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BETTY WHITE: 1922-2021
From TV Line

NBC will pay tribute to Betty White in an hour-long special.

The network will air Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl at 10 p.m. Jan. 31. The beloved actress, comedian and animal advocate died on Dec. 31 at the age of 99.

The special will feature friends and fellow stars paying tribute to White, as well as clips from her storied career that showcase her impeccable comic timing and irreverent tone on series including Mary Tyler Moore, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland. Participants will be announced later.

White was a six-time Emmy winner and a pioneer in television, starring in and executive producing the 1950s sitcom Life With Elizabeth and assuming full control of an eponymous daytime show around the same time. She had more than 100 acting credits to her name and won Primetime Emmys for her work on Mary Tyler Moore, The Golden Girls, The John Larroquette Show and her 2010 hosting turn on Saturday Night Live, as well as a Daytime Emmy for outstanding game show host — becoming the first woman to take home that honor — for the short-lived Just Men! in 1983.

The Oak Park, Ill., native — best known for playing mantrap Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973-77) and ditzy Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985-92) — got her big break on the small screen in 1949, when she began co-hosting Al Jarvis’ live variety show, Hollywood on Television. Just two years later, she was nominated for her first Primetime Emmy Award and co-founded her own production company, which, a year after that, created Life With Elizabeth, a syndicated comedy showcasing one of her Hollywood on Television characters.

Though White broke into feature films in 1962 and went on to appear in successful movies such as Lake Placid (1999) and The Proposal (2009), it was on the small screen that she found her greatest successes — often just by being herself. During her almost two-decade run as the hostess of the Tournament of Roses Parade, she became a fixture on both late-night talk shows and daytime game shows — in particular Password, whose host, Allen Ludden, she married in 1963.

After winning back-to-back Emmys in 1975 and ’76 for her portrayal of “The Happy Homemaker” on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, White starred in her own sitcom, the short-lived Betty White Show, and began a 10-year stint as the hostess of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 1983, she became the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host (for Just Men!) and started recurring on Mama’s Family as Ellen Harper Jackson, the snooty character she’d originated on The Carol Burnett Show.

When The Golden Girls ended its run in 1992, White — who’d won the 1986 Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and earned six more nominations for her work as sunny Rose — joined Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty on the short-lived spin-off The Golden Palace.

But, whether she had a regular role, White never seemed to slow down. Between guest spots on everything from The John Larroquette Show (which netted her another Emmy in 1993) to Bones (2015), she tackled recurring parts on Boston Legal (2005-08) and The Bold and the Beautiful (2006), and scored another Emmy for hosting Saturday Night Live (2010). That same year, White turned a one-off appearance in the pilot for Hot in Cleveland into a five-year run as bawdy Elka Ostrovsky.

As if that wasn’t enough, from 2012-14, she also hosted and executive-produced Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, which allowed seniors to prank young whippersnappers, and earned a Grammy for the spoken-word recording of her best-seller, If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t).

Among her other accolades are a Lifetime Achievement Award (presented at the 2015 Daytime Emmys), a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (right next to Ludden’s) and inclusion (as of 2014) in the Guinness World Records book as the record-holder for Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female).

Throughout her life and career, White — who had no children (but was stepmother to Ludden’s three kids from his first marriage) — was a staunch animal-rights activist. Not only was she a sponsor of both the Farm Animal Reform Movement and Friends of Animals, but she wrote Betty White’s Pet-Love: How Pets Take Care of Us, and donated all the proceeds from her clothing line and 2011 calendar to animal charities.

In recent years, People’s cover story reported, White had been living a “quiet life” at home of crossword puzzles, playing card games, watching Jeopardy! and continuing her animal welfare advocacy.

In light of this tragedy, Buzzr has adjusted its upcoming celebration to include a tribute featuring episodes of "Match Game" and "Match Game PM" starting January 8. The network will air its birthday celebration as scheduled the weekend of January 15-17.

As a way to honor her legacy and love for animals, the #BettyWhiteChallenge has begun trending on social media, urging her fans to donate $5 or more to their local animal shelter or rescue on Jan. 17 – what would have been the actor’s centennial birthday celebration.

In Betty White's final on-camera appearance, the TV legend shared a heartfelt message for fans: "Thank you."

White introduced the documentary Betty White: A Celebration, which had a one-day theatrical run on Jan. 17, what would have been her 100th birthday. "I just wanted to thank you for coming to my party," said White, who who recorded the message at her home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she passed away. "I also want to thank you for all the support you give me. Thank you so much… I'm remembered."

The documentary's producers, Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein, had filmed with White for years, first as part of the PBS docuseries Pioneers of Television and more recently as they created this doc, a shorter version of which first aired in 2018. Boettcher tells EW they will not be publicly releasing the video of White and that they have turned down offers by various outlets and streamers to buy it.

This new, expanded version was supposed to be a birthday celebration including pretaped segments with some of White's closest celebrity friends and former costars paying tribute and singing happy birthday, according to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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posted 1/17/2022

"Drag Race" UK vs. the World Cast Ru-Vealed
Catch It February 1 on BBC Three, WOW Presents Plus
From TV Line

Forget the Beijing Olympics — next month’s true international clash of the titans will happen in heels.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus the World, the first global all-star edition of the long-running franchise, will premiere Stateside on WOW Presents Plus on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 4/3c, day-and-date with the show’s BBC airing.

What’s more, we finally know which nine familiars will be competing to become “Queen of the Mothertucking World”: two U.S. favorites, three badass Brits, a pair of Canadian sweethearts, one of Holland’s finest, and a Bangkok-based hostess who’s finally experiencing things from the other side of the judges’ panel.

Speaking of the panel, RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, and Graham Norton have regular seats at the table. They’ll be joined by a rotating line-up of guest judges, including Melanie C, Jade Thirlwall, Clara Amfo, Daisy May Cooper, Jonathan Bailey and Michelle Keegan. Johannes Radebe and Katie Price will also make special appearances.

“In a global first, RuPaul takes Drag Race UK to the next level as he opens up the battle to Drag Race queens from around the world,” reads the show’s official description. “The nine international members of RuPaul’s Drag Race royal alumni will battle it out for the crown. With the UK as host nation, the series will see iconic queens from different franchises and cultures competing in an international arena, showcasing their country’s finest drag.”

The queens...
- Baga Chipz: RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 1 (third place)
- Blu Hydrangea: RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 1 (fifth place)
- Cheryl Hole: RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 1 (fourth place)
- Janey Jacke: Drag Race Holland season 1 (second place)
- Jimbo: Canada's Drag Race season 1 (fourth place)
- Jujubee: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 (third place), and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 1 (third/fourth place) and Season 5 (second/third place)
- Lemon: Canada's Drag Race season 1 (fifth place)
- Mo Heart: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 (eighth place) and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 4 (second/third place)
- Pangina: Drag Race Thailand season 1 (... host)


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posted 1/14/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Judge Mo Dollars"

  • Steve Harvey admits he always wanted to judge (TV Line)

  • Laura Coates was told "No" to Jeopardy!... Three guesses who told her. (ET Canada)

  • The Bachelor... by the numbers (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Amy Schneider (Yahoo!)

posted 1/17/2022


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This! Is... the Most Popular Show on TV Right Now
"Jeopardy!" Surpasses "60 Minutes" As Most Watched TV Show This Week
From ComicBook

What is... a ratings juggernaut?

