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LESLIE GRANTHAM: 1947-2018
Fort Boyard's Titular Lord
From The New York Times

Leslie Grantham, who became a star on British television in the 1980s as the archvillain Dirty Den Watts on the hit soap opera "EastEnders," died on Friday. He was 71.

His management company, Advocate Agency, announced the death but did not say where he died or disclose the cause.

"EastEnders," which made its debut in 1985 and is still on the air, chronicles life in the fictional working-class London neighborhood of Walford. Mr. Grantham's unscrupulous, adulterous character ran a pub with his wife, Angie, and their tempestuous relationship was central to many of the show's most dramatic plots. The show has also appeared on public television and BBC America in the United States.

Half of Britain's population, some 30 million people, watched a 1986 Christmas episode in which Den handed his wife divorce papers with the words "Happy Christmas, Ange."

"Everyone thought Den was a lovable rogue," Mr. Grantham later said. "He wasn't evil, he was just Jack the lad."

Mr. Grantham left the show in 1989, when his character was shot and apparently killed, but Den was resurrected in 2003. He was shot and killed by his second onscreen wife in 2005.

Born in London on April 30, 1947, Mr. Grantham joined the British army as a teenager. In 1967, while stationed in Germany, he was convicted of killing a taxi driver during a robbery attempt. He served a decade in prison, and while there became interested in acting. He had a few small television parts before auditioning for "EastEnders."

In 2004 Mr. Grantham was ensnared in a scandal after taking part in webcam sex sessions from his "EastEnders" dressing room with an undercover reporter. He left the show soon afterward.

Mr. Grantham also performed onstage, hosted a TV game show, "Fort Boyard", wrote a children's novel and appeared in a television series in Bulgaria.

His survivors include three sons. His marriage to Jane Laurie ended in divorce.

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Deadline
Newsday

posted 6/15/18

THURSDAY: Repeats Power the Night
CBS Comedies, ABC Games, "The Four" Win Demo
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.705 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday with its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.088 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1), "Young Sheldon" (5.835 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1), "Mom" (5.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.942 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "SWAT" (3.663 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

ABC (3.499 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its own second run mix of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.061 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.671 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.767 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was FOX (2.160 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) with week two of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (1.880 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (2.439 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.605 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the return of "Little Big Shots" (5.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Marlon" (2.957 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) followed by another "Marlon" (2.426 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.479 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

And finally, encores of "Supernatural" (0.775 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "Black Lightning" (0.606 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) on The CW (0.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.210m
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 857k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 761k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 374k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/14/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Final Thought"

  • Marc Summers reveals what's in the slime (The Daily Meal)

  • Howie Mandel still doesn't remember Meghan Markle (The Toronto Star)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: This Twitter account has the best wrong answers on Wheel (The AV Club)

  • Jerry Springer ends production on his talker (WVXU Cincinnati)

  • Pat Sajak dials M for murder (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

  • Val Chmerkovskiy pops the question to Jenna Johnson (Reality TV World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Two people fell in love and now they're very nearly almost about to get engaged to be married (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with GSN's Mark Feldman (Cablefax)

posted 6/15/18

WEDNESDAY: Fox Rules in "Hell"
Gordon Ramsay Night Takes Demo, CBS Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.745 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the demo competition last night thanks to a new "MasterChef" (3.822 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and the premiere of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back" (3.669 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1).

NBC (4.196 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with the Monday-bound "American Ninja Warrior" (5.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and a new "Reverie" (2.376 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was ABC (2.477 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.050 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), another "The Goldbergs" (2.630 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Modern Family" (2.499 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "American Housewife" (2.257 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Shark Tank" (2.212 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.762 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "Bull" (4.405 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "SEAL Team" (3.799 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) plus a new "Code Black" (6.083 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (0.633 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and a new "The Originals" (0.843 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.738 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 945k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 290k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/14/18

Netflix Gets a Sugar Rush
Hunter March to Host Baking Competition
From Eater

As part of its ongoing effort to bring more reality programming to the masses, today Netflix announces the production of a new cooking competition show called Sugar Rush.

The series will feature bakers making desserts against the clock for judges Adriano Zumbo (of the Australian TV show Zumbo's Just Desserts) and Candace Nelson (the proprietor of LA-based cupcake chain Sprinkles).

This eight-episode series will be hosted by Game Show Network veteran Hunter March, and it's being produced by Magical Elves, the team that makes Top Chef, among other reality series.

Eater
The Wrap
The Hollywood Reporter
Food & Wine

posted 6/14/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Liar Lies"

  • Lincoln Adim apparently lied to the producers to get on the show (TMZ)

  • Nene Leakes' husband diagnosed with cancer (Reality TV World)

  • Ellen DeGeneres heads back on the road (Broadway World)

  • BTS: delayed gratification at "Double Dare" (UPROXX)

posted 6/14/18

VH1 Drags On with RuPaul
Reality Competition Renewed
From The Futon Critic

VH1 is Ru-warding Drag Race for its most-watched season yet with — what else — another season!

Television's fishiest reality competition series will return for Season 11, after averaging 1.2 million total viewers per episode in its current tenth outing.

"After 10 sickening seasons, the Drag Race phenomenon is just getting started," executive producer and host RuPaul Charles said in a statement. "I want to thank VH1 for providing this amazing platform for a whole new generation of super talented drag queens."

And because RuPaul's Drag Race is only part of the experience, VH1 has also renewed Untucked — Drag Race's half-hour behind-the-scenes after show — for an additional season.

Four queens — Eureka, Aquaria, Asia O'Hara and Kameron Michaels — remain in the competition, and Thursday's episode (VH1, 8/7c) will feature a fierce battle for the season's final three slots as the contestants write and perform their own verses in RuPaul's "American."

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 6/13/18

TUESDAY: Clean Sweep
NBC Owns Tuesday
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.562 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) eclipsed the competition on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (11.266 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "World of Dance" (6.155 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

FOX (1.967 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant second with fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (2.288 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "Love Connection" (1.647 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.104 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its mix of "NCIS" (5.952 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Bull" (4.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.363 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.428 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (2.907 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4), another "The Middle" (2.339 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Black-ish" (2.000 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "Black-ish" (2.004 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and the premiere of "The Last Defense" (2.658 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.121 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "The 100" (1.009 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (1.065 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.129m
- Chopped (Food): 1.100m
- Face Off (Syfy): 538k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars - 10p (SF/MTV): 524k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/13/18

Hometown Grilling
"Chopped Grill Masters" Returns This Summer
From The Futon Critic

Grill masters from four popular barbecue regions across the country are entering the Chopped kitchen for a fiery new season of Chopped Grill Masters, premiering Tuesday, July 31st at 9:00pm ET/PT on Food Network. Over five episodes, four top-notch grill masters from Kansas City, Missouri; North Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; and Texas compete for a cash prize and hometown bragging rights. Hosted by Ted Allen, and featuring a rotating panel of Chopped and special guest judges, including Moe Cason, Scott Conant, Melissa Cookston, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Elizabeth Karmel, Myron Mixon, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos, Ernest Servantes and Geoffrey Zakarian, each regional episode challenges the grill masters to showcase their skills over three rounds - appetizer, entrée and dessert - as they utilize the mystery basket of ingredients to create unique and delicious dishes that will wow the judges; each episode will also include a hometown specialty in one of the baskets, giving the competitors the opportunity to really bring the competition home.

