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CW

UPFRONTS: CW
"Trivial Pursuit", "Scrabble" Plays Mondays
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The CW Network today announced it will launch its seven-night 2024-25 primetime schedule in the Fall of 2024 with an exciting array of new and returning original scripted series, family-friendly game shows, fan-favorite unscripted series and the continued expansion of CW Sports with the network debuts of WWE NXT, Pac-12 college football and the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

"The Fall 2024 season is another leap forward in the bold transformation of The CW Network, as we continue building a media brand with broadcast at its core," said Brad Schwartz, President of Entertainment, The CW Network. "The CW is currently enjoying three consecutive quarters of growth and we are looking forward to a fall schedule that is stronger than ever, starting with a brand-new game night featuring TRIVIAL PURSUIT and SCRABBLE - two games families have enjoyed for decades and hosted by fan-favorites LeVar Burton and Raven-Symoné. We have new seasons of returning hit scripted series SULLIVAN'S CROSSING and SUPERMAN & LOIS, whose final season is weekly can't-miss event television. Our scripted lineup continues to grow with JOAN, starring the brilliant Sophie Turner, and THE LIBRARIANS: THE NEXT CHAPTER.

"We'll also have more live sports than ever before with the addition of WWE NXT, the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and Pac-12 football alongside second seasons of LIV Golf, INSIDE THE NFL, ACC football and ACC basketball. Anchored by 500 hours of sports in 2025, we continue to get bigger and broader while reaching and growing our audience across broadcast, streaming and local."

Mondays (billed as "Family Game Night" by the network) feature the premiere of the original game show TRIVIAL PURSUIT (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) hosted by Emmy(R) Award-winning actor, director, producer and podcaster LeVar Burton ("Roots," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Reading Rainbow"), paired with the all-new game show SCRABBLE (9:00-10:00

pm ET/PT), hosted by the multi-talented actor, singer, producer and director Raven-Symoné ("Raven's Home," "That's So Raven"). The next generation of WWE Superstars take to the ring when WWE NXT airs live every Tuesday (8:00-10:00pm ET).

Return to the idyllic town of SULLIVAN'S CROSSING for its second season on Wednesdays (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the premiere of the new limited series JOAN (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) starring Sophie Turner ("Game of Thrones") as notorious jewel thief Joan Hannington.

Thursdays are out-of-this-world with the final season of the super hit SUPERMAN & LOIS (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by the premiere of the all-new installment of "The Librarians" franchise THE LIBRARIANS: THE NEXT CHAPTER (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) from executive producer Dean Devlin ("Independence Day").

Start the weekend on Fridays with the 13th season premiere of the hit sketch comedy series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8:00-8:30pm & 8:30-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by the return of INSIDE THE NFL (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) with host Ryan Clark previewing Sunday's upcoming NFL game action.

CW Sports Saturdays kick off with an action-packed season of ACC and Pac-12 college football, as well as the network debut of the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff races.

Sundays continue to showcase top theatrical films and original movies including new entries in the I AM documentary series in The CW Sunday Movie Night (7:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

This midseason, The CW will also debut the new procedural comedic drama GOOD COP/BAD COP starring Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl"), Luke Cook ("Katy Keene") and Clancy Brown ("Dexter: New Blood"), and the mystery thriller SHERLOCK & DAUGHTER starring David Thewlis ("Harry Potter"), Blu Hunt ("The Originals") and Dougray Scott ("Batwoman").

The following is The CW's Fall Primetime Schedule for the 2024-2025 season and accompanying details on each new series.

MONDAY
- 8p: TRIVIAL PURSUIT (new)
- 9p: SCRABBLE (new)


TUESDAY
- 8p: WWE NXT

WEDNESDAY
- 8p: Sullivan's Crossing
- 9p: JOAN (new)

THURSDAY
- 8p: Superman & Lois (final season)
- 9p: THE LIBRARIANS: THE NEXT CHAPTER (new)

FRIDAY
- 8p: Whose Line Is It Anyway?
- 8:30p: Whose Line Is It Anyway?

- 9p: Inside the NFL

SATURDAY
- 8p: CW Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
- 7p: The CW Sunday Movie Night

MIDSEASON TBA
- Good Cop, Bad Cop
- Sherlock & Daughter

About the new series...
- SCRABBLE is a captivating, fast-paced take on the global board-game phenomenon. In each episode, wordsmiths battle it out over a series of addictive word games of skill and strategy to win points and master a giant Scrabble board in the center of the set. Hosted by fan-favorite actor, singer, producer and director Raven-Symoné, SCRABBLE is produced by Hasbro Entertainment, The CW, Mattel Television Studios and Lionsgate Alternative Television. David Garfinkle, Gabriel Marano and Michelle Mendelovitz serve as executive producers.
- TRIVIAL PURSUIT The beloved trivia game TRIVIAL PURSUIT is reimagined in a question-packed entertainment format. Gameplay takes place on a giant version of the iconic Trivial Pursuit game board, as contestants battle it out over a range of play-along question categories to win wedges and beat each other to the center. The victor then takes on a dramatic finale against the clock to claim the big money jackpot. Hosted by Emmy(R) Award-winning actor, director, producer and podcaster LeVar Burton, TRIVIAL PURSUIT is produced by Hasbro Entertainment, The CW, Lionsgate Alternative Television and Talpa Studios. David Garfinkle, Gabriel Marano, John De Mol, Matt Walton and Matt Pritchard serve as executive producers.


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WEDNESDAY: The Finish Line
NBC, CBS Split Midweek
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In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Chicago Fire was Wednesday's most-watched show, while CBS' Survivor dominated the night in the demo.

#OneChicago won the night for NBC with Chicago Med (5.487m/0.44), Chicago Fire (5.856m/0.47), and Chicago PD (4.994m/0.45) all posting gains.

CBS took the silver with Survivor (4.713m/0.75) and the season finale of The Amazing Race (2.856m/0.41) both up.

Taking the bronze were a steady Jeopardy! Masters (4.169m/0.42), & Abbott Elementary (2.327m/0.33), another season low for The Conners (2.017m/0.22), and a rerun of The $100,000 Pyramid (1.436m/0.15).

Fox wrapped the night with a double-pump of The Masked Singer (2.766m/0.35; 2.905m/0.34).

The CW's Walker (474k/0.07) was up, while Sight Unseen (270k/0.02) was down.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 498k/0.09
- Supermarket Stakeout (SP/Food): 339k/0.08
- Switch (GSN): 362k/0.04
- Split Second (GSN): 322k/0.05

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NPR

More on "The Mole" Season 2
NPR's Ari Shapiro to Host June 28
From EW

The Mole will be returning to Netflix on June 28 for another season of action and intrigue as one player will once again secretly undermine all the other contestants attempting to complete missions and earn money for the prize pot.

Not only will there be another completely new cast for the franchise's seventh season (and second since its 2022 reboot on Netflix) but there will also be a new host.

EW reports that Ari Shapiro of NPR's All Things Considered will be the new Mole master of ceremonies. It is something of a full-circle moment for Shapiro, who actually applied to be a contestant during The Mole's original run on ABC over 20 years ago. The 45-year-old now becomes the fifth host of the franchise, following Anderson Cooper, Ahmad Rashad (for two celebrity installments), Jon Kelley (a 2008 reboot), and current MSNBC host Alex Wagner (who oversaw the first season on Netflix). And while Shapiro may be new to the reality TV game, he has friends with experience to lean on, as his cabaret touring partner Alan Cumming hosts The Traitors on Peacock.

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Warner Bros. Discovery

UPFRONTS: Warner Bros. Discovery
CNN Imports "Have I Got News For You", Food Plays with Harry Potter
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Warner Bros. Discovery kept up with TV upfronts week's biggest trend at their presentation out of The Theater at Madison Square Garden Wednesday: Promoting not just its TV slate as a prime ad-buying opportunity — but also its film franchises.

In game shows, the highlights were...

- HARRY POTTER: WIZARDS OF BAKING (Food): Food Network has a new magical treat in store for viewers this holiday season: The Warner Bros. Discovery-owned cable channel has ordered a baking competition inspired by the beloved "Harry Potter" franchise. Titled "Harry Potter: Wizards of Baking," the new show will feature "innovative pastry chefs" as they "craft spellbinding sweet creations" inspired by the films starring Daniel Radcliffe in the titular role. The show will be filmed at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London's "The Making of Harry Potter" location, giving the competitors "unprecedented access to the actual sets where the films were made as they present their creations to the judges and special guests." Weasley Twins actors James & Oliver Phelps will host.
- HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU (CNN): CNN is taking a swing at comedy, with plans to launch a U.S. version of the long-running BBC comedy quiz show Have I Got News For You. CNN is calling it a limited series, with a debut set for the fall. Have I Got News For You is in its 66th season at the BBC, having launched in 1990. The program features two teams of panelists who answer questions about the week's news, cracking jokes and sparking discussions in the process. Hat Trick Productions, the company behind the BBC series, will also produce the U.S. edition. CNN did not announce a host or any regular panelists (the BBC version features Ian Hislop and Paul Merton as regular panelists).


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Netflix

UPFRONTS: Netflix
"Rhythm + Flow" Season 2 Forthcoming
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A small group of advertisers were serenaded by Metallica's Master of Puppets (one of those songs that Stranger Things brought to a new generation) as they walked into Netflix's first in-person Upfront.

Held at Pier 59 Studios in New York, the event had the feeling of an immersive theater experience with a lot of black t-shirt-clad staff handing out drinks.

It comes as the streamer unveiled a number of new series and films including a new Kevin Williamson drama, a bull riding drama starring Tim McGraw and a slew of sports docs as well as more episodes of 3 Body Problem.

In game shows, the highlights were...

- RHYTHM+FLOW season 2: More than four years after Rhythm + Flow debuted on Netflix, the hip-hop music competition series is back with a second season featuring new judges, DJ Khaled, Ludacris and Latto. The streamer also announced Eminem as a special guest who will join the battles round "from a surprise location." Additional music industry guests for the show, in which a panel of judges aim at discovering the next generation's rap star, will be revealed at a later date.


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TUESDAY: The FBI's Have It
CBS Takes Whole Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' FBI was Tuesday's most-watched show and landed in a three-way tie for the nightly demo win.

FBI (with 6 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) and FBI: International (4.8 mil/0.3) both dipped in the demo, while FBI: Most Wanted (4.6 mil/0.3) held steady.

NBC's The Voice (4.7 mil/0.4) added eyeballs week-to-week, leading into the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon anniversary special (3.6 mil/0.4).

ABC's Will Trent (3.7 mil/0.3), The Rookie (3 mil/0.3) and The Good Doctor (2.3 mil/0.2) each added some eyeballs heading into next week's finales.

Fox's newly renewed The Cleaning Lady (1.1 mil/0.2) ticked up in the demo, while the also-renewed Alert: MPU (1 mil/0.1) was steady with its sophomore finale.

The CW's Police 24/7 (414k/0.05) and Hostage Rescue (289k/0.07) rounded out the night

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49) are forthcoming.

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ROXANNE: 1929-2024
Model, "Beat the Clock" Assistant
From the Hollywood Reporter

Roxanne Rosedale, the glamorous model and actress who assisted host Bud Collyer on the 1950s game show Beat the Clock and appeared in the Marilyn Monroe-starring The Seven Year Itch, has died. She was 95.

Known professionally as Roxanne, she died May 2 in an assisted care facility in her birthplace of Minneapolis, her daughter Ann Roddy told The Hollywood Reporter.

Roxanne became a hugely popular TV star after she joined CBS' Beat the Clock, from Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions, in 1950. She would introduce the contestants — who were tasked with completing complicated, outrageous stunts in an allotted time — snapped photos with a Sylvania camera and posed alongside the winners' prizes.

While on the show, she made the covers of such magazines as Life, Look and (with Collyer) TV Guide and even had a doll named for her. The blue-eyed Roxanne Dolls featured a Beat the Clock tag on her wrist and a tiny camera, and the game show assistant would often hand them out on the program.

In 1952, Roxanne had her first onscreen acting assignments on episodes of the CBS drama Casey, Crime Photographer, starring Richard Carlyle, and the syndicated anthology series Broadway Television Theatre. In Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch (1955), she played a woman named Elaine who rolls around on a beach with Tom Ewell's Richard Sherman in a fantasy scene that parodies Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr's in From Here to Eternity.

Born on March 20, 1929, Dolores Evelyn Rosedale attended Central High School and studied fashion design at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts. She finished second in the Miss Minneapolis beauty pageant in 1947 and moved to New York, becoming a model with the Harry Conover agency and studying with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio (her classmates there included Ben Gazzara). Roxanne made her TV debut in 1948 on the CBS game show Winner Take All, also hosted by Collyer in what was the first game show produced by Goodson & Todman. When that was canceled after two seasons, she and Collyer went to work on Beat the Clock. She left the show in August 1955 — and was replaced by Beverly Bentley — after marrying businessman Tom Roddy in 1954 and becoming pregnant with Ann, her first born.

