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ABC
WEEKEND: No Slowing Down the Summer Games
ABC's Block Goes Boom, NBC's Big Hire Goes Bust
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.427 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.924 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Celebrity Family Feud" (7.085 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1),"Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (5.485 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (5.214 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

The silver then went to NBC (2.723 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with a new "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (3.410 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) followed by the feature "Despicable Me" (2.537 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) and an encore of "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (2.407 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.786 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its repeat lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.209 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.964 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Madam Secretary" (3.803 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "Code Black" (3.169 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.905 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), "The Last Man on Earth" (0.634 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), "The Simpsons" (1.061 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.203 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus a new "American Grit" (1.034 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) rounded out the night on FOX (0.978 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

The Futon Critic
B&C
The Wrap
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 6/26/17

Facebook Wants to Get Its Game On
Social Network to Invest in Original Programming
From The Drum

Facebook is reportedly looking to extend its tentacles into Hollywood Boulevard by championing a new wave of scripted TV programming aimed at 13 to 34-year-olds by late summer.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the social network is in talks with LA-based studios and agencies around the creation of original, scripted shows.

Perhaps mindful of ongoing criticism around the platform's role in the spread of fake news and its stance on moderation, Facebook will apparently seek to nip any controversy in the bud by avoiding difficult subjects like news and politics, as well as banning nudity and foul language.

Instead the TV-grade shows, which are reported to be budgeted at up to $3m per episode, will focus on non-contentious dramas, reality programming and game shows. Facebook is thought to have already scheduled meetings with talent agencies to hit the ground running in a race to own as much video content as possible.

While the company has declined to comment on the specifics of the report, Facebook’s vice-president of media partnerships, Nick Grudin, told the WSJ: "We're supporting a small group of partners and creators as they experiment with the kinds of shows you can build a community around – from sports to comedy to reality to gaming. We're focused on episodic shows and helping all our partners understand what works across different verticals and topics."

It is expected that the first content to see the light of day will be a millennial relationship drama called Strangers and the game show Last State Standing.

Should Facebook enter the highly congested market, it will need to face off against the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, all of which have amassed significant content libraries with which to lure subscribers.

Facebook's content ambitions were thrown into further focus over the weekend when it unveiled a video creation app for influencers as it seeks to muscle in on YouTube's turf.

Rumors have been circulating about Facebook's interest in producing TV-style shows since the social network hired CollegeHumor founder Ricky Van Veen as head of global creative strategy last June.

The Drum
SiliconBeat
Tubefilter

posted 6/26/17

MTV Uses "Safeword"
Adaptation of British Comedy Game Coming
From The Futon Critic

MTV today announced the debut of new comedy series, "SafeWord," where famous friends become famous frenemies all for a good laugh. "SafeWord" will premiere on Thursday, July 13 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following a new episode of "Wild 'N Out" and as part of MTV's "Throwdown Thursdays" comedy block.

From the producers of "Lip Sync Battle" and hosted by Terrence J, the star-studded season will feature Kevin Hart, Damien Dante Wayans, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Marlon Wayans, Kelly Rowland, Nelly, LaLa Anthony, Amber Rose, "13 Reasons Why" cast mates Ross Butler and Justin Prentice, Charlamagne Tha God, Drake Bell, Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler and more.

"SafeWord" is based off the U.K. format that aired on itv2 and was originally developed and produced by STV Productions and Motion Content Group. In each episode, the celebrity guests will partner with superstar comedians, including Carly Aquilino, Sam Jay, Ricky Velez, Leonard Ouzts, Taylor Tomlinson, Akaash Singh, Matt Pavich, Sherry Cola to help them play a series of games in front a live audience. Throughout multiple rounds, the teams go head-to-head daring each other in a variety of challenges including social media games that have already stirred up quite a bit of controversy. In the spirit of a friendly comedy roast, the celebs are tasked with taking the heat, but can always stop the pain by using their "safeword."

For more, follow the show on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @mtvsafeword or visit www.mtv.com/shows/safeword.

"SafeWord" is Executive Produced Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and Jerry Carita for Matador. James Sunderland serves as showrunner. Terrence Jenkins serves as host and Executive Producer. Candida Boyette-Clemons and Paul Ricci are Executive Producers for MTV. The series is directed by Michael Simon.

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Deadline
Variety

posted 6/26/17

Francophone Canada to Build "The Wall"
EndemolShine Exports LeBron James' Game
From TBI Vision

Canadian broadcaster TVA is getting its own French-language version of NBC game show The Wall.

TVA stablemate Quebecor Content has acquired rights to the show from Endemol Shine International.

The series has been a ratings hit in the US, where NBC debuted it in primetime. A subsequent access prime version in France for has also done well, becoming the territory’s best performing game show launch since 2009, with Endemol Shine also selling the format into Spain and Germany.

Broadcast details for the French-Canadian version will follow “at a later date”.

Yann Paquet, VP of acquisitions and international development at Quebecor Content, claimed the format was “the most popular game show in the world”.

“It gets monster ratings wherever it’s aired and we have absolutely confidence it will thrill our viewers and touch their hearts,” he added.

Legendary NBA basketball player LeBron James co-created the format with SpringHill Entertainment’s Maverick Carter and Andrew Glassman of Glassman Media. In the US Universal Television Alternative Studio is coproducer.

The quiz format requires contestants to answer questions and get favorable ‘bounces’ from a giant wall in order to win cash prizes.

TVA and Quebecor Content are part of Quebecor Media Group.

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posted 6/26/17

"Millionaire" Nigeria Delivers Final Answer... "For Now"
Sponsor MTN Pulls Out after 13 Years
From Pulse Nigeria

Thirteen years after creating so many memories and fun moments, the hit TV game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is off the air.

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, the heartbreaking announcement was made via Twitter. The break is said to be "temporary" and "indefinite".

