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Same Throwdown... New Iron Chef
"Throwdown with Michael Symon" Premieres on Food Network December
From The Futon Critic

Michael Symon is an Iron Chef, award-winning restaurant owner, and a New York Times best-selling author for his cookbooks. Now, Michael is on a mission to go up against the best chefs in the game, and on their own turf, in the new Food Network competition series, Throwdown with Michael Symon. Premiering Tuesday, December 7th at 9:30pm ET/PT with a special double-episode, Michael is joined by his culinary director and right-hand, Katie Pickens, as they challenge the best of the best in the culinary world, with Michael taking on that chef's signature dish and challenging them to a good old-fashioned Throwdown. The catch - Michael doesn't know who he is going up against and the chefs don't know Michael is coming. Through four episodes, Michael will cook alongside the opposition, bringing his competitive spirit and creativity to the dishes that he is challenged to make while a crowd of spectators watch on. Each Throwdown has three total points at stake, with a pair of special guest judges blind tasting the dishes along with the audience in attendance, to determine the winner and see who has the ultimate Throwdown bragging rights.

"As a chef, I love being creative and thinking outside the box to come up with new ways of connecting with viewers through my dishes," added Symon. "On Throwdown, we get to showcase some of America's greatest chefs and restaurateurs while also getting the opportunity to flex my competitive side, too. Needing to think quickly and take chances in making someone else's signature dish, all the while not knowing who I'm competing against and battling it out in their wheelhouse, I couldn't think of a more perfect challenge!"

"As one of the most trusted voices in the culinary world with seven cookbooks to his name, numerous accolades for his restaurants, and the winningest Iron Chef, Michael Symon is a fan favorite and simply one of the best chefs cooking today. But he also might be the most competitive person as well, having competed in countless culinary battles against the world's premier chefs," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. "Michael is in for a new test armed with only his passion for making great food and his ingenuity in the kitchen. And with Michael not knowing who he is going up against in advance, the chefs unaware that they are being challenged by an all-time great, and bystanders watching and cheering along, all the ingredients are there for a Throwdown."

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posted 10/21/2021

More on "Go-Big Show" Season 2
Catch It on TBS January 6
From The Futon Critic

The explosive new season of TBS' extreme competition series "Go-Big Show" with judges T-Pain, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles, Cody Rhodes and host Bert Kreischer will premiere Thursday, January 6 at 9pm ET/PT. "Go-Big Show" currently ranks as the #2 new cable comedy of 2021.

"Go-Big Show" showcases supersized talents on a scale never before seen on television. With some of the most extreme and death-defying acts from around the country, the second season spotlights everything from underwater escape artists, bull jumpers and incredible feats of strength to trick riders and world-record holders. The series is a celebration of the most daring acts as they battle head-to-head to impress the judges and advance toward the finale's ultimate $100,000 prize or go home.

"Go-Big Show" is produced by Propagate and Boat Rocker's Matador Content. The series is executive produced by Todd Lubin of Matador Content and Jay Peterson of Boat Rocker Studios, Unscripted; Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens and Gregory Lipstone of Propagate; showrunner Conrad Green; Bert Kreischer and Rosario Dawson.

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posted 10/21/2021

.. They're Really Doing This Again
ITVSA Teams With Blumhouse for "I'm a Celebrity..." Redux
From Deadline

ITV America and Blumhouse Television are teaming on a U.S. reboot of long-running British format I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Here – with the horror cranked up.

Deadline understands that the two companies are currently pitching Celebrity Castle, a reimagined version of the format to non-scripted buyers. The two companies, which recently struck a partnership to develop and produce unscripted series, will co-produce the show if it is picked up to series.

I’m A Celeb… takes a group of celebrity contestants and puts them in the wild with few creature comforts. It has run in the UK for 20 seasons on ITV with the majority of the seasons shot in the Australian jungle.

The ITV Studios-owned format sees celebrities compete in a series of trials, where contestants must either do a physical or mental task or an eating trial, which sees them forced to eat a range of jungle foods such as crickets, ants, worms, spiders and the genitals of various animals.

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posted 10/21/2021

WEDNESDAY: Never Doubt Survivor
CBS, NBC Take Night
From Deadline

CBS and NBC reigned supreme Wednesday in primetime as Survivor and Chicago Fire led the charge.

Survivor returned to CBS to take the top ratings spot, earning a 1.0 in the 18-49 demographic and 5.41 million viewers, per Nielsen fast affiliates. The competition series jumped by two tenths in the demo rating and was steady in viewers from last week’s episode. In the same hour, Fox’s The Masked Singer (0.9, 4.22M), which topped last week’s demo, also was stable. Survivor also bested Chicago Med, The Goldbergs and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow in the 8 p.m. hour.

Chicago Fire (0.7, 7.13M) rovided NBC with a nice bump in the 9 p.m. hour, taking the most viewers of any program last night with a major cast departure. The drama was in line viewers-wise with its performance last week (0.8, 7.10M). Following Fire in the same hour was The Conners (0.6, 3.40M) on ABC and CBS’ Tough As Nails (0.4, 2.92M).

Also in the 9 p.m. hour was Fox’s Alter Ego (0.4, 2.15M), which struggled to bring in the demo and viewership of The Masked Singer ahead of it. The newbie singing competition reached its lowest viewership after a steady decline from its premiere in September (0.6, 2.85M). Also facing the same trend is ABC’s The Wonder Years, which has dropped decently from last week (0.5, 2.63M). The reboot fell one tenth in demo rating and 23% in viewers from the previous installment. From its premiere, Alter Ego dropped two tenths in demo and 24% in viewership. The Wonder Years saw a bigger audience dip since its opener, falling three tenths in demo rating and 34% in viewership.

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posted 10/21/2021

More on "Flipping Showdown"
Catch It November 17 on HGTV
From The Futon Critic

In HGTV's latest competition series, Flipping Showdown, premiering on Wednesday, November 17, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Ken and Anita Corsini, owners of Red Barn Homes, LLC a top-rated real estate business in Atlanta, will give a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for renovators and flippers to get $100,000 cash and the chance to start and grow their own real estate/flipping franchise.

During the six-episode series, the Corsinis, flipping experts who have bought, sold and renovated over 800 homes since starting their own business, will invest more than two million dollars of their own money for the flipping competition - including providing the nine homes required for the series and the accompanying budgets for each renovation challenge, sometimes surpassing $90,000.

The power couple, who first rose to fame as stars of HGTV's Flip or Flop Atlanta, will judge the work of three teams as they renovate three properties each within a set time and budget. Faced with unexpected expenses, crunched timelines and a long list of judging criteria, the teams will need to put their imaginations and business savvy into overdrive to max out each home's value. The team that delivers the most added value will win a career-launching prize--a chance to join the Corsini's thriving business team with a franchise in their own hometown.

"This is the ultimate job interview," said Anita. "We want these competitors to fight hard for the chance to join our successful business, and we need to make sure they have what it takes to be a part of our brand that we worked so hard to build, " added Ken.

The Flipping Showdown competitors include Colin and Christina Beck of Cincinnati, Ohio; Michael and Amy Gomez of Nashville, Tennessee; and brothers Cam Griffith and Chris Carter from Pensacola, Florida, and Washington, D.C. The series will kick off with a starter-home challenge and $30,000 budget that sends the teams into turmoil as they try to manage the tight six week timeline and the set renovation allowance. As the competition continues, the teams will renovate three homes from top to bottom and show off the best of their renovation, design, project planning and brand building in hopes of winning the biggest career jump of their lives.

For Flipping Showdown show updates, online users are invited to visit HGTV.com and follow @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Instagram using #FlippingShowdown. Fans also can follow the HGTV stars of Flipping Showdown via @kencorsini and @anitacorsini on Instagram. The new episodes will be available on discovery+ the same day as premieres, November 17. Flipping Showdown is produced by Fly on the Wall Entertainment..

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posted 10/21/2021

Strike Averted?
IATSE, AMPTP Reach Preliminary Deal
From Variety

Less than a week after IATSE struck a strike-averting tentative agreement with the Hollywood studios, streamers and networks for a new film and TV contract, members of the union will learn the actual details of the deal as soon as this weekend. “The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be sent to you as soon as it is completed and received from legal staff of both sides,” said a missive sent out to Local 800 on Tuesday evening.