She appeared on Broadway in 1956 in A Hatful of Rain and in the crime drama The Young Don't Cry (1957), starring Sal Mineo and James Whitmore, then moved with her family back to Minnesota and worked for a furrier, modeled and appeared on lots of local commercials. She and her family later relocated to Palo Alto.

Roxanne and Roddy had four more children — Thomas, David, Michael and Elizabeth — before divorcing in 1979. She then married Stanley Shanedling, a lawyer and judge in Minneapolis.

In addition to her children, survivors include her grandchildren, Erica, Anna, Sarah and John; her great-grandchildren, Adeline, Tatiana, Elijah and Major; and her sister, Kitty..

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posted 5/15/2024


Amazon

UPFRONTS: Prime Video
"Pop Culture Jeopardy!" Leads Highlights of First Upfront
From various sources

It's day two of the Upfronts and Amazon is making its primetime debut.

The streamer is already making news with a series order for a Nic Cage-from Spider-Man noir live-action drama, a Jeopardy! spinoff and a slew of sports docs including a third season of Coach Prime.

There have also been renewals for The Boys and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

This comes after Tom Brady was in the huddle for yesterday's Fox Upfront and NBCUniversal held their annual ad blowout at Radio City Music Hall.

Paul Kotas, SVP, Advertising was the first exec through the curtain, talking up how Amazon got into advertising, before Mike Hopkins, SVP, Head of Prime Video and Amazon MGM Studios, talked about the company's "new chapter", promoted Fallout and The Idea of You.

Jen Salke, Head of Amazon and MGM Studios, apologized to the crowd for "whatever you went through to get in".

She talked up the company's slate, bringing out Road House star Jake Gyllenhaal, who is involved in a sequel, Reacher star Alan Ritchson and Cross star Aldis Hodge, Reese Witherspoon and Will Ferrell, who are in You're Cordially Invited, Hannah Waddingham and Octavia Spencer, who are fronting an action comedy drama.

The new entries of note...

- On ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CELEBRITY?, Natasha Leggero, Nicole Byer, Nikki Glaser, and Ron Funches will join host Travis Kelce, alongside Thursday Night Football analyst Ryan Fitzpatrick, former NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, The Real Housewives star Garcelle Beauvais; Vanderpump Rules' Lala Kent, Lilly Singh and Sophia Stallone.
- BEAST GAMES: Jimmy Donaldson, aka Mr. Beast, spoke on video about Beast Games, which will have the most contestants of any game show ever with one of the biggest prizes ever offered on television, he said. "It's going to be insane."
- BUY IT NOW comes from The Traitors producer Studio Lambert and is based on a Channel 4 daytime format that seasoned and budding entrepreneurs try to win a place in the Buy It Now store featured on both Amazon.com and within the Prime app. The entrepreneurs must convince a live studio audience of 100 everyday customers as well as a panel of experts to fall in love with their products. Produced by Studio Lambert and Amazon MGM Studios and hosted by JB Smoove, it is exec produced by Susan House, Jack Burgess, Tim Harcourt, and Stephen Lambert.
- THE 1% CLUB, hosted by Patton Oswalt, is a unique and compelling show will test the nation's intelligence through a series of questions backed by scientific surveys. New episodes of The 1% Club will be available Mondays at 9/8C on FOX beginning June 3 and next day on Prime Video. Prime customers will get an exclusive early look at the premiere episode starting May 23. Prime has all your entertainment and streaming needs in a single membership. In each episode, 100 contestants from across the country compete for the chance to win up to $100,000. Throughout the game, host Patton Oswalt will ask a series of increasingly difficult, logic based questions. This game does not test intelligence; instead it inquires on the way your brain works through 15 entertaining questions, starting with the 90% question, and ending with the toughest test of the night, the 1% question. Who can answer the question that only 1% of America got right and win the grand prize? The 1% Club for Prime Video is executive produced by Ryan O'Dowd and Krystal Whitney for BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions, which is led by General Manager Valerie Bruce; Dean Nabarro and Andy Auerbach for Magnum Media; and Amazon MGM Studios. Wes Kauble serves as the showrunner.
- POP CULTURE JEOPARDY! ,which comes from Sony Pictures Television's Game Show Division, marks the first time that a Jeopardy! series has been created for a streaming service. The show will launch in more than 240 countries and territories. It's a new twist on the classic gameshow and will focus on categories from alternative rock to The Avengers, from Broadway to MMA and Gen Z to Zendaya. Contestants, playing in teams of three, will compete in a tournament-style event for the grand prize and ultimate bragging rights. Pop Culture Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Michael Davies will serve as exec producer with a host to be named later.
- WISH LIST GAMES is a multi-episode holiday event, is produced by MGM Alternative. Nick Cannon hosts with influencer Lele Pons also involved. The half-hour gameshow will sees contestants play for the chance to win everything on their Amazon Wish List, totaling up to $25,000. Every episode, contestants are pulled from the audience to play a rotating series of games. It all builds to the final round, where one contestant plays to win a prize for everyone in the audience.

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ABC

UPFRONTS: ABC
Eight Unscripted Shows Ordered for Next Season
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On the heels of its fifth consecutive season as the No. 1 entertainment network among Adults 18-49, ABC announced its 2024-2025 fall primetime schedule today. The lineup features new scripted dramas backed by prolific creative teams and a deep bench of established fan-favorite series. Additionally, "The Bachelor" franchise expands with its newest iteration.

"We have a lot to celebrate as we gear up to deliver a fall season that's packed with compelling new series, beloved fan favorites and must-see live events," said Craig Erwich, president, Disney Television Group. "We're focused on driving our viewership with an expanding slate anchored by best-in-class talent and supported by the enviable and combined reach of ABC and Hulu."

Joining the beloved competition series "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesdays is freshman drama "High Potential," from Oscar(R)-nominated writer Drew Goddard and based on the popular French series. The crime procedural stars the incomparable Kaitlin Olson as Morgan, a single mom with an exceptional mind whose unconventional knack for solving crimes leads to an unusual and unstoppable partnership with a by-the-book seasoned detective.

After more than 43 million viewers tuned in to the debut of "The Golden Bachelor" across platforms last fall, "The Golden Bachelorette" joins the Wednesday night lineup, where one radiant woman in her golden years will have a second chance at finding love. Then, a new season of Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) Award-winning comedy "Abbott Elementary" will premiere, followed by the ABC News Studios documentary series "Scamanda." Based on the No. 1 podcast of the same name, "Scamanda" tells the story of Amanda Riley - a wife, mother, blogger and Christian - whose tragic cancer tale captivates thousands. But Amanda has a secret that she's dying to keep, and after an anonymous tip to an investigative reporter, her own words may prove to be her downfall.

These shows will be joined in the fall by previously announced returning unscripted staples "America's Funniest Home Videos," which celebrates a monumental 35th season, and "Shark Tank," as well as popular films under "The Wonderful World of Disney" umbrella.

New seasons of returning dramas "The Rookie" and "Will Trent" will debut midseason, along with the celebratory farewell season of legacy comedy "The Conners." Also returning midseason are "American Idol," "The Bachelor," "Celebrity Jeopardy!," "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" and "What Would You Do?" "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," from executive producer Reese Witherspoon and hosted by world-renowned organizing duo Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit, is also set to debut.

All episodes will be available next day on Hulu.

The schedule

MONDAY
- 8p: NFL Monday Night Football (select Mondays) / TBA

TUESDAY
- 8p: Dancing with the Stars
- 10p: High Potential (new)

WEDNESDAY
- 8p: THE GOLDEN BACHELORETTE (new)
- 9:30p: Abbott Elementary
- 10p: SCAMANDA (new)

THURSDAY
- 8p: 9-1-1
- 9p: DOCTOR ODYSSEY (new)
- 10p: Grey's Anatomy

FRIDAY
- 8p: Shark Tank
- 9p: 20/20

SATURDAY
- 7:30p: ESPN College Football

SUNDAY
- 7p: America's Funniest Home Videos
- 8p: The Wonderful World of Disney

MIDSEASON TBA
- American Idol
- The Bachelor
- Celebrity Jeopardy!
- Celebrity Wheel of Fortune

- The Conners (final season)
- EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (new)
- The Rookie
- What Would You Do?
- Will Trent


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ABC

Meet "The Golden Bachelorette"
Joan Vassos Chosen to Lead New Spinoff
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Joan Vassos will be staying golden.

ABC announced at the 2024 Disney Upfronts at the Javits Center in New York City on Tuesday, May 14, that Vassos, 61, will take the lead as the first Golden Bachelorette this fall after appearing on the first season of The Golden Bachelor.

Despite being a frontrunner for Gerry Turner's heart, the school administrator bowed out during Week 3 to be with her daughter after she gave birth. Vassos planned to return to the show if her daughter was doing better, but "it wasn't in the cards," she told TheWrap.

Vassos welcomed four children with her husband of 32 years John, who died in January 2021 from pancreatic cancer.

"He was the husband that always made me feel safe and cherished," she wrote on Instagram in January. "He was the parent that was always the fun one because that's all he knew how to do...lucky kids because fun in his book was generally epic. I could go on for hours."

The decision to do a female-led version of the senior dating show came after The Golden Bachelor ranked as the No. 1 new unscripted series in its season among adults ages 18-49 according to ABC. The show also marked ABC's No. 1 unscripted series premiere ever on Hulu.

ABC also revealed on May 14 that The Golden Bachelorette will run for an hour and a half on Wednesdays this fall, up from The Golden Bachelor's one-hour episodes last year. The Golden Bachelorette will air at 8 p.m. ET before Abbott Elementary.

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MONDAY: So You Think You Can Show Up
NBC, ABC Split with CBS in Reruns
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In the latest TV ratings, NBC's The Voice was Monday's most-watched show and tied ABC's Jeopardy! Masters for the nightly demo win. With CBS' Monday slate now in rerun mode….

The Voice (with 5.1 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) lost a few eyeballs week-to-week, while Deal or No Deal Island (3.1 mil/0.3) added some with its finale.

Jeopardy! Masters (4.4 mil/0.4) and Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (2.9 mil/0.3) both added viewers week-to-week.

Fox's MasterChef Junior (1/4 mil/0.3) ticked up in the demo, SYTYCD (849K/0.1) hit a six-episode high in audience.

The CW's All American (377K) dropped 19% from last week's season high in audience.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Summer Baking Championship (Food): 676k/0.08
- Switch (GSN): 482k/0.04
- Next Baking Master Paris (Food): 434k/0.08
- Split Second (GSN): 434k/0.04
- MILF Manor: More to Love (TLC): 246k/0.06
- Person, Place or Thing (GSN): 207k/0.01

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SUNDAY: The Last of Katy Perry's Annual Cosplay Parties
ABC, CBS Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, 60 Minutes gave way to Tracker as the most watched show of the night for CBS, while Disney night on American Idol shows up in the demo.

60 Minutes (6.216m/0.43) led the night off with The Equalizer (5.764m/0.36), Tracker (7.304m/0.42), and the canceled CSI: Vegas (4.159m/0.25) following suit.

Younger-skewing lineup of America's Funniest Home Videos (4.199m/0.56), American Idol (5.221m/0.63), and the special TIME100: The World's Most Influential People (1.951m/0.24) gave ABC the silver in the totals.

NBC loaded its night with Ninja Warrior, including the 2024 women's championship (1.253m/0.20).

Coming in fourth was Fox's Animation Domination lineup of The Simpsons( (723k/0.16), Krapopolis (489k/0.12), The Great North (465k/0.12), and the season finale of Grimsburg (384k/0.09).

The CW reran theatrical "Mamma Mia!" (553k/0.08) and The Conners (291k/0.04).

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- 24 in 24: LAst Chef Standing (SF/Food): 850k/0.12
- Race to Survive New Zealand (PV/USA): 643k/0.15
- MILF Manor (TLC): 540k/0.12
- The $100,000 Pyramid (R/GSN): 267k/0.03
- Card Sharks (R/GSN): 261k/0.03

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Paramount

Buy It Up... to Break It Up?
Sony, Apollo Rethinking All-Cash Offer
From Deadline

Shares of Paramount Global dipped in afternoon trading on a CNBC report that Sony may be "rethinking" a joint bid with Apollo for the company.

A person familiar with the situation said there's no indication Sony is pulling out of a deal. And the CNBC report noted that the "rethinking" may mean a restructuring of what would be a very complex transaction.