The game show will no longer be aired because its sponsor, telco MTN has pulled out.

"Unfortunately, tonight's episode is our last- for now. #WWTBAM is going on a temporal break" tweeted the official Twitter account of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

"We thank you for being with us through the 13-year-journey of enriching and impacting the lives of Nigerians. We wouldn't have been able to enrich so many Nigerians without the help of our sponsor @MTNNG So we say THANK YOU!For the first time since its inception 13 years ago, #WWTBAM will be going off air from today 25th June" it further tweeted.

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posted 6/26/17

ABCDiscovers Heads to the US
At Stake: A Year-Long Talent Deal worth $25,000
From the Futon Critic

ABC Talent and Casting's fifth annual ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition, which takes place Monday, June 26 - Sunday, July 9, is live now in the U.S. The competition aims to discover and champion actors who may not have had the opportunity to be seen yet by a team of professional casting executives. Actors 18 and older are encouraged to visit ABCDiscovers.com to enter the contest for the chance to receive a one-year $25,000 talent deal with ABC. The 2017 winner will be announced Thursday, August 10, when their videos, along with the other top finalists, will be featured on the ABC Discovers website. Based on the success of prior U.S. competitions, ABC is also now launching a U.K. version of the competition at ABCDiscoversUK.com. The winner of the U.K. competition will receive a separate one-year $25,000 talent deal with ABC.

Ayo Davis, senior vice president, Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment, said, "This competition is about access and opportunity for up-and-coming actors. We are incredibly proud of the talent that has surfaced in the first few years of the competition and can't wait to see who comes forward this year in both the U.S. and now also the U.K."

This year's ABCDiscovers.com competition site features commentary from Davis, as well as respected Casting Director Linda Lowy, who talks about how she found the cast of "Grey's Anatomy." Lowy's video features interviews with show talent, including Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Jessica Capshaw, Kelly McCreary, Jason George and Debbie Allen. Last year's 2016 competition winner, Beth Triffon, and comedian Akaash Singh ("Difficult People" and "The Leftovers") are also featured on the site.

To enter the ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition, actors are asked to create a video performing one of the comedy or drama scenes posted on ABCDiscovers.com. Actors will be judged on quality of performance, potential star power and technical skill set. For full details on eligibility, how to enter and for Official Rules, interested actors can visit ABCDiscovers.com. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, July 9.

The Digital Talent Competition is part of ABC Discovers, a series of initiatives that includes the annual New York and Los Angeles Talent Showcases, Actor Audition Workshop Week, Latino/Hispanic Outreach, Asian/Pacific Islander Outreach and Global Talent Outreach. The 2014 contest winner, Cornelius Smith Jr., is a series regular on the hit drama "Scandal," and 2015 contest winner Sam Adegoke has had numerous recurring roles on series, including "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" and "Switched at Birth." He is currently starring in the CW's reboot of "Dynasty." Last year's 2016 Digital Talent Competition winner Beth Triffon has a recurring role in the upcoming ABC series "Ten Days in the Valley."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/26/17


ABC
THURSDAY: The Battle of Premieres... and Fox Wins Youngsters
CBS, Fox Split Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the demo competition on Thursday with new episodes from "Beat Shazam" (3.161 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "Love Connection" (2.913 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

NBC (3.921 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with the summer premieres of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.793 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "The Wall" (4.436 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "The Night Shift" (3.534 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was CBS (4.125 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "Superior Donuts" (4.507 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mom" (4.427 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Life in Pieces" (3.572 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "MacGyver" (2.964 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.247 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up the launch of "Boy Band" (3.134 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), a second hour of "Boy Band" (2.838 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and the premiere of "The Gong Show" (3.769 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (1.205 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and a second "Supernatural" (1.261 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.233 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.471m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 929k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 304k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 285k

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posted 6/26/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Registered at Tambourines R Us?"

  • Erin Andrews, fresh off of playing "The $100,000 Pyramid", is officially off the market (Yahoo! Sports)
     

  • Lionel Richie heading to "Idol"? (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: what's more painful, an Argentinean getting her arm snapped on a game show called "What Hand Is It In?"..; or a game show called "What Hand Is It In?" (International Business Times)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 secrets of winning a game show (Cosmopolitan)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Crystal Maze" (Den of Geek!)
     

  • Susan Boyle being accosted by a group of ruffians is today's reason why we can't have nice things (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jamie Foxx, dating at 49 (Reality TV World)

posted 6/23/17


C4
Start the Fans!
"The Crystal Maze" Returns Tonight
From Digital Spy

If any of you have found yourselves accidentally bingeing old episodes of Bullseye or Supermarket Sweep on the Challenge TV channel, then you'll know that there's secretly a huge demand for '90s game-show nostalgia.

And that's precisely the reason why so many people got on board for the Crystal Maze live immersive experience in London in 2015, and why that led to last year's one-off celebrity special with Stephen Merchant as host.

We wanted more of the same, and thankfully, Channel 4 has obliged with at least 20 new episodes of the classic game show, with The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade as the new host. But is it any good?

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Radio Times
Sunday Post
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posted 6/23/17

More on "Battle of the Network Stars"
Catch It on ABC NEXT Thursday!
From TV Line

The obstacle course of red, white and blue tires is the same, but the dunk tank is a bit more extreme as ABC wages a new Battle of the Network Stars starting Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c.

For the unfortunately uninitiated of you, the original intra-network “field day” competition that aired on ABC during the 1970s and ’80s pitted the Alphabet network against CBS and NBC and… well, that was it, kids. PBS and the scrambled WHT channel didn’t field teams.