“You will then have the detail notes and the contract language,” Art Directors Guild chief Nelson Parker and other Local execs added. Heading towards a ratification vote in the coming weeks, the plan is that Local 800 will unveil the fine print of the hard-fought three-year agreement during the virtual ADG Fall General Membership meeting October 23.

“Those details and comparisons to where we were, what was asked for, and what we won will be presented,” the Local 800 officials said. “We hope you will join us online to hear firsthand what is in the deal.”

Many members of IATSE say they will vote against ratifying a new contract with the major studios because it does not do enough to address working conditions on set.

The deal, announced Saturday afternoon, averts a strike that would have shut down film and TV production nationwide starting on Monday morning. But in interviews and online chatter, many workers have expressed frustration with the terms and said they expect it will be rejected.

“Basically nothing has changed,” said Ernesto Lomeli, a director of photography based in Los Angeles. “I have not heard a single person saying they will vote yes.”

A ratification vote will likely not be held for several weeks, as lawyers will have to translate the deal points into contract language. In the meantime, work will proceed as normal on film and TV sets.

The tentative agreement provides a 54-hour weekend and 10-hour turnaround time between shifts for all workers on all productions. Some were hoping for more than 10 hours, as well as other wage and residual provisions that are not in the deal. But they also wanted to make a broader point about conditions on set, which many find to be inhumane and unsustainable.

“We wanted to send a message that things needed to actually change,” said Rowan Byers, a dolly grip in IATSE Local 80. “The 10-hour turnarounds — that’s the same shit that’s already in my contract. Why would I be excited about that?”

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posted 10/20/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Amodio Rodeo is Forever"

  • Jeopardy! Nation rallies around Matt Amodio (Good Housekeeping)

  • JoJo Siwa splits with her girlfriend reportedly (Us Magazine)

  • Cheryl Burke makes a shocking admission on a podcast (Toofab)

  • Clayton Echard may or may not be "The Bachelor"... but social media is already over him (Bustle)

posted 10/21/2021

Discovery+ Feels Like Soul Food
Catch It November 20
From The Futon Critic

discovery+ and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today "The Great Soul Food Cook-Off," a first-of-its-kind soul food cooking competition series celebrating Black chefs and the Black culinary traditions that are the cornerstone of American cuisine. The six-episode, one-hour series debuts on discovery+ on Saturday, November 20th, with new episodes every Saturday through December 18th.

Today, we see Black culture recognized like never before in music, film, fashion, TV, sports, and more, but that same cultural recognition remains long overdue in the kitchen. OWN has partnered with discovery+ via the original series, "The Great Soul Food Cook-Off," in a cooking competition that finally spotlights the culinary contributions of Black chefs with challenges designed to highlight the past and present of soul food. Eight chefs will go head-to-head throughout the show in this high-stakes, spiritual, and emotional competition, but only one competitor can take home the grand prize of $50,000.

"Soul food originated in the earliest African American communities and describes a style of cuisine that represents the creativity and skill of Black cooks from many cultures within the African diaspora," said Tina Perry, president, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. "Our audience cherishes time together as a family around the table and many have passed down favorite family recipes for generations. This series is a celebration of long-standing traditions we hope to introduce and spotlight for new and existing viewers as we shine a light on a few of today's most talented Black chefs and culinary curators."

"The Great Soul Food Cook-Off" is hosted by acclaimed chef and television show host Kardea Brown. Brown will be joined by some of the world's best chefs, Eric Adjepong and Melba Wilson as they critique the chefs' weekly creations..

THe FUton Critic

posted 10/20/2021

TUESDAY: The Bachelorette Takes the Roses
ABC, NBC Take Night
From Deadline

The Bachelorette is back in full swing for fall as the reality series returned to ABC for its 18th Season. Last night’s two-hour premiere introduced teacher Michelle Young and the numerous men set to compete for a shot with her at the Indian Wells Resort in Palm Springs.

Opening to a 0.7 demo rating and 2.84 million viewers in fast affiliates, The Bachelorette Season 18 topped Monday ratings but also marked a premiere low for the series. Last night’s opener was down from the Season 17 premiere in June (0.9,3.59M), which previously marked the series’ all-time premiere lows, and also down from the Season 17 finale in August (1.2,4.37). Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe returned to the host seat after Chris Harrison stepped down from duties following racism controversies.

While The Bachelorette Season 18 topped Monday’s demo rating, The Voice snagged the night’s most viewers. The singing competition, which was dethroned by Dancing with the Stars and 9-1-1 on Monday, took home a 0.6 demo rating and 6.51 million viewers. After The Voice, La Brea (0.5, 5.02M) dropped slightly after two weeks but topped the rest of Wednesday’s newcomers.

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posted 10/20/2021

Love Is a Trap
More Info on Channel 4's New DAting Series
From The Futon Critic

The course of true love never did run smooth… so why not make it even more complicated with new Channel 4 dating show The Love Trap?

The Love Trap is part reality show, part gameshow, putting a group of women and one man to the test as some try to find love and others secretly scheme their way to a cash prize.

Presented by Joel Dommett, it’s sure to be an intriguing watch, as contestants find themselves at risk of being dumped through a literal booby trap in the floor.

Considering The Love Trap is made by the same executive producers as Too Hot To Handle, viewers can expect masses of drama as the singletons chase their hearts’ desire, whether that’s romance or fortune.

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posted 10/20/2021

AGT: Extreme Suspends Production
Daredevil Seriously Injured During Audition
From Deadline

Escape artist Jonathan Goodwin spoke out for the first time since a stunt on the set of America’s Got Talent: Extreme sent him to the hospital.

“A couple of days ago my life took a complete left turn…and the out pouring of love from all the corners of the world; from people I didn’t even think would know or remember me…has just been astonishing,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Thank you to everyone who has reached out and sent their love and support. It literally has been a lifesaver.” Among those wishing him well were his fiancée, British actress Amanda Abbington, who encouraged with the comment, “We’ve totally got this” on his post. Goodwin thanked his future wife in his missive and called her “the best thing to ever happen to me.”

Production on America’s Got Talent: Extreme has been temporarily shut down following last week’s on-set accident that sent stuntman Jonathan Goodwin to the hospital with critical injuries.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with Jonathan Goodwin and his family as he continues to recover from his accident on Thursday,” an AGT spokesperson said in a statement to People. “In order to focus on the wellbeing of our crew, we will be temporarily pausing production on America’s Got Talent: Extreme and will resume the last few days of filming at a later date. The health and safety of our cast and crew continue to be our priority.”

An AGT spokeswoman told Deadline: “During a rehearsal last evening for America’s Got Talent: Extreme, an accident occurred in which escape artist Jonathan Goodwin was injured while performing his act. He was responsive and was immediately taken to the hospital, where he is continuing to receive medical care. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as we await further updates on his condition.”

Deadline reports that taping has paused today on the Fremantle-produced show, which is hosted by Terry Crews, who is host of the main AGT series, alongside judges including Nikki Bella, Travis Pastrana and Simon Cowell.

The series, which showcases outrageous and jaw-dropping daredevil acts with extreme contestants competing each week in a series of wild stunts, is set for midseason on NBC..

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Sony Sells GSN Games to Scopely
Former Worldwinner to Go for $1 Billion
From Deadline

Sony Pictures Entertainment has sold GSN Games, a division of its Game Show Network subsidiary, to mobile gaming specialist Scopely for $1 billion.

Half of the purchase price will be paid in cash and the other half in preferred equity. The deal, subject to the customary review by regulators, will give Sony Pictures a minority stake in Scopely. The privately held firm, which launched in 2011, has gaming franchises like Star Trek Fleet Command, Marvel Strike Force, Scrabble Go, WWE Champions and Yahtzee with Buddies.

The 400 global employees of GSN Games will continue to be led by GSN CEO Mark Feldman, per the official announcement.

Scopely Chief Revenue Officer Tim O’Brien called GSN Games “incredibly durable and consistently profitable” in a press release. “The GSN Games organization is an exceptional team, and we are excited to see what more we can accomplish together,” he said. “We hope to take what is already a strong business and accelerate it through our publishing and technology infrastructure, unlocking even more value. Through this acquisition, we will continue to cultivate a loyal player base as part of our mission to inspire play.”

