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"Weakest Link" Goes Hollywood
Jane Lynch to Host NBC's Quiz Reboot
From the Futon Critic

NBC is bringing back hit British import and international game show phenomenon "Weakest Link," co-produced by BBC Studios' Los Angeles production arm and Universal Television Alternative Studio. The network has greenlit 13 episodes of the rapid-fire quiz show with Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning host and actress Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") set to host and executive produce. "Weakest Link" will begin production later this year.

The new version of "Weakest Link" will deliver the fast-paced and quick-witted pillars of the original British format created by the BBC with a few modern twists. The hybrid game show sees contestants answer general knowledge questions to bank prize money across multiple rounds. At the end of each round, the contestants vote out who they perceive to be the "Weakest Link" remaining.

"I've been a longtime fan of this game-changing quiz show since it first debuted," said Lynch. "Each time the phrase 'You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye.' passes my lips, it will be with great reverence and delight."

"'Weakest Link' became an instant fan-favorite when it first aired on our network, and we are excited to bring a fresh, new take to the timeless format," said Meredith Ahr, President, Reality and Alternative Group, NBC Entertainment. "Jane Lynch has been a beloved staple in our NBC family for years, and her sharp wit and engaging personality will be the perfect match for this highly entertaining game show."

"'Weakest Link' is an iconic format that BBC Studios has distributed across the globe for the past two decades, capturing audiences and earning a place in pop culture history," said Matt Forde, Managing Director, International Production & Formats, BBC Studios. "Our Los Angeles production arm is proud to partner with NBC to bring the fastest and fiercest game show on TV back to America, and Jane Lynch is the ideal host to bring her own signature brand of fearless comedy to this fresh version of 'Weakest Link.'"

Casting is currently underway. Contact WeakestLinkCasting@gmail.com for more information.


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posted 7/10/2020

THURSDAY: Game Night Victory
ABC Trifecta Takes the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.423 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with originals from "Holey Moley" (3.744 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "Don't" (3.253 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.274 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

CBS (3.197 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) took home the silver with its repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (4.164 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "The Unicorn" (3.003 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Mom" (3.275 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), another "Mom" (3.326 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.709 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was NBC (2.018 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a new "Blindspot" (2.429 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), a second "Blindspot" (1.806 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.819 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.202 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up new episodes of "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.444 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Labor of Love" (0.959 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, the season finales of "Burden of Truth" (0.481 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "In the Dark" (0.411 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.446 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Thursday...
- Alone: Million Dollar Challenge (History): 1.374/0.25
- Cannonball (P/USA): 771k/0.20
- The Misery Index (TBS): 742k/0.26

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/10/2020

Blockbusters
Tetris Gets the App Show Treatment
From Player.One

Tetris has been around for decades now, and over the past few years has really started to get experimental with its falling-block gameplay. Tetris 99 on the Nintendo Switch brought the classic game into the hot new battle royale genre, with 99 players competing to be the last person standing, and Tetris Effect brought the game into the world of VR.

However, developer N3TWORK is looking to push this concept even further, creating a daily game show for players to win real money. The concept is basically a mash-up of two already successful ideas. The Tetris side is an obvious one, as players all compete in the puzzle game. However, the other side is like the popular mobile trivia game HQ Trivia.

Like the trivia app, Tetris Primetime is a live show with a real-world host that players from around the world can sign on and join in. To keep fans coming back, Tetris Primetime has pledged more than $1 million annually in rewards for players to compete over.

"Tetris fans who have dreamed of clearing lines under the spotlight for a chance to win cash prizes can now rejoice with this remarkable opportunity," Maya Rogers, President and CEO of Blue Planet Software, the sole agent for the Tetris brand, said in a press statement.

"N3TWORK's Tetris app delivers just that and much more! Whether it's a relaxing match with several friends or an intense battle against thousands of other players, the mobile game now has something for everyone to enjoy."

Tetris Primetime will air every night at 7:30 PM, but time zones are a little odd here. Tetris Primetime uses what it calls "Anchor cities," or major hubs that players will revolve around. The anchor cities are currently Auckland, New Zealand; Perth, Australia; Moscow, Russia; Berlin, Germany; London, UK; New York City, and Los Angeles. That means if you want to play, you'll need to know when 7:30 PM will be for whichever city is closest to you.

Tetris Primetime is hosted by Millen Baird. Primetime's launch is also a little odd. The service is only available in a few countries right now, with more coming later. Those who want to play Primetime starting tonight need to live in the United States, Canada (but not Quebec), United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, Russia, Chile, Australia (but not New South Wales or Victoria), or New Zealand.

Tetris Primetime kicks off starting tonight, and plans on running again every night moving forward. The Tetris app is a free download, and is available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

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posted 7/9/2020


Glasgow Live
JOHNNY BEATTIE: 1927-2020
Scottish Comedian Hosted "Now You See It" UK Version
From the BBC

Scottish actor and comedian Johnny Beattie has died at the age of 93.

The entertainer is said to have passed away peacefully after a short spell at St Margaret's Hospice near Glasgow. His showbusiness career spanned TV and film roles, variety theatre, stand-up, and pantomime. Many considered him to be a giant of Scotland's comedy scene, appearing in Scotch and Wry and Rab C Nesbitt.

His most recent role was as Malcolm Hamilton on BBC soap River City.

Beattie honed his entertainment skills while holding down a job in Govan's Fairfield shipyard. In 2012 - while celebrating 60 years in the industry - the Glaswegian told BBC Scotland: "They were tough places. None of the health and safety you'd get today," he recalls. "They were dangerous and that was an escape route."

