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COLIN KROLL: 1983-2018
"HQ" Co-Creator Found Dead of Apparent Overdose
From New York Daily News

Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of the popular trivia app HQ Trivia, died Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, TMZ reports. He was 35.

Kroll, who also co-founded the now-defunct Vine app, was reportedly found by police at his apartment in downtown Manhattan after his girlfriend asked cops to perform a welfare check. Sources told the outlet Kroll is believed to have ingested cocaine and heroin prior to his overdose.

Kroll co-founded HQ with Rus Yusupov, and the game debuted in August 2017 to considerable popularity. HQ users compete with other players as part of a live game show, and win prize money if they get all 12 trivia questions correct. The app came several months after Vine, an app in which users upload six-second videos, shut down.

Kroll, Yusupov and Dom Hofmann launched Vine in 2013, and Kroll was the company's general manger between 2013 and 2014. He was previously an engineering manager at Yahoo! from 2007-09, and the Chief Technology Officer at Jetsetter from 2009-13, according to his LinkedIn profile. .

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posted 12/16/18

WEDNESDAY: Games Can't Beat Games
CBS Wins with Survivor
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.553 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) emerged as the top draw on Wednesday with its mix of "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "SEAL Team" (6.543 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Criminal Minds" (5.401 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (4.325 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with the fall finales from "The Goldbergs" (5.287 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "American Housewife" (4.609 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Modern Family" (3.618 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Single Parents" (3.618 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "A Million Little Things" (3.367 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Next up was NBC (4.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "Ellen's Game of Games: Game of Games Holiday Spectacular" (5.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Little Big Shots: Little Big Holiday Special" (5.211 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "A Legendary Christmas" (2.247 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.902 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Empire" (2.182 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Star" (1.621 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, the fall finales to "Riverdale" (1.208 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "All American" (0.712 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.960 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 971k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 958k

- Deal or No Deal - 10p (CNBC): 654k
- Deal or No Deal - 9p (CNBC): 644k
- America Says (GSN): 408k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/12/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Leave the Kids Out of This"

  • Wayne Brady is bold. His daughter is beautiful (Soaps.com)

  • Wendy Williams goes after Nick Cannon's kids. Nick Cannon is having. None. Of. It.(BET)

  • Kevin Hill joins Dwayne Johnson's Seven Bucks Productions (Deadline)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Karen Gillan reacts to being a clue on "Jeopardy!" (ComicBook.com)

posted 12/13/18

Bob Barker Turns 95
World's Greatest MC Celebrates Quietly
From USA Today

Bob Barker marked his 95th birthday with a quiet day at home Wednesday after two health scares in the past two months.

"He's just resting (today), and he'll probably have some family come by," Barker's representative William Prappas told USA TODAY.

The TV icon recently made headlines after he was hospitalized in late October due to back pain and again last month for the same reason. "He's still recuperating from his back (issues)," Prappas explained. "He's improving. He's 95 today so it's a bit of a slow process, but ... all the signs are pointing to a good recovery, and so he'll just keep doing what he's doing.

"He's just taking the steps necessary to recover and get better and he's going in the right direction."

Barker spent more than 50 years in the limelight, most notably hosting CBS' "The Price is Right" from 1972 to 2007. In recent years, he's been seen in public less frequently. However, he returned to "The Price is Right" in 2013 to celebrate his 90th birthday and again in 2015 to guest host an April Fool's Day episode.


USA Today

Chicago Sun-Times
PopCulture
KOMO Seattle
Fox NEws

posted 12/12/18

ABC Lays Out Midseason Plans
In: Idol, Match Game. Out: Dancing's Spring Season
From the Wrap

ABC has revealed its schedule of midseason premiere dates for new dramas "The Fix," "Whiskey Cavalier" and "Grand Hotel" and returning shows like "For the People" and "American Idol." Notice we didn't mention "Dancing With the Stars"? It appears the declining dance competition is taking the spring off for the first time since 2007.

ABC will launch its second season of the iconic "American Idol" on SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST). When "American Idol" premieres, "AFV" original episodes will return to 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST, and new editions of "Shark Tank" will air 10:01-11:00 p.m. EST.

A new season of "Match Game" premieres WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST).

The Wrap

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Reality TV World
Reality TV World
Deadline

posted 12/12/18

SYNDIES: Week 14
Results for the Week Ending December 2
From TV Newscheck

Led by Dr. Phil, most of the top syndicated shows came roaring back from a soft holiday frame in the session ending Dec. 2. Phil was the biggest gainer among all strips, leaping 26% to a 2.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and finishing first among the talkers for the 117th week in a row.

In access, Family Feud rebounded 17% to a 6.3, but nonetheless landed in a tie for second place among the game shows with Wheel of Fortune, which also accelerated 17%. Jeopardy lead the group with a 16% increase to a 6.4.

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 (CTD) 6.4 +16%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 +17%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 +17%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 12/12/18

I'm Dreaming of a (Betty) White Christmas
Buzzr to Highlight Betty White Episodes Through Christmas Eve
From Broadway World

Cue chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at someone's nose...because the holiday season has arrived. BUZZR is broadcasting its yearly homage to the queen of game shows, Ms. Betty White. Joyeux Noel, Betty White Christmas has returned - so don't get your tinsel in a tangle, please!

From December 17-24, all regularly scheduled episodes of vintage favorites like Match Game, Tattletales, Password Plus and Super Password will feature the very best of Betty White. We are talking 8 days, 71 episodes and a BIG finish. Naturally, the Betty White bonanza will close with a Christmas Day marathon of Match Game episodes airing from 8:00 a.m. ET/5:00 a.m. PT until 6:00 a.m. ET/3:00 a.m. PT the following day.

I know we say it every year, but honestly, "What could be better than Betty?" Please view and share our Betty White Christmas trailer HERE. Be naughty. Save Santa the trip. Oh, and tune-in to BUZZR for Betty White Christmas starting December 17!

Broadway World

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posted 12/12/18

TUESDAY: Eye See You...
CBS Wins Over The Voice, Game Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.598 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday thanks to the fall finales of "NCIS" (12.145 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "FBI" (8.971 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

NBC (5.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the settle for second place with its mix of "The Voice" (8.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas" (5.958 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.674 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Sharing the silver was ABC (4.341 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its respective fall finales for "The Conners" (6.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.353 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Black-ish" (3.600 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Splitting Up Together" (2.983 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Rookie" (4.219 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.647 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) got a bump from its crossover conclusion to "Supergirl" (2.129 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and the fall finale to "Black Lightning" (1.164 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.736 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "The Gifted" (1.125 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on FOX (1.431 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 918k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 662k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/12/18

Deal or No Deal Goes Live!
Companion App Released
From Mobile Marketers

Endemol's "Deal or No Deal Live" app may help CNBC to more deeply engage viewers of the rebooted game show. The first two airings of the show performed strongly with an average of 830,000 viewers, according to Nielsen data cited by Programming Insider, pointing to the potentially large user base for the accompanying app. Even as more consumers are cutting the cable cord, the show has expanded to alternative channels to appeal to consumers' shifting viewing habits. "Deal or No Deal" is also available on its own YouTube channel, where the first episode received more than 60,000 views.

