweet treats. The bakers will also have to tackle other delectable desserts including creative fruit cakes, potato print cookies, and the classic dessert imposter challenge returns as well, with a new surprising twist.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/26/19

SYNDIES: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending November 17
From TV Newscheck

Trivia titan James Holzhauer won Jeopardy's Tournament of Champions in the session ending Nov.17 and propelled the game show 7% to a new season-high 7.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its highest rating since the week ending June 2.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.2* +7%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 -11%
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C
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posted 11/26/19

MONDAY: A Little Song, An Even Littler Dance
ABC Wins, "Dancing" Scores Lowest Finale Rating
From The Futon Critic

ABC (7.171 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on a competitive Monday with the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (7.698 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a new "The Good Doctor" (6.118 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Sharing the demo honors was NBC (6.352 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) with a new "The Voice" (7.651 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and the season finale of "Bluff City Law" (3.754 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

FOX (4.614 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) likewise split the adults 18-49 crown with fresh installments of "9-1-1" (6.110 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "Prodigal Son" (3.119 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.639 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its mix of "The Neighborhood" (5.925 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.684 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "All Rise" (5.112 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Bull" (6.002 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "All American" (0.720 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.660 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.356m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.005m
- Wrap Battle (P/Freeform): 384k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 356k

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/26/19

SUNDAY: Stop the Damn Match!
The Ravens Win... So Does NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (15.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) scored another victory on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.588 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (11.357 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.441 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.978 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2).

FOX (8.749 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then got a boost from an hour of "The OT" (19.885 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1) alongside originals from "The Simpsons" (5.449 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Bless the Harts" (2.697 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "Bob's Burgers" (2.288 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Family Guy" (2.291 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was ABC (6.347 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.190 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) followed by the "2019 American Music Awards" (6.733 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.061 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.682 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "God Friended Me" (5.929 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.294 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Madam Secretary" (4.338 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

And finally, The CW (0.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for repeats of "Batwoman" (0.574 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and "Supergirl" (0.412 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) to round out the night.

On cable...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (SF/Food): 1.059m
- Blind Date (Bravo): 347k

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/26/19

Switch!
The Kumar's Sanjeev Bhaskar Plays Host
From Telly Mix

The Switch is ITV's brand new daytime quiz show - how does it all work?

Sanjeev Bhaskar turns quiz master for the new gameshow, which currently airs weekdays on ITV at 3PM. ITV describes The Switch as a "fast-paced, incredibly high-question-volume quiz that is full of variety, unexpected twists and a huge amount of play along for viewers."

Host Sanjeev Bhaskar said: "The Switch is the perfect quiz for viewers who want their general knowledge tested to the limits. I'm delighted to be hosting." Contestants are first given a chance to bank as much money as they can individually in the 'Easy Money' clue-based round. Each answer could rhyme with a word, start or perhaps end with the same letter. Every correct answer is worth cash (round 1 £100, round 2 £200, round 3 £300) and they each have just 45 seconds to add to their money pots.

The three 'Easy Money' rounds alternate with 'Switch' rounds.

And here's where the quizzers can get tactical, as they're given the chance to 'stick or switch' question categories. Will they switch out their competitors' favourite subjects? Or will they focus on sticking their favourites? Once the categories are locked in the quiz changes to multiple choice questions. But there's a twist - one of the answers is incorrect. Contestants race to secure a correct answer. Choose the wrong one and you're 'switched out' of the game.

The 'switched out' player can only hope that one of the other contestants picks an invalid answer and brings them back into play. On the third and final question, the quizzer 'switched out' is eliminated. By the end of the final 'Switch' round, only two contestants are left with questions offering only the one right and one wrong answer. The player 'switched out' in the deciding third category question loses out, leaving the victor to progress through to the final round. In the last round, the one remaining player gets a last chance to 'switch out' the final categories.

Once categories are complete, they need to answer one question right in each category to win half their pot. Then they can gamble to run the board again to win their full cash prize. And if they've got enough time left - and are feeling extra brave - they can try the board for a third and final time to double their winnings.

ITV tease: "It's easy to get rich… if you survive The Switch!"

The Switch airs weekdays 3PM on ITV from Monday 25 November 2019 for four weeks.

Telly Mix
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/26/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Final Answer?"

  • Regis Philbin's house is selling for... 5 million dollar questions. (LoHud.com)

  • Nick Cannon to play viral videos for the holidays (The Futon Critic)

  • Lucy Hale joins Seacrest for the new year (The Futon Critic)

  • Shark Tank contestant got baited (The Wrap)

  • VIDEO WALL: And the second chance at Hollywood goes to... (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (KING Seattle)

posted 11/25/19

Music's Biggest Night Invades Daytime's Biggest Game
Diplo, Anderson.paak, Fall Out Boy to Play Price Is Right Music Week 2020
From Billboard

Diplo, Anderson .Paak and Fall Out Boy, come on down, you're all the next musical guests on The Price Is Right!

When did America's favorite price-check-themed game show start hosting musical acts? Seemingly in early 2019, when it hosted Kiss during a Music Week of genre-themed episodes. The fun will continue the week of Jan. 20, in anticipation of the 62nd Grammy Awards on The Price Is Right's network CBS.

Rock, rap and electronic music will each get their own special episode. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump will represent for rock with a taping on Dec. 9. Anderson .Paak will come through for rap to tape on Dec. 9 as well, while Diplo will have his electronic taping on Dec. 10.

These tapings are public and fans of each act are encouraged to fill the stands, so register to attend your favorite of the shows (or all three) at priceisright.com.

Anderson .Paak is nominated for two Grammys at this year's show: best R&B album and best R&B performance. While Fall Out Boy and Diplo are sitting this awards show out, they've both enjoyed numerous nominations in years past. The producer even has three wins, including the award for best dance recording in 2019 for Silk City's "Electricity," featuring Dua Lipa. Watch out for the Grammys on Jan. 27, 2020, on CBS and watch each episode of The Price is Right Music Week, kicking off Jan. 20.

Billboard

posted 11/25/19

Alton Brown to Bring the Science to "Worst Cooks"
"Iron Chef" Host To Join Anne Burrell January 5
From the Futon Critic

For the first time, Alton Brown is joining Anne Burrell to transform a roster of terrible cooks into culinary shape with challenges bigger and crazier than ever in a brand-new season of Worst Cooks in America. The fan-favorite series pits two teams of atrocious cooks, one led by Alton and the other by Anne, against each other in a rigorous kitchen boot camp designed to transform their food skills. In the end, only the one recruit who makes the most impressive culinary improvement wins a $25,000 cash prize and bragging rights for their team leader. The ten-episode season premieres on Sunday, January 5th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network.

