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On The Third Day... GSN Announced...
The New Teams for "American Bible Challenge" Starting May 22!
From
the Futon Critic
Today GSN announced the lineup of competitors for the third season of its highest rated original series of all time, THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE. Jeff Foxworthy hosts this one-hour game show in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Season three premieres with two back-to-back original episodes on Thursday, May 22nd at 8 PM (ET/PT), and will air new episodes every Thursday at 8 PM (ET/PT) on GSN.

Season three of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE will bring a new set of diverse, fun and colorful contestants which include a team of former beauty queens, motorcycle ridingpriests, police officers and Mormon moms. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is reunited with GRAMMY(R) winner and multi-platinum-selling musician and producer Kirk Franklin as musical co-host.

THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE has added brand new games that put the contestant's spiritual and physical talents to the test with new categories that include "Christ or Klingon" in which contestants have to guess whether words are from the Bible or Star Trek's Klingon language; "Curse You Autocorrect" where contestants must decipher a typed Bible passage that has been "autocorrected" and "Nazareth Enquirer" with sensational Biblical headlines that could have appeared in atabloid.

Aside from showcasing their knowledge of the world's best-selling book, each team will compete on behalf of a charitable organization. The tournament starts with 18 three-person teams - three teams in each of the first six episodes of the season. The winning teams from each of those six episodes advance to play in two semi-final games. During the final round, one team will be named champions of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE.

The 18 teams who will kick off Season 3 of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE are below.

- Team Barefoot Ambassadors (Charlotte, Samaritan's Feet)
- Team Bible Belts (Otway, OH; Kicks for Jesus)
- Team Chefs to the Rescue (Portsmouth, VA; Mercy Chefs)
- Team Crown Jewels (Lumberton, NC; the Vs. Cancer Foundation)
- Team Devoted Divas (Akron, OH; Unity in the Community)
- Team Fashion of the Christ (New York City; Uniting Against Lung Cancer)
- Team Gospel for Teens (New York City; The Mama Foundation of the Arts)
- Team Heartland Guards (Buda, IL; Make-a-Wish Foundation)
- Team Kori's Crusaders (Bunker Hill, IN; The Irok Foundation)
- Team Lift Your Voice (Hilliard, OH; National MPS Society)
- Team Three Wise Men (Providence, UT; One Heart for Bulgaria)
- Team Pearly Skates (Raleigh, Donate Life North Carolina)
- Team Prayer Patrol (Joplin, MO; Rebuild Joplin)
- Team Queens of Arts (Queens, NY; The Arts & Education Continuum)
- Team Rhymz with Grace (Mobile, AL; Home of Grace)
- Team Faithful Fathers (St. Paul, MN; NET Ministries)
- Team We're In Tents (Grand Rapids, MI; Camp Michawana)
- Team Words with Friends (Charlotte; VCC Church in the City Women's Shelter)

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 4/16/14

Tuesday: This Just Got Interesting
NBC Makes a Play for CBS' Territory
From
the Futon Critic
NBC (8.420 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to its mix of "The Voice" (11.599 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1), "About a Boy" (7.226 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "Growing Up Fisher" (6.084 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Chicago Fire" (7.008 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6).

CBS (14.021 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then claimed a close second place with its mainstays "NCIS" (16.735 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (14.680 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) and "Person of Interest" (10.647 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.831 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a repeat of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.280 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) followed by a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (5.069 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) and the return of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.145 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.259 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up originals from "Glee" (2.451 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "New Girl" (2.198 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.937 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

On cable, "Ink Master" mastered the games on Spike with 1.422 million. Second was "Face Off" for Syfy with 1.287 million, leading into "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge" with 777,000, roughly half of "Ink Master's" stake. GSN's "Minute to Win It" helped the primetime average upwards to 464,000, while the season premiere of "Knife Fight" dragged Esquire's already anemic numbers to 57,000 on average.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 4/16/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Flip This House"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "American Dream Builders" heads to 7p starting this Sunday (The Futon Critic)
     
  • The Sharks go behind the scenes May 2 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Prince Lorenzo: From "Bachelor" to "Lucky Bastard" (New York Daily News)
     
  • Mark Labbett hosts charity quiz event for Crohn's & colitis (Gazette)

Posted 4/16/14

A Bad Ass Monday?
Bam Margera's New Game Show Launches on TBS
From
Zap2it
Now that "Bam's Bad Ass Game Show" premiered, did Bam Margera and his stunt send-up receive bad ass numbers?

"Bad Ass Game Show" received an audience of 1.097 million at 10:30 on TBS. Of those, 651,000 were in the advertiser-friendly 18-49 age bracket, just making the top 25 of 51 programs that broadcast new episodes.

NBC (9.805 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (11.669 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) and a repeat "The Blacklist" (6.079 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7).

ABC (12.150 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then snagged the silver with an original "Dancing with the Stars" (14.200 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) alongside a repeat "Castle" (8.052 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Next up was CBS (6.076 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its new lineup of "2 Broke Girls" (7.211 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Friends with Better Lives" (5.723 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Mike & Molly" (7.426 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "Mom" (6.727 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) plus a repeat of "Person of Interest" (4.685 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (5.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up a new "Bones" (5.692 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and a new "The Following" (4.394 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

Zap2it
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 4/15/14

Syndies: Changing of the Guard?
Results for the Week Ending April 6
From
B&C
Spring’s longer days and warmer weather took its traditional toll on syndication in the week ending April 6, with most shows down or flat for the week.

The game shows almost saw a changing of the guard, with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidding 8% from the prior week to a 6.8, that show’s lowest rating since Christmas. On the other hand, CTD’s Jeopardy! just missed snatching the category lead, climbing 8% to a 6.7. Jeopardy!, in its 30th season, aired its Battle of the Decades Tournament from March 31 - April 4.

Meanwhile, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud faded 6% to a 4.9, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire sank 5% to a 2.1, that show’s lowest rating in six weeks.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 4/15/14

Food Network Looking for Bakers
Casting for the Holidays
From
Food Network
The Food Network is scouring the country looking for people who love to bake.