Beattie "escaped" in the 1950s, touring with a theatre company in a bit part and, before long, writing and starring in the show.

The 1960s saw the broadcast of Johnny Beattie's Saturday Night Show which ran until 1970.

His screen roles have included the movie The Big Man with Billy Connolly and Liam Neeson, as well as Taggart, Rab C Nesbitt and Scotch and Wry.

His other TV roles saw him feature on quiz shows, such as Now You See It.

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posted 7/9/2020

MTV Reloads on "The Challenge"
Season 36 Is Coming
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of the highest rated season premiere in 14 years, MTV today announced that the ground-breaking competition series, "The Challenge," has been renewed for season 36.

The franchise continues to be a ratings phenomenon for MTV, with "Total Madness" averaging a 1.61 among P18-49 (L3) and pacing to be the highest rated season in the last eight years, with total viewers up 10% (1.51 mil vs. 1.39 mil) with P18-49. MTV continues to dominate as the #1 cable network among P18-34 with 2 of the top 3 cable series including The Challenge (#2) and Jersey Shore Family Vacation (#3).

Tune in for "The Challenge: Total Madness" season finale on Wednesday, July 15th at 8PM ET/PT. After a season of grueling challenges and brutal eliminations, nine finalists compete for their share of the $1,000,000 prize. Stamina will be tested in freezing cold temperatures and massive mountains as Challengers fight for the championship title.

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TV Line
Deadline

posted 7/9/2020

HBOMax to Get Legendary... Again
Streamer's First Renewal Is Dance Hall Competition
From the Futon Critic

The series hailed by Indiewire as "a mind-boggling fantasia of ingenuity" and whose TikTok challenge has over ONE BILLION views has been renewed by HBO Max for a second season. The streaming platform announced today that mc Dashaun Wesley along with judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, Law Roach and Megan Thee Stallion will be returning to serve realness for another season. The final two episodes of season one are now available to stream on HBO Max. With performances Time Magazine deemed "SPECTACULAR" and backstories NPR found "insanely charismatic," season two moves to the west coast to SLAY in LA.

"Legendary was an HBO Max, day one premiere. We knew we had something special and are proud that critics and audiences alike have embraced the series. Bringing this incredible world back for a second season furthers our commitment to high quality, compelling storytelling, said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max, President, TNT, TBS and truTV.

"Season one was an inspirational and educational journey into the exuberant world of ballroom. This series is truly sensational and we are humbled by the back stories of the contestants that make up the heart of the show, our illustrious MC Dashaun and judges panel, and the fantastic team at Scout," added Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max "

"Scout is thrilled and honored that our friends at HBO MAX have picked up Legendary for a second season. We're also excited to have our amazing judges and Legendary MC Dashaun Wesley returning to the stage for season 2. Our goal is to continue showcasing the exuberant and dynamic world of ballroom through the omnicultural stories of its most talented houses," Rob Eric, Scout Productions' Chief Creative Officer and executive producer.

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TV Line
Deadline

posted 7/9/2020

WEDNESDAY: Tough Competition
NBC Splits CBS, "Tough as Nails" Sampled
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.521 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to the premiere of "Tough as Nails" (4.196 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) followed by a second "Tough as Nails" (3.935 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and a repeat "SEAL Team" (2.432 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

NBC (3.543 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) remained the most-watched network with its lineup of "Chicago Med" (3.576 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (3.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (3.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was FOX (1.522 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with a repeat "MasterChef" (1.514 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and a new "Ultimate Tag" (1.529 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.775 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its mix of "The Goldbergs" (2.660 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Black-ish" (1.843 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "The Conners" (1.825 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "American Housewife" (1.505 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.408 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, fresh installments from "The 100" (0.686 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Bulletproof" (0.407 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.546 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (SP/Food): 1.011m/0.35
- Guy's Grocery Games Reloaded (Food): 965k/0.34
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 937k/0.56
- Forged in Fire: Beat The Judges (SF/History): 711k/0.20
- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 229k/0.06
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 223k/0.12
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 212k/0.04

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/8/2020

Card Sharks Prepares to Deal
Season 2 to Roll with Distance Protocols
From Deadline

Card Sharks, ABC's reboot of the classic game show, is the latest broadcast network series to head back into production.

Deadline reports that the show, which is starting production on its second season and fronted by Community star Joel McHale, has returned to filming today. It shoots at CBS Studios Radford in Studio City.

The show is being shot with minimal crew and without an audience and producer Fremantle has put in rigorous health and safety protocols.

The production is adhering to all state and local requirements as well as union and industry guidelines for production.

There's no air date yet for the second season episodes as the show aired as part of ABC's summer 'Fun & Games' line-up.

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TV Series Finale

posted 7/9/2020

TUESDAY: Rerun City, Population Us...
NBC Splits CBS on All-Encore Lineup
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.715 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on a nearly all-repeat Tuesday thanks to "America's Got Talent" (4.366 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and "World of Dance" (2.413 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

CBS (4.595 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) led among total viewers with "NCIS" (5.483 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "FBI" (4.635 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.668 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.489 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and its mix of "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times'" (2.540 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Black-ish" (1.534 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and the return of "What Would You Do?" (2.890 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.437 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up "Hell's Kitchen" (1.519 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.354 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.684 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "DC's Stargirl" (0.981 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Tom Papa: Freaked Out" (0.388 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 864k/0.22
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 818k/0.23
- Celebrity Show-Off (TBS): 526k/0.16
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 297k/0.15.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/9/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Waffles!"

posted 7/9/2020

TBS Reticulates Splines
"The Sims Spark'd" Premieres July 17
From the Futon Critic

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), in partnership with Turner Sports' esports and gaming entertainment brand ELEAGUE and Buzzfeed Multiplayer, today announced a first-of-its-kind reality competition series centered on EA's popular life simulation franchise, The Sims(TM). Since its release in 2000, The Sims has been redefining what it means to be a gamer, allowing players to create and control characters in a virtual world, where they can express themselves in a way that is most authentic and meaningful to them.