"Our viewers know anything can, and does, happen on Worst Cooks and kicking off the New Year with a new season has become a tradition," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Having Alton join Anne at boot camp delivers more unexpected moments than ever."

This season's recruits are: Shannon Akins (Tempe, Arizona); Lulu Boykin (Pittsboro, North Carolina); Monica Colwell (Hazard, Kentucky); Joe Deese (Fulton, Alabama); Jefferson Goldie (Chicago, Illinois); Ryan Grovey (Seattle, Washington); Michael Jones-Better (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Dakota Klaes (New York, New York); Leo Lech (Washington, West Virginia); Curtis Long (Seneca, South Carolina); Kelly Ngoc Mac (Pasadena, California); Bridget Praytor (Colorado Springs, Colorado); Leslie Rivera-Silva (Washington D.C.); Jolynn Singh (Allen, Texas); Kevin So (Brooklyn, New York) and Alexandra Tiso (Eastchester, New York). .

The Futon Critic

posted 11/25/19

AT&T Sells Its Stake in Game Show Network
Sony Regains Full Control
From Deadline

Sony has acquired AT&T's 42% stake in Game Show Network in a transaction with a total value of $500 million. After the deal, Sony will own 100% of the multimedia entertainment company, whose offerings are anchored by its namesake cable network, which airs original and classic game programming.

Game Show Network channel will continue to be carried on AT&T's DirecTV. Mark Feldman will continue as president and CEO of GSN.

Sony is positioning GSN's suite of game programming alongside its television unit's established game properties such as Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

For AT&T, the deal furthers the company's objective to pay down debt and generate cash from non-strategic assets. The telecom and media giant, still digesting its $81 billion acquisition of Time Warner, has sold off a range of assets from real estate to equipment while also completing a massive restructuring of Time Warner, now known as WarnerMedia.

AT&T will receive $380 million from the stake sale, before certain transaction-related adjustments, as well as dividends of about $130 million, making the total value of the deal roughly $500 million.

"We're excited to bring Game Show Network fully into the Sony Pictures Entertainment portfolio," SPT chairman Mike Hopkins said. "The acquisition allows us to work more closely with the company's talented team to deliver the best iconic game shows, develop and syndicate new game show IP for audiences across the nation, as well as to advance the fast-growing GSN Games business, all of which directly aligns with our strategy of developing targeted direct-to-consumer offerings."

Game Show Network TV programming includes originals such as America Says, The Chase, Common Knowledge and Catch 21, syndicated titles including Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud. It also airs classics like The $25,000 Pyramid and Card Sharks. GSN Games' mobile game portfolio includes GSN Casino, Bingo Bash, Solitaire TriPeaks, and WorldWinner.

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posted 11/25/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Save the Date"

  • ViacomCBS cordially invite you to a wedding December 4.... tentatively (The Futon Critic)

  • Ghen Maynard launched Survivor, Big Brother... and a lawsuit against the network that airs both. (The Wrap)

  • ESPN designates December 4 Stuart Scott Day (The Wrap)

  • Jessica Garsed turns a $1600 S into a lot of good (WABI Bangor)

  • VIDEO WALL: Drew Carey & TPIR's ageless appeal (CBS News)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jenny Ryan (Manchester Evening News)

posted 11/25/19

The Price All Night
David Boreanaz, Seth Rogen to Visit December, More Specials Coming 2020
From TV Line

Bravo 1 will have Plinko! in his crosshairs when David Boreanaz and other SEAL Team cast members bid on utterly fabulous prizes in the first of two Price Is Right primetime holiday specials.

CBS has announced that The Price Is Right at Night: A Holiday Extravaganza With the Cast of SEAL Team will air Sunday, Dec. 22 at 8/7c. There, Boreanaz and a few SEAL Team costars will welcome an audience full of active-duty military and veterans, while playing for Headstrong Project, a charity which provides mental health treatment for post-9/11 veterans and their families.

"I grew up watching The Price Is Right with my grandma, so it was like a dream come true," SEAL Team's Neil Brown Jr., who plays Ray, tells TVLine. "Looking at it as a kid, you're like, 'I'm never gonna get there,' and then you're like, 'Oh, I'm here! How about that? Pretty cool.'"

On the following night, Monday, Dec. 23 at 8 pm, The Price Is Right at Night: A Holiday Extravaganza With Seth Rogen finds the gravelly voiced funnyman playing for Hilarity for Charity (HFC), the national Alzheimer's non-profit organization founded by him and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, and dedicated to raising awareness, inspiring change and accelerating progress in Alzheimer's care, research and support.

The SEAL Team and Seth Rogen specials are but the first two of other several Price Is Right primetime specials on tap for this TV season, with others to be announced at a later date and airing in 2020.

TV Line

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TV Guide

posted 11/22/19

Beth Mowins to Make History... AGAIN!
Catch TPIR's Annual College Rivals Edition Wednesday!
From ESPN

On Wednesday, Nov. 27, Beth Mowins, the first female broadcaster to ever call a nationally televised NFL game (ESPN's season-opening Monday Night Football doubleheader in September 2017) will continue her pioneering ways when she becomes the first person to ever call play-by-play for The Price is Right and its Wheel, star of the showcase showdown.

The popular American gameshow (M-F at 11 a.m.- Noon ET/10-11 a.m. PT on CBS) hosted by Drew Carey invited Mowins to take part in its college rivals special taping, timed to air before college football's big rivalry weekend when conference or state foes square off for bragging rights.

For Mowins, the decision to expand her play-by-play dossier was an easy one. "As a kid, whenever you had a sick day or a snow day, this is what you watched in the morning. You'd have your grilled cheese, dip it in your tomato soup, and watch The Price is Right. It's a dream come true," she said..

ESPN

posted 11/22/19

THURSDAY: Colts Gallop to a Win
Fox Wins TNF
From The Futon Critic

FOX (9.405 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was still the victor on Thursday with its presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.511 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

ABC (4.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) took home the silver thanks to the fall finales of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.374 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.607 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.218 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was CBS (5.308 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.325 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.721 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Mom" (6.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.887 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Evil" (3.446 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.723 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (2.660 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Perfect Harmony" (1.873 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "The Good Place" (2.032 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Will & Grace" (2.187 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.792 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with new episodes from "Supernatural" (1.152 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "Legacies" (0.845 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

On cable...
- Temptation Island (USA): 696k
- America Says (GSN): 424k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 415k

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/21/19

Taskmaster on the Move
Stunt Show Moves from Dave to C4
From Metro

Get ready for UK TV's biggest channel hop since The Great British Bake Off departed the BBC in 2017.

Taskmaster, the beloved and very silly Dave show where celebrities and comedians are set a series of increasingly bizarre tasks, has been bought by Channel 4.

The Avalon Television-produced series will be screened on 4 from 2020, with a six-series deal across the next three years having been confirmed. Repeats will air on E4.