‘Twas an age long before Instagram, offering the rare opportunity to see your favorite TV stars in their civvies (in this case, high-cut gym shorts paired with tube socks). You relished the intense rivalry between team captains such as Gabe Kaplan (aka ABC’s “Mr. Kot-ter“), Robert Conrad (daring you to knock the battery off NBC’s shoulder) and Telly Savalas (heading up CBS), all whilst grumbling that Farrah didn’t get enough camera time. Each day of games culled the field to two teams, who then faced off in a Tug-of-War that left many a precious TV star’s hand red and calloused.

Now, the Battle is back on, but with some updates. The 20 teams of five are now themed, and populated by TV stars both current and from days gone by — including many that vied in the original competitions. What else is new or familiar?

TV Line

posted 6/23/17

WEDNESDAY: Cooking Mamas... and Grandmamas
Fox, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (2.715 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) inched past the competition on Wednesday with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (3.237 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (2.193 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

NBC (4.291 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with the premiere of "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (7.418 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by a new "The Carmichael Show" (3.966 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and repeats of "The Carmichael Show" (2.846 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "This Is Us" (2.050 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

Next up was CBS (3.592 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and repeats of "Undercover Boss" (3.121 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Criminal Minds" (3.857 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Code Black" (3.799 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.834 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up second runs of "The Goldbergs" (3.045 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Speechless" (2.483 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.057 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "American Housewife" (2.650 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) plus the return of "To Tell the Truth" (2.885 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Arrow" (0.634 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.689 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.661 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Big Star Little Star (USA): 576k
- Lip Sync Battle (SP/Spike): 572k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (SP/Spike): 526k
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 514k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 456k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 369k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 259k

Ratings for "Idiotest" & "Emogenius" are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/23/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Wall on the Wall"

  • VIDEO WALL: ... or is it Video "Wall"? Because Chris Hardwick is giving us some insight here (Access Hollywood) PLUS how EndemolShine turns it into a business (Variety)
     

  • ICYMI: last season on "RuPaul's Drag Race"... (Esquire)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Gong Show" (Huffpost)
     

  • ICYMI: Beat Shazam... (Broadway World)

posted 6/23/17

In the House Part 3: Tempted by the Fruit of Another
CBS Announces New Big Brother Contestants, Twist
From TV Line

Pandora’s Box has been upgraded.

Big Brother‘s Season 19 twist will confront Houseguests with “tempting offers that could give them money, power and safety in the game. But, they will need to be careful, because for every temptation taken, there will be a consequence to face,” warns a press release that more than a little evokes Rumpelstiltskin.

One of those twists is the “Den of Temptation,” to which America will vote on which Houseguest they would like to send. At the Garden of Eden-styled location, players will be enticed by a potentially game-changing offer that will “unleash a consequence on the house.”

“Temptation has always been a part of Big Brother, but this summer we are testing the Houseguests like never before,” exec producer Rich Meehan said in a statement. “There are so many different paths the game could take this season depending on what the Houseguests choose to do. With so many unknowns, we are excited to see how it all plays out.”

Big Brother 19‘s two-night premiere airs Wednesday, June 28 at 8/7c and Thursday, June 29 at 9 pm, while the first Sunday episode (airing July 2 at 8 pm) features the debut of the “Den of Temptation.”

CBS previously announced 16 Houseguests who will embark on a new season of BIG BROTHER. This season's cast includes a government engineer, a rodeo clown, a microbiologist and a cosplay artist, among others.

CBS All Access will give subscribers the opportunity to meet the Houseguests before anyone else via a live stream of their first interviews beginning this morning at 8:00 AM, PT/11:00 AM, ET. CBS All Access subscribers can watch the live stream online at CBS.com or the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on connected devices, including Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Fire TV.

The following 16 new Houseguests will spend the summer competing for $500,000:

- Christmas Abbott (35; Lynchburg, VA; fitness superstar)
- Matthew Clines (33; Arlington, VA; renovation consultant)
- Dominique Cooper (30; Tuskegee, AL; government engineer)
- Elena Davies (26; Fort Worth, TX; radio personality)
- Jason Dent (27; Humeston, IA; rodeo clown)
- Jessica Graf (26; Cranston, RI; VIP concierge)
- Cameron Heard (24; North Aurora, IL; microbiologist)
- Mark Jansen (26; Grand Island, NY; personal trainer)
- Megan Lowder (28; Cathedral City, CA; dog walker)
- Josh Martinez (23; Miami; hair care sales)
- Cody Nickson (32; Lake Mills, IA; construction sales rep)
- Alex Ow (28; Thousand Oaks, CA; eco-friendly marketing rep)
- Jillian Parker (24; Celebration, FL; timeshare sales rep)
- Kevin Schlehuber (55; Boston; stay-at-home dad)
- Ramses Soto (21; Grand Rapids, MI; cosplay artist)
- Raven Walton (23; DeValls Bluff, AR; dance teacher)

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Broadway World
TV Line
Reality TV World
TV Line
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Broadway World

posted 6/22/17

TUESDAY: One-Two Punch of NBC
The Real Challenge: Guessing Who Was #2
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) cruised to another Tuesday victory with new episodes from "America's Got Talent" (12.548 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "World of Dance" (7.746 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

CBS (5.803 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant second with repeats of "NCIS" (6.517 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bull" (5.514 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.378 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.099 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "Downward Dog" (3.163 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) followed by repeats of "The Middle" (2.158 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Black-ish" (1.813 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "Black-ish" (1.902 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "American Housewife" (1.870 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.690 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.617 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Mick" (1.093 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.016 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.084 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) alongside a new "iZombie" (1.140 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) rounded out the evening for The CW (1.112 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 1.170m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 890k
- Chopped (Food): 864k
- Chopped Junior Champions (Food): 690k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (SF/MTV): 539k
- Face Off (Syfy): 522k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 514k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 490k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 299k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/22/17

"Bachelor in Paradise" Production to Resume
WB Completes Investigation
From TV Line

Bachelor in Paradise is back in production, after a strong statement from the show’s producers.