Are you passionate about baking? Do you love the holidays? Do you know how to make an amazing Yule log or have a secret family recipe for a pumpkin pie that will take down the competition? Well if so, this is the perfect show for you! The Great Holiday Bake-Off is a major TV showdown where versatile baking enthusiasts enter our kitchen in a fun holiday battle to try and win A BIG CASH PRIZE and become The Great Holiday Bake-Off Grand Champion!

Please email us today at holidaybakeoffcasting@leg-corp.com. Put your city/state in the subject line and include your name, phone number, email address and occupation in the body of the email. In addition, also include a photo of yourself and a couple photos of some of your most impressive holiday baked goods. Lastly, please tell us a little bit about yourself and why you think you would be perfect for the show.

posted 4/15/14

Weekend: A Tradition Unlike Any Other
CBS Masters Sunday Night Thanks to the Golf Running Long
From
The Futon Critic
CBS (9.732 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday with its PGA aided mix of "60 Minutes" (11.095 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "The Amazing Race 23" (8.983 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "The Good Wife" (9.741 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "The Mentalist" (9.108 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

ABC (6.036 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second place with its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.660 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10), "Once Upon a Time" (6.253 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Resurrection" (7.124 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Revenge" (5.109 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

Next up was FOX (3.180 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with originals from "Bob's Burgers" (1.886 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15), "American Dad" (2.332 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12), "The Simpsons" (3.590 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Family Guy" (4.284 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (3.495 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10).

And finally, NBC (3.961 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) closed out the evening with "Dateline NBC" (4.383 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15), "American Dream Builders" (3.088 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17), "Believe" (4.358 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14) and "Crisis" (4.015 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12).

Meanwhile, on Food Network, the premiere of "America's Best Cook" couldn't match a new "Cutthroat Kitchen" (1.068 million to 1.227 million). It did build off of "Food Court Wars'" 788,000.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 4/15/14

Square Biz Blowing Up Overseas
ITV Greenlights "Hollywood" Adaptation
From
Female First
ITV have commissioned a brand new series of classic game show Celebrity Squares, scheduled for broadcast later this year.

September Films and GroupM Entertainment are to produce the revamped show, and Warwick Davis is in the helm as host.

“Celebrity Squares is one of those special television shows that everyone remembers – I grew up watching it, and I’m thrilled to be presenting this updated version of a TV classic.” said Warwick.

Based on the classic game show created by Merrill Heatter & Bob Quigley, a grid of nine boxes contain different celebrities who answer questions.

Contestants taking part will have to say whether they agree or disagree with the celebrity's answer, and if they're correct they win that square.

Winning three boxes in either a horizontal, diagonal or vertical line will see the contestant win that round and money, before the winning contender goes on to play the end game for the star prize.

Bob Massie, Head of Entertainment, September Films said: “It’s so exciting to have Warwick hosting this classic game show, with a new comedy twist.”

Female First
ITV Press Centre
World Screen
On the Box
TBI Vision
C21 Media

posted 4/15/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Update Heavy"

  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: this is how Logo edited "RuPaul's Drag Race" last night to take out... that term (Gawker)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: Andi Dorfman as "The Bachelorette" (E!)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: we'll take irony for $200, Alex. (Hitfix)
     
  • William Shatner shows another Captain Kirk the money... err, the respect (WebProNews)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: And you thought "New Baby Buggy" was a stunner? Check out this clip from the local game show "Sqrambled Scuares". (YouTube)

Posted 4/15/14

Thursday: The Shark Infiltration
CBS, ABC Split Night Thanks to Special "Shark Tank"
From
The Futon Critic
CBS (9.764 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday with its usual mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.988 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1), "The Millers" (10.237 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3), "Two and a Half Men" (9.618 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "The Crazy Ones" (6.922 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6) and "Elementary" (7.909 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6).

The Eye however shared the adults 18-49 crown with ABC (7.916 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T1) and its lineup of "Shark Tank" (6.572 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9), "Grey's Anatomy" (8.092 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Scandal" (9.083 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2).

Next up was FOX (5.003 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (4.075 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10), "American Idol" (7.530 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6) and "Surviving Jack" (4.333 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up new episodes of "Community" (2.616 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15) and "Parks & Recreation" (2.564 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) alongside a repeat "Hollywood Game Night" (2.654 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14) and a new "Parenthood" (3.619 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12).

On cable, the finale of "Under the Gunn" scored 1.457 million viewers for Lifetime against Food's "Chopped Canada" (956,000). Meanwhile, "Beat Bobby Flay" (1.180 million) beat out "The Challenge: Free Agents" (955,000), while the latter beat out the former in the adults 18-49 demo (740,000 to 527,000).

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 4/14/14

Saturday in the UK...
10.5 Million Tune In for "Britain's Got Talent" Premiere
From
Digital Spy
Britain's Got Talent made a triumphant return to ITV last night (April 12), pulling in 10.5 million viewers, according to overnight data.

Simon Cowell's talent show kicked off its eighth series with an audience share of 45% when it aired from 8pm. It gained a further 528,000 viewers (2.4%) on ITV+1 an hour later.

Earlier on ITV, 4.93m (29.7%) tuned in to see Wigan Athletic take on Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final from 4.30pm, while new series Amazing Greys made a good start with 4.28m (20.8%) at 9.15pm.

Over on BBC One, Pointless Celebrities quizzed 4.08m (20.1%) at 7pm, while 3.79m (16.2%) watched the latest episode of Casualty.

Rob Brydon's new game show The Guess List kicked off at 9.30pm with 3.1m (15.3%).

On BBC Two, coverage from day three of Golf: The Masters pulled in 1.28m (6.8%) from 7.30pm.

Digital Spy
Digital Spy
The Guardian

posted 4/14/14

China Is The New Normal
Zoo Exports "Are You Normal, America"
From
WorldScreen
Are You Normal, a factual entertainment format from all3media's Zoo Productions, has been given a local version by Tencent, China's leading VOD platform.