Its ninth series aired on Dave back in September, with Greg Davies and Taskmaster creator Alex Horne serving as hosts.

Metro

Den of Geek

posted 11/22/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Vanna At Sea"

  • Vanna White named godmother of the new Carnival Panorama (Travel Pulse)

  • LIST ABUSE: Everything you need to know about Pointless. (Radio Times)

  • Padma Lakshmi posts "one hell of a selfie" (NSFW) (Yahoo!)

  • Ingrid Tarrant not a fan of JEremy Clarkson (Metro)

  • A contestant makes a mistake, and Wheel of Fortune Twitter goes OFF (Decider)

  • VIDEO WALL: Bob Eubanks gets swole.... ish (KEYT San Luis Obispo)

  • RuPaul's "AJ & the Queen" gets a trailer (Yahoo!)

posted 11/22/19

ABC Pencils in Every Game for 2020
Sunday Fun & Games to Return
From TV Line

There will be tons more "Summer Fun & Games" now that ABC has renewed Card Sharks, Press Your Luck, Match Game and the rest of its summertime game show slate.

Other renewed "Fun & Games" series include To Tell the Truth and $100,000 Pyramid (which like Match Game will enter Season 5), Celebrity Family Feud (for Season 6) and the previously announced second course of Holey Moley.

Of the above lot, Celeb Family Feud rated highest this summer (with a 0.84 demo rating in Live+Same Day numbers), followed by Press Your Luck, Pyramid, Holey Moley, Card Sharks, To Tell the Truth and then Match Game (which averaged a 0.56). "Summer has become synonymous with ABC's 'Fun & Games' brand," said ABC Entertainment's Rob Mills, SVP of Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night.

"To have these shows return is a testament to their strength, and the excitement and fun they bring each week. These are legit star-studded shows that celebrate everything we love about the spirit of competition. Thanks to them and The Bachelorette, we dominated summer and are doubling down on next year."

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posted 11/22/19

Can You "Beat The Chasers"?
ITV Plots Quiz Event for 2020
From AOL

The Chase is getting a spin-off that will see all five Chasers team up for the first time.

ITV has commissioned Beat The Chasers, which will be hosted by Bradley Walsh in a prime-time slot. It will be the first time Mark "The Beast" Labbett, Paul "The Sinnerman" Sinha, Anne "The Governess" Hegerty, Shaun "The Dark Destroyer" Wallace and Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan have worked together on screen.

Beat The Chasers has been developed by Potato, the team behind The Chase and a part of ITV Studios. The announcement comes after the show won the gong for best quiz at the National Television Awards 2019.

AOL

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posted 11/21/19

WEDNESDAY: One Chicago, Four Singers
NBC, Fox Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.886 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to the fall finales of "Chicago Med" (8.393 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (8.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (6.956 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

FOX (4.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its duo of "The Masked Singer" (6.670 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Almost Family" (1.883 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was CBS (5.018 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.651 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "SEAL Team" (4.659 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "SWAT" (3.744 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.175 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.117 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Schooled" (3.165 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.930 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Single Parents" (2.606 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) and "Stumptown" (2.617 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.762 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.747 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 986k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 774k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 697k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 404k
- America Says (GSN): 409k
- Blind Date (P/Bravo): 261k

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posted 11/21/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "ABC2020"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTES: ABC announces its midseason schedule: The Bachlor (January 6), Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time (January 7), American Idol (February 16) (The Futon Critic)

  • "Strictly Come Dancing" received 189 complaints about a same-sex couple dancing... out of the 9.8 million people who watched. (Deadline)

  • Hannah Brown gives PEter Weber some much needed advice (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Brad Rutter (TMZ)

posted 11/21/19

Meet the Champions... Again
"AGT The Champions" Reveals Second Season Lineup
From TV Line

Giving new meaning to "all the world's a stage," NBC is bringing back 40 of the planet's most talented acts for a second round of America's Got Talent: The Champions, including several fan-favorite finalists from AGT's most recent season. The network on Tuesday announced that the following acts from Talent franchises worldwide will assemble on Monday, Jan. 6 (8/7c) for a shot at the Champions crown.

* Alexa Lauenburger, dog act (Das Supertalent 2017 WINNER, Britain's Got Talent: The Champions 2019 FINALIST)
* Angelina Jordan, singer (Norway's Got Talent 2014 WINNER)
* Bars & Melody, singing duo (Britain's Got Talent 2014 FINALIST)
* Ben Blaque, danger act (Britain's Got Talent 2016 SEMI-FINALIST)
* Ben Hart, magician (Britain's Got Talent 2019 FINALIST)
* Boogie Storm, dance group (Britain's Got Talent 2016 FINALIST)
* Brian King Joseph, violinist (America's Got Talent 2018 FINALIST)
* Christian and Percy, hand balancer/dog act (America's Got Talent 2014 FINALIST)
* Collabro, singing group (Britain's Got Talent 2014 WINNER)
* Connie Talbot, singer (Britain's Got Talent 2007 FINALIST)
* Dan Naturman, comedian (America's Got Talent 2014 FINALIST)
* Dania Díaz, magician (Spain's Got Talent 2018 FINALIST)
* Duo Destiny, hand-to-hand duo (Poland's Got Talent 2018 WINNER)
* Duo Transcend, trapeze/rollerskating duo (America's Got Talent 2018 FINALIST)
* Eddie Williams, strongman (Australia's Got Talent 2019 SEMI-FINALIST)
* Emil Rengle, dancer (Romania's Got Talent 2018 WINNER)
* Freckled Sky, projection/dance group (America's Got Talent 2015 QUARTER-FINALIST)
* Hans, singer/dancer/musician (America's Got Talent 2018 QUARTER-FINALIST)
* Jack Vidgen, singer (Australia's Got Talent 2011 WINNER)
* JJ Pantano, comedian (Australia's Got Talent 2019 SEMI-FINALIST)
* Junior Creative, shadow dance group (Myanmar's Got Talent 2018 WINNER)
* Luke Islam, singer (America's Got Talent 2019 SEMI-FINALIST)
* Marcelito Pomoy, singer (Pilipinas Got Talent 2011 WINNER)
* Marc Spelmann and X, magician (Britain's Got Talent 2019 RUNNER-UP)
* Michael Grimm, singer (America's Got Talent 2010 WINNER)
* Mike Yung, singer (America's Got Talent 2017 SEMI-FINALIST)
* Miki Dark, danger act (Holland's Got Talent 2019 SEMI-FINALIST, Das Supertalent 2019 FINALIST)
* Moses Concas, harmonicist/beat boxer (Italia's Got Talent 2016 WINNER)
* Oz Pearlman, mentalist (America's Got Talent 2015 FINALIST)
* Paddy and Nicko, dance Duo (Britain's Got Talent: The Champions 2019 – FINALIST and France's Got Talent 2016 SEMI-FINALIST)
* Puddles Pity Party, singer (America's Got Talent" 2017 QUARTER-FINALIST)
* Quick Style, dance trio (Norway's Got Talent 2009 WINNER)
* Ryan Niemiller, comedian (America's Got Talent 2019 FINALIST)
* Sandou Trio Russian Bar, Russian bar (America's Got Talent 2011 SEMI-FINALIST)
* The Silhouettes, shadow dance group (America's Got Talent 2011 FINALIST)
* Spencer Horsman, danger act (America's Got Talent 2012 QUARTER-FINALIST)
* Strauss Serpent, contortionist (Africa's Got Talent 2018 WINNER)
* Tyler Butler-Figueroa, violinist (America's Got Talent 2019 FINALIST)
* Voices of Service, singing group (America's Got Talent 2019 FINALIST)
* V.Unbeatable, dance group (America's Got Talent 2019 FINALIST)