Following their internal investigation of an incident between cast members Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson that shut down production of the ABC reality show, production company Warner Bros. TV has concluded that “the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member” and says Season 4 will resume filming.

Here’s the full statement from Warner Bros. TV:

“As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We take all such allegations seriously. The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy. Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.”

ABC released a statement as well, confirming that Paradise will return to the network this summer:

“We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC.”

The Bachelor spinoff shut down production earlier this month, after an alleged drunken hookup between Olympios and Jackson led to ugly consequences. Olympios went public, claiming to be “a victim,” while Jackson defended himself, saying his “character has been assassinated.” No word yet on whether either of them will be back when Paradise resumes filming Season 4.

Hours after Warner Bros. cleared Bachelor in Paradise of misconduct allegations, Corinne's attorney Marty Singer released a statement to E! News.

"It needs to be made crystal clear that production of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down because of multiple complaints received from 'BIP' producers and crew members on the set. It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone," Singer explained.

The high-profile entertainment lawyer continued, "It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrongdoing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard."

On the other hand, DeMario Jackson reportedly has the option to appear on Bachelor in Paradise again once filming for Season 4 resumes.

According to multiple sources, DeMario has been invited back to Bachelor in Paradise after Warner Bros. completed its "misconduct" investigation and found no evidence of sexual assault, Us Weekly reported.

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posted 6/22/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Start the Fans"

  • FIRST LOOK: Tonight's "The Crystal Maze" premiere (Good Housekeeping)
     

  • Craig Ferguson heads to Montreal (Montreal Gazette)
     

  • Chris Hardwick's ID10T Festival coming (Metroactive)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: how to play "Candy Crush" (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • Leah Block (and we can't stress this enough, no relation to our own Jay Block) issues the longest non-apology you'll read today (Reality TV World)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTES: "Hell's Kitchen" returns September 29 (The Futon Critic), while "Project Runway" plays August 17 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Buddy Valastro mourns the loss of his mother (People)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch, on why there aren't as many female game show hosts (People)

posted 6/22/17


CBS
A New Daytime: Money Money Yeah Yeah
CBS Renews TPIR for 2 Years, LMAD for 1
From The Futon Critic

CBS, the #1 rated network in daytime for 30 years, has renewed its entire Daytime schedule for the 2017-2018 season, including a three-year deal for daytime's #1 drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, and an additional two years for network television's #1 daytime show, THE PRICE IS RIGHT. The full lineup, which was just honored with an industry-leading 14 Daytime Emmy Awards, also includes new seasons of LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE TALK and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which previously received a multi-year pickup through the 2017-2018 season.

"CBS Daytime has never been stronger. From 30 consecutive years of being #1 in the ratings, to another year as the most honored Network at the Daytime Emmys, our lineup of talk, game shows and dramas connects with our audience like no one else," said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution. "All of our talent, on screen and behind the scenes, is hard at work making the upcoming season of these award-winning series even bigger and bolder."

LET'S MAKE A DEAL, with Daytime Emmy Award-winning host Wayne Brady, will return for its ninth season. LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 is averaging 3.05 million viewers, while LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 is averaging 3.47 million viewers. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the show is broadcast weekdays (check local listings). Mike Richards, Dan Funk and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.

Network television's most watched daytime program, now in its 45th season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 is averaging 4.84 million viewers, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 is averaging 5.51 million viewers. Hosted by Drew Carey and produced by FremantleMedia North America, the series is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT). Mike Richards and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.

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posted 6/21/17

Discovery Heads to the Bush
"Bush League" Goes into Development
From the Futon Critic

Across the country, the bushcraft movement is growing. It is built on primitive wisdom, ingenuity, hard-won wilderness skills and a desire for self-reliance. But who are the best at their craft? Discovery Channel announced today that it has ordered BUSH LEAGUE (w/t), an all-new competition series where a group of wild artisans will set out to prove who is the ultimate master.

Born out of primitive skills gatherings happening all over the USA, the art of bushcrafting was once handed down from person to person. But today it's on a much larger scale with the power of social media allowing bushcrafters to challenge each other to more and more elaborate builds.

Now legendary Bush Master Matt Graham is leading the charge on a whole new level of competition and hosting an elite series of bushcraft summits deep in the wilds of Matt's home state of Utah. In these summits, two master bushcrafters will compete head to head in a bushcraft build-off themed to a specific environment, topography and primitive living challenge. Over a seven-day build period, the bushcrafters will create eye-popping builds, from tools to weapons to structures to transportation, all using nothing but their hard-won skills, a few simple hand tools and whatever resources nature provides.

Once the dust has settled, Matt will judge the completed works using the four tenets of bushcraft: materials, craftsmanship, function and liveability. At stake for the bushcrafters: bragging rights, reputation and the knowledge that they were able to adapt, overcome and thrive in an unknown environment.

BUSH LEAGUE (w/t) is produced for Discovery Channel by Original Productions. For Original, Executive Producers are Sarah Whalen, Ernie Avila, Steve Robillard and Matthew Braley and Co-Executive producer Adam Flacks. For Discovery Channel, Joseph Boyle and Dave Freed are Executive Producers. To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discovery.

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posted 6/21/17

SYNDIES: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending June 11
From TV Newscheck

Most syndicated shows were solid performers in the session ending June 11 despite heavy preemptions for coverage of former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony on June 8.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 +2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.3 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

Wheel and Jeopardy! were the only two syndicated game shows broadcasting new shows during the frame.

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posted 6/21/17

Let's Hear It for the Boys
Meet the Cast of "Boy Band", Premiering Tomorrow
From Reality TV World

Boy Band's premiere is fast approaching, and ABC has revealed the identities of the 30 contestants who will be competing for five spots in America's next great boy band.

