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This Fall, Time Is Money... AGAIN!
Catch Price, Deal on CBS September 22! ... Hey! That's Today!
From the Futon Critic
THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime program and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates its 43rd season, while LET'S MAKE A DEAL kicks off season six when they return on Monday, Sept. 22 (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, promises another season of fun-filled excitement, including its most action-packed game yet and themed, week-long specials featuring big money prizes. LET'S MAKE A DEAL, with host Wayne Brady, premieres its sixth season in high-definition with new games and one-of-a-kind specials.

In its premiere episode on Monday, Sept. 22, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will unveil "Time Is Money," a modern spin on the classic grocery game last seen on the show in 2003. The high-energy race to beat the clock begins as contestants are challenged to quickly arrange five grocery items into one of three price ranges ($0-$2.99, $3.00-5.99, $6.00 and up) for a big money cash prize of up to $20,000.

In addition, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will launch an innovative online campaign inspired by the show's popular game, "Cliff Hangers." Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 10, fans will have the opportunity to participate in a photo-sharing event featuring "Flat Yodely Guy," the fictional mountain climber who loves to travel, for a chance to be featured on the official CBS homepage. Fans are encouraged to bring "Flat Yodely Guy" with them to interesting places and share their photos. For more information on how to download and share "Flat Yodely Guy," visit www.cbs.com/yodelyguy.

Also this season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will air a variety of themed episodes and week-long specials, including "Dream Car Week," featuring the world's most luxurious cars as prizes, and "Big Money Week," when one lucky winner will play for a chance to take home $1,000,000 in cash. The show will also reveal the winner of its nationwide Male Model Search on Monday, Dec. 8. He will begin his five-day gig alongside Drew Carey on Monday, Dec. 15.

This season, LET'S MAKE A DEAL will boast uniquely themed shows, including the "All Singing Musical Episode," "The Clash of the Colleges Special," a "Grammy Award Tribute Show" with a legendary guest, and a completely unpredictable "April Fool's Day" episode.

Meanwhile, over in syndication, CELEBRITY NAME GAME drops today. "CNG", with Craig Ferguson at the helm, works a lot like the board game Taboo, where contestants are teamed up with celebrity teammates to try and guess the name of actors, singers or pop culture icons from clues their teammates are giving them.

The Futon Critic
CBS
TV Grapevine
Pop Matters
Zap2it
Daily Herald

photo courtesy CBS/Rooten Tomatoes

posted 9/22/14

Sunday: The Weekend Before
NBC, CBS Split the Night Before the Start of the 2014 Season
From the Futon Critic
NBC (14.310 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its usual lineup of "Football Night in America #1" (5.264 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (5.970 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 5.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 7.2, #2).

CBS (17.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2) however was the most-watched network thanks to a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (27.347 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.3, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (18.174 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #4), the premiere of "Madam Secretary" (14.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and the return of "The Good Wife" (9.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was FOX (2.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (2.240 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.190 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), another "The Simpsons" (3.068 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Family Guy" (2.846 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), another "Family Guy" (3.062 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and the TBS-bound "American Dad" (2.967 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

And finally, ABC (3.064 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with its all-repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.845 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15), "Once Upon a Time" (2.672 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16), "Resurrection" (2.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17) and "Revenge" (2.230 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17).

The Futon Critic

posted 9/22/14

MGM Buys In
Mark Burnett's One Three Media Sold for 55% Share
From Realscreen
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) has acquired a 55% stake in Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment’s production companies One Three Media and Lightworks Entertainment.

The deal covers all of their interests in Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Apprentice and The Bible, which the U.S. media giant will consolidate into the new venture United Artists Media Group (UAMG), which will develop, produce and finance scripted and unscripted TV shows, movies and digital content.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Burnett will serve as CEO of UAMG and Downey will serve as president of LightWorkers Media, UAMG’s faith and family division. One Three Media COO Brian Edwards will now serve as the COO of UAMG.

In their new roles, Burnett and Downey will develop all UAMG projects and work with MGM’s distribution and marketing divisions to create a seamless business structure.