Ravi Ahuja, chairman of global television studios and corporate development for SPE, said he expects the entity to reach “new heights” as a result of the transaction. “In meeting the Scopely team, we knew we found the right organization to support and accelerate the business,” he added.

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Challenge All-Stars to Return
Season 2 Streams November 11
From The Futon Critic

Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, and MTV Entertainment Studios today announced that, after a widely successful first outing, the powerhouse series THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS has been greenlit for season two and will return on Thursday, Nov. 11. The 10-episode long season will drop weekly on Thursdays, exclusively on Paramount+.

Hosted by TJ Lavin, this all-new season welcomes back 24 of the fiercest reality titans from the hit franchise's long history, including some who haven't competed in more than 20 years.

With past relationships that run deep and competitive streaks that never die, they will have to overcome the obstacles both in and out of the game to take home the win.

Returning for a chance to win the ultimate competition, the players will face unprecedented, over-the-top challenges and vie for their shot at the $500,000 prize.

Meet THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS season two contestants:
· Ayanna Mackins - 3 Challenges
· Brad Fiorenza - 10 Challenges, 1 Win (Twitter: @BradFiorenza / Instagram: @BradFiorenza)
· Casey Cooper - 4 Challenges (Instagram: @case_coop)
· Cohutta Grindstaff - 4 Challenges (Twitter: @cohuttalee / Instagram: @cohuttalee)
· Darrell Taylor - 9 Challenges, 4 Wins (Twitter: @mtvrrdarrell / Instagram: @darell_taylor_lb4lb)
· Derek Chavez - 3 Challenges (Twitter: @d_e_r_e_kc / Instagram: @d.e.r.e.k.c)
· Derrick Kosinski - 10 Challenges, 3 Wins (Twitter: @DerrickMTV / Instagram: @derrickmtv)
· Janelle Casanave - 2 Challenges, 1 Win (Instagram: @therealjanellemtv)
· Jasmine Reynaud - 5 Challenges (Instagram: @jazmtv)
· Jodi Weatherton - 2 Challenges, 3 Wins (Instagram: @jodi_mtv)
· Jonna Mannion - 5 Challenges (Twitter: @jonnamtv / Instagram: @jonnamannion)
· Katie Doyle - 9 Challenges, 1 Win (Twitter: @KatieCooley26 / Instagram: @katiecooley26)
· Kendal Darnell - 1 Challenge, 1 Win (Twitter: @KendalSheppard / Instagram: @kendalsheppard)
· Laterrian Wallace - 3 Challenges (Twitter: @latwal / Instagram: @iamlaterrian)
· Leah Gillingwater- 1 Challenge (Twitter: @EllGillingwater / Instagram: @leahgillingwater)
· Melinda Collins - 4 Challenges (Instagram: @melindastolpmtv)
· MJ Garrett - 3 Challenges, 1 Win (Instagram: @mjgarrett24)
· Nehemiah Clark - 4 Challenges, 1 Win (Twitter: @NehemiahMTV / Instagram: @nehemiahclark)
· Ryan Kehoe - 5 Challenges (Twitter: @RyanKehoe5 / Instagram: @ryankehoe5)
· Sophia Pasquis - 2 Challenges (Instagram: @de_la_soph)
· Steve Meinke - 1 Challenge (Twitter: @reelglory)
· Teck Holmes - 1 Challenge (Twitter: @teckholmes / Instagram: @teckholmes)
· Tina Barta - 5 Challenges (Twitter: @tinabarta / Instagram: @tinabarta)
· Tyler Duckworth - 4 Challenges, 2 Wins (Twitter: @TylerDuckMTV / Instagram: @themightyduckworth)


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posted 10/20/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Good Day to Be Byron Allen"

  • Byron Allen looks to acquire Walk of Fame star (KCBS Los Angeles), TEGNA (Bloomberg)

  • Mary Berry becomes a Dame (EW)

  • Attack 25 ends with nothing new to show for it (Asahi Shimbun)

  • Arthur Chu says Jeopardy! didn't honor Alex's wishes (Decider)

posted 10/20/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 4 (or "38 Wins and Good Night")
Matt Amodio Powers Jeopardy! to Win to End Week of October 10
From TV Newscheck

The third week guest-hosting Jeopardy this season was a charm for Mayim Bialik as the show surged 7% from the prior frame to a new season high 5.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and easily topped all of syndication in the session ending Oct 10. Of course, Jeopardy got a huge boost from fascination with super contestant Matt Amodio.

Of course, Amodio’s streak was eventually stopped on October 11 after 38 straight victories and more than $1.5 million in winnings.

Jeopardy had been tied at the top with usual syndication leader Family Feud, which fell 2% to a 5.3 although Feud had not yet begun its new season. Wheel of Fortune was flat at a third-place 5.0, but far ahead of rookie You Bet Your Life, which lost 13% to a 0.7.

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) 5.9* +7%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.2* +4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 -2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 10/19/2021

Fox Slots "Next Level Chef"
New Series to Play After NFL Doubleheader"
From The Futon Critic

Gordon Ramsay's new unscripted cooking competition, NEXT LEVEL CHEF, will premiere immediately following the NFL ON FOX doubleheader and THE OT in all time zones on Sunday, Jan. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET / 7:00-8:00 PM CT / 6:00-7:00 PM MT / 5:00-6:00 PM PT). Then, Season Two of CALL ME KAT (8:00-8:30 PM ET / 7:00-7:30 PM CT / 6:00-6:30 PM MT / 5:00-5:30 PM PT) and the series premiere of new comedy PIVOTING (8:30-9:00 PM ET / 7:30-8:00 PM CT / 6:30-7:00 PM MT / 5:30-6:00 PM PT) will debut immediately following the NFL ON FOX doubleheader and THE OT in all time zones on Sunday, Jan. 9. Time period premieres for all three programs will be announced soon.

NEXT LEVEL CHEF is the next evolution in cooking competitions, as award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay has designed a one-of-a-kind culinary gauntlet, set on an iconic stage like you've never seen. Over three stories high, each floor contains a stunningly different kitchen. From the glistening top floor to the challenging bottom of the basement, the ingredients will match the environment, because Ramsay believes the true test of a great chef is not only what they can do in the best of circumstances, but what kind of magic they can create in the worst! With a level playing field, Ramsay has opened up the competition and scoured the country for the very best line cooks, home chefs, social media stars, food truck owners and everything in between, all competing against one and other with the goal of finding the food world's newest superstar! Joined by two elite names in the food world, chefs Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais, Ramsay and his co-mentors will leave no stone unturned, as they each recruit a group of the talented chefs and take them under their wings. Ramsay and his friends will attempt to bring out the very best in their cooks, as they all try to find "the one." Although he now sits unrivaled at the top of the culinary world, Ramsay started at the bottom, washing dishes in a local takeout restaurant. He firmly believes that as long as a chef has the drive, talent and perseverance, he or she can make that climb to the top. Creativity, consistency and cunning are the recipe for success to make it to the NEXT LEVEL, as the competitors adapt to the challenges waiting for them. Only one can walk away with a life-changing $250,000 grand prize and become a NEXT LEVEL CHEF! The series is produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment and Studio Ramsay Global.

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More "Wipeout" Coming January
Winter Premiere January 11
From the Futon Critic

All new episodes of Cable's #1 New Comedy "Wipeout" return on Thursday, January 11, 2022 at 9pm/8c on TBS.

Hosted by multifaceted megastar John Cena ("F9," "The Suicide Squad," "Peacemaker") and Emmy Award-nominated actress/comedian Nicole Byer ("Nailed It!," "Girl Code"), with field host Camille Kostek (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model 2019, "Free Guy"), "Wipeout" is an adrenaline-fueled comedy competition series that pushes contestants' athleticism, endurance and determination as they race to win the grand cash prize. Each game is split into three rounds and features a jaw-dropping, three-stage obstacle course consisting of multiple strategy and decision points designed to test the stamina of the competitors. This season welcomes teams from a variety of different backgrounds including a father-son duo with an unusual physical attribute, a record-breaking run by two firefighters, a sex therapist who has the hots for one of the hosts, and a divorced couple who team up to win the big prize - and features a few twists along the way from an obstacle course marriage proposal to Camille finding she's been replaced by a sock puppet on her sick day to a redemption episode featuring some of John and Nicole's favorite competitors from across the season. Testing the willpower of each contestant pairing, "Wipeout" captures the very best in extreme sports competition all while delivering laughs and more than a few epic fails.