The show's accompanying mobile app comes as consumers increasingly watch TV while using another device. These "distracted viewers" make up a significant part of today's TV audience, with 89% of smartphone users saying they watch TV while using a phone, according to a Deloitte survey. A majority (82%) of marketers believe TV viewers' second screens and advertising clutter are hampering their TV ad campaigns, according to a survey by ad tech company Viant. Viewers are engaging with their devices as much during TV shows and commercials as they are during the 30-minute window before and after, Viant data show. "The challenge here for advertisers is that TV viewers might be physically present while commercials air, but not fully mentally present," Viant found. To combat this, marketers are now working to develop strategies to engage these second-screeners through mobile apps and play-along content, such as "Deal or No Deal Live."

"Deal or No Deal Live" arrives in a moment of live-trivia games' growing popularity among consumers. Game show-style app HQ Trivia has gained sponsorships from major media brands including movie studios, pointing to how "Deal or No Deal Live" could generate revenue in the future. Meanwhile, broadcasters like Fox and TBS have created their own live-trivia apps. Fox's "FN Genius" launched in August, and late-night TV host Samantha Bee launched the "This Is Not a Game: The Game" in September to urge people to vote in the recent U.S. midterm elections.

Mobile Marketer

PR Newswire

posted 12/12/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "TV or Not TV"

  • Rachel Lindsay, Bryan Abbasolo never offered a TV wedding... so they'll do the NOT TV version (Reality TV World)

  • Jordan Pruitt, former "Voice" contestant, reveals child molestation story (USA Today)

  • Ellen DeGeneres considering ending her talk show? ... and other buried ledes (New York Times)

  • FIRST LOOK: LSB Season 5 ... and Big Bird? (The Futon Critic)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani spoil Christmas for each other... still not engaged (Reality TV World)

posted 12/12/18

Wait Wait! Take Three Three!
Another TV Adaptation of NPR Quiz in the Works
From Deadline

The popular radio show/podcast Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is headed to television. NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's Wilshire Studios has teamed with Storied Media Group to develop a TV series based on the long-running NPR program.

Hosted by Peter Sagal, NPR's weekly news-themed radio panel show Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is a funny and fast-paced game of provocative questions and snappy answers about current events. It features celebrity guests, which have ranged from Jordan Peele, Stephen Colbert, Guy Richie, and Greta Gerwig to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The TV adaptation will stay true to the original while delivering bigger, visual and variety-themed games that can't be captured on the radio. It will be an hour-long current events trivia game featuring three celebrity panelists who will compete in a series of comedic challenges, earning points as they correctly answer questions about the week's news. The panelist who earns the most points will earn a cash prize for the charity of his or her choice. A host for the TV version has yet to be announced.

"We are delighted to be adapting the iconic Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!" said Dawn Olmstead, President, Wilshire Studios. "The series, radio show and podcast, working in tandem, will allow us to expand the audience across multiple platforms. We look forward to working with our partners at NPR and Storied Media Group on growing this timely franchise."

Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! has nearly 7 million weekly listeners and in 2008, it won a Peabody Award. "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is one of our flagship programs, so we are especially excited to bring it to Wilshire Studios, part of the NBCUniversal family, to develop for television," said Michael Lutzky, VP of Business Development for NPR. "We are thrilled that one of the longest-running and most listened to radio and podcast franchises in history will now entertain television audiences with a fresh and fun look at the week's news."

NPR previously teamed with CBS in 2008 for a Wait Wait TV adaptation, which filmed a pilot. A one-off special aired on BBC America in 2011 with original host & announcer tandem Peter Sagal & the late Carl Kasell. Neither show went to series.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 12/11/18

MONDAY: Anything But a Silent Night
"The Voice" Powers NBC, "Elseworlds" Event Triggers CW Leapfrog
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.846 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) once again held off the competition on Monday with a new "The Voice" (8.404 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and the special "Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night" (3.729 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

CBS (6.712 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Neighborhood" (7.127 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Happy Together" (5.214 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Magnum P.I." (5.997 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Bull" (7.967 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was ABC (5.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its specials "CMA Country Christmas" (6.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "The Great Christmas Light Fight: All Stars" (3.363 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.578 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) got a boost from the fall finales to "Arrow" (2.043 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.113 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "The Resident" (2.256 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "9-1-1" (2.344 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) on FOX (2.300 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.794m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.349m
- Real Country (USA): 493k
- America Says (GSN): 324k .


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/11/18

Four-tugal
SP Entertainment Options Banijay Song Contest
From TBI Vision

Armoza Formats' primetime singing competition The Four has been optioned in Portugal, with SP Entertainment snapping up local rights for the format.

The deal comes just months after the format was optioned by Banijay Asia for India and Southeast Asia.

Two series of The Four have already aired on US broadcaster Fox, and the format recently sold into Lithuanian broadcaster LNK TV, as well as Brazilian broadcaster Record TV and Greece's Antenna TV.

The US adaptation was recently awarded Best Talent Show at the National Film and TV Awards in Los Angeles, besting America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol and Little Big Shots.

Developed and produced by Armoza Formats, the studio format begins with four finalists who are selected by music judges, and must work to protect their spot against talented hopefuls looking to steal their place.

TBI Vision

posted 12/11/18

WEEKEND: Super Team Up
CW Crossover Event Starts Strong, No Match for Football
From Deadline

FOX (3.799 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with fresh installments from "Last Man Standing" (5.483 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.329 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.692 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

CBS (7.648 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with originals from "MacGyver" (6.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.777 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Blue Bloods" (8.773 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.599 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with new episodes of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.813 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "Speechless" (2.054 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) followed by an encore of "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special" (1.920 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a new "20/20" (3.446 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "Blindspot" (2.827 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Midnight, Texas" (1.875 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Dateline NBC" (2.836 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.492 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Dynasty" (0.591 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.395 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 834k
- America Says (GSN): 441k
- RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular (VH1): 440k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (15.496 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) as usual was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.861 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8), "Football Night in America #2" (7.026 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6), "Football Night in America #3" (15.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.4, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (17.183 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.3, #3).