The Sims Spark'd is redefining reality competition by bringing creativity, storytelling and the community together in an entertaining new way. The contestants will be given creative challenges to build the most unique characters, worlds and stories, all told through the latest highly successful game in the franchise, The Sims 4.

"Since its inception, The Sims has been a groundbreaking experience, allowing players to create and virtually live out the stories they create in-game. That's what makes it so special," said Lyndsay Pearson, GM of The Sims franchise. "That's also why this show is so exciting. We're continuing that innovative spirit, bringing our community together to compete and showcase their in-game storytelling on a reality show in an entirely new way."

"ELEAGUE has become a destination for premium gaming content and The Sims Spark'd fits perfectly with our focus on gaming lifestyle and culture programming," said Craig Barry, Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports. "We look forward to this next phase of our partnership with EA as we showcase its popular Sims franchise on TBS."

The Sims Spark'd presented by ELEAGUE will debut Friday, July 17, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on TBS. Episodes will continue to premiere weekly on Fridays (July 17, 24, 31 and August 7) at 11 p.m. on TBS, with encore telecasts airing on Saturdays (July 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 8) at 8 a.m. on the network. BuzzFeed Multiplayer will be the premiere digital destination, streaming each The Sims Spark'd episode on the Monday after it is televised (July 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 10).

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posted 7/8/2020

MONDAY: The Best of the West
NBC Wins on "Titan Games"; "Bachelor" Hits Series Low
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.461 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) held onto the top spot with its mix of "The Titan Games" (3.832 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), a repeat of "The Wall" (3.310 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.241 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

CBS (3.430 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) took home the silver with its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (4.203 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.738 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "All Rise" (2.961 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Bull" (3.359 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.402 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "9-1-1" (2.310 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.494 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.048 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up another installment of "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (2.048 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.960 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) completed the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.090 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.924 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.914 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Big Time Bake (Food): 694k/0.15

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/8/2020

"Amazing Race" STILL on Hold
Keoghan Acknowledges That The Curve Has Yet to Flatten
From Reality TV World

The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan has acknowledged fans probably shouldn't expect to see the show's 33rd season resume filming anytime soon amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Production of The Amazing Race's 33rd season was suspended in late February as a coronavirus precaution after filming through its third leg, or essentially the season's first three episodes.

The teams had reportedly already traveled to England and Scotland prior to the sudden suspension of the show's production.

"Yes, we were out, we were shooting Season 33, and then, look, all hell broke loose and we had to come home," Phil told Entertainment Weekly. "It's very frustrating."

Phil believes The Amazing Race will not pick up where it left off until the number of Covid-19 cases drops dramatically. "People have asked me when we're going to be back shooting Amazing Race," Phil said. "And all I can say is, 'As soon as that curve goes down.' That line that we see -- which is so depressing right now -- unfortunately, is an indication of not shooting/shooting. I mean, that's all there is to it."

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Gold Derby

posted 7/8/2020

SYNDIES: Week 42
Results for the Week Ending June 28
From TV Newscheck

Highly regarded rookie talker Tamron Hall had the hot hand in the otherwise quiet summer session ending June 28. Hall became the syndicated strip with the biggest upside move of the week by shrugging off drastic large-market preemptions for coverage of the coronavirus outbreak, and forging ahead 14% to a 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Already renewed for next year, the popular newcomer was the only talk show moving up despite being in repeats on three of the five days. The top talk show of the week was Dr. Phil, which slipped 5% to 1.8 with five days of reruns.

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) 5.8 -5%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 -4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 -4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 7/8/2020

Netflix Hears the Beep
15 Episodes of "Supermarket Sweep" Available for Stream
From Women's Day

Back in the '60s, somewhere in a TV production office, a certifiable genius came up with the brilliant, if not slightly unusual, idea to combine game shows and grocery shopping. In that moment, Supermarket Sweep was born: a game where contestants had to answer trivia questions and run around a grocery store collecting high-priced items. And as the U.S. enters yet another month of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, it's as if the Universe knew we needed a break. That's right: Supermarket Sweep is officially on Netflix.

The streaming giant has gifted viewers with one season of the show (15 episodes) from 1993. The episodes are only around 20 minutes long, so beware non-stop Netflix watchers: your supply of '90s nostalgia will run out faster than you can say "cleanup on aisle 12."

The show originally aired in 1965 for only two seasons before it was resurrected from 1990-1995 and then again from 2000-2003. A new, rebooted version, hosted by SNL's Leslie Jones, was set to begin filming in spring 2020, but has undoubtedly been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the its longest stint in the '90s, the show's welcome to Netflix is stirring up some major nostalgia among millennial viewers

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Today

posted 7/8/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Science for $200"

  • Royal Canadian Geographic Society, NatGeo name new fund for Alex Trebek (CTV)

  • Is The Bachelor elder spinoff stil a thing? (TV Line)

  • FilmLA starting to bounce back (Deadline)

  • Cody Rhodes plays Hot Ones: The Game Show At Home (eWrestling News)

  • Chris Sligh recovering from COVID-19 (CNN)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jenna Lewis (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 7/8/2020

Wheel Pays It Forward
Summer Giveaway to Pay $1000, Another to Food Banks
From WLS Chicago

"Wheel of Fortune" is giving back to viewers and their local communities this summer.