That's what Jeopardy has steadily become over the course of its 38th season. According to Nielsen data, the quiz show was the highest-rated program on broadcast and cable TV, not counting sports, for the week of Dec. 27.

With an average of nearly 9.7 million viewers per episode, Jeopardy bested TV powerhouse Yellowstone (9.34 million) as well as every network's New Year's Eve special. (Because Jeopardy airs in syndication, ratings data only becomes available two weeks after the week in question.).

Jeopardy has averaged 9.2 million total viewers across the 2021-22 season so far, The Wrap reports, putting it just ahead of 60 Minutes' 9.1 million average to make it the most-watched show on broadcast or cable for the season. (It is worth noting that syndicated and broadcast/cable ratings are rarely compared directly; Jeopardy, for instance, airs every weekday across various networks and timeslots, while a show like 60 Minutes airs weekly on a single network at a single time.)

This recent ratings jump is still below Jeopardy viewership from last season, however, which surged as a series of guest hosts stepped in following the death of beloved host Alex Trebek. (His final episode, which aired in January 2021, was the show's most-watched since Holzhauer's.)

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posted 1/14/2022

THURSDAY: Young Sheldon Beats the Millionaires
CBS Wins the Night
From Deadline

CBS had yet another exciting Thursday as Young Sheldon nabbed its latest primetime win.

Once again sitting comfortably at the top of Thursday primetime, the CBS prequel series earned a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7.41 million viewers, per fast affiliates. Young Sheldon‘s latest was up from last week’s return in audience and stayed steady in demo rating.

Just like last week, Young Sheldon bested The Blacklist, Women of the Movement, Joe Millionaire and Walker. Ghosts (0.6, 6.27M) returned nearing season-high viewership. While the new CBS comedy bested Law & Order: SVU (0.6, 4.10M) in viewers, the two titles tied in demo rating, as they did the previous week.

Also part of CBS’ comedy slate were United States of Al (0.5, 5.34M) and B Positive (0.5, 4.79M). The first was stable while the other ticked up slightly in the demo. Joe Millionaire (0.3, 1.60M) and Call Me Kat (0. 3, 1.52M) were both Fox’s highest-rated programs. However, the two titles and newcomer Pivoting were all down from their premieres.

Both of ABC’s titles, Women of The Movement and Let The World See, earned 0.4 demo ratings. They were both stable from their debuts last week.

Over at NBC, The Blacklist (0.4, 3.28M), Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime (0.5, 3.17M) were stable. For The CW, the latest installment of Walker (0.1, 0.99M) marked the series’ second-most watched episode of the season.

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posted 1/14/2022


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CLINT ARLIS: 1987-2022
Former High School Wrestler "Bachelorette" Alum
From The Wrap

Clint Arlis, a “The Bachelorette” contestant from Season 11 who competed for the affections of Kaitlyn Bristowe, died on Tuesday, his sister shared to Facebook on Thursday. He was 34.

“It is with great sadness, to tell you that my family has lost my best friend and older brother Clint on the morning of January 11th,” Taylor Lulek wrote in her post. Please respect our family’s privacy as we try to cope with this great loss. Details on the service will follow. Thank You.”

No cause of death was given.

Arlis’s former wrestling coach at Batavia High School in Batavia, Illinois, Scott Bayer, first announced the news on Twitter on Wednesday, writing, “It is with a heavy heart and a sense of profound loss that we announce the death of one of the Batavia Wrestling Program’s All-Time greats, 2005 graduate, Clint Arlis.”

Bayer added, “I have found him to be extraordinarily devoted to his family and deeply committed to the sport wrestling at a level few of us have ever reach[ed] in our careers… His legacies as a fierce competitor, tireless worker, a caring influence to younger Batavia wrestlers, a devoted friend and a loving son and brother will resonate far beyond his days in our presence.”

Arlis was also remembered by Batavia Wrestling, who wrote, “His legacies as a fierce competitor, tireless worker, a caring influence to younger Batavia wrestlers, a devoted friend, and a loving son and brother will resonate far beyond his days in our presence.”

Bristowe, who is now a co-host on “The Bachelorette,” shared her reaction to the news in an Instagram Story video on Thursday night.

“This is an Instagram story I did not think I’d be doing tonight but Clint, who was on my season of ‘The Bachelorette,’… tragically passed at 34 years old. I’m not sure what happened, how it happened,” she said in the video, according to People.

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posted 1/14/2022

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "PReview of Upcoming Events"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Amazing Race" lost four teams... and gained two (Reality Blurred)

  • ANOTHER PROGRAMMING NOTE: AFV to pay tribute to Bob Saget (Deadline)

  • YET ANOTHER PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Next Level Chef" will replace the planned debut of "Monarch", which has been pushed to fall (Deadline)

  • NOT A PROGRAMMING NOTE: John Cena dances as Peacemaker (Deadline)

posted 1/14/2022


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We'll Take Stats & Info for $2000
EP Michael Davies Introduces "Jeopardata", Touts November TOC
From ComicBook

Ken Jennings is celebrating Jeopardy! bringing some analytics to the game. On Twitter, the game show host said that stats would now officially be compiled on the brand's website. A big letter to the fans came from Michael Davies. The executive producer told readers that people had been asking for comprehensive stats for a while and the show decided to make it a reality. For Jennings, he couldn't be happier, as he's always viewed Jeopardy! as a form of sport anyway. The host explained how sports journalists had the best writing about the show when compared with entertainment press. Well, he and viewers who feel the same are getting what they've been asking for. In the blog, Davies uses current dominant champion Amy Schneider to speak about the ways in which these analytics can help viewers understand the game in new ways.

"Big announcement from @Jeopardy: daily box scores and an annual "postseason." I noticed many years ago that sportswriters were the best interviewers about Jeopardy! They treated it (correctly!) as a competition first and showbiz second," he explained. "And the box scores include buzzer stats! For the first time, fans will be able to dig into the interplay of knowledge and timing that defines the game. Looking forward to the Ph.D. dissertations on Jeopardy! analytics."

Executive producer Michael Davies gave some more context on the official blog. "Aha! Stats! My obsession since I joined the show a little more than 4 months ago. Last week we started publishing some comparative stats (Opens an external site) of our top 4 champions – Amy, Matt, James Holzhauer, and Ken Jennings – and the response has been fantastic. Today we are continuing our foray into #jeopardata with the first release of our daily box score."

"Everyone at Jeopardy! owes a massive debt of thanks to some notable members of our community who have done extraordinary work compiling, developing, and publishing all sorts of stats about our show," he continued. "My team and I read and appreciate so much of this work on your websites, your Twitter feeds, and on the Jeopardy! subreddit. Jeopardy!, we feel, has a responsibility to add to this body of outstanding work and perhaps fuel even more. We have decided that the best way we can do that is by publishing an official daily box score every night."


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posted 1/13/2022

"Love Is Blind" Slots Season 2
Catch It on Netflix February 11
From TV Insider

“The pods are officially open!” The hit Netflix reality series Love Is Blind is back for a second season full of brand-new singles heading into the dating pods to test if “whether looks, race or age do matter, or if love really is blind.”

“Singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, have signed up for a less conventional approach to modern dating in Chicago where they hope to meet the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with…without ever having seen them,” states the season description.

Per the show’s rules, couples who end their time in the pods engaged will meet each other face-to-face for the first time before dealing with the complications of reality. “Engaged and back in the real world, as the couples plan their wedding day, they will quickly discover whether they can turn their emotional connection into a physical one before the fast-approaching ceremony.”

“The whole point is about finding out who we are as people,” says one of this season’s hopeful singles in the first look teaser. In true Love Is Blind style, none of the contestants’ faces are shown, leaving fans questioning who the new singles are and who they might end up with. “I’m getting to know someone’s heart before anything else,” says another.

Out of the debut season’s six pod couples, two remain standing since the show’s February 2020 release. Couples Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton and Amber Pike and Matthew Barnett are still happily married and appeared alongside the season’s other couples in the 2021 reunion special, Love Is Blind: After the Altar.

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posted 1/13/2022

Discovery+ Picks Up NBCU Unscripteds
In the Catalog: Top Chef, Ninja Warrior, Biggest Loser
From The Futon Critic

Today, discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service from Discovery, Inc., announced a licensing deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution, which will provide the platform with a suite of iconic series, premiering in the U.S. throughout the month of January.

The hit, fan-favorite NBCUniversal titles coming to discovery+ are "The Biggest Loser," "Flipping Out," "American Ninja Warrior," "Top Chef Canada," "The Real Housewives of Cheshire," "The Real Housewives of Johannesburg," "The Real Housewives of Melbourne," "WAGS Atlanta," "WAGS LA," "WAGS Miami" and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

These series join the robust lineup of discovery+ Originals, as well as premieres from TV's most popular real-life brands (TLC, ID, Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network).

"As we continue to expand the discovery+ catalog with premium programming, these titles from NBCUniversal give our subscribers even more to love, truly offering something for everyone," said Lisa Holme, Group SVP of Content and Commercial Strategy for Discovery. "discovery+ is the go-to destination for unscripted content for viewers across all genres, and this partnership furthers our mission to provide the best in entertainment."

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posted 1/13/2022

WEDNESDAY: Second City, First Place
NBC Wins, TPIR Shows Up
From Deadline

The Chicago Trio continues to dominate Wednesday primetime as Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. top their respective hours.

NBC kicked off its Wednesday primetime slate with Chicago Med, which set the tone for the other two series’ strong performances in the later hours. In fast affiliates, Chicago Med earned a 0.8 demo rating and 7.12 million viewers. The NBC procedural rose from last week’s telecast, besting CBS’s The Price Is Right at Night (0.6, 4.75M), The Goldbergs on ABC (0.6, 3.39M), Fox’s I Can See Your Voice (0.4, 2.20M) and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on the CW (0.1, 0.58M) Chicago Fire (0.8, 724M) followed up as the night’s most-watched program and retained its predecessor’s demo rating.

The best-performing Wednesday title for the second consecutive week, Chicago Fire aired its latest episode a week after the series halted production over positive Covid tests. In the following hour, Chicago P.D. (0.7, 5.67M) kept the momentum going as the 10 p.m. hour’s highest-rated and most-watched series. Its strong performance comes amid news that production has also come to a halt due to a number of positive Covid tests.

Beyond the Chicago-verse, The Amazing Race (0.5, 3.39M) dropped from its premiere last week as Fox’s I Can See Your Voice (0.4, 2.20M) rose. In its second week, Good Sam (0.2, 2.42M) fell. ABC’s night peaked with The Goldbergs (0.6, 3.39M), while The Chase (0.3, 2.08M) rose from last week.

For the CW, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman (0.1, 0.52M) rose from their last original telecasts before the New Year.

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posted 1/13/2022

Nexstar in Talks to Take Over CW
Media Group Looks to Buy Controlling Interest
From Deadline

The CW might get a new majority owner. Fifteen years after the broadcast network’s launch, its co-parents, ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia’ Warner Bros, are considering a controlling stake sale. Nexstar Media Group, which is the CW’s largest affiliate group following its acquisition of Tribune, is believed to be among interested buyers. Sources caution that conversations with multiple suitors are in exploratory stages and no deal is imminent.

The potential sale, first reported by the WSJ, comes amid an ownership change for WarnerMedia, which is being acquired by Discovery pending regulatory approval. None of the architects of the CW, which replaced the WB and UPN in 2006, are still around, most notably former CBS CEO Les Moonves, who was the driving force behind it. Since the CW’s creation, CBS merged with Viacom while WarnerMedia was acquired by AT&T which is now selling it to Discovery.

Hours after news of the potential sale broke Wednesday night, the CW chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz on Thursday morning addressed “recent speculation in the press around The CW” in an internal memo to staff.

“As many of you are aware, over the past year or so, this transformative time in our industry has led to a series of business activity across media and content companies,” he wrote. “Given that environment right now, ViacomCBS and Warner Bros are exploring strategic opportunities to optimize the value of their joint venture in The CW Network.”

He stressed that “it’s too early to speculate what might happen.”

The network currently airs "Penn & Teller: Fool Us", "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", and "Legends of the Hidden Temple".

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posted 1/13/2022

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posted 1/13/2022


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American Idol: A Preview
Catch the 20th Anniversary Season on ABC February
From TV Line

American Idol isn’t planning to replace mentor Bobby Bones directly and will instead lean on a number of alums of the talent contest. Bones revealed last week earlier this year that he would not be starring in season 20 of the ABC as a result of a conflict with another show. Instead, showrunner and exec producer Megan Michaels Wolflick said, “There’s not anyone to replace Bobby per se, but this year we will be leaning into our amazing American Idol universe alum to help our current Idols along the way in different stages of the competition. Lots of those familiar faces America has grown to love will be seen throughout the season and we’re really excited to give back.”

It comes as the network launched a trailer for the show’s 20th anniversary, which features clips from American Idol stars of the past including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert.

Host Ryan Seacrest added, “In terms of the contestants, I want to see everyone of them come back, way back from the beginning. I remember a moment with Clay and Ruben, I want to see Carrie again, I love seeing Jennifer Hudson. I can remember standing next to them looking at their faces and reactions in moment s of success and challenge.”

Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie return alongside Seacrest with the show premiering for its fifth season on ABC on Sunday February 27.

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posted 1/12/2022


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SYNDIES: Week 16
Results for the Week Ending January 2
From TV Newscheck

Jeopardy had the most buzz in the unusually lively holiday session ending Jan. 2, rebounding 10% to a 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and edging slightly ahead of Family Feud, which finished 6% higher at a 5.4.

The top-rated syndicated show got a boost from viewer interest in super contestant Amy Schneider who won her 23rd straight game on Dec. 31 and ranked as the fourth-highest money winner in Jeopardy history.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 +10%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 +6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 +9%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 1/12/2022

LOL Heads to the Great White North
Catch It on Amazon February 18
From The Futon Critic

Prime Video today announced the premiere date for the Amazon Original series LOL: Last One Laughing Canada, along with the key art that reveals a star-studded cast of Canadian comedic talent: Caroline Rhea, Debra DiGiovanni, Dave Foley, Jon Lajoie, Tom Green, Mae Martin, Colin Mochrie, Brandon Ash Mohammed, Andrew Phung, and K. Trevor Wilson. The first two episodes of the series will launch on Friday, February 18. Episodes Three and Four will release on the following Friday, February 25, and the Fifth and Sixth Episodes will launch on Friday, March 4. The series joins upcoming Canadian Amazon Original comedies previously announced, The Kids in the Hall and The Lake. LOL: Last One Laughing Canada will be available exclusively on Prime Video in 240 countries and territories worldwide.