FOX (10.671 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2) then got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (23.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #T1) and "The OT" (22.834 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.7, #T1) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (7.537 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5), "Bob's Burgers" (4.369 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7), "Family Guy" (3.506 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) and "Rel" (2.065 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Next up was CBS (7.273 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "God Friended Me" (7.486 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.450 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (5.345 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.537 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.171 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) alongside the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.095 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15), a new "Shark Tank" (3.426 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.456 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #19).

And finally, The CW (1.376 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night with a special "The Flash" (1.790 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and the fall finale of "Charmed" (0.963 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.3, #20).

On cable...
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdow (Food): 1.231m

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/11/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "About Last Week..."

  • Adam Levine addresses last week's elimination (TV Line) and the show a) gooses it for drama and b) half-asses the mea culpa (TV Line)

  • The first 14 minutes of "RuPaul's Drag Race" are now online! (TV Line)

  • Speaking of "Wait Wait", Amy Dickinson to receive a major award (Benzinga)

  • Kathie Lee Gifford is la-laing her way out of "Today" next year (Deadline)

  • Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken GIT on Broadway (Deadline)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani still not engaged (Reality TV World)... and also, we can kiss his country ass (The Wrap)

posted 12/11/18

Television City Sold
"Price Is Right" to Remain at 33
From Deadline

CBS Corp. said it has reached definitive agreement to sell its iconic 25-acre CBS Television City property and sound stage operation to Los Angeles real estate developer Hackman Capital Partners for $750 million.

As part of the agreement, Hackman Capital will have the rights to use the Television City trademark in connection with its operations on the property.

CBS said it will continue to produce The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Price Is Right and The Young and the Restless, on the Television City campus for at least the next five years. The network also will retain office space for CBS Studios International's U.S. headquarters and other company departments currently housed on the site.

"The sale of Television City unlocks significant value, increasing CBS' financial flexibility, including the ability to redeploy capital for strategic growth initiatives such as additional content investment," said CBS' Acting CEO Joseph Ianniello in a statement. Hackman Capital Partners CEO Michael Hackman said the acquisition represents "another crown jewel to our portfolio."

CBS owns the 40-acre CBS Studios Center in Studio City, Calif, which will remain the company's primary production facility. That campus is home to the broadcast network, CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Stations KCBS and KCAL.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close by early next year.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 12/10/18

THURSDAY: ABC Gets Baked
Fox Wins Demo with NFL
From The Futon Critic

FOX (7.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) snagged the demo crown last night thanks to its "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (6.381 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (8.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1).

CBS (7.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.334 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Young Sheldon" (10.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Mom" (7.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Murphy Brown" (5.993 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.319 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was ABC (4.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a rebroadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (5.237 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and the return of "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (3.669 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up new episodes from "Superstore" (3.422 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "The Good Place" (2.565 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Will & Grace" (2.842 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "I Feel Bad" (1.831 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.462 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.537 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Legacies" (1.203 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.370 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Top Chef (ABC): 833k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 833k
- America Says (GSN): 427k .


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/7/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "47 More Meters Down"

  • Corinne Foxx to star in "47 Meters Down" sequel opposite Sly Stallone's daughter and a Power Ranger (Deadline)

  • Another "Bachelorette" learns that the Internet is forever (Us Magazine)

  • Mel B hospitalized with broken ribs and severed hand (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: the 18 most talked about game show moments of 2018 according to... (Decider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Howie Mandel (Bristol Herald Courier)

posted 12/10/18

WGA Nominees Announced
Among Potential Honorees: "Jeopardy!", "Millionaire"
From Deadline

The WGA on Thursday unveiled its nominations for in TV, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing for 2018, with writers for Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and NBC's Saturday Night Live among last year's winners to make the cut.

Winners will be announced February 17 at the WGA Awards held in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Here are today's nominees:

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
- Hollywood Game Night, Head Writers: Ann Slichter, Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alexandra Kokesh, Dwight D. Smith; NBC
- Jeopardy!, Written by Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Deborah Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse; ABC
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey, Head Writer: Ethan Berlin; Writers: John Chaneski, Rosemarie DiSalvo, Leigh Hampton, Katie Hartman, Amanda Melson, Larry Owens, Jennie Sutton, Michael Torpey, Jeremy Weiner; truTV
- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Head Writer: Stephen A. Melcher, Jr.; Writers: Kyle Beakley, Tom Cohen, Patricia A. Cotter, Ryan Hopak, Gary Lucy, James Rowley, Ann Slichter, Dylan Snowden; Disney/ABC Syndication


Deadline

posted 12/7/18

Talpa to House "Talent" for Another Season
Dutch Music Competition Renewed
From Deadline

John De Mol's Talpa has scored a second season of Dutch music talent format House of Talent.

The first season of the show, which De Mol's firm hopes can be the spiritual successor to The Voice, ends of December 28 and has been picked up for a sophomore run in 2019 via Holland's SBS6. The recommission bodes well for the international potential for the daily format, which targets young audiences by mixing music and reality television with social media.

A group of musical artists from various genres live together as they attempt to make it big in the music business. The musicians must build up a fanbase, perform throughout the country and release a new track, every six weeks. Two professional managers will guide them every step of the way and take care of bookings and promotion. If the artists don't make enough money or generate enough engagement in each six-week period, they will be nominated for elimination.

The show also has a large second screen element; the musicians must use social media to create their following and the elimination show will be broadcast exclusively online. House of Talent launched in the same slot as Utopia, the reality series that was remade by Fox in 2014.

The company has already begun talks to export the format into a number of major markets and it will likely pique the interest of networks in the U.S. and UK, who have been crying out for a breakout music format since the launch of The Voice back in 2010.

Deadline

posted 12/7/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Well That Was Quick"

posted 12/6/18

"Bachelor" Premiere to Dominate the Night
ABC Plans Wall-to-Wall Coverage
From The Wrap

For the first time since 2015, ABC's "The Bachelor" will kick off with a three-hour live premiere when the show returns for its 23rd season. The extra-long premiere will air on ABC, streaming and on-demand Monday, Jan. 7 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m EST.

Along with the introduction of the women vying for the heart of Bachelor Colton Underwood, the episode will also pop in on "Bachelor" viewing parties around the country.

The premiere will see 30 women competing for the final rose, with 23 making it to the next week. Throughout the season, the cast will travel to locations around the world including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Portugal, and Denver, which happens to be Underwood's hometown.