Are You Normal looks on as contestants determine the typical behavior, including quirks, habits and beliefs, of a country's citizens. The Chinese adaptation, locally titled Ni Zhengchang Ma, features such celebrities as Taiwanese actor Nicky Wu, S.H.E singer Ella and The Voice host Hua Shao. It debuted on v.qq.com on April 10. A new episode will launch every Thursday at 12 p.m.

Tina Ma, chief producer of Tencent Video, said: "It is exciting to let you know that Tencent is doing the Are You Normal of China along with all3media international! This fantastic reality show is the first big data show ever. Tencent tailor-made 200 questions for its Chinese followers. Even before the show—more than 3 million people participated in the interactive game. I believe that this show will start a new era in the history of Chinese video websites."

Sasha Bushnell of Zoo Productions added: "all3media international and Zoo Productions are thrilled to announce that their game show Are You Normal is currently filming in China. It is the show in which contestants win big money by asking themselves the universal question that taunts everyone around the world: Am I Normal? The energetic format will expose the most burning questions by using an extremely revealing and scientific poll process in addition to man in the street interviews, real life demonstrations shot in the field and video calls from viewers. In addition, we don't only wonder about ourselves, but also how normal are our neighbors, co-workers or boyfriend or girlfriend?

"The show is being produced in partnership with Vivid Media and Tencent as the broadcaster. Everyone in the all3media family is extremely excited to work in partnership with such an exciting and influential company as Tencent and have been delighted by Vivid Media's full embrace of the concept of 'normality' and their implementation of the format within their own country and culture. It proves once again that the question of Are You Normal encompasses everyone worldwide!"

WorldScreen

posted 4/14/14

Shine In Vietnam
Firm Exports "Biggest Loser", "Minute To Win It"
From
WorldScreen
Shine International has secured five new format agreements, all in Vietnam.

The Biggest Loser is headed to the VTV network, where a 15x1-hour version will launch in 2015. Beauty & the Geek got a pickup from the Vietnamese production company Cattiensa, which is producing a 15x1-hour treatment also for VTV.

Junior Minute to Win It, a junior version of the game show, has been commissioned by VTV 3 for 52 episodes. The same channel also went for a second season of Got to Dance, which is slated for a launch in September 2014. VTV 3 ordered a second season of MasterChef, to launch this July. Junior MasterChef is set to air on the channel in November 2014, followed by Celebrity MasterChef in 2015.

Matthew Ashcroft, the senior VP and head of Asia Pacific at Shine International, said, “Vietnam is a vibrant market and we are delighted to be working with our partners to bring such a selection of our most loved formats to air."

WorldScreen

posted 4/14/14

Wednesday: We Have a New Challenger!
Did We Mention America's Most Watched Network?
From
the Futon Critic
CBS (9.483 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with new episodes of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.556 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Criminal Minds" (9.810 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.084 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

FOX (8.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then had to settle for second place despite a new two-hour "American Idol" (8.788 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3).

Next up was NBC (6.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.312 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) followed by originals from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.277 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.520 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.508 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (4.634 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "Suburgatory" (3.585 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Modern Family" (4.795 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) plus a new "Mixology" (3.340 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and a repeat "Nashville" (2.348 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

On TBS, "Deal With It" held firm with 1.114 million.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 4/14/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Chilly Reception"

  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: this "Wheel" instant classic and a character study in "failing upwards" (Hollywood Take) PLUS no regrets (Mediaite)
     
  • Donald Faison to visit "Creature Shop" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • "Drag Race" to refrain from using a transphobic term to confer messages. It rhymes with "tree mail" and is used in said context (Huffington Post)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: people eating household-item-shaped candy for fun and profit. It's big in Japan (Huffington Post)
     
  • "Ejector Seat" has a failure to launch (Yahoo/Press Association)
     
  • A new twist on "American Idol"... contestants are picking the OTHERS' songs. (The Futon Critic)
     
  • John Davidson takes his time machine to LaPorte, Indiana (NWI Times)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Teams of 2 or 4 wanted for... boilerplate audition (Reality Wanted)

Posted 4/14/14

Charlie Sheen Hosting A Game Show For WE tv? Winning!
"Bad Influence" Gets Greenlight
From
The Hollywood Reporter
Charlie Sheen could be bringing his torpedo of truth to WE tv.

The Anger Management star is filming a pilot for the female-themed cable network, WE tv announced Thursday.

Charlie Sheen's Bad Influence will see the former Two and a Half Men star test couples to see how well they know each other in the pilot produced by Escape Reality and Estevez Sheen Productions. Sheen will also exec produce the pilot alongside Steve Tisch, Laura Fuest Silva, Frank Sutera and Bob Maron of New Epic Entertainment.

The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

ContactMusic

posted 4/10/14

The Challenge at 25
Catch New Season on MTV at 10!
From
Kankakee Daily Journal
Who would suspect that "The Challenge" (10p, MTV, TV-14) was entering its 25th season? Technically, it's "The Challenge: Free Agents" this season. It changes its enigmatic subtitle with every outing. In fact, "The Challenge" wasn't always "The Challenge"; it started out in June 1998 as "Road Rules: All Stars" before turning into "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" and eventually abbreviating itself into "The Challenge."

This season, 28 players — let's call them "Free Agents" — fly down to Uruguay to compete for $350,000 in prizes. Has a game show/reality series ever kicked off in Uruguay before? When you last for 25 seasons, there's always a chance for a first.

In keeping with the "Free Agents" theme, everybody is out for him or herself. The rules have been rigged this season to make the Darwinian struggles of "Survivor" look like coddled-kid stuff. After every round, the winners choose a pair of losers who go on to an elimination round and face off against two others chosen by the flip of a card. Strategizing and alliances mean nothing in a game where pure chance is given so much sway.

While vicarious and silly, reality shows offer a funhouse mirror of everyday life. Many "Survivor" fans are reminded of office politics and the trials of fending off rivals and "frenemies" on the job. "Free Agents" evokes a less-forgiving employment climate, where attachments are pointless and sudden termination looms right around every corner. Things have changed since 1998.