Each weeknight, America's favorite game show will give away $1,000 to a viewer and donate an additional $1,000 to a food bank in the viewer's hometown.

The game show's "1k A Day Summer Giveaway" will span from July 13 through August 14. Throughout the five-week period, the show will give away a total of $50,000.

Hey Wheel Watchers! �� How would you like to win $1,000 for yourself AND $1,000 for your community? You'll have a chance to pay it forward beginning Monday, July 13. Tune in every weeknight through August 14 for a chance to win! �� Learn more: https://t.co/54nf1NFJmi pic.twitter.com/WnHRS8IyYp — Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) July 6, 2020

How to enter the giveaway: Tune in to "Wheel of Fortune" each weeknight and take note of the bonus round puzzle solution. Then, enter the solution at Wheel of Fortune's website.

There is no limit to how many nights fans can enter and winners will be chosen at random. For more terms of the giveaway, see the Official Rules at wheeloffortune.com.

Due to a halt in production because of the coronavirus, "Wheel of Fortune" will be airing a mix of reruns and new episodes throughout the summer.

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posted 7/7/2020

WEEKEND: Let Freedom Ring
NBC Wins Demo on NASCAR, No Matter Who Says What on Twitter
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.069 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday thanks to the primetime portion of the "NASCAR Cup Series" (4.038 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent" (2.099 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

ABC (3.277 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was a close second with its repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2), "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.291 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Press Your Luck" (2.833 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Match Game" (2.676 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was CBS (4.086 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.054 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "60 Minutes Presents" (4.302 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.047 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.940 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) served up second runs of "Last Man Standing" (0.923 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Duncanville" (0.507 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "The Simpsons" (0.723 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Bless the Harts" (0.566 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Bob's Burgers" (0.643 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Family Guy" (0.820 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, encores of "DC's Stargirl" (0.379 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.473 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) on The CW (0.426 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Thursday...
- Alone: Million Dollar Challenge (History): 1.365m/0.22
- The Misery Index (TBS): 709k/0.22

On cable Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 386k/0.22
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Untucked (VH1): 298k/0.12

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.310m/0.34
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 945k/0.28
- Sunday Best (SP/BET): 521k/0.11
- Tournament of Laughs (TBS): 338k/0.10


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posted 7/7/2020

Sky Spreads the Love
Network Takes Control of "GBBO" Producer
From Deadline

Comcast's European broadcaster Sky has taken full control of Love Productions, the producer behind Channel 4 hit The Great British Bake Off.

Sky took a 70.41% stake in Love Productions in 2014, and now the pay-TV operator has acquired the remaining 29.59% of shares in the Richard McKerrow-founded outfit, as it continues to build its production empire.

Jane Millichip, Sky Studios' chief commercial officer, said: "Love Productions is a world-class production company that has continued to create popular, thought-provoking and award-winning factual and factual entertainment shows since Sky first invested in 2014.

"We are proud that Love Productions is now a wholly-owned Sky Studios company and we look forward to continuing to work with Richard and the team as we build on their continued success."

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posted 7/7/2020

I Can BBC Your Face
Beeb Follows Fox's Lead, Adapts Korean Format
From Deadline

BBC One has commissioned Fremantle labels Thames and Naked to adapt Korean music mystery game show I Can See Your Voice after Fox took the show to series in the U.S. in February.

The British broadcaster has ordered an eight-part series of the International Emmy-nominated format from CJ ENM. It has echoes of The Masked Singer, another Korean show, which has been a big hit in the UK for ITV.

Each episode, a team of two contestants will have the chance to win a cash prize if they can tell the difference between the good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note. Helping the contestant navigate through rounds of lip sync challenges, comedic hidden clues, and true-or-false evidence will be a panel of celebrity comedians/experts and a musical superstar. In the end, the singer whom the contestants pick will reveal if they are good or bad in a duet performance with the musical superstar. If the chosen singer can hold a tune, the contestants can claim their prize, but if the singer is tone-deaf, they will pocket the cash.

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore described the format as "addictive," adding that the "jaw-dropping" reveals should provide entertainment for the whole family. Entertainment controller Kate Phillips added: "I Can See Your Voice is a riot, a funny and captivating show with so many incredible moments within a carousel of reveals."

The executive producers are Amelia Brown and Louise Hutchinson for Thames. Tom O'Brien is the consultant executive producer for Naked. Moore, Phillips and Rachel Ashdown commissioned the show, which will premiere next year..

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posted 7/7/2020

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posted 7/7/2020


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CHARLIE DANIELS: 1936-2020
Legendary Broadcaster Hosted "Concentration"
From Deadline

Charlie Daniels, the Grammy-winning country singer and fiddler who scored crossover pop hits with "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Uneasy Rider" and "In America," died today after a massive stroke. He was 83.

His publicist Don Murry Grubbs confirmed the news.

Daniels had a mild stroke in 2010 and was fitted with a pacemaker in 2013. He also beat prostate cancer in 2001.

Daniels, an iconic Country Music Hall of Famer who had nine gold or platinum albums, also played on Bob Dylan's 1969 classic Nashville Skyline, and his group the Charlie Daniels Band appeared in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy.

In the game show realm, he was featured on the 80s era of "The Hollywood Squares" and was also the host of TNN's "Charlie Daniels' Talent Roundup", a reboot of sorts of early talent series "You Can Be a Star".