Endemol Shine North America has produced the series for TBS with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre, Shyam Balsé and Keith Geller, serving as executive producers. John Cena serves as an executive producer. Matt Kunitz, creator of the original series, serves as executive producer and showrunner..

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posted 10/19/2021

Killed Camp
CW Pulls Season 2 of "Killer Camp"
From Deadline

Killer Camp, The CW’s adaptation of the British non-scripted format, has been pulled from the youth-skewing network after only two episodes.

The series, which sees a group of 13 campers navigate their way through twists and surprises while competing to expose a ‘killer’ among them in return for a cash prize, premiered on Sunday October 10.

The second episode aired on Sunday October 18 but it has been subsequently replaced by repeats of Dean Cain-hosted Masters of Illusion going forward.

The first episode of the season launched with 155,000 viewers and a 0.05 in the 18-49 demo, while the second episode got 164,000 viewers and a 0.03 in the demo.

Sources tell Deadline that the show is likely to return to the linear schedule at some point.

The show was, in fact, in its second season. The first season, which was originally commissioned by British broadcaster ITV2, was acquired by The CW and aired in summer 2020.

The network subsequently commissioned an original version with a mix of American and British contestants.

Killer Camp, which also features comedian Bobby Mair, is produced by Tuesday’s Child Television and distributed by Keshet International. Ben Wilson is showrunner with Karen Smith and Steph Harris as exec producers..

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posted 10/19/2021

Allison Corn, Stan Hsue Promoted at Lion
"Cash Cab" Producers Named Co-Presidents
From Deadline

‘Cash Cab’ Producer Lion Television US has promoted Allison Corn and Stan Hsue to Co-Presidents of the UK-headquartered firm almost a year after long-time CEO Tony Tackaberry’s departure.

The pair move up from their respective Senior Vice President Of Production And Development and Senior Vice President Of Development roles. They will continue to supervise a slate that features a wealth of entertainment shows, premium factual and docs including Bravo’s Cash Cab, recently launched E! gameshow Jason Biggs’ Cash At Your Door and more than a dozen titles for Investigation Discovery and Discovery+.

Both joined All3Media-owned Lion US in the 2000s before working their way up the ladder, and they were put in interim charge of the US operation when Tackaberry departed at the start of this year to launch a new venture after 17 years with the business.

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posted 10/19/2021

MONDAY: The Voice LOSES?!
ABC, Fox Take Night
From Deadline

Fox and ABC have broken NBC’s Monday-topping streak as the latest episodes of 9-1-1 and Dancing With The Stars tie to top ratings. Both 9-1-1 and Dancing with the Stars drew in a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, besting The Voice‘s 0.7.

Last night’s Dancing with the Stars (0.8, 5.09M) saw a sizable bump in both viewers and demo rating from last week’s installment (0.6, 4.40M).

Despite topping Monday every week since its season premiere, The Voice (0.7, 6.13M) climbed down a few rungs to earn the third highest-rated program of the evening. The NBC singing competition saw a sharp drop from last week’s episode, falling by two tenths in demo rating and 9% in viewers.

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TV Line

posted 10/19/2021

More on "Last Singer Standing"
Catch It on RTE October 23
From RTE

RTÉ's new game show Last Singer Standing will kick-off later this month with host Nicky Byrne and Nadine Coyle, former NSYNC member Joey Fatone, and Samantha Mumba as Pop Panellists.

Contestants will require tactics as well as singing talent as they battle it out against one another in a bid to make it to the grand final and win €25,000.

The new show will start on Saturday, October 23 on RTÉ One and run for eight weeks, reaching a finale in December with prize money of €25,000 for the winner.

In a statement, RTÉ said, "Last Singing Standing is game show for all of the family to enjoy, it requires contestants to have tactics as well as talent, as singers face off against one another in a test of singing ability, and nerve".

Produced for RTÉ by ShinAwiL, the series will air on Saturday evenings, with one singer from each show making it to the next round.

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posted 10/19/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Here Come the Newlyweds... Again!"

  • Buzzr acquires "The Newlywed Game", will start November 15 (Facebook @BuzzrTV)

  • Jamie Foxx has a new book (NPR)

  • Michelle Yi recovering after being attacked (EW)

  • Jonathan Fisher once again proves the old axiom... Everyone's a critic on Twitter (Decider)

posted 10/19/2021

SUNDAY: Second Down... in Football
"Hidden Temple" Matches Week-Ago Numbers
From Deadline

Another week, another Sunday victory for NBC as its Sunday Night Football matchup featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks drew primetime’s top numbers. The game, which the Steelers won 23-20, scored a 3.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 13.12 million viewers in pre-adjusted Nielsen fast affiliates.

As with all major live events, numbers are set to be adjusted at a later time, but in early data the Steelers-Seahawks was no match for the Buffalo Bills-Kansas City Chiefs showing (4.8, 16.78M in pre-adjusted numbers) last week. NBC said last Sunday’s game brought in a total audience delivery of 18.4 million viewers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New England Patriots showdown earlier this month remains the second most-watched Sunday football game ever.

In non-sports-related Sunday primetime, CBS’ Sunday slate was decently delayed thanks to regional coverage of NFL games. That said, CBS said 60 Minutes (9.85M) was the most-watched non-sports primetime title. Even in early numbers, the viewership count would be reasonable considering 60 Minutes earned upwards of 9 million viewers last week with an on-time, post-NFL episode. Per CBS, The Equalizer followed with 6.85 million viewers and NCIS: Los Angeles 4.95 million. SEAL Team aired out of primetime.

ABC’s primetime peaked with Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (0.4, 4.06M). Fox peaked with a rerun of The Simpsons (0.5, 1.61M), which led into an original episode of the long-running animated comedy (0.5, 1.45M). The CW saw both Legends of the Hidden Temple (0.1, 260,000) and Killer Camp (0.0, 170K) remain steady in both ratings and viewership from their premieres last week.

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TV Line

posted 10/18/2021

Null and Void
ITV Cancels Quiz Show with a Tank of Water
From PopCulture

The U.K. game show The Void will probably never get an American adaptation. ITV reportedly canceled the show after just one season this weekend. ITV has canceled several game shows in recent months, including the long-running The X Factor in July. The network is home to the U.K. version of The Masked Singer, which has been as big a hit there as the American version is in the U.S.

The Void debuted in July and was hosted by Fleur East and Ashley Banjo. It involved contestants putting themselves through physically and mentally demanding challenges, while also trying not to fall into the titular void, a giant tank of water in the show's studio. The winner of the main challenges then has to succeed in one more challenge for a shot at a £25,000 (about $34,300) prize, reports The Sun. The show was produced by the same team that made The Cube, which did get an American version that aired on TBS with Dwayne Wade hosting.

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posted 10/18/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Leafy Green"

  • #ICYMI Melissa Joan Hart explains this... (CNN)

  • Betty White... loving wife... funny lady... devoted animal activist... dragon lady? (Amomama)

  • Les Dennis fights pre-diabetes (Brinkwire)

posted 10/15/2021

Harry Potter Moves to Linear
"Tournament of Houses" to Air on TBS, Cartoon Network November
From the Futon Critic

TBS and Cartoon Network revealed today a first-look teaser and premiere date for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, hosted by Academy Award(R)-winning actress Helen Mirren. The four-part competition series will debut a new episode every Sunday, beginning Nov. 28 through Dec. 19, on TBS and as part of Cartoon Network's ACME Night.

Following its linear simulcast, the special event series will be available on HBO Max early next year. Nearly two decades since the global critical and box office hit of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses celebrates the 20th anniversary of the film and continues the Wizarding World spirit showcasing ultimate fan glory on a never-before-seen scale.

Featuring hundreds of trivia questions and special guest surprises, this unforgettable event of a lifetime will unveil which fans know the vast, intricately detailed universe like the back of their hand as they compete to take home the title of House Cup Champion.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, in association with Warner Horizon and Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton of theoldschool..