The Wrap

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 12/6/18

WEDNESDAY: Survivor Still Pulls the Demo
Fox, NBC Split the Night
From B&C

FOX (4.470 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to the fall finales from "Empire" (5.034 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Star" (3.906 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

NBC (7.619 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its own fall closers to "Chicago Med" (8.129 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (7.911 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (6.818 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Next up was CBS (5.765 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), "SEAL Team" (5.318 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (4.487 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.920 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.892 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "American Housewife" (3.996 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9), "Modern Family" (4.852 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Single Parents" (3.366 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "A Million Little Things" (3.207 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.888 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise closed out the night with fresh installments from "Riverdale" (1.110 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "All American" (0.666 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 927k
- Deal or No Deal - 9p (CNBC): 865k
- Deal or No Deal - 8p (P/CNBC): 768k
- America Says (GSN): 472k
.

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posted 12/6/18

"Top Chef" Sprechen sie Deutsch
Sat.1 to Air Version
From Deadline

Top Chef is heading to Germany after NBC Universal International Formats closed a deal with broadcaster Sat.1. The ProSiebenSat.1-owned broadcaster has ordered a six-part local series to air in summer 2019 and be overseen by head judge Eckart Witzigmann. It will be produced by RedSeven Entertainment.

The deal marks the 23rd international format deal for the Magical Elves-produced series, which is in its 16th season on Bravo. A third season of the show is set to air this month on MBC across the Middle East, French broadcaster M6 will celebrate the tenth season of the show. The show has also been produced in Spain, Italy, Mexico, Canada and Vietnam.

The deal was brokered by NBCUniversal International Formats' VP, Format Sales & Production, Hannah Worrall. Ana Langenberg, SVP, Format Sales & Production, NBC Universal International Formats said: "We are delighted to build on the success of Top Chef franchise and extend the brand further, especially with such great partners as Sat.1 and RedSeven Entertainment. We have no doubt that this will be another high quality international production and hope that it will share similar success as the other local versions."

Deadline

posted 12/6/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Internet Is Forever"

  • Kevin Hart gets the Oscar host job (TV Line) and within 24 hours, he has to explain a terrible joke he told (TV Line)

  • Carrie Ann Inaba to take Julie Chen's seat (The Wrap)

  • Wheelmobile rolls into Cape Coral (WBBH Fort Myers)

posted 12/6/18

SYNDIES: November Wins
"Family Feud" Wins the Sweep
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy, in its 23rd season, ruled syndication in the 2018 November sweep, which ran Oct. 25 to Nov. 21, with a 7.4 live plus same day national household average, according to Nielsen Media Research, up 1% from last year.

That marks the show's strongest November sweep number since 2015 and the tenth time in the past 11 major sweeps that Judy has led all of syndication in households. That bucked the overall trend, with most shows declining compared to last year after facing many news and sports preemptions during the ratings period.

In access, the game shows produced no winners. Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud led the category, although it fell 3% compared to last November to a 6.3. CTD's Jeopardy! also sagged 3% to a 6.2, while CTD's Wheel of Fortune faded 2% to a 6.1. Disney-ABC's Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Entertainment Studios' Funny You Should Ask both broke even compared to last November at a 1.6 and 0.5, respectively.

B&C

Variety
TV Week

posted 12/5/18

Sashay, UK
Condragulations to BBC Three for "Drag Race"
From the BBC

Award-winning reality TV competition RuPaul's Drag Race will arrive in the UK next year.

A new eight-part series will be available on BBC Three in 2019, featuring local drag artists.

Series creator RuPaul Charles says he will "celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen's queens." RuPaul's Drag Race UK will eventually crown one drag star the 'Queen of Great Britain'.

Since it launched in 2009, the US version of RuPaul Drag Race has attracted global audiences with its blend of talent-show drama and all-star celebrity guests - including Lady Gaga and Khloe Kardashian.

The BBC

Deadline

posted 12/5/18

TUESDAY: Voice on Top
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.681 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) held off the demo competition on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Voice" (8.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (4.101 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

CBS (9.905 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with originals from "NCIS" (11.839 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "FBI" (9.629 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.246 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6). Next up was

ABC (4.269 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments from "The Conners" (6.627 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.329 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Black-ish" (3.544 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Splitting Up Together" (2.785 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "The Rookie" (4.165 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.459 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the fall finales to "The Gifted" (2.058 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.860 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (1.759 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Black Lightning" (0.989 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.374 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 951k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning - Reunion (S/MTV): 671k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 670k
- Real Country (USA): 489k

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posted 12/5/18

Scratchie or No Scratchie
"Deal or No Deal" Scratchies to Return
From GuruFocus

DEAL OR NO DEAL launches tonight on CNBC in the U.S. after a 10-year hiatus. Fronted by original U.S. host Howie Mandel, the new series returns with 30 one-hour episodes featuring all the high energy and risk-reward that captivated audiences, with some exciting new twists.

The series is produced for CNBC by Emmy-winning Production Company Truly Original, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. The DEAL OR NO DEAL instant "scratch" game will be available at lottery retailers in participating jurisdictions beginning in 2019. The game features a promotion with a second-chance opportunity to enter non-winning DEAL OR NO DEAL tickets to win a theme park vacation for four to Orlando, Florida (5 days/4 nights) and attend a Million Dollar DEAL OR NO DEAL winner's event. Every player at the Million Dollar DEAL OR NO DEAL event will select a briefcase and battle "the Banker" for a chance to win up to $1 million.

"Scientific Games and our game creation teams congratulate DEAL OR NO DEAL on the return of the show to prime time television. We look forward to our partnership with this phenomenal brand in our next blockbuster multi-state lottery game and players event," said Kyle Rogers, Executive Vice President and General Manager Licensing for Scientific Games. "Like the television show, our lottery instant game and Million Dollar DEAL OR NO DEAL winner's event will offer the chance for players to achieve lifelong dreams with exciting risks and rewards along the way."

GuruFocus

posted 12/5/18


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JAEL STRAUSS: 1984-2018
"Top Model" Contestant Passes on Due to Breast Cancer
From People

America's Next Top Model alum Jael Strauss has died at age 34 — two months after she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.

Strauss died in hospice on Tuesday morning, according to TMZ, and was unconscious for a few days.

"The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed," her family said in a statement to the outlet. "She brought so much light to people."

On Oct. 4, she announced her diagnosis in a Facebook post. "I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know, On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable," she wrote. "With treatment it may prolong my life longer than the 'few months' doctors said I could make it. I don't want to die. I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013."

At the end of November, Strauss announced that she had entered hospice care. "First night in hospice. So many things I never knew about life. Or death," she wrote on Facebook. "So many things."

Following her diagnosis, Strauss' friends set up a GoFundMe page on her behalf to help alleviate some of the medical costs. "At the end of September, Jael became very sick and was diagnosed with aggressive Stage IV Rapidly Progressive Metastatic Inflammatory Breast Cancer. It has metastasized and spread beyond the breast tissue. She has just begun chemo, but we do not know how things will play out. What we do know is that Jael is putting all of her energy and drive into fighting this insidious disease and can use as much support and love as possible," the page reads.