“Mark and Roma are without a doubt the most successful and dominant players in unscripted television and faith-based content, and we are excited to be distributing UAMG content worldwide,” said MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber (pictured, center with Burnett and Downey) in a statement. “Together with Hearst Entertainment’s vast array of media assets and knowledge, MGM could not have wished for better partners to continue to grow the MGM business of creating premium content for distribution across multiple platforms.”

Realscreen

posted 9/22/14

Quiz Clash Goes from App to Screen
ITVS Options Format
From TBI Vision
ITV Studios has taken rights to the TV format based on the Quiz Clash mobile app.

Quiz Clash was created by FEO Media and claims to be the most popular mobile trivia game in the world with 37 million users across 14 territories. ITV Studios Germany has adapted it for TV with Quizduell launching on ARD channel Das Erste.

Viewers could play along with the show via a Quizduell app and it delivered solid ratings for Das Erste, averaging 1.3 million viewers.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment will now launch the format internationally.

Mike Beale, director of international formats, ITV Studios, said: “Quiz Duel is a tense, exciting quiz show with huge international potential and interest from broadcasters across the world is already high.”

FEO’s CEO Robert Willstedt said: “We are thrilled that the TV show has worked so well in Germany and look forward to working closely with ITVSGE to bring Quiz Duel to millions more viewers across the world.”

TBI Vision
Worldscreen

posted 9/22/14

GMA Loses the Money
Filipino Version of German Game Coming
From Tempo
Continuing to offer all-out entertainment, GMA Network brings to viewers the newest gameshow “Don’t Lose The Money”, hosted by Kapuso Prime leading man Tom Rodriguez.

A successful franchise from Germany, “Don’t Lose the Money” features two teams, with three members each, competing with each other. The team, who keeps the biggest amount of money at the end of the program, after going through grueling physical challenges, wins and gets to take home the money.

Viewers will definitely be thrilled and inspired as the players combine strength, courage, tactics, and strategic timing to win and fulfill their life goal.

Directed by Mark Reyes, “Don’t Lose The Money” airs from Monday to Friday after “Basta Every Day Happy”­ in GMA.

Tempo

posted 9/22/14


POLLY BERGEN: 1930-2014
Actress... Singer.... Gamer...
From Yahoo!/AP
Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original Cape Fear and the first woman president in Kisses for My President, died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.

Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends.

A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals, and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist, and founded a thriving beauty products company that bore her name.

In recent years, she played Felicity Huffman’s mother on Desperate Housewives and the past mistress of Tony Soprano’s late father on The Sopranos.

Bergen won an Emmy in 1958 portraying the tragic singer Helen Morgan on the famed anthology series Playhouse 90. She was nominated for another Emmy in 1989 for best supporting actress in a miniseries or special for War and Remembrance.

Talking to women in a business group in 1968, she said her definition of success was “when you feel what you’ve done fulfills yourself, makes you happy and makes people around you happy.”

Born Nellie Paulina Burgin in Knoxville, TN, Bergen was 20 and already an established singer when she starred with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in her first movie, At War With the Army. She joined them in two more comedies, That’s My Boy and The Stooge.

In 1953, she made her Broadway debut with Harry Belafonte in the revue John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. In 1957-58 she starred on the musical-variety The Polly Bergen Show on NBC, closing every broadcast with her theme song, The Party’s Over.

Also during the 1950s, she became a regular on the popular game show To Tell the Truth. She would later appear in the 1980 version with Robin Ward. She also played on Password All-Stars in 1962 & 1963; What's My Line? from 1958 to 1966 as a Mystery Guest on three occasions and one time panelist; The Game Game in 1970; Hollywood Sqauresin 1968 & 1971; Celebrity Sweepstakes in 1974.

Bergen published the first of her three advice books, The Polly Bergen Book of Beauty, Fashion and Charm, in 1962. That led to her own cosmetics company, which earned her millions.

Bergen became a regular in TV movies and miniseries, most importantly in the 1983 epic The Winds of War and its 1988 sequel, War and Remembrance. She appeared as the troubled wife of high-ranking Navy officer Pug Henry, played by Robert Mitchum.

Mitchum also had the key role in the landmark 1962 suspense film Cape Fear, as the sadistic ex-convict who terrorizes a lawyer (Gregory Peck) and his wife (Bergen) and daughter because he blames Peck for sending him to prison. The film was remade in 1991 by Martin Scorsese.