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posted 7/6/2020


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EDWIN T. VANE: 1927-2020
Longtime Executive Brought Games to ABC, NBC
From the Hollywood Reporter

Edwin T. Vane, a longtime television executive at NBC, ABC and Group W Productions, died June 26 in Los Angeles of natural causes, his family announced. He was 93.

In 1965, Vane became vice president of daytime programming at ABC where under his leadership the network introduced such programs as The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, Let's Make a Deal, One Life to Live and Good Morning America and developed a Saturday morning cartoon featuring The Beatles.

Then, as ABC's vice president of primetime programming, he helped create The American Music Awards and supervised hit series including Happy Days, Marcus Welby, M.D. and Soap and such critically acclaimed projects as the 1974 telefilm The Missiles of October and the 1976 miniseries Eleanor and Franklin.

In 1979, Vane was hired as president and CEO of Group W Productions, which produced and distributed such syndicated series as The Mike Douglas Show, Hour Magazine and PM Magazine. He retired in 1987.

A native of New York and graduate of Fordham University, Edwin Thomas Vane began his career as a page at NBC in 1945 before moving into advertising and promotions and then, in 1961, daytime television.

Pitched a game show by Merv Griffin, Vane "liked the premise but [said] it lacked enough 'jeopardies' — situations where the contestants were at risk of failing," Griffin wrote in his 2003 book, Merv: Making the Good Life Last. "Not only was he right — I decided to deduct money for a wrong answer; that had never been done before — but he'd also inadvertently given me a perfect name for the show." Jeopardy! debuted in March 1964.

A member of the board of governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Vane also co-wrote a college textbook on TV programming that was published in 1994.

Survivors include his four sons — Richard, a producer (Arachnophobia, Snow Falling on Cedars), Christopher, a writer and producer (Wings, Suddenly Susan), Timothy and Paul — six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife of 48 years, Claire, died in 1998.

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posted 7/6/2020

More on "The Cube" Reboot
ITV to Reboot Stunt Series
From Deadline

Phillip Schofield has confirmed the return of The Cube.

The This Morning host took to his Instagram story on Sunday (July 5) to confirm the interactive reality game show will return following its disappearance from screens in 2015, with a post encouraging people to apply for the forthcoming series. "Yes!!!" Phillip wrote. "Game on! Can you Beat the Cube?"

Contestants were forced to compete in a series of challenges while inside a small Perspex cube. It highlighted how even straightforward tasks, like catching, throwing, estimating, memorizing and balancing were more difficult when confined and under pressure in a small area surrounded by a large live studio audience. The producers used state-of-the-art filming techniques to show the anxiety of the contestants, who were playing for the chance to win a top prize of £250,000 (almost $313,000).

Deadline reports that the commercial broadcaster is set to significantly increase the potential prize money in the reboot.

One suggestion is that the show will return in a similar fashion to the reboot of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, which came back for a series of Jeremy Clarkson-hosted specials.

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posted 7/6/2020

Kevin Hart Gets Back in the Game... If Only for One Night
"Celebrity Game Face" to Bow as Special on E!
From various sources

E!, the global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture, announced the greenlight of a new special, "Celebrity Game Face," executive produced and hosted by Kevin Hart premiering on Monday, July 6 from 10pm-11:15pm ET/PT.

The special features Hart and his wife Eniko along with couples Terry and Rebecca King Crews, Sarah Hyland and her fiancé Wells Adams, and Joel and Sarah McHale, marking Joel's first appearance back on the network since he hosted "The Soup."

The Harts lead the teams through a hilarious game night full of fun, fresh and wildly unexpected moments, as the celebrities engage in a range of ridiculous physical challenges that viewers can play along at home. The pairs will show off their teenage dance moves in a tik "talk" challenge, feed each other a messy meal with a twist, attempt to interpret what their partners are saying while their mouths are full and race through their homes to find unexpected items to solve riddles. At the end of the night, the couples are awarded money for their charity of choice, but only one team will win the coveted "Hart of a Champion" trophy, which is a gold statue of baby Kevin Hart.

"Celebrity Game Face" is produced by Critical Content and HartBeat Productions with Kevin Hart, Jenny Daly, Tom Forman, Jon Beyer, Bryan Smiley, Mike Stein and Michael Canter serving as Executive Producers.

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posted 7/6/2020

"Big Brother" Gets Ready to Watch
Pre-Production Begins
From Deadline

The Big Brother house is under construction, offering a greenshoot of hope to fans that the CBS reality series will air this summer.

Deadline reports that preliminary production prep has begun on the show's set at CBS' Radford lot in Los Angeles. The production team has received approval to start preparation, meaning that there's a chance that the 22nd season of the John De Mol creation will air this summer.

However, it is still early days for the show's return as producers still need to receive union and guild approval to sign off on principal photography and filming. There is also no word yet on casting.

The teams that have begun work are, as you'd expect, following strict health and safety protocols with crew being tested for COVID-19 and continuing to be tested regularly. They are wearing PPE equipment and observing social distancing as they go about construction.

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posted 7/6/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "On a Need to Know Basis"

  • Strahan, Sara & Keke "put on indefinite hiatus". If it were an app show, it would've closed its season. (PopCulture)

  • Becca Kufrin spends the 4th with a cuddly companion.. no, not that one. (Us)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Jeopardy! will pull the first two shows from the vault later this month (Cheatsheet)

  • Bradley Walsh cites a health "wakeup call" (Starts at 60)

  • Cast of "Are You the One: Come One Come All" reunite one year on (The Wrap)

posted 7/6/2020


Legacy
HUGH DOWNS: 1921-2020
Legendary Broadcaster Hosted "Concentration"
From TV Line

Hugh Downs, a veteran broadcaster who is perhaps best known for co-anchoring 20/20 with Barbara Walters during the ABC newsmagazine's heyday, died on July 1 at his Scottsdale, Ariz. home. He was 99.