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Reality TV World

posted 12/5/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Back to the Future"

  • Howie Mandel flashes back to taping the first "Deal or No Deal" (CNBC) PLUS four models that were neither Meghan Markle nor Chrissy Teigen (Instyle)

  • Steve Harvey to party on Fox New Year's (The Futon Critic)

  • Les Moonves' ... umm... service?... could cost him his severance (The Wrap)

  • Adam Levine tries (terribly) to backtrack his comments from "The Voice" (TV Line)

posted 12/5/18

MONDAY: Deal or No Deal Returns
Games Help NBC to First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.787 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with a new "The Voice" (8.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the special "Deal or No Deal: Happy Howie Days" (5.431 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

ABC (5.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.631 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), another "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.143 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "The Good Doctor" (7.213 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.653 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (6.492 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Happy Together" (4.556 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (4.859 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), another "The Big Bang Theory" (4.971 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and a new "Bull" (6.521 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.384 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Resident" (2.265 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "9-1-1" (2.502 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.356 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.929 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.143 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
-
Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.750m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.330m
- Real Country (USA): 683k

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posted 12/4/18

WEEKEND: Tackled for a Loss
Fox, CBS Split Friday; NBC Wins Sunday
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.417 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to its Pac-12 Championship coverage on "CFB on FOX" (3.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

CBS (7.447 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with originals from "MacGyver" (6.474 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (8.481 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.053 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "Child Support" (3.188 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), a repeat "Child Support" (2.848 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a new "20/20" (3.122 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.476 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "Blindspot" (2.647 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Midnight, Texas" (1.893 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "Dateline NBC" (2.888 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.709 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.517 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.612 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night..

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 860k
- The Ultimate Fighter - 10p (SF/FS1): 399k
- The Ultimate Fighter - 8p (FS1): 353k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (14.474 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) once again took home top honors on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.989 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (8.549 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (14.416 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.671 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1).

FOX (6.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (15.851 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2), "The OT" (8.602 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4), "The Simpsons" (4.389 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Bob's Burgers" (3.030 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10), "Family Guy" (2.731 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) and "Rel" (1.612 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Next up was CBS (8.272 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a new "60 Minutes" (10.524 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) followed by the special "Garth Brooks: Live at Notre Dame!" (8.846 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and a repeat "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.871 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.402 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13), "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (3.781 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and "Shark Tank" (3.466 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) plus the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special" (3.274 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12). And finally, fresh installments from "Supergirl" (1.262 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #18) and "Charmed" (0.923 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.3, #19) rounded out the night on The CW (1.093 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 1.162m

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posted 12/4/18

Hangtime Rassles
Impact Wrestling to Play with App Show Network
From 411mania

Hangtime – the world's first truly interactive, social game show network app – teams up with IMPACT Wrestling for an exciting and innovative new pilot.

Every Thursday at 7:30pm ET trivia games will be hosted by IMPACT Wrestling personalities including the current Heavyweight Champion and ​Survivor​ contestant Johnny Impact, the voice of IMPACT and play by play announcer Josh Mathews, and other special guests. The games are fun and quick, and you can team up with friends and other players to collaborate in a private group called Hangs to try to take home the top prize. The goal of the pilot is to deliver an entertaining experience to passionate wrestling fans who will create a uniquely engaged community.

Games are free to play and everyone can win points which can be redeemed for cash, IMPACT swag, tickets to upcoming shows, and other fun prizes.

Come back on Wednesdays at 7:30pm ET for more wrestling trivia hosted by Hangtime Frank, one of Hangtime's entertaining, wise-cracking animated hosts. He'll quiz you on all things wrestling from the past and present, and will make sure you have a good time. Come back any time to just Hang and chat with other like-minded wrestling fans.

411mania

posted 12/3/18

Rainbow's End
Sarah James to Step in As "Strictly" Showrunner
From Deadline

Strictly Come Dancing, the British entertainment smash that was the basis for Dancing With The Stars, is getting a new showrunner. Louise Rainbow is stepping down from the BBC One series to be replaced by series editor Sarah James.

Rainbow leaves after six years with the current series to be her last. She will continue as an exec producer on the Strictly live tour in 2019 and will consult on 2019's version of the show. James has been series editor of the BBC Studios-produced format for the last two years and was series producer before that.

She has previously worked on shows including Big Brother, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent. Strictly Come Dancing, which is hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, is set to celebrate its 15th anniversary next May.

Deadline

posted 12/3/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "See You at the Finish Line"

posted 12/4/18

Block the Week
"Go 8 Bit" Host Dara O Briain to Front Revival of Blockbusters for Comedy Central UK
From DigitalSpy

Comedy Central UK has announced that it's rebooting the classic quiz show Blockbusters, with two new series set to be recorded early next year. Mock the Week maestro Dara O'Briain has also been confirmed as the show's new host.

Blockbusters pits students and sixth formers against each other as they take on the 'gold run', crossing a hexagonal board by answering quiz questions correlating to a letter.

The original gameshow caught recognition during the '80s and was fronted by Bob Holness. It was based on the American original hosted on NBC by Bill Cullen from 1980 to 1982 and Bill Rafferty in 1987.

Some 20 episodes (of 30-minute duration) will be produced, with two planned celebrity specials also in the mix..

Digital Spy

Entertainment Daily
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Deadline
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British Comedy Guide

posted 12/3/18

Fantasy Jeopardy!
All-Star League to Play Online
From the Wrap

"Jeopardy!" announced on Monday that it is launching a fantasy league sweepstakes to coincide with its upcoming All-Stars Games tournament. For those of you playing at home, that's a fantasy football-style contest in which you pick your own team of All-Stars and track their progress throughout the competition.

It's ideal for anyone who has a love of both sports and game show trivia and anyone who also is looking for something else to obsess over if they were eliminated from their fantasy football playoffs.

Here's how it works: participants pick one captain and two team members from the 18 former champions playing in the tournament to build their team during the selection period, which runs from Dec. 3 to Dec. 31. Then, during the "Jeopardy! All-Star Games," which airs from Feb. 20 to Mar. 5, 2019, fantasy team owners can watch and cheer their team on as they accrue fantasy points.

But don't go racing to draft Ken Jennings with your first overall pick just yet. You earn fantasy points for each correct response a player gives and correct "Final Jeopardy!" responses are worth 10 points. Each of these points represents an entry into the sweepstakes, so the more points the three players on a fantasy team accrue, the more chances a fantasy team owner has of winning.