Kankakee Daily Journal

posted 4/10/14

More on "The Ultimate Fighter"
Catch It on FS1 April 16, PLUS Seasons Converge
From
The Futon Critic
Two seasons of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER(R) converge on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, April 16, when UFC FIGHT NIGHT(R): BISPING VS. KENNEDY features THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER NATIONS welterweight and middleweight finals, the coaches' fight and an exciting headliner between No. 5-ranked middleweight Michael Bisping (25-5) and No. 8-ranked Tim Kennedy (17-4). FOX Sports 1 carries the preliminary bouts beginning at 5:00 PM ET, followed by the main card at 7:00 PM ET from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Immediately following UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BISPING VS. KENNEDY is the two-hour season premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER(R): TEAM EDGAR vs. TEAM PENN (10:00 PM ET), highlighting 16 middleweights and 16 light heavyweights battling for a spot on the team of either former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar or two-division champion BJ Penn.

UFC on FOX analyst Brian Stann believes the headliner between Bisping and Kennedy is a toss-up. "Kennedy has one of the best top games in mixed martial arts and he's showcased his knockout power in his last fight against Rafael Natal. Bisping is one of the best all-around mixed martial artists in the middleweight division. Every time people start to count him out, he comes in and wins fights."

In addition to the main event between Bisping and Kennedy, UFC FIGHT NIGHT consists of 12 more thrilling matchups including THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER NATIONS Team Canada coach Patrick Cote (20-8) and Team Australia coach Kyle Noke (20-6-1) in an exciting welterweight bout. THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER NATIONS middleweight final features Sheldon Westcott (8-1) versus Elias Theodorou (8-0), while the welterweight final pits Chad Laprise (7-0) against Olivier Aubin-Mercier (4-0). No. 6-ranked Dustin Poirier (15-3) faces Akira Corassani (14-4-1) in a featherweight clash. And No. 5-ranked Sarah Kaufman (16-2, 1NC) takes on UFC newcomer Leslie Smith (6-4-1) in a women's bantamweight battle. Kenny Florian and Jon Anik call the fights live from the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/10/14

This Just In... Game Shows
HLN Greenlights Two Projects
From
The Wrap
Tweets are coming to the small screen.

HLN, which announced earlier this year that it would become the first TV network for the social media generation, announced another batch of social media influenced programming in development during its upfront presentation on Thursday, including the nightly one-hour news show “The Daily Share” and a program featuring LA radio favorite Chuey Martinez.

Martinez's offering, “Wkly M@shup with Chuey Martinez,” meanwhile, will be an ” exciting new ‘late night’ experience” during which Martinez will “invite an eclectic mix of social media stars, established celebs and other faces from popular culture, who are making, spinning and spreading news to join him for this late night talk show, that is one-part talk, two-parts performance, and a spicy splash of sketch comedy.

“I'm really excited to be working with (HLN General Manager) Albie (Hecht) & the entire HLN family,” Martinez told TheWrap. “Stay tuned!”

The newly announced series join previously announced new offerings including “Keywords,” “NewsToonz” (formerly “I Can Haz NewsToons”), “One.Click.Away.” “Vacation Hunters” and “Videocracy.”

:America's Most Liked” — Now there's a game show that can take someone from Internet nobody to web superstar. One just has to use their special or unusual talents to compete in viral challenges and try to get the most “likes” from the all screens audience. Created by David Sidebotham's Babyfoot Productions, and Eero Hietala's Aito Entertainment, and developed by Michael Yudin, My Tupelo Entertainment.

“News or Not” — This game show challenges viewers knowledge of real social media news headlines. Created by Nancy Glass & Eric Neuhaus/Nancy Glass Productions (Tanked/Animal Planet & Dangerous Grounds/Travel Channel).

In addition, the network teamed up with Twitter in a strategic partnership to visualize Twitter data live on air in new and compelling ways.”

The HLN and Twitter teams are also working on a “Tweet DVR.” This feature will find the most buzzy tweets from HLN premieres and feature them in repeats of the same program.

“HLN's new focus on social conversation makes it a natural home for Twitter,” said Vivian Schiller, head of news at Twitter. ”With over 500 million tweets sent each day, Twitter's live, public platform will provide HLN rich content on the most compelling issues of our times.”

The Wrap

posted 4/10/14

Deal or No Deal at 2500
Channel 4 Game Celebrates Milestone
From
ATV Today
Noel Edmonds and Channel 4 are gearing up for a television landmark as game show Deal or No Deal heads towards its 2500th edition later this month.

Fronted by former BBC darling Noel Edmonds since its first episode aired on Channel 4 nearly a decade ago, on Monday 31st October 2005, the show has cemented its place in broadcasting history by giving away more money than another other daytime show in the history of British Television – over £37,000,000!

With seven people now crowned Deal or No Deal quarter-millionaires the show really has changed lives, and now with the addition of box 23, players could potentially walk away with an incredible £500,000.

On Wednesday 30th April the ‘Dream Factory’ marks its amazing milestone as Deal or No Deal promises to celebrate its 2500th show in style. The series hit 1000 episodes back in 2008 for which Noel cracked out a gold jacket and 1000 diamond studded tie.

Deal or No Deal is a simple game, that became an addictive viewing habit for millions of viewers, with the entire format of the programme requiring no skill or knowledge as contestants simply have to open 25 boxes with varying amounts of value and by sheer luck hope to take away a big amount. Along the way The Banker tries to lure an early exit by bribing the contestant to Deal with his money offer – after all they could leave with just one pence if they battle on to the end.

ATV Today

posted 4/10/14

Big Picture Thinking
Nordic World Picks Up Global Rights to Israeli Format
From
World Screen
Nordic World has picked up the exclusive global distribution rights for the interactive game show The Big Picture in a deal with Israel's Acappella Media Content Hub.

The show was created by Nimrod Harel and Acappella. The format includes an app that enables viewers at home to participate in the game as contestants. The program is pre-recorded in studio, but viewers can join in the action on the day of broadcast. Those selected will have their image projected on screen. They'll play along via the app with the possibility to partner in winning $1 million.