According to the Washington Post, Downs' great-niece Molly Shaheen said that the cause of death was a heart ailment, and that Downs did not have COVID-19.

After starting out his broadcasting career on radio, Downs' first television gigs included serving as the announcer for Hawkins Falls, Population 6200, one of the medium's first soap operas, as well as the children's program Kukla, Fran and Ollie. Downs went on to be the announcer for Jack Parr's The Tonight Show in 1957, and stayed with the talker until 1962, when Ed Herlihy took over. In 1958, Downs began a decade-long run hosting TV's original incarnation of the game show Concentration. He then hosted NBC's Today from 1962 to 1971, where he first met Barbara Walters and helped usher along her about-to-explode career.

From 1978, starting with 20/20's second episode, he co-anchored that news program until his retirement in 1999.

Across his career, Downs was a seven-time Emmy nominee, grabbing gold twice. In 1985, Downs was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the record for the greatest number of hours on network commercial television (with 15,188), until he ceded the title to Regis Philbin in 2004.".

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posted 7/3/2020

WEDNESDAY: Game Up
"Game On" Ticks Up, NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.566 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) led a low key Wednesday with its repeat lineup of "Chicago Med" (3.700 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (3.535 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (3.464 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

The silver went to CBS (2.751 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) with a new "Game On!" (3.269 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.535 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "SWAT" (2.450 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was FOX (1.731 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) with encores of "MasterChef" (1.729 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a second "MasterChef" (1.733 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.812 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.686 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2), "Black-ish" (1.930 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "The Conners" (1.949 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "American Housewife" (1.671 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.318 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, originals from "The 100" (0.690 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Bulletproof" (0.372 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.531 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 991k/0.28
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 851k/0.47
- Forged in Fire: Beat the Judges (History): 825k/0.21
- Cash Cab - 10:30p (Bravo): 342k/0.08
- Cash Cab - 10p (Bravo): 292k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 251k/0.12


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posted 7/2/2020

"Strictly" Comes Back
Production to Begin on Shortened Season
From Telly Mix

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 will begin in October, it's been reported. The BBC previously confirmed that this year's Strictly would have a shorter run due to the ongoing health crisis.

"The Strictly Come Dancing team are doing everything they can to bring the nation plenty of Strictly magic later this year," they said. "The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us and further updates will be made in due course."

According to The Sun newspaper, the series will launch on October 24 and run for nine weeks - four fewer than usual.

"BBC bosses are doing everything in their power to give the public as much Strictly as they possibly can and safely," a source told the tabloid. They explained: "A heavily reduced schedule gives them a lot longer to pre-record certain segments to minimise risk. "It does mean it will be starting much later in the year, and will finish very close to Christmas with the final currently scheduled for December 19." It's expected that the shorter run will mean fewer celebrities on the line up."

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posted 7/2/2020

Quarantine Hair: The Game Show
Micro-Series Planned for E4's Socials
From Telly Mix

Channel 4 has announced a new hair-based game show for its E4 social media channels.

Provisionally titled, Keep Your Hair On, the five-minute game show will see contestants go head to head to win the hairstyle of their dreams, but if they lose, they'll end up with the lockdown locks of nightmares.

The format comes from the co-creators of The Chase, Sharp Jack TV.

Those taking part will compete for the chance of getting the hairstyle they have always wanted, but there is twist. They must face a round of amusing general knowledge questions asked by The Mirror.

Elliot Johnson, Joint-MD of Sharp Jack TV, said: "With hair salons across the UK closed, the nation's locks have grown wild and unruly. So what better way to get the ultimate lockdown look than visiting the Keep Your Hair On (w/t), salon - there really is nothing to lose, except your hair, your credibility and that weekend Tinder date!"

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posted 7/2/2020

"America's" Getting Its Talent Back
"AGT" Returns to Production
From TV Line

For America's Got Talent, returning to production in the midst of a global pandemic means making some major changes — and some significant cuts.

The NBC reality competition series has resumed production on its 15th season, having only completed six audition episodes before temporarily shutting down over the threat of coronavirus in March.

The first thing viewers will notice is the dramatic change of venue. Whereas AGT is traditionally filmed in a lavish Hollywood auditorium, the show is now relocating to an outdoor setup in Simi Valley that's designed to resemble a drive-in movie theater. The judges — Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and newcomer Sofia Vergara — will also sit an appropriate distance from one another. ("Wait until you see the vehicles the judges arrive in," the show's executive producers tell Deadline.)

Another major change is that there will only be one Judge Cuts episode this season (July 28), as opposed to the usual four. NBC is also peppering its schedule with a best-of special (July 21) and an anniversary celebration (Aug. 4) to accommodate the shift in production.

This season's live shows — which will find 44 acts performing across four weeks — are scheduled to begin on Aug. 11. And while producers are hoping to return to the Dolby Theatre, nothing has been nailed down just yet. It's also being discussed how to potentially include a physical or virtual audience in the mix.

Cowell says he's excited about the changes, especially because he feels that the Judge Cuts kill the momentum built by the high-energy Auditions. "I personally now would stick to this new way we've done it not just for the present but for the future," he tells Deadline. "I think it is a better show this year than it has been on previous years."