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posted 10/15/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Leafy Green"

  • Laganja Estranga plays Poison Ivy (EW)

  • Darragh Ennis has a message for anyone who thinks "The Chase" is fixed (Birmingham Live)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vanna White (Las Vegas Weekly) and the hosts of "Baker's Dozen" (TV Insider)

posted 10/15/2021

Alex Trebek Immortalized in Giving Back
Legacy Fellowship Fund Established
From Patch

The Television Academy Foundation announced the establishment of the Alex Trebek Legacy Fellowship Fund with a $50,000 gift from longtime Jeopardy! executive producer Harry Friedman and The Harry & Judy Friedman Family Foundation. Named in honor of the late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, the fund will provide a select number of need-based fellowships, known as the Alex Trebek Legacy Fellowships, to college educators attending the Foundation's annual Faculty Conference as well as support overall conference programming.

The Foundation's annual, three-day Faculty Conference connects college classrooms with the television industry by providing media professors with curriculum-enhancing seminars on the latest in the art, science and business of television.

Initially, the Alex Trebek Legacy Fellowships will be awarded to 25 college and/or university educators from across the country who demonstrate financial need and wish to attend the three-day virtual Faculty Conference Nov. 15-17.

This year's conference will also include a panel discussion titled "The Art of the Game: Careers in Quiz and Game Shows," featuring panelists Harry Friedman, Jeopardy! co-head writer Michele Loud; Executive Vice President of Production at Warner Horizon Television Inc. Kevin Fortson; and moderated by Bob Boden, executive producer of syndicated game show Funny You Should Ask.

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posted 10/14/2021


Sony Pictures TV/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 3 (or "38 Wins and Good Night")
Matt Amodio Powers Jeopardy! to Win to End Week of October 3
From TV Newscheck

In the session ending Oct. 3, the excitement over star contestant Matt Amodio, the second-biggest consecutive game winner in Jeopardy history, edged the show ahead 2% from the week before to a 5.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, nudging it into undisputed first place on syndication’s household ratings chart first time in several months.

Of course, Amodio’s streak was eventually stopped on October 11 after 38 straight victories and more than $1.5 million in winnings.

Jeopardy had been tied at the top with usual syndication leader Family Feud, which fell 2% to a 5.3 although Feud had not yet begun its new season. Wheel of Fortune was flat at a third-place 5.0, but far ahead of rookie You Bet Your Life, which lost 13% to a 0.7.

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) 5.5 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 NC
- 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 10/14/2021

WEDNESDAY: Wear Your Mask
NBC, Fox Split Night
From Deadline

Wednesday night belonged to mysterious musicians and first responders as The Masked Singer topped the evening’s demo ratings and Chicago Fire walked away with the most viewers.

After tying for second last week with Chicago Med, The Masked Singer returned as Wednesday’s highest-rated program drawing in a 0.9 in the 18-49 demographic and 4.31 million viewers, up in both counts from the previous installment.

In the same hour, Survivor (0.8, 5.42M) was down from previous weeks but remained CBS’ top-performing title of the evening. Both Chicago Med (0.8, 6.70M) and The Goldbergs (0.6, 3.10M) stayed stable from last week.

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posted 10/14/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Miz 3"

  • Miz gets renewed (Deadline)

  • Leah Remini to sub for Wendy Williams (The Wrap)

  • Howie Mandel back home and on the mend (EW)

  • Brian Austin Green, Sharna Burgess didn't flake on Tuesday (Gold Derby)

  • Yep. Derek Xiao & Claire Rehfuss are dating (Gold Derby)

  • Becca Kufrin details about how she reconciled (Reality TV World)

  • BBC to Gordon Ramsay: Can you tone down your swearing? Gordon Ramsay to the BBC: (BEEP) off. (Brinkwire)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Matt Amodio... AND the man that took him out (Deseret News)

posted 10/14/2021


Nicki Swift
RICARLO FLANAGAN: 1971-2021
"Shameless" Actor Was on "Last Comic Standing"
From EW

Ricarlo Flanagan — a rapper, actor and comedian whose credits include Shameless, Insecure and Last Comic Standing — has died at the age of 41.

Flanagan died over the weekend after contracting COVID-19, his agent, Stu Golfman of KMR Talent, tells PEOPLE.

"Ricarlo was truly one of the nicest people on the planet, a wonderful performer and we are heartbroken by the news of his passing," Golfman says in a statement.

No further details about his death were given. In a GoFundMe campaign set up to raise money to "get him home to his family in Cleveland, Ohio," Flanagan is described as a "loving son, grandson, cousin, nephew, and friend with many amazing talents."

"He brought laughter to every room he walked in," the fundraiser's description reads.

Flanagan's first foray into the world of comedy happened in 2007, when he discovered a flyer on a telephone pole in Ann Arbor, Michigan, advertising for comedy classes. After attending one class, Flanagan was hooked and began pursuing a career in stand-up comedy.

In 2015, Flanagan became a semifinalist on the ninth season of Last Comic Standing.

The comic went on to appear in comedies such as The Mick, The Carmichael Show, Insecure, The Neighborhood, and Kidding. He also held recurring roles on Showtime's Shameless and the Disney XD show Walk the Prank.

Prior to his death, the comic had landed his first film role in the Aubrey Plaza-starring thriller Emily the Criminal.

In addition to his work in TV, Flanagan was a rapper who performed under the name Father Flanagan. He released his debut album, Death of Davinchi, in 2010 and followed the record up with 2019's An Opus Inspired By Andre Martin and 2020's Hope Your Proud.

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posted 10/13/2021


Variety
BRIAN GOLDNER: 1963-2021
Hasbro CEO Played a Role in Forming The Hub
From TV Line

Brian Goldner, chief executive of Hasbro and Transformers executive producer, has died of cancer several days after taking a medical leave from the Pawtucket, R.I.-based toy and entertainment giant. He was 58.

The transformational exec was key in expanding the company into entertainment, leading Transformers and G.I. Joe to the big screen. Under Goldner, Hasbro acquired Canada’s independent Entertainment One studio in 2019, selling off its music business. Goldner also helped form The Hub, the children's network jointly owned by Hasbro and Discovery Networks. Once the home of "Pictureka!", "The Game of Life", and "Family Game Night", the network now exists as Discovery Family.

“It is with deep and profound sadness that Hasbro announces the passing of beloved leader and longtime Chairman and CEO Brian D. Goldner,” the company said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

Goldner first disclosed his cancer diagnosis in 2020, saying he had been undergoing treatment since 2014. Hasbro announced Oct. 10 that he would take an indefinite leave of absence for medical reasons.

“Since joining the company more than two decades ago, Brian has been the heart and soul of Hasbro. As a charismatic and passionate leader in both the play and entertainment industries, Brian’s work brought joy and laughter to children and families around the world. His visionary leadership, kindness, and generosity made him beloved by the Hasbro community and everyone he touched. On behalf of the Hasbro family, we extend our deepest, heartfelt condolences to his wife, daughter, and entire family,” said Rich Stoddart, interim CEO.”

Goldner was also on the board of directors of ViacomCBS.

“On behalf of everyone at Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon, we are saddened by the news of Brian Goldner’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family,” Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brian Robbins said in a statement. “Brian was an incredible partner and collaborator with us on so many beloved franchise titles including G.I. Joe and Transformers, and he was a visionary leader in evolving Hasbro into a global content company. He will be sorely missed.”

Goldner joined Hasbro in 2000 and quickly was recognized as a visionary in the industry. He was named CEO in 2008 and became chairman in 2015. He was instrumental in transforming the company into a global play and entertainment leader, expanding beyond toys and games into TV, movies and digital gaming, including the 2019 acquisition of independent entertainment studio Entertainment One in 2019 for $3.8 billion. It sold eOne’s music business to investment firm Blackstone for $385 million in cash.

Goldner is survived by his wife and daughter. He lost his 23-year-old son in 2015.

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posted 10/13/2021

TUESDAY: Voice Fights the Law
NBC, CBS Split Night
From Deadline

The Voice topped Tuesday ratings for the fourth consecutive week, holding steady with a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and drawing in 6.30 million viewers. NBC’s singing competition led the night alongside the latest episode of FBI on CBS (0.7, 6.44M), which took home the evening’s most viewers.