The six-part competition series pits 10 of the best comedic talents from Canada against each other in a celebrity showdown, where anything can happen. As the clock counts down in six half-hour wacky competition, their objective is to eliminate others from the house by making each other laugh, while not laughing themselves. The comedian who doesn't break a smile and outlasts their competitors wins the grand prize of $100,000 for their charity of choice. The series uses over thirty cameras to catch all of the deranged hijinks during the unpredictable competition as the all-star cast bring their various styles to the table, including stand-up, musical performance, improvisational, and physical comedy, among others.

"Our first local Amazon Original followed Canada's passion for hockey. We are excited to follow up that success with another area of Canadian excellence - comedy," said Christina Wayne, head of Canadian Originals at Amazon Studios. "Our commitment to Canadian audiences continues with an LOL that features a star-studded cast and unforgettable moments."

LOL: Last One Laughing Canada is the latest adaptation of the successful Amazon Original series in Japan entitled "Documental," created by and starring Hitoshi Matsumoto and owned by Yoshimoto Kogyo, where Matsumoto leads 10 comedians betting their own money in an anything goes "battle of laughter behind closed doors." The fan-favourite format became the most watched title of all time on Prime Video in Italy and Germany, and had successful local versions in Mexico, Australia, India, France, and Spain. 

LOL: Last One Laughing Canada comes from Amazon Studios, produced in association with Insight Productions (a Boat Rocker company). Executive Producers are John Brunton, Erin Brock, and Shannon Farr. As part of Prime Video's continued investment in Canada, LOL: Last One Laughing Canada is the third announced Canadian Amazon Original series, following The Kids in the Hall and All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs. Since 2015, Amazon Studios has filmed 24 Amazon Original series and films in Canada, including The Man in the High Castle and Upload in Vancouver, The Boys and The Expanse in Toronto, Tales from the Loop in Winnipeg, as well as parts of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan and The Voyeurs in Montreal. 

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posted 1/12/2022


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Amy Schneider: Millionaire
"Jeopardy!" Champ Crosses Seven Digits in 28 Games
From TV Line

Jeopardy! has welcomed Amy Schneider into its exclusive $1 million club.

On Friday’s episode, Schneider crossed the coveted seven-figure benchmark after notching her 28th consecutive victory. Her total now stands at $1,019,001.

Schneider, who ranks as the game show’s highest-earning female contestant of all time, becomes just the fourth person in Jeopardy! history to reach the milestone.

The only other contestants to pocket more than $1 million in regular season play are current interim host Ken Jennings, whose 74-game streak netted $2,520,700, James Holzhauer, who earned $2,462,216 over the course of 32 victories, and Matt Amodio, who pocketed $1,518,601 during his 38-game rout last year.

“It feels amazing, it feels strange,” said Schneider, the first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions. “It’s not a sum of money I ever anticipated would be associated with my name.”

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posted 1/12/2022

Meet the Season 3 Hotties
Netflix Drops "Too Hot to Handle" Season 3 January 19
From TV Insider

Winter is heating up! The Netflix hit reality dating show Too Hot to Handle is back for a steamy new season with 10 singles that will be put to the test as they attempt to find love during a gorgeous, tropical getaway. The only catch? Touching, kissing, or sexual activity of any kind will decrease the final cash prize.

The newest group of attractive hopefuls comes from all across the globe, with contestants from the US, the UK, Australia, and South Africa. Will they be able to obey virtual assistant Lana’s rules and take home the grand prize of $100,000, or will temptation take them over on their journey for love? Will they truly be “too hot to handle?”.

The season 3 contestants...
- Beaux Raymond (24; Kent, UK; legal secretary)
- Georgia Hassarati (26; Brisbane, AUS; student midwife)
- HArry Johnson (29; Middlesborough, UK; tree surgeon)
- Holly Scarfone (23; Colorado, US; student/model)
- Izzy Fairthorne (22; Manchester, UK; PT)
- Jazlyn "Jaz" Holloway (25; Virginia, US; entrepreneur/model)
- Nathan Soan Mngomezulu (24; Cape Town, ZA; model)
- Patrick Mullen (29; Hawaii, US; actor/model)
- Stevan Ditter (26; Los Angeles; model)
- Truth (23; Texas, US; student)


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posted 1/12/2022

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posted 1/12/2022


San Antonio Current
BOB SAGET: 1956-2022
"Full House" Actor Hosted "1 vs. 100"
From Variety

Bob Saget, a stand-up comedian and actor beloved for his role as Danny Tanner on the 1990’s sitcom “Full House,” died Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando, Fla., police confirmed. He was 65.

Shortly after 4 p.m., police officers responded to a man down call at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes hotel and discovered Saget unresponsive in a hotel room, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told Variety. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s office did not have any information on a cause of death, and detectives did not find any signs of foul play or drug use in the case. The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine a cause and manner of death at a later date.

Born on May 17, 1956, in Philadelphia, Saget was on a comedy tour and visited several destinations in Florida. The tour was scheduled to go through June 2022. Last night, he performed at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Palm Valley, FL and even tweeted out a message of appreciation for his fans.

In 1987, Saget was cast as patriarch Danny Turner on “Full House,” where he played the father of D.J. (Candace Cameron), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Michelle Tanner (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). He raised his daughters as a single dad after his wife died on the show, but was joined by his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) and his best friend Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier). The show ran for eight seasons and 192 episodes from 1987 to 1994, reaching more than 17 million viewers during its peak in Season 5. From Season 3 onwards, “Full House” was in the Nielsen Top 30 TV shows. He would reprise the role on Netflix's sequel series "Fuller House". He would also spend nine seasons as the narrator on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother".

"We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our friend and colleague, Bob Saget, who will always be a member of the ABC family," ABC said in a statement. "Whether playing a loving father on "Full House" or hosting the early years of "America's Funniest Home Videos" with his signature wit and charm, Bob always knew how to connect with families through heart and humor. Our thoughts are with his family as we mourn the passing of such an incredibly gifted comedian and talent."

Saget was also the original host of "America's Funniest Home Videos" as well as the host of three seasons of "1 vs. 100" on NBC and "Nashville Squares" on CMT.

“If you had to pick one word to describe him, it was sweetest,” Jimmy Kimmel said during the tribute that kicked off last night’s episode of his show. “I have so many wonderfully kind and supportive texts and emails, calls from Bob. He always had a compliment. He’d write sometimes just to tell me he loved me and I know he did that for many people.”.

Bob Saget speculated about the afterlife days before his own unexpected death while paying tribute to fellow departed star Betty White. Saget was among the many celebrities and fans who took to social media to honor White following her death on Dec. 31 at age 99.

He took to Instagram that day to discuss the beloved comedy icon’s career as well as tell a story about meeting her. He concluded his heartfelt post by speculating about where White is now, noting that she believed she would reunite with her husband, Allen Ludden, in the afterlife.