The studio and private equity fund made a formal, but preliminary, $26 billion offer for the company controlled by Shari Redstone just as Par's monthlong exclusive negotiating window with Skydance expired early this month. It wasn't extended, but the David Ellison-led studio backed by Larry Ellison and RedBird Capital still has an offer on the table.

A special committee of the Paramount Global board met then to consider the Sony-led deal, which is preferred by Paramount stockholders.

Sony and Apollo would need to conduct due diligence, a deep dive into Paramount's financials and operations, in order to come up with a final offer but that process has not yet started, so the partners may be growing impatient. CNBC also cited Sony's volatile stock price, as well as ongoing challenges in linear television.

A breakup of Paramount would represent a major changing of the guard in the entertainment industry. CBS and Paramount have been controlled by the Redstone family for decades, since the media mogul Sumner Redstone assembled the conglomerate in a series of audacious deals. His daughter, Ms. Redstone, championed a 2019 deal to reunite it, and she remains Paramount's controlling shareholder.

Sony and Apollo are now engaging with Paramount's financial advisers on next steps in their proposal, the people said. The two companies have not yet signed formal nondisclosure agreements or begun due diligence reviews, a process that could take weeks.

In a dramatic turn of events, Paramount CEO Bob Bakish exited and three top executives – Brian Robbins, George Cheeks and Chris McCarthy stepped into a newly created office of the CEO. A CEO trio is not considered feasible long term. Bakish will remain in an advisory role through October.

Paramount Global says McCarthy is the company's "interim principal executive officer," a necessity required by the SEC that apparently does not signal he has more decision-making power among a trio of top executives who stepped up to replace Bob Bakish this week in a new Office of the CEO.

Security & Exchange Commission rules require a person, not an office, to conduct with over the normal course of business. It's not clear why McCarthy, president and CEO, Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount Media Networks, received the designation (maybe he drew the short straw).

The filing says that Bakish, who formally exited April 30, will continue as a senior advisor to the company through October 31 "to help ensure a seamless transition of his duties." Until then, he'll receive a $258k monthly salary, is entitled to a not-yet-set prorated bonus for 2024, and will continue to vest in all outstanding equity awards in accordance with their terms. When he leaves in the fall, he'll receive a severance package estimated at $48.5 million, according Par's latest proxy statement. It will likely be larger after adding in equity awards for the year.

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posted 5/14/2024

Next on "Australian Survivor": AUS v USA
The Best of Both Worlds to Compete Reportedly
From TV Blackbox

TV Blackbox understands that the next theme for Australian Survivor in 2025 will be… Australia v USA.

Also revealed today is that there might be two seasons of Australian Survivor dropping next year, a regular season with all new cast (casting is still open, closes this Sunday) and then the above-mentioned international themed season.

The local version of the long-running US format is highly regarded with fans all around the world, ranking right up there close to the original so it makes sense that the Aussie version would want to leverage that for our next season.

No word on any casting for the AUS v USA series just yet, but one would imagine that iconic past players from the local and USA version will be brought back alongside new players and pitted against each other in this new twist on the format.

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posted 5/14/2024

More on "The Fortune Hotel"
ITV Heads to Paradise for New Game
From Manchester Evening News

ITV's new mind-bending gameshow sees participants whisked away to an idyllic Caribbean island to win a life-changing sum of money.

The Fortune Hotel challenges 10 pairs of contestants to stay in a luxury, five-star resort where they could win a £250,000 jackpot. Fronted by comedian and actor Stephen Mangan, it will see each each pair given a briefcase on check-in.

Eight are empty, one has the jackpot and another has the dreaded early check-out card, which sees the unlucky owner's time on the show cut short. Each day, the contestants have to attempt to figure out who has which case via a series of compelling challenges - similar to the hit BBC gameshow The Traitors.

The show culminates in the all-important case swap: each pair must decide whether to keep hold of their case or swap with someone else. The first episode debuts on ITV1 and ITVX on Monday night (May 13) at 9pm.

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posted 5/14/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Shock! Horror!"

  • #ICYMI: Who won "Deal or No Deal Island"? How much did they win? And who did they win it from? (Entertainment Weekly)

  • You can ask Boston Rob about Survivor 50... (TV Insider)... but don't ask him about "Deal or No Deal Island" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Shaquille O'Neal is getting into gummies (TMZ)

  • NBC hosts FYC event for The Traitors (Variety)

  • The Black Keys, Jelly Roll, Kate Hudson (yes she sings), Lainey Wilson, Muni Long, Thomas Rhett, season 25 Voice Gina Miles... oh yeah, and a winner (The Futon Critic)

  • VIDEO WALL: Celebrity Family Food Battle (Roku, May 31) (The Futon Critic)

  • John Legend wants to take a break, let the guy take a break (TV Insider)

  • Kenzie Petty uses Mother's Day to announce that she's about to be a mother (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Erwich about "The Golden Bachelor" (Deadline) and Jimmy Kimmel calling "Golden Bachelorette" "a game show where you can win an old lady" (Deadline)

posted 5/2/2024


Fox

UPFRONTS: Fox
A LOT of Unscripteds Are Coming Back
From various sources

FOX Entertainment today will unveil its content slate for the 2024-2025 television season to the national advertising community during its in-person Upfront Presentation at the Manhattan Center. FOX is adding new dramas, new comedies and new unscripted series to its lineup. Spanning scripted, reality and animation, the media company continues to increase program ownership from in-house business units under the FOX Entertainment Studios banner.

"With outstanding original ideas and world-class talent across both new series and returning favorites, FOX's 2024-25 schedule is filled with unexpected, unforgettable entertainment in every genre," said FOX Entertainment CEO Rob Wade. "Great creative is the center of all we do, and that is reflected in next season's lineup, as is our ability to attract so many of the industry's finest storytellers."

Returning FOX series include dramas 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season Five), Accused (Season Two), Alert: Missing Persons Unit (Season Three) and The Cleaning Lady (Season Four); comedy Animal Control (Season Three); animated series Bob's Burgers (Season 15), Family Guy (Season 23), The Great North (Season Five), Grimsburg (Season Two), Krapopolis (Season Two) and The Simpsons (Season 36); and unscripted series Crime Scene Kitchen (Season Three), The Floor (Season Two), Hell's Kitchen (Season 23), LEGO Masters (Season Five), The Masked Singer (Season 12), MasterChef (Season 15), Name That Tune (Season Five), Next Level Chef (Season Four) and Special Forces: World's Toughest Test (Season Three). Additional series renewals to be announced.

All-new special event The Real Full Monty joins returning unscripted series Crime Scene Kitchen, The Floor, Hell's Kitchen, LEGO Masters, The Masked Singer, MasterChef, Name That Tune, Next Level Chef, and Special Forces: World's Toughest Test. Also, LEGO Masters will air its annual multiple-night holiday event LEGO Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular.

The following is the new 2024-2025 schedule:

MONDAY
- 8p: 9-1-1 Lonestar
- 9p: RESCUE: HI-SURF (new)

TUESDAYS
- 8p: Accused
- 9p: MURDER IN A SMALL TOWN (new)

WEDNESDAYS
- 8p: The Masked Singer
- 9p: The Floor


THURSDAYS
- 8p: Hell's Kitchen
- 9p: Special Forces: World's Toughest Test

FRIDAYS FALL
- 8p: Fox College Football Friday
FRIDAYS WINTER
- 8p: Fox College Hoops
FRIDAYS SPRING
- 8p: Fox UFL

SATURDAYS
- 8p: Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY FALL
- 7p: NFL on Fox
- 7:30p: The OT / Fox Animation Encores
- 8p: The Simpsons
- 8:30p: UNIVERSAL BASIC GUYS (new)
- 9p: Bob's Burgers
- 9:30p: Krapopolis

MIDSEASON TBA
- Alert: Missing Persons Unit
- Animal Control
- The Cleaning Lady
- Crime Scene Kitchen
- DOC (new)
- EXTRACTED (new)
- Family Guy
- GOING DUTCH (new)
- The Great North
- LEGO Masters
- MasterChef
- Name That Tune
- Next Level Chef


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posted 5/13/2024


Fox

More "Floor"
Fox Renews Quiz Show for Two Additional Seasons
From various sources

FOX has renewed its hit quiz series, The Floor, this season's #1 game show, hosted and produced by Emmy Award nominee Rob Lowe (9-1-1: Lone Star), for two additional seasons that will air during the upcoming 2024-2025 season, it was announced today by Michael Thorn, President of the FOX Television Network.

Based on the fast-growing global format, The Floor premiered in the U.S. in January, when its debut marked FOX's most-watched Tuesday unscripted debut in more than 13 years, FOX's largest total multiplatform audience for an unscripted debut in two years and the network's most-streamed gameshow debut ever. Its freshman season averaged 5.5 million multiplatform viewers, a lift of +114% from Live + Same Day.

The Floor marks the sixth consecutive season FOX has claimed television's #1 new unscripted series, following the success of Special Forces: World's Toughest Test, Next Level Chef, I Can See Your Voice, LEGO Masters and The Masked Singer.

In Seasons Two and Three of The Floor, created by John de Mol's Talpa (Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, The Voice) and produced by Eureka Productions (Farmer Wants a Wife, The Quiz With Balls), 100 contestants (up from 81 in Season One) will stand their ground on a massive, interactive LED game floor featuring 100 squares, each representing a different trivia category. The first challenger, selected at random, must choose one of his or her neighboring opponents to go head-to-head in an epic quiz duel in the opponent's category. The winner takes over the loser's square, gaining valuable ground as they expand their territory, while the loser exits the game. The winner must then choose - do they go on the offensive to dominate more of the board? Or do they let The Floor choose a new challenger? The contestant who gains full control over The Floor takes home a life-changing grand prize.

Additionally, FOX Entertainment has entered a first-look deal with Lowe to jointly develop unscripted series to air on FOX. Series launched under the agreement would be produced by FOX's in-house unscripted studio, FOX Alternative Entertainment.

"Fans loved the first season of The Floor so much that we've ordered two more seasons of this breakthrough game show with plans already underway to make our epic battle of the brains even bigger and bolder," said Thorn. "It's also been a massive win to have a huge star like Rob Lowe as our host, and both our viewers and competitors can't wait to see him back in action."

"I couldn't be happier with The Floor phenomenon and the opportunity to create more unscripted projects with my partners at FOX," added Lowe.

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posted 5/13/2024

Fox Adds "Extracted", "The Real Full Monty"
More on Fox's Two Fall Entries
From various sources

Fox is staying in the survival business.

The network, which airs Special Forces: The World's Toughest Test, has ordered another survival competition series – Extracted.

Giving few details about the show, the network said "for the first time ever, the contestants are not in charge of their destiny".

It comes from Sony Pictures Television's B17 Entertainment, Sylvester Stallone's Balboa Productions and Fox Entertainment.

B17 was founded by Brien Meagher and Rhett Bachner and is behind series such as Roku's Thanks A Million and Netflix's History of Swear Words. Stallone's Balboa, which has a first-look deal with Amazon Studios, is known for its scripted TV and movies including Paramount+'s Tulsa King and features including Scavenger Hunt and Lost On a Mountain In Maine. It is also behind Stallone's reality series The Family Stallone.

Elsewhere on Fox's unscripted slate, which also saw The Floor handed a two-season renewal, are the two-hour special based on The Real Full Monty, which Deadline revealed earlier this year, and Lego Master's annual holiday special. Lego Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular returns for a multiple-night event.

The Real Full Monty will be led by Anthony Anderson and will feature Taye Diggs, Tyler Posey, Bruno Tonioli and James Van Der Beek as well as Kansas City Chiefs' Chris Jones raising awareness for prostate, testicular and colorectal cancer.

"Don't die of embarrassment. Get checked. That's the message behind The Real Full Monty special," said Anderson. "I am honored to lead the charge of rallying these fearless men to bare it all, in order to provoke, inspire and in this case, beg you to get screened for cancer. That's our goal…so what are you waiting for!?"

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posted 5/13/2024


NBC

UPFRONTS: NBC
"The Voice" to Return for Season 26
From various sources

NBC has made subtle changes to its schedule for fall, which features three new series, medical drama Brilliant Minds, starring Zachary Quinto; medical comedy St. Denis Medical, headlined by Wendi McLendon-Covey and David Alan Grier; and Reba McEntire's new sitcom, Happy's Place.

NBC is creating two clearly defined 8 PM comedy blocks next season — a workplace one on Tuesday and a family one on Friday.

Here is NBC's "very stable schedule" for fall, as NBCU's SVP Content Planning Steve Kern described it, followed by analysis with input from Kern and NBCU President of Program Planning Jeff Bader, who also discussed contingencies in case of an IATSE strike, as well as description of NBC's new series.