Einat Shamir, the CEO of Accapella Hub, said: “We are more than overwhelmed with the attention that we have had at this market. The Big Picture is a revolutionary game show that drew global attention as we had hoped it would. Live interaction in a pre-recorded show opens endless possibilities for broadcasters all over the world that crave for must-see television. To take it to the next level we want to partner with someone who is not only the best in the industry, but also someone who shares our vision. We found them in Boxatricks and Nordic World and we are excited about the future prospects of what we can achieve together.”

Jan Salling, the chief operating officer and sales director of Nordic World, added: “Rarely does a perfect set of circumstances like this happen. This format brings together the elements of a global, smash-hit game show with an unrivaled consulting team in Boxatricks and, of course, Nordic World’s ability to give this show the absolute best chance of a global rollout. Mentioning The Big Picture in the same breath as Millionaire doesn’t feel like an exaggeration. For me this show is a true game changer.”

World Screen

posted 4/10/14

ITV Picks Up Chinese Sing-a-Long
"Sing My Song" Marks First Chinese Export in Game Shows
From
C21Media
UK broadcaster ITV has secured what it described as a “landmark deal” to broadcast and distribute a gameshow format from China.

The agreement with production company Star China gives ITV the UK broadcast rights and international distribution rights to Sing My Song. The deal marks the first time an original talent format from China has been exported internationally, according to distribution arm ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The format is a studio-based music contest that requires a judging panel of four musicians to mentor amateur singer-songwriters trying to progress through the competition with their own original songs. The experts must also look for songs that they can use on their own albums.

The show debuted on Chinese channel CCTV-3 earlier this year as part of a global distribution deal with ITVSGE on which Michel Rodrigue, CEO and partner at The Format People, consulted.

Vivian Yin, chief representative and deputy general manager of Star China, confirmed to C21 the deal with ITV will see a UK version of the format air “within two years.”

C21Media

posted 4/10/14

Fox Drops the "Boom!"
Keshet DCP Set to Bring Explosive Trivia Game to America; More Deals in France, Spain
From
Deadline
Broadcasters in Hungary and Belgium have become the latest networks to order local versions of Keshet International’s gameshow format Boom!.

Hungary’s TV2 has slated its programme to start airing this year, while Flemish-language channel VTM will air the show in Belgium.

The show was created by Israeli firm Keshet, Ido Rozenblum and July August Productions, part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group. It requires teams of contestants to answer trivia questions within a strict time limit to defuse mock bombs and win prize money.

The format debuted on Keshet Broadcasting’s Channel 2 last week and has already been sold to Fox in the US, Atresmedia in Spain and French network TF1.

Created by Keshet, Iddo Rosznblum, and July August Productions, BOOM! fuses the drama, intensity and thrill of a blockbuster action movie with the high-octane fun of a video game. Full of comedy, color and excitement, BOOM!’s fresh approach rolls the intellectual AND physical challenges of existing game shows into one can’t-miss event for viewers of all ages. A squad of four players must defuse eight (replica) “bombs” by answering trivia questions correctly within a strict time limit. In nail-biting scenes, the nominated player must defuse one “bomb” per question by cutting through colored wires representing multiple choice answers…which the ticking clock counts down. If the player answers correctly, the prize money builds and he/she moves to the next “bomb.” BOOM! delivers fierce tension and light-hearted humor in quick succession, extending the experience not only to those in the studio, but also to viewers at home who can play along.

The news follows the first sale of the project to France’s most popular broadcaster, TF1, as well as outstanding ratings for the new game on Keshet Broadcasting’s Channel 2 Israel, where it recently became the highest-rated game show launch ever in Israel. Vastly outshining all other shows in its timeslot, BOOM! scored a staggering 41.2% share and 26.7% (HH) rating.

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posted 4/8/14

Tuesday: Just When CBS Locked It Up...
Here Come NBC and the Young'uns
From
the Futon Critic
NBC (8.077 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) pulled back in front on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (10.834 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "About a Boy" (7.143 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Growing Up Fisher" (5.624 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and "Chicago Fire" (7.014 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4).

CBS (13.190 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then was a close second place with new episodes of "NCIS" (17.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (14.365 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and a repeat "Person of Interest" (8.022 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

Next up was ABC (3.404 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.907 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "The Goldbergs" (4.301 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8), "Trophy Wife" (2.548 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) plus a repeat of "Resurrection" (1.881 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.553 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up fresh installments of "Glee" (2.794 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "The Mindy Project" (2.267 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and another "The Mindy Project" (2.358 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

On cable, Face Off leads with 1.328 million viewers to Ink Master's 1.154 million.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 4/10/14

Brain Game
UK Picks Up Japanese Import
From
C21Media
UK children’s broadcaster CBBC will air Zig Zag Productions’ upcoming remake of hit Japanese gameshow format Ultimate Brain, C21 can reveal.

The 10×30′ science-based format encourages contestants to use their intelligence, intuition and creative thinking skills and also features a madcap, physical gameshow element.

The show originally aired in primetime on Japanese broadcaster NTV. Zig Zag acquired rights to remake the show in the UK, US and Canada from the channel last year.

The UK indie, which also has offices in New York, has had success importing into and exporting from the Japanese market, after partnering with Japanese creative agency Yoshimoto Kogyo in 2011.

It produces another NTV format, Exit, in the US for cablenet Syfy, and also had its format Time Out commissioned locally by Japanese broadcaster KTV in April last year.

“Ultimate Brain’s creative, intuitive and problem-solving challenges, coupled with the physical gameshow aspect, makes it a perfect format for kids,” said Zig Zag CEO Danny Fenton.

The format is now distributed by Eccho Rights, which has so far struck deals with Russian TV channel Rossiya, Strix in Denmark and Sputnik in Belgium to produce the show.

C21 Media
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posted 4/10/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Seacrest Out?"