Additional precautions include regular testing, everyone wearing masks (including all the judges and host Terry Crews) except for when they are talking on camera, contestants and judges handling their own microphones, and a new pod system that will separate different areas of production. People on set were asked to stick to their specific zones and to talk via phone or walkie talkie when communicating with someone in another pod.

Speaking about the new format, Simon explains, "I always felt [like we] dropped in energy on the middle rounds, so I was always keen to change those middle shows. They never quite felt right to me. I personally now would stick to this new way we've done it not just for the present but for the future. I think it is a better show this year than it has been on previous years." .


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posted 7/2/2020

Gino D'Acampo Plays the... Fortunes
Chef to Host British "Feud" Reboot
From Deadline

ITV has confirmed that it is dusting off Family Fortunes after the entertainment show was last on British television in 2015.

Deadline first reported in April that ITV was piloting the format in a lockdown environment with Fremantle label Thames, and now the game show, which is based on America's Family Feud, will return for a 10-part series.

UK chef Gino D'Acampo will host, presiding over two families competing to win cash prizes by second-guessing the responses to a survey of the British public.

Vernon Kay hosted the UK show's most recent iteration, All Star Family Fortunes, between 2006 and 2015, while Les Dennis and Bob Monkhouse were among the presenters of previous series.

Filming will take place on the new series later this summer. Family Fortunes was commissioned by Katie Rawcliffe, ITV's head of entertainment, and entertainment commissioner Joe Mace. Ash Whitehouse is the executive producer.

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posted 7/2/2020


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CARL REINER: 1922-2020
Comedy Legend Hosted "Keep Talking"
From NextTV

Comedy legend Carl Reiner died Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills.

Reiner worked with Sid Caesar on some of TV's earliest hits and later created The Dick Van Dyke Show, playing the egotistical host of the fictional TV show Van Dyke's character wrote jokes for.

He was also the father of Rob Reiner, who starred on All in the Family and became a decorated filmmaker.

During his long career, Carl Reiner won nine Emmys, one Grammy and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Born in The Bronx to immigrant parents, Reiner was drafted into the Army Air Forces during World War II. After the war, he appeared in Broadway musicals and then joined Sid Ceasar's Your Show of Shows, appearing in skits and writing with legends Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. Reiner and Brooks worked as a duo and created the 2000 Year Old Man. One of their albums doing the act won a Grammy. He later developed a television pilot that eventually became The Dick Van Dyke Show, starring Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Reiner appeared in the show as vain but good-hearted comedy show host Alan Brady. The series ran from 1961 to 1966.

Tributes have poured out onto social media, including from Dick Van Dyke, Alan Alda, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert ("The Greatest,") and, of course, Rob Reiner.

In the game show sphere, he hosted "Keep Talking" for CBS from 1958 to 1959. He also appeared on Hollywood Squares, PAssword, The Movie Game, Name Droppers, PErsonality, The Celebrity Game, Take a Good Look, I've Got a Secret, To Tell the Truth, The Name's the Same, and Jeopardy! - which Reiner made a habit of watching with Mel Brooks. He also hosted the 80s special, "Those Wonderful TV Game Shows".

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posted 7/1/2020

TUESDAY: Got Talent Wins
Because, You Know... Tuesday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.957 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) coasted to another victory on Tuesday behind fresh installments of "America's Got Talent" (8.338 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "World of Dance" (4.196 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

CBS (4.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) was a distant second with repeats of "NCIS" (5.203 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "FBI" (4.584 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.922 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was FOX (1.339 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.336 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a second hour of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.343 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up repeats of "Modern Family" (2.397 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), another "Modern Family" (1.816 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "Black-ish" (1.447 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Mixed-ish" (1.316 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus the season finale of "The Genetic Detective" (2.346 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.689 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) wrapped the night with "DC's Stargirl" (1.011 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Barry Brewer: Chicago I'm Home" (0.367 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable Tuesday...
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Do? (Food): 758k/0.23
- Chopped (Food): 746k/0.24
- Celebrity Show-Off (TBS): 489k/0.18
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 390k/0.18


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posted 7/1/2020

AMPTP, WGA Make a Deal
Contract to Head to WGA for Vote
From the Wrap

The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached tentative deal on a new film and TV contract, with negotiations continuing hours after the contract expired at midnight Wednesday, as reported by both THR and Variety.

The contract will now go to the WGA board for ratification before being sent to members for a vote. Details on the contract will not be disclosed until and unless it is approved.

Representatives for both WGA and AMPTP did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The eleventh-hour agreement comes after months of delays and tense exchanges between the WGA and AMPTP. Talks were initially set to take place in March but were forced to postpone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two sides agreed to extend the expiration of the existing contract from May 1 to June 30 while a new date for remote negotiations was discussed.

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posted 7/1/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Twice as Tough as Nails"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Tough as Nails" to air two-hour debut next week (The Futon Critic)

  • How an IKEA in Burbank was transformed into the summer's hottest (smirk) show (NEwsweek)

  • Shah Rukh Khan rejected the host role in "Slumdog Millionaire" (NDTV)

  • Clare Crawley inherits "The Bachelorette's Bible" from Rachel Lindsay & Becca Kufrin. In other news, there is a Bachelorette's Bible (GoldDerby)

posted 7/1/2020

SYNDIES: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending June 21
From TV Newscheck

Only a handful of syndicated strips generated meaningful ratings steam in the last week before summer as people using television (PUT) levels sank to their lowest of the year.

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) 6.1 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.3 -7%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 -9%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 6/30/2020

"Catchphrase" Returns to the Studio
Quiz Show First ITV Production Post-COVID-19
From Deadline

ITV has announced that long-running game show Catchphrase will become its first entertainment brand to begin filming again following the coronavirus lockdown.