The winner from each regional heat will go on to compete in the finale on Tuesday, August 28th at 9pm ET/PT for the $50,000 grand prize. "This season of Chopped Grill Masters is more competitive than ever before," said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. "With a national stage, it isn't just local bragging rights at stake, the chefs need to also bring their absolute best to the Chopped kitchen if they want to win, not only for themselves, but for their home state."

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 6/13/18

Crumbling "Wall"
Hungarian Version "A Failure" According to RTL CEO
From TBI Vision

At the New Europe Market (NEM) in Croatia, RTL Hungary CEO Gabriella Vidus branded the format adaptation of The Wall a "failure" for the channel, after a competitor created a similar local version of the game show.

"We had a huge failure with The Wall, I have to say. Obviously it's happened only in Hungary so far. A competitor has stolen the format and they made a show that's pretty similar," she said.

"What they did was very successful, but it shows you that major formats are not really protected. Nothing has happened other than the format was burned and it is gone. So it's a big lesson for everybody in the market."

The Endemol Shine-owned format has so far been an international hit selling in 24 territories including Australia, Germany, France and Canada.

In Colombia it launched with a 40.2% market share, while in Canada the format attracted a consolidated audience of 1.52 million viewers with a 41.1% share.

TBI Vision

posted 6/13/18

eArena
Cloud9 Teams with Mammoth Media
From eSports Observer

Cloud9 has announced a streaming content partnership with Mammoth Media for the organization's League of Legends academy team. The announcement means that Riot Games is now allowing organizations to stream matches featuring their academy teams, a first for the company.

Cloud9 fans will soon be able to tune into the team's Twitch channel for an exclusive pre-game show, the matches themselves—with casting talent hired by Cloud9—and a post-match wrap-up show featuring Cloud9's Academy Team. During both the pre- and post-match shows, fans will have the chance to win cash prizes by playing esports-themed trivia on Mammoth Media's trivia app, Arena.

In a press release, CEO and co-founder of Cloud9 Esports, Inc. Jack Etienne said, "We're excited to partner with Mammoth Media for our LCS Academy broadcasts. Partnering with Mammoth gives us a new, fun way to engage directly with our fans through trivia matches on Arena."

eSports Observer

posted 6/13/18

Big Brother Arrives Early
CBS All Access to Introduce Houseguests 9 Days Early
From Reality TV World

Big Brother fans don't have to wait for the Season 20 premiere to meet the newest batch of houseguests! Big Brother's 20th edition is set to premiere Wednesday, June 27 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS, but subscribers of the network's CBS All Access streaming service will be able to get a glimpse of the houseguests more than a week sooner.

CBS All Access subscribers will be able to meet the houseguests on Monday, June 18 at 11AM ET/PT, before anyone else, thanks to the Big Brother Live Feeds.

The cast will once again live under the same roof for an entire summer and compete for the $500,000 prize. Fans will be able to stream the Big Brother Live Feeds -- including the introduction to the houseguests on June 18 -- via desktop, smartphone, and a variety of other electronic devices. The footage can also be watched simply on CBS.com.

Reality TV World

posted 6/13/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Will You Accept This Statutory Sentence?"

  • Lincoln Adim convicted of battery (TV Line)

  • Just when you thought it was safe to buy another media giant... in comes Comcast! (Collider)

  • Neil Patrick Harris apologizes to Rachel Bloom for not recognizing... okay, played two of the smartest people in TV history, and you COULDN'T pick this awesome lady out? (TV Line)

  • Kelly Clarkson dropped 37 pounds! Here's how she did it... (Extra)

  • Kuwaiti host Amal Al Awadhi fired over her dress during a Ramadan game show (Stepfeed)

  • Jamie Foxx accused of beating Shazam over someone's face... 16 years ago (TV Guide) - CONTENT WARNING!!!

posted 6/13/18

SYNDIES: Week 37
Results for the Week Ending June 3
From TV Newscheck

The first week following the May sweep was a challenging one for syndication as many shows went into repeats in the session that began with Memorial Day and ended on June 3.

In addition, some programs were preempted by coverage of French Open tennis and Stanley Cup hockey.

In game show action, Family Feud fell 2% to a 6.2, but still topped the 5.6 for both Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, which declined 3% and 2%, respectively.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 -2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.6 -2%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5
. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 6/12/18

MONDAY: "Bachelorette" Gets a Rose
ABC Wins the Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.723 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was back on top on Monday thanks to a new "The Bachelorette" (5.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and a repeat "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.091 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

NBC (2.879 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed the silver with encores of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (2.945 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars Special" (2.846 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

Next up was CBS (4.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "Mom" (4.933 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "Man with a Plan" (4.234 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.647 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and a new "Elementary" (4.313 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.898 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and a repeat "9-1-1" (1.815 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.789 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.004 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.982 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.391 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Best Baker in America (Food): 1.307m
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 839k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/12/18

WEEKEND: Game Time Is Back!
Sunday Fun & Games Win Demos for ABC, Tonys Win for CBS
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.495 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.543 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) alongside the return of "Celebrity Family Feud" (7.367 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "$100,000 Pyramid" (5.846 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "To Tell the Truth" (4.226 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

CBS (6.699 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with "60 Minutes" (7.847 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "The 72nd Annual Tony Awards" (6.316 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Next up was NBC (3.186 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (3.478 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "America's Got Talent" (3.542 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "World of Dance" (2.181 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, FOX (1.286 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the night with its mix of "One Strange Rock" (1.466 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "The Simpsons" (1.314 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Ghosted" (1.190 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Family Guy" (1.163 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Ghosted" (1.119 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

It was recently announced that "Project Runway," was coming back to its original home on Bravo during the NBCUniversal Upfront on May 14. Bravo launched "Project Runway" in 2004 where it continued airing through 2008, and now returns for Season 17. The show joins Bravo's diverse slate of programming and its expansion of seven nights a week of original series in primetime.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (SP/Food): 1.302m
- Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (SF/Food): 1.197m
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 812k
- Iron Chef America (Food): 760k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 638k

On Friday, ABC (11.349 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) swept the competition with its concluding coverage of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.349 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3), "NBA Countdown" (8.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 4" (12.862 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1).