  • Ryan Seacrest talking with... well, everyone (Variety)
     
  • Donny Osmond "Dances" with the judges' table (TV Guide)
     
  • The Daytime Emmys are looking for a new network. This is not a repeat from 2013, 2012, or 2010 (Variety)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Wheel of Fortune" celebrates 6000 the week of April 28 (WheelOfFortune.com)
     
  • Howie Mandel teams with Core Media Group (Realscreen)
     
  • Heidi Klum takes "Germany's Next Top Model" to Utah and dresses them as natives. Naturally people have a problem with this (Jezebel)
     
  • Conrad Green leaving "Dancing" for "Utopia" (Deadline)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Teams of 2 or 4 wanted for... boilerplate audition (Reality Wanted)

Posted 4/10/14

More on "Last Comic Standing"
Catch It on NBC May 22
From
The Comic's Comic
We finally got to see the new high-profile judges for the revived eighth season of Last Comic Standing all together in public at the NBCUniversal "summer" media day today.

Roseanne, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters are this season's judges for the NBC primetime stand-up comedy competition, which returns with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, May 22, 2014, with one-hour episodes to follow throughout the summer.

They've already selected and auditioned their top 100 handpicked comedians in showcases last month.

The Top 20 semifinalists compete this Wednesday in Los Angeles (tickets available to watch from the audience).

Below is a trailer featuring Greer Barnes, Erin Jackson, Guy Branum, Johnny Sanchez and more.

The Comic's Comic
Us Magazine

posted 4/9/14

Restaurant Confidential
CNBC Greenlights Joe Bastianich-Hosted Competition
From
Variety
CNBC is adding more reality-competition series to its primetime lineup with a greenlight for Shine America’s “Restaurant Kickstart” hosted by Joe Bastianich.

“Kickstart” challenges prospective restauranteurs to launch a pop-up restaurant with $7,500 in seed money in the hopes of attracting long-term investors. James Bruce, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Feinberg and Bastianich are exec producers. Series is scheduled to bow in July.

Variety

posted 4/9/14

Monday: One Shining Moment
National Championship Wins Night for CBS
From
the Futon Critic
CBS (14.610 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) was the network to beat on Monday thanks to its coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Championship" (17.794 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1). Leading off the night were a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" (9.850 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and the "Capital One Championship Central" (6.632 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4) pre-game.

NBC (9.662 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then had to settle for second place with a new "The Voice" (11.759 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2) and special edition of "American Dream Builders" (5.468 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6).

Next up was ABC (12.107 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (13.872 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4) and a repeat "Castle" (8.576 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (5.466 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up originals from "Bones" (6.482 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and "The Following" (4.449 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

On cable, a special "Chopped" led the way on Food with 939,000, leading into the premiere of "Kitchen Casino" with 852,000. "House of Food" continues to starve with 348,000 for MTV.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 4/9/14

Back to Radio City
"America's Got Talent" Live Shows Return to NYC
From
the Futon Critic
NBC's "America's Got Talent" returns to Radio City Music Hall, one of the nation's most storied and historic venues, for its upcoming ninth season.

The show will air live from Radio City Music Hall twice a week when live episodes begin this summer on July 29 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT). "AGT," ranked as the No. 1 summer reality series, premieres May 27 at 8 p.m.

"We are delighted to return to the legendary stage of Radio City Music Hall," said Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "With the best performers we've ever had, and the expert guidance of judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howard Stern, the show will reach new heights of talent and excitement this season."

"Nothing puts a spotlight on the nation's eccentric and varied performers like 'America's Got Talent,'" said Trish Kinane, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America. "We're delighted to be back at Radio City Music Hall to raise the curtain on another great season."

Radio City Music Hall - located in New York's famed Rockefeller Center and opened in 1932 - holds nearly 6,000 seats and has long been the home of the iconic New York City dance company the Rockettes. The theater, which has been visited by millions of visitors from around the world, is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

"I am happy to welcome 'America's Got Talent,' one of the country's most popular interactive variety TV shows, back to New York for another season," said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "I especially look forward to building on the success of last year when 'AGT' relocated to the Empire State and attracted over 86,000 visitors from around the world, as well as created hundreds of jobs and generated millions of dollars for local hotels, neighborhood restaurants and other community vendors. This exciting news is the latest example of how the film and television industry is thriving in our state and how New Yorkers are benefiting from its business, culminating in hundreds of projects and injecting billions of dollars into New York's economy."

For the first time in show history, "AGT" Boot Camp - the final round of auditions that determine the Top 48 acts that advance to the live performance shows - will be held in New York City and also in front of a live audience. "AGT" Boot Camp week will be held May 14-17.

The Futon Critic
Hitfix

posted 4/9/14

Thailand Calls In a "Favor"
Armoza Signs On for "Do Me a Favour"
From
C21 Media
Thai production company Zense Entertainment has picked up format rights to Armoza’s gameshow Do Me a Favour.

Zense has licensed a full-season run of the 60-minute show, although a broadcaster has yet to be revealed.

Do Me a Favour was created by Itay Herman and Oded Kramer (Catch, Still Standing), jointly developed by Argentina’s Telefe and Armoza and first produced by Telefe.

The street-set gameshow sees two contestants try to persuade strangers to do them a favour in the shortest time possible.

“At Zense Entertainment Production Company we believe in the importance of the international content market and we hope that this partnership on Do Me A Favour will be the beginning of a prosperous relationship,” said Sorayuth Sagrikananda, Zense Entertainment’s foreign relations manager.

C21 Media

posted 4/9/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Seacrest Behind"

  • Ryan Seacrest: behind the scenes (Broadway World)
     
  • "The Voice" is heading out on the road (The Wrap)
     
  • So when did "American Idol" begin to become unwatchable? Here's the math (The Wrap)
     
  • Katherine Webb to make a splash with her football boyfriend in a reality show (NFL)
     
  • Samantha Harris diagnosed with breast cancer, to undergo double mastectomy (People)
     
  • UPDATE: Jon Hamm responds to his "Big Date" clip being unearthed (She Knows)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Call it guilt by association... or rather, guilt by Kardashiation (Gossip Center)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Brain" on Syfy (Guardian Liberty Voice) and an old-school dating show (Reality Wanted)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Steve Harvey (Akron Beacon Journal)

Posted 4/9/14

Syndies: ... Make That Two.
Results for the Week Ending March 30
From
B&C
Despite having to compete with March Madness’ Sweet 16 and frequent preemptions for network news updates on the missing Malaysian jetliner, the majority of syndicated shows edged higher or at least held steady in the week ended March 30.