MONDAY
- 8p: The Voice
- 10p: BRILLIANT MINDS (new)

TUESDAY
- 8p: ST. DENIS MEDICAL (new)
- 8:30p: Night Court
- 9p: The Voice
- 10p: The Irrational

WEDNESDAY
- 8p: Chicago Med
- 9p: Chicago Fire
- 10p: Chicago PD

THURSDAY
- 8p: Law & Order
- 9p: Law & Order: SVU
- 10p: Found

FRIDAY
- 8p: HAPPY'S PLACE (new)
- 8:30p: Lopez vs. Lopez
- 9p: Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
- 7p: Big Ten Pregame / Notre Dame Pregame (also live on Peacock)
- 7:30p: Big Ten Saturday Night / Notre Dame Football (also live on Peacock)

SUNDAY
- 7p: Football Night in America (also live on Peacock
- 8:20p: NBC Sunday Night Football (also live on Peacock)


MIDSEASON TBA
- Deal or No Deal Island
- DESTINATION X (new)

About the new series...

- DESTINATION X (midseason): Merging fantasy with reality in this larger-than-life adventure competition series, viewers will follow contestants as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime but have no idea of their location. In order to win, they must figure out their mystery locations. Once they're on the blacked-out Destination X bus, the journey transforms into a real-life game board, with challenges designed to offer clever clues as to their location, along with a few misdirects to keep them guessing. At the end of each episode, the contestant who places an X on a map furthest from the actual location packs their bags. The first participant to reach Destination X will be crowned the winner. With high stakes and mind-blowing, spectacular gameplay, the series will keep viewers engaged and playing along on all screens. Caroline Davies, Andy Cadman Dan Adamson and David Clews will executive produce. Shireen Abbott and Karen Hudson will oversee production. Twofour and Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, will produce.


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posted 5/13/2024


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New Season... New Coaches...
Snoop Dogg, Michael Bublé Join "The Voice" Season 26"
From various sources

Confirmed at today's upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" returns for season 26 in the fall with a powerhouse coaching panel as Snoop Dogg and Michael Bublé join returning coaches Reba McEntire and Gwen Stefani.

Bublé, an unstoppable talent known for his world-class showmanship, brings his singular style and vocal power to the dynamic coaching panel. He is a friend of "The Voice," having served as a season 3 advisor to Team Blake.

Already known as Coach Snoop in the world of sports, he now takes his skills from the field to the Voice stage. An industry mogul and globally recognized innovator, Snoop Dogg taps into his extensive work in music and unique approach as an entertainer to bolster the competition. He previously took the reins as season 20 mega mentor.

Industry trailblazers Reba McEntire and Gwen Stefani reclaim their red chairs for another chance at coaching a fresh crop of rising artists. This marks McEntire's third consecutive season on the show and Stefani's eighth.

The season 25 live shows continue today at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a powerful two-hour semi-final. The top nine artists will perform a song specifically dedicated to their hometowns as they vie for a spot in the finale.

"The Voice" is the most-watched alternative series for the 2023-24 season (L7).

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posted 5/13/2024

Buzzr... COME ON DOWN!
"The Price Is Right" Joins Classic Lineup May 29
From Vulture

If you grew up in the '80s and '90s, then watching The Price Is Right was a staple of childhood sick days. Now, classic game-show channel Buzzr is giving viewers under the age of 35 the chance to hang out with Bob Barker again. After years of requests from fans, the all-games network is finally adding throwback episodes of the CBS staple to its daily lineup, Vulture has learned. Back-to-back installments of Barker's bargain-hunting bonanza will air daily from 3 to 5 p.m. ET, starting on Tuesday, May 28. Buzzr is planning to kick off its run of TPIR with episodes from the 1984–85 season, shuffling through more than 200 hours of episodes over the next few months.

While Buzzr has long been home to most of the biggest game-show titles from the library of parent company Fremantle — Match Game, Password, and Press Your Luck — old-school TPIR has been conspicuously absent. Even after Fremantle launched a free ad-supported streaming channel with nothing but Barker's TPIR at the end of 2020, the Goodson-Todman classic stayed off of traditional TV; ditto when Barker died in August 2023. If you wanted to watch The Price Is Right on a regular TV network, then your only option in recent decades has been Drew Carey's long-running CBS version of the format. Even better, Barker's return to linear TV coincides with the second annual National Game Show Day.

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posted 5/13/2024

Critics Choice Real TV 2024: And the Nominees Are...
Noms Out for Reality TV Awards
From WABC New York

The nominations for the Critics Choice Real TV Awards have been announced. Did your favorite show make the list?

"American Idol" and "Dancing With The Stars" are up for Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety.

"Shark Tank" is up for Best Structured Series and Best Business Show.

"Celebrity Family Feud," "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" and "Celebrity Jeopardy!" will compete against each other in the Best Game Show Category.

"The Golden Bachelor" is nominated for Best Relationship Show and Gerry Turner is up for Male Star of the Year.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" and "The Traitors" lead the nominations with 5 each.

The full list of nominees is below. Winners will be announced June 15th in Los Angeles.

BEST COMPETITION SERIES
- The Amazing Race (CBS)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV)
- Squid Game: The Challenge (Netflix)
- Survivor (CBS)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- The Traitors (Peacock)

BEST COMPETITION SERIES: TALENT/VARIETY
- American Idol (ABC)
- America's Got Talent (NBC)
- Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
- The Masked Singer (Fox)
- So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
- The Voice (NBC)

BEST STRUCTURED SERIES
- Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network)
- The Food That Built America (History)
- How to With John Wilson (HBO)
- Queer Eye (Netflix)
- Shark Tank (ABC)
- We're Here (HBO)

BEST CULINARY SHOW
- Be My Guest with Ina Garten (Food Network)
- The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
- MasterChef Junior (Fox)
- Next Level Chef (Fox)
- Selena + Restaurant (Food Network)
- Top Chef (Bravo)

BEST GAME SHOW
- Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
- Celebrity Jeopardy! (ABC)
- Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (ABC)
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food Network)
- Password (NBC)
- Weakest Link (NBC)

BEST TRAVEL/ADVENTURE SHOW
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)
- Lost Cities Revealed with Albert Lin (National Geographic Channel)
- Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins (National Geographic Channel)
- On the Roam (HBO | Max)
- The Reluctant Traveler with Eugene Levy (Apple TV+)
- Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)

BEST BUSINESS SHOW
- Bar Rescue (Paramount Network)
- Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)
- The Mega-Brands that Built America (History)
- Shark Tank (ABC)
- Start Up (PBS)

BEST LIFESTYLE SHOW: FASHION/BEAUTY
- Bollywed (Fuse)
- Glow Up (Netflix)
- OMG Fashun (E!)
- Project Runway (Bravo)
- Queer Eye (Netflix)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV)

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN AN UNSCRIPTED SERIES
- House of Villains (E!)
- The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (Bravo)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV)
- The Traitors (Peacock)
- Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)
- We're Here (HBO)

BEST SHOW HOST
- Will Arnett - Lego Masters (Fox)
- Terry Crews - America's Got Talent (NBC)
- Alan Cumming - The Traitors (Peacock)
- Kristen Kish - Top Chef (Bravo)
- Keke Palmer - Password (NBC)
- RuPaul - RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV)

MALE STAR OF THE YEAR
- Jerrod Carmichael - Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show (HBO)
- Alan Cumming - The Traitors (Peacock)
- Bertie Gregory - Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory (Nat Geo WILD)
- Eugene Levy - The Reluctant Traveler with Eugene Levy (Apple TV+)
- RuPaul - RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV)
- Gerry Turner - The Golden Bachelor (ABC)

FEMALE STAR OF THE YEAR
- Selena Gomez - Selena + Restaurant (Food Network)
- Sandra Lee - Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC)
- Ariana Madix - Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)
- Reba McEntire - The Voice (NBC)
- Phaedra Parks - The Traitors (Peacock)
- Retta - Ugliest House in America (HGTV)


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posted 5/13/2024

"Squid Game" Wins at BAFTAs
Netflix Series Takes Best Reality Category
From Deadline

Squid Game — The Challenge has won the Reality category at the BAFTA TV Awards.

The UK-produced Netflix show beat off competition from shows such as Banged Up and Married At First Sight. A competition version of Korean drama Squid Game, it pitted 456 payers against each other in a big to win a massive cash prize.

The challenges ranged from the infamous "Red Light Green Light" from the 2021 drama, in which contestants had to avoid moving while in the eyeline of a horrifying giant doll, to new ones based on children's games such as Battleship. One player ultimately walked away with $4.56M.

The show comes from The Traitors producer Studio Lambert and The Garden, a rare co-production between two major British unscripted producers from different production groups.

The Traitors won last year, when the the category was known as Reality and Constructed Factual.

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posted 5/13/2024

Cracked Eggheads?
Jeremy Vine Speculates Fate of Quiz After BBC Reportedly Shelves It
From Female First

Jeremy Vine has hinted long-running quiz show 'Eggheads' is dead.

Its former host, 58, fronted the show from 2008 after it started to air five years earlier, and rumors have been rife the quiz show had been shelved since its last episode screened in April 2023.

Jeremy has now told The Sun: "I haven't heard anything about 'Eggheads' for a while now.

"I think I have done about 1,200 shows – but whether we are doing any more I don't know.

"We last filmed an episode over a year ago.

"It may well be we are doing it in 30 years' time, who knows, but no immediate plans for any more."

'Eggheads' started on BBC One before moving to BBC Two and then Channel 5 in in 2021. It saw a group of contestants take on a panel of 'egghead' experts to win money, similar to ITV's 'The Chase'.

When it started in 2003 it was hosted by Dermot Murnaghan, 66, before Jeremy came in as co-chair in 2008, with the pair rotating before he became the only presenter of the series for its 16th run.

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posted 5/13/2024

Family Feud Heads to Bangladesh
Bongo to Air Version OTT
From The Business Standard

Bongo, a leading OTT platform in Bangladesh, is set to introduce a local version of the popular American TV show 'Family Feud.'

The show, a global phenomenon hosted in over 50 countries, marks its debut in Bangladesh with renowned musician Tahsan Rahman Khan as the host.

'Family Feud' involves two families competing to provide the most popular answers to survey questions, aiming to entertain while fostering family bonding. Tahsan expressed his excitement about revitalising family entertainment in Bangladesh through this show. "We hope to bring back family entertainment in a new way with this game show," he said.

Faysal Taher, Chief Operating Officer of Bongo, highlighted the show's potential to create memorable experiences for the many joint families in the country. With a nod to its original host, Steve Harvey, the Bangladeshi version promises local flavor and surprises. Interested participants can soon apply on Bongo's official website.

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posted 5/13/2024


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SAM RUBIN: 1960-2024
Legendary Entertainment Reporter Played "Pyramid"
From Deadline

Sam Rubin, who was a Los Angeles TV news mainstay as the longtime entertainment reporter for KTLA and regular interviewer on red carpets, died today, the station announced. He was 64.

Rubin's family confirmed he died of a heart attack, KTLA reported. He was last on the air Thursday morning and showed no outward signs of illness, according to his co-workers. He had called in sick on Friday.

Rubin's KTLA colleagues were remembering him with tears and anecdotes on the air this afternoon. "We don't know what happened, but it was sudden," longtime morning anchor Frank Buckley said.

Another longtime colleague, Eric Spillman, called in to say, "I can't believe we are reporting this — it is such a shock."

"KTLA 5 is profoundly saddened to report the death of Sam Rubin," the station posted on social media. "Sam was a giant in the local news industry and the entertainment world, and a fixture of Los Angeles morning television for decades. His laugh, charm and caring personality touched all who knew him. Sam was a loving husband and father: the roles he cherished the most. Our thoughts are with Sam's family during this difficult time."

Among those calling in was Henry Winkler, who was one of Rubin's favorite guests. "It's the most horrible thing," Winkler said via phone from an airport. "Two things I know: He made you feel special every single time [he interviewed you], and I am not the only person who felt that special warmth."

The station also today played a minutes-long segment from the 2020 SAG Awards red carpet in which none other than Tom Hanks stopped to speak with Rubin, turning the tables on the interviewer and extolling the virtues of KTLA, Rubin and "Sky Chopper 5."

Rubin joined KTLA Morning News in 1991, about six months after the program debuted. He won multiple News Emmys and Golden Mike Awards and received a lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association. He also was named Best Entertainment Reporter by the Los Angeles Press Club. Rubin also was a longtime regular on KNX-AM in Los Angeles, provided brief showbiz-news reports, and regularly appeared on BBC TV and radio in the UK and also did radio and TV reports in Australia.