Terry Crews will return as host, but the judges' panel will look a little different this time around. Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel are (of course) returning, but they will be joined by Heidi Klum and Alesha Dixon.

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posted 11/20/19

TUESDAY: Stop Us If You've Heard This Before...
CBS Wins Total, NBC Wins Demo
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.008 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (8.245 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) followed by the fall finales to "This Is Us" (7.265 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.512 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

CBS (8.897 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (11.012 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "FBI" (8.829 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.850 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.279 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with fresh installments of "The Resident" (3.899 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Empire" (2.660 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.117 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "The Conners" (5.645 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (3.412 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Mixed-ish" (2.630 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Black-ish" (2.406 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Emergence" (2.303 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

And finally, The CW (1.019 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed the night with new episodes from "The Flash" (1.296 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Arrow" (0.742 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 806k
- The Misery Index (TBS): 745k
- Chopped Junior - 8p (Food): 669k
- Chopped Junior - 7p (Food): 589k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 441k
- America Says (GSN): 409k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 292k
- Blind Date (P/Bravo): 221k

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posted 11/20/19

Now That the TOC is Over... Who's the Greatest?
That Question Will Be Answered on ABC
From The Futon Critic

On the heels of the iconic Tournament of Champions, "JEOPARDY!" is coming to ABC in a multiple consecutive night event with "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time," premiering TUESDAY, JAN. 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Hosted by Alex Trebek, "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time" is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Harry Friedman will executive produce.

This epic television event brings together the three highest money winners in the long-running game show's history: Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer. The "JEOPARDY!" fan favorites will compete in a series of matches; the first to win three receives $1 million and the title of "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time." The two runners up will each receive $250,000.

"Based on their previous performances, these three are already the 'greatest,' but you can't help wondering: who is the best of the best?" Trebek said.

"I am always so blown away by the incredibly talented and legendary Alex Trebek who has entertained, rallied and championed the masses for generations - and the world class 'JEOPARDY!' team who truly are 'the greatest of all time,'" Said Karey Burke, President, ABC Entertainment. "This timeless and extraordinary format is the gift that keeps on giving and winning the hearts of America every week. We can't wait to deliver this epic and fiercely competitive showdown - with these unprecedented contestants - to ABC viewers and loyal fans everywhere."

"We're excited to bring 'JEOPARDY!' to primetime! It's been a long time in the making - we wanted to create a unique experience sure to wow not just our fans, but all audiences," said Mike Hopkins, Chairman, Sony Pictures Television. "We are thrilled to have James, Brad and Ken, three powerhouse players each worthy of the title 'The Greatest of All Time.' With Alex hosting this is truly going to be something special. I can't wait to see who comes out on top!" .

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posted 11/19/19

Poker Central on "The Big Blind"
Trivia Game to Be Streamed on PokerGo
From B+C

Poker Central said its first original game show will start streaming Nov. 25 on its over-the-top subscription service PokerGo.

The show, The Big Blind, quizzes contestants on their knowledge of poker, gambling, casinos and Las Vegas and requires the strategies used in poker to win $30,000 in prize money.

Hosted by PokerGo announcer Jeff Platt, guests on the show include the comedian Norm Macdonald, Barstool Sports personalities PFTCommenter, Smitty, and Nate, past Jeopardy champion Alex Jacob, music producer Scott Vener, poker YouTuber Joe Ingram and professional poker players Mike Matusow and Chris Moneymaker.

New episodes drop Mondays and Fridays until the finals on Jan 6.

"At Poker Central, we are always thinking outside the box of traditional poker content," said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. The Big Blind and its blend of trivia with poker strategy allows us to bring a fresh form of entertainment to PokerGo subscribers, bringing both new and seasoned poker players to the table for this fun new format."

The Big Blind was created by Poker Central producer John Bovenizer.

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posted 11/19/19

Idol Second Chance: Here Are Your Three!
Cast Votes During the AMAs Sunday
From TV Newscheck

Study these three faces and remember their names — one of them could be your next American Idol.

ABC on Monday revealed that a trio of former Idol contestants will compete for immediate advancement to Hollywood in Season 18, and the viewers will get to decide which singer earns the coveted spot.

As unveiled during tonight's episode of Dancing With the Stars, the following three former Idol hopefuls will get a second shot at music superstardom: Logan Johnson (Season 17), Layla Spring (Season 16) and Shawn Robinson (Season 17).

Here's how it all works: Each singer will record an audition at West Hollywood nightclub Whisky a Go Go, and all three auditions will air during Sunday's American Music Awards (ABC, 8/7c). Viewers will then be able to pick for their favorite audition at http://www.AmericanIdol.com/vote, and the winner will be revealed during the season finale of Dancing With The Stars (Nov. 25, 8 pm).

Though an exact premiere date for American Idol's 18th season has yet to be revealed, it's expected to begin airing sometime in early 2020. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will all return for their third season as judges, along with Ryan Seacrest, who has hosted every season of Idol since it premiered on Fox in 2002.

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posted 11/19/19

MONDAY: Dueling Talent Shows
NBC, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.314 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was back on top in demos on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (7.651 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "Bluff City Law" (3.641 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

ABC (6.752 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "Dancing with the Stars" (7.092 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "The Good Doctor" (6.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.825 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and originals from "The Neighborhood" (6.551 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (6.086 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "All Rise" (5.344 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Bull" (5.812 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.294 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "9-1-1" (2.861 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Prodigal Son" (1.727 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.655 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes from "All American" (0.706 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.604 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.309m
- Catch 21 (GSN): 402k

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posted 11/18/19

WEEKEND: Sunday Fight
NBC Wins on SNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.981 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) continued its Sunday reign with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.511 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.019 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (12.727 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.8, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (13.919 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.3, #2).