"Jeopardy!" is partnering with Lindblad Expeditions for the contest, and winners of the league sweepstakes will win a vacation..

The Wrap

posted 12/3/18


IMDB

KEN BERRY: 1933-2018
Actor Appeared on "Tattletales"
From TV Line

Ken Berry, best known to TV audiences for his work on F Troop, Mayberry R.F.D. and Mama's Family, has died at the age of 85.

A cause of death has not been disclosed. Berry's death was first announced by his former wife, actress Jackie Joseph, in a Facebook post on Saturday. She later acknowledged the outpouring of "love and gratitude" expressed by friends and admirers of the late actor, and shared a photo of Berry and his partner of the last 26 years, Susie Walsh.

Berry's breakout role came when he was cast as Capt. Wilton Parmenter in F Troop, which ran from 1965-1967. Next, he appeared in four episodes of The Andy Griffith Show as Sam Jones, then starred in the spinoff Mayberry R.F.D., which aired from 1968-1971. He later went on to star as Vinton Harper in the Carol Burnett Show spinoff Mama's Family, which ran from 1983-1990.

Prior to F Troop, Berry had a recurring role as Dr. John Kapish on the medical drama Dr. Kildare. Additional TV credits included episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and The Golden Girls.

In the game show realm, he appeared on Tattletales, Break the Bank, The Hollywood Squares, It's Your Bet, and It Takes Two.

TV Line

posted 12/4/18


GAMES GONE BY: Winning Lines
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

If ONE show from "across the pond" could make a big bash in 'Merca, certainly ANOTHER could, too, right? Well, maybe...but it wasn't THIS one. But it DID serve as Dick Clark's lasting true hosting gig so...that's something, anyway. Chris Wolvie gives us CBS's answer to "Millionaire" in "Winning Lines", yet another one of the "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/3/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Going Home"

  • LL Cool J to host "A Home for the Holidays - 20th Anniversary" (The Futon Critic)

  • Bobby Flay signs on for 3 more years! 3 more years! (The Wrap)

  • Blake Shelton does Elvis (The Wrap)

posted 12/3/18

More Champions!
Second Half of Roster for AGT Revealed
From The Futon Critic

NBC has announced the second group of superstar acts who will compete on the all-new winter edition of TV's #1 alternative series, "America's Got Talent: The Champions," premiering Monday, Jan. 7 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.

The series, from NBC, Fremantle and Syco Entertainment, will feature the star-studded judges panel from "America's Got Talent" - executive producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - as well as new host Terry Crews, star of NBC's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

"America's Got Talent: The Champions" will bring together the world's most talented, memorable and all-around fan-favorite acts from past seasons of "AGT" and around the globe from the other "Got Talent" franchises that span 194 territories. These all-star acts, which include former winners and finalists, will once again take the stage to compete in a massive global competition with the hopes of claiming the ultimate title of World Champion.

Global champions include opera rock singer Cristina Ramos ("Spain's Got Talent" 2016 winner); 11-year-old singer Angelica Hale ("AGT" 2017 finalist); 14-year-old rock singer Courtney Hadwin ("AGT" 2018 finalist); singers Brian Justin Crum ("AGT" 2016 finalist), Bianca Ryan ("AGT" 2006 winner) and Sal Valentinetti ("AGT" 2016 finalist); mentalists The Clairvoyants ("AGT" 2016 finalist) and Colin Cloud ("AGT" 2017 finalist); projection/dance act Kenichi ("AGT" 2013 winner); opera singer Jackie Evancho ("AGT" 2010 finalist); comedians Vicki Barbolak ("AGT" 2018 finalist), Samuel J. Comroe ("AGT" 2018 finalist), Preacher Lawson ("AGT" 2017 finalist), Lost Voice Guy ("Britain's Got Talent" 2018 winner) and Drew Lynch ("AGT" 2015 finalist); magicians Jon Dorenbos ("AGT" 2016 finalist) and Darcy Oake ("Britain's Got Talent" 2013 finalist); dog act Ashleigh and Sully ("Britain's Got Talent" 2012 winner); pianist Tokio Myers ("Britain's Got Talent" 2017 winner); musical group Sons of Serendip ("AGT" 2014 finalist); escape artist Cosentino ("Australia's Got Talent" 2011 winner); regurgitator The Professional Regurgitator ("AGT" 2015 finalist); sword swallowing act Alex Magala ("Russia's Got Talent" 2014 winner); danger act Ryan Stock & AmberLynn ("AGT" 2015 finalist) and juggler Viktor Kee ("AGT" 2016 finalist).

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posted 11/30/18

THURSDAY: Nice Streak While It Lasted
Saints Lost, Fox Won
From The Futon Critic

FOX (15.745 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with season highs from "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (12.416 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (16.411 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1).

CBS (6.557 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.095 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Young Sheldon" (7.857 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) followed by new episodes of "Mom" (7.417 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Murphy Brown" (5.590 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.191 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.332 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its holiday mix of "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (4.010 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (3.286 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" (3.175 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.635 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for specials "LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit - Part 1" (2.133 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit - Part 2" (1.488 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus new episodes of "Will & Grace" (2.776 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "I Feel Bad" (1.810 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) as well as the fall finale of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.800 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.509 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Legacies" (1.005 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) on The CW (1.257 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable..
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 911k
- America Says (GSN): 363k.


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/30/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "J-Rod?"

posted 11/30/18


Frostsnow

Meet Ms. Misery
"Good Place" Star Jameela Jamil to Host "Misery Index" for TBS
From The Futon Critic

Jameela Jamil has signed on to host The Misery Index, TBS' recently announced game show inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens. Jameela will serve as the show's ringleader, delivering entertainingly cringeworthy questions to each team using her quick-witted humor and unwavering ability to call things as she sees them. The Tenderloins comedy troupe and stars of truTV's Impractical Jokers comprised of Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano also star in the series as recurring panelists, drawing on their expertise in humiliation to help contestants evaluate life's misfortunes.

The game show will feature two teams, each consisting of one contestant and two Tenderloins. Teams will compete against each other by attempting to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events on a scale of 1-100 based on the "Misery Index," a ranking system created by a team of therapists. For example, is getting a third degree burn worse than seeing your father naked? Is it worse than dropping your phone in the toilet?

"As someone whose life is just a series of mortifying incidents strung together, it's going to be brilliant to take a break from my own mishaps, and feast in the disasters of others," said Jameela Jamil. "I cannot wait for the misery to commence. This show is brilliantly ridiculous."

Jamil can currently be seen starring in The Good Place on NBC. She started her career as the host of the British breakfast TV program Freshly Squeezed for station T4. Jamil went on to host Channel 4's Koko Pop, E4's cult series Playing It Straight and BBC Radio 1's Request Show on Sunday evenings, which led to her role as the first female host of BBC Radio 1's The Official Chart Show.