Rubin is one of the founding members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest organization of film and television critics in the United States with more than 200 members. In 1996, the BFCA began the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and he hosted the 2013 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

In 2021, Rubin ran to represent broadcasters on SAG-AFTRA's L.A. board of directors as part of the MembershipFirst party alongside Matthew Modine and Joely Fisher. Among his chief concerns was changes in eligibility requirements at the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan. After hearing the news, Fisher wrote on Twitter today, "This is a shocking loss!!! #RIP to my friend of so many years."

He also was the owner of SRE, Inc., a TV production company that has produced more than 200 hours of broadcast and cable programming, including several Live From red carpet shows and 120 episodes of the talk show Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin which ran on Reelz.

Rubin authored two books and has seen his work published in both print and online around the world.

Sam regularly appears on BBC television and radio in the United Kingdom, and is a regular contributor to Triple M radio and Channel 9 television network in Australia.

His charitable efforts included annually promoting the Bay to Bay bike ride from Orange County to San Diego to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research.

In game shows, Rubin appeared on episodes of "The $25,000 Pyramid" and "@midnight".

Survivors include his wife, Leslie, and their four children.

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posted 5/13/2024


Protagonist Pictures

It's (Finally) Time to Press Your Luck!
Paul Walter Hauser Leads All-Star Cast in Movie Adaptation
From Deadline

Paul Walter Hauser (Black Bird, Richard Jewell) will lead the cast of Press Your Luck, a pic based on a true story of an unemployed ice-cream truck driver who won big on a 1980s game show.

Set in 1984, the film follows Ohio resident Michael Larson, who steps on to the set of game show 'Press Your Luck' harboring a secret: the key to endless amounts of money. But his winning streak gets threatened when the executives in the control room start to uncover his real motivations. You can see a first look image above.

Joining Hauser in an ensemble cast are Walton Goggins (Fallout, The Hateful Eight), David Strathairn (Nomadland, Good Night and Good Luck), Emmy-nominated Maisie Williams (The New Look, Game of Thrones), Haley Bennett (Swallow, The Magnificent Seven), Shamier Anderson (John Wick: Chapter 4, Invasion), David Rysdahl (Fargo, Oppenheimer), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass, Dukes of Hazzard), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker, Chicago P.D.), Patti Harrison (Theater Camp, Together Together) and Shaunette Renée Wilson (Indiana Jones, Black Panther).

Samir Oliveros directs from a screenplay co-written with Maggie Briggs (Joyland). His company, Plenty Good (Chronicles Of A Wandering Saint) is the producer, and co-producer is Fabula (El Conde). The film is in post-production, with Protagonist Pictures handling international sales and CAA Media Finance representing North American rights.

"Samir has crafted a unique and stylish telling of the incredible true story of a down on his luck everyman gaming the system," said Protagonist Pictures' CEO, Dave Bishop. "We couldn't be happier to be working with the very talented Samir and our friends at Fabula and Plenty Good."

Press Your Luck is produced by Amanda Freedman, and executive produced by Andrew Hevia, Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Hauser, Juan Pablo Solano, Simon Beltran, Sara McFarlane, Damiano Tucci, Tiziano Tucci, Sophia Banks, Arun Thapar, Divya Shahani and Roger Lolly. Constanza Muñoz is co-producer.

The idea of turning the story of Michael Larsen on "Press Your Luck" into a theatrical is not new. As early as 2000, Howard Franklin was tapped to direct the project with Bill Murray slated to play Larsen and Nicolas Cage slated to produce. It was placed in "turnaround" at Columbia before Mandalay Entertainment picked it up. It had since languished in development hell.

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posted 5/13/2024

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Back to the House on the Radford Lot"

  • Julie Chen Moonves hints that another "Celebrity Big Brother" is coming (Reality TV World)

  • Bob the Drag Queen mourns his mother on Mother's Day (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Variety predicts that "Game Changer" could be a ... game changer... at the Emmys (Variety)

  • #ICYMI: What happened in the Eurovision 2024 final (The Wrap), including an expelled artist (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (Hollywood Outbreak)

posted 5/13/2024

Fox, Gordon Ramsay Take a Bite
Foodies Get Another Outlet
From the Futon Critic

The iconic Gordon Ramsay and FOX Entertainment have joined forces to launch Bite, a new multi-tiered global food brand and entertainment platform dishing out fresh, fun, accessible and inventive culinary and lifestyle content, products and experiences for fans everywhere.

As a brand designed to live at the intersection of content and commerce, Bite also announces its inaugural consumer products partnership with HexClad, one of the world's fastest growing and most respected cookware brands. Through this first-of-its-kind strategic partnership and investment, HexClad becomes an official sponsor across a range of FOX and Studio Ramsay Global-owned food content worldwide.

Created under FOX Entertainment and its Gordon Ramsay production partnership, Studio Ramsay Global, Bite brings together Ramsay's unmatched worldwide audience and FOX's dominance in food entertainment, from Next Level Chef and Kitchen Nightmares to Crime Scene Kitchen and Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars.

Bite offers food fans more of the culinary content they love, while giving advertisers and brand partners even greater reach and more innovative ways to engage with Ramsay and FOX's massive audience of over 100 million food-loving fans.

"Bite is an innovative fusion of my nearly 20-year collaboration with FOX, blending all the experiences, excitement, competition and personality we've created together under this original, singular food and lifestyle venture," said Ramsay. "This new brand will cater to every flavor of food fan with an enticing array of original series, compelling food stories and endless digital content that audiences everywhere will eat up!"

"To food fans around the world, the Bite kitchen is open," said Rob Wade, CEO of FOX Entertainment, "and with Gordon and his team at Studio Ramsay Global pulling together all the right ingredients, there's simply no one better to serve up this vibrant, authentic feast of food-themed entertainment and experiences. As the world's most dynamic, comprehensive one-stop culinary destination, we're certain audiences will enjoy discovering and savoring every Bite."

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posted 5/10/2024

THURSDAY: The Farmer Gets a Wife?
CBS Wins Ahead of Young Sheldon Finale
From The Wrap

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Young Sheldon was Thursday's most-watched show and tied ABC's 9-1-1 for the nightly demo win.

Ahead of next week's series finale, a double helping of Young Sheldon (with 6.7 million viewers/0.4 demo rating, then 6.8 mil/0.5) was down a bit in audience steady week-to-week. So Help Me Todd (4.4 mil/0.3) added a few eyeballs, while Elsbeth (4.2 mil/0.2 matched its demo low.

9-1-1 (4.4 mil/0.5), Grey's Anatomy (3.1 mil/0.4) and Station 19 (2.3 mil/0.3) all added viewers, with the latter also ticking up in the demo.

Fox's finale doubleshot of Next Level Chef (1.8 mil/0.3) and Farmer Wants a Wife (2.03 mil/0.2) each added eyeballs, with the latter matching a season high in viewers.

NBC's Law & Order (3.7 mil/0.3) and SVU (4.1 mil/0.4) each dipped in audience, while Peacock-bound Organized Crime (2.8 mil/0.3) rose in both measures.

The CW's Patti Stanger: The Matchmaker (245k/0.05) and Lovers & Liars (159k/0.03) were both down.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49) are forthcoming.

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posted 5/10/2024

Netflix's Golden Ticket
Streamer Readies Willy Wonka Competition Series
From Deadline

Willy Wonka, the eccentric founder of the Wonka Chocolate Factory from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has been played by Gene Wilder, Johnny Depp and Timothée Chalamet on the big screen.

He's now set to come to the small-screen in a much different way.

Deadline reports that Netflix is preparing a reality competition series based on the Roald Dahl story. This comes after the streamer acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company in 2021.

The site reports that v Netflix went out to a number of production companies, believed to include American Idol producer Fremantle, Wall to Wall, the British production company behind Who Do You Think You Are?, Nobody's Hero, the production company behind Netflix's Bullsh*t: The Game Show and Snack vs. Chef, and The Garden, which was one of the companies behind Squid Game: The Challenge.

Nobody's Hero, which is run by Christopher Potts and Jonty Nash, and ITV-backed The Garden are understood to be out of the process, leaving Fremantle and Wall to Wall, which is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, to battle it out.

Warner Bros. Discovery, which also operates a number of U.S. unscripted divisions such as Warner Horizon, is expected to be involved in some shape even if Wall to Wall doesn't land the series given its links to the movies. While here is currently no deal between the David Zaslav-run company and Netflix, if the series was to use clips from any of the movies, it would need to work with the studio, for instance.

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posted 5/9/2024

WEDNESDAY: Eight o'Clock Fight
NBC's One Chicago Wins Totals, CBS' Survivor Wins Demo
From TV Series Finale

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Chicago Fire was Wednesday's most-watched show, while CBS' Survivor dominated the night in the demo.

#OneChicago won the night for NBC with Chicago Med (5.65m/0.43) up, Chicago Fire (6.08m/0.46) also up, and Chicago PD (4.73m/0.37) down a peg.

CBS took the silver with Survivor (4.69m/0.75) down and The Amazing Race (2.84m/0.37) up.

Taking the bronze were a steady Jeopardy! Masters (4.10m/0.42), a season high Abbott Elementary (2.67m/0.43), a season low The Conners (2.23m/0.28), and a rerun of The $100,000 Pyramid (1.65m/0.20).

Fox's The Masked Singer (3.01m/0.38), Animal Control (1.26m/0.19), and a Family Guy rerun (0.63m/0.12) were steady.

The CW's Walker (0.38m/0.07) and Sight Unseen (0.28m/0.03) were both down.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 582k/0.09
- Supermarket Stakeout (SP/Food): 401k/0.09
- Switch (GSN): 399k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 367k/0.04
- Split Second (GSN): 331k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 315k/0.04

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posted 5/9/2024

Bundles... Lots and Lots of Bundles...
Disney+, Hulu, Max to Be Bundled Over the Summer
From Deadline

Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery are breaking ground in streaming with a bundled offering featuring Disney+, Hulu and Max.

The companies are aiming to launch the bundle this summer. The exact launch date and the price point have not yet been announced, but plans call for both ad-free and ad-supported versions to be available.

The move creates the first cross-company partnership for any of the top-tier services to come to market as the race to catch up with Netflix began in earnest about five years ago. It follows years of speculation and public musings by top executives about when bundling across the industry might reduce friction and begin to make streaming more cost-efficient for programmers and consumers alike. Pay-TV operators long served as third-party bundlers in the cable age, but while distribution deals with the likes of Roku and Amazon are key to any streaming service gaining traction, it's mostly every-app-for-itself in the streaming era.

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posted 5/9/2024


Sean Viator
SEAN VIATOR: 1992-2024
Dancer Featured on "American Idol" Among Other Projects
From Deadline

Sean Viator, a dancer and choreographer who performed on TV shows American Idol and Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga on Netflix, died May 3 at 31, his family announced. No cause was given.

Viator received a Bachelor's degree of fine arts in dance from the University of Arizona, where he graduated summa cum laude. He was awarded the university's top dance award — The Triple Threat Award.

Some of Viator's credits include the Billboard Music Awards, appearing with Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato, an American Idol season finale performance with Kylie Minogue, the I'm Ready music video for Sam Smith and Demi Lovato, and the Radio City Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular, according to his biography.

A celebration of life ceremony for Viator will be held Friday at the Resthaven Funeral Home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Visiting hours will be from 12:30 p.m. until the service at 2:30 p.m.

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posted 5/9/2024

TUESDAY: All Eyes
CBS Wins on All Fronts
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS was THE network to beat thanks to the return of the FBI franchise.

The mothership (6.125m/0.46), International (4.936m/0.37), and Most Wanted (4.53m/0.32) all shot up from reruns.

NBC took the silver with elevated returns for The Voice's Tuesday premiere (4.422m/0.35), Weakest Link (2.925m/0.31), and Password (2.587m/0.29).

ABC took the bronze with Will Trent (3.717m/0.29) dropping, The Rookie (2.866m/0.26) holding steady, and The Good Doctor (2.2m/0.14) also holding steady.

Fox served up new editions of The Cleaning Lady (1.111m/0.13) and Alert: MPU (1.002m/0.12).

Rounding out the night on the CW was the premiere of Police 24/7 (471k/0.09).

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 446k/0.09
- Switch (GSN): 405k/0.03
- Split Second (GSN): 354k/0.04
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 237k/0.04 .

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posted 5/9/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Two Weddings & a Promotion"

  • Introducing the new Mr. & Mrs. Jaleel White (People)

  • .... and the new Mr. & Mrs. Kim Crossman (Now to Love)

  • Apploff Entertainment promotes two: Zach Gefland & (full disclosure: friend of the site) Reyna Apploff (Deadline)

  • Victoria Coren Mitchell won't apologize for a spelling error, but will advocate against gambling... despite being a semi-professional gambler (Yahoo!)

posted 5/9/2024


Netflix

Match Game... Round 2
Netflix Slots Cast, Date for "Perfect Match" Season 2
From TV Line

Another crop of Netflix reality all-stars will soon be looking for the Perfect Match.