"She always said the love of her life was her husband, Allen Ludden, who she lost in 1981. Well, if things work out by Betty’s design— in the afterlife, they are reunited," Saget wrote. "I don’t know what happens when we die, but if Betty says you get to be with the love of your life, then I happily defer to Betty on this."

Elsewhere in his post, Saget honored White, calling her "smart, kind, hilarious, sincere, and so full of love." He noted that the first time he saw her was when he snuck onto the set of "The Mary Tyler Moore" show at age 15 and "watched her hit everything she said out of the park."

Saget is survived by his wife, Kelly Rizzo, and three daughters -- Aubrey, Lara and Jennifer -- from his previous marriage.

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posted 1/11/2022

MONDAY: The Bachelor Calls 9-1-1
ABC,Fox Split Night
From Deadline

ABC and Fox led the pack Monday night in primetime as The Bachelor and 9-1-1: Lone Star returned for new episodes.

Fresh off their premieres last week, The Bachelor and Lone Star were respectively the night’s highest-rated and most-watched programs. The Bachelor topped the demo, earning a 0.7 in adults 18-49 and 3.07 million viewers, slightly down from from last week’s Season 26 debut (0.9, 3.75M). Lone Star brought in a 0.6 demo rating and 4.86 million viewers, but also saw a minor drop from its premiere the previous week (0.7, 5.25M).

Both Fox’s and ABC’s titles outshined NBC, the CW and CBS in early Nielsen numbers, with the latter two broadcasters both airing reruns. In the 8 p.m. hour on NBC, Kenan (0.3, 1.88M) returned slightly down.

Later in the 9 p.m. hour, Fox’s The Cleaning Lady (0.4, 3.24M) and NBC’s That’s My Jam (0.4, 1.94M) returned for new episodes. The Cleaning Lady dipped in both demo rating and viewers from its premiere, while That’s My Jam stayed steady the demo but fell from the previous episode in audience.

The final hour of primetime saw 0.2 demo ratings across the board for repeats of CBS’ NCIS: Hawai’i, which topped the night, and ABC’s Judge Steve Harvey. NBC’s Ordinary Joe (0.2, 1.43M) followed.

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posted 1/11/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Judge Not..."

  • You won't catch Steve Harvey doing stand up until he addresses "cancel culture" (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Brayden Smith's parents sue hospital for wrongful death (Las Vegas Review Journal)

  • Clare Crawley is getting super close with another "Bachelorette" alum (Us)

  • #ICYMI: Cassidy Timbrooks has a reaction to last night's "Bachelor" (Reality TV World)

  • Amy Schneider gets a standing O at the Warriors (Uproxx)

  • Mayim Bialik admits to being the "stupidest" while in the writer's room (Entertainment Tonight)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Limitless Win (Digital Spy)

  • LIST ABUSE: 33 secrets of game shows that aren't really secrets if you've been paying attention (Buzzfeed)

posted 1/11/2022


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DICK CARSON: 1929-2021
Former "Wheel of Fortune" Director
From Deadline

Dick Carson, brother of TV legend Johnny Carson and a former director for The Tonight Show, died at 92 at his home in Studio City, Calif. on December 19, 2021 following a brief illness, his family said.

Richard Charles Carson, was born in Clarinda, Iowa, the youngest of three children of Homer Lloyd (“Kit”) and Ruth Hook Carson.

He began his career in Nebraska radio. Later, at San Diego television station KOGO-TV, the local NBC affiliate, he first worked as a “floor man” for local programming, and then began directing commercials and local news and sports shows. When a summer job opportunity as a stage manager and associate director for ABC in Los Angeles became available in 1960, he commuted to fill it. Within months, that led to moving his family to the city to take a permanent position directing children’s programs including “Chucko the Birthday Clown.” He later moved on to directing “The Soupy Sales Show.”

In 1962, The Tonight Show called. Recommended by brother Johnny, his interview and hire predated his brother’s takeover of the talk show. He directed many celebrity guest hosts during the weeks before Johnny was free to begin his tenure on October 1, 1962. The Tonight Show” was then 1¾ hours of unedited live television every weeknight.

After almost seven years, Dick Carson decided to return to California as director of “The Don Rickles Variety Show,” which had only a short run. He then did freelance work for a time, directing episodes of Arthur Godfrey’s Your All-American College Show, an award-winning episode of Get Smart, and The Sammy Davis Show, as well as commercials and pilots.

His resonant announcer’s voice brought an audition as host of a quiz show, but he realized that he was more comfortable behind the camera than before it. Carson was hired as director on “The Merv Griffin Show” in 1972, and continued in that role until Griffin retired in 1986, except for a brief hiatus. That program, which was syndicated, did frequent shows from Las Vegas, and traveled to Paris, Monaco, Venice, and Israel, showcasing a wide array of guests.

Before the talk show ended, Carson also began directing Griffin’s popular “Wheel of Fortune” game show, which he continued to do for 22 years. until his own retirement. He also directed several years of live New Year’s Eve programs for Merv Griffin from Atlantic City after Griffin’s talk show ended.

Survivors include his loving wife of thirty-three years, Karlyn; son Douglas (Nola); son Christopher (Deborah); daughter Kathleen Ann Tucker (Kevin); granddaughter Lindsey Ann Ritenour (Chase); granddaughter Melissa Ann Pregler (Justin); granddaughter Chase Alexandra Carson; great-granddaughter Peyton Jane Ritenour; sister-in-law Alexis Carson and an extended family of nephews and nieces by marriage.

Memorials are suggested to the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center’s Minutes Matter Emergency Services Campaign c/o the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation at 501 S. Buena Vista St. Burbank, CA 91505.

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posted 1/10/2022

The Price Is Right at Night Talks the Talk
"The Talk" Hosts to Play with Players January 19
From the Futon Critic

CBS' top-rated daytime game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, welcomes the hosts of Daytime Emmy-winning talk show THE TALK to the primetime special THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT, Wednesday, Jan. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

THE TALK hosts - Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O'Connell and Sheryl Underwood - will come on down and play alongside contestants for Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief charity, and contestants will compete for amazing prizes, including cash, trips and cars.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/10/2022

WEEKEND: Win and In
It was SNF's World All Night
From Deadline

Charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent returned toRuPaul’s Drag Race with the Season 14 premiere on Friday, Jan. 7, which marked some highs for the Emmy-winning franchise.

With a slew of new queens entering the Werk-Room, RuPaul’s Drag Race earned a 0.53 rating in the 18-49 demo, up 17% from the Season 13 premiere (0.45). The season premiere made for the franchise’s best-rated season opener since Season 10 in 2018. Drag Race posted a 73% increase In the 18-34 demo rising from last year’s 0.28 to 0.48.

In addition to rising in the demo, RuPaul’s Drag Race also rose in VH1 viewership, tallying in 738,000 total viewers, up from last year’s 562,000. Unlike last year’s simulcast premiere, Drag Race‘s Season 14 opener aired only on VH1. Friday’s debut also surpassed the last full season average of 595,000 viewers, VH1 says. Additionally, Season 14 made for the best premiere on share, with a 5.04 in the 18-34 demo and a 2.63 for 18-49.

Meanwhile, NBC’s getting back into the swing of topping primetime for 2022, winning its second consecutive Sunday with the latest NFL Football showdown between the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders.