Both NBC and CBS battled it out for the top spot in each primetime hour on Tuesday, with NBC winning the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours and CBS taking the 10 p.m. slot. NBC followed up The Voice with a new installation of the disaster drama La Brea (0.6, 4.98M), which has maintained steady demo ratings and viewership over the weeks since its premiere. La Brea bested fellow newbies FBI: International (0.5, 5.42M) on CBS and Fox’s Our Kind of People (0.3, 1.33M) , which have also remained steady ratings-wise over the past weeks.

The evening ended with FBI: Most Wanted as the highest-rated and most-watched program of the 10 p.m. hour. The series saw a bit of a bump in rating from it’s lead-in, marking the series’ first rise since its season premiere.

Elsewhere, ABC’s evening peaked with Dancing With The Stars (0.6, 4.11M), which led into A Night in the Academy Museum (0.3, 2.18M), which celebrated the launch of the industry institution. The special was hosted by Laura Dern and Tom Hanks.

The Resident was Fox’s most-watched and highest-rated program of the evening..

Deadline
TV Line

posted 10/13/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Rocket Man"

  • William Shatner's two minutes in Heaven (TV Line)

  • Howie Mandel rushed to the hospital (TMZ)

  • G4 to return... with "Ninja Warrior" (The Futon Critic)

  • VIDEO WALL: The Boulet Brothers' Dragula (Season 4) (The Futon Critic)

posted 10/13/2021

MONDAY: Vaya con Dios, Gibbs
NBC Wins with "The Voice"
From Deadline

Mark Harmon, after more than 18 years on CBS’ NCIS, made his exit on Monday evening during the latest episode titled “Great Wide Open.”

As bittersweet as the series regular’s send-off may have been, it wasn’t in vain as NCIS earned the most viewers of the evening besting The Voice, Dancing With The Stars and more on Monday.

“Great Wide Open” saw Harmon’s Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs stick around in Alaska as an escape from a life of law enforcement. He bid farewell to partner Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) and embraced a “sense of peace.”

Overall NCIS (0.5, 7.37) and The Voice led Monday night, again, for the fourth week in a row. NBC’s The Voice (0.9, 6.77) once again went head-to-head with Dancing With The Stars‘ Disney night (0.6, 4.40M) and came out on top to top the evening. Also having a pretty strong night was 9-1-1 on Fox (0.8, 4.98M) which remained steady since its Season 5 premiere.

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TV Line

posted 10/12/2021

The Price Is... Cookie Jam?
Fremantle Announces Deal with Jam City
From Pocket Gamer

Jam City has announced that they have teamed up with Fremantle for a collaboration that brings The Price is Right to Cookie Jam, their popular match-3 game. The team-up starts today and offers players the chance to drop chips down the famous Plinko board to earn in-game prizes daily.

The Price is Right is currently celebrating its 50th season. That's quite the milestone, so it probably won't surprise you to hear that the show is the longest-running game program in TV history. If you have never caught an episode, it sees contestants guessing the price of everyday retail products to win prizes. It is a simple concept, but all the best ideas for game shows are, and that's undoubtedly why the show has remained popular over the decades.

The collaboration with Jam City will, as mention, feature the iconic Plinko board alongside sound effects from the show and host Drew Carey. Players who find themselves on a winning streak can complete a Cookie Jam level to obtain chips to drop onto the Plinko Board.

Discussing the latest partnership, Sam Notowitz, Vice President of Business Development for Jam City said: “Jam City’s partnership with Fremantle brings one of the greatest and most enduring game shows of all time from the television screen to our player’s hands to enjoy anytime.”

Pocket Gamer

posted 10/12/2021

Kartoon Channel Heads to Pluto TV
Network to Air "KC! Pop Quiz"
From AWN

Genius Brands International has launched its streaming branded Kartoon Channel!’s program line-up on Pluto TV, a free television streaming platform.

The deal significantly expands the Genius Brands kids’ channel footprint, providing its content to millions of Pluto TV users. Included in Genius Brands’ slate of original series are popular shows such as Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the new original trivia gameshow for kids, KC! Pop Quiz (starting October 12) hosted by Nickelodeon star Casey Simpson; and the upcoming Shaq’s Garage, starring Shaquille O’Neal and Rob Gronkowski. Viewers will also see fan favorite classics such as Baby Genius and Pac-Man.

“This deal with Pluto TV provides us with an amazing opportunity to significantly expand the brand footprint to a broad audience across the U.S., as well as to build our advertiser base with best-in-class partners,” commented Harold Chizick President of Content Sales, Marketing and Consumer Products, Genius Brands. “We have a longstanding relationship with ViacomCBS, starting with the launch of Rainbow Rangers on Nick Jr., and we are looking forward to this next endeavor with Pluto TV.”

“We are thrilled to bring Kartoon Channel! to the Pluto TV audience,” added Amy Kuessner, Senior Vice President of Content Strategy & Global Partnerships, ViacomCBS Streaming. “Their mission of providing quality ‘content with a purpose’ to kids of all ages and their families is a perfect complement to our diverse range of programming as we look to further broaden Pluto TV’s content offering..

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posted 10/12/2021

LEGO Masters Heads to South Korea
MBC Picks Up Format
From TBI

South Korean network MBC has become the latest global broadcaster to pick up remake rights to competition reality format Lego Masters.

The Korean version will be co-produced with LA- and Seoul-based production company B&C Content.

Banijay Rights, which sells tape and format, said the deal meant Lego Masters would become the only non-Korean unscripted format to air on free-to-air television in the country.

Production is currently underway on the show, which sees pairs compete against each other to wow judges with awesome inspiring designs and brick builds.

It was originally created by UK-based Tuesday’s Child Television and the Lego Group, and has been remade across 17 countries, including in the US, Australia and Spain.

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posted 10/12/2021

Block to Be Rocked Again
HGTV Renews Hit Series
From the Futon Critic

HGTV has picked up another season of Rock the Block, its mega-hit home renovation competition series. Set for premiere in early 2022, the series again will be hosted by popular carpenter, craftsman and design expert Ty Pennington and will showcase four teams of HGTV's powerhouse experts who are ready to face-off in a renovation battle for bragging rights and a street named in their honor. Competitors will include twin real estate bosses Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb (Unsellable Houses), Arkansas' fiercest home renovation experts Dave and Jenny Marrs (Fixer to Fabulous), Detroit-based flippers Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas (Bargain Block) and veteran real estate broker Egypt Sherrod joined by her builder husband Mike Jackson (Married to Real Estate). Each team will have just six weeks and a budget of $225,000 to renovate identical properties and morph them into the ultimate suburban oasis that reflects their distinctive vision and breathtaking design.

"Our renovation competitions continue to perform well and audience anticipation will be extremely high for another season of Rock the Block," said Betsy Sanner Ayala, senior vice president, programming and development, HGTV. "This is also a great vehicle to showcase some of our newer talent who have a competitive spirit and are ready to put their expertise on the line in a fun, no-holds-barred showdown."

The homes in the upcoming season of the series will be built by Hunter Quinn Homes in Nexton, a Charleston metro community based in Berkeley County, South Carolina.

Rock the Block is produced by Big Table Productions.

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Deadline

posted 10/11/2021


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SUNDAY: The Temple Awaits
CW Premieres Long-Awaited Reboot Sunday Night
From Variety

Legends of the Hidden Temple is back!

The popular ’90s game show was a favorite for millennials who grew up watching the series on Nickelodeon and now The CW has breathed new life into the competition. However, instead of children vying for the grand prize, it’ll be adults stepping up to the challenges set before them.

Also, this iteration will include a temple that’ll certainly remind viewers of the original, but that’ll have its own uniqueness and flare to it.

The game show debuts on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

Comedian Cristela Alonzo is the host of The CW’s iteration of the game. Dee Bradley Baker is returning to be the voice of Olmec, the talking stone head who acts somewhat as a guide to the contestants as he explains the challenges and warns of the dangers they face.

Though this is an adult version of Legends of the Hidden Temple, the competition will retain many of the same elements that fans of the original know and love, the grand prize, however, is much bigger. Though there are six team names to choose from–Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, Red Jaguars, and Silver Snakes–only four will will compete in a “jungle” setting for $25,000.