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

Yahoo!/AP
Wall Street Journal
Deadline
New York Times
ABC News
TV Week

photo courtesy Blogspot

posted 9/22/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "DWI"

  • Chris Nunez gets popped for DUI (TMZ)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "Sports Jeopardy!" (Crackle, Wednesday) (Broadway World)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 14 things we learned from "The Price Is Right" (Rotten Tomatoes)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the QI Elves (Radio Times)

posted 9/22/14

"Pointless" Goes Gold
Survey Quiz Wins Prestigious Rose d'Or
From Realscreen
Channel 4′s reality series Gogglebox (pictured) and BBC1 gameshow Pointless picked up top honors at the 53rd annual Rose d’Or Awards.

Organized by Eurovision, the awards – which recognize “the best and most creative TV, online and radio formats worldwide” – were handed out on September 17 at a ceremony in Berlin.

Gogglebox picked up the award for best reality and factual entertainment, beating out Married at First Sight (Snowman Productions) and The Kamaras Love You (Eyeworks).

Meanwhile, topping the arts category was Peter & The Wolf/Pierre et le Loup (Camera Lucida Productions), which won over Inside the Mind of Leonardo (BSkyB) and Music, Maestro (RTP).

Finally, Pointless picked up the game show prize, besting contenders Extraordinary Masters (Brainpool TV GmbH) and The Common Denominator (Armoza Formats).

Realscreen

posted 9/19/14

Thursday: Falcon PUNCH!
CBS Wins and Wins Big
From The Futon Critic
CBS (9.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to week two of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.887 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.243 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

The silver then went to NBC (4.384 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with a special two-hour "The Biggest Loser" (4.575 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) alongside a repeat of "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.591 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.615 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Scandal" (3.350 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and another "Scandal" (3.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.089 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up rebroadcasts of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.056 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Sleepy Hollow" (2.122 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.598 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The Originals" (0.603 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "Project Runway" scored 2.430 million, leading the charge. Food's "Beat Bobby Flay" cooked up 797,000.  Comedy Central's "@Midnight" finished the week with 614,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/19/14

ABC's Got 500 Questions
Network Orders Quiz Show from Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell
From TV by the Numbers
ABC has made a direct-to-series order for a new event game show, “500 Questions” (working title), from Emmy®-winning blockbuster executive producer Mark Burnett and his One Three Media (“Shark Tank,” “Survivor,” “The Voice”) and Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise”). The innovative “genius game show” is the brainchild of Burnett and Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television President Mike Darnell. It is scheduled to air in 2015, with the program testing the smarts — and nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly intense environment.

The series order for “500 Questions” continues ABC’s long and successful relationship with Burnett, who executive produces the network’s Emmy®-winning hit reality program “Shark Tank,” which returns for a sixth season this fall. “500 Questions” also reunites Burnett with Warner Bros.’ Darnell on a new project for the first time since the Burnett-produced game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,” which Darnell put on the air during his tenure at FOX.

“I love this show. It (‘500 Questions’) is the first network game show to combine what audiences love about serialized unscripted hits with a huge game show event. It has ongoing characters and huge stakes,” said executive producer Mark Burnett.

Mike Darnell said, “I couldn’t be more excited to be back in business with my close friend and colleague Mark Burnett. We have done many shows together over the years, but one of our best experiences (both professionally and personally) was ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,’ and ever since, we have been trying to come up with another game show that would break new ground. I think we have finally cracked it with ‘500 Questions,’ and with Mark and his team on board, I have no doubt this is going to be the next international game show hit.”

Burnett is one the most successful producers in the history of television, with more than 2,900 hours of programming regularly airing in more than 70 countries around the world. Recent series produced by Burnett and One Three Media include “Shark Tank” on ABC, “The Voice” (in association with Warner Horizon Television) and “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, and “Survivor” on CBS. He also produced the MTV Movie Awards from 2007–2011 and the Primetime Emmy® Awards in 2011, and has produced the People’s Choice Awards since 2010.

Burnett and wife, Roma Downey, also produced the hit 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which set ratings records for History Channel in the U.S. and became a worldwide phenomenon, also ranking as the best-selling miniseries of all time on DVD. On the heels of its success, NBC commissioned the follow-up miniseries “A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” which will debut in 2015.