NBC (3.083 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (2.632 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a new "Dateline NBC" (3.986 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4). Next up was CBS (4.495 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "Undercover Boss" (4.432 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) alongside repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (4.227 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (4.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.587 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up a new "Phenoms" (0.702 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and the finale of "Phenoms" (0.472 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

And finally, the season finale of "My Last Days" (0.626 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and a new "Life Sentence" (0.394 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.510 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 958k

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/12/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Paddy Taken Out"

posted 6/7/18


KYTV Springfield

NEAL BOYD: 1976-2018
"America's Got Talent" Champion of Season 3
From TV Line

Opera singer Neal Boyd, who won Season 3 of America's Got Talent, died Sunday of heart failure, kidney failure and liver disease. He was 42.

Boyd's death comes one year after he and his mother were involved in a serious car accident, in which their vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree.

Formerly the co-owner of an insurance agency, Boyd rose to fame on the NBC reality competition's third season, where he shared the emotional story of his impoverished childhood and wowed judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff with his audition performance of "Nessun Dorma".

He went on to win Season 3, earning a $1 million prize and a headlining act in Las Vegas.

His post-Talent career included an album, My American Dream, and performances for multiple U.S. presidents. He also sang Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Boyd briefly dabbled in politics, too: He ran for a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives twice, but was defeated both times.

Boyd died at his mother's house in his hometown of Sikeston, Mo.

TV Line
CNN

USA Today

posted 6/11/18


KNXV Phoenix

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: 1956-2018
Chef, Travel Host Hosted "The Taste"
From TV Line

Chef Anthony Bourdain, best known to TV audiences for his CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, has died at the age of 61. The cause of death was suicide.

CNN first announced Bourdain's death in a statement released Friday morning, which reads, "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."

Bourdain was in France on Friday shooting an upcoming episode of Parts Unknown, which is currently in its 11th season.

He was found unresponsive in his hotel room by his friend, French chef Eric Ripert.

Prior to the Peabody Award-winning Parts Unknown, Bourdain hosted the Food Network's A Cook's Tour and the Travel Channel's No Reservations, for which he earned two Emmy awards.

Before that, he hosted two seasons of "The Taste", a cooking competition for ABC that ran from 2013 to 2015. He also made appeareances on "MasterChef Australia" and "Top Chef".

Tributes have been pouring in from all over the world since the news broke. "MasterChef" & "Hell's Kitchen" host Gordon Ramsay tweeted, "Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123".

Nigella Lawson, his fellow judge on "The Taste", had this to say: "Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain's death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend."

Added "Iron Chef America" host Alton Brown: "I...don't...believe it. I don't and I won't."

President Barack Obama: ""Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer." This is how I'll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We'll miss him."

Ryan Seacrest: "We have lost one of the greatest storytellers in the world Anthony Bourdain. He took us around the world sharing food culture and mostly the connection between people. He will be missed."

Chrissy Teigen: "Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now :("

TV Line
TV Line

Reality TV World
Reality TV World

posted 6/11/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "What's Behind Door #1"

posted 6/7/18

Double Dare: Your First Look
Catch It on Nick June 25!
From Bustle

Ever imagined what every '90s kid's favorite game show might look like in the 21st century? Feel free to leave those theories at the door. Because the first photos of Nickelodeon's Double Dare reboot set have officially graced the internet. And from the looks of them, it seems like the upcoming series is putting a modern spin on the classic kid-friendly game show that rocked the late '80s and early '90s.

So fans of the original series should probably expect to see some throwbacks when the revamped Double Dare kicks off at the end of the month. For those OG Double Dare enthusiasts who watched the show way back when — yes, that bonus round obstacle course will be making a resurgence in 2018.

After scanning through the snapshots of its newly-minted set, the reboot series definitely looks poised to whip out some old haunts, reimagined for the modern-day tween's media-consuming pleasure. Think: Double Dare's arguably iconic obstacle course, that slimy oversized nose-picker (quite literally called "Pick It"), and the enormous human-mouth slide that probably stuck you with at least some mild anxiety during your formative years. (That one, for those who need a memory jog, is Down the Hatch.)

At this point, exactly how Double Dare's classic staples will fare on the contemporary Nickelodeon stage is anyone's guess. But if these ultra-sleek snapshots of the refurbished Double Dare set are any indication, it sure looks like contestants are in for their fair share of icky physical trials. Not surprising, since that's basically what the game show is famous for in the first place. Fittingly, the rebooted set looks a lot like the original, except a little shinier and ostensibly a little more high-tech. Which, in the world of Double Dare, probably translates to something along the lines of "a whole lot grosser."

Bustle
Buzzfeed

posted 6/8/18

Project Reboot
Magical Elves to Produce New Season of "Project Runway"
From The Futon Critic

Magical Elves, the production company behind Bravo Media's Emmy Award-winning "Top Chef," has been tapped to return as the producers of Bravo's "Project Runway," it was announced today by Shari Levine, Executive Vice President, Current Production, Bravo.

Magical Elves produced the first five groundbreaking seasons of "Project Runway" on Bravo. Pre-production has already begun and the series will premiere in 2019.

"'Project Runway' has truly come full circle with the Magical Elves on board," said Levine, "Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth have been incredible producing partners with us through the years on multiple fronts. We blazed a trail with the first seasons of 'Project Runway' on Bravo, and now look forward to beginning the next evolution of the franchise with the team that was so instrumental in developing the format."

"We could not be more thrilled to return as the producers of Project Runway," says Dan Cutforth, Co-Founder, Magical Elves, "We built the series from the ground up with Bravo and it is part of the DNA of our company."

"Dan and I have always loved 'Runway' so much and we can't wait to return to it with a renewed creative energy,"says Jane Lipsitz, Co-Founder, Magical Elves, "We are really excited to reflect some of the incredible changes that have happened in the fashion world since we last produced the series."

It was recently announced that "Project Runway," was coming back to its original home on Bravo during the NBCUniversal Upfront on May 14. Bravo launched "Project Runway" in 2004 where it continued airing through 2008, and now returns for Season 17. The show joins Bravo's diverse slate of programming and its expansion of seven nights a week of original series in primetime.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/8/18

THURSDAY: ALL CAPS
NBC Wins on Stanley Cup Final; "The Four" Returns Low
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.019 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and the Washington Capitals were the big winners on Thursday with the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 5" (6.019 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

ABC (4.705 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with repeats of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.888 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.715 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.512 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.899 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.555 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Young Sheldon" (6.196 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Mom" (5.080 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Life in Pieces" (3.954 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) and "SWAT" (3.805 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) served up the return of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (2.205 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (2.653 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, second runs of "Supernatural" (0.837 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Black Lightning" (0.676 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) on The CW (0.756 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 946k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 852k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 631k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/8/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Ninja Flip"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Ninja Warrior" to close Mondays instead of lead them off (The Futon Critic)

  • Garret Yrigorien apologizes for his activity on Instagram. Because of course he does. (Reality TV World)

  • Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood clean up at CMTs (Reality TV World)