In addition to her broadcast work, Jamil is an advocate for many causes, most recently launching a movement and social media platform @i_Weigh which encourages women to feel valuable and look beyond their physical appearance. The movement has been recognized by major media outlets and the movement's hundreds of thousands of followers around the world. .

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posted 11/29/18

WEDNESDAY: The (Young and) Evil Empire
Fox Wins Demo, NBC Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.357 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the demo competition on a tight Wednesday with new episodes from "Empire" (5.048 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "Star" (3.666 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

CBS (6.073 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with a new "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (8.023 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), a second "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.100 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and a repeat "Magnum P.I." (3.095 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was NBC (7.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its holiday specials "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (8.376 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy" (4.351 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.080 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) was back with originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.963 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "American Housewife" (4.364 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "Modern Family" (4.818 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Single Parents" (3.400 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "A Million Little Things" (3.468 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.277 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "All American" (0.767 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.022 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night..

On cable...
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Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 757k
- Real Country (USA): 474k
- America Says (GSN): 311k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 148k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 140k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/29/18

SYNDIES: Week 12
Results for the Week Ending November 18
From TV Newscheck

Amid shorter days and colder weather most of syndication surged in the session ending Nov. 18, which included the third full week of the November sweep.

Elsewhere in access, Family Feud continued to lead the game shows, gaining 6% to a new season high 6.6.

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
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6* +6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4* +5%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4* +7%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7* +13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 11/29/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Up Late"

  • Carson Daly, Chrissy Teigen to ring in 2019 with NBC (The Futon Critic)

  • Les Moonves gets deeper into trouble (Deadline)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: "Who Dares Wins" looking for players in... (Derbyshire Live)

  • Jane Lynch gets into vaudeville... and it's awesome (Allentown Morning Call)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Crystal Maze home game (Recombu)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Corinne Olympios. (WJBK Detroit)

posted 11/29/18

Giada de Laurentiis Takes the "Cake"
"Winner Cake All" to Bow on Food Network January 7
From The Futon Critic

Culinary icon Giada De Laurentiis kicks off the New Year with the competition series Winner Cake All, premiering Monday, January 7th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Each episode features four of the best cake-baking tandems from around the country, as Giada challenges them to create epic cakes for their clientele's unforgettable celebrations, ranging from a cake honoring a member of the armed services coming home to a cake for the ultimate family party featuring America's favorite quintuplets, the Busbys, from TLC's OutDaughtered.

Through 13 episodes the teams are put to the test over two rounds of baking, with a rotating panel of guest judges helping the clients determine which team captures their dream look and taste to prevail with the $10,000 grand prize!

"As a culinary superstar, restaurateur and Food Network host, there isn't anything that Giada cannot do," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Whether it is making a cake for a baby shower or bringing a celebrity client's vision to life, these bakers must navigate pressure-filled challenges, while wowing Giada and the judges for the right to walk away with $10,000."

Each episode features the baking teams competing in two rounds, including a Decoration Challenge where each team must create a unique cake topper based on the client's theme. The panel of judges then decide which team is the first to be eliminated. In the second round, the three remaining teams take part in the Cake Challenge, where Giada introduces the client's request for a sculpted cake for their celebration.

Thematic episodes during the season include the creation of a game day party cake for former NFL player Rashad Jennings, Guy Fieri tasking the bakers with making a Guy's Grocery Games-themed cake, and Iron Chef Michael Symon challenging the bakers to make a cake for the opening of his new restaurant in Las Vegas. The stakes are high but only one team will be victorious and celebrate with $10,000.

Visit FoodNetwork.com/WinnerCakeAll for exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and insider videos with Giada and the celebrity clients. On Food Network's Instagram we are challenging Giada and the judges to a series of "Beat the Heat" games. Find out who can crack the most eggs in 30 seconds and who can stack and frost a cake the fastest! Join in on the conversation using #WinnerCakeAll.

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posted 11/28/18

TUESDAY: Rudolph Holds His Own...
But NBC Wins Against Timeless Classic
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.216 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) cruised to victory on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (9.451 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) followed by the fall finales of "This Is Us" (8.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (6.290 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

CBS (6.575 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver despite an all-repeat mix of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "NCIS" (6.859 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "FBI" (4.732 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Next up was ABC (4.500 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Conners" (7.305 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.671 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Black-ish" (3.533 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Splitting Up Together" (2.808 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "The Rookie" (4.343 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.614 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments from "The Gifted" (2.239 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.990 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.422 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes from "The Flash" (1.781 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Black Lightning" (1.063 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

The Futon Critic

posted 11/28/18

Another "Last Chance" Coming
"Top Chef" Last Chance Kitchen Returns December 6
From The Futon Critic

Bravo Media's Emmy-Winning digital companion series "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" returns with elevated stakes and three familiar faces from seasons past.

All bets are off when alums Carrie Baird and Brother Luck from Season 15, and Jim Smith from Season 14 are back for a chance at redemption and another shot at the coveted title. With more than one opportunity to get back into the competition, host Tom Colicchio continues to keep the chefs on their toes with fast-paced challenges to determine which chefs have what it takes to stay in the game. "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" will be available on Bravotv.com directly following the season premiere of Bravo's "Top Chef" on Thursday, December 6 from 9-10:15 pm ET/PT. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/last-chance-kitchen/season-16/videos/your-first-look-at-top-chef-season-16s-last-chance-kitchen-0

Sponsored by Hidden Valley(R) Ranch, "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" is all about redemption as the chefs have big hurdles to overcome to secure their spot in the competition. With their dreams of a "Top Chef" title on the line, the veteran chefs will not only compete against themselves, but each week will also have to toe to toe with the new cheftestants as they are eliminated from the main competition. Each week, eliminated chefs will have an opportunity to prove their worth and the chef with the worst dish will pack their knives for good; while the chefs with the winning dishes will get one step closer to making their way back in the competition.

Episodes of "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" will be made available on Bravotv.com, On Demand or wherever you stream Bravo's "Top Chef" at the conclusion of each week's episode.

Season eight of "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Casey Kriley and Doneen Arquines serving as executive producers.