Sunday Night Football, which saw a tight game between the two teams, was the evening’s highest-rated and most-watched program. The Raiders clutched the win 35-32 against the Chargers. Per fast affiliates SNF earned a 4.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 14.50 million viewers, an impressive rise from the previous week’s game (3.7, 14.33M). Numbers are set to rise pending adjustment, as is the case with major live events including sports. As for other Sunday sports titles, Football Night In America (2.4, 9.30M) rose from the previous week and The OT (2.6, 10.34M) dipped.

When it came to the Sunday’s scripted programming 60 Minutes returned to top the night (1.3 9.89M), up significantly from the previous week when it lost to the premiere of Fox’s Next Level Chef. CBS’ primetime started a little later that scheduled due to football overrun.

The second-highest rated scripted program was the Season 2 premiere of Call Me Kat (0.9, 3.73M), starring Mayim Bialik. The Fox comedy, inspired by the BBC sitcom Miranda, was slightly down from its series debut last year (1.3, 5.37M). Fox also featured the series premiere of Pivoting (0.5, 1.95M), starring Eliza Coupe, Ginnifer Goodwin and Maggie Q. In updated numbers Call Me Kat moved up to a 1.1 demo rating and 4.7 million viewers and Pivoting earned 2.3 million viewers.

ABC’s evening peaked with Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (0.6, 4.42M), up two tenths in demo rating from the previous week and 11% in viewers.

The CW’s evening was a quiet one with both of its primetime shows, Legends of the Hidden Temple (0.0, 0.19M) and a repeat of Superman & Lois (0.0, 1.82M), earning zeros in demo rating.

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posted 1/10/2022


Hickman Family Archives
DWAYNE HICKMAN: 1934-2022
"Dobie Gillis" Played on the Panels of "Password", "Match Game"
From TV Line

Dwayne Hickman, star of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and The Bob Cummings Show, has passed away. Surrounded by his loved ones, Hickman died Sunday morning in Los Angeles as a result of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 87.

The actor’s first TV role was The Bob Cummings Show in 1955. He played the character Chuck MacDonald for 155 episodes, and honed his comedic craft with guidance from the legendary George Burns and Jack Benny. Five years later, he landed the starring role in his own series, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, which ran from 1959-1963 for a total of 148 episodes.

After earning his B.S. degree in Economics at Loyola University, Hickman resumed his career in film, starring in several teen movies including How to Stuff a Wild Bikini with Annette Funicello and Ski Party with Frankie Avalon. He also starred in the Academy Award-winning comedy western Cat Ballou with Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin.

Hickman returned to television in the 1970s, joining the corporate side of the industry as a network executive with CBS Television. He supervised shows such as Maude, M*A*S*H and Designing Women.

He left the network to star and produce the CBS Movie of the Week, Bring Me The Head Of Dobie Gillis, and later, spent time behind the camera directing half-hour comedies. His most recent credits include Clueless the TV series, where he played Tripp Mariens, and the 2001 TV-movie Surviving Gilligan’s Island.

In game shows, Hickman took time out to play "Super Password", "Match Game", "You Don't Say!", "The Hollywood Squares", "I'll Bet", "The Celebrity Game", "Stump the Stars", "The Object Is", "About Faces", and "Juke Box Jury".

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posted 1/10/2022

THURSDAY: For Richer or Poorer... But Mostly Poorer
"Joe Millionaire" Goes Low
From Deadline

Class is back in session as CBS’ Young Sheldon returned to the top of Thursday’s primetime broadcast ratings, besting a couple of premieres and mainstays.

Returning from the holiday break into the new year, CBS’ entire comedy slate rose from previous episodes. Young Sheldon earned a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7.20 million viewers, up in both counts in early Nielsen Live+Same Day numbers from its last episode in December (0.6, 6.79M).

In the fall, Young Sheldon would typically be the best-performing non-sport program as Fox would win the night with Thursday Night Football. However, Fox opted instead this week for the two-hour premiere of Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer (0.4, 1.67M), allowing Young Sheldon to win the night overall.

Going head-to-head with Joe Millionaire from 8-10 p.m. was the premiere of ABC”s Women of the Movement (0.4, 2.97M). Both premieres tied with the latest episode of The Blacklist (0.4, 3.44M).

As the night went on, CBS comedies United States of Al (0.5, 5.35M) and Ghosts (0.6, 6.22M) also rose from previous episodes. Ghosts topped its hour, besting Law & Order: SVU (0.6, 3.96M).

At 10 p.m., NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime (0.5, 3.22M) won the final hour of the night, topping CBS’ Bull (0.4, 4.60M) and ABC’s Let the World See (0.4, 2.68M).

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posted 1/7/2022

"Next Level" Premiere
Fox's New Competition the Highest-Rated This Season
From the Futon Critic

The premiere of Gordon Ramsay's newest competition series NEXT LEVEL CHEF on Sunday, January 2, posted a 1.7/10 Live + 3 Day rating, ranking as this season's #1 program debut and FOX's highest-rated launch since 2020. Across platforms, NEXT LEVEL CHEF marks Gordon Ramsay's most-streamed telecast ever and FOX's most-streamed debut of the season. FOX claims this season's Top Two unscripted debuts: NEXT LEVEL CHEF and ALTER EGO.

NEXT LEVEL CHEF (1.7/10 L3) ranks as the #1 debut of the season to-date, outperforming the next highest-rated (NBC's La Brea, 1.0/7 L3) by +70%.

It is also FOX's #1 debut in over a year (since MASKED SINGER: AFTER THE MASK 4/22/20). · NEXT LEVEL CHEF also ranked as the #1 unscripted program of Sunday night in A18-49.

FOX has the top two unscripted debuts of the season to-date with NEXT LEVEL CHEF and ALTER EGO, marking its third consecutive season to do so:
· 2021/2022 - #1 NEXT LEVEL CHEF, #2 ALTER EGO
· 2020/2021 - #1 THE MASKED DANCER, #2 I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE
· 2019/2020 - #1 LEGO MASTERS, #2 THE MASKED SINGER: AFTER THE MASK

Across non-linear, NEXT LEVEL CHEF delivered 909,000 Total Viewers on Hulu and FOX NOW, making it the most-streamed Gordon Ramsay telecast on record.

NEXT LEVEL CHEF also marks FOX's most-streamed debut of the 2021/22 season and FOX's #3 most-streamed unscripted debut ever (behind THE MASKED SINGER and LEGO MASTERS).

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posted 1/7/2022


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SYNDIES: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending December 26
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan was one of the few shows scoring an increase in the Christmas-week session ending Dec. 26. Live leapt to the top of the talkers with a 6% surge to a new season high 1.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

In the game show race, Family Feud fell 6% to a 5.1, but still tied Jeopardy for first place in the category and syndication overall. The former home of Alex Trebek eroded 11% to a 5.1.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.1 -11%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 -6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.6 -15%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 +17%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 1/6/2022

WEDNESDAY: The World Has Waited Long Enough
"The Amazing Race" Helps CBS Split Night with NBC
From Deadline

NBC’s Chicago Trio is back after the holiday break, heating up the new year as Chicago Fire wins both viewers and demo rating on Wednesday.