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY: "Double Dare" and Alex's moustache (Decider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Lauren Bushnell (Reality TV World)

posted 6/7/18

WEDNESDAY: Ninja! Warriors!
ABC Wins on NBA Finals
From The Futon Critic

ABC (12.312 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1) dominated the competition on Wednesday with its primetime coverage of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.046 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T2), "NBA Countdown" (7.981 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T2) and "NBA Finals, Game 3" (14.211 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

NBC (4.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was a distant second with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.143 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Reverie" (2.232 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with week two of "MasterChef" (3.246 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and a second "MasterChef" (3.243 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.353 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "SEAL Team" (3.825 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), another "SEAL Team" (3.596 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a new "Code Black" (5.638 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (0.782 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "The Originals" (0.748 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.764 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 831k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 248k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 183k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/7/18

MGM to Bring Back Eco-Challenge?
Mark Burnett, Bear Grylls in Talks
From The Wrap

Mark Burnett has enlisted Bear Grylls for a revival of the outdoor adventure series "Eco-Challenge" from MGM Television.

The reality competition series, which first ran for 10 seasons beginning in 1995, featured teams of four racing 24 hours a day over a rugged 300-mile multi-country course using skills including mountaineering, horseback riding, sea kayaking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, camel riding and canyoneering.

Burnett and Grylls' will executive produce the new series, along with Grylls's producing partner Delbert Shoopman and Burnett's adventure production team of Lisa Hennessy, Scott Flavelle and Kevin Hodder.

"The most asked question in my entire career is 'will you ever bring back Eco-Challenge?' and I'd always known we needed the correct authentic figure head to lead us forward effectively," Burnett said in a statement. "Bear Grylls is that leader. He's tough, he's smart and he's extremely capable in both the wilderness and in the boardroom. He's my friend and I couldn't be happier and I'd gladly follow him."

The Wrap

posted 6/7/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Parallel World"

  • Derek Hough hosts a "World of Dance" masterclass (The Futon Critic)

  • Richard Ayoade teams with Wallace & Gromit's charity plea (Bristol Live)

  • Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood clean up at CMTs (Reality TV World)

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY: "Double Dare" and Alex's moustache (Decider)

posted 6/7/18

The Challenge Trilogy's Epic Conclusion: July 10
MTV Slots "Final Reckoning"
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced that "The Challenge: Final Reckoning" will premiere on Tuesday, July 10 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT. "Final Reckoning" marks the conclusion of the series trilogy, which kicked off with "XXX: Dirty 30" followed by "Vendettas."

"The Challenge" franchise is the #1 unscripted cable series on Tuesdays and is a top 10 unscripted property on all of cable (L3).

The newest installation travels players to South Africa to face the consequences of their actions from the past two seasons. All of the recent betrayals, regrets and wrongdoings will rise to the surface as the competitors pair-off for their fiercest vendetta yet. Will they be able to put aside their issues, settle the score and work together to take home the $1 million prize?

The Futon Critic

posted 6/6/18

SYNDIES: And the Season Goes To....
Results for the 2017-2018 Regular Season
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy, which has been syndication's highest rated show in every May sweep since 2010, to the surprise of no one has once again been the dominant program in the May 2018 sweep (April 26-May 23), the results of which were released today.

Judy was the sweep's most-watched show with more than 9.9 million daily viewers, and one of only two court strips to improve from last year at this time in the national ratings, growing 3% to a stellar 7.1 live-plus-same-day sweep average, its second-strongest May performance since 2014. And Judy's winning margin over the next highest-rated syndicated strip was the widest it's been in eight years.

The runner up to Judy in the sweep was game show leader Family Feud at a 6.2 average.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the last year's May sweep; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from last year's May sweep; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 -2%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 +4%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NA

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 6/6/18

TUESDAY: America's Got a Sweep
NBC Owns the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.600 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) cruised to victory on Tuesday with week two of "America's Got Talent" (11.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "World of Dance" (6.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

CBS (5.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "NCIS" (5.732 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bull" (5.383 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.601 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.875 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.118 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "Love Connection" (1.632 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.170 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) was all repeats with "The Middle" (2.821 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "The Middle" (2.482 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.052 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), another "Black-ish" (1.954 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Splitting Up Together" (1.866 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and another "Splitting Up Together" (1.848 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.806 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and a new "The 100" (0.943 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.874 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.105m
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.101m
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 494k
- Face Off (SP/Syfy): 490k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/6/18

Why.
USA to Reboot "Temptation Island". Again. Why.
From Deadline

USA Network is in advanced negotiations for Temptation Island, a revival of the 2001 Fox reality series, Deadline reports.

Banijay Group CEO Marco Bassetti announced the upcoming U.S. reboot this morning during a keynote at the Reelscreen West 2018 confab without revealing a network. Reps for USA and Banijay declined comment.

The original Temptation Island, based on an European format, was hosted by Mark L. Walberg and ran on Fox for three seasons. It featured four couples who get separated when they arrive at an exotic island location, with the four guys living in one section with a dozen female models, and the four women residing in another section with a dozen attractive men.

The show courted controversy from the start, with one of the original couples removed from the show when the producers learned that the pair had children together.

The first season was a breakout ratings juggernaut for Fox and an instant pop culture phenom but the numbers dropped in Seasons 2 and 3. There are no details about the Temptation Island reboot but one could expect the concept to be updated for the #metoo era.

Deadline

posted 6/6/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Slime"

posted 6/6/18

Guess What's Back on Sunday!
Here's Your Season Premiere of Sunday Fun & Games!
From ABC PR

ABC's "Sunday Fun & Games" returns Sunday, June 10 beginning at 8|7c. Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid and To Tell the Truth are back with new celebrities and fun for the whole family this summer. Steve Harvey, Michael Strahan and Anthony Anderson are back as hosts for each of their respective shows. So let the games begin! Yes, three of America's favorite game shows are back when ABC's "Fun & Games" returns SUNDAY, JUNE 10 (8:00–11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Celebrity Family Feud (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT): Hosted by television personality and best-selling author Steve Harvey, Celebrity Family Feud returns for its fourth season on ABC. A celebrity version of Family Feud, the 10-episode series will feature celebrity families and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, competing against each other to have fun and win money for charity. Celebrity family teams that will be playing for charity this season include the following: Team Kardashian vs. Team West, Steph Curry vs. Chris Paul, Ice T & Coco vs. Vivica A. Fox, Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott vs. Amber Riley, Team Grey's Anatomy vs. Team Station 19, Team NBA on TNT vs. Team MLB All-Stars, and Laurie Hernandez vs. Shawn Johnson, amongst others.

The $100,000 Pyramid (9:00 – 10:00 p.m. EDT): Hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, The $100,000 Pyramid is the timeless word association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winners' circle and take home $100,000.