Thousands of singers were narrowed down to a group of 30 young and talented male vocalists, who will audition before the show's "architects" -- Spice Girls member Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton, Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, and producer Timbaland -- when Boy Band premieres with a two-hour episode on Thursday, June 22 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

Only 18 singers will advance to the next round, during which the architects -- another word for coaches or mentors -- will begin mixing and matching talent to form three groups of six boys.

As previously announced, each episode will feature a different theme, and the architects will shuffle contestants to find the best combination of voices to perform, live, for America. Architects will also critique each band's performance and collectively determine the two contestants who are up for elimination each week.

After the contestants in jeopardy perform solo "survival" songs, home viewers will be able to vote live for their favorite band members during each broadcast, ultimately creating a group of their very own.

Boy Band's final and official group will win a recording contract with Hollywood Records. And in the finale, America's favorite five band members will debut and perform a brand new single together for the first time.

Boy Band will be hosted by Rita Ora. Beginning on June 29, the show will air one-hour broadcasts each week at 8PM ET/PT.

Below is the list of 30 male singers who will compete on ABC's Boy Band this summer:

- Drew Ramos, a 19-year-old from Bronx, NY
- Jon Klaasen, a 19-year-old from Greenwood, IN
- Cameron Armstrong, a 22-year-old from Columbia, SC
- Andrew Butcher, a 17-year-old from Greenwood, IN
- Miles Wesley, a 19-year-old from Marble Falls, TX
- Santino Cardinale, an 18-year-old from Las Vegas, NV
- Gianni Cardinale, a 16-year-old from Las Vegas, NV
- Marcus Pendleton, a 16-year-old from Nashville, TN
- Gavin Becker, an 18-year-old from Philadelphia, PA
- Sergio Calderon, a 16-year-old from Redwood City, CA
- Cam Jackson, a 19-year-old from Willingboro, NJ
- Michael Conor, a 17-year-old from Cleveland, OH
- Nate Wyatt, a 20-year-old from Cincinnati, OH
- Jay "J Hype" Gilbert, a 14-year-old from Las Vegas, NV
- Jaden Gray, a 16-year-old from Hawthorne, CA
- Chance Perez, a 19-year-old from Seal Beach, CA
- Alan Ayala, an 18-year-old from Monterey, Mexico
- Timmy Thames, a 17-year-old from Malibu, CA
- Zack Taylor, a 24-year-old from Kansas City, MO
- Dylan Rey, a 17-year-old from Plano, TX
- Andrew Bloom, a 19-year-old from Yorba Linda, CA
- Matthew Dean, a 19-year-old from Thousand Oaks, CA
- Lukas James, a 15-year-old from Sarasota, FL
- Stone Martin, an 18-year-old from Hartsville, SC
- Mikey Jimenez, a 17-year-old from East Los Angeles, CA
- Dorian Tyler, a 15-year-old from Memphis, TN
- Brady Tutton, a 15-year-old from Shorewood, WI
- Paul Toweh, a 21-year-old from Liberia, Monrovia
- Jordan Grizzle, a 22-year-old from Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Devin Hayes, a 17-year-old from Springfield, IL

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posted 6/21/17

MONDAY: United, They Dominate
Ninja Warrior, Spartan Give NBC The Win Over "Bachelorette"- Fueled ABC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.362 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (5.797 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (4.494 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

ABC (4.529 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with new episodes from "The Bachelorette" (5.858 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Still Star-Crossed" (1.872 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Next up was FOX (2.915 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.345 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Superhuman" (2.485 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.960 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.325 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (3.885 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Mom" (4.205 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.643 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Scorpion" (3.851 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.082 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with its mix of a repeat "Supergirl" (1.147 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.980 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.053 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (SF/Food): 758k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 312k

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posted 6/21/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "BRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGGG!"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Gong Show" (USA Today) (NPR)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live" heads to Truro (Truro Daily)
     

  • Chris Hardwick's ID10T Festival coming (Metroactive)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 things you didn't know about "Fun House UK" The 8th: what was living in Pat Sharp's mullet (Radio Times)
     

  • The final numbers are in, and at 336,000, "Emogenius" is GSN's highest-rated debut of the season (Tubefilter)
     

  • CBS Daytime promotes three (Broadway World)
     

  • Misty Copeland to guest judge "World of Dance"... because GRAVITAS! (Broadway World)

posted 6/21/17

Fire Up the Grill... Again
Food to Launch "Chopped Grill Masters" 2nd Tournament August 1
From the Futon Critic

Sixteen of the most talented grilling professionals are heading outdoors to get ready for a showdown in the return of Chopped Grill Masters, premiering Tuesday, August 1st at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, and featuring a rotating panel of Chopped judges and special guests, each episode features four Grill Masters competing over three rounds - appetizer, entrée and dessert - as they showcase their exceptional skills, with only charcoal and propane grills, and a smoker at their disposal. The goal, to create unique dishes utilizing the mystery basket of ingredients to impress the judges, while also battling the outdoor elements. The winner from each heat of the five-part tournament earns a spot in the grand finale, where they will compete for the grand prize of $50,000 and a Napa Valley dream vacation.

"Professional chefs competing to create unique and decadent dishes in a finite amount of time, using mystery ingredients is difficult enough," said Courtney White, SVP Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Chopped Grill Masters takes this challenge to a whole new level, placing the competitors outdoors with only the use of grills and a smoker, and world-class judges watching their every move, setting up a competition like no other."

Find out more about the Chopped Grill Masters tournament at FoodNetwork.com/Chopped, where you will uncover photo and video highlights. Join in on all the fun at #Chopped.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/20/17

Rickey and the Band Will Return, Reports
Idol Still Looking for More Judges and a Host
From Variety

Longtime “American Idol” musical director Rickey Minor will return to the show when it premieres on ABC in spring 2018, Variety has confirmed through multiple sources. The bandleader had held the MD title for several seasons of “Idol” during its 15-year tenure at Fox — from 2005 to 2010 and again from 2014 to its “final” season in 2015 — taking a break in between to head up music for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (2010 to 2014) after Kevin Eubanks’ departure.