At the top of primetime Chicago Med won the 8 p.m. hour earning a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.75 million viewers. Stable from the latest episode back in early December (0.7, 6.40M), Chicago Med tied with the two-hour Season 33 premiere of The Amazing Race on CBS (0.7, 4.24M), but beat the competition series in viewers.

The Amazing Race, which returned to CBS after Covid delays, was steady from its Season 32 premiere in October 2020 (0.7, 3.43M) and rose approximately 19% in viewers. The latest premiere, however was down from the Season 32 finale (0.8, 4.31M) in December 2020. Both Chicago Med and The Amazing Race bested the latest episode of The Goldbergs and The Wonder Years on ABC, and the Season 2 premiere of Fox’s I Can See Your Voice. Returning for its sophomore season I Can See Your Voice (0.3, 2.18M) dipped significantly from its Season 1 premiere in September 2020 (1.1, 4.46M) and its December 2020 finale (0.8, 3.36M).

In the next hour, Chicago Fire (0.8, 6.98M) was the highest-rated and most-watched program of Wednesday primetime. Also up from the latest episode, Chicago Fire bested The Conners, Next Level Chef and Batwoman.

Following The Amazing Race in the 10 p.m. hour, CBS premiered Good Sam (0.3, 2.62M), featuring Sophia Bush, Edwin Hodge, Jason Isaacs, Skye P. Marshall and Michael Stahl-David. However, Chicago P.D. (0.7, 5.91M) won the final hour. The Chase logged in 1.86M with a 0.3 in the demo.

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posted 1/6/2022

"Go-Big Show" Introduces Big Twist
Fan Favorites to Be Crowned
From The Futon Critic

Even when every act is next-level wild in the extreme competition series, "Go-Big Show," it's difficult to choose favorites, there is always one that stands out most bombastically. TBS is introducing the inaugural Big Fan Favorite award, allowing fans deeper access into the world of Go-Big, where they can join judges T-Pain, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles, Cody Rhodes and host Bert Kreischer in choosing their very own #1 top favorite act.

Viewers will be prompted weekly to vote by posting on Twitter using contestant hashtags to decide their weekly faves. Voting will close the day before the next episode, and each week's winner will advance bracket-style.. Winning acts from each week will then go head-to-head in subsequent rounds, to ultimately choose one champion. The Big Fan Favorite award winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000.

Learn more about the Big Fan Favorite award at tbs.com/bigfanfavorite, launching tonight at 9pm ET.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/6/2022

Netflix Greenlights Some Bull��
Howie Mandel to Host
From Deadline

Netflix has commissioned Bullsh*t The Game Show with America’s Got Talent judge and Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel fronting the series.

The show comes from Nobody’s Hero, the production company set up by Christopher Potts and Jonty Nash — two of the creatives behind Netflix’s Nailed It!

Bullsh*t The Game Show, which is shot in New Mexico, offer contestants a chance to win big money, even when they don’t know the correct answer. Throughout the game, players will work their way up a money ladder either by answering questions correctly or by confidently giving incorrect answers – and persuading others that they are accurate. With a lot of money on the line, in this game you don’t have to be the smartest person in the room to win, you just have to convince everyone that you are.

It is set to launch on the streaming service this summer.

The show was created by Nash and Potts, who have made a name for themselves with brash non-scripted titles such as a dating competition series with Meat Loaf based on his 1993 hit “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”.

The pair are producing with ITV America, which they have an overall deal with. David Friedman, who has exec produced series including NBC’s Titan Games and Fox’s The Four: Battle for Stardom, is set as showrunner. He exec produces with Nash and Potts as well as ITV America’s David Eilenberg and Simon Thomas. The Voice director Alan Carter helms the series.

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posted 1/6/2022

"Next Influencer" on the Move
Season 3 to Stream on Paramount+
From The Futon Critic

ViacomCBS Gen Z studio Awesomeness today announced the return of its popular content creator reality competition, Next Influencer. The first five episodes of the new season will drop on January 13, 2022, followed by a weekly release of the season's remaining six episodes on Paramount+.

Hosted by past winner and TikTok star Owen Holt, the new season of Next Influencer is the first project from the Awesomeness Unscripted & Digital Franchise Studio to stream on Paramount+.

Over 10 episodes, plus a reunion special, the new season of Next Influencer follows a group of content creators who compete in a series of challenges to prove they have what it takes to become the next big influencer. One contestant will win a prize package that includes a talent contract with Awesomeness.

The new cast includes influencers Taylor Olympios, Dawn Morante, Evan Lane, Carrie Berk, Talen Battles, Noah Danenhower, Noor Dabash, Sierra Reed, Kristian Ramey, Soha Khatib and Bryce McKenzie.

Vibe Room, a new weekly podcast hosted by Holt that unpacks each Next Influencer episode, will also premiere on Sunday, January 16, 2022, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and more. New episodes will drop weekly.

To further celebrate the show's return, Awesomeness will debut a Next Influencer merchandise shop at https://www.awesomenesstv.com/merch as well as a dedicated TikTok account (@NextInfluencer) where fans can gain access to exclusive behind-the-scenes content on the show and cast.

Next Influencer is executive produced by Tara Cole. Production of the show is overseen by Ashley Kaplan, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Unscripted & Digital Franchise Studio. Next Influencer's first two seasons aired exclusively on the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel. The new season's episodes will become available on YouTube following their Paramount+ debut.

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posted 1/6/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Your Move, Steve"

  • Slide into Gerry Dee's DMs.. get a substitute for your Zoom room (107.5 KOOL FM)

  • Anthony McPartlin had doubts about his new show (Independent)

  • Jimmy Carr literally just owned up to a mistake (Huffpost)

  • Claire McNear examines the rash of streaks on Jeopardy! (The Ringer)

  • James Corden tests positive (TV Line)

  • Meet Sandra Diaz-Twine's daughter Nina... BOTH Are competing on "Australian Survivor: Blood v Water" (Gold Derby)

  • VIDEO WALL: The Amazing Race's first leg (Gold Derby)

  • Richard Karn gets into the NFT game (Primetimer)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the original Joe Millionaire (Heavy) and Countdown's first-ever Black winner (Voice Online)

posted 1/6/2022

"Drag Race" Returns Friday
Here's Your First Look
From TV Line

Less than 10 minutes into the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the queens get their first face-crack moment. And it’s really more like a shatter.

VH1 has released the first act of Friday’s Season 14 premiere (8/7c), giving fans some extra time with the first seven queens — for better or worse — and revealing a major twist in the game.

“It’s hunting season, bitches!” declares Alyssa Hunter, the first queen to sashay into the werkroom.

She’s followed by Bosco, who looks like Maleficent was styled by Minnie Mouse, and Kornbread “The Snack” Jeté, who’s poised to be one of the season’s shadiest (and most entertaining) queens. Up next is Willow Pill, who just wants what we all want out of life (“money, jewelry and hot dogs!”), and the stunning Kerri Colby, who arrives draped in the colors of the transgender flag. They’re joined by June Jambalaya (the self-proclaimed love child of Megan Thee Stallion and Phaedra Parks), and Orion Story, who delivers the longest entrance “line” in Drag Race herstory.