To Tell the Truth (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT): Hosted by the star of ABC's hit comedy black-ish, Anthony Anderson, To Tell the Truth is a funny re-imagination of the beloved game show that first aired in 1956. This version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture. Anderson's mother, Mama Doris, is also part of the fun as a commentator. In each round, the panel is presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is sworn to tell the truth while the other two use every trick they can to deceive the panel. The panel of celebrities has a chance to grill each participant before taking turns deciding who they think is telling the truth..

ABC PR

posted 6/5/18

MONDAY: Stanley Cup Turn Up
NBC, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.715 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday with its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4" (4.715 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

ABC (4.868 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) however was the most-watched network with a new "The Bachelorette" (5.781 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and the Saturday-bound "The Crossing" (3.041 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.369 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with repeats of "Mom" (4.532 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (4.171 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a new "Elementary" (4.371 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.775 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) served up the return of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.211 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) alongside a repeat "9-1-1" (2.339 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, a new "Supergirl" (1.850 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), the season premiere of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.135 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.278 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) on The CW (1.528 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Best Baker in America (Food): 1.450k
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 725k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/5/18

WEEKEND: A Night of Encores
CBS, ABC Tie for Friday
From Broadway World

CBS (5.051 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the most-watched broadcaster on Friday thanks to a new "Undercover Boss" (4.818 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (4.838 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (5.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

ABC (3.231 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) then was the silver overall draw with a new "Quantico" (3.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.797 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "20/20" (3.862 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1).

Next up was NBC (2.769 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with an encore "American Ninja Warrior" (2.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and a new "Dateline NBC" (2.734 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a rebroadcast of "Love Connection" (1.376 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) plus week two of "Phenoms" (0.642 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

And finally, originals from "My Last Days" (0.648 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Life Sentence" (0.460 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) on The CW (0.554 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 1.009m

On cable Sunday...
- Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (Food): 1.312m
- Iron Chef America (Food): 885k
- Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker's Wild (TBS): 783k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 527k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/5/18


KTVU

KATE SPADE: 1962-2018
Fashion Designer Featured on "Project Runway"
From ABC News

Fashion designer Kate Spade -- who started her namesake company in 1993 and grew it into a massive empire including clothes, jewelry, perfume and furniture -- was found dead in her New York City apartment Tuesday morning after apparently taking her own life, police sources said.

The 55-year-old's body was found around 10 a.m. at her Park Avenue apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan by a housekeeper, the sources said.

She apparently hanged herself on her bedroom doorknob using a scarf. A suicide note was left at the scene, but police officials declined to disclose its contents.

"The contents of that note, as well as the physical state of the apartment and the comments of the witness, lend to the credibility that it is an apparent suicide," said Dermot Shea, chief of detectives for the New York City Police Department.

Spade's former company issued a statement saying her death was "incredibly sad news."

"Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand," the company's statement reads. "Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time."

Spade's products have been featured on "The Price Is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal". Spade herself was a guest judge on "Project Runway".

Spade and her husband, the brother of actor and comedian David Spade, have a 13-year-old daughter.

ABC News
Kansas City Star

CNN
New York Daily News

posted 6/5/18

Don't Make Them Angry...
Angry Birds to Get a Game Show Adaptation?
From TBI Vision

Big Fish Entertainment is partnering with Rovio Entertainment to bring hit mobile game Angry Birds to TV as a live-action game show.

In Angry Birds Challenge (WT), participants will team up to complete super-sized obstacle courses as quickly as possible to save the most eggs and win.

Combating a variety of surprise hurdles – including the original game's green "bad piggies" – the obstacles are designed to test participants' teamwork as they collect "bird ammo," eliminate guard towers and race to reach "the castle tower" to save as many eggs as possible.

Big Fish president Dan Cesareo and chief creative officer Lucilla D'Agostino serve as executive producers, as well as Jeff Bennett (The Wall) and Joe Lawson, head of content licensing for Rovio.

TBI Vision

posted 6/5/18

Kitchen Stadium Heads to Canada
Iron Chef Canada Coming Fall 2019
From the National Post

Canada is getting its own version of the popular cooking competition series "Iron Chef."

Corus Entertainment says "Iron Chef Canada" will premiere in fall 2019 on Food Network Canada with contestants from across the country.

Like the original series, the show will see the chefs preparing five dishes in one hour using a featured "secret ingredient." "Iron Chef Canada" is part of Corus's newly announced 2018-2019 lineup.

The National Post

posted 6/5/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "I'm a Motherfather Stargirl"

  • Grace Vanderwaal graduate to Stargirl (Deadline)

  • Stand Up 2 Cancer returns September 7 (The Futon Critic)

  • "Dus Ka Dum" a big hit... in the UK (Biz Asia)

  • Ainsley Harriott has grown tired of shows that require you to vote out someone. He was voted out a while ago, we thought (Konbini)

  • Jamie Foxx recalls not getting any college parts because of his race (People)

  • BTS: What's a taping of "The Joker's Wild" like? (B&C)

posted 6/5/18

"Face" Offed
Final Season for Syfy's Hit Competition Premieres Tomorrow
From Reality Blurred

Syfy has cancelled Face Off, which will air one final season starting June 5. It's called Face Off: Battle Royale, and it's another all-star season, just like season 11.

The show's production is not going away quietly. Host McKenzie Westmore posted this to Instagram:

"It is with a great deal of sadness and disappointment that we report #Syfy has decided #season13 will be the final season of #FaceOff. This show means the world to us at Mission Control, and we appreciate the loyal and passionate support of our viewers more than we can possibly say. Thank you to all of the artists for bravely sharing their talent with the world, the amazing models, McKenzie, Glenn, Ve, Neville, Patrick, Lois, Michael Westmore, Derek, Mary, Peter and everyone else associated with the show. It's been an incredible run. #FaceOff returns June 5th for its final season."

The show's production company, Mission Control Media, has been retweeting #SaveFaceOff posts, and Westmore encourages people to sign a petition to save the series.

Reality Blurred
Horror Society
TV Insider

posted 6/4/18

ABC Gets in a "Food Fight" with Ayesha Curry
"Family Food Fight" Gets Greenlit
From the Futon Critic

ABC announced today that the network has picked up the culinary competition series "Family Food Fight," based on Australia's hit format. Hosted by restaurateur, food maven and NY Times best-selling cookbook author Ayesha Curry, the eight-episode competition series will feature eight families from across the country sharing a common kitchen and a common goal: to claim the title of America's No. 1 Food Family.

Family teams will pull out their best culinary moves in the kitchen, serving up authentic family dishes and drama. Tapping into each family's uniquely diverse cultural heritage, along with their countless culinary influences, "Family Food Fight" will take homestyle cooking to a new level as family recipes rich in tradition and shared over generations are put on display. Rather than five-star restaurant cuisine, the show will focus on relatable, yet aspirational, home-cooked meals, inspiring budding home cooks across the nation to don their aprons and get into the kitchen together. With a mix of fast-paced cooking fun, heaping helpings of good humor and healthy rivalries, everyone will cook their hearts out as they strive to impress a panel of culinary experts including host and judge, Curry. Despite everyone's delectable dishes, only one family will claim the coveted title of America's No. 1 Food Family and take home the $100,000 prize.