A veteran music producer, who had worked extensively with Whitney Houston, Minor is also a seasoned bass player who has accompanied or directed a number of high-profile music tours, including performers like Beyonce Alicia Keys, and Christina Aguilera. Minor has also been nominated for an Emmy Award on four occasions for his work as a musical director.

At the April premiere of the Clive Davis documentary “The Soundtrack of Our Lives” at the Tribeca Film Festival, Variety asked Minor if he would welcome a return to “Idol,” to which he demurred: “I’m always hopeful… to make music. I had a great time on that show. I’m happy to do it, or I’m happy to move on.”

Katy Perry has signed on to judge the new iteration of “Idol.“ Her panelmates have yet to be determined, however, though the show has discussed a number of well-known music artists including Lionel Richie. A host has not been locked down either, but it’s believed that Ryan Seacrest, who MC’d all 15 seasons of “Idol,” also will return.

Variety

posted 6/20/17

WEEKEND: Sorry, Not Sorry
Sunday Fun & Games Wins Out for ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.939 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the competition on Sunday with its summer lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.708 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.126 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (5.073 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.852 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

FOX (3.846 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with 90 minutes of "PGA Overrun" (6.091 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) followed by a new "American Grit" (1.759 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and a repeat "Family Guy" (1.287 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.636 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (3.527 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) alongside repeats of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.495 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (2.027 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "60 Minutes" (5.311 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.515 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Madam Secretary" (3.954 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Code Black" (3.497 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) rounded out the night on CBS (4.319 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).

On cable Friday
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 685k

On cable Sunday:
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.659m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.034m
- Flea Market Flip (GAC): 267k

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posted 6/19/17


Games Gone By: Double Dare (1976)
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Back in the day when there were only a handful of channels on the "boob tube", a rather unflattering epithet was given to those who just sat around watching it all day. Well, in the late 80s, the term "Couch Potatoes" became something to aspire to as it could get you and your friends up to $30,000! Chris Wolvie gives a "Games Gone By..." about the show that brought "Remote Control" to its logical extreme!

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posted 6/20/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "G's Up, Joker's Down"

  • LIST ABUSE: 90s game shows you totally forgot you totally forgot about (Wetpaint)
     

  • Ant & Dec: a timeline (Cosmopolitan)
     

  • Chris Soules' legal team: no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his hit-and-run (Reality TV World)
     

  • Leah Block learns the hard way: a) don't start what you can't finish, b) if you try and hit the queen, you better kill her, c) you can tweet and delete, but the Internet is forever, and d) DON'T. PRESS. SEND. (Reality TV World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Joker's Wild" (SoCal only) (Cara Casting)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a singer lip syncs... and it's perfectly legitimate (Broadway World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Going shopping in Tampa? You could play your favorite game shows on a kiosk (83Degrees)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mike Myers Tommy Maitland (TV Insider)

posted 6/20/17

THURSDAY: "Alone" Together
Season Premiere on History Tops Cablers, ABC Wins Rerun Night
From Broadway World

The adage goes, misery loves company and HISTORY is putting that to the test in a brand-new twist of its hit nonfiction survival series ALONE, premiering Thursday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT. In season four, seven teams of two will be separated and dropped miles apart with two ultimate goals: navigate the brutal, unforgiving terrain of Vancouver Island in an attempt to locate their isolated partner and, once reunited, survive as long as they can. For these seven pairs of family members will having a partner help or hurt their chances of going the distance?

"'Alone' continues to captivate viewers with its raw, authentic storytelling and now, after three seasons, we're adding a new level of complexity to the show," said Zachary Behr, Senior Executive Producer, HISTORY. "At its core the show remains the same as our survivalists endure the challenges of being isolated in some of the most unstable terrain imaginable. However, this season, pairs are initially separated from one another and must navigate an impenetrable forest in an effort to find each other. Once reunited, they'll have to communicate, compromise and work together with their teammate if they want to endure the longest."

The numbers for this and other cable offerings...
- Alone (SP/History): 1.715m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.054m
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 238k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 236k

ABC (4.308 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on a repeat fueled Thursday with its mix of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.910 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "To Tell the Truth" (4.277 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.738 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

CBS (4.193 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then claimed the silver with its combination of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.051 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "Superior Donuts" (4.697 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mom" (4.571 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.530 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Scorpion" (3.156 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was NBC (3.271 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with "The Wall" (3.548 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), another "The Wall" (3.427 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.840 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up an hour of "PGA Overrun" (1.516 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus a repeat "Love Connection" (1.228 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.734 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and another "Supernatural" (0.674 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

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posted 6/19/17


Deadline
STEPHEN FURST: 1955-2017
Prolific Actor Also a Prolific Gamer
From TV Line

Stephen Furst, best known to TV audiences for his roles as Dr. Elliot Axelrod on the 1980s medical drama "St. Elsewhere" and Vir Cotto on "Babylon 5", has died. He was 62.

Furst died Friday morning in his Ventura County, Calif. home, his son tells TMZ. His death was a result of complications from diabetes.

Furst initially rose to fame as Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the 1978 film Animal House, a role he would reprise one year later in the short-lived TV series Delta House. He would eventually go on to find small-screen success on St. Elsewhere, joining the show in Season 2.

In 1994, Furst booked the part of Vir Cotto on sci-fi series Babylon 5, which ran for five seasons through 1998. Additional TV credits included one-and-done programs Have Faith and Misery Loves Company, and appearances on The Jeffersons, CHiPs, Newhart and Scrubs. He also voiced the role of Booster on the animated series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.