But just when everybody’s riding high, along comes Mama Ru to knock them down a peg. After welcoming the queens to the werkroom, Ru drops this bombshell: “Don’t be doing no half-steppin’, because the competition starts now. And before this premiere episode is over, one of you will sashay away.”

That’s right — unlike recent seasons, which also divided the queens into two groups for the premiere, no one is safe this time around.

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posted 1/5/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "More of the Same..."

posted 1/5/2022


Fandom
JAY WOLPERT: 1942-2022
Producer/Creator Built Understated Empire
From Deadline

Jay Wolpert, who was the original producer of The Price Is Right in the 1970s, created other game shows and later scripted The Count of Monte Cristo and Disney’s first Pirates of the Caribbean film, died Monday of Alzheimer’s in Los Angeles. He was 79.

Wolpert’s reps at Code Entertainment confirmed his death today.

Wolpert won a Jeopardy! championship in the late 1960s, an experience that steered him toward a career in TV game shows. Working for Goodson-Todman Productions, he became the first producer of the Bob Barker-hosted Price Is Right, which premiered in 1972. He remained in that role until 1978.

In 1976, Wolpert created Double Dare, another Goodson-Todson game show originally hosted by future Jeopardy! answer man Alex Trebek. It aired for about five months. Wolpert went on to launch Jay Wolpert Productions, for which he created the daytime game shows Whew! (CBS, 1979-80), Hit Man (NBC, 1983) Blackout (CBS, 1988), and Rodeo Drive (Lifetime, 1990). His 1987 pilot based on the Trivial Pursuit board was not picked up.

In 1990, Wolpert created and wrote for Into the Night with Rick Dees, an ABC late-night series fronted by the popular radio DJ and “Disco Duck” singer that lasted one season. Wolpert later penned episodes of TV’s Noel’s House Party and The Lazarus Man.

Wolpert would return to the game show genre as a producer of syndie The New Price Is Right (1994) and later served as executive producer of Wait ‘Til You Have Kids (1996-97), Shopping Spree (1996-98) and Match Game (1998).

Born on January 29, 1942, in NYC’s the Bronx, his career took a new tack in the early 2000s, after a chance meeting with a woman he’d hired as an assistant early on for This Price Is Right.

Nancy Meyers had produced Private Benjamin, Baby Boom and the Father of the Bride films and encouraged Wolpert to write. He did, and his first screenplay was for 2002’s The Count of Monte Cristo, starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce.

That got Disney’s attention, and Wolpert went on to pen the story for 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the film that launched the billion-dollar franchise starring Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. He would be credited for the characters in the four sequels.

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posted 1/4/2022

Bobby Bones Bows Out of "Idol"
In House Mentor Cites Conflicting Schedule
From Deadline

The upcoming 20th season of American Idol will be without Bobby Bones. Bones confirmed Friday on Instagram Stories that he’ll be ending his run on the ABC singing competition series after four seasons.

In a since-expired post, Bones revealed that because of conflict with another show, he won’t be on Idol this season.

“Some of you noticed I’m not in the Idol promos this season,” he wrote. “My contract [with] my new network won’t let me do another show right now. Love Idol, btw. Was a great 4 years.”

Bones has been with the ABC revival since Season 16, serving as a guest mentor for contestants. He became a full-time mentor the following season.

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posted 1/4/2022

MONDAY: Clayton Echard's Journey Begins...
New Season of "The Bachelor" Drops Tonight on ABC
From Reality TV World

The Bachelor returned to ABC for its Season 26 premiere in a big way, topping the first Monday night of the New Year.

The ABC competition series was the night’s highest-rated program, per fast affiliates, earning a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo and 3.75 million viewers. The Bachelor saw Clayton Echard take the spotlight. Along with Echard, Jesse Palmer made his debut as the series’ host, filling the void left by Chris Harrison who exited the show in 2021 amid controversy. The Bachelor dipped from the Season 25 premiere (1.2, 5.00M) in January 2021, and its finale in March (1.4, 5.75M)

The long-running ABC series also bested the Season 3 premiere of 9-1-1: Lone Star on Fox (0.7, 5.25M). Lone Star‘s Monday premiere was down two tenths and about 11% in viewers from the Season 2 opener in January 2021. The latest premiere was also down from the last season ender in May (0.8, 5.04M), but rose in viewers.

Also making its premiere in the 8 p.m. hour was Season 2 of Kenan (0.4, 2.57M), which fell from its Season 1 premiere in February 2021. In the same hour, All American (0.1, 0.38M) marked the CW’s highest-performing title of the evening. Later in the evening Fox’s latest drama The Cleaning Lady, starring Elodie Yung, made its debut (0.5, 3.56M). Per Fox, The Cleaning Lady marked the network’s highest-rated new drama premiere in two years. While the newcomer bested NCIS (0.4, 6.72M) in demo rating, it was the CBS title that won the night’s biggest audience.

NBC followed up Kenan with That’s My Jam (0.4, 2.40M), which fell slightly from its preview in November (0.6, 4.15M). .

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posted 1/3/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "More of the Same..."

  • Sara Haines off of "The View" (Deadline) and Jimmy Fallon was scared over the holidays (Deadline), all because of... yeah

  • Amy Schneider robbed last weekend (People)

  • Judge Steve Harvey is not your typical legal show. Judge Steve Harvey is not your typical judge (TV Insider)

  • "That's My Jam" promises surprises... particularly for the celebs involved (TV Insider)

  • Meet Sandra Diaz-Twine's daughter Nina... BOTH Are competing on "Australian Survivor: Blood v Water" (Gold Derby)

  • VIDEO WALL: The Amazing Race's first leg (Gold Derby)

  • Richard Karn gets into the NFT game (Primetimer)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dwyane Wade (CNBC) and Mayim Bialik (Cinema Blend)

posted 1/4/2022

SUNDAY: Welcome to 2022
Fox Scores with "Next Level Chef"
From Deadline

NBC rung in the New Year winning the first Sunday primetime of 2022.

With primetime scheduling returning back to normal following a repeats and special-filled holiday break, Sunday’s usual suspects were back at the top. NBC’s coverage of the Sunday Night Football Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers game was the night’s highest-rated and most-watched program overall. The showdown, which saw the Packers dominate their opponents 37-10, earned an impressive 3.7 demo rating and 14.33 million viewers, per fast affiliates. Numbers are set to rise as they typically do with major live events, like sports games. Sunday’s game was up from the previous week’s between the Dallas Cowboys-Washington Football Team.

Coming in second overall was Fox’s The OT (3.3,12.31M), which provided the premiere of Next Level Chef (1.2, 4.01M) a nice boost. The latest Gordon Ramsay cooking competition was the highest-rated non-sports title of Sunday night. While Next Level Chef bested 60 Minutes (0.5,6.84M) in demo rating, the latter was the most-watched non-sports title on Sunday.

Following 60 Minutes on CBS was The Equalizer (0.5, 6.29M), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.4, 5.03M) and S.W.A.T (0.4,3.67M).

ABC’s evening peaked with a new installment of America’s Funniest Home Videos (0.5, 4.31M). The network later featured Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (0.4, 3.90M), Supermarket Sweep (0.4, 2.27M) and The Rookie (0.3, 2.71M).

CW aired repeats of Legends of the Hidden Temple and Penn & Teller: Fool Us. .

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posted 1/3/2022

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posted 1/3/2022

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