In Season 2 of the streamer's dating series, cast members from The Mole, Love Is Blind, The Circle, Squid Game: The Challenge and more will couple up to test their romantic relationships through compatibility challenges.

"Winning couples gain power in the game to bring in new singles to match with their castmates, setting up potential love matches or stirring trouble in paradise as they compete to be the strongest couple at the villa, crowned the Perfect Match," reads the official description.

It will all roll out over the course of three Fridays. Episodes 1-6 will drop June 7; Episodes 7-9 will follow on June 14; and Season 2 will conclude with its last installment on June 21. Nick Lachey returns to host.

So who will be stepping into the villa to find their perfect match? Read on for the full list.
- Alara Taneri (Dated and Related)
- Brittan Byrd (Too Hot to Handle)
- Bryan Constantin (Squid Game: The Challenge)
- Chris Hahn (Dated and Related)
- Christine Obanor (Too Hot to Handle)
- Tolú Ekundare (The Trust)
- Dominique Defoe (Too Hot to Handle)
- Dom Gabriel (The Mole, Perfect Match S1)
- Elys Hutchinson (Too Hot to Handle)
- Harry Jowsey (Too Hot to Handle)
- Holly Scarfone (Too Hot to Handle)
- Izzy Zapata (Love is Blind)
- Jake Cunningham (The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On)
- Jessica Vestal (Love is Blind)
- Justin Assad (Surviving Paradise)
- Kaz Bishop (Dated and Related)
- Melinda Melrose (Too Hot to Handle)
- Micah Lussier (Love is Blind)
- Nigel Euro (Too Hot to Handle)
- Stevan Ditter (Too Hot to Handle)
- Trevor Sova (Love is Blind)
- Xanthi Perdikomatis (The Circle)


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posted 5/8/2024

8 Out of 10 Cats Pauses Countdown
Channel 4 Rests Comic Game Show Mashup
From Deadline

Popular Channel 4 panel show 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown appears to be the latest to have been hit by the network's slowdown.

Deadline reports that Channel 4 has been sitting on the current series since it was delivered last year and there are no plans to record a new series this year.

"We have already shot episodes which are ready to air," said a spokeswoman. "To keep the show current we will shoot further episodes nearer transmission."

Channel 4 wasn't able to say when the new episodes will be shot.

Produced by Would I Like To You? maker Zeppotron, Cats Does Countdown is a Jimmy Carr-hosted mash-up of comedy panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats and daytime quiz Countdown. It has been a ratings success, is one of Channel 4's longest running unscripted shows and has aired more than 150 episodes over the past 12 years. The series features regular captain Jon Richardson opposite a rotating guest captain, which has been the case since former captain Sean Lock died in 2021. It features traditional rounds from Countdown interspersed with topical humor and games from Carr, the captains, guests and Countdown regulars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent.

Deadline reports that talent availability plays a factor in filming and Cats Does Countdown has always been ordered ad hoc but sources tell they feel the delay is a reflection of Channel 4's continued grapple with the ongoing slowdown and attempts to further spread out its shows across the schedule.

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posted 5/8/2024

Phil Keoghan Working on Physical Competition for CBS
Tough House Looking for Athletes with Brains, Brawn
From Deadline

Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race and Tough As Nails, is plotting another unscripted competition series for CBS.

Deadline reports that Keoghan is working on an elite physical competition series, which is understood to be in the early stages of development at the network. The series is expected to feature athletes with brains, brawn, endurance, agility and mental toughness, who will compete to prove themselves as the toughest.

The project is certainly on brand for Keoghan, who runs Tough House Productions. It's not clear yet whether Keoghan will host the series or just produce.

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posted 5/8/2024

The Voice Jumps into the Metaverse
ITV Studios, Sandbox to Develop The Voice Coach Battle
From Deadline

The Voice is headed to the metaverse. The international format is getting an immersive gaming experience that will accompany the TV singing competition format.

The Voice owner ITV Studios is working with virtual gaming world The Sandbox on 'The Voice Coach Battle', which will allow players to act as celebrity coaches and sit in the show's famous red chairs. The Sandbox, part of Animoca Brands, has partnered with metaverse company Virtual Brand Group to launch the Web3 game.

Developed off the back of the 155 adaptations of The Voice from around the world, Coach Battle will offer players a similar journey to real-life celebrity coaches on The Voice, starting with a blind audition. As the three contestants perform — a tiger faced pop singer, a rebellious young female rocker and an intense, moody alien balladeer — players hit the red button to select their artist. They then progress through the process, selecting music, wardrobe and stage lighting and offering their star advice at each stage. Additionally, players must complete quizzes on the TV show's real-life celebrity coaches.

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posted 5/8/2024


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Back to the Island...
NBC Renews "Deal or No Deal Island"
From various sources

NBC is heading back to the island with the second-season pickup of "Deal or No Deal Island." The elusive Banker will invite a new crop of players to compete in the season-long, fully immersive competition.

"With expert gameplay, adventure and a new layer of strategy, the reimagined 'Deal or No Deal Island' had fans on the edge of their seats, just like the original," said Corie Henson, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content. "A huge thanks to our crew and the biggest gamer of them all, host Joe Manganiello. Together we're thrilled to be back with another season that will be sure to test the contestants and the Banker's limits."

"It was incredible to see how audiences immediately took to the new format of 'Deal or No Deal Island,' welcoming Joe Manganiello and the Banker's guests into their homes and bringing new life to the iconic IP," said Sharon Levy, Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine North America. "We're thrilled that NBC has picked up a second cycle and eagerly anticipate seeing how the Banker will physically test and mentally challenge a new season of contestants as they compete for a transformative jackpot."

"Deal or No Deal Island" reached 30 million total viewers across linear and digital platforms this season to date. The series is averaging 5.8 million total viewers across all platforms, more than doubling its live audience.

The series is currently the #1 NBC unscripted show on Peacock and has the most watched unscripted NBC premiere on Peacock.

The season finale of "Deal or No Deal Island" will air on May 13 at 10 p.m. on NBC. All episodes stream next day on Peacock. · Produced by Endemol Shine North America, "Deal or No Deal Island" is an exciting competition format that has been reimagined from the original Banijay format, "Deal or No Deal."

Executive producers are Matt Kunitz, Vittoria Cacciatore, Jeffrey Breeden, Joe Manganiello, Howie Mandel, and Endemol Shine North America's Sharon Levy, Michael Heyerman and Sean Loughlin.

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posted 5/8/2024

MONDAY: Aloha
CBS Wins
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' NCIS finale was Monday's most-watched show, and landed in a six-way tie for the nightly demo win.

The Neighborhood (with 5 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) added a few eyeballs with its season finale, while Bob Hearts Abishola's series finale (4.9 mil/0.4) drew a best-since-season premiere audience and also rose in the demo. NCIS' season finale (6.8 mil/0.4) delivered its largest audience in six episodes, and NCIS: Hawai'i's unplanned series finale rose 7% to its biggest audience since the season premiere (5.41 mil) while also scoring its first 0.4 rating in six episodes.

NBC's The Voice (5.3 mil/0.4) ticked up in both measures, and Deal or No Deal Island (3 mil/0.3) drew its second-largest audience to date.

The CW's All American (464K/0.1) rose to a season high in audience.

Fox's MasterChef Junior (1.4 mil/0.2) was down, while So You Think You Can Dance (783K/0.1) added eyeballs.

ABC's Jeopardy! Masters drew 4.3 mil and a 0.4, followed by Celeb Wheel's 2.6 mil/0.3.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Spring Baking Championship (SF/Food): 807k/0.08
- Switch (GSN): 403k/0.04
- Next Baking Master Paris (P/Food): 385k/0.05
- Split Second (GSN): 330k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 270k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 234k/0.03
- MILF Manor: More to Love (TLC): 228k/0.05
- OMG Fashun (P/E!): 204k/0.05
- Person, Place or Thing (GSN): 187k/0.02

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posted 5/8/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Tribute"

  • ITV pulls "The 1% Club" this weekend (The Mirror)

  • Victoria Groce playing hurt? (The Sun)

  • #ICYMI: Who bids $1 million on something? (Monsters & Critics)

  • NBC hosts FYC event for The Traitors (Variety)

  • WOW Presents Plus renews "RuPaul's Drag Race Live Untucked" (Variety)

  • VIDEO WALL: New levels of interactivity in game shows (TV Newscheck)

  • Andy Cohen objects to reality participants union (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • John Legend to host podcast about "Afghan Star" (Deadline)

  • Paul Sinha shares health update (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with William Hung and wife #3 (TV Insider)

posted 5/2/2024


CBS

SUMMER: CBS
Network Reveals Summer Plans
From various sources

CBS announced today premiere dates for its summer slate. The summer lineup launches with the Network debut of TULSA KING Sunday, July 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the season 26 premiere of BIG BROTHER Wednesday, July 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). The new true-crime series THE REAL CSI: MIAMI launches Wednesday, June 26 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) and LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME premieres Wednesday, Aug. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). CBS will also air summer specials including GREATEST @HOME VIDEOS: FATHER'S DAY EDITION hosted by Cedric the Entertainer Friday, June 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), previously announced THE 51ST ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS Friday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) and THE 77TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS Sunday, June 16 (8:00-11:00 PM, LIVE ET/5:00-8:00 PM, LIVE PT). All series and specials will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) - In a special two-night premiere, BIG BROTHER kicks off its 26th season as a group of all-new Houseguests moves into the BIG BROTHER House. Expect the unexpected this summer with a season full of twists and turns. Following its special two-night premiere, the series will air Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, LIVE ET/ delayed PT), featuring the live evictions. Julie Chen Moonves returns as host. Paramount+ subscribers and Pluto TV viewers can continue to catch all the action on the BIG BROTHER Live Feeds. Click below for more information.

Wednesday, Aug. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) - LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME returns with original episodes including "Ultimate Zonk Redemption," where former contestants who were "zonked" return to vindicate their losses; and "Otter Chaos," where for the first time, the "Big Deal" includes every car featured in the episode. This season the show celebrated its 60th broadcast anniversary and Wayne Brady's 15th anniversary as host. The cast also includes announcer Jonathan Mangum, model Tiffany Coyne and musician Cat Gray. Click below for more information.


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posted 5/7/2024


ITV/NBC

More on "Love Island USA" Season 6
Catch it on Peacock June 11
From various sources

Ariana Madix is trading West Hollywood for Fiji very soon.

Peacock has revealed the premiere date for the upcoming sixth season of Love Island USA, which will be hosted by the Vanderpump Rules star. A new teaser trailer gives viewers a first look of the SUR alum getting ready to guide islanders through their summer romance.

"I got a text!," announces Madix in the teaser after waking up to the news. "'Ariana Madix, will you host Peacock's Love Island USA?' Yes!"

"Look out, world: a hot new bombshell is heading to the villa, where new adventures are going to take flight," announces the show's narrator Iain Stirling, as a Barbie-inspired montage plays of Madix's fantastical journey to paradise.

The new season arrives on June 11.

Peacock also teased that season six will feature "a brand-new, vibrant villa including a spicy Casa Amor and an unforgettable Hideaway" where islanders "face more drama than ever before with jaw-dropping revelations, brand new couples challenges and even a few surprise guests." As with previous seasons, viewers can determine who gets a chance at love in the villa and who's getting a plane ticket back home by voting at home for their favorite couples via the Love Island USA app.

Madix had previously made cameos on Love Island USA and Love Island Games. In the former, she advised islanders to not make the same mistakes in love that she did with her ex and Vanderpump Rules co-star Tom Sandoval, sharing, "If they're not the one for you, trust me, it's better to find out sooner than later."

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posted 5/7/2024

Malmö Hosts Eurovision
Peacock to Stream Live Coverage
From TV Insider

ABBA's Waterloo has been voted the greatest song in Eurovision history, and with the Song Contest in Sweden this year, the organizers have a surprise ABBA tribute up their sleeves. Changes are also being introduced to both the voting system and the format of the live shows. There will be full live performances in the semi-finals from the artists representing the 'big five' countries for the first time, and the public vote will now open at the start of the live final.

The Eurovision Song Contest is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, the alliance of European pubcasters. The huge event, in Malmö, will feature three live shows, covering the semi-finals and final, and nine shows in all, when rehearsals are factored in.