Game shows also were a mixed bag. CTD’s leader Wheel of Fortune added 6% from the prior week to a 7.4. CTD’s Jeopardy! inched up 2% to a 6.2. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud fell 2% to a 5.2. Disney/ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, which will add double-runs on several large-market ABC owned stations next fall, was flat at a 2.2.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 4/8/14

More on "Riot"
Slate of Comics to Appear on Improv Game
From
TV Line
Steve Carell (The Office), Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory) and Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) are among the celebrity guests scheduled to appear in Fox’s upcoming improv comedy series Riot, TVLine reports.

Premiering May 13 at 9/8c, Riot features a group of regular players facing off in improv-based challenges designed to test them both mentally and physically — and it all goes down on a stage slanted at a 22-degree angle. (It’s basically controlled chaos.)

In addition to the aforementioned celebrities, the following guests have also been confirmed:

* D.L. Hughley (The Hughleys)
* Tom Green (Tom Green Live)
* Chris Kattan (The Middle)
* Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
* David Arquette (Cleaners)
* Oscar Nunez (The Office)
* Andy Dick (The Andy Dick Show)
* Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow)
* Nicole Sullivan (Cougar Town)
* Michael Ian Black (Burning Love)
* Will Sasso (Justified)
* Andy Buckley (The Office)
* Rob Delaney (Key and Peele)

The group of comics regularly participating each week includes John Ross Bowie, Jamie Denbo, Brian Palermo, Jordan Black, Jessica McKenna, Meryl Hathaway and Rob Gleeson, with Australian comedian Rove McManus playing host.

TV Line

posted 4/8/14

Upfront: Bravo
"Ramsay's Best Restaurant" Comes Stateside, "Top Chef" Spins Off Further
From Deadline
Bravo Media has unveiled its slate of original programming at its upfront including 15 new series (two scripted), 16 returning series and three new projects in development. That includes Bravo’s first scripted comedy, Odd Mom Out, a half-hour series based on the life of author and fashionista Jill Kargman which captures the outrageous world of uber-wealthy momzillas of New York’s Upper East Side. It joins Bravo’s first scripted series, the recently greenlighted hourlong dramedy Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce. The upcoming unscripted slate includes offshoots of Bravo mainstays Real Housewives and Top Chef. Among returning series, the network has confirmed a second season of Below Deck, a third season of Don’t Be Tardy, a seventh season of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles and Season 6 for The Real Housewives Of New Jersey. Returning this fall also is a 12th season of the Emmy Award-winning culinary competition series Top Chef, season 8 of The Millionaire Matchmaker, The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 7, and The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Season 5. Here are descriptions of Bravo’s new series and projects in development:

- “Top Chef Duels”: Produced by Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serving as Executive Producers.

Previously announced as “Top Chef Extreme,” this new culinary competition series hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone brings back eighteen of the biggest, boldest and most talked-about personalities from past seasons of “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters.” In each episode, two former chef’testants will face off head-to-head in three rounds of extreme culinary challenges, each being given the chance to up the ante and challenge the other’s culinary skills. The winners of each battle will compete in the season finale in a test of pure gastronomic talent and ambition until only one is standing to claim the $100,000 grand prize and culinary bragging rights. Curtis Stone will also anchor the judges table with Gail Simmons, while chefs Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson and special guests will round out the judging panel throughout the series.

- “Best New Restaurant”: Produced by One Potato Two Potato with Gordon Ramsay, Tom Colicchio, Elizabeth Cook, Nicola Moody, Pat Llewellyn and Ben Adler serving as Executive Producers.

A new out-of-studio culinary competition series that tackles the food world from a fresh direction: the restaurant. Acclaimed restaurateur and host, Tom Colicchio, along with his trusted team of experts, pit 16 of the nation’s hottest new restaurants against each other in a series of challenges aimed at determining who provides the best all-around, top-to-bottom experience. Tom will travel across the nation in search of only one restaurant that deserves a cash prize and to be crowned “Best New Restaurant.” The series is modeled after the UK hit “Ramsay’s Best Restaurant” from executive producer Gordon Ramsay.

Deadline

posted 4/8/14

Fremantle Opens Case with Dick de Rijk
"Deal or No Deal" Creator Inks Two Years with Game Show House
From
World Screen
FremantleMedia has finalized a co-development deal with Dick De Rijk, whose credits include a string of format successes, among them the game show Deal or No Deal.

The global entertainment development team at FremantleMedia will be working in a strategic partnership with De Rijk to create the next generation of game and entertainment formats. De Rijk previously had exclusive partnerships with John de Mol, Endemol and Red Arrow International. Alongside Deal or No Deal, De Rijk is credited with the formats Set for Life, Show Me the Money and You Deserve It.

Rob Clark, the director of global entertainment development at FremantleMedia, said: “Dick is a format mastermind and I am extremely excited to be working with him. Dick is an ideas man, with a fantastic understanding of the global TV market and you can see from the formats that he’s developed, that he thinks creatively and strategically. I hope that alongside our global network of production companies, we can together build the next global entertainment TV franchise.”

De Rijk said: “This new alliance with FremantleMedia feels like a big challenge. A distributing partner of this size, both creatively and geographically, offers every opportunity to create some new fireworks in the television landscape. Working closely with Rob is a privilege, and will be great fun. He is no doubt one of the most respected professionals in our business. To be part of a culture that cherishes originality and top quality productions around the globe sounds very promising to me. I can’t wait to get going.”

World Screen
Televisual
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 4/8/14

Welcome to Crazy Market!
Electus to Distribute Korean Format
From
World Screen
Electus International has picked up the global distribution rights for Crazy Market, a food-themed game show format that currently airs in Korea, from CJ E&M.

Crazy Market watches as contestants attempt to identify different foods by using their five senses. The winner, who can range from a casual foodie to a professional chef, takes home a cash prize. Tim Puntillo’s Format First Productions will adapt the format for the U.S.