TV by the Numbers
Sydney Morning Herald
Realscreen
Entertainment Weekly
Los Angeles Times
Variety
B&C
Hollywood Reporter
The Wrap
TV Line
World Screen

posted 9/19/14

Million Dollar Math
Sarah Manchester Becomes "Wheel's" Third Millionaire
From Sony PR
On Wednesday night, Sarah Manchester, a math teacher from Silver Spring, Md., became the third contestant to win the $1 million dollar grand prize on Wheel of Fortune.

“This is a once in a lifetime event,” said an excited Manchester following her win. “I’m just soaking in every minute of it!”

Manchester’s $1,017,490 win did not come easy. The game was close with only $6,000 separating the first and third place finishes. Manchester solved the Prize Puzzle, winning a trip to the Dominican Republic and then brilliantly solved the third Toss Up Puzzle, “The Pacific Ocean,” with just a few letters revealed.

Going into the Bonus Round Manchester was so caught up in the moment she forgot she was going to be playing for the chance at $1 million dollars. “Oh, I forgot!” she said when host Pat Sajak reviewed her winnings with her. However, there were no problems when the bonus round puzzle “Loud Laughter” was revealed. “I saw it right away, so I called the letters and was able to solve pretty easily,” said Manchester of her winning solve.

The big win came during Wheel of Fortune’s “Teacher’s Week,” which kicked off the 32nd season of America’s Game®.

The $1 million dollar grand prize wedge was added to the Wheel in 2008, at the beginning of the show’s 26th season. If a contestant collects the wedge, solves the puzzle and makes it to the Bonus Round without hitting bankrupt, the top $100,000 cash prize is replaced by $1 million dollars on the Bonus Round Wheel. The first $1 million dollar grand prize was won by Michelle Lowenstein in October of 2008 and the second by Autumn Erhard in May of 2013.

Manchester is a middle school math teacher and coach of the math team at Tacoma Park Middle School, the same middle school she attended as a child. She has had a lot of practice solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles, having watched with her parents growing up and now challenging her own kids with cash prizes for each puzzle they solve before she does. Manchester was joined at the show’s taping by her father, Paul; husband, Dan; and children Alden and Raina.

“What a way to start the season,” said Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak following the win.

During the show’s closing segment, Sajak asked the newly minted millionaire if being a math teacher she had calculated the probability of winning the million dollars to which she gushed, “I assessed that the probability was low, but even unlikely events sometimes happen!”

Wednesday Replay
Uproxx
Calgary Herald
Cinema Blend
Washington Post
WLTI Live Extra - Interview with Sarah Manchester

posted 9/19/14

Tuesday: Talented? Yep.
"Dancing" #1 Show, NBC's the #1 Network
From The Futon Critic
NBC (9.352 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with an "America's Got Talent" (5.305 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) recap followed by a new two-hour "America's Got Talent" (11.375 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (5.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with a special "Big Brother 16" (6.872 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) alongside repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Person of Interest" (4.688 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Next up was FOX (2.701 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "Utopia" (2.496 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) followed by the season premiere of "New Girl" (3.061 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "The Mindy Project" (2.753 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its "Dancing with the Stars" (12.281 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) results show, a repeat "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.016 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.244 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.115 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, "Ink Master" was the top demo draw, but had an audience of 1.372 million to 1.321 for "Face Off". "Chopped" won over 1.163 million to 877,000 for "Wizard Wars". "@midnight" stayed up to 652,000. Two episodes of "IdioTest" averaged 345,500.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV Media Insights

posted 9/17/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Torn Apart"

  • BBC1 gets complaint on "Prized Apart" (Broadcast)
     
  • Nissan drives into partnership with "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Julia Volkova (one-half of faux lesbian pop duo t.A.T.u) was on the Ukrainian version of "The Moment of Truth", and all the things she said all the things she said running through her head running through her head running through her head about gay men didn't go over well (Holy Moly)
     
  • Marco Antonio Regil putting his Santa Monica home up for $2.2 million (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Ask America heads to Bakersfield (KERO Bakersfield)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 10 answers that game show hosts had that matter (Huffington Post)

posted 9/19/14

Wednesday: It's Magic! It's Mystery! It's NBC!
"AGT" Final, "Mysteries of Laura" Take Peacock to #1
From The Futon Critic
NBC (11.463 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with the two-hour season finale of "America's Got Talent" (11.980 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by the premiere of "The Mysteries of Laura" (10.428 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3).