CBS (11.693 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then got a giant boost from "NFL Overrun" (24.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1) into new episodes of "60 Minutes" (17.039 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "God Friended Me" (8.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.455 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Madam Secretary" (5.394 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Next up was FOX (1.774 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.788 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.371 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) alongside originals from "The Simpsons" (2.108 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Bless the Harts" (1.647 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.844 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Family Guy" (1.887 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.484 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (4.090 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Shark Tank" (3.314 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "The Rookie" (3.595 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #19).

And finally, fresh installments from "Batwoman" (1.018 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.3, #20) and "Supergirl" (0.801 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.2, #21) on The CW (0.909 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night..

On cable Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 544k
- Nashville Squares - 8p (CMT): 241k
- Nashville Squares - 8:30 (CMT): 230k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 705k
- Temptation Island (USA): 602k
- Thanksgiving Pie Fight (S/Food): 377k

- Cash Cab (Bravo): 168k

On cable Sunday...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (Food): 848k

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posted 11/19/19

"The Wall" Will Be Back... in the UK
BBC1 Renews Game for Another Session
From Digital Spy

Good news you slags, the BBC has given Danny Dyer's game show The Wall a second series!

The EastEnders star was announced as host of the UK version of the hit American show at the start of the year, and series one kicked off in October to a positive (if slightly cringey) reception.

Speaking about the renewal, Danny himself said: "I can't believe we're doing another series of The Wall. I can't wait to get stuck back in and meet these new contestants and hopefully make them very rich. Drop 'em!"

As well as Danny, question master Angela Rippon will be back too, for what the Beeb's Controller of Entertainment Commissioning Kate Phillips called a "wildly unpredictable format".

"I am so looking forward to another series being 'the voice' of The Wall," Rippon added. "What a great opportunity for even more viewers to take on the challenge of The Wall and potentiality win life-changing sums of money.".

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posted 11/19/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "DAncing in Paradise"

  • "Dancing with the Stars" goes to Bahamas (Inquisitr)

  • Elizabeth Banks admits "Charlie's Angels" flopped... but it's why that got her headlines. (Screen Rant)

  • PlutoTV adds Nick Games (Cord Cutters News)

  • Old and busted: "Bachelor" couples breaking up. New hotness... Nikki Ferrell reconciling (Reality TV World)

  • Sharna Burgess wants to be the next Bachelorette (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the producers of "The Misery Index" (Hidden Remote) & Kellee Kim (Cinema Blend)

posted 11/18/19

THURSDAY: Cleveland Rocks!
Fox Wins on TNF
From the Futon Critic

FOX (11.650 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was still the top draw on Thursday with its presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.022 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (4.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.302 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.606 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.330 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was CBS (5.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.979 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.666 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Mom" (6.255 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.754 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Evil" (3.280 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.721 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Superstore" (2.737 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Perfect Harmony" (1.859 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "The Good Place" (2.060 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Will & Grace" (2.144 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.764 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.103 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "Supernatural" (1.324 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Legacies" (0.882 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 705k
- Temptation Island (USA): 602k
- Thanksgiving Pie Fight (S/Food): 377k

- Cash Cab (Bravo): 168k .

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posted 11/13/19

More on "Top Elf"
Catch It November 29 on Nick
From the Futon Critic

Nickelodeon is celebrating the holidays with a new competition series, Top Elf, premiering Friday, Nov. 29, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

Across five one-hour episodes, seven kid "Elf-testants" with extraordinary building and design skills compete in festive challenges to become Santa's 'Top Elf' and have their wish lists granted - not for themselves, but for good causes in their hometowns. Top Elf airs Fridays at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, with the season finale airing Saturday, Dec. 21, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

In Top Elf, Santa (Tommy Snider) and Ms. Jingles (Samantha Turret) invite seven civilian "Elf-testants" to the North Pole to test their skills in a series of holiday-themed challenges, from designing their own life-sized gingerbread clubhouses, to reimagining Santa's sleigh, to creating giant 3-D holiday cards. And of course, building new toys!

Each "Elf-testant" is paired with one of Santa's elves who help bring their visions to life. Meet the elves: Chip Snuggles (Rudy Martinez), Nog Shimmerhorn (David Magidoff), Ginger O'Tingleton (Jenna Wright), Merry Sparkleberry (Nataliz Jimenez), Tinsel Turtledove (Ashley August), Zippy Twinkles (Davied Morales) and Stretch McDancerpants (Eric Stretch).

The seven skillful "Elf-testants" competing this season are: Aiko from New York; Allison from Walnut, Calif.; Briana from Los Angeles; Cameron from Georgetown, Ky.; Hopper from Highland Park, Texas; Hud from Oxford, Miss.; and Justice from Jamaica, N.Y.

At the end of each episode, "Elf-testants" are judged by Santa, Ms. Jingles and a celebrity guest to decide who is on the "nice" or "naughty" list and one step closer to being named Top Elf. Celebrity guest judges helping Santa and Ms. Jingles find the Top Elf are: Frankie Grande, Amirah Kassem, Peyton List, Alex Wassabi and Pete Wentz.

Top Elf's original concept was created by Mike Duffy and Tim Duffy of Ugly Brother Studios, who executive produce the series along with Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media, an All3Media America company. Bob Schermerhorn (Project Runway All Stars, America's Next Top Model) and Lisa Fletcher (The Titan Games) are executive producers, with Fletcher also serving as the showrunner. Nickelodeon's Vice Presidents of Unscripted Content Paul J Medford and Mandel Ilagan also serve as executive producers. The series is directed by Michael Pearlman (Chopped, Project Runway All Stars). Production of Top Elf for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

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posted 11/18/19

YouTube Gets Made Up
James Charles to Develop Beauty Competition
From the Futon Critic

Today, YouTube Originals and beauty mogul James Charles announced a new untitled beauty competition series to find the next budding industry influencer. With over 16 million subscribers to his channel, James Charles is best known for his creative makeup transformations which led to him being selected as the first male spokesperson for CoverGirl.

Inspired by his artistry in the space, this series marks the first YouTube Originals beauty competition and will premiere on YouTube next year.

In this four part competition series brought to life by Brian Graden Media, contestants will put their best makeup artistry on display for Charles and a mix of celebrity guest judges as well as seasoned beauty industry veterans. Their work will be judged to see who has what it takes to be a top beauty influencer.

"James Charles is a leader in the industry when it comes to pushing boundaries with creative content," said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. "We are thrilled that James is bringing his energy and talent to our YouTube Originals slate with our first beauty competition series."

"Reality competition shows have always been a guilty pleasure of mine, and ever since I became a content creator on YouTube, it's been one of my biggest dreams to create my own, said James Charles. "Beauty is such a major industry, and I've been lucky enough to grow a huge platform, but now I want to give back and share the knowledge I've gathered with others. Being a superstar influencer takes a whole lot more than just blending eyeshadow, and I can't wait to find out who has what it takes to make it to the top. Producing my own show for YouTube is going to be a crazy challenge but I'm so ready... and hopefully the beauty community is too."