During his time on the small screen, he made time to play "Super Password", "Hollywood Squares", "Blackout", "All Star Blitz", and "The $100,000 Pyramid".

In addition to his work on screen, Furst was a longtime spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

TV Line

posted 6/19/17


Arizona Daily Star
BILL DANA: 1924-2017
Comedian Played During the 70s
From Huffpost

Bill Dana, who created and starred as the earnest character at the center of the "My Name … Jose Jimenez" routine that made him one of America's most beloved comic performers of the 1960s, has died. He was 92.

Dana, who first appeared as Jimenez on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show, where he also worked as an Emmy-nominated head writer, died Thursday at his home in Nashville, Emerson College announced.

He and a fellow alumnus founded the American Comedy Archives at the Boston school, fulfilling a lifelong goal to honor the study and appreciation of the comedic arts.

Dana contrived the trademark "Would You Believe?" line of jokes that Don Adams employed as a standup and on the TV series Get Smart and penned one of the funniest episodes in All in the Family history — the one from 1972 in which Sammy Davis Jr. plants a kiss on Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor).

The nation was introduced to Jimenez in a comedy sketch on Allen's variety show in November 1959. Struggling to speak English, Jimenez appeared in a Santa Claus outfit as an instructor at a school for wannabe Kris Kringles and interviewed by "Man on the Street" Pat Harrington Jr.

"I said, 'My name … Jose Jimenez,' and the [live] audience laughed," Dana, a Massachusetts native of Hungarian-Jewish descent, recalled in a 2007 interview with the Archive of American Television. "I remember thinking, 'This guy just said his name and everybody [went crazy] …'

"It was the most amazing, B-movie type of thing, because [after the show aired] the phones started ringing [with viewers asking], 'Who is this guy that wandered into the studio?'"

Dana said he got the idea for the character and the accent after talking with a Puerto Rican local while on vacation years earlier.

Dana/Jimenez then joined Frank Sinatra, Sidney Poitier, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly and Milton Berle as performers at President John F. Kennedy's inaugural gala in January 1961.

A few months later, Jimenez showed up as an elevator operator on CBS' The Danny Thomas Show. A handful of episodes on that sitcom led to NBC's The Bill Dana Show, in which the character worked as a bellhop at a ritzy New York hotel. Jimenez was so popular, NBC ordered 39 episodes without even shooting a pilot. (The series lasted two seasons, with Adams coming aboard as hotel detective Byron Glick the second year.)

On Garry Moore's variety program, Dana appeared as Jose the Astronaut, then recorded a comedy album with that material from a live show at the famed hungry i nightclub in San Francisco.

He sent a test pressing of the disc to the original seven Mercury astronauts — and they loved it. Alan Shepard took the code name "Jose," and Jimenez became the astronauts' "mascot," Dana said. When they weren’t working, the pilots hung out at Dana's house, and years later, he was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. (Footage of him as Jimenez on The Ed Sullivan Show can be seen in the 1983 film The Right Stuff.)

Jimenez also was a baseball player, a judo expert, a man on a ledge, a politician, an Olympic skier, a dancer, etc., and he even popped out of a window on Batman.

Though it seems hard to believe in this age of political correctness, Dana and his character were embraced by the Latino community. He was honored by the National Hispanic Media Coalition and worked, largely behind the scenes, as an activist. He gave up playing the character but later regretted that.

Jimenez "was a perfect example of a person that wanted to be assimilated into American culture, learn the language, always looked spiffy … not a bit of the racist stereotype about the unkempt Mexican," he said in a 2011 interview.

Dana was born William Szathmary on Oct. 5, 1924, in Quincy, Massachusetts. He was the youngest of six children, and one of his older brothers, Irving, went on to compose the theme song for Adams' Get Smart. His father worked in real estate, and his mother was a milliner.

After serving in the infantry during World War II and then graduating from Emerson in 1950, Dana landed a job as a page at NBC in New York. He reunited with a college buddy, Gene Wood, and they formed a comedy act that played in supper clubs and on variety shows. (Wood later worked as the announcer for the Richard Dawson game show Family Feud.)

Sometime around 1952, Dana and Wood split up and Adams, who also would work on Allen's show, hired him as a joke writer.

"As a performer, I was always frightened to death until I got on stage, and then I wanted to stay there forever," Dana recalled in the TV Archive interview. "But I hated the fear of performing. Writing the stuff and then standing there, massaging the boxer's shoulders, saying, 'Go in there and get 'em!' … that was for me."

Dana produced variety shows for Berle and Spike Jones and wrote for Chico and the Man, Donny and Marie Osmond's variety hour and Matlock. He also reteamed with his pal Adams to help write The Nude Bomb (1980), marking the return of Maxwell Smart.

Dana, though, didn't give up acting. He starred as the faithful servant Bernardo on the short-lived series Zorro and Son and played Howie Mandel's father on St. Elsewhere and Estelle Getty's brother, the priest Angelo, on The Golden Girls.

Dana also owned an advertising agency with Adams and D.W. Silverstein (it represented the International House of Pancakes); was the head of a management company that counted Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass among its clients; and co-wrote the 1982 book The Laughter Prescription, about the healing power of comedy.

Game show appearances include "Celebrity Bowling", "Name Droppers", and "The Real Tom Kennedy Show".

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Evy.

Donations in his name may be made to the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College. Please contact Robert_Fleming@emerson.edu for details.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 6/14/17

"Gay for Play" Plays On
Logo Announces Second Season for June 29
From B&C

A six-episode run of Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul starts up on Logo June 29. The show, hosted by RuPaul, features pop culture trivia. According to Logo, “You don’t need to be gay to play, but it sure does help!”