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS‘ Sunday dramas are all eyeballing steady returns, pending possible adjustment due to NFL overrun in some markets. The Equalizer, for one, opened its sophomore run with 7.5 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, right on par with Season 1’s regularly scheduled outings and leading Sunday’s entertainment fare in total audience. NCIS: LA‘s season opener (5.9 mil/0.6) also matched its previous averages, as did SEAL Team (3.9 mil/0.5) in its brand new (if temporary) time slot.

NBC Sunday Night Football (16.5 mil/4.8) was down sharply from last week’s preliminary numbers, yet of course led the night across the board.

Elsewhere:
- THE CW | The Legends of the Hidden Temple reboot debuted to 280K and a 0.1 (TVLine reader grade “C+”), followed by Killer Camp‘s Season 2 opener with 170K and a 0.0.
- ABC | The Rookie (2.6 mil/0.3) dipped to a new audience low while steady in the demo.
- FOX | The Simpsons’ latest “Treehouse of Horror” drew 3.8 mil/1.2 leading out of football, followed by The Great North‘s 2 mil/0.7, Bob’s Burgers‘ 1.8 mil/0.7 and Family Guy‘s 1.6 mil/0.5..


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posted 10/11/2021

More on "Walk the Line"
Pop Star Craig David to Reportedly Join the Panel
From 98fm

Craig David is reportedly being lined up to judge on Simon Cowell's new TV talent show Walk The Line.

According to Metro.co.uk, it's believed the singer will join the music mogul on the panel of the show, due to launch later this year.

"Craig David is an icon of the British music industry – but also as relevant today as he was when he burst on the scene back at the beginning of the Noughties," a source told Metro.co.uk. "He’s appeared on Simon’s shows before – and he’s widely respected – so it would make perfect sense for him to be involved in Simon’s new show."

Maya Jama has already been confirmed as host.

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posted 10/11/2021


Deadline
CHRIS PEARSON: 1996-2021
"Ex on the Beach" Contestant Murdered
From TV Line

Chris Pearson, a professional DJ best known for participating in the first season of MTV’s Ex on the Beach, died over the weekend after reportedly being stabbed during an altercation in Los Angeles. He was 25.

Authorities tell TMZ that the stabbing is under investigation, with several leads already being followed. It’s reportedly being considered a “solvable case.”

“Chris was the one person that loved with his whole heart,” reads a statement on Pearson’s GoFundMe page, which was set up to help his family with funeral expenses. “He had so much love and energy to give to every single person he crossed paths with. He wouldn’t leave the room until he made sure every single person was happy. Chris was the most determined person there could ever be. He had a dream, set a goal [and] didn’t stop until he achieved that goal. It didn’t matter what or who he lost on the way, he made sure he had his eye on one thing and one thing only.”

The statement continues, “His smile lit up an entire room. The only other thing that Chris loved more than his music was his family and friends. All Chris wanted was to make it far in life to help his family and make them proud. Chris was taken from us way way too soon. Nobody was ready for this, there was so much more he had set to accomplish.”

Pearson appeared in all 11 episodes of Ex on the Beach‘s first U.S. season, which aired from April to June 2018 on MTV. Unlike most of the other contestants, Pearson had not appeared on a reality TV show prior to hitting the Beach.

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posted 10/11/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "#SpookySizzizn"

  • Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg's Halloween special gets a new date (The Futon Critic)

  • William Shatner is going into space. And Discovery... is there. (The Futon Critic)

  • Jay Leno plays Wilmington (WECT Wilmington)

  • Whoopi Goldberg responds to BArbara Corcoran's bad joke (EW)

  • Peter Weber was asked to be on "Bachelor in PAradise"... according to Peter Weber (Us Magazine)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Brian Austin Green's girlfriend (Us Magazine)

posted 10/11/2021


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Bobby Flay to Exit Food Network
Mainstay to Depart By Year's End
From Variety

Superstar chef Bobby Flay and Food Network are poised to part ways after a 27-year run that has made the restaurateur and businessman one of the country’s most recognizable culinary figures.

Flay and Food Network have been in negotiations on a new contract for some time. His most recent exclusive three-year pact with the Discovery-owned cabler expires at year’s end. Sources close to the situation said that Food Network has ended the negotiations.

Flay representatives at WME declined to comment on the situation, citing the policy of not commenting on active negotiations. That’s an indication that Flay’s team sees some hardball negotiating tactics afoot. But Variety reports that sources close to Food Network say the decision has been made to move on as the sides were far apart on financial terms. Food Network declined to comment.

The parting will come as a shock to longtime Food Network viewers. Flay has been a staple of its programming since 1994, when the cabler was still in its first year on the air. Flay has fronted a slew of series and specials for the cabler, from recent offerings such as “Beat Bobby Flay” and “Brunch at Bobby’s” to the original “Grillin’ and Chillin’ ” series that established Flay as a charismatic chef barbeque master. Flay has also long been a regular contender on Food Network’s many game shows, from “Chopped” and “Iron Chef America” to “Worst Cooks in America,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and “The Next Food Network Star.”

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posted 10/8/2021

Dragons Move Their Den
Season 20 of BBC1's "Shark Tank" to Shoot from Glasgow
From Deadline

BBC1’s long-running business format Dragons’ Den is to shift production from Manchester to Scotland.

Producer BBC Studios’ factual entertainment team in Glasgow, which is run by former MasterChef and Kitchen Nightmares exec Adeline Ramage Rooney, will hire a number of editorial and production management personnel to work on the show.

Season 20 of Dragons’ Den will be the first to come from Scotland, although studio recordings will remain in Manchester for that run.

The BBC’s forthcoming Weakest Link reboot is also being produced in Scotland. The 19th season of business format Dragons’ Den kicks off in the new year on BBC1 and will see the youngest ever dragon, 29-year-old podcast host Steven Bartlett, join the show.

Deadline

posted 10/8/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
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  • RuPaul's latest single shades "Drag Race" contestants (Out)

  • Victoria Scone gets chopped early thanks to a nasty injury (EW)

  • "Law & Order" is returning. Will Anthony Anderson? (Deadline)

  • #ICYMI: a player with a 4.0 GPA goofs on Wheel of Fortune (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Amber Borzotra (EW)

posted 10/8/2021


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FULLER GOLDSMITH: 2003-2021
"Chopped Junior" Contestant, "Top Chef Jr." Alum
From NPR

Top Chef Junior competitor Fuller Goldsmith has died following a long battle with leukemia. He would've turned 18 years old on Saturday.

His death was announced by Magical Elves, producers of the cooking show.

"We are devastated after hearing about the loss of our Top Chef Junior alum, Fuller Goldsmith. He was an incredible chef and the strongest kid we've ever met. From the minute he was introduced to us, we knew he would make an impact on everyone around him and be a positive force in cooking world. To his family, we give all our love as they mourn the loss of someone truly special," Magical Elves posted on Instagram.

In a statement, the NBCUniversal channel Universal Kids similarly paid tribute to Goldsmith's spirit: "Fuller was always happiest in the kitchen getting to do what he loved. His unforgettable personality and passion for cooking left a mark everywhere he went. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends."

Fuller Goldsmith grew up in Alabama. His passion for cooking began at age 4. In 2017, he told Tuscaloosa magazine it was the chicken wings and barbeque sauce his father would make for Crimson Tide football game tailgate parties that got him hooked. He soon was the main cook for his family.

At age 14, Goldsmith entered Food Network's Chopped Junior competition, cooking up such Southern specialties as powdered sugar beignets and beer-battered catfish. After winning the competition, he donated his prize money to Children's of Alabama hospital in Birmingham, where he spent years in and out of treatment.

Goldsmith was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 3. His cancer returned for a fourth time in 2018.

"When I was sick, cooking was the only thing that got me up," he told Tuscaloosa. "If I was just laying down doing nothing, my feet and legs would hurt, but when I was moving around in the kitchen, I wouldn't be hurting as much."

Fuller Goldsmith died on Tuesday. His father, Scott Goldsmith, told the CBS affiliate in Tuscaloosa, "He got tired and was ready to go."

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posted 10/7/2021

Tug of Words: November
Game Show Network's Newest Original Finally Has An Air Date
From the Futon Critic

TUG OF WORDS will premiere on Monday, November 8 at 4:30 p.m. ET on Game Show Network and air weekdays.