“Electus International is thrilled to expand our partnership with CJ E&M, a leader in producing unique and universally appealing content, and excited to bring Crazy Market to our buyers in the United States and beyond,” said Cyrus Farrokh, the VP of Electus International. “Crazy Market is a great addition to our expanding catalogue, and the show highlights our emphasis on formats from Asia.”

World Screen

posted 4/8/14

Nigeria Gets "Winner"
Star Picks Up Singing Competition
From
Daily Times
Nigeria’s leading premium beer brand Star has announced the arrival of the country’s first ever music and game talent show.

Called Star The Winner Is, the exciting new show combines musical talent with the spontaneity and unpredictability of a game show to deliver entertainment to audiences across the country and beyond, while giving contestants a rare opportunity to embrace fame and fortune in a life –changing reality experience.

Daily Times

posted 4/8/14

Lying to France
Irish Quiz Show Heads to Mainland Europe
From
The Hollywood Reporter
Banijay Group's Paris-based subsidiary Air Productions has acquired Red Arrow's The Lie for France.

"We are thrilled to develop the French adaptation of The Lie together with Red Arrow. The game show space is very competitive, and the very straightforward gameplay of The Lie immediately caught our attention. This is a very unique and effective game show. Nagui and his team at Air Productions are proud to bring it to French viewers," said Banijay global acquisition manager Fanny Baudry.

The show requires teams to separate fact from fiction by identifying what's true and false in a variety of categories from pop culture to current affairs.

The format has already been a huge hit in Ireland's TV3, produced by STV, T3 and GroupM Entertainment, where it had a 13 percent share in its Monday night 8 p.m. time slot. It's been renewed for a second season there after a February premiere.

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posted 4/8/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Stop This Game Show, I Want Off!"

  • Jillian Michaels could bail on "The Biggest Loser"... again (People)
     
  • Speaking of... did you know that Cheryl Burke lost 15 pounds before this season of "Dancing"? (Us Magazine)
     
  • How Simon Cowell got his groove back (a baby and an extramarital affair was involved) (Us Magazine)
     
  • FULLY LOADED: it's like "Legends of the Hidden Temple", except for lack of temple guards.... and now it's on Japanese 3DSes (Silicon Era)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: "Tore!", the game show where they mummify Japanese people (Kotaku)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (POINTS!) (Rolling Stone)

Posted 4/8/14

8000!
The Price Is Right Celebrates ANOTHER Milestone Today
From
TV by the Numbers
Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, daytime's #1-rated series and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates its milestone 8,000th episode, Monday, April 7 (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

In the special occasion’s honor, THE PRICE IS RIGHT is looking back at the most memorable moments and games from its past 42 seasons. Contestants will have the opportunity to play pricing games that were featured in the 1,000th, 2,000th, 3,000th, 4,000th, 5,000th and 7,500th episodes, including the fan favorite Plinko, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last fall. In addition, prizes up for grabs include new cars and trips to Thailand and Hawaii.

In 8,000 episodes throughout 42 seasons, THE PRICE IS RIGHT has:

- Invited nearly 70,000 people to “come on down.”
- Had 2.4 million fans sit in the audience.
- Given away more than a quarter of a billion dollars in cash and prizes.

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posted 4/7/14

Bobby Flay Double Play
Food Reups "Beat Bobby Flay"
From
Variety
Food Network has ordered another 26 episodes of its latest Bobby Flay series, “Beat Bobby Flay,” which is among a handful of new shows showing some life for the Scripps Networks Interactive cabler this past quarter.

Scripps Networks has been under scrutiny from investors for ratings dips at its flagship Food Network cabler. But in Q1, Food Network saw some gains with its newest trio of game shows, “Beat Bobby Flay” (averaging .6 in adults 18-49 since its March 10 debut), Guy Fieri-hosted “Guy’s Grocery Games” (with an average .7 in adults 18-49) and Alton Brown’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” (average .8 adults 18-49).

Food Network’s primetime numbers for the quarter inched up 3% in adults 18-49 (to 490,000) and 10% in among women 18-49 (310,000) compared to the year-ago quarter. The cabler noted that its median age has dropped two years, to 47, compared to first-quarter 2013.

“Beat Bobby Flay” features three contestants who battle on another for a chance at a cook off with Flay. Series hails from Flay’s Rock Shrimp Prods. and its exec produced by Flay and Kim Martin.

Variety

posted 4/7/14

Weekend: Picking and Grinning
ACM Wins Sunday for CBS
From
The Futon Critic
CBS (13.098 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its presentation of "60 Minutes" (9.975 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (14.140 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (6.293 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.027 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Once Upon a Time" (6.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Resurrection" (7.539 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "Revenge" (4.930 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.671 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (2.274 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13), "American Dad" (2.713 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10), "The Simpsons" (4.303 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "Family Guy" (4.719 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (4.010 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6).

And finally, NBC (3.913 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with "Ann Curry Reports: Our Year of Extremes - Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?" (4.177 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), "American Dream Builders" (2.911 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), "Believe" (4.138 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Crisis" (4.425 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

On Friday, "Shark Tank" once again topped the 18-49 demo with 2.520 million of its 7.493 million audience. Meanwhile, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" attracted 1.503 million to the CW at 8p.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 4/7/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Business with Pleasure"

  • Chris Harrison officiates the marriage of his boss (The Holllywood Reporter)
     
  • Got a record? Simon Cowell's "Got Talent" is the world's most successful reality franchise (The Hollywood Reporter). Meanwhile, Nick Cannon gets Yankee cheers at a Knicks game (Gawker)
     
  • Erin Andrews is worried by "Dancing" tension on set (TV Guide)
     
  • Big Brother heading to ITV (Entertainment Wise)
     
  • Game Show Congress honoree Mark Itkin honored by MIPformats and... (C21Media) putting him in the company of Merv Griffin and Dick de Rijk.
     
  • The world needs less Data & Mr. Miyagi and more Arthur Chu. So sayeth... Arthur Chu (The Daily Beast)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (Digital Spy)

Posted 4/7/14

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