Brian Graden, President of Brian Graden Media said, "BGM is thrilled to extend its partnership with YouTube Originals on yet another exciting project. We love helping content creators realize their longer form visions, and James Charles is truly a one-of-kind star."

Episodes of the new competition series will release weekly and be available for free on YouTube.com/JamesCharles. .

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posted 11/18/19

More on "Food Network Challenge"
Catch the Reboot December 23
From the Futon Critic

Fan-favorite competition series Food Network Challenge is back and better than ever with new host Ian Ziering and a fresh roster of the country's top cake makers, bakers and sugar artists going head-to-head in pop culture-themed battles to create mind-blowing works of delicious art.

The six-episode season kicks off on Monday, December 23rd at 10pm ET/PT with a celebration of the beloved holiday classic A Christmas Story, complete with over-the-top edible recreations of the iconic film's most memorable moments. Upcoming episode themes include Back to the Future, Pokémon, Monopoly and The Wizard of Oz.

"Every Food Network Challenge contestant has risen to the top of the competitive baking world by winning multiple awards, so these expert bakers are extremely competitive," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "The culinary action combined with pop culture nostalgia and host Ian Ziering's charm make for a fun and compelling show for the whole family."

In the season premiere, four top-notch cake artists compete in a celebration of one of the most beloved holiday films of all time: A Christmas Story. From edible pink bunny suits and leg lamps to a visit from Scott Schwartz, who played Flick, there are tons of "oh fudge" moments in this wild ride. Judges Matt Allard, Keegan Gerhard and Claudia Sandoval determine who wins $10,000 for their Christmas stocking, along with the title Food Network Challenge champion.

Viewers can learn more about Ian Ziering, meet the contestants and follow the competition at FoodNetwork.com/FNChallenge. Plus, follow on social channels using # FNChallenge for an exclusive Q&A with Ian and to see top moments from the competition.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/18/19

Somebody Say "New Chaser"?
Bradley Walsh Teases 2020 on "The Chase"
From New Zealand Herald

The Chase host Bradley Walsh has announced there will be a new Chaser joining the team of formidable quiz-masters on the show.

Walsh, who has presented the show since it began in 2009, has promised that the show is set to undergo a "shake-up" when it returns to air at the start of 2020, hinting that the current crop of quizzing experts – The Beast, The Vixen, The Sinnerman, The Governess and The Dark Destroyer – could be joined by not one, but multiple new chasers.

Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com, the charismatic host and Doctor Who star said: "We're making more and more shows all the time, so we need to recruit more people all the time. "So consequently, we have put our feelers out to find other people that will be suitable, and all will be revealed next year.".

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posted 11/18/19

"Celebrity Catchphrase" to Return
Fourth Season Forthcoming
From C21Media

ITV has commissioned a fourth season of its revived quizshow Celebrity Catchphrase.

The new 8×60' season will see a number of celebrities participate in the popular game, in which contestants must identify well-known phrases with the help of visual clues, and will also include a Christmas Special.

The latest instalment of the series was commissioned by Gemma John-Lewis at ITV and will be produced by Glasgow-based STV Productions. Gary Chippington will serve as executive producer..

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posted 11/18/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "More Kellyoke!"

  • Kelly Clarkson scores the syndie season's second renewal (THe Futon Critic)

  • ABC to bring back "Idol" second chance during DWTS, AMAs (THe Futon Critic)

  • Nick Cannon picks up his own talker (Deadline)

  • CASTING COUCH: Feud heads to New Orleans (The Advocate)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 10 richest game show hosts OF ALL TIME (THeRichest)

  • Elizabeth Beisel, Missy Byrd apologize for... yeah, THAT. (TV Line)

posted 11/18/19

More on "Making It" Season 2
Catch It on NBC December 2
From the Futon Critic

Get thread-y for it! NBC has announced the 10 makers vying for the title of "Master Maker" and a $100,000 grand prize on Season 2 of "Making It," returning Monday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Executive producers and Emmy Award-nominated hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman return with judges Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's trend expert, and Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York. In a binge-worthy holiday treat, "Making It" will air Dec. 2-5 (10-11 p.m.), Dec. 9 (10-11 p.m.) and Dec. 10 (10-11 p.m.) before concluding with a two-hour grand finale telecast on Wednesday, Dec. 11 (9-11 p.m.).

This season brings together a diverse group of makers from woodworkers to balloon artists and calligraphists to costume makers. These ultimate DIY-ers bring skill and heart as they create with mediums from food to felt, hoping to impress the judges and become "Master Maker."

- ASHLEY BASNIGHT (Norman, OK)
- ASPEN VO HASSE (Marina, CA / San Francisco, CA)
- EAGAN TILGHMAN (Meridian, MS)
- F
LOYD DAVIS (Chicago, IL / Los Angeles, CA)
- JAMIE HUDSON (Portland, OR)
- JESSIE BEARDEN (Austin, TX / New York, NY)
- JUSTINE SILVA (Andover, MA / Los Angeles, CA)
- LILLY JIMENEZ (Miami, FL)
- MATT KAWIKA ORTIZ (Honolulu, HI)
- REBECCA PROPES (Gilbert, AZ)

Each episode will revolve around a central theme with the Makers completing two crafts based on current trends in DIY and anchored in America's love for all things handmade. The first, a "faster-craft," gives the Makers a limited time to execute their personal take on each theme. Next is the more in-depth "master craft," challenging each Maker to display their respective expertise while combining originality, imagination, and quality finishing to move on to the next round of the competition. In the end, the winning contestant will be crowned "Master Maker."

The Futon Critic

posted 11/14/19

WEDNESDAY: And the Award Goes to...
ABC Wins Thanks to CMAs
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was sparked into the top spot on Wednesday thanks to "The 53rd Annual CMA Awards" (11.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

FOX (3.611 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second with originals from "The Masked Singer" (5.551 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Almost Family" (1.671 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was NBC (6.984 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.371 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (7.146 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.433 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.044 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up a special two-hour "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.044 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) alongside a new "SWAT" (3.045 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, originals from "Riverdale" (0.822 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "Nancy Drew" (0.712 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.767 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 812k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 613k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 575k

- Catch 21 (GSN): 407k
- America Says (GSN): 383k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 278k .