Regular panelists on the show include Carson Kressley and singer Michelle Visage, and there’s a rotating panel of former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants. Guest panelists for the new season include Kristen Johnston of TV Land series The Exes, comedian Michelle Buteau, Cheyenne Jackson of American Horror Story and Gretchen Rossi of Real Housewives of O.C.

Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles the executive producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are executive producers for Logo.

Other World of Wonder shows include Million Dollar Listing and Andy Cohen’s Then and Now on Bravo.

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posted 6/19/17

In the House Part 2: House Rules
Richard Osman Creates, Hosts New BBC2 Game, "House of Games"
From TV Guide UK

The BBC has commissioned Richard Osman’s House of Games, which will air later this year on BBC Two.

The much-loved Richard Osman is best know for co-hosting popular quiz series Pointless alongside Alexander Armstrong. However, the presenter will now begin a new venture solo as he fronts his own celebrity teatime quiz on BBC Two.

The new show will see celebrities battle one another in the ultimate test of quiz knowledge. The program will be made up of a succession of fast-paced rounds as the famous faces compete in knowledge-based games.

Each show will culminate with an intense quick-fire round, which will not only decide the daily winner but will build up to the eventual week’s champion each Friday.

Of course, Richard will be on hand to cross-examine the opposing celebs as they showcase their quizzing talents.

“The show is going to be great fun,” Richard said.

“Lots of great rounds, lots of competitive celebs, lots of surprises, and, most importantly, so much to play along with at home.”

Richard Hague, Head of Entertainment at Remarkable Television, added: “Richard Osman’s House of Games is a unique collection of innovative, clever play-along trivia rounds.

“In the very capable hands of Richard, each game is a proper test of knowledge – and with a returning cast of celebrity contestants building warmth and camaraderie throughout the week, this entertaining new format is the ultimate feel good quiz for BBC Two.”

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World Screen
Radio Times
Chortle

posted 6/19/17

Back to "The Toy Box"
ABC Renews Freshman Series
From the Hollywood Reporter

ABC is ready to dive back into The Toy Box.

The reality competition series, hosted by Eric Stonestreet, has been renewed for a second season.

ABC announced the pickup late Thursday, noting that production on the new episodes is already underway.

The Toy Box sees amateur toy inventors compete to have their idea made. However, they first must get the approval from a team of kid judges (after first being approved by several adult judges). The series is produced in partnership with toy giant Mattel, which will make and distribute the winning toy from season one (liquid 3-D art) at Toys R Us stores nationwide following the season finale.

The series was co-developed with Hudsun Media and Electus, with the latter handling international distribution. Its unclear when the series, which ran for an eight-episode first season, will return.

The Toy Box joins a growing stable of unscripted hits at the network, which is getting to revive reality behemoth American Idol in 2018. ABC's alternative lineup also includes game shows such as To Tell the Truth, Celebrity Family Feud, $100,000 Pyramid and the recently premiered Steve Harvey's Funderdome.

The network also boasts several long-running unscripted franchises, including Dancing With the Stars, which will spin off a kid-centered version next season, and The Bachelor, which is currently engulfed in scandal.

Next week, ABC will unveil two more alternative entries with the singing competition Boy Band a reboot of Battle of the Network Stars.

The Hollywood Reporter
TV Line

posted 6/19/17

THURSDAY: "Alone" Together
Season Premiere on History Tops Cablers, ABC Wins Rerun Night
From Broadway World

The adage goes, misery loves company and HISTORY is putting that to the test in a brand-new twist of its hit nonfiction survival series ALONE, premiering Thursday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT. In season four, seven teams of two will be separated and dropped miles apart with two ultimate goals: navigate the brutal, unforgiving terrain of Vancouver Island in an attempt to locate their isolated partner and, once reunited, survive as long as they can. For these seven pairs of family members will having a partner help or hurt their chances of going the distance?

"'Alone' continues to captivate viewers with its raw, authentic storytelling and now, after three seasons, we're adding a new level of complexity to the show," said Zachary Behr, Senior Executive Producer, HISTORY. "At its core the show remains the same as our survivalists endure the challenges of being isolated in some of the most unstable terrain imaginable. However, this season, pairs are initially separated from one another and must navigate an impenetrable forest in an effort to find each other. Once reunited, they'll have to communicate, compromise and work together with their teammate if they want to endure the longest."

The numbers for this and other cable offerings...
- Alone (SP/History): 1.715m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.054m
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 238k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 236k

ABC (4.308 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on a repeat fueled Thursday with its mix of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.910 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "To Tell the Truth" (4.277 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.738 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

CBS (4.193 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then claimed the silver with its combination of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.051 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "Superior Donuts" (4.697 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mom" (4.571 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.530 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Scorpion" (3.156 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was NBC (3.271 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with "The Wall" (3.548 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), another "The Wall" (3.427 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.840 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up an hour of "PGA Overrun" (1.516 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus a repeat "Love Connection" (1.228 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.734 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and another "Supernatural" (0.674 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

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posted 6/19/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Road to Recovery"

  • Bob Barker recovering after a fall and a head injury (Yahoo!)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Candy Crush (CarterMatt)
     

  • Wheel of Fortune apologizes for using slave imagery in the backdrop of its Southern Charm reruns (The Root)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 44 things you need to know about "The Crystal Maze" (Buzzfeed) and top 5 game show hosts RIGHT NOW (TV Overmind)
     

  • Noel Edmonds reveals that he contemplated suicide after the banking fraud that he is currently at the center of (International Business Times)
     

  • Miley Cyrus delivers a compliment to her model brother, but a slap to the house where he's modeling (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tyra Banks posts a Father's Day message (Reality TV World)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: Is Lionel Richie heading to "American Idol"? (TMZ)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Penn & Teller: Fool Us pushed back to July 13 (The Futon Critic) and NBC fall kicks off with "The Voice" September 25 (The Futon Critic)

posted 6/19/17

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