An airdate and additional judges to be announced at a later date. For information on how you can appear on the show, visit familyfoodfightcasting.com.

Produced by Endemol Shine North America, "Family Food Fight" was created by Endemol Shine Australia with Nine in Australia and was recently renewed for a second season. Curry, Robert Flutie and Shab Azma are serving as executive producers through Yardie Girl Productions; and DJ Nurre, Georgie Hurford-Jones and Faye Stapleton are serving as executive producers for Endemol Shine North America.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/18


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ROBERT MANDAN: 1932-2018
"Soap" Star a 70s, 80s Game Show Player
From the Hollywood Reporter

Robert Mandan, the veteran television actor who starred as Chester Tate, the philandering husband of Katherine Helmond's character, on the ABC daytime-serial spoof Soap, has died. He was 86.

Mandan died April 29 in Los Angeles after a long illness, his friend, playwright and screenwriter Gary Goldstein, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Mandan starred in Goldstein's first play, Just Men, at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood in 1996.

Mandan, who often played suits and white-collar types during his long career, also portrayed the wealthy investment banker James Bradford at the end of ABC's Three's Company and on its 1984-85 spinoff, Three's a Crowd. Mandan also was the bombastic Col. Lawrence Fielding on the CBS adaptation of Private Benjamin, and his doctor character married Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae) on NBC's The Facts of Life and whisked her away to the Peace Corps.

Mandan had worked on such soap operas as The Edge of Night, From These Roots and Search for Tomorrow when he was hired to play Chester, a conniving Wall Street stock broker, on Soap.

Susan Harris created the sitcom, which aired for four seasons, from 1977-81, and spawned the Robert Guillaume-starring Benson. The show, always a critical darling, was a top 10 hit in its first season but suffered in the ratings as it was moved around the schedule.

Mandan made time to feature in several game shows of the 1970s & 1980s including "Family Feud", "Super Password", "Dance Fever", "Match Game", and "Pyramid".

Jason Huhn & Doug Morris contributed to this report.

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline

TV Line

posted 6/4/18

Grant's Game of Games
Grant Denyer to Host Australian Version
From Starts at 60

Nearly a month after Family Feud was pulled off air, Gold Logie nominee Grant Denyer has bounced back with a shiny new gig with Network Ten.

Denyer will host Game of Games, a family entertainment series based on the US show of the same name. The US version of the show is currently hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and includes a combination of quiz and activity games.

Commenting on his new gig, Denyer said: "Ellen is an idol of mine, so to land this opportunity makes me so excited I'm dizzy!

"It's wildly fun and something completely brand new and different for Australia. I can't wait to step on set and run amuck with this."

Reality Blurred
Hit.com.au
The Herald-Sun

posted 6/4/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!"

posted 6/4/18

THURSDAY: Warriors, 1-0
ABC Wins on Game Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (12.038 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1) eclipsed the competition on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.613 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.192 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (13.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

NBC (4.427 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with encores of Tuesday's "America's Got Talent" (5.056 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "World of Dance" (3.169 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was CBS (5.068 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.667 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Young Sheldon" (6.577 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Mom" (5.372 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Life in Pieces" (4.041 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "SWAT" (3.877 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) also opted for second runs of "MasterChef" (1.907 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Beat Shazam" (1.612 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.798 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Black Lightning" (0.595 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.696 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.034m
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 888k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/1/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Totally A Work"

posted 6/1/18


Intermedia Labs

The Greatest Two Words in Quizzing This Week? GAME SEVEN
A Series That Goes the Distance Could Mean Up to $2.1 Million Total Prize Pool on HQ
From CNET

The Rock gave away a record $300,000 on HQ Trivia. But that's peanuts compared to what's coming to the popular game show app next.

To celebrate the NBA Finals -- which kick off tomorrow -- HQ Trivia will give away $100,000 for Game 1, $200,000 for Game 2, $300,000 for Game 3, a record-breaking $400,000 for Game 4, and you guessed it, $500,000 for Game 5, $600,000 for Game 6, and $700,000 for Game 7.

Assuming the series stretches to seven games, that is.

"The games will also have a themed component, with questions about the teams' home cities, general sports trivia and of course, questions about the great game of basketball itself," an HQ Trivia rep tells CNET.

Though HQ Trivia hosts two games each day, you'll only have a stab at the big new prizes during the evening slot.

Tune in at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET each NBA Finals day if you want a chance to win one.

CNET
USA Today
CNN Money

posted 5/31/18

WEDNESDAY: Get Used to This, Too...
NBC, Fox Split Night with "Ninja Warrior", "MasterChef"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.534 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and FOX (3.611 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) shared the demo crown on Wednesday as the latter served up the season premiere of "MasterChef" (3.436 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and a second "MasterChef" (3.786 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

The Peacock then offered up the return of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.350 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and the premiere of "Reverie" (2.902 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was CBS (5.496 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with a repeat "SEAL Team" (3.978 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) followed by a new "Code Black" (6.285 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and a second "Code Black" (6.225 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.426 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) served up its all-repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.238 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "The Goldbergs" (2.742 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.379 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.185 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), another "Modern Family" (2.097 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and another "American Housewife" (1.916 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with a repeat "Supergirl" (0.808 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and a new "The Originals" (0.835 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 795k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 275k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/31/18

TUESDAY: Get Used to Seeing This
NBC Wins, and It Isn't Even Close
From The Futon Critic

NBC (10.430 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) eclipsed the competition on Tuesday thanks to the return of "America's Got Talent" (12.061 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "World of Dance" (7.170 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

FOX (2.101 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with the sophomore premieres of "Beat Shazam" (2.425 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "Love Connection" (1.778 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.207 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.164 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Bull" (5.119 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a new "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.338 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.232 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.325 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "The Middle" (2.569 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.103 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), another "Black-ish" (1.908 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Splitting Up Together" (1.745 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and another "Splitting Up Together" (1.741 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.085 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise opted for second runs of "The Flash" (1.154 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "The 100" (1.016 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.127m
- Chopped (Food): 1.033m
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 627k
- Ink Master: Angels (SF/Paramount): 397k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/31/18

Buzzr to Livestream
Catch It on BuzzrPlay.com
From B&C

Game show network Buzzr is marking its third birthday by debuting live-streaming capability.

Starting at midnight as May 31 turns into June 1, users can access the retro network through BuzzrPlay.com.

"Buzzr will be the only game show network available via live stream, and we can't wait to allow even more of America to experience the very best in vintage game shows," said Mark Deetjen, general manager of Buzzr. "Buzzr has always reached an extremely broad demographic, but this new streaming option will allow us to reach a younger, more tech-savvy audience, looking for content on the go."