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Play Along"

  • Jeopardy! alums (DISCLAIMER: of which two of the people who run this site are) play along for charity (USA Today)

  • #ICYMI: When a professional "Survivor" writer AND a former contestant decides that they're done with this season... (Boston.com)

  • Baby Bass in paradise (Reality TV World)

  • Hannah Brown was at the CMAs last night, and she did not. Play. (Reality TV World)

  • Temptation Island just taped the reunion show and... it gets ugly (Us)

  • FIRST LOOK: Sugar Rush Christmas (The Futon Critic)

  • Michael Sheen looks nothing like himself as he transforms into Chris Tarrant for AMC's "Quiz" (Deadline)

  • Aaron Sanchez picks up where Eddie Huang left off in the chef's-life-as-a-sitcom genre (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Dhruv Gaur (Deadline)

posted 11/14/19

25 Words.... Another Season
Game Show Among Fox Block Renewed for 2020-21
From Deadline

Fox Corp.'s station group has renewed 25 Words or Less, a new game show hosted and produced by Meredith Vieira, for a second season.

Fox's station unit has 28 full-power stations in markets including nine of the top 10 largest in the U.S. In addition to serving as key strategic platforms for promoting sports and primetime programming, the stations also are valuable real estate in syndication.

"Every day, America welcomes us into their homes to laugh, cry and play," said Stephen Brown, Fox Television Stations EVP Programming and Development. "We are part of their everyday ritual and we look forward to being there for a long time to come."

Deadline

posted 11/13/19

Here's a Picture of Peter Weber Being Pensive...
Must Be Time for "The Bachelor", ABC January
From the Futon Critic

ABC has made a date for the three-hour Season 24 premiere of The Bachelor. The scrum to land airline pilot Peter Weber will begin at 8 PM Monday, January 6.

Watch the new promo with the once-jilted but oh-so-eligible Weber below.

Here is the network's logline for the reality staple's latest cycle: Weber flew into the hearts of women everywhere and left all of America shocked and heartbroken when Hannah Brown decided to end their relationship. Now Peter is back and ready to once again capture hearts across the nation when he returns for another shot at love. Peter's search for his soul mate takes off to new heights on premiere day, when a few women earn their wings on a daring group date plus other romantic dates — a first for a Bachelor premiere — and will feature a special surprise visitor who has everyone talking.

During its Season 23 run this year, The Bachelor was Monday night's top-rated series among adults 18-49 on each of its 10 telecasts. It delivered a 4.3 rating in the demo across all platforms after 35 days of delayed viewing, marking an impressive 19% gain versus the prior year.

Season 24 endured some offscreen drama last month when Weber — who was announced as the Bachelor for the upcoming season shortly before taping began — reportedly received 22 stitches after slipping as he went to step onto a golf cart, hitting his head and reportedly cutting his face on a cocktail glass he was carrying that shattered. Production on the show was not interrupted..

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Deadline

posted 11/13/19

TUESDAY: The Usual Suspects
CBS Wins Total, NBC Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat in demos on Tuesday with its trio of "The Voice" (8.453 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "This Is Us" (7.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.105 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (8.914 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "NCIS" (11.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "FBI" (8.847 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.397 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.125 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "The Resident" (3.662 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Empire" (2.587 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.721 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its combination of "The Conners" (5.484 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (3.507 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Mixed-ish" (2.785 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Black-ish" (2.633 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again!" (3.958 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.629 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "The Flash" (0.778 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Arrow" (0.481 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) to round out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 783k
-
The Misery Index (TBS): 647k
- Chopped Junior (SP/Food): 637k
- America Says (GSN): 492k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 345k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 263k .

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posted 11/13/19

ABC Hangs Ten
"Ultimate Surfer" from Kelly Slater in Development
From The Wrap

Hang ten, dudes: ABC has ordered "Ultimate Surfer," a new surfing competition series from 11-time World Surf League champion Kelly Slater.

Slater will serve as on-air talent and special correspondent for the eight-episode reality show that "will gather some of the world's greatest up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the World Surf League's (WSL) state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, powered by Kelly Slater's man-made wave technology, in the hope of competing amongst the best athletes in the world's fastest-growing sport."

Production on the series, which is produced by Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios, will begin in 2020 and a premiere will be announced at a later date.

Alliances and rivalries will be front and center in "Ultimate Surfer" as men and women compete in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the WSL World Tour, the pinnacle of professional surfing. Slater's remarkable, one-of-a-kind, man-made wave – the most even playing field for measuring surf mastery – is at the heart of the series.

"In addition to being a globally recognized sport, surfing is also a lifestyle; and 'Ultimate Surfer' will give viewers a uniquely personal look at what goes into becoming a world-class champion," said Rob Mills, senior vice president of alternative series, specials and late night at ABC Entertainment. "We're ecstatic about the opportunity to utilize Kelly's world-class surf facility and his expertise in showcasing these incredibly talented on-the-rise athletes.".

The Wrap

Deadline

posted 11/13/19

CBS Midseason
Survivor 40 Begins February 12
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced the series premieres of two new dramas, FBI: MOST WANTED and TOMMY; the debuts of the milestone 40th season of SURVIVOR and the 15th and final season of CRIMINAL MINDS; and the return of MACGYVER and UNDERCOVER BOSS.

The milestone 40th season and 20th year of the Emmy Award-winning, ground-breaking series SURVIVOR debuts with a special two-hour episode Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM), hosted by Jeff Probst. It moves to its regular Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on Feb. 19.

Earlier this year, Inside Survivor reported the 40th Survivor season will be the show's first all-winners edition and feature a cast of 20 former Survivor champions competing to win an unprecedented $2 million grand prize.

The Futon Critic

Reality TV World

posted 11/13/19

Fox for the Holidays
"Beat Shazam", "Masked Singer" to Mount Specials
From various sources

Christmas is coming early! Fox is giving the gift of The Masked Singer two nights in a row for a holiday-themed event ahead of its December 18 season finale.

The reality singing competition with judges Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg and host Nick Cannon will air on December 10 where six of the remaining masked contestants will compete. Fox will air a second episode on December 11 where not one, but two masked celebrity singers will be "unwrapped" in the holiday-themed semifinals episode. The grand finale will air on December 18 where three finalists will compete for the top prize and everyone will be unmasked. But before the holiday event, The Masked Singer will welcome Triumph the Insult Dog to the judges' panel on Wednesday November 13.

Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx returns as host and executive producer for a special holiday episode of BEAT SHAZAM. Actress, model and writer Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, returns as deejay. Seasonal classics mix with music's biggest hit songs, as teams of cousins, military DJs and a father/daughter duo compete in the all-new "Santa Jamie" special holiday episode airing Monday, Dec. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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posted 11/12/19

MONDAY: Fingers Crossed
NBC Wins Demo, ABC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.928 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) took sole position of the demo crown on Monday thanks to new episodes of "9-1-1" (6.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Prodigal Son" (3.387 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

ABC (6.776 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "Dancing with the Stars" (7.176 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "The Good Doctor" (5.975 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

NBC (6.264 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) likewise shared the silver with originals from "The Voice" (7.529 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Bluff City Law" (3.734 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.298 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (5.876 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.971 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Bull" (4.487 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "All Rise" (2.984 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "All American" (0.760 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.718 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) over on The CW (0.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Rock the Block (SF/HGTV): 1.871m
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.369m
- Rock the Block: Winner's Choice (SF/HGTV): 1.243m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.044m
- Catch 21 (GSN): 429k
- Cash CAb (Bravo): 223k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/18/19

WEEKEND: Skol!
NBC Wins with Football
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) dominated the competition on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.530 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.277 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Football Night in America #3" (17.801 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.9, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1).