Hosted by Malin Åkerman and Petra Mede, Eurovision 2024 returns to Malmö, Sweden, for the third time (following the city's hosting of the 1992 and 2013 editions). The new permanent slogan for the event is "United by Music." The theme for this year's event is "The Eurovision Lights," which the organization defines as, "a concept based on simple linear gradients, inspired by the vertical lines that permeate both the Northern lights and sound equalizers."

The contest will take place across three days at Malmö Arena. On May 7 and 9, two semi-finals will take place, and the grand final will follow on Saturday, May 11, starting at 21:00 Central European Summer Time (3 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. PT in the U.S.).

Peacock will be the exclusive home of Eurovision 2024 for U.S. audiences and will host all three days of the competition live, with a replay available after each event. The streamer's full schedule is as follows:
- Semi-Final 1: Tuesday, May 7 at 3 p.m. ET
- Semi-Final 2: Thursday, May 9 at 3 p.m. ET
- Grand Final: Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m. ET


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posted 5/7/2024

"Alone" Again for the 11th Time
History Launches New Season June 13
From the Futon Critic

The HISTORY(R) Channel's popular competition series "Alone" returns for an impressive twelve-episode eleventh season on Thursday, June 13 at 9pm ET/PT before moving to its regular timeslot of 8pm ET/PT. The pre-season special "Before the Drop" will air just ahead of the season eleven premiere at 8pm ET/PT and will offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the participants' final preparations and safety checks before the official launch day. Additionally, season two of the highly rated international version of the series, "Alone Australia," is set to air on The HISTORY(R) Channel for domestic audiences on Thursday, June 20 at 9:30pm ET/PT.

Named "the best reality show ever made" (The New Yorker, 2023), the new season of "Alone" places ten skilled survivalists in the freezing, brutal landscape of Inuvik, Canada, within the Arctic Circle and the northernmost location in series history. Equipped with only ten basic survival tools, the participants face bone-chilling cold, icy landscapes, and intimidating predators including bears, wolves, and moose. Participants must forage for their own food, build shelter, and overcome both physical and mental obstacles while self-recording their journey for a chance to be the last person standing and win the coveted $500,000 cash prize. With no teams, no camera crews, and no gimmicks, "Alone" displays the grit of human endurance and is the ultimate test of human will.

From Leftfield Pictures, this season of "Alone" delivers monumental ingenuity and series 'firsts' including remarkable game harvests, clever inventions, painful medical mishaps, and nerve-wracking animal encounters. It also marks one of the longest running seasons in series history. The survivalists push their skills to the limit, and sometimes beyond, in a fight to endure longer than all others.

Season two of "Alone Australia" drops ten Australian survivalists in the wild terrain of Aotearoa's Te Waipounamu, also known as the South Island of New Zealand. Throughout ten episodes, each skilled participant is challenged by the merciless forces of nature, dangerous wildlife, extreme hunger, and total isolation to be the last one standing and win $250,000 AUD. For the first time, the participants are permitted to hunt with a bow and arrow, which introduces a whole new set of strategies and skills. With wild pig, possum, tahr, and red deer afoot, the stakes and intensity in their quest for sustenance and survival are higher than ever. Who will overcome these intense hurdles to be the last person standing?.

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posted 5/7/2024

24 in 24 in 2
Food Network Renews "Last Chef Standing"
From various sources

Heading into the season one finale, Food Network has ordered a second season of 24 in 24: Last Chef Standing, it was announced today by Betsy Ayala, Head of Content, Food, Warner Bros. Discovery. The freshman culinary competition series, hosted by Esther Choi and Michael Symon, features 24 talented and fearless chefs who take on 24 food challenges in 24 consecutive, non-stop hours. At the end of the 24 hours, the chef who cooked the best for the longest, and outlasted the competition, is the only one left standing. The series premiered on April 14th, and to date has reached more than 10 million total viewers (across Food Network/Max/Discovery+) ranking as a Top 3 non-news/sports cable program on Sunday nights among both P/M 25-54 and averaged a 0.58 P25-54 and 0.59 W25-54 L+3 rating. The season to-date has resonated online as well, generating a total of 25M social impressions and 12M video views.

"24 in 24: Last Chef Standing enthralled audiences as Food Network's most ambitious and grueling culinary competition, one that is part culinary marathon and part social experiment," said Ayala. "Michael Symon and Esther Choi were a dynamic duo leading this intense competition that demanded the chefs push their skills, creativity, and stamina to the limit.

24 In 24: Last Chef Standing is produced by Lando Entertainment for Food Network.

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posted 5/7/2024


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SUSAN BUCKNER: 1952-2024
"Grease" Actress Was a Mob Member on "1 vs. 100"
From Deadline

Susan Buckner, best known to moviegoers as Grease's bubbly cheerleader Patty Simcox, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones in Miami on May 2.

Her death was announced by family.

Buckner's Grease character was the Rydell High cheerleading pal of Olivia Newton-John's Sandy. The 1978 film also starred John Travolta and Stockard Channing.

Born on January 28, 1952, in Seattle, Washington, Buckner was crowned Miss Washington in 1971 and represented the state in the Miss America pageant the following year. Soon after, she became one of The Dean Martin Show's Golddiggers dancers, and that led her to become part of the all-girl group Fantasy and the musical duo Buckner and Pratt.

She also appeared on such variety shows as The Mac Davis Show, Sonny and Cher and, as a dancer and synchronized swimmer, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.

In 1977, she landed her signature role of perky Patty Simcox, Grease's embodiment of pep and school spirit. "Do the splits, give a yell!" she cheered alongside Newton-John. "Show a little spirit for old Rydell! Way to go, red and white! Go Rydell, fight, fight, fight!"

Grease was the top-grossing movie of 1978 with $132.4 million in box office. Its soundtrack spawned four Top 5 singles, earned an Album of the Year Grammy nom and has sold more than 8 million units in the U.S. alone.

Buckner later was featured in several TV shows, including The Love Boat, B.J and the Bear, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, and co-starred in the ABC series When the Whistle Blows. She starred in the 1981 Wes Craven horror film Deadly Blessing alongside Sharon Stone and in 1989's Police Academy 6: City Under Siege. She later stepped away from show business to raise a family.

In game shows, Buckner was a member of the Mob on NBC's "1 vs. 100".

Buckner is survived by her son Adam Josephs, daughter Samantha Mansfield, grandchildren Oliver, Riley, Abigail and Ruby as well as her sister Linda, daughter-in-law Noel Josephs, son-in-law Adam Mansfield and longtime partner Al.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Miami's Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Susan's honor.

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posted 5/7/2024

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posted 5/7/2024


ABC

The 2025 Summer Fun & Games Lineup Is Set
"Millionaire" 25th Anniversary Toplines Summer Lineup
From various sources

Now leading the season for the fifth consecutive year as the No. 1 entertainment network in Adults 18-49, ABC heads into summer with an exciting lineup of fan favorites and will add an all-new game show to its portfolio.

As previously announced, the "GOAT" Ken Jennings hosts "Jeopardy! Masters" which wraps up a three-week tournament and will crown its champion WEDNESDAY, MAY 22.

"The Wonderful World of Disney" is set to air "Inside Out" on SUNDAY, JUNE 2, kicking off the return of the network's Sunday movie offerings.

Jenn Tran will charm audiences when "The Bachelorette" begins MONDAY, JULY 8.

"Celebrity Family Feud" celebrates 100 episodes and its 10th anniversary, beginning TUESDAY, JULY 9. The evening will kick off with the previously announced special "Family Feud: Decades of Laughs," honoring 50 years of the iconic game show, followed by the season premiere of "Celebrity Family Feud." Steve Harvey serves as the judge, jury and star when "Judge Steve Harvey" returns the following week on TUESDAY, JULY 16.

Renewed for a new season and celebrating the show's 25th anniversary, Jimmy Kimmel hosts "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," premiering WEDNESDAY, JULY 10. This iteration will feature a new twist with two celebrity contestants playing together with the hope of winning $1 million for the charity of their choice. Joining the Wednesday lineup is the third season premiere of "Claim to Fame," with Kevin and Franklin Jonas returning as hosts.

"The 2024 ESPYS Presented by Capital One" returns to ABC, live on THURSDAY, JULY 11, and will feature some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. A host will be announced at a later date.

"Press Your Luck" scores a sixth season renewal, which will debut THURSDAY, JULY 18, followed by the brand-new game show, "Lucky 13," co-hosted by Shaquille O'Neal and Gina Rodriguez. This high-stakes primetime quiz show will test contestants' knowledge with 13 true-or-false trivia questions but with a cunning twist: Just how well do they know what they know ... and, just as importantly, how well do they know what they don't know? If they can accurately predict how successfully they've answered 13 questions, they could take home a $1 million cash jackpot.

Airdates (all times Eastern/Pacific, subject to change)
- May 22 - 8p: Jeopardy! Masters (season finale)
- July 8 - 8p: The Bachelorette (season premiere)
- July 9 - 8p: Family Feud: Decades of Laughs (special)
- July 9 - 9p: Celebrity Family Feud (season premiere)
- July 10 - 8p: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (season premiere)
- July 10 - 9p: Claim to Fame (season premiere)
- July 18 - 8p: Press Your Luck (season premiere)
- July 18 - 9p: Lucky 13 (premiere)

About the games...

- THE BACHELORETTE: Jenn Tran will make Bachelor franchise history when her journey to love begins on the upcoming 21st season of "The Bachelorette." After charming audiences with her bubbly personality on Joey Graziadei's season of "The Bachelor," the 26-year-old fan favorite will begin handing out roses when the series returns this summer. "The Bachelorette" is a production of Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon. Bennett Graebner, Claire Freeland, Jason Ehrlich, Tim Warner and Peter Gust serve as executive producers. Follow "The Bachelorette" (#TheBachelorette) on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and TikTok.
- CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD Hosted by stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy(R) Award winner Steve Harvey, the iconic game show features celebrities, along with their family members or their extended TV families, going head-to-head in a contest to name the most popular responses to survey-type questions posed to 100 people for a chance to win $25,000 for a charity of their choice. "Celebrity Family Feud" is produced by Fremantle. Myeshia Mizuno is the executive producer. Follow "Celebrity Family Feud" (#CelebrityFamilyFeud) on Instagram, X and Facebook.
- CLAIM TO FAME Hosted by Kevin and Franklin Jonas, "Claim to Fame" challenges relatives of celebrities to live together under one roof and conceal their identity and lineage in the quest for their own fame and fortune. They will compete in challenges, form strategic partnerships and play DNA detective in hopes of avoiding elimination, winning the coveted $100,000 prize and step out of their famous family member's shadow by staking their own "Claim to Fame." Season three will bring the nail-biting competition, drama and more! "Claim to Fame" is produced by Kinetic Content ("Love Is Blind," "Married at First Sight") in association with Walt Disney Television Alternative. Chris Coelen, Eric Detwiler, Scott Teti and Heather Crowe serve as executive producers Follow "Claim to Fame" (#ClaimToFame) on Instagram, Facebook, Threads and TikTok.
- JEOPARDY! MASTERS "Jeopardy! Masters," produced by Sony Pictures Television, is the latest iteration of America's Favorite Quiz Show(R), hosted by the "GOAT" Ken Jennings. Each hourlong episode of the series will showcase the six highest-ranked current "Jeopardy!" contestants, with two action-packed and high-stakes games. Audiences will follow along as James Holzhauer, Matt Amodio, Mattea Roach, Yogesh Raut, Victoria Groce and Amy Schneider go head-to-head for the grand prize and the title of "Jeopardy! Masters" Champion. "Jeopardy! Masters" is executive produced by Michael Davies. Follow "Jeopardy! Masters" (#JeopardyMasters) on Instagram, X and Facebook.
- LUCKY 13 Co-hosted by Shaquille O'Neal and Gina Rodriguez, "Lucky 13" is a high-stakes primetime game show that'll have viewers on the edge of their seats while shouting answers at their screens. From the creative who introduced the world to "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," "Lucky 13" tests contestants' knowledge with 13 true-or-false trivia questions but with a cunning twist: Just how well do they know what they know ... and, just as importantly, how well do they know what they don't know? If they can accurately predict how successfully they've answered 13 questions, they could take home a $1 million cash jackpot. "Lucky 13" is produced by Studio 1. Adrian Woolfe serves as creator and showrunner. Mark Wells and Glenn Coomber are executive producers together with Kevin Bacon, Aaron Stone, Alastair Burlingham, Gary Raskin, David Schiff, Scott Henry and GW Wright. Shaquille O'Neal's Jersey Legends Productions is producing with O'Neal, Colin Smeeton and Michael Parris serving as executive producers. I Can & I Will Productions is co-producer with Gina Rodriguez serving as executive producer.
- PRESS YOUR LUCK Hosted by Elizabeth Banks, "Press Your Luck" is a game of wits, strategy and high stakes as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes. During each game of "Press Your Luck," three contestants compete against each other, answering questions to earn spins on the Big Board. Contestants then use their spins to win cash and prizes while trying to avoid the WHAMMY, which could take all of their winnings and leave them with nothing. The winning contestant moves on to the bonus round to face the WHAMMY in a final battle for the chance to win $1 million. "Press Your Luck" is produced by Fremantle. The show is executive produced by Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman and John Quinn, who also serves as showrunner. Follow "Press Your Luck" (#PressYourLuck) on Instagram, X and Facebook.
- WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE Hosted by late-night's Jimmy Kimmel, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is back in primetime to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary. In a first-time twist, the new season will feature pairs of celebrity contestants playing together in the hopes of winning $1 million for the charity of their choice. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is executive produced by Michael Davies and Jimmy Kimmel. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television's Embassy Row and Kimmelot. Follow "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" (#WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire) on Instagram, X and Facebook.