CBS (5.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) then snagged the silver with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.648 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Criminal Minds" (4.748 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Extant" (5.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.960 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.889 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) alongside the launch of "Red Band Society" (4.030 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.212 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.964 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Modern Family" (3.598 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), another "Modern Family" (3.964 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "Nashville" (2.137 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.597 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and a repeat "The 100" (0.662 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.130 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/18/14

@Midnight @NewYorkCity
Catch Special NY Comedy Festival Shows in November!
From The Futon Critic
For the first time since its wildly successful launch, Comedy Central's newest late night hit "@midnight," produced by Funny Or Die, will hit the road this fall, trading Silicon Beach for Silicon Alley. The social media sensation joins the stellar lineup of the 2014 New York Comedy Festival to tape a week of shows which will air Monday, November 3 through Thursday, November 6 at Midnight ET/PT.

Hosted by Chris Hardwick (@nerdist), the special NYCF week of episodes will include visual and textual nods to New York and feature a coterie of comedians playing fan favorites such as #HashtagWars, Rapid Refresh and Sweet Emoji. The "@midnight" tapings will be filmed at ABC Television Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side and fans may request free tickets at www.nycomedyfestival.com.

"Sure, we get a lot of comedians to come onto our show in Los Angeles, but we felt in order to get the choicest, juiciest comedy specimens we needed to go straight to the nest where they live and breed-The New York Comedy Festival," said Hardwick.

"@midnight" leads viewers down the ultimate internet wormhole with a rotating lineup of today's top comedians battling nightly to determine who has the funniest take on the day's social media and pop culture. Using social media as the catalyst and a fake game show as the setting, "@midnight" challenges comedians to win the Internet by slashing the craziest, most absurd news and posts that social media has to offer: from the latest celebrity Instagram shots to the creepiest Craigslist posting to Buzzspeed lists and infamous #HashtagWars.

On-air the series is averaging 775,000 total viewers each night and ranks #3 in all of late night with Men 18-34, Men 18-24 and People 18-24. "@midnight" also reaches the youngest (median age: 32 years) and most male (69%) audience of any late night talk show. (source: Nielsen via MultiTrak, 6/30/14-9/07/14; most current Data, premieres only median age based on P2+).

The Futon Critic

posted 9/17/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Games Are ALWAYS Better Together"

  • Craig Ferguson used to jam with Peter Capaldi. On acid. Talk about a trip through time and space (Unreality TV) PLUS a Brutally Honest Review of "Celebrity Name Game" (AZ Central)
     
  • Michael Vine growing out of All3Media (TBI Vision)
     
  • Celebrity Squares takes 20 percent of its audience to block (Broadcast)
     
  • "Danger Mouse" just got a little "Pointless"; Alexander Armstrong voices the superspy in the reboot (Animation Magazine)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Make a Deal (Broadway World) & The Price Is Right (Broadway World)
     
  • TVGN gets Popped (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Live from New York... It's Darrell Hammond! (The Futon Critic)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani in an epic lip sync battle (YouTube)
     
  • Josh Kaufman becomes The Voice... of Pippin on Broadway (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Everything you know about Michael Johns' death is wrong. Allegedly (TMZ)

posted 9/18/14

Wednesday: Unleash Hell
POTUS Can't Stop Fox from Taking Demo from NBC, NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.247 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) slipped into the top spot on Wednesday with the return of "Hell's Kitchen" (4.209 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) followed by "FOX News Special" (3.857 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "Hell's Kitchen" (4.033 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and another "Hell's Kitchen" (4.926 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

NBC (7.986 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then had to settle for second place with a recap of "America's Got Talent" (6.848 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) alongside its "NBC News Special" (10.671 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "America's Got Talent" (10.452 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.680 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #17) and "America's Got Talent/Taxi Brooklyn" (8.415 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).