The STV Productions format will head back to the studio on July 6 to record 10 episodes, with a number of social distancing and safety protocols in place to protect the production team.

STV Productions has redesigned the set, crew will work in bubbles with staggered start times, people will have to sign health declaration forms, the studio will be cleaned on a daily basis, and there will be no audience.

Host Stephen Mulhern said: "It feels so good to be back in the studio and it's taken a huge amount of work from the crew and all at STV Productions who make the show and ITV who broadcast it to get us back up and running safely. We can't wait to start."

ITV head of entertainment Katie Rawcliffe added: "Catchphrase is the first of ITV's big entertainment shows to go back into the studio. All the teams have worked incredibly hard to get us back filming."

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posted 6/29/2020

MONDAY: Game Night (on Another Network) Wins
"The Wall" Hits a New High as NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.549 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) claimed the top spot on Monday with its mix of "The Titan Games" (3.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1), "The Wall" (3.991 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and a preview of "Cannonball" (2.748 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3).

CBS (3.432 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) was a close second with its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.880 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.495 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "All Rise" (2.932 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Bull" (3.676 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.363 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "9-1-1" (2.446 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.280 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.095 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) offered up its latest installment of "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (2.095 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, The CW (1.003 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.065 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.964 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.991 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable Monday...
- Big Time Bake (Food): 693k/0.20


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/30/2020

WEEKEND: Game Night Wins... Part 2
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) remained on top on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.207 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.499 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1), "Press Your Luck" (3.802 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and "Match Game" (3.461 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

CBS (3.396 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was a close second with a new "60 Minutes" (7.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) followed by the "BET Awards 2020" (1.960 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was NBC (1.923 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with a new "Hollywood Game Night" (1.812 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) alongside encores of "The Titan Games" (1.286 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "America's Got Talent" (2.297 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.758 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.886 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14), "Duncanville" (0.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14), "The Simpsons" (0.835 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (0.631 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (0.750 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Family Guy" (0.936 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.424 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "DC's Stargirl" (0.409 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.439 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.104m/0.26
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 751k/0.21

ABC (3.414 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) held onto the top spot on Friday with repeats of "Shark Tank" (3.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "20/20" (3.502 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

Sharing the demo honors was FOX (2.174 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and its latest installment from "WWE SmackDown" (2.174 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

Next up was NBC (2.166 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its mix of "World of Dance" (1.897 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "The Wall" (2.022 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Dateline NBC" (2.579 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.056 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up "The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" (3.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) alongside a repeat of "Blue Bloods" (3.074 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (0.795 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) plus repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.664 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.615 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.652 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) rounded out the night on The CW (0.681 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 541k/0.23
- Master Minds (SF/GSN): 537k/0.04

- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars: Untucked (VH1): 368k/0.15
- Fox Sports: The Home Game (FS1): 58k/0.03

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/30/2020

Different Runway
Cutforth & Lipsitz to Produce New Season from New Shingle
From the Futon Critic

"Project Runway" is switching production companies, with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz's new venture, Alfred Street Industries, taking over for their former company, Magical Elves.

The fashion competition ended its 18th season in March and has not formally been renewed by Bravo for a 19th, though casting for the new season began in February and an individual with knowledge tells TheWrap the Season 19 is in the very early stages at the cable channel — having been stalled by the pandemic, like almost every other TV series — but that Alfred Street Industries will be producing the new episodes once they can begin production.

Cutforth and Lipsitz produced "Project Runway" through Magical Elves from 2004 to 2009 during its first turn on Bravo, with the duo and their production company leaving the fashion competition series when it relocated to Lifetime. During the Lifetime years, the show was produced by The Weinstein Company and Bunim/Murray. Cutforth, Lipsitz and Magical Elves returned to "Project Runway" when it came back to Bravo in 2019.

The Wrap

posted 6/30/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bachelors, Bachelorettes, and Babies"

posted 6/30/2020

Critics Choice Awards: And the Winners Were...
"Jeopardy!" Sweeps The Games
From Deadline

Netflix has again led all networks at the second annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, and its series Cheer and Queer Eye topped the winners, each taking home two awards.

The Culinary Show category resulted in a tie, with both Chopped and Top Chef honored.

Netflix won eight awards in all including Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (Crime/Justice Series), Somebody Feed Phil (Travel/Adventure Series), Love Is Blind (Relationship Show), as well as Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Programming by a Network or Streaming Platform.

ABC and Bravo followed Netflix with two awards each.

Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst received this year's Critics Choice Real TV Impact Award, for his ongoing contributions to the unscripted television.

Here is the full list of winners for the event, organized by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and nonfiction producer trade organization NPACT:
- Competition Series: RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
- Competition Series: Talent/Variety: The Voice (NBC)
- Business Show: Shark Tank (ABC)
- Culinary Show – TIE: Chopped (Food Network), Top Chef (Bravo)
- Game Show Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time (ABC)
- Relationship Show: Love Is Blind (Netflix)
- Show Host Alex Trebek – Jeopardy! (CBS Television Distribution)


Deadline

posted 6/26/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "How to Handle 80,000 Gallons of Slime"

  • BTS: Turning the floor into lava (Yahoo!)

  • "Wheel of Fortune" merch and you've already clicked the link, haven't you? (The Pop Insider)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Crazy Delicious (Netflix) (Newsweek)

  • Survivor alums demand more diversity in casting (People)

  • Gavin Newsom may have to dial back reopening LA (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mary Murphy (Gold Derby)

posted 6/29/2020

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