FOX (8.585 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then got a boost from a full hour of "The OT" (19.403 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.3, #2) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (6.032 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Bless the Harts" (2.482 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Bob's Burgers" (2.072 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Family Guy" (2.119 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.543 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (4.002 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), "Shark Tank" (3.495 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "The Rookie" (3.740 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up fresh installments of "60 Minutes" (7.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "God Friended Me" (6.137 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.037 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14) and "Madam Secretary" (3.976 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17).

And finally, originals from "Batwoman" (1.159 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17) and "Supergirl" (0.861 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #19) rounded out the night on The CW (1.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 459k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 334k
- Nashville Squares - 8p (CMT): 314k.

On cable Sunday...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (Food): 1.108m
- Worst Cooks in America: Thanksgiving Redemption (S/Food): 913k
- Cash CAb (Bravo): 258k

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posted 11/19/19

A Question of Sport at 50
British Panel Quiz Celebrates Anniversary
From Glasgow Evening Times

HIT TV show A Question of Sport will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an all-new live tour which is coming to Glasgow. The TV quiz show will be at the SEC Armadillo on Friday, April 17 as part of the show's first UK tour in nine years.

The format will include host Sue Barker and resident team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell. It will also feature big-name guests from across the sporting world.

Sue said: "2020 is a landmark year for A Question of Sport. It's the show's 50th anniversary and I can't think of a better way to celebrate this Golden Anniversary than to take the show around the country. We had such a brilliant time on the last tour so I can't wait to do it again!"

Glasgow Evening Times

posted 11/12/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Unmasked"

posted 11/12/19


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Pat Sajak Undergoes Emergency Surgery
Vanna White to Host "Wheel" While Host Recovers
From People

Pat Sajak is looking forward to getting back to work!

The longtime Wheel of Fortune host, 73, gave fans a health update on Monday, just three days after the show announced that he had to undergo emergency surgery for a blocked intestine.

"I'm so grateful for all the good wishes during my recent illness," he wrote on Twitter. "Happy to say that the worst has passed, and I'll be out of the hospital in a day [or] two, then back to work (unless @TheVannaWhite has completely taken over!)" he joked, referencing the fact that in his absence, White will be stepping in as host.

Sajak has hosted the syndicated version of Wheel of Fortune since it debuted in 1983, with White joining him as co-host and letter turner. Both Sajak and White recently renewed their contracts to remain on Wheel through the year 2022.

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posted 11/11/19

One "Quizmaster" to Rule Them All
ITV Picks Up New Format
From Realscreen

ITV has commissioned London-based indie Spun Gold TV to produce a shiny floor entertainment format that will pit previous contestants of various television game shows in head-to-head competition.

Quizmaster will serve as a 90-minute special that will feature 15 previous contestants of major quiz shows competing to become the ultimate Quizmaster.

Hosted by Jeremy Vine, the competitors will battle it out through 15 rounds, each designed to test their quiz knowledge, catch out other contestants or beat the clock. The least knowledgeable contestants will be eliminated each round, with the two left standing meeting in a climactic final.

Quizmaster will consist of past contestants of such programs as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Mastermind, The Chase, Fifteen to One and University Challenge.

The format is produced by Colin Farquhar, with Richard van't Riet as director and Sue Allison as executive producer. ITV's Sue Murphy and Kate Teckman commissioned the one-off, which is being distributed internationally by All3Media International.

"How clever do you have to be to win a million on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Cleverer than a Mastermind champion? Or are the students on University Challenge the brainiest?" Vine asked in a statement. "Well we decided to find out. And you could have cut the tension in the studio with a knife. This quiz is a Christmas monster."

"We Brits love a quiz show – from the intellectual rigours of Mastermind to the high drama and life-changing moments of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, we are a nation of quiz addicts," Daniela Neumann, MD of Spun Gold added. "But we've never seen the contestants of these shows competing against each other. Quizmaster will answer the ultimate question all fans want to know — who is the cleverest of them all?"

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posted 11/11/19

CW Sees Holidays
Special Episodes & a New Series to Come
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network today announced its slate of upcoming holiday specials, including the holiday special PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US airing Friday, November 29 (9:00-10:00pm ET) and new specials THE CHRISTMAS CAROLER CHALLENGE premiering Sunday, December 15 (8:00-9:00pm ET), GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERCIALS COUNTDOWN 2019 airing Monday, December 16, DOGS OF THE YEAR airing Tuesday, December 17 (8:00-9:00pm ET) and POPSTAR'S BEST OF 2019 airing Friday, December 27 (9:00-10:00pm ET.

Airing on Friday, November 29 (9:00-10:00pm ET) is the very merry episode of PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US. The magical duo of PENN & TELLER is joined by host Alyson Hannigan to help kick off the holiday season with this all-new special complete with magicians, costumes and a Christmas Trophy! PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US stars Penn & Teller and host Alyson Hannigan ("How I Met Your Mother"). PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 1/17 PRODUCTIONS with executive producers Peter Adam Golden, Andrew Golder, Penn Jillette and Teller. An encore presentation of PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US will air on Monday, December 16 (8:00-9:00pm ET).

The all-new special THE CHRISTMAS CAROLER CHALLENGE premieres Sunday, December 15 (8:00-9:00pm ET). Hosted by Dean Cain and Laura McKenzie, the six-episode hour-long Christmas caroling competition series featuring 12 extraordinary Christmas carol groups, each with their own stylized brand of performance, in celebrating the great Christmas music we have all come to love. We'll meet these groups from the most elaborate ultra-traditional virtuoso performances to those with the most unexpected twists on the classic Christmas carol. Each group which will be judged by three celebrity judges. This all-new special is produced by Associated Television International.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/11/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Bunch of Jerks"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS to preempt daytime programming Wednesday and Friday. We all know why. (Deadline)

  • Joel McHale... NO SOUP FOR YOU! (TV Line)

  • Lindsay Arnold unavailable again this week (Reality TV World)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Dhruv uses his Final Jeopardy! to... I'm not crying, YOU'RE CRYING! (TV Line)

posted 11/11/19

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11:30p

Blind Date

Bravo

*times vary by market, check local listings.
**times approximate after baseball

All times and editors eastern


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