Next up was CBS (4.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "Big Brother 16" (6.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "CBS News Special" (3.811 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15), "Under the Lights" (2.014 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T20), "Under the Lights/Extant" (3.438 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #19) and "Extant" (4.241 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #18).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.838 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its repeat-driven mix of "The Middle" (4.309 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "The Goldbergs" (3.886 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "ABC News Special" (4.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.866 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern Family/Shark Tank" (3.498 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) and "Shark Tank" (3.084 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.761 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T20) and a repeat "The 100" (0.642 million viewers, #22; adults 18-49: 0.2, #22) closed out the night over on The CW (1.201 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable, "@midnight" attracted 708,000. "Top Chef Duels" barely edged it out with 719,000. The star of the night: Fox Sports 1's "The Ulttimate Fighter" with 2.54 million.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 9/17/14

The Moustache Is Back!
Catch Season 31 of "Jeopardy!" September 15
From People
Get ready, America. Jeopardy!‘s long-lost star is making a triumphant return.

When Alex Trebek shaved off his distinctive mustache in 2001 after more than 30 years of his signature look, the country mourned the loss of an icon.

But it’s time to put champagne on ice and get your noisemakers ready, because when the long-running game show (now in its 31st season) returns next week, viewers can toast to the return of the TV host’s famous facial hair.

“In 2001, I shaved my mustache on a whim,” he tells PEOPLE exclusively. “This year I had a two-and-a-half-month period where we were not taping a show, so I grew it back on another whim. I like to keep my life simple.”

But will it stay? Trebek is putting his facial hair future in the hands of fans. He's asking viewers to weigh in on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #KeepItTrebek or #ShaveItTrebek.

No word on how long you have to persuade the game show host. So if you have a strong opinion either way, get online and weigh in!

Among the highlights:
- Arthur Chu and Julia Collins return to take on 13 other champions in the $100,000 Tournament of Champions
- The annual event weeks with the Teen Tournament, College Championship, Teacher's Tournament, and Kids' Week.

People
Esquire
WTMA-AM Charleston
USA Today
KFSN Fresno

posted 9/17/14

"Game Plane" Cleared for Takeoff
Catch It This Weekend, Check Local Listings
From MarketWatch
Allegiant ALGT, -1.40% announced today, in partnership with Alpine Labs, the premiere of THE GAME PLANE, the world's first game show to be filmed entirely in-flight with real passengers competing in real time to win prizes on the spot.

Part quiz show, part game of chance, THE GAME PLANE features Allegiant passengers on their way to vacation, competing for thousands of dollars in prizes, including all expenses-paid vacations at Las Vegas' most popular luxury resort properties, airfare to Honolulu on Allegiant, Las Vegas show tickets and more. THE GAME PLANE is produced by Alpine Labs and filmed in-flight on Allegiant scheduled service.

"Allegiant prides itself on being an innovator in the airline industry, so the opportunity to be a part of the first-ever in-flight game show is a perfect fit," said Brian Davis, Allegiant Travel Company Vice President of Business Development. "The energetic, fun atmosphere of the show is an extension of our vacation-focused brand, and the amazing prizes won by the contestants -- our passengers -- highlight all of the amazing things our destinations have to offer."

"We are thrilled to partner with Allegiant on this amazing opportunity to showcase a whole new setting for the game show," said Alpine's Kevin Abrams. "Our goal is to remind viewers how much fun going on vacation is and that there are still exciting new ways to visit the game show format. THE GAME PLANE is an example of how we are introducing an original take on production."

The show will premiere on September 20, 2014 and will air in over 75 percent of U.S. television markets on a syndicated network of stations led by the CBS Television Stations group. To view a video preview of the show and a full list of scheduled airings please visit http://gameplane.herokuapp.com.

MarketWatch
Orlando Sentinel
Las Vegas Review Journal
The Game Plane Official Site
USA Today

posted 9/17/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Two Bald Blokes"

  • Michael Davies' "Men In Blazers" jumps to NBCSN September 22 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Joan Rivers' doctor ... (TMZ)... and the doctor that took a selfie with her as she laid dying (CNN)
     
  • You would have to win AGT TWICE in order to afford Nick Cannon's finale shoes (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • Frankie Grande says... way... too much (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • "The Price Is Right" Live! heads to Iowa State (Iowa State Daily)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Canada's Smartest Person (SheKnows)
     
  • Is Discovery set to buy out the Hub? (Deadline)

posted 9/17/14

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