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posted 5/6/2024


CBS

UPFRONTS: CBS
"Hollywood Squares" Reboot Headlines Game Show Schedule
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CBS today announced its 2024-2025 primetime programming lineup of CBS Originals, featuring three new dramas, two new comedies, a new alternative series, a reimagined classic game show, special event programming and 18 returning series.

New drama series for fall include NCIS: ORIGINS, starring Austin Stowell as a young Leroy Jethro Gibbs and narrated by flagship NCIS series star Mark Harmon; and MATLOCK, a reimagining of the classic television series, starring Emmy and Academy Award winner Kathy Bates as a brilliant, wily lawyer with unusual and unexpected tactics. Midseason will introduce WATSON, starring Morris Chestnut as a modern version of one of history's greatest detectives solving medical mysteries.

The new multi-camera comedies for fall are POPPA'S HOUSE, starring Damon Wayans as happily divorced "Poppa" who finds himself still parenting his adult son, Damon Wayans Jr; and GEORGIE & MANDY'S FIRST MARRIAGE, the sequel to YOUNG SHELDON, following Georgie (Montana Jordan) and Mandy (Emily Osment) as they raise their young family in Texas while navigating the challenges of adulthood, parenting and marriage.

The new fall alternative series is THE SUMMIT, hosted by Manu Bennett, which follows 16 strangers embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the treacherous New Zealand Alps in an attempt to reach the peak of a distant, towering mountain and win $1 million. Midseason will launch a new edition of the legendary game show HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, starring Drew Barrymore as the center square, in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes.

The new schedule of CBS Original series also includes the return of the new #1 series on television, TRACKER, starring Justin Hartley; the 2023-2024 season's #2 new program, ELSBETH, starring Carrie Preston; the world's #1 TV franchise, NCIS; and #1 news program 60 MINUTES.

"This is another CBS primetime schedule that will break through the clutter and entertain a mass audience," said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment. "We're grateful to the creative talent who deliver the characters and stories, as well as the viewers who spend nights, seasons and years with them."

In addition to CBS' new and returning top series, the Network's year-round schedule of original programming also features annual high-profile events, including the return of the GRAMMY Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the Tony Awards, the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, New Year's Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash and the recently announced American Music Awards.

Fast forwarding one year into the future, the Network also ordered its first new series for the 2025-26 broadcasting season - the drama series SHERIFF COUNTRY, starring Morena Baccarin, an extension of the FIRE COUNTRY universe.

The following is the new 2024-2025 schedule:

MONDAY
- 8p: The Neighborhood
- 8:30p: POPPA'S HOUSE (new)
- 9p: NCIS
- 10p: NCIS: ORIGINS (new)

TUESDAYS
- 8p: FBI
- 9p: FBI: International
- 10p: FBI: Most Wanted

WEDNESDAYS FALL
- 8p: Survivor
- 9:30p: THE SUMMIT (new)

WEDNESDAYS WINTER
- 8p: The Price Is Right at Night
- 9p: Raid the Cage
- 10p: HOLLYWOOD SQUARES (new)

WEDNESDAYS SPRING
- 8p: Survivor
- 9:30p: The Amazing Race


THURSDAYS
- 8p: GEORGIE & MANDY'S FIRST MARRIAGE (new)
- 8:30p: Ghosts
- 9p: MATLOCK (new)
- 10p: Elsbeth (new)

FRIDAYS FALL
- 8p: SWAT
- 9p: Fire Country
- 10p: Blue Bloods (final season)
FRIDAYS SPRING
- 8p: NCIS: Sydney
- 9p: Fire Country
- 10p: SWAT

SATURDAYS
- 8p: Encores
- 10p: 48 Hours

SUNDAY FALL
- 7p: 60 Minutes
- 8p: Tracker
- 9p: The Equalizer
- 10p: Encores
SUNDAY SPRING
- 7p: 60 Minutes
- 8p: Tracker
- 9p: The Equalizer
- 10p: WATSON (new)

About the new series...

- THE SUMMIT (Wednesdays fall): THE SUMMIT, hosted by Manu Bennett, follows 16 strangers embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the treacherous New Zealand Alps in an attempt to reach the peak of a distant, towering mountain. With their backpacks containing an equal share of $1 million, the group must traverse an exhausting distance in just 14 days in order to win the cash they are carrying. But not everyone will make it, as these strangers must work together to tackle the dangerous terrain, unforgiving Antarctic winds, heart-pounding challenges and gut-wrenching eliminations on their way to the peak. Tracking them along this journey is the "Mountain's Keeper" who will surprise the trekkers with brutal twists and force decisions that complicate an already grueling ascent. Morals and relationships will be tested when they must decide what to do if someone falls behind - because if the group fails to reach THE SUMMIT in time, all the prize money will be lost. THE SUMMIT is produced by Endemol Shine North America. Kevin Lee, Tina Nicotera and Endemol Shine North America's Sharon Levy and Michael Heyerman are executive producers. The series is based on a format by Endemol Shine Australia and Nine.

- HOLLYWOOD SQUARES (Wednesdays winter): HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, starring Drew Barrymore, is a classic game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. The "board" for the game is a vertical stack of open-faced cubes, each occupied by a celebrity seated at a desk and facing the contestants. The celebrities are asked questions and the contestants judge the legitimacy of their answers to win the game. Award-winning actress and talk show host Drew Barrymore will take her place as the famed "center square" answering questions for the contestants. HOLLYWOOD SQUARES is produced by Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment and Drew Barrymore and Flower Films. The original show aired on NBC in the 1960s. The series piloted in 1965 and debuted in its entirety on the same network in 1966, with reboots airing in syndication (1986-1989, 1998-2004).

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posted 5/3/2024

THURSDAY: The Beginning of the End
CBS Wins Night, Ties for the Demo
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Young Sheldon was Thursday's most-watched program and landed in a three-way tie for the nightly demo win.

Young Sheldon (with 7.2 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating) was up in both measures, Ghosts (6 mil/0.5) was steady with its Season 2 finale, So Help Me Todd (4.2 mil/0.3) dropped some eyeballs, and Elsbeth (4.2 mil/0.3) rose in the demo.

NBC's Law & Order (3.8 mil/0.3), SVU (4.3 mil/0.4) and Organized Crime (2.6 mil/0.2) were all down.

ABC's 9-1-1 (4.3 mil/0.5), Grey's Anatomy (2.9 mil/0.4) and Station 19 (2.2 mil/0.2) all dipped.

Fox's Next Level Chef (1.7 mil/0.3) and Farmer Wants a Wife (1.9 mil/0.2) were both steady.

The CW's Patti Stanger: Matchmaker (320K) lost some viewers, while Lovers and Liars (170K) added some.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 483k/0.07
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 387k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 376k/0.05
- Split Second (GSN): 327k/0.04
- Switch (GSN): 311k/0.03

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posted 5/3/2024


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WEDNESDAY: Tough Crowd
NBC's One Chicago Wins Totals, CBS' Survivor Wins Demo
From Variety

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Chicago Fire was Wednesday's most-watched show, while CBS' Survivor dominated the night in the demo.

Back from another multi-week break, Chicago Med (with 5.6 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating) was down across the board, Chicago Fire (6.1 mil/0.4) was steady and Chicago P.D. (5 mil/0.4) added eyeballs.

Survivor (4.8 mil/0.8) and The Amazing Race (2.7 mil/0.4) both rose in the demo.

On ABC, Jeopardy! Masters scored series lows (4.2 mil/0.4) with its Season 2 premiere. Enjoying a better lead-in, Abbott Elementary (2.5 mil/0.4) rose to its best Wednesday audience since Feb. 14 and ticked up in the demo, though - The Conners (2.2 mil/0.3) plunged to a season low in audience. The show has been reportedly picked up for an abbrieviated seventh-and-final.

Fox's The Masked Singer (3 mil/0.4) and Animal Control (1.2 mil/0.2) each lost some viewers.

The CW's Walker (455K) was down in audience, but Sight Unseen (369K) was up.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 582k/0.09
- Supermarket Stakeout (SP/Food): 401k/0.09
- Switch (GSN): 399k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 367k/0.04
- Split Second (GSN): 331k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 315k/0.04

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A Semi-Homemade Comeback
Sandra Lee to Host "Dinner Budget Showdown" May 2
From the Hollywood Reporter

A Monday afternoon FaceTime with Sandra Lee quickly turns into a shopping intervention. Anybody who wants to lower their grocery bill, says the Semi-Homemade Cooking host, needs a Costco membership and an affinity for Trader Joe's. When I counter that the crowds at the latter are a real turn-off, she's having none of it. "You just have to get up early and go when they open," she instructs. "Same with Costco."

We are speaking on the occasion of her new series, Roku's Dinner Budget Showdown (out May 3). It's her first fully fledged TV show since Sandra's Money Saving Meals ended in 2012 when Lee turned her attention to working alongside then-partner and then-Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo. But this return for Lee, long an evangelist of stretching a dollar in the kitchen, seemed inevitable. Recent headlines about skyrocketing grocery costs are like the Bat-Signal for Lee. And while this show is new ground for her, blending cooking instruction with competition, she insists that her mission has always been the same.

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posted 5/3/2024

The BBC Is Getting Sneaky
British Version of Japanese "Koso Koso" Piloted
From the British Comedy Guide

The BBC is piloting Sneaky Sneaky, a primetime comedy game show featuring celebrities pranking unsuspecting contestants, British Comedy Guide reports.

Developed for BBC One and international audiences, the hour-long family show features five celebrity "secret agents" sneakily playing tricks on members of the public to win them a cash prize.

The contestants believe they are taking part in a reality show, unaware of hidden cameras and the celebrity agents observing their every move. The agents must complete ridiculous missions without arousing suspicion to win money for the oblivious contestants. Once the missions have ended and the contestants discover the truth, they face a final challenge to take home the money.

A co-production between BBC Studios and Japan's Nippon TV, Sneaky Sneaky is an adaptation of Koso Koso, which aired on the Japanese commercial channel in June. Koso Koso featured missions such as Supermarket Sneak, in which the agents tried to hit targets on the players' backs while they browsed shopping aisles and Night Mission, where the agents undertook tasks while trying not to wake the sleeping contestants. The pilot attracted a 24.9% viewership share of 13-49-year-olds on Japanese television.

Details of Nippon partnering with BBC Studios and the Asian-focused content creating company Empire Of Arkadia to develop a British version of Koso Koso were announced in October. But production is only now underway on the BBC One pilot, with the host's identity yet to emerge.

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posted 5/3/2024

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  • Drew Carey a hunter for hire with no plans to retire and all the sucka MCs can call him sire (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Sara Haines is hoping that The Chase will be on soon (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Padma Lakshmi and her Gold Gala Menu (Variety)

posted 5/3/2024


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More on "The 1% Club"
American Version Premieres May on Prime, June on Fox
From the Futon Critic

The 1% Club has its premiere date. Episodes of the new game show will first be released on Prime Video and then, they'll air on FOX. The outlets announced the release dates for the series with a trailer.

The 1% Club is a unique, compelling and funny game show that tests the nation's intelligence, based on a scientific survey. This entertainment format is not about what you learned at school or your ability to memorize facts.

Hosted by Emmy and Grammy-winning stand-up comedian, actor and writer Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs, Ratatouille) the show is a chance to test how your brain works through a series of questions that all have a right answer but can also lead to a series of entertaining wrong answers along the way.

Whether you're a contestant vying for the cash prize or a viewer playing with your friends and family, answer enough questions correctly, and you could earn yourself a place in the 1% Club: an elite group of people who can honestly say they've outwitted 99% of the population.

The series based on the hit international format, produced by BBC Studios' Los Angeles Productions and Magnum Media, will premiere Monday, June 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX following its debut on Prime Video in the U.S. and Canada on May 23.

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posted 5/2/2024

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