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posted 11/26/18

MONDAY: High Voices
NBC Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.190 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held off the competition on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (9.302 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and the fall finale of "Manifest" (5.966 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

FOX (5.598 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its fall finales to "The Resident" (5.149 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "9-1-1" (6.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Next up was ABC (6.068 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the return of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.740 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.031 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Good Doctor" (7.434 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.824 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.471 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Neighborhood" (4.827 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Magnum P.I." (4.058 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) and "Bull" (4.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, originals from "Arrow" (1.316 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.989 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.152 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.603m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.241m


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/28/18

WEEKEND: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...
Fox, CBS Split Friday
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.165 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) took home the demo crown on Friday with a special edition of "CFB on FOX" (3.165 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

CBS (3.344 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its repeat lineup of "Frosty the Snowman" (3.544 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "Frosty Returns" (2.799 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Magnum P.I." (3.176 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Hawaii Five-0" (3.684 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was NBC (2.915 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) and its encore mix of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (4.325 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1), "DreamWorks Trolls Holiday" (3.004 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "The Wall" (1.967 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (3.112 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.498 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up a repeat "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" (2.664 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) followed by originals from "Child Support" (2.054 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "20/20" (2.778 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.106 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.169 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.043 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 858k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (16.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) cruised to another victory on Sunday with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (6.391 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (11.234 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (15.691 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.175 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.4, #2).

The silver then went to CBS (10.651 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and its "NFL Overrun" (23.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) fueled lineup of "60 Minutes" (13.025 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5), "God Friended Me" (8.226 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.041 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Madam Secretary" (5.389 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Next up was ABC (4.040 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.220 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (3.974 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14) and "Shark Tank" (3.491 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) plus a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.478 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Cool Kids" (1.624 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18), "Bob's Burgers" (1.424 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16), "The Simpsons" (2.152 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.984 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Family Guy" (1.638 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Rel" (1.040 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.208 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.3, #20) and "Charmed" (0.871 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.2, #21) on The CW (1.039 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 1.294m
- Holiday Wars (S/Food): 1.211m

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posted 11/28/18


CBS

New Year, New Lineup
CBS Slates Reality Lineup for 2019
From The Hollywood Reporter

CBS is doubling down on unscripted programming with its midseason schedule.

The network on Tuesday announced that two new unscripted series — The World's Best and Million Dollar Mile — would join a midseason roster that includes returning favorites Survivor, The Amazing Race and Celebrity Big Brother.

The push mirrors last year's schedule in which CBS unspooled Celebrity Big Brother as counterprogramming against coverage of the Winter Olympics on NBC.

CBS will use the Super Bowl to launch World's Best, Survivor to promote Million Dollar Mile and Celebrity Big Brother to promote both rookies. Julie Chen Moonves will officially return as host of Celebrity Big Brother, which will bow Monday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., before moving to multiple nights over three weeks ahead of its two-hour finale Wednesday, Feb. 13.

As previously announced, the James Corden-hosted global talent show World's Best landed TV's most-coveted time slot and will air immediately after the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 3. The series — featuring judges Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill and RuPaul Charles — moves to Wednesdays starting Feb. 6.

The week after Celebrity Big Brother wraps, CBS will launch the 38th season of Jeff Probst-hosted hit Survivor. After World's Best wraps Wednesday, March 27, CBS will use that series as a lead-in for its LeBron James-produced and Tim Tebow-hosted obstacle course entry Million Dollar Mile.

The Amazing Race returns for its 31st season Wednesday, May 22, at 8 p.m..

The Hollywood Reporter

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posted 11/27/18

Kids Return to the Kitchen
Food Network Rings in 2019 with Kids Baking Championship
From The Futon Critic

The New Year gets a sweet start with the return of Kids Baking Championship on Monday, January 7th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.

A dozen new talented young bakers, ranging in age from 9 to 13, will be tested in difficult dessert challenges during the new season. From sugar cookies to mini cheesecakes, and from macarons to brownies and blondies, Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman mentor the bakers through the tasty tasks to see who will measure up in the competition. Only one will take the cake and the sweet grand prize of $25,000, a feature in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion!

"This season of Kids Baking Championship delivers new challenges with surprising twists, making this the toughest most exciting competition yet! Even the most skilled pastry chefs would crumble under the pressure," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "The abilities of the young bakers to create outstanding treats is truly remarkable."

This season showcases exciting new challenges featuring the latest dessert trends, lots of irresistible sweets, and tons of flavor and fun. Throughout the ten episodes the competitors show off their skills and creativity as they whip up impressive confections, from freaky flavor tarts using ingredients like jalapeno, goat cheese yuzu and anise, to dramatically erupting monkey bread volcanoes. On Monday, March 11th at 9pm ET/PT, the championship concludes as one talented baker will rise to the top in the grand finale.

Kids Baking Championship competitors include: Jenna Alnatur (Clifton, NJ; age 9), Gavin Crawford (Pearland, TX; age 11), Paige Goehner (Blaine, MN; age 11), Misha Jones (Annapolis, MD; age 12), Brooklyn Kyzar (Silverhill, AL; age 12), Kasey Moeggenborg (Rockford, MI; age 13), Jaxon Remillard (Mansfield, TX; age 11), Meadow Roberts (Minneapolis, MN; age 10), Nyah Rosado (New Rochelle, NY; age 11), Davis Sams (Vancouver, BC; age 13), Madison Totaro (Austin, TX: age 11), and Karthik Vemparala (Somerset, NJ; age 11).

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posted 11/27/18

Kids These Days...
Lone Eagle Options "What Would Your Kid Do" for Canada
From Realscreen

Toronto's Lone Eagle Entertainment has inked a format-option deal with London-based prodco Twofour Rights for the television property What Would Your Kid Do?.

Under the terms of the agreement, Lone Eagle will develop and sell the format in Canada. In the UK, the hour-long show airs on ITV.

It is produced by Cardiff-based Boomerang, which is part of the Twofour Group. According to a press release, the show reached more than 3.7 million viewers in the UK during its first season.

The show sees unassuming children being filmed as they go about a normal school day, while, unbeknownst to them, their parents are watching. The parents are then challenged to guess how their children will behave in a variety of situations.

Lone Eagle's production credits include You Gotta Eat Here!, which ran for five seasons on Food Network Canada, and Too Much Information for Super Channel. .

Realscreen

posted 11/27/18

THURSDAY: Happy Thanksgiving
NBC Wins with Football
From The Futon Critic

NBC (18.341 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) got a Thanksgiving boost from its special holiday editions of "Football Night in America" (15.032 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.3, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.003 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

FOX (6.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver with its special "MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown" (6.000 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.698 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Young Sheldon" (5.504 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.302 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), a new "Murphy Brown" (4.745 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "SWAT" (3.523 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.584 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its specials "20/20 - Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic" (3.076 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9), "Meghan's New Life: The Real Princess Diaries" (2.645 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "I'm Coming Home" (2.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, an encore of "The iHeartFestival Music Festival Night 2" (0.632 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) on The CW (0.632 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 574k

The Futon Critic

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posted 11/27/18

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