Deetjen told B&C that much of the channel's growth has come from the younger demographic. "They crave content anywhere and everywhere, and whenever it is they want it," he said. Buzzr's MVPD partners have not voiced concerns about the live stream, he said. "Everybody rises together as we get more eyeballs on the channel," said Deetjen.

B&C

posted 5/31/18

GSN Slots "Caroline & Friends"
Video Contest Series Debuts July 16
From the Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of its newest game show, CAROLINE & FRIENDS, hosted by Caroline Rhea ("Sabrina The Teenage Witch"). The new weekday half-hour series debuts Monday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

CAROLINE & FRIENDS, is a new comedic, family-friendly series showcasing the most hilarious and adorable videos. As our comedic host guides the audience through each animal, kid and funny video, she'll provide lighthearted conversation and commentary with her two comedic, celebrity friends.

Caroline and her companions then nominate their favorites and ultimately the studio audience picks the 'best in show,' earning the family who submitted the video a special prize.

Friends joining Caroline throughout the season are Louie Anderson, Sherri Shepherd and Marissa Jaret Winokur among others.

CAROLINE & FRIENDS is produced for Game Show Network by FishBowl Worldwide Media. Vin Di Bona and Rob Katz are executive producers for FishBowl Worldwide Media. Edward Boyd also serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/31/18

Final Answer? A Casino Deal
Sony, Gaming Realms to Bring "Millionaire" to Casinos
From World Casino News

London-based gaming developer, Gaming Realms, has entered into a licensing deal with Sony Pictures Television. You probably recognize the provider immediately as the creator of several Slingo™ variants, along with a wide range of other bingo and slot games. The brand has signed on for a three-year deal, under which it has already gone live with a new site on its proprietary platform, MillionaireGames.com. The site launched, following the return of the UK's, 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,' in celebration of its 20th anniversary, from which it is loosely inspired.

For those who have not kept up with the series since its inception, the original aired from 1998 to 2014, and has spawned several versions in additional countries across the globe. In addition to the new site, the developer also has plans in the works to go live with an entirely new Slingo variant, complete with 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' branding.

According to Gaming Realms chief executive, Patrick Southton, "We are honoured and excited to be partnering with Sony Pictures Television and developing gaming content around one of television's most successful gameshows, in celebration of its 20th anniversary."

"This opportunity is proof of our ability to build creative and innovative content and we look forward to the launch of the new Slingo Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Format in the coming months," Southton added. The partnership serves as a major move for the gaming developer, with Sony considered one of the industry's leading content providers, delivering to multiple genres across the globe.

World Casino News

posted 5/30/18


GAMES GONE BY: Trivial Pursuit
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It's a show with Wink Martindale! It's a show based off a highly-popular board game! It's a show where you can win...about 2000 dollars. It's a show...with a boring set-up on a third-tier cable network. Uh...yeah. Chris Wolvie presents a "Games Gone By..." of the Family Channel's original game show BEFORE it went between Fox and ABC: "Trivial Pursuit".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 5/31/18

WEEKEND: The Long Strange Weekend
Stanley Cup Final Wins Night for NBC, "Bachelorette" Returns Competitive
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday thanks to a new "Undercover Boss" (3.379 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (3.869 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (4.505 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

NBC (3.313 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) then was the silver draw with a new "Champions" (2.277 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), the season finale of "Champions" (1.643 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and a repeat "Dateline NBC" (3.989 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1).

Next up was ABC (2.587 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and its mix of the relocated "Quantico" (2.670 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.148 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "20/20" (2.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1). Meanwhile, FOX (0.662 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up the debut of "Phenoms" (0.813 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a second "Phenoms" (0.511 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, the return of "My Last Days" (0.546 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a new "Life Sentence" (0.381 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.464 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Battlebots (Comedy): 939k

FOX (3.951 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) led the demo race on Sunday with its annual telecast of "Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Racing" (3.951 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (3.011 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.742 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), another "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.623 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), a new "Deception" (2.344 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and the season finale of "Deception" (2.337 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.815 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.136 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Instinct" (5.139 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), a second "Instinct" (4.630 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a repeat "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.353 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, encores of "Dateline NBC" (3.099 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World" (2.240 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) on NBC (2.455 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Food Network Star Comeback Kitchen (SP/Food): 1.061m
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 720k
- Iron Chef America (Food): 687k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 400k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/31/18

SYNDIES: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending May 20
From TV Newscheck

Royal wedding news ignited the syndicated magazines in the session ending May 20, with all of the top five celebrating ratings spikes.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 -2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.0 +5%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 +3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 5/30/18

Another Joker Goes Wild
Portugal Gets Version of "Joker"... Not That One
From World Screen

Global Agency has licensed the quiz show Joker for a local version to launch on Portuguese pubcaster RTP.

Valentim de Carvalho is producing, with a commitment for 200 episodes. The show will begin airing on RTP in September this year. It will be hosted by Vasco Palmeirim, a well-known TV presenter in the region.

In the format, a contestant will be given 10 questions to answer and 7 Jokers to help them. The first rule is no quitting. All 10 questions must be answered. For every correct answer, the contestants will go up one step on the money tree. Jokers can be used to eliminate wrong answers from the multiple choices offered.

Izzet Pinto, founder and CEO of Globl Agency, said: "We are incredibly grateful to be announcing this prestigious new sale for Joker, one of our most entertaining and challenging quiz shows. 200 episodes commitment of this deal already proves the strength of the format. Both RTP and Valentim de Carvalho are the best partners for launching the show in Portugal that we couldn't ask for more. I am sure they will deliver an outstanding performance on the show together and we're looking forward to seeing it."

World Screen

posted 5/30/18

MONDAY: Vegas Strong
Stanley Cup Final Wins Night for NBC, "Bachelorette" Returns Competitive
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.840 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) landed in the top spot on Monday thanks to its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1" (4.840 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

ABC (4.613 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for the silver with the return of "The Bachelorette" (5.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and a new "The Crossing" (2.732 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.878 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with repeats of "Mom" (4.124 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3), "Man with a Plan" (3.652 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.789 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and a new "Elementary" (3.958 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.410 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up a special "Lucifer" (2.571 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and a second "Lucifer" (2.250 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

And finally, a new "Supergirl" (1.563 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and the season finale of "iZombie" (0.760 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.161 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Best Baker in America (Food): 1.195m
- Forged in Fire (S/HIstory): 1.181m
- Chopped (S/Food): 950k
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 774k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/30/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "How Do You Get Fired on Your Day Off?"