From the producing team behind "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," TUG OF WORDS is a fast-paced game where two teams compete to answer word clue questions correctly and pull the flag on the "tug of war rope" to their side. In round one, each answer involves changing a single letter in the word that appears on the board. For example, with 'TUG' on the board, the answer to the clue 'a label inside a garment' is 'TAG,' and with 'TAG' then on the board, the answer to the clue 'hopefully the upstairs neighbors aren't learning this dance' is 'TAP.' With each round, an additional letter is added creating four and five letter words to solve. The team with the flag on their side after three rounds wins the game, qualifying them for the bonus round where they have opportunity to compete for $10,000.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/7/2021

Dance Dance (Pop) Revolution
New Dance-Off to Air on Peacock November 4
From the Futon Critic

Peacock has unveiled the official show art and premiere date for the all-new reality competition series, SIWAS DANCE POP REVOLUTION, which will begin streaming on Thursday, November 4. Three of the eight episodes will drop on premiere day, with new episodes available each week thereafter.

Jessalyn Siwa, mom and manager to multi-talented worldwide pop sensation JoJo Siwa, is teaming up with her daughter, in SIWAS DANCE POP REVOLUTION, the ultimate reality competition series in which young talent, who also happen to be major JoJo Siwa fans, will compete for a coveted role in XOMG Pop, a brand-new pop group that will be managed by Jessalynn. Eleven tweens will participate in a series of performances and challenges, while JoJo serves as choreographer and mentor. As part of the grand prize, the newly crowned pop group will serve as an opening act for JoJo.

The cast includes 18-year-old pop star, YouTube sensation, dancer, influencer and entrepreneur JoJo Siwa as well as her "momager" Jessalynn Siwa. Other cast members include Bella Cianni Llerena, Brooklynn Pitts, Dallas Skye Gatson, Emily Hoder, Kinley Cunningham, Kiya Barczyszyn, Laila Clark, Leigha Rose Sanderson, Tatum Waters, Tamara "Tinie T" Andreasyan and Sadie O'Sullivan.

SIWAS DANCE POP REVOLUTION is produced by Evolution Media. Alex Baskin, Douglas Ross, Brian McCarthy, Sean Rankine, Brian Stinson, Lindsay Weiglein, Jessalynn Siwa, JoJo Siwa and Caryn Sterling serve as executive producers..

The Futon Critic

posted 10/7/2021

More on "Table Wars"
Catch It on HGTV, Discovery+ November 12
From the Futon Critic

Table Wars, HGTV's colorful new extreme tabletop and special event design competition series will premiere on Friday, November 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT as a celebration of the unrestrained imagination and breathtaking creativity displayed by eight top event designers. Available to stream on discovery+ the same day, the seven-episode series will feature innovative tabletop exhibitions that must pass muster with lead judge Martha Stewart, the Emmy(R) Award-winning television personality and The New York Times bestselling author, as well as Table Wars host, actress, design enthusiast and Emmy(R) Award winner Tamera Mowry-Housley. Chris Hessney, an acclaimed luxury event planner and designer, will complete the judging panel.

The finalist who delivers the most over-the-top event space will win the Table Wars title and a $50,000 cash prize.

During each episode of Table Wars, the competitors must design and install the ultimate themed dining environment that features stunning tablescapes, centerpieces, lighting and displays to wow the judges and avoid elimination.

The competitors, ready to impress the judges with their spectacular designs or face elimination, include: Carlton Lee Jr. (Atlanta, Georgia); Wilfredo Emanuel (Naples, Florida); Rachel Burt Garcia (Plano, Texas); Brian Morrow (Orlando, Florida); Stephanie Mufson (San Francisco, California); Jenevieve Penk (Little Harbor, New Jersey); Yaz Quiles (Jersey City, New Jersey); and CeCe Todd (Birmingham, Alabama).

The Futon Critic

posted 10/7/2021

WEDNESDAY: Nailed It
NBC, CBS Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Survivor drew 5.6 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, dipping in the demo week-to-week yet still leading Wednesday in that measure.

From there, Tough as Nails returned to 3.1 mil/0.5 — on par with its sophomore averages, but drawing a smaller crowd than SEAL Team did last season (3.9 mil/0.5). CSI: Vegas then debuted to 4 mil and a 0.4, improving on SWAT‘s typical audience in the time slot, yet respectively ranking sixth and seventh among this fall’s nine debuts thus far.

NBC | Chicago Med (6.7 mil/0.8) ticked up, Fire (7 mil/0.8) was steady and copped the night’s largest audience, and P.D. (5.6 mil/0.7) dipped.

FOX | The Masked Singer (4.1 mil/0.8) and Alter Ego (2.4 mil/0.4) were both down.

ABC | The Goldbergs (3.2 mil/0.6) ticked up… The Wonder Years (2.4 mil/0.5) and The Conners (3.1 mil/0.5) were steady… and Home Economics (1.9 mil/0.3) and A Million Little Things (1.7 mil/0.2) both dipped/presumably hit series lows.

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posted 10/7/2021

MONDAY: Dancing Like No One's Watching
One Couple, One Judge Sit Out
From TV Line

Dancing with the Stars judge Derek Hough was forced to sit out of Monday night’s show due to a “potential Covid exposure,” host Tyra Banks announced during the broadcast.

“Although he’s fully vaccinated and tested negative, Derek will sit out tonight’s show out of an abundance of caution,” she added.

Hough will reportedly sit out all of Season 30’s third week. He is the third member of the DWTS team in recent memory to miss a show due to Covid. Last week, dancing partners Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke bowed out of a taping, after testing positive for the coronavirus, despite being fully vaccinated.

Cheryl Burke is on her way back to the ballroom and Cody Rigsby is close to joining her. The “Dancing with the Stars” pro has completed her 10-day quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 last Sunday and is cleared to return to the show for next week’s double Disney Night.

“I’ve got some great news. I have been officially cleared. I am back to normal. No more quarantine for me,” Burke shared in an Instagram video Wednesday evening. “Unfortunately, Cody is still in quarantine, but he will be back in Los Angeles starting Friday, which means we can technically dance on both Monday and Tuesday.”

NBC’s The Voice hit the right note with its latest episode to top Monday primetime. The singing competition series, which has regularly topped primetime since the beginning of the new season, earned a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.23 million viewers in its 8-10 p.m. slot, slightly up from last week’s count.

ABC’s latest installment of Dancing With The Stars (0.7, 4.78M) failed to keep up with both The Voice and 9-1-1 on Fox (0.8, 4.50M), which it previously tied in ratings last week.

Taking viewership was NCIS (0.6, 7.59M), which also marked the peak for CBS’ Monday primetime slate. The drama, which followed The Neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola, provided freshman NCIS: Hawai’i (0.4, 5.37M) with a strong lead-in. The spinoff saw its first dip in ratings from its first two episodes, dropping down one tenth in the 18-49 demo.

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posted 10/7/2021


Everett Collection
ALAN KALTER: 1943-2021
"Letterman" Announcer Announced "TTTT", "Pyramid"
From TV Line

Alan Kalter, who served as announcer on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman for two decades, has died at the age of 78, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He passed away Monday in a Connecticut hospital, his wife Peggy confirms.

Kalter succeeded Letterman’s original announcer Bill Wendell, who departed The Late Show in 1995.

On screen, Kalter frequently played a heightened version of himself, appearing in a myriad of segments, often as a sexual deviant. He also hosted show-within-a-show Alan Kalter’s Celebrity Interview. He remained a fixture on The Late Show through Letterman’s retirement in 2015.

“RIP Alan Kalter,” former Late Show scribe Bill Scheft wrote on Twitter. “A lovely man, and as my old boss might say, a ‘perfect stooge.'”

In addition to The Late Show, Kalter served as announcer on a number of game shows including To Tell the Truth and The $25,000 Pyramid, along with USA Network’s USA Saturday Nightmares and Commander USA’s Groovie Movies in the 1980s, as well as WrestleMania XXVII in 2011.

He also appeared in two episodes of the early-aughts NBC dramedy Ed — which was co-produced by Letterman’s Worldwide Pants Incorporated — as Principal Roger Gable.

His last televised appearance came in 2017, when Letterman was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor during a Kennedy Center PBS special.

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posted 10/7/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
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  • Ken Jennings to speak at IUS (Jeffersonville News & Tribune)

  • Matt Amodio reads himself to sleep (Voice of America)

posted 10/7/2021

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