  • Looks like Paul Abrahamian & Josh Martinez bury the hatchet (TMZ)

  • Arie Luyendyk to a reporter: okay we're done here (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ruta Lee (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) (Canyon News)

posted 5/30/18


Newshub

CORNELIA FRANCES: 1941-2018
Speechwriter, Presidential Advisor Played Special Counsel During Game Show Scandals
From the Hollywood Reporter

Cornelia Frances, whose sharp-tongued villainous characters on Australian TV made her a household and international name, has died. She was 77.

Frances died Monday night in Sydney after a battle with bladder cancer, her son Lawrence Eastland told the ABC. She was surrounded by family and friends.

Earlier in the week, Eastland had posted an Instagram photo of his mother resting. "She is so peaceful, soft and serene. I truly love this woman," he wrote.

From the late 1970s, Frances was a mainstay on Australian television. With her strong features and presence, she gained immediate recognition as Sister Grace Scott on the soap The Young Doctors, set at the fictional Albert Memorial Hospital. "She could get cranky, but she got people better because she was very stern and she knew exactly what she was doing, and she ran her staff with a rod of iron. People pulled through," Frances said of her character at a 2007 reunion of the show's cast.

The location was actually a real hospital that Frances found herself in 40 years later, as a patient receiving cancer treatment.

In the early '80s, she starred in the family drama Sons and Daughters as Barbara Armstrong, later marrying Brian Blain's character Gordon.

Younger audiences immediately recognize her as the villainous Morag Bellingham, the sister of mainstay Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher) on the long-running and globally watched soap Home and Away, a role she played on and off for 29 years. "I've been very lucky and I really thank all the producers who hired me, because it ain't easy to put a bitch on television," she told Channel 9 earlier this year about the role of Morag.

In 2001, Frances' star in Australia rose even further after she was perfectly cast as the strict, no-nonsense, acerbic host of the Australian version of The Weakest Link game show.

Off-screen she was unlike her television persona, yet the public was often unable to reconcile the two. "[The public] defy me to smile; they don't think I can. They still run away in supermarkets when they see me coming," she told Channel 9.

Frances was born in Lancashire, England, on April 7 1941. Her initial screen appearances were bit-part roles in British films, most notably a few speaking lines in her uncle Michael Powell's thriller Peeping Tom (1960) and his military drama The Queen's Guards (1961). Subsequent movie roles included the film version of the adult-themed series The Box (1975), the Aussie drama The Man From Snowy River II (1988) and the children's series Magic Mountain (1997–98). She was a longtime ambassador for The Orangutan Project, whose key mission includes protecting endangered wild orangutan species..

The Hollywood Reporter
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RTE
The Australian
Brinkwire

Buzz.ie

posted 5/29/18

Good Day for CBS Day... Time
TPIR, LMAD Post Gains
From Soap Opera Network

CBS Daytime has cause for celebration: the full lineup consisting of soaps "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless," game shows "Let's Make a Deal" and "The Price is Right," and "The Talk" are all up from their recent performances, hitting some of their best numbers during the all important May Sweeps ratings period.

For the week of May 14-18, 2018, "The Young and the Restless" attracted 4.17 million viewers, a 1.2 rating in Women 25-54 and a 0.7 rating in Women 18-49, both of which were the soap's best performance in those demos since the week of April 23-27, 2018. "The Bold and the Beautiful" attracted 3.4 million viewers, a 1.0 rating in Women 25-54 and a 0.6 rating in Women 18-49. The soap brought in its highest numbers in those measures since the week of April 16-20, 2018.

Outside of soaps, "The Price is Right" part 1 attracted its largest audience since the week ending April 27 with 4.29 million viewers. "Price" part 2, the higher rated of the two half hours, hit its biggest numbers since the week ending April 20, with 4.84 million viewers tuning in each day. "The Price is Right" part 2 remained the most-watched daily broadcast series for the week.

Delivering 2.36 million viewers for the week, "The Talk" hit its best mark in Women 25-54 with a 0.7 rating since the week ending April 20.

"Let's Make a Deal" part 1 brought in 2.81 million daily viewers – the show's largest audience since the week of April 30-May 4, 2018. "Let's Make a Deal" part 2, the higher rated of the two half hours, was watched by 3.22 million viewers. This was the game show's best number since the week ending April 27. The show hit its best Women 18-49 rating since the week of April 2-6, 2018 with a 0.6 rating..

Soap Opera Network

posted 5/29/18

But Who's Asking?
Greece Buys Armoza Format
From World Screen

Armoza Formats' interactive game show Who's Asking? has been commissioned in Greece by Epsilon TV, which ordered 100 episodes.

The local adaptation of the studio-based show will be hosted by actress Katerina Zarifi. The format was originally developed by United Studios of Israel.

In the series, instead of picking the type of questions to be asked, two pairs of contestants must select an "asker" from the faces on the screen in front of them. Whether it's the bus driver, a doctor or a streetwise grandma, each has a question for the contestants.

Ed Hall, general manager of Epsilon TV, said: "The new shape of Epsilon TV is emerging as the team finalized a deal with international format company Armoza Formats for the game show Who's Asking? This is a brand-new format for Greece, already a successful show in other markets, and I look forward to seeing our exciting new version of this show launching here.".

Worldscreen

posted 5/29/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "How Do You Get Fired on Your Day Off?"

  • Why The Voice matters, even though it hasn't produced a star yet (TV Line)

  • Gail Simmons plays a little babycake (Reality TV World)

  • Snoop Dogg's rolling into Guinness sippin' on the world's largest gin & juice, laid back, with his mind on the record and the record on his mind (USA Today)

  • Caleb Lee Hutchinson didn't want to be that guy who exploited his relationship with the new American Idol (Entertainment Tonight)

  • Nick Cannon doesn't regret quitting AGT (AOL)

  • LIST ABUSE:Deal or No Deal models... where are they now? Well, we know where TWO of them are... (TV Overmind)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jamie & Corinne Foxx (KPTV Portland)

posted 5/29/18

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The Price Is Right

CBS

1p

Pop Quiz

Live
Hangtime app

2:30p

TC Remix

Live
HypSports app

3p

HQ

Live
HQ app

5p

America Says

Premiere
GSN

6p

The Good Game Show

Live
Hangtime app

6:15p

Arena

Live
Arena app

7:30p

Jeopardy!

Syn/YESTV

8p

The Bachelorette

ABC

Cash Show

Live
Cash Show app

So You Think You Can Dance

Fox

SwagIQ

Live
Swagbucks app

8:15p

Arena

Live
Arena app

8:30p

Trivia Clash

Live
HypSports app

9p

American Ninja Warrior

NBC

Best Baker in America

Food

HQ

Live
HQ app

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

CW

9:30p

Cash Show

Live
Cash Show app

Trivia Crush

Live
Joyride app

10p

Music Mania

Live
Joyride app

The Proposal

Premiere
ABC

10:30p

Quizzo!

Live
Joyride app

11p

Arena

Live
Arena app

11:05p

American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja

Season Finale
USA

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**times